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June Indie Dyer Feature~ Wee Chickadee Woolery.

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 06/11/2017 - 13:42
Happy Sunday! It is time to get to have a little virtual meet and greet with another wonderful Indie dyer, in this case two-Jennifer and Christina. The dynamic duo is a sister team and their passion is expressed via their shop , Wee Chickadee Woolery. Let's chat... When did you... Andi
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WIP | Summer Rainbow

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 06/11/2017 - 12:30
Knitting time has once again been quite limited, but slowly and steadily progress is occurring. The last time we saw this summery rainbow afghan, it looked like this.

Since then, the strips have been seamed ...

and the afghan body has been assembled. You can also clearly see the jade and mint banners that depleted two favorite greens and temporarily put a planned gradient project on hold.

At this stage, with all the lumps, bumps and curling edges, I always have to remind myself not to panic. The vivid version looked like a hot mess, too, until the borders corrected the curl and blocking eliminated the lumps.
The combination of fresh rainbow shades, cottony feel and light drapey fabric make this the perfect choice for cool summer mornings and evenings. Between that cheery prospect and the fact there are multiple projects standing on the sidelines clamoring for attention, I'm eager to turn this WIP into an FO and get it into the rotation.

Looking for the pattern? It's now in the tech editor's hands and should soon be ready for release.
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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:00

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week These gigantic crocheted urchins are so beautiful!! I wish I could see them in person. Knitting as espionage during World War I and II. 13 easy things to reduce stress in your day-to-day life. If you are interested in Pinterest for small businesses, I was on the Business of

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I am like the wind

Yarn Harlot - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 19:17

Randomly on a Wednesday: Subtitle – things I have done since last we were together.

1.  I applied all your suggestions in the last post, and the baby blanket is way, way bigger. This picture isn’t even accurate – because since I took it, I’ve picked up stitches all around the sides, and I’m working the border pattern in the round. Hope is on the horizon with this one, because tomorrow I leave for the June retreat, and I’ll have a whole bunch of travel time. I’m sort of excited. (About the retreat too, although I’m super psyched for the knitting time.)

2. Jen and I went out and did a training ride together. I’m behind on my rides (you would not believe how completely crappy our weather has been) and Jen is even behinder- since she had to wait for school to end and her job to be over to be able to get out there, but get out there we did. A rather good showing of 50km, with no whining, which you should all be really impressed with, considering our ages and the way you can’t knit while you ride a bike.

Jen’s the same as me that way –  her behaviour is mostly yarn led, and we’re both better people when our knitting is in our hands. It’s a wonder we can cycle at all, now that I think of it.

3. I made Elliot a sweet little sun hat (that I assume he’ll wear if summer ever arrives here.)

It’s the Baby Sunbonnet from Purl Soho (they have stuff besides knitting stuff – who knew?) and it wasn’t too hard. It worked out really nicely, actually. There was only one problem.

It was a little big.  I’ll make him another one.

4. By the way, I think it’s way more embarrassing to have a sewn thing come out the wrong size than a knitted thing. It’s not like it changes with blocking or it’s all scrunched up on a needle, and there’s no gauge to shaft you. It’s just… a mistake. Failure to measure.

5. Meg and I spent an afternoon making her a wrap skirt, perfectly adjustable for the post-baby changing figure. She can just keep cinching it in. Elliot was super helpful.

6. That one came out the right size.

7. I flew to Portland on Sunday to meet up with Stephen, so that we could surprise Debbi for her birthday. (There was a party organized, we didn’t just show up.)

I got on a plane first thing in the morning, and so did Stephen, and we met there and went for a walk in the Rose Garden (Fine. We ran. It was ambitious and we ran out of time.) and then we grabbed a hotel, put on pretty clothes and showed up at the party. I’m pretty sure we took a couple years off of Debbi’s life.

8. I flew back the next day. I’m still not sure it was all smart. (I am kinda tired.)

9. I drove Cameron to the airport, because he has to go to Australia for work for five weeks, and I’m not really sure that’s how either of us imagined getting ready for the Rally  – working together as Co-Leads on different continents, but work is work, and we have to pay the bills, and it’s going to be harder on him than me, so I’m trying not to whine. He’s going to do his best from away – and I’m going to pick up the slack here. He packed himself off on the plane with his brand spanking new socks in progress in his carry on (and his almost finished thumbless mittens in his suitcase. It’s like he’s a totally real knitter now- he’s 99.5% of the way there. I’m withholding the .5% because he didn’t worry about being underyarned for the voyage.)

10. I am packing, because tomorrow I head back to the West Coast (I know. I was just there. I know, you’ll say I should have stayed, but I really wanted to have a few days with Joe, and to see Elliot and there was a fundraising meeting last night that I thought was really important because fundraising is behind for the Rally this year) and did I tell you that Jen is going with me? It’s her birthday this weekend (and almost mine) and so we’re celebrating – knitter style. We’re going to party like animals. (By party we mean go to a knitting retreat. It’s the same. Six days away where you only talk about knitting, do work that’s about knitting, hang out around around knitting and only are with knitters? That’s like the non-knitters birthday equivalent of hookers and blow. We’re meeting at the airport at dawn and we’re gonna let the good times roll. )

11. We did a lot of baby holding. It’s super competitive around here. Stay strong Pato. Don’t let the Grampas get him from you. They’re circling like buzzards.

