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  • knitting1105 2:32 pm on October 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Coast to Coast 

    I started this shawl in California a few weeks ago, and got all of the body done there.  It was then put away until a DC trip this past weekend, and I finished the border.  Now to just weave in the ends and wash and block.  The yarn is my own handspun from Fiber Optic, called Peacock.

    It all started like this:

    I tried splitting the braid down the middle, and while that was not hugely successful, I wish that I had done fractional spinning to split the colors up more:

    The richness of the blues and purples is so amazing.  I am anxious to see how it blocks out.

    And, some of the weekend highlights which included a tour by our friend Paul with a lot of the history and stories behind the memorials:

    In spite of the controversy surrounding it, I liked the MLK memorial:

    But by far, our favorite was the Roosevelt memorial.  Very moving, and great quotes.  I think all politicians should go over daily and contemplate them:

    Julia Child’s kitchen from the Smithsonian:

    The National Cathedral was closed.  The earthquake apparently damaged the towers, and the attempted repairs caused even more damage when the cranes fell down on the church.  I was disappointed not to see this.

    “No country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources.  Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance. Morally, it is the greatest menace to our social order.” 


  • knitting1105 7:18 am on October 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply  


    This is the CookieA August sock club shipment.  The yarn is from A Verb for Keeping Warm.  It is 70% superwash Merino, 30% silk called Metamorphosis.  And, it is not fun to knit socks with, it is very stiff and hard to manuever on size 1 needles.

    Usually I try to use the yarn sent for the pattern given, thinking that I will be able to gift them if they do not suit my tastes.  People also talk about how the socks “grow” after finishing.  I started making the large size, and even before any growth, realized that these were going to be too big.

    I am afraid that this yarn is destined to become something else.  Perhaps a dreaded shawlette, since there is only 385 yards.

    • Tiara 12:09 pm on October 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      It’s very pretty. I’m sure you’ll be able to come up with something wonderful. 🙂


  • knitting1105 12:53 pm on October 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Frank Lloyd Wright, , Santiago Calatrava   

    Why I need a Mannequin 

    I meant to photograph this shawl yesterday when my daughter was home.  She is a much better model than I am.  I do not know how people get such good pics of themselves in the mirror.

    This was the Hanne Falkenberg Pirouette cape which came as a kit.  Lots and lots of garter stitch.  I am still not sure if I will keep this or gift it.  It was good to get another languishing UFO done, and to clear out more of my yarn stash.  I am creating a whole new issue with self-spun yarn, but that is so much fun.

    Project Specs
    Pattern: Pirouette
    Pattern Source: part of kit from Hanne Falkenberg
    Yarn: Hanne Falkenberg #2 Shetland, colors:  Camel & Cognac
    Needles: US 2 circulars
    Date Started: 7/16/11
    Date Finished: 10/18/11
    Finished Dimensions: 72″ wingspan, 38″ back depth



    Also, some shots from a field trip that we took a few of our Architecture students on last Friday to Racine Wisconsin and the Johnson Wax building by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Photos on the actual tour were prohibited:

    And the Milwaukee Art Museum by Santiago Calatrava.  Simply stunning, one of my favorite places to visit, and they have a wonderful exhibit currently running called Impressionists on Paper.

    • Mimi 8:50 am on October 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome job on the Pirouette! It actually looks like it could have been inspired by the Johnson Wax building. I hear you on the mannequin and I too am seriously considering getting one.


    • Ada 4:00 pm on November 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Totally agree – a mannequin is really great. However, consider getting a Dritz dressform at someplace like JoAnn Fabrics. Sign up for their mailing list and you get 40-50% discount coupons about once a month. The dressforms are rarely on sales, so the discount coupons can be used for a HUGE savings. Get one for your size, set it up, then put a black t-shirt on it – turns out to be great for getting an idea as to how a WIP will fit, esp. for top-down garments.


      • knitting1105 5:02 pm on November 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        What a great idea! Thanks.


  • knitting1105 7:34 am on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Hanne Falkenberg – almost finished 

    My Hanne Falkenberg cape is almost finished.  I just have the collar to do, but will be out of town for a few days, it will be finished next week.  I have not decided if it is a keeper or a gift.  I love the concept, just not sure how it will look on me.

    Lots of garter stitch…

  • knitting1105 6:26 pm on October 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    My First Gradient 

    I finally finished spinning and plying my first Fiber Optic gradient.  I have 3 on queue, and chose this one – Blush to Celery, as the color gradations were longer and thought it would be more forgiving with my spinning abilities (inabilities).


    Evening out the twist with my newish LeClerc bobbin winder:

    I wound the singles off the spinning wheel by placing my wheel in the living room and threading the yarn through the dining room into the kitchen.  It gives about 20 feet to smooth out the twist.

    And here are my results, 528 yards of 2 ply.

    Forgive me as I brag.  My neighbors did not find this as exciting as they should have.

    Destined to become a shawl.  I have a pattern in mind, I just need to spin the other braid.

    • Mimi 4:30 pm on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Keep bragging. The neighbors will come to their senses. But seriously, you should be very proud!


    • Kimberly (aka Melanthe on Rav) 10:30 am on November 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Shame on your neighbors. They should have been all over that and perhaps even thrown a block party to celebrate how GORGEOUS that yarn is 🙂


  • knitting1105 9:13 am on October 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    CA part 2 

    Saturday in CA was spent getting ready for the big night, where my sister was one of the models in the Breast Cancer Fashion Show for the support group To Celebrate Life.  The girls all went to the manicure parlor and I got my first pedicure and my second manicure of my life.  We then dressed up and had a great night of dinner, dancing and Las Vegas style games.  I have no photos of that night, my sister Diane was the official photographer  (photos on the family blog?).

    Sunday we all took a drive up to Sonoma, and got a back stage tour at the winery owned by one of Jill & Madhur’s friends.

    I left with these wonderful trays by Jill, and the chrome fig weight from the Sonoma restaurant The Girl and the Fig.  They even have a  fig store!

    And, in spite of all the activity, I finished the body of my shawl.  Now just to to the border, which is quite a bit in itself.  I must admit that I have not knit on this since coming home, as I was missing my spinning wheel.

  • knitting1105 10:34 am on October 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Visiting CA 

    I had a great time in California last week.   In a few days we saw lots of things.  This is just one of those days.

    Chinatown, a wonderful place to spend a few hours:

    Then to Coit Tower, situated on a hill with beautiful views of the city and bay, which had some beautiful Fresco WPA murals:

    the Golden Gate Bridge:

    And Muir Woods:

    Too busy to knit much.  The weather was beautiful, and the company even better.

    More tomorrow.

    • Sheri 10:48 am on October 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      … my favorite place in the whole world!


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