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Things That Make Me Giddy

  1. Buying new yarn.


Farmhouse Yarns, Fannie's Fingering, Colorway:  Harvest
Purchased at Purl Soho


Farmhouse Yarns, Fannie's Fingering, Colorway:  Old Roses
Also purchased at Purl Soho

    2.  Finding fabulous fabric for a new bag.


Just look at that pig, that rabbit, that beetle, THOSE SKULLS!  Love.
Both pieces from Purl Patchwork, of course.

    3.  Finishing a project more than a year in the making.


Pattern:  New Math Cardi, my own design using a formula I thought up to customize the sleeve and bust measurements.  Those of you who have been reading this blog for a long time and also posses exceptional memories, will remember that I started this last winter.


I am one of those girls whose measurements aren't "typical".   I am also a HUGE fan of top down sweaters, but the percentage method doesn't always work for me.  The idea behind this sweater is to separate these two numbers in the calculations.   Small chest, largish, peasant girl arms?  Customize it!  Large bust, willowy arms?  Customize it!   Buff, athletic body?  Customize it!  Here's where I need some help.  I am one of the peasant girl types and I only know that the formula works well for me.  I'd love to have a few willing knitters, with various body types try out my formula and see if things work out as well for them as they have for me.  It would be great to have some guys/people making sweaters for guys too.   The details of the sweater are up to you; cardigan, pullover, cropped, longish, neckline variations, body shaping, just like your typical topdown anything goes.  The formula involves simple algebra and I will write the instructions to walk you through the numbers.  If you are interested, send an e-mail to throughtheloops at gmail dot com.  Please put NEW MATH CARDI in the subject line.   Thanks.

Freebie: Burning Rings of Fire


Happy Spring, Equinox, Easter, Passover (a month or so early) or whatever you choose to observe.
Since I am a spring baby, this is my favorite time of the year.  In celebration of new beginnings, I've added the Burning Rings of Fire pattern to the sidebar.  I hope you enjoy it.


Burning Ring(s) of Fire

Worked from the top down on two circular needles.

Two pairs US size 1 circular needles, 24 inch.
Spare DPN in US size 1 (or size to obtain gauge.)
Tapestry needle.

Yarn: Pigeonroof Studios Superwash Merino Sock (100% Superwash Merino), Colorway:  Pink Lady.  2 Skeins.

Gauge:  30 stitches = 4”(10cm) in stitch pattern

Finished Measurement: 8 (9)” (20 cm) circumference at leg and foot. 

A New Bonnet

Since Easter is so early this year, a girl needs a different sort of bonnet.


Perhaps something a little woolly that covers the ears will do the trick.  There are still some bitter winds to guard against here in Northern NJ.


I can never manage to get an entire hat out of a 50 gram ball of yarn.  This irritates me to no end.  I hate having to buy extra just for the last few rounds.  Besides, there was only one ball of the glorious green Berroco Pure Merino Nuance in the 50% off bin.  Luckily there are so many talented knitters to inspire me.  Scraps of yarn from the stash gave me that all important last inch to keep the ears warm.   


The colors of this hat have me thinking about fresh Spring grass, warm fertile earth ready for hopeful seeds, and brilliant sunny skies.  In the hat I see the potential of things to come.

And in the potential lost category:  boiled eggs - never to be chickens.  They are delicious though.


Ever since I was a kid, we've dyed brown eggs.  The rich saturated colors are not generally what one associates with Easter, but they are my preference over the saccharine sweetness of dyed white eggs.


Thanks again to all who have given support, donations and kind words about Dr. G's Memory Vest.   Every effort has been appreciated beyond words.  As of this writing, we have raised $955 for Alzheimer's and dementia research.  Just a little push and we could reach the $1000 mark.  Another way that you can help is to link to the vest on your blog, add it to your Ravelry queue or favorite it on Ravelry.  Spread the word and help raise money for those who's mission it is to eradicate these devastating diseases.  Feel free to swipe the button in my sidebar and link to the Dr. G's post.


Happy Pi Day!

I wish I had a pie to show you.  But alas.  My mom is coming for a visit next week.  There will be pie then!  Mmmmmm.  Go over to Nova's you know you'll find pie there.


Thank you for your wonderful comments and e-mails about Dr. G's Memory Vest.  They really mean so much.
I couldn't resist showing you a few more photos from our walk/photo shoot. 


The photos in this post were taken by my son's good friend Nick, who joined us on our walk.  My intention was to take photos to document the vest, his was to get some fun photos of his buddy for a school project.


I love Nick's results!


My son was a lot more animated because Nick was there.   


All of us had a wonderful time.


Especially Tucker.  (This photo is not Nick's, but was taken by Bill, good friend, kind soul, artist, owner [along with Karen and Tucker] of the beautiful property where we took these photos.)

The pattern for Dr. G's is available to all who make a contribution to Alzheimer's and dementia research.  Details in yesterday's post.

Dr. G's is Finally Ready!


Thank you for your patience.  Dr. G's Memory Vest is finally ready!   

(Scroll down for instructions on how to donate.)

My father, “Dr. G”, was an intellectual force.  A respected microbiologist, the FDA would call on his expertise as they considered cases of drug safety.  He could identify rhododendron species and hybrids at a glance and give you the lineage for the latter from memory.  His recall of voices heard once or twice would astound my sisters and I.  When we were teenagers he could recognize Sting or Van Morrison’s voices despite his disdain for Rock and Roll.  As for his beloved classical music, his knowledge was encyclopedic.

