Monthly Archives: January 2007

Chillin’ In My New Chullo

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Well, it’s not an authentic Ch’ullo. It’s my interpretation. I was trying to write a pattern for a two-handed stranded colorwork class I’m teaching to two ladies at the shop tomorrow. This was fun and quick. Next time I’ll try a looser fit and a more triangular tapering, though personally, I like the snug fit. I may even post this as a free pattern after I’ve tested a couple of variations.




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The wonders of yarn…

It’s not knitting, but this is what an older gentleman and his wife brought by the shop one day. His wife is an artist and draws the pictures on canvas, then Bob uses 100 % wool yarns to hook the rug, rather than the traditional wool felt strips. They were embarking on a new rug, a mockingbird against a backdrop of purple irises (Tennessee’s state bird and flower), and I was lucky enough to be there when they stopped in for more yarn. Julia is one of the other ladies who also works part-time at the shop.  She has a background steeped in textiles ( she teaches a color theory class), and she happened to be there as well and offered to help them pick out yarn. I was enchanted by the process by which she chose the color options. Having very little formal art education in my background, I’m now quite intrigued by the idea of color “tension” and other terms I’d never heard of. I was just an interested spectator, but it was memorable. I must know more!


Bob’s hooked rug using all wool yarns


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The Shawl KAL is Growing!

I’m looking forward to Tuesday. It’s not to late to join us in the sheep shawl adventure. Just let me know you’re interested and I’ll add your name to the roll. I’ll open it up to participating knitters to post as we go.

And if you’re the “joiner” type, check out this new site that lists LOTS of KALs for your consideration.  What a great idea.

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Today I learned to “Sit and Spin”

Well, at least I got the gist, I think. I bought a drop spindle and some roving and got started spinning. I have a long way to go, but I am absolutely hooked! I had to force myself to put the spindle down to get supper started. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but I caught the “spinning 101” episode of “Knitty Gritty” and that was it. I had to get started. New joy. I dream of one day going from sheep to sweater and going to elementary schools to teach the kids about it. I’m visiting a home economics class in Lebanon, TN on Tuesday to talk to the students about knitting and the fiber arts. I can’t believe the joy I get from yarn.


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Denise Thinks Pink

Denise Needles are introducing a kit with pink cords and container.  $5 from each purchase goes toward breast cancer research.  The personal connection is touching (and the kit’s adorable).  I’m a big fan of the Denises.  Check out their site.

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Let’s Go For The Lace! KAL

From Fiber Trends

See the “Sheep Shawl” blog for more info

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“Sheep Shawl” KAL About to Begin

Several of us at our LYS are about to start a lace shawl KAL next Tuesday, and I thought I’d see if anyone out there might be interested in joining us and sharing pictures.  I’ve never attempted to host a KAL, so I’d like to give it a try.  If interested, let me know and I’ll post more.  The yarn we’re using is a laceweight merino that blocks beautifully and has a nice hand.


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Book Review: “Itty-Bitty Hats” Big Smiles!

This book is testing my resolve to finish my scarf before I begin another project. The hats in this book are so darling, and so diverse. I can’t stop leafing through it. The photography is wonderful. And the babies… if you’re feeling blue, this is better than a mouthful of meds. There are so many I want to make. First will be the “Marley”, then the “flower petal”, then the “football helmet” and then…, well, you get the drift.

Big Fun

This should be a great way to use up some stash yarn and fill up my gift drawers as, alas, my own baby days are a fond memory (don’t mistake that for longing — this gal is content with the two she has!). This is incentive to get my scarf done.

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For all of us blonde knitters out there

See Crazy Aunt Purl Jan 3 for a terrible (and funny) joke. 


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Yes, I AM an Enabler

Today, between my grocery shopping and the afterschool pick-up, I popped a ball of yarn and a pair of wooden needles into my purse and dropped in on a neighbor down the street who once mentioned that she would love to learn to knit. 20 minutes later she was hooked- HOOKED! She actually grinned and rubbed her hands together in delight. Before I left an hour later, she could knit and talk at the same time. Another yarn addict is born (she is already dreaming of spinning). My work here is done. Bring me the next vict… er, student.

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