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Another Kitty Yarn


String or Nothing

It’s only for string.Posted: 15 Oct 2011 11:00 AM PDT


I decided to try to organize my “yarn stash corner” so I can actually see what I have. This would be quite helpful in preventing me from going to my LYS, the Sheep & Wool Festival, and the Wool Arts Tour and buying the same thing I bought the previous year.First, I had to measure the space in the corner. Since it’s under a sloping ceiling, that made it a little more difficult. But I used a tape measure and did the best I could.I bought five pink stackable plastic milk crates, figuring I could do a column of two and another of three. I could put them open-side out so I could see the contents.I should have taken a picture of the corner as it was, but I was so excited to get going, I forgot. Just imagine a towering pile of plastic and paper bags, containing goodies not seen since the dark ages.I did, however, take a picture of all the “keeper” things I pulled out and put on the bed. Unfortunately, it came out blurry. But it’ll give you an idea of all the loose skeins of  yarn, books,…

Lovely Sweater

That’s even more impressive than knitting it myself!

When Good Knitting Goes Bad


NH Sheep & Wool Festival 2011

Last weekend was the yearly much-anticipated New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival. My daughters and I always look forward to it all year and can’t wait for it to happen. We had a wonderful time as always, and because of having a few years’ experience under our belts, we made it through in record time.Here’s a photo of my goodies:From left to right, here’s what I got:1) Sonatina Laceweight from Mad Color Fiber Arts, 80% merino wool, 20% Tussah silk, 1125 yards, . Soft and plenty of yardage for a large shawl. You can’t tell it from the color I chose, but most of their yarn was, well, Mad Colors. 2) Ariane Lace from Ball and Skein, 70% alpaca, 20% silk, 10% cashmere, 875 yards, colorway “The Blues,” . Last year I bought some of their Arequipa and made a gorgeous scarf. This yarn is SO soft, I just want to stroke it! They’re on my “must buy” list every year.3) Estrellita handpainted 2-ply lace from Mocha’s Fiber Designs, 75% superwash meri…

Free Pattern: Magic Loop Eyelet Mitts

Here is a free pattern I hope you’ll enjoy. Please don’t sell the pattern or sell the mitts…it’s for your personal use only.These came out pretty nicely and were easy to make. Let me know if you have questions!MAGIC LOOP EYELET MITTS
by Elizabeth DelisiMaterials:
1 ball Jojoland Melody Superwash fingering, 220 yards
40" circular needle size 2Size:
One sizeEyelet Lace Pattern:
Multiple of 8 sts.
Row 1 (right side): Knit.
Row 2 and all other even rows: Knit.
Row 3: *K6, yo, k2 tog, rep from *.
Row 5: Knit.
Row 7: K2, *yo, k2 tog, k6; rep from *, end with k4.
Row 8: Knit.
Repeat rows 1-8.Directions:
Cast on 56 stitches, divide in half on both sides of the needle. Join into a round.Work K2, P2 ribbing for 16 rounds.Work rounds 1-8 of Eyelet Lace pattern, then work Rounds 1-4 once more.Thumb Gusset:
Round 1: M1, K2, M1, place marker, knit across round as established in pattern.
Round 2 and 3: Knit to marker, slip marker, continue i…

Kitty Helper

And to add a little written knitting content…I’m going to my LYS today to yell for help. The hoodie I’m working on is coming out way off gauge. No, that’s not right. The gauge seems fine but it’s still going to be way longer than it should be when the side shaping is done. So I’m going to go whine and cry and see if there’s an option beyond starting over! Wish me luck.

When Good Plans Go Bad


Kitty Knitting

Just add a couple hundred Christmas lights, and you’ll have the Griswalds’ Christmas vacation! Hah.So, on the needles. Or to be more precise, on the hook. I’m almost done with the crocheted project “Zaubertote” from the book “Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders.” Only problem is, one skein of the Zauberball wasn’t enough despite the book title, and it costs $19.99 per ball, so now instead of a basic $20 tote, I’ll have a $40 tote! I’d better get lots of use out of it. At least I’m having fun crocheting for a break from knitting. And the yarn color changes are awesome, shades of purple, pink and orange.Once the tote is done, I’ll return to the shawl I’m knitting, the Water Turtles Shawl from the book “Wrapped in Comfort.” It’s going slowly as each row is so long, and it’s hard to see the pattern yet as it’s only 6 or 8 inches long. It’ll be a challenge to block, I suspect.What’s on your needles…or hook?

Beware the Soul Stealer

Just had to share this: