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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Awhile ago, and by that I mean about a year, I designed and knit a shawl using bulky weight yarn and US13 needles. This shawl is knit side to side and the edging is knit as you go. So when you get the body of the shawl done — it’s all over — no going back, just bury the ends and you are done. This is my favorite kind of knit. Some people have second sock syndrome; I have: can’t get that edging done-itis.

Jamie bought the yarn right away. Problem: I wrote my notes in pencil and they were too light to copy. Yes, I kept promising, I will get them typed up. They are next on my to-do list.

Charlotte has also decided she would like to knit the shawl. And, it is just the kind of knit Jan loves because it can be done on straight needles.

Today, it got typed, proofed, edited, and published in my online Ravelry store (you can search Mary Ellen Langieri or TheHumanLoom to find me). The name of the pattern is: THE CABLE BRANNIGAN SHAWL.

The specific yarn is at the store, and if you buy the yarn from the Studio, I will be happy to gift you the pattern!

Here is a photo:

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I look forward to seeing you soon at Summit Yarn Studio!
xx M.E.

Here is a photo of one repeat of Part Four:

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Part Five:

Rnd 93: (yo, ssk) rep ( to ) around
Rnds 94, 95, 96, 97: knit
Rnd 98: [k1, (yo, ssk) x 7, k1] rep [ to ] around
Rnd 99, 100: knit
Rnd 101: [k1, yo, k2t, k10, yo, k2t, k1] rep [ to ] around
Rnd 102, 103: knit
Rnd 104: [k1, yo, k2t, k2, (yo, k2t) x3, k2, yo, k2t, k1] rep [ to ] around
Rnd 105, 106: knit
Rnd 107: (k1, yo, k2t, k1) rep ( to ) around
Rnd 108, 109: knit
Rnd 110: [k1, yo, k2t, k2, (yo, k2t) x3, k2, yo, k2t, k1] rep [ to ] around
Rnd 111, 112: knit
Rnd113: [k1, yo, k2t, k10, yo, k2t, k1] rep [ to ] around
Rnd 114,115: knit
Rnd 116: [k1, (yo, ssk) x 7, k1] rep [ to ] around
Rnds 117, 118, 119, 120: knit
Rnd 121: (yo, ssk) rep ( to ) around
Rnds 122-129: knit
Rnd 130: (yo x 4, k2t x 4) rep ( to ) around
Rnd 131:  (in the quadruple yo do k1 in the first loop, p1 in the 2nd loop, K1 in the third loop, and p1 in the fourth loop, k4) rep ( to ) around

Rnd 132-139: (8 rounds): knit

Does anyone have a good sweater recommendation? One of my knitters is looking and looking and uninspired. She looks great in anything with an empire waist or with torso shaping. She dislikes purling and bulky knits are generally not her thing. Please put your suggestions in the comments below and thanks!

Keep your eyes peeled on Pinkhairgirl’s Ravelry store. She has the cutest EVER baby hat coming out soon. I like it so much I may just knit an adult version of it for myself. That said, I finished the brim on the Woolly Wormhead Hat KAL today (photos below) and found the perfect button for it at the studio. I also thought today was the next installment so I kept checking my email…and nothing. Turns out, tomorrow is the day. I was SO ready! I also checked out some of this designers other hat patterns and she is to hats what Romi Hill is to Small Shawls. Defo go look at her online Ravelry store (photo below).

Thanks to DH (dear hubby) and his help last weekend, the scarf knitters room at the studio is now so organized I could weep. Everything has a place…not in bags on the floor. There is something for every taste and reasonable price points and markdowns to move inventory this holiday season. Please come soon and have a look for yourself!

For those of you doing the building blocks blanket KAL with me, I got ZERO done today because we were so busy with customers. Be sure to watch the 6pm news! Our own Trish Hartman will be anchor tonight and for awhile! (She just finished her first lace shawl–Live Oak by Romi Hill in Findley lace weight.)

Movie watchers: Bond, James Bond THIS WEEKEND! Need I say more? I think not.

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I save a screen shot whenever I find something on Ravelry that looks like its good or something my customers are asking for. I have gotten behind, so there are a bazillion photos…but all good! Loads of Love, M.E.

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Since I put in the map and flag counters, it has been amazing to see where this little blog is read.  Canada has always been on the list, but at first, just Ontario.  Slowly, other provinces of Canada added their flags, until August 7th when all 13 provinces and their flags made the list.  BIG SMILE!!!  Thank you Canada — !

On Ravelry, Anna Dalvi is giving Rosemary Hill a run for her money, with some amazing shawls.  In fact there are a dozen in an ebook collection for $16.95.  Every single shawl is beautiful and interesting.  MARTHA:  you will love these, I am sure.  My favorite so far is “Fields of Malachite” and if you go look you will see why.  Also on Ravelry:  a free download of an old McCall’s pattern from the 1970’s — Aran Baby Set.  See http://www.box.com for more great downloads.

My Camino training continues.  Wednesday was my best 10 mile time ever: 3 hours and 25 minutes — and I only had to minimally climb the stairs to get to bed that night.  All through my training I have read travelogues and followed my mileage with a travel guide as though I was walking the Camino Itself.  Wednesday was also the day I made my destination (virtual destination) of Santiago de Compostela.  As I looked at my map, I could see scribbles and fingernail marks as I made certain landmarks along the way.  It seems like once I crossed from triple digit mileage down to double digit miles left to go the rest of the walk just flew by.  Now, I am maintaining and avoiding injury at all cost with less than a month to go until departure.

A map of the entire Camino de Santiago starting in France at the Pyrenees.
788 kilometers

 

My trek will be the 112 km from Sarria to Santiago.

 

Here you can see indentations from fingernail marks as I made distance and trained to walk the Camino in Spain.

FACT OR CRAP OF THE DAY:  OMG was invented and first used by Winston Churchill.

Lake Scranton (3.5 miles around) in the rain.