Who would have ever thought a month ago we would be where we are now?!?! The Coronavirus and Covid-19 have changed the way we live for a while. I have joked that I have books, yarn, Netflix and wine so I am set, but this is no joke. I have been watching the world of yarn and LYS and it’s scary for these small businesses who often operate on a shoestring. Large shows across the country have closed. Many small businesses rely on these events to stay in business. All have made a huge investment in anticipation of yarn show sales. All LYS have invested in inventory in anticipation of spring and summer yarn needs. All LYS I am familiar with have made accommodation for customers be it curb side pick up, home delivery or call in sales. Pleases help them through this tough time.
I have made a couple of changes in the way I approach my knitting. I’m going to set aside fearless knitting for a while. I am going to focus on soothing. What I learned from 9-11 is my brain doesn’t always fire as quickly when I’m anxious. I am going to focus on the zen of knitting rather than the adrenaline. I am bringing out my favorite patterns to comfort me.
Remember Olgajazzy’s Issey scarf? I have made enough to fill the fingers of two hands. It is usually my travel knitting, I started this one when I went to Linda’s in the summer of 2018.
This is the yummy Scheeples Whirligig I’m using. I should be done today. Rather than being sad and bored, I am structuring my time. For me that structuring starts with a list. I pondered what I have wanted to do in the realm of yarn and knitting but didn’t think I had time. I have been wanting to organize the Stash Studio for some time now, probably a couple of years. Now I have the time. I have wanted to become The Closer again and finish things in my tubs. Now I have the time. I have wanted to get into my “In The Queue” knitting. Now I have the time. I have wanted to write more for Knitting: A Love Story. Now I have the time. What do you say!?!? Let’s make that list together and support each other at this difficult time. My posts probably will be shorter but more frequent. Let’s lift each other up.
What a shocker! I looked at my last post on KALS and discovered it has been exactly a month. That made me think, what exactly have I been doing to be so neglectful? Let me share a couple things with you.
I started Verdigreen when I was at the Coastal Condo. The more I thought about it, the more I realized this could be a class at Ann’s By Design. It is knit in Whirligig which is a Cascade yarn. It looks difficult but it isn’t. So I started knitting the sample for the shop once we got home. I don’t think a class should be offered without a sample that people can touch, scrutinize and criticize. It’s what sells them on a class or convinces them it’s not for them.
This is what Verdigreen looks like.
And this is what Whirligig looks like. Is it coming back to you? Well, this is how much I’ve gotten done.
I think it is a great demonstration of how different colors enhance each other. I also want to do an introduction to the class on substituting yarns. I have always been a rather adventurous knitter. I’ve made substitutions that were magic and I have made substitutions that were disaterous. I must admit that I learned much from each. Do you remember JimmyBuffet’s “Son of a Son of a Sailor?” “I’ve read dozens of books about heroes and crooks and I learned much from both of their styles.” That’s exactly how my forays into yarn substitution have been. Maybe I will use this wrap when Linda Schwam and I teach our color theory class. So, that is a part of what I’ve been doing. But I still seem like pretty much a Knitting: A Love Story Slacker. Let’s go on to the next big thing.
In the fall, Carol Lane (one of my favorite regulars at Ann’s By Design) brought this pattern in. She discovered it in Ireland, hence the Celtic knot. She asked if I would teach her to do it. Of course, I said, “Of, course.” But it had to wait until March. Between fall and March we were to knit the easy part and be ready to start the diabolical Celtic cables. I did get my homework done.
These are my yummy yarns; Reserve Sport ad Merino Dreams. I already had the perfect yarn AND it came from Ann’s. Since this was going to be a quasi-class at Ann’s, I really thought the yarn needed to be from Ann’s. It is just my rule but when I social knit in a LYS, I always use yarn from the shop. So Sunday March 8 (last Sunday), we started our class.
