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!!!

Finished – Event Horizon Pi Shawl!

27Apr14 Pi shawl blocked

27Apr14 Pi shawl blocked

I finally finished my baby on Saturday, 26 April 2014. I blocked her yesterday, Sunday, and these are the pictures you are looking at. The shadows you see are my ceiling fan, sorry.

I’ll post outside pictures as soon as the weather clears.

I hope you enjoy viewing the photos as much as I enjoyed knitting the shawl.

Happy knitting….

 

 

Event Horizon Pi Shawl

Event Horizon Pi Shawl

Event Horizon Pi Shawl

Event Horizon Pi Shawl

 

 

 

 

 

 

27Apr14 Pi shawl blocked_4

27Apr14 Pi shawl blocked

27Apr14 Pi shawl blocked_3

27Apr14 Pi shawl blocked

27Apr14 Pi shawl blocked_2

27Apr14 Pi shawl blocked

Artful Color Mindful Knits: The Definitive Guide to Working with Hand-dyed Yarns by Laura Militzer Bryant

Laura Militzer Bryant's book

Laura Militzer Bryant’s book

I recently won one of Militzer Bryant’s books. I took my time and read it over a week. Looking at all the explanations, illustrations and photos, letting it all soak in. In the end, I highly recommend her book to anyone who is especially interested in hand-dyed yarns or how working with hand-dyed yarns affect patterns.

She uses case studies to explain different dying techniques and the magic number. The book is filled with patterns for scarves, hats, jackets, shirts and caplets. She walks the reader through choosing the ‘correct’ dye technique used on the yarn and the usage of the magic number on all the patterns in order to obtain the correct design.

She also references her book, Color in Stitches, quite a bit, so of course my ears perked up and I can see it finding its way to my bed stand.

Until next time….

Happy Knitting!
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When I started knitting, I made a promise to myself, do peer-reviews on everything I read – if it pertained to knitting. The above is an unsolicited review from someone who is excited by every aspect of knitting.

I won…

I won!!!!

I won!!!!

I don’t have bad luck, but I don’t have the best luck in the world either, so when I was notified by Jessica at EduKnit that I had won, I thought it was a joke.

I asked her if she was for real and I’m sure she got a laugh out of my response. I’m so glad it wasn’t recorded on a phone or video. Email hides a lot, thank God! lol

Then life got busy again with work and the weekends being busy, I completely forgot about it until Jessica reminded me. Laugh. Then again, I completely moved it to the back of the brain until I checked the mail Saturday and there was this package from EduKnit. I looked it over, made sure it was actually mine and told my mother I wasn’t sure what it was. I hadn’t ordered anything, so this was weird. You can imagine my surprise when I opened it to find it was from EduKnit (yeah, I know, the brain still didn’t hit the correlation, it took me a while to process it all, laugh).

I went bouncing through the house, called my sister, we pow-wowed in the kitchen and my sister and I rubbed the yarn on our face, our arms, and started laughing at each other. My mother went straight for the book (it has pictures – grin!). She looked at all the pictures, felt of the yarn and was over it. On the other hand, my sister and I were still bathing in the softness of the yarn and laughing at each other.

I immediately grabbed my phone and started taking pictures. I was laughing so hard, this is the only good picture I managed, sorry….

Wait, here’s one of the yarn, but the back one isn’t in focus, sorry! Laugh.

Valhalla: Coral Reef (back), Tahoe (front)

Valhalla: Coral Reef (back), Tahoe (front)

See not all learning sites are stuffy. EduKnit is pretty cool!

All the more reason to join eduknit.com and see what prize(s) you could win.

Happy knitting….

#eduknit