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July is  busy month! But we took some time out Wednesday Night to do some knitting!

Ethel was busy making right-angle weave beaded bracelets.

Ethel's beaded bracelets

Ethel’s beaded bracelets

Meanwhile, she went to work on a hat that she’s had on her agenda for a while.

Ethel & hat

Ethel & hat

It’s a bit difficult to be thinking of fall and winter accessories for the relatives “up Nawth” when it’s been at least 90 degrees here in the swamp day after day.  But that’s our lifestyle! Now I am almost finished with the Silk Garden socks  (the alternate project for March, on ravelry‘s Sock It To Me 2013 forum). What a slacker I am! There must be an entry in the DSM 5 describing my personality as it pertains to knitting…

Noro Silk Garden socks

Noro Silk Garden socks

However, I guess I’m not the only one who is a bit behind on the sock-making arena: here it is already July 10th and no one on Sock-It-To-Me has put up a sock pattern for July yet. In fact, no one has heard from the forum moderators for a month, one post says.

Some of the forum posts indicate that the knitters, left to their own devices, it seems, are planning to use the time to catch up. I believe I’ll need more than a month to catch up. Plus, I got stung on the right elbow by a wasp night before last. It doesn’t stop me from knitting, but it’s another excuse that looks serious.

DH did not use my Knitting Time as an excuse to slack off, he was out in the shop with a bud, doing some woodturning and pondering work on a new Craftsman-style dining room trestle table. Here is buddy Adam with his turned project–pretty good for a beginner! After DH attended the AAW Symposium and saw the convention center dominated by gray- and bald-heads, and watched the youth participants take to the lathes like ducks to water, he is committed to sharing this craft with younger generations.

another friendly neighborhood woodturner

another friendly neighborhood woodturner

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Wednesday Night Knitting met for the last May meeting of the year. I can barely believe summer is almost here!

Ethel with her Navajo woven rug

Ethel with her Navajo woven rug

Ethel brought her Navajo woven rug to show us. She took a class once upon a time and learned this art, and she even made the wooden loom that she used for weaving.

Her next project is going to be this hat.

cable hat pattern

cable hat pattern

This is a project to match a scarf she made a long time back, and our LYS, Yarnworks, was miraculously stocked with more of that same yarn.
winding the yarn with her nostepinde

winding the yarn with her nostepinde

She loves the orange stripey yarn, and if it hadn’t already been earmarked for a matching hat/scarf set, she considered it for a new Alan Dart project, the kitties in the May issue of Simply Knitting.
May Simply Knitting

May Simply Knitting

We compared the May and April issues of this magazine, mainly to see the eyebrows of the cover model, whether they were as black and pointy in both cover photos.
April issue

April issue

Here is the same cover model, in an April pattern called Park Life

Here is the same cover model, in an April pattern called Park Life

another jumper pattern, same model

another jumper pattern, same model

The eyebrows don’t look as dark and straight in the two inner photos. Maybe they were enhanced for the cover photos, what do you think? I always had very black eyebrows and as a child, wanted to crawl under the table when people (especially boys) asked if I was wearing “eye makeup.”

Silk Garden sock

Silk Garden sock

Here’s a pic of what I’ve been up to, one half of the pair of April alternative socks on ravelry’s Sock-it-to-me 2013 club.
another view of the sock

another view of the sock

I was going to go ahead and start of the May sock, since there’s only 2 days left in May, but I know if I don’t make the mate for this one, will I ever?

Lois and Ethel hatching a feather-and-fan plot

Lois and Ethel hatching a feather-and-fan plot

Lois has a feather-and-fan project in mind, and is trying to get the math straight for it. You know how a stitch pattern will say something like “12 stitches, plus…” or “a multiple of…”

What’s your next project?

