Saturday, September 24, 2011

In the pink ...

I knit a lot of shawls, wraps and ponchos as you probably know by now if you've been here before.  I know it's a lot and I've been asked many time if I knew how many I had, but I've refused to count them. And I thought I was doing pretty good with using a variety of colors too. Until that is, I stacked most of my lace shawls together to get of better view of what colors I've used already and what might be missing and deciding what color to do next. Am I a PINK person? Really??

This doesn't even count the two shawls I have missing from this stack. One is on display at my Local Yarn Store (Seed Stitch Fine Yarn) and it's also PINK. And one that I had already pulled out of my shawl drawer stash to give away as a Christmas gift and quess what ... yup, it's also PINK. Now there's 3 here in the picture as you see. So why do I think I've been changing up the color I use in my shawls? WAIT, I have one at the Topsfield Fair awaiting the judging to be done and that one is ...


October 3rd is when I find out if I've gotten any kind of a ribbon.

Would be nice if it's a BLUE ribbon!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Little things add up ...

First it's a trivet and then it's a pot holder ...

But that's only a prototype. I had to make an bigger and better one right? So I made this one ...

One with a little more imbellishment. But could I stop there? Oh no, there are lots more to do with those crochet hooks. And plenty of left-over yarn to use up. Waste not; want not. That's right ... they're all crocheted too. I don't know what's gotten into me. So I decided to do another 3-dimensional trivet. Another hot pad ...

I've got to keep this one for my tea pot. I might even make a few for Christmas gifts though.  And about those shawls that have taken over my life lately ... Well I finished one for my Mom too.

Blocked and put away for Christmas. If it looks familar it's because it's the Stacy Shawl pattern from the book "Wendy Knits Lace". I love that book and especially this shawl.

But then I also love the simple shawl by Stephen West called the Boneyard Shawl. I finished this one 2 days ago and before you give me high praise for being a really fast knitter ... let me explain that I've been working on this all Summer. It was my "go to" project when I needed something simple to relax with or to knit on while talking to friends.

I wore it yesterday and love this one as much as the others too. So that's the picture story of my knitting life lately ... with crochet stepping in now and then.

(All details for all the above projects can be found on my Ravelry page)

Go ahead and make something!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Busting the Stash ...

A reversible flower hot pad ... a trivet for setting hot stuff on like a tea pot to protect your table!

I'll be crocheting up more with either cotton or wool or whatever I have stashed away leftover from past projects. Having trouble figuring out how to do it? How about coming to my workshop at Seed Stitch Fine Yarn in November or December. (dates to be determined)

Bust that Scrap Stash!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Summer dreams produce lovely shaws for the Winter.

Another Madelinetosh luxurious creation. This time I used Madelinetosh Pashmina. I love that yarn so much! In fact, I have loved any Madelinetosh yarn I've used so far and I can see that there's more to try. Oh my goodness! Thankfully, they'll be even more to pick from down at my favorite LYS, Seed Stitch Fine Yarn in Salem.

I had to knit another Summer Mystery Shawlette by Wendy D. Johnson. Only this time I wanted it to be shawl size.  So I cast on 96 more stitches with the colorway Forest and here is my creation ...

I call it Summer Dream Shawl and you can see more pictures on Ravelry.
It felt so good to put on that I had to wear it going out to my DH's birthday dinner at a fine restaurant.

It suited the occasion wonderfully!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

New England marine life display

A community art project at Seed Stitch Fine Yarn has volunteers contributing to their display.

I just brought an Octopus down for the display. A few other things of mine are there also, but a number of knitters both young and mature have contributed some really neat stuff. See if you can recognize what are in our New England waters.

That's the general picture ... how about some closeups, huh?

Even that tire was knitted. Cool huh? And I love my Octopus ...

And I think HE loves the tire ~ !!

Thursday, September 01, 2011


A knitter friend told me how she solved the MP3/ipod cord tangle problem. Use one of those yarn bobbins you have on hand but never use. Great idea don't you think? Problem solved.

My knitter friends are so smart. Of course I put her idea to use on my new Ipod ...

 I wouldn't have thought of this on my own.