Saturday, December 30, 2006
I also received Schoharie Country Milk Soap with 2 little sheepies on it along with this great Knit Yourself a Merry Little Christmas mug and "Lazy Cable Socks" pattern with Stideaway Shetland in colorway Bracken 100% Merino Wool by Autumn House Farm's . I feel so spoiled.
While I'm at it I wanted to show off my glovittens Vanessa knit for me a few years ago. I like to keep these in the car. They are great for driving.
Friday, December 22, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
I finished the next accessory for my loom. In my previous post I mentioned I wanted to make the equivalent of the Schacht "Wolf Trap". Well here it is ... It's going to be so helpful. I now have a place to put my shuttles and bobbins and other tools needed while weaving right at my fingertips.
Now should I make the equivalent of the Schacht "High Castle Tray"?
Saturday, December 16, 2006
While visiting the Schacht website I saw other accessories. One Schacht calls the "High Castle Tray" for handy storage and the other is "Wolf Trap" for holding shuttles and bobbins while weaving. I bought the supplies to make the Wolf Trap today.
If I keep going I'll have my loom all pimped out before you know it.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
I liked the rules:
1. Knit something in stranded colorwork
2. Knit them starting December 1st.
3. Or later.
4. Just knit them.
5. You must finish them.
6. Or not. Your call.
7. Share your progress (or frustration. Or hints. Or tips) with us.
Now, to answer a few standed questions:
What are your projects for this knitalong?
I've decided to knit Adrian's pattern called Squirrel and Oak Mittens . I wanted to make them after I saw Vanessa's.
At the same time I hope to get back to knitting Marina.
Is this your first colorwork Project? No
If it isn't, what was your first, and has it survived the test of time?
My first fair isle was a vest from Sweaters From Camp called Northwest Sunset Vest. I haven't worn it yet. It can be viewed here.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Here are my instructions:
So cute, yet so simple! Great in solids, but you can add stripes; embroidery, fair isle or intarsia motifs...the possibilities are endless! Instructions are for sizes: infant, (toddler, adolescent, teen and adult).
Yarn: 2(2, 3, 3, 3) 50g balls of Dale of Norway’s washable worsted weight wool “Freestyle” or similar wool.
Needles: US size 6 or 7 (4 or 4.5 mm) circular knitting needles and a darning needle. Use size necessary to obtain gauge.
Cast on: 76(80, 84, 88, 92) sts. Join ends and work in st st for 18 rows or until work measures 3”. *K2tog, yo; rep from * across row until only 2 sts remain, k2tog. Work in st st and increase 1 st at edge on the next row. (holes are 2 rows high). You’re back to 76(80, 84, 88, 92) sts. Work in st st for 18 rows. With another circular needle of a smaller size put the stitches you cast on back on the needle. Start with a stitch that’s parallel to the stitch you’ve just ended with on Row 38 (18 rows + 2 rows + 18 rows). Fold the knitting in half, purl side to purl side. Lay the needles together and k2tog (1 st from each needle, i.e. one from each edge). Try to knit loosely so the hat won’t be too tight. The holes when folded in half will form a zigzag pattern. Continue knitting. Work in st st until piece measures 7 (7½ , 8, 8½, 9)” long. *K2tog, yo; rep from * across row until only 2 sts remain, k2tog. Work in st st until piece measures 9 (9½ , 10, 10½, 11)” long. Bind off all sts.
Using single strand and a dpn, cast on 4 stitches. Knit these stitches and slide them to the opposite end of the dpn, without turning the needle. Your yarn will be on the left side of your work. Bring the yarn behind the 4 stitches (from left to right) and begin knitting at the right hand side of the needles. Knit all 4 stitches and without turning the needle, slide them to the opposite end. Continue working in I-cord until your cord is 16-inches long. Weave in the ends. Feed I-cord over and under through the eyelet row. Pull tight, tie in a knot and make a bow.
Just weave in any loose ends and you are done!
