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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankful




Yes, I am.  So very thankful.

Kate Atherley, your wonderful book has been a beacon to me, 
I refer to it nearly every time that I write and format. 
Ann + Kay, you guys.
My Atlanta knitting friends who still keep me in their loop :
Alice, Allison, Debbie, Diane, Ellen, Hannah, Jennifer, Jill, Judith, Judy, Karlene, Laura
and Megan.
Leslie, who made Rhinebeck a reality for me 2 weeks after I moved.
Janet, Jenn, Amanda. Jill ! 
💙   Cynthia.  Lee.  Whitney.  Matt.  Kate.  💙

And to all of you.  
Through Friday midnight, EST, use the code thankful to receive

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It's an easy rib repeat, knit with beautiful Dragonfly Valkyrie 

And a great top

Finishing pictorial coming next week!


An oldie but goodie for some last minute knitting :


Firefly Series  a Hat, Mittens, and Mitts in 2 lengths.
Each require less than an average skein of worsted weight. 
The hat is shown in Malabrigo Worsted, 
 the mitts are both in Hamilton Wool Classic and the mittens are Swans Island Worsted.



Love is love.




Friday, October 21, 2016

Lykke Needles



This summer I had the great pleasure of testing out Lykke, a new knitting needle for 
Lykke Crafts.
I knit every yarn that I could with this superb 24 inch US6.
Made of grayed birch, with the smoothest join, it is quick, quiet and elegant in the hand.  
The tip is perfect - pointy but not sharp.  
These needles are also available in aluminum and also come in a straight version.
Would you like to win one? 
Share this blog post with a friend or on your own social media and leave a comment that you've done so.  Winners will be randomly chosen on the 23rd of October.


I count this needle among my favorite notions, shown here with solid circle markers, coilless safety pins, a dangling row counter and a bright plastic removable that I use to mark mistakes to fix on the next round...
The yarn is Valkyrie from Dragonfly Fibers, shown in Cheshire Cat.  

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Just in Time for a Hurricane

We're nearly settled in a darling little (temporary) home in Ocean View, Norfolk, Va.  
As much as I loved being in the mountains, 
the beach is pretty darned nice to be close to... 




There's only a little knitting that I'm able to share right now-
Mason Dixon Knitting has just launched their fabulous new site, 
and I've had the pleasure of spending time with their exclusive  


Earth


Sea

I'm working on a variation of the Monteagle Bag 
using 3 of the 5 colors from the Earth set in a gradient.   
M1 uses only the first pattern stitch, 
which creates a pleasing open-yet-woven effect. 



It begins with the darkest warm brown and a provisional cast on with enough tail to do a 3 needle bind off to close what will be the bag bottom.
Blocking will relieve the tangled mess and a beautiful bag will appear!


 Long Tail Style Provisional Cast On 
which uses the waste yarn and the project yarn simultaneously.


Now, I may be off to buy a few bottles of water... just in case.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Moving

The house is 97% packed up, and we are loading the 20 foot truck up this AM.  

It seems like we just did this.  (Yes, we did)

Tomorrow we drive to Norfolk, Va - to store nearly everything and settle into a sweet little house in Ocean View, that will soon be an AirBnB, while we hunt for just the right new home. 

Follow our adventure on Instagram and stay tuned there for an upcoming giveaway!


From January.  
Of this year.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sample Sale!

Samples Galore  Remaining Gone
unsold items are now donated.



Many Thanks!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

An Alternative Provisional Cast On


I love using this long tail style as a provisional cast on :
Hold the waste yarn and the project yarn simultaneously, or join with a slip knot to begin.  

Place the waste yarn over the thumb, and the project yarn over the forefinger,
 cast on in the long tail fashion.
Do not count the slip knot as a stitch.
Cut the waste yarn, leaving a short tail, and 
proceed to work your pattern using the project yarn. 
Don't forget to drop the slip knot if you used one.

When it's time to pick up the live cast on stitches,  just snip the waste yarn every few stitches and pick up the live stitches.  
Use a smaller circumference needle to do this, but remember to work onto the appropriate size needle.

In the image above, I left a yard-long tail of the project yarn at the beginning of the cast on, as the live stitches will be worked together with a 3 needle bind off.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday, Monday

Stash Raffle Reminder  


I am adding to the big Stash Giveaway nearly every day. 
Six bags full. 
I keep finding surprise pockets of beautiful yarn as I pack up this little house 
for our move at the end of the month.

Paypal me $30. (nellknits@gmail.com) 
I will send you 5 Ravelry coupon codes, 
good through the end of December Next Year and 
your name goes in the drawing which will be held at the end of next week. 
Many thanks.

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Our big news is that we now have a destination! 
The Asheville area of NC will be our new home.
The other big news is that there is a job there for me at the Black Mountain Yarn Shop

This was complete serendipity - I was quite resigned to a job, any job.  
Thank you, Maria!

If you know of a home in the area, please, do let me know.

In addition to packing, sorting and constantly refreshing Craigslist, 
I'm participating in the Fringe and Friends KAL with a redo of my 
seemingly ill-fated and still unpublished Roger Cardigan.  
I had to stop while I panicked about yardage.  I thought there were 6, 
but no, just 5 skeins of the Orange Crush.  


I think I have come up with a plan that will work,
A completely different base.  And gauge.  But darned close in color...

Thoughts?



While I was in knitting limbo, I was prompted by this post on MasonDixonKnitting-
which I read before making coffee most mornings - and have pulled out old design notes
and even older stash to get going on yet another cardi. 
Because I tend to cast on when I'm overly anxious... 


Deep, short row shaped hem with pockets (always bigger on the inside) and all the details that your favorite go-to layer will have.  
The sketch did not have the notched collar that Kay wanted, but I am now tempted...