‘Tis the night before

We’re home from setting up for the Frolic. We have mannequins to dress and price signs to put up in the morning.

I spent a few minutes talking with Bristol Ivy this afternoon. If you are taking a class with her over the weekend you are very lucky.

Now I need to finish my shawl. There are about 25 stitches to cast off and the ends to sew in. Then a good nights sleep before the big day.

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Who’s To Blame?

With all the political bickering going on in social media lately, I always try to see as many sides to an argument as I can.  I find it useful, even if I’ve already decided which side I fall on.

Blaming Corporations and the Rich

A big part of the outsider movement in U.S. politics today is about demonizing how unpatriotic our rich and powerful can be, and how much the deck can be stacked in their favor.

In general, I agree with that sentiment.

I just listened to a shareholder meeting for a very large corporation, and I was shocked to hear shareholders who spoke about injustices at that meeting.  They called for ousting the CEO.  They spoke about the betrayal of having inferred promises of benefits to retirees taken away.  They spoke about the ravages to the Amazon River and it’s inhabitants that the companies efforts were causing.  They called the CEO a liar, heartless and a snake.

Most of what they said I think was true, and I was glad they had the opportunity to express their views.

But I also realized that the CEO was legally bound to many other stakeholders in the company who only care about the price of the company’s stock, dividends and quarterly earnings.

So, when this company takes away retiree benefits to the devastation of some of it’s longtime employees and retirees, he’s got a lot of incentive for doing that.  When this company arranges its business so that it pays no taxes to the U.S. government (in fact, it gets subsidies from the government), the CEO is doing the job he’s been installed to do.

When companies lose their social conscience, it requires the people and the government to step in and impose regulations that require them to be good citizens.

I think it’s time that that happens in this country.

Current Knitting

During the time I was deciding on whether to rip out the Niece Blanket, I cast on a new sock project in Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn.

Believe it or not, I ended up having to pull out most of this work as well…I thought the sock was too big and needed to reduce it by 4 stitches around.  I’ve almost gotten it back to where I started to rip it out.

I also got some additional work done on the Niece Blanket and I’ll have a progress photo next blog entry.

Again, I’ll leave you with a photo of my beautiful Finn.

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Ponchos are cool again

Finished just in time for the Frolic. Wannietta knit the poncho. I blocked it and sewed it together. This is backwards to how it normally goes. Wannietta had just finished the knitting when she drove down for a visit. To save on the shipping charges, she left it with me to finish.

Pattern: Churchmouse Yarns Twice Reversible Poncho (available in the store or on Ravelry)
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Cloudgate – Midway

From Churchmouse

Our new Poncho design is truly ‘twice reversible’: both the fabric and the shape can be flipped. This stitch pattern has two ‘right sides’ — versatile! We also added instructions for a nifty hybrid graft/seam for true reversibility. Wear your poncho point-in-front for relaxed ‘boho’ style or point-in-back for a little more polish. Options upon options!

This poncho shape doesn’t follow the usual conventions of sizing (bust/waist/hips)—it’s more about scale. We designed this poncho in two sizes so your result will be comfortable and flattering. The two keys to the fit are the neckline and the back/arm length. The width of the rectangle determines where it hits—we like just at the bent elbow, which is also just above the waist.

We chose Cloudgate for the chunky version of the poncho.

A springy bouncy bulky weight. With a 90% superwash merino wool 10% nylon fiber content, Cloudgate will feel luscious next to the skin but wear beautifully over time.

109m/120 yards on a 100gram skein

Churchmouse just sent out a newsletter with a remake of their Welted Cowl.

Our Welted Cowl transitions easily from late spring into summer (and fall!), and is warm and light at the same time. A two skein project, so it’s quick, and alternates knitting and purling in the round – just the right amount of variation and mindless. A fun way to taste this new yarn!

Pattern: Welted Cowl (available in the store or on Ravelry)
Yarn: 2 balls Rowan Softyak DK

76% cotton, 15% yak and 9% nylon means Softyak DK has a stunning soft handle and is a perfect transeasonal yarn.

I think we are ready. All except for one box from Frabjous Fibers that is caught in customs. It won’t be at the show but we’ll have it early next week.

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Kidsilk Haze has been a staple of Rowan’s yarn line for many, many years. Here are the best selling colours for 2016.

Our ever popular Kidsilk Haze is a beautiful and versatile fine yarn made from a blend of super kid mohair and silk.

I’ve heard it referred to as Kid Crack Haze. Once you’ve used it you can’t stop.

Birch is knit with 3 balls of Kidsilk Haze. The pattern was originally published in Rowan #34 but now you can download it for free on Rowan’s website.

The pattern is written for both a stockinette and garter version, your choice (the difference that even rows are either purled for stockinette or knitted for garter) and measures a generous 80″ wide and 40″ deep. Knit flat, starting from the long straight edge down to the point, this triangular shawl looks beautiful flowing free and open or gathered in close.

