Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Yummy



Finally we found a source to get the raclette cheese for our Christmas dinner through Amazon. 
There was a great cheese store not too far away which unfortunately had to close. Sad for all the cheese lovers........


Monday, December 28, 2009

Did you know...



.... that llamas are used as livestock guards?
.... that they grow, unlike the alpaca, a true dual coat with a soft    
     undercoat and a thick rugged layer of guard hairs on the 
     outside?
.... that the fiber must be dehaired for processing?
.... that llama fiber doesn't felt or bleach easily?
.... that llama fiber contains no lanolin (the oil found in sheep’s wool),  
     so it is not greasy and is hypoallergenic 
     (people are only allergic to the lanolin)?

I bought some beautiful llama yarn at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool festival.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Basil for a teenager




This was the last Christmas present I finished in the Thursday morning at 1:00 am. I made my design Basil for my teenage son, but without the tassels. It was also a great opportunity to try out Mirasol Miski yarn, 100 % baby lama. It's a very soft yarn and comes in gorgeous colors.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

What's truly important

Remember today what's really important to you. Look past 
those fleeting concerns and activities that seem so urgent, 
and look into what you truly care about.

Generously give quality, focused time to the special people 
in your life. Accept them for who they are and listen 
without judgment to what they have to say.

Spend some quiet time with your own best thoughts. 
Peacefully consider the goodness and value in your life, and 
feel the warmth that those thoughts bring.

Softly treasure the moments of this day. Each moment is an 
opportunity to give more value and support to those things 
that matter most.

Keep yourself connected to what's truly important to you. 
From that perspective, you'll find great fulfillment in all 
that you do. 
(B.S)


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Finishing Christmas presents part 2



These scarfs are on their way to Europe and hopefully get there in time.
Short Row Multidirectional Scarf by Ann Norling is a fun and easy pattern which looks great in self striping yarn. For the red one I used Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball knitted on a
US 1 /2.5 mm. For the other scarves I used Crystal Palace Yarns Mochi Plus worked on a size US 7 / 4.5 mm. Much faster!
Now I need to finish the socks and a hat for my older son........not talking about other unfinished projects, design ideas........

Monday, December 21, 2009

Finishing Christmas presents part 1















Today I'd like to finish the socks for my 4 year old.
I'm using my favorite basic sock pattern Classic Socks for the Family from Yankee Knitters Design.
The pattern is written for 5 different sizes and 3 different weights of yarn. We use this pattern to teach beginner socks at my LYS.
I changed the heel from a reinforced slip stitch heel flap, which looks like a ribbing, to one which looks more like woven fabric by alternating the slip stitches every right side row.
It would read like this:
Row 1: *Slip 1 st, K1*, repeat across row.
Row 2: Slip 1 st, purl across row.
Row 3: Slip 1 st, *Slip 1 st, K1*, repeat across row.
Row 4: Slip 1 st, purl across row.
(Stitches are slipped as if to purl.)
Repeat rows 1 - 4 until heel flap has desired length.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Let it snow, let it snow.....





.......... let it snow!
It snowed all night long and it is still.
This is one of the biggest storms we had in a long time.
Our snowplow runs by man power. Let's go!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Inspiration

Four years ago around Christmas time I met Candace Eisner Strick at a friend's house.
Of course, we got into knitting talk immediately. Since then she has been such an encouragement and inspiration to me, to widen my knitting horizon, try new things and design.
Her designs are innovative, clever and just beautiful.

Learning both music and knitting at the age of three, Candace Eisner Strick has followed these two loves all her life. She was co-director and cello instructor of the Suzuki String Program of Mansfield, CT for 16 years. She is the author of Sweaters From a New England Village, a
book about Harrisville, NH which features twenty original designs using Harrisville Designs yarn. Her second book, Sweaters From New England Sheep Farms is a series of portraits of eight New England sheep farmers who hand-dye the wool they produce, and includes over 25 original designs using their fiber. Her third knitting book, Beyond Wool, uses a variety of fibers other than wool. There are chapters about the fibers as well as 25 original designs. Then Quilter's Quick Reference Guide and Little Box of Crocheted Bags and more books followed. Her designs and writing have appeared in the leading knitting magazines. Candace designs for yarn companies while she and her husband run their internet based business, Strickwear, which features her exclusive designs, custom hand dyed yarn, and her new line of uniquely blended colors, Merging Colors.

Candace teaches workshops internationally at major knitting conventions and guilds. Her other fiber related interests include spinning, weaving, dyeing and quilting. When not doing the above, she is riding her bicycle. She lives in rural Connecticut with her pianist/knitting husband and 2 birds. She has three grown sons, all of whom know how to knit but refuse to do so.



.....and of course Candace knows all about the famous sentence
"Just one more row!!!"

Thank you Candace!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Basil

Here my newest design. I couldn't stop working on this hat because I had so much fun with it.

This fun hat was inspired by the colorful onion domes of the St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow. During the long period of short and gloomy winter days everyone needs to add color to life. For this project you can use from two to eight colors, which makes it perfect to use up these odds and ends and get creative. The decorative ridge you will get on the right side adds beautiful texture to the pattern.
The hat is worked top down with six strips knitted together and comes in six sizes from preemie to adult large. There is no sewing involved