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At Wednesday Night Knitting we had a couple of different projects going on. I worked on the So Simple Silk Garden Sock of the Month (the Month of March, that is; I’m a wee bit behind schedule…), free ravelry pattern in the Sock it to Me 2013 forum. It’s in a green Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn, which seems like a good idea, but are my feet going to like tramping around wearing expensive, scratchy wool? We’ll see. Ethel showed us the shrug she finished from Debbie Stoller’s Stitch N Bitch Crochet

Knot Ugly Shrug

Shrug

here's where she added a gusset

here’s where she added a gusset

Although she altered it to get better fit, she still wasn’t completely happy with it, but Lois and I thought it looks marvelous!

Lois worked on a new hat with a blue and white pattern.

Lois with blue and white hat

Lois with blue and white hat

Ethel, meanwhile, had done more work on the Van Dyke stitch sweater.
Van Dyke Stitch sweater

Van Dyke Stitch sweater

Ahh, that beautiful Shine from Knit Picks!

Meanwhile, we talked about the side effects of our recently-prescribed meds

meds

us and our meds

and hotels in general, how some can be downright hard on one’s delicate constitution! DH and I stayed at a nice one in Orlando last week where he had to give a presentation. I took pics of some of the beautiful carpets I saw!

The ordinary person can buy a beautiful wool rug with a Jacobean floral pattern at Target, of all places. What are the advantages of buying a wool carpet rather than synthetic or cotton? I looked into this at Campaign For Wool and I like the advertising claims!

I’m looking forward to a Fiber Blending Class to be held at our LYS Yarnworks June 1. If you’d like to attend, you must register by phone or at the store and pay in advance, but refunds are available under certain conditions!

carpet at Orlando Hilton Embassy

carpet at Orlando Hilton Embassy Hotel

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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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At Wednesday Night Knitting, we continued where we’d left off last week, except for — I got a spinning wheel in the meantime!

Lois worked on her ruffle scarf

Lois worked on her ruffle scarf

Ethel would the grape malabrigo sock yarn on the nostepinde

Ethel wound the grape malabrigo sock yarn on the nostepinde

She did bring a brand new crochet magazine to show.
I did a little spinning

I did a little spinning

As you may imagine, spinning has opened up a new world of fiber management for me! New reading, new You-Tube video watching, practicing. I stocked up on some woolly stuff from ebay and from my stash (mostly small bits I’d bought for drop-spindling).

fiber management


fiber management

Practiced a bit with this bag of unknown fiber I bought 2 years ago at the Florida Fiber In.

Ewephoric Fibers roving

Ewephoric Fibers roving

I met some folks from Ewephoric Fibers at that fiber convention, and hope to meet up with them again at a local guild meeting.

How in the world does one decide which wheel? There are so many. I did some research. I wanted lots of options, so I chose one that came with a regular-size, a jumbo-size, and a fast flyer. I wanted one that was somewhat portable. I wanted one that was made in America (I compromised on that, the Lendrum is made in Canada.) I would have been happy to get a Babe, but my DH, the woodworker, favored wood construction over PVC pipe construction, so let’s just say his opinion greatly influenced my ultimate choice. I joined some new groups on Ravelry, including Lendrum Love. I learned more about sheep, goats, rabbits, and other wool/fur-bearing varmints, and discovered that the Patron of the Campaign for Wool is none other than HRH The Prince of Wales. Wow!

Hey Grayzie, have you ever been carded?

Hey Grayzie, have you ever been carded?

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Looks wintry around here, but actually it's 77 degrees F

Looks wintry around here, but actually it’s 77 degrees F

January dawns so full of hope. For WNK knitting group, we are looking at a new year of potential, lots of fun projects and happy times ahead. We missed out on Distaff Day, a traditional “back-to-work” day for practitioners of the needle arts, following the Twelfth Night of Christmas. Maybe next year!

Tricia wrapped yarn using her nostepinde.

 

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Trish worked on the beautiful white and multicolored afghan, and says she’s bound to finish it no matter what! She’s not going to let another year go by! Meanwhile, DH was out in the shop making more nostepinder for other knitters in our group.

