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  • knitting1105 10:33 am on March 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Centrino, , Ravelry,   

    And the Winner Is… 


    I made this shawl using some handspun fiber that had been dyed up for the KnitGirllls podcast by Fiber Optic.


    I loved the colors, and did fairly well with the yardage.  Then I went on a Ravelry search for a pattern that I felt would both maximize the use of my yardage, and also show off the colors well.  Centrino was the pattern that won hands down.  When the blocking was all finished and I had final photos I posted it on Ravelry, almost instantly I received a nice note from the designer, Laura Nelkin, complimenting me on the project and asking if I would post it on her forum, they were having a KAL for the first quarter of the year.  Happily I posted, and got dozens of lovely comments.  A few weeks later, another surprise, as Laura gave out a grand prize for the month, and she selected this shawl!!!

    Here is what I won, a complete set of ChiaoGoo interchangeable circular needles.  It was so exciting to win, I usually do not win things.  They will be accompanying me on an upcoming trip, and used to start a new project.




    • Diane 12:50 pm on March 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, the shawl is just beautiful and I can see why you won the grand prize. You continue to amaze me. Congratulations!


    • Carol Hoover 8:15 pm on March 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Your shawl is so beautiful. I love it. Your spinning is amazing.
      I’m so glad to see you having a good time with your spinning and knitting.


    • Janice 8:11 am on April 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What a absolutely beautiful shawl, love the colors. Congratulations on winning, you deserve it!!


  • knitting1105 12:29 pm on December 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Lazy Katy 


    I finished knitting this shawl with the pattern that was gifted to me by my Ravelry Birthday twin,  ActiveNana.  The pattern name is Lazy Katy, and I love the shape.  I will say that the translations left something to be desired, but with the notes of others, I was able to figure it out.  I used some handspun, color Mediterranean that I purchased in 2011 at the Midwest Fiber and Folk Festival, and spun up this past year.




    Pattern: Lazy Katy
    Pattern Source: Online
    Yarn: Handspun
    Needles: US 4
    Date Started: 10/ /12
    Date Finished: 12/2/12
    Finished Dimensions: “Shawlette size”

    For my friend’s Birthday, I gave her the choice of these 2 shawls, and while she loved the purple color better, this was definitely a more interesting shape.  One Birthday gift becomes another.  I love the shape also, and see this being knit up again in the future, perhaps with a gradient.


  • knitting1105 12:20 pm on November 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Just in time for my friend Sheila’s birthday party, I finished blocking the leaf shawl and weaving in ends.  I chose to block it with a ruffled edge, which I think was the intended result.  My blocking photo is very fuzzy, but wanted to include it for those who are making the shawl, there were a couple of “extreme blocking” examples on Ravelry which seemed to distort the pattern into something that it did not want to be.  That given, this was a challenging shawl to block out, and in retrospect I should have used my blocking wires.

    And here is my friend Julie modeling it at the party:

    Pattern: Dunabe
    Pattern Source: Janel Laidman’s Knitterati Sock Club 2012, September pattern
    Yarn: Handspun from Fiber Optic roving
    Needles: US 6
    Date Started: 10/ /12
    Date Finished: 10/19/12
    Finished Dimensions: “Shawlette size”

  • knitting1105 1:17 pm on September 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Birthday Sisters 


    On Ravelry, we have a small but wonderful group that comes together every year.  Our bond is September 22nd, and a love of fiber.  This is the third year in a row that we have done a gift exchange, and it is always so wonderful to have a present waiting, especially from someone who understands the fiber addiction/pull/love.

    This year I got this package from ActiveNana:


    Full of wonderful little packages:

    Beautiful bright roving, I think that this is destined to be spun and knit into Fair Isle mittens with some natural rovings:


    A hand knit dish cloth, in my favorite colors!


    Sock yarn, similar colorway, from Kokopelli Creations (not used this yarn previously) she obviously read my favorite colors:

    Wine lovers stitch markers!

    And who could forget Chocolate?

    And, I forgot to photograph what I made for my Twin Exchange.  But, I did learn how to sew a project bag, here it is in progress, alas not finished photos, so I will just have to make some more.  Thanks to Jane for finding this pattern for me.



    And yesterday I was out with my friend touring PARKing Day set-ups, and saw this beauty at a Vintage store.  Could not resist.  An original Eva Zeisel pitcher.  I love it, and it is my Birthday after all…


  • knitting1105 1:15 pm on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Echo Flower Shawl 

    Please excuse another clothesline model.  I should have taken photos when my daughter was home a couple of days ago.

