Archive for August, 2008

Ahhhhhh . . . School . . . . It begins . . . . The Rowing Cat begins High School next week. I can’t really believe it! Volleyball started this week, scrimmages and practices! My little girl is a setter for the JV Team!

I participated in Ravelympics! I was a member of Team Tardis and participated in the Handspun Heptathalon! I used some luscious fiber from Spunky Eclectic – a beautiful blend of merino and mohair. I started spinning during the Opening Ceremonies and was able to finish my scarf before the Closing Ceremonies! The Rowing Cat has already claimed this as her own . . . The pattern is Mabel’s Scarf.

Here is a picture of my “haul” from the Hush Hush Hand Spun Hootenanny! My swap partner Ingrid put together a great package! Two skeins of handspun, beautiful fiber hand dyed by Ingrid and silk hankies, also hand dyed by Ingrid! She also included a bar of her own handmade soap with a wonderful Mango scent.

Here is the bobbin with the silk. This has been interesting to spin. I’ve only tried silk hankies once before using a spindle. So I was really interested to try this on the wheel. It’s pretty neat! The silk does get stuck on every little dry spot on your hands or on the chair or on your glasses . . . but it’s a fun process! I’m thinking of plying the silk with some laceweight black alpaca from the stash. Hmmmm . . . I’ll have to see what it looks like. I’m also thinking of experimenting with the handspun Ingrid sent me. I just might try cabling some of each skein together. It’s a technique I’ve been reading about in Spin Off magazine.

Here’s a picture of my Seafoam Scarf. I’m very happy with this one! The yarn is spun from Spunky Eclectic Fiber Club roving. I think this pattern really pops with the color transitions. It’s a fun pattern to knit with a series of yarnovers that are dropped.

And what would a blog post from me be without a pair of socks? This colorway is called TOTM – can you guess what that means???? Time of the Month! Perfect – don’t you think??? They’ve gone into the Rowing Cat’s sock drawer!


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I simply cannot believe that this is my 100th post! And too celebrate that fact, I’m delighted to introduce you to Hibiscus for Hope!

Ramona has once again put together a beautiful pattern that can be yours for sponsoring her in the 2008 Weekend to End Breast Cancer. I was a test knitter for this pattern and I can attest that it is beautiful! Mine are the lime green socks! Here is Ramona’s post on the new sock – read it and get on over and sponsor her! Happy Knitting!

This is an elegant sock inspired by ThatLoganChick’s Agatha shawl
designed for the fight to end breast cancer
Starting from a toe-up construction (magic loop or 2 circular needles recommended), the sinuous lace motif (a variant of a lace design found in Leili Riemann’s Pitsilised Koekirjad) begins from a point somewhat above the toe-box, expands across the instep and ultimately wraps gracefully around the ankles after the heel to meet itself in the back and continue up around the leg. The comfortable arch-hugging heel combines the under-heel gusset increases from Cat Bordhi’s Riverbed architecture with Wendy Johnson’s short-rowed heels to accommodate a high or wide instep.

A few tantalizing images from my intrepid testknitters:

To get the pattern, all you have to do is sponsor me for the upcoming 2008 Weekend to End Breast Cancer, and put HIBISCUS in the message.

Crazy4Dyeing Etsy Shop Announcement: 15% of sales of Crazy4Dyeing yarn destined for Hibiscus for Hope socks will be donated to Toronto Weekend to End Breast Cancer to sponsor the designer of the patternwalking 60-km over two days. Please make a comment when you check out that you’ll be making these socks.

Knitters for Knockers:
knitting together to make cancer history!

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