Mimsy

This morning we received a shipment of Zauberball Starke 6.

The same unique color combinations as Zauberball® Crazy in a DK weight to give sweaters, shawls, and scarves a truly creative flair.

Beth’s original scarf was knit with the thinner Crazy. Then she found Starke 6 – the same great colours but she could use a bigger needle. This scarf is one ball each of colours 2266 and 2136.

She liked the scarf so much that she’s started a second one.

For this scarf she used one ball each of 2136 and 2095

There are 3 pages of patterns on Ravelry for shawls, scarves, socks, sweaters, vests and cardigans using Starke 6.

A box arrived from Lynda as well. The shawl is beautiful!

Pattern: Chevrione (pattern purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: One Cheshire Cat mini skein kit from Frabjous Fibers

It’s a crazy windy day today and getting pictures wasn’t easy. The picture of the shawl on the mannequin is very close to the true colours of the kit – we used Mimsy. The picture below is to show how big the shawl is.

Chevrione is knit starting from the small end of the triangle to the end, where it is bound off using a picot bind off! It can be worked with lots of beads, a few beads, or no beads at all. Chevrione was specifically designed to use gradients, as the wave pattern shows beautifully with the gradient. This pattern includes both full written and charted instructions, and can easily be modified for size by working extra repeats of Chart B, or omitting repeats of Chart B.

Something fun came late this afternoon. I’ve been playing with it and there will be pictures tomorrow.
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Introducing Tranquil Waves

Happy Giving Tuesday!  Schnapps insisted that we get this up today as a gift to everyone.  Please use this pattern to make a difference for someone.  And for your own enjoyment, of course!
This hat was knit using 3 colors of Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn, but instructions are below for other yarn weights as well.  Schnapps took 3 new skeins of yarn and created 3 hats using the same color combinations.  This pattern would be great for using up your yarn stash too………and you could always use more colors than just three – play around with different combinations and see what results.
I think this pattern is a great unisex pattern…….and remember, many men undergo chemotherapy and get cold heads too.  Hats are shipping out again this week and more are needed always.  Help our your local cancer center if you can and drop off a few hats you make this holiday season.
Here are the other 2 hats Schnapps made with the remainder of these 3 skeins:

 
If you are have not purchased any patterns or any fundraiser items recently, please consider making a donation using the link on right side of this page to help us pay for postage and supply costs.   We are getting ready to ship out LOTS of hats to cancer centers for the Fall.  You can see where our hats go by visiting our website:  www.delawareheadhuggers.org
Kisses to everyone!

If you’re not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and “Like” our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!
 
  You can see where our hats go by visiting our website:  www.delawareheadhuggers.org
 
 
Tranquil Waves
You will need 3 different colors of 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles or some other combination listed below. 
 
Abbreviations:
swyib:  slip stitches with yarn held in back of work
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color A
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until your work measures about 1.5 to 2 inches in length, ending with a Row 1.

Work Body of Hat:

Switch to Color B

Row 1:  *s3wyib, k1*; repeat around
Row 2:  *k1, s1wyib, 21*; repeat around
Rows 3 & 4:  knit all stitches

Switch to Color C and work Rows 1-4 again

Switch to Color A and work Rows 1-4 again

Continue changing colors and working Rows 1-4 until your work measures about 6.5 to 7 inches in length, ending with a Row 4.  End on a repeat using Color A for continuity or any color for a different look.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed.  Use last color used for body of hat.

Row 1:     knit all stitches
Row 2:   *k6, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 3:   *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4:   *k4, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 5:   *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6:   *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:   *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6:    *k2tog*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and share.

If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 64. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 88. 

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 104 stitches.  

Use 2 strands of 4- or 5-weight yarn or 3 strands of 3-weight yarn held together as one strand and work pattern as written if you want to use other yarn weights and have the hat look like the model

The pattern is worked over 4 stitches, but the crown decrease is worked over 8.


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Settling Back To Normal!

