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December 3, 2016

From Susan — Oh My

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 6:39 pm

Just when you think you have seen everything!  Nadine, an almost brand new member of our knitting group, shared this picture of her cat, Molly.  Wearing a pom pom hat from the book Cats in Hats.

Really.  I have no words.  Molly looks absolutely thrilled.

Yesterday I was running errands and a very nice woman came up to me and said, “You don’t know me, but I know you.  I read your blog all the time!”  Her name is Kari and we had a wonderful visit!  This happens to me from time to time and reminds me that there really are people out there reading this drivel riveting content!! 😉  Thank you all, friendly readers!!

This is my first post using our brand new computer.  It worked!!

November 19, 2016

From Susan — Say Hello to My Little Friend

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 12:47 pm

Couldn’t resist the cheesy title!!

I made another Bluebird and stuffed it less:

And then comparing the two:

So, there you go!!

PS to Nancy: I did see that the above photo (with Bird Number Two in a Tree) is now on the Ravelry Pattern Page.  When a designer likes your picture, they can easily ask to use it on their page.  :)

November 18, 2016

From Susan — Birds of a Feather

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 8:24 pm

Feeling gloomy?  The Yarnery in St. Paul is having a mini-knitalong this Sunday.  They are knitting a free pattern, Bluebird of Happiness.  It takes very little yarn, very little time, and a little bit of stuffing.  I can’t be there Sunday, so I made mine today:

Really clever little pattern.  I did not read the part about not stuffing the tail so mine isn’t quite like the original.  I may have to knit another!!  Birds have to have a flock, right??

November 11, 2016

From Susan — Apple of My Eye

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 1:42 pm

Feeling down?  Feel like nothing seems to be going your way?  Me, too.  But I did have a brief respite from my staggering sense of doom this morning.  I made these:

Aren’t they amazing?  And they are super easy.  Baked Apple Roses.

Enjoy!!  I haven’t tried one yet and may buy some cinnamon ice cream to go with. :)


November 6, 2016

From Susan — Goin’ Vogue

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 11:01 am

For Twin Cities knitters, this is an exciting (and I am almost certain), a once in a lifetime experience.  Vogue Knitting LIVE! brought their road show to Minneapolis this weekend.  My knitting peeps and I stormed the gates right at starting time on Friday at noon.  None of us registered for classes, but we did not want to miss the market.

The registration area: YARN BOMBED!!

Knitters can wait anywhere because we can knit anywhere!

The excitement was palpable as we awaited the opening of the market doors:

The people way up top (on the upper level) were Vogue staffers.  They started a yarn drop – tossing yarn to the crowd below!  I was pelted in the face by a cute skein of Kenzie in color Kiwi.  More on that later.

Finally the doors opened:

There were many vendors and so much to see – it was overwhelming.  Look at this cute display of all the presidents expressed in knitting:

Why does Hillary have Trump’s hair?!?!

Look how cute things were displayed:

I saw the ORIGINAL Lehigh Wrap:

The Plomo was much lighter and the Arco Iris had more green and yellow than mine.  Now I think I like mine better!!  :)

There was a lot more to see and a lot of inspiration.  We saw Meg and Cully Swansen, and Mags Kandis doing live presentations.  Just something going on around every corner.

I immediately used my free ‘yarn-drop yarn’ to make a pair of my favorite fingerless gloves – Baby Fan Mitts (free pattern!):

I may swing over there again today since I have a 3-day pass (unless I get too lazy).  I realized I won something at the Skacel booth (found the “golden ticket” in my Kenzie ball band) and maybe it is FABULOUS!!  😉 One can hope!!

PS – I did end up going back.  I ran into several knitting peeps.  Here, Linda and I take a quick knitting break:

I also met June Hemmons Hiatt, renowned author of Principles of Knitting.  She was so nice and signed a book plate for me to put in my book.

The prize I won was a copy of the book, Hikoo Sock Puppets.  Okay.  Maybe not worth a trip back, but it was worth it to see so many great people and be re-inspired with some of the stuff I missed!!


PS2: Katy Carroll said one of her designs, Snake River Poncho, was there so she was there in spirit.  I missed it but here it is to enjoy!

October 30, 2016

From Susan — Mes Amis

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 12:19 pm

I am sitting here freezing.  The cold part of fall has crept in!

