Monday, October 16, 2017

Aspens

And another pair of socks is finished.  This time it's the September 2016 colorway from The Loopy Ewe.  If I can knit quickly, I just might have the October socks finished by the end of the month.  I'd cross my fingers, but that's counter-productive to knitting.


THE DETAILS

Pattern:  Cast on 60 sts, 2 x 2 ribbing,
a circular rib on the leg, short row heel, stocking stitch foot, shaped toe. 
The pattern for the leg is on my Ravelry page.

Needles:  US #0 / 2.0 mm

Size:  Medium

Color exclusive to The Loopy Ewe:
"Aspens"

Each month The Loopy Ewe offers an exclusive colorway.  This one is from September, 2016.

Ravelry link:  Aspens

Sunday, October 15, 2017

I Couldn't Resist

There is a yarn shop in Centennial, CO that has more temptations per square foot than any other shop I've ever been in.  It's Colorful Yarns and the owner, Tiffany, has an amazing talent for bringing in yarn, needles, books and gadgets, some you won't see anywhere else.  There is literally something for everyone.  On top of that, her knitters' gathering on Friday afternoons is the best.  There is lots of room to sit and knit and the knitters who come are a joy.

I was in the shop last June and a skein of sock yarn was "speaking to me".  I really don't need any more sock yarn, but this one was calling my name and I couldn't resist.  It's just a fun colorway.  I called these socks "Pink, Blue, Yellow, White".  Very original, don't you think?  :-)


THE DETAILS

Pattern:  Cast on 60 sts, 2x2 ribbing
stocking stitch leg and foot
short row heel, shaped toe.
This is my go-to pattern for socks.

Needles:  US #0 / 2.0 mm

Size:  Medium

Yarn:  Schoppel Cat Priut Admiral
Color:  #
2319 Wunschkonzert
(Translated from German:  Request concert or request program)


Ravelry link:  Pink, Blue, Yellow, White

Saturday, October 14, 2017

August Socks

It's time for me to get caught up on the socks I've finished in the past couple of months.  First up are the socks for August, using the exclusive colorways from The Loopy Ewe in Fort Collins, CO.


THE DETAILS

Pattern:  Cast on 60 sts, 1x1 ribbing, stocking stitch leg and foot, short row heel, shaped toe. 
In order to help break up any potential pooling I purled every 14th and 15th rounds on the leg and top of the foot.

Needles:  US #0 / 2.0 mm

Size:  Medium

Color exclusive to The Loopy Ewe:
"Dizzy With Color"

Each month The Loopy Ewe offers an exclusive colorway.  This one is from August, 2016.

Ravelry Link:  Dizzy With Color

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Prairie Fiber Festival

It was a beautiful, warm sunny day last Sunday when I headed north to the town of Lacombe for the Prairie Fiber Festival.  It was the first year for the event and the organizers did a great job.  While somewhat small, the variety and quality of vendors was excellent. They are off to a great start and I can only see it getting better.

I was there when the doors opened and some of the vendors were still setting up.  I had read online that some of the vendors would have limited stock, so I wanted to see everything.

It was good to see what local dyers, spinners, woodworkers, etc. had to offer.  Poppy Yarn and Fiber, from Calgary, had some gorgeous colors and pattern support.

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Also from Calgary was Sea Turtle Fiber Arts had a lot of temptations for me and I didn't resist - and added more when I got home.  I was inspired by an incredible sunrise earlier in the day and they had a set of minis that I thought were a good representation of the sky that morning.  More on that another time.


I bought a skein of yarn that will go into my travel afghan to represent this trip, O Canada.  It had been dyed to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday this year.  One of the things that I liked and I thought was very clever were the little knitted cozies that were around some of the colorways so you could see how the yarn knits up.  The O Canada yarn is in the middle, under the third "w" in the text, above.


The Prairie Dye Studio had lots of yarn  as well as Canadian-themed project bags.  They also gave out little event pins to the first 100 people who came through the door.  I got a cute little orange one.  You can see it in the last picture.

