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The rectangle version of the Ulmus shawl has been released and I love it! I want to make the scarf sized one first, but can’t decide between 3 Socks that Rock yarn pairings. Please help!

Sticks + Yarn = Knitting

I know you won’t believe it unless I post pictures. I knit. Even though I haven’t posted much in the past few weeks (months, years) I have actual photographic evidence of knitting.

sj1First up is a sample sweater I’m knitting for Stitchjones aka Sharon. The yarn is her dyepot worsted in black cherry and it is wonderful to knit. The pattern is Ingenue by Wendy Bernard from her Custom Knits book. I hadn’t really looked through the book before and there are a lot of designs I’d like to knit. For more details, check out my ravelry project page.

laceNext, a lace scarf I haven’t touched for months, but I’m hoping blogging about it gets me moving again. The yarn is absolutely to die for (or knit for). It’s Sunshine Yarns Sunsilk in the color Dew. Me likey mucho. I’m using the Town & Country pattern from the trio of patterns entitled “Elizabeth” by JoLene Treace (available from Knit Picks). It’s a very simple design that shows off the yarn beautifully. It should be gorgeous once it is blocked.

sweetheartFor Cori I am finally knitting the Sweetheart Cardigan by Laura Brown. I’m using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in Navy. I was thinking when I planned this project that the big fat sport weight would be a nice break after lots of socks and lace, but nope, to get gauge, I’m knitting this on US 2’s with 7 inches per inch. Oh well, I love small needles and Lorna’s so I can’t really complain. The pattern has had a couple little boo boos so far, but nothing that thwarted me for long. I’m stalled on the lace part right now simply because it isn’t graphed so it’s hard to watch tv while knitting it.

rainbowFor my final project of this post (I have plenty more in various stages of completion that can wait for another day), my Over the Rainbow socks. These socks are from the first Oz kit from Woolgirl. The pattern is fun and the yarn is amusing (details on my ravelry project page). I just cast on for the second sock during True Blood’s season finale last night (how great was that episode?!?) so I still have a ways to go. Seeing as how we keep having these random 90 degree days here in Oregon, I’m not in a huge rush to put wool on my feet!

I’ve also been sewing a bit, but I’ll save that for later!

Knitters for Knockers

Matt, Cori, and I will be participating in the Komen Race for the Cure on Sunday Sept. 20th walking with the Knitters for Knockers team. We are planning on walking the 5k.

We are walking in memory of my husband’s amazing aunt who lost her fight with breast cancer 4 years ago leaving behind her husband and two small children. We are walking for my mom and my father-in-law who are both survivors. We are walking to raise awareness and fight breast cancer.

If you are at all able to, please consider donating. We appreciate any support,
no matter what size the donation. Please use this link when donating:
http://rfcp.convio.net/goto/McCain

75% of the Oregon and SW Washington Affiliate of Susan G. Komen funds provide the following services for local women:

Education about breast cancer and early detection
Information and support to breast cancer survivors and their families
Mammograms for the uninsured or underinsured
Transportation and treatment support for survivors

In addition, 25% of their revenue is combined with Komen Affiliates nationwide, making Komen for the Cure® the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the world!

I’ve been so busy this past month knitting and sewing, but not taking photos of any of it! My plan is to get pictures and projects all updated over the next few days so expect a blog post about actual knitting by mid-week.

Happy weekend!

Recovery

I’m going to need at least a week to recover from all the laughing, shopping, learning, and awesomeness that was Sock Summit 2009. For now, here’s a little montage of photos with my friends and new yarn.

   1. Most of the original 7 Group members, 2. Lynaes new cape, 3. Yarn makes Claire happy!, 4. 2 hours, 6 people, 5. The yarn fumes start to go to Drins head, 6. Sock Summit 2009, 7. Lornas Laces Shepherd Sock - Zombie BBQ, 8. Damselfly Yarns Sturdy Sheep - Gingerbread, 9. Madelinetosh Tosh Sock - Lichen, 10. Stitchjones Titanium Sock - Magic Judy, 11. Creatively Dyed Yarn Calypso - Olinda, 12. Madelinetosh Tosh Lace - Duchess, 13. Becoming Art Suave - Twilight, 14. Lynae Limited Sock, 15. Creatively Dyed Yarn Calypso - Durian, 16. Creatively Dyed Yarn, 17. Kitchen Sink Dyeworks, 18. Who likes yarn?

1. Most of the original 7 Group members (me on the left), 2. Lynae's new cape, 3. Yarn makes Claire happy!, 4. 2 hours, 6 people, 5. The yarn fumes start to go to Drin's head, 6. Sock Summit 2009, 7. Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock - Zombie BBQ, 8. Damselfly Yarns Sturdy Sheep - Gingerbread, 9. Madelinetosh Tosh Sock - Lichen, 10. Stitchjones Titanium Sock - Magic Judy, 11. Creatively Dyed Yarn Calypso - Olinda, 12. Madelinetosh Tosh Lace - Duchess, 13. Becoming Art Suave - Twilight, 14. Lynae Limited Sock, 15. Creatively Dyed Yarn Calypso - Durian, 16. Creatively Dyed Yarn, 17. Kitchen Sink Dyeworks Luxe Merino - Edgar 18. Who likes yarn?

Quick Hello

In 11 hours I will be in a class taught by the Yarn Harlot at Sock Summit 2009. I haven’t packed for the slumber party tomorrow night. I have no idea where anything is. I’m going to miss Cori and Matt, but I know it is good to have some away time. But I’m really going to miss them. I’m terribly excited to see my dear friends from Chicago, learn lots, shop lots, and have a great time!
Pictures and recap in a few days.

Distractions

quilt block cI haven’t been knitting much. I have been sewing a bit. Mostly we’ve been entertaining visitors (both sets of Matt’s parents). Today I sneaked away during Cori’s nap to work on my quilt. I’m halfway through the third block (there are 6 designs total using 6 different fabric pairings). I’m so hooked on quilting!

I also made Cori a couple more tunics for summer. She’s so much fun to dress up.

cori brown dresscori doodle

As soon as I received my sewing machine I ordered the most adorable owl pattern off of Etsy. It took an hour or two to make (I’m sure as I get better at cutting and sewing it will take even less time) and I think it is so darn cute! The possibilities for using different scrap fabrics are endless.

Scrappy the OwlAs for my next sewing project, I am going to attempt my first quilt. I’m going to use the tutorial from the Oh, Fransson! Mod Scrap Quiltalong. The fabric that I’ve chosen is some of the Erin McMorris Wildwood collection. It really goes with nothing in my home, but I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. (My cat, Laska, is skeptical). Anyone want to join me?

Wildwood Quilt Fabric

Here’s a less artistic, but better view of the fabric:

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As for knitting, I’m finishing up one sample knit, in the middle of another, and getting ready to cast on for a very large sample knit. Busy days! I’ll get some photos of the not-so-secret sample knitting soon.

In Cori news, she is recovering very well. Now that the steri-strips have come off the incision site, her leg looks much less mangled. She doesn’t seem to notice anything has changed and is very very very active and independent (as a 15 month old should be). Here’s a picture from a rainy Saturday at the zoo. She was much more interested in the flora than the fauna. 🙂

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