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The Yarn Always Wins

Knitting | Work in Progress - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 15:50
Remember when we looked at different color lineups, so you could help me choose an ombre or gradient for a new afghan? I was experimenting with various combinations designed to use up leftovers, partials and orphan skeins, and asked for your input.

Here's a quick update. Based on your feedback to date, the green gradient is your top pick ...

while this cool combo is running a very close second.

With your sound counsel in hand and a fresh design concept in mind, I was ready to cast on.
Unfortunately, I immediately ran into a hitch. Several greens in the winning combos above wormed their way into the summer rainbow afghan, which means the mint is nearly gone, and the jade and teal shades are severely depleted.
I can't speak for you, but sometimes my need to cast on outweighs every other consideration. Because it was a grey, rainy day, this warm, cheery combination seemed the ideal way to counter the gloom.In a relatively short period of time, I'd made just enough progress to begin easing my need to get this project on the needles. Since then more progress has occurred, but that's a topic for another day. 

Meanwhile, I'm dealing with the classic knitter's dilemma: On the upside, I'm accomplishing my goal to put leftovers and partials to good use. On the downside, as colors dwindle or disappear, so do my options.
For a very brief moment, I thought about standing firm and trying to find a way to work with just the colors that remain. In the end, the yarn always wins, so I'm off to search replacements for the mint, jade and teal, and yes, start the whole cycle all over again.

To see all the options and cast a vote for your favorite, visit Ombres & Gradients: Which Would You Choose? and share your picks in the comments.
To read more about ombres and gradients, click here.
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Autumn Geisha - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 22:37

It's been a wonderful week of celebrations around here :) My niece graduated from high school. Hard to believe that the tiny screaming baby that I saw come into the world is now the confident and caring young woman smiling before me. I am so proud of her, but a part of me wishes that time wouldn't fly by so fast.

This past Sunday was National Cancer Survivors Day. One of my closest friends and I marked the occasion by taking a river cruise down the Choptank River. We ate a delicious lunch, watched the gorgeous scenery pass by and laughed a lot. It was a beautiful day to celebrate life and friendship.

This Friday is the last day of school for the little guy. It's been a successful school year and I couldn't help but cast on a celebratory sock.

pattern: froot loop
These are going to be my Summer festival socks to usher in the season. With all of the sad events happening right now, it seems even more important to celebrate and be grateful for all of the joyful moments that life has to offer, both big and small.
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Modification Monday: Dandelion in a Breeze

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:00

And the winner of the Pom Pom Quarterly Giveaway is … Nicole! The draw was randomly selected based on comments, and her winning comment was: “I love Fete! It might be the bright color, but I love the splash of grey against the pink. It also looks like a statement necklace knitted right onto the

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Why did you start knitting...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 14:36
Happy Sunday! How was your week? Mine was rather busy as it tends to be after a three day weekend. So busy that it had me grabbing my knitting project more often than usual during lunch breaks. Which reminds me how grateful I am for knitting. As I was knitting... Andi
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What the Rabbit Hole Revealed

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 12:30
My search for yarn to supplement the soft and lovely teal and lake Grignasco Champagne had me poised to leap down the rabbit hole, and leap I did. Here's what the rabbit hole revealed.

First, I found this lovely turquoise Tajmahal, which in terms of color and fiber blends nicely with the teal and lake Champagne.

Then, I managed to track down several skeins of Champagne in two understated neutrals. Cloud (left) is a pale blue-grey, while stainless steel (right) is a warmer grey with wheaty undertones.

Both work well with the lake and teal, but cloud with its subtle blue notes is the better option.

Both also work beautifully with the turquoise Tajmahal. (This photo shows the cloud and stainless steel colors most accurately.)

At first, stainless steel seemed a bit ho-hum and I was certain what to do with it, but I quickly discovered a silver lining. It's the perfect complement to these neutral shades of Tajmahal, which have lived in the stash way too long.

So there you have it. The stash has grown by a hearty handful of skeins, but since everything still fits comfortably into the stash cupboards, that's okay. 

This mix of old and new yarns offers so many possibilities, I'm eager to begin testing color and stitch combinations for a stream of shawls, stoles, scarves, wraps, mitts, cowls, sweaters, vests and more. 

But with several afghans and small projects on the needles, my logical side keeps whispering, finish a few WIPs first. Seduced by the tantalizing prospect of fresh yarn fumes, my knitterly side whispers back, resistance is futile.

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Makers Gonna Make (no matter what)

Knit and Tonic - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 15:37
About five weeks ago I had carpal tunnel release surgery on my dominant, right hand. This was the type where they cut and open part of your wrist and palm--not the endoscopic type. The worst part of the surgery was... Wendy
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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 11:00

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week What a magical, wonderful, fantastic idea- because the world needs more love letters. Talk about contributing positivity in the world. Being your true self in a relationship is less important than being your best self. How to prioritize when everything is urgent. 5 tips for hosting your own

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