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I am knitting a Potatoe Chip Scarf get away from some of my WIP...that is a bit boring and taxing.

Didn't think I would ever think knitting boring LOL

I am using a maroonish alpaca yarn I bought pre/ finding KnitPicks site.

I found this a bit challenging using this yarn for other projects...tried many patterns before just stashing it away.

And it is so heavenly soft...I desperately wanted to use it....

EUREKA ..moment...I tried knitting the PCS with…


Added by CamillaInTheDesert on March 23, 2011 at 2:00pm — 27 Comments

Blue Lake Knitting – And Sometimes I Just Spin

I knit every day.  I have for several years and I love to knit… but sometimes I get in a spinning mode and just cannot stop spinning.


Several weeks ago, our guild leader Marlene asked me to help her with a project.  She had recently received batches of processed Wensleydale fiber from her own sheep.  Wensleydale sheep have some of the longest locks of any sheep breed.  And they are super curly… I used some of these on two hats for my grandsons for Christmas. …


Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on February 22, 2011 at 1:06pm — 113 Comments

The Knitter's Gift Basket

For several years now my husband and I have been supporting Heifer International a charitable organization which gives animals to needy families around the world enabling them to become self sufficient and productive citizens in their own countries.

Heifer International does this by collecting donations from people everywhere and using that money to purchase animals that they know can provide good incomes as…


Added by Frances Tornese on November 19, 2010 at 3:57pm — 18 Comments

High Fiber--Playing with Cards....

As I write this, I just finished carding fiber for a hat for DH. Here's what I had to start with and what I ended up with:

From left: dyed merino, dyed merino blended in drum carder, bay black alpaca, dyed blended merino and alpaca carded together, and same mix carded further.

I ran the dyed merino…


Added by Peggy Stuart on November 9, 2010 at 3:54pm — 62 Comments

High Fiber--Fiber High!

Anyone recognize this fiber?

This is brown and black poodle hair, left over from Rocky and Sunny's last grooming appointment. I had Marcia, our groomer, collect it and give it to me. It's only a month's worth of growth, though, so I'm going to mix it with another fiber or fibers to make a ski hat for their…


Added by Peggy Stuart on November 8, 2010 at 6:22am — 38 Comments

Part Three of My Trip to Phoenix: Fun in the Desert

OK, now we get into the real meat of my visit… hard core fiber addiction! I have it, my DD has it, and lo and behold, DGD3, Gracie, has it. A part of my reason for visiting at this time of year was to attend the Southwest Fiber Festival, at the Amado Territory Ranch/Inn, about 20 miles south of Tucson, AZ. I prepared two skeins of yarn for their skein…


Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on November 7, 2010 at 7:00pm — 29 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…


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

Tour de Fleece Completed Successfully

This has been an exciting 23 days of spinning! It all began July 3, with a marathon day of spinning and I finished my biggest batch of yarn for this event… 2 skeins in one day, 2-plied.…


Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on July 25, 2010 at 12:38pm — 54 Comments

Spinning Fools On the Tour de Fleece

As Peggy Stuart mentioned in her blog today, many of us have signed up for the Tour de Fleece (TdF) over on Ravelry, and are making steady progress toward our spinning goals. The rules are pretty simple, join the group and spin from July 3 - July 25, with two days of rest.

Most of us started on July 3... I planned to start early, but things around here got in the way, and it was nearly noon before I actually began my journey for the day. I obviously bit off way more than I…


Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on July 9, 2010 at 11:45am — 123 Comments

Eek, Steek and a Peek at Some Other Things...

The big news this week is (drumroll, please) I finally steeked DH's Fair Isle sleeveless cardi! Ta-da!

Before I could do that, I had to graft the shoulders. It was just like doing the toe of a sock, only more sts.

Then I had to give the extra sts a haircut on the inside. Here's… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on March 24, 2010 at 12:00pm — 16 Comments

Finish Line Crossed, Medals Awarded!

