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Remains of the day~a Day full of Fall October 6, 2012

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Today turned out to be better than expected! I was so excited to be able to go to the Tall Grass Farm Fall Fiber Jubilee today. I joined up with Debbie, the owner of Studio S Fiber Arts and we rode together up the road and ’round the bend to the farm.
Master shearer David Kier was on hand to demonstrate his talents!

The other sheep in the pens watched and waited their turn.

There were vendors from around the area on hand to demonstrate spinning, basketry, and cooking! The smells were incredible!!!

The chill in the air kept us moving; 43 for a high today, it definitely is feeling like Fall! Igor needs his Fall jacket~

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When we got back to the studio, I hung around and enjoyed a cup of coffee and pumpkin spice donut holes, while watching people come into the shop in droves. Eleanor and I chatted while Debbie rang up sale after sale. Finally, I got a break and scored some bamboo circulars for my tool stash. I was getting ready to leave when Marcy pulled me aside. She said, “I have something for you!”, and promptly whipped out of her knitting bag, a skein of Wollmeise yarn in the most beautiful color of Nightshade Blue I’ve ever seen!
I can’t wait to knit this up-a pair of gloves, maybe?

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I gathered up my things and headed home to Hubby, a head full of Fall knitting ideas, and heart full of feel-good.
Sharing my morning with hubs, I showed videos and pictures of the events. He told me he had just watched an episode on TV, someone shearing sheep!
As we sat and talked, he brought up Spaz, saying that he really missed the little bugger. Then he surprised me by suggesting we get another one, and asked what I thougth. Yes! I said, emphatically! We should get it before it gets too cold, and recalled how we got Spaz in October the year he came into our home. We even designated Halloween as Spaz’ birthday, easy to remember~
I ran upstairs, got Spaz’ cage back out of the closet, and set it out in its old familiar spot in the dining room table, door open, ready for its newest family member.
Heart full of hope, I had Hub load Igor in the rear, then he got in the passenger side, letting me drive, and off we rode to the pet store.
As luck would have it, they had a special on the ‘keets, and quite a number to choose from. Hubs eyed the green ones for a few, then told me to pick one out and wandered off toward the checkout lane.
I studied each one, pointing out a little guy that looked extra spunky, and turned to ask Hubby what were his thoughts. To my dismay, I saw him leaned against the cash register lane, looking rather unsteady on his feet. It was clearly evident he was not having a good day, and was very close to falling. So, with heavy heart, I walked him back out to the car, and we went home, without a ‘keet.
I said some pretty harsh things to him, while driving back home, then just gave up and let it go. No use trying to reason. He’s going to do what he’s going to do and that’s all there is to it.
Back home, upstairs while Hubs is napping, I am blogging and just received yet another surprise in the mail, from my friend Lindy, in Australia.
Angora rabbit yarn!!!

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I’m working on Nat’s Bats Shawl, scored some gorgeous Lavendar Sparklies yarn for the border. It’s going to be to-dye for!

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Some-bunny is looking out for me, and I’m very grateful for my friends and family. At the end of the day, it’s all just stuff; it’s the joy of friends looking out for each other, that is all that matters.

Hope you are having a day full of gratitude and joy, as well. I was happy to share mine with you! 0:)

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Swatching, it’s what’s for beginners! September 23, 2011

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I have joined the ranks of committed knitters who insist that switching is mandatory to a successful garment fit.

I have not completed nearly the number of garments that would clinch a successful knit gauge and feel comfortable in the knowledge that a finished project will fit.
I don’t care how long you’ve been doing what you do best, there’s always room for improvement, whether it’s riding a bike, crocheting a doily, or knitting a sweater or vest. I’ve been a seamstress for over 40 years, and yes I can eyeball a yard of fabric to within mere mm’s, or form a perfect hem just by looking at it, but I can’t turn a jacket lining inside-out, perform an alteration, and return said lining to its original state prior to the RIPPIT, without a road atlas and GPS.

I’m taking some sage advice from Knitty on swatching, complete with charts and calculations for every yarn weight out there.

I think this swatch will double as one of the pockets for the Cuff-To-Cuff Sweater mentioned yesterday.

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Ohey, the Brewers clinched NL Central at Miller Park tonight – Division Leaders, first time since 1989! I’ll be wearing my Brewers t-shirt proudly, come Monday morning~WHOOT!

