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October 2010 Blog Posts (38)

We finally did our Dye Along with the sock blanks! Yay!

We finally did our Dye Along with the sock blanks! Yay!

So I finally dyed my lace weight from KP yesterday using red and yellow onions! Here are the results.…

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Added by Ramona on October 31, 2010 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Monophonic Hat

Design #1 from the Musical Minds Collection is here!
Visit FiddleKnits.com to download pattern…



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Added by Erica Jackofsky on October 31, 2010 at 6:29am — 1 Comment

Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween, everyone! Here's my vote for the best costume:


The trick or treater is visiting a relative in another state. I wonder who will show up at my door and whether they can get through the snow!


Added by Peggy Stuart on October 29, 2010 at 5:32pm — 11 Comments

Two steps forward, and one step back... ... ... part 1

I may have gotten a little ahead of myself last month, to put it mildly. I have wanted to spin for such a long time and now it is finally happening! Like most of you, I have really gotten wrapped up with the SAL here. (A big thank you Fairy God-knitters!) At first I just read along, trying to absorb what was being said. Then I started asking some questions. Needless to say, some were really quite dumb, but they got answered anyway. I checked a bunch of…

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Added by wendy on October 28, 2010 at 11:02pm — 10 Comments

Life and knitting

As life brings us ups and downs, it also brings us the interesting weather to encourage our knitting. Since my life is filled with driving kids places, football games, booster club meetings, substituting, doctor appointments, theatre boosters-and watching my son act in productions, trying to locate great pictures for the oldest son's wedding, driving and picking up husband at the airport, oh grocery shopping, making breakfast, lunches and dinners, cleaning house (on occasion-hehe), doing yard… Continue

Added by dinasmiles2 on October 28, 2010 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Eiffel Tower Shawl Completed Huzzah!

Yesterday I finally cast off my first Eiffel Tower Shawl (designed by Natalie Servant) and blocked it on my showroom table at work!



Yeah! Most of the pattern was extremely easy once I got past the mental block of knitting curved arches, but the border pattern was extremely challenging for me, especially since I knit a lot in front of the TV or… Continue

Added by Ramona on October 28, 2010 at 12:42pm — 1 Comment

CHRISTMAS / UFO KAL PARTY - Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Christmas is drawing near and the UFOs are piling up. Let's get together and do something about while having fun.

All day SATURDAY, all around the world, every time zone, so come and check in when you're around / have time. There are bound to be people around. And what's better than get together, have a great knitter natter and a party at the same time?!

I'm bringing tea and chocolate cake. Now all I have to do is go through my TO DO list for Christmas (the first list I've had in a… Continue

Added by Mrs. K on October 27, 2010 at 10:00pm — 39 Comments

Is that another sheep over there?

So once again I had to order more yarn. I was showing my brother the hat I was working on for his son when he started talking about what a nice soft wool I was using and how he really likes the hat. (Translation: He wants a hat) So there I was mentally waving good by to the UFO I had pulled out. A three panel throw made from lovely Noro Cash Iroha and Silk Garden yarns that I was planning on finishing for him. Honestly all I had to do was stitch the panels together and block it, or should that… Continue

Added by Kate Moynahan on October 27, 2010 at 10:35am — 8 Comments

Spinning results...

I thought about posting photos of this in the Spin-a-Long, then decided I better just add a blog about it since I have almost the whole process in photo form here. :) I'm really enjoying spinning on my spindles. Nutty4Knitting said it takes 10 minutes to learn, but takes a lifetime of practice. Well, I'm going to share with you why I need to keep practicing. You might remember the fiber I dyed with koolaid? I dyed one sleeve of Knit Picks Bare Wool of the Andes, let it dry and then…

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Added by PickleSue on October 27, 2010 at 10:00am — 55 Comments

Autumn Rose Progressing :)



Nov 8th 2010
The sleeves are done and I have attached them to the body. I am making progress :) The second sleeve took less time to start, then I stalled about 1/2 way done. I have completed up to the point where I can now start decreasing at the arms :)


Nov 4th 2010
Started and ripped the first sleeve 4 times - couldn't figure out why the width of the cuff was so wide - duh! I was…
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Added by DorothyJean on October 26, 2010 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Arizona Here I Come



I have been preparing for about a month to visit my DD and her family in Phoenix, AZ… I will be leaving very early Wednesday morning, and will stay until next Tuesday. My DD has taken an extra week off from her job as an R.N. to spend this time with me. I am so excited! I…

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Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on October 25, 2010 at 10:16am — 27 Comments

High Fiber--Thoughts of Winter...and other things.

