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Stitches is coming, Stitches is coming! February 22, 2012

Filed under: knitting — kathy @ 2:59 pm
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Yes, indeed! The annual tornado of fiber that sends stash diet resolutions flying out the window, and lays ruin to credit card balances, has nearly arrived.

But I shall batten down the hatches and resist. Or at least do a dang good job trying not to add to my stash!

Like last year, I’ll keep acquisitions to a minimum, with a focus on a unique roving or sock yarn. Because now, when I look at a sock yarn, I have to say to myself: “Self, put the skein down and walk away. You can dye that yourself.”

Here's my stash of my hand dyed goodies...the sheen in most of these yarns is silk...yum.

Instead, I’ll enjoy the excitement of the single class I’m taking, How to Design a Triangular Lace Shawl—something I’ve been futzing with for ages, but just can’t seem to figure out. I understand how to “build” a shawl, but I’ll be darned if I can figure out where to start building the lace repeats. I might find that halfway through the class I’ll stop and say, “Duh, why didn’t I get that before?” On the other hand, I’m betting I’ll have more of an “aha,” moment.

At any rate, the whole point of doing this class is so that I’ll be able to put some of the shawls I have fluttering around my head on paper and offer them on my Absinthe Yarn Etsy site. (No, still not up yet. camera issues, but working on it.)

But best of all, this year, darlingest Darling Cuz will be navigating the aisles of the show with me, increasing the sheer FUN of the event a trillion-fold ( number which we all now know is hard to fathom, but represents “alot”). We’ll walk the show, knit, cook, hang out on the coast (the weather should be glorious this weekend—65 to 70 degrees and sunny!)

I've been working on my "Coat of many colors," a great pattern to hang with someone and knit---very little concentration required.

Lulu's at the watch

Bug, CR, and I are barely waiting for her arrival. Even Lucy has taken up her post atop the wall in the front hall, waiting to say “Meow.” Which means, “Welcome; let me make you sneeze.”


Designing Woman February 8, 2012

Filed under: knitting — kathy @ 11:55 am
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Last post I hinted at a design for a pair of cabled mitts I was working on using a skein of my own Absinthe Yarn hand-dyed superwash merino yarn. Since then, I’ve completed the first (mostly) to my satisfaction. On the front: heart-shaped cables run up the center of the mitt. 

Cat not included…;)


Now comes the hard part…knitting the second one according to my notes. If that works out, I’ll be writing and charting out the pattern to make it available to all you knitting buddies out there. In fact, I might even ask for a couple of test knitters… 😉

Here’s a look at the back: Rosebud cables on each side of center cable and on the palm:


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