Happy Halloween. We forgot about jack o’ lanterns so Beth bought pumpkins this morning. There wasn’t a lot of selection and there definitely wasn’t time to carve. She bought eyes at Party Packagers and got out her Sharpie. The eyes light up but the picture didn’t turn out.

Last year we didn’t have many kids. This year has been different. It’s like they came by bus. There has been so many that Beth is standing on the front porch to hand out candy. There was no sense coming in because she’d close the door and more kids were here.

Mr Canada Post was at the store bright and early with two boxes. The first was from Cocoknits.

The Small Stitch Markers are so cute.

These are the mini version of our popular ring stitch markers. They are brightly colored and easily seen when marking rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Made of nylon coated steel. Stitch markers accommodate up to US 7 / 4.5mm needle.

Stitch Stoppers

Colorful EVA foam plugs that slide all the way onto needles (not just on the tip) to secure your stitches. They also slip onto interchangeable needle cords to keep your stitches from sliding off while you try on your top-down garment or use your needles elsewhere.

Small Stitch Stoppers work for cords and needles up to size US 8 / 5mm.

Yarn Snips

This rustic, one-piece snip is made of forged black steel and comes packaged in a kraft tube for easy portability and storage. 4″ in length.

See all the notions…

The second box was from Blue Sky Fibers. Lots and lots of Woolstok.

Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok is strong and sturdy and gently plied. Shows off pattern and texture in crisp relief, making it an ideal yarn for these warm cabled accessories. Surprisingly soft, lofty and light – you can almost feel the lanolin in this select 100% Peruvian Fine Highland Wool. A wonderfully expansive palette of twenty-one colors inspired by the craggy, unspoiled terrain of Peru.

Last week when it was really cold out I wore the Endless Wrap. I love it.

I think I really need it in 1309 Earth Ivy. I’m not a green person but this colour is calling me.

Beth has come in three times now for more chocolate. We’re on the last box – I hope the kids start to slow down. I have a small pile set aside for myself and I’m afraid that Beth is going to take them.

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Yesterday afternoon I took a few minutes on Ravelry to see what people have knit with Skinny Singles. I came across this pattern from Ambah O’Brien. How come I haven’t noticed this before?

Pattern: Merinda (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 3 skeins of fingering weight yarn

Eye-popping neons, speckled hand-dyes, elegant neutrals…
Merinda is an opportunity to let your colour style shine.
Written for three colours, it is easily adapted to suit any combination. Plus, Merinda’s rhythmic increases pair with asymmetrical triangular shaping to create a shawl that is terrific to knit and easy to wear. Sublime!

Suitable for an advanced beginner knitter.

Speaking of Skinny Singles, I’ve been working away on Outline today.

They’re not here yet but I’ve been tracking the package. The US Post website says that they should be delivered early this week.

Mom and dad have another group of visitors this week. Lucy is loving all the attention. She is looking HUGE. Dad says that she can rest her head on the kitchen table now.
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Studio Saturday

First thing to catch my attention was the  cross body bag I designed-it went without a hitch for the most part.  I lost my head a few times but no major detours!
This is the last of the flamingo fat quarter;  I sure got my miles out of it! 
The back also gets a pocket now and I added my little label!
Very cool, if I do say so myself!
Next, I finished my latest homework for my art class.
This is a peek at Crescent Lake which we had to draw and paint.
I labored long and hard with the sky and water and loved what I could do. 
But I have learned a fatal lesson for this picture-when you mat it, you lose 2″ around and I didn’t factor that in… see how I lose my sky-my little bit of blue is cut out when I put the practice mat against the picture?!
I’m not sure what to do.
So I will wait and turn it in next Saturday and figure it out with the teacher. 
On to other more successful endeavors-I put the binding on the butterfly quilt and through it into the washer. 
I am enjoying the freedom I am experiencing at the frame.
It makes it so much more pleasurable! 
I went right to work on the rainbow quilt and have the binding all cut and on in no time. 
This sure gives your brain a color boost!
Washed, dried and in the donation pile they go!

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This morning I put on a shawl that has been hanging in the store but I’ve never worn.

Pattern: Derecho by Laura Aylor (purchase on Ravelry)
The shawl above is knit in Mrs. Crosby Satchel and below in tosh sock.

I’ve loved this shawl from the first time I saw the pattern. Since I can’t knit fast enough Lynda knit our store samples. I own the pattern and one day soon I’m going to make it.

