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  • knitting1105 9:57 am on July 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply  


    I have been AWOL with good reason:

    I still managed to get some knitting and spinning done:









    • Mimi 9:06 am on July 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Your AWOL reasons look way more fun than mine 🙂


      • knitting1105 11:05 pm on August 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        It was very fun. Too bad the next 2 weeks in Michigan were not as enjoyable.


  • knitting1105 7:44 am on July 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply  


  • knitting1105 1:15 pm on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Echo Flower Shawl 

    Please excuse another clothesline model.  I should have taken photos when my daughter was home a couple of days ago.

    This is the Echo Shawl pattern, a free pattern on Ravelry.  It has a few nupps at the bottom, they no longer scare me, in fact I have embraced them.  Originally I had wanted more of the green at the bottom, but had to content myself with the look of a green “dipped” edging.  I had already ripped the entire border back twice (40% of the knitting each time).  Now I have a bit of the green to add to some mittens one day.  This fiber was my first gradient spin, I loved the colors and wanted to wait until my spinning could do justice to the fiber.  While knitting it up I noticed lots of irregularity, I have gotten much better since last fall when this was spun.  It has been hanging in my craft room, and the colors were calling out to me this spring.

    Pattern: Echo Shawl
    Pattern Source: Free Ravelry pattern by Jenny Johnson Johen
    Yarn: Handspun from Fiber Optic merino/silk gradient.  Color: Blush to Celery
    Needles: US 5
    Date Started: 6/14/12
    Date Finished: 7/3/12
    Finished Dimensions: 30″ tall, 66″ wide

    Modifications:  I added several repeats of the main pattern until I had used up more than half of the fiber (16 I think).  Then started the border,  & after the end, added another repeat of the flower petal, 2 rows of stockinette, and then a self-designed row with nupps, ending with the suggested bind-off.  This actually worked out great, as it pulled the V from the border nupp area out nicely when blocked.  I would repeat these changes again if I were to knit it.

    • Diane 4:26 pm on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      This is absolutely gorgeous and you are probably the only one who would notice the irregularity of the spinning. You must also feel good that you have improved so much in just a few months.


    • jettefierce 5:57 pm on July 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      that is sooo pretty and I’ve been looking at the pattern for awhile and now I want to make it for sure!!


    • Kathy 7:41 pm on July 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I love it.
      I love the colors.
      I just love it!


  • knitting1105 9:36 am on July 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    My first basket 

    My first basket class finished on Monday (I had actually finished mine a week earlier).  I really enjoyed taking this class, and look forward to another in the Fall.  This is called a “Market Basket”, will need to take with me this weekend to the Farmer’s market.  In the meantime, it is holding fiber!

    • Diane 1:08 am on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Very pretty, I have always loved the combination of green and purple. I am surprised your cats don’t think this would be the perfect place to curl up in! My, my, you cook, can your own vegetables, spin, knit, quilt, draw and now a basket maker–what other arts are you going to try?


      • knitting1105 1:43 pm on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        You are so sweet. I was thinking of adding weaving…


    • Kathy 1:34 pm on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I LOVE your basket! I love the colors and the shape! I have a thing for baskets!!!!!


      • knitting1105 1:44 pm on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Me too. Did you know that machines cannot totally make a basket, so every one is touched by a human crafter/artist? There was another knitter in the group, and we both felt like it had a lot of similarities to knitting.


  • knitting1105 2:39 pm on July 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Spinning and knitting up handspun 

    The Tour de Fleece started on Saturday (spinning during the tour de France and posting on Ravelry).   I forgot to post on Saturday, and then on Sunday a powerful storm ripped through the Chicago area causing massive outages.  We were without power for a day and a half.  Luckily my neighbor had a generator that she graciously let us plug our basement refrigerator in to, which saved most of the food.  And that meant that yesterday, in the heat, with no electronic entertainment, I cleaned out the upstairs fridge, and it looks great.

    This is what I am starting to spin, from Woolgatherings, a roving painted for an SAL on Ravelry.  After my classes with Jacey last weekend, I came home, and was able to take control over my Jensen wheel better, and spin a very fine lace yarn with this fiber.  It will take me awhile to get through 2 braids,  but I love the colors and have not decided if the second ply should be the other painted roving or the copper solid coordinate.

    And I finally finished knitting my echo shawl.  I think.  I have ripped back the edging once completely and once partly, then added on to it.  I was using 2 gradient spins back to back, and wanted to end up with the green as the bind-off.  Just in case I still do not like it after it is off the blocking boards, I still have not cut the yarn from the skein.  The colors are a bit off because of the blue blocking boards.

    • Stefanie 12:06 am on July 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, love the photos! I was a little annoyed at my power outages on Sunday, but clearly should have felt fortunate, as my power was restored in a matter of hours. Glad you are back online…can’t wait to see what else you spin for the Tour De Fleece!


      • knitting1105 9:01 am on July 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks! Our power went out AGAIN last night, but this time for only an hour. If it weren’t so dang hot, I would not be so worried.


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