Here is my hat for my friend.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I finished both of my taran scarves. I felted one of them. I'm really happy with the way they turned out.
This is Sam our black Lab. He was so cute this morning I just had to take his picture. We also have a Dalmatian named Dottie.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Notice the trees have no leaves. That's because they are on the ground. We spent Saturday raking and will be doing the same this weekend.
Over the weekend I made a table top swift in my workshop. I saw one like this and decided to make it. The first picture shows it apart for easy storage and the second picture is the swift assembled. I made it from mahogany because I wanted it to have some weight to it. The pegs I purchased from the hardware store then painted them black. The lip on the peg should keep the hank from sliding off.I saw a very cute canine x-mas stocking and decided I had to make some. It was so easy. I used felt for the paw and pads and fleece for the cuff.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
1. FIRST NAME?
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
I was named after my dad.
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY?
I can't remember the last time.
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
I'm told my printing looks like a school teachers. I never cursive.
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
I hope so.
7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL?
Not a formal journal but I do take lots of notes on pads.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
No. They were taken out when I was 22.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Yes, but it would need to be a special place. Definitely not from some crane in a parking lot.
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
I mostly eat Honey Nut Cheerios.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Yes. More like strong on the outside and soft on the inside.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR?
14. SHOE SIZE?
Mostly 8 sometimes 8 ½.
5. RED OR PINK?
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
Sometimes I speak what I'm feeling.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU?
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Blue jeans, mint green, none.
20. LAST THING YOU ATE?
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Some shade of blue.
23. FAVORITE SMELL?
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My attorney. She's handling an insurance loss.
25. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO?
26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON you stole THIS from?
27. FAVORITE DRINK?
28. FAVORITE SPORT?
Running long distances. I used to run marathons.
29. EYE COLOR?
30. HAT SIZE?
31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Used to, but I had eye surgery about 8 years ago. Now, I wear reading glasses.
32. FAVORITE FOOD?
Anything with pumpkin in it.
33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
35. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Fall is my favorite but if I have to pick it would be Winter.
36. HUGS OR KISSES?
37. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Anything with pumpkin :-) .
38. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
39. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING?
The New Work of Dogs by Jon Katz.
41. WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV?
43. FAVORITE SOUNDS?
Native American Music.
44. ROLLING STONE OR BEATLES?
45. THE FURTHEST YOU’VE BEEN FROM HOME?
Europe. Although Maui is probably farther.
I'm not afraid to take on any challenge.
Nobody. I copied it from Vanessa.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
The Waterford Fair included top-notch artisans, demonstrations, and musicians. In addition, there were Colonial encampments and Civil War re-enactors (8th Virginia Infantry the same regiment as my Carter ancestors). Each day 4 different historic homes were open for guided tours. Now for some sampling of pictures (click any picture to enlarge).
Vanessa came up from Florida to attend the fair. She brought along her newly finished Marina. It's just gorgeous and fits her beautifully. Hers was knit using the new Virtual Yarns undersea garden colors using 2-ply Hebridean wool and mine is being knit with the old Scottish Collection colors using Jamison + Smith 2-ply jumperweight shetland wool. It was interesting seeing them in a side-by-side comparison. The newer colors look deeper and richer to me. I liked both colorways.That's Vanessa on the right (and you know who on the left). We had a wonderful time and I throughly enjoyed spending time with her.
Melissa who I took my tartan weaving class from. Melissa is a member of the Waterford Weavers Guild as well as the Blue Ridge Spinners and Weavers Guild.
Monday, October 02, 2006
Melissa Weaver-Dunning is sitting at the second loom on the left.Beth Wilson, the president of the Blue Ridge Spinners & Weavers, is working on my loom which is the first loom on the right.After cutting the sample tartans off the looms we put them on the table in piles sorted by weaver.Melissa did a talk on the origins of tartan patterns as well as a session on designing a tartan warp. I loved the class and now I'm hooked on tartans.
Here are 4 of the 13 samples. Click on any picture to enlarge.