Derecho – Spanish for ‘direct or straight ahead’. A derecho is a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms. One of these storms hit here in the eastern United States while I was working on my second knit of this pattern.

A triangular shawl knit modularly in two directions to produce a pattern of interconnected stripes. Two circular needles are used to knit on one side at a time while keeping the other side’s stitches live.

Techniques: garter stitch, knit in front and back increase, picking up stitches

Lucy is loving Myrtle Beach. Mom sent this picture to Beth but Beth didn’t really look at where Lucy was lying. The hardwood and patterned carpet are the living room and the grey carpet is the sun room. There is a step down between the rooms. Lucy’s body is in the living room and her ears are touching the sun room floor. She is a weird dog :)
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Knitting Too Well

Sometimes I think I should dummy down my knitting and make it look more homemade.

Too Perfect?

My first craft show was two days.  For the first day, I wore a very loose fitting cardigan the I finished last year using a Cascade yarn called Rustic.  For the second day, I wore my Racing Stripe Pullover.

For all of the first day, people commented on my sweater, noting what a nice job I had done making it, or asking if I had made it.

For the second day, I didn’t get one comment about what I was wearing.

I thought it was somewhat odd, and wondered if people just didn’t realize my pullover was hand knit.

It was confirmed when I visited my mom a couple of days ago, wearing the Racing Stripe Pullover.  I was telling how the craft show went, and at one point she asked, “You didn’t knit that sweater did you?”  Despite having knit her a very nice fine-gauge cardigan a couple years ago (which she still wears) and looks like she could have purchased it at Macy’s, she still couldn’t fathom that I had knit such a nicely designed and knit pullover.

Perhaps I should have included a reindeer on the front, or added faux seams to the sides that looked crappy…I’m thinking a sign around my neck would be too much.

At least when I wear my hand-knits when Thaddeus is with me, he knows to boast on my behalf by telling people I designed and knit items like the Racing Stripe Pullover.

Current Knitting

Despite having had to pull out 20 rows of knitting to correct an error, I have made progress on the latest Biased Wrap.

I’m thinking about making this garment about 60 inches, so it’s about halfway finished now.  I’m hopeful that washing this wool will make it a bit softer…while a wrap won’t necessary touch the skin directly, I would like it to be comfortable if it does.

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The start of another Month – November

November – our meeting is on Tuesday 1st so easy to forget to come being so early in the month; it couldn’t get any earlier!

And it’s time to try a different yarn craft.  We are going to see what knooking is all about.  I’ve read that it is faster than knitting but slower than crochet.  Well – what else do yarn addicts do on a winters evening?

So please bring a crochet hook, and a length of fine ribbon (about 1/8″). The ribbon will be stuck onto the crochet hook with sticky tape.

Can’t make the meeting and want to know more – then go to You Tube and you’ll find a number of videos showing the techniques.

We’ll find time for a bit of show and tell too so if you have finished anything recently please bring that along so we can all see it.

Looking forward to seeing you.  8 pm as usual.
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Vested Interests

I have started a new vest pattern.  It was written up as a top down pattern.  Piece of cake thought I but it instructed me to knit the back down to the armpit, then picking up the shoulder stitches on one side and knit it down the same point and then the other side.  THEN the whole thing was joined and it will continue to knit down.  It was a bit strange for a while but it is working fine now.  I hope to crank this out pretty quickly-I don’t want this one to languish like the last one!
I am using my handspun Jacob wool for this.  It is not as soft as the commercial yarn of the last vest but it will be fine over my t-shirts as planned.
Cables down the front but no other texture so it will move along very quickly-the only other changes will be keeping count of the cable and occasional shaping for the waist.

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New Needles = New Project

They’re here. The new special edition interchangeable needle set from Knitter’s Pride.

Each limited edition set includes:

Nine pairs of vibrant color-coded Zing needles in US 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, and 11 (3.5, 3.75, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5 & 8.0mm) that carry laser-marked sizes. 
Four color coded cables: one 24″(60cm – green), two 32″ (80cm – orange), and one 40″ (100cm – red).  
An assortment of knitting accessories: set of cord connectors, wool needles, and stitch holders, all packed in a coordinated monogrammed fabric pouch.
Everything is beautifully packaged in a box that is perfect for gifting. The Melodies of Life gift set is sure to top every knitter’s wish list this holiday season!

I wanted to try the needles but it had to be a quick and easy project. The Inspira Cowl was the perfect choice. The pattern is free on Ravelry. I do the Steampunk Version with no shaping.

