Pattern: Pueblo Stole by Carol Sunday in the Autumn colorway
Yarn: I bought the yarn as a kit from Carol Sunday’s booth at Stitches Midwest
Monica: I got this kit at Stitches Midwest about 3 years ago and it sat in The Stash mocking me for a while. It wasn’t a kit but all the yarns called for in the pattern so I have plenty leftover. I have enough to make these mittens and will probably have more leftover when I knit the mittens (although the jury is still out on that project because it involves embroidery).
When I was done with my previous project I wanted to knit a project that involved color. Usually when I’m almost done with a project I have the next project picked out and ready to go but this time I didn’t. But I get into these modes where I just want to knit ASAP and I don’t have time to wind yarn. The other color projects I have required yarn-winding and pattern-hunting and needle-searching so I picked this one because everything was ready.
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That’s how it looks in natural light rather than bathroom light. I still have to do some fringe trimming but I’m done with it. The pattern came with a chart that only went up to a certain number of rows so I came up with a spreadsheet to finish the rest of the pattern. If anyone wants to make this in the future and wants the spreadsheet I’d be happy to share.
Lynette: Yesterday, Monica, Rebecca and I took a class to learn a new knitting technique called the TwiggStitch. Vicky Twigg developed this new colorwork technique after doing a lot of research and discovered that it hadn’t been done before. Debbie, from my Panera knitting group, hosted the class for about 12 women in her home. Thanks Debbie!
At first glance, the stitch looks like double-knitting. And I would compare the two except I never learned the double knitting technique. Once we all got familiar with knitting with two colors, Vicky introduced the TwiggStitch. There are several ways you can hold the yarn to knit this stitch. I found that holding my yarn in traditional fair isle way (one yarn in each hand) worked best for me. Monica and Rebecca found that it worked for them too.
Monica was working on her tension so Vicky suggested that she hold the yarn around her neck.
Everyone was so focused on knitting and getting the hang of holding both yarns, there was hardly any talking. Vicky was great walking around to everyone to make sure we all were getting it. It was a 3-hour class, and originally I didn’t think it would take that long to learn but by the time we looked up, we had about 30 minutes to go before the class ended. It was that good and that intense.
Here’s Rebecca showing off her technique. Once we all were knitting the TwiggStitch with some level of ease, Vicky asked us to change up the color and stitch. Here’s where it felt like I was doing brain teasers – seriously. Right-hand purl, left-hand-knit, purl the knit and knit the purl. Sounds easy but my brain momentarily twisted into a knot.
And on top of all that fun, Debbie has a Westie named Finion that Monica and I both played with while trying to knit. He was so much fun and very well behaved.
Next week is part 2 of the class where we’ll learn how to incorporate design and other fun stuff. Monica had a brilliant idea to dognap Finion. I’ll distract Debbie while Monica scoops him up.
Monica: A few months ago one of my friends, Carolyn, organized a mini quilt swap. My swap-ee told me she preferred modern quilts and she liked the colors pink, purple and teal so I tried my best to find the best quilt. It took me a while to figure out what to make and until I saw this quilt on the cover of the Fons & Porter magazine. So I found some fabric and got busy.
I am still learning at this quilting thing so this is not perfect.
There was a bit of fudging and trial and error but I like the end result anyway.
Pattern: Wendy’s Toe-Up Socks
Yarn: Crown Mountain Farm Sock Hop (in discontinued Yellow Taxi Cab colorway)
Needle: Size 2s KP
Lynette: I’ve been wanting to learn to knit toe-up socks for quite a while now. I bought Wendy Johnson’s Socks from the Toe-Up a few years ago thinking I’d teach myself but was never really motivated. I missed a class at Loopy’s last year because of work so a few of the women at my Panera group (Barb and Celeste) showed me how. I had problems getting the hang of the cast on so I watched a YouTube video for Judy’s Magic Cast on which really helped.
I loved trying on my sock and watching it grow up my leg. I used almost every bit of it. I left just enough for darning. Since I decided I’d use all the yarn for the sock, I used a contrast color for the ribbing. In order for it to fit over my calf, I knit 3 inches. For my next pair, I’ll include calf shaping. My calves are huge, and I never knit socks this long before. For the bind off, I used JSSBO (Judy’s Super Stretchy Bind Off) technique.
This incredibly wonderful yarn is from Crown Mountain Farms. I remember seeing this yarn early on when I began knitting, and when I finally decided to buy it, it was no longer available. Years later, I was visiting with Karen NOT to buy yarn, I left her house with it mainly because I could name the yarn and colorway immediately when I saw it. Thank you!
