Blog Review


After visiting with several customers this week and hearing what they were liking on Ravelry, it seems right to make sure the intel gets out there. Kate and Christine both have some wonderful favorite designers which got lost in the multitude of patterns that come through Ravelry each day. There are also a couple that I noticed along the way. Here’s hoping something inspires you. Very popular: short knit socks. I found one called Pinky but had trouble downloading it — let me know if you find it! xx M.E. and Summit Yarn

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Will enlarge the Ravelry photos for you below. Went to see the new Fast & Furious AND the new Will Smith movie (Alien Earth). I don’t care what the reviewers say, I enjoyed them both. The stunts and effects were awesome and it was an afternoon meant to just escape the heat and reality. I did manage to spill soda on my shirt and while cleaning that off spill a whole serving of hot cheese goo on my white shorts. Went to bathroom to wash goo off shorts where some woman just had to say: if it feels so bad on your leg just think how bad it is for the inside of your body. Really, want to kick me while I’m down? I should have swirlyed her into submission but I was too busy. This is why you always wear clean underpants. Anyway, I digress. Have a great day!

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Please accept this invitation to an open house and yarn tasting at Summit Yarn Studio on Friday, May 17th beginning at 5 pm until closing. Joining us will be a new fabulous yarn rep from Euro Yarns to answer all our questions about the lines she carries and show us what will be new and exciting this coming Fall. Knitting Fever has kindly donated yarn samples and I will be making kits for each of you so please let me know if you plan to attend if you can, ahead of time. Please bring a pair of needles — something midrange (US 8-10) or a crochet hook. We look forward to the pleasure of your company that night!

Finished the Sunny Days Shawlette tonight. Will bury ends and block it tomorrow. Photo below…I love how it is neither striped nor variegated. It is very soft and tucks into my purse nicely for when I need just a little something. The pattern is free on Ravelry and there is a video tutorial on Carle’s blog for how to do the cast on. Back to the edging on a Hap shawl I began ages ago. Trying to kill off a few old projects.

Below is also a photo of our dogwood tree at home. The petals are intensely colored this year and I am loving seeing them out the window every morning.

We saw the latest Ironman movie — AWESOME. ūüėé
Have a great week!
xx M.E. and Summit Yarn

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If you look at trending patterns (the top 20) on Ravelry, you will see one called: Sunny Days Shawlette by my favorite hand dyer, Carle’ Dehning of South Africa. It is a wonderful knit, one that you can do while visiting or being mentally available in any way. I began mine today in some of Carle’s yarn — greens and blues for Spring, even though in South Africa it is Autumn moving into Winter. More, for the month of May, the pattern is free and there is a KAL on the Nurturing Fibers Forum. The code for the pattern is on the pattern page — when you go to get the pattern hit use code and follow the prompts. If I could manage that bit of technology, anyone can!

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Have tried three times to write today’s blog. Each time my husband proofs it and shakes his head — not PC enough. I can’t find the words to express…well, that’s about it…I can’t even get beyond that phrase adequately. Referencing Big Bang Theory, the only word that applies would be: BEFUDDLED…and even that falls short in so many ways.

Have a lovely weekend. Will endeavor to make a comeback tomorrow.
xx M.E.

I gave it my all and knit until I ran out of time. I still had three ideas that did not get completed: a shawl, cover the cat tree in these squares and a sweater that will come to fruition someday. I did submit five entries: a shawl, a tam, a slouchy hat, mitts, and a pair of socks. I learned to take a two dimensional square and turn it into three dimensional garments, how to listen to a project as it evolves and how to write my own lace edgings (and my own lace patterns too). It was a great experience. Yes, I am disappointed, honestly, but I don’t feel that I lost. I had fun doing what I love best — designing with lace; and I gave it my best effort. More, I have patterns that will eventually be published in my online Ravelry store. What has me most curious is: WHAT DID WIN?

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I had a little time to scan what’s new on Ravelry that s not on the top 20 currently. They are in the photos below. Today, Jan finished her Jemima Puddleduck Blanket and it is awesome. This is something I would make for presents. The intarsia was easy and not time consuming. The end-product was completely in line with the effort expended. I love it! Cheryl stopped by for supplies for a blanket she is knitting…I forget the name…it has circles in the center of motifs that become squares. We sat and figured out the directions for how to do the short rows that form each corner of the square and it was really fun. I can see myself using up my scrap sock yarn this way! I finished edging my newest shawl design tonight and still have a little pink mohair left over. I think it might possibly become a toy for Nikkers since is so clearly loves this yarn…when he looks at the yarn his pupils fully dilate every time. Hilarious!

It was a beautiful Spring day here and the light was unusually beautiful this afternoon into the evening. I took quite a few photographs, even as the final rays of light were fading from the sky. At one point I was taking a picture of the light hitting a sign and my husband said: I don’t get it, the sunset is over here. That’s okay. It was a great shot! Will share tomorrow after I have a chance to edit and crop.

xx M.E. and Summit Yarn Studio

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