I’m using Liberty – 78119 for the main colour and 78126 for the contrast.

Yes, I love making the Inspira Cowl. These are cowls that I have made in the past.

The needles are very nice to knit with. The join is good – the yarn doesn’t catch. The yarn slides nicely on the needles. I will say that they aren’t as slippery as Addis. There is a touch of a drag. This isn’t a bad thing – not everyone likes using Addis because they are afraid that their stitches will slide off.

Now the best news. The interchangeable set is $116. What an amazing gift for someone.

I’m going to join some tips and cast on stitches in the store so that you can try the needles.

If you live out of town, we’ll ship. See the set on the website…

I was up early and got my day going. There has been a bit of accounting. Then the procrastinator in me said ‘Why not write today’s blog post – you can do the accounting tomorrow’ so I did.
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Last weekend a group of us from the Knitting & Crochet Guild in Huddersfield had our second knitting weekend in Blackpool.  As last year, we stayed at Paula Chew’s Westcliffe Hotel   We ran our own workshops again – this year we looked at three varieties of lace knitting.  On Saturday morning, Marie did a workshop on Orenburg lace, following on from the talk she did in May.  She knitted several samples to illustrate her talk, and the aim was that we should all knit a similar sample in Blackpool.

I soon found that the yarn I had taken with me wasn’t suitable, so I bought a skein of Susan Crawford’s Fenella in  the shop in the hotel.  The colour is called Columbine, a very pale mauve.  So here’s my finished Orenburg sample in Columbine.  (The colour isn’t very accurate, I’m afraid.)

Here’s how you knit an Orenburg shawl: you knit a strip of lace as the bottom border first, and then pick stitches along its top edge and the cast on edge.  Then you knit the side borders and the centre at the same time, from side to side.  Then you knit the top border, incorporating one of the centre stitches at the end of every alternate row.  Finally, you join the top border and left edge border with Russian grafting.  (That’s a very brief outline…)  Our samples were designed to be like miniature shawls.  In my sample, the cast-on edge is bottom right, and the Russian grafting is at top left, or at least I think it’s that way round.  Russian grafting is very neat, and it’s hard to see where it is, after you have sewn the ends in.

On Saturday afternoon, we looked at Print o’ the Wave, to represent Shetland lace knitting.  I had knitted swatches of several versions, including the one published by Jane Gaugain in 1842, that I wrote about here.  The aim of the workshop was to knit a swatch of a modern version of the pattern.  Everybody managed that, with at least two pattern repeats so that you can see how the design develops.  But I think that no-one attempted the Elaborated Print o’ the Wave, from Sharon Miller’s Heirloom Knitting.

Several people preferred the ‘ordinary’ Print o’ the Wave anyway, and the Elaborated pattern is harder to follow because it has a 36-row repeat rather than a 12-row repeat.  I like both of them.

And finally on Sunday morning, Ann did an Estonian lace workshop.  She gave us a chart for Lilac Leaf Lace, with nupps.  Nupps are a form of bobble common in Estonian lace and quite tricky to do: first you make 7 stitches out of one, and on the next row, purl all 7 together.  Keeping the stitches loose enough to be able to purl them all together is the tricky part, but Ann gave us a demonstration first.  And all sitting together around Paula’s dining table was a good way to learn – everyone else was finding it hard, but getting better, so that was really encouraging.  And Val had a very bright idea to keep the stitches loose, which helped a lot.

I did just a small sample – one and a half repeats, which gives two complete lilac leaves.   (I didn’t do a border at the sides, so they are not very neat, and I have cropped them.)  I’m still not sure I like nupps much, but at least now I know that I can do them.  And I do have a plan to try them again.

On Sunday afternoon, we came home.  It was a really good weekend – Paula looked after us very well.  She has been running knitting holidays at the Westcliffe for 10 years, very successfully, which is a great achievement – congratulations to Paula.

Just to prove that we were indeed beside the sea, here’s a view towards Blackpool Tower and the pier, taken early on Sunday morning from the end of King Edward Avenue.

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It’s Autumn Bliss

See, we have Fall all around us.  The grass changes color and the fields have another harvest of hay. 
I made a fabric pumpkin.
It is a nice size at about 10″ across and 5″ high. 
I used a real grapevine stalk to use for the stem.  It was a good hunt out back to find just the right one!
I used some artificial leaves to decorate the top.
It was nice to make something for the season.

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