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Not too long ago I received news that one of my favorite cousins, Freddie, was just diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on his tongue. This came on the eve of me almost completing my chemo treatment….and it threw me for a loop. I quickly decided that I wanted to knit him a tower cap (Fiber Trends Pattern #AC-20). I asked the color….he chose “fiery orange” to wear when he is on the mountain trails of Colorado and Wyoming….not too far from his Colorado home.
I made a quick trip to Avenue Yarns and with their help found the perfect yarn….Malabrigo Rios in “glazed carrot”. This yarn was a joy to knit….will have to knit another one for me! I added glow-yarn……yarn that glows when light hits it…..perfect for this mountain man.
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WhooHoo! Done! It doesn’t seem all that long ago that I had the great pleasure of meeting some of my cousins (via Ancestry.com) – Louise, her son Steve and wife Tammy – a little over year ago or was it two? I ask such questions because life is full and moving at a rapid pace!
Anyway….sometime after Louise asked if I would knit a hat for her….hard to say no…but unknown to Louise ….my knitting plate was pretty full. Louise has horses and every early morning she is out with her horses…like feeding. Many of us feed animals in the morning but most likely it’s our dogs and cats in the kitchen. In this case, Louise leaves her home to care for her horse(s)…reminds me of my lifelong friend Mary who has always had a horse or two in her backyard. Wait….do I need to knit a hat for Mary now? I think I do….she has a major birthday coming up in December.
Back to Louise….both our hearts were happy today. She received the hat and said ” Got your Beanie today and it fit good. That will keep my head warm this winter. Thank you so much. Love it!” I love it that Louise was happy! That’s what knitting and gifting are all about…..there are more things but for this conversation this fits. The fiber choice was Brown Sheep’s Lambspride Superwash – Color Rose Quartz. I particularly like Fiber Trends Pattern AC-20 for this hat style….the finishing at the stop is a nice feature. I generally am not a fan of superwash wool but Lambspride Superwash is really good.
Now onto finishing Elf slippers for my niece Betsy…bless her heart…she has been tolerant that her brother’s scarf re: Cornell College, her cousin’s Shelby’s baby Aria’s blanket, and Louise’s hat have moved ahead of my project for her. Back on track….damn (did I say that publicly) one of the yarns for this project went AWOL. Where could it have gone? I shared that with a co-worker in my day-time life and she asked if it might be in the closet. I broke out laughing…..my whole house/Skein Lane Studio is a closet. Oh where is that bulky superwash named Blue Rifff? Oh well….not to worry…ordered more today for Skein Lane Studio and I can “buy” from stock.
Betsy really you will get these Elfie slippers for this Christmas. She still gets a present along with the Elf slippers for this year!
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Maurie and the Rose Heart Afghan
Maurie is one of several Skein Lane knitters who have knit a heart design afghan inspired by the Fiber Trend Pattern CH-24. She started with a rose colored Cotton Fleece that she recently finished. She has now embarked on a blue heart afghan inspired by the Fiber Trend Pattern (CH-24)…she decided to do a garter stitch blanket embellished on the edges with hearts. She just cracked us up this morning with her description of her two-year journey to knit the rose-colored afghan…..”with the first blanket I marched through the knitting wilderness as I mastered that pattern.”
The Rose Heart Afghan
The pattern is simply one that requires a little time to get “married” to rhythm of it….Maure was going through lots of changes when she started this blanket…and kudos to her for sticking with mastering the pattern. The blanket is beautiful and I’m delighted that she is inspired to do a modified version. Go Maurie!
Heart Afghan inspired by "Rose Heart" Afghan
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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!
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
- 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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And now for those stoles on the needles…………..
The Washcloth gone Stole – In my enthusiasm to promote MaggiKnits yarns ….like she needs any help…but I did want to show her yarn in a more conservative view….I was inspired by the washcloth that Kimberly had just knit from the Fiber Trends pattern by Evelyn Clark, 215x, Bathing Beauties. So another stole was cast on. It is a very easy pattern with great results. My goal is to have it finished by June….OMG, I just realized it’s almost the middle of May. I must click those needles. Then I will move onto my last stole, which is already in progress.
…….Yarn and pattern available through Skein Lane Studio.
Point Edge Wrap – As I was sorting through my UFO’s recently I came upon this one that I started when I had the shop. In my excitement to show something else, this stole got put aside…and darn if I didn’t forget about it. Well, I do want to finish it….once again, simple lines with great results. The pattern, Point Edge Wrap, comes from Debbie Bliss’s book Cathay. The yarn that I am using is black Cathay – a blend of 50% cotton, 35% viscose microfibre, 15% silk.
……Black is no longer available but other colors and the book are available through Skein Lane Studio.
The Washcloth gone Stole…oh, the sun was shining in..better photos later.
The Edging for the Point Edge Stole
The Black Point Edge Stole – a Debbie Bliss Design
Coming next: Thursday night knitting workshop creativity at an all-time high!
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