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  • I’m slowing working on my “A Light In The Window” blanket. Even on warm summer days, I pull the WIP over my knees and thing, “This is going to be a really nice blanket.” And you know what? I think I’m keeping it for myself.
    It’s so nice to have you back online again. Gale Zucker’s Nashville/Monteagle Assembly posting is catnip.

  • Get thee to some Quince & Co Osprey {{{love}}} and start an Annabel cardigan. Heads up: it’s garter stitch, so choose a small size.

  • I’m working on reading your book “Mason-Dixon Knitting the Curious Knitters’ Guide” which I bought because I’ve been working on a Baby Moderne Blanket for my 9-year old grandson as a replacement for his original baby blanket and I just had to read the book by the gals behind the blanket. I love both … book and blanket.

  • I am at the “I can’t decide” between projects stage. Therefore, I defer to another teddy bear, knit for a needy child. A worthy project, and because I’ve knit hundreds, I don’t have to think more than a squirrel or goldfish.

  • No inspiring knitting at the moment, working on plain mittens and socks, but music wise just back home from seeing Don McLean in concert and his four member band were all from Nashville! The concert was great, and Don announced that not long before he came on stage he had just found out from his daughter that he was going to be a grandfather, so he said he would always remember being in Hobart, Tasmania!

  • I am just emerging from a fit of cast-on-itis that has left me with the beginnings of a pair of EZ nether garments (using up worsted leftovers), a Beekeeper’s Quilt (using up fingering leftovers), and that gorgeous new Kate Davies pattern Braid Hills. Unfortunately, I decided a few rows after the fact that I am not happy with my first attempt at a tulips buttonhole, so I have some ripping back to do on that one. My 8yo asked me to make him a plain black hooded sweater, which is also in progress. All I can say about that one is, if you need knitting inspiration you should stay far away from the land of the plain black sweater.

  • ::scurries away to find some suitable DK in the stash::
    How did you know I have sworn not to buy yarn until my stash is knit down to a reasonable level, for certain values of “reasonable”. What a great cowl!

  • Love that bubbly stitch!
    I am trying to finish a wool hat (yeah, in August. I started it last September and it should take me no time at all, but so far it’s almost taken me a year) and then I need to start a simple something for a train trip, because none of my WIPs is just right. Actually, this afternoon I plan a trip to the LYS to perhaps pick up Rowan 54. Because none of my millions of patterns is just right either.
    How pathetic! I should just go find some yarn and make something bubbly!

  • Love the reverse picture especially! Looks like the start of a very clever top-down sweater to me πŸ™‚

  • I love both the front and back of this! So lovely. I’m currently working all from my stash. It is ROUGH, especially with all those lovely new Fall pattern collections coming out. But right now I’m knitting a Vivid blanket and Lush sweater, both from ‘Handmade in the UK’. I am very glad I purchased that collection.

  • Ann. Mixing yarn weights. Isn’t that like putting cardboard in your shoes or drawing a line down the balk of your leg to mimic stocking seams? Has it come to this Ann?
    And: THE ASSEMBLY IS NOT AS BENIGN AS IT SEEMS?

  • Making a Color Affection shawl, trying to decide how I feel about those tight edges. Also knitting my first top-down baby sweater with an Ann Nordling pattern that I’ve had forever. I started both of these because I’ve been working on the Via Veneto table runner all summer and there was no end in sight. The other day, I (finally) dropped those center stitches, bound off, and am in love with it all over again. It’s still not done but at least I get to work with a different color.

  • Making a Color Affection shawl, trying to decide how I feel about those tight edges. Also knitting my first top-down baby sweater with an Ann Nordling pattern that I’ve had forever. I started both of these because I’ve been working on the Via Veneto table runner all summer and there was no end in sight. The other day, I (finally) dropped those center stitches, bound off, and am in love with it all over again. It’s still not done but at least I get to work with a different color.

  • Love, love, love this post from “snack knitting” to “my attention span is somewhere between squirrel and goldfish,” and finally, “if Alexis de Tocqueville were good with a camera.” Fun! Also, both sides of the cowl look good…and I do remember smocking!

  • Oooh, that looks bubbly fun!
    I’m designing on commission with special yarn. It has taken six froggy attempts to come up with a stitch pattern that does it justice. Now I’m on cruise control. Bliss.
    If you need another WWF pal, I’m pdxknitterati there. My number of friends playing has been dwindling, but I’m HOLDING STRONG.

  • I love the texture of the pattern. The back even looks great. I definitely have to try this one.

  • Love the cowl. I finished the Lutea Lace Shoulder Shell out of Classic Elite Silk–my first ever summer sweater. Now using the left overs to make a tank top. You both are always inspiring!

  • I am starting the ButtonBox vest from Knitty using Plymouth Mishushi yarn. I don’t make many garments but thought his looked good. I am finishing some stranded color socks from the Blue Moon Fibre from last year designed by Donna Druchanas. Fun knit and pattern. Have you made the color affection shawl by Veera Vellamaki? Awesome project. Or Brickless by Martina Behm? Potato chip knitting, both. Have fun picking your next project.

  • Ohhh, I used to tat with my grandmother. Tedious and tiny thread, but great memories.