I had seen an advertisement by Flock Fiber Studio a couple of weeks earlier and immediately liked the set of speckled minis in Watercolor.  I arranged to pick them up at the Festival.  

Gingersnap, from Calgary, had cute bags, sock blanks and some yarn.  From what I heard people around me saying, Gingersnap would be sold out of items quickly. 


These are just a few of the indy dyers that were vendors at the show.  All in all, there were probably 20, maybe even 30.  I was particularly taken by the products and incredible quality of the items made out of wood by Danware, from Black Diamond, Alberta.  I learned that "Dan" in the name was a nod to the home country of Denmark (pronounced Danmark in Danish).  I would have loved to take home one of everything that was on display.  The warmth and smoothness of the wood was wonderful.  I picked up a mending mushroom.  I didn't realize it until just last night that the top of the mushroom comes off and you can store your darning needles in the stem.

All in all, I had a very good day.  Here is my haul from the Festival, not too much, just a few very nice souvenirs:


I've found that there are other fiber-related events in the area and the next one is in 3 weeks.  Of course, I'll have to go and check out the Fibre Shindig in Calgary.  I don't think I've heard the word "shindig" since the music show that was on TV in the mid-60s.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Airdrie

It's amazing to me how much time and effort it takes to move when there are some issues involved:  first, trying to have the energy to unpack more than one box after a full day of work and, second, downsizing from a three bedroom townhouse with a full basement and a garage to a two-bedroom condo.  I'm so lucky to have family who are willing to come and help - but I prefer to sort and unpack my own yarn and books.  I'm getting a handle on the unpacking, finally, and ready to start blogging regularly again.

I'm in a new, to me, city:  Airdrie, Alberta.  According to Google, Airdrie is 17 miles north of Calgary.  It doesn't seem that far, and since I work in the north part of Calgary, I'm sure that the distance is shorter and that Google is measuring from the heart of Calgary..  I heard Airdrie described as a bedroom community.  My first impressions of the new city are very good and I'm sure that I'm going to like it here.  It's a good move.  It's named after Airdrie in Scotland, near Glasgow.


I've found three locations  where knitters meet, one is in a coffee shop just down the street from me.  I have yet to visit any of them (did I mention that I'm still unpacking?), but this week I plan to drop in on the Thursday evening gathering at the library.  I'll still continue to go and knit with the ladies at The Loop Kensington, but will switch to their Wednesday group so I can go to both.

Over the past few years I've been learning about more and more fiber-related activities that aren't too far away.  Tomorrow, I'm heading about 89 miles north to the city of Lacombe for the first, ever, Prairie Fiber Festival.


The weather is supposed to be good and I'm looking forward to the raod trip.  More on that, next time....!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

KCVI

I've been looking at photos posted on Facebook for my high school's 225th anniversary.  Everyone looked so young back then.  Can it really be that long (>45 years) since I graduated?  I clearly remember thinking that the high school years would never end!  ☺



Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Blast From The Past

When my daughter was little in the 1980s I knit a lot of sweaters for her.  There was a design company which produced the cutest patterns under the name "Knit-o-Graf".  I think that the company had been around since the 1950s and I don't believe that it exists anymore.  

The patterns weren't expensive and I had many of them.  I knit for her and for her friends. There were pictures on the sweaters and it's where I developed my love of intarsia.  All were made in fingering weight yarn and I would mostly buy the acrylic yarns from Patons and the house brand at Eaton's ior Sears department stores.  There were lots of colors available and they held up well to washing and wearing.  A few years later I did a couple more sweaters using superwash wool and I have to admit that they didn't look as fresh as the acrylic ones after a while.  Acrylic has it's place in children's knitting, in my opinion.

If you Google the words Knit-o-Graf and look at images, you can see why I was so drawn to the designs.  There was Humpty Dumpty, ducks, trains, Little Red Riding Hood, cowboys, dogs and so much more.  I knit most of the designs that they had.  They even had a small catalog.

