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June 27, 2008

From Sally — My Little Bolero

Filed under: Uncategorized — surly @ 5:03 pm

Well, actually, it’s my Ode to Joy cardigan. The sides are together and I’ve started one sleeve. For me, with the amount of knitting I can do, that’s progress.

Speaking of progress, my left hand almost feels normal; my right hand not so much. My knitting, therefore, is a bit sporadic. I don’t want to push it and risk prolonging this slow slow recovery. It’s been long enough as it is! That leads me to an important Rainey Sister announcement. *Clears throat and taps side of glass with spoon*

Important Rainey Sister Announcement

It’s the summer doldrums. It’s also a time of vacations and increased family responsibilities. Therefore, Susan and I are committing to blogging at least once a week, most likely on Thursdays or Fridays, through the end of the summer. We just can’t promise to blog more frequently than that, although we won’t hold back. If we have something to post, we will do so. We just need to feel as if we can kick back and relax a little bit so we are refreshed with lots of enthusiasm and projects in the fall.

We hope all of our readers will understand and we hope each of you has a happy and productive summer.

PS from Susan — I echo Sally’s sentiments.  It’s not that we want to disappoint our loyal readers.  It’s just very hard with work and soccer and summer activities to get enough knitting in to post about.  Aaaaghh!  The pressure of it all!

PS2: About the pants:

First, I did have my doubts about the pants.  When I got ready to leave for work yesterday DH says, “What’s the deal with those pants?”  Hmmm, thinks moi.  I shrugged it off because DH has no fashion sense.  Whatsoever.  None.  But, it gave me pause.  So, when I was in line at the cafeteria, I deliberately mentioned the pants to the cashier to gauge her reaction — thinking her reaction might be “polite” and neutral, but less than enthusiastic if she did not like them.  BUT to hear such a clear negative response from both her and the woman in line, it confirmed my worst fears.  The pants looked ridiculous.  It’s one thing to dance to your own drummer with confidence and flair — but quite another to look ridiculous.  At work.  In an important meeting.  So, once my fears were confirmed I could not continue the charade.  So, I lost the pants.

May 2, 2008

From Susan and Sally — DC to Md to NYC

Filed under: Uncategorized — Both Sisters @ 5:19 pm

Susan arrived in DC today for a 5-day multi-faceted extravaganza.  Actually, it may be more like deja vu all over again!  Susan was thrilled to see flowers in bloom since spring in Minnesota has been non-existent slow in coming.  It is in the high 70’s here and absolutely gorgeous.

Tomorrow is the start of the world famous Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  Susan has been meaning to come out for this particular weekend for several years.  It happened to hit right after Sally’s recent visit to the Twin Cities — which seems like only yesterday!  Obviously, the focus of the event is sheep and wool and everything knitting/spinning.  We will report back after the big day.  If you see us wandering around, please be sure to say “hi.”  We will be carrying our Rainey Sisters totes for identification.

Sunday, it is off to New York to see a Broadway play and visit yarn shops — something wild and crazy and out of character completely ;)!

Sally has brought out her knitting bag so let’s hope for the best.  TTFN

April 25, 2008

From Susan — Some Friday Fun

Filed under: Uncategorized — lv2knit @ 12:58 pm

Here’s a little diversion that is both knitting and movie related!

Want the answers?  Click here!

April 24, 2008

From Susan — Technical Difficulties

Filed under: Back Story,Uncategorized — lv2knit @ 1:48 pm

Sorry about yesterday — our site was playing ‘pouty teenager’ and refused to do its chores!  Today it’s up and we have nothing exciting to talk about!

My knitting is in the doldrums.  I have been working on the Mitered Cardigan and the enjoyment factor has slipped dangerously low.  On a scale from 1 to 10, if a project slips below a 4, it is in danger of being replaced :).  It is teetering very near (below?) the danger zone.  My eye is wandering, my knitting fingers are getting twitchy, and I am close to pulling the trigger on something new.  Yarn Harlot talks about this in such a positive way in her new book, Things I Learned from Knitting, that you almost feel like a knitting nerd if you are monogomous!

Actually, I would start a new project if something would just bite me. 

April 16, 2008

From Sally — Oooh, that was scary

Filed under: Uncategorized — surly @ 10:46 pm

I tried to read the blog and it had misappeared — I got a dreaded error message. I was unable to get in for at least fifteen minutes. Of course, the moment I sent a trouble ticket to our hosting service, we were fixed (and they certainly hadn’t had a chance to respond yet).

I hope it was a temporary glitch. I plan to be back with a knitting-related post tomorrow.

March 27, 2008

From Susan — Sewing is the New Knitting?

