Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Summer

Where Have I Been?

Nashville ,TN
New Orleans, LA
Green Bay, WI

On and Off The Needles

Pull Me Over in Wandering Wool Worsted - Cranberry Bog
Clapotis in ArtFibers Kanji
Sripy Scarf ( probably will be a cowl) in Wandering Wool  Zen Garden Squooshy

Just starting Driftwood in my handspun - two colors (stripes)

In the City

Statues in Lafayette Square

In the Neighborhood

Saturday, May 25, 2013

It's Late Spring - Already?

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What I've Been Up To:  (lots of domestic travel)

To Great Barrington, MA in the Berkshires to visit Bard College at Simon's Rock
To Orlando, FL - stayed at the Swan & Dolphin
To Anaheim, CA and then on to Scottsdale, AZ where I stayed at the fantastic Fairmont Princess Resort

Back to Orlando - where I also went to three different Disney parks (Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, and Epcot) in the same day.

Friends came to visit - and we went to Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival - but first we visited:

FibreSpace in Alexandria, VA
The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria where they gave me this GORGEOUS bag:

The Library of Congress

Looped Yarnworks
The nighttime tour of the Monuments

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

On and Off my Needles:

Cable-Down Raglan by Stephanie Japel in Elann Incense

Toe up Plain Vanilla socks in Crazy Zauberball
Summit in Art Fibers Kanji
Lazy Daisy Shawlette in my own handspun

Pull Me Over by  Andrea Black in Wandering Wool Heights Worsted Cranberry Bog


In the City

I read from a letter from Abigail Adams she wrote to her daughter soon after arriving in the (barely finished) White House in the wilderness that was the nation's capital city.

In the Neighborhood

Capitol Hill

Thanks for Listening and Patience

Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Pack Your Bags (Two Parts)

This is a really long episode - so long I had to put it in two parts!

Part 1Travels in Europe.

Part 2 - Conversation with Jess, In the City and In the Shop

Here's the link to my flickr stream if you are interested in my photos.  Some of my favorites - below

Town House in Amsterdam

Bike Culture in Amsterdam
Bike parking in Amsterdam!

Me in Amsterdam - across from my hotel

Heidelberg Germany - castle and town

Prague - from the city tower

Old part of Prague (selfie)

Verticular rail to Castle Hill - Budapest

Places and Resources 

I referenced you might want to check out (if you are planning a trip)

Trip to New York City 

We traveled on the Vamoose Bus

We stayed at the W at Union Square

We went to the Met (if you go to New York and have never been there - put this on the top of your list of things to do!)

We wanted to see a show - but the line at TKTS was too long

We went to the Strand Bookstore (amazing place if you love books)

We also did a visit to Purl Soho

On and Off My Needles:

(mostly worked on on my travels)

Two-Color Hat by Mary Kate Long  (calling this my Europe Train Hat) in a mystery yarn (to me)

Basic Black by Glenna C in Artfibers Kanji

Working on Cabled Tunic by Stephanie Japel in Elann Incense

Also working on Rock Island by Jared Flood - have no idea what the yarn is I am using


I discuss traveling and knitting with our friend Jess D - she went to Turkey at the same time I was in Europe.  (if she send me pictures I will post them here.

Yarn Tourism:

(sorry you got to hear about this twice if you listened to both parts!)

Here are the yarns I picked up in Heidelberg, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic

In the City

Cherry Blossom Festival

Official Festival Website

National Park Service - History of Cherry Blossom Trees in DC

Some photos from our picnic breakfast and walk at the Tidal Basin:

In the Shop:

Carol is knitting the Ginger Cardigan from Modern Vintage Knits in Road to China Light in Lapis color way

Then we had some shy knitters that didn't want to talk - but one is working on the Clapotis

Lonnie is working on the Line Sweater (I think) by Ann Weaver in Dragonfly Fibers Traveller

Upcoming Plans:

Going to Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival with some of my CampKIP buddies who are coming out to go to the festival and hang out with me.

Thanks as always to Looped Yarnworks!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Here Comes Spring

On and Off the Needles

Modern Rib Hat by Susan B Anderson
Stripey (my own devised project)
Cable-Down Raglan by Stephanie Japel in elann Incense

Yeah!  Found another cone of Artfibers Kanji so will recast on and start my Basic Black cardigan - this will be one of my travel knitting projects as I am on my way to Central Europe for 13 days.