I woke up to this this morning:







I guess Rocky isn't going to be using his wading pool anymore for a while! The resorts are doing a happy dance, though!



DS1 and his DW arrived in Salt Lake City last week for a visit with her son in Idaho. On the way back, we had a nice, but short, visit. She brought some of her quilting fabrics to try to match with fabrics from the quilt shops in Idaho and SLC. Here's what she has now.… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on October 25, 2010 at 7:28am — 38 Comments

Make way for Musical Minds

It's been super busy around here these days getting ready for collections to launch and patterns to be released. In the midst of the Sweet Treats Collection making its appearance I am also preparing Musical Minds for its debut. As with Sweet Treats, the… Continue

Added by Erica Jackofsky on October 20, 2010 at 5:44am — No Comments

My first birthday as a knitter.

Since I finished the Hemi I have had terrible knitting luck. My patience has been stretched; I have screamed and actually cried over the knitting. My brain too has been stretched and so has my knitting knowledge and skill. I have been challenged and disappointed.…

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Added by Blue Lake knitter's daughter on October 18, 2010 at 2:44pm — 11 Comments

Autumn Rose Progress

I am making progress on my Autumn Rose sweater :) I have been stressing about my math calculations to make the sweater fit me. So far it seems to be working. I had to lower the waist a bit, I am raising the neckline to where the arms join the sweater. I am not sure if I am going to shorten the yoke at this point. I have read several posts where the yoke has been way too tall for some. I have a bit to go before I have to make the decision. I am waiting for my KP order to arrive before I can go… Continue

Added by DorothyJean on October 17, 2010 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

High Fiber--Celebrations

Remember this fiber I spun awhile back?







I gave it to Joanie for her birthday on October 8th.







Included in the package were these cute little stitch markers I picked up at… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on October 17, 2010 at 5:00pm — 39 Comments

DPN's

I have frogged my socks AGAIN. I was going along nicely on someting out of the Sensational socks book by Charlene Schurch. Well kind of. Long story short, my yarn overs before a purl stitch seem to be much bigger then my yarn overs before a knit stitch. Only I don't see it till the next row when I either knit it or purl it. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I've gone back to my reference book. (The Knit Stitch and The Purl Stitch both by Sally Melville) and it seems that I am doing it right.… Continue

Added by Crystal M on October 17, 2010 at 8:02am — 6 Comments

Something new

something new I have wanted to make for myself but lacked the funds for yarn anda good freind carepackaged me Some Wool Of the Andes to make it :) Its Crochetted but is still snuggly warm and almost done. Need to block it on the floor tho and add pockets..

Added by Tessa on October 14, 2010 at 7:59am — No Comments

Too Much Instruction?

When does a pattern go from having "just the right amount" to having "too much" instructions? This is a question I'm battling with right now in my pattern writing. As I wrap up the Pistachio Milkshake Fingerless Mitts design (Sweet Treats #7) I am finding myself wondering if the directions are too spelled out. I have recently begun to scale down on the amount of abbreviations I use and tossed CO and BO out for their English versions of "cast on" and "bind off." BO always irked me because on the… Continue

Added by Erica Jackofsky on October 14, 2010 at 5:54am — 8 Comments

Expanding to crochet!

Don't ask where this idea came from because it's a mystery to me. However, some time between Monday and today (Wednesday) it occurred to me that it would be a fun, exciting, and very good idea all around to expand Fiddle Knits Designs to include crochet. It bugs me a little that the name of my business has "knits" in it and that, to me anyway, implies all knitting, which may put a crochet only fiber person off of checking my website. I think that might be an irritant I'll just have to overcome,… Continue

Added by Erica Jackofsky on October 13, 2010 at 12:01pm — 2 Comments

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