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March 12, 2015

From Sally — Piano Lessons

Filed under: Updates — surly @ 2:23 pm

I finished a new sweater a couple of weeks ago.  One reason I haven’t posted about it before is that I kept hoping for better photos.  Hopes dashed, I’m posting anyway.   Squint and pretend it looks better than it does here (because it does).

The pattern is Piano Lessons designed by Carol Sunday. (Please look at her photos; they’re wonderful. I think it helps to have a young, pretty model!) This sweater uses an interesting construction — mitered corners, short rows, raglan sleeves. It was a fun sweater to knit.

For yarn, I used FÅR by Woolfolk. In some ways, I wished I’d used one of Carol’s yarns, which are all lovely. FÅR is wonderfully soft and beautiful, but the sweater I made earlier in the year with it has started to pill more than I’d like. I’ll need to be careful with this one and keep a shaver handy.

March 4, 2015

From Susan — Monogamy

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 1:19 am

Yep, monogamy works.  But monogamy = monotony…in knitting, that is!!  I forced myself to keep knitting on my ‘Window to My Soul‘ and it actually paid off.  That lil sucker is finito!!  Yay!!

It fits and I like it quite a bit.  It is not very flattering but that can’t be helped.  Blocking made this thing.  It looked terrible before and blocking opened up the lace pattern.  I chose buttons that are a little “out there” for my usual taste, but I decided early on that this sweater was just for fun.

The yarn is Neighborhood Fiber Co. Rustic Fingering, color Gwynn Oak.  It doesn’t know if it is red, pink, or orange, but the overall look is W-O-W!

Sally has a couple of FOs coming up.  She has made two really beautiful things.  I have not yet seen pictures of the finished product, so I look forward to seeing them here!!

February 22, 2015

From Susan — Happy B-Day, DH

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 11:27 am

My Birkie Boy has a birthday today…Happy Birthday!!  He is at Birkie Weekend but I am not.  I stayed home with our nearly 15 year old lab, Molly.  She just couldn’t make it this year so neither could I.  But the good news is that I did not miss John crossing the finish line (for the first time in three years)!  They had a live feed of the finish and you could also track your skier, so I knew exactly when he was heading down main street — he can be seen at 3:59, as shown in this picture. Yay!!  It is nice that you can replay!!

My knitting is still in a slump.  The Dale is on a time out and the Window to my Soul is deadly boring.  B   O   R   I   N   G … cannot knit a single row without going into comatose state…

I will be able to stop by the Minnesota Knitters’ Guild Tea today for the first time in years — it is always on the Sunday of Birkie weekend so I don’t get to attend very often.

February 15, 2015

From Susan — Happy Birthday!!

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 2:38 am


I hate to step on our post from yesterday ;) but it must be done!  I would never want the day to pass without letting people know what a great sister I have.

She always has my back, and supports me through thick and thin.  She is my rock and it doesn’t hurt that we share (among other things) our love of knitting.  That may sound nerdy, but it’s true!!

So, enjoy your day and many, many more!!

February 14, 2015

From the Both of Us — Seeing Red

Filed under: Updates — Both Sisters @ 1:24 am

We love red.  It cannot be denied.  So in honor of Valentine’s Day, we thought we would celebrate the color red.

Both of us love red, but Sally really loves red.  Almost every phone call about buying yarn includes the statement, “I love the red, but I have so much of it already.”  Yep.  You do.  But that’s okay.  Red is gorgeous.  Here is a very small sampling from Surly’s stash of red yarns:

And our walk down memory lane…

Wraps, Cowls and Shawls

Sally’s Sweaters

Susan’s Sweaters

Gloves and Mitts


Fun Little Things

Because it is Surly’s birthday tomorrow, we will also share a picture of Susan’s gift to her — very keeping with our theme!!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone!!

