Category Archives: Musings

Halloween Count-Down

Jackie-O-Lantern Open Wrap Pizza A while back, Tink B-D invited designers to submit a remembrance related to a recipe for this year’s Halloween count-down at TheArmChairChef.com. I finally got my act together to figure out what I wanted to do, and to do a write-up and some pics for count-down.

My family never really cooked or baked for Halloween, but who is to say one cannot create new remembrances! I am calling this food concoction the Jackie-O-Lantern Open Wrap Pizza.

I will let you know when the recipe is posted on TheArmChairChef site (or if Tink thinks it is too weird and rejects it, I will post it here later, lol).

Flag Day

Flag Day Today, June 14, is Flag Day which commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States. So this post is my little tribute to the flag which represents our freedom. Please let me also sing throughout cyberspace my huge thanks to all who serve to keep our country free.

This little sample is knitted in hand-dyed tencel thread ‘Let Freedom Ring’ from Heritage Yarns using the HeartStrings Morning Surf Scarf pattern. I like how the colors of this thread arrange themselves within this airy, undulating pattern stitch – reminiscent of the US Flag waving in the breeze. I have plenty more left in my skein and plan to do a regular size fashion scarf or wrap in celebration of the July 4th Independence Day.

By the way, Margaret at Heritage Yarns is offering Let Freedom Ring tencel by special order only through June 21, 2008. Tencel is wonderful to knit with and wear in the summer. If you’ve been thinking of trying tencel, here’s a chance to do so, and demonstrate patriotism as well (or did I have to give you an excuse to buy more yarn? LOL)

Cajun Gold Concertina Lace Socks

Cajun Gold Concertina Lace Socks - front view Here are the pics of the Concertina Lace Socks in Lion Brand Sock-Ease that I promised to show you. (You can click these smaller pics to see a larger picture in a separate browser window.) Cajun Gold Concertina Lace Socks - front view

This is color #204 Lemon Drop. I chose the gold colorway for these Concertina Socks, as I was smitten with the beautiful bright yellow/gold Cajun accordions last fall at the Acadian Festival in Lafayette. That is why I am calling them my “Cajun Gold” socks!

Playing with Sock-Ease yarn

Country Girl Socks - back view Over last weekend, I played with the Lion Brand Sock-Ease in my pattern Country Girl Socks. This is color #206 Sour Ball. This color ‘spoke’ to me for making these socks because I really think of lush countryside and green as going together, lol.

Sock-Ease has nice long sections of the main color interspersed with short sections of 2 accent colors. This creates larger solid areas of color when knitted than would usually be the case for most variegated yarns. I think this allows the lace stitches to stand out nicely even amongst the relatively large contrast of the other colors.

Here’s another view of the sock from the front. Note the foot-flattering instep detail as the lace transitions from leg to the wide ribbing down foot. Country Girl Socks - front view

Next up is Concertina Lace Socks in the bright yellow colorway that Lion Brand calls Lemon Drop. Check back soon to see pics (I hope). Meantime, I am off to play a bridge tournament this weekend!

Up to my ears in knitting, lol

December – Woosh! Where has the month gone? For me, the clock always seems to speed up as the holidays approach and the year is ending!

My month started off with teaching a class at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown NC for their Holiday in the Mountains week. This was a special holiday class I titled A Winter Wonderland in Beads and Knitted Lace. I had four enthusiastic and wonderfully creative students – Tricia, Ginny, Alice and Reyn. Check out Tricia’s blog where she shares her photos from the Friday afternoon showing.

John is visiting for Christmas, and my son and daughter are in town, but other than that I am not having very much time for holiday celebrations. I am up to my ears in knitting!

I have a rush project for Mountain Colors and Lorna’s Laces which I just couldn’t bring myself to turn down (I really liked the marketing premise and it has good potential), so I can blame no one else but myself for getting into this time pinch. That, along with the other new patterns I hope to release next month and various samples for yarn companies have me busy-busy-busy. But I am happy and life looks good.

As a member of Association of Knitwear Designers (AKD), I volunteered to knit some Some GWOY yarnsswatches for the Great Wall of Yarn (GWOY) that will be displayed at the TNNA trade show in Long Beach CA next month. Here are the yarns that I will be swatching.

As just one of the many benefits of being an AKD member, it is sort of neat to get to see and work with new yarns and colors — sometimes even before they are released! I’ll post more information about each yarn over the next few days, along with pictures of the display samples I am playing around with.

Enjoy the week of holiday celebrations! Happy Christmas Eve and blessed Christmas Day to you and yours.