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Market Day At Home And Abroad February 23, 2010

Filed under: Art works,Authors,Baby knitting,Knitting,Musical instruments — Janet @ 4:40 am

Yesterday was a great Market Day.  It marked the opening of the McKee Market and after fevered preparation and anticipation it opened with a flourish.  Trading was brisk.  Numerous works of art were for sale.  I SOLD MY FIRST PAINTING.  Maybe I should word that differently.  I made my first sale of one of my paintings.  That’s a break through for me, the occasional aspiring artist.   

In the afternoon I went to Fremont Market – a very popular Sunday market here in Seattle.  I wandered up and down eyeing various treasures.  I spotted 2 rugs from Ecuador and thought of buying them – to add to our rug collection.  Talked with some people about needle felting – they loved the craft and had made some truly magical figures.  Again, I planned to buy something from them.  I talked with a man I’ve seen at the Market over the years – he deals in Connemara socks and some handspun wool from his own sheep.  I met a spinner and knitter – she had a Lendrum spinning wheel and was knitting a scarf from her handspun.  I met a knitter of wrist warmers.  And I met Shanti, who has lived in Nepal, India, Japan and I don’t know where else.  She loves fairs.  I bought some postcards from her.  And I found out from here how to get space at the Market and also where to buy a tent for shelter – particularly when it rains.  Yesterday was such a beautiful day that it was hard to believe that a day would come when you would need shelter – but I know this mild sunny weather is unusual and one must be prepared for harsher days.

A few sample pictures from the day – not necessarily in the order in which events occured

   beautifully knitted wrist warmers at Fremont Market

   Ashley and Caitlin contemplating what to purchase at the McKee Market

   Ashley’s art work at the Market


  my items for sale at the McKee Market

   At Fremont Market – Size 3 Henselite Bowling Woods – I was actually sorely tempted by these at $100

  Guitar for sale at Fremont

   Caitlin’s art work


  resident cat in the sunny window at Orphelia’s Books in Fremont.  My main reason in going over to Fremont was to go to this bookstore to look for books by Henning Mankell.  Alas, no Henning Mankell books but I did find a knitting book and a couple of old paperback westerns.  As I perused the shelves I saw quite a few books by Dick Francis – reminding me that he passed away last week.  A champion jockey and a champion writer.

  my new friend Shanti who terms herself an ageing hippie

   my latest blanket – blanket no. 8?

   one of my favourite knitting books which has come to light in the unpacking


Thinking About My Knitting November 25, 2009

Filed under: Baby knitting,Knitting,Skirts,Yarns — Janet @ 11:56 am

  this is my latest knitting, almost completed – it’s just straight garter stitch, very simple, lovely sock yarn, 2 strands – 1 plain, 1 self-patterning, size 3 mm circular needle, 190 stitches – I think it might be a baby blanket – like the one below, but I’m open to other suggestions.

  baby blanket no. 1

Now there are 2 other projects to finish – the girls’ skirts.

  skirts for 2 grandaughters – I just wonder if these are going to work as skirts – they need to be pressed and some sort of ribbon or elastic inserted at the waist – again it’s 2 strands of sock yarn – they might be too heavy or unwieldy – I’d better hurry up and finish them or the girls might have outgrown them – in which case the “skirts” could be morphed into cushion covers

By the way, the cushion underneath the cat was woven by Dori O’Connell – a wonderful weaver living in Cork.  I understand that she is now doing photography.



Baby Blankets November 15, 2009

Filed under: Baby knitting,Blankets,Knitting,Knitting statistics — Janet @ 7:07 pm

Here is the finished edition of baby blanket no. 1.

Dewey 073  Baby Blanket no. 1 – Knit with 2 strands of sock wool – 1 strand multicoloured, 1 strand plain – size 3  100 cm circular needle but not knit in a circle.  It was knit going back and forth all the time – garter stitch.  It’s packed now for our move across the street – I’ll put in the measurements when we get unpacked. 

Here is the remaining stash of knitting yarn – 50 balls of wool.

Dewey 070  Remaining stash of knitting yarn – 50 balls.

How many more baby blankets will I knit?  I’ve started my 2nd one so we’ll see how I get on.  I have 112 stitches for the 2nd one.  I am making it slightly narrower –  maybe 2 inches narrower – than baby blanket no. 1.

Dewey 074  the stash all packed and 3 different projects in the cat food boxes – all ready to be moved across the street to our temporary home

Might as well be getting some fun and some statistics out of this knitting, packing, and moving process.


