Friday, August 18, 2017

Knitting Bargain!


What a bargain!  This book was $24.95 and I purchased it for $9.98 incl. tax.  It's a luxury to have a 60% off coupon for JoAnn's.  Did you know that they are now once again accepting coupons on their books?   They have a lovely selection. 

A few months ago I purchased Envisioknit, a knitwear software program that is pretty powerful.  My goal, now that I have entered the wonderful world of retirement, is to start writing knitting patterns. 

I have been in a knitting frenzy.  I've become someone who is high on all things fiber related.  I wake up at 3:00 a.m. and reach for my knitting needles.  By 3:00 p.m. I am ready to crash on my bed filled with wonder.  I wonder why I allowed myself, like a spoiled child, to get up so early.  I am just plain tired.

So obsessed with knitting that my new weight-loss program on some days is to knit through breakfast and east feast on lunch.  

With all that said, I have a lot of blogging to catch up on.  I spent the last last three days blocking all those hand knits, so stay tuned.

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Welcome Blanket - Completed



Several pairs of knitting  hands gathered at my LYS to assemble squares for the "Welcome Blanket".  The blanket will be sent to the refugee program as mentioned to you in my previous post.  

It was a very warm and satisfying feeling to knit for this project.  The two skeins produced three 10" squares and each blanket required a total of 16 squares.  

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Welcome Blanket

 My LYS (local yarn shop) is sponsoring this project for the refugee program.  Somewhat political, I was criticized on Facebook for knitting these squares.  I thought my privacy settings were for "friends only" but somehow that was not the case.  I was told by an unknown individual that I should be knitting for vets and the homeless instead.  I informed this gentleman that if they were sponsored I would knit for them as well.  I didn't like the word "instead" and wished he had said "also".

I felt challenged so I "turnaround play" was appropriate.  I asked what he was doing to make this a "better world".  He did not respond.  I'm not surprised. 
 I've knitted for other charities in the past.  It's always very satisfying.  In this case, we were asked to purchase two skeins of Ella Rae Chunky Superwash.  It is fantastic to knit with and two skeins completes three 10" squares.  Sixteen squares (40"x40") are needed for the blanket.  It will be interesting as to how they will be assembled as there are many "different looks" that can be achieved.


Happy Knitting!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Knitting For A Cure


A few months ago, my LYS, "Must Love Yarn",  was sponsoring the purchase of this pink yarn to help fund cancer research.  


I purchased a set of these crochet needles.  It didn't take much convincing.  It's like being a child when you wanted all the different colored crayons.  I already own the pink Denise Needles (knitting) set. 





 A gift of yarn and a pattern to knit one of the scarves on display was being donated to a cancer patient/survivor.  Below are the beautiful selections.








 With my next posting, I will show you which one of these scarves I knitted and what accessory is a WIP that is so much fun and very whimsical.

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tic Toc Knitting


Tic Toc, the clock is getting louder.  It is deafening to my ears and translating into a headache.  I'm in hopes of completing this project in time to wear on the 4th.  The insane side of my knitting brain tells me to complete in time for a party this Sunday.  That is 2 1/2 days away readers.  I doubt that I will meet my self-imposed deadline. 

There are 62 stripes and I have 20 completed.  To my credit, I started knitting this shawlette 1 1/2 days ago so that is really good progress.

The pattern is free on Ravelry.  "Protest Is Patriotic Shawl".  I hate the word protest.  It sounds so combative.  I prefer the word "Activist" or perhaps "Demonstrator".  

I am a political junkie.  I try to limit my views on social media.  I did march in the "Pussycat" event earlier this year.  I did not agree with all the group supported but I did agree with enough to show my support.  After all, this is not a "black and white" world.  There are grey areas.

Knitting this pattern is a "feel good" recreation.  It is difficult to put down.  Sleeping seems like such a waste of time.  See my previous post for my yarn selection.  It is so wonderful that I'm thinking I want to return to the yarn shop to see what colorways they have that would be suitable for a summer short-sleeve top.  

