Category Archives: 2010

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Stitches East 2010

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I know, I know, Stitches East 2010 was weeks ago.  Well, to be honest it took me about that long to recover!  And life got in the way…but it was GREAT!  It was about friends and fiber and laughter…lots of … Continue reading

Imaginary Rhinebeck

So today, in between a flag football game (victory on to round 2 of the playoffs) and 2 soccer games (also victorious, holding first place in the division), my Imaginary Rhinebeck prize arrived in the mail.  (As a side note, hubster is intruiged with the whole sheep festival thing and I could see a family trip some year!)

Some Blue Moon Fiber Arts love.  Thanks Tina!  The colors are wonderful as usual!

I have a thing for Twisted! and plan to use this Briar Rose for some color work.  I cannot say enough about Twisted!  It is soft, wears like iron, is great to knit with and has such depth when dyed.  I love the darker twisted ply.

But the real surprise was the “True Blood” Red.  I was prepared to like it but never knew how deeply I’d fall.  I am a goner.  Total unrelenting unconditional love.  I can say with some degree of certainty that more of this color may come home with me from Stitches East!  This skein of Socks That Rock mediumweight is destined to be a gift for someone special.  It will be a pleasure to knit and hard to give away…which makes it the best kind of gift, the one you’d like to have yourself. 

Happy Rhinebeck Day to you too!   

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Fall in New England

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What a glorious fall weekend in New England! The weather has been spectacular and the 3-day weekend has been heavy on family activities and game-lite (phew).  Bike rides, apple orchard-ing and hiking combined with a less hectic schedule for the … Continue reading

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The Magnificent Knit-along

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This knit-along was destined for greatness, with a pattern from the book named Magnificent Mittens.  Pat, Linda and I had a blast.  We began trying to use stash yarn, which we all did to some extent.  (Pat’s mittens have the red/gray … Continue reading

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I Can’t Stop Myself

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After the fun of the last pair of mittens, I am enjoying these almost as much!  These are handspun alpaca silk (70%/30%) from Fat Cat Knits fiber club earlier this year. Again Pat and I are going it together but … Continue reading

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I Feel a New Trend

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C O L O R W O R K . When I started to knit I jumped right into colorwork.  Icelandic wool sweaters to be exact.  I have fallen for it all over again with these mittens.  I started a … Continue reading

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Do You See It?

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I am sensing a theme…a blue green one… This is what I’ve been working on this weekend. I have been photographing these socks to publish the pattern.  Look for Northampton Socks soon! I have been knitting and writing the pattern … Continue reading

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Wait, Summer, Come Back!

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I can’t believe it has been a month since my last post but summer just seems to be buzzing past! I have been zipping the kids all around and we even fit some family time in.  Here’s a quick picture … Continue reading

An Unexpected Visitor

File this one under fringe benefits of Rocking Sock Club or “knitting makes good friends”.

 We’ve been internet friends about 4 years and met in person a year ago at Sock Camp.  But about two weeks ago, I was talking to my friend Tapmouse, who lives clear across the country in San Fransisco, when she indicated whe might be coming East to visit family.  Then I heard nothing for about four days.  A quick text and lo and behold, she was entering Massachusetts after a quick drive across the country!

We managed two awesome visits during her stay and created friendships between her Lil Emperor and my 4 kids.  The first visit took place at Kimball Farm, where (after we played show and tell with the knitting we’d brought along) we rode bumper boats…

played mini golf…

and ate ridiculously large and delicious ice creams!

We finished up at my All Star baseball player’s game and dined on pizza.  We played with fiber and I showed her my stash.  Our men each delared that they housed the largest yarn collections and were confident that we never needed any more yarn!!  Being deep in the Tour de Fleece, we gifted each other with a little fibery presents!

Here’s mine, 2 ounces of 100% Targhee, which I’d never spun before, dyed by A Verb for Keeping Warm in the granite colorway.

I had spinning plans but just couldn’t wait to spin this one up!

It’s about 160 yards of light worsted yarn and has a wonderful future as probably a hat for my boy.

We managed one last visit over boxes of whoopie pies and pasteries…

where she gifted me this cool necklace she got during her travels from darkflowerbeads.   Tapmouse smartly packed light on knitting, sensing souvenier yarn in her future, but came without any spinning supplies.  It only took me a few days to remember to send her to nearby Journey Wheels, the home of Bosworth spindles.  So she did some shopping for me too!  It’s a mini Purpleheart, 22 gm/.77 oz.

 We had a wonderful morning chatting and spinning (what a spindle spinner she is!) on my deck over coffee…

…before we said “so long, see you at Sock Camp”. 

Last I heard, Lil Emp was on his way to see the Statue of Liberty and Leslie was half way to a pair of socks with some souvenier yarn!

It was a great visit!  Hey, Leslie…drop in anytime!!

Tour de Fleece Progress

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So far so good. I have spun pretty fiber every day of the Tour and have a few things to show for it!

From left to right that’s 500 yards fat cat superwash merino 2-ply in like 2010 summer club colorway, a fun and interesting spin.  The gorgeous purple in the middle is 70% merino 30% silk Ashland Bay Concord colorway.  This 300 yards of 3-ply was a birthday gift from my dear frind cockeyed.  And my next adventure is 8 oz of 50\50 cashemere silk from the Spirit Trails luxury fiber club. I chose the color Air and just love it!

I have also taken my spindles out and have 2 small projects I am finishing up there.  Some people in my house are distracted by my wheel humming while we watch the golf tournaments. Huh, go figure!

Also, I managed to finish a pair of socks of my own design.  I am writing the patttern up and will show those soon!

How is your summer knitting and spinning going?