From left to right there is Carol Lane, Sue Nelson and Linda Schwam. Oh, by the way, that knitted jacket hanging over the chair is my Crayon Box jacket I knit years ago. I love it. I talked about it early in Knitting: A Love Story. It has a wonderful story behind it or as they say in literature and the theater, it has a back story. We all came together thinking we could conquer this demon together. I had worked row 1 of the pattern 7 times by the time I got to class and I definitely was mastering that. It calls for a 1 t 5 increase and I thought, “Piece of cake!” After all I mastered the 1 to 5 increase in Jacaranda.
See the little hole in the pattern? That is a 1 to 5 increase so I was on my way.
Except do you see any hole in the Celtic cables? No! So I Googled 1 to 5 increase and watched videos for several hours. The one recommended had no audio, just two hands doing something with subtitles underneath. I never have been good with subtitles. I finally found one that gave me what I needed to proceed. I did Row 1 and went on to Row 2. Row 2 is a wrong side row but you do cable on the right side AND my 1 to 5 increases were so tight that I had a difficult time finding the stitches I needed to make the cable. We came to class ready to help each other.
The two hours we were together were a blast. But nobody left having mastered row 2. Susie got through 10 rows and didn’t like the way the elongated cable stitches worked. She frogged her’s and decided to write her own pattern. Brave lady. I pledged to Carol that I was in this for the long haul. We are going to finish this if we only get one row a week done! I had an eye doctor appointment on Wednesday and my reading prescription changed immensely. I really think that had something to do with my struggle with row 2. If you check out the picture above, my yarn is the same color as my needles. One more reason I have been struggling. I changed my needles and when I get my glasses, I think I will be flying high.
In addition to these two projects, I have been trying t get the Stash Studio into something akin to order. Have I redeemed myself? I hope so. I am really going to try to be better.
I have had much satisfaction over the past 12 months during My Year Of Fearless Knitting but none more satisfying than what I felt yesterday. I finished the mind numbing Cascade Vest. You remember it don’t you?
Linda and I made a trip to the condo In July of 2018 and that definitely meant a visit to Knit ‘N Purl with social knitting and yarn acquisition included. We both fell in love with this vest (Cascade) made out of Kauni in EF. We had to special order the yarn. I don’t know if you are familiar with Kauni or not but It often difficult to see the color sequence in the ball. When it came I was so disappointed. All that showed was a mauve color and I was sure I had been sent the wrong yarn. After talking to Linda and digging through the layers of the ball, we decided it was what we needed but we needed to be patient to fully see the color change. Linda and I both started Cascade. We were so excited to start this amazing project. Kathy, my sister, even bought the kit she liked it so much. Then there were three: three bears, three kitten or three blind mice. Cascade Vest is rows and rows of garter stitch with two rows of black and two rows of EF. It wasn’t long before my knitting self was craving something a little more challenging. 2018 was My Year Of Selfish Knitting with the mantra “Does it bring me joy?” Cascade Vest definitely wasn’t bringing me joy. It became my travel knitting. So for 17 months, if I was riding in a car, I was knitting Cascade Vest. Along the way Cascade Vest became “The Mind Numbing Vest.” The knitting seemed to crawl at a snail’s pace. I started putting a stitch marker on the edge so I would have some indicator of progress. There really didn’t seem to be much. I must admit though during My Year Of Fearless Knitting, it became a respite in times of stress. But still it was mind numbingly slow.
I kept telling myself, “Just hang in there. It’s going to be amazing when it’s done.” Some days that wasn’t enough to keep me going. One by one Linda, Kathy and I put Cascade Vest in time-out until we’d forgotten how boring it was. I think that’s kind of like pain during childbirth. After a while you don’t remember it. Otherwise why would you ever have a second child.
