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diane-and-carolyn-rebozoSeveral years ago Diane and I knit the Rebozo Shawl. Since our original showing/sharing mine was lost a few years ago at a fashion show where I was modeling my shawl. I have hated the loss of that shawl which I knit in memory of knitting friend Sandy. I knew that I wanted to knit it again but knew it would make me too sad to knit in the same color but I did knit it again in a different colorway…. in the memory of Sandy and the original shawl.

 

The beginnings of my replacement Rebozo inspired fellow knitter Susan from Saturday knitting workshop to knit one. We both used Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool. Today we modeled the old and the new……Diane’s two renditions (modeled by Diane and Jan) and the latest from Susan and me. Susan is so happy with hers that she has already embarked on her second one. Note that each shawl has its own unique creativity…..besides colorway and yarn differences each shawl striping pattern is slightly different.

Even though there is/was a lot of knitting in these shawls…..each row on mine was 400 stitches on size 6 needle it is a pleasure to knit and so fun to have the finished results. I know you will see us about town in our shawls.

Below you can see from needles through blocking to finished garment. I generally do a wet block which means I wash (soak) on gentle cycle on my old washing machine in a non-detergent soap. I do not rinse but do spin it dry. Then the damp garment is taken to the studio table to be hand blocked….I literally use my hands to press the garment out. It is laid on towel(s) and covered with towel(s). Once dry….it’s done and looks so gently blocked. I love the results.

Ice Cream Parlor Memories

First…..yep another few weeks have flown by, but before I get into that in a separate post I want to share this beauty in the making.

A couple days ago I walked across the street to touch base with my neighbor friend Hildagarde who had just pulled up in front of her home. She invited me in to see and comment on her “Ice Cream Parlor” theme quilt. Not only did I love the beauty of the design and her color choices, I became more excited about the creation when she told me the story behind the quilt.

Hildagarde’s dad (Henry) owned an ice cream parlor in Queens NY where he made his own ice cream. The store was between a bar and a shoemaker, two doors down from a pizzeria and right next to the El train. The family lived above the store. Not only did she grow up in the store, several of her relatives worked and hung out there. Her cousin has such fond memories of this ice cream parlor and her uncle Henry that she is having an ice cream parlor built into her “barn” house in NJ which is close to her grandchildren. Now Hildagarde is inspired to create this “Ice Cream Parlor” quilt for her cousin’s parlor. If you look closely at the far left of the quilt, you will see a chocolate bunny in honor of the many Easter chocolate bunnies that Henry made each Easter.

I can hardly wait to see this heartfelt quilt when it is finished!

Wow! The last couple months have flown right bye with a variety of activities.

The first quick announcement is that a wonderful customer pointed out a color of Cotton Fleece that was not on my online store…..CW382 Spring Sage Green. It is now listed and I think both the customer and I will be adding it to our personal stashes. I always have a vision or two of what I want to knit with this lovely cotton.

I have recently returned from a whirlwind trip with my sister and niece to Eastern Colorado….the land of my youth. Seven days (actually five once you knock out days dedicated to getting there and back) included dinner (known as supper in Eastern Colorado) with cousins the night of arrival; a dinner reunion with old classmates and friends; a family reunion of cousins (of which I have many – there were 60 or so in attendance), and my two aunts (the remaining siblings of 10 children who grew up on the homestead 13 miles northeast of town); one of our cousins brought old family photos which I always love; a trip to the old homestead; a trip to neighboring town to visit our school teacher Dorothy who is now 104, Old Town Museum and the Kit Carson County historical carouselmy youngest sister’s country wedding on July 4; and a couple nights in Limon with some favorite cousins. It was a great trip.

 

I barely knit while I was gone…..well, I probably didn’t….it was so hot and we were on the run for sure. But my needles are clicking again. I am working on the Rebozo Shawl – a design by Cheryl Oberle. More to follow about this.

img_1114I have a cute story which serves as a reminder to us all when we send knitted gifts. My 15-year old niece really loved the cowl that I sent for Christmas. After many wearings she  decided that she needed to wash it……I forgot to include washing instructions in the gift package. I bet you can guess the rest of the story. Yep, she threw it in the regular wash and it felted. She, of course, gets a new one and it will be in the mail on Monday. Her 13-yr old sister had another story to share. She loved the beanie cap that I knit her but the puppy got it….she was resourceful and turned it into a headband.

Back to the knitting needles!

 

 

 

 

Enjoy Spring Savings this week…..May 22 – May 29…..40% off Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (must be in stock) and 30% off Brown Sheep’s Lamb Pride’s Superwash …sales price reflected in price @ Skeinlane.com

Many projects have been knitted with these two lovely yarns. I am thinking that I will start another Moderne Blanket.

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Front Drape

I have been dreaming about knitting Jody’s Modern Shawl since I saw her wearing it while she was working at Avenue Yarns. It’s simple but elegant with a lovely lattice edging. I was possessed to use yarn from my stash and not go shopping….well I did both. In my stash were two skeins of Silky and Plied from Knitted Wit (225 yds each) which I am sure I bought more than four years ago. What to add for that third skein? There was nothing in my enormous stash that was a satisfactory complement to the lavendar and rose pink skeins. Off to Avenue Yarns I went….came away with a lovely purple and then decided that I didn’t like it with this project…so back to Avenue Yarns. This time I really loved my choice….Malabrigo Rios color Plomo. This comp0limentary color has subtle gray color changes with just a hint of pink. I am now dreaming of the next project for the purple yarn.

The shawl was finished this past Wednesday and wet blocked on Thursday. I love the results.

Spring Creativity

Even though the wonder of spring calls many of us outdoors, the knitting continues. This is a quick post to share some of the latest. Knit on!

IMG_0191 2Mayra (of our Friday Morning Knit Workshop) has really been clicking her needles. Here is her latest beautiful knit…..the Parish Toujours shawl designed by Isabel Kramer. Mayra chose to knit this beauty with Madeline Tosh DK in Grasshopper and Plymouth’s Baby Alpaka DK in Grey.