Monday, April 13, 2015

Halligarth Shawl

The last knitting project I've finished is my Halligarth Shawl.  




I am in the process of writing several patterns, including a few shawls, and I thought how easy it would be to take something on a trip that was someone else's pattern.  You know, where the many details were decided, and all I had to select were the yarn, color and size.  I would not have to worry about keeping notes; so I dug this yarn out of my stash, which I'd had in mind for this pattern.  

Well being lace, it was not quite as easy-to-travel as I had planned, but it ended up being a great a lot of fun.  And I did not have to take notes.  Whenever I wear it, I will always be reminded of my trip to Seattle with my friend Gerri.  It is currently in the shop, luring in knitters looking for a new shawl or lace class, but I look forward to getting it back soon.  

Details
Designer:   Gudrun Johnston
Yarn:  Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal, about 810 yds
Color:  54007 Deep Rose (Red)



Just one mod(ification):  I worked one extra repeat, and therefore picked up a few more stitches along the edges, which allowed me to center an edge repeat on the point.  I had very little yardage left over but it wasn't really a close call, so I wasn't on the edge of my sit hoping I had enough.  It worked out pretty perfect!  



Thursday, April 9, 2015

back...ish

I keep meaning to get back here and I keep forgetting my password because it's been so long!  

So for today, spring blossoms and one of my all-time favorite quotes, from Mother Teresa. 


Friday, November 14, 2014

Margin, Too

I posted the other day about one of my patterns, Margin.  Here's more technical info on that!  The pattern is available from Windy Valley Muskox but we are working on the website - hopefully wrapped up shortly.

Yarns I used:
-purple is WVM Merino in 7015 Thai Basil, one skein.  This merino is heavenly, I also have stranded mittens in this fiber!
-gray is WVM Majestic Blend in 5030 Fog Bank, two skeins.  This yarn is a blend of silk, merino, and qiviut.   I have designed a cute hat with this one before.
This pattern uses just about every inch of these yarns!  That's a total of about 650 - 670 yards.  
You can find more info on the Ravelry pattern page, here.

I also had it test knit.  Olivia did beautiful work with this, including lovely in-progress and finished pictures.  So pretty, I had to share with you:

test knittting

Here's her finished shawl, I swiped this picture from Ravelry (with permission.)  Gorgeous, right?


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Things I Knit: Margin

I've been meaning to post a lot more about my knitting projects, but it always seems like I have too much or not enough to say.  So today's the day!

If you know me at all, you know I LOVE knitting.  I like it so much, it might be a problem.  I wash the dishes so I can use the sink to soak finished pieces; I do the laundry so I can have towels to block my projects on.  I clean the house so I can find all the yarn I've left various places!  I found my Thing in life; that Thing that makes me feel like I was born to do something specific.  I definitely knew it was not science!  I'm good at a lot of things, and I know not everyone can say that.  But for me, knitting is the thing that I'm great at, that flows with little effort and lots of joy.

Along with personal fulfillment, knitting has opened up a world of opportunities for me - meeting people, making money in several ways (teaching, test knitting, contract knitting), expanding my photography, and travel!  I started writing my own patterns almost immediately but have had mixed advice on whether to publish and where.  Along the way, I have had the good fortune to build friendships with some lovely ladies related to my local yarn shop, and Windy Valley Muskox, among others, and the opportunities to publish my patterns opened up.  

Okay, I can see I'm getting very short-story-long, here; let's cut to the case!  I recently published Margin, a shawl pattern for Windy Valley.

7349 Margin

I absolutely love this shawl, I was sad to leave it with Dianne at WV when I left the show in August, but I suppose I could always knit another one!

I set up a shoot with one of my favorite models, and we got some great pictures including these:

7341 Margin

7325 Margin

This pattern grew from a concept my dad mentioned to me in the past year, about having margins - that is, space for life to grow - for friends to show up unexpectedly or to take care of yourself when problems arise.  Or for God to show me things I might otherwise be too busy for.  To notice that my boys are growing so fast.  To savor the beauty.  This is something that I also find in my photography, although sometimes I'm in too much of a hurry trying to find it.  Writing this pattern was an exercise, a reminder, to stop, to listen, to look, to breathe it in.

ETA Feb 2015:  Several people have asked about this pattern (I'm thrilled!)  It should be available at the Windy Valley website but as of this writing, that website is a bit under construction.  If you would like the pattern, you can write directly to Dianne at dianne@windyvalleymuskox.com, or if you happen to be going to Stitches, you will be able to buy it in the booth, along with the yarn.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Things We Put in Jars

I think I might finally be done with canning for this season.  We didn't do as much of any one thing as we've done in previous years - like back when I only did apple butter, when I got a box of peaches from my mother-in-law, or when I bought a bushel of cucumbers.  But we did a bit of each, and a lot from home and local friends or farms.  I did have to buy peaches and apples at the store.  


spiced peach preserves - I always forget the cardamom, but I love that you can see the little vanilla beans.  


bread and butter pickles, by request


And finally, some raspberry jam - we separated the gold from the red, since they cost more.  What's the point of getting them if  you mash them into the reds??   The general consensus is that they do taste sweeter / better than the reds we picked at the berry farm, although our own red bush is sweeter than those as well.  We ended up with four small jars of gold raspberry jam, so we'll save those for a special Christmas treat.  




I also canned a bunch of dill pickles but apparently I didn't take any pictures.  Dills are speared and bread & butters are sliced.  That makes it easier to figure out what they are, in case I label them wrong - and sometimes I do, but usually just one before I figure it out!!

I have been doing a LOT of knitting, but more on that next time?  



Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11

It's a cool and cloudy day, here; rather unlike that one 13 years ago.  My boys are home from school (teacher conferences) and we have an easy schedule, with room to appreciate our little life.