After a while Cascade Vest was so big that it really wasn’t travel knitting for an airplane. Kathy was the first to buckle down and finish. I was really proud of her. While we were at the Coastal Condo, Cascade Vest became my social knitting project at Knit ‘N Purl. I really believe you need to knit on yarn you bought at a LYS for social knitting. I should have knit on Cascade Vest more and bought less when I was at Knit ‘N Purl. On the drive home from the Coastal Condo, I discovered I was probably two weeks away from being done with Cascade Vest. Two weeks away from Cascade Vest going from a mind numbing knitting project to an amazing knitted accessory. I decided to buckle down and finish. I put away all of my fearless projects. Now I have this.
I love it! I wore it yesterday and got compliments galore. I do love it.
It looks amazing on Lydia and pretty amazing one me!
The juice was definitely worth the squeeze. The only problem is, I am having a terrible time trying to decide what is next. It’s like when you finish a great book and just can’t seem to find another you want to read. When I was little I had a cousin who got a new coat for Christmas and he wore it constantly. Inside and outside. All Christmas pictures that year show Jim in his new jacket. Finally, I know exactly how he felt. I don’t want to take Cascade Vest off. Thank you Knit ‘N Purl for supplying me with this wonder garment and the story that goes with it.
I know I've used this as a title before but it is so perfect right now. We are packing to leave after being here since December 19 and "Who Knows Where The Time Goes?" Thank you Judy Collins. Is it too early to reminisce before something is over? I hope not because I am going to reminisce about my 2020 January at the Coastal Condo.
First of all, I didn’t get a chance to share who my 2019 Fearless Knitting treasures went to for Christmas. One more great thing about Fearless Knitting, the treasures you have to give away are fabulous.
Friday December 6, P.E.O. Chapter EI had our Christmas party. I decided to donate something which turned into a raffle. It was the Secrets and Storms wrap with the amazing little flowers created with the Aster Stitch. My dear friend Martha Melcher won the wrap. I’ve know Martha since my senior year in high school. Her husband Cal was a first year teacher. I asked Martha to take a picture of her in the wrap but the stinker cut her beautiful face out.
If you want to read more about Secrets and Storms just refer back to Knitting: A Love Story February 2019.
I always give the Marvelous Carmen Wigman, the magician who tames my hair, something from my treasure box. This year it was Frozen Lake made out of Twisted Fiber Art Mermaid. I love this so much. You can learn more about Frozen Lake in KALS January 2019.
You all remember Evie, my best friend from college. I love to give Evie things I’ve knit. She doesn’t knit so she thinks what ever I do is magic. She got Fan-Tastic. I loved knitting Fan-Tastic.
I loved everything about Fan-Tastic. I love the yarn, I loved the pattern and I loved figuring out a tough knitting stitch. I even have the Fan-Tastic 2 yarn waiting for me. Some patterns you just can’t get enough of.
Mary Fox lives next door at the Costal Condo. I had to pick something out for Mary who has welcomed us with open arms and introduced us to things and people at Sea Trail. She is the best. I wish I could remember the name of this pattern. It’s not in my iBooks PDF’s so it must have been a paper pattern I misplaced.
Right before we left for the Coastal Condo, my knitting buddy Thea and I exchanged gifts. This is Dove Tail. It is a Mosaic wrap that was so much fun to do that I knit two. The second one will never find a home because Tess chewed a hole in it when she was a puppy. It remains in my closet until I figure out how to fix and/or hide the hole.
If you want to have some fun and end up with a spectacular wrap, this is the project for you. This is done in Kauni EQ with different colors knit together.
In addition, I fixed a hole in this sweater for a P.E.O. sister. The hole was right above the left side of the pocket insert. I think I did a pretty good job. I got this on December 6 and have taken it with me through all of our December and January travels. It has been to Ann’s By Design, The Yarn Barn of Kansas and Knit ‘N Purl. Every LYS I’ve been in, I’ve taken it out and asked for suggestions. I ended up picking up the raveled stitches and doing a 3-needle bind off on the back. I love to solve knitting problems! Maybe this would work for the Dove Tail with the Tess hole. 🤔🤔🤔
I got the front of Yoko done and last but certainly not least. . .