I love knitting with handspun yarn so much that I began a new hobby. More on this in another post. But I LOVE my socks!
My husband Charlie bought a juicer last month to try to eat healthier. He hates vegetables so he doesn’t eat enough. I was happy to hear that he went from getting zero servings of fruits and vegetables per day to 3 or more because he really likes the juice. Except for the chopping part I actually like the process of juicing. Maybe because you have to push some of the ingredients down into the juicer so I can get some of my aggression out.
For this batch we had a lot of fruits and carrots and some green vegetables like parsley and celery. (Do you see Buddy the Dog on the left side of the screen? He loves carrots so I usually give him a stick while I am juicing.)
It generates waste when it’s squeezing juice out of the veggies which you can use later – I read that a lot of people put it in their compost heaps. Here’s what the juice looks like.
On the left is one made mostly with greens like spinach, collard greens, asparagus, broccoli, and parsley. As long as you add some fruit in it it’s pretty yummy. On the right is a green juice also but we added some watermelon in it. The one thing you have to make sure of is that you drink the juice within 3 days because the nutritional value starts to degrade after that. But I’ve found that we drink it quickly enough that we have to make more every 2 days or so.
Usually when I’m in Vegas I never go to the Strip because I’m not a big gambler and there aren’t many events I am interested in attending there. If there are any events I want to attend I’m never in town for them. Also when you are a hermit at heart I find that I’d rather stay home. Last Friday one of my friends who used to live in Chicago and moved to Vermont was in town so we met for lunch. We had lunch at Central at Caesar’s Palace which to me was average. There are so many restaurants on the Strip that it was difficult to pick a place. After lunch we walked to the Bellagio where we took a look at the decorations for Chinese New Year. Basically I wanted to take pictures for the blog but I forgot my camera so I had to use my phone.
The entire area was crowded so most of my photos look like the one above. There were adorable children made out of flowers hidden behind the two strangers that my phone camera focused on. There was also a boat
and a snake
and what everybody should have growing in their homes
a money tree! Happy belated Chinese New Year!
So this week I begin teaching another session of Pay It Forward at the library….this time our project will be a friendship shawl to be donated following the guidelines from Warm Up America. If you would like to knit or crochet an afghan but cannot attend my program please contact me and I will see that your creation gets sent off with the others.
This year, I promised myself to learn new things-knitting and non-knitting related. My post shows one of the things I’ve learned so far.
I’ve been living with this secret that no one’s known about until now. I love knitting. Anyone who knows me will attest to that. But when I finish knitting a project, I’m completely done with it. And sometimes I wish to be finished before the project is over. With that said, I have a few projects that have been haunting me, and I’ve ignored for a long time. And I finally had the courage to do something about it. Here’s my secret:
I’ve been wearing socks with holes in them. I know-the horror. I took the holes in my socks as a sign of love, but maybe it was laziness. What was I to do? Through them out? So I bought a darning egg and attempted to fix my socks, but the darning egg was too small. I looked around and ended up using a Christmas ornament. I found this blog and was it was the most effective method for me to repair my socks. So one pair went from this:
Voila! A repaired sock. I know it doesn’t look great, but if you read the blog in the link, the woven area will even out as I wear it. So here’s my after shot of all my holey socks (click for bigger).
I feel much better getting that off my chest.
Hello again…it’s Deanna but please call me Dee. Like Monica, I have been knitting too…but blogging haphazardly. We thought it would be fun to blog together since we rarely ever get together…and that’s a shame really because I love Lynette and Monica. They are fun, resourceful, and creative. Our blog, milesofyarn.com? Well…I am sure you can guess why we’re naming it that. Be prepared to see what we can do with large and small quantities of yarn…here is my latest creation that I knit with knitterly coworker Celeste.
Even though I took a break from blogging I have not taken a break from knitting. Craftsy is having a sale on some classes so I signed up for the Fair Isle Vest class taught by Mary Jane Mucklestone. Although I have knit a few fair isle projects already I have never steeked any of them. This year I decided that I would try it finally so I’m excited to start the class. I don’t have any of the yarn I need for the vest so I get to go yarn shopping. It calls for sport weight yarn and I don’t have any of that in The Stash. I would love to knit it using the yarn called for in the class – Jamieson’s Shetland DK – but I’m trying to cut back spending so I have to come up with an alternative. Knit Picks has some yarn that would work and it would be economical enough but I’m still trying to find alternatives. Especially since they had a security breach last month and they didn’t notify any of their customers. Great customer service huh?