Monday, January 26, 2009

Ireland is back in Mosaic!!! Help me pick my project!

For those not from Regina, Mosaic is our annual multicultural festival, held the first weekend of June. The Irish pavilion took last year off to rest and regroup but we're all fired up about 2009! I'm heading up displays, as is usual. One of the things I do every year as part of the displays is to act as a living display and knit something "Irish" during the 3 days of the festival. I've done a toddler sized Aran sweater, an Aran-"fleeced" sheep (Sam the Ram; pattern from Three Kittens Yarn Shop in St. Paul, MN)... So am wanting to get some feedback on what I should go for this year. I don't like too large a project as I do have to set it down to go and dance (Prairie Gael School of Irish Dance Adult Advanced class), and also get up and answer questions about the various display items... I pride myself on knowing little tidbits about each and every item I put on display. So start suggesting things; my needles are waiting to fly!

Cuddle a Koala! Emulate an Emu!

Happy Australia Day! This wonderful country produces the majority of the world's merino wool. And about 30% of the total wool in the world!!! On top of that it's home to a lot of really interesting animals and birds that aren't found anywhere else. G'day, mates to any Australian friends out there!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hallmark has sheep!!!

Whoo hoo! Found 3, count em 3, sheep at Hallmark today! This is a great day for sheepdom! Capelet going well. Update soon.

Friday, January 9, 2009

MY CAPELET!!! (Well, the start of it...)

This is a fairly decent view of the knotwork lace and simple edging I've chosen for my capelet. Am roughly 1/4 the way through this portion of the project. The lace is from a project out of "A Gathering of Lace", gathered by Meg Swansen. The project is "Ingrid's Bridal Shawl". I've moved the chart a bit to knit the border as a flat piece for the bottom edge of my capelet. The edging is one I found in a Debbie Bliss baby book (can't recall which one) on a simple little white dress. I didn't want anything too lacy or too wide. Also needed it to fit the lace reps evenly! 8 rows to the edging and 16 in beg and end sections of the knotwork. Actual lace has 20 rows, so twice through is 40, which works!

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Jethro and Eddie

Haven't had a kittens photo for a bit, so here's one. It's not a great shot but here are the oldest and the youngest of my gang. Can you guess who's who?

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Quote for today; New Features for Sile and the Knittin' Kittens

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

I got a copy of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's "Never Not Knitting" page-day-calendar. It is so fabulous! So everynow and again I plan to throw out a quote or make mention of a special (knitting) day. Please note I've alsao added a poll to the sidebar. Since we're just past the holiday season, the first poll involves gift projects. Be honest now!

Happy New Year to Everyone, whether Knitter or Non-knitter!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Other Sock

The title says it all. I should note that the yarn I used was NOT one of the sponsering yarns. I used Opal, which is one of my favorite sock yarns. I love to knit with it. Lovely. And it's a wool blend. Mmmm, wool...

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Think These Are Outside The Sox?

So here is Sock 1. Each sock turned out just different enough to warrent it's own pic. I think they'll catch the judges eyes.

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