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Monday, November 30, 2009
Well, it's come and gone.....Just like that! All the months of preparation and anticipation have come to fruition. And hot damn, it was great!
JoAnna and Azariah were beautiful as was the whole wedding party. McMinneman's was a fabulous place to have the wedding. The room was awesome and the food was great!
Meghanne, Jo, Charlee (daughter),and Jessica (daughter-in-law)
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I've been wanting to knit a hat that is a cross between a slouchy beret and a beanie. So I have fused several patterns that I have used over the years to come up with this simple pattern, a guide actually since I am no pattern writer. The first one I made from a yarn I spun last summer and had no idea what I was going to use it for. It is 7 WPI, so, a heavy worsted/lt.bulky.It is sheltand with burgandy dyed merino, with some fancy little wrappings I did with a single strand of chartreuse dyed merino.
It turned out a little looser than I wanted, so the next one I did with an alpaca/merino blend roving I had bought a long time ago and been stashing away waiting for the right project! This was it, I was finally going to use this lovely fiber. I 3 plied it with a single strand of dyed silk I hand spun on a drop spindle last summer. It was only 1 more WPI than the last yarn, but the alpaca has more drape and can be knitted a bit tighter. I am very happy with this one and it has what I was shooting for. Not quite a beanie and not slouchy/floppy like a beret. So this is my out line of a pattern.
Size 10 1/2 circulars
size 9 circulars
size 9 DPNS
C.O. 72 st. on larger needles
4 rows of K2, P1 ribbing
switch to smaller circulars and K one round
inc row, K 7, KF&B, repeat to end of round
K 1 round
K 8, KF&B, repeat to end of round
K 1 row
K 9, KF&B, repeat to end of round
K 1 round
K 10, KF&B, repeat to end of round
Knit all rounds til piece measures 3 1/2
Decrease round, K 10, K2Tog, repeat to end of round
K 1 round
Dec. round, K 9 K2Tog, repeat to end of round
continue in K for 2 more inches
Decrease round, K 8, K2Tog, repeat to end of round
Decrease round K 7, K2Tog, repeat to end of round
Continue to decrease every round with 1 less stitch between decreases
til you have to K2Tog all the way around.
K one row and cut yarn, weave in ends.
Of course, you can vary it by adding or subtracting the 4 ribbed rows, make it taller with a knitted round in between decrease rounds. Whatever works for you!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Elfaba's, breed is Navajo-churro, if she looks a bit odd for a pure-breed Navajo, it's because she is fine wooled. There is an explaination.....Churro's as most of you know, are famous for bomb proof, course hair, rug making wool! Not Miss Elfie, see there was a time when some guys thought they were going to "improve" the Churro, make their wool softer, more like commercial breeds, not appreciating the fact that for the last few hundred years, the people that raised them, thought their wool was perfect! So they introduced the Navajo churro to the Rambouillet breed. Somehow, old genetics kicked in and poof! She appeared, just like the Wicked Witch she was named after (read the book "Wicked"). She is not wicked after all, she is just Elfie, a Navajo churro in Rambouillet clothing. She is a very special sheep. Hat is for sale at my Etsy Shop.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Meet Caprica, she is Roberta's daughter. When I got Roberta, my first shetland, we didn't know if she was pregnant or not. Caprica was the first lamb born here and she was a little fireball! You can see it in her first picture, She was only 1-2 hrs. old and already full of it. You can also see the wool she was born with, OMG! She is three now and her color has gone from black velvet to a beautiful medium charcoal (as in the hat picture), It's soft and wonderful to spin! Caprica had twin ram lambs last spring, they are wethers and both appear to have awesome wool! Helo and Hermes will have their own writings later. I have Caprica's lambfleece (which is velvety black), with prime alpaca with green tones of flash, spun up for sale @ my etsy shop.I will have the hat for sale also.