Saturday, July 22, 2017

Another Knit Camp in WNY

Back at the original Knit Camp, in WNY, we shared goodies in goody bags, knitted a composite blanket for Resistance Knitters, dyed more yarn, and became even better friends.
The master dyer from Propanicus Moon.

Jo and her geese,

the rebel...
And a repurposed classroom as studio.

My newest attempt... 
what it turned into!
I'll learn to love it!  

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kilt pillow

Meanwhile, my friend, a Scot-o-phile, retired, and I found time to finish my kilt pillow, which was started in September (2016) in Scotland.  It's a beauty!  

Don't ask... I don't know what the tartan name is, but you may ask, "What is a kilt pillow?"
Answer:  All the techniques one needs to make a kilt, without making a kilt.  The fringe, and pleats, the buckles, wrapped around a pillow.  Interesting concept of Marion, the kilt maker.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Painting yarn

Yes, it's over and what a week it was...
The weather was perfect, our tents are packed away, we suffered a few insect bites, and we have unfinished projects and beautiful yarn to take away!

One day devoted to coloring our own yarn.

Everyone got creative, and all were surprised (good and better) with their results.

Even the sampler/test yarn (on the right) turned out great.

Unwrapping the steamed yarn.  Hovering in the shade while it lasted.

CeeVee rejected her first attempt, and somehow managed to eliminate the red! Clever!

Looking pretty "neat"!  No surfaces were permanently harmed.

The sampler:  Could be trouble!

But which one is the sampler now?

An experiment in grouping,
the Denver special,
the unintended results of everyone dabbing on our tester,
the red purple project,
muted sage and blues,
I'm seeing a trend,
the winner of "who came the farthest to see 'Shrek'",
and lovely pastels.

The dyeing gang!

The finished Knit Camp in the Rockies project.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Knitting in the wild

AHH!  How peaceful, the sounds of nature, the clicking of needles, and the watchful eyes...

Knit night; keep those lights on!

Thanks, LouWee!  It was an education!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Getting there! The Rockies

I offered a Knit Camp in the Rockies to my knitter friends.  And it was more fun than I imagined.  First was the trip to Silverton, with hundreds of cyclists sharing the road.  Imagine cycling in the heat of June from elevations 6,500 ft to over 10,000 ft.  Not for us, but we were appreciative!

We spent two nights at Villa Dallavalle, where we gnashed our teeth over casting on, and laughed and knitted and shopped, and admired amazing weaving.

Bernard and his harem.

The "required" souvenir project!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Busy weaving and knitting

Another warp woven in record time!  New colors for me, in Blues and White, with Yellow and Red contrasts.  Such fun to experiment, and then gift away.  But first, photos.
I tried fringe, which I really adore.
Something for a red kitchen:
Hmm.  A REAL experiment with thicker threads.  
Four smaller, placemat sized pieces.  Or hand towels, or fabric for future bags... Who knows?
A few false starts... looking for projects for Crazy Zauberball yarn.  This doesn't exist any longer...frogged.
The perfect pattern for my Shetland yarn.  
Bousta Beanie by Gudrun Johnston from Shetland Wool Week Website   
Organic Native Shetland Jumperweight by Uradale Yarn Sport 100% Shetland 189 yards / 50 grams
Fearing the worst for a mid-May need for RED*, I whipped up these... Then the weather was SO balmy, bordering on unseasonal, or atypical of Bergen, I didn't need them.  Lovely to look at and fun to knit. (You may not recognize Clara Parkes' pattern.  I got creative when I matched it to a sweater, hence no "Sweet Fern" allowed.)
Sweet Fern Mitts by Clara Parkes from The Knitter's Book of Wool  
Cascade 220® by Cascade Yarns Worsted 100% Wool 220 yards / 100 grams

If you notice in the right margin that I haven't knitted this year, you'll understand that I've been too busy knitting etc. to document my yardage/mileage.  

*In Norway, EVERYONE must wear red or have a Norwegian costume, for the 17th of May.  More red is better! Or you look like a tourist...LOL!


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