It’s All About the Office! AKA Starbucks.

~What a fabulous day at The Office! Barb and I arrived around 9 am and left around 12pm!  When on our Northwest Journey we planned each day while at Starbucks; thus we began calling Starbucks – “The Office”.   You can see our “briefcases” and how we’re ready for the day.   It’s Barb’s birthday this week so we did some celebrating.  Pop Cake and drink of choice!  Yum!  Looked at Spin-Off and Creative Knitting Magazines.  Knitted. Talked.  Took pictures. A wonderful day!  Ended it by going to a thrift store to look for sweaters to unravel.  Barb found a 100% silk, light, sage green one which she want to try dyeing and I found a mohair- acrylic blend in a heavenly shade of peach.

One present I gave to Barbara was Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.  I purchased one for my self knowing we’d have a blast filling these out.  I told Barb that since it’s her present she gets to pick out the page we’d do every week.  The first page she picked is the name page,  saying we have to have our names in the journal!  We’ll share next Monday.  She’s told me she’s going to rename hers but wouldn’t tell me the title, said I have to wait until she picked the cover!!  So mean!

Cooler morning, although bright and sunny.  Barb showed up wearing her knitted: sweater, hat, and scarf.  Can’t get better than that.  I’ve mentioned these items in previous posts.   I had on my Maja shawl.

This is the Herdis by Elsebeth Lavold sweater that I mentioned a few days ago.  It is stunning!  What a knitter!  The buttons she used are antiques from our grandmother at the beginning of last century.  Tried to get a good close-up, but this was the closest we could get.  They are metallic and there is a bit of a shine that’s hard to capture.  The color is washed out even though there wasn’t a flash.  Sigh…  Guess it was a bad picture day!

And, she had completed the bottom and top of the slipper, after assuring me she wouldn’t get that far.  Instead of working on the slipper, I made a special, small, knitted gift for her.  I’ll write up the pattern and share on this blog.  So, I need to go catch up on the slipper.  Here I am madly working on it!

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It’s All About the Neck Candy!

~I’m sure all of us have knit our share of warm, serviceable scarves.  Every so often it’s fun to knit something totally outrageous to wear as neck candy.  While visiting the Acorn Street Yarn shop they had an extremely fun exhibit of yarns made specifically to “knit” into ruffled, wild, scarves/neck candy.  It took me at least half and hour to decide which one to purchase.  The directions were on the package.  It took a couple of hours to make while on the road to Missoula.  Finished it at my sister’s house.  Sad to say that I did not keep the label so I cannot remember what the yarn is.  It is really long so this picture shows the scarf doubled.  Isn’t it fabulous?

Barbara is such a fast knitter that she made two scarves during our journey.  It really was cold! The yarn is Cascade’s Alpaca and is softer-than-soft (my favorite yarn to knit with).  She knit both in a straight garter stitch.  After she got home, she decided she did not like the plain look on hers and wanted to “punch” the color of the yarn better.  So she tore out the entire scarf and reknit using the Fisherman’s Rib, a type of Brioche stitch, found at one of our favorite online sites, The PurlBee.  It is so pretty and SOFT.  She lives in our San Diego mountains where it gets cold and this scarf is wonderful!

I have a totally off-the-wall “neck candy” that is almost finished, I’ll try and share that with you tomorrow.  Today is spinning day, at least for a bit.  It is still cold, drizzly, gray here and the arthritic hands do complain. I do see spots of blue poking through here and there. I’m wearing my new Maja shawlette, with the perfect stick pin, to keep warm.

I’ll leave you with a stunning picture taken during sunset at Carlsbad State Park in San Diego County, California.  It was taken by daughter Emily while we were camping there a few weeks ago.  She fancied it up with the iPhone app Histamatic.  Cool!

Twined Over Ewe

q8 – As mentioned yesterday, we decided that we have to finish some of our WIPs before we can begin new ones.  The exception is our joint challenge.  We try to get together every Monday and follow our creative hearts. Since I’ve finally retired, Barb and I have had a blast following creativity.  We’ve decided to do joint projects, in addition to our many individual WIPs. There are two rules for each joint project:  1. It has to be considered ‘”major” (hats and small projects we don’t consider major) and 2. It has to teach us a new technique. On our mom’s side, we are of Norwegian heritage.  Our passion for genealogy has made us feel more in contact with our Norwegian side.  Mom’s side of the family played a big part of our lives and being Norwegian was huge.  Seeing the Norwegian Star slippers in the book Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks by Laura Farson screamed at us – “knit me”!  The project was started Monday.   This one has a new twinned cast-on technique and twinned knitting.  So we’re Twined Over Ewe.  This is the heel:

One tip: I had 2 #4 bamboo needles and Barb had 2 #4 green needles.  We traded one needle and made the green one our number 1 needle.  Has worked wonderfully well!  Both needles are a knitting joy.  Two different colored circulars make the knitting so much easier.

This is the WIP I just finished.  Hurray!  It is on the blocking wires:

The shawl is called Maja by Anniken Allis.  It’s a free pattern in Knitty, Winter 2008. I’d been wanting to try that “yarn-strands-over” technique.  I’ve had this Noro Inspirations yarn Color 5 for a few years and thought this would be the perfect project.  Its a heavier yarn and perfect as a shawlette – I made it smaller than Anniken’s Maja.  Please, don’t look too hard for the mistakes! lol!  When looking up the info for the blog today I recognized Anniken as a Scandinavian name, checked it out and sure enough she’s from Norway.  You’ll see, we just can’t get away from our Norwegian roots! lol!

Barb is a fabulous knitter, the better of us two.  She inherited mom’s knitting gene.  She just finished an extraordinarily wonderful sweater called Herdis by Elsebeth Lavold.  The pattern is in Designer’s Choice Book One.  Hum, another Scandinavian pattern.  I promise, most of what we knit is not Scandinavian!  Although my favorite cast-on is the Old Norwegian Method and I purl the Norwegian way.

We do have our next project lined up – dang I’m the type of person who wants instant gratification but we made a promise to wait so I’ll be good!  Barb did make noises on Monday that she thought she’d try the new technique.  I played the older sister card and told her she had to wait! lol! HINT – think Brioche.  The yarn has been purchased and is silently screaming at me “use me now”.