I got this much done on Comet. All in all, it has been a marvelous 6 weeks. We are leaving first thing in the morning, spending tomorrow night in Marietta, Ohio then we’ll be home Sunday for the Super Bowl. I do have another major goal for 2020. By December 2020, I will have invited my knitting buddies to the Stash Studio for social knitting. This means a commitment to reorganizing the Stash Studio. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻We’ll talk when I get home.
I am taking my 2020 Oath very seriously. “On my honor I will try to do my personal best to keep all LYS open and thriving.” Jane and I went to Knit ‘N Purl yesterday and I took a picture of the Verdigreen I fell in love with in the shop. Martina knit it and it is so very me. One of the things I’ve learned on this visit to the Coastal Condo is that Martina and I like some of the very same things.
That shows the beauty and detail of Verdigreen better than the pattern. See why I fell in love!?!?! Now on to The Noble Thread.
Here we are. I love the yarn bombed bicycle. I think Ann’s By Design needs one. I was meeting Jane at The Noble Thread after she finished her hair appointment. I got there a little early because I was concerned about parking remembering the problem Jane and I had when we went in September. I got to the shop and there was the store owner, an adorable little dog and an adorable little boy. I wish I would have taken a picture but once again, I forgot. The boy was reading The Iliad. I asked, “Are you homeschooled?” He said, “No, I’m shop schooled.” He was 8 years old and adorable. Then I started to fulfill my oath.
This is the first thing I found. I love Katia Socks Jaipur even though I don’t knit socks. This is what I had in mind when I saw this.
It looks perfect to me. As I was waiting for Jane, I cruised the shop. You know just seeing what caught my eye. Not looking for anything special but hoping I would be swept off my feet. The Noble Thread didn’t disappoint. All of a sudden I saw this.
Meet The Fibre Studio’s Starlight. It is silk, kid mohair, nylon and polyester sparkle. I have no idea what I will do with this. I just know that one day I will see the perfect pattern and it will be spectacular. Let me introduce you to Denim, Neptune, Sprout, Tobacco Road, Persimmon, Kiss and Pearl. When I look at them my heart kind of skips a beat and I don’t mean A-fib.
On one of the shop walls, I saw all of these pinks, purples and grays hung together. They weren’t from the same company but they did look amazing together. From left to right let me introduce you to: 1) Hedgehog Fibers merino wool sock yarn in Purr 3; 2) Baah Yarn’s La Jolla in January ‘20; 3) Urth’s Harvest Fingering in Mint (I really don’t get Mint! It gray not green.); and 4) Hello Fibers’ sock in Dusty Rose. I have no idea what these yummy yarns will become but I know it will be stunning. It was so easy. I just stood in front of the wall and these different brands in harmonizing colors were right before my eyes.
I have no idea what this is. It is an independent dyer who doesn’t yet have a label. It has sparkles and is an evolution but otherwise I don’t have a clue. I just know I saw it and wanted it. I’ve started looking for the perfect wrap pattern, perhaps with a contrasting color. Last but certainly not least. . .
I saw these and had to have them. I think they will be perfect with Yoko.
What do you think? I also ordered this yarn dyed by the shop owner to make this very same Doodler.
I wouldn’t use the burgundy for trim. I would probably use black. I will have a surprise as soon as she decides to dye it. I told her no hurry. I have plenty in the queue. Well, what do you think? I think I have lived up to my 2020 Oath. I do get sad when a LYS closes. I just ask each of you to to take the oath and live the oath.
“On my honor I will try to do my personal best to keep all LYS open and thriving.” After Thea and Linda
Schahm texted to let me know Yarn Envy, a LYS near Temperance, Michigan, was going to close, I decided to dedicate myself to single-handedly trying to keep LYS in business. There is nothing like writing an oath as a reminder of that commitment. I have more than done my part since I’ve been at the Coastal Condo.
First, let’s look at the damage I did, or better yet how I practiced my 2020 Oath at Knit ‘N Purl.
This is the yummy Malabrigo Dos Tierras in Flame, Camaleon and Holly Hock to make Shift. Ok, now! Could I not buy this with both orange and pink?!?!? I think not. I fell in love with this and I think it was my first purchase at Knit ‘N Purl. Jane and I had breakfast then went to KNP for social knitting. I must admit that I knit a little then cruised the shop, knit a little then cruised the shop. I usually just walk around a LYP at first to see what draws my eye. Then I go back to see what makes me salivate. The front of my top became wet from all of the slobber when I saw this.
You’ve already seen my yarn for Comet. I’ve been working hard on Comet and have finally gotten this far.
It is pretty amazing even if I do say so myself. But there’s more.
This is Cascade’s Whirligag which will become. . .
Verdigreen. I picked two balls of yarn with colorways stacking completely different. I will knit both from the middle and it will be spectacular. Molly had a fabulous idea. She suggested using a gradient and black for a stained glass effect. I can see it already. I may have the perfect yarn in the Stash Studio.
This is Louisa Harding’s Luci in Isola Rosa a wool blend. I can see this in Peacock Challenge.
What do you think? I’ve already started Peacock Challenge in Perth. . .
But I think I may have to try Luci.
I don’t know what this is as it was on sale and these were the last two skeins with no labels but the Marvelous Martina said it was the last of the yarn to make this. . .
I love it and can’t wait to start it. Well, let’s get honest here. I feel that way about everything I've purchased. I can’t possibly start them all but I can dream.
Even though I’m not a sock person, I just couldn’t pass this up. I am sure one of my sock knitting, knitting buddies will love it. This is what it looks like when it’s knit .
Isn’t it cute. Definitely not me but it will definitely rock somebody’s boat.
Last but certainly not least are these nickel buttons and I don’t mean nickel like in the metal, I mean nickel like in 5 cents. What a bargain!!!! I couldn’t pass them up. I think I did my part to make sure Knit ‘N Purl, my home away from home LYS stays open for a while. I also made a trip to The Noble Threads in Wilmington with Jane and I have some real treasures to share with you. Until next time, please take my 2020 Oath and do your part to save LYS where ever you are.
That maybe be overstating it a bit. But I have gone where I have never gone before, in a knitting sense. There is just something about being in the Coastal Condo. Anything seems possible. My mind goes places that even I find amazing. I can't wait to share with you what I have been up to. I’ve already shared Comet with you,
And the gorgeous yarn I bought to make it.
I decided I needed to get into it immediately. Truth be told, I have been struggling with the pattern since last Monday, January 6. It was a real challenge. The pattern called for fingering/sock yarn and a size 5 needle. I couldn’t imagine a yarn calling for a 1-3 needle working using a 5 so I started with a 4. The pattern had me flummoxed. I started, frogged it, started, frogged it. I must admit I was getting pretty good with the first 10 rows. I decided it was too tight (all of the m1r and m1l and k3T.) Aha, that’s why it called for a 5. Well, I started over once more and got this.
It just wasn’t working! I emailed Jane saying, “I’m not sure the juice is worth the squeeze.” But I loved the way it looked and I must admit I’m pretty stubborn. I emailed the designer and found out some of the rows were missed labeled RS or WS. I thought, “Aha! That will fix it!” But it didn’t. It was too hard to see the pattern. The increases and decreases for the points were done on the wrong side. The decrease was K3T and on the right side it was K. There was no way to determine if you were really increasing or decreasing in the right stitch. I was struggling. It wasn’t fun. My perfectionist side and my stubborn side were in a real battle. Just think back to 2017 My Year Of Selfish Knitting. My mantra was, “Does it bring me joy?” This definitely wasn’t bringing me joy but I didn’t want to give up and I wanted it to be perfect. In came my solution. I was going to rewrite the pattern so the increase and decreases were on the RS AND I was going to make a line of stockinet down the center of each increase and decrease. I decided to make this more knitter friendly. This is what I came up with.
