As promised, the long awaited book review…Portuguese Style of Knitting: History, Traditions, and Techniques by Andrea Wong

This is a book review based on my own personal views and not a solicited request.

Andrea Wong’s Portuguese Style of Knitting, is a wonderful book for someone wanting to learn a new style of knitting.

The book has an excellent table of contents, detailed photos, as well as a helpful index. Wong describes, in detail, the basic techniques of knitting; how to use MC and CC; cables; double-knitting; and how to use hooked knitting needles. She also does a small piece on spinning. As a treat, she provides patterns which allow you to work the techniques described within the book.

As I do all my book reviews, I always look for one or two things that I didn’t like, and one or two things I didn’t know and share it with the readers. This review is no different, I really would’ve liked a website/youtube dedicated to the actual techniques, only because I’m a very visual learner. I learned knitting “started somewhere in the Middle East and spread into Europe…then into the Americas.” I don’t think of knitting starting out in the Middle East, although I’m not sure where I thought it came from. Hmmm….

I highly recommend this book for any adventurous knitter!

Happy Knitting!

Too many projects…

I haven’t posted in a while, why, you may ask…I have too many projects started and I feel so overwhelmed!!!!! Therefore, the next course of action is to finish one project at a time. Trying to work on multiple projects is going to drive me insane (at least it won’t have far to drive, grin).

I have the arms to do on the baby shirt; the afghan is an on-going project for a year (dear God help me!); the pink rose lace on the other end of the stole; and I’m half way through the Japanese Feather Stole. Once I get all of these done, I will only have TWO projects going at one time. One that must be worked on at home, and another which is a no brainer which I can work on at lunch, while waiting for the doctor, or when I’m not feeling well and can’t concentrate enough to do the big project.

With that said, my mother (and father) just went on and on about a shawl at our LYS, so I had Ms. Teresa get me the yarn and the pattern and I’m going to ‘surprise’ my mother with it. I say surprise because it took us a month to figure out which shawl it was, and I had to make sure Momma liked the yarn colors which she did, duh, it had blue in it.

Working full-time, having a semi-social life (only Saturdays!), I’ve learned I only have a few hours in the evening and Sundays after church. However, now that NFL football is back in action, any time there’s a game on, the knitting is put away. I do have my priorities, and it’s football then knitting!

Happy knitting…

Designer Spotlight: Riflebird Wrap by Jennifer Raymond

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I love her ‘funny moment’. Eventually, knitting does become a family affair.

Originally posted on berroco design studio:

Sometimes an artist or designer gets hooked on a theme and explores all the possible variations. Picasso had his Blue Period and Jennifer Raymond, at least for the moment, is fascinated by crochet worked through the back loops.

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What I’ve been up to…

I have been working on multiple projects just to see what all the hype was about having multiple projects on needles. My little sister does it, my mother now does it, and I was feeling like the lone ranger, so I started three projects and I cast-on another two this weekend, one one the 21 June and I’m also taking the Arctic Lace Armchair Travel eCourse via http://www.ruzuku.com with Donna Druchunas and company.

This means I’ll have six projects going at once. You know what, I DON’T LIKE IT! I’m so OCD, seriously – no joking, that I have to complete one project completely to move on to another one. So what is all the hype about?! Would someone care to explain?

Granted, I’ll have one completed by this weekend; one which will be a square a month for 12 months to make a binkie; one which I can wait for the other CC skein to come in or waste line it off and pick up on the other end and finish that part; but that still means, I have a shirt, a pair of shoes (both my first time to make) and my Armchair class. Oh my…maybe I should just stop talking about it and show you my daylilies which require nothing but rain, sunshine and loving….

all of my daylilies except one

all of my daylilies except one

Happy knitting!

SWTC Antique Lace Shawl by Caryn Leighton

SWTC Antique Lace by Caryn Leighton

SWTC Antique Lace by Caryn Leighton

This was my first try at doing a lace shawl. I wanted to do it so badly; however, I can’t tell you how many times I ripped it out and started over again. I can say, so many times that when I needed to rip and re-start, I hid so my family didn’t see me and say, for the millionth time, “Just stop it! You obviously can’t do this pattern!” Well, I ended up putting it away and vowed one day to finish it.

The day came, last weekend. I dug it out and before I knew it, I was knitting like it was second hand. Mind you, this AFTER it had taken me four months to complete Donna Druchunas’ Event Horizon Pi Shawl (see other posts).

It was clear, I didn’t have the experience to be doing either one, but I stuck with Donna and when I picked up Caryn’s shawl pattern again, I was sending Donna mental kudos for teaching me how to knit lace patterns.

Just as I got started good and had my confidence built up and my ego soaring, I was slapped back to Earth by a “MB” (make bobbles). Now, I’m not sure if the MB directions are off a little or if it’s me (I’m betting it’s me!) because I couldn’t get the yarn to look like bobbles, let alone any bobbles I’d like on my shawl. (As a rule, I don’t care for bobbles.) Therefore, I’m doing this pattern without bobbles. This has presented its own issues with stitch count, but I’m powering through, making it up as I go along.

Go have a look-see as to what the shawl should look like because mine will look similar, laugh.

Happy knitting!!!