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  • knitting1105 3:18 pm on December 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    7, 6, 5, 4 

    No, not a countdown to New Years Eve, but rather a countdown of needle sizes to find the one that works best.

    This Christmas I gave Dan 14 skeins of yarn.  A brilliant gift, that gives back.  (Plus I had a $50 Gift Certificate, it was also 20% off, so a great bargain as well).  This yarn has been on my wish list to knit with.  It is Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed, the color is Birdbook (not sure exactly what that means).


    The sheep are all American, and it is processed in the US as well.  And soft to boot.  Here is the story of the sheep from Wyoming, and the yarn processed in New Hampshire.


    The yarn is  a soft woolen spun :

    The distinctive character of Targhee-Columbia wool shines in Shelter, our versatile medium-weight yarn. Shelter is woolen spun, meaning the fibers remain in a lofty jumble that traps air and offers remarkable warmth and lightness. Its two plies are gently twisted to preserve that buoyant quality, so Shelter is a little more delicate than most commercial yarns. Woolen-spun yarns are also more adaptable in gauge, as they can compress to a dense sport weight or bloom to cohere as a gauzy fabric when worked on large needles. Shelter has a dry, soft hand and a faintly rustic nature; woolen spinning sometimes results in slightly thinner or thicker sections, and you’ll find the occasional fleck of vegetable matter that proves our wool is never treated with harsh chemicals. Garments knit from Shelter achieve their full beauty after a wet blocking, as each stitch relaxes and bonds with its neighbors to produce an even, light, plush fabric with a halo. You shouldn’t notice any change in gauge. Shelter is designed to be a workhorse yarn that invites cables, ribbing, textured stitch motifs, open work, plain stockinette and garter stitch. We think it’s ideal for sweaters of every variety, winter accessories, and blankets.

    The green tweed is lovely, but I really wanted to make sure that Dan liked it as well, which he did.  Gauge on this yarn says 20 sts/4″ with size 7 needles.  I started with that, but it was so loose and sloppy that I tore it out, it probably would have been good to keep as an example.  Then I progressively went d0own in needle size, I was thinking that eventually the fabric would just become too dense, but it didn’t.


    Size 6 was still wonky, with large gaps between the rows.


    Size 5 was getting better, but not the fabric drape that I was looking for.


    Amazingly enough, size 4 was a perfect fit.  18 sts/4″.


    All the time while working these swatches, I was thinking that I wanted to make a sweater using the English Tailoring method that I had learned in a couple of Vogue Knitting Live classes from Julie Weisenberger, aka cocoknits.

    I chose the pattern Antonia/Antonio.  This pattern has a gauge of 18 sts/ 4″, a perfect fit.  I was prepared however to adjust the sizing once I got the fabric density correct.  I am not sure who could get the gauge of 20 sts/ 4″ with this yarn on size 7 needles.


    The sweater starts at the top and is knit down with no seams. I will add hidden pockets to this, and most likely a bit longer in the torso, as Dan is fairly tall.   A brilliant gift if you ask me, this makes gift giving so much more pleasurable.  Plus I can try it on him as I go.

    • Heidi Klick 11:12 am on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Cool sweater and great yarn. Totally captivated by Brooklyn Tweed yarn. Lovely feel to it. Biedbook is one of my favorite colors.


  • knitting1105 4:22 pm on December 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    A Felted Christmas 

    I saw this Nativity scene in a local store and couldn’t resist.


    A felted Christmas!  How appropriate for a fiber artist.


    I love the simplicity of the figures, the blank faces remind me of the Amish dolls.


    And how could one resits these 2 guys?


    Best part is that I mulled it over for a couple of days, and when I returned, they were on sale!


    I am not religious, but I do love the nativity scenes.


  • knitting1105 11:28 am on December 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Another row! 


  • knitting1105 10:57 pm on December 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    My Querencia 

    Querencia describes a place where one feels safe, a place from which one’s strength of character is drawn, a place where one feels at home.

    I first learned of this term in 2007 when my son, a senior in High School, had to write a paper for English (he got 50/50 on it too!).  Here is an expert from the beginning of his essay:

    Across the lake which separates me from my second home, buried in the trees which hide my secret love, atop the hills that allow me to admire my world, lies my world of bliss. It is the house of my dreams, my Querencia.

    Ethan wrote this poem about the beautiful lake house on Lake Michigan that he was fortunate enough to share every summer with his Aunt and Cousin.  I have kept this essay for almost a decade, and read it frequently.  My sister and nephew gave my son the best gift ever, that of time, rest and peace when he needed it most.  A lifetime bond was forged during those long lazy summer days with the beach at bay.  Thank you Diane, Steve and Traver.

    My Querencia is my knitting, and my knitting room.  I will never be as eloquent as my son, but I will try.

    Down the stairs which separate me from all lives worries and tribulations, hidden in a corner, filled with inspiration and color, lies my world of creativity and peace. It is my retreat, my special place to dream and recover.

    This knitting room has been a work in progress for many years now, and I truly thought that I would “unveil” it here long before today.  But even today, it is not perfect—missing those shelves for the cones of beautifully colored yarn, the inspiration board is not properly organized, and my project area is not tidy enough.  The woes of an Architect, it is never perfect enough when working for yourself.  I did, however, clean it up this past week, desperately needing a retreat from the awful relentless daily news.  And I gave myself a place to work, think, dream, design, and retreat.

    Here are some snippets, and I promise more:


    Buttons in antique glass jars:


    File drawers, with neatly organized pattern books:


    Colorful yarn for inspiration:

    Lloyd’s favorite toy, clean and white, and always looking at me.  Reminding me of the best friend I ever had.


    Those couple of boxes still needing a proper home:


    Which is why there is always a little red comfort nearby:


    The beauty of My Querencia is that it can travel with me, bringing peace, calmness and creativity wherever I go.  What is your Querencia?



    • Diane Hamilton 12:36 am on December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, I too have a copy of Ethan’s essay and always admire how well it was written because it makes me feel like I was back there at that moment. I think my Querencia is the same as Ethan’s, I loved the Michigan house and miss going there every summer. Thank you for sharing Ethan with us. Traver, Steve and I always treasured those summers at the beach house and it was always special to have Ethan with us creating a special bond not with just with Traver but with us too. Those are memories we all hold close to our heart.

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    • Elaine 12:40 am on December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love it! Your son’s words are beautiful, as are yours… And yes ~ knitting and painting! I Love my querencia. My fiber and art studio and the joy and peace it brings. Thank you for sharing yours… right down to the little red comfort 🙂

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    • Debbie Jarmusik 11:59 am on December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This was lovely. Just what I needed today.💗

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