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September 30, 2007

From Susan — Bottom Knitter

Filed under: Back Story,Modular Purse,Susan's Kauni Cardigan — lv2knit @ 5:55 pm

I am knitting the bottom of the barrel modular purse.  My knitting is as exciting as licking stamps.

ModularPurseBottom.jpg picture by lv2knit

I am plodding along on this project to have something to do.  It is not the most exciting fish project in the sea.

I did finish the 7th Harry Potter book.  I am in shock and awe.  It was amazing.  You are driven to get to the end, but you do not want it to end.  There is a sadness about its finality.  I must say though, placing my beautiful Hemlock across my knees while snuggled up with Harry P. made me very happy!!

I did a lot of swatching over the past few days and nothing has clicked, so I will be returning some yarn this week.  I would rather waste one skein and move on than sit on yarn I do not think I will use.

Kauni Update: I need to finish Sleeve #1.  When you knit a Kauni sleeve, you need to err on the side of too long rather than too short.  You can always rip back, but it would be nearly impossible to add length if you have already moved on to the second sleeve.  The colors need to stay in sync.  I am knitting my sleeves from the cuff up, so I will need to make sure the sleeve is overly generous before breaking off for Sleeve #2.  I also may change the way I am doing the shoulders.  I am considering a 3-needle bind off with a visible outside ridge.  Don’t know yet, still pondering! 😉

It is a rainey Sunday afternoon, so you know where I am headed.

PS — Daughter #1 got a job in a darling coffee shop!!  Woo Hoo!  Whip me up a latte, Baby!

September 28, 2007

From Susan — Mint Julep?

Filed under: Back Story — lv2knit @ 7:10 am

My oldest daughter is a senior, need I say more?

TeePee009.jpg picture by lv2knit

I feel like I am living in the Old South under the hanging boughs of a giant Weeping Willow, waiting for Rhett and the boys to bring me supper.

Or maybe Mardi Gras?

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We are just nerdy enough to be happy she got tee-peed on Senior Tee Pee night!  And the cops were out searching every car for suspicious quantities of Charmin! 🙂

I stayed up until 2am reading the last of Harry Potter #6…I am shocked, saddened and afraid to read #7.  I do not expect to get much knitting done this weekend!

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And of course, GA started up again last evening.  I thought it maintained the continuity of the previous seasons.  I’ll keep watching.

September 26, 2007

From Sally — Would Tangled Yoke Look Good With Just One Sleeve?

Filed under: Tangled Yoke — surly @ 11:50 am

No, I don’t think so either although I am sure I could do a dramatic shoulder baring pullover with strategic short rows. Anyway, it’s hard to post interesting updates that revolve around sleeves, so let’s just cut the pretending. I’ve finished one and am about a third through the second. I’ve pretty much figured out what I am going to do with the yoke as I convert it to a pullover, so I’m eager to get to that point. Here’s where I am.

My next project is already on the needles. I won’t say anything about it right now but if someone named Maria is reading, you can pretty much guess what I’m up to. (Besides no good.)

Several readers were wondering what I was flaunting wearing in my Yarn Harlot photo. It’s the Cap Shawl from Victorian Lace Today, which I knit out of KidSilk Haze. The color is called Blush.

For those who might have missed it the first time around, here’s a slightly better look at it:

To see more photographs and read more details about the knitting of it, click here.

September 22, 2007

From Susan — Another One Bites the Dust

Filed under: Back Story,Hemlock Ring — lv2knit @ 1:46 am

Are you tired of seeing my weekly Hemlock updates?  Well, this should be the last one.  I am done with Hemlocks for a while, though my love affair with them has not ended.  I do anticipate knitting one or more of these in the future.  I just love making them — and because you can finish one in a week for around $30, it’s a great gift idea.

So, here is the last of the Hemlock Hat Trick — this “blob” picture really looks like a blob 🙁 — it looks like Sally took the picture (Susan says with a wink ;), thinking back on Sally’s Yarn Harlot photos).  And before you yell at me, Surly, I do think most of your photography is fabulous!!

SusansHemlock001.jpg picture by lv2knit

And the blocking shots:

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I am now in between.  I certainly can go back to the Kauni Cardigan — one sleeve and the front bands to go.  Not a lot left to do.  I also was working on the felted Modular Purse.  The class was supposed to start tomorrow, but got cancelled — try making a living from that, mes amies!  It took the wind out of those sails.  I could start Plisse, but just looking at the directions made my head hurt.  Lots of odd shaping and tiny print to decipher. 

OR I could start the Large Lace Collar.  After seeing Michelle’s (sorry, Michele with One L!!) Michele’s masterpiece, it is very tempting:

LargeLaceCollarBohus.jpg picture by lv2knit

It is beautiful to see but even more wonderful to touch — like rubbing the soft underbelly of a baby kitten (I got to hold it at the knitter’s guild meeting).

We’ll see.  The nip of fall in the air certainly encourages winter-type knitting — real wool and rich colors.

September 21, 2007

From Sally — The Yarn Harlot

Filed under: Tangled Yoke — surly @ 10:17 am

Last night was Back-to-School night at my son’s high school. Yesterday morning, one of our regular readers — Wendy O — mentioned to me that Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (The Yarn Harlot) was coming to town. Say what? How did I not know that? I implored my husband to attend Back-to-School night in my stead (after just returning from a month in Italy bicycling he had no good excuse to say no), and then off I went. (Sadly, Wendy could not go. Thursday was apparently THE night to traipse back to school in the Washington, DC area.)

It was a really fun evening. Stephanie was both funny and thought provoking and it was great to spend time with so many knitters. Now that I no longer work in a yarn store, I don’t see all that many knitters in person; it was a nice little treat. I saw former favorite customers , old friends, met some new people, and briefly felt like a rock star when regular reader Lee from Baltimore found out who I was and got very excited. (Waves to all who were there.)

