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  • knitting1105 4:05 pm on April 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    A little last detail 

    I am finishing up some stranded mittens, and wanted to add a small detail on the back of the thumb.


    A fun way for me to remember a really fun dog.

    • Diane Hamilton 7:00 pm on April 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Those will special mittens for sure. Might have to wait until next winter before you can wear them though.


  • knitting1105 10:29 am on April 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Pigments   

    Color the World 

    I love color.


    The Forbes Pigment collection.  This is fascinating, and I had never heard of it.  A repository of pigments from all over the world and many different time periods at the Harvard Art Museum.  Seed banks are a familiar theme, but I had never heard of a Pigment bank.


    “The Forbes pigment collection was started by its namesake—Straus Center founder and former Fogg Art Museum Director Edward Forbes who began the collection at the turn of the 20th century. Forbes would collect his samples from his travels all over the world, bringing back pigments from excavated sites at Pompeii to rare lapis lazuli found in Afghanistan.”



    Many interesting ways to get color, but I found the most fascinating was ‘Indian Yellow’ made from the urine of cows fed only mango leaves.  Apparently this process has been abandoned due to animal humane issues.

    You can read more about it here and here:

    And, on Facebook, there is a great video.

    • 1marylou 12:15 pm on April 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I also watched the post on Facebook…so interesting!


  • knitting1105 10:51 am on April 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    The Rabbit Hole 

    As I delve deeper and deeper into the world of Fiber Arts, weaving has captured my attention.  This is a great video about a man in England saving some of the old weaving machines to be reused.




    • 1marylou 12:03 pm on April 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful post. The Industrial Revolution at its best! Just think, this started with women 20,000 years ago.

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    • elaine 9:34 pm on April 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      How cool! Thanks for sharing this!

      Liked by 1 person

  • knitting1105 10:19 am on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A Damn Fine Yarn Contest, Best Garment, Best in Show, , ,   

    Best in Show! 

    Won Best in Show, and Best Garment this weekend at YarnCon!!!!!!


    YarnCon has been around for about 5 years now, and I always enjoy going there.  It seems to get better every year.  This year they added a knitting contest.  There were 5 categories:  Best of Northern Peaks, Best Accessory, Best Garment, Best Handspun, and Best Toy.  I entered 3 of the categories, it was fun to think about what to choose to bring.

    As they were photographing the winning entry for Best in Show, I walked up to 5 women holding up my sweater.  I asked if that was a winner, and everyone cheered yes.  They were all surprised when I said that I had knit it!  How fun, normally I have no luck.  Perhaps being rewarded for skill instead of luck is more fit for me.

    You can see the Instagram photos here.

    I won loads of gifts for both Best Garment, and Best in Show, right now I can’t remember which was for which, but here are my prizes:


    Projects bags, kits for tiny toys, the buttons represent a kit that will be mailed to me.  Love the yarn bowl with some Mrs. Crosby’s yarn in it:


    And these little pins made with vintage rulers.  I was coveting them at the event, but choose not to purchase one, so I was really happy to see this in the gift bag.


    And, I will receive a print copy of this book:



    Look here if you want to see more of my Polar Bear sweaters, it was knit in 2008 for Ravelympics.  I did it all in 3 weeks, the first being while we were on vacation at the beach. I have always loved this sweater, but it really requires a very very cold day to wear it.

    Good Weekend, YarnCon followed a weaving show at the Chicago Weaving School that I attended on Friday with my friend Jane.  Next step is to take classes there and finally learn how to use my Inkle loom.


    • Dave Becker 10:29 am on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Very nice!

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    • Diane Hamilton 8:50 pm on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, I am so thrilled for you that you were recognized for talent and artistry. Congratulations, that is so cool and luck had nothing to do with this, it was all skill!

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      • knitting1105 9:18 am on April 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Diane. You have always been one of my biggest cheerleaders!


    • Diane Hamilton 9:35 pm on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      P.S. Mom and Dad are up in heaven bragging to everyone they know. I am sure they are so proud of you and sending their love.

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    • salpal1 9:33 am on April 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      WOW – YOU are AMAZING! SO glad they recognized the skill and patience that went into that sweater. It is lovely.

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    • Heidi 11:56 am on April 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Way to go! Awesome sweater. Always a pleasure to be rewarded for our hard work. Love your blog. 😊

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      • knitting1105 10:05 am on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        thanks for the compliments on both my blog and sweater!


    • 1marylou 12:54 pm on April 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Artwork in fiber. You definitely deserve the honor and you do all knitters proud with your work. Congrats.

      Liked by 1 person

      • knitting1105 10:06 am on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awe, you make me blush. It was fun to get some recognition. Not having a county fair to enter, this was fun.


