Sunday, November 29, 2009
Cindy has opened a second store in Petoskey, right on Mitchell Street. It is Cynthia's Too and will be open year 'round with lots of yarn, classes and a place to meet up and sit and knit and a knitting night starting in January!
I have knitted some samples for the new store and have actually spun up some of the romney wool that I bought at the Charlevoix Fiber Arts Festival. "Leo" (aka my spinning wheel) was happy to be back in action. Looking foward to winter (but not all the plowing I will be doing when the real snow comes) and hopefully getting a couple of knitting patterns that have been developing in my brain onto the needles!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Tomatoes didn't do so well this year, but there are plenty of carrots to dig and winter squash to pick as soon as we get a (shhhh) light frost. Unfortunately Zeke (my 100 pound chocolate lab) ate most of the green beens out of the garden so I only put up two bags in the freezer. And he felt no remorse either!
Also, the wood is all stacked!!!!
AND this is the weekend of the NONI workshop in Mackinaw City. I've got three bags knitted and felted, packed away damp in plastic bags ready for day one....blocking and embellishing! I also found two beautiful brocades at JoAnn Fabrics to use for lining my Hydrangea Bag and my Felted Carpetbag. The other bag, Urban Adventure, I am going to leave unlined for a more organic shape. Should be a fun and very educational workshop!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I've also been busy stacking wood, as you can see. I've gotten about half of it stacked.......
and the other half is a work in progress! One advantage of a cooler than average summer.
I have been knitting a little bit and almost have a pair of socks finished, which I will post a picture of as soon as they come off the needles!!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Jenny won the big door prize (on the table in front of her) and is showing the bee sweater that she knitted for Avery (first grandchild)!
Martha Myrna and Sherry play the "Know Your Fiber" game as Jamie supervises...no cheating!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Well the last two days have been almost winter-like. Cold and rainy, perfect knitting weather! And I finally got one of the three projects finished that I started for Malabrigo March in the Malabrigo Junkies group over on Ravelry. Here is my version of Just Enough Ruffles:
As for my designs, I have finished my Mitered Panels Cardigan for Adults (pics to be posted soon) which is based on my Mitered Panels Cardigan for Kids but with a different neck line. This along with Little Dipper, Telegraph Road and a new free pattern (which will also be posted here) will debut this Saturday at Cynthia's annual spring luncheon! How exciting.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
This is what I have been working on for the last two weeks. The pattern is written as a short, slightly oversized vest for young girls, approximately 2 to 10 years of age. My husband came up with the name Little Dipper when I showed it to him and told him I was having trouble coming up with a name relating to little girls and stars (which is a reference to the stitch pattern used). It made sense in that someday I would like to design an adult version, Big Dipper.
And as an update to my Malabrigo March KAL's, here is a picture of my gauge swatch with the chosen buttons for my February Lady Sweater. I beat the March 31st deadline and cast on last night!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Now I'm off to do some mindless knitting for the evening. I'm going to start the Domino Blanket by Lucy Neatby for one of the babies on the way. (not mine!) Mitered knitting...I love it.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
This little felted bag is constructed with mitered squares on point (which makes them diamonds). A semi solid and a self striping yarn are worked alternately and stranded up the side of the module being knit and stitches are picked up from the previous modules to build the next module (no sewing). An I-cord edge is applied to the top and an I-cord strap is knitted and sewn on after felting. The approximate finished size is 10” wide by 9” tall. The strap can be adjusted by trimming it after felting, before sewing it on to the bag.
Yarn: M.C. Malabrigo Merino Worsted ,( 216 yds per 100 g skein) 1 skein in color Apple Green
C.C. Noro Kureyon, (110 yds per 50 g ball) 1 ball in color #209
Needles: Size 11 (8.00 mm) 24” circular and D.P.’s
Size J crochet hook
Stitch markers, darning needle etc.
Two coordinating buttons
Gauge: 3 sts per inch in garter stitch
The mitered modules are worked with a Centered Double Decrease as follows:
CDD: Slip 2 sts together knit wise from left hand needle to right hand needle, knit the next stitch on the left hand needle, pass the two slipped sts over the st just knitted and off the right hand needle.
This stitch will be purled on the return (wrong side) row, creating a line of stockinet stitch.
Row 1: (RS) With M.C. cast on 49 sts. On subsequent rows this will be worked as: With M.C., knit to 1 st before center st, CDD, knit to end.
