Sunday, December 28, 2008

Embrace imperfection.

My bam is blended. A blend of everything good from my stash...alpaca,silk,Debbie Bliss cotton,Habu pale minty greens,palest duck egg blue, muted ivory. It is soft. It is pale. I am not perfect, nor do I want to be . Imperfection is an art. It is not my style to make a promise I cannot keep it is not my style to make New Year's resolutions. I will not resolve to run 5 miles a day like I once did... or to lose weight,change my hair,or change my ways... be better or do better. I will not resolve to knit faster.... to finish all projects...
a New Year is upon us, a chance to take life again, a day at a time.. just to be... or try to be... another year, to just try
I am paled by comparison to be in the company of so many talented people. I have been influenced in a good way by all of your creations. So with the New year upon us,
whatever course you choose,
my advice is
a day at a time
Enjoy And Have a Happy one!
I have decided to let the computer do the choosing on this giveaway.
Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers:48
Timestamp: 2008-12-28 00:58:22 UTC
(minus my comment and a deleted comment)
the winner is:
*Michelle-email me your postal address;
the sock book and some other goodness are now Yours!!
and thanks to:
Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk wristwarmers by her... Christmas warm wishes from her...

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Shades of Gray...& a giveaway

"..But today there is no day or night Today there is no dark or light. Today there is no black or white, Only shades of gray.." I am progressing. I am confident. I must move quickly. The circling has kept me motionless for much too long. It is fitting that I should break free of the spiraling by knitting in the round. I am only seeing shades of gray... Thermis. Gray. Shades of gray. Sublime Cashmerino Silk Aran Granite...a shade of gray. a waffle stitch cowl,circling,soft,warm,comforting. Haven...
Rowan Cocoon ... Scree...a soft heathered gray
haven-a safe place to be... Daria Bracelet...
Berocco Seduce Anthricite
a charcoaled gray...linen,silk,encircling...
a quick last minute gift
awaiting a charm And another gray area of a sort...
I love to knit children's socks,baby socks,but my gray area is grown up socks.
I have this book...New,never used and I would like to give it away!
If you would like it...let me know,I will choose a name in 1 week
It could be yours...with some other goodies.
And in the spirit of the Holiday
I have written up the pattern for the Huswifs needle rolls
And for a short time will email you a Pdf if you leave me a comment with your e-mail.
Best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season to all.
"The only true gift is a portion of thyself"...Emerson

Monday, December 15, 2008

going in circles

Fouetté: A turn or spin on one leg, the body being propelled by a whipping motion of the free leg. It is usually performed by a female dancer. Spinning around and around,going in circles. Very graceful for a dancer. Not so graceful when you need to be moving forward. Pretty tree,the Nutcracker, reflections in the window, the dancers go on and on unlike myself,who has only been going around and around. to start at least 5 projects and then frog them all, only to end up winding around and around so,I followed the flow of this satin ribbon, and wrapped and tied, and packaged and sent. I will write and bake. I will prepare. I will knit. Once I stop going in circles.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus...

"... He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, .... Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! ...There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight..." By Francis P. Church, first published in The New York Sun in 1897 I was sitting and knitting this Habu gear linen, making a reverse bloom washcloth from Weekend Knitting, and hanging the stockings,getting into the spirit, when something magical happened...Santa came early... a package from Belgium full of all sorts of treats, a knitted pin,a knitting needle roll, bags for the girls,an apron and... some real,Belgian chocolate.But that was not all... He also brought gifts from Australia. Buttons...the most wonderful buttons,curved ones,smooth ones, wooden ones,carved ones... such a treat...I couldn't believe my eyes. A spoon for stirring and linen for sewing... gifts wrapped with tissue and hearts, Now,who could not believe in Santa Claus? Thank you Nathalie...for thinking of me... And thank you Nora for making me feel so special. I should,too!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Zakka Revised Pattern

Zakka Revised By T does wool Problems or questions contact me at

Enough Felted wool, either knitted and felted or try an old woolen sweater felted to cut a 7 ½” diameter circle for base of bag and 6” x 23 ¾” long piece for lower half of bag. Cotton or desired fabric, 10 ½" X 23 ¾” long for top half of bag. 40” of 5/8” wide cotton twill tape for drawstring…or desired medium Matching thread, pins, sewing machine. If you have a locking stitch ,use it, especially on the side seam where the casing opens. Have all pieces cut to size as stated, pressed and ready to go. ½” seam allowance used Sew top and lower half pieces together along the long edge. Press. Topstitch. With right sides together sew the body, leaving 2 ½” open from the top (to form casing) Press ¼” in along this open edge and topstitch. Fold and press ¼” on top edge of the bag body..fold down another 1”, press and sew along the lower edge to form casing. Carefully pin the body to the circle (bag bottom) adjusting where necessary,sew and then zigzag for a neat inner seam.

Turn right side out,press and thread drawstring thru casing.
Hint:I traced a cereal bowl onto the wool and cut out leaving a seam allowance for the bottom!
Thanks to Nora... and you can click on free pattern link on side bar to make a copy!

