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August 28, 2014

From Susan — Not All About Knitting

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 1:54 pm

My knitting peeps are what you could call the good news, better news.  We share, we laugh, we knit.  We also share a love of all things crafty.  Friend Kathy came in wearing a gorgeous peyote bracelet that looked like it was made with liquid silver and cobalt.  S T U N N I N G is the only way to describe it.  The lemmings – er – our knitting group glommed on and insisted that she share the pattern (Split Pea by Fusionbeads), technique, etc., which she and her sister graciously did.

Kim and I worked on little else while at knitting camp this year.  We both finished our silver stunners shortly thereafter and continued with our new obsession:

The picture cannot capture the shimmer of the top bracelet.  The little rosebud cutie helped me learn to read charts.

Kim alerted me to the Julie Ann Smith sock monkey bracelet pattern (which seems disabled at the moment?) and the rest is history.  These bracelets are going through my knitting group like wild fire!

I am done with beading for the time being, though.  It is really hard on my neck – it feels like someone stabbed me with an icepick.

PS1 — thanks, everyone, for your nice comments on my state fair entries!  It means a lot to me.

PS2 – Several people asked me about the beads I used for the silver bracelet. The bracelet pattern is called Sweet Pea and is free from Fusion Beads — I added one extra line of beads so that the blue “dot” would not touch the 2-bead edging. This changed it to odd count peyote. The beads are Myuki Delicas, #11 seed beads. Colors are Trans Silver Lined Crystal (DB0041) and Iris Blue/Dk Blue (0006) from

Nice to hear that others like the bracelet, too!

August 24, 2014

From Susan — A State [Fair] of Shock

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 10:14 am

Knitting peep Kim and I always attend the first day of the Minnesota State Fair (this past Thursday), and this year was no different.  The day started with torrential rain, thunder and lightning (!).  As I prepared to leave the house, I honestly thought we were nuts.  However, by the time we got there, the rain had stopped and the weather was wonderful.

We timed it perfectly to be at the Creative Activities Center right as they opened the doors.  It is always fun to see everyone’s entries.  I must admit that I had the shock of my life.

When we entered the building, there was my Nightingale sweater, front and center wearing a sweepstakes ribbon!  I have not yet posted about this project — keeping it under wraps since last October when I first cast on.  It was a “holy grail” project, years in the planning/months in the knitting, and will get a post of its own when I pick it up from the fair (I forgot to take good pictures before I took it in!).

Next, Kim and I hunted for my Frosted Ferns — and discovered that it too had won the sweepstakes.  Wow.  I was stunned.

Elizabeth of York and my Raspberry Beret also took blue ribbons. I was surprised that my little hat did so well!  And E of Y was so much work that I was really pleased it scored a blue.  I also entered some other items:

Maestro in the upper right corner took 5th place – it looks like someone took it off, wadded it up and threw it onto a pile of other sweaters.  Actually, it looks like my bedroom! Moving clockwise, my Ojo de Dios scarf took 2nd, and last was my Sweet-o-fude with a 3rd. I was very happy that they got ribbons.

It was very exciting to see that both Kim and Jimmy won ribbons for their creations.  Kim made this gorgeous Christmas stocking for her new grandson, so it has very special meaning.  Many of you will recognize Jimmy’s world famous DNA Sweater, which took 2nd place!  Yay, peeps!!

What an amazing year.  It is humbling and gratifying to get recognition for something that you love to do!!

PS – a friend alerted me to the fact that my sweater was shown on the local news in a story about the weirdest* contests at the fair.  I think I should be insulted! ;)   You be the judge! My sweater is on for a mere flash at about the one minute mark.


*They DID say weirdest, but now it says unique.  I think they got grief for it and changed it!

August 20, 2014

From Sally — I’m Back!

Filed under: Updates — surly @ 4:25 pm

I’m back from several weeks in Colorado and I finally have a finished project to share.  This is one of those projects that should be photographed on a person instead of Lucy (shhhh — don’t tell her).  It’s cute and fits me well. But I have no one around who can snap a photo so I apologize in advance for the quality of the pictures.

I showed you the beginning of this project back in June. It is Window to My Soul, designed by Joji Locatelli. If you want to make it, don’t worry. It isn’t that slow a sweater to knit; I’ve been working on other projects (knitting and non-knitting) so it took me longer than it should have. The yarn is Madelinetosh Pashmina in the color Coustea. The color is almost impossible to capture. It’s much more vibrant and striking than it looks in these photos. The buttons are by the Glass Pens company. I bought them a number of years ago at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival and have been waiting for the right project for them.

I made no modifications to this pattern other than deepening the armhole slightly and lengthening the bodice by an inch or two.

August 9, 2014

From Susan — Raspberry Sorbet

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 11:28 am

A palette cleanser, this little project!  I am getting ready to launch my Scatness Tunic which will take forever: tiny yarn, lots of stitches.  So, I knit up this little hat to be able to finish something this century!

It is called Very Pretty Lace Beret by Vera Sanon.  I used some Sun Valley yarn that I had in stash but had already rolled into a ball – no band to be found!!  I don’t know exactly what it is but I bought it last winter.  It is incredibly soft and the color is very pretty.  My daughter said it is one of the fashion colors this year. :)

I changed the ribbing so that it flowed into the patterning.  It really bugs me when the ribbing looks disconnected.  I like the lace — looks like a Japanese stitch pattern.

