Sunday, September 21, 2014

Plane Knitting

My knitting bag, gift from K, made by K, with thoughtful buttoned strap to attach around the arm of a chair, OR the seat in front.  Yes, there's yarn in there, but it also doubled as a lunch bag!
Thanks, K! (By the way, the print is delicate hummingbirds and a lacey drawstring.)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Towel Two

Shown here, is Towel #2, almost finished.  Begins and ends with two yellow stripes.  The weft is dark purple.  So far, I think the first towel is too light (yellow) and the second is too dark (purple).  Maybe towel #3 will be "just right"!
I guess I don't have a color in mind.  But I love that waffle weave!  Little square pockets... Yum!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Waffle weave

The beginning, above, of the weaving project.  So far, so good!  Only one broken thread which I was able to catch before it disappeared around the back beam.  Tied it, and it held until I was able to weave it into a towel.  WHEW!  
My best decisions in life are made while weaving.  I sit and reflect, make plans, arrange my life... while moving shafts up and down, sliding the shuttle back and forth.
Towel #1 is woven with yellow threads in the weft.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tale of two socks

Suffering from "Distracted" syndrome...  Alas, languishing in jars, desperate for a mate.  So sad.
See "Sweet Tomato Heel" below, by Cat Bordhi.  Interesting shape.  Hope it fits a little girl!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A day of peaches

How can you resist?  How can you make time to preserve them?  That's what I asked myself when a box of peaches showed up on the kitchen counter.  AND the neighbor appeared with a small bucket of tomatoes, and green peppers...  And it's true:  When you are busy, more things appear, and ... well, things get done.  
Somehow, working two part-time jobs hasn't slowed down my knitting.  But maybe I'm just fooling myself.  There are an array of UFO's occupying half of the sofa.  And here's one of them:
It's the Yggdrasil blanket.  The center square is finished, and the first braid is marching around the outside.  With 364 stitches to pick on the outer edge, that means at least 320 rows of border knitted at a right angle to the square.  It's looking like a blanket now, except it's all bunched up on a circular needle.  When this border is finished, it will lay flat sans needle, and can be admired.  (Sorry about the nasty dull color.  It's really a nice greenish olive... if you like olives.)
Updated my "miles to go" Knitmeter on September 9.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Viking and Scottish Knitting

After eight years of trying to visit a Viking Farm Museum off the island of Karm√ły, I finally was there during their open season.  Several times I've walked past but no one was home, and the gates were locked.
Above:  From the church in the background to here is about 1/4 of the way and the steepest bit.
 It's a hike out there, no driving, but they have people showing and explaining the buildings, their structure and design, archery and sock making!
Interior of the lodge where everyone lived.  It was dark!

And a loom!

With an upside down ship for a roof, this building is where the above photos were taken.

 I hesitate to say it's knitting, because they use only one needle.  The finished sock is very dense, and, of course, coarse wool.  I was delighted!  Having family with me, I couldn't sit down and learn everything I needed to know, but then there's the internet!  You can, too!
 Click Here:   Viking Knitting

Finished Sock

The artist
The fencing around the village was intricate!  A type of weaving with only wood from the area.

While looking for viking knitting I discovered this little clip of Scottish knitters.  Look at those needles!!  And the yarn "woman in gray" is using reminds me of one of the first projects that got me back into knitting in 2006.  I wandered into a little shop in a little village in England, and the proprietor (a man) helped me figured out a complicated array of yarns that could be doubled and used with this crazy stuff that has pieces of paper (which is the best description I can give) hanging off of it.  My daughter thought she wanted the jacket on display, and I did my best. (BR=Before Ravelry)

 I'm sure it got left, intentionally, somewhere since it turned out so fluffy, and, yes, weird!  Or maybe she doesn't have the hot-pants to wear with it!  teehee

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Freeport and Yarn!

Not only are there THREE yarn shops in Freeport (maybe more?) but the place was yarn-bombed!

LLBean didn't turn me into a shopper.  The yarn shops:  Grace Robinson & Company, Mother of Purl, and Casco Bay Fiber Company.


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