Barbara Walker knit auction

Pieces of knitting history are being auctioned off later this month. Barbara Walker is auctioning off some of her amazing knits. You know, Barbara G. Walker, knitting luminary, author of Knitting from the Top and all those lovely stitch treasuries? Barbara Walker, creator of the SSK? (Betcha didn’t know that.)

Schoolhouse Press is handling the auction. I scrolled through the pdf catalogs, and for a moment I thought BGW23 in the first catalog was the sweater she was wearing when I met her. I did a search on my blog and found this picture:

Barbara Walker

Close, but not the same. Good, because otherwise I’d want it. Badly. But I did enjoy revisiting my Sock Summit post from 2009. Remember the luminary panel? :sigh: (I love that my blog is my journal; it’s much easier to search than my old paper journals.)

I have mixed feelings about the auction. It’s very cool that you can own a gorgeous piece designed and hand knit by Barbara Walker. But it also seems like there should be a knitting museum somewhere, to house treasures by all knitting luminaries, kind of like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Wouldn’t that be cool?

I win! and win…

Remember the 10,000 frogged stitches?

frogged!

There were more along the way, but I finished my secret project, wrote it up, and it’s off to a test knitter. Hooray! I love the finished object, and I think you will, too. I look forward to sharing it with you…next year.

I wish I had some knitting to show you. And actually, I do.

Saturday was busy with secret knitting and blocking in the back yard, since the sun has returned. But then at 11 p.m. I realized that I needed a gift for Lorajean’s baby shower at my house on Sunday. I had seen this cute pattern a while back, and while I’m not sure how functional these booties are, they at least say, “Hey, I’m going to knit a gift for Franny Jean, but for now, look how cute these are!”

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They took an hour, tops, Saturday night. A definite win. I used leftover yarn from my Raspberry Vodka Lemonade cardi. Full details on mods are on my Ravelry project page.

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And one more win: I won a drawing on Jen Lucas’s blog. The prize is this book, Free Spirit Shawls by Lisa Shroyer. It’s lovely! Lots of pretty shawls, but even more important, great reference material on shawl shapes and construction.

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And Jen threw in an extra book, 150 Scandinavian Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone. Lots of traditional and some more unusual motifs in here. I can see using them in scarves, cowls, and even Christmas stocking cuffs.

Now that I have a breather from deadline designing, I am looking forward to a leisurely perusing of these books. Thanks, Jen!

What did you do this weekend?

Stockpile Pattern Sale!

The Malabrigo Junkies on Ravelry are having a Stockpile event. It’s time to stockpile gifts for the holidays. Time to get knitting! (And if you’re not on Ravelry yet, please join. It’s amazing.)

In order to enable you for this event, I’m offering 20% off any of my patterns for sale through my Ravelry shop, now through October 15. Use the coupon code STOCKPILE to get your discount.

I love Malabrigo Worsted for squooshy warm accessories. My favorites:


Kerfuffle Cowl, a two color snowflake cowl


Ruffle Kerfuffle Scarves and Cowl, which includes the Kerfuffle Cowl pattern *and* two steeked scarf variations (Come on, you know you wanna try steeking!)

fireside thrumbelina
Thrumbelina, thrummed slippers that will keep your feet cozy! Besides yarn, you’ll need some fiber, such as Malabrigo Nube. (and you know you wanna try thrumming, too!)

But I don’t want to limit you to just these, so the coupon code works for any pattern in my Ravelry shop.

Happy stockpiling! Remember to use the code STOCKPILE to stockpile!

OFFF report, 2013

It was rainy! And windy! And fun.

My class was great. Thanks to the intrepid students who made it out to the fairgrounds. They all went home with little swatches of cast ons and bind offs. And now they have many to choose from when they start and end their next projects. Me? I’m kind of in love with the Chinese Waitress cast on. It makes a lovely chained edging on both right and wrong sides of the fabric. I want to use it to edge some fingerless gloves…

After class, I went upstairs in the main pavilion to find my peeps. In normal years, we knit and spin on the lawn. This year, groups moved inside.

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I didn’t bring my Turkish Delight spindle because I knew I couldn’t linger. But I should have brought it for a photo op! OFFF is the time the Turkish Delights get together. Leila, who tempted me into buying *my* spindle, has a tinker toy spindle here. And Rachel, whom I tempted into buying *her* spindle, has hers here.

At OFFF 2009, we were spinning on the lawn with our new spindles. Time flies!

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Duffy had this awesome shirt:

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I chatted a bit with Ed and Wanda Jenkins. Ed makes these beautiful Turkish spindles. He remembered me and asked if I was spinning. Not much these days, unfortunately! Knitting away.

I spent a little time in the barn.

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Alpacas always make me grin.

Is it weird that I was munching a lamb sandwich while walking through? The lamb is from SuDan Farm. They raise sheep for both food and fiber.

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(Sorry about your bro, guys…gals? It was delicious.)

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I spent some time chatting with Susie from SuDan Farm about her hats. I want to make one! So I bought some green and yellow dyed locks to play with. I can’t quite capture the awesome kelly greenness, sorry. (Go Ducks!)

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I did a little shopping. I picked up a skein of Socks that Rock mediumweight from Tina at Blue Moon. This is her last year at OFFF (going to concentrate on wholesaling rather than shows), so she dyed this gorgeous commemorative colorway.

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I also bought a shawl pin from Michael and Sheila Ernst. They make glass pens, knitting needles, crochet hooks, buttons. I have admired their work at many shows over the years. Isn’t this lovely?

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How was your weekend?

This is what 10,000 stitches looks like

after they’ve been frogged.

frogged!

