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Day 6 of Eskimimi’s Knit and Crochet Blog Week Challenge is to write about someone you admire, and about yourself in comparison/contrast. My knitting idols are my grandmother and her sister, Auntie Marg.

sisters

Margaret and Alice about 1917

When I knew them, I didn’t think much about knitting. They became my knitting idols much later, when I thought back, in amazement, of the things they knitted. Most vivid in my memories: the sacred afghan that remained on our couch for the purpose of keeping warm, while watching TV and slipping into Dreamland. We called it the “duggy-wuggy” (I do not know the origin of that term, so it’d be no good to ask! 🙂 ). It was light green, dark green, and gray. And possibly some canary yellow in there, too. It was about 4 1/2 feet long by 2 feet wide and had fringe on both narrow ends. Thick cables coursed down the length of it. It had a fabric backing that was a dark gray-brown wool crepe, very slinky. My dad took a nap on the couch every day when he got home from work. I aspire to that, too. I’ve had couch blankets, lap quilts, throws, on the couch…but none so awesome as that duggy-wuggy!

Next memory is of the baby layette items after my daughter was born. I’m sorry to say I don’t have a single one of these left. They were so classic, and so delectable. A yellow cardigan with raglan sleeves, with a matching white and yellow Tyrolean hat with a little pompom on top (not frilly, in case she turned out to be a boy, but yellow, so she could still wear it if she was a girl). Knit-stitch booties with a satin ribbon to tie. A white ripple-effect baby blanket. A white crocheted jacket and bonnet, with a satin ribbon tie.

I can picture in my mind, the two sisters looking at each other with purposeful ambition, whenever a new baby was announced.

Aunt Marg

Auntie Marg, c. 1929


Here is my great-aunt, wearing a shawl that she undoubtedly made. Aunt Margaret never married; she lived with my grandmother in a house full of cats.

As for me, I guess my leaf didn’t fall far from the tree, but to compare with their expertise….I still have a long way to go! And I’m still searching for that plain baby cardigan and hat set pattern!

knitting with cat

Me, Bob, and Mom

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Tomorrow is May Day, today was beautiful, and in the evening we celebrated …

spring trees

trees budding

Confederate Jasmine

intoxicating smell of Confederate Jasmine

Sabal palm

new growth

spring plants

new tendrils reaching

lush foliage

lush foliage

tree in bloom

tree in bloom

crocheted shawl

Lois was crocheting a new shawl

I was almost through with the back of the Sophie tunic

I was almost through with the back of the Sophie tunic

Jerilynn and Ethel pressed on with their projects

Jerilynn and Ethel pressed on with their projects

We had a pretty productive last day of April!

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Yay Knitting! We met and got up-to-date on projects.
Tricia worked on the teal scarf/shawl.

knitted scarf/shawl

Tricia and teal scarf/shawl

knitted cable hat

Lois with an orange cable hat

pink cotton thick and thin yarn

Ethel got some new pink all-cotton thick-and-thin slubby yarn

purse body: garter-stitch sari ribbon

purse body: garter-stitch sari ribbon

I’ve been working on another purse using the pattern on the front of this Quick Knits mag: it’s garter-stitch Louisa Harding Sari Ribbon.

 

 

 

 

 

The leather handles are from http://www.cindysbuttoncompany.com; I got them from Four Purls‘ vendor booth at the 2012 Florida Fiber Inn.

 

This other project I started is the Tokyo Scarf designed by Emre Koc featured in 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders, in Feza Alp yarn.

Feza Alp yarn scarf

Tokyo Scarf in Alp

linen stitch cloth

Ethel’s linen stitch cloth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethel was experimenting with linen stitch to duplicate some wash cloths we saw on Pinterest. I liked the subtle blending of the purple color band with the burnt-orange, but she liked the greater contrast of the blue band.

linen-stitch wash cloth

Ethel’s linen-stitch cloth with blue contrasting color band

rainbow loom

Rainbow Loom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we brought out the Hands Free Rainbow Loom with Organizer Kit.

 

 

 

 

Ethel made a rubber-band ring on the loom in about 5 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

rainbow-loom ring

Ethel’s rainbow-loom ring

Great fun!

