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This week has been a bit confusing and over the top re: holidays. Gotta love America’s melting pot of holidays! On the 10th it was a celebration of Chinese New Year. Time for some General Tso’s chicken. My DH and I always argued about whether it was General Tso or General Tao. He asked one of his graduate students and she said it could be either one, but that it’s really not something you’d eat in China. It’s American Chinese food.

Tuesday it was Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday. Here the Mardi Gras meal includes King Cake, a sweet yeast-dough ring cake with a cinnamon-sugar filling and purple, green and gold frosting. I’ve read in other blogs that on Shrove Tuesday, folks always eat pancakes. Today is Valentine’s Day and the hustle/bustle is all about luuvvv. Chocolate! One of our fellow gym class members met us at the door this morning with this little treat.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Saturday is our local Gold & Green Ball. Click on this page to see more Gold & Green Ball. Without holidays, what would we do with our time and money?

But that brings me around to yesterday’s “holiday,” Wednesday Night Knitting. Ethel brought chocolate-covered pomegranate pips with which to celebrate. Woo hoo!

chevron scarf with 2 yarns

chevron scarf with 2 yarns

The scarf pattern Ethel chose is a variation of this one in Creative Knitting.
scarf pattern inspiration

scarf pattern inspiration

she used a 100% merino tweedy twist and then half of the scarf has a strand of green sparkly Stacy Charles Ritratto held double with the wool for a little excitement.

Lois' new pics

Lois’ new picks

Lois and Ethel discussed new possibilities for afghans. Lois tried the feather and fan, but didn’t like how the yarn bunched up. Perhaps simple stockinette would make a better blanket? Stockinette with a seed stitch border to keep the edges from curling up? Long circular needles will come in handy to keep the long rows in order. I started a kind of an afghan: the pattern is Lana Grossa’s Mohair Wrap from the Quick Knits mag. Except rather than luxurious mohair, I used Joann Sensations boucle, hence my title variation: Ghetto Mohair Wrap. I have a ton of this yarn in my stash. (“Perhaps the result of a clearance sale?” Ethel asked.) I’m not crazy about boucle yarn, however, I started knitting this and I like it a lot.
Wannabe mohair project

Ghetto mohair project

It’s a big rectangle of stockinette stitch with a wide ruffle border. With this, I have become a knitter who has “more than one project on the needles” at a time–something I could never imagine myself doing. I have evolved! Here’s another current WIP, the February sock from the Sock It To Me 2013 ravelry group. I’m also working on the Laera Shawl via Craftsy and another ruffle scarf.

Ethel's grand haul from Tuesday Morning

Ethel’s grand haul of Auraucana and Ella Rae yarn from Tuesday Morning

On the spinning front, I latched onto this antique flax wheel I found in McIntosh. It’s not quite ready to spin; it needs a drive band and the broken flyer fixed. But I’ve had a lot of fun dreaming of folks in the past who may have spun with her, and the practical projects they may have provided to their luuuvvved ones. Happy early spring holidays everyone!

flax wheel and bird cage distaff

flax wheel and bird cage distaff

flyer & bobbin

flyer & bobbin

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It was anniversary night, of a sort, at Wednesday Night Knitting. I looked back over the blog and found that we’ve been meeting [and I’ve been knitting and blogging about us] since February 2011. When I looked back over some of our projects in the past two years, I was really pleased with us! Happy blogiversary to us! This calls for a real celebration.

Last week, while Ethel’s family was visiting, she took her daughter-in-law to our LYS, Yarnworks, and asked her to pick out some yarn and a pattern that she would like Ethel to make for her. What a great idea!

Ethel's daughter-in-law's yarn pick

Ethel’s daughter-in-law’s yarn pick

Ethel's daughter-in-law's pattern pick

Ethel’s daughter-in-law’s pattern pick

Since the yarn for this project was held double, I saw that Ethel had wound the doubled strands ahead of time into a sort of coil, rather than a ball. She was worried that the halo of the fuzzy strands would make them stick together and tangle but it was all good.

And here’s the WIP:

Ethel's alpaca hat, in progress

Ethel’s alpaca hat, in progress

Very nice alpaca! Soft and fuzzy.
Ethel also took her to a bead store where they bought the components for some earrings, and made them. Nice way to get in the running for Best Mother-in-law Ever, Ethel!