Dissectologist June 5, 2009

Filed under: Baby knitting,Blogs,Jigsaw Puzzles,Photography — Janet @ 7:37 pm

Dissectologist – a person who likes to do jigsaw puzzles.  I am one of those.  Here is a a link to a 48 piece jigsaw puzzle made from one of my photos.  The photo is of Baby Surprise No. 4

band 140  Baby Surprise No. 4

I’m not sure I have succeeded with the link to the above.  Here is another photo puzzle.

Bloom 036  my photo of Bettina‘s colour wheel of natural dye results


Baby Surprise No. 4 May 21, 2009

Filed under: Baby knitting,Knitting — Janet @ 8:58 am

band 140  Baby Surprise No. 4

band 139  Baby Surprise No. 4 and Baby Surprise No. 3

I used the Elizabeth Zimmermann pattern to knit the  two Baby Surprises show above.  They were knit with the same hand-dyed 4 ply Whitefaced Woodland yarn (purchased from Freyaln) and knit with the same Addi Turbo circular needle no. 4. 25 mm.  Is it an optical illusion that one looks smaller than the other? 

I went slightly wrong in my stitch count for BS no. 4 but I don’t think enough to account for the apparently smaller result.

Today I am going in to town to look for buttons and then I will be able to finish the jackets.

p.s. the pattern I used was an Elizabeth Zimmermann Ltd. Newsletter and leaflet No. 21, Surprise Jacket.  Fall’68.  Free until spring ’69; then 25 cents.

I have been making entries recently on my other much neglected blog.  Feel free to check it out.   www.8countries62years.wordpress.com


Another Baby Surprise May 5, 2009

Filed under: Baby knitting,Knitting,Music — Janet @ 9:15 pm

2nd-baby-surprise-031  I do like this pattern for the Elizabeth Zimmermann Baby Surprise.  This was knit with yarn dyed by Freyalyn who dyes yarn by the bucketful in wonderful colours and sells it at various craft shows and on her etsy website.  This jacket was knit on an Addi circular needle size 3.75 mm, 78 cm long.  I used approx. 90 g of 4 ply Whitefaced Woodland wool.  The green colour is called Moss and the yellow is called Golds.  These colours are unique to the particular dyeing session that Freyalyn did.  That’s my knitting news.

Now for other recent highlights – by staying on in Seattle an extra week to have time with the new baby and the other members of the family and friends, I missed the first league match of the lawn bowling season, Kenilworth v. Westmanstown.  But I was here for the 2nd match which was a home match against Shankill.  The team did poorly in the first and got nil points, a result which put us at the bottom of the league table.  However, in our second match we fared better and got 5 points.  For the league standings and other information about lawn bowling in Ireland go to     www.irishlawnbowls.ie      Tomorrow’s game is an away match against Blackrock who have won the league for the past 20+ years.  They are the team to beat!

This is proving to be an especially busy week.  Readers of this blog might remember that the band I belong to is part of a bigger band called the Rathfarnham Band.  A year ago we gave a concert outdoors at nearby Marlay Park.  This was in celebration of Europe Day.  Europe Day has come around again and the concert is to be this coming Sunday afternoon May 10.  We are having numerous rehearsals this week in preparation.

Our big news and what is keeping me especially busy is that we are planning to move from Dublin to Seattle in order to be nearer our family members who are in the States.  More on that in another post.


Toddler Surprise April 27, 2009

Filed under: Baby knitting,Country Markets,Knitting,Socks — Janet @ 5:39 pm

2nd-baby-surprise  The 2nd baby surprise looks big enough to fit a toddler.  The cat has given it its seal of approval.  I used Cascade Soft Spun yarn, purchased at The Full Circle in Ballard Seattle, and size 5.5 mm needles (size 9 U.S.).

And then there are the Kaffe Fassett yarn socks which I knit while I was in Seattle and sold at Kilternan Market on Saturday.  We had a very busy Market – maybe thanks to the Art Exhibition across the street or maybe it was the article which appeared in the Irish Times the previous Saturday.  It was a glowing article – it described the market as “a hub of warm chatter and friendliness where newcomers are very welcome, and it’s a sign of a community that knows how to guide the future with values that, happily, have not been left in the past.”

baby-trip-to-seattle-117 Kaffe Fassett yarn socks, yarn purchased at I Knit in London.

I also sold 4 of my notecards made from my photographs.  My stock is going down – I must make some more for next Saturday.

After the Market I went across the street to an Art Exhibition, wandered around admiring the paintings, and finally made the decision to buy one.

2nd-baby-surprise-004  Maisie

There were 2 other cow paintings by the same artist but Maisie was my favourite.

2nd-baby-surprise-003 3 cows, Daisy, Maisie, and Martha – Maisie looked the friendliest.