I remember reading somewhere that craft bloggers need to make certain that they actually find time practicing the hobby to which their blogs are devoted. I agree with this suggestion. Hence, as a full-time working mother, I find that if I am posting about my actual knitting, writing once or twice suffices, as I have limited time to knit. As a teacher, however, summer break allows me a wonderful opportunity to spend more time delving into my knitting and spinning, after the initial few weeks off (where I am busy unearthing my closets, cupboards, and garage from a school year’s worth of junk and cleaning out the refrigerator, car, children’s drawers, etc.). I’ve been home for a few weeks now, though, so for the last several days I have shirked housework and have been finishing up a couple of projects that require quite a bit of attention to detail. I was also able to visit a World Wide Knit in Public event yesterday.
|Last week I finished knitting some gifts for my younger son's teachers|
and then made these gift tags to include with them. The web site A
Good Yarn is a great place to find free vintage knitting images.
|The beads and the silver yarn make this |
shawl quite dressy.
I also finally completed Spud, using wonderfully soft and elastic Spud and Chloe sweater yarn. Each twist in this sheep’s wooly coat is hand-turned. The knitter knits a stitch and leaves it on the left needle. She then draws out a two-inch loop and twists it until it bends back upon itself. To some knitters, this process is a bit vexing. In fact, a woman who works at my local knitting shop kindly gave me two skeins of Spud and Chloe yarn in the proper colors to complete this project, as she had started to knit Spud, but the twisting became too frustrating for her. Oddly enough, once again, while a bit tedious, I found the twisting a bit soothing in its mindless repetition. I must really need to relax. . . .
|This soft Spud and Chloe yarn makes a perfect for a gift for a baby. I used some |
leftover Noro yarn for the bow tie.
In addition to working on these two and other projects, I drove to Stowe Gardens in Belmont, NC yesterday for a Worldwide Knit in Public event. The natural areas at Stowe Gardens, each with a different focus—such as the Orchid Conservatory, Ribbon Garden, and Meadow—present the eye with a riot of color and texture. The juxtaposition of vivid yarns and flowers was, like the beading and twisting, soothing to my weary school-teaching spirit.
|There were a few animals on display at Stowe gardens, including Camilla |
and Hampton, the sheep pictured here.
Go to www.homespunclothier.freehomepage.com for
|Things Remembered framing and yarn shop provided needles and yarn for visitors to |
create small plant bags. (Soil and a plant are placed inside.)
|Stowe provides lots of opportunities for color inspiration.|
|Yarnhouse, located in the Noda district of Charlotte, was one of the|
vendors at the event.
Today, rested and pleased with my finished projects, I plan to cast on a cow using Spud and Chloe yarn and pattern from the book Spud and Chloe on the Farm, where the pattern for the sheep, Spud, is also found. I also plan to spin some fiber and hope to show the results here soon.