Can Spring Be Far Away?

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Almost as good as spotting crocus blooming is seeing a turtle sunning itself out at the Refuge. We spotted this one this weekend on a log there.

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Have you tried Cat Bordhi’s Anemone Hat? It’s fun to knit and sure to turn heads, as in make people giggle, everywhere you go. I used Classic Worsted Tapestry yarn and her pattern can be found on Ravelry of course.

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Closet Occupiers?

Posted by Caroline Hershey

How many of your knitting projects have taken up residence in a closet or other out of the way, out of sight location? Sad to say I probably have more than the usual knitter since I am always starting a project to show how this or that yarn knits up.
A case in point. I wanted a short sleeve cardigan out of our Chincoteague Colors fingering wt so I chose Raiun which you can find on Ravelry. I love the design elements (I mean the ones the designer put in, not me!). “The ribbed neckband elegantly streams down the fronts and wraps around the body to provide a flattering slim line across the back.” that’s from the pattern write-up which enticed me. But as you can see from the photo, I haven’t gotten very far. It’s top down casting on left & right sides to work raglans.  And I have the wrong number of stitches so my raglans are not working out.  Looks weird doesn’t it?
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This will have to be taken up again once we return from the Quilt Festival in Hampton, VA next week. That means ripping. ARGGGHH!

On to more pleasant topics, a finished project! Quaker Yarn stretcher using Souk from Cascade yarns. It’s a silk blend yarn with long color changes.
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I never thought snow would become a four letter work. But, we’ve had our fill here as has most of the country. We’re taking a breather from all of it looking forward to some incredibly warm temps the end of the week. But be forewarned, it is historically true, a proven fact, that either coming or going to the quilt festival EVERY year, it snows! So don’t think it’s over yet!

Ocean Roaring

Posted by Caroline Hershey

We went to the beach this morning to see what damage had been done by this storm and discovered that not too much had occurred. Some washover but not too destructive. But the waves are fierce and we can hear them crashing from our house.
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Dyeing the Chincoteague Colors in the yarns has been a delight, and we decided to extend these colors into another area, silk scarves. These are some that we have come up with using the same colors as the yarns.
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What do you think of them?

 

Beautiful Capelet

Posted by Caroline Hershey

At Knit Knight this past week, we were treated to an original design by Laura. Laura designs clothes for anything from barbies to this lovely capelet. She used Jewel, a bulky wool yarn, knitted the capelet shape and then needle felted the designs onto it using pieces of recycled sari silk yarn. She also needle felted the curve of the collar so that it lay perfectly around her neck. We just think it’s beautiful.
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Finished projects! YEA!

Posted by Caroline Hershey

A very good feeling when you finish a project that has been hanging around. This little sweater by Noro is not difficult, just got put on the back burner while lots of other things had to be done. Noro yarn of course makes anything look spectacular.

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Knit the front and back panels identical, pick up along each edge, knit sideways to complete the sides and sleeve cap. The pattern can be found in the spring/summer 2013 issue of  Noro Magazine, page 15.

Now, what do you think about these two critters? At first glance, Sika Elk? No, two happy goats grazing a yard on the Island. Never can tell what’s around the next corner!
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Snow is still hanging around!

Posted by Caroline Hershey

A trip to the beach Sunday afternoon found mounds of snow still on the sand even though the temps had gotten very pleasant for a change.

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Walking along the beach contemplating new colors for our Chincoteague colors hand dyed yarns. I was thinking about one called cygnus calling to mind both the recent rocket launch and all the swans that are in Swan Cove. Will get to work on that. By the way, what is the plural of cygnus? cygnuses, cygni or what?

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