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April 2008 Blog Posts (141)

Chunky Cable Wrist Warmers


This started out as a water bottle cozy but field testing found it unsatisfactory for that purpose. However, when I knit a second one, I had a pair of really nice wrist warmers. They should look awesome peeking out of the cuff of my jean jacket. These work up very quickly for some fun instant gratification. Hope you enjoy it. You can find the pattern here.…


Added by NettieKnits on April 30, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Knitting a Memory

I have discovered that there is a powerful link between my experiences of knitting and my memories of the past. It is not unlike the experience of being able to recall the exact place you were when you heard the news of some catastrophic or historical event. If one were to ask, where were you when President Kennedy was shot? when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded? when Nixon resigned as President of the United States? when the World Trade Center collapsed? you may be able to recall with… Continue

Added by SuzieKnits on April 30, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Fun with the Yarn Harlot

Last week I had the pleasure of seeing the Yarn Harlot speak at the Forestry Center in Portland. The crowd of 400+ knitters was truly a sight to behold! By the time she got up to speak, it was standing room only. And for good reason!

If you're not familiar with the Yarn Harlot or her… Continue

Added by Kerin on April 30, 2008 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

4/30/07 Mack's Bday

I went to JoAnn today to get thread and looked at the stock decorator fabrics. I brought a few home to see how the palette looks in the light of my kitchen. I don't know if I will do any actual sewing, but maybe window treatments and bar stool pad covers or something. These all kind of blend with the den colors which are the room next to it. There is a wall and you don't see very much from the doorway, but I do think the house might look better if I… Continue

Added by PurlGirl on April 30, 2008 at 8:26am — 3 Comments

Socks and koolaid dyes.

Here is a picture of the sock yarn I dyed with koolaid. There is a website on the net that talks about using kool aid to dye fiber. I found it informative and had a color detail page.

When dying with koolaid, remember to put on some gloves. Ok, when dying with any dyes, put on some gloves. I had red and orange fingers and nails. Looked really weird!

My friend told me about knitting up the sock yarn and then dying it, then… Continue

Added by Domestic Arts on April 30, 2008 at 7:15am — 2 Comments

Sweater is done and EZ

Here it is the sweater is done. These top down sweaters are so versatile and quick.

Here are the fine details. All in all, a charming sweater.

I recently bought two Elizabeth Zimmerman, the Knitters Almanac and Knitting Around. I have been knitting for 35 years and I have never heard of Elizabeth nor have ever read her books. She is witty. So Daniel and I were at dinner and I am… Continue

Added by Domestic Arts on April 30, 2008 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Evening with the Yarn Harlot

Just got back from a signing with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. She's even better in person than she is in her writing, in the sense that her comic timing and delivery are absolutely impeccable. She even had the booksellers rolling in the aisles, and they clearly had a good time at the event. (I used to work at that bookstore, and I know these people. I can tell when they're really enjoying it or just putting up a front, and they were digging it.) I also had a nice time chatting to a young man who… Continue

Added by Roxane on April 29, 2008 at 6:49pm — No Comments


Well it's derby time! My sister is in from California. what does that mean? Shopping at the yarn stores. Going to Lexington. Have to go to LSH to get roving,since I took my drop spindle class. Also I'Il need some goodies so I canuse it on the spinning wheel when I take my next class. Oh this is so addicting.
My Aunt & uncle is also here from New Hampshire. Derby is a big ordeal for my family. We have a huge party around 45 + people. FUN FUN!!!!

Added by yarnaholic on April 29, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

A knitterly weekend

After a little episode with a smoking cookie sheet under the broiler, I decided that I need some new pot holders. And, I wanted them to match my kitchen, which would require dyeing the yarn. The Fire King jadite color is one of my all-time favorites; but I can't wear that color, so I painted my kitchen that color instead. I was so excited to try out dyeing in my new, dedicated dye pot. I followed Melissa's excellent advice from her… Continue

Added by Tina on April 29, 2008 at 8:37am — 7 Comments

Raiding my stash

Another day is rapidly passing by -- but at least the sun is out today. That should help my emotional balance; I'm one of those folk with serious Seasonal Affective Disorder so the last couple of days have kept me pretty well in the dumps. Today should be much better.

Of course, I had to start it off paying a couple of bills which ruined it for a while. Maybe I can wipe that thought out of my mind (others seem to disappear easily enough!) Business is done for the day. Now I can… Continue

Added by EO_Mason on April 29, 2008 at 7:09am — No Comments

The Lambies that Bloom in the Spring, Tra La!

