Scarf Style

Now that I have figured out how to do entrelac knitting, I am ready to move to the next step, the step in-between knitting my ultimate entrelac challenge, the Forest Path Stole by Faina Letoutchaia.  That next step is knitting the Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole by Kathleen Power Johnson.  I saw the pattern on Ravelry done in a multi color blend that was to die for.  The pattern is in Pam Allen’s Scarf Style book put out by Interweave Knits.  The book finally came in to our library through our interloan system.  You all know how much I love my library!  Anyway, now that I have the book I can plan my stole.  The stole is done on US size 10 1/2 needles using Aran weight yarn.  Only one problem, it takes about 10 skeins of yarn.  I am thinking about using Patons SWS, a wool blend – 70% wool, 30% soyabean.  There are a few different striping combinations that are quite striking. 

The book has a couple other patterns that caught my eye.  One was Ene’s Scarf by Nancy Bush.  It is made using 2 strands of lace weight yarn held together with US size 6 needles.  It looks a little more complicated than some of the other scarves, but it is really pretty. 

The other pattern that I liked is the Blizzard scarf/shawl by Leigh Radford.  This scarf/shawl is crocheted, not knit with a P hook and super bulky yarn.

Scarf Style has a variety of other patterns in it, from very easy to a little more complicated.  I’d say there is something for everyone to knit or crochet.

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This Way or That Way?

As you know, I’ve been making filet name bookmarks for my children and grandchildren for their birthdays this year.  I’ve finished two more.  May is a such a busy month!  This time I did the bookmarks a little different.  I am hoping you can read the names a little easier.  What I did was, I did the rows in the other direction.  Can you tell?  I need some input.  Which way is it easier to read them?  Any ideas as to why they are hard to read?  They seem to be easier to read in the photos than the actual bookmark.  Go figure. 

Scott’s bookmark was on #3 thread in a navy/light blue mix with a #2 crochet hook.  Melissa’s was done in South Maid Irish blue, #10 bedspread weight 100% cotton.

Scott - #3 weight, 100% cotton in a Navy/lt. blue mix

Melissa - #10 bedspread weight 100% cotton in Irish Blue

♥ A Tribute to Mom ♥ with Love ♥

This one is for you Mom ♥

As many of you already know, my Mom and her Mom, my Grandma, were knitters.  My Mom was a very gifted and talented person who could do and make anything.  She painted, sewed, knit and crocheted, just to name a few. 

Painted ~ not just painted, she was an artist.  I have many of her stunning oil paintings; birds, flowers, and scenery.  What I remember most is the paintings she did every Christmas on our dining room window.  She would use glass cleaner to outline (or sketch) her work.  Then she would spend a couple of weeks using acrylics to create that years masterpiece.  Every year she did a new painting.  Some were scenes, others were of Santa or Frosty-something cute.  Her most famous one was of a stained glass window.  People would drive for miles just to see what painting she put up that year.  When Christmas ended and the decorations came down the window was washed off, the painting was gone forever.

Sewing was her passion, her love.  She used the same Singer sewing machine her entire life.  Nothing fancy, but she could make anything on it.  I remember sitting on bolts of fabric waiting for her while she shopped.  I loved my beautiful wool pleated skirts she made me for school.  We never had a store-bought Halloween costume.  Our costumes always won a prize.  One year my sister wanted to be “thing” from the Adams Family TV show and she was.  When I got married, she made all of my bridesmaids dresses and their headpieces along with my headpiece. 

Mom’s knitting was also something special.  Intarsia intimidates many people, but my Mom always needed a challenge.  She made each of her four children hand knit stockings.  When we got married our spouses were given a stocking, then each of our children received one after they were born.  Some of the stockings were from patterns, others were charted designs of her own.  These stockings are part of our family tradition. 

My Mom passed away a few years ago just before Christmas.  On her deathbed she was worried about who would carry on the tradition.  I, as the only knitter in the family, promised her that I would.  I had never done any intarsia knitting before, nor had I ever made a stocking.  I was not looking forward to knitting my first stocking, but I knew this was important to my mother or she would never have mentioned it.   I knew I would never be able to live up to my Mom’s reputation of  producing such high quality work, but I was determined to keep my promise.

Family members didn’t let me wait very long before needing a stocking.  The first year after her death we had both weddings and new babies.  I believe I made more than ten stockings that first year.  Since then I have made many more.  I would never have attempted such an enormous undertaking on my own.  It took my mom’s faith in me for me to even try.   

I didn’t appreciate all my mom did and was until I didn’t have her around anymore.  I miss her more than words can say. 

Today is Mom’s Day – Happy Mother’s Day to Mom’s everywhere.  Have a good day and happy knitting!

Saturday’s Soup

♥ A little of this ~ A little of that ♥

A little of this, a little of that.  It’s a good day for warm bowl of soup.  We’ve got the dreary all day rain here.  No sun, just dark dismal rain.  I know it’s good for the grass and flowers, but it’s Saturday!  Can’t it rain at night or during the week?  Why does it have to interfere with our weekend? And, it’s cold and very windy!  I thought we were getting close to summer? 

 Enough whining! I’m not letting this cold rain and wind get me down!   No sir-ee.  I’ve got knitting to do.  I’m still working on the sweater for my grandson’s first birthday.  I’ve got the back completed and I’m working on the front.  It’s going good.  All is well. 

