Hello Vegas

The flight to Vegas this morning was good. A bit rough but I knit the whole way. Cathy’s bag is the perfect size. Three 50gram skeins of sock yarn. Needles. Pattern. A small bag of pretzels. Everything you need when traveling. 

The view from my room isn’t very good this time but there won’t be much time in the room. It is grey and raining. And only 8C. Not much better than at home.

Tonight is an early night. My flight to San Jose leaves at 6:45 in the morning. Then I’ll be running to see everything. And get lots of pictures. I’m getting excited!
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Due Respect

When is someone or something “due respect?”

Based on Title or Behavior?

Perhaps it’s different in a monarchy, where certain positions demand a certain amount of respect.  I’ve never lived in a monarchy, so I definitely don’t have that mindset.

Perhaps, my disillusionment with automatically granting respect to priests, monsignors, bishops, cardinals and popes in my religion-of-upbringing has brought me to different way of thinking on this.

Perhaps it’s the fact that much of my corporate life was in organizations where respect was given based on a person’s performance and it wasn’t conveyed along with a promotion or title.

But I don’t understand all these sheeple who tell me not to disrespect the President-elect because he somehow deserves my respect.

Honestly…I didn’t support him in the elections, I didn’t vote for him, and I truly believe that his election should be declared illegitimate based on the influence of Russian hacking on the election, and based on Comey’s odd behavior about going public about an investigation on Hillary Clinton.

I also vehemently oppose to his complete disregard for the Constitution, when upholding its standards is really what the job is all about.  He seems to be against most civil rights I hold dear, he has threatened the freedom of the press in ways that is terrifying, and he has encouraged hatred toward women, minorities and the disabled.

And to the people that tell me I should respect the office of the president, I have two things to say.  First, I didn’t hear a single word from those same people when photos or cartoons of President Obama and his family were displayed widely showing them to be bigoted caricatures of African Americans, or with a Hitler mustache.  Or when a speech of President Obama’s was interrupted with “Liar!”  Second, I will respect the office of the President as much or more than the incumbent does.  Donald seems to be treating it as badly as he did the businesses he stiffed on payments or the students he cheated out of an education.

So, no…I do not respect Donald.  And I won’t until he does enough to earn it.

Current Knitting

The Easton Logo blanket suffered a minor setback (is any setback minor when it comes to intarsia?).

I didn’t like the color that I chose for the “sky” portion in the first purple panel…I thought it was too red, so I ripped it out and replaced it with the same color as the “mountain” in the foreground.

I recouped all the knitting from the ripping-out and also attached the first purple panel and I’m much more pleased.  It will look even nicer once the inferred border of the top of the mountains is embroiders in a darker color.
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Another FO

It’s finished. All the ends are sewn in. I love it. I was going to take it with me but I’ve left it hanging in the store.

Pattern: Building Blocks (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 4 skeins of tosh merino light

Mr. FedEx brought in two huge boxes from Blue Sky Fibers this afternoon.

We are well stocked on Royal Petites.

100% Royal Alpaca. There are 91m on a 35gram ball and you need 2 balls to make any of these great accessories.

The Countess Mitts.

The Catherine Cowl.

The Buckingham Hat.

I’ve knit with the Royal Petites and the yarn feels great in your hands. It feels even better when you wear it.

Wow. The instructors for the Toronto Knitters Frolic look amazing!
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New Arrivals

A newsletter went out this morning. Before it goes I have Beth look at it to make sure there aren’t any mistakes. She saw the 21 Color Slouch from Blue Sky Fibers and asked me to bring her a kit. Expensive proof reading :)

Magnetic Boards are back in stock. We received just a few and more are coming next week.

This indispensable pattern holder is a handy way to keep and display patterns and charts while working on a project. Useful for all knitters, but a “must-have” for lace knitters, especially
Convenient tool for keeping patterns close and easy to read
Easy to fold and unfold for storage; Lays flat when folded
Can stand upright when folded open, vertically or horizontally
Snap closure insures that materials inside stay neat and put
Extremely strong magnets keep patterns and/or charts in place
One extra long magnet strip also works as an indicator guide
Handy pocket holds patterns and charts
Pen pocket keeps marker close at hand
Black poly-jacquard fabric is sturdy and easy to keep clean

A very large box of Opal sock yarn arrived today.



Now it’s time for laundry. I need to start thinking about what’s going into the suitcase tomorrow night.
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 This was the scenery for our weekly gathering for knitting together yesterday. 
 Isn’t it stunning?  
Her home nestles next to Lake Como and provided a wonderfully restful view for us from her living room!
This is my friend, Linda, my Mom and me!
We get together every week rotating homes and having a wonderful afternoon.
And became very silly when trying to take a selfie!
I did work on this-a sock out of Gumball colored KnitPicks Stroll.
I am using a new cuff of k3p1 which is not intuitive for me but I am sticking with it so that the leg looks like stockinette but has some hug of ribbing!

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A Pink Tie Event

Patons 9887

Yesterday I was going through a parcel of pattern leaflets donated to the Knitting & Crochet Guild collection, when this one caught my eye.  As it would – it is very eye-catching.  The description says “This modern dress with ‘kipper’ tie is right up to the minute!” – the minute in question being 1967, or possibly 1966.  

The dress has some nice features, if you can get yourself into a 1960s mindset – shirt-style collar and cuffs to go with the tie, and the wide point of the tie standing out against the paler pink.  And notice that it’s worn with white tights, which had a moment back then.

It shows the influence of Mary Quant on fashions – here for instance is a pattern of hers issued by Patons in 1966.

