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  • knitting1105 2:15 pm on February 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Free Shipping made me do it! 

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor my Batwing pullover, I needed to order some additional balls of Karabella Aurora 8 yarn for the collar.  Happily I found them at Hampton Knitting Yarn, and ordered up 6 balls in the now discontinued color.  Of course, that total came to almost $60, and shipping would have been an additional $6+/-.  If I hit $100, everything would ship for “free”….

    Who could resist that argument?

    Not me….

    A good friends swears that sock yarn does not count in your stash.  For sure, it is one thing that I will definitely use.  Nice handwritten thank-you note with the yarn, and some mints.  Quick service too.  I love the colors of the Cherry Tree Hill yarn, will be fun to find patterns for.

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  • knitting1105 10:08 am on June 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Closeout Sale 

    A local yarn shop, Knot Just Knits will be closing their doors in a couple of weeks.  there is nothing I really need, so did not go the first week, when things were 30% off.  I did stop by this week, and at 40% off, got the following items:

    A book by Lucinda Guy, I have 3 of her other books and really love the whimsical nature of some of the kids projects.

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    This cute dress intrigued me:

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    As did these moose mittens:

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    A Piecework magazine is always in order.  This seems to be the only magazine that I am purchasing as of late.  I need to add my magazine collection to the Ravelry database, and then perhaps I would use them more.

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    I also purchased this pack of sock yarn, I am thinking that it will make some lovely Fair Isle mittens.

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    Lace yarn to be used to make a shawl for the Go Red auction next winter.  I think that I will make the Gretta Garbo Shawl by Nancy Bush again for this .  This yarn is a bit finer, so might need to do additional repeats.  It is Findley by Juniper Moon Farm; 50% merino, 50% silk, color Serendipity.  Very soft, and I really liked another wool by Juniper Moon that I knit last Fall.

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    And lastly, there was some dishcloth yarn, that at 40% off seemed to be a good deal.  Might go back at 50% next week and see if any is left.

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    Oh, and Eucalan…

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    • elaine 3:16 pm on June 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Good finds! Sorry to hear of a shop closing though :-/

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    • Diane 5:27 pm on June 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I love my Greta Garbo shawl you made me…the pink will be beautiful. Looks like you found some much needed items afterall!

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    • Erin 11:07 am on June 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This comment is a little off-topic but on the subject of books… I’m trying to organize a tour of knitting blogs for my novella about magical knitting (Blood Stitches, Kensington, May 2015). I couldn’t find an email address for you, so if you’re interested please send me an email: mail@erinfanning.com. In the meantime, you can find for more information about my writing at: erinfanning.com. Thanks for the consideration!

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  • knitting1105 10:51 am on April 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    YarnCon 2015 

    Life has been busy lately, taking away from my knitting, spinning and blogging times.  I did pull out some time to make the trek into the City on Saturday for YarnCon.  For those of you not from the Windy City (wind from politicians not weather), :

    YarnCon is Chicago’s homegrown yarn-centric exhibition — a place to promote, sell, and celebrate the yarny arts. Started in 2007, YarnCon aims to be the premier market for independent producers of yarn, knitted/crocheted objects, fiber for spinning, tools, gadgets, books, patterns, instructions, and gifts related to spinning, knitting, crochet, and weaving.

    This was my 4th year attending, it started in a beautiful Park District building, which they outgrew, and now is in The Plumbers’s Union Hall, another neat old building. 2 of my fellow SnB knitters were trying booths there for the first time, so it was good to see them.  And, I ran into lots of knitting buddies.  Jayson and I trolled the venue first, then I went back and made only a couple of very discrete purchases.  My first was these buttons, 100 for $9, they will be perfect for baby sweaters.  That is a lot of sweaters!

