November 15, 2013

Baby blanket delivered

Posted in Knitting at 5:52 am by dianelaces

I thought Amy was going to deliver before I got this blanket to her!  I’m pleased with it, I think she likes it.

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It ended up being about 36 x 38″.  I’m going to miss having it on my lap.

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November 11, 2013

Lace was made by all

Posted in Bobbin Lace at 4:29 pm by dianelaces

Got home yesterday afternoon and am enjoying a snowy Veterans’ Day at home while I put all my stuff away, smile over my finished objects, and wind more bobbins.

I finished 3 Christmas ornaments: one large red bauble and two small white bells.  The red one was started back in August at the last guild meeting I attended and I didn’t touch it again until the retreat.  But it’s finished, I love it, and I just wound bobbins to make it again.  This time I’m going to change a few elements.

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I love the little bells,  I’m going to sew on a bead or two for the clappers since I wasn’t in the mood to make a tally.  These turned out to be great teaching lessons for my friend Colleen and she turned out 3 of them (2 white and 1 red) during the weekend!  What an accomplishment!

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The red bauble took 30 pairs of Guterman size 50 sewing thread and a mystery gold metallic for the workers in the fans.  The white bells were made with 4 pairs of Bockens 36/2 linen.

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Here’s one of the bells in progress on my pillow:

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The Shalom Center in Dubuque is a great place.  The rooms are comfortable, the food is excellent, and the conference room is spacious with lots of light.  There were 14 of us at the retreat.  Most were working on ornaments.  It’s always fun to get together with people that speak the same lace language!  It’s something I look forward to every year.

November 8, 2013

Retreat weekend is here!

Posted in Bobbin Lace, Tatting at 8:25 am by dianelaces

I’m Retreating with the Doris Southard Lace Guild this weekend in Dubuque.  It starts tonight but I decided to take the day off so I could get packed and decide what I’m going to work on.  Good thing, because here I am at 8 a.m. and I have no idea what I’m going to do!  Last year I had the big scarf project planned, but this year I’m just dithering.  Nothing on my pillows but an ornament, so I think I’m going to finish that and try to make a few more.  I’m getting excited; finished sewing the lace on my nametag this morning.  The nametag is very old (1995 or 1996?) and the lace is very well-traveled.  It’s a piece of Ipswich lace that I made and it went to Japan for the OIDFA conference a few years ago as a part of the American lace display.  It just happened to fit around my nametag.  I love the nametag because it has both a bobbin lace pillow and a tatting shuttle on it to show both my passions.  Hopefully I will have some finished lace to show after the weekend!

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October 31, 2013

Blue bunnies

Posted in Knitting at 4:16 pm by dianelaces

Aren’t they adorable?  The pattern is by my new favorite designer, Susan B. Anderson.

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October 6, 2013

Baby knitting

Posted in Knitting at 9:56 am by dianelaces

When I was pregnant I wasn’t much of a knitter but I did crochet a blanket for the new babe.  This year I’ve had some friends that need baby items and I’ve made a discovery – baby knitting goes fast!  I’ve stretched my skills and learned a few things.

Rhonda has a new granddaughter, so I knit these little sweaters and hat from dishcloth cotton.

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Vicki is expecting a new grand-nephew and asked specifically for a sweater vest.  I couldn’t resist adding a little pair of socks.

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Angie has a new grandson and requested an aviator hat.  We had to have it in Pirate colors!

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And now I’m knitting a toy bunny.  This isn’t designated for any particular baby yet, I might just have to keep him for myself.

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I love knitting toys, but I hate the finishing work.  This is seamless all the way and so far it has been very fun.  I can imagine using up all my leftover sock yarn to make these little bunnies.

Here are the patterns I used:

One Baby Sweater by Erika Flory

Little Professor Vest by Christina Wall

Regan – Aviator Hat by Julie Taylor

Mini Sock Yarn Bunny by Susan B. Anderson

September 7, 2013

Decision time – what do you do?

Posted in Knitting at 11:05 am by dianelaces

Note to self: Look at your knitting!

I wrote the post below and started reading it and looking at the photos that I took of my project.  Hmmm, something looks funny.  I looked at the chart in the book – No that is NOT the way I am knitting it!  OMG!  I’ve made an error in the diamonds, I’m sure you can see it.  I’ve made the same error over and over and over.  What would you do?