Patons 9701

I browsed through other Patons patterns published about the same time, to see of there were other ‘trendy’ designs.  There weren’t many – as always, many of the patterns were for babies and children.  And there were a lot of Aran designs – Aran jumpers were popular in the late 1960s.  And also this was a young fashion – most older women wouldn’t have dreamed of wearing a minidress in 1968.    But I did find a few examples.

Patons 9943

“Twisted rib and lace patterning make this dress a winner.” – I like the three different stitch patterns used in bands so that the fabric gets less dense moving from the hem to the neck.  The plain round neck is another influence from Mary Quant, I think.  (I also think that that hair isn’t all her own…)

Patons 9928

You could also crochet yourself a dress – “This attractive yet easy-to-crochet dress has a lace patterned skirt and a contrasting yoke.”

And you should wear your minidress with a beret.

Patons 9808

I think this one is very nice (although again you’ve got a warm dress with short sleeves).  There is no waist shaping – it’s just done by the change from stocking stitch to a wide rib.  Patons Bracken was a flecked wool, giving the oatmeal-y effect – very attractive.    

And to top off the outfit, you could knit your beret.  To emphasise that this was a young fashion, the pattern says that the largest size is for a girl of up to 16 years, though in fact a beret that fits a 16 year old will also fit an adult.  

My sister, who was a fashion-conscious teenager at the time, had a pink angora dress (short, but with long sleeves) and a matching pink beret, both knitted by our mother.  It was very warm and cosy, I’m sure, though it probably shed fibres everywhere.  The dress is long gone, but I think I may still have the beret.   I shall look.
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Madelinetosh is getting ready to dye an order for us. It is going to be big. 1550 skeins. That’s a lot of yarn.

Here are a few of the new colours coming in merino light.


Bronze Age





February is going to be a big month for shipments. Hedgehog is getting ready to dye our next order. LITLG. Lorna’s Laces…

I’m going to be a responsible person and finish a project on my trip. This is the 3 Color Cashmere Cowl in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock. There will be knitting on the plane but not much during the trip. I think there could be some yarn coming home from the show as well so I’ll have something for the ride home should I finish the cowl. How do you like my bag? It was a Christmas gift from Cathy – she made it. She’s been hoarding the knitting fabric and I was lucky to be the recipient of some. It’s the perfect size for plane knitting.
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Januarys Stitch of the Month the Honeycomb Brioche Stitch in the Round

On a Facebook forum someone was wanting to know what this stitch was, I researched it and found the name and how it was done on needles. I was able to translate it to the loom To enjoy this tutorial on how to do the Honeycomb Brioche Stitch in the round.

K: Flat Knit
P2tog: Purl 2 Stitches Together
K/SL: Knit the Slip stitch only, there is the yarn over and a slip stitch on the peg, only knit the slipped stitch.
SL/YO: Slip and yarn over the peg basically means you yarn over the peg with a stitch on it.

Cast On
Knit the first row after cast on

Row 1: SL/YO, K
Row 2: K/SL, K
Row 3: K/SL, K just before last peg in the row.
Row 4: SL/YO, P2tog
Row 5-6: K/SL, K
Row 7: SL/YO, P2tog
Row 8: K/SL, K
Row 9: K/SL, K just before last peg in the row.
Row 10: SL/YO, P2tog
Row 11-12: K/SL, K
Continue to repeat rows 4-12 over and over. 


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Januarys Tip of The Month How to Spread Out Your Ruffle Yarn Using Lace Techniques

In my research of ruffle yarn I noticed you use a lot of it and for a very small area and way too bulky. I wanted to have the ruffles spread out a lot more, better spacing. This is where I thought to add a lacing technique between rows of using the ruffle yarn.

I provide a video explaining visually how I do this. It works lovely and have a nice spacing and uses less ruffle yarn to do so, while thinning it out.

Ruffle yarn is lovely but I think is a wonderful accent like the fur yarn is. I intend on using the ruffle yarn in a variety of projects this year as an accent or panel. So keep a look out for projects using this technique.

Here is the video and below are the terms and written of what I am doing in the video.

When using the ruffle yarn place every 3 whole onto the peg. 
Also keep in mind your ruffle yarn is worked on the inside of the loom and your base yarn is worked on the outside of the loom. 
K: Flat Knit
YO: Yarn Over (lay the working yarn over the empty peg)
K<-: Knit the stitch and decrease to the left
K/D: Knit the Decrease (take the bottom loop and toss over the top loop)
P: Purl
CY: Change Yarn
R: Ruffle
B: Base Color 

Cast On using the ruffle yarn. 
Row 1-2: CY B: K
Row 3: K1, *K<-, K/D** (repeat star area to other side), K1
Row 4: K1, *YO, K1**(repeat star area to the other side), K1
Row 5: K1, *K1, P1** (repeat star area to the other side), K1
Row 6-9: Repeat rows 2-5
Row 10: CY R K
Repeat this 10 rows process over and over until desired length.  

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Youngest son said he really misses having an afghan to cuddle under for a nap.
He has lots of quilts from me and from his wife’s grandma but he forgot how nice a roomy afghan could be after napping after mine.
(I will admit, mine is a relic made when he was about 9 or 10 years old and he is now 30!)
Mom and I took that old one and figured out how it was made since I couldn’t find the little pamphlet I used to make it!
After a bit of trial and error, we have the medallions in working order!
We bought 5 large skeins of Red Heart yarn which is good for afghans, split them up by winding up cakes for each of us to churn out these squares-I figure we each have 70-75 to make!
(The colors are all the colors the ocean appears and we bought sand for the color to crochet all the squares together at their completion!)

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