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    Knitcircus was next on my list.  I had a skein from a couple of years ago at Vogue Knitting, and saw socks that she had made using 2 different gradient yarns, that hooked me.  This was my purchase this year:

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    To pair up with this:

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    And my only other purchase was also sock yarn.  Since these were all Indy dyers, the yarn was mostly sock and shawl weight.  Not that I am in the sweater buying mode anytime soon anyways.  My friend Andi always says that sock yarn doesn’t really count anyways.  This is fromThe Cyborg’s Craft Room, color way is Bangarang, love the sparkles in this.  Reserved for me!

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    And I took great advantage of the beautiful weather over the weekend to spin on the front porch.  This fiber had been on my wheel way too long, it is a gradient from Fiber Optic, Wild Thyme.  Plying it now.

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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 11:13 am on April 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Spring at last! 

     

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    I hope that everyone had a great weekend. It was our first Easter in 28 years without the kids around.  No Easter baskets for the first time also.  We had a quiet day enjoying the gorgeous day, and a BBQ dinner with great lamb chops.

    Sofia is visiting Ethan in Japan.   I love this photo of them.

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    Last weekend was the Lorna’s Laces warehouse sale just for the Windy City Knitting Guild.  Lynette and I got there early enough (in spite of overshooting our exit while chatting away) to get the last tickets for the early admission to the sale and got first dibs.  I picked up this Helen’s Lace yarn, color Glen Elen, to make a large lace sweater.

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    I also could not pass by this beautiful sock yarn.  quite a lot of color, it will have to be for socks with pattern that will not fight it.

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    If you like Lorna’s yarn and colors, they introduced us to their newest products.  Watch their website for an unveiling this week!

     

     
    • Diane 8:12 pm on April 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      It is so great that Sofia and Ethan got to spend some time together…I bet they both missed those awesome Easter baskets. Love the mint green yarn, anxious to see your sweater when it is done.

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  • knitting1105 6:16 pm on April 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Yarn Con 2014 

    This morning I went to YarnCon, held in the Journeymen’s Plumber’s Hall in Chicago, a nice space indeed.  There were more vendors than last year, lots to choose from.  Last year I went with Lynette on Sunday and we were one of the first 50 people, so got a great goody bag.  This year I arrived 10 minutes before the door opened, and there were over a 100 people already in line.  A couple of friends got there early and received the goody bag (to the first 50 people only), but it was not as impressive as last years.

    There was knitting performance art, not really sure that I “got” it, Mimi shared it on Instagram, as she felt the world needed to see this.  My photos are not the best, as they were done with my phone.

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    I met Martha at the event, new to Chicago, she has been following my blog!  It was fun to meet her and introduce her to some of my knitting and spinning friends.  My first “selfie”, don’t seem to ever like photos of myself.  I had a photo of her great boot toppers, but it did not turn out well.  Great to meet you Martha!

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    I went with the intention of buying enough fingering weight yarn for a very large project, and was able to restrain myself as I found nothing that was perfect.  I need 2,600 yards, so it needs to be the right choice.  My amazing restraint involved only getting 2 small bags for my knitting bag (from the same vendor I got my beautiful bag last year!),

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    And, some sock yarn for Dan.  This is from Anne Hanson’s new line, all American sourced, Bare Naked Wools.  The natural colors were so beautiful, this one is called Breakfast Blend.  It is wool, nylon and alpaca.  He loved the yarn, and I can’t wait to try it.

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    There is still time to check out the vendors and amazing selections tomorrow, don’t let my restraint stop you from attending, there is some really beautiful yarn to score!

     
    • Diane 7:35 pm on April 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Love the little bags. I think the group was knitting and meditating at the same time, reflecting on their lives.

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      • knitting1105 5:13 pm on April 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I hope they were reflecting. Performance knitting just doesn’t do it for me…

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    • tricotreat 5:01 pm on April 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Fun seeing you at YC and meeting Martha! I totally went back and got the yarn buddy. I’m so weak.

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      • Martha 9:21 pm on April 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        It was great meeting you and your knitting and spinning friends 🙂 I am so glad I found your blog a while ago and can put a friendly face to it. See ya one of these Sundays…

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        • knitting1105 5:14 pm on April 7, 2014 Permalink

          Good to meet you also. We had a nice spinning group yesterday, hope you can join us soon.

