Friday -- Hi Mom!
I emailed the
url for my blog to my mother last night, so hopefully she'll be visiting
today. Wanna see a photo of my mom?
a photo of all of us taken on my parents' 50th anniversary last February.
My mom is the person who first gave me
needles and yarn . . . the rest is history! So everyone send a virtual
"hello!" to Wendy's mom.
Speaking of needles and yarn, Izzy
volunteered once again to model my work in progress, Rosendal. What a gal! Here's
the pic. Okay, maybe it's a little big for her.
the photo from the pattern -- this is what the completed cardi will look
like. But when I wear it. I won't have the inane simper on my face that
the model has. At least I hope not.
Well Happy Friday, Bloggers! And happy
long weekend to those of you for whom Monday is a holiday. Like me.
Oh, and I saw Elvis on the train this
Thursday -- The Sock Yarn Hall of Shame
I decided to have a look-see at my sock yarn
stash last night. Here are the favs:
Well, that's what would fit on the couch,
most of the Lorna's Laces I've got. And here's
most of the Regia.
We won't talk about the Opal. Or the
assorted other yarns.
Hey, I discovered that
Confessions of a Craft-aholic is back! Shetha, nice to see you again!
I hope you don't mind that I swiped the button off your blog and put it in
my A-list. :-)
Wednesday -- what was that sound I heard this morning?
It was rain! It was actually raining when I
left for work today. First time I've had to use the windshield wipers in
This morning before I left the house I
spent a few minutes browsing through
Terri's sock photos. If you haven't seen them, go look -- you're in
for a treat. And of course, her
is fantastic information for anyone with fear of socking. Terri,
thanks for posting those great resources!
I worked on Rosendal last night -- yes I
did. Photo here.
I've got a few more inches until the front neck shaping. The pattern
directs you to cast off and knit back and forth but I always hate doing
that. I will either do a neck steek, or just work straight around, the
machine stitch the cutting line, and cut later.
why I've been having trouble keyboarding lately. Could I possibly file
down my nails? I did, and my number of typos per paragraph went down
Got some sock yarn in the mail! To
replace the black sportweight Regia that gave such offense -- more
sportweight Regia -- here
it is. The lighter color for my brother Dave's socks, the darker color
for my Dad's socks.
And did some Rosendal knitting last
night. Janis has been commenting on how evenly I knit and wondering if the
type of needle I use has anything to do with it. I've used metal, plastic,
and wooden needles, all with the same results. I've always had very even
tension, even as a tiny tot, knitting doll blankets. Just lucky.
is a close-up of my Rosendal knitting. And here
is the wrong side.
Wendy's Knitting Blog Presents . . . A
Sweaters From Camp (design production team Amy Detjen, Meg Swansen, Joyce
I received my copy of Sweaters From Camp
last week. The book
the result of a contest to design an all-over patterned garment using
Shetland Jumper-Weight Wool.
The 38 designs were
contributed by both professional and never-before-published designers. So,
as you would expect, the designs vary quite a bit. There are traditional
fair isles with traditional shaping, and there are designs that are based
on traditional fair isles that go beyond -- with interesting shaping
techniques and color use. There are a few very non-traditional designs.
I am a traditionalist. I love fair isle
motifs and traditional construction methods. Some of the designs in the
book I liked, some I didn't. I would never put an i-cord edging on a fair
isle, for example.
There were no designs in this book that
made me say "Wow! I must knit this." There were several, however, that
made me say "Hmmmmmm -- I could use this and change this . . . " And
there's a wonderful section on designing your own fair isle that has very
valuable information. and the photography is simply beautiful.
So for me, I consider this a good buy.
While I may never knit one of the 38 designs offered, I think it very
likely that at some point I'll knit something based on something in this
You can purchase Sweaters From Camp from
Press, as well as other retail establishments.
Monday -- Shameless Self Promotion
To start your week off right, photos of Ian demonstrating a couple of the
extremely attractive and highly desirable Fearless Fair Isle goods
available in my
Isn't Ian a good sport?
Got some knittin' done on Rosendal -- here
is the photo.