    • elaine 10:06 pm on April 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats! Your work is SO nice ~ those are well deserved awards:-) Keep on sharing the inspiration!

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  • knitting1105 4:17 pm on April 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Knit for Monarchs 

  • knitting1105 2:21 pm on March 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Isager Wool 1, , , The Fine Line   

    This is gong to take awhile… 

    Half of the knitting is finished for the body of my new shawl, Smolder.  It has been great for travel, and spending time with friends knitting, as very little concentration is required.


    I am happy with how the color combination turned out, the next step is to figure out the color for the attached iCord.

    My preference had always been the Fuchsia color when I started knitting this, and I think that it will have the greatest impact.


    Working on this will require lots of patience.  Binding 2 pieces together with iCord is slow going.  I am happy with the result so far though.  iCord is reserved for working on at home, I still have the other 2 sections to keep me busy with straight knitting.


    There are approximately 220 stitches on each diagonal, times 3.  Then there is the entire edge in iCord.


    • Pam Moriarty 2:27 pm on March 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You have such an eye for color. I cannot wait to see this next week.
      Happy Wedding Monday!

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    • knitting1105 2:28 pm on March 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Pam. On both counts! So excited for tomorrow!!!


    • Gracey 7:09 pm on March 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my! Not sure I’d have the patience…as my many shawl WIPs can attest…’s going to be gorgeous!


  • knitting1105 6:34 pm on March 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Belated Happy Green Day~ 

  • knitting1105 4:58 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Piece & Co. 

    Piece & Co is a really cool organization.  They purchase artisan fabrics and materials from women in developing countries to be used by designers here or sold, and provide a living wage to the women.  This is their mission statement:

    To be a platform for talented artisans to share their craft, support their communities, and empower them to live the life they desire.

    Isn’t that just about the best thing!  Arts and women.  Please read more about this unique organization and how they are empowering women entrepreneurs here.

    Last week I received an email asking me to let fellow crafters know that they were having a sample sale.  I could not attend on Saturday, then they extended it for the week.  Yesterday I went down with my friend Cathy, and we had a blast, spent over an hour choosing fabrics, scarves, bags and shawls.  It was a really great deal, and I am excited about what I got.

    First, there were tons of Batik fabrics, I got enough to make a quilt with.  My inspiration for this came from a quilt that my friend Mimi made a few years ago with African fabrics.  This should be fun.


    These patterns had enough yardage that they can be used as backing on quilts.


    This is beautiful printing on an oil cloth.  The plan is to use it for an outdoor tablecloth, lots of yardage, some of it has been cut away, but I have more than enough to work with.


    A couple of table runners…


    And lastly, this cool woven bag.  Previously sold at Ann Taylor for much much more than I paid for it.  It will either be a knitting bag, or more likely a pool bag.



    • Diane Hamilton 5:55 pm on March 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like a fun day shopping for a great cause. I love batiks!

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  • knitting1105 8:09 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply  


    My current 2 projects are an exercise in contradiction.  Many of my fellow knitters are somewhere in the middle of my 2 extremes.  I love, love, love a complicated Fair Isle.  At the same time, miles and miles of repetitive garter stitch are very calming and appealing.

    My more challenging knitting at the moment :


    Poodle Mittens

    And my Zen knitting.


    Garter Stitch Shawl

    Each for a different mindset.

    • Michelle 7:30 am on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful work. Is that little Lloyd I see ?

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      • knitting1105 7:21 pm on March 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Little Lloyd. Miss him so…


  • knitting1105 5:22 pm on March 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    For the love of a Yarn 

    Isager Wool 1 had been in deep hibernation in my stash until I recently made the Dawn shawl for a fundraiser.  Working on that shawl reminded me of how much I loved the yarn, and why I had extra of it in the first place.  A couple of inquiries had come recently from Ravelry to purchase some of my Wool 1 stash, but it was about the same time that I started knitting with it again.  I was so happy to be working from my stash, and knitting with Wool 1, and revisiting my shawl book The Fine Line, led me to seek out this yarn again.  It was more expensive than I remembered (it had been a few years), then I found a sale…


    New plus old, with a new project in mind.


    A massive, multi-colored shawl:


    An accent color is needed for this also.  These are the contenders:


    As soon as I have a couple of the sections knit up I think that I will have a better idea of what will work.  The front runner right now is the fuchsia.


    • Diane Hamilton 11:12 pm on March 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank goodness for sales. Glad to see you are continuing to use up your stash. I can’t wait to see your work of art.

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    • Helen 7:16 pm on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I would say the fuchsia would be a winner!:)

      Liked by 1 person

      • knitting1105 6:32 pm on March 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, working on it right now!!! Thanks.


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