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Kelley Petkun's Blog – April 2009 Archive (10)

3rd Treasure

On my third trip back to Janis' booth, I purchased this lovely Quiver by Celestial Fiber Arts. You can see my drop spindle addition from Carl Herndon. It has a Bird's Eye Maple Whorl and a Maple Shaft.…



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Added by Kelley Petkun on April 23, 2009 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Yet, one more temptation at Aurora Colony Fiber Faire

Abstract Fiber is wonderful! A little bit of Cashmere/Silk to spin into something very special!…



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Added by Kelley Petkun on April 23, 2009 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

2nd Treasure

Janis' second temptation was these absolutely wonderful felted fingerless mitts. They are made from Gloss and are incredibly soft and warm!



I love that I can fold the finger section up if I'm wearing them in the office and need to type. But, I like them unfolded over my fingers when I'm driving my car in the morning. The beads dress them up enough to make me feel quite comfortable wearing them indoors as… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on April 23, 2009 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

1st Treasure From Aurora Colony Fiberfest

Janis Thompson's booth is always filled with temptations for me! I actually ended going back THREE times to make purchases when Alison and I were at the Aurora Colony Fiber Faire last weekend.



Janis knew exactly what to share with me to get me started on my fiber binge! On her needles was a lovely, delicate, simple lace scarf knit from pre-drafted silk… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on April 23, 2009 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Second Sock Syndrome? Cookie A to the rescue!

What a strong argument for being willing to try something new in your knitting world! I've followed a fairly typical path in regards to sock knitting.



I first learned used double pointed needles. Easy enough but still awkward enough to cause me to drop socks from my knitting repertoire. Then came the innovative method of knitting socks on two circular needles. Two socks at the same time - no less! It coincided with the popularity of self-striping yarns. I could knit very simple socks… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on April 22, 2009 at 12:49pm — 9 Comments

I've fallen in love with Sock Innovation by Cookie A.

I had a lovely chat with Cookie that will be my podcast on April 29th. To prepare for the interview I carefully read through Sock Innovation and it is such a fantastic contribution to the knitting world.



Just looking at the photos of Cookie's intricate socks can be intimidating. I know because that was exactly my reaction. "Why in the world would I knit socks with that much textural detail?"



Well, I read… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on April 15, 2009 at 11:06am — 7 Comments

Use a Provisional Cast-On to join the hem edge right into the body of a sweater.

Just in case you aren't following along with the Classic Lines Cardigan knit-a-long, I am going to be repeating Discussion topics a bit here in my blog. No need to be doing the KAL. It's just that it is what I am doing these days so it will often be the topic of my blog entries. Here is a video I did about joining a hem to the body of a… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on April 14, 2009 at 5:48am — 2 Comments

Knit a couple of inches, try on your sweater, make adjustments!



I will be ripping out my knitting and starting again with 6 inches fewer stitches. So, my new number will be 160 stitches. I'm taking off just a few more stitches to play it safe.



I will knit a couple of inches and try it on for a second time! Yep, then I will be sure that everything is… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on April 10, 2009 at 1:38pm — 14 Comments

Swatching for Classic Lines Cardigan Knit-A-Long



I cast-off my swatch yesterday. Since I strung the yarn along the back of the swatch, I needed to cut the yarn. I made simple overhand knots along each side of the swatch to secure the stitches before giving the swatch a nice warm bath.…



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Added by Kelley Petkun on April 1, 2009 at 3:19pm — 6 Comments

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