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  • knitting1105 11:40 am on March 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Rainbow Groove 

    This morning I woke up to several inched of surprise snow on the ground, and only a couple of days after the first day of Spring!  Not happy.  So, this bright post will remind me of what is sure to be around the corner: colors and flowers and sun.  My knitting and spinning has been on a total Rainbow groove, I originally called it a rut, but my friend Andi from SnB said that there is no way that rainbows are a rut.  Is it my desire for spring, or just need for more color in my life?

    First I knit with this amazing yarn, Monkey socks in progress.

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    Which inspired the purchase of this fiber:

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    Which prompted me recently to go to Knitterly Things, and look at her beautiful self-striping yarns, they have been on my radar for a long time.  So, my splurge included this Vesper Sock yarn, I was originally going to get another rainbow, but opted for a more serene color palate:

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    And, while I was there, these mini wee-skeins called to me to be knit up into something hopefully creative…

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    And for a true rainbow, I am making the Dot socks from the Vogue Sock Knitting on the go:

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    Here is my cuff, using JaWoll Sock yarn for this:

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    And to be totally forthright, as I was organizing and cleaning my stash today, I forgot that I had purchased this last fall at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool from River’s Edge Fiber Arts

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    Happy Spring everyone!

     
    • FogKnits 12:40 pm on March 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love each and every one of them! I’m a bit of a rainbow addict too 🙂

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    • Linda 5:07 pm on April 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful socks….love the orchid heel. I have not tried this pattern yet; makes me want to get started.

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  • knitting1105 8:00 am on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Colorful monkey socks 

    That amazingly colored rainbow yarn from a couple of weeks ago has become the beginnings of the Monkey socks by CookieA.

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    I love love love the colors, and was uncertain how they would knit up in a patterned sock, so I opted for the Monkey socks as they normally work very well with a highly patterned yarn.

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    It seems to me that even this pattern has not stopped the complementary colors from muddying out a bit.  Not wanting to rip back, I am opting to continue with this.  My thought is that a brightly colored heel will accent the colors of the sock.

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    Here are some choices, all from jaWoll.  My tendencies are towards the blue or purple. Thoughts?

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  • knitting1105 10:55 am on March 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Lloyd would love these sheep 

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  • knitting1105 4:15 pm on March 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Bright Rainbow 

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    Zebesis colorways have been in my head since the first time that I saw them.  She has totally captured the bright rainbow.  Until recently I had never been able to snag one of the braids.  Now I have.  And I can’t wait to spin them, not sure what they want to become.

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    She also gifted me these beautiful rolags.  I guess it took time to process my order, I really didn’t notice, but was so happy with these also.

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    Spinners should definitely check out her website.  I will be returning, these brightly dyed locks have now caught my eye…

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    • 1marylou 5:00 pm on March 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      These are so beautiful, it makes me want to learn how to spin.

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    • knitting1105 6:05 pm on March 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You should! It is so meditative. Like yoga with yarn to show for it afterwards.

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    • Diane 12:38 am on March 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love the colors, anxious to see what you you do with these beautiful pieces.

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    • leslieagray2015 7:59 am on March 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, WOW… Stunning! I am particularly enamored with the locks…

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      • knitting1105 10:57 am on March 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, they are really cool. Probably best used as an inset, I think that they may muddy out otherwise. Will have to try them soon.

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  • knitting1105 7:04 pm on March 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    More Year of the Sheep 

    Can’t get enough.  It will be a long time before we can do this again!

     
  • knitting1105 6:06 pm on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Animals 

    My little animal sweater has been coming along nicely.  The last time that I posted about it, I had only finished the row of chicks.

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    Quite a bit has been completed since then.

    Rabbits:

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    Next was carrots:

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    Then some really cute dogs.  These also required a shopping trip, as I just did not like any of the colors that I had on hand.  So glad that I took the extra effort.

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    After dogs, I really felt that there needed to be some cats, but could not find a good pattern anywhere.  So, I pulled out the little graph book that my husband gave to me for Christmas, and charted my own cat on a wall.

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    The cats turned out really cute,  They are actually a dark blue, not black.

