Saturday, July 22, 2017

Camp Contest

This year's theme was At the Museum.  We had some really neat entries.   The numbers are the order of appearance, not their finishing spaces.   Here they are.

Next year's theme is At the Circus.  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Camp Finds

I know it is going to be hard to believe, but the things I brought home with me are lighter than ever this year…but I've got loads of ideas for the future finds.

Raffle Prize - a plethora of books

Paperback Version of Tudor Roses.  I've got some ideas I have stolen from Susan, Kim and Sally to use out of this one

Totally, out of my wheelhouse in the color way, but I am so in love with Lost City Knits Foothills Fingering, that this may have to be a shawl of sorts

From the Knit Circus booth, a Brioche Stitch Cowl.  Now, I have never done Brioche before, but I am taking it on good authority from Amy Detjen, the designer of the pattern, that it is easiest to learn in the round.

And here we are again, really out of my color range, well, except maybe for the greens, some Lavish yarn.  Susan Rainey turned me onto this yarn with a cute story and, well, I was in.

And the bestest find of all weekend.  Denise dyed me some yarn to go into my hap that I was 70 stitches shy of finishing.  When she brought it with her on Friday, it was soooo green.  So, on Saturday, she pulled a few more for me during market.  I ran up to my room to bring my hap back and none of them were good.  I went back to the rack and here was a Cerillos…just what I needed!!!!  We deducted she had mislabeled the color way here and what it really was my Abiqui!!  Squeeeee.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Show And Tell

Every year we have a calendar that the two Lindas take pictures for.  Since there are always so many great views of everything, my Show and Tell is a bit light, rather taking just the ones I want to immediately have access to.

Jane and her shadow work.  Every year, she has at least one piece of shadow work.  This year, Albert Einstein.  There are no words for these masterpieces.  Just ooo…ahhh.

Poppy is modeling Victoria's Show and Tell.  The Icelandic Overblouse.  A new take on it in three versions.  This sweater has been on my list  for a couple of years and I like all of these new versions.

Betts has a new pattern coming out later this year through Schoolhouse Press and this may just entice me.

Holly's shawl picture does not do it justice,  but not just the color but the hand of the shawl was so very nice.

Just a few of the many beauties that were shown during Show and Tell over every day of camp.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The View From My Seat

The last several years I've become quite lazy when it comes to taking pictures.  And honestly, the group as a whole does not do the whole camera thing these days, rather using our iPhone cameras to capture photos that we want to keep for us.  Each year I get a little bit lazy when it comes to taking pictures as well, but here are a few random photos from my chair.

When you sit in the same spot, you tend to see what those around you are buying or intend to buy.  Denise picked out these three colors and had them sitting within my view.  So, naturally, I had to ask Denise to dye me something similar in her yarn for another hap.

Denise is going to knit this vest that Meg designed and knit.  It was a perfect fit!!

Not only was this sweater of Meg's right on top of all the sweaters, but it is in my colors of course.  I did not buy the yarn for it, but will kick it around for later.

Leanne and Linda were deep in conversation on Sunday when I captured this picture.  Leanne is wearing a simp version of the Faroese Shawl that makes me think some yarn I bought later in the day, may just have to be one.  I so like the way the Faroese Shawl sits on shoulders.

And of course, since Denise sits directly across for me, I had to snap a pic of her Lerwick Harbour Hap Shawl while she was wearing it.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Annual Trek To Marshfield

I cannot believe camp is over for another year.  There are so many ideas going through my head that I am really going to have to write them all down before I forget them.  There is so much knitting and so many avenues to explore.  That is what a weekend at Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp does.

It was an absolute great weekend, lots of hugs, lots of knitting, lots of good food, lots of laughter and over too soon.

Over the next few days, I'll post some highlights.  It is great to be home, and now the real knitting begins.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wednesday WIPS

This week's WIP is a cut bait.  I've had this Revive Vest on the needles for several years.  The only reason it is really a cut bait is because I need to repurpose the yarn for a cardigan for my Ombre Tank.  

Now, I am just hoping I have enough yarn to make a cardi out of it.  It is a perfect match for the tank!

And sometimes, it pays to have WIPS, now doesn't it?!