Meanwhile, Lois says she wants to join Hat Knitters Anonymous to try and cut back a step at a time. She brought along some bright, springy pink yarn and the beginnings of a feather and fan stitch afghan. IMG_0330 Great color and motif for ushering in spring, Valentine’s, possible new baby girl great-grandchild?

I did another version of the Beginner’s Socks pattern by Heather Storta that was furnished with Sock-it-to-Me 2013, the ravelry KAL group I’ve been following.

house socks in Ella Rae Amity Print

house socks in Ella Rae Amity Print

Now I’m working on the February pattern, the International Sock of Doom. They also have an additional February free pattern from Susie Q Knits for Valentine Worsted socks, with an adorable raised heart at the ankle. I’ve also started the Craftsy Mystery Knit-along, which turned out to be the Laera Shawl by Grace Akhrem. So far I’ve done a gauge swatch in prep for casting on —what? 361 teeny, tiny stitches!
Grayzie, ready to roll with the Schoppel Laceball 100

Grayzie, ready to roll with the Schoppel Laceball 100

We are going to a chili cook off and talent show this weekend. Ethel is working on a rat to enter in the show.

the rat so far

the rat so far

She’s a Norwegian rat [like Ethel :)] and this will be her cute little costume, as planned by her maker.
Norwegian rat in folk dress, Ethel's drawing

Norwegian rat in folk dress, Ethel’s drawing

She’s using an Alan Dart pattern for the body and adding her own costume design! So much fun!

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Wednesday Night Knitting brought Lois and Ethel over, and Lois brought homemade oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies! We looked at a few new books and mags. Quick Knits is a brand new offshoot from Fons & Porter’s Love of Knitting. I saw it advertised online, but had trouble finding it. I considered buying the single issue from the website, but they wanted to charge me $3.99 shipping for a $6.99 single issue. Huh? I did finally find a copy of it at Books A Million, and we agreed that it looks like it’s got some doable potential projects.

Ethel worked on some crocheted alligator stitch.

row #1 of alligator stitch

row #1 of alligator stitch

3 rows of alligator stitch

3 rows of alligator stitch

Perhaps she will make a hat like one in the book she brought, What to Knit When You’re Expecting. Some recent Facebook posts have cryptically suggested that some members of our group may be lining up baby knitting projects in the near future……….

Lois finished her ruffle scarf, and started in on another.

Lois with current ruffle scarf

Lois with current ruffle scarf

Ruffle scarves go pretty fast, with only 5 to 8 stitches per row. This picture was taken just a short while after she cast on. I was so in love with the one she made last week, I had to make one too. I’ve had the Rozetti Marina ruffle yarn for awhile, and it’s in wintry colors, so I reasoned, “the time is now!”
my ruffle scarf in progress

my ruffle scarf in progress

This cute trend is turning up everywhere. I’m going to make a white one soon. It’s on my bucket list.

Meanwhile, I made it over to Michael’s, purveyors of that new Red Heart Boutique Magical yarn that the Winter Love of Knitting KAL cowl was made from, so I could test it out. I made another cowl from the pattern, in the colorway Wizard (green, gray, lavender, fuchsia).

boutique magical cowl #2

boutique magical cowl #2

You may recall that my first Knit Along cowl was made with a different yarn.
Knit Along cowl #1 with Universal Jewels yarn

Knit Along cowl #1 with Universal Jewels yarn

I love the Boutique Magical: it has a soft feel to it and a variety of textures and colors. It was not so easy to use straight from the skein, however. I pulled out an end to start on, and the skein vomited yarn all over me. It took me several days of patient wrapping around my nostepinde to get it ready to use.
Here I am wrapping yarn with Mom while she worked on art quilting

Here I am wrapping yarn with Mom while she worked on art quilting

I finished the beret from Sock Yarn Studios. Finally!