Row 2: (WS) Knit to center st., Purl 1, knit to end.
Row 3: With C.C. knit to 1 st before center st, CDD, knit to end.
Row 4: Knit to center st., Purl 1, knit to end.
Continue as established, alternating colors every two rows, working a CDD every right side row and purling that stitch on the wrong side row until 1 st. remains. Pull tail through and mark the last st. This will be the top, front of Block 1.
With M.C. and right side facing, starting just to the left of the marked stitch, pick up and knit 25 sts along the left hand edge of Block1. Continue along the cast on edge, pick up and knit 24 sts along this edge and ending just to the right of the CDD line at the top, back of Block 1.
Work as for Block 1.
Block 3 is worked along the opposite side of Block 1 as for Block 2: With M.C. and right side facing, starting just to the left of the CDD line at the top, back of Block 1, pick up and knit 25 sts along cast on edge, pick up and knit 24 sts along the right hand edge of Block 1 thus ending just to the right of marked st at the top, front of Block 1.
Work as for Block 1.
Block 4 and 5 are worked opposite each other between Blocks 2 and 3 and are half the size.
With front of bag and right side facing and M.C., starting in the 13th ridge from the top of Block 3 pick up and knit 12 sts along the left hand edge, 1 st. in the marked st at the top, front of Block 1, 12 sts along the edge of Block 2 (ending 12 ridges from the top of Block 2). Work as for block 1 until 5 sts remain ending with a RS row and M.C. Place these sts on hold.
Work as for Block 4 on the back side of the bag between Blocks 2 and 3 until 1 st remains. Pull tail through and cut yarn.
With the back of the bag and right side facing and M.C., starting at the top ridge to the left of the top st of Block 2, pick up and knit 12 sts along the edge, 1 st in the bottom corner, 12 sts along the right hand edge of Block 5 ending at the right of the top st.
Work as for Block 5.
With the back of the bag and right side facing and M.C., starting at the top ridge to the left of the top st of Block 5, pick up and knit 12 sts along the edge, 1 st in the bottom corner, 12 sts along the right hand edge of Block 3 ending at the right of the top st.
Work as for Block 5.
FRONT EDGE I-CORD
With M.C. measure out a tail of yarn about 30” long. Do not cut. With a 24” circular needle and the front of the bag facing, start picking up sts with the measured tail (starting at the measured point and working towards the end, not towards the ball of yarn) at the top of Block 3 and ending at the top point of Block 2 as follows: Pick up 1 st in the top point of Blocks 3 and 2, pick up 1 st for each ridge, pick up 1 st at the bottom corners and 5 sts across the sts on hold. Now go back to where you started picking up sts, with RS facing and a spare D.P. needle cast 3 sts onto the right end of the circular needle working with the yarn that’s there waiting. Start working Attached I-cord as follows: *Knit 2 sts, knit the next 2 sts tog through the back loop. Slide the sts back to the left needle and repeat from *.
Work I-cord across the front edge except when you come to the two bottom corners: work to 1 st before the bottom corner st and work the next 2 sts together while attaching I-cord (like a K3TOG through the back loop). ALSO, work 1 rnd of unattached I-cord at each end of the 5 sts that were on hold. Do not cut yarn when you reach the top of Block 2.
Continue along the back flap edge:
Pick up 1 st for each ridge across the edge and at the points of the two diamond flaps work a K1,YO,K1 in the top center st of each flap. Pick up one st in the edge of the front I-cord at the top of Block 3. Turn and knit back across these sts. Turn, cast on 3 sts and work attached I-cord across the existing sts. Bind off.
Sew the little gaps under where the two I-cords meet at each top edge of the bag.
Cut two 30” lengths of M.C. yarn and fold in half. At the points of Blocks 6 and 7 and with the crochet hook, pull the fold of the yarn through and chain to the end. Pull tail through to secure. These can be trimmed to your liking after felting.
With D.P.’s and M.C., cast on 4 sts and work I-cord for 50”. Bind off.
Sew the buttons to the front of the bag just below the points of the two flaps and wrap the button loopers around them to secure the flaps.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I found out on Friday that I am now a designer listed on Ravelry!! My design profile can be viewed here, and I'm waiting to be added so I can set up my Ravelry store. Exciting, yayyy. Now I'm off to do some spinning and unwinding (er, relaxing).
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009