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Nothing Super About Superwash

Mountain Mist Superwash

Mountain Mist Superwash

After much moaning and groaning, I finally finished the 4 oz. roving of Mountain Mist (60% Superwash, 30% Bamboo, 10% Nylon). What made this such a “pain” to spin? I’ve spun wool, bamboo, nylon blends which were a joy to spin, as the fiber flowed beautifully between my fingers. The difference in this roving is the superwash. The wool was not soft and lovely, it wanted to slub, and I was continually battling chunks. Not lovely at all to spin. I will have to say it was the best balanced yarn I’ve ever spun. I chalk that up to getting better and spinning it on my Sidekick Rosie. Another disappointment, was how dull the colors became after it was soaked in Soak and hung to dry. The roving colors were quite brilliant before, now it’s very dull.

There are about 485 yards, so perhaps I’ll knit a cowl. For some reason, I’m on a cowl kick and just keep looking at awesome cowl patterns. One pattern I’m totally in love with is Luna Virdis by Hillary Smith Callis. My superwash is not the right yarn for this pattern. The beautiful stitches would get lost in the variegated, barber pole colors. Isn’t this pattern stunning?

Luna Viridis by Hilary Smith Callis

Luna Viridis by Hilary Smith Callis

 


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Two Sock At Once

Knitting Two Socks At Once

Knitting Two Socks At Once

There is an “Orphan Sock” floating around the house. I knit the first sock and never got around to knitting the second. It makes a perfect hand-puppet for my grandbaby. When visiting my Hawaii grandkids in March, I was knitting socks. One Grandson was enthralled he asked if I’d make a pair for him. Since we’ll be heading over in November, I decided I’d best get started now. In order to circumvent the “Orphan Sock Disease” (OSD), I investigated two-sock knitting. I decided on this technique from Heidi Bears blog. I already use either the magic loop or two-needles methods for circular knitting so I figured the magic loop method would work well. I’m enjoying how nice it is to knit both socks at once.

Since these are “practice” socks, I raided my stash and found Kertzer’s On Your Toes which is 75% superwash wool. I’m going on record right now saying I HATE superwash wool.  After spinning 4 oz of the stuff and now knitting with it, I can honestly say I find it stiff and “unlovely” to work with. These socks are going to a grandkid so mom needs to be able to throw them in the washer.

The needles are US 2 (2.75 mm) Addi Turbo Sock Rockets 40″.  I find I really need all 40″, anything shorter and the loops would not work as well since they have to hold two socks.

The pattern I’m using is a basic pattern from Vogue Knitting The Ultimate Sock Book. On page 51 is an awesome Vogue Knitting Sock Calculator. There are three charts for Superfine Yarn, Fine Yarn, and DK-Weight yarn. Suggested needle sizes with gauge are given on each chart. The charts give Baby through Adult XL sizes. Cannot stress how much I love this Sock Calculator.  On page 53 is Vogue Knitting Universal Top-Down Sock Pattern. I’ve made copies of both pages for easy reference. Combining the pattern with the sock calculator, I’m knitting basic, stockinette socks. What I like about the pattern is that it gives the sock’s Leg Length so it’s easy to figure out nice patterns.

On my Kindle is Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews. This summer by using the county library to check out ebooks, I’ve been slowly reading all of her books. This is so totally not the type of book I usually read, but after quite a few personal tragedies this 2014 year, I’ve found I need to read “happy”. Her books fit the bill. I enjoy her writing style and find the characters delightful.

What’s on your needles and what are you reading?

 


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“Duotangle by the Letter!”

SL Tangle

SL Tangle

Tina of Peacefully Knitting “made” me do Diva’s Weekly Challenge this week. I liked the idea of doing a tangle based on my initials. My initials are SL. I chose Sh-rock and Log jam. AFTER I made my tangle I decided to head over and check out the tangle that was on Diva’s page (I swear). What a shock to find that L was one of her initials and what tangle did she pick for her “L”? Oh yeah, Logjam. After seeing hers, of course I’m not as pleased with mine. I couldn’t find my  soft-lead pencil for shading…… Anyway….. Tangling is fun and relaxing.


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Repurpose Vintage Doily Patterns

New Vintage Lace: Knits Inspired By The Past

New Vintage Lace: Knits Inspired By The Past

I’m really enjoying this book by Andrea Jurgrau. The lace shawl pattern in this book are all repurposed vintage doily designs. The author has taken old doily patterns and rewritten them into shawls and other accessories. Click on this link to Ravelry to see all of the patterns in the book. Quite delightful.

