Have You Seen?

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Have you seen the gorgeous new colors of Painted Desert yarn? It is one of the most popular yarns in the shop especially paired with the Irish Mesh Cowl,
a free pattern on Ravelry.

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The service road to the northern part of the Refuge is always open over Thanksgiving weekend. We hadn’t been in a few years, so wanted to see if there were any changes. Found in one particularly narrow part of the Refuge, they had placed the oyster castles to help protect the shore and offer a spot for oysters to grow. I thought there were a couple hundred, however we looked it up and there are 8,650 castles placed in this area. Good grief!

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New Sale Yarns

Posted by Caroline Hershