Ravelry to the Rescue

Everyone preaches the necessity of gauge swatching. There’s a reason. Normally I’m spot on gauge, but not this time.  The gauge for the sweater with a size 7US is supposed to be 19 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches. I was no where near that with my first swatch. Naturally I’m not knitting with…

Haapsalu Happy!

Here are a few quick and not great photos of my Haapsalu Spring Stole in-progress.  The edge border is complete as is the little bit of faggoting with beads.  I’ve begun the center trellis panel which has thirty-six rows in each repeat and have nearly finished the first repeat so you can kind of see…

Introducing – Tess

Allow me to introduce our newest member of the farm.  Tess was found this week on a dirt road near our house.  She’s a lovable dog without being needy or annoying.  Her gawky puppiness is adorable.  She follows us around, as well as following Martha who does find Tess annoying.  But since the other dogs…

Swatching Walker – post 3

There’s a new site for the Swatching Walker blog posts! Go here to see where I am in Barbara G Walker’s Treasury of Knitting Volume 1.var gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src=’” + gaJsHost + “google-analytics.com/ga.js’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”));var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-xxxxxx-x”);pageTracker._trackPageview();

Swatching Walker – post 2

A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Volume I, Chapter 10 – Lace Herringbone Faggoting Half Herringbone Faggot Herringbone Faggot Reverse Herringbone Faggot Double Herringbone Faggot Herringbone stitches are designed to resemble the center spine of the herring fish.  Imagine some clever knitter gaining inspiration for her knitting from the remains of dinner – or maybe breakfast. …

Roller Derby Queen

There is a saying “May you live in interesting times”.  I think if you narrow that down you’ll find that “May you meet interesting people” can be even better.  While at a party during the summer of 2009 two of our friends, Clara and Carissa, announced that they were joining a roller derby team.  Chris…

Swatching Walker – post 1

A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Volume I, Chapter 10 – Lace Basic Faggoting Stitch Turkish Stitch Purse Stitch Feather Faggot Ms Walker starts the Lace chapter by introducing us to Faggoting, which I’ve generally seen used for separating patterns or as an edging stitch.  Sometimes it’s a main feature.  The Basic Info: I’ve used a…

Swatching Walker – a beginning

Like many knitters, when I choose a lace project it’s often a response to admiring a stitch pattern in the design or seeing a finished shawl or scarf.  Call it a response to the “ooh pretty – must make” impulse. Sometimes I get part of the way through a project and realize that I’m either…

A few thoughts on aging

When a handsome man looking across the breakfast table says – “You’re aging well”,  you know it’s going to be a good day.   Acknowledging your age is part of accepting and embracing the changes.  Whether those changes are gray hair, decreased stamina, wrinkles or rouge chin hairs they are simply part of the process.…