Filed under: Susan's Mitered Cardigan,Uncategorized — lv2knit @ 10:29 pm

That is a quote from the paper today (Startribune, March 27, 2008). 

Knitting was the new-again craze five years ago. Everyone was clicking needles, from young professionals in bars and cafes to superstars such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts.  Now sewing is back in vogue.

“Sewing is the new knitting,” said Amber Eden, editor of Threads, a magazine for sewing enthusiasts.

Hmmmph.  I think it is great that young people are rediscovering how fun it is to get creative and customize your clothing and your look.  A return to our roots.  But the “new knitting?”  Au contraire, mes amies!!

Sewing is not and never can be the new knitting — because of one very important difference: knitting is portable.  Because it is portable, it can easily be shared as a social activity. 

The news article describes “sewing retreats” at hotels or on cruises, craft expos that attract thousands, etc.  But sewing enthusiasts cannot do what I did this evening: grab my knitting bag and hang out at Panera’s with my knitting peeps.  I didn’t have to drag a sewing machine, cutting table and iron with me to share my craft with others.  Sewers can host expos, have shop hops, blog about their projects — but the activity itself is either very solitary, or takes a lot of effort/resources/space to be a group activity. 

For many years, sewing was my hobby of choice — but I was hidden away in my basement sewing room, away from the family (not always a bad thing ;)), and isolated.  With small children, it just did not work.  So, I started knitting more and have never looked back.  It brought me out of the basement, into the light!!

Susan steps off soapbax…..Okay, let’s talk about knitting! 

Modified Mitered Cardigan
Mindless miters are mighty fun to knit!  I am liking this project.  You can really see the construction here.  The three sides of the 4th back section are on the needles.  The left and bottom edges are picked up along the adjacent sides of the previously knit sections and then the 3rd leg is cast on.  You can also see how I carved out the armhole shaping on the left side.

Mitered Cardigan by Norah Gaughan, Vogue Knitting (Holiday Issue, 2003)
Rowan Tapestry, US 6 needle

I am almost done with the back, so the project is motoring along nicely.  AND, it is very portable.

March 7, 2008

From Susan and Sally — Watch This Space

Filed under: Uncategorized — Both Sisters @ 9:50 pm

We are very excited to announce that two weeks from today is our second bloggiversary!  Woo Hoo!! 

7b7466a7.gif glitter horse image by deere3594

Stay tuned for more details about how to win “fabulous prizes” as we gallop into another wonderful year.

February 25, 2008

From Susan — I Want to Thank the Academy

Filed under: Uncategorized — lv2knit @ 1:19 am

For what?  You didn’t win anything!!  Well, that’s true, but I want to thank them for hosting the awards this evening — an annual event I enjoy every year :).  Unfortunately, I saw very few of the movies because they were so grisly.  I did see Juno and was pleased Diablo Cody won the writing award.  A couple of other Twin Citians did well, too (the Coens).

This afternoon I went to the MKG Tea and had a wonderful time.  Met some new peeps and ran into some people I have not seen in AGES (15-25 years to be exact).  Wow — flashback time.  It goes to prove that knitting is a way to bring people together.  We had a 7-year old there (Anna) who has been knitting since last October — taught by her grandmother and attending her first Guild meeting.  How cool is that?

February 22, 2008

From Susan — Back to the Basics

Filed under: Uncategorized — lv2knit @ 12:57 am

I am still working on that $%^^$## scarf!  As my peeps pointed out this evening, I could have finished a sweater by now!  I am down to the last skein  — BUT, I digress!

At knitting tonight, Emily was wearing a recent FO — an oldie but a goodie.  It is the Roseleaves Tunic from A Gathering of Lace. 

I had a brainstorm: could I use the laceweight silk and wool that Sally and I bought in NYC?  It is crazy with color — lots and lots of gorgeous color:

Sirino 50% silk/50% wool from The Great Adirondack Yarn Company, color Serengeti II (675 yds, 150 gms)

Purple, gold, tan, turquoise, etc.  I swatched and I am starting it.  I’m not sure if it will work, but so far I am pleased.  I am excited to be excited about some knittin!  The yarn is lustrous because of the silk.

I hope to be able to blog again this week.  My computer is acting very strange — the desktop icons keep disappearing.  It is tres annoying.  I am not a computer person, so we may need to seek HHHHHHHHEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!! 

February 17, 2008

From Sally — Sometimes I Think I Have No Imagination

Filed under: Uncategorized — surly @ 9:56 am

No, I don’t live over at youtube. I really don’t. I have friends who send me links that they think I’ll find of interest. This one involving “animated” pieces of knitting is simply amazing.

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