Chapter 5: Doily Dissection–A Little Geometry and a Lot of Fun explains how to take a vintage doily knitting pattern and change it into a shawl pattern. Easy to follow, great instructions. Really quite clever.  I’ve been doing flitting through the websites looking for free doily patterns, this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg, it’s just an ice cube of what can be found:

Antique Pattern Library – this site has been mentioned before and is listed in the book

Vintage Purls

Knitting Pattern Central

Free Knitting Patterns for Doilies and Tablecloths

And, not to sounds as if I’m a walking ad today, I signed up for Amazon Kindle Unlimited’s free month. I found this book and many other knitting books which I’ve been busily reading and perusing for the trial period. Tina, there are also Zentangle books. Of course, I’ve been madly reading the cozy mystery series by G. A. McKevett – starting with Just Desserts.

 

 


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Silver Pockets Full

So this email arrived:

Sub: Good Luck Aug

 

I am sending this because I could use a little silver in my pockets. Lots of luck to you, too!

 This is the only time you will see this phenomenon in your life!! 

August 2014

Silver Pockets

August, this year, will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays.  This happens only once every 823 years.  The Chinese call it ‘Silver pockets full.  ” So: send this message to your friends and in four days money will surprise you.  Based on Chinese Feng Shui.  Whoever does not transmit the message … MAY find themselves poor.

Really? I mean REALLY? Who does not know that we use the Gregorian calendar? Our calendar totally repeats itself. Using simple math:
Because:
1. There are 7 different days of the week the year can start on and
2. Leap year occurs every 4 years.
Then:
The calendar repeats after 28 years (4 x 7)
However, within that cycle, some years repeat after 6 or 11 years (don’t ever forget our crazy leap year). AND, this does not take into account that the pattern is disrupted when the year ends in 00 and is not divisible by 400. (Not even going into the math on this one.)
To make a long-winded tale short, I knew I needed to look back either 6 or 11 years to find a matching pattern to this August. And what did I find?
August 2008
There is great information here on the worldwide adoption of the Gregorian calendar. For anyone into genealogy its a great source. It’s interesting to think that it’s only been since the last century that Gregorian calendar has been adopted world-wide.
Sorry folks, if you did pass on that email and believed its messages it’s a bunch of hooey. Another Urban Legend bites the dust. And, for kicks I just googled: Silver Pockets Full. Laughing as I see tons of hits. How many different ways can you say “Gotcha sucker!”?
Did any of you get the Silver Pockets Full email? Do you hate these chain letters as much as I do? They prey on gullible people.


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Getting Tangled Up and More

Let me preface this by saying that I’ve never been much of a doodler or drawer, never having an innate talent or classes. However, I’ve been hooked on Zentangles for a couple of years now. For me, it is an off and on again activity. This last spring I joined Ornation Creation FB site. This is such a fun site created by Ben Kwok who is a fabulous, zentangle template-maker. There are a lot of free zentangle templates at this site. People share their drawings and I am totally blown away by how fabulous they are. Little kids have even done these. Quilters and dyers need to look at the fabulous fabric design, there are examples of purses, shoes, furniture, et all decorated with Zentangle. Wonderful, wonderful.

After seeing the Zentangles of  Lisa blogger of Peacefully Knitting and reading about Diva’s Weekly Challenge, I decided to share one of my early tangles from Ornation Creation, which I downloaded and slightly changed this one, added color, and really am embarrassed at sharing my so-so tangle:

Based on template by Ben Kwok

Based on template by Ben Kwok

As a twitcher or birder or bird-watcher, I’ve always wanted to learn how to draw birds. This cartoon sums up most of the “How To” books I found on drawing birds:

Posted on Ornation Creation by Sharon Lynn Payne

Posted on Ornation Creation by Sharon Lynn Payne

While on vacation last August, I actually found a fabulous book which have multiple steps, has you look at each individual part of the bird. I cannot rave enough about this book. Here is the book and my first attempt:

 

Cardinal

Cardinal

Recently I read Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcom Gladwell. He hypotheses that there people do not have “innate talent”, instead talent is achieved after 10,000 hours of practice. Hummmmm.. I know that my 9-year-old grandson who is quite clever at drawing has not practiced for 10,000 hours. But, maybe there is a chance for me after 10,000 hours.


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Bits and Pieces for Kitty Pi; Part Deux

Kitty Pi

Kitty Pi

Remember this? I blogged about Kitty Pi on Feb 25, 2014 . I made this cat bed out of all the bits and pieces of my handspun; the practice bits.

Finally sent it to my daughter Darcey for her precious Roxy who adores my hand knits and will climb up in their closet to get one. Results? This review came in this morning from Roxy’s sister Pepper who has never been interested in my hand knits. Photographed by my highly creative s-i-l Todd. Stay tuned!

And, Pepper is an attack cat! My husband has the bragging scars to prove it.

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