One of my favorites was a brightly colored cardigan with a clown holding balloons.  I made size 4.  Today I received a picture from my now-grown-up daughter.  It's showed my almost-2 year old granddaughter, Alyssa, wearing the clown sweater.  I'm still smiling at the photo.  Alyssa is adorable and the sweater looks cute on her and it keeps her warm during the family's camping trip.


The patterns were on one large sheet of paper in the size of the sweater.  You could lay your knitting on it and see if you matched the size for the design.  Great idea.  It was fun to pick out little matching buttons with balloons on them.


I'd love to know more about the company.  Who created it?  Who was the designer?  How long was it around?  

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse

Did you see the eclipse today?  With safety glasses, I hope.  In Calgary there was about 90% coverage, it got dark as in the early evening and the temperature dropped quite a bit for a few minutes.

(c) G. Yamashita

I actually saw two eclipses today.  Here's the other one:


I wonder what records are pictured above ~
Dark Side of the Moon?
That Lucky Old Sun?  
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying?  
Moondance?  
I'll Follow The Sun?
Total Eclipse of the Heart?

I could go on.....  ☺

Sunday, August 20, 2017

July Socks Are Finished

I think I've become the world's slowest packer.  Moving and packing isn't fun, but I'm getting close to being ready for the movers on the 28th.  I can't wait to get to the new condo with the unpacking finished and then sit on the balcony and just knit without thinking that I should be doing something else.  I'm hoping that a knitting friend or two or three will join me.

I did manage to finish my July socks with the monthly yarn from The Loopy Ewe from 2016.  So far I've managed to keep up.  Who knows if I'll finish my August socks before the end of the month.  One sock is finished and the cuff of the second sock is done, so maybe I'll make my self-inflicted deadline.

Here is what the yarn looked like in the skein.  It's based on the colors found in the picture, "Vintage Bike."


THE DETAILS


Pattern:  Cast on 60 sts, 2x2 ribbing,
stocking stitch leg and foot,
short row heel, shaped toe.

Needles:  US #0 / 2.0 mm

Size:  Medium

Color exclusive to The Loopy Ewe:
"Summer Afternoon Escape"

Each month The Loopy Ewe offers an exclusive colorway.  This one is from July, 2016.

Ravelry Link:  Summer Afternoon Escape

More socks are coming up in the next few weeks, and then I'll be getting back to sweater knitting and more.  I'm also looking forward to a fairly local event coming up on September 24th, the Prairie Fiber Festival in Lacombe, Alberta.  You can find them on Ravelry, here.  The lineup of vendors looks very good and I'm looking forward to checking them out.  I'll blog about the Festival next month.  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

How I Spent My Summer Vacation - The Finale

 I'm glad you've come back to visit my blog, especially since it's been so long since I last wrote.  Working full time and preparing for a move is time consuming.  I found a condo that I like a lot and the closing is in a few days, moving is in two weeks.  My yarn is almost all packed up, which is the biggest part of the preparations.  If all goes as planned, it will be housed in my new yarn room/office/den/whatever, that I've named The Makkin Room.  It sounds like 'making' and is the word for knitting in the Shetland dialect.

For tonight, I'll round up my trip to Denver with pictures from the last concert that I went to.  For me, a concert at Red Rocks is the best possible venue to hear music - and the Doobie Brothers and Chicago put on great shows.  I had a wonderful seat, front row center, and got to meet the Doobie Brothers.  What a huge thrill for a fan like me.

So....here are a few shots from that night. First up, the Doobies.  I'll be back to writing about knitting again as soon as I can.

Tom Johnston

Patrick Simmons

John McFee

John Cowan (bass) & Ed Toth (drums)

Marc Russo

It was over too soon.

Chicago filled the night air with their big and brassy sound.

Ray Herrmann

James Pankow

Keith Howland
(love the turquoise shoes & shirt combo!)

Pankow (left), Herrmann and Lee Loughnane (right)

I hope to be back at Red Rocks again before too long.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sock Monkeys

It's been a bit busy around here.  I've been shopping for a condo and have now found one that I like.  So, for the next while I'll be busy packing and cleaning and moving and generally getting settled in. All this has been in between days at work.  I'll blog when I can and will catch up once everything settles down.