Approximately 10,000 stitches. Why didn’t I listen to that little voice sooner? But I love the revised version that I’m knitting, and I think I’m back up to about 7500 stitches so far. The little voices are laudatory this time…or are they just playing me? o_O

It’s rainy and windy today, perfect for knitting. The forecasst for tomorrow looks worse. I’m teaching at OFFF in the morning, and shopping after that. I’m not sure the outdoor vendors will hang on that long! I helped Lorajean set up yesterday, and she just messaged me that they’re going to pack it in today. Some of the outdoor vendors didn’t come at all, and the one scheduled to be behind us looked around and decided not to set up. There’s still shopping inside, though, and the animals in the barn, so I plan to enjoy it all anyway.

black and white bfl, dyed

I’m kind of coveting this fiber, even though I’m not currently spinning. Isn’t it gorgeous? Black and white BFL, hand dyed by Knitted Wit. Even prettier in person.

If you’re local, I hope you had a chance to get to OFFF today, or are planning to do so tomorrow!

OFFF is right around the corner

I had a great time at Stash in Corvallis on Saturday. Tink, Drop, Frog is my favorite class to teach, because of all the aha! moments for the students, and the dawning realization that yes, they can be the boss of their knitting. Once you can fix your mistakes, you’re golden!

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(Photo courtesy of Liz Arrow, Stash Enhancer at Stash)

Cast On, Bind Off had its maiden voyage on Saturday afternoon. It was fun and enlightening, and I discovered that I have way more than enough material for my workshop at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival this coming Sunday. I am really looking forward to teaching it!

Until the weekend, I’m knitting away on my secret design project. I’ll also be helping Lorajean (KnittedWit) label spinning fiber tomorrow, and helping her set up her booth at OFFF on Friday. There are classes at OFFF on Friday, and the Festival is officially open Saturday 9-5 and Sunday from 9-4. Fiber, food, cute animals; y’all come! Admission is free. This event is at the Clackamas County Events Center in Canby, Oregon.

Do you have fiber fun planned for this weekend?

Tempus fugit

Time flies! I’m a little buried under right now, in a good way. I have two design projects in the works, but I can’t show them to you yet. And I’m prepping for classes at Stash in Corvallis this weekend and Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival next weekend. There is nothing so inspiring as a deadline. Git ‘er done!

I did take a little time out last week to celebrate a friend’s significant birthday. We were in Pacific City, home of the other Haystack Rock on the Oregon Coast. (There may be one more, but this one and the one in Cannon Beach are the most well known.)

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Yes, there are surfers here! Full wetsuit required; it’s cold out there.

haystack sunset

Our house was high on the hill (out of the tsunami zone!) overlooking the town and the beach, perfect for sunset viewing.

sunset in a glass

Click on the photo for a closer view; the sunset is echoed in the stem. Bonus!

We went down to Lincoln City to Jennifer Sears Art Glass Studio, and played with glass. I made a paperweight, and my friends blew glass floats. Very cool to learn about the process, and do our own…with lots of help.

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Stretching molten glass so I can twist it in a knot. Even in glass, I wanted something yarny…

swirled float before blowing

Swirled float before blowing…

swirled float after

And after.

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My paperweight.

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The bubbles are caused by a sprinkling of baking soda. There’s no place for the air to go when it’s dipped in the last layer of molten glass, so it makes bubbles. I love this. And I’m dreaming up ways to do it again. So many possibilities!

I did take a little time with graph paper and pencil to chart out my new project, and math out the underpinnings. Now I’m home, knitting it, and I think I love it. Looking forward to showing it to you, later.

What are you working on? It’s definitely fall here, so I need to get back to my cardigan…eventually. Deadlines first!

Happy birthday sale

Happy birthday to me! I’m spending the day dreaming with stitch dictionaries and playing with yarn.

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Oooh, look, a new one! Kazekobo’s Favorite Patterns. Not a lot of new ones in here, but beautifully presented.

I’m having a birthday pattern sale. Use the coupon code BIRTHDAY and you’ll receive 29% off any of my patterns on Ravelry, no limit. Am I 29? And then some! Sale is through Sunday, September 8, because I’ll be celebrating all weekend…

Happy September!

It’s Labor Day weekend here in the states, summer’s last hurrah. I hope you have a little time to regroup before fall’s busy-ness kicks in.

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Take a little time to just be…

just being

And enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

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Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival is just a month away

September is my favorite month; it’s my birth month, our anniversary month, the beginning of school, and the beginning of autumn. There’s a chill in the air in the morning that makes me want to wrap myself in wool.

The Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival is less than a month away, September 28-29. I’ve been going to OFFF for years now. It was my first, and continues to be my favorite, fiber festival. It’s a great chance to see the animals that provide our fiber, shop for more fiber, meet up with old friends, and take classes! To get you in the mood, here are some pix from past festivals.

shetland

baby

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This is the first year I’m slated to teach at OFFF, and I’m really looking forward to it. My Cast on, Bind Off class is scheduled for Sunday, September 29, but it won’t happen unless I have two more people sign up. Knitting classes don’t fill as quickly as the other classes, but we like to offer them! You can help make it happen, and learn something fun and useful, too. Pre-registration needs to be postmarked by September 6 for all OFFF classes; classes may be cancelled if a minimum number of students aren’t registered by then. You can browse all the class offerings here. I’m hoping you’ll come join me!

Here’s the scoop on Cast On, Bind Off:
How many cast ons do you know? Why do you use the one that you use? Tired of running out of yarn with your long tail cast on? Come to class and learn some new tricks! We’ll cover long tail, knitting on, cable cast on, crochet provisional cast on, and more. We’ll also talk about when/why you might choose one over another, and some bind offs that go well with your new cast ons.

Winter is coming…time to knit!