New Years’ Resolutions: What’s on Your Needles for 2011? December 31, 2010

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Today, the snow was melted and all but gone. Disappearing almost as fast as 2010, fading away to reside in our  thoughts and memories.

It’s the perfect time for planning new projects for the coming year, while clearing out the cobwebs of the past year. Time to empty those knitting baskets, so we can fill them with glorious yarn finds! The Tootsie roll canister is filled and close at hand (food for thought). My desk is not nearly as cleared off as I had hoped, but will be, soon.

I am compiling a To-Do List, things I want to make in the coming months. I’ll check off my WIP list from Ravelry first, then fill in with ideas from some new books I received today:

  1. finish Sharon’s Winter Socks
  2. The Agatha Cardigan
  3. make a felted purse: Pursenalities: 20 Great Knitted And Felted Bags
  4. make Igor a jacket from stash.
  5. finish The Raven Doily by Halloween
  6. start 99 new coasters for 2011 Christmas card inserts

I’ll add more as I go, but this will keep me busy, for now. Updates to follow, so do check back!

Knit one, Purl One… Gratitude (via Operation Gratitude Blog) December 14, 2010

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I LOVE JOAN, you gotta see her!
Check out this video: Knitting: A Patriotic Duty – Fox News Video – FoxNews.com video.foxnews.com
‎98-year-old woman knits scarves for troops

Knit one, Purl One… Gratitude by Guest Blogger Karen Francis. Needles clicked, yarn spun, and discussions about patterns flowed, but in a store surrounded by the jewel tones of silk, bright worsted wool and imaginative color combinations in alpaca and cashmere, the dull tones of black and brown and grey pure wool stood out.  A group of women met on a glorious summer day in Old Town Alexandria, a day that the humidity was down and a cool breeze blew across the Potomac, but the … Read More

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Crochet: Coasters by the Dozen-Patricia Kristofferson November 18, 2010

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Cover of "Poison"

Cover of Poison

I finished another bookmark, this one I call The Poison Heart. I made it for DD19, to go with some books I’ve ordered for her, from the Chris Wooding collection. She already has Poison, and completed that book in 3 days.
I sense a matching coaster in the making, soon, going to peruse the Pat Kristofferson collection for something to compliment the bookmark~
I recently received a new copy of this cute collection of coasters, by designer Patricia Kristofferson. Shown below, front left, back right.

Unbeknownst to the Seller, there was a signature by Pat herself, in the inside front cover.

I was pleasantly surprised, but curious to know how one would come about a sighed copy of a Leisure Arts booklet?
It doesn’t really matter if it’s real or a fake-the Seller evidently didn’t know it was there, made no mention of it in her description.
Maybe I’ll write to Leisure Arts and inquire as to how one would obtain a signed copy…perhaps they can enlighten us!

Easy-Peasy Pita Pocket Bread Recipe July 21, 2010

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I am done searching for that perfect Pita Pocket~I went online and found an easy-peasy recipe for pita pockets.
I mixed up a batch of dough, put it out on the patio table, and let the summer humidity work it’s magic. By dinnertime, I had a bowl-ful of doughy fun nearly crawling out over the top of the bowl.

I cut the dough in half and lined a deep-dish pizza pan with one half of the batch, loaded it up with all the veggie goodness I could dig out from the night before; some chopped green peppers, thin-sliced white onions, mushrooms, some fresh basil from the garden, Pastorelli’s pizza sauce and a whole pound of shredded mozzarella. No, I didn’t squeeze my own cheese this time, but I plan to learn how to make fresh mozzarella too, someday :)

The pizza in the oven, I rolled out the other half of the pita dough. Taking a 4 inch Rubbermaid container, I used it to cut a bunch of 4 inch mini-pitas, set them on a floured pizza peel and slid them onto a pre-heated cookie sheet, on the bottom rack. They turned out perfect, all puffed up and soft dough- DH and the kids loved them, SUCCESS!

Here’s the recipe I used, a simple multi-purpose dough recipe that can be worked for any number of things. And if you’re feeling a little adventurous, why not sprinkle some Italian herbs in the dough while it’s mixing. Add some garlic powder, for kick, how about some ground sun-dried tomatoes from the refrigerator (literally, dried romas) YUM!

