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August 2011 Blog Posts (26)

Knitting with double-pointed needles

Hello, All,

I am a newcomer to your blog, although not to knitting or crochet which I have been doing for over 40 years.

However, I am having a problem knitting the crowns of hats with double-pointed needles. I do fine with a 16" circular needle, but when I get to the crown and the circular needle is too small and I switch to double pointed needles, I have trouble keeping the stitches…


Added by Mry Minshall on August 31, 2011 at 11:29am — 4 Comments

Barbara's Blog - Take Two

I've just done my Blog and somehow managed to lose the lot, so here I go for another attempt. I had the same problem as before in that after 5 photos, it wouldn't let me add any more, so we shall see what happens this time.

First of all I would like to thank those of you who left such kind messages on my last Blog. It was very much appreciated and to know that I have such caring friends on this site.

I don't plan to show any scarves this time for a change!!

My first…


Added by Barbara Longley on August 31, 2011 at 6:52am — 3 Comments

High Fiber--New Projects, Old Projects and Red!

I've started on DGD1's quilt for her college apartment:

We picked out these batiks from Connecting Threads: (from left)…


Added by Peggy Stuart on August 29, 2011 at 8:30am — 44 Comments

10th Anniversary 9/11 - Charity / Prayer KAL/CAL Party

With the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 coming up, I'm hosting an online Charity / Prayer KAL/CAL Party - right here, on Sunday, 9/11/11.

Yarn, pattern and project are knitter's / crocheter's choice.

Pay it forward to whomever you feel is in need of a knitted / crocheted hug.


This one day, nearly 10 years ago, has affected many even if we may not know anyone personally whose life was lost.


There's only one request from my side - as angry, sad, upset or…


Added by Mrs. K on August 28, 2011 at 4:41am — 13 Comments

Knitting Block Gone - the needles are clicking away again :)

Yes, my dear friends, it's gone. My knitting block, that is. No more sitting around moping. No time for that. I have 4 prayer shawls to do - all in God's good timing. And I've cast on for another pair of socks, with the Tidal Wave socks done (yeay).


Here are my Summer Sneaker socks.…


Added by Mrs. K on August 26, 2011 at 5:00am — 14 Comments

Lace Shawl

I knit the Interweave Knits Lace Shawl (free pattern) using both Aloft (Fairy Tale) and Shadow Tonal (Summer Blooms).  The pattern called for DK weight yarn, but I substituted the 2 lace weights and used both.  It knit up beautifully!!… Continue

Added by Jeri Williams on August 24, 2011 at 9:10am — 1 Comment

Really, Really High Elevation and the Last of the Summer Wildflowers

We're talking nosebleed section here: 11,943'. Here's the view:

No, this isn't a view from an airplane; it's the view from the summit, where we ate our lunch and staved off hail.

The hike up Bald Mountain wasn't as difficult as I expected. (This is not the Bald Mountain of composer Mussorgsky fame as performed in "Fantasia." This one is a mountain in the Uintas, in Utah.) One of our friends who went on the hike suggested that our…


Added by Peggy Stuart on August 22, 2011 at 8:30am — 16 Comments

Barbara's Blog - Scarves and more Scarves

Although I haven't had time to do my blog, I did manage some time to have a look at everybody elses and you all seem to be doing such exciting things, especially the quilters.

When I rounded up all my 'makes', I discovered that I too had been quite productive without actually realising it.

The past 2 months have been centred around my elder son (both sons still live at home with me) having an Iliostomy, so times have been very fraught, but now he seems to be making good…


Added by Barbara Longley on August 22, 2011 at 7:22am — 5 Comments

Rainbow of yarn, or a yarn that looks like a rainbow?

A young lady heading off to college this fall, grew up in East Texas, hot and humid, and going to college in balmy Chicago and doesn't like to wear long pants, only dresses.  Hmm, sounds like a bad idea to me.  So I offered to knit her up some socks!  Since she will be an Art major she loves all colors and asked for rainbow socks.  Not finding what I wanted in my LYS or online with all seven colors of the traditional ROYGBV rainbow (Red Orange Yellow Green Blue…


Added by Ramona on August 21, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Progress...I think?

Well aside for working on my cardigan off and on for the past 5 months (hangs head in shame) in my earlier post I've been distracted yet again. This time with a not so mini project.


