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  • knitting1105 2:23 pm on August 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Fessing Up 

    This booty all came on the day that we were taking Ethan back to school.  I was away when it arrived, and my husband lovingly, with no snide comments, put it aside for me.  I had really not been planning on purchasing any more fiber. Really.

    Then the CAS spin-along had these colors custom dyed up for our group from Greenwood Fiberworks, Fig was the inspiration.  How could I resist?   I plunged deep on this one, I am going to have to think of something special to make with all of this.

    This was the inspiration photo:

    Polwarth, color Figs with matching Plum

    50% Merino, 25% bamboo, 25% silk.  again, Figs with matching Plum.  This is so incredibly soft!

    And I loved how the colors changed with the fiber.

    And then, Kimber at Fiber Optic had to go and dye up this colorway.  I had been restraining myself of late, and only purchasing something that I absolutely loved.  This fit the bill so much that I got 4 braids, I want to make a really large circular shawl out of this.  Color is Dusty Plum to Olive, merino and silk, another of her beautiful gradients.  At least there is a theme going on here (Plum).

    • Stefanie 7:30 am on August 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Gorgeous stuff! I can’t wait to see them spun up…they’re going to be spectacular!


  • knitting1105 5:14 pm on August 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Going, Going, Gone 

    It is so often true that you never really appreciate something until it is gone.  When we moved in this house we had 2 large spruce trees in the backyard,  the largest having been planted right next to the garage.  We took that done fairly quickly as it was ruining the roof of the garage.  The area under the pine trees has always been no man’s land, as nothing would grow there, and you didn’t want to walk in that area, the needles were painful on bare feet. Seating would acquire sap on it.  So, I tolerated it, then learned to love it for the beauty and nature that it brought, from the pesky little squirrels to the Cardinal family that came back every year, and all kinds of finches and robins that we would have in the back yard.  This spring, no birds moved in (how did they know that the tree was sick?), and in May the tree started dying.  Initially we thought that we would wait until the Fall to take it down, but the drought exacerbated the problem and we had needles everywhere in our yard, and the magnificent tree was now also an eyesore.



    But, with every change comes a new design problem to solve.  I have a larger area that is full sun, great for my tomatoes, and room to reconfigure that landscaping.  In the meantime, I have left the stump, and am using it as a table.  I have moved some planters over there to mask some of the barrenness.  Next spring will bring a new design, I have some ideas.

    • Andrew 5:22 pm on August 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my goodness! What a difference. Sort of sad to see it go, but you are right that it opens up a whole new set of options.


    • Barbara 11:51 am on August 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      We’re in a similar situation – we have a big pine tree in our back garden which has been there since before we moved in. I wouldn’t have chosen it, but it has been there so long and is so imposing that it’s kind of earned its place. It overhangs the road and drops pine cones everywhere, so it is quite well known in the neighbourhood – I see children collecting the cones sometimes. (Pine trees are not common around here.) And it drops pine needles all over the lawn and takes too much water out of the ground in dry spells so it’s not easy to live with. But I wouldn’t want to lose it.


  • knitting1105 5:30 pm on August 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Great design solutions are often the result of a mistake or problem that really makes you think outside the box.  Such was the case with this mystery shawl that I finished knitting. The pattern was given in 3 clues, and all I knew was that I needed 400 yards of a sock or fingering weight yarn.  I chose some handspun from my Fiber Optic fiber, from a pencil roving (Blackberry Jamble), Merino/silk blend.

    This was the first hank that was spun on my new Jensen wheel, prior to my wrestling some semblance of control over it, and the spinning was not as even as I have come to expect from myself, nor was the yardage as good as I would have liked.  So, I started the project with 396 yards of a somewhat unevenly spun, yet gorgeous yarn.  Towards the end of the knitting I knew that I had to finish it off with another fiber, even though my yardage was technically correct, the larger gauge of yarn and unevenness ate up the skein more quickly.  Luckily I had some singles left on a bobbin from the blue-green Fiber Optic gradient, and since they were from the same designer, the colors matched up perfectly.  I Navajo plyed the blue and had just enough to finish off the shawl.

    Blocking really showed off the colors and the pattern well, and any irregularities in my spinning seem to disappear.

    It is really more of a “shawlette”, not my garment of choice, but this will make a beautiful scarf under a Fall coat, or a light cover on a summers eve.