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One of my co-workers is expecting a baby in late November, so I decided I wanted to knit a baby blanket. I have been missing the Orenburg knitting since I finished my shawl in March, so I decided this blanket would be Orenburg-style, but in a heavier weight appropriate for a baby blanket. I chose the Brava sport yarn from Knit Picks because it was affordable, acrylic and washable. The yarn is gray because I wanted it light enough to show off the lace patterns, but still be gender neutral. Then I picked up The Gossamer Webs Design Collection by Galina Khmeleva to help me design the layout. Galina was my teacher at the IOLI convention last summer in Minnesota. I chose the Border 1 which is the basic border with a mouseprint. For the body I chose a diamond shape that is a combination of diagonals and strawberries. I did a lot of math and scribbling on graph paper and decided the blanket would be 4 diamonds wide by 4 diamonds high with an extra diamond centered in the garter stitch ground. There were still some adjustments on the fly, but overall it has knit very smoothly. Now that I am halfway through I am starting to see how the finished object is going to look and I’m very pleased. The size is going to be good also, about 36″ x 38″.

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September 3, 2013

Presents in the mail!

Posted in Knitting at 6:48 pm by dianelaces

Today I got some presents in the mail. I started following the blog whatimuptotoday and she held a drawing for a giveaway amongst the followers of her blog. Sarah contacted me and asked me a few questions and today I got a sweet little package in the mail. I got a red knitted scarf! Red is my favorite color :)
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It’s silk and mohair and lightweight and warm and luscious!

I also got some handmade cards.  The funny thing is, Ted and I have been talking about the horrible selection of greeting cards we find in the stores and have made a pact to try and use or find handmade cards whenever we can.  These will be put to very good use.

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So, Sarah, thank you for your lovely and generous gift.  It makes me smile every time I see it.  You made my day.  Everyone, please check out Sarah’s blog, whatimuptotoday!

June 13, 2013

My knit kit

Posted in Knitting at 9:21 am by dianelaces

My Hippo goes everywhere with me.  She is made by Clover and is a hard-sided, zipped box that carries my essential knitting tools.  There’s nothing I need on a regular basis that won’t fit inside the Hippo.  Even my extended family recognizes the Hippo and knows  what it is if I ask someone to pass it over.

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What I especially love about it is that it’s hard-sided so needles and scissors don’t poke you like those kept in a bag might.  Also, the zipper goes nearly all the way around so when the lid is open it stands nicely on the table.

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Contents:  stitch markers, scissors, row counter, darning needles, needle gauge, wooden wpi gauge, needle tightener and cable extender for my interchangeable needles, size 8 steel crochet hook, size 0 dpn, small cable needle, size G crochet hook, a couple of stitch holders, tape measure, another row counter, needle protectors, and a handful of bread clips.  I use the bread clips for winding the tail of the yarn from the cast on so it doesn’t get in my way and so I don’t accidentally knit with it.

The Hippo is the essential kit, but I’m starting to put together more kits to drop in my multiple knitting bags.

April 14, 2013

Smells like wet wool!

Posted in Knitting at 1:03 pm by dianelaces

I finished my Orenburg stole and have it blocking. It’s going to be huge and I love it! I’ve never used the string method before and boy is that easy. I wanted to have it done before the Knitting Pipeline retreat in 2 weeks so I can wear it. Now, I need to assemble some mindless knitting that I can do while at the retreat.

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April 7, 2013

Cardigan finished, pullover started

Posted in Knitting at 12:40 pm by dianelaces

I finished my cardigan.  I love it and I’ve gotten a lot of use out of it this winter and spring.  I finished it sometime in February.

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I had to incentivitze myself to get it done.  At New Year’s I purchased a Crafty class called custom cabled pullovers.  I ordered the yarn, but told myself that I couldn’t even start watching the class until I finished the Circumnavigated Cardigan.  It did spur me on and I’ve started the pullover.  Here is one sleeve and the back.  I knit the sleeve to the armhole decreases, then put it aside to work the back so that I knew they would match.  The design and fit process has been quite challenging for me but I love it!  I’m using Universal Classic Worsted and the color is Royal Purple.

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I’m very close to starting the top border of the Orenburg shawl, and I’m halfway done with a pair of socks for a friend.  The sad part with all this knitting is that ALL my bobbin lace pillows are naked!  I have a bookmark pricking on one of my roller pillows and I might wind some bobbins just to get something going.  I found an ornament pattern that I’d like to try, so that might be an option to get me going as well.

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