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  • knitting1105 2:13 pm on March 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Reef Shawl 

    Work has been steadily progressing on the Poppy Shawl by Brooke Nico.

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    If you decide to knit this pattern, look for the errata.  I found a mistake in the first row of Chart 3 and in the repeat width (it is 8 not the 9 std boxed out). When I emailed Brooke to ask if I was correct, she concurred and issued a correction on Ravelry.  It is a lot of knitting of the same pattern repeat, which is fairly straight forward albeit a bit boring at times.  I am very intrigued with the shape which is 3 triangles separated by 2 narrow rectangles (those are the sections with the nupps).  It should sit nicely on my shoulders and have lots of fabric to wrap.  One thing that I would like to change is the ending, rather than just casting off.  I have plenty of time to mull that over, still not finished with the first skein of yarn, my spinning was wound in 2 sections.

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    The colors are so gorgeous on this fiber, that I had to go back and see what the inspiration photo had been.

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    Which generated this colorway:

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  • knitting1105 1:31 pm on March 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Because I love color! 

    This long, dreary, cold, icy, snowy, interminable winter is getting to me. My spring break last week was hardly that, and they are calling for snow this week! Color is a great comfort. So, I pulled out the yarn that I had spun this winter, Reef by Fiber Optic.

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    And I turned to my new book, Lovely Knitted Lace by Brooke Nico to choose a pattern.

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    While this is not the pattern that I really want to knit from the book, I like the look the yardage requirements were almost perfect.  Poppy Shawl.

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    Here is my start.  At least the sun was shining for photos.

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    • Diane Hamilton 8:39 pm on March 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Love the colors, it will look beautiful on you as you watch the sunset on Lake Michigan!

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      • knitting1105 1:35 pm on March 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, it is indeed a sunset shawl!

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    • Linda 6:17 am on March 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Wow!! This is going to be beautiful! Can’t wait to see the finished garment.

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      • knitting1105 9:25 am on April 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, maybe another week of knitting…

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  • knitting1105 1:30 pm on March 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Soft to the Hand 

    I recently finished the second of my 12 items for the Spin the Bin Challenge.  This was a fiber from River’s Edge Fiber Arts, called Monkey.  Silk, bamboo and Merino.

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    It was a dream to spin, but the fiber was so silky that it was not a fine spin.  Thinking that this would feel so good on my hands, I chose to make a 3ply yarn for some future mittens.  Yardage was not as good as I would have liked, 160 yards of 3 ply, 4 oz.

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    On the knitting front, I am currently finishing up some CookieA socks from my last club shipment last winter.  The yarn is Tanis, made in Canada. 70% super wash merino, 20% cashmere and 10% nylon.  Look at their website, the colors are amazing (my color is off in this photo, it is really a lovely soft green, color Julep, which describes it well). This yarn, called the “Purple Label Cashmere Sock” is a dream to knit with, I have another skein in my stash that was from my birthday Twin that I now can’t wait to pull out.  Not sure how easy this yarn is to get in the US, that was the great thing about the past 2 sock clubs, was finding and trying yarns that I would not have necessarily found on my own.   Even though I have size 9 feet, I am knitting the size small in Cookie’s pattern.  When I took classes from Cookie, I realized that she knits so incredibly tight that my gauge is never the same as hers.  Not sure yet if these are for me or a gift…

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  • knitting1105 7:02 pm on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The color of Amish 

    Sometime last year I purchased this braid of fiber from JulieSpins.  This is one of the braids from my Spin the Bin challenge

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    Her fiber and sense of color are wonderful, this was very different from what I am usually attracted to, the color was called Amish.  I wasn’t really sure about the name, I work with the Amish, and wondered about using that title.  Then I started to spin it, and it morphed into these lovely muted shades.

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    It got me thinking about the colors of Amish.  Their quilts have always intrigued me, the dark offsetting the wonderful colors within.

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    And I found more inspiration in the traditional clothing, which if not from natural dyes, surely mimics them well.

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    And Amish scooter colors!

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    This will be very interesting to ply up.  I think that it will make a gorgeous scarf.  Perhaps appropriate for my husband.  My hope is that it will not muddy out when just doing a 2 ply.  I was tempted to make it a 3 ply to avoid that, but wanted the yardage.

     
    • Linda 1:12 pm on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Amish do not wear red or orange. I have never seen them wearing bright green or yellow either. Red and orange are colors of the devil. I do not even wear red or orange when I visit their community. They also don’t pose for pictures which are a graven image.

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      • knitting1105 6:40 pm on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Linda, Thanks for reading my blog. I was comparing the colors to the items that I see in their community. I have worked with the Amish Community for 20 years. I think that the colors as they spun up were a great representation of the muted colors that I see in their quilts and clothing. That was my point in the blog. I love how it spun up, and when I first saw the braid, I did not know where the color name was coming from.

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  • knitting1105 6:08 pm on March 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Birthday Mr. Rogers! 

    To the gentle man who always wore sweaters knit by his own mother.

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    “As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has–or ever will have–something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.”

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    • Martha 10:21 pm on March 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hello! I have been following your blog for a few years, and I just moved to Chicago for a new job. I want to connect with you and find out more about spinners in Chicago and the fiber community in general. I have only been here for a few weeks but am anxious to get connected with knitters and spinners here. Thank you very much!

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      • knitting1105 5:03 pm on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I am so flattered that you have been following my blog! I will email you and hopefully we can meet soon! Welcome to Chicago!

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  • knitting1105 1:52 pm on March 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Lace in my future 

    Recently, I have added a few knitting books to my fairly expansive knitting book library.  These are the newest lace books. First I purchased The Magic Of Shetland Lace Knitting which had been on my Amazon wish list for a while, and when I placed an order recently decided that it was time to purchase this book. This book is primarily a short review of Shetland knitting, details of lace knitting, and an awesome stitch pattern dictionary.  There are a few projects at the end, I would recommend this book more as a source book. Techniques for designing your own Shetland shawl are incorporated in the book.

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    After showing this book to a knitting friend, she recommended A Legacy of Shetland Lace, written by the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers.  This is the polar opposite from the previous, as it is basically a book of lace patterns. Nothing is screaming out to me to knit at the moment, but I will come back to this at some point in the future.  Here is a really great review of this book by Kate Davies.

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    Lovely Knitted Lace is a brand new book by Brooke Nico, which has 16 beautiful projects using the 4 basic shapes of triangles, rectangles, circles, and squares.  Last Fall I took a class from Brooke at Vogue Knitting Live and fell in love with some of the samples from this book, in particular the Camellia Dolman (which is featured on the cover).  This one definitely has my name on it, I really want to make it with handspun, but may not be able to wait for the spinning as the yardage is large.  The concept of lace knitting some uniquely shaped garments really intrigues me.

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  • knitting1105 2:45 pm on March 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Knitters are amazing! 

    Both my SnB group and a monthly Saturday group agreed to knit scarves for the local group, PADS, which works with homeless people.  At the end of February, we were able to deliver 20 scarves to the organization, still in time for this cold, lingering, nasty winter.  I am so proud of my fellow knitters, whenever there is a call, they step up.  This is right on top of knitting for the American Heart Association Go Red charity event.

    Here are some photos that we took before delivering them.

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    I chose to make a shawl, this is the pattern In the Age of Brass and Steam.  Just wish that it had been a bit larger.  We hope to repeat this next Fall, and I will make a couple of shawls for that.

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