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  • knitting1105 10:20 am on March 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Dragon Socks 

    I am knitting the November CookieA socks from last year, finally.  I originally was going to do the simpler pattern, but after recently finishing the Makato Socks, I rethought these socks and decided to go for the 3-D version again.   They look really funny on the needles, and the peaks become a slouchy pattern when put on.

    Easy pattern to remember, and easy knit.  I love the purple and green colors.

    • kathytny 12:17 pm on March 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know which I like better….. the wool and it’s beautiful colors or the dragon spikes! I love the name!


  • knitting1105 7:00 pm on March 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Another Mystery Project 

    2 months ago I knit a beautiful shawlette (as you may know I am not normally a fan of those miniature versions of the great shawls), there is a mystery project in the Knitterai sock club again and I loved the last project so I decided to plunge ahead.  The pattern called for green yarn, and after trying a variegated yarn, I opted instead for using one of the 2 skeins of Wollmeise that I snagged on Ravelry.  I want to really see what all the hype is about this yarn, and if it is mainly a scarcity issue, or really worth something.

    I am saving the green club yarn for the socks which I have also started, but not a lot to show at this time.

    I have only knit the first clue, I am a week behind schedule.  I have no idea what this long skinny thing will become…

    • kathytny 11:18 am on March 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Been starring at your picture for a few minutes and VERY curious myself as to what the heck that “thingie” is going to be! I love the color of the yarn, but green is my fave color.


      • knitting1105 11:21 am on March 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I know, wait until you see the second clue finished. It is a long, skinny cabled thing…


      • Doreen 4:44 pm on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I bet its a dickie. You know a piece of neckware that is supposed to simulate an undershirt, so that one only has to wear the dickie and an overshirt.


    • kathytny 12:16 pm on March 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Keep progress photos coming!


  • knitting1105 11:26 am on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Wool, lots of it! 

    A friend has a friend who has a sheep farm.  Do you know where this is leading?  The sheep are meat sheep, and they normally shear the sheep and throw away the wool.   Doesn’t that seem like a crime?  Well, I was asked if I would like the wool, and how could I say no?  I was thinking I would get a small bag that I would try my hand at washing and carding to spin.  Not knowing what the breed of sheep were, I happily accepted the offer of wool.  It was delivered to me at the Magnolia Party, they took me to their car to show me 2 huge black contractors bags full of wool!  At least 10# each!!!  That is a lot of wool, if you need a comparison, just think how much your favorite sweater weighs.  The wool was lambswool, a cross of Suffolk/Hamsphire (Black wool- natural color cross).

    Hampshire Lambs:

    Plus Suffolk lambs:

    When I read about it in my favorite fiber book, The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook, they said that while not often available to hand spinners, it spins up as good outerwear, soft yet durable, often overlooked as a good fleece for handspinners.  These breeds are in the Down classification (from Down area of southern England, nothing to do with soft under down of a duck).  The staple length is short, 2-4 inches

    I wish that I had taken a photo of the bags of wool, one white, the other black with white.  I very quickly realized 2 things, one that I could never hand process all of this wool, and secondly that the strong sheep farm smell was more than I wanted to put up with for a long time in my house, especially as it was very warm that week.  So, the day after coming back from a trip to Michigan to visit my Mom, I drove with a friend to the Illinois Wool & Fiber Mill in Belvidere, about a 90 minute drive each way.  We dropped off the bags and got a tour of the mill, the machinery was custom-made for them:

    First the drying racks after the wool has been washed:

    Then to carding:

    And to processing into roving (the owner Jane is in the blue shirt):

    And, you can’t leave a fiber mill without a little sheep time!

    Now, I have a 6 month wait before they are caught up on their backlog.  Plenty of time to figure out what to do with all of this wool.

    • Lisa 4:11 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I am so jealous!


      • knitting1105 5:18 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        You will be welcome to take some if you want. There will be more than I will ever need….


  • knitting1105 8:37 am on March 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Fortune Cookie Socks 

    The socks from the 1st installment of the CookieA Sock Club 2012 went very quickly for me.  These were inspired by fortune cookies, and the 3-D quality shows that off.  Nice socks, easy pattern to remember, hard to photograph this color with cashmere in it.


