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March 29, 2015

From Susan — Yes, We are Here

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 11:34 am

Still alive but not much goin’ on!!  I spent yesterday sewing.  You may experience this — when  I finish a new sweater I realize that I have nothing to wear it with.  This was the case with Window to My Soul.  The bright reddish/orange-ish/pinkish color made it a “unique” addition to my ragged and pathetic wardrobe.

I spent the good part of last weekend shopping for fabric.  The fabric stores in the Twin Cities are sad.  We used to have some wonderful shops, but they have all closed.  You get JoAnn, Hancock and Treadle Yard Goods: boring, boring, and small/nice-but-hit-or-miss.  ** See PS **  So, I ended up at Blue Bamboo Fabrics (NOTE: I had the name wrong when I first posted!!!).

I always seem to end up at Blue Bamboo.  They have expanded and are now huge.  They specialize in quilting fabrics (especially Japanese prints), but quilting fabrics often work for my needs.  They are not a full service sewing store — you still need to shop for notions, lining, etc. elsewhere.

For my bright reddish/orange-ish/pinkish target color, the pickings were slim, however.  I settled on something I wasn’t quite thrilled with, but I figured that something is better than nothing.  It is Chamberry by Adorn It (#s 387, 404).

It has a kind of vintage feel.  I used my binding method again, but with a contrasting fabric.  I tried the dress on with the sweater and the sweater covered up everything cute about the dress.  So, the sweater needs to be worn unbuttoned.  Okay…

I continue to work on my Fading Lines.  I messed up and started the sweater with the wrong skein — it is too whitish and there is a definite line where I started the 2nd skein.  I considered starting over, but finally said, never mind.  I keep second guessing that choice, but too late now!  And, no, I do not alternate skeins!!  Life is too short.  I’d rather stew about it forever instead!! ;)

PS — Jill mentioned SR Harris in her comment (the nice website photos must be from their new location!!).  I live 5 minutes from there but it is a scary warehouse situation that screams “fire trap” to me!! I never think of going there but I know many people swear by it.

March 21, 2015

From Susan — Pop Up

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 2:33 pm

Today I taught a “pop up” class at The Yarnery on how to do a garter tab cast on.  It was really fun — they are so good to me there.  I love teaching for them.

One of the attendees was an out-of-towner named Eileen Mitchard.  She is the force behind Breast in Show, a musical about breast cancer.  She is the one speaking at the beginning of the video.

The Warrior Shawl designed by Tanis Gray is also associated with this project, donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the pattern to the funding of the show.  Dragonfly Fibers Traveller “Save the Ta Tas”  colorway was dyed especially for this shawl.

Eileen also knew of Sally, having knit her Sleeping Baby’s Castle Blanket!!  Small world!!

So, I just wanted to give Eileen a shout out for her great work promoting breast cancer awareness, and helping find a cure in our lifetime!

March 16, 2015

From Susan — Never Ending Story

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 9:48 am

The endless tale is stockinette…again!  I am making yet another Joji design: Fading Lines.  I fell in love with the colors she used, so I bought the identical kit from Pigeonroof Studios.  I am a sucker for the colors!!

I must say, I am IN LOVE with this yarn as well!  Even though it is plain stockinette (acres and acres of it), I am enjoying this yarn immensely.  It is a joy to knit.

This one will take weeks and weeks.  I am probably going to have to break it up with other projects.  But it is great TV knitting!!

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.

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