Every year when the first leaves turn, especially the ones that turn red, I get the autumnal equivalent of Spring Fever. It only lasts for the warm days with low sunshine and a certain dryness to the air. Then one day it rains, and it’s all over. Leaves are wet on the ground, the sky is overcast and socks become a necessity. This year I turned that energy into trying to spin the colors which inspired me the most. Today I finished plying almost 800 yards of this yarn. I loved the art of creating this. I think I will knit it up in a panel of all seed stitch once the twist has been set. What do you think?
attack of mad cow/sheep syndrome!
October 14, 2013
October 5, 2013
October 3, 2013
As you know, I have been carding and spinning and sometimes knitting the roving that has chosen not to leave Summit Yarn. There wasn’t much, but it has been an adventure. Today I took apart the one ounce packages of pencil roving from Pagewood Farms. Now I have eight ounces of rolags waiting to become a self-striping yarn. See photo if fluffy stuff below.
This morning finished binding off the Sunrise Shawlette. It has given me a new idea/concept for a yoke sweater. The other task this morning was to weigh out roving to blend with 100% Yak–some in cream and some in brown. So that still needs to be blended…but I am all blended out for today.
Now for a little quality spinning time before it’s time to go home for the day!
xx M.E. And Summit Yarn
August 20, 2013
August 19, 2013
August 15, 2013
Today I began the final pattern handout from attending Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp back in June. The pattern was written by her mother, and is called “Norwegian Mittens”. Meg described as looking like a snow laden pine tree. I went non-traditional and chose a pale green for the tree and shocking pink as the background–looks very retro and gives a very old pattern a modern look. I extended the cuff and may have gotten carried away, but I have long arms and I was really enjoying the cuff patterns. Decide for yourself what you would do differently with the photo below. I am just starting the hand portion and will learn something EZ is calling the THUMB TRICK in the hand out. More to follow tomorrow.
For anyone who is interested, I have some sample socks knit in Opal yarn (matching pairs) for sale, $35 a pair. They will fit a ladies size 9 or larger.
Take care and Knit On!
M.E. and Summit Yarn
August 10, 2013
August 5, 2013
It’s that time of year again! I will be in the studio Tuesday morning 10:15-noon but otherwise the studio will be closed until a week today. Have a great week and look forward to some great sale items starting next Monday to get your holiday gift knitting off to an economical start!
xx M.E. and Summit Yarn
July 15, 2013
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One of the many handouts and patterns discussed at Knitting Camp was the Rib Warmer pattern–both the original 1956 version and all the variations and improvements that have expanded the initial concept. There is one potential rough patch in the beginning and I thought I filed the correct solution given in camp in my brain for when I got home. Today I decided to work my way through the miniature version of the basic pattern.
Then as I contemplated the 16 SENTENCE pattern, I didn’t feel so sure but I knew I had a 50/50 chance at that beginning rough patch. Well, now I know this pattern inside and out after spending the day with those 16 sentences. And…I got the beginning wrong, so, I have to fix that tomorrow. Since the practice version is only teddy bear size, it is not such a big deal as if it was my size. When I realized how it should work I RAN to the pattern and sketched out the schematic. I don’t want to wake up tomorrow having forgotten the wisdom I spent pursuing today AND I have my own design variation on this theme that I want to pursue now that I can comprehend the concepts involved.
My son is at another camp this week and I miss him already. Huz and I actually went to see Despicable Me 2. It was fun and good old fashioned moronic humor. The stars were the minions. I loved every minute.
If you are a TRUE BLOOD fan, make sure you listen to the song playing during the end credits of this weeks show. My husband dissolved into a pool of laughter at the lyrics. Sometimes I really have to wonder about that man.
July 14, 2013