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September 2009 Blog Posts (114)

I love autumn!!



My friend, Elizabeth, spied on me during Sock Summit and kept notes on the colors I enjoy wearing. When she got back home she made me this lovely wet-felt, silk scarf. I have been waiting for it to be cold enough to wear it! Well, please notice the turtleneck I'm wearing as well as the scarf. I am even wearing my lovely… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on September 30, 2009 at 12:40pm — 15 Comments

Learing new skills, new home and lot's of knitting

I haven't blogged in over a year, so much has happened. I now live in the country in upstate NY At first it was adjustment but in few months time, I got use to it. I feel much better. I was very sick when I was living in the city but now I feel much better. I think it has to do with the air quality up here.



I live in a artists community near an area called Sugar Loaf in Warrick NY. I love it here. I do alot more knitting and take long walks. I have taken different directions with my… Continue

Added by Yarn Basket on September 30, 2009 at 12:35pm — 4 Comments

I Need Tips from YOU

I'm starting up a knitting group here in my little town since our library was kind enough to build a brand-new building with a community room in it, complete with coffee-making facilities.



Does anyone have any tips for making it a really great group?



I'm thinking of giving it an official-sounding name, like the Upper Canada Knitting Guild, to entice all the knitting ladies in the community to come check it out. But after I draw them in, what should I be doing to keep them… Continue

Added by Amanda S on September 30, 2009 at 8:38am — 6 Comments

Another shawl done - one more on the go...

Since finishing my sweater that I'd knitted in April, I've knitted another Kiri shawl. No pics yet as the light isn't right and I still need to hide the bits.



But I've started a new project - a shawl for the mum of the baby who got the Star Light Star Bright blanket. Why should only the babies get nice stuff !?!

It's a variation of the Hemlock Ring, only that it's a cape rather than a round shawl.



I'm really pleased how this turns up. As much as I like the look of the… Continue

Added by Mrs. K on September 29, 2009 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

I think they put something in the water at Sock Summit!

Last night I had planned to work on the second sleeve of my CLiC sweater. It is simple knitting around and around and around. I am re-reading the first book in a trilogy I enjoyed many years ago. Each book was rather large when I first read them so I love having them on my Kindle. The author is Sharon Kay… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on September 29, 2009 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Hat?

The weather in Dayton is starting to get cooler. I was checking out patterns on Ravelry and found a pattern for Urban Necessity mittens and a matching hat. Has anyone made these using knitpicks yarn? I was thinking about trying Wool of the Andes, which I haven't used before. Anyone have any suggestions?

Added by Christina Boncek on September 28, 2009 at 3:34pm — 3 Comments

Alpacas and Charlotte's Babies...

If you were watching the Alpaca Cam yesterday, you may have seen the alpacas greeting me as I arrived at the ranch.



I got my spinning set up and started work on the orange-rust hand-dyed alpaca I was working on the day before. The alpacas had visitors of all ages during the day.





As I was spinning, I would occasionally have a tiny spider drop from the tent that was providing… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on September 28, 2009 at 3:21pm — 9 Comments

Every Way Wrap

I was so excited about the Every Way Wrap when it came out in the Fall 2009 issue of Interweave Knits. I had never knit reversible cables before (unlike regular cables, this cable pattern looks good on both sides; there isn't an obvious front and back - which means you're crossing stitches over while purling as well as while knitting), so I thought it would be a good… Continue

Added by Tina on September 28, 2009 at 9:00am — 19 Comments

Living Without Knitting

I almost feel guilty posting to a knitting blog when my hands haven't knitted since July! It isn't for lack of wanting or needing to but life seems to get in the way at times. Sometimes I don't allow anything to get in the way of finishing that next lace repeat or seeing what the new color in the next line of the chart will look like on my needles but right now it isn't easy to find the time.



I know this is a dilemna many of us face--where to squeeze the time out to knit with all the… Continue

Added by faithm48 on September 28, 2009 at 6:36am — 6 Comments

Oh but what about this one? Or this one?

My Cranberry Festival version of Kay Meadors' First Shawl is completed except for weaving in a few ends. I washed it and blocked it and took pictures. It is far from perfect...oh so far... but I learned about lace and refreshed my knitting long dormant knitting skills.







My Blueberry Swallowtail shawl is in a plastic bag. It just is not the best yarn for that pattern… Continue

Added by Bobbie Kolehouse on September 28, 2009 at 3:42am — 5 Comments

Sigh, my company has gone...