While I was on vacation in Denver last month I knit two pairs of socks.  One pair was made from the monthly sock yarn (2016) from The Loopy Ewe, which I blogged about a while ago.  The other yarn is from a favorite dyer, Artistic Yarn by Abi.  Abi is very creative and her sock yarns are fun to knit. The yarn is a good quality and they have been holding up well. In the past I made watermelon striped socks, kiwi socks and a pair in Mardi Gras colors.  I have Bacon & Eggs yarn patiently waiting for its turn.  This time, the colors are those used in sock monkeys.

THE DETAILS


Pattern:  Generic.  
Cast on 60 sts., K2, P2 ribbing for 12 rounds, 
Stocking stitch leg for 75 rounds, Short row heel,
 Stocking stitch foot for 50 rounds, Shaped toe.

Needles:  
US #0 / 2.0 mm

Size:  
Medium

Yarn:  Sock Monkey Self-striping Sock Yarn
by Artistic Yarns by Abi 

Ravelry Link:  Sock Monkeys

Sunday, July 9, 2017

How I Spent My Summer Vacation - Part 2

The first few days of vacation where turning out better than I'd hoped.  On Sunday I had brunch with former co-workers from the University of Colorado Hospital at Mimi's.  I'd heard some great music, driven a fun car, met up with friends and knitted with a group at Wooden Spools.  But there was another surprise in store for me.  It's no secret that I love live music.  I've always had a mental list of groups that I'd like to see and hear.  Fortunately, the list is getting smaller as I've been lucky enough to see so many of my favorites at least once.

One of the bands that was still on my list is Boston.  I turned on my computer one morning and learned that Boston was playing that very night at Fiddler's Green.  A wonderful venue, by the way.  I was initially a bit disappointed as I felt quite sure that I wouldn't get a ticket on such short notice, but I was wrong.  I got a seat in the third row!


The show was fabulous and they played all their hits.  The crowd seemed to know every word.  The venue is outdoors and the weather was perfect.  I wouldn't hesitate to see them again.

I spent the rest of the week hanging out with friends, knitting, a bit of shopping and some sightseeing.

Whenever I'm in town I like to meet up with a small group of special friends - friends that I've known for over 15 years.  We meet at the Corner Bakery, get caught up and have a nice dinner.  This is always the highlight of any Denver trip.  I also met with another group at a favorite yarn shop, Colorful Yarns.  It is a feast for any knitter - lots and lots of temptations.  

The next day... Saturday, would be a trip to the Estes Park Wool Festival....

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Suggestion for the Governments

Since the ties between Canada and the US are close and since our two holidays are within days of each other:  Canada Day on July 1st and Independence Day on July 4th, shouldn't we just have a week off to celebrate both countries?  Just an idea.


Happy July holidays, y'all, eh?  



If you're not in Canada or the US.... have a great day no matter what you're doing or where you are!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Packing For The Trip

Knitters know that the hardest part of preparing for a trip is packing their knitting.  Clothes are easy, an clean outfit for each day.  Cosmetics and toiletries:  as long as you have your toothbrush and comb, everything else is a bonus.  Prescription. ID. Credit cards.  Check✔, check ✔ and check.  ✔


Now knitting is harder.  There is lots to think about.

1.  How many projects do I need to take?  For me, I would gone for 16 days so I packed:  yarn for at least 4 pairs of socks, two sweaters in progress, a cap that needed a tassel, yarn for swatching for a new sweater project and yarn for a class I was going to take.  That seemed about right.

2.  Patterns?  Yes, for everything except the socks (will use my standard sock "recipe", which is memorized) and the cap that needed a tassel.  Now, packing books can be heavy, especially since I  wanted to save room for any souvenirs/new yarn that might beg to come home with me.  So... time was needed to download patterns or make photocopies.  Downloading can take a particularly long time, especially since I saved one of the patterns on Ravelry.  One does not just pop into Ravelry for a minute.  There are always new projects and patterns than must be looked at - and it would be rude not to see what your friends have been knitting.  I wanted to leave a bit of time, too, to check out discussions on my favorite groups.  Gathering patterns could easily take several hours, if not days.  I also wanted to pack a pattern or two for something I might want to make in the future, just in case I saw the ideal yarn and had to have it.

