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  • knitting1105 7:28 pm on October 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Here and there 

    My focus does not seem to be on any one thing lately.  I am busy cleaning up the basement in anticipation of some new Flor tiles coming, special ones for my knitting room too!  While it does take my time away from knitting and spinning, in the long run the organization is already helping me to keep on target and catalog all unfinished work and fiber.  I am waiting to unveil my knitting/crafting room next week when most things are in place.

    This is a project that I was working on with handspun, as suggested by Mrs. Peterson.  Any ideas what it will become? I used up some of my handspun from my earlier spinning days.  It seems to have knit up fairly evenly.



    And I am still working away on a pair of CookieA socks, almost to the heel on the 2nd one.


    Lastly, the real, in the flesh, copy of Stephanie van der Linden’s book Op-Art Socks came in the mail.  I was in love with the book just form the eBook version, but I always like to place my hands on and explore a real book.  I find them so much more inspiring, and it is easier to flip back and forth and do side by side comparisons with other books.  Can’t wait to start on a pair of socks from this collection.  Even if you do not like knitting 2-color pattern socks, there are plenty of single color sock patterns to choose from.  I think a must have book for any sock knitter.





  • knitting1105 3:02 pm on October 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Eiffel Tower, Paris   



    I love anything Paris, especially the Eiffel Tower.  This pattern had been in my queue for a while, and when I finished spinning the Falkland fiber Glacial, from Spunky Electric, I knew that I wanted to knit up this pattern for a friend.

    Preblocking you can even see the details of the arches and metal scrollwork.


    And after blocking it is beautiful.



    Pattern: Eiffel Tower
    Pattern Source: From Natalie Servant Designs
    Yarn: Handspun from Spunky Electric, color: Glacial; fiber:  Falkland
    Needles: US 4
    Date Started: 8/8/13
    Date Finished: 8/19/13
    Finished Dimensions: 58″ wide x 32″ deep

    • Manning 9:00 pm on October 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Oh Francoise, that turned out so lovely.


  • knitting1105 2:42 pm on October 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    A couple of weeks ago, I asked for some help in figuring out which colors to use for a baby fair isle sweater.  My knitting group, and many of you chose #4, and I proceeded to knit the bodice with that.


    Something was not right however, the jewel tones of the accent colors were fighting with the bright pink and soft orange of the body, and I ripped back what I had knit.


    The next time, I chose colors more in the same intensity range.  This time I was very happy.




    The sweater is almost done, just need to steek and knit the button band.  I think that I want to find multiple colors of buttons to match the accent colors.


  • knitting1105 1:34 pm on October 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Falkland Islands, , Polwarth,   


    FIHPCH-CTA-G-795-T  This fiber was from Spunky Electric, a part of the CTA spin-along on Ravelry this past spring.  Unfortunately, I did not finish this during the designated timeframe, but it was part of my recent bobbin clearing mania, and I am slowly catching up.  The inspiration was a glacier photo, and this really captured the nuances of the colors well.

    The fiber is Falkland, this is the first time that I have spun this fiber and did not really know what it was.

    The term, Falkland wool, refers to wool grown only on the Falkland Islands and not in any other location. The wool clip from these islands is a very good white and is grown from Merino and Polwarth breeds. The majority of the wool produced emanates from the Polwarth.  

    Fineness ranges from 18/19microns to 32/33microns with the bulk of the wool being in the 27- 30microns category. The length is 80-100mm with the fleece showing good bulkiness and soft handle. In some ways, and for certain applications, it can be considered better than Australian grown wool, especially for knitting yarn, where good bulk is required.


    It is very soft, and really puffed up a lot when I washed and fulled it.  It is already being knit up into a special surprise…


    • Diane 8:54 pm on October 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Love the colors, very pretty whatever it is.


    • Vonna 6:46 am on October 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Those colors are absolutely gorgeous!


  • knitting1105 2:32 pm on October 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

    Heart Healthy 

    This shawl was knit up for a charity auction this winter to benefit Women’s Heart Health.  The yarn was donated to my friend Jane from Loopy Yarns, and she asked me to knit something up with it.  Since it was expensive yarn, with a bit of Bison in it (90% Merino, 10% Bison), I wanted a pattern to use up as much as possible.  I chose Haurni, which I had knit previously as a gift, I had 2 skeins and since the border takes about 40% of the yarn, I started the border at a convenient point after finishing the first skein.  Fun pattern, and it did not disappoint a second time.  The yarn had a very high twist to it, and was not exactly soft to knit with, akin to knitting with cotton, although it did block out nicely.  Would not be my go-to yarn for a project.





    Pattern: Haurni
    Pattern Source: Free Ravelry download
    Yarn: Alisha Goes Around Tracks of bison Fingering
    Needles: US 4
    Date Started: 8/8/13
    Date Finished: 8/19/13
    Finished Dimensions: 58″ wide x 29″ deep

    • ghostfaceknitter 3:15 pm on October 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      interesting with the bison content. but you did a beautiful job. pattern is clear and perfect. 🙂


    • Diane 7:49 pm on October 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What a gorgeous shawl and to such a worthy cause!


    • Linda 8:15 am on October 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What a gorgeous shawl! Always looking for new patterns; can’t wait to do this one. Beautiful!


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