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    • Manning 10:33 pm on April 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Cute picture! I can’t wait to get my cast off so i can knit again.

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      • knitting1105 5:12 pm on April 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Cast?!!! I told Dan and he said that he had seen you at church, he thought I already knew. Not being able to knit would be pure torture. Hope you recover soon.

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  • knitting1105 1:48 pm on April 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Socks, Socks, Socks 

    There are always socks in my future, here are my next 3 sock projects I think, providing I find the appropriate patterns.

    First, my great buddy JoBeth went to Iceland for Vacation recently and brought me back some beautiful Icelandic sock yarn.  They love their socks thick, these will make great house socks.

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    And then, at one of the local winter Farmer’s  Markets, my husband chose this color for his next pair of socks.  It is 10% Bison, 90% Superwash, should make for some very comfortable socks.  I think that I will look for a great cabled pattern for these.

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    And lastly, this was in the personal destash of the local yarn shop owner.  I love these colors, apparently this dyer is not in business any more. The great variety of colors will cry for a specific design that does not fight with them. Purple and green are 2 of my favorites…

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    • Diane 11:35 pm on April 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Quilts in purple and green are my favorite colors too!

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  • knitting1105 1:09 pm on July 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Memories 

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    This shawl was completed last week, after I got home from Michigan, and finally settling down to my new normal.  The past 2 1/2 years have been traveling to Michigan, first to be with my good friend Judy as she succumbed to ALS, then supporting my Mom who broke her femur the day that Judy passed, subsequently contacting an infection in her knee that she was never able to overcome. I am happy that my life and work allowed me to be there often and when needed for both of these special people.

    This shawl started in the late winter as beautiful hand dyed gradient roving from Fiber Optic.

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    It evolved into this beautiful yarn, 1250 yards for 8 ounces, I was very proud of this output.

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    And finally into this gorgeous shawl which I started knitting on our first bullet train ride in Japan, and worked on while sitting with my Mom, finishing up after getting back home.  It is gargantuan, 84″ across, and when the weather is not so hot and muggy, will envelop me in memories.

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    Pattern: Ice Fantasia
    Pattern Source: Twist Collective
    Yarn: Handspun from Fiber Optic roving
    Needles: US 6
    Date Started: 5/25/13
    Date Finished: 7/7/13
    Finished Dimensions: 84″ wide x 31″ deep

     
    • Joanne Wood 5:25 pm on July 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      wow it is beautiful may it comfort you for many years to come

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    • Diane 11:03 pm on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      This is absolutely beautiful and what a wonderful way to keep Mom and Judy’s memory alive. Every time you wear the shawl, think of some good time you had with Mom or Judy.

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  • knitting1105 2:21 pm on February 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Let’s try again 

    I was working away on my Marigold shawl with my handspun from JulieSpins.  The yarn was equally split, and I kept weighing to make sure that I had enough to finish.  Sadly, the bad part about handpsun is that not all sections weigh equally.  I realized that I needed to knit back and take out one of the early repeats.  The needle placed part way down indicates how much I had to rip out.  The good news is that I have reknit this and more since yesterday.  The benefit of a boring mandatory meeting.  The color is not as intense in this photo, I will get better color shots when it is finished.


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    While nothing about these flowers looks real, I purchased them as they made me happy and brightened up a cold winter day.

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  • knitting1105 10:11 pm on February 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Rainbow Fracting 

     

    This is finally finished with the help of Kimber from Fiber Optic locating a second bag of Polkadots and Moonbeams pencil roving so that I could use up all of the Rainbow Gradient. The effect is like a fractally spun yarn, but the pencil roving is already space dyed in smaller color lengths. I am going to make a baby blanket with this one. Looking now for some patterns. 9 ounces, 1390 yards 2 ply.

    I was having some troubles on the swift at one point and had to hand wind from the end of that section until I got to the tangled up piece of yarn. I love how the colors wound into a ball also.

     

     
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