 I’m also planning a few other projects: 

  •  Shawls – I’ve got patterns in mind; the Leaf and Flower Shawl by Linda Choo, the Entrelac lace Forest Path Stole by Faina Letoutchaia that is in The Best of Interweave Knits-Our Favorite Designs from the First Ten Years, Traveling Woman by Liz Abinante, Summer 09 Lace Shawl by Kalpna Kapoor and Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole by Kathleen Power Johnson that is in Scarf Style, an Interweave Knits book.  I just can’t decided which one to make and besides that I’d need to buy yarn to make any of them.  I don’t have enough stash of the right weight yarns or colors I’d like.  I guess I’ll have to go shopping.  ♥
  • Bookmarks – I’ve got a couple more birthday’s coming up soon.  I need to chart their names and find the right thread.  I’m sure I have that in my stash.
  • Dishcloths –  I want to make a couple more garterlac dishcloths.  I’m gifting a few and need a couple for myself.  Besides, now that I’ve figured out how to make them, I want to make more.  I’m addicted.
  • Bathing Suit Cover-up – My granddaughter, is she 8 or 9 or 10 now?, I can’t remember, anyway, she got the most adorable bathing suit and I thought I might make a cover-up for it.  I need a pattern, some ideas.  Help! Please!

Oh ya!  I want to leave this dreary Saturday post with a smile, laugh and giggle.  I came across this page of knitting humor.  I hadn’t seen it before and thought you might enjoy it also.  If you have read them before, you might like to read them again.  I got a chuckle out of Uncle Sam.  Make sure you click on him to read it. 

Filet Bookmarks

Meghan's Bookmark

 

Another birthday – another bookmark. This year I am making slippers and bookmarks for all the grandchildren’s birthdays. They are easy to mail and quick to make projects. I decided that filet bookmarks with each of their names would make nice gifts. I’m finding some names are easier to read than others. I also have found it is easier to read them further away and on a dark background. 

I used Coats & Clark “Royal” fashion crochet thread, 100% mercerized cotton #3 in peach and a #2 or B hook. The same type of yarn I used in Tristan’s blue bookmark.  I’m not sure if the color of the thread makes a difference in your ability to read it.  I’m still learning about the differences in filet crochet.  

 Previously I told you about a book I reserved from our local library call Stitch Collection Filet Crochet by Betty Barnden.  It is the best beginner/reference filet crochet book ever!  It is on my wish list to add to my own library.   I use the references from this book to chart and stitch my own bookmarks.  All you need is a piece of graph paper and the style of alphabet you want to use.  The book also has some very nice simple patterns in it.  

If you like to crochet, filet is very easy to do.  Happy Hooking!

Day 5 of Blog Week: Location

There's no place like home!

Yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks are with me wherever I go.  I will knit anywhere.  At home I have a comfy chair with all my “stuff” neatly arranged around me.  All of it within an arms reach.  I have good light, a nice view, TV, telephone, computer, books & patterns.  Why would I want to be anywhere else? 

When the weather is nice, I like to sit outside on the deck with my knitting or hooking.  I am looking forward to those days.  Right now it is still too cool. 

On the occasions I find myself  away from home, I take a project bag with me.  I knit most often in the car, going from place to place.  Other locations you’ll find me and my needles together would be; my children’s homes, the beach, park, Drs. office, restaurant, kids ball games – if I’m there, so are my needles.  About the only place I don’t knit is in the yarn store.  Go figure!  I’m too busy oohing and ahing over all the scrumptious yarn and goodies. 

Day 1 of Blog Week: Starting Out

My 1st Knitting/Crocheting Book

 As many of you are aware from reading my “Why I Do What I Do”, my maternal grandmother taught me to knit when I was very young.  I started out on big wooden needles and a ball of yarn.  I would knit a little every time I went to see her, never really making anything.  She taught me the basics: how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, and the hardest of all – fixing your mistakes.     

It wasn’t until I was older and settling down with my own family that I took up knitting as a hobby of my own.  I wanted to make some things for my home and babies.  It was then that I had my mom’s help and that of a couple of books.  I still have my first book (see photo).  I think it was then that I began to appreciate what my grandmother had been doing all those years.  The more I knit, the more I wanted to learn.  Knitting is addictive! But, a good addiction.   

My 1st real project was a sweater for my husband.  I purchased really nice gold wool yarn.  It took forever to make and I was so pleased (and proud) with how well it turned out.  He loved it – wore it – washed it – and, yes – dried it – in the dryer!  I never made him another item from wool (or anyone else), because he is a slow learner and still continues to try to “help” me with the wash.  That was 39 years ago.  So that is why I use the dreaded acrylic yarn and cotton.     

When I was about 12 -14 years old my paternal grandmother taught me crocheting.  We made granny square after granny square.  We used all her leftover stash in so many fun colors.  The making of all the squares was fun.    It was the putting them together that was a pain.  I no longer make granny squares, but I am grateful my grandmother  got me grounded in crocheting.  I have made so many afghans over the years I’ve lost count.  From there I went on to perfect that skill and have made endless items from all weights of thread and yarn.    

I am so grateful to those wonderful women whose talents and patience inspired me to keep the arts alive.  I wish they were with me now to see all I have accomplished because of them.  My hope is someday one of my daughters or granddaughters will enjoy knitting and crocheting as much as I do and keep the craft going for generations to come.    

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