So far I've gotten this far with the Simplicity cardigan...still loving the color I picked too!

I think I'm about…


Added by Val on August 21, 2011 at 8:14am — No Comments

Jozelynn's Prayer Shawl

Jozelynn's Prayer Shawl 

The first week in August a friend of mine asked me to help her knit a prayer shawl for Jozelynn, the daughter of a friend of hers with N-stage leukemia.  I agreed and cast on that night and we switched back and forth.  Last Saturday my friend told me the 12 year old girl had been granted a Wish from the Make-a-Wish Foundation.  Jozelynn and her family were…


Added by Ramona on August 19, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Sock Summit - A Different View

I had a fantastic time a the the Sock Summit in Portland.  I don't have near the numbert of pictures that Peggy had, but I did take some fun and instructive classes.

The first was Be Bi-Craftual with Denny McMillan - we learned to combine knitting and crocheting in a sock.  Crocheted toes and heels to reinforce them, and even learned to knit and crochet IN THE SAME ROW to make a knitted instep and a crocheted sole.  Most of the socks were done in heavier weight yarn to demonstrate,…


Added by KnitWhich? on August 19, 2011 at 8:24am — 21 Comments

Shades of Green Goes on Tour!

The Shades of Green Knitting Collection is all ready to head out on tour! Beginning at the end of this month the collection will be visiting several blogs and casts to give you different perspectives on the designs. At each stop there will be a giveaway for a copy of the collection. Make sure you tune in for all the details!

Don't want to wait for the official tour to begin? Fibernymph did a lovely review of the…


Added by Erica Jackofsky on August 19, 2011 at 7:20am — 2 Comments

I actually blocked my lace this time, I swear!

Looks pretty doesn't it?  I finished it a few day's ago.  I don't have lace wires or enough blocking boards to fully stretch it out.  It's the…


Added by EmilyVictoria on August 16, 2011 at 8:14pm — 2 Comments

High Fiber—A Week at Home

On Thursday, I received a couple of packages in the mail. One was nylon roving from Paradise Fibers

I'm going to card this with my Shetland wool (and later the Romney and some KP Wool of the Andes spinning fiber) to use for socks this winter.

The other was a lovely shawl from a dear friend who lives far away. I…


Added by Peggy Stuart on August 15, 2011 at 8:30am — 9 Comments

Searching for "normality"

Yes, my friends here will grin now - seeing that "normality" and "Maria" is not necessarily an obvious association. :)

Normality the way I mean it here is my knitting rhythm, if you allow me to call it like that. Since I took knitting back up in 2005 my needles have seldom stood still. And I've always got one or the other (sometimes even two) project with me at all times. The only places my knitting hasn't been is on a night out with DH and the loo. Otherwise - where I go, so does my…


Added by Mrs. K on August 13, 2011 at 1:35am — 29 Comments

Mile High Scarf

I just joined the Mile High Club!!! Well, for knitters. I worked on this new scarf from a new pattern I created while flying to Chicago.

Are you a member of the Mile High Club (for knitters)? What have you worked on while in flight?

Please post photos here of your work.…


Added by Thomas A. Mays on August 10, 2011 at 6:57am — 7 Comments

beginings and endings--or half way points

Today was the first official day back to school.  I listened, I read, I got down to the business of lists, etc.  I played tetris witht he tables in my room-- this is all assuming I don't end up with the maximum number of students.  I do have a plan B for the max, I am just not implimenting it as a measure of wishful thinking.  My brain is going about 5 directions at once. I think of the new mountain of paperwork that this year will require and sigh.  Strangely enough I did not flip out thinking… Continue

Added by Julie Prerost on August 9, 2011 at 6:14pm — 1 Comment


I am not a big fan of what most people might consider motivational speakers.  I had plans for my last day of summer freedom---a writing marathon. I thought it would be spent holed up with a laptop, data and a set of head phones.  Apparently the school system that employs me had other plans.  I am more of a doer than a talker.  I was raised in the do-what-you-gotta-do tradition of immigrant families to the US, so the thought of sitting in a large hall for 2 hours listening to someone tell me…


Added by Julie Prerost on August 8, 2011 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Yarn Bombing in Waukesha, WI

Went to Waukesha Saturday to do some last minute Carroll college stuff with my DD and saw some Yarn…


Added by KnitterGirl39 on August 8, 2011 at 12:13pm — 2 Comments

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