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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt ( a better view than my previous post). Enjoy!

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,600 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Diane's cowl

Thought I better get a quick post out that Skein Lane is offering a ’tis the Season promotion. This is a chance to get yarn and/or patterns for that last minute  gift…..remember the cowl that so many of us have been making…so quick and so lovely. It’s also an opportunity to put that last gift kit together for your favorite knitter.

So….from now through Dec 19, you have the chance to enjoy 25% savings at the online Skein Lane storeyour coupon code is…lucy.

Lucy Girl

Who better than Lucy Girl to promote the season.

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Yes….we of the Skein Lane community have been knitting away this summer…..but we’ve also been gardening, traveling and enjoying the brief spurts of warm weather….so we’re back now and what better way to “jump start” posting again by sharing this link – Young Knitter with a Flair.

And have you all  seen the contest that Brown Sheep is having? You can participate either by sending photos of your Brown Sheep completed projects as well as vote for your favorite. I will be sending in photos of “Skein Lane” Brown Sheep projects….it will be a late night tonight!

Knitting Cheers….and more to come over this weekend.

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Afghan for Betsy

Who knew it would take a year to complete this project?!

I started an afghan for my grand-niece Betsy shortly after she graduated from high school – May 2010 – her graduation present. We chose the kit of colors that we thought we both liked. I started it…put it aside because I wasn’t having a “love affair” with the yarn and then Betsy’s mom (my niece)  and I decided that the colors weren’t quite right… I also decided to knit the twirly skirts for my three very young nieces of the first generation….that was going to be for Christmas and I think those became a late Valentine’s present…looking back I now see it was April.  My dreams  of what I can accomplish are greater than the number of hours in the day. However, I will continue to strive to “feed” my knitting dreams!!

I think I knit a hat or two along the way…and helped my knitting clients with some of their knitting dilemas.

My goal in choosing yarns for Betsy’s afghan was not only color but fiber that would be pleasing to touch and easy care. Most of the yarn in this project was Brown Sheep’s Cotton Fleece and MaggiKnit’s Cotton (both available online at Skein Lane’s on-line store). Two other yarns were used – one a hand-dyed cotton from Black Mountain Artisans and the other an “unknown” ribbon yarn. This was a very fun project and I think I should start now for Betsy’s college graduation present!

In the meantime there are three other special family events during Betsy’s college years….Chloe graduates in two weeks (I don’t think I’m ready!), Daniel and Shelby graduate in the next couple years….and Sam isn’t far behind! I’m clicking those needles….oh do I hear the steps of the younger children not far behind….Isabella, Jade, Abygail, and Carson…..oh click those needles!

I am reminding myself of all the quilts my grandmother Alta quilted for so many of us. Stay tuned for more of Grandma Alta’s quilts.

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Merry Christmas

Christmas is here…blessings and greetings to all.

We’ll be back with Skein Lane updates right after we celebrate Christmas. Much to share!

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Oh…..the battery won’t stay in and the power button won’t work….oh when did the camera get dropped??!!!

Off to Staples in the morning (where I bought it….but think the service/warranty contract is over!) Ugh!

How did we get along without digital cameras! Luckily I have a bunch of photos waiting to be posted…so stay tuned!

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Boy….am I excited. I am now knitting on my own projects. All the baby gifts are done and while there are gift items pending, I am focused on my own knitting for now. I pulled out a gray(color #155) top-downsweater jacket, from TOP DOWN Sweaters by Doreen L. Marquart and knit in Queensland’s Collection Kathmandu. I working on the sleeves and I will be wearing this sweater jacket soon. A design note here: it felt like the sleeves were oversized and with some group knitting counsel I am now adding shaping on the top of the sleeve…another design feature!

Self-striping Sock

Self-striping Sock

Yep! A pair!

Yep! A pair!

On Sunday my knitting (completed) wardrobe grew to include a pair of self-striping socks and a stole knit with MaggiKnits Linen…the pattern was inspired by Fiber Trends Bathing Beauties designed by Evelyn Clark. A while back I was inspired by this pattern as Kimberly was knitting one of the face clothes…..and I thought that pattern would be lovely in a stole. And it is! I remember having the wild idea that it would be fun to show Maggi Knits Linen in a different pattern at Stitches West last year…like Maggi really needs help! But the goal was to show a more conservative style for her yarn. I can hardly wait to see what this stole feels like after it is washed.

The Edge of the Stole

The Edge of the Stole

Bathing Beauties Stole
Bathing Beauties Stole

I will save the baby gift for my nephew Carson until he has arrived at his home with his sisters. It goes in the mail tomorrow.

All yarns and patterns are available through Skein Lane Studios

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