3.  Gadgets?  A knitter cannot work without an assortment of gadgets, everything from stitch markers, tape measures, pins, scissors, stitch holders, etc.  The clever among us have their gadgets
already housed in a cute little bag.  I've tried that several times, but then, I need something from the bag and somehow it doesn't always make it's way back into the cute bag.  It can take at least an hour to go over the gadgets in my mind.  I had to "mind knit" the pattern - reading it over slowly and carefully and thinking what I might need to make the process easier.  Do I need one stitch marker or several?  Can they all be the same color or do I need some that are distinctive from the others?  I'll need a tape measure - is it long enough, it is metric?  I'd better pack a needle sizer, just in case.  If I get far enough along on one of my projects I'll likely need a tapestry needle to weave in the ends or to work the Kitchener stitch.  Should it be sharp or blunt?  How big a needle will I need?   Is one enough?

4.  What needles should I bring?  For my sock projects I was all set.  I know that I'll need 4 US size 0/2.0 mm needles.  But, what if I break one?  Or get the urge to start another sock before the first one is finished.  I'd better pack extras.  My sweaters were in progress so they were already on the needles.  I'd better check the pattern to see if the needle size changes somewhere.  I was planning to swatch for a new project - more needles, but what sizes?  I'd better pack extra sizes and lengths.  Along with the needles, I had to make sure they are protected from bending or breaking.  How to do that?  I'd better pack needle protectors (so the stitches don't fall off the end) and a needle holder of some kind.  Will I pack my needles in my checked bag or can I carry them onto the plane?  Something to think about.

As you can see, packing knitting is the hardest part of all.  Forget the fact that there are more than 20 good yarn stores in the Denver area if I "needed" anything.  There was also the fact that I was going to the Wool Festival in Estes Park with at least 50 vendors.

How did I make out?  I finished 2-1/2 pairs of socks.  Bought some yarn.  Didn't work on the sweaters.  Didn't swatch for another sweater.  Didn't make a tassel.  But I never ran out of anything, although I did shop - and I had a very good time.

Here's one pair of socks that did get finished:


THE DETAILS

Pattern:  Cast on 60 sts, 2x2 ribbing,
stocking stitch leg and foot,
short row heel, shaped toe.

Needles:  US #0 / 2.0 mm

Size:  Medium

Color exclusive to The Loopy Ewe:
"Lake Dillon"

Each month The Loopy Ewe offers an exclusive colorway.  This one is from June, 2016.

Ravelry Link:  Lake Dillon

Sunday, July 2, 2017

How I Spent My Summer Vacation - Part 1

In September, it seems like everyone in grade school had to write an essay about their summer vacations.  I know that I did, and when I was teaching school, I assigned the essays.  It was an easy way to get to know the students in those early weeks.

I've already had my summer vacation, actually late-spring/early-summer.  I spent 16 days in Denver, the longest I've been there since moving away in 2011.  From the first day, after I'd only been off the plane for about half an hour, it was already better than I'd expected.  On a previous trip I had rented a car and the radio was awful - lots of static.  I complained about the radio and was given a coupon for a free rental car upgrade for the future.  At Enterprise, I was told I could pick any car except the Porsche.  I chose a new (only 800 miles on the odometer) red Camaro.

Click on pictures to enlarge.
While there's almost no room for a back-seat passenger and little room for luggage in the trunk, it was a blast to drive - a lot more fun than my aging, 14-year-old Xterra.  It was hard to give the car back at the end of vacation, and I'm pleased to say that I didn't get any speeding tickets!

On the first full day in Denver I was registered to take a class with Stephen West at Fancy Tiger.  I didn't know what to expect.  From all that I've seen online (mostly on YouTube) I was afraid that the class might be a bit of a Gong Show.  I was pleasantly surprised when he turned out to be a kind, professional teacher and charming and funny. He was teaching the brioche stitch which I'd never done before.  Now I have another technique in my knitting repertoire.

