Thursday, February 1, 2018

KAL AT THE KNITTING GARAGE

DEAR FELLOW KNITTERS,

TODAY I SIMPLY WANT TO PASS ON INFORMATION ABOUT A KAL YOU MAY ALL WANT TO JOIN IN.

THINK SPRING, THINK LACY LIGHT SHAWLS, THINK BIRDS OF A FEATHER.

Click here for more information:

https://us2.campaign-archive.com/?u=bb098aa17a5db3bbfc56e8b84&id=023671a85a 

You can order yarn right off the web page or come into the store to pick your own combo.


Set-up section finished

 

 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Finished projects 2018

I want to share some projects I finished this month

  • Dog Sweater

    A friend of mine moved to Maine last year and when it turned soooo bitter cold I  had my needles flying to knit up this dog sweater for her Westie <3
    If you want to know which pattern I used ect, click here:  Harry it's Cold Out There  
 



  • Dishcloth

    When I saw this free pattern on line I was intrigued and had to give it a try.  I absolutely love the texture and clever color pattern.
    Click this link for more information: Pretty as a Tapestry 
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  • Lacy Summer Top

    I like dreaming of warmer weather in the midst of Winter.  This was a fun knit which had been in my queue since ages.  Love the outcome and looking forward to wear it.
    Here is a link to more detailed notes: Walking on Sunshine 
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  • About classes:  I had a schedule written out, but dismissed it for various reasons.

    If you are interested in learning a new technique or want to knit up a project with my help, please contact me and we can come up with some private lessons.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

New Years Resolutions; knitwise

As the year is winding down and we are about to ring in 2018, most of us reflect on what the past twelve months have brought and make a list of which changes we want to work towards not only in our communities and work environments, but also on a more personal level in our daily routines and in ourselves.
Many New Years Resolutions contain a list of how we want to better ourselves...take better care of ourselves, 
  • build stronger bodies with more exercise and a healthier diet, 
  • be more kind to others and less selfish, 
  • be less tardy and more on time, 
  • focus more and be less distracted and so on...
Being a practical person I wonder how I can bring about these changes in a very hands-on way.
I focus on knitting which in itself is a very tactile activity and decide to 
  • not sit too much, but knit the next 10 rows only after having taken a walk and keep my hands too busy to reach out for snacks.
  • knit more for others , especially charity
  • pace myself to have a project finished in the time I decided on even if I make myself work just 1/2 hour a day on a project which turned out to no longer be fun.
  • the act of knitting helps greatly with brain function and focus....
These are just a few general thoughts incorporating knitting into my New Years Resolutions.

I also want to share my list of projects I want to see finished in 2018 

Here is my queue on ravelry and a list of projects I am about to start more or less in the order I decided on.  Of course there are always additional projects:  Socks (I always have a pair of socks on my needles), gifts (still have to decide on what when and for whom). 
 

My queue on ravelry

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Trestle sweater


a skirt (I already have one of these and love to wear it)

I made this sweater before and could work the pattern in the linen

I am not sure if I will make the Ello Vest or something else in this yarn

I got this for a KAL.  I like the oversized cardigan and the designer.

For Tony's next pair of socks.



















 Last, but not least a call out to all of you:  

What kind of class would you like to see offered this Winter/ Spring ?

Is there a new technique you want to learn?

Do you want to tackle a larger project?

Let me know ; I always welcome your feedback.

!HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

LAST MINUTE Holiday knitting

No pressure, 

but the first day of Hanukah is less than one week away and Christmas just over two weeks.

If you want to give that special hand-knitted gift, here are some guidelines. ideas and patterns which you may want to consider.
If you don't mind giving someone an unfinished project with the promise to finish it, then all doors are open.  But if you want the gift to be finished with all yarn ends woven in and wrapped with a pretty bow on top, then consider this:
The key is, to look at the yardage used for the pattern and then decide if you have enough time to knit it up.
For example, if you are planning on knitting a hat for someone and you love that pretty fingering weight yarn, bear in mind that you need approximately 400 yards of yarn to finish the hat and this may take some time.  But if you choose heavier yarn it only takes less than 100 yards to knit up a hat and you can get it done in time if not even on your way to the holiday party!

PONCHO

 

For that special someone and if you have a little more time.
Only two skeins (262 yards) of Borgo de 'Pazzi Naturalia

 HATS

Only one ball (87 yards) of Cascade La Grande if you make  a smaller pompom; or add a fur pompom for even more speed :)
Only one skein (90 yards) of Madeline Tosh ASAP.
Only one skein of Loopy Mango # 5 (70 yards)
Only one skein of Loopy Mango #5 (70 yards)

COWL  

Only 106 yards of super bulky yarn such as Cascade Magnum

BLANKET

Only one skein of Loopy Many Big Loop (125 yards) and it really only takes hours to make.