Easy Pita Bread Recipe – Food.com – 81116

Spirit of the Southwest Shawl, Speaks from the Heart July 16, 2010

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Yesterday I took a picture of my stepdaughter, modeling the shawl a dear friend in Australia made me~ isn’t it a bit uncanny, I had her on my mind all evening after that, only to receive such tragic news today – she wrote in an email, twin grandbabes, lost at 8.5 and 9.5 weeks…I just cannot imagine the heartbreak upon learning such devastating news…my heart hurts, I cannot be there to hug her and comfort her….
E. is such a sweet girl, I knew she would appreciate the love and workmanship that went into the shawl’s making, and would be the perfect model for this Spirit of the Southwest Shawl by Evelyn Clark. I am dedicating this blog post to my dear Sister in Australia, Lindy.
We both commented on how wonderful it smelled as we nuzzled it’s softness-we both said almost at the same time, “If this is what Australia would smell like, we want to go there!!!”
Sending warmest thoughts and white light to you, dear one….may there be peace and comfort for all involved, soon…♥♥♥

Mattress Stitch: A Knitter’s Best Friend – Knitting Daily June 7, 2010

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I got this newsletter email today and thought I’d share this, in celebration of our getting our new mattress set tomorrow 🙂
Mattress Stitch: A Knitter’s Best Friend – Knitting Daily Newsletter

Mattress Stitch Made EasyOne of my favorite knitters, Kathy Veeza ( a.k.a “Grumperina”), wrote a wonderful article in the spring 2008 Knitscene (which you can get on CD now!), all about seaming. This is just the mattress stitch portion, so check out the entire article on the Knitscene 2007-2009 Collection CD.

… a good example of how mattress stitch works as well on ribbing and moss stitch as it does on stockinette stitch (and garter stitch, and seed stitch, and whatever stitch you’re working with!).

Step 1 Step 2
With the right side of the knitting facing you, use a threaded needle to pick up 1 bar between the first 2 stitches on one piece, then the corresponding bar plus the bar above it on the other piece (Step 1). *Pick up the next 2 bars on the first piece, then the next 2 bars on the other (Step 2). Repeat from * to the end of the seam, finishing by picking up the last bar (or pair of bars) at the top of the first piece.

Finished seam. To bring the seam together, simply pull gently on the yarn and the seam will tighten up and disappear.

The secret to streamlined seams is always working mattress stitch from the same vertical column. Never veer to the right or left of the seaming line—the stitch adjacent to the seam should be fully visible from base to top along the whole seam. If you veer into that stitch or farther away from it as you seam, your seam will zigzag in a distracting way. When seaming a sleeve into an armhole, make sure to follow this rule on the body pieces.

Signature Needle Arts, Made in Wisconsin May 28, 2010

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I ran across a blog, by way of an email newsletter, regarding Signature Needle Arts,  a Knitting Needle manufacturer in Kenosha, Wisconsin and had to check them out.

The circulars come in 3 needle sizes: 4″, 5″ and 6″, for more versatility.

Signature Circular Needles will be available for sale online May 1, 2010. To get the most current information on Signature circulars please sign up for their newsletter!

Another project I’m adding to my Bucket List:

e-PatternsCentral.com | Summer Vest

I love the soft blue color, saving this for future reference. A quick summer project, maybe?

Summer Vest

Summer Vest

New!
Technique – Knitting

Just a touch of coverage is what you’ll get with an openwork pattern vest. This e-pattern was originally published in the May 2010 issue of Creative Knitting magazine.

Size: Includes women’s small through 2X-large. Made with medium (worsted) weight yarn and size 6 (4mm) 14″ circular needle.

Skill Level: Experienced

ITEM # PRICE
EK00350 $4.99

Will have to add this to my Bucket List~

I got the yarn for my Wonderful Wallaby last week! 🙂

There is much to do in preparation for our Memorial Day weekend, so this will be short but sweet, and I’ll be back later on to fill in the blanks!

Blessings!
Sandra

Knitting Among the Ranks in Baghdad March 16, 2010

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Hats (and socks) off to a skillful soldier

Staff Sgt. John  Sorich of Eden Prairie is back from Iraq, but his was a close-knit group of a different kind while serving. Read the complete article by clicking the link in the sub-title.

Men have been tying knots (by hand) for centuries-look at all the knot work involved in making fishing nets. Ladies, lets keep these guys in stitches!!!

Here’s a link to more vintage knitting adventures at Handmade by Mother:  http://handmadebymother.blogspot.com/

I’m heading out to hunt down  Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers, color #9459Yakima Heather

Happy Knitting!