Monday, 30 March 2009
Samm, cables are so much fun and this one works out really well. Cables give you 'a big bang for your buck' - I had to explain this expression to a french canadian friend, so for anyone who is confused, a buck is a dollar.
Jed, I don't know if I'm going to knit the second mittlets or not. My queue of projects is getting very restless and all those project ideas have been so patient through all the hat knitting that I don't think I can put them off any longer.
I still have little piles of very hard snow in the yard but grass is trying to turn green around them. Hoorah. Today it snowed and looks lovely. It's covered up all the grayness and looks pristine again.
Saturday, 28 March 2009
Now I can let myself start something new. Hmm, a new sock, a sweater, maybe a shrug? And I did have one more hat idea I wanted to try. I'll have something cast on by Monday. I have all weekend to contemplate all the possibilities.
I hope you enjoy the Swing Coat, Samm. Sounds like you had a fun road trip. I haven't been to the Needle Emporium yet but I try to visit a couple different stores every spring.
Monday, 23 March 2009
This pattern comes in 4 weights, Aran (heavy worsted), Worsted, DK and Fingering (sock) yarn. I'm going to try one more in Aran (my favourite weight, if you were wondering) with my double points and then it will be time for a photo or two. Just in time for spring.
Hi Jed, I love my mug. You're right, it would be so cool to have dishes with cables on them.
Thanks for your vote for the mittlet, Samm and Priscilla. I'm liking all the wool weights I have done so far. I'm going to end up with 3 single mittlets in 3 different colours and wool weights. Should make interesting wearing.
Friday, 20 March 2009
P.S. to Commenters:
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
I went to a friend's house yesterday to try to ease some of my overused muscles in her hot tub. It was dark and the stars were out, it was beautiful. Still rather sore today though. Did I mention I knit 7 hats over the weekend? No photos, too busy stitchin'. Now the fun begins because it actually starts to look like a booklet. Yes!
Friday, 13 March 2009
Which I have redone with a variegated.This is Naturally Aspire, another singles in a great colourway. http://naturallyyarnsnz.com/y_aspire8ply.htm
As you can see I am in the coloured hat section. Here is another in Cabin Fever Northern Lights chunky http://www.cabinfever.ca/CFyarn.html . It went up very quickly indeed.
And this is the original teal/green colourway. I've hung this hat up for the moment since it is a beautifully sunny day outside, even though it's -8 degrees, and I think I need a short walk down to the library and possibly a nice cup of tea.-Deb
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Back to the hats.
Monday, 9 March 2009
P.S. The shawl from the last post was for my mom and she was very pleased with it. Did I tell you that I made it as a Christmas present (ah, last year)? A little late for the party as usual. I have to admit I was a little scared of the blocking but it went magnificently and it made the shawl hang beautifully.
Saturday, 7 March 2009
So, anyway, Karen (SheepStrings Yarn Studio) and I finally went to Stitches in California! It was an amazingly long trip this time. Our original flight was booked many months ago and they cancelled our original flight then changed us to another couple of flights then changed it again, and again, and we finally ended up taking THREE flights to get there and another THREE flights to get home. Mind you, the price was right, but ho boy! they were long travel days.
When Karen and I arrived around midnight we went to check up on my boxes. I wasn't too worried about them as I had checked the tracking numbers before I left and they had all been posted as arrived. Imagine my shock to discover that ONLY ONE BOX WAS THERE (I had shipped 10 boxes, plus 2 boxes from the mill and a couple of other boxes from suppliers). One box from Canada was there plus the boxes from the mill and half a box from another supplier. I was not a happy camper. Not too much could be done about it at 1:00am in the morning so we went to bed. A phone call at 2:00am informed me that "we have found some of your boxes" ... a restless night and then up at 5:00am to hunt down the boxes. Yea! They were all there. Such a relief. Karen and I set out then to get the booth organised and visit and catch up with all the other vendors that we know.
Here's a photo of me and Karen showing off our new T-Shirts. We thought they'd be fun to have printed up for the show. Not sure if you can see clearly but they have "K2, P2" across the body with the writing in the middle saying "RIBBED FOR YOUR PLEASURE". They were a big hit!
That's the booth in the background. We had 20 ft x 10 ft of booth and Karen brought some of her hand-dyed yarn and kits to sell as well. This show has got the greatest selection of hand-dyed and hand-painted yarns anywhere I think. Absolutely beautiful.
We had a great show and we had great neighbours too! Lucy Neatby above (designer extraordinaire) was next to us sharing Buffy & Don's booth (Shelridge Farm). Buffy dyes all her own yarn and it's georgeous. We use a lot of her yarn for our socks. You might notice that Lucy is standing next to "The Sarah". Buffy knit it out of our book, "Button Up Your Top Down" in her yarn and the back view of the cardigan is displayed. Cheryl Oberle was across from us and she has terrific designs and hand-dyed yarns. Linda of Oak Grove was another neighbour so we were surrounded by amazing yarn and good people.
People were laughing at Karen and me for running around in our sandals ... but really it was warm! The native Californians were telling us "it's winter!!" but to us ... it was spring. We got a little rain but mainly very nice weather and we enjoyed it very much. Glad to be home! ... Although I guess I better start thinking about the next show (NENA, which is a trade show in Sturbridge, MA first week of May). We were wanting to have the Hat Booklet ready (or at least a prototype) for this show so once Deb finishes with her work on the hats I'll be working away at the photography and layout and printing ...
Friday, 6 March 2009
I did take some time out to work on this.I knit it quite a while ago and got the blocking squares for Christmas. So I was able to block it out properly. What a difference it makes to use blocking wires.
It's one of Evelyn Clark's shawls out of Interweave Knits magazine. I can't remember the name of it. But it has nupps (the little things that look like knots but are really P5tog).I read that someone else did this shawl and put beads in instead of the nupps. I thought that was an excellent idea because the nupps are a little tricky to do. But once you start to anticipate them you can set up the stitches to be nice and loose and then it's easier to do them. I do like the way Evelyn Clark sets up her patterns. They really appeal to me.
Another hat beckons. I'm ready to cast on again. Doing a lot of hats at least gives me lots of chances to begin things (my favourite part).
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Monday, 2 March 2009