Check out the "eyeballs" around his neck. On the flip side is where his phone is carried!


But wait, the Sunday wasn't over.  In the evening I went to The Hudson Gardens to see a group that I've been listening to since I was a kid, The Four Tops.


The members of the group have changed over the years.  Some of the current members are family with the originals.  The songs like "Baby I Need Your Loving", "It's the Same Old Song", Reach Out I'll Be There" and "I Can't Help Myself" still sound as good today.


Check out the flashy outfits.  When it started to get dark and the lights were on the group, those suits shone and made for great stage clothes.  Sitting in a lawn chair on the grass with my friend, P, and listening to the music was a wonderful way to spend a pleasant June night and to start my vacation.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

In Love With Lilacs

Another pair of socks is "done and dusted", as the saying goes.


THE DETAILS

Pattern:  Cast on 60 sts, 2x2 ribbing,
stocking stitch leg and foot,
short row heel, shaped toe.

Needles:  US #0 / 2.0 mm

Size:  Medium

Color exclusive to The Loopy Ewe:
"In Love With Lilacs"

Each month The Loopy Ewe offers an exclusive colorway.  This one is from May, 2016.

Ravelry Link:  In Love With Lilacs

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Roger Moore

I heard on the news today that Roger Moore has died.  I was a bit surprised that he was 89.  I would have guess he was younger.  He has had a varied career.  Before he was James Bond he was a model, showing off sweaters on knitting patterns.  This was back in the 1950s.


R.I.P. 007.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Best of Both Worlds

As a huge fan of both Pink Floyd and Fair Isle knitting, this is the most creative picture I've seen in quite a while.  I like it and wish I'd thought of it!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Struggling With Color

Last year a good friend passed away and her husband wanted her knitting friends to have her yarn.  She had lots of beautiful yarns including The Plucky Knitter in various shades and bases.  I decided that I would make a sweater.

Stripes was the most logical choice as there were a number of single skeins.  I have some Plucky Yarn in my stash, but I preferred to use only hers for this project if I could.  I started this top-down design, A Mermaid Darkly by Yelena M. Dasher (Ravelry link).

Originally I had planned to start and end with the color "Rye".  It's also used in the two-row stripe where the colors change.  It wasn't long before I realized that there would not be enough of the color to end with it at the bottom, so I order a skein of Rye.  The original one is Snug Fingering, but the new one is Primo Fingering and the color is a bit darker.  I can live with that.  I was also okay with purchasing just one skein in order to complete the sweater as I envisioned.


I had planned to use at least 6 or 7 colors, starting with Rye - then going lighter with Noisette and then Brulée, then to Breakfast Blend and followed by moss green and the darker rye.  I started knitting but didn't like the direction these colors were taking me, so I ripped out the moss green, going back to where the Breakfast Blend ended on the body.  Then, I wasn't sure if the tan was working, so I ripped out the stripe on the body and knitting another Noisette stripe.  My plan was to knit it, then another Brulée, another Noisette and finish with new Rye.

Now that I'm looking at the photo, again I'm not sure.  Maybe I like the Breakfast Blend afterall.  Maybe I should put it back into the body, replacing the second Noisette stripe.  If I so, than what's next:  repeat the last 3 colors and end with Rye?  Maybe I should reverse them, Breakfast Blend --> Brulée --> Noisette --> Rye?  Confusing?

 At the moment I just can't make up my mind, which is frustrating, as I'm anxious to finish and wear this sweater.  Will I rip out the last stripe on each of the sleeves? Or, will I ripped out the bottom color on the body, than choose the one already chosen on the sleeves.

I guess I should just make up my mind and go for it.  It's not like I'm trying to create something to be hung in the Louvre.  Whatever I finally decide on, I'm sure it'll okay.  It's a sweater, for heaven's sake!

And.....if you're celebrating Mother's Day, have a good day tomorrow.

