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!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Touring the SW

Visitors from the East!  There's a lot to see and I was happy to spend a few days taking day trips to see the sites.  

Mesa Verde is always a treat.  So many styles of ancient cultures to marvel, and how many times will I enjoy it?  Not enough, my friends.

Closer to home: Shiprock

and the lava wall

And Four Corners Monument.  Yes, it was hot... like in the 90's F most of the past month.  And I like it!  It's a "dry heat".  (Hard to sweat it!)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Really? Four months?

I know I've been busy... there was Easter (as a church organist), and concerts (Lenten and Messiah) with piano and harpsichord, there was a trip to Norway, sewing, planning for a knit camp in the Rockies, weaving, knitting, purchase of a new church organ, repairs for another, and celebrations, and reunions... involving a few thousand miles each way.

What I may or may not report, but will address now, was the anticipation (errrr...trepidation) of a 50th anniversary high school reunion.  Turns out, NOTHING to dread, but sheer fun, laughter, and hugs!  I'm SO glad I went.  I've attended reunions at 25 and 40, so it wasn't a total shock, but I was thankful I could ask around and get some people pointed out before I was put on the spot.

Thanks to everyone who attended!  And the Cornell style Barbecue chicken was delicious.  Gary and committee, you know how to throw a party!

Without further ado...Check back every day for awhile--I'll fill you in.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Other projects

This doll (tops turvy) has languished in a drawer for 5-6 years.  Celina made the skirt, I did the rest.  All she needed for Christmas was the red hair and face!  Perfect for a seven year old granddaughter.
This well worn pullover... has been dismantled and someday will be repurposed as a stuffed toy.


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