Stephanie kindly recognized the name of our blog and remembered meeting Susan (or at least meeting her Bohus) last April. Here are a few bad photos.

Stephanie photographing the crowd:

Signing books:

Posing with me:

As an extra bonus, I actually made progress on my Tangled Yoke sleeve — all in all a wonderful evening.

PS from Susan: I just found out that the “Learn to Knit Kit” gift basket fetched $160 for the United Way — woo hoo!  🙂

September 19, 2007

From Sally — Tangled Yoke Update

Filed under: Tangled Yoke — surly @ 12:07 pm

My assistant is gone, but the knitting continues. I have finished the body of the Tangled Yoke to the point where the sleeves are added, and I’ve (just barely) started on the first sleeve. As I said, I am knitting this as a pullover, so the body — as you can see — is in the round. There’s not a lot to say; the fun stuff starts later. Here is a progress photo.

I am not deliberately ignoring some of the questions readers have asked about the Silver Belle. I am, however, ignoring my Silver Belle for the time being. When I get back to it, then I’ll try to answer the questions you had.

September 17, 2007

From Susan — Le Bag

Filed under: Back Story — lv2knit @ 6:22 pm

Here it is — I got a picture of the silent auction bag pre-sale:

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I think it turned out cute — they used matching ribbon and allowed some of the contents to show.  There is something in the bottom which makes it very round and flat.

Here is a picture of the bottom, which creates a nice starburst pattern:

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Like I said, it’s not my favorite, but I hope it finds a good home! 🙂

September 16, 2007

From Sally — My Assistant Is Back!

Filed under: Tangled Yoke — surly @ 11:59 am

Yes, my little assistant came back for the weekend. As usual, he is a big help.

He’s been helping me with my Tangled Yoke non-cardigan. I’m now past the garter rib section of the body and have just started the increases in the stockinette portion. (The pattern is slightly fitted; I decreased stitches and am now adding them back in.) Here is a not great photograph of my progress (the color looks very washed out here; sorry):

September 15, 2007

From Susan — Motivation…

Filed under: Back Story,Hemlock Ring — lv2knit @ 8:17 pm

I want to thank everyone for their kind comments about my “generosity” with the United Way gift bag, but also want to set the record straight.  I am not much of a charity knitter.  I know many people who knit quite a bit for others — either family and friends or for charity.  But most of my knitting is for me.  Sorry, but it’s true!  The Market Squares bag that I donated is one that I did not use, so its loss will not be greatly felt.  However, I do hope that someone else will love it and use it.

I also want to mention that I added a few pdf files that can be found as links in the upper right hand corner of our blog.  I finally figured out how to put pdf files on our site (I know — it’s not that difficult!!).  There are three beaded knitting patterns: amulet bags, the Wedding Purse, and a small cell phone purse designed for beginning bead knitters. 

In addition, I created a pdf for the Hemlock Throw that combines all the pieces into one place.  I mentioned this at the end of yesterday’s post as a “PS” but thought it might get lost in the shuffle.  I made changes to the pattern to reflect the new version in heavy yarn vs thread and updated some techniques (i.e., ssk).  I want to thank Jared again for his wonderful concept!!

In response to Sue: In our signature photo (at top of page) Sally is on the right and Susan is on the left 🙂

PS to Astrid: I didn’t “fix” the problem people have with SSKs — the original pattern says to slip 1, knit 1, passover…which is even more asymmetrical than regular SSK.  So I changed the wording in the pdf to say ssk instead.

September 14, 2007

From Susan — “Learn to Knit Kit”

Filed under: Back Story — lv2knit @ 8:18 pm

I have been plugging away on the third Hemlock, but a picture would not add to much of anything.  That is all I have been working on knitting-wise EXCEPT for the fact that it is United Way time at my place of employment.  One of the fund raising activities is a silent auction of Themed Gift Bags — you know, A Night at the Movies with DVDs and popcorn, or a golf-themed bag.  The Team Captain for our department had the decidedly brilliant idea for a knitting related theme — now you can see how well I have trained my co-workers!! 

I of course jumped on the idea and donated most of the stuff, and did the shopping.  We started with a felted Market Squares bag that I made a while back and never really cared for.  It was in gaudy summer colors and was not felted enough.  I threw it in the washer one more time and it did improve.  

Our LYS donated a gift certificate to a series of learn-to-knit classes (I would give the name but don’t want them to get inundated with requests!).  It is a total win-win for the yarn shop: it costs them nothing to add a student to a class, but they gain a future customer!  We purchased a gift card to a nearby coffee shop, and then filled the bag with yarn from my stash, knitting needles, a zippered accessory bag, lots of knitting accessories and a very basic learn to knit book.  The estimated dollar value is more than $230 but the cash outlay was only $50 — thanks to my stash and generous donations!

The auction is next week so we’ll see how it goes.  I really hope it brings a good price.  If it’s a hit, I’m not sure what we’ll do next year – I don’t have any other bags I want to donate!  It’s a great cause so it is a nice way to get use out of things that were gathering dust in my yarn room.

I hope to get the Hemlock done this weekend and then I can move on to something I am thinking about…

In Answer to Your Questions:

The picture at the top of our blog was taken in Florence during the first of many road trips for Sally and me.  The year?  None of your beeswax!! ;)  Though the fashions would indicate that it’s VERY recent! 😉 😉 😉

I do not have a picture of the Market Squares Bag that I donated — what a doh!  I forgot to take a picture.  I’ll try to catch one before the auction.

And in answer to your questions about the Hemlock Throw, I created a pdf file that combines all the pieces of the pattern into one place for your knitting pleasure!

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