Poppy Beret

Poppy Beret

I feel that I should do another one, to be fair, since I believe I really veered off from the directions and got more width than length. Sigh. We all agreed that we don’t love skinny, underfed, fussy sock-and-lace weight yarns. But I signed up for the Craftsy Mystery Knit Along that starts February 1st, and guess what arrived in the mail for that mystery project?
800 meters of Schoppel Laceball 100

800 meters of Schoppel Laceball 100 for Craftsy KAL

Next Wednesday night I plan to check out the January meeting of Gainesville Handweavers Guild, so let me know if you’d like to come with me!

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It was nostepinder night at Knitting! We started with some blanks of cherry wood that my DH had cylinderized to make it go quicker (in case our wood turning took longer than we figured it might). Trish was the first to start out at the Jet mini-lathe. DH bought this pretty baby a short while ago, and put it on a rolling stand to make it easy to move into the optimal turning position. Lucky for us, we had a beautiful January night with no rain or wind, and a balmy temperature in the low 70’s. Yay!

Tricia perfecting the turn

Tricia perfecting the turn

She chose to put in a few little coves and beads on her nostepinde. We used Easy Tools for this work, and everyone seemed to be very happy with them.
applying some grit

applying some grit

Trish was a natural. After forming the tool and adding some unique flourishes, she sanded it with a couple of different grades of paper, and DH helped put on a linseed oil finish and cut it off with the parting tool.
Tricia and her brand new nostepinde that she just finished making a moment ago!

Tricia and her brand new nostepinde that she just finished making a moment ago!

Next, Ethel took on the mini-lathe.

Ethel roughing out the pinde

Ethel roughing out the pinde

While she was sanding, Lois drove up. She showed us a bowl that had been made from a beech tree in their own front yard. Marvelous workmanship!
Lois with beech wood bowl

Lois with beech wood bowl

Ethel and her finished nostie

Ethel and her finished nostie

Ethel was very satisfied with her functional work of art and was eager to get right into center-pull yarn ball winding.

Ready, set, wind!

Ready, set, wind!

Now we were ready to wind. Just for more clarification, we watched a great You-Tube video about how to wind the yarn by Noreen Crone-Findlay. I have watched this so many times now, I almost know it by heart. Noreen mentioned that her husband had made that particular nostie, and we loved the shape and design burned into the wooden handle. And thanks to Kathleen Cubley at Knitting Daily blog, whose irresistible post on Discovering New Tools awakened me to the possibility that we, too, could have our own personal, individually-crafted nostepinder! I’ve been wanting to merge knitting with woodworking all last year, and this was the perfect chance to make it happen! A fabulous start to an artsy-craftsy new year!

IMG_0183 Ethel is making a cowl out of the Red Heart Boutique Magical yarn that was featured on the cover of Love of Knitting magazine, and was the article in their Knit-a-long. A truly gorgeous purple and gray, thick and thin, sparkly and matte combination yarn!

Aslan Tango ball giftie from Ethel

Aslan Tango ball giftie from Ethel

She gave me a skein of acrylic/polyamide Tango yarn that she had wound into a center-pull ball using a size 35 needle for a nostepinde, prior to making the actual tool tonight! Thanks, Ethel!
Tricia and her knitted afghan

Tricia and her knitted afghan

Trish almost made it out the door without showing off her WIP, a beautiful knitted afghan of white and many colors. Inspiring! Thanks to everyone for coming to Knitting and making it so fun. Looking forward to many yarny adventures in 2013.

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Here I am wearing the just-completed cowl.

Simply Magical Cowl knit-along with current issue Love of Knitting magazine

I used a different yarn than what the pattern called for, and a total of 246 yards rather than the pattern’s 190. And still, I didn’t come anywhere close to a finished 12″ in length. The cowl did turn out very wide, though. I have it wrapped around my neck twice in the photo. The mohair blend is a little scratchy to me, and I wonder if I will ever actually wear this, even if the temperature gets below 72 degrees here in central Florida this winter.

Oddly, I’ve experienced a lot of glitches this week. Failure of this post to publish, although I got a notice and it appeared fine; the next day it was lost in cyberspace as if it had never existed. Email down since Friday. Intermittent crying at the aftermath of a public tragedy. Partial failure at attempt to participate in a webcast. What is it, Mercury in retrograde again? Darn planet!

Nevertheless, I’ve seen some good times last week too. I hope you get in some magical knitting this week! May your every stitch represent your love and patience and good will, and hope for a more peaceful time ahead.

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