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It was just me who showed up for Wednesday Night Knitting on the first day of the year, and I was already here.

cat intruding on knitting

there’s a cat head intruding in my knitting

Despite demands from the feline population, I finished my shawl and it’s all ready for mailing.

cable knitted shawl

finished Bamboozle Cable Capelet, blocked


Luckily, I finished with just this much leftover yarn:
leftover white yarn

amount left of 615 yards

I also finished a doll hat and coat, another awesome pattern from Easy How-to Techniques for Simply Stylish 18″ Dolls by Andra Knight-Bowman.

knitted doll hat and coat

3-Needle Nettie from Simply Stylish

This selection was lesson 3, The Practical and Simple 3-Needle Bind-off. I ran out of maroon yarn just as I finished the second I-cord hat tie. I had to make the boots out of black yarn, just as well.
knitted boot

knitted boot

The maroon yarn was from a batch of acrylic yarn remnants given to me; what a perfect way to use up odds and ends! Knitted doll clothes are cool.

I see other bloggers posting summaries of the things they’ve done all year, but I don’t want to go that route. I already feel keenly that I don’t measure up if I look at it in list form. But I feel pretty secure in the haze of having had a good time. Soon the holiday trappings will be back in their boxes.

I really should get started knitting for Christmas earlier in the year!

how lovely are thy branches

how lovely are thy branches

thank you, Miss Rhetus, for the beautiful flowers on Christmas Day

thank you, Miss Rhetus, for the beautiful flowers on Christmas Day

Time to call it a day, Grayzie

Time to call it a day, Grayzie

colorful and calorific treats

colorful and calorific treats

So what new knitting will I do in 2014? A sweater? Fair Isle? Lace? Socks that actually feel good on my feet? Hmmm.

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Ethel started it off with a giant purple shamrock.

Oxalis regnellii

Oxalis regnellii

The cats were acting up, especially Pauly and Grayzie, who were making such pests of themselves I had to shut them away. Is there strange magic in the air?

Halloween has lasted for weeks, it seems, but I just now found the first magazine of Christmas Knitting projects that looked irresistible to me.

Special Christmas issue of Simply Knit

Special Christmas issue of Simply Knit

This has a separate booklet of awesome little projects that are perfect decorations and stocking-stuffers. The Alan Dart attraction in this is a unicorn with a little gnome at its side. Adorable! And the apparel! How does a girl’s A-line shift dress with an intarsia fox face sound to you? A lacy sweater dress in a vertical leafy chain pattern and the waistline panel in the same pattern, but horizontal. My words aren’t adequate but the photos are fabulous. We sighed at the lovely, warm knitted items that would certainly cause us Floridians to sweat our way through the holidays.

I finished my picot-edge shawl, the one that sort-of matches the purse that was a gift from my son and his fashion-astute wife. I think I might have included some light silver or gray in it, but it is what it is! The outer row turned out to be a worsted-weight 100% merino yarn, while the other stripes are from Berocco Captiva metallic (the gold and lavender), Berocco Fuji (the purple), and Maggi Knits Irish Linen MK (the orange).

Fall colors shawl and purse

Fall colors shawl and purse

Ethel's finished white shawl

Ethel’s finished white shawl

Ethel finished the white shawl, and it is beautiful and soft. Someone is going to love throwing that over her shoulders in a chilly room.

Lois started on her version of the shawl, making the neck a little wider than Ethel’s. You have to realize theirs is a very intuitive take on a pattern; practically improvising in process. They are good at just getting busy and ending up with a beautiful finished article as if by magic!

Lois's version of the shawl

Lois’s version of the shawl

By the way, Lois is back on a hat again. I was tickled, thinking about the old song lyrics “OH, the cat came back, he couldn’t stay away, he was sitting on the porch on the very next day…” but with Lois, it’s “the HAT came back…”

Lois with new hat of sea-foam green yarn

Lois with new hat of sea-foam green yarn

I love the color of that light green yarn!

