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A Knitted Ferrari November 3, 2007

Filed under: Knitting,Stash projects — Janet @ 9:37 pm
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I have been listening to a very interesting clip from a BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour programme.  It was an interview with a knitter who knit a Ferrari – have a look and a listen.

Now to news of my knitting projects.       pink-and-yellow-scarf-finished.jpg  Pink and yellow scarf finished

eccentric-blanket-finished.jpg  Eccentric blanket finished

Now for the final day at the Knitting & Stitching Show tomorrow and then I’ll blog about that.


Looking at my stash is getting less scary October 22, 2007

When the family came to visit in August, I carefully tidied away my stash – then it started all tumbling out of the cupboards- and it was scary!  But since then I have plodded away at the eccentric blanket and feel that I have taken somewhat of a chunk out of that stash pile.      pastoral-visit-024.jpg  Now I am working on the I-cord border.

My other current knitting project is pretty simple – just a stockinette knit scarf – here it is to date


 This past weekend was a very musical one with two days of recorder playing.  It was the occasion of the annual pastoral visit to the Irish Branch of the Society of Recorder Players.  This year our guest conductor was Helen Hooker from Chichester in England.  This isn’t the greatest of pictures but……..  

helen-hooker-leading-the-srp-irish-branch.jpg  The weekend was similar to the Termonfeckin week in August. 

 Here is a much better picture of music making during that week.      termonfeckin-one-of-the-playing-sessions.jpg


Are we still a village? October 11, 2007

Filed under: Ireland,Knitting,Local history,Stash projects,Weaving — Janet @ 4:37 pm

 crane-reaching-for-the-sky.jpg  I’ve lived in this part of Dublin for almost 40 years and seen many changes.  The past few years have seen the most dramatic changes of all with the building of a very large new Town Centre, along the lines of an American style shopping mall.  The cranes are still here and the construction continues.  I walked down to the “village” yesterday and wondered to myself if, in fact, we still were a village.  The Town Centre was a buzz – very very noisy and one just feels hyped shortly after entering the automatic doors.  I did a bit of shopping and then had a cup of coffee and read a magazine in a completely interior Starbucks.  (More on that another time)  I was relieved to emerge into the open air again.  It was such a nice afternoon – why had I chosen to have my coffee in that den of an artificially lit and  noisy Starbucks?

 Then the walk back up the hill.  I had met several friends, old and new, en route down to the Town Centre and within the Town Centre itself.  Then on the way back up the hill I saw a friend having a driving lesson – we each smiled and waved – am not sure a learner driver is supposed to do that in the middle of a lesson as she is trying to get out onto the main road.  But having met all these friends in the course of my afternoon, I decided that yes, we are still a village, even though the built-up environment has been altered so drastically.

Now a couple of photos of the knitting project which I just completed and also a current weaving project:

 pink-baby-thing-finished.jpg Pink baby thing finished, knit mostly with Liz Lovick’s North Ronaldsay hand dyed yarn, only a small amount of Jamieson’s DK was used to finish the top.

close-up-of-card-weaving.jpg  Close up of card weaving.  This is one of my projects for the Knitting and Stitching Show, which is coming to Dublin early in November.


Finding interesting books October 10, 2007

Filed under: Books,Knitting,Reading,Stash projects,Weaving — Janet @ 12:46 pm

I am prompted today to blog about a couple of books I found in Magus 2nd hand bookstore in the University District in Seattle.  This is one of my favourite stores and I was not to be disappointed on my latest trip.  I headed straight for the craft book section – no knitting treasures this time but I found a couple of rather obscure weaving books.     weaving-books-from-magus.jpg  The book about Navajo weavers is actually a reproduction of an article written in 1884 for the Smithsonian Institution Bureau of Ethnology.  And the book about Finger Weaving is one which I have borrowed many times from our local library.  These 2 books cost the grand total of $7.  I’m delighted.

Two other interesting books “discovered” recently were new. 

airplane-reading.jpg  Water for Elephants was passed on to me by my daughter-in-law in Connecticut.  And Breaking Clean was purchased in Barnes & Noble in Glastonbury.  Reading these books made the time pass in a hurry as I flew back and forth across North America.

And finally to report on my current knitting project, called the pink baby thing.   pink-baby-thing-moves-along.jpg  It is moving right along and hopefully will be finished by Saturday in time to take to Kilternan Market for an eager customer.


Eccentric blanket knitting suspended September 20, 2007

Filed under: Knitting,Stash projects,Travel — Janet @ 8:23 am
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early-days-for-the-eccentric-piece.jpg  The eccentric blanket is much bigger than shown in this picture but knitting has been suspended and the camera is packed.  I hope to be able to blog while I’m away – we shall see.  I also have a couple more fabric related words – grog and bombast.  I leave it to you to figure out the fabric connection.  The answers will be revealed in due course.


Lindsey-woolsey September 17, 2007

Filed under: Crochet,Knitting,Stash projects,Weaving — Janet @ 8:02 pm

Linsey-woolsey – that’s the word for today from the Wordsmith.  The words this week are  related to fabrics but are often used metaphorically.  As fibre artists we are familiar with this word but we don’t get to use it very much, at least I don’t.  Two definitions are given by the Wordsmith. 

linsey-woolsey (LIN-zee WOOL-zee) noun

   1. A strong, coarse fabric of wool and cotton.

   2. An incongruous mix.

[From Middle English linsey (linen, or from Lindsey, a village in Suffolk,
UK) + woolsey (a rhyming compound of wool).] 

There’s something rather nice about this word.  There is a connection between this word and what I had planned to write about today, namely, my STASH.  Or rather I should say STASHES – a stash of yarn, and a stash of odd knitted and crocheted pieces.  Both stashes would fit the 2nd definition of Lindsey-woolsey – an incongruous mix.  I have started taking photographs of my stashes in anticipation of receiving my invitation from Ravelry.   After all, I am only number 3000 (approx.) on the waiting list. 

My latest project, in a series of stash reduction projects, is labelled Eccentric Blanket.  Here is my progress to date.  So far this project has not involved any new knitting.  The stash I am reducing is my stash of curious shapes.    stash-of-odd-shapes.jpg    From this “lindsey-woolsey” (definition 2) I am constructing an Eccentric Piece  eccentric-piece.jpg    Eccentric Piece, Sept. 17, 2007                                        

Now, if you look closely you can identify:  granny squares of varying sizes, knitting samples from Alison Ellen’s knitting course at the Association Summer School in Chester 2 years ago, the odd scarf or 2, spirals as given in Debbie New’s book Unexpected Knitting, a sample from a class given by Debbie New in Mull 3 years ago, lace knitting from an online knit along project, a swatch from Noro yarn, and more.  It is growing like topsy – the aim is to finish with an approximately square blanket.    So far I have just been hand stitching these samples together.  We’ll see if later I have to knit specific sizes to fill the gaps.