Ahhhhhhhhhhh.  Mes Amis.  My Amigurumis!!  I decided to embark on crocheting some small little friends for my knit- and crochet-worthy daughter.  Let’s be frank here.  I do not consider myself a crocheter!!  But I soldiered on.

For my first attempt, I chose Molang, the Fat Rabbit, because Laura has a picture of Molang on her phone:

It turned out pretty cute!

She loved it!  So much so that she decided that she wanted to learn how to crochet :) to make her own amigurumi :) .  Okay, let’s give it a go!

We went to a crochet class and brought little Molang with us.  My first red flag was when the teacher said, “Gee, I wish I could make those!”  Huh??  It was still a fun class, but I must say that it is a long journey from bulky crocheted blob to making tiny little toys. :(

My next foray was a much bigger challenge and maybe a bit over my head: The Chinese New Year Monkey.  These can turn out quite large so I opted for fingering weight yarn.

A lot of weird finishing and putsing but I think he turned out pretty cute, too.  Laura will see him tonight for the first time.

I learned a lot making these, but I’m not sure I want to part with Mes Amis!!  You know I love my toys!!

Even Little Darcy hates to say goodbye!

Weird image…very weird!

Sally actually revisited The SHIRT this weekend while attending Sense and Sensibility at the Folger.  The SHIRT still looked great and was attracting an enthusiastic crowd!

PS: Baby Monkey needed a pacifier!

October 17, 2016

From Sally — Loft-y Ambitions

Filed under: Updates — surly @ 12:41 pm

I have a love/dislike relationship with Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft yarn.  I love the colors and many of the patterns designed for it.  But the yarn itself is very fragile — it must be hand wound and even then it can break if given a sharp tug.  Sometimes, it can feel as if you’re knitting with dryer lint.  (Sorry, Jared!)  Over the years, I’ve bought numerous skeins of Loft and started many projects.  But I’ve rarely finished them.  One exception:  my Foxhall Gloves, which looked great but did not wear well.

However, I’ve just finished knitting Boardwalk, designed by Heidi Kirrmaier, and I’m quite pleased with it.  The color I chose is Nest.  I started this sweater ages ago.  I knit it almost to the armhole and set it aside.  When I came back to it, I decided I had knit it too tightly.  The fabric was too dense and I was worried the finished vest would be too small.  I ripped it back to the welted hems and then went up a needle size (from a 2.75 mm to a 3.25).  This time, I kept going until it was finished.  Yay!

This felt like a slow project (possibly because I knit much of it twice), but once you get past the armhole it’s fun.  The mitered front is very clever and the directions are well written.  The yarn itself blocked out beautifully and has a nice drape.  I am inspired to go back to some of my earlier Loft projects now that I’ve finished this one.

October 12, 2016

From Susan – Now That’s Big!

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 8:03 am

I saw a shawl pattern recently and just loved it: Lehigh by Melanie Berg.  Bought the yarn and the book, Malabrigo Book 10 (Rios)…waited two weeks for the yarn.  :(  Started the shawl straight away before I headed to DC to visit Surly.

It takes 4 skeins of Rios Plomo and two of Arco Iris (I got the Plomo at The Yarnery and the other from Love Knitting).  I ran out of the Plomo and just kind of finished it up at that point.  Thank goodness.  The finished size is 120 inches across.  I said that to Sally and she goes, “That’s TEN FEET!”  Wow.  She is right!

Susan’s Lehigh Shawl

This shows the wrong side:

I added tassels to the back and both ends.  This side edge picture shows my use of No End Stripes:

I don’t have a picture of the entire shawl, nor have I figured out how to wear it! 😉  But I expect to look exactly like this: 😉

I was and still am disappointed in the color of my Arco Iris.  The picture shows a lot of yellow and spring green (more like this person’s shawl on Ravelry), but my color is more pink and orange — and generally duller.

All I know is, this ten-foot sucker will be warm this winter!!!

October 6, 2016

From Susan — Wander Back

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 2:26 pm

Hi, all!  Fall is here and I am loving it!  Minnesota has been showcased to the nation and beyond recently with the Ryder Cup and other major sporting events.  The weather has been stunning and everything is a lush green, with just a hint of fall colors emerging.  Here I captured a double rainbow from our front window:

As promised, I am revisiting some of my State Fair entries that I had not posted prior to the fair.

The Ridge Hat captured my attention because of its elaborate cabling…and the fact that it is knit in worsted weight (which I hoped meant a quick knit).

