Inspirational


Have been spinning and doing research to open my online Etsy shop. My patterns, including the Angel Sweater with improvements, and the Arsenic & Old Lace Afghan, will become available for online purchase then. We are looking at a start date of September. Also have some new designs cooking–all no sew items for your knitting pleasure! Yarn, both handspun and commercial will be available.

Just checked my exercise diary to find I have been at it six weeks and making steady progress. I have lost 10 pounds, my waist is smaller, and I am in a great mental/emotional space–not to mention I have been sleeping like a rock at night. I began with just cardio–a slow paced walk with variable incline work included (like on the Camino). Now I am lifting as well. I workout five days a week with two scattered rest days. It feels so good.

The four legged children are so happy with me at home, and I think huz and son are as well. We have been playing card games at night and it’s been great! Let me recommend Sabateur (easy peasy), Pairs, and Boss Monster (for those of you who game). I finally found a way to turn off the technology and gather my family around. Yay!

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Here are the finished photos and may I add a terrific pattern that can be a small Shug to a comfy Vest to a collared Sweater! So Versatile!!!

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Thanks to Jan Deveney for the Teddy Bear!!!!! XOX

Traveling home went better for me than some of my other camp companions, like Jane who had to spend the night in Chicago. While in Chicago, I called my husband and told him it looked like I would be getting in earlier than expected. Then once they closed the door we sat on the runway for a LONG time (can’t tell you how long because my watch died at camp) and arrived 30 minutes late.
The good news is: GARY REMEMBERED TO PICK ME UP so he gets props this time.

We talked the whole drive home. I was going to sneak in the house before Gary opened the garage door, because I knew full well Brian was up playing video games when he was supposed to be in bed sleeping. But we decided I might trip and do something stupid. I asked Brian point blank when I got home (because he was wide awake waiting for me) –and he looked down at the floor and just grinned. He had made the mad dash for his room when he heard the garage door…just like I thought. It’s good to be home.

When I got to the bottom of the stairs Nikkers and Sputters nose bumped after they saw me…as if to say: Yay, the one who feedz us is back! It was midnight. My bags are where I dropped them. Nikkers stole my pink mohair shawl last night. I put it in my bag, but he must have stole it again before I left for work. Little booger.

CAMP EXCEEDED ALL EXPECTATIONS! If you have not been I am putting a group together and coordinating with camp so we can be together. Just let me know. I LOVED Camp 1. Seeing things through first-timers eyes is always the most informative and most fun….probably because we all felt so humbled to be in the presence of SO MUCH knitting history. All levels of knitters can go — you just need to know the basics and then the wave of camp inspiration will carry you along. Let me know.

I have so many stories and photos to share with you over the next few days. Stay tuned!
xx M.E. and Summit Yarn

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So my son finally noticed I was not home and texted me today. That lasted all of 3.5 minutes. Camp, however remains a fabulous learning experience. I learned two new short row techniques I had not previously used, a new knitted hem (gorgeous) and made even more new friends. If you have been considering knit camp — just make sure you sign up. This adventure is comfort fod for the soul!

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The completed blanket is now at the studio drying the rest of the way. It is so colorful and so very soft. I think this is my favorite superwash worsted yarn because of the loft of this yarn…it gives the pieces made from it an unexpected and wonderful cushiness — HiKoo Simpliworsted.

The next square is an easy lace pattern that is related to the basket weave stitch — a perennial favorite. The only new abbreviation you need to know is:

SK2P = slip one stitch, k two sts together, pass the slipped st over the k2tog (and off the needle) — leaving one stitch where before there were three. This is a Double Decrease.

Dewdrop Blanket Square
Cast on 51 sts and seed 5 (or 6) rows.

Row 1(RS): seed 4, p2, [k3, p3] X 6, end p2, seed 4.
Row 2(WS): seed 4, k2, [p3, k3] X 6, end p3, k2, seed 4.
Row 3: seed 4, k2, [yo, sk2p, yo, k3] X 6, end yo, sk2p, yo, k2, seed 4.
Row 4: seed 4, p2, [k3, p3] X 6, end k3, p2, seed 4.
Row 5: seed 4, k2, [p3, k3] X 6, end p3, k2, seed 4.
Row 6: seed 4, p2, [k3, p3] X 6, end k3, p2, seed 4.
Row 7: seed 4, k2tog, [yo, k3, yo, sk2p] X 6, end yo, k3, yo, ssk, seed 4.
Row 8: seed 4, k2, [p3, k3] X 6, end p3, k2, seed 4.

Complete rows 1 – 8 seven times, seed five rows and bind off loosely in seed.

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Every Memorial Day weekend we make our annual trip to Kettell’s for our summer garden plants. Mostly Gary picks out the vegetables and I pick some new perennials and take some pretty pictures. Here are this years photos. Enjoy! xx M.E.

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