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  • knitting1105 5:55 pm on December 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Merry Christmas! 

    My blog post is late, as are my Christmas Cards.  We were very busy in the couple of weeks up to Christmas.  The house had insulation blown in the walls and attic floor (what an amazing difference for this 100-year-old lovely lady —the house, not me).  That meant a lot of cleaning out in the attic for the couple of months prior, and after the
    was complete, a lot of cleaning in the house.  Originally this house was heated with a coal-fired boiler, so whenever trim is pulled off, there is a fine layer of coal dust beneath it.  Blowing in the insulation pushed some of that out  and meant a thorough cleaning of all the floors, trim, furniture, etc.

    Then it was time to go to Platteville and see Ethan graduate!!! It was not really his official graduation, as he is remaining a student to allow him to return to Tokyo to complete his Fellowship from 2 years ago which had been cut short due to the Tsunami.  His degree is in Engineering Physics, and he showed us many of the equipment that he built or worked on, very much over my head.  So proud of him.



    And for Christmas, my amazing husband got me this book, I love the resource books with traditional patterns.  This will be a great addition to my library:


    And this great wooden ball winder.  It is so smooth, and can wind those very large skeins.  I love it!  Have wanted it for years.  Now to just finish up my knitting room so that it has a permanent home.



    • Mrspeterson 5:57 pm on January 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Oh hey! Can I have your old ball winder? Mine is kind of crappy and skips when I go too fast. 😉

      (I have no shame. None.)


      • knitting1105 6:03 pm on January 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry, keeping that for portability. But, once my knitting room is all set up, you are more than welcome to come use the amazing new ball winder any time!


  • knitting1105 12:42 pm on December 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Languishing No More 

    My list of unfinished projects is way too long, and as much as I hide the bags away when I am bored or frustrated with a project, my Ravelry notebook is a constant reminder, in a good way, of all that I need to finish before starting a new large project.  This shawl, Roxanne mystery knit-along, was one such project.  The yarn was purchased in Michigan last year, prior to really only wanting to use my handspun for shawl projects. I knit it up, and then put it away unfinished, and when I looked at it all I needed to do was cast-off.  My recollection is that I was mulling over whether I had enough yarn to add a couple of more rows.  I cast off, and blocked this, now it is sitting in the gift pile.  Wearing my handspun shawls has really spoiled me.  The colors are not pleasing to me, and in looking at other finished objects for this pattern, it really works much better with a solid or semi-solid yarn.


    Pattern: Roxanne Mystery Knit-Along
    Pattern Source: Online
    Yarn: Schaeffer Yarn Company Anne
    Needles: US 6
    Date Started: 16/16/11
    Date Finished: 12/7/12
    Finished Dimensions: “Shawlette size”

    • Diane 12:11 am on December 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Your handspun yarn is gorgeous and this will make a great gift for someone. It is funny how things look different after they are completed. Someone will appreciate this and love it because it was made by you.


  • knitting1105 12:29 pm on December 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Lazy Katy 


    I finished knitting this shawl with the pattern that was gifted to me by my Ravelry Birthday twin,  ActiveNana.  The pattern name is Lazy Katy, and I love the shape.  I will say that the translations left something to be desired, but with the notes of others, I was able to figure it out.  I used some handspun, color Mediterranean that I purchased in 2011 at the Midwest Fiber and Folk Festival, and spun up this past year.




    Pattern: Lazy Katy
    Pattern Source: Online
    Yarn: Handspun
    Needles: US 4
    Date Started: 10/ /12
    Date Finished: 12/2/12
    Finished Dimensions: “Shawlette size”

    For my friend’s Birthday, I gave her the choice of these 2 shawls, and while she loved the purple color better, this was definitely a more interesting shape.  One Birthday gift becomes another.  I love the shape also, and see this being knit up again in the future, perhaps with a gradient.


  • knitting1105 12:07 pm on December 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Landfill Harmonic 

    Today is not about knitting, which I am sure will please my followers who humor me by reading this blog even though they do not knit or spin.  I saw this video and absolutely had to post it.  It is one of the most amazing things that I have seen, and cannot wait for the full film.


    This has special meaning to me also, as my friend Theresa and I came up with the idea for PING! 15 years ago, and it is a thriving organization now helping over 100 children every year to play music in the schools.  Even though I do not know how to play an instrument, or even read a note, I know how important music can be in someone’s life.  I have had a recurring dream over many years that I sit down to a piano and play an amazing concert.  Who knows, perhaps in a previous life.  In the meantime, knitting is my music.

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