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I just found a wonderful place to keep track of blogs I am following, and now I’m keeping track, I’m a little more motivated to write.  The site is called Bloglovin’, and it’s really easy to follow people, it’s also easy to find other folks you might want to check out. Anyway, reading all those blogs has put me in the mood.  The house is quiet, Peter is in the Taj Garage teaching a neighbor how to make a cane rod, and even the dog went with him.  My birds continue to mob my feeders, lots of goldfinches, pine siskins and woodpeckers, although we haven’t seen the pileated woodpecker for a while.  Chickadees abound and will feed right off my hand when I’m filling the feeders, even the nut hatches seem tempted. So this blog seems more about the north woods than about knitting.  People sometimes wonder why I would live in such a remote place – our nearest year round neighbor is 1 1/2 miles away.  I can’t describe well enough the peace that comes over me when I look out of my big picture window and see nothing but snow, trees waiting to come into leaf again, birds and animals.  It’s the same sort of peace I find in old churches and cathedrals, or floating down the river in a kayak.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy people – in fact one of my closest friends will be here with her husband this coming weekend, and most weeks I knit with friends in Gaylord on Thursdays, and quilt with friends in Lovells on Mondays.  In the summer there are all sorts of people around, but I really enjoy the peace of winter. However, winter leads to “mud season” – when the road turns to slop, the puddles turn to thick, damaging ice, and the culvert is running over the road.

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These photos were actually from a year ago, but you will get the idea – deer in the yard, poor Max, trying to figure out how to walk down the driveway, and our bunny rabbit who lives right under the porch all winter.

So, snow photos, enough water to seem like a flood, although luckily we have mostly sand, so it eventually percolates into the ground, and there is no danger of the house being flooded.  I think this year we may consider moving out for mud season!  Last year we had an eight-day period when we literally couldn’t get out – roads flooded.  But we had groceries, lots of rod-building stuff for Peter, knitting and spinning for me, and plenty of books.  What more could we want?

I spent a wonderful weekend in Sault Ste. Marie at two all-day workshops with Amy Tyler – Spinning Super Stretchy Wools, and the second day was “Matching Yarn to Project and Project to Yarn”.  The first day was all spinning, and I have a spindle full of all sorts of yarn, with varying levels of evenness – my spinning still has a long way to go.  But I always learn from Amy, not just what she plans to teach, but all sorts of tips and techniques.  The second day was all knitting – I’m known for breaking the rules, but I’d never though of knitting with a needle many sizes smaller or bigger, than the yarn calls for – very much an eye-opener.  And once you’ve done that, what would you make at that gauge?  So much more – to all knitters and spinners, if you have a chance to take a class from Amy, do it, she’s a great teacher.  Thanks so much to Lois for her hospitality and company after the classes were over.

Meanwhile I have been knitting – currently making a baby blanket for our newest grandson, due around the beginning of April, and of course I’ll have to make a blanket to match for his big sister’s doll.  Maybe even baby coats to match too!  Pictures will come closer to the time – I’m still struggling with placement of photos.  Peter’s fair isle sweater is temporarily in the “time out” box – got to get the blanket done.  What else, well I have my “car socks” that live in the car, and two projects in mind – but I’m going to move them out to the FROG so I won’t be so tempted to start them.  I’ve done my gauge swatches, made sure I have enough yarn, working on patterns. and made notes then bagged each project – how organized can you get?  This organization is very much thanks to Amy, by the way.

The problem with having a “time out” box is that projects go in there for all sorts of reasons – bored, to complicated, not sure what to do next, not sure if I have enough yarn – none of these are really valid reasons, but sometimes things percolate to the bottom of the box and may not surface for weeks [dare I say months].  Sometimes I’ll dig down to the bottom of the box and get a surprise, and often it will inspire me to move the project to the “active” basket, and even finish it.  I have a bad case of “starteritis” as do many of my knitting friends, you know who you are.

So friends, another entry, done a little in fits and starts, but it’s there.  Keep that fiber flowing — life is good.

 

 

 

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Knitting on the Road

As I plan a road trip, I have to plan for knitting – Peter drives, I navigate and knit – that’s just the way it is.  So what is good road trip knitting – something you don’t have to concentrate on too much, something you don’t have to watch all the time, but at the same time something that keeps your interest.

I have a scarf pattern that is just the thing for me – it’s lace, but it’s a very simple, one row pattern, EVERY row is the same, so you don’t have to figure out which row you are on, and the row is very easy to learn, and it’s reversible.

Choose whatever yarn you like, from sock to worsted, about 250 yds sock, 200 yds worsted and choose a needle about 2 to 3 sizes larger than recommended or that yarn.

Using a needle about 2 to 3 sizes larger than the yarn recommends, cast on a multiple of 4 stitches plus 2 – the number of stitches will depend on the type of yarn you are using and how wide you want the scarf.

Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches, plus 2 – the number of stitches will depend on the weight of yarn you are using and how wide you want the scarf.

Suggestion:  for a DK wt., try 42, for a worsted weight yarn, probably 22. You might want to try four rows or so just to be sure it has the effect and width you want.  This is to check the width, it is NOT a “gauge” swatch. After all this is a scarf!  At this time, you may also decide to use a different needle; again this is a personal choice.

Knit the first two rows, then start the lace pattern, work as long as you want, the finish with two knit rows and cast off.

Lace pattern row:  K2, *yo to purl, P2tog* repeat until the last 2 sts, K2

Yo to purl – bring yarn to the front of the work between the needles, wrap it over the needle and bring it round to the front of the work again.

That’s it – there is only ONE row to this pattern, simply work the same row over and over until the scarf is as long as you want it or until you only have enough yarn for the last two rows and the cast-off.

Simple lace scarf

Reversible Lace

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