  • Tatting a baby hat πŸ™‚

  • Bubble Wrap has been in my peripheral vision for a while, but it may have to wait till after Pop Spots by Juju from loops. Currently my purse project is a sock(Willowherb), my conversation-safe project is a Bias Mohair Loop (Churchmouse, Kaffe Fassett KSH), my major undertaking is the Rhea Silvia cowl by Sara Morris, and on the back burner till school starts in September is a half-finished, pigeon-colored Dreambird — fun but requires at least forty-five minute blocks of uninterruped knitting for sanity’s sake. And I really really really want to knit a Ticker Tape like Misa Erder’s, with a different poem, natch. Saw her wearing it at Rhinebeck and was smitten.

  • In machine knitting that trick is known as tuck stitch and you can get some really interesting textures and patterns out of it.

  • In machine knitting that trick is known as tuck stitch. And really interesting textures and patterns are possible.

  • At the risk of sounding ridiculous, addicted, or insane, I am on my 13th Malabrigo Linen Stitch Scarf. I can’t seem to stop myself, and Christmas IS coming, faster than we think! πŸ™‚

  • OK! I’m hooked. This is a stitch pattern I absolutely must try. What fun πŸ˜€

  • No inspiration here. After finishing a summer of socks, I’ve been putzing around swatching stitch patterns for perhaps . . . another pair of socks. It’s too hot to work on a sweater, even the one that’s been languishing for a year awaiting seaming; perhaps inspiration will come with fall weather.
    Of course, you might look at my Rav queue for inspiration. Lots of good-looking stuff there!

  • Your software ate my comment (got an error message and everything). So here it is again. My next knitting project will be my first FIRST that wasn’t conceived by you guys. I’m doing the Hue Shift Afghan from Knitpicks. If it’s too fiddly (ok, if it’s fiddly at all), I’ll come home to MDK.

  • Waiting to head up to Maine before I reconnect with my Iceland pullie. I’ll finish it up there though, and it’ll be well-timed.
    I am amused by the idea of roughing it on Mad Tosh. Makes a very glam snack πŸ™‚

  • Having just returned from the annual convention of the International Organization of Lace (held in Salt Lake City this year), I am here to report that 1. tatting and bobbin lace are not lost at all!; and 2. knitting projects have been set aside so that I can continue to work on the Flanders and Honiton bobbin lace pieces I began in classes during the convention. OK, not the somewhat-instant gratification that knitting can be, but great yoga for the brain.

  • Hey there Ann! thanks for the shout out & kind words. Alexis de Toqueville is, I am sure, spinning in his grave πŸ™‚
    That cowl reminds me of something I am dying to make, Juju Vail’s Pop Spots http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pop-spots

  • Gotta use that in a tea cosy. YES. Love love love.

  • Love the Bubble Cowl and the choice of colors! I’m trying to finish an Edda cardigan in cotton before it becomes too cold to wear it. I was going great guns until I started second guessing the yarn choice, which is actually fine. I sometimes think I need a “knitting psychologist” (much like pro golfers need their people). Since your post, I’ve been obsessing about the cowl and colors of Madeline Tosh I can find locally.

  • Me again – I know the cowl doesn’t have to be made with Madeline Tosh, but I’m really, really in to mood!

  • Both of your projects are beautiful! That midnight blue shawl is calling to me–and I’m not even a shawl or blue person! Thanks for explaining how I ended up with all these knitting books and a huge yarn stash–sleep browsing and buying! That totally explains it. The only knitting I’ve done this summer is a diagonal baby blanket for my hair stylist and now working on a couple of your garter stitch baby bibs for another friend who is expecting (all knitted from stash). First time to knit the bibs–very cute and fast. Thanks! Also, I’m moving my youngest to college THIS FRIDAY! Even though it’s been LOOMING all through his senior year, I SO can’t believe it. My plan is to distract myself with projects for the next few months!

  • Ooooh, I would so love to visit you someday in Monteagle. Call me! I’m currently working on my very first Color Affection. Loving.It. I’m on the last bit of the 3rd section, with just the edging to go after that. Hard to get a good pic while it’s squoozed onto a not-long-enough circular. In other news here, the TN State Fair is coming up and you’ve got until Aug 24 to enter your knits and other handmade goodies online! Run, don’t walk! tnstatefair.org

  • Such beautiful knits! I can’t wait to see your latest fair isle when it’s off the needles. I’m working on Alecia Beth; it’s such a well-written pattern. I may need some Spanx for it to look like I want it to, but that’s another story….

  • That is absolutely stunning! I love the colors together and the pattern.

  • one word for you – – enabler! cast on a bubble cowl last night, thought the casting on of all those stitches would kill me, but its started…

  • Attention also like squirrel. I do actually find that just playing with the stash and making little things is really inspiring. Doesn’t help the attention span, but what do you need it for? I think it’s a symptom of late August. Embrace. Enjoy. Knit another sock.
    And seriously, why are we worried about the slightly different weights of the yarn? For a cowl? Gonna use it for what? Looking good? It’s looking good, I’ll bet a fiver it’s feeling good. It’s good.

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  • Ooof! You got me hook, line and sinker with this one. Mine is in leaf green and brown from Cascade Yarns as I am also knitting from stash these days.

  • I’m happily working on http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/biellese
    with some fabulously colorful Baah! La Jolla yarns …
    just trying desperately to get through 100 8 row repeats of 12 stitches. Definitely a Labor of love πŸ˜‰

  • Love your cowl and was inspired to do it. But my back looks different. Wondering how you ‘catch ‘ the dropped stitches. Mine look loose and messy. Please do you have any tips

  • Love your cowl and was inspired to do it. But my back looks different. Wondering how you ‘catch ‘ the dropped stitches. Mine look loose and messy. Please do you have any tips