Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Not fade away....

A question was posted on Ravelry on the PassioKnitters forum as to whether I am coming back, or if I've podfaded.

I'll be back!!!! Here's my answer to that post. Thought I should leave it here, too.

"I'll be back soon! I've had quite a strange couple of months. My 5 yr old broke his leg at the end of Christmas break, and was home with me from school for 3 1/2 weeks, so I was homeschooling him, as he couldn't get around his school in his wheelchair. Last week, when I got him back in school for a couple of half days, my aunt died and my sister's house got hit by a tornado, so I've been out of town for the rest of the week. Now I'm back and I've got him back in school, but now I'm going out of town again, so it won't be this week, but perhaps next."

Friday, December 21, 2007


Seaside Socks in Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn

Pomatomus Socks in Great Adirondack Soxie

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Episode 7: She Really Knits Around

In this episode, I discuss my trip to Spain, the yarn shops there, and my many, very unmonogamous knitting projects.

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CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED: Karen Wehrle of the Knit Fest blog is the winner of the pick a present for my husband contest. Karen, please contact me so we can work on your prize!

Las Hilanderas by Diego Velázquez [Spanish Baroque Era Painter, 1599-1660]

This is the painting I bought a print of to put up in my knitting room.

Madrid knitting stores I visited:
Lanas Alondra, calle Arenal nº1, Bought the cashmere here
El Gato Negro, Plaza Mayor 30 Bought the alpaca here

Check out my Ravelry posts for pictures of my current works in progress.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Works in Progress October 2007

Works in Progress

I've finished the front and back of the Nashua Handknits Cabled Pullover from their North American Lifestyle Series book called "Relax" (Autumn 2005/Winter 2006). Now I have to block the daylights out of the front, and hope it softens up from its highly erect state (think Viagra). This is the back. I opted not to do the middle, complicated cable for the back. This is interesting enough for me. You can see the front here. After I block the front and back and put them together, I'll probably do the sleeves from the top down, especially if I have to add panels to the sides for fit. Stay tuned....

This is half of the beautiful band for the Rebecca (GGH) Wide Sweater with Round Yoke (Magazine No.34 August - October 2007). It is the 12th design from the top on this page. I'm not using their yarn. I'm using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran.

This is most of the body of the Gwenivere's Choice Tunic from Iris Shreier's Lacy Little Knits. It's the design on the cover, though I chose a different color combination. I'm using the Cashmere 1 single -ply with the Ultramerino 8. I just need to finish the top of the back, then add the arms. The color combination is gorgeous in person, though I'm not sure this photo does it justice.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Episode 6 Repost: The one to listen to.

Sorry, folks! I was unaware of how bad the audio I had edited for Episode 6 sounded when played. I just discovered that all my hard work trying to edit the program on Audacity was all for naught. It sounded like I was recording from space, with all the Jetsons aboard warbling in the background. Though this one still has background noise in the beginning, i.e., while I'm driving, once I stop, the audio is fine. To me, this sounds better than the edited version, so I'm just posting it as is. I've reposted here and on iTunes. Sorry for the crappy sound. If you have any sound editing advice, I'd be glad to have it!!!

PassioKnit-A-Long for the month of October: focus on your passion for
a whole month!!!

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**See shownotes in the previous post.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Episode 6: PassioKnits

PassioKnit-A-Long for the month of October: focus on your passion for a whole month!!!

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Episode 6 Show Notes:

Please let me know if you are interested in participating in the PassioKnits-Along. October is the month of my 10 year wedding anniversary, so I thought, why not focus on our passion, whatever it may be. We will be working on whatever we are passionate about, whether it's spinning, knitting, crocheting, a certain fiber, certain colors, Fair Isle, Lace, Cables, SOCKS, you name it. In fact, name your passion, then come and work on it with us. Leave me a comment or a Ravelry message (user i.d.: PassioKnits) or an e-mail (passioknits@mindspring.com) if you are interested in spending the month of October focused on your passion.

Also, I'll be giving a prize to anyone who can help me come up with a winning idea for a gift for my husband for our 10th anniversary, and NO it CANNOT be that I don't knit for a month, though that would be HIS passion! The prize will, of course, be knitting oriented, or have something to do with YOUR passion.

Join our Ravelry group called PassioKnitters

Saucylouise's Japanese Crafts and Books Store: 10% off everything in the store right now! And also her etsy site: http://www.saucylouise.etsy.com/ Obviously this is where I've ordered my Japanese Knitting books from.

Yarnahoy: 10 % off on your first order. This is where I bought the Kashmiri Princess lace yarn and the fall colored sock yarn (above).

Kindred Spirits Yarn: this is where I got the big honking hank of sock yarn in the beautiful fall colors, and she shipped it FAST!

If you order from any of the above sellers, tell them Julie from PassioKnits sent you!

On the Needles:

Here's the front of the Nashua Handknits sweater I'm working on, using Aussi Wool Chunky yarn. I've reviewed the yarn here if you're interested.

This is the Merino and Silk hand-dyed yarn I'm using for the Collared Shawl in Sally Melville's Purl Stitch book. The colors of this yarn are amazing!