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Friday, October 28, 2004

New Threads Friday


la Fleur de Fluffa
Design: Rebecca Nr. 27- Design #25
Yarn: Rowan All Seasons
Color: Dusky #164
Gauge: 18sts/24 rows over 4″
Needles: #8
Type: Hand Knit


to All the Girls Who’ve Gone Before

there was/is a virtual Knitalong Goin’ On

la Fleur Herself: Becky




Jill: aka the RESTLESS Knitter






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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

the evidence is clear…

My Second GoRound with the Dye Pot that
is big enough to swallow Toronto

is a TIE!

I actually dyed a sweater! Remember this? A lovely yarn, done in a lovelier pattern, both of which were SERIOUSLY NOT meant for each other. Looking back on it, I feel like I do about some of the Boyfriends of My Past: Really Cute and Fun to Touch, but as Time went along, as it is wont to do, it just became Get Off Me!

I even relegated this sweater to Work Patrol – where it confused and mystified the public – they wanted to like it but something was just not right…

SO INTO THE DYE POT it went! Seriously inspired, as always, by the Fiber Stylings of one Claudia B, I had to try again, this time adhering religiously to the instructions that came with the dyes…

>> today’s Dirty Little Secret:

A few months ago, I was lucky enough to fly down to Maryland for something called the Sheep & Wool Fest…

While waiting to board our plane, my boon companion, Theresa W, and I had coffee et croissant. I was so Proud. So Stylin’. So in possession of one hand covered in BLUE dye that was coming off my *cool* sweater.

Two days before, I’d dyed the very same garment from above NAVY in an attempt to get it back on the runway. I remember that time my water wasn’t clear (which means the dyeing was incomplete; the dye bath was not EXHAUSTED, it must’ve only been yawning) but I ignored THAT and went my merry way…

So my cool Wool Fest sweater was kept out of site (and off of any white Hotel Furniture) the entire trip! How I longed to tell my Fiber Buddies about my dyeing adventure! How I hid the evidence in my suitcase afraid dye particles would spontaneously jump out and land on everyone freckling them with navy blue dots that would spread and we’d all end up looking like something from a Celtic nightmare!

This perhaps worked to my advantage on Dye Attempt #2. I figured, since the dye on that sweater wasn’t set, maybe I could overdye it once more and get a non-traveling result…

I mixed two parts Dark Red to one part Yellow, and WHOOSH:


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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

if this Collar could talk, it would say something like THIS. (YEAH, right…)

But really, this little number has stretched my imagination farther into the hand-knitting process than ever before…

It has short rows, negative space (for the trim application), loopy fringe, a 3-needled bind-off, etc. etc, etc…

What was I thinking?

Well, while I was mentally prepping the Shazam sweater, I did a lot of reading in the ChicKnits Library, immersing myself into the idea of taking things I know and combining them with things I was only familiar with. The essential tome that really caught my imagination was Alice Starmore’s “Aran Knitting”. In it she deconstructs historical cabled garments (eauuu, cables, so dear to my heart) and very nicely explains the construction of such from Simple to Combined.

In her notes, she talks about early knitters *winging* it as they try something new – a *determined enthusiasm* that most knitters have when they’re in the thrill of the chase…

That State of Mind brought me to the finish line on this one! Although I knew what shape I wanted the collar to be and had a hard count of stitches picked up around the neckline, it wasn’t until I was actually knitting the collar that it became what the fiber and the shape needed.

It was subtly adjusted as necessary, added to, subtracted from and shaped into the form I could see only in my mind, not in a sketch or chart. For the first time, I REALLY understood what I was making from a particular fiber in a eye/brain/hand coordination individual to this time and space.

Yeah, Twilight Zone…

But how about that BROOCH! (click on it in the above picture for groovy CU!)


>> Silly Contest for no Particular Reason <<

Guess the Name of the Movie from the above sound clip and WIN enough Cascade 220 yarn to make a Felted Bucket Hat (including pattern)!

Send me an email with the word *Movie* in the subject line HERE and the name of the movie in the body of the email…

Winner announced Friday, October 29, 2004

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