Saturday, September 27, 2008

Bobble Blanket

This is a blanket I crocheted many years ago.

I remember it took me forever but when I was done I was very pleased.
I still feel it's a beautiful pattern and an example of the beauty of crochet stitches

So many knitters feel crochet can't produce a fabric as beautiful as knitting can.
So sad for them because they're missing a world of amazingly beautiful stitches and patterns.
Just look in pages of Interweave Crochet and the many incredible crochet designers it features.
I will never understand the need for a scale when it comes to the fiber arts! We who love the fiber art should respect and be open to skills we may not know.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Big Sister Little Sister Giovanna's Cardis

I made these Giovanna's Cardis for a coworker who is having a baby girl.

I used knit picks swish superwash and trimmed it with lion brand Moonlight Mohair.
The big sister is 10 years old and I hope this will fit.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Knitty Emerald up date

The progress is slow on my Emerald from knitty.

I'm not happy with the lower body and hope I feel better when I continue. I started the second sleeve.

The colorway on the back looks a little odd. All I need is to call attention to that part of my body! We'll see.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Lesser Known Skeins Has Gone Ravelry!

I will be ending the blog because I wasn't able to work it on my own. I feel Ravelry will be something I can keep up with.
I would like the help of the original Lesser Known Skeins. Think of some good topics we can start.
I'm looking forward to this and think it's going to be a great place to get to know some wonderful fiber artists and share great ideas!

ChalkDust Knitters Meeting

As always we had a great time but I left a little early because I was tired and it was my older daughters 28th birthday.
We shared patterns and setup future dates. I can't wait for our next field trip to Stix-n-Stitches on October 11th.
This is the Teddy Bear I'm making for Mother Bear Project the groups charity project.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Problem with Followers

cybele seem to have a problem becoming a Follower. I think you have to click on Follow this Blog. Please let me know if you are are having a problem. I did this on my own, without my daughters help, and I may have done something wrong.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Chalk Dust Knitters Meeting

The Chalk Dust Knitters on the move!
This time we met at Panera Bread.
We welcomed three members that never came to a meeting.
There was lots of knitting,crocheting,sharing and eating.

Here is the knitting newbie with her teacher who was my student.
It's the circle of knitting.

I was very nervous because we met in a new place and had some new members. I just wanted everyone to have a good time. I think they did!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Regrouping Lesser Known Skeins

When I got the idea of starting a group of little unknown bloggers working in the fiber arts I had no idea the response there would be.
My daughter and I are back at work and are finding it difficult to keep up with the needs of the super growing group.
We are rethinking the direction we will take and starting a group on Ravelry seems to be the best way to go.
As soon as we get it started I will let all of you know.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Struck Gold!

I had a friend give me her aunts old knitting and crochet things. These are vintage treasures that will be shared with both my daughters and a fellow Chalk Dust Knitter.
How lucky are we!

These wooden boxes are so beautiful!

They were fulled with old knitting needles and some crochet hooks.

There's more! There were two hairpin lace loom. When I first learned to crochet my aunt taught me how to do hairpin lace. She gave me her looms and they are older than these. I hope I can find them. I want to teach my daughters to use them.

We also got this vintage knitting needle case.

So cool!

I love a challenge!

I was challenged by Lenal to answer the following questions and send them to three other bloggers.

What are the last 3 things you purchased?
Food,Yarn,Pad locks I know it weird!

What are the last three songs you downloaded?
I don't know how to do this so my daughter does it for me.
Cyndi Lauper's new CD, Ann Lennox's new CD that's all I remember.

What where the three best places you visited?
Puerto Rico, Boston and Washington DC I don't get around much!

What are your three favorite movies?
A little known movie Romano with Raul Julia. The Way We Were I'm such a sap!
What ever happened to Gilbert Grape or anything Johnny Depp.

What three things can you not live without? (Other than family and friends)
FOOD I love to eat! Yarn and needles/hooks and my cane or I wouldn't be able to get around.

What would be your three wishes?
I wish my daughters and their husbands good health.
I wish an end to all illnesses.
I wish an end to all wars.

What are three things you haven’t done YET?
I would like to retire.
I would like to be a grandma and take care of my babies.
I would like to travel.

What three celebrities do you want to hang out with most?
Annie Lennox because of her work to help others.
Meg Swansen to pick her knitting brain
Tracey Ullman because she is a knitter and so funny.

Name three things that freak you out.
People that go out of their way to put others down.
Bugs They love to attack me!
Kabuki scare They crap out of me!

What are your three favorite dishes?
This is a hard one because I love food.
My mom's meatloaf I miss it.
My dad's spanish omelette I miss this too.
rice and beans

Name three things you are good at.
This is a hard one!
listening (I hope)
making rice and beans
teaching those who want to learn

What are three things you are currently coveting?
The gift of knitting and crochet that the super stars have.
The cooking ability great chefs have.
The money the very rich have, because they are able to help so many. That must fill great!

I'll be honest, when I started this challenge I thought it was silly. Who wants to read this! Now I get it! It's not for other it's for yourself.

These are the three bloggers I will send the challenge to.
Grimm Witch of Jeresy
Geek of All Trades
Diamonds and Purls

Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Top Lesser Known Skein!

I had a dream to start a group of Bloggers who were Gifted fiber arts with great ideas, nice blogs and interesting lives, but were unknown!
We have a name and a button
We started a blog Lesser Known Skeins
We don't know where this will go, but we thought we would give it a try.
We are thinking of starting a group on Ravelry in the future.
At this point there are ten members from all over the US and beyond.
The member that has reached out the most is Lenal from Sweden.
Not only has she commented on every members blog but she translated her blog into English.
This is why Lenal is THE TOP LESSER KNOWN SKEIN!

Anyone interested in become a part of The Lesser Known Skeins leave a comment or go to the blog and send an email.

Friday, September 5, 2008

This is my closet!

I'm starting my 35th year of teaching and for 30 of those years I taught in large classrooms with windows. My fellow workers would make fun of me because I would open the windows in the middle of winter.
Now, as you can see,not only do I have to fit 16 students a teachers aide and myself into this little room, I have NO WINDOWS.

This may be my last year so I got myself a new chair.

I knit when I get a minute to keep me from going crazy!
End of nonknitting post.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

One Finished, One Still In Progess

Turn a Square needs to be blocked.

It didn't come out as well as I would have liked. I will make another and hope to do a better job. The square on top is very cool!

The first sweater I am making for myself is coming along. There's lots of shaping in it and I'm not sure if I'm doing it right.

Lots of pain today and school starts. We'll see how the day goes.