In the Shop

Just some fun chat on a Saturday at Looped

In the City

Walt Whitman from Literary Washington DC

Lincoln's Birthday

On and Off the Needles

Turn A Square by Jared Flood
Slip Stitch Hats by Renee Rico
Baseball Jersey by Bruce Weinstein (Knits Men Want) in Berroco Peruvia
Modern Rib Hat by Susan B. Anderson

Also, I do a Rave on Ravelry - in particular these two forums:

DC/MD/VA Fiber Arts   where I got help with my teenage daughter's hair issues

Travelry - my trip to Europe

In the City

Lincoln Memorial

Virtual Tour of Memorial is HERE

In the Neighborhood

Georgetown University  from Northwest Washington DC (from the American Chronicles - A History Press Series.)

In The Shop

We chat with a customer in the shop - Gail from Cleveland, AKA GSHF on Ravelry

Historical Knitting

I read from the book:  Knitting: How to Knit and What to Knit published in 1885 by Henry Bristow.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A New Year's Goals

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Snorkeling in the Bahamas



Turkish Patterned Hat from Hats On! by Charlene Schurch
Byzantine Cowl by Stephanie Tallent in Dragonfly Fibers
Rolled-Cuff Cap with Star Crown from Hats On!
Triple-Patterned Watch Cap from Hats On!
Clean Slate by Liat Hessel
Hat of Many Stripes (made up pattern)
Picovoli by Grumperina out of Elann Lara


MossdaleBaseball Sweater from Knits Men Want by Bruce Weinstein in Berroco Peruvia
Turn a Square by Jared Flood in stash scraps

Lots of hats to meet the challenge of the Ravelry group 52 Hat Challenge

From the Heartland:

Jess' projects we discussed:

Delft Hat
Coniferous Hat

Knitting from the Stash for 2013 Goal

I threw down a challenge to Jess to review my stash and make recommendations on what I should make from it.  Here's what she suggested:

Cabledown Raglan by Stephanie Japel in Incense by Elann
Ella Funt by Pamela Wynn in Elan Pura
(also mentioned Coffee Bean and Baby Blue Berry by Elizabeth Smith
 The Dreambird KAL by Nadita Swings in Wandering Wool Rock Creek Sock and leftover sock yarn
The Blackcurrant Shawl by Veera Valimaki in Zen Yarn Garden
Rock Island Shawl by Jared Flood in any of my lace weight yarns (then we said Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace)

Jess is doing the Mitered Crosses Afghan in some of her Elan yarns stash and we talked about doing a knit along with her.    I am going to look through Comfort Knitting and Crochet:Afghans and maybe use the Elann Pura for one of the afghans

We're opening up a Knit from the Stash contest in the DCUnRaveled group - and you will want to check out this site and register for the yarn meter if you want to play along.

In the City 

The White House  (check out the White House Museum website.)

In the Shop

Devlin's knitting goal (from the Men's Knit Night at Looped Yarnworks)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Knitting

On and Off the Needles

Up-Down Spiral Sox by Sandy Cushman in Alisha Goes Around - Tiding of Magpies & BAM!
Gaptastic Cowl by Jen Geigley in Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool
Darkside Cowl by Sarah Fama in Classic Elite Yarns Alpaca Sox
Vancouver Fog by Jen Balfour in Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair
Declan's Hat by Samantha Kirby also in Green Mountain Spinner Mountain Mohair

Still going:

Mossdale in Rowan Lima
Byzantine Cowl in Dragonfly Fiber Djinni Sock
Basic Toe Up Socks in Schoppel-Wolle - Crazy Zauberball

Holiday Challenge to Jess

Some of the things mentioned:

Favorite Quote: "The closer you get to the holidays - the chunkier the yarn has to be if the gift is getting done."

  • Fingerless Mitts:
    • Make a bunch throughout the year so you have them available
  • Coler by Stephen West in Tosh Sport
  • Acorns & Nuts (crocheted pattern) by Sonja Van der Wijk

  • Horizontal scarf for a guy - cast on 200+ stitches in worsted weight - garter stitch and throw in some stripes
  • Neck warmer (called a cowl for women) - try a cable sampler
  • Teenage girls - Secret Santa swap - leg warmers - throw in a fluorescent stripe
  • Mother-in-law - Sheep Carousel Cozy by Kate Davies

For Yarnsnobs:

  • Gift card
  • Skein of cashmere (if you know their favorite colors)
  • Check out someone's favorites in Ravelry and see if they don't have the yarn or pattern yet - gift to them.

For (from) Significant Others:

  • Yarn swift
  • Interchangeable needles
  • Subscription to knitting magazine like Vogue, Interweave Knits, Knit.Wear

In The City

National Museum of Women in the Arts
High Fiber - Women to Watch 2012

In the Shop - 

Visitors in town for dinner at The White House

Historical Knitting

Needle work from the 1870's - affiliated Museum of the Fine Arts in Boston!

Remembering KnitPurlGurl and Random Acts of Pattern

Enjoy your Holidays