Yes, my company has left me, so my mind returns yet again to what could the Colorwork Mystery KAL actually be? And my fingers fairly itch to catch up... I received my red colorway of the East Meets West Bag in the mail on Saturday! Along with a new stash of books. Along that note, I'm thinking of making a vow, goal, commitment, whatever you may, to not buy another book until I make 1 item from a certain number of books I already own at this minute. I originally thought all of them, but that… Continue

Added by PickleSue on September 28, 2009 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

Back again

Ok so the rut is over. I bought some new yarn in Bozeman and have already finished some projects. I have also painted the living room and rearranged the furniture. It flows so much better now and I think that knitting can be more relaxing in this environment, not to mention life in general. Yippeee.

Added by Joy on September 27, 2009 at 8:29am — 2 Comments

Learning to Spin - unnecessary, I already knew how, but just wanted to make sure.

I have been so excited this week, because I knew I was going to the Heritage Farm Museum in Huntington, WV for a spinning class. The announcement came out a few weeks ago in a local paper, so I called to see what was involved. I signed up for the class, and sent them my check. Note: I planned to take pictures around the farm, but due to heavy showers all day, it was impossible. I have included a link with the name above, if… Continue

Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on September 26, 2009 at 6:11pm — 19 Comments

See Peggy Spin! Live!

Tomorrow I will be spinning again at the Blue Moon Ranch. They're having their annual Alpaca Days open house.

Here I am spinning today. Tomorrow they are going to set up the "alpaca cam," which shows live feed of the alpacas in the pasture or in the barn, so it will show me spinning. You can link to the live feed here.

The open house will run from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on September 26, 2009 at 5:26pm — 9 Comments

Barbara's Blog - First Projects

Another of the very hot days was spent washing and drying all the new white Jacob fleece. When the rotary clothes line was full I had to resort to drying it on the sunbeds and patio chairs and draped over shrubs. Also in photo are manfriend Eddie and our 2 Scotties Alfie & Macintosh. In the background can be seen the much hated British Green wheelie bin, temporarily moved there because the binmen only collect every 2 weeks now and mine like everyone else's had maggots in it that… Continue

Added by Barbara Longley on September 26, 2009 at 6:35am — 2 Comments

I got my latest KP order today

It's always a good day when I receive a box from KP. I got two sets of Options points and set of cables (for my daughter's set. Every month I order two sets and cables until she has a whole set) this is the same way I got my set.

I got the Hugo Hat kit (gotta love the City Tweed) and the big thing was A Gathering of Lace by Meg Swanson. I've been drooling over it all afternoon. Still working on my Icelandic Shawl. Still have lots of UFOs But tonight I will dream of all the lace I could be… Continue

Added by judezy on September 25, 2009 at 3:07pm — 3 Comments

New Feature - Designer Interviews

Hey everybody! I don't know if you've seen this feature on the website yet, but we've started adding video interviews for each of the new kits. I sit Nina or Kerin down in a locked room with nothing but the kits they've designed, then I don't let them out until they've spilled all their secrets… Continue

Added by Alison on September 25, 2009 at 10:51am — 12 Comments

The Knitting Buddy winner is.....

OICyarn!

Congratulations Sonja! I hope you enjoy your City Tweed HW yarn. Maybe a nice hat?

I am working on my next Knitting Buddy project! As soon as it is finished, I'll share it with you and have another drawing.

Added by Kelley Petkun on September 25, 2009 at 8:50am — 6 Comments

The Joy of Teaching Knitting

In my knitting "career" I have taught just a couple of people to knit until now. I was hired a couple of months ago to teach "cultural enrichement craft classes" for the Coquille Indian Tribe of which my husband is a member. I put cultural enrichment classes in quotes because there is no record that the tribe ever knit but pretty much any craft will do for the grant they have. Anyway, the tribe buys all the supplies and pays me to teach. They even have an awesome house just for this purpose… Continue

Added by Tiffany DeOs on September 25, 2009 at 8:11am — 6 Comments

Barbara's BLOG - Catching Up Some More

Have you ever spun the white fibrous stuffing out of cushions and unwanted soft toys? If you get the right kind, it cards & spins into a really useful white synthetic thread which knits really well and is so soft.

I found it really relaxing sitting outside in the garden washing and sorting fleece. News quickly got round the neighbourhood and birds were making regular trips into the garden to steal bits for their nests.

News also reached my… Continue

Added by Barbara Longley on September 25, 2009 at 3:47am — 2 Comments

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