We were told that the stronger the mind the longer an individual can hide the decline in their memory from their family and loved ones.  Perhaps that is why this brilliant man seemed to vanish so quickly.

As I’ve shared my father’s story I’ve learned how many other families are dealing with similar situations.  Few people are lucky enough not to have been touched by Alzheimer’s or dementia. For some it is a parent for others a spouse, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt or uncle.  Dr. G’s Memory Vest is my small way of trying to help.   


I have chosen to have the donations go to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation.  When my father passed away in September, this is one of the charities that my family chose for donations in his memory. 

The Fisher Center is the world's largest research team leading the battle against Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. They fund over 85 scientists across the United States, with partnerships and collaborations in 17 other countries, all under the direction of Nobel laureate Dr. Paul Greengard at The Rockefeller University in New York City.  Of every dollar raised, 94 cents goes directly to research programs.



How to donate:
  Go directly to the Fisher Center Website and make your donation. Once you've donated follow the directions below.

How to get your pattern:  Send an e-mail to throughtheloops at gmail dot com be sure to put "Dr. G's" in the subject line and tell me that you made a donation.  You don't have to tell me how much.  Donate the amount that you are comfortable with.  Once I receive your e-mail I will send the PDF file to you within 24 hours.  Please note that there is an option on the donation page to send an e-card.  You are welcome to do this, but if you do, be sure to also send an e-mail to the above address.  I don't want to take the chance of not having your correct e-mail when I send out the pattern.


The Specs

XS [S, M, L, XL]

Chest: 36[40, 44, 48, 52] inches

Classic Elite Skye Tweed [100% Wool, 110yd/100m per 50g ball]; color: #1221; 7[8,9,10,11] balls

US #6/4mm needles (or size to get gauge)
US #8/5mm needles (or size to get gauge)
Stitch holder
Tapestry needle
Cable needle

21 sts / 28 rows = 4 inches in cable stitch pattern using and larger needles

Thank you for all of your patience, support and encouragement on this project.
Thanks Karen and Bill for letting us take these photos on your magnificent property.  I still want to move in with you guys!   

Digging into the Recycling, version 2.0


Not to be outdone by her sister, DD#2 decided she should embellish a pair of shoes in her own style.  After searching the sale racks at Macy's, she found heels in her budget. 


She carefully selected text to be included.


The Mod Podge that we used didn't hold up very well.  After one day of wear the newspaper was peeling off.  We'll be making repairs to these.  Next time she'll try polyurethane.  The other issue is the shoes were patent.  She probably should have  roughed them up first with sandpaper.  (I was upstairs painting the bedroom when she made these so I wasn't around to give her that bit of advice.) Live and learn.   Regardless, I love the concept.


It was convenient that she finished the shoes and I finished a pair of socks within days of each other.  It allowed us to "kill two birds with one stone" in the photo shoot.   I'm calling the socks "Burning Ring(s) of Fire" as a nod to the fire theme of the current Project Spectrum.  Besides, who can resist a little Johnny Cash?


Burning Ring(s) of Fire Socks

Pattern:  My own, I'll write it up soon.

Yarn:  Pigeon Roof Studios, Superwash Merino Sock

Colorway:  Pink Lady

Needles:  US 1.5/2.5mm  (Why doesn't Addi make 2.25 mm?)

Rickenbacker Revisited

This scarf served as a quick diversion from bigger projects that need my attention.  Its out of my system now and I can get back to the required knitting.


The bamboo yarn and open pattern will make a nice Spring scarf.


Pattern:  Rickenbacker (In my sidebar)
Yarn:  Farmhouse Yarns, Bonnie's Bamboo - 100% Bamboo
Purchased at:  Purl Soho
Colorway:  Sand
Needles:  US size 7/4.5mm
Bass:  Rickenbacker (c.1973)


Thanks for all of the nice compliments on my "Artist's" sneakers.  Also, thanks to all who weighed in on the teacher's comment.  I did hesitate a bit to write about it.   I don't want to come off as one who complains about teachers.  There are many, many excellent teachers out there.  Your comments made me feel that my frustration is right.  Luckily, she no longer has the offending teacher, the story I told happened two years ago.   She's never lost her love of the written word.  She reads constantly, and likes nothing more than a thoughtful conversation about books.  The love of writing will no doubt return in its time.

I've Got Nothing

I'm working on a project that I can't show you here.  Hopefully I can distract you with DD#1's newest art project.


She embellished her new sunny yellow Chuckies with a Sharpie.


She's been doing a lot of these line drawings on paper lately.  They each tell a story.  It's a good marriage of her love of drawing and story telling.  No, I take that back, she used to love to write stories.  Unfortunately, a few well-meaning but oblivious middle school English teachers have taken the joy out of writing for her. (One actually told an entire class that when writing a story all characters must speak with correct grammar.  No, not just for her class, she insisted that it is essential for all writing.  Luckily my daughter knew better.  And yes, she did try to argue, but the aforementioned teacher didn't take well to having a 12 year old correct her.  So, you can see how the joy can be sucked out.)   Hopefully she'll find it again with a good high school teacher or two.

Oops, sorry for the mini-rant.  Back to our regularly scheduled blog.  Hopefully we'll be back to knitting content soon.