That Li'l Ol' Nostepinde maker

That Li’l Ol’ Nostepinde maker

Ethel's doll and ball gown

Ethel’s doll and ball gown

Ethel brought her recent labor of love, a ball gown for an 18-inch doll. She also hand-beaded the gown’s jeweled bodice, and plans to bejewel a matching pair of shoes. In the meantime, she kept working on the beautiful Boutique Magical cowl, the subject of Love of Knitting’s Winter Knit-Along.
Ethel's Magical Cowl, in progress

Ethel’s Magical Cowl, in progress


Lois and new hat

Lois and new hat

Lois came wearing a new hat she’d made. She liked it so much she decided to keep it for herself. The crown was done in seed stitch. She worked on a ruffle-knit scarf on dpns in a beautiful multicolor yarn.
Lois and ruffle scarf

Lois and ruffle scarf


Ethel showing 2 balls wound on the nostepinde

Ethel showing 2 balls wound on the nostepinde, or rather, a ball and a cake

Bob was thrilled to snog Ethel's purse once again

Bob was thrilled to snog Ethel’s purse once again


Deb working on a baby hat in "Crimson Tide" colors

Deb working on a baby hat in “Crimson Tide” colors

Even though she resides deep in Gator country, Deb doesn’t want the new grandbaby to grow up without having a proper Alabama connection. We love the gators, but they sucked in the Sugar Bowl. Sucked. Alabama is just the most-nearly-perfect football machine we’ve got here in SEC territory, so I won’t really begrudge Debbie that little unspoken hint of “nyah-nyah”-ing at the close of a rocking college football season.
my Poppy beret

my Poppy beret

Finally, here is my WIP, the Poppy Beret from Sock Yarn Studio. You cannot see the pattern very well because I used a variegated yarn, Red Rocks by Universal, rather than a single color like the one in the book. I seem to be getting nowhere fast and I long for a big bulky yarn and a simple pattern. Ethel, too, lamented the extra time and energy needed to work with sock yarn and lace-weights.
Ethel winding malabrigo grape sock yarn on the nostepinde with Evil Pauly

Ethel winding malabrigo grape sock yarn on the nostepinde with Evil Pauly

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sigh, another week gone by without Knitting Group. Only because I was traveling and enjoying the holidays, and when I got back I was toast.

But I haven’t been completely un-knit. No sir, I’ve been a little busy at fiber-analyzing.

Playing with my new nostepinde

Playing with my new nostepinde

DH made me a couple of nostepinder for a fun gift. Thank you, Knitting Daily Blog, for the heads up on this nifty tool that a woodworker can turn on a lathe. With this ornate little pin, you can wind unruly yarn into a neat, tidy ball that pulls out from the middle, like the skeins you buy at Joann’s and Michael’s are supposed to do.

Winding, winding--there's an art to it!

Winding, winding–there’s an art to it!

Dh's 2nd try

Dh’s 2nd try

These two are made out of cherry wood, sanded with 600 grit paper, and finished with tung oil; very silky and smooth.

I also wandered around Four Purls in Winter Haven the day after Christmas, right when a bad storm was blowing over. It’s a wonderful shop. Friendly knitters, hanging around knitting, engaging you in conversation, complimenting you on your choices. some of the art yarns in there were just unspeakably gorgeous. Shuddering, recalling their shiny, glow-y strands! I got some great advice about spinning wheels: quite a few spinners love the Schacht Ladybug. I will keep watching You Tube to see what EVERYONE in the whole world of spinning thinks about this that and th’other wheels. Please feel free to give a comment about your wheel or your hope-to-be wheel.

Purls' Plunder

Purls’ Plunder

I tried to work on some mosaic knitting from Love of Knitting.

mosaic swatch in brown, gold and cream

mosaic swatch in brown, gold and cream

Finally settled down to work on a hat from Sock Yarn Studio, an October giveaway from Peacefully Knitting. I thought at first all the lovely projects were a bit beyond my capabilities, but here I go!

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