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It seems just like the other day but it was in August that Alice finished the Farmer’s Market Shawl which she knit as part of a mystery KAL. We all loved this piece….so much that one of our other Saturday workshop knitters, Susan, is now knitting hers.

I purchased my pattern to knit soon. However, to my delight I was humbled to receive Alice’s master work as a gift a couple of weeks ago. I love it and managed to match it up with one of my hats for a recent “dress up” day recently.

 

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Thank you so much to Alice for this treasure of a gift! And another shout out of thanks to Susan for the lovely gardenia.

Speaking of gifts…..earlier this year I was gifted by my cousin Wayne with the photo of our great grandparents – James and Eliza Craft Pugh (you can see part of it in the background). This photo hung in our grandparents bedroom and I have always loved it.

A close up pf the Farmer’s Market Shawl for you…….

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My recent retirement from my UC day-time admin job of nearly 8 years has been such a blessing. While I’ve never really left the knitting community, I am now diving back into it and the wonderful community that is part of me.

Some of you may not know that before my Skein Lane retail chapter, I was an employee of the YMCA for about 18 months and went onto become a Board Member after I accepted a position in the software industry……most importantly I was an active user of the YMCA programs….in particular exercise. I stepped away from this wonderful resource about 10 years ago for a variety of reasons…..mostly my schedule and illnesses in my family.

One of my first missions upon retirement was to get back into a regular exercise program. I walked into the Albany YMCA….immediately reconnected with Gail, the Director, and Mary, Exercise and Program Instructor. I was back home! I’ve been enjoying Mary’s creative exercise classes since mid-January. Not only do I feel better but I have lost some weight…yeah! There is another most wonderful benefit….reconnecting not only with Y folks but knitters who are in the Y community.

I quickly learned about the (free) Brown Bag Speakers Forum, presented on the 2nd Monday of every month sponsored by the “Y” and Albany Library.. This month’s speaker was Lawrence Rinder, Director of BAMPFA (UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive). His presentation was so informative about the history of BAMPFA leading up to its new location.

2-barbaraLast month’s Brown Bag speaker was Barbara Hazard.….a former Skein Lane customer who spoke about her art work and time spent in Russia. Not only is Barbara an artist with paints but she is obsessed “self-described” with needlepoint. I recall how many lovely pieces she brought to Skein Lane to have finished into pillows. I do wish I had taken photos back then….maybe I did but that was before I had an iPhone camera with all its storage capabilities. But wait….Barbara has posted some of her needlepoint work on her site.  I am delighted that we are in the midst of planning when we can catch up over coffee before her next upcoming trip to Russia mid-May.

 

 

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A happy thanksgiving greeting for you…..and the sharing of some memories of friendship and creativity!

 

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More Halloween greetings await you here!

Wanting to share the latest on my needles – The Ruffled Scarf. I mentioned the yarn purchase of Acadia yarn in the post On the Knitting Trails Again”.  I was inspired by Margot’s scarf…..and as I most often do I modified the pattern. Here’s what is different with mine….slightly smaller gauge, longer and I will add the ruffle in a different yarn – Madelinetosh Pashmina Tart Red.

One skein of Acadia down and one to go…..then on to the ruffle! By the way I use to play in ceramics moons ago. This is one of my renditions that I cleaned, painted and had fired. This probably qualifies as one of my relics now.

Happy Halloween!

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untitled (4)Announcing the lovely (now annual) event- Jewelry Boutique featuring Kimberly Ligocki and Janie Rose –  at Skein Lane Studio -Saturday, December 6th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

This is a great chance to stay out of the crowds and shop this event for your jewelry gifts. Kimberly and Janie will be featuring new jewelry. You can visit their Etsy stores – Kimberly’s Craftini  and Janie Rose Jewelry to get a sense of the beauty they create. I am a huge fan of their jewelry and several pieces are now in my collection! ♥♥♥

Join us…..it will be fun and you can shop! Need the address? 208 Carmel Ave, El Cerrito, CA …. Phone 510.525.9276

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BetsyWhoohoo! Another pillow case gifted…a “just because” gift for niece Betsy who is at Fresno State. She is in finals this week. With this one I learned a different technique to add the pillow case cuff and to finish it off with a French seam…..which is so much easier than one could imagine. Karen Larsen pointed me to this video which gave perfect step-by-step directions. As I was sewing the French Seam, I remembered that Grandma Elizabeth in her youth sewed French Seams by hand.

 

 

 

 

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Carolyn  - CSU Sophomore

Carolyn – CSU Sophomore

There are those of you who may not know that my high school years (in Eastern Colorado) were “consumed” with my home economic classes…I had a tremendous teacher, Dorothy Smith, who recently celebrated her 101st birthday. She taught us much more than how to stitch a seam or how to boil water. Her tutelage prepared me for my years as a Home Ec major while I was at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins,Co.  At the end of my sophomore year I moved back to the Greater San Francisco Bay Area with the idea of moving near my California family and attending UC Davis, CA. I was enrolled for just a few weeks but got side-tracked with working and life. It was 15 years before I returned to college….by then the Home Ec world had changed dramatically. But my life-long interest in “that world” has stayed with me.

As my sister Betty and I have been sorting through our stash of things, I came upon this “treasure” that I created in my 2nd year of college….it was in safe keeping to make a “story board” for the steps involved in making a welted button-hole, a welted pocket, an eased sleeve cap  and an evenly curved collar edge. Just in case you are possessed to welt a buttonhole or a pocket, here are the visual steps. Now on to a shadow box.

 

 

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