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  • knitting1105 7:36 pm on February 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Malabrigo Sock, Traffic Furniture   

    Shawl 1 

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    Pam and Barb from my SnB knitting group both made this shawl, Traffic Furniture – a really strange name for a pattern that I cannot quite figure out.  Basically, you start with a square and work out from that for awhile, then add extra increases at the corners to turn it into an octagon.  They had both used Malabrigo sock yarn, and I thought it the perfect opportunity to use up some of that lingering in my stash.  I loved the colors of Malabrigo when it first came out, and bought many different shades.  Then I knit a couple of pairs of socks with it, and they had holes in them within a very short period of time.  One was a favorite pair with spiders on it, they were beyond repair, so I reluctantly threw them away. Those I need to make again.  In the meantime, I had all of these beautiful colors, and I knew that I would not put the effort into making socks with them again.  I had thought of selling the yarn on Ravelry, but I would never get what I paid for it, plus all of the hassles.  So, this pattern encouraged me to use up that yarn.

    Of course, I was winding the yarn and getting the pattern ready the morning that we were scheduled to go to California for a week.  This was the perfect pattern, as it was lots of mindless stockinette and garter stitch.  I chose these colors to take with me along with a beautiful variegated that I did not have a photo of:

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    The shawl proved to be the perfect item to work on while traveling, it was all on a circular needle, and easy to memorize.  You first knit the center square section, then pick up around that.  I used the magic loop technique, would have been tedious to try anything else, and double points would really not have worked.  It did remind me why I do not like working with the magic loop, I still do not understand why some people prefer that one over DPN’s for socks, but at least everyone has a choice, and the end product is basically the same.

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    I cose to end with an accent color of the purple

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    It didn’t look like much prior to blocking

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    But proved to be an interesting shape, this photo is a bit distorted, it is actually totally symmetrical

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    It was sent off to my daughter-in-law and I don’t have any photos of anyone wearing it.

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    • salpal1 12:40 pm on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      interesting construction, for sure! I don’t like magic loop OR DPNs for socks, I use two circulars for the toe and a short circular (8 inches) for the rest of the sock. With DPNs, I feel like I am juggling Chinese food with chopsticks and losing it all, and with magic loop, I feel like I am constantly adjusting everything.

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  • knitting1105 3:34 pm on January 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy New Year! 

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  • knitting1105 3:22 pm on January 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Pussy socks, Women's March on DC, YinYang Kitty Ankle Socks   

    Pussyfooting Along 

    Last weekend when Sofia and Dan went to the Women’s March in DC, I sent along these socks for Sofia.

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    I love how they came out although the brown cat face on the pink cat seems to read better.

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    I really want to make a pair of these for myself.  Easy knit, what surprised me was how tedious the duplicate stitch was on these.  I knit them with my favorite sock yarn JaWoll (which also has a spool of reinforcing thread inside each skein), on size 1 needles.  This is a free pattern, YinYang Kitty Ankle Socks.

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  • knitting1105 5:05 pm on January 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Pussy Hat, Women's March   

    Pussy Hats 

    What a simple idea, to represent a strong political statement.

    I made several.  These 7 were sent to DC with my husband and daughter:

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    Here are the hats preparing to head to the walk (with their wearers also):

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    And, my beautiful daughter at this Historic event:

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    A sea of pink hats in DC.  What an amazing statement that a group of crafters and social media can make.

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    Meanwhile, after sending these off, I had 3 more that I needed to make, in a short time:

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    These made their way to the Chicago march with 2 of my best buddies:

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    The photos from around the world are amazing.  Pink ribbons of Chicago:

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    Hear us roar.  It has just begun.

     
    • Diane F Hamilton 5:38 pm on January 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing! Unfortunately Trump will try to convince people the numbers were reported incorrectly and has no clue that this was in response to his election. Thanks to Sofia and Dan for making the trip and you for making the hats. Did they run into Amber?

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      • knitting1105 7:05 pm on January 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I haven’t talked with Sofia, but I doubt it. Sofia was going to text her during the event. Although in Chicago, people could not get cell service because of all of the people. Glad they all went. Amber looked really happy too.

