Look at all the wonderful colors! The floss, crochet/tatting thread, different squares of fabulous fabric, hand painted cards, a heart key chain, buttons, lavender sachet, embroidery embellishment and then.............
............................................THIS. I love. This.
All this from my wonderful friend, Shirley, from Australia. We have been blogging friends since way back when. She's a wonderful and very talented friend.
Ahh, footies! My son has received a pair of these almost every year since he was a wee lad. He loves the strange ones and even better if they don't match. Yes, those are them.....the ones with all the colors. The other 3 are just one of each of three additional pair he asked me to knit for his friends. No sense in putting them all in since they look just like the ones shown. :)
I used 2 strands of Cascade 220 Superwash and US sz 6 dpn's.
Then there is this sweater I knit without a pattern but it was EZ. Yes, easy to knit with what I learned from EZ (Elizabeth Zimmermann).
I did learn the Channel Island cast-on from Meg Swansen with split welt on the sides. I kept the side stitches in purl and took in the waist a bit for an hourglass figure. I kept knitting in the round setting in the sleeves and only doing a 3-needle bind-off at the shoulders....the rest is seamless.
Mom sent me the yarn (a little heavier than worsted) and I used US sz 7 needles.
The title says it all....when you have beautiful stitch markers by Marilyn. I only used 3 of one set and one green (to mark the beginning of the round) even though there were 8 repeats to start. You end up with 32 repeats at the end.
This is one of many from "Knitted Lace Designs of Herbert Niebling". A picture of it is on page 48 and the charted pattern on pages 50-51.
I used #30 DMC Cebelia Crochet Thread with US sz 0 circular needles.
This lovely knitted lace traveled with me to Canada on Holiday with Julie and caused many a conversation on the Clipper!
…with Julie.Of course, there was Robert and Arban, too.I was just there in July when I received an invite to come for another visit.So soon?! Oh for sure, eh! I was delighted!
Julie picked me up and as soon as we arrived, we left again.Supplies were in and we had to pick them up.We were back and quickly went to work making……dill pickles!....40 pounds of pickles!I knew it!That’s why she asked me up for a visit!;o)
Then came Tuesday and my hair appointment with Greg.I had been dreading it.I mean…..REALLY dreading it, sweats and all!I was trying to get him to hear my concerns about my curly hair but he only heard, “Blah, blah, blah”.Greg escorted me to get my hair shampooed, then to THE chair and he asked me in a soft voice, “So what do you want people to say when they see your hair?”Wow!I had never, ever been asked that question by a hairstylist.Never.“I want them to say, Look at that curly thick hair”.Something like that.I was still thinking about his perfect question! Pictures?Maybe later.
Needless to say, Greg was finished with my new do and I was super happy.I was Glamorous!....so Julie said.I Love it!
I thought all the stress and excitement was done.I thought she was all surprised out.Wrong.Julie had one more up her sleeve for Wednesday, the day after my Glam hair day…..we were going to Salt Spring Island via the Ferry!To visit Marilyn!!!!
After a delicious lunch on the Wind Walker (Marilyn and Michael’s boat) Marilyn took us to Fulford
where we walked and got acquainted with some of the shop owners.It was over before we knew it.We boarded the Ferry, were home in no time and then we rested.
I think I ate and talked a LOT!It’s just not fair we all don’t live closer together.As it is, my excellent adventure is just a drive and Clipper-trip away.
by Lost City Knits is one stunning piece of art. I was a lucky, lucky gal to test knit this shawl.
It's light and airy even with the jumper-weight wool I used. I will, more than likely, knit this again using the same fiber Denise used....wool and silk.
The charts are easy to read and should you ever have any questions/comments, Denise is just an e-mail away. So, if you would like your own copy of this non boring pattern, head on over to Lost City Knits.
The proof is in the pictures......and the new words and phrases I learned.
I had the best "holiday" of my entire life....in Victoria, Canada.Oh for sure, eh.I know that that’s an Eastern Canadian thing but I couldn’t help myself!I loved to say that!
Sitting on the Clipper for 2 hours and 45 minutes, I was able to finish single crocheting around my Wild Rose Scallop Doily (sz 30 thread and US 10 hook). The ship docked and my feet were on solid ground in Victoria. I looked around for a short time when my friend, Julie, greeted me with the brightest pink cap on her head. She seemed as happy to see me as I was to see her. I met Julie, who gives the best FREE advise on the care of an aging loved one (just click on her name), many years ago at an antique circular sock-knitting machine retreat in Lacey, WA. We hit it right off and she has asked me many times when I was coming for a visit. Once I mentioned I didn't have a passport. "Well, get one!" was Julie's response. So I did. Finally.
After I met Robert, Peter and Veronica and Arban, I remember eating the best tasting food....EVER! I could go on and on about THAT!
So my friend Julie, well…used to be my friend……You see, she did a sneaky thing and surprised me with these lovely ladies who wanted to meet the KnackfulKnitter from Washington.I can no longer say I have never had a person pull a surprise on me.
These ladies are all very talented….From Left to Right, there’s Marilyn, no longer my friend…Julie, Catherine, Dela and Gayle.We had show and tell with our knitting projects, talked about weaving and Tunisian crochet and even had Julie wait on us.
Like I said, I had the best holiday of my entire life!
I am my mother's daughter. She taught me how to knit, ride a horse, love and enjoy the unique characteristics of all living things, shoot a .22 rifle, drive a car, cook, be kind to people (if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all), sing, and country dance.
Back to knitting...I dream, think, read and talk knitting.
I knit every day.
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