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Carmel, Indiana
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I've been knitting--Continental style--for almost half a century, and I generally feel able to knit anything that strikes my fancy. Even so, there's always so much more to learn about what can be done with two sticks and a string! I'm absolutely hooked on Kelley's podcasts, because even when the topic sounds pretty mundane, she's always got something fresh and interesting to say about it.

That's Cesare with me in the photograph--one of two cats named after the Borgias. Being an utter monster, he's very well named. I can't think why so many knitters are cat lovers, when one considers that cats are the natural enemy of knitting.
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Evening with the Yarn Harlot

Posted on April 29, 2008 at 6:49pm 0 Comments

Just got back from a signing with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. She's even better in person than she is in her writing, in the sense that her comic timing and delivery are absolutely impeccable. She even had the booksellers rolling in the aisles, and they clearly had a good time at the event. (I used to work at that bookstore, and I know these people. I can tell when they're really enjoying it or just putting up a front, and they were digging it.) I also had a nice time chatting to a young man who… Continue

Greencastle Fleece Fair

Posted on April 14, 2008 at 7:20am 0 Comments

Went to the Fleece Fair in Greencastle, Indiana last Friday with my partners in crime. I had never been to one of those events before, and am I ever glad I went! Not only did I score on yarn, but I picked up a good dyeing tip that I can't wait to try. It turns out that you can dye wool with fiber-reactive dye without cooking it, so you don't have to worry about the pigment's breaking down. To celebrate this new knowledge, I bought a couple of skeins of wool-cellulosic yarn to dye that I would… Continue

Have knitting, will travel!

Posted on April 7, 2008 at 5:36am 0 Comments

Off to Albuquerque today with my nascent shawl in my bag and Pride and Prejudice on the iPod! It doesn't get any better than this!

New Knitting Resolution

Posted on April 4, 2008 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

OK, so I just frogged the first 85 rows of my Corner to Corner Shawl. "Why did you do that, Roxane?" I hear you ask. Well. I had screwed up at some point--I'm guessing at about row 70 or so--so I intended to dutifully unknit about 15 rows. Gentle reader, it is very hard to unknit a lace pattern on laceweight yarn (Alpaca Cloud in this case) on size 3 needles. My eyes really aren't up to it any more, even though my eye doctor says I'm 20/20 with my glasses, and even the point of the Harmony wood… Continue

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At 7:19am on August 8, 2009, Irene Soileau said…
Wow love those colorfull sweaters, all your work is great, but love the colors. your work looks so good, palsknitto, Irene
At 7:26pm on December 11, 2008, Peggy Stuart said…
Isn't it wonderful to meet people who have a talent we can learn from? Our knitting group had a participant do a demonstration of steeks. She makes Norwegian ski sweaters, and brought some of her collection for us to see, as well as her partially finished sweater to demonstrate with.
Can your DH make you a spinning wheel? My friend Lynda has a wheel that looks very Scandinavian. I think it's a Majacraft or something like that. I like Scandinavian. My MIL came from Finland, and DH and I still visit his cousins there every few years. (Lots of knitting time on the flight! :-}) --Peggy
At 5:35pm on December 11, 2008, Peggy Stuart said…
I love my Sonata! I first hear about it on Kelley's podcast, but when I was looking in to spinning wheels, I discovered that the Sonata is the only full-size wheel that is completely portable. I also think it's pretty, so it's an addition to my "decor" (word used toys, peanut shell fragments, books and magazines, etc.). I noticed that you're a Jane Austen fan. I have listened to her books over and over, downloaded from I also like Elizabeth Gaskell. She came along a little later on, but her works have a similar feel. I enjoy my iPod, but I also have a Zen Nano Plus MP3 player, so I can download library books from the internet. Lucky you, getting to go to knitting camp and everything! Well, back to my leggings! --Peggy
At 3:43pm on December 11, 2008, Peggy Stuart said…
Roxane: I'm doing my Stonington in KP's Alpaca Cloud, in Smoke. I keep stopping to pet it. It feels like a soft kitty! It's nice for mindless knitting. As to the drop spindle comment, save it for when you need it. It will all make sense when you get to a wheel. If not, come back to me and complain! :-} --Peggy
At 12:27pm on December 11, 2008, Peggy Stuart said…
I'm doing better with the wheel than I did with the drop spindle. I think I was starting to get the idea after watching the following youtube demos:
Drafting wool
Drop spindle
This young woman uses the park-and-draft method, which slows down the process so it's doable.
Then I took a class in spinning with a wheel. The best lesson, though, was the one with my friend Lynda. She switched me to long-draw and a fiber with more crimp. With the long-draw method, you don't have to pinch your fingers, but keep them loose, and you use your would-be pinching hand to twist the fibers in the same direction as the twist from the wheel, which moves the twist up toward the drafting triangle, which you move slowly away with your other hand, holding the fiber loosely. I have a long way to go, but I think I'm getting the idea. --Peggy
At 9:58am on December 11, 2008, Peggy Stuart said…
Roxane: I see you did the Rona Shawl! Except for the color, it looks just like mine. Wasn't it fun? (Cute kitty!) --Peggy
At 4:05am on June 15, 2008, Susan the Blue Lake Knitter said…
Thanks for getting back with me so soon. Even after I read your explanation I was baffled, because it wasn't working for me. Then I started reading your explanation the second time, I realized that I totally misread the instructions - instead of k2, I was seeing k2tg. Where I saw that I do not know. Sorry for getting in a panic.
At 11:38am on June 14, 2008, Susan the Blue Lake Knitter said…
Thanks, I'd really appreciate the help. Could be that I'm just not looking at it right.
At 4:10am on June 14, 2008, Susan the Blue Lake Knitter said…
You recently knitted the Fan Kimono from "Knit Komono" I am starting the Komon Kimono, and I think there is an error in the pattern instructions. The 1st row of the pattern is suppose to make an increase, but I don't think it does. Could you take a look at it and see what you think. I've only been knitting a short time, but I have found so many errors in printed patterns and I can't figure out what to do about this one. I would appreciate your advice.
At 4:46am on May 14, 2008, Rebecca Mills said…
You have a nice page. Cute cat!! I like the cool stuff you have knitted. I especially liked the Afghan sweater and the cardigan from hell. I am from Anderson Indiana, so it's always nice to run across a fellow Hoosier!

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