It was so much easier and knitter friendly. But I did have to totally rewrite the pattern. The WS became the RS and vice versa. I had to add a couple of rows so that you always changed colors on the RS. I think it worked!
I must say I love it. On my 7th restart, I finally got it. I also went up to a size 6 needle. What exactly is my learning from all of this? This pattern is amazing and the designer is incredible. How did she think of this complex scheme? I also learned something about myself that has been hidden. I may have some designing abilities. I learned that if it’s not enjoyable, find a way to simplify and make it enjoyable. I don’t think there was a better way to start off Fearless 2.0!
Well, here we are. I am ready for the big reveal almost like one of those parties where couples reveal the sex of their baby. I’ve thought and pondered and fretted and struggled. But finally I got it!
This picture exemplifies the magic of knitting to me. That is exactly what I experienced during My Year Of Fearless Knitting—MAGIC! What is better than magic? Nothing! So 2020 will be Fearless 2.0. 2020 will be the reincarnation of My Year Of Fearless Knitting. Fearless is going to have a new life, only at a higher level. I am going to knit fearlessly but kick it up a notch. I also heard Oprah talk about 2020 being a visionary year for her and decided to borrow some of her thoughts. I am going to knit with intention and purpose. I have decided what I want for 2020 now I am going to create a vision of what that looks like. My first 2020 Fearless 2.0 project looks like this.
You are going to see several Kulabra Designs during Fearless 2.0. Kulabra is everything fearless to me. I went to Knit ‘N Purl yesterday and bought the yarn for Comet.
I love it. Thanks to Molly and Martina for taking my idea and making it pop. I have thought of other fearless goals. I have so many fearless unfinished treasures. I know you have seen some of these before. Let me share a couple of UFT I plan to work on this year.
I love this and think I’ve thought of a way to make this fearless but not fearful. If my brainstorm eliminates the need for bobbins, this will become the centerpiece for Fearless Knitting 2.0.
I have the beautiful Twisted Fiber Arts yarn specially dyed for Wingspan and this will be the year of the Wingspan.
Fearless Forest Grove was one of the treasures I bought when I visited Linda. I really think I should tackle it in 2020.
Carol Lane and I are going to work together on a pattern in February that has us both stumped. It that’s not fearless, I don’t know what is.
Then of course, I will see things that will absolutely gab me and I must do. I really wanted to have a new focus this year but I guess fearless is as big as you can get. I am excited. I would like to commit to posting on a more regular basis but I don’t want to break a commitment. So this is 2020. Fearless 2.0. Here I come.
It was just a year ago that I set a knitting direction that would change my learnings, techniques, skills and mind set. It was just a year ago that I declared 2019 My Year Of Fearless Knitting. I declared I would be taking risks and step off the ledge, I would focus on challenging patterns and amazing colors and I would stretch myself. I love New Year’s Eve because I love reflecting on the year. When I read over Knitting: A Love Story 2019, I even impressed myself with what I accomplished. Please don’t think I’m being arrogant but I am just so proud and amazed at my fearless accomplishments.
My first attempt at knitting fearlessly was Mosaic Mania. I loved this so much. I gave away some of my fearless treasures as Christmas gifts but I couldn’t part with this.
Next was Secrets and Storms. I learned the Aster Stitch in this beauty.
I designed this baby blanket for baby Rosie, my knitting buddy Michelle’s new baby. Rosie isn’t new any more, she’s almost a year old. I couldn’t find a pattern that I thought did justice to the beautiful yarn I chose.
I’d been waiting a very long time to tackle Optical Delusion. My Year Of Fearless Knitting seemed like the perfect time to take the plunge. I loved knitting this and ended up giving it to Linda for her birthday. Tess also got to wear it for her birthday.
I started Jane Thornley’s Curvature but in the middle of a complicated pattern my circular needle broke and I threw it in a tub. I will go back to it in 2020.