Monday, December 1, 2008

December and gifts

Now,tell me,is it wrong to model a gift? Is it wrong to want to keep that gift? Of course,I will give it away,but I had to have the softness against my skin just once! It is the colinette zero...this one the one called whirley fig, the yarn is a chunky weight,but it is both thick and thin, creating a textural landscape over your knit. I thought the color went well with my new red coat... the pattern is the Dolores Park Cowl and if you have never made one,you should.. it works up quickly,in a couple of hours, even if you stop and admire the yarn every 15 minutes! I've made 2 this fall for gifting...I am hoping they like them... I also finished the Side Slip Cloche from Boutique Knits as a gift... another dust pink yarn...this one is a handspun from Shadyside Farms. It also worked up slubby,thick and thin..but an aran weight. I did not model this as you can see...didn't want to mold it to my head,I may not take it off!
And I modified Nora's Zakka bag pattern ,to use a felted wool,
and Japanese cotton...all pieces were cut and sewn...
I have the instructions all written down and I promise to share!
Chocolate and pink...what every girl needs!
Hard to believe it's December already.
It will soon become winter officially.
Winter is the time for comfort,for
good food and warmth,for the touch
of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:it is the time for home.
-Edith Sitwell
Happy Birthday to my husband Andrew today!!
(I call him my junior senior citizen!)
May you enjoy December.

Saturday, November 29, 2008


In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.-- Albert Schweitzer Thank you Elaine for the exceptionally wonderful gift, I am so pleased to now own this Porom. you have rekindled my inner and outer spirit... the hat is so cosy and warm the Sublime yarn is a luxury...soft and totally squishy... and you are so generous to send me some of my very own... being the yarnsnob that you are... I expect only the best ;-) your knitting is impeccable... and your taste in choosing buttons..well,it matches my own and thank you for sharing the gift of friendship. the vest is complete,ribbons added and ready for wrapping, I changed the front a little..I did a panel of double crochet,instead of picking up stitches to form the front bands,and it worked perfectly ... I have to confess a little secret...I abhor picking up stitches to form these bands. What about you? Oh,and Erin ...the swap is in the bag...and on it's way... Thank you all for your well wishes...I have an MRI on Monday. I need my arm to hold out for Christmas!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

well,the nerve...

Well,the nerve... the nerve of my nerve to start acting up now... when there is so much to do, so much to finish,stopping me cold in my tracks...
I was moving along quite nicely on this Christmas gift, an adorable girly vest ...
using some stash yarn ,in a color called conker...a rusty red,perfect for this season,
when a stiff neck...turned sour...and a pinched nerve took over.
so,instead I blocked (finally) my mohair scarf...a simple 2 x2 ribbed combined with stockinette for some added interest,but again,I would have to say,
the nerve of Classic Elite to discontinue the colors I needed in this yarn
I instead combined two similar shades in this long, 105" to be exact,scarf...
and wrapped and wrapped my neck in this luxurious silk and wool and mohair. If you can stand a few hairs on your lips while knitting,then run and buy some mohair...any kind...Rowan has some wonderful types...or you could go with the Habu
as I have,but I'll have to be content just looking at it for awhile...
and be happy with the snow soup!
And Happy Thanksgiving to all...I have much to be thankful for...
enjoy your time with your family and loved ones.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Compartmentalize: To separate into distinct parts, categories, or compartments... that is what I did today... moved things here and there.. sorted them out... everything in a perfectly orderly place... this helps me clear the way to knit...or to make these... another needleroll,another huswife ,this one a little different than the others, this one made with mostly wools,some cottons,velvet and buttons... with compartments. I like to work with wool... knitting or sewing,making rugs. nothing compares to the richness of wool,the texture,the depth of colors, the ease of workmanship.
this one made for someone who loves flowers, who loves to garden, who loves the richness of the earth,someone who also works with wool... this one is for you,Lucy ... enjoy... and I promise there is some wooly goodness coming from the needles, next time.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

just tweed

TWEED: a rough woolen fabric;
Sheep thrive in the hills and bogs of Donegal,
and indigenous plants such as blackberries,fuchsia and moss provide the dyes;
Magee of Donegal, located in Ulster, is the most famous tweed manufacturer in Ireland.
TWEEDY: given to wearing tweeds.
It's made from Debbie Bliss Chunky Donegal Tweed ,and has the most interesting flecks of fuschia, and blackberry and moss colors throughout.
This is my Drop collared cabled jacket- the pattern from Debbie Bliss.
This yarn was originally destined to become something else, as a matter of fact,it was 1/2 into becoming Debbie Bliss' Kilcar. I was having doubts whether I wanted to finish that particular it slept in my knitting bag for almost 1 year,that is,until I saw this and said "yes"; it is the one.
the ripping began and the needles came out, ebony needles... and with the black tweed,
I began my journey into the land of moss stitch once more...
this time with cables added,for a bit of interest.
Black is hard to work with,hard to see,when using dark,ebony needles,but I persisted...
and now I have a sweater I truly love.It fits well,has a nice swing,but not too baggy.
And I just happened to have the perfect buttons...
(thanks again Alison )...
you see,I have been busy...I made these mitts also...a Rowan pattern from Martin Storey
winter gifts ...made from RCY silk wool DK in limewash...and again I am in love.
call me a TWEEDY...
and these knits will be my tweedle dee and twedle dum...
I will be wearing them together...a lot!

Monday, November 3, 2008

for fun

Okay,I did this shot just for fun,and the hat...well,it's for fun,too! it's my own design,made to go with the little pinafore dress I just made... I need to tweak a few things,before I print the pattern.A reverse stockinette,this was done flat,only because I didn't have the circulars I needed. I want to do it in the round,and maybe change the earflaps a little. All in all,I like it and it matches the dress I need to purchase those rolled cuff jeans! I used Berroco ultra alpaca... in a shade called couscous... should be soft and warm. last week I received a beautiful gift from Claudia a beautiful enameled ring box with the most beautiful pewter bottom perfect for any tiny treasure...thank you! and the swap gift is knit...and will soon be sent. my sweater is blocking,and I promise there is more progress on this... I just have to work in all the gifts, are you doing on yours?