Monday, July 10, 2017

What's Knittin

What a loaded question!  I'm gathering my thoughts for knit camp knitting, what to take, what not to take.  The thing about camp is there is a lot of knitting time, which is so nice and I like to take projects that I don't have to concentrate too much on, but one likes to soak up the moment and work on some hardy wool as well!

But, I promised myself that when the Hap was done, I would knit summer sweaters and that is just what I am doing this week and taking to camp with me.

The Double-Take Tee from Espace Tricot. 

The yarn is Habu's Wrapped Merino, a 99% merino, 1% silk combo.  A very interesting yarn and I can't wait to knit a bit more.  The top is lots of stockinette so should keep me busy for a while.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Sunday Sundries

Back to bloggin.  It has been quite the week!

On the 4th, my brother, we will call him ZZ, had emergency bypass surgery.  It has been a rough week for him and  my sister-in-law, but we are hopeful that this new week will bring him back to being his cranky and witty self.  Positive thoughts and vibes.

In between that and work, our fiscal year end, fiscal year beginning, a budget finally and all of the things that one needs to do to prepare for the annual trek to Marshfield for Knit Camp (why yes, I've known for a year that I would be going), it has been a bit of a stressful time.

And my knitting has been less than cooperative, but thank goodness for Denise at Lost City Knits!  She is going to bail me out of my predicament and has dyed some yarn for me.  I was 70 stitches shy of finishing my Lerwick Harbour Hap Shawl border (the border that never ends, but is so cool) when I ran out of yarn!

I knew it may be a crap shoot, the whole time I was knitting the border.  And I should have planned a bit better a couple of weeks ago and asked if she could dye me some more.  But, I lived dangerously.
For a moment in time, I thought I had it licked, because my friend Jay had given me some of the same color way in Denise's silk.  I gave it the college try, but could just not pull it off next to the merino.

And yes, this was to be my show and tell for camp and yes, I did wait, as I am want to do, until the very last minute with a carefully planted timeline of how it all could be blocking on the bed upstairs yesterday.  Ah well, I am not going to say live and learn, cause obviously, that is not something I do well.  Very Big Grin!

But, this last week's highlight is this beauty!  Our new grand dog, Kane.  Baby Boy B adopted him on Friday from TAPS, our local no kill animal center and brought him by.  He was all over the house and even made it to the yarn room, where I figured that he would find the bestest wool as Nickel did many years ago.

He has a great temperament and the most gorgeous eyes and we cannot be happier for our son.  He has always wanted a dog and now he has just what he wants.  

Happy Sunday All!  Let us make it a good one!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Birthday Fun

Someone is turning 5 this year!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

What I Learned This Past Weekend

ZK Classes are free and taught by Attendees.  The classes are are up ahead of time so you know what you are going to be taking.  D and I signed up for Cori and Megan's class where they talked about their new book, how it came about and it's birth.  We got to see all of the sweaters in the book and at the end, we were treated to a scrumptious bar that the recipe is in the book, and I am totally going to make! Of course, I bought the book and I already have a couple of the sweaters on my to knit list.  You know I'll be blog about them as I get to them.

The other two classes we took, were taught by Cori of the above book fame.  She brought tons of sweaters in both classes and put them all on for us, talked about the designs, the yarn, the fit what to do and not to do, some short cuts she uses and then at the end, we all got to try whichever ones we wanted to, take pictures and make some notes.  

And with the help of D, I was able to make some decisions about upcoming, selfish knitting for me.  

Hands down, the one that looked the best on me was Hiro, buttoned up!  I bought the yarn for it two years ago at January Thaw.  Something that is evident to me from this picture is that those bright colors look pretty damn good me.

I have loved this sweater, Anhinga, since I first saw it a few years ago.  Even though I love it,  sometimes you just have to pass up the sweaters you love, in favor of ones that look good on you!

And, if you have hips, you should not accentuate them with decor.

This one is still on my list, but of course, I would need to lose the blue top under and maybe make a longer sleeve.

And one that I would not have normally put on a list for me, but with some alterations making this so it meets in the front,

I am thinking I might leave this on the list, for now...

I like this one both from the front

and from the side, without my arm being raised.

This is no, despite the bright colors.

And without the purple top under, I really like this one.


Cori taught this same class in our area a couple of years ago.  I was working and could not attend, but was so glad I got to sit in this past weekend.  She is a hoot and is able to laugh at herself and help us all not take our flaws so seriously!

I'm ready to knit some sweaters!!!