Trish with afghan

Trish with afghan

Trisha joined us and told some funny stories about her dad and his crocheted hats. He started crocheting when his old hat fell apart and he needed a new one but was too cheap wanted to make one that was more economical than the ones he saw in the store. And once he made the hat for himself, he made hats for EVERYONE else! They are trying to get him to face up to his hat-making addiction and move on to afghans or something, but he seems good with the hat thing right now.

Ethel and alpaca hat for DIL

Ethel and alpaca hat for DIL

Ethel worked on a hat, too, to match a scarf she’d made for her DIL last year. She brought along her entrelac purse for BOB, who was thrilled. He’s recovering from his pancreatitis but having to take lots of medicine, which has resulted in my DH having a number of new fang-holes in his thumbs. Sigh. The cat came back.
wool-worshiping Bob

wool-worshiping Bob

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Wednesday Night Knitting came home to roost with Ethel and Lois on board and Bob back home from All Cats, where he’d been an inpatient for several days last week. Ethel was still suffering a little from jet lag, after her trip to

Cali- For- Nia

Cali-
For-
Nia

But she was very productive: she worked on a grandson vest.

vest

vest

And she’s been working on a crocheted shawl.

Ethel did all this on the shawl at one sitting

Ethel did all this on the shawl at one sitting

I put my picot-edge shawl on hold while Ethel was gone because I knew I had screwed up but I couldn’t figure out how or why. She looked it over and put me back on track.

shawl re-energized

shawl re-energized

Lois perfected the fan and feather stitch, looking forward to perhaps a baby afghan.

Lois' feather and fan

Lois’ feather and fan

Anyway, she wants to get away from hat making for the time being, although her hat making is truly legendary! Or rather, it would be legendary if folks knew the number of hats she’s made that found their way to chemo patients who’ve lost their hair.

I made a poncho for an 18-inch doll, from lesson #2 in the Simply Stylish manual.

Simply Stylish doll poncho from sock yarn

Simply Stylish doll poncho from sock yarn

Next project: pleated skirt and messenger bag.

We looked at some new possibilities.

2 new knitting books

2 new knitting books

I bought another Debbie Stoller Stitch ‘n Bitch book because I really enjoyed her first book, and I could relate to the way she explained things.

Downton Abbey Knits: featuring drool-worthy designs a la 1920's

Downton Abbey Knits: featuring drool-worthy designs a la 1920’s

American Girl catalog for the end of 2013: delectable doll clothes and accessories

American Girl catalog for the end of 2013: delectable doll clothes and accessories

Ethel brought the American Girl catalog for our viewing pleasure. Lots of doll eye candy!

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As the beautiful fall foliage begins to show and the temperatures dip low (in other parts of the country, not Florida) we begin to feel more excitement about knitting woollens.

I just came back from a trip “up north.” My aunt (age 82) has a knitted afghan made by her mom, my grandmother, and she still uses it every day. I do so wish that I had saved some of the things Grandma knitted for me.

Meanwhile, I worked on the shawl.

Still (Picot-Edge) Crazy (Shawl) after all these ...

Still (Picot-Edge) Crazy (Shawl) after all these …

Lois worked on a gorgeous feather-and-fan pattern scarf.
Lois with feather-and-fan

Lois with feather-and-fan


Ethel worked on an elephant hat.
elephant hat

elephant hat

The elephant hat is going to be part of a Halloween costume, but of course it can be worn as a hat when winter comes to Florida. The wool-blend yarn, held double in spots and with ears flap fronts and backs sewn together, this will really be a thick and heavy hat to wear.

Ethel experimented with a swatch of Interlocking Crochet.

a new crochet venture

a new crochet venture

This swatch could be a very nice trivet. Potholder? Maybe, but there’s a lot of open space between the yarn colors, which could be a hand-burning hazard! I love the texture of this interlocking crochet. Those afghans on the front cover of the book look sumptuous!

Ethel brought some patterns for our perusal, for some white shawls we’ve been invited to make.

shawl possibility

shawl possibility

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Shawl anyone?

Shawl anyone?

Bob & Ethel's entrelac purse

Bob & Ethel’s entrelac purse

Bob was so happy to be reunited with Ethel’s yarn purse, he was purring his little heart out. Sigh.

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