    This is the Echo Shawl pattern, a free pattern on Ravelry.  It has a few nupps at the bottom, they no longer scare me, in fact I have embraced them.  Originally I had wanted more of the green at the bottom, but had to content myself with the look of a green “dipped” edging.  I had already ripped the entire border back twice (40% of the knitting each time).  Now I have a bit of the green to add to some mittens one day.  This fiber was my first gradient spin, I loved the colors and wanted to wait until my spinning could do justice to the fiber.  While knitting it up I noticed lots of irregularity, I have gotten much better since last fall when this was spun.  It has been hanging in my craft room, and the colors were calling out to me this spring.

    Pattern: Echo Shawl
    Pattern Source: Free Ravelry pattern by Jenny Johnson Johen
    Yarn: Handspun from Fiber Optic merino/silk gradient.  Color: Blush to Celery
    Needles: US 5
    Date Started: 6/14/12
    Date Finished: 7/3/12
    Finished Dimensions: 30″ tall, 66″ wide

    Modifications:  I added several repeats of the main pattern until I had used up more than half of the fiber (16 I think).  Then started the border,  & after the end, added another repeat of the flower petal, 2 rows of stockinette, and then a self-designed row with nupps, ending with the suggested bind-off.  This actually worked out great, as it pulled the V from the border nupp area out nicely when blocked.  I would repeat these changes again if I were to knit it.

    • Diane 4:26 pm on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      This is absolutely gorgeous and you are probably the only one who would notice the irregularity of the spinning. You must also feel good that you have improved so much in just a few months.


    • jettefierce 5:57 pm on July 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      that is sooo pretty and I’ve been looking at the pattern for awhile and now I want to make it for sure!!


    • Kathy 7:41 pm on July 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I love it.
      I love the colors.
      I just love it!


  • knitting1105 2:39 pm on July 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Spinning and knitting up handspun 

    The Tour de Fleece started on Saturday (spinning during the tour de France and posting on Ravelry).   I forgot to post on Saturday, and then on Sunday a powerful storm ripped through the Chicago area causing massive outages.  We were without power for a day and a half.  Luckily my neighbor had a generator that she graciously let us plug our basement refrigerator in to, which saved most of the food.  And that meant that yesterday, in the heat, with no electronic entertainment, I cleaned out the upstairs fridge, and it looks great.

    This is what I am starting to spin, from Woolgatherings, a roving painted for an SAL on Ravelry.  After my classes with Jacey last weekend, I came home, and was able to take control over my Jensen wheel better, and spin a very fine lace yarn with this fiber.  It will take me awhile to get through 2 braids,  but I love the colors and have not decided if the second ply should be the other painted roving or the copper solid coordinate.

    And I finally finished knitting my echo shawl.  I think.  I have ripped back the edging once completely and once partly, then added on to it.  I was using 2 gradient spins back to back, and wanted to end up with the green as the bind-off.  Just in case I still do not like it after it is off the blocking boards, I still have not cut the yarn from the skein.  The colors are a bit off because of the blue blocking boards.

    • Stefanie 12:06 am on July 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, love the photos! I was a little annoyed at my power outages on Sunday, but clearly should have felt fortunate, as my power was restored in a matter of hours. Glad you are back online…can’t wait to see what else you spin for the Tour De Fleece!


      • knitting1105 9:01 am on July 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks! Our power went out AGAIN last night, but this time for only an hour. If it weren’t so dang hot, I would not be so worried.


  • knitting1105 12:19 pm on June 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Midwest Recap 

    Last weekend I attended the Midwest Fiber and Folk Festival in Grayslake, Illinois where I took 2 classes from Jacey Boggs.  In spring of 2011 I had taken a weekend retreat with Jacey to learn to spin art yarns, not that I would use them much, but was looking for classes to improve my spinning in all different ways.  Jacey is a good teacher, so when I saw 2 classes by her, an all day one on plying and a 1/2 day class on drafting, I thought they would serve me well.  I was not disappointed, and I feel like these classes helped my knowledge and expertise to gel.  I came back home, and have been able to spin a fine lace weight yarn on my Jensen wheel (which previously was getting the better part of our struggle).  I learned long draw and chain plying (a repeat for both, but this time they seemed to have set).

    I did not spend a lot of time at the market, but had to visit the Fiber Optic booth, and I purchased this gradient, Chocolate to Aqua.  Having seen this spun and knit up on Ravelry, I knew that it had to join my queue.  Otherwise, I was good about not adding any fiber or yarn to my “collection”.

    Amazingly enough, nothing else tempted me.  Except this book,  Designs and Patterns from Muhu Island; Needlework Traditions from Estonia, which was edited by Nancy Bush.  Gorgeous knit items, woven items and sewn, it is a remarkably beautiful book.  It has been on my list to get, and I was able to look at it first hand, and it was 10% off.  I decided that it was meant to be mine.