    Project Specs

    Pattern: Makoto
    Pattern Source: CookieA Sock Club 2012
    Yarn: Alisha Goes Around Richness of Martens Fingering
    Needles: US 1
    Date Started: 2/29/12
    Date Finished: 3/19/12
    Finished Dimensions: Women’s large

  • knitting1105 6:36 pm on March 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Boreal Socks 

    I finally finished my Boreal socks from the January installment of the Knitterai Sock Club by Janel Laidman.  I have to redo the cuff however, as it is too tight.  The directions called for the EZ sewn bind-off.  I chose to do a tubular bind-off instead, as it would be more elastic, and not as floppy as some I had seen online.  However, I knit the set-up rows with the twisted rib, and that has proven to be too tight, so I will have to remove the last few rows and knit them again.  I knit a few rows of 1×1 rib after the pattern to give the cuff a more finished look.

    Project Specs

    Pattern: Boreal
    Pattern Source: Knitterai Sock Club
    Yarn: Hazel Knits Entice MCN, color Iceland
    Needles: US 1
    Date Started: 1/20/12 (started with the knitting)
    Date Finished: 3/19/12
    Finished Dimensions: Women’s large

    • Gro 1:11 am on March 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      They look stunning!


    • Barbara 4:37 pm on March 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      They are really pretty! I see that a lot of your magnolia blossom has fallen, but it makes a very good background for the socks.


      • knitting1105 8:26 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        It is a good background. Didn’t get enough tree time to properly enjoy the fragrant blossoms.


  • knitting1105 8:02 pm on March 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Spring 

    The earliest EVER for our Magnolia tree.  Magnolia party was on Sunday.  This was Saturday:

    And, this was Sunday.   The buds were opening like popcorn, and now they are falling off in record time.  80 degrees for a week in Chicago, who says that Global Warming is a myth?

    • Diane Hamilton 11:22 pm on March 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      It is never too early for a party–hope you had a great time. I want to see this tree in bloom in person sometime!


      • knitting1105 7:16 am on March 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I would love for you to be at our Magnolia party. Thing is, we never know when it is going to happen. I would have never thought of a party in March!


    • Barbara 4:53 am on March 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      We can’t match the temperature here in the north of England (where it rarely gets to 80 degrees even in the height of summer) but my camellia has been in full bloom for a couple of weeks now, which seems remarkably early. Maybe we should start having a party for it when it gets a bit bigger, though everyone would have to wear warm clothes…


      • knitting1105 8:26 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Sometimes we are bundled up for the Magnolia party also…


  • knitting1105 9:35 am on March 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Jump Goat Jump 

    Baby Goats in Sweaters, too cute!

    • Diane Hamilton 1:59 pm on March 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Those goats are too cute! It would have been fun to have those on the farm.


      • knitting1105 2:36 pm on March 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I know, and we could have had cheese AND yarn. Why didn’t we have sheep & goats?


  • knitting1105 12:07 pm on March 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Red Socks 

    I am finally returning to finishing up the first installment for 2012 of the CookieA sock club.  The yarn was a beautiful fiery red by Alisha Goes Around called Richness (of Martens) Fingering, which is 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere and 10% silk.  While the cashmere is very soft, my experience the past year with other brands has been that it pills a lot.  It will be interesting to see how this works.  This is a very hard color to photograph given the brightness of the red, and the sheen of the silk.

    I ended up choosing the Makoto socks, even though I was not initially drawn to the 3-dimensional qualities of the knit sock.  It is supposed to relate to a fortune cookie, and I think that it does a good job of that.  One of the cookie recipes was for fortune cookies, and I am anxious to make them with my own fortunes inside, I am thinking knitting themed.  Hoping to be able to do that for my SnB group on Monday.


    These need to be finished in short order, as I now have a new sock pattern and yarn coming EVERY month.  The Knitterai Club (Janel Laidman) arrived 2 days ago.  While I am not a fan of green, especially the Kelly greens, this color has grown on me as I look at it.  It is Mad Color by Fiber Arts, the color is Emerald Green (80% Superwash Merino, 20% nylon), 420 yards, 4 oz.  I love the project bag that came along also.

