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The Fruits Of My Labors

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These yarn cakes are so yummy, I think I'll just ice them and eat them. . .

The two smaller balls are Wool2Dye4 Supersock, and the large one is Henry's Attic "Monty", also from Wool2Dye4.

I'm really happy with my results. The Wool2Dye4 Supersock dyed beautifully. I have started knitting Pomatomus with it, and the twisted stitches have a really wonderful texture.

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Since one day of dying is just not enough, my mom and sister came for a visit today and I taught them to dye. They are quick learners! Look at their fantastic results.


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The yarn in the back is my mom's she dyed Lamb's Pride, and started with a creamy color. My sister dyed some Henry's Attic "Monty", hers is the soft colored yarn in the front.

That's all for now, back to knitting my Pomatomus . . .

A Yarn . . .

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It was a beautiful morning!


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So off I went to the yarn orchard, dressed in nothing but my jammies and a chipping pedicure,

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to pick some sock yarn.

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Back at the house, I got set up for some yarn dying fun!

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I poured on the Wilton colors,

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Sent it off to the microwave to fix that dye,

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and hung it in the sun to dry.

To be continued . . .

It's Raining Yarn!

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My yarn came for the Dye-o-Rama swap! It's Wool2Dye4 Super Sock. I got a pound of it so I can have fun dying up some for myself too. I've been wanting to try this yarn. It looks similar to Koigu once it's dyed.

Speaking of sock yarn, my sister, the avid sock knitter, knit up these beauties in silk yarn. (Sorry, I don't know who's yarn it is, maybe she'll tell us in the comments - hint.) As I'm sure you all know, it's Grumperina's Jaywalker. My sister, LJ, is very active on the Sock Knitters forum. She doesn't have a blog . . . yet. LJ is a computer genius, and helped me sort my way through the start-up of this blog. It was so much easier because I had her help.Lj_jaywalker_1

In my quest to get some of the bulkier stuff out of my stash, I started a new sweater for one of my girls. It's in Katia Denim that I got on Elann last summer. I will be a pretty quick knit and make room in the stash for new yarn! Maybe I'll post pictures of the new WIP tomorrow.

Why Do I Make Everything Cropped?

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As I sat knitting in my Weight Watchers meeting earlier this week, another woman asked about my knitting.
"What are you making?", she asked.
"A sweater.", I replied.
"Oh, is it a childs sweater?"
"No, it's for me. It's just that it's cropped. I always make my sweaters cropped because I have short legs and that proportion is best for me."


But then I got to thinking. . .
Is this really the whole story? What are the real reasons I knit everything so small?

To start off, I'm cheap. Yes that's right, I'm here to tell you that I'm cheap. Why buy 9 balls of yarn when you can get away with 8? I can't tell you how many times I've stopped knitting sooner than I should because I was afraid I would run out of yarn. (This works well if you knit your sweaters top-down.) Many of my sweaters also have 3/4 sleeves. I buy a lot of my yarn on sale, on e-bay or on Elann, so you'd think that would be enough savings. No, I've just got to skip that last ball of yarn.

Then of course there is the issue of simply getting bored, or wanting to move on to the new more exciting project. It doesn't take nearly as long to knit a sweater that hits at your waist as it does to knit one that hangs to your hips.

So I'm thinking my next sweater needs to be a little longer. Maybe one of those beauties in Knitting Nature. I should give the longer length a chance. Maybe I'll see that it's not my short legs after all.

On another subject, more or less, I have a finished object. It's my bright orange cardi made from Arunciana Patagonia Nature Cotton. I'm calling it "Sunkist". And by the way, it's small enough that my 12 year old daugher wore it to school today!

Added Later:
I was just driving home from the grocery store, thinking about my knitting, as usual, and it occured to me, most of my socks are anklets. I think I see a trend here. It's knee socks and tunics for me from now on!

And Wednesday We Knit. . .

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I always look forward to Wednesdays. I get to see some of my favorite people. At knitting group things are never dull. The stereo-types about knitters being boring little old ladies couldn't be farther from the truth. The women I knit with every Wednesday are smart and funny and beautiful. They also knit up some pretty cool things.

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This is Jennifer with her beautiful quilt. Each year she makes a quilt as a fund raiser for her children's school. The image on the square she is holding up is a quilted design from a drawing done by one of the children who attend the school. Needless to say, the quilt always brings in quite a bit of money for the school.


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Here's Bev and her lilac Rowan Cashsoft sweater that she's knitting up for her daughter. Bev is an amazing knitter who is very humble about how good she is. She very quietly whips up lace scarves, and rips out knee-length coats that don't meet her strict standards. Who among us is brave enough to rip out that much work?

