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July 2011 Blog Posts (16)

Hands Free Hairpin Lace Tool

I am new to Hairpin Lace.  I inherited a hairpin lace tool, bought a book on how to use it and found holding the tool to be somewhat cumbersome.   Also, when I released the lace when the 11 inch tool was full, I found that the lace got in my way and it kept twisting around and around and losing its shape.  Just as I was about to give up on the whole idea of doing hairpin lace, I though there had to be a better way.


Since I am married to a retired engineer and I can be…


Added by Teri Alflen on July 30, 2011 at 1:58pm — 1 Comment

Green Goes... Purple

Blackberry Blossom Scarf
The latest pattern in the… Continue

Added by Erica Jackofsky on July 30, 2011 at 5:59am — 7 Comments

High Fiber—More Oregon Visit

Flashback to July 6th:

New DDIL, Alexa, and I got to visit Crafts Americana's office in Vancouver. Crafts Americana is home to Knit Picks and Connecting Threads and host to the Knitting Community and Quilt With Us. In the photo above are (from left) Jenny, Kerin, Alisha, me, Alexa and Alison.

Alison met us in the lobby and gave us the grand tour of the company. The ground floor entrance area was manned by the great people of…


Added by Peggy Stuart on July 25, 2011 at 10:42am — 34 Comments

To Hot To Knit

It's 106 degrees in Newark NJ... this is Simon on the fire escape panting.  I'm poor I don't own an AC. And I like to imagine that it makes me loose weight to sweat so much.  Don't worry I have a fan for Dino, he told me the other day, "Oh mommy, I'm sweating so much!"



I have been so…


Added by EmilyVictoria on July 23, 2011 at 10:24pm — 2 Comments

Knitting Hiatus

Hi All,

I am doing the Cub Scout Resident Camp thing again this summer, so my knitting has been put on the back burner for the most part.  I am on a two week break, however, and after all my laundry, cleaning, and yardwork, I do plan to get my fingers busy!  Sadly, however, I forgot my main knitting project, a lace shawl I'm working on for my aunt's 80th birthday, in my camping trailer at camp.  I may be able to retrieve it next week, though, and make some progress before I go back…


Added by PurlGirl on July 19, 2011 at 11:04am — 5 Comments

Back on track

After a little soul searching I've managed to fall back in love with knitting the Simplicity Cardigan by Mary Annarella. I'm working with KP's Shadow Lace yarn in the Vineyard Heather colorway.

This project for me in one of those dive in projects. With this project; it's the first time I've really knit with lace weight yarn and…


Added by Val on July 18, 2011 at 6:41pm — 2 Comments

High Fiber--Sisters, Spinning and Swimming


Today you will get to read more about our vacation in Oregon, including the quilt show at Sisters on July 9th.


This was my favorite, but there were a number of quilts that were close to beating this one out! On top of that, some of the ladies from…


Added by Peggy Stuart on July 18, 2011 at 9:19am — 53 Comments


Serenity finally had her Maiden Voyage last week. We went to Silver City, New Mexico, about a two-hour drive away, and stayed at the KOA there for our home base. We wanted to see the Gila Cliff Dwellings:

(That's DH walking away in the middle of the photo), and hike the Catwalk National Scenic Trail (I…


Added by Freelance on July 16, 2011 at 3:37pm — 6 Comments

1 and 1/3 socks

During most of this summer, I have had the knitting attention span of a washcloth.  I have turned out many in the odd spaces of time here and there--waiting fot the computer to restart, swimming lessons,  while watching a movie, etc.  For many weeks, I had put myself on a knitting hiatus.  I have recently emerged craving socks.  I have all sorts of sock patterns and even some yarn put away specifically for them.  I have a pair on needles that are not far from completion--if you ignore the…


Added by Julie Prerost on July 14, 2011 at 9:19pm — 3 Comments

Blue Lake Knitting – Look Maw, I’m Tail Spinning (Tour de Fleece, Volume I)

A while back over in the SAL, Nuttyknitter provided a link to Namaste Farms video of Tail Spinning.  I became very interested.  So I started looking at my stash… I had almost an ounce of Wensleydale locks, but I didn’t think it was quite enough to make any yarn. 

Yesterday at our guild meeting, our guild leader Marlene brought me a gift of a one pound bag of Lincoln Locks.  Not Wensleydale, but I think I can do it.

This is after I sorted the fiber and locks to get…


Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on July 11, 2011 at 6:39pm — 24 Comments

High Fiber—Big Events!

As if the wedding a week ago wasn't enough, the days that followed included a variety of fiber events that place high on what would be my bucket list.

Tuesday, Eevi Emminger, founder of Mitts of Steal, and I went to the Beaverton Fresenius Clinic to deliver fingerless mitts to patients there.

Wednesday, new DIL and I went to Crafts Americana to visit the office of Knit… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on July 11, 2011 at 10:56am — 19 Comments

Cutting Ferns Shawl Pattern

The Cutting Ferns Shawl…

Added by Erica Jackofsky on July 11, 2011 at 5:23am — 5 Comments

Craft Studio is MINE! Huzzah!

This weekend to celebrate our nation's Independence Day I completed my move into my Craft Studio.  I now have all of my yarn, canvases, fabric, scrapbooking, trim, notions, tool,......etc. In one room!  My DH helped by hanging the window shade, which is already helping it stay cooler in the afternoon/evening hours, but still lets plenty of sunlight through.  I have yet to move my cream colored recliner, but that will happen this week. I took some photos of the room before my son began moving…


Added by Ramona on July 6, 2011 at 7:13am — 2 Comments

Adventures in knitting; My TdF Rookie Year

This is my first year participating in the Tour De Fleece festivities. First I made some goals.


I will dye my own fiber this year. (I have never dyed before)


I will spin up my home dyed fiber


I will work with wools I haven't spun before


I will improve my long draw


I will experiment with diffierent plying methods


I will have fun


First I had to pick which fibers I would dye and how I…


Added by Blue Lake knitter's daughter on July 5, 2011 at 10:46am — 56 Comments

Wedding Day!

I'm busy with family this week, but here are some shots from the wedding. For you Miss Daphne fans, here's a shot of her as flower girl, coming down the aisle with the bride's sister, Alyssa, who was matron of honor.

Here's the happy couple:

It was a beautiful day, it didn't rain in Western Oregon, and everything came off without a…


Added by Peggy Stuart on July 4, 2011 at 8:03am — 15 Comments

New Month, New Designs

The 3 Rs – From the Shades of Green Collection
A… Continue

Added by Erica Jackofsky on July 1, 2011 at 5:52am — 2 Comments

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