I did cast on the Scatness while this was drying.  Ho hum.  I am already slightly bored with it.  :(   Not a good sign!!  But I really would like to wear it this fall, so I will plug away on it.  I am also chipping away at Laura’s dark blue Hito.

PS — Stashdragon asked me to include the details about how I changed the ribbing on my Very Pretty Lace Beret Ravelry project page…I had already done so!  ;)

PS2: I finished the corrugated ribbing on Scatness – yay!  For the larger sizes you do additional rows…it looks a little rough because it is really wooly wool!  True shetland.

July 28, 2014

From Susan — Will Knit for Love and Acceptance

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 7:59 am

The food of life!  DD the Eldest asked for another Hitofude!  I made her a red one out of MTL tart that she wears constantly.  She loves the style and wanted another to wear to work.  How could I resist?

The yarn is scrumptious and from my stash: Sweet Fiber Merino Lite in color Sapphire (100% merino, 475 yds to 115 gms), an on-line Ravelry-inspired purchase.  It is very squishy and is a really deep blue with specks of lighter color showing through – like denim jeans.

I am teaching the Hito class at The Yarnery and thought if I made it during the class I could use my own knitting to demonstrate technique, construction, etc.  The problem is I am a bit behind!!  The entire top rectangle needs to be done by Saturday!  Oh well!

Surly is still travelling and I have been super busy lately so our blogging will be a trickle for the time being.  Hope your summer is splendid!

July 18, 2014

From Susan — Letters from Camp

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 1:17 pm

Dear Peeps,

I’m back!  Back into my daily routine.  I thoroughly enjoyed Camp and travelling with my knitting peep Kim.  Surly missed out this year but might go next year!

I spent money like a drunken knitter.  It was crazy!  My knitting funds are now depleted…

I couldn’t help myself.  One of the Campers (Denise of Lost City Knits) was wearing the Scatness Tunic by Kate Davies in Colours of Shetland — so cute!  I could see myself wearing it in so many ways.  I like that it’s not skin tight.  I selected Jamieson Spindrift and had to substitute colors.  As luck would have it, the famous feralknitter is a fellow Camper (Janine) and assisted me greatly!  She is sending me some yarn that was out of stock so I should be able to start this soon.

I have to share another picture.  I went to my knitting group last evening and Jimmy was there with his completed hoodie.  He has been working on it for Y E A R S.  It is not only his own design, but he created the colorway himself by spit splicing colors throughout.  Every few stitches.  All the way along.  We call it his DNA Sweater because the police could surely identify his remains easily with this garment!! ;)

Is he not adorable?

Sincerely yours,

A Happy Camper :)

July 13, 2014

From Sally — Rocky Mountain Hi!

Filed under: Updates — surly @ 7:50 pm

While Susan went to Knitting Camp, my husband and I drove to Boulder, Colorado to spend time with our daughter and her husband.  We’ve rented a house in Nederland, a small town in the mountains above Boulder.   We are just off the Peak to Peak Highway.  (Yes, we are very close to where almost a dozen people have been hit by lightning in the past few days.  Yikes!)

I hope to get a lot of writing and knitting done; I’m close to having at least one F.O. to share in a few days.

In the meantime, I needed to wind a skein of yarn.  I can’t imagine a more picturesque view for ball winding!

July 8, 2014

From Susan — Getting Ready to Get Ready!

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 10:07 pm

I am trying to get organized to leave for Knitting Camp on Thursday morning.  I feel like a lazy slug and just want to lay around.  I am motivated by looming deadlines so tomorrow evening will see me in a more frenetic state!  I am going to Camp with my knitting peep Kim (Sally has other plans this year!).

I may not have much to blog about until I return next week! :)

July 3, 2014

From Susan — Progress!!

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 2:53 pm

I really do love my new sewing machine!  Every time I use the thread cutter, I love it more!  I worked on my dress today and got the binding onto the bodice.  It should be easy sailing from here!

I will have less time to sew and knit for the remainder of the weekend.  Somehow I got talked into TWO holiday dinners for the 4th!  I am not one who thrives on entertaining but I will buck up and do my hosting duties.

Have a great holiday, everyone!

PS – in response to Bekah: the pattern is ancient and very plain.  The tucks in the neckline are not part of the design.  I tried on the bodice and it gapped at the neckline so I added the tucks (and the gathers at the armhole) for a better fit.  I don’t always need to tinker that way but did this go around!  I will add a belt which I usually do as well.

Ebay has it!

PS to Pru: “Never give up.  Never surrender.”
Galaxy Quest

July 1, 2014

From Susan — I’m a Little Biased

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 8:09 am

I finally used my new sewing machine and I love it.  Love, love, love.  It is a dream machine.  Yes, there is some getting used to, but it is set up like my other machine in many ways, so it is not completely foreign.

I bought fabric to make a work dress.  I use the pattern often, so each time I try to change things up a bit so the dresses aren’t identical.  With this new version, I decided to use bias tape to finish the neck and armholes edges.  I needed a bias tape maker of a size I did not own and could not find.

The internet came to the rescue!!  DIY Bias Seam Tape Maker!!  It really works!  I already had a super long needle and cranked out my own little package of perfect seam tape.

I hope to have this bad boy wrapped up to wear next week.  OTOH, my knitting is stalled.  :)   Call it the summer doldrums…

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