Most of you probably saw my FO in my last blog, in the comments. I didn't really think I could finish a whole Landscape Shawl in fingering weight yarn AND spin the required 4 oz of the yarn needed for it. I still can't believe I finished it!!! I'm still waiting for…


Added by Peggy Stuart on March 2, 2010 at 6:42am — 15 Comments

Compulories Finished--Still Out On Course!

Report from Ravelympics--I'm still out on the course, working away. I just finished the spinning part of my competition (Fleece to FO Long Track) and the yarn is having a nice bath. Here's what it looked like waiting for me to prepare the warm water laced with Kookaburra Woolwash.…


Added by Peggy Stuart on February 22, 2010 at 8:16am — 38 Comments

And a Very Fiber Birthday to Me!

It is a wonderful thing when your family understands your fiber obsession. My DH, while he would never try to purchase yarn for me, does everything he can to assist me... helping to wind yarn, creating new gadgets to assist in my knitting and spinning, taking care of lots of house work so that I can knit and spin, and finally bragging about each item I create. I couldn't ask for a better man.

Then there are my children! For Christmas, my DS filled a KP order full of items from…


Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on February 19, 2010 at 10:19am — 16 Comments

Karin Tote Success Story - Don't Be Afraid of Cables and Other Knitting Tales

Hello all you knitters out there! It's been a few days since I did a blog, but it was only because I have been busy... very busy. I want to tell you about my Karin Tote. We left her in this state:

All of the actual knitting was completed, but none of the lining had been started. I have been mentally calculating for days how I would form the lining and interfacing prior to placing it into the bag. I measured my finished bag carefully,…


Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on February 17, 2010 at 12:58pm — 21 Comments

Medals Are Being Awarded...

Here's mine for the little baby beanie:

In the meantime, still working on my second event, "Fleece to FO Long Track," which is a grueling 4 oz spinning assignment and a (hopefully) finished Landscape Shawl. Here's the latest photo:

Actually, the photo is a day old. I've done more than 30 rows since this photo was…


Added by Peggy Stuart on February 16, 2010 at 7:05am — 18 Comments

Ravelympics Start Tonight!

I'm so excited about the Ravelympics that I had to write an extra post. I just received my official name badge for the Knit Picks Enablers team:

...and the yarn I've already washed and dried is wound into balls:

...and I…


Added by Peggy Stuart on February 12, 2010 at 12:32pm — 31 Comments

Gearing Up for Opening Ceremonies

Just a day and a few hours remain until the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics, and I'm feverishly getting ready for my participation in the Ravelympics. I've been spinning white baby alpaca to make the Landscape Shawl for the event "Fleece to FO Long Track." Here's what I plied last night:…


Added by Peggy Stuart on February 11, 2010 at 9:04am — 8 Comments

Karin Tote Progress

As several of you know, I cast on for the Karin Tote the other day. Well, I finished knitting the bottom and ends of the bag on Monday...

Being all stockinette stitch, it is hard to get a good pic before blocking, but you get the idea.

Yesterday I decided to do the strap and thereby finish all regular knitting... now I have enough knitting time invested that I cannot let the cabled sides intimidate me.

Well, I… Continue

Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on January 27, 2010 at 12:23pm — 29 Comments

Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot...

One of my new year's resolutions is to photograph and upload long-finished projects. Like this one...

Here's the back:

This is the Persian Poppy Waistcoat from Kaffe Fassett at the V & A. I actually went to the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1988 and met Kaffe Fassett, who was giving a talk there. He left California years ago to visit a friend in England, and ended… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on January 21, 2010 at 11:06am — 17 Comments

Five Days and Counting....

I finished my next to the last Christmas project... it is washed and blocking with several others that I finished earlier.

Here is the pic of the finished hat for my DH's BIL... I bought a gift for my DH's sister...

This hat is knit in Swish Worsted, using the Warn Ribbed Hat (a 4 x 4 ribbed hat) using Size US 7… Continue

Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on December 19, 2009 at 10:30pm — 19 Comments

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