Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Have you all seen the latest issue of Knitty? There are beautiful sweaters, shawls, hats and socks. But what really struck me the most was this pair of mittens. They look kind of ordinary and functional. But they are anything but ordinary. The original designer of these pair of mittens was none other than Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. She was quite an avid knitter and two patterns that she authored were found among her papers by a park ranger, Mary Ann Colpy at Hyde Park. Ms. Colopy asked Franklin Habit if he could help test and translate the patterns. What a treasure! It's really a neat feeling to know that someone of Mrs. Roosevelt's stature knit these same mittens. I am making my mittens out of St. Denis Nordique yarn, which was the yarn recommended in the revised pattern. It knits like a dream --- I started these last night and am almost finished with the first one.

Just got this model in -- it's the Origami Pullover from Frog Tree. Gwen kindly agreed to model it for us. It looks great on Gwen and I am sure it will look great on everyone.

Marinel came in look for one last skein of Jamieson's Spindrift to complete her Santa Fe Wrap. Love how she improvised the design at the top of the scarves.

Linda brought
it in herManos Silk Sweater -- the pattern is from Oat Couture and is called the Celtic Cardigan. Linda is definitely what I call a Type A knitter. This sweater is just perfect.

Sally is going to ring in the New Year with this Martini Felted Tote by She Knits for Knitters.

Gwen used my new hand dyed colorway "New River Rock" in a knitted scarf.

Louise finally finished her Wrap Me Up shawl out of Boku. Great colors!

Louise and Donna are busy dyeing socks after taking my sock dyeing class. They used Kool Aid dyes and went to town!

Sally showed off her Vest using K1C2 Linus. The original pattern is written for Baby Alpaca Grande, but I've seen it knit in every yarn. It's such a versatile pattern.

I have collected close to 100 helmet liners --- if you have any more finished, please bring them in. I'd like to get them to the Red Cross before Christmas.
Just a reminder -- we'll be having our annual Fiber Finishing Frenzy Sat, Dec 19th at 6 pm at Woolbearers. We'll provide the food -- you just come with your soon to be finished projects. See you all then!

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