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Knitting in the News June 10, 2017

Filed under: Colours,Green,Hats,Knitting,Knitting patterns — Janet @ 5:06 pm

IMG_3425  This article was in the Seattle Times today.  The featured knitter is 100 years old and still going strong, knitting sweaters  for babies in need.

This knitter, not quite 100 yet, has reverted to knitting hats.    IMG_3422             IMG_3423

I’m out of practice.  Could do better!

 

Ladies Who Go To Yarn Stores March 25, 2017

IMG_2733  Janet and Susan outside NW Yarns in Bellingham Washington

IMG_2734  Window display, NW Yarns

 

IMG_2735  Colors!

IMG_2728  Knitted 3D Piece by Textile Artist Ann Maki – on exhibit at Social Fabric, Bellingham Washington, March 2017

 

Ancestor Count Update March 23, 2017

My family tree keeps growing.  The ancestor count now stands at 5263.

photo-jan-21-9-40-42-am  Is this person knitting her family tree? Makes me think of Madame Defarge in Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities.

I’m actually trying to identify and concentrate on those ancestors who emigrated to America.  That number has increased to 333.  (Even knitting those names would be a big project!)

Alternatively color bar charts come to mind with different colors representing geographic areas of origin, or destination.  Height of each bar representing numbers of people.  What about which generation 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th?

 

Knitting Progress March 1, 2017

 

img_2471  Brown sweater – adding the sleeves

 

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Time to think about finishing this off.  I thought I would have much more room for more patterning and colors as in the sweater pictured below.

 

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Party Time December 9, 2016

birthday-baby  1936

80th-birthday   2016

birthday-80   December 7, 2016

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That lanyard around my neck isn’t for a panic button!  It’s for my mailbox key!

The sweater I’m wearing is one of my hand knits.  The blue wool yarn was purchased in the Aran Islands Ireland.  I knit the sweater from the top down following an idea in a knitting book published in Norway in 1975.  That was one of the first knitting books I ever purchased.  How I found it I do not know but somehow I did when we first moved to Dublin  in the late 1960’s.

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                         IMG  Here am I age 11 with my father’s mother (Grandma Miller) when she was 85.  How will I look at that age – assuming I get there.

 

 

Searching For A Nice Brown Yarn October 12, 2016

img_1467  On my recent trip to Glastonbury Connecticut I visited 2 yarn stores – Village Wool in Glastonbury and Mystic River Yarns in Mystic Connecticut.  I just like looking for yarn and knitting – not sure what project or projects will result.  I bought 2 different browns and thought about knitting a sweater.  I prefer the “richer” brown – but my sample knitting has too few stitches to be continued as a sweater.   The lighter brown sample has enough stitches……so, what should I do?  I’m thinking!

 

Inspiring Knitting August 11, 2016

Lucy Neatby design blankets  Lucy Neatby design blankets

 

Icelandic Knitting April 25, 2015

Latest scarf 006     Meet Thor from Iceland modelling his Icelandic sweater     I met Thor while shopping in Fred Meyer.  I was getting a coffee and so was he.  I was fascinated by his sweater/jumper.  A familiar Icelandic pattern but the use of the color orange was quite unusual.  And the yarn wasn’t fuzzy.  It was handknit in colors selected by Thor himself at the Handknitting Association of Iceland.  Presumably in Reykjavik.  Thor was so pleased with his sweater.  It’s a second skin – he wears it all the time.  It can keep him cool – or keep him warm.  He spends half the year in Seattle and goes back to Iceland for the winter.  I was quite fascinated by this because I love Icelandic wool and patterns but have always found the resulting sweaters to be very warm and the Lopi Icelandic wool a bit sticky to knit.

Thor agreed to let me take a photo of his sweater on condition that we take a selfie as well.

Latest scarf 007

 

Here is the Lopi cardigan that I knit a few years ago.    lopi-cardigan-close-up-resized

 

Recent Acquisitions October 25, 2014

IMG_4095 Det beste av Hellas, Vi har valgt ut de 10 deiligsts oyene, Norwegian Magazine, courtsey of Edgerdahl

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Swedish Book, Folkdrakter och bygdedrakter frahla Sveige                  back cover of Swedish book

 

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Footsteps through Belmont, a door prize won by my sister Ruth at one her high school reunions, BHS class of 1943, what a treasure, remarks will follow in future blog postsIMG_4099                                               IMG_4101  the frame is the recent acquisition.  I’ve known the subject since 1966, this photo was taken at the American International School, Dhaka, Bangladesh, approximately 30 years ago.  He looks slightly different now, but still going strong.

 

Knitting in the Netherlands September 2, 2011

  Isn’t this the most marvelous image.  It is in the current issue of Piecework Magazine, p. 46.  It is part of an article by Donna Druchunas.  Originally it was the cover of the December 1930 issue of Needlecraft magazine.  A woman knitting and skating.  In turn, the image used here in Donna’s article in  Piecework is courtesy of the Longmont Museum, Longmont Colorado.  (Important to give all the credits where credits are due)  I think is is a charming image and just conjures up all sorts of ideas and memories.  Donna’s article is extremely interesting about historical knitting in the Netherlands.  I won’t reveal all the information here but I like Piecework magazine very much and if you like this type of article then Piecework Magazine is the one for you.  Lately I have been passing on my collection of weaving and fiber arts magazines but I will hold on to the Piecework issues for a while longer.

Also I want to put in a plug here for a workshop to be given by Franklin of The Panopticon blog.   Next Friday night he will be at the Weaving Works here in Seattle giving a workshop on historical knitting patterns.

My knitting efforts of late have turn to socks.  Nothing historical or super fancy.  Just easy to knit with nice yarns.

  easy to knit and easily portable as a compact knitting project.