FOR BABY 

Really any baby things are quick to knit up as they are so little :) <3
  • Headband (free pattern!)
Only about 35 yards of worsted weight yarn

BEAUTY AND HOUSEHOLD



 100 yards of worsted weight cotton


 100 yards of worsted weight cotton
 40 yards of worsted weight cotton


25 yards of worsted weight yarn and fiberfill.
15 yards of worsted weight yarn and a small button
I am wishing you all much happiness during your holiday knitting <3


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 
  • I am thankful for Sheep and rabbits and alpaca and flax and cotton and all the fibers which make yarn. <3
  • I am thankful for knitting needles and crochet hooks.
  • I am thankful for instructions and patterns which help me make beautiful things.
  • I am thankful for the ability to knit or crochet things and help others with their projects.
  • I am thankful for knitters who help me when I am stuck with a project.
  • I am thankful for all of my knitterly friends and those who crochet.
  • I am thankful for muggles ( people without the magic powers of knitting or crocheting). They have other powers I admire :)
  • I am thankful for each one of YOU.

Enjoy your day, your meal, your family and your knitting as I will.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Do I need intervention?

" Hi, I am Doris, and I am presently working on my twenty-eighth pair of socks."



 

I started these during the S&W Festival when I had a quiet sit down

 

Seriously, I just recently thought about just how many pairs of socks I have knitted (mostly) for my husband alone.  The other day I had ten pairs drying on my clothes dryer (I wash them in the machine on the hand- wash cycle and then line-dry them) and he still had enough pairs to last him another week at least.
Please note that all captions under the pictures are links to my ravelry posts with detailed information such as yarn and pattern used .

Have I turned into a sockaholic?

Honestly, I don't even count knitting socks as a new project.  When I say "I will not start anything new until I have finished such and such project", it is a given that I do have a pair of socks on my needles.  Let's face it they are small enough to transport easily and pull out anywhere anytime to knit a few rows or even just a couple of stitches or turn a heel. They are also easy enough (depending on stitch pattern) to work on while chatting or watching TV.

I didn't start that way.  

When I got back into knitting around 2005, my friend Mary Pat gave me some pretty sock yarn and two sock knitting patterns.  I dismissed the patterns, because I thought the yarn was far too pretty to wear on your feet and made shawls out of the sock yarn.

Shawl 1

Shawl 2
Another friend, Marie-France, kept telling me how much fun sock knitting is, but I po-poohed the idea.

And then it happened.

The  year was 2011 when I saw this really pretty self patterning sock yarn while on vacation on the Outer Banks.  The yarn even came with a free pattern written by the shop owner, Jeanne, and was marked "easy". Christmas was not far off and one of my sons, Richard, was into snowboarding.  So, why not knit a nice pair of warm socks for him?!
And so it started.

My first pair of socks

Of course I could not make just one pair for one son, I had to make a pair for my husband, Tony

Tony's first socks

and for our eldest son, Gerry

Gerry's socks

and for our youngest son, Matthew.

Matthew's socks


And THEN a friend gifted me a ball of German sock yarn "Zauberball".  And it would have been meaningless for anyone else to receive socks made out of that, so I made a pair for myself and whenever I wear them I do think of Erica 😍.

Socks for me
That should probably have been enough:  One pair of handknitted socks for each member of the family; five pairs total.

BUT what do you do when one of the recipients swears that the socks you knitted are the only socks which ever fitted.
So, I HAD to knit my husband a few more pairs of socks.

Socks 2 for Tony

Socks 3 for Tony

And then another fatal incident, finding the perfect pattern.

One seemingly ordinary day my friend Bobbi told me about this new well fitting heel-construction and of course I had to try it.
And promptly fell in love.....
So, since then, I am only knitting two-socks-at-a-time toe-up and use the FLK heel construction.

socks 4 for Tony with first FLK Heel

Socks 2 for me
More socks for Tony
Tony's birthday socks 2015
Didn't use the FLK for these
Smaller version of the "Elementary Watson" socks for me incorporating the FLK Heel
Knitted these when giving a sock knitting class in Rhinebeck
Lacy socks for me in my favorite color
First pair of Cotton Socks for Tony; Summer 2016
Perfect fit every time: more cotton socks
I could not resist the color Cotton Socks for me
...this time Liverpool Red Socks (Cotton)

Always knitting...





More Cotton Socks for Summer :)
More Cotton Socks, playing with color
I had to try some Hedgehog Fiber for myself
Birthday 2017; in all the socks I made so far other than the cottons this yarn seems to hold up the best (no pilling)
His and hers Anniversary Socks; July 1st, 2017
Color "Kingfisher" WYS British Birds Series for my fisherman
And these Cotton Socks are presently on my needles, but not for much longer

So there, I admit it, I am a sockaholic, but I have no regrets, so don't stop me.

I dare you to give it a try yourself and see where it takes YOU.  

Perhaps take a sock knitting class next time I offer it (most likely in January/ February).

Disclaimer:   The timeline is not 100% correct, but it makes for a good story ;)