 I started in with a bit of rearranging from company being here all week.
As so often happens when I begin a good clean, it sidetracks into other areas that could use a tweak!
I love having this crafting table but it keeps being kicked out of places so I have to find a new home!
This time, I think I have it!  I did have to rearrange bins so they didn’t have anything hanging out so I could easily back the table in and out for use!  I even have an outlet so it will be nice to have a project going there and not have it on my sewing table!
 While I was doing mountains of bedding, I would tweak my Fall painting a bit so it can be framed and put away for next year!
 And then I got really involved in this between loads of washing/drying and folding!
I love the brighter green which gives it a more modern look.
This one is for my Art Teacher for a thank you as my Dec class will be my last.
I have found my way in watercolor and have signed up for an online class with AnnaMasonArt
as she paints in the style I would like to do.
 I even worked a bit on my latest pic, which is becoming a bluebird!
 When the UPS man came, I went right into the stash to find fabric for Accuquilt’s free wallhanging of a birch like tree and cardinals!  It is very Scandanavian and beautiful in its simplicity!
Then I got stuck on picking out the cardinal colored fabric.
I will have to go online and look at a million bird pics and then still have to make up  my own mind-why do I get stuck like this?!
(It was too late in the day…….I’m decided now and it’s all good!)
Which one would you pick?
Number them1-5 from the left.

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Sorrento

Wannietta brought in this great looking cardigan on Saturday. The cardigan looked good on the pattern and on Ravelry but it is so much better in person. I dressed it with jeans but it will also work for the office.

Pattern: Sorrento – we have copies in the store or you can purchase on Ravelry
Yarn: Erika Knight’s Studio Linen

A jacket style edge to edge cardigan worked in reverse stocking / stockinette stitch and stocking / stockinette stitch with yarn used double and integral rib front selvedge bands, revere collar and patch pockets.

Wannietta commented that the linen was really nice to work with. She said it was soft and didn’t feel like linen can.

85% is recycled rayon-linen fibre, sorted from selected wastage and regenerated using the eco-friendly hydrolysis method. Blended with 15% premium natural linen, these fibres are twisted and dyed by a specialist Italian spinner in Biella to produce a unique yarn with a dry hand feel and subtle sheen.

Cool to the touch, and with a delicate drape Studio Linen is the perfect yarn for summer. With a refined palette of eight essential colours that will work with everything you wear and a clear stitch definition, Studio Linen crafts beautiful garments both in knit and crochet.

Made in Italy

It’s going to be a very busy week in the store with new yarns arriving every day. And there will be another new store sample this week as well. Blog posts have been started so I can share once the boxes are open. The items are ready to go live on the website. The only bad part will be finding the perfect spot for the yarn.

I’m a bit tired today. The Grey Cup was awesome. What a finish. And then the NFL game went into overtime as well. Tonight should be early to bed. Should be. But if I get the knitting groove going then it might not be.
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Asking For What You Want

Most people who only know me through my blog might not know this about me, but I am terrible as asking for what I want.

WTF?!?!

I know it’s odd, but I turn to mush whenever I need to directly ask for something I want.

Them:  What would you like for your birthday?
Me:  Nothing really…I have everything I want.

Waiter:  What can I get you?
Me:  Which is better, the pork or the chicken?

Thaddeus:  Where would you like to eat?
Me:  Which do you prefer, Mexican, Indian or Barbecue?

Whenever there are situations that require that I make a definitive statement about what I want, I have to practice the words I’ll use to express it so that it doesn’t come out as a whimpering question instead of a declaration.

I know this doesn’t sound like me (or maybe it does, and my anxiety has been clear to readers for over a decade now), but it definitely is true, and it’s amazing to me that I’ve been so successful at maneuvering around this defect.  It’s almost as though someone disable one of the keys on my piano, and I’ve just learned to play any music that doesn’t require that specific note, or I’ve improvised songs to play a different set of notes instead.

I’ve also looked at the many reasons why it’s so difficult to state something as simple as what I want, and while I could name dozens of reasons, knowing the reasons has never resolved the problem for me.

Do you think this handicap in my life would make me eligible for a handicap parking tag for my car?  I’d like to know, but I’m afraid to ask directly.

Current Knitting

It’s down to the last few days of knitting for getting any inventory I hope to sell at this weekend’s Fine Craft and Arts Fair in Stockton, NJ.  I did end up finishing the last two West Coast Watchcaps (for a total of six to replace those that sold at the last show), and the sparkly Cross Stitch Scarf.

I’ve also almost finished another Cross Stitch Scarf in multi-colors that will be a fine addition to my inventory.

I’m hopeful to complete at least one more scarf or wrap in time for the show this Saturday.  Wish me luck!

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1930s Suits, Dresses and Blouses

Almost all the publications in the Knitting & Crochet Guild collection were either published in the U.K. or were readily available in this country, but we do have some waifs and strays in the collection.  One is this 1930s Patons & Baldwins pattern booklet, published in Toronto.  (Although the parent company was British, there were overseas branches. Beehive was a brand name used throughout the company – and a beehive is still the trademark of Patons.)