Now it’s time for Survivor. I’m almost finished the shawl. It’s going to be close.
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Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit

This is the pot of Gulf Native Sheep wool, soaking in water with alum for a mordant. 
This is the wool with the fermented but strained fruit juice.
(I have set the jar in the pool area to get the sun and heat up but not too hot!)
The color is really this bright fuschia!
I set the pan of roving with a lid in the sun for several hours. 
After I poured off the excess water/dye mixture, the wool looks like this.  A but more blue violet or violet blue! 
Next came a very good rinse followed with a long soak in warm water with citrus acid to help set the color.   The  roving is spun out in my washer and then hung in the bathroom to finish drying!
I can’t wait to spin it but I am going to wait until the TDF this July.  I am building up my stash for the big spin!  This was a great experiment and worth the work to see such a great color!

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Can You Say , "Hard Work?"

It’s funny to look at the pictures and see the kids always in water!  We really did walk, ride and enjoy all the yard , too, but when outside we do a lot of chasing not picture taking!  Ethan liked the bath better than the pool.  It was loud and splashy with all the gang in there!
See, Abigail is here.  In fact, after everyone gets out of the pool, she enjoys her alone time in the pool for girls only swim! 
The last night together night swim!
Grandma and Marsel joined them earlier but someone has to take the pictures! 
And the bottom sock is the one I had made before company….the upper sock is supposed to match the lower one.  I shouldn’t have tried to force my exhausted brain to knit in the evening.  I will rip it out on the car ride to Georgia tomorrow after we drop off the boys to their own home.
What a wonderful, hard, blessed week it has been!
(Next time you see a young mom with a couple of young children, give her some encouragement!  This is hard work to raise up healthy, happy and polite young people!)

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4 Sleeps. Yikes!

Classic Elite’s latest Web-Letter just arrived in my inbox. The Diagonal Summer Scarf looks great and is easy to knit.

We couldn’t resist re-knitting this scarf pattern from two years ago in newer colors of Bella Lino. The colors blend so beautifully!

The simple, reversible scarf is easily customizable to whatever width and length you want. Work your scarf in one color or many – since all Bella Lino shades have a flax-colored base, contrasting colors will blend beautifully (the scarf shown uses four different colors). Or work more visible stripes in the tone-on-tone, almost solid colors of Fortuna, Bella Lino’s sister yarn.

This is Cathy’s scarf that is hanging in the store. I hope she forgets that I have it :)

58% Linen, 26% Viscose, 16% Cotton
5-5½ sts/inch on US 4-5 (3.5-3.75 mm) needle
164 yards/50 gram ball
hand wash cool, dry flat
17 striping shades

Bella Lino is a lightweight yarn that creates an airy fabric with long, harmonious stripes. Great for warmer weather, each of the shades in the summery palette has a linen-hued base.

The store is a mess but Cathy will straighten things out Friday afternoon after we leave for the show.

Here is the floor plan for the Frolic. We’re in Kobayashi Hall, booth 10.

I’ve made it to the final colour on my shawl. It’s knitting time. I might get it finished.
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What month is it?

The NHL playoffs = lots of knitting time. And a game that goes into double overtime is great. Here is a much better picture of the shawl so far. I really need to get a friend at home who will model for me.

The knitting time has been cut a bit because I’ve been working on my tax return. It’s almost done. Then power knitting for Saturday.

My goodness it is cold outside. I’m not sure what month it is. I’m looking at the Weather Network on my phone and it says -2 for tomorrow night. WHAT??? At least it looks like a nice weekend. There is nothing worse than packing/unpacking for a show in the rain.

The Jays are on and I need to get back to the taxes. I want to do another hours worth of work before the Chicago/St. Louis game starts.
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Daunting or No?

Every time I find a mistake in my knitting, I always think that fixing it will be painful and impossible.

To Fix or Not to Fix

Indeed, that is the question.

Recently, I realized I had mad a mistake in the linen stitch blanket I’m making for my niece.

Here’s a closer photo.

See those elongated row of pink loops?

My first thought was I’m not ripping out 10 or 12 rows of knitting and keeping two colorways of yarn untangled while I do it, and then picking up 146 stitches in linen stitch.  The task seemed insurmountable…completely daunting.  It took a long time to knit those rows!  It’s hardly noticeable…right?  I continued to knit another couple of rows, realizing I was only postponing the inevitable.

I couldn’t stand to have that mistaken row left in this blanket…so as you can see from the needle-less blanket, I did end up ripping out the rows.

As usual, it took me very little time to rip out the rows, pick up the stitches and re-coup all the work I had done.

Why do I agonize over this every time it happens?

Current Knitting

So here’s where I am now with the niece blanket.

And here’s the closer shot, so you can verify I did, in fact, go back and correct the mistaken row.

All is right in my world now.
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