February 7, 2015

From Susan — My Heart Pops

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 10:36 am

Did anyone get an email from Webs yesterday?  It had a free pattern in it called Heart Pops — super cute hat for Valentine’s Day.  Well, I checked my stash lickety-split and made this hat:

It had a pom pom — how could I resist??? ;)

And if you are in a Valentine knitting mood, don’t forget The Rainey Sisters’ Sweetheart Glovelets (a free pattern!!):


February 4, 2015

From Susan — Diamonds Aren’t Forever

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 12:49 am

We had an annoying little snow today, causing me a 2 hour plus drive home.  Comes with the territory.  Did not enjoy it.

And then I took the dog out last night one more time before going to bed.  Billions of diamonds had been tossed across the snow.  That sparkling snow you only see in movies or on Christmas cards.  It was breathtaking.  I tried to capture the firefly in a bottle, but this very short-lived miracle of nature will be gone quickly.

February 2, 2015

From Susan — Looking Back to Move Forward

Filed under: Updates — surly @ 9:44 pm

I am in the knitting doldrums and patiently ::yeah, sure:: waiting for some yarn deliveries (“Um, John, you may notice a few packages arriving in the next few days…” :) ).  So, when I am impatiently waiting for the next project, I usually drag out some musty old thing that I stopped working on because it was boring or problematic.

Or two musty old things.  One is my Window to My Soul (I admit that I do not understand the name of this one).   It is cute and should be fun to wear next spring and summer, but I am at the point where I am knitting acres of stockinette and getting nowhere.  Plus, there are the sleeves to do as well.

Sally finished hers and it turned out so great, that I am inspired to keep going.  It is mindless, so I drag it around with me.

The other musty, old thing is really old.   A really old thing.  I first mentioned this in September 2009.  It is Dale of Norway 10903.  I have started this multiple times for multiple reasons, but I must really want the darned thing because I keep coming back and giving it another go.  Maybe this is the year to be done with it!!  Yay!!

The problem with working on these two projects is that when my new yarn arrives, I will want to drop them like hot potatoes.  But I kind of hate doing that, especially when 10903 has been waiting for 6 years.

So maybe my new yarn purchases will have to sit in wait until they become old and musty to get any attention! ;)

January 24, 2015

From Susan — Good Grades

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 9:40 am

Grades as in “gradient.”  Grades as in school.  Add the two together and you get my latest FO: Song of the Sea!!  My youngest daughter just started back to school (YAY!) and I wanted to reward her good efforts.  She loves cowls, which she calls infinity scarves, so she and I rummaged through my stash for yarn.  Well darn it if the lil dickens doesn’t have fabulous taste…talk about the good news, bad news!  She selected my Miss Babs Yummy Two Toes Gradient Set in color Orion.  Uh, I wanted that!!  Oh, well.

Sally had made Song of the Sea in another Miss Babs yarn we purchased together last fall.  I loved how hers turned out.  I knit the thing rather quickly and before blocking asked Jena to show me one of her infinity scarves so I could compare length.  The one I had knit was 20 inches too short!!!  TWENTY INCHES.  It was 40-something instead of 60!!!!!

I blocked that thing to within an inch of its life with chains and pulleys, and got it to 62 inches.  It did snap back about 6 inches, so now it is 56 inches.  The colors are stunning and I think it turned out:

Song of the Sea, The Long and Short of It

Jena loved it.  Loved.  It.  That’s the good news! ;)

PS – the designer of this cowl just released a pattern for a shawl version and actually mentions the identical yarn that I used — it is called Siren Song and has the same stitch patterns.

January 16, 2015

From Sally — Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Filed under: Updates — surly @ 2:28 pm

Winter’s here and I needed a new hat. Luckily for me, I apparently had planned ahead (ooh, that’s a potentially very bad pun that I hadn’t even intended). When Susan and I were at Rhinebeck, I purchased yarn, pattern, and buttons for Scotty designed by Anne Hanson.

The yarn is Anne’s Better Breakfast Fingering in the Muesli colorway, which is a brownish gray or a grayish brown depending upon the light. What’s wonderful about this yarn, a blend of merino and alpaca, is that the alpaca has been “dehaired.” The result is extreme softness. It feels wonderful.

The only modification I made in knitting was to add an i-cord knot on the top as a finishing touch.

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