I knit it out of mystery yarn – probably Madtosh DK (KW – do you recognize it?).  I love how the cables completely change up as you near the crown.  It received a 3rd place ribbon which was very nice!

The second thing I want to share is my Strandwanderer Shawl.  Some of you may remember a prior attempt.  I have bought lots of yarn in the past in order to make this intriguing shawl.  The color changes have to be of a specific type and spacing for it to work.

I found Yarn Love Mr. Darcy in the Rainbow River Rock colorway last April at Yarnover.  My “yarn whisperer” Kim thought it would work.  I bought two skeins so it would not be skimpy.  Later I looked at the receipt and realized I had spent $78!!  Ouch!!

The shawl was part of my Camp contest entry – I started my presentation talking about the shawl (Mr. Darcy yarn)…blah, blah, blah!  Then I threw the shawl aside and showed Little Darcy instead.  Though I threw the shawl aside as if it was nothing, that is not the way I feel about it — I LOVE this shawl!

It was kind of tedious to knit but I adore it.  The yarn is gorgeous and it worked perfectly to create the small, repeating boxes that represent the unique feature of this pattern.  The boxes are created by binding off most of the sts across the shawl using 3 garter sts.  This creates regular color repeats.  The boxes alternate with rows of garter, where the pooling changes as the scarf widens.  Brilliant!  I knit this right down to the last 3 grams of yarn.

That’s it for now!

September 26, 2016

From Both of Us — Little Darcy Goes to Washington

Filed under: Updates — Both Sisters @ 5:57 pm

When asked about the purpose of Susan’s trip to DC – Sally responded with a somewhat noncommittal reply.  Now you will get the full scoop!  (The working title of this post was “I plead the Firth!” but some of us did not agree … 😉 ).

Of course there was the usual knitting, shopping and eating! 😉  But the main purpose had to do with the timing.  THE SHIRT was to be on display at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.  We saw the refurbished Capitol gleaming in the sun as we headed to the Folger – absolutely breathtaking.

The Folger exhibition is titled Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity and runs into November.  Yes.  They brought in the actual shirt:

THE SHIRT was magnificent:

Incredible details and amazing tailoring.  Little Darcy LOVED it!!

My shirt!!

It looked like they had taken the shirt right off him, and let it dry as is.  Wow.  😉  Wow.

They had a beautiful exhibit of personal items of Jane Austen’s (including her famous ring and hand written notes), as well as memorabilia from the film:

Jane Bennett’s Wedding Bonnet

The trip was also timely because Bridget Jones’s Baby is now showing.  We re-watched the first two BJD films in preparation before heading to the theater.

Little Darcy, Susan, and Sally loved it!!  Six thumbs up!  Thank goodness the script made Bridget smarter and more likeable than she was in the second film.  Of course, time has taken its toll on all the characters.  Colin Firth said in an interview on Live with Kelly! that in the next BJD movie he would rip the tubes out of his arms, jump off his bath chair, and chase Bridget down using a walker!

Little Darcy also just had to re-watch his favorite BBC miniseries:

Oh, Mr. Darcy indeed!!

Little Darcy had all sorts of fun over the weekend:

Dining Out, Eating Caper Berries

He has long had a fondness for Caper Berry Gravy, aka green gunge (“Just stir it, Una!!”):

Little Darcy enjoyed a movie on AmazonPrime:

Tom Hanks looks perturbed with Little Darcy and P&P in general!

He also enjoyed watching the Vikings beat the Carolina Panthers (“Go, Vikes!!”):

And helping Sally with her latest knitting project:

All in all a very satisfying weekend.  Our yarn purchases (not that many 😉 ) will be revealed in time!!

Little Darcy says goodbye to our lovely capital:

PS — Can’t believe we forgot to mention running into Mary Lou Egan, a colleague of Susan’s from The Yarnery!!  It was such a wonderful surprise!!  She (along with co-authors Gale Zucker and Kristen Kapur) were at Fibre Space promoting their new book, Drop-Dead Easy Knits.  They had the entire trunk show on display and were doing workshops.  So great to see Mary Lou!!  Susan is a long time admirer.

PS2 from Susan to Nadine:  Little Darcy cuter than Mr. Darcy??!!  It is a sacrilege!  Or a compliment…don’t know which.  I am conflicted!! 😉

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