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?
October 14, 2013
October 12, 2013
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It’s been a busy week for everyone. No sooner was the recent customer projects blog posted, than more new finished projects came through the door. Jamie finished her first skein of handspun last night with 180 yards from four ounces of roving–very impressive. I discovered I need to dye one more ounce of solid roving before I can finish the Spinning Autumn project. Suzy is knitting for Ellie–dogs need to stay warm, too! Cheryl learned Judy’s magic cast on and how to make a hexapuff (bee keepers quilt) which means she can now make a toe up sock or top down mittens! Bev and I are beginning the Accumulate Shawl–wanted to do that for awhile now. Photos below!
xx M.E. And Summit Yarn
October 5, 2013
Everyone has been busy, in just about every fiber media. Catherine adopted a Great Wheel and wants to figure out the how of it. Cheryl is knitting scarves and cowls and baby things. Maggie is designing a cowl from Bright Charcoal Calligraphy (Collinette). Jan has finally conquered knitting in the round and magic loop to her satisfaction. Gayle is hooked on Jitterbug scarves in just about every color made. Rikki is making an afghan for her sons dorm room with a beautiful yarn from Kraemer Textiles (the company is right here in PA). Kathy is working on two scarves, each from Handspun she found here at Summit Yarn. Jamie has a secret project, a blanket in progress (too hot right now), and is spinning her heart out, with almost one full bobbin ready. Martha is working on socks as far as I know. Suzy is on striped sweaters of every kind and churning them out right and left. Robin has begun her first hat of the season. Tola is making hexipuffs faster than I can keep up with her. Devon is crocheting hats that are adorable on kids (donkey, sheep, cow–photos below). I am hunting Kool Aid packets–specifically dark cherry, lemonade, and any greens that can be found. I have a shawl to finish this weekend and then I would like to go back and finish the Amy Detjen shawl I began this summer — at the halfway point but got distracted– SQUIRREL! The Pat and Carol show came by yesterday. Carol wants to make a blanket and the Lilia Hyrna shawl. Pat has a cowl pattern she is still hunting for the right yarn and a number of other ideas she stocked up to complete. Like I said, everyone is into it and that pleases my soul no end! Photos below.
August 19, 2013
August 14, 2013
Just grafted the top closed on this hat and it IS very warm. Just holding this double layer hat on my hand, I can feel heat radiating inside. It took me two days and demonstrates a number of techniques; like the jogless jog, different decrease methods, and even the best hem for a sweater I have ever seen. Photos below. Began the last handout last night…an original mitten pattern by EZ of a snow-laden tree. Knit on size US5 with DK weight yarn, they are going fast!
August 12, 2013
June 5, 2013
Had a great visit with Kate yesterday. She and I are both near the end of the Juneberry Shawl — I just need to be somewhere quiet to work on the edging because it requires some focus. Kate feels much the same. Everyone wave and wish Kate well! She is moving back to Florida to get her PhD but I’m sure she will be back eventually. We plan to Skype on Fridays!
Jamie and I have finished the Building Blocks blanket but as written it is small. We are going to go through the stitch dictionaries this Friday night and add four more squares. Jamie: I buried all my ends–now I am caught up to you! Yay!
The Indulgence in Missoni colors arrived for those of you who are interested! I can offer it for $20 a ball and some colors arrived in sweater quantities.
We are missing Chris, who is now basically consumed with getting everything ready for the family summer digs. Hoping she has a great time!
Cheryl is making baby bootees and baby socks in bright happy colors. Jan is working on Cable Brannigan and baby pods. Martha always has a sock on needle and a lace project or four up her sleeve. Kathy is doing the Undertow Shawlette. Tola got me hooked on the Beekeepers Quilt and of you get a chance go watch the videos on Tiny Owl Knits blogged. I dare you to be depressed when listening to her…she is the happiest person in the world.
May 25, 2013
Jamie was a super friend and knit a bunch of new ratty toys for Nikkers as George has eaten all the old hand knit toys except one which is brought only once George has been put in my sons room for the night. Nikkers is enthralled–eyes fully dilated.
I finished the Undertow Shawlette with one skein. It measures 40″ wide and 13.5″ deep. It is pinned and drying at the studio. Can hardly wait until it is dry! Here are some photos:
May 24, 2013
The next part of the pattern is my own variation on an antique Shetland Lace stitch called: Crest of the Wave (a close relative of Old Shale aka Feather and Fan/a Victorian renaming of Old Shale). If you read about these old Shetland stitches, the stories are amazing and the stitches were very much inspired by the world around these past knitting relatives of ours — as we all of course, belong to each other in one big family of Knitters and Fiber Artists. Old Shale mimicked the waves of the ocean on a beach of shale, spider lace looks just like little wee spiders that must have been up in the ceiling corners of the cottages they lived and knit within. There’s so much more to this heritage. Sharon Miller is the best source I can think of. Martha probably will put other citations/authors in the comment section so take a look in a day or so.
Getting back to the business at hand, the next part of the shawl will draw down all those eyelets you just made in the garter section into a ripple that looks like the bubbles at the top of a wave; just as the undertow in the flow of the ocean would draw a swimmer down into its own natural movement. The technique uses what are called delayed decreases…all the increases are together in one place and all the decreases that balance out the increases (keeping the stitch count the same) come later all in one separate section. Depending on how you use delayed decreases you can bend a fabric in many ways; creating a bias (slanted) fabric, or zig zags, or wavy ripples as we are in this lively shawlette. (Thanks to Maggie Boga for the illustrative photograph!)
You will begin with a piece of fabric that looks like this:
And end with a much wider piece of fabric that looks like this:
I think I might have been interested in physics and engineering if someone had only pointed out how the basic principles work in knitting! Instead, now it will always be some Higher Form of Magic.
And maybe that’s not such a bad thing either…
xx M.E. and Summit Yarn
May 12, 2013
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Had a lovely busy day at the studio today. Everybody is very busy with their latest projects and Jamie is mostly busy with kittens — everybody send her blessings because without her those little sweet souls would have perished.
Nikkers and I spent the afternoon having a lovefest…at least until the thunder and lightning gave the dogs the idea that maybe they could fit in my lap as well — everyone all at the same time. That didn’t work so well.
Finished the final shawl chart this evening for Juneberry. Would suggest doing a combination of right and left hand knitting for the bobbles so the whole shawl doesn’t have to be flipped over and over for each bobble. My gauge would never be even for regular knitting this way but its good enough for bobbles. I love this shawl — in this green it looks like curly lettuce and pea pods!
Wishing Everyone a very Happy and Serene Mother’s Day!
xx M.E. and Summit Yarn