    And, my first flower of the season as always.  Judy tried to figure out what this perennial was last year (after the flower was gone), the green foliage stays on through the summer.  I still don’t know it’s name, but love it and it will always now remind me of her and the beauty of new growth in the spring.

    • Carol 6:11 pm on March 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      The red socks look really cool. I would like to see them with a foot inside too. I love your green yarn. What pattern will you knit with it?
      Your flower is really pretty. I would be interested in what it is. If you want I will show it to a friend that might know.


      • knitting1105 8:27 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I found out the name of the flower. It is a Hellebore. I will never look at it again without thinking of Judy.


  • knitting1105 2:58 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Finished and loved 

    I finished this gradient shawl over 2 weeks ago, and unpinned it when I was madly packing to go back to Michigan.  I have worn it quite a bit since then, and garnered lots of compliments.  As always, I have a hard time photographing by myself, so the beauty of the shawl is lost a bit.  But, here she is, all with my own handspun concoction, so truly a one-of-a-kind.

    Here is a bit of the history.  First the hand dyed rovings, a blue to green gradient, plyed with “Under the Sea” dyebreak:

    Then the spun yarn:

    And caked up!



    And finally finished!

    Notice the Magnolia tree almost ready to bloom, in mid-March!  Crazy weather, I hope it doesn’t get cold and freeze the blossoms.

    As always, I need a model, but I love it!

    Project Specs

    Pattern: Adele Faroese Shawl
    Pattern Source: Faroese Shawls by Myrna Stahman
    Yarn: Handspun, fiber from Fiber Optic, 2 ply (Blue-Green Gradient with Under the Sea Dyebreak)
    Needles: US 4
    Date Started: 12/10/11 (started with the knitting)
    Date Finished: 3/1/12
    Finished Dimensions: 72″ wingspan

    • thecrazysheeplady 4:08 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Oh that is LOVELY! Glad I saw the blocking picture. I was having trouble trying to figure out the shadow gradients in the last picture and on Ravelry ;-). You did a great job!!!


      • knitting1105 8:50 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, the one photo does a poor job of showing the gradient with the shadows. Thanks for the encouragement.


    • stitchcrazy 4:12 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      So pretty….Love the yarn you spun! I’m dying for a spinning wheel. 🙂


      • knitting1105 8:49 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, come over to the spinning side. You will never go back…


    • Diane Hamilton 9:46 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I saw this in person and it is absolutely gorgeous! It was good to see you for a couple of hours, we drove straight through to CO and made it in 17 hours and 30 minutes.


    • Andi 10:49 am on March 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      That turned out wonderfully! Gorgeous!


  • knitting1105 2:07 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Saying Goodbye 

    I spent last week saying goodbye to Judy, my dear friend of 33 years.  She fought hard against ALS, but ultimately lost the battle.  I will miss her so very much, she knew me better than anyone in this world, and we shared a history of college, babies at the same time, and watching our families grow.  Judy was the person that I could always count on, no matter what the issue – letting me move in after college to find a job in Chicago, sharing our first pregnancies together, sickness with a child, a prom date for my daughter with her son, helping me clean for 2 days for a high school graduation party, sharing a love of chocolate, wine, flowers, and all of the beautiful things in life.  And, most importantly to laugh at ourselves and the humor in the world, Judy had the best laugh and it was infectious.

    Great friends are hard to come by, and even harder to let go.

    • Adrienne M 3:10 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I am so sorry for your loss. My Mum passed away from ALS 2 years ago this June and it is a beast of a disease. She’s always with you…I told my Mum, I’ll see you again, you’ll always be with me and nothing ever disappears it only changes form. Thank you for sharing…there are a lot of ALS groups on FB too look me up if you care to ;D Peace Light and Love! Adrienne


      • knitting1105 3:30 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your kind words. It is so hard to see someone suffer the losses and indignities that ALS brings. I will never forget her laughter.


    • Lisa 4:22 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      It sounds like you were sisters. So deeply sorry for your loss.


    • Kathy Borello 4:32 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Missing Judy & her fiesty spirit so much. It seems surreal…


    • Andi 8:46 am on March 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I’m sorry for your loss.


    • Diane Hamilton 2:17 pm on March 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      You were both blessed to have each other in your lives.


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