Dancing Dandelion

I haven't blogged much in the past little while.  Like so many others around me, I've been busy coughing and sneezing.  What time I did have, I've been on a quest to finish up a few knitting projects.

I have socks on my needles almost constantly.  Fortunately, they aren't always the same pair!  The mini-KAL I've doing with my friend is right on track.  Last month I finished the April socks, just as the month was closing out.  When these socks were done I was happy as they were getting to be a bit boring.  The color has a lot of similarities to the socks from March and I was ready for a change.  And change it is this month:  the May socks are shades of purple.  I'm also making a pair of socks in a bright orange.  Subtle?  I think not!  Boring?  Definitely not.


THE DETAILS

Pattern:  Cast on 60 sts, 1x1 ribbing,
stocking stitch leg and foot,
short row heel, shaped toe.

Needles:  US #0 / 2.0 mm

Size:  Medium

Color exclusive to The Loopy Ewe:
"Dancing Dandelion"

Ravelry Link:  Dancing Dandelion

Tomorrow I'm planning to blog about a sweater that I'm working on and my color decisions.  I hope you'll come back.  I'm open to suggestions.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

News Bits - 5/2/17 Edition

Book:

I learned today that there is a new book in the works by Alice Starmore called "Glamourie".  I can't find a link to it but will add one later if I see one.  It's described as entering "the magical world of Scottish folklore".  Glamourie is the Scots term for magic.  I'm looking forward to.  I've seen the front cover and, if it doesn't change, the cover sweater will likely be a cardigan/jacket that will be on my needles at some point in the future.  In the meantime, I have the yarn for three other Starmores:  Amphora (started, but I'm thinking of restarting and making it a cardigan with a modified drop or set-in sleeve), Eala Bhan and Meadowsweet.  I do love her designs.

Store:

The Jamieson's store, on Commerical Street in Lerwick, decorated their window to celebrate the Shetland Folk Festival, which just ended.  If you look to the right I think you can see why I particularly liked this window display:


On the web:

Have you ever watched a show like Project Runway or the Great British Sewing Bee and wondered if a similar knitting show could be done?  Well, the Danish have done it.  The show is on You Tube and called "Den Store Strikkedyet" or "The Great Knitoff".  I watched the first two episodes of season two.  The first episode is all in Danish, but the second one has subtitles and it's not at all difficult to follow along.

Shetland (TV Series):

For those of you who have watched the Shetland TV series, the good news is that the fourth season is now being filmed.  I learned that today they were filming outside of the Ninian store.  I'm looking forward to watching it - soon, I hope.

Detective Jimmy Perez' home
On the needles:

With a new month starting, I've cast on for two new projects.  The first is a knitalong with the Solid Socks group on Ravelry.  The color for this month is orange, a color that I'm quite fond of.  My yarn is not just orange, it's ORANGE!

I'm also doing a mini-knitalong with my friend, S.  We're using the monthly sock yarn offerings from The Loopy Ewe for 2016 to make a project each month in 2017.  I've been sticking to socks for my projects.  For May the color is "In Love With Lilacs".  I cast on last night and have made pretty good progress today.  Both pairs of socks have a May 31st deadline.


Temptation Averted:

It seems like every knitter and knit shop I've seen on the web lately is going to participate in Joji Locatelli's knitalong.  I must admit that I was tempted but with a couple of sweaters and socks on the needles, I was good.  I'll watch as others knit.

Another book and more temptations:

Have you seen the book "Springtime Collection Six" by Marie Wallin?  I'm drawn to almost every sweater in the book.  For now, I'm just admiring!  My next Marie Wallin design is going to be "Lovage".  The yarn is waiting for me and I can't wait to cast on.

Denver Yarn Shop:

The shop Tea For You is closing around the end of May.  There will be an online store going forward as well as a Yarn Truck.  I hope that it's up and running in the first part of June as I'd like to check it out.  I've seen one Yarn Truck in Nashville from the Haus of Yarn.  I know that there is also one, Purlin' J,  in my hometown of Kingston, Ontario but I haven't seen it.

Now I'm off to turn a heel.....  Thanks for reading.