    • Jan 5:54 pm on August 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful, Frances. What do you mean by 3 clues!???


      • knitting1105 6:00 pm on August 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        3 clues means that the pattern is given out a little bit at a time. You only know the yardage that you need, needle sizes and you just trust the knitting. Usually done just for socks, shawls, hats, etc. Things that do not require an exact fit.


    • jettefierce 7:53 pm on August 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      it looks like it’s glowing!!! love the colours!!!


      • knitting1105 8:10 pm on August 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        It does glow from the silk, which makes it very hard to get a good photo. Hopefully I can get outside when my daughter the model is here and get some better photos.


  • knitting1105 7:27 pm on August 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Relaxing Northern Michigan Style 


    We spent a gorgeous weekend on one of my favorite places in the world, Mackinac Island at the lovely Iroquois Hotel.  This time we had a wonderful lake view room with our own private balcony.  Dan played his guitar, and I knit (of course).



    The first full day there we had a wonderful hike around the interior of the island.







    We ended the hike with lunch at Fort Mackinac, which hosts the most gorgeous view for lunch on the island.

    That evening was dinner at The Woods, which requires a lovely carriage ride to the interior of the island for dinner.


    And the last day was a private carriage tour to the center of the island with Bob and Belle guided by Molly.


    Looking forward to a return visit soon!


    • Jan 8:04 pm on August 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Looks lovely! so glad you two got to enjoy that together. What are you knitting now?


      • Jan 8:06 pm on August 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        BTW, our daughter had a job waitressing at the Iroquois for about 2 weeks – quit before she was fired – it was too classy for her. She was talking to the patrons too much! Ended up at the Irish Pub across and down the street – more her style. . ALSO, the Iroquois is one of our fav places too!


    • Diane 8:25 pm on August 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      We stayed at the Iroquois a few years ago when John got married. First time for Traver and we had so much fun. Would love to go again sometime. Looks like you guys had a great time!


    • Monica Koehler 9:56 pm on August 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I so love Mackinac Island. And I’ve always wanted to stay at the Iroquois. I’m glad you enjoyed yourselves ~mk


  • knitting1105 10:10 pm on August 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Doily, , Knitterati, ,   

    Blocking is Everything! 

    I finally gave a proper blocking to my doily lap blanket, otherwise known as the Hemlock Ring Blanket,  that I made a couple of years ago.  It looks so much better than the lump that has been sitting on my couch for the past 2 years.  Blocking is everything!

    And I am almost finished with my KAL mystery scarf project from Janel Laidman’s Knitterati sock club.  3 rows from the end and I run out of handspun yarn!  Luckily I love Fiber Optic so much that I had the end of a blue-green gradient as a single.  I Navajo plyed it (with a couple of practices), and have what I think will be a lovely blue ending to this scarf.

    • Mimi 7:05 pm on August 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Yesiree, blocking *is* everything! Your doily looks great! If I could justify knitting another one of these, I’d do it in a second!


  • knitting1105 11:11 am on August 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Embarrassing Canning/Knitting moment 

    I have started canning again, this is my first big tomato haul from the garden, and that with the previous 2 days gave me enough to can 3 quarts.

    The colors were so beautiful in the pan cooking, and in the jars.  Red tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, black tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. The final haul for this week was:  3 quarts tomatoes; 9 pints dill pickles; 4 pints + 4 1/2 pints of Bread & butter pickles.

    I did have a canning/knitting embarrassing moment though.  I went downstairs to pull up my big processing pot and brought it to the kitchen, where 2 of my good friends were sitting…

    And I opened the pot, out popped yarn!  Everyone got a good laugh, but it is becoming a bit of a problem if I had to put it in unused kitchenware!

    • Lisa 11:23 am on August 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Oh Frances that is too funny!


    • Diane 10:14 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      The canning pictures are so pretty and the yarn is too funny! You must be hiding it from yourself so you have a surprise later on!


    • Kathy 3:26 pm on August 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Laughing my foolish butt off over what was in your canning pot! I store mine down in the basement and I honestly have thought you would pop the lid and mice (dead or alive, I didn’t get that far in my thoughts) would be in there! Instead, EVEN BETTER!!! You yarn horder you!!! lol Love your canning efforts – just beautiful! I am hungry!


    • Mimi 7:06 pm on August 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Yum on all counts!


