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Knitting Origami

April 30, 2010

Completing the knitting of EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket is finishing one adventure…

and arriving at a new one… how does this become a jacket?

Well… you fold this over here… and that over there… and ta da!

The only seaming that is done is along the top of the sleeves.  After completing the seaming I continued a 3 stitch i-cord around the neckline and added some buttons.  The i-cord is not part of the original pattern.

The jacket now awaits the arrival of my grand niece.

As I mentioned in my previous post I finished the Triinu Scarf by Nancy Bush.  Here it is after its bath and blocking.

I knitted a longer border than what the pattern asked for.  I think the longer borders that I have seen in Victorian Lace Today have influenced me.

Finally starting to feel like spring, most of the snow is gone, and the buds are visible on the trees, yeah!



April 17, 2010

I have been noticing lately that I been having a hard time … uh… give me a minute… focusing, yeah that’s it.  This condition has affected my fiber pursuits.

I was again the victim of  an enabler Jeanne, so I ordered and very quickly received some Madelinetosh Prairie (lace weight merino) in Blackcurrent.  I choose  the shawl, La Cumparsita by Marnie MacLean.

A niece who is also my god child is expecting her first, a girl late this May.   Ooh.. I get to do baby knitting.   An outfit for an American doll and some booties long ago are the only knitting I have done for wee ones.  I made some batts with purples, some pink and white merino and will spin a 2 ply dk to knit EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket.

EZ writes the pattern as if she is having a conversation with you which is very charming, but I do better with charts and more precise directions.  I found this YouTube video very helpful.

I decided to knit one in another yarn first so I could get to know the pattern.

I am using Bluemoon’s Socks That Rock Medium Weight in Jade.

I am really loving the colour right now, since mother nature around here hasn’t figured out that it is SPRING.  It’s snowed a total of a foot this past week!

Now where was I?….

Spinning… I am working on a project for next year’s challenge for my guild.

The fiber is a merino/bombyx blend, 50/50, colour is Iris (I can’t get enough of this colour, it’s gorgeous!) by Chasing Rainbow and I’ll be spinning a 2 ply lace to knit Aeolian.  I haven’t picked the beads out yet.

Have to have some socks on needles.  It’s my own pattern that I’m calling Pinstripe Socks.

Weaving… on my third dishtowel and have one to go before I take them off the loom.

My loom does not have much of a shed (the gap in the warp when a harness is lifted), I think that’s what it’s called.  So I got another shuttle, a thinner one.  The shuttle is beautifully handmade from Bluster Bay Woodworks, it is a Swedish style shuttle made from Bloodwood.  This shuttle travels a lot more smoothly and faster than my previous one.  I also like how the ends are shaped to be easy held and gripped.

I did finish something, well almost…  it just needs blocking.

Triinu Scarf by Nancy Bush
Zephyr by Jaggerspun White 1 skein
#4 Addi Lace Needles

The scarf is a Confirmation gift for #2.

Gotta go … I have a package containing  Baby Ull to open.

My New Earthquake Detector

June 23, 2009

I was a very contented individual knitting and spinning.  But during the course of visiting the blogs of other knitters and spinners, I found that there are quite a few who also weave.  I have admired their projects, scarves, towels, blankets but thought I don’t have the time or space at this stage in my life to take up weaving.  The weavers in my guild were also gently shoving pushing me to give it a try.  So last year at the guild’s garage sale I saw and bought a rigid heddle loom for $20.   My thinking was, its small and maybe I could give it a try and see if I like it.  But it wasn’t until recently that I warped it and started weaving. 

Weaving 2

I am using Knit Picks Kettle Dyed Sock Yarn  Bordeaux and Eggplant for the warp and some hand spun Ashland Bay Rose Quartz Merino , 2 ply for the weft.

Weaving 1

Well I am officially hooked, thanks mostly to Alice and Pamela.

While recouping from some surgery, I got a call from a friend who said that she was had decided to leave the state.  She mention that one of the things that she wasn’t going to be taking with her was a loom and if there was anybody I knew who would be interested.  So I very happy to report that I have something new in my living room, thank you Mada.

Gallagher 1

I am very excited.

Gallagher 2

The loom needs cleaning but I think from first inspection it looks to be in very good shape.

Yesterday as I was knitting (Fountain Pen Shawl) in my living room, I heard the heddles of the loom start to rattle and as they got louder I could then feel the earthquake.   The quake gave us a good shake, it was 5.4 and about 60 miles away.  We had a few good size aftershocks since.

I am indeed very happy with my new loom/earthquake detector.