Sadly, Lynn can't make it most Wednesdays. Her tennis team matches conflict with our meeting time. She joins us when she can, and today she showed us this scarf that she is making from a hand-dyed cotton ribbon yarn. (That's it at the top of the post.) It is really wonderful, and matched her knitting bag so perfectly!


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This is Susan's felted bag. She knit it about a year ago, and forgot about it as she worked on other projects. Recently, she got some velvet ribbon and fabric lining and finished the bag. It is twice as beautiful as it looks in this picture! Susan has a great eye for color and makes some georgous jewelry.


Ks_scarfKaren, and her obedient dog Tucker, were our hosts today. Karen has only been knitting for a short time, but is fearless in what she will try.
The scarf she is knitting is striped with a gold & buttery yellow Koigu and some unidentified green yarn for a cool retro effect. Tucker is the most obedient dog I have ever met. He learned well at puppy school!


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It was Kelly's idea to start the knitting group. It's been fun to watch it evolve over the past few years. Kelly is starting Ene's Shawl from Scarf Style. She has been working really hard lately, both at her business and training for a half-marathon!
Go Kelly!

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Everyone should have a person in their life like Lanny! She makes you laugh so hard that you need Depends, and she is constantly gifting people with the most delicious home baked cookies that you will ever taste. She is currently knitting an enormous bag that will be felted. It is so huge it will still be quite large after it's encounter with the washing machine.

This is the group that makes my Wednesday every week. We were missing a few today, Amy and Christine. I'm looking forward to seeing what they are knitting next week.

Knitting Nature

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I have a new favorite book, Norah Gaughan's Knitting Nature. I can't believe I haven't heard any hype on this one. It has so many great patterns. It's divided into sections, each drawing on geometry in nature. The photography shows the garments well, and is beautiful. There are at least six patterns in this book that I can't wait to knit. I think the first will be the Ogee Tunic. It reminds me of the Indian inspired tunics that I have seen a lot of in the stores. Knit in cotton, it would be great to pull on over a t-shirt and shorts for a cool summer evening at the beach. Webs is having their Anniversary Sale. I'm sure I can find something to knit it up in there!
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Not much knitting has been happening today. It's beautiful outside, 70 and sunny. I played golf this morning. My game was mediocre, but the sunshine was glorious! After I finish this post, it's outside to work in the garden.

Tomorrow is my knitting group. I'll try to remember my camera, and get some photos of everyone's projects.

I've Finally got pictures!

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Thanks to my sister, I can finally insert pictures into my posts. It turns out they were way too big and I just needed to resize them! So here is a gratuitous sock shot.It's Grumperina's Jaywalker in Lorna's Laces Shepherds Sock "Vera". I think I'll frog it. It's just pooling too badly. The "Vera" will have to be saved for a different pair.

I should be out planting all of those seeds. It's getting pretty late for lettuce and beets. I've got a rabbit that loves to munch on some beet greens and swiss chard. I'm not sure there will even be enough for my family. For a little 4 lb. bunny, he sure can eat! At least I get the beets themselves for a little salad and some yarn dying!

It's a rainy day today. I hope to spend most of the day figuring out this blog thing. I can't seem to get typepad to cooperate and let me put pictures in my text. I go through all of the steps, but nothing happens. For now, I have started a photo album, in the sidebar, that has my WIPs. If it gets any brighter today, I hope to add more photos to that one.

The other trick I need to figure out is how to add "buttons" to the sidebar. I've joined the Dye-o-Rama Swap (which I am very excited about) and I want to add their button. There is much to be learned and a nice rainy day to do it!

My First Post

Blogging. Hmm-mm. . . I guess I’m a bit of a latecomer. I’ve been reading blogs for a while. Thinking what fun it would be to share my work and thoughts. So here I am.

I don’t remember when I learned to knit. Sometime in childhood. All types of arts and crafts were always there. My mom sewed almost all of our clothes, my grandfather was a painter and sculptor. It was unheard of to give a store-bought birthday card. I eventually went to art school and after college became a textile designer in NYC. Now I’m at home raising my kids and following my ideas where ever they lead me. I’m happiest when I’m creating. Within the past two years, knitting has become my obsession! My stash has grown to embarrassing proportions.

I always have many projects on the needles. I do manage to finish most of them. I am currently working on a top down raglan cardigan in Arunciana Patagonia Nature Cotton that I picked up at Seaport Yarns last year. It's knitting up very fast on size 10 needles. I've listed the rest of my WIPs in the sidebar.Patagonia_cardi