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The yarn stash just keeps on growing! I'm a wife, a mom, a sister, a daughter, and a friend who works in Corporate America, lives in the Boston, MA area and is always looking for more time to knit.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

'tis the season to start knitting again.

I started this Entrelac Scarf this past Spring and finally finished it the end of August. I love it. And I loved working with the Noro Silk Garden (45% Silk/45% Kid Mohair/10% Lambs Wool) too. I used color 87 as called for in the pattern. While doing the entrelac technique, the colors in this yarn pretty much stayed in the pattern as a color block quilt would--quite neat.
I've also been busy knitting a little something for a friend's fundraising auction for Type I Juvenile Diabetes. I chose to do the Tahki Lana Pebbles Scarf. I used Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice yarn in the color, linen.
I'm thinking of starting up some of those novelty ruffle scarves as well as finishing my daughter's "Gymboree" inspired scarf next.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Teddy Bear Tea Party

Today at the guild was the "teddy bear tea party" for all of us knitters who knitted an outfit for a bear that will be donated to Dana-Farber.

I am happy with how mine came out. A little 'squaw.' Different. I didn't win any of the prizes--not even honorable mention--competition was fierce! It was fun to be there, have the day off, knit, eat cake, drink coffee, have lunch and commiserate with the other knitters.

Here are some pictures of my bear's miniature cowichan cardigan (pattern link in 3/28/12 post) as it was worked. I didn't post these pictures along the way, because it was 'top secret' as to what we were going to dress our bears as.

duplicate stitching the thunderbird in back:

I knitted a headdress from the border design--casted on 241 sts:

He'll go to a good home and make a patient happy:

just some of the stiff competition:

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What I'm working on.

Currently, a cardigan for this bear:

He was loaned to me from the The Greater Boston Knitting Guild (GBKG) to dress for our tea party on April 19th. He will be judged by a patient at the Dana Farber and all of our bears will be going to patients at Dana Farber.

I'm making the Miniature Cowichan Cardigan by Veronik Avery. I saw the pattern in my issue of Interweave Knits Holiday from 2007 as I was paging through old patterns.

I plan to make the design border to tie around his head for an indian headdress. . . . we'll see about that anyway.


I'm also working on my first entrelac project using beautiful Noro Silk Garden, a scarf from freckles and purls:

more to come:

and trying to finish up my daughter's "Gymboree" inspired scarf (lucky for this mild winter, it didn't get finished in time for this year):

I'm looking forward to the tea party on the 19th!

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Friday, December 30, 2011

C's "Northern Lights" sweater!

Pattern: Northern Lights Sweater designed by Megan Lacey/Kids' Knitted Sweaters & More.
Finished Size: 28" (chest); 17" (length); 7½" (armhole depth); and 12" (sleeve length); size 4 with size 6 sizing for lengths.
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash 100% superwash wool; (100 g {220 yards}): Shire, 1 ball; Tangerine, 1 ball; Pumpkin Spice 2 balls; and Ruby, 1 ball.
Needles: Clover Bamboo US 6 24" circular & dpns, US 7 16" circular & dpns.
Intermediate Knit. This is a Norwegian Setesdal Lusekofte sweater. I did not use the traditional red and navy for this. Instead I used colors that complemented C--warm autumnal colors. It was fun to knit and I am very satisfied with the finished sweater. Minimal finishing.

on the needles:


C modeling!!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I'm trying.

Lots of Christmas knitting to get done. I'm last minute as usual and am trying out Lion Brand's Fair Isle Snowflake Ornament. I'm using some old Red Heart yarn I've had lying around the house that was meant for an afghan started in 2001 that will most likely never get finished.

I've completed one ornament and have one on the needles.

It's different and it's fun to knit. Try it out!

Looks like something right out of Crate and Barrel:

and one on the needles:

ornament takes a 5-inch styrofoam ball:

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Monday, November 14, 2011

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

So much fun.

Today, I became a card-carrying member of The Greater Boston Knitting Guild (GBKG) and attended my first meeting.

The guest speaker was Norah Gaughan and I couldn’t have been more excited to meet her.

My eye always goes right to her designs. They’re always so simple and elegant.

Norah gave a presentation on Berroco’s latest yarns and designs and she also handed out a booklet of all of her latest designs!

During ‘show and tell’ I actually got to show Norah my Gypsy Mesh Pullover that she had designed back when she was with JCA Reynolds for Interweave Knits magazine.

It was great to be in a room full of people that share my passion for the craft.

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