  • knitting1105 9:50 am on August 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    I have gotten a bit behind in my sock club knitting the past couple of months.  I hope to rectify that shortly, but first let me show you what arrived in mid-July, a beautiful blue yarn by Dirty Water DyeWorks, color : Fathom, along with another project bag, and a Sock Report clear bag.  Dirty Water  also carries the cutest project bags from Three Bags Full, I think that they may be ones that I spotted with CookieA when I was in her classes.  Definitely have to put those on my wish list!

    Instead of casting this on for socks first, I opted to go with the mystery KAL scarf project.  I am using some of my own handspun, Blackberry Jamble pencil roving from Fiber Optic:

    It is knitting up so incredibly nice.  I love spinning this pencil roving, this was my third hank of it, and the first thing that I spun on my new Jensen wheel, I got 496 yards, so I am hoping it is enough-otherwise the edging will be bound off with another fiber.  My spinning is not as even as I am able to get just a couple of months later, but beautiful non-the-less.  I would highly recommend this fiber for beginning knitters, as it is easy to draft out.  I have almost finished with Clue #2 of 3, having had a very bad false start where I knit garter stitch instead of stockinette well into the second clue.

    And finally from the CookieA 2012 sock club, this gorgeous green sock yarn from Enchanted Knoll Farm (color: Genmaicha), and looking at her webpage I see lots of luscious fiber.  This is the good/bad thing about these sock clubs, I am introduced to fibers and vendors that I would not otherwise find, the bad news is that I am introduced to new sources of wool and yarn.  My difficulty with this month will be which of the 2 sock patterns to knit with, they are both so cute.  One however is a different type of sock knit, so I will most likely attempt that one.

  • knitting1105 11:14 am on August 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply


    I finally finished these mystery socks from the Knitterati Sock club.  The given name was Provence, which I love, having lived a year in Aix-en-Provence during college.  Very pretty and soft, it was a fun knit.

    This was a mystery knit where the clues were doled out one week at a time.  The sock was knit from the toe-up and called for the EZ sewn bind-off at the end, my only change was to do my favorite tubular bind-off instead, I think that it is stretchier and has a better finished look.  The yarn was enjoyable to knit with and I would definitely add this to my approved yarn list.  I know that we had a pair of socks from the CookieA sock club last year, also from this vendor.

    Pattern: Provence
    Pattern Source: Janel Laidman’s Knitterati Scok Club 2012, May pattern & yarn
    Yarn: Little Red Bicycle Boneshaker BFL Sock
    Needles: US 1
    Date Started: 5/31/12
    Date Finished: 7/15/12
    Finished Dimensions: Women’s size medium





    • Kathy 12:28 pm on August 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I love the color of those socks!!! Love the pattern too.


    • Diane 11:17 pm on August 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Very pretty–love the color


  • knitting1105 7:51 am on August 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Olympic Yarn Bombing 

    Under cover of the night, knitters produced an Olympic yarn bomb.  Good thing the USOC didn’t find them!

    At Saltburn Pier, these guys are adorable:

    And of course, I could not resist showing the water polo player in honor of Sofia.  Sorry Ethan, no Olympic frisbee.

    And even an Olympic true-blue fan:

    More photos here!

    Thanks Olympic Mystery Knitters!




  • knitting1105 10:57 am on August 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Barely Enough 


    I finished these socks from the CookieA sock club.  After getting to the toe on the first pair, I was concerned about having enough yarn to finish both socks, so put that one on holders and knit the second sock from the other end of the skein.  Up until the end, I was not sure that I would have enough yarn to finish the socks, let alone the toes.  Turns out I did knit the toes, with only 2 yards left.  The yarn, Plucky Knitter’s Primo! has only 385 yards, that alone would make me question purchasing this yarn in the future.  It was very nice to knit with though, and the color is beautiful.

    Pattern: Solfar
    Pattern Source: CookieA 2012 Sock Club, June pattern & yarn
    Yarn: Plucky Knitter’s Primo!, Color: Vintage Icebox
    Needles: US 1
    Date Started: 7/15/12
    Date Finished: 8/1/12
    Finished Dimensions: Women’s size medium





    • thewooleryguy 10:12 pm on August 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, 2 yards to spare…that’s crazy! Glad you had enough to finish your socks, they are GORGEOUS!


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