The booklet has about two dozen patterns for suits, dresses and blouses.  And, if you like 1930s style, they are very attractive,  I think that there must have been an independent design team in Toronto, but a few of the designs are very similar to designs in P&B’s pattern leaflets published in the U.K.  Here’s a blouse and skirt set called ‘Daytime’.from the Canadian booklet, for instance:

‘Daytime’ blouse and skirt 

The blouse looks identical to a Lady’s Jumper pattern published in the U.K., except that it has long sleeves.    The lace pattern is the same, and the yoke and tie-neck are constructed in the same way.  There are some differences., though, to allow for differences in yarn thickness.

P&B Helps to Knitters 2/625

The ‘Helps to Knitters’ leaflet was advertised in 1934, which I guess is the approximate date of the Canadian booklet too.  The long-sleeved version is very pretty – I can’t think that the skirt would look good for long though.  Surely it would very quickly stretch and go baggy, when it’s supposed to be slim and elegant?

‘Sentiment’

Some of the other tops are lovely too.  Most, like ‘Sentiment’, seem to be intended for summer wear.  A top knitted in wool, even if fine and lacy, seems all wrong for hot weather, to me.  Pretty, perhaps, but so much less practical than cotton.  I must confess I’d rather wear a t-shirt.

As well as the fine lacy knits in the booklet which would be time-consuming to knit, there is a section on ‘Quick Knitteds’ – a 12-hour pullover, a one-day cardigan and a three-day suit.  They are all knitted in P&B’s Totem wool, which seems to have been Aran weight, or thereabouts.

The 12-hour Pullover

The 12-hour pullover also appeared in a pattern leaflet published in Britain.  It was advertised as a ’12-hour pullover’  in Stitchcraft magazine in the summer of 1935.

The ad said “You can knit it in 12 hours!  That’s a liberal estimate, because one of our own workers knitted a copy in seven hours!  The stitch is simple, interesting to knit, and most fascinating to look at.  Cape sleeves and draped neckline are fashionable touches.”    Apart from speed, I don’t think it’s a successful design – the fabric is too thick to drape well.  It would look much better knitted in a finer wool.  But then it wouldn’t be a 12-hour knit….

The other two ‘quick knitteds’ work better.

Three-day suit, One-day cardigan 

The suit is quite plain, but the cardigan has what looks like an all-over cable pattern,  In fact, it’s more like a twisted double rib, and doesn’t need a cable needle, so could be  faster to knit than it looks.  To call it a one-day cardigan seems very misleading, though.  It suggests that if you cast on when you get up in the morning, you could finish it on the same day.  But it must surely take a lot longer to knit than the ’12-hour jumper’ – they are in the same yarn.  So does ‘one day cardigan’ mean that you could knit it in less than 24 hours?   That sounds more like half a week’s work.

One interesting feature of the patterns in this booklet is that the instructions are often given for three sizes.  The sizes are usually all quite small (up to 36 in. bust), but sometimes going up to a 40in. bust.  In Britain at that time, most knitting patterns, including Patons & Baldwins’, were written for only one size, typically a 34in. bust.  So these Canadian patterns might be easier to update for modern figures than British ones.

Members of the Knitting & Crochet Guild can download a copy of the booklet from the Membership area of the website – look under Pattern Downloads.    
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Lemongrass

It’s halftime of the Grey Cup so I’m quickly writing. The game has been really exciting and the halftime show has been good. The sound is the best that I’ve heard at a halftime in a long time.

We went to the Grey Cup when it was in Hamilton in 1996. What a cold day. It snowed during the game and we froze. The crowd today is very lucky.

Wannietta came for a visit yesterday to pick up her next project. Lemongrass (pattern purchased on Ravelry) in Cascade Eco +. She is a very fast knitter. I hope she is really, really fast on this one. I can’t wait to have it hanging in the store.

She brought in a cardigan in Erika Knight’s Linen. I’ll get pictures tomorrow – there wasn’t time yesterday to go outside.

I had every intention of writing a post last night but Beth and I got caught up in finishing the final season of The Good Wife. My dad always told us that if we don’t have anything good to say then don’t say anything. Let’s talk about knitting.

I’ve been knitting on Building Blocks today. I’m half way through the section 8. Then section 9 and the cast off. I’m becoming a bit obsessed with it. I want it finished now so that I can wear it. And I’m planning colours for another one.