In honor of one of the most amazing women who has ever lived, I fearlessly tackled The Dissent Cowl just as Ruth Bader Ginsberg fearlessly tackles injustice. I even taught a class.
And then there is Fan-Tastic one of my favorite treasures ever. I loved the yarn, I loved the pattern and I loved figuring out a tough knitting sequence. It is so beautiful.
Then there is the mind blowing Jacaranda. Did I say Fan-Tastic was my favorite ever? Well, move over Fan-Tastic, you have just been replaced by Jacaranda. I loved this so much I immediately started a second.
Last but certainly not least is updating Marcia Wright’s Christmas stocking for her son’s fiancé.
Ok, this is what I accomplished, what did I learn?
1) I learned that fearless knitting takes commitment and a long time.
2) I learned that when you don’t get a pattern, reach out to the designer. They love making your knitting experience positive. They want you to enjoy and cherish their work.
3) I learned to ALWAYS read the entire pattern before you begin. Something deep in the pattern may effect your start.
4) I learned to practice new techniques until I am confident in my skill level.
5) I learned to read comments from previous knitters about the pattern.
6) I learned the zen of counting and knitting.
7) I learned the danger of knitting and subtitles.
8) I learned that sports programming and intricate knitting are a great combo.
9) I learned to have some mindless knitting on hand when your mind needs to relax.
10) I learned I LOVE fearless knitting.
It’s been a big year. Just like My Year of Selfish Knitting changed my approach to knitting, so did My Year of Fearless Knitting. I will unveil what knitting in 2020 will be soon. Until then Happy New Year and may all of your knitting dreams come true.
We are at the Coastal Condo waiting for Kathy and Ken, my sister and her husband, to come. It was a challenge to develop new holiday traditions after my Mom died but I think we’ve nailed it. Thanksgiving at Kathy’s in Cartersville, GA and Christmas at the Coastal Condo., The car was packed to the gills. There were even a couple of important things we couldn’t fit in. Knitting projects are always easy to fit in. You just put a few skeins in a small knitting bag and you can tuck it into the smallest spaces in the car. Suffice it to say, I put in many little bags. Dick just doesn’t get why I need to take so many different projects. It’s just like books. You need several of those too because you just don’t know what you’re going to feel like. Let’s take a peak at what I brought.,
This is Waterside Shawl the 2018 Rose City Yarn Crawl kit Linda bought for me. It was designed by Kat Archer of Twisted, one of my favorite LYS in the Rose City Yarn Crawl. Just listen to the description of Waterside Shawl. “Like light reflecting water, the colors of this shawl ripple and fade from one to the next. A perfect canvas for your favorite color palette, choose one that evokes sunrise over a river, mid-day on the coast or any other waterside locale.” Wait until you see the Blue Moon Super Sparkle Linda chose for me.
Aren’t they amazing!?!? And so me. Linda knows what I love.
I also brought my rendition of Spice Market.
Jane, Viv and Linda my Myrtle Beach knitting buddies took a class at Knit ‘N Purl last January. I’ve had the pattern in my iBooks for quite a while and hadn’t gotten around to choose colors. Does it surprise you that mine ended up being a Roy G Biv with dark gray? It didn’t surprise me. So I decided to bring this incase this was what floated my boat. Then there is S Curve.
I bought this last Christmas at The Yarn Barn of Kansas. I heard my name being called across the room. I looked up and there it was. I love it. How about Olga Buraya-Kefelian’s new Winter Suns?
I saw this and immediately fell in love. I may need to find more perfect yarn than I brought with me. Well, there you have it. My cornucopia of knitting choices for the Coastal Condo. I can't wait to get absorbed in one or all of these beauties. New Year’s Eve I will reveal how I did with My Year Of Fearless Knitting. For now Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
This blog is dedicated to Mary Helen Growt my first knitting teacher and the woman who changed my life. The mission of Knitting: A Love Story is to preserve, share and promote the love of knitting.