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    Here is the complete project to date:

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    I also ended up ordering more of all of the pink colors, and found one of the old colors at Idea Studio in LaGrange.  A really great store, I have only recently discovered it based on recommendations from friends.  Highly recommended, they are so nice and friendly.  Wish it was closer to me.

    Sleeves are next, I think that they will be a little bit tricky.

     
  • knitting1105 11:00 am on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The Manly Art of Knitting 

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    The title of this book intrigued me.  It had been out of print for years, so when it was reissued, I wanted a copy.  A cover that has a cowboy sitting on a horse and knitting is just too good to pass up.

    It is a very short book, 64 pages end to end, and not a lot of reading.  The instructions for beginners are amazingly simple and basic, this would definitely be a book that I would recommend to a brand new knitter.  The illustrations are simple and direct, and not a lot of extra stuff that would confuse the new knitter. And I love the full page photos of what your knit stitch, purl, ribbing, etc should look like.  I have read other reviews that pan this book, but I think that they are missing some of the great things.  Is it a book that you would go back to as a reference, probably not, but a non-threatening book for a novice.  This is going with me tonight to knitting for other reviews.

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    The second half gets into actually knitting something that any cowboy would love, a bed for your dog, saddle blanket, hat, hammock…

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    Especially love this as it reminds me of my beautiful Appaloosa POA, Sissy.  We had such great times riding together.

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    The books ends with a “Problems” section to help you solve those early issues that befuddle new knitters.  I think that the book well worth a read.  Most would probably just want to check it out from the library though.

    A review from ginkopress.com.

    A cult classic, The Manly Art of Knitting was originally published in 1972, but has been out of print for decades. Fougner initially published this book in the hope that it would encourage men to take up knitting and that veterans of the craft would embrace this quirky manual. In this amusing yet practical guide to knitting, Dave Fougner provides step-by-step instructions for beginners and those taking up the needles again. The book contains helpful illustrations and wonderful black and white photographs. You can t help but smile at the shots of calloused hands lovingly knitting blankets for dogs and horses. Chapters include basics, pattern stitches (garter, stockinette, purl, rib, moss, rise, and basket weave), projects, and problems. Fougner proclaims that only a man would knit a hammock with shovel handles for needles and manila rope for yarn. Whether or not this is true, Fougner will show you how it s done.

     
    • Erin 3:20 pm on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a find! I love the cover and helpful tips, like knitting something for an uncritical friend… your dog. Priceless!

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    • AndreSue 11:40 pm on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great book review! I’ve seen the cover a few times online but didn’t know it was a real book! 🙂

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    • Christine 9:55 pm on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the nice review. I was the original publisher. I am glad it is in print again.

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  • knitting1105 4:27 pm on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Color for my Feet 

    This past weekend we took a city retreat for my husband’s birthday. Very luxurious, and let us ignore the long cold winter for a bit.  Of course, I needed to take along knitting, and it needed to be a small, portable easy to work on project.  Socks it was.  I chose this yarn, that I believe I purchased from someone’s destash, but i can’t really remember where or when.

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    This is so incredibly beautiful, I was saving it for the right time/person.  Unfortunately, this person stopped dyeing yarn a couple of years ago.  When I was winding it up I fell even more in love with the colors.  The dyer was Family Pendragon.

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    There was a last-minute urgent work item that I was tending to, and remembered everything but the waste yarn to do the tubular cast on.  I tried it using the same yarn to no avail, and then tried just a regular cast on.  The yarn screamed at me that it needed to be done perfectly, so I just played around with it, and when I got back home cast on with the waste yarn for the tubular cast on.

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    And I am so glad that I did.  At the moment I am doing a twisted 1×1 ribbing for the cuff, not sure where I will go after that.  I was thinking that the Monkey Socks by CookieA might be worth another go with this yarn.  In the meantime, I am really glad that I started over.  These will be so fun and bright.

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    • Erin 5:04 pm on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Gorgeous color!

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    • leslieagray2015 6:58 am on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Absolutely beautiful! My son walked by my monitor and was immediately struck by the stunning colors, so you know it has to be amazing! 🙂 What a gorgeous colorway!

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      • knitting1105 10:14 am on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks! I am in love with it, making me want to purchase some Vesper sock yarn now, which has gorgeous bright colors.

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    • elaine 10:26 pm on March 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a beautiful skein!

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