The edge on the shawl needs a little tweaking.  That red zig zag edge will fall into place.  

I'm knitting in the ends as I go along and a little further tugging will take care of this.  Knitting in the ends as you go is the best way of doing it.  

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Protest Is Patriotic Shawl




The pattern, "Protest is Patriotic Shawl", is free at Ravelry.com.  I'm invited to a party for the 4th, and wanting to show my patriotism,  I may have had a delusional moment in thinking that I can wear this shawlette to the event.  Ha!   It may be for 2018 but I will give it a shot.  I'm going to a party and would love to wear it.  No stress but then I thrive on deadlines.  

I looked everywhere, including the web, for the yarn.  I was on a quest for summer weight yarn and had difficulty finding the right shade of red or blue with the same fiber content at various shops or on the web.

I went to my "not so local yarn shop" in Montpelier, Vermont called "Yarn".  I always find what I am looking for and the friendliness and customer service is superb.  

I love the fiber combination.


Wish me luck!

Happy Knitting!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Frosted Leaves Scarf




I'm a member of the Twist 'O Wool Spinning Guild (Middlebury, Vermont) and a few of us attended SPA-New England Textile Arts in Freeport, Maine earlier this year.



The event is sponsored by three of the hotels in town and is always successful.  My daughter and I, along with my fellow members stay at the Harraseeket Inn and we are treated like royalty.  Dining is affordable and absolutely delicious with a multitude of entree selections.  

This event has no classes, just very relaxing gatherings in various lounges and conference rooms where folks share ideas, skills and form new friendships.

My group selected "Frosted Leaves" by Louisa Harding to knit and model at the Saturday night fashion show.  Due to fire regulations, the crowd is limited to 250 people and there are people standing outside hoping to get in if there are "no shows". 

There's a real feeling of camaraderie.  We received a standing ovation accompanied by cheers as we walked on stage as our group was well-represented and probably the largest group there. 



My daughter and I were all smiles as folks complimented us on our scarves.  It is so much fun to have a daughter that knits and spins as I do.  I am quite proud of her for many reasons. 





There were many, many wonderful gifts from various vendors who sponsor this event.  It is exciting, absolutely exciting especially when I won one of the top prizes....a one night stay at the Hilton.



I have no shame.  I will soon brag and show you the two shawls that my daughter knitted and were modeled by the two of us.  The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Aviendha Shawl



Pattern:  Aviendha Shawl (can be found at Ravelry.com)
Needles:  Size 4 

I retired recently.  A co-worker gave me a gift certificate to my LYS.  She's also a knitter and we've had many fun conversations about knitting and patterns over the years. 

Thinking of "Y" words for this project, "yummy yarn" and "yak" come to mind.

The yarn is lace weight and a little slippery to knit with.  Bamboo needles might be easier but I prefer the tips on "Knitters Pride" needles.  Knitting stabilizes and gets easier after the first couple of rows.  

The pattern requires a cast-on of 372 stitches.  Garter stitch is very easy knitting but I find that tension is very important. Stitch markers are used to track decreases.


Because I am using a center-pull cake, and because the yarn is so slippery and would fall on itself as the cake gets smaller and   knot itself, I am using a "yarn bra".  The bra keeps the "cake" compact.  These can be purchased at your local yarn shop.  You can also use an onion bag or a nylon stocking/knee high.  (The color way is aqua and not blue.)

I was inspired with the color way after seeing my daughter, Amy, wearing one of her hand knits a a knitting retreat we attended earlier this year.  


It is so much fun to have a daughter who shares my knitting passion and has become a very accomplished knitter herself.  Her yarn stash will soon rival my own.

We have traveled together to three major knitting events in recent months.  We inspire each other.  Having 1/1 time with my daughter is wonderful.

I have several completed projects that are awaiting blocking and I will post again soon.

Happy Knitting!