from Interweave Press
The book is still available even though it
was published in 1997. For the spinners amongst us,
each pattern is based on and knit up in handspun but
commercial yarn can be used with good success,
Last April four of us (Linda, Natasha, Rebecca and Peggy)went to Puyallup (pronounced Pew-Al-Up, emphasis on the Al, for those not from around here) to Shepherds Extravaganza in order to over-indulge ourselves with Corriedale Cross roving from Reflection Farm. We posted on this before but we now have photos of colorways from all 4 stashes so we're playing catch-up. There isn't a website for this event but there is a pdf for the 2007 entry form so hopefully they'll have something new for 2008 sometime soon. In any case, we will post the dates for the April 2008 event as soon as we know. There are classes, sheep and other fiber critters to view and a lovely market. It's a small fiber event which is under-advertised but well worth the trip.
Some of these batches have been spun since we acquired them and so we've included photos of the resulting yarn.
I told David I'd knit him socks only if he promised to not tell anyone who did it. You know the problem: knit one person some socks and then everybody wants some. He's a very sweet graduate student in the department at the UW where I work, saw me knitting one day and pined for some hand knit socks with "red cuffs, heels and toes and crazy yarn in between." It took quite some time to knit them. Boy Socks go on forever!
Yarn: Opal in the leg/foot and the red is Fortissima Socka mit Bamboo, both purchased locally at Village Yarn.
Pattern: Basic stockinette with more stitches for The Boy, size 2 needles.
Note to Self: "No more Boy Socks."
Big Doily: It is called 'Willow Basket Lid' and the pattern can be found on page 99 in Traditional Lace Knitting by Furze Hewitt, published in 1997 by Kangaroo Press. This was a gift to me, knit years ago by Rebecca in #5 cotton. I keep it under glass on my end table.
There was a lot of yellow, gold, orange and brown when I moved into this house in the early '80's and that's because it was built in the '70's when those colors were big in clothes, home decor and kitchen-ware. Sadly, I don't do those colors. This entry hall is one of the final 'original features' to be dealt with.
These trees had to come out because of safety issues, not 'just cuz'. I love trees, and didn't want to spend thousands this way, but these trees (plus some from the green belt which have fallen onto my yard and thankfully not my roof) really need to be removed before they do massive damage. Fear of trees is big in this neighborhood. The winds are strong off Puget Sound, the trees fall often and usually onto something. Winter is coming and it's time to deal, again.
Below, a brief pictorial history of what 5 men with chainsaws and a wood chipper can do in 5 hours.