The second half is on. It’s time to go. 
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Saturday was Outdoors

 Caleb wanted to play outside;  he asked if there was something guy-fun he could do that would help Dad and I….yes, there were several trees to take down.  He didn’t have to ask twice!  It was his first time at the end of a chainsaw and he was a natural!

 He even asked his wife to take a turn;  she is always game!

 He traveled around the yard cutting down unbalanced branches or trees.  We even took down a tree that needed rope and me behind the truck to place tension on the tree to pull it down the right way.
We had a wonderful time and worked well together!  The kids played around the branches, watched the trees ‘timber’ and helped with branches.

 This one fell across the right of way we care for and so we had to take that one down quickly.
He really got the hang of it!

 We all scrambled to pick up the branches and load them on the trailer as fast as we could!  Since the tree was a dead one, it wasn’t as heavy as some of the others, gratefully!

 We had a large pile to haul down to the burn piles!

 The kids really enjoyed all the equipment and rides and mess and dirt!

 Even the youngest, Ethan, helped out with the yard work!  He is walking at only 11 months (tho he started a month ago!) and navigated the ground very well!

 But by far the tractor ride is still the favorite mode of transport!  Caleb not only cut down all the trees but cleaned up all the mess, too, separating the brush from the firewood chunks.  He felt good after a good day’s labor and his father and I appreciate the strong, young arms!

 Here are a few out takes from the week…..making brownies on the floor because they couldn’t both fit on the stool!

 Abigail at the computer during quiet time!

 Bruce enjoying the kitten that Caleb and Cassandra brought!  She was a favorite to all of us!

David stole my cell phone for a selfie!

Here are the three very different versions of the same pinecone flower wreaths!
 I love to have the kids around-both generations of my kids!  The week was too wonderful for words!
What am I thankful for………..you’ve just seen it all!  (But one-my NY family and my Seattle ones were in my heart and mind, too!)
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Family Thanksgiving Re-cap

 This is a bit blurry but I took it with my cell ph on delay shutter-it’s how we look-in motion!
Three of my four children made it here for the week!

The meal was a feast but I liked the dessert decoration….I though it was a hoot from Rob Appell.

 We got right to work on crafts on Friday morning–here we are coloring quilt blocks with fabric markers!  All the moms and children made one!

 Even the little ones managed to get some coloring on theirs with help from mom.
 Grandpa did a lot of golf cart rides when the kids got a bit fractious and with this many, they did!

 We did get to swim;  I am using the royal we because I did not go in the 82* water!

Caleb played a game with Eli-he jumped in….. 

 to the delight of Eli….

 and managed to keep his head above water every time!  It was so fun to hear him laugh so hard!

And then in the afternoon, we began the long planned for pinecone flowered wreaths!
It was a very full day!
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Knitting in Harrogate

Yesterday afternoon I was at the Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate.  I wasn’t there as as a visitor, but as part of  ‘Crafters in Action’ – several guilds that had stands at the show (the Quilters’ Guild, the Lace Guild., the Batik Guild, ….), had been asked to provide people to demonstrate their craft.  So I was there to knit on behalf of the Knitting & Crochet Guild.

I was knitting a fingerless mitt.  (They will be a pair eventually, of course.)  The design is called Bonham and it’s by Angharad Thomas – she decided that she had knitted far too many glove fingers in the last few months (as you can see here), and needed a break.  I thought the Bonham mitts were an appropriate choice to knit yesterday, because proceeds from the sale of the pattern (via Ravelry) go to the Guild.

I did have some time to look around the rest of the Show too.   I met Louisa Harding at her stall, where she was selling her lovely Yarntelier cashmere.   (By chance, I was wearing my Petal Cowl in her Amitola yarn, as I pointed out to her.)   And I was also seriously tempted by the beautiful colours on the Knitting Goddess‘s stall, especially the bundles of 10gm. skeins in related colours.  But I keep telling myself that I don’t need more yarn (and I really shouldn’t buy yarn when I don’t even have a project in mind).

Just by the Crafters in Action area, there was a Vintage Tea Party going on,   The idea (I think) was to sew an outfit using a dress pattern from a special vintage range, and then wear it at the tea party.   You could choose any decade from the 1930s to the 1960s, but the 1950s seemed to be particularly popular.  Here are two wonderfully elegant ladies taking a break from the tea party.

      
Elizabeth’s dress (on the right) is made from an Almedahls fabric, printed with a design of plants in pots.  We thought it would be suitable to wear for a little gentle gardening in the summer – dead-heading roses, perhaps.

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