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    • Barbara Mayer 7:24 pm on January 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I loved being a part of this! What a great day!

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      • knitting1105 8:43 pm on January 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, it was an amazing event to be a part of. I have hope for the future working together with all these people. And knitters made a big impact!

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    • Pam 11:00 pm on January 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      A powerful statement by young and old. Now denying this.

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      • Pam 11:01 pm on January 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        That should have said no denying this.

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    • Joan 7:48 am on January 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I found a pink scarf and was so inspired by everyone. I am hoping legislators were paying attention !

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  • 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.

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    A felted Christmas!  How appropriate for a fiber artist.

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

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    And how could one resits these 2 guys?

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

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

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

    Another row! 

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  • 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:

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    Buttons in antique glass jars:

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    File drawers, with neatly organized pattern books:

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    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.

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    Those couple of boxes still needing a proper home:

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

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    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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  • knitting1105 7:54 pm on November 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    School Work 

    This semester has been extremely  busy for me, new responsibilities at school which have required a huge learning curve, taking a class, and trying to work my business.  Luckily I have a very supportive husband.  The course that I am enrolled in is called Adobe Illustrator, and is something that I will use in Architecture, and perhaps here on my blog also.  Our second project was an infographic poster.  I thought that this would be good to share here.

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  • knitting1105 1:34 pm on November 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    What did you do once you knew? 

    The events of the past few days have had me reeling.  School has been very tough, as my students are really scared of what will happen.  I have spent hours with them in groups and individually trying to talk things out.  I do not have any answers except that we all need to be connected, be involved and help others whenever and wherever we can. On Wednesday night we went to the Unitarian Church for a reflection time, which was very helpful.

    This is a favorite poem of mine, and came to mind.  It is so fitting to share at this time:

     

    And, last night I hosted an impromptu knitting night with friends.  Knitting makes me calm, and I had not had the time to knit, Dan was going to  Jazz band, and I knew that I did not want to be alone.  It was the perfect Fiber Therapy session.  I meant to take some photos!

    Now, what will I choose to do?  Definitely something.

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    • Louise 10:10 am on November 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for your post which set me thinking. We can’t spend the next four years wringing our hands. We can’t keep having the same conversations we had before this week over and over again. We need to move forward. Yes, love trumps hate. Joy trumps despair. Positivity trumps negativity. Productivity trumps whining helpless in a corner. Some years back there was a “movement” tagged “random acts of kindness”. Maybe we can revive that notion. I’d like to think that our knitting circle can continue to foster a weekly place of safety, laughter, inclusion and mutual support through good times and bad.

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      • knitting1105 12:08 pm on November 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Louise, thank you for your wonderful comment. I love our knitting group, and the fact that we have always knit for charitable causes. Perhaps we can spend next week talking about all of the positive things that we can get involved in.

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  • knitting1105 10:58 am on September 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Wedding 2 

    On Saturday Night, Sofia and Mark were married at The Cliff Dwellers, surrounded by family and close friends. It was such a perfect night, and they were both so gorgeous.  The Cliff Dwellers also holds a special place in my heart, as Dan and I had our wedding reception there.

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    A few months ago I had asked Sofia if she wanted me to make a shawl for her wedding.  She said no, that she wouldn’t wear it.  Well, about 4 weeks ago, I decided that I was going to make one anyways, how often does a mother get to make a wedding shawl.  I couldn’t really talk about it here, as she sometimes reads my blog.  So this is the silk shawl that i was working on, posed for just a couple of photos with the gorgeous view from the Cliff Dwellers.  The Jewelry that she is wearing was given to my Mother by my Father when they were dating, and I wore it at my wedding.  So perfect with the dress.

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    • Camille Wilson White 12:57 pm on September 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Exquisite work! GORGEOUS!!!! She will treasure her wedding shawl forever.

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    • Diane Hamilton 1:54 pm on September 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful daughter, beautiful shawl and a beautiful wedding.

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    • Jan Stewart 1:20 pm on September 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Love!!

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