    Here are some beautiful photos from this book:

    I ended up staying the night in Grayslake so that I did not have to drive back and forth, traffic can be a bear at times as I witnessed when I was coming home on Sunday.  This allowed me to visit Gretta’s Goats (check out her Etsy site for great soaps).  Doreen and I met Greta at the Vintage Market earlier this month, and purchased some of her wonderful goats milk soaps there.  Greta invited me out to visit the farm and meet the goats, and she had some mohair/cashmere fiber to sell also, and the first lamb clipping came home with me.  This is a photo from her site of Violet, a Pygora (Pygme/Angora cross breed) who produced the wonderfully soft fiber that I will process and spin.

    There were 3 kids who had just been weaned from their mother the day before, they were so hard to photograph, jumping around on all of the haystacks and anything else they could find.

    And we got to see the grown-ups with their traveling cabana that follows them for the rotational grazing, and some baby pigs as well.  This farm is an incubator for new farmers, part of the Prairie Crossing complex.  Requiring organic, sustainable practices.

    • Diane 11:24 pm on June 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like a very successful trip. I think when you guys retire you need to get a goat farm!


    • Stefanie 8:22 am on June 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, sounds like an awesome trip!


  • knitting1105 1:54 pm on June 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Knitting Denigrates Olympics? 

    This article contains the copyright infringement letter that the USOC has sent to Ravelry asking for cease and desist for use of the derivation of the Olympic name.  This is just a fun group trying to knit and enjoy the Olympic games.

    “We believe using the name “Ravelympics” for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games.  In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country’s finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work.”

    Don’t anger knitters.  The USOC has been inundated with letters, tweets and emails about the disrespect towards knitting in the original letter.  So now, their meager apology listed here states that we can all knit something that the Olympians can take along with them.

    One of those athletes should try knitting this sweater in 2 weeks time!

  • knitting1105 11:16 am on April 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    While waiting… 

    So as not to miss the UPS guy delivering my much anticipated new spinning wheel, I am sitting at home all day.  To occupy my time (in between some real work), I am spinning up this footnotes unspun from Fiber Optic.  This has to be my favorite fiber to spin, it is pencil roving and easily splits right down the center.  No predrafting is required, and I swear that it spins up faster.  The color is Black Coffee, and it is a wonderful blend of darks, very subtle and deep.  The yarn is destined to become some handknit socks for my husband (superwash merino + silk).  This is for the April Sash busters on the Fiber Optic group on Ravelry.  I think that I will make the deadline.

    I finally finished the singles of this multi-colored fiber from IntoTheWhirled that was part of Feb/March SAL, and that deadline missed.  I am really debating plying these 2 together or plying one with it’s coordinating pink singles, and one with the coordinating blue singles.  I worry about the yarn becoming muddied if the variegated is plyed with itself.

    And, I pulled the Greta Garbo shawl off the blocking boards and am weaving in ends.  In theory I should only have the beginning and end threads to weave in (spit-spliced the 2 skeins during knitting), but if you remember my row of shall we say “wine induced nupps”, I had to catch several of those and that gives me many additional ends to weave in.

    Remember my post from the CookieA weekend?  She wrote a wonderful post on her blog about our group, and I got a double shout-out!

    • Lisa 11:55 am on April 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Okay, I am dying to know….what wheel did you buy? I bought my Lendrum and after trying all the ones Fiber Garden had at our class, I am so happy with my purchase. I love my wheel. Don’t spin enough but I will soon…..


      • knitting1105 12:27 pm on April 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Check in to morrow and I will have photos! Hopefully it will not take me too long to put it together.


    • kathytny 12:47 pm on April 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I am very excited for you and look forward to see it up and running. I just got my Wonder Washer for felting and I can hardly wait to get home and felt some things in it!!!! (I had it delivered here at work.)


  • knitting1105 7:00 pm on March 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Another Mystery Project 

    2 months ago I knit a beautiful shawlette (as you may know I am not normally a fan of those miniature versions of the great shawls), there is a mystery project in the Knitterai sock club again and I loved the last project so I decided to plunge ahead.  The pattern called for green yarn, and after trying a variegated yarn, I opted instead for using one of the 2 skeins of Wollmeise that I snagged on Ravelry.  I want to really see what all the hype is about this yarn, and if it is mainly a scarcity issue, or really worth something.

    I am saving the green club yarn for the socks which I have also started, but not a lot to show at this time.

    I have only knit the first clue, I am a week behind schedule.  I have no idea what this long skinny thing will become…

    • kathytny 11:18 am on March 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Been starring at your picture for a few minutes and VERY curious myself as to what the heck that “thingie” is going to be! I love the color of the yarn, but green is my fave color.


      • knitting1105 11:21 am on March 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I know, wait until you see the second clue finished. It is a long, skinny cabled thing…


      • Doreen 4:44 pm on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I bet its a dickie. You know a piece of neckware that is supposed to simulate an undershirt, so that one only has to wear the dickie and an overshirt.


    • kathytny 12:16 pm on March 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Keep progress photos coming!


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