Lambing is in full swing and hubby has started to move them to the pasture below the house. Most are still at that awkward, boney-looking stage, but soon enough they will fill out and look huggable. Then the fun begins, where they stand on their snoozing mothers (who are laying down) to get a better view of heaven knows what, and start to band together. They gather in a group, one runs off about 25 -50 yards, looks around as the rest follow, then pretty soon one runs back to where they started… Continue

Added by MTAnnie on April 28, 2008 at 11:15pm — No Comments

Sara's Gone...

She did pretty well over the weekend, but started vomiting again last night. I wasn't going to put her through any more just to make myself feel better, so I made the decision and we euthanized her this morning.

My husband was very supportive and he was the one who said "you've done all that you can". It helped.

I'm okay with it...I get a little weepy now and then, but it was for the best. She just wasn't meant to stay with me any longer.

Thanks all of you for… Continue

Added by katwmn1 on April 28, 2008 at 6:21pm — No Comments

4/28/08 Catching Up

We had an awesome weekend. DS's 7th B-day party on Saturday was a big success. LEGO theme: Building, racing, tossing, and then some t-shirt making and go kart riding thrown in for good measure. It was fast and fun and I'm glad we did it even though the kitchen is at a very beginning renovation stage...perfect, you can't see the old ugly walls and no new stuff to make the current blank wall board look too bad. :) I've got to remain positive! I'm still trying to make decisions on colors.… Continue

Added by PurlGirl on April 28, 2008 at 4:56pm — No Comments

I wanted to be on vacation last week

I wanted to be on vacation last week but had to settle for this week. Last week the weather was great and you barely needed a jacket. This week is not starting out too good as it is rainy dreary and a mere 44 degrees. On the bright side it’s great knitting weather.

Off the needles today is a baby blanket for my boss’ wife who is expecting a baby boy. It went pretty quick and is called Encore 8 Hour Baby Afghan P274. It was only cast on April 23 and I finished it up this morning. The… Continue

Added by NettieKnits on April 28, 2008 at 2:12pm — 2 Comments

A bit chilly today!

Well, I was so busy this weekend that I forgot to blog so I'm playing catchup today instead.

Saturday was beautiful! PHilip & I went to a wine tasting here in Bartlesville. It was a nice gathering, not too many people there when we went, but you could tell there had been quite a few there previously. We got to try a few new wines from some of the vendors that we had been customers of before and also tried a few new wineries as well. There were soe interesting varieties as well,… Continue

Added by newknitter on April 28, 2008 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Magical Blocking

I finished my curved shawl over the weekend. I was worried it would be more of a scarf than a shawl while I was knitting. Blocking really opened it up to a reasonable size, so I'm pretty happy with it.

Now I'm working on the Knitty Laminaria shawl in some copper Zephyr.



Added by Teri on April 28, 2008 at 12:53pm — No Comments

All things green

Earth Day might be over, but the spirit of it is still alive here!

Humbolt, our friendly Swedish office Sheep, loved to sit and admire the garden here.

So, I suggested to him - hey, why not try to start your own little garden? It being Earth Day, he enthusiastically began preparing pots and seeds. But, as a professional model, he didn't want to get his hooves dirty - and he made me do the actual planting!…


Added by Kerin on April 28, 2008 at 8:03am — No Comments

Another rainy morning

I was right about yesterday. It was a great knitting day!! Two baseball games for noise (it surely wasn't for the quality of some of the baseball) followed by rain on the roof all evening. I could get into a real habit of just knitting my days away.

I did find a pattern and cast on for another shawl. This time I'm working from Victorian Lace Today -- the Myrtle Leaf Shawl on p 142. I'm using KP's Alpaca Cloud in Sand color. It should go with absolutely everything. Don't know… Continue

Added by EO_Mason on April 28, 2008 at 6:42am — No Comments

Finished Pretty Petal Socks!

I finished my socks this past Monday. They turned out so cute.I started on another pair of socks this past week as well. I bought some yarn by Tiny Toes. These socks are for my honey. They are coming right along. For this months' sock club I'm going to try Fair Isle. Never done Fair Isle on socks. Also Friday I started my drop spindle class. It will take alot of practice. I do enjoy a challange. Getting ready for all the derby partys. Also looking forward to spinning at the river for the steam… Continue

Added by yarnaholic on April 27, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Fetching gloves are done! Woohoo!

I finished the "Fetching" gloves. They turned out really nice. I'll post a picture as soon as I can. Now that its spring though its no longer glove weather - sigh. Oh well they'll be great come October. (Five months)

I've started a scarf made of ribbon yarn. Its a blend of dark purple to dark blue to dark teal and back again with a stripe of gold running down the center. Luckily I bought two skeins of it cause it looks like it will take that much to make a respectable scarf. The… Continue

Added by Wild Rose on April 27, 2008 at 11:03am — No Comments

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