I am a little better today! Still lots of chest congestion, but I at least feel like knitting. Starting a new fair isle project to take to Stitches West in Feb. I got an email regarding our rooms. I am finding that the Stitches events are very organized, which I really appreciate.
New year's resolution is to blog more. :-)
It seems easy to write 2014 for some reason, maybe it is because I am so ready to leave 2013. It was a sad year, after losing our 20 year old niece. She was so you g and full of life. It doesn't seem fair for someone like her to be taken so soon.
I have a call into the doctor this morning. I need to be seen before the weekend. I spent most of the night coughing to the point, I was afraid I was going to crack a rib. The wheezing and shortness of breath is driving me crazy. I won't be going to work today, except to do the banking.
I haven't had a cold like this in probably 15 years. I just don't get sick very often.
Six Fruit pie (Fruit of the Forest) Sheila Joynes version
2 c. Flour
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsp sugar
3/4 c. crisco shortening
add shortening and use pastry blender to mix until dough resembles large crumbs
5-7 tablespoon ice water.
Add ice water and mix with a fork.shape carefully into two large balls. Do not over handle. Roll out to desired size for bottom and top crust. I brush the top with evaporated cream and sprinkle with sugar.
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
1 cup chopped granny smith apples
1 cup chopped rhubarb
1 c. raspberries
1c. blueberries 1c. blackberries
1c. sliced strawberries
I measure fruit while frozen and then unthaw before cooking. Bake 375 degrees 45-50 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
This is one of my new designs that just came out in the latest book from 6th& Spring books. It is in the new "60 More Quick Baby Knits" using Cascade 220 Superwash Sport. I really need to do some more baby and children's designs. I love creating this and it was a joy to knit.
Steeking means to cut in norwegian. I love this technique for Fair Isle. Here is my example of steeking using the Mossbank design from a Jamieson Shetland Knitting book. I love this technique for knitting vests and sweater in the round (tube). You cut between the 5th and 6th steek sts after completing the project to open the tube and then usually pick up stitches to add a border. This is especially useful in fair isle, to avoid having to purl stitches while carrying your yarn. The white thread I inserted along the edge stitches to mark my steeks for the photo. I prefer ten stitches for my steeks. Don't be afraid to cut your knitting!
I love this yarn Swan Island. It is 100% certified organic merino wool and alpaca blends are an inspiration. Their hues are achieved by using only natural dyestuffs, resulting in beautiful yarns with lots of variegation. I have decided to design a new cowl that I have been thinking about for awhile. I am going to use the Winterberry or Garnet. It is so soft and beautiful!!!!! I cast on this morning, so stay tuned.
Backward knitting is when you get to the end of the row, you don't turn your
work to wrong side and knit backward. So, you are inserting your left needle in
each stitch to knit it. I use it mainly for the following reasons:
Stockinette isn't quite as boring,
stitches are more even between knits and purls.
You can always see the front of your work.
I don't mind purling, but I have heard some of my students say it is great for
those that hate purling
I have finished the back and front and will start the sleeves next. Inishmore designed by Alice Starmore has been in my queue for a number of years. It is a beautiful sweater and I wanted to knit it from a yarn that did it justice, but was affordable. I ended up choosing Cascade 220 (nine skeins for the medium size) in a light denim blue to show off the cables. My gauge was right on using the pattern size 5 & 6 US needles. I knew when I started Inishmore that it would be a long term WIP (work in progress). Organization needed to be important for success. I made working copies of the numerous charts, cut and pasted them in order on the inside of an index file. The back of the index file was a perfect place to keep needed notes. As you can see my file got lots of use. I wanted to preserve them, so I used clear plastic tape over the entire file. The the reusable colored tape marks my place on the charts. I used a piece of tape on each chart, moving the tape every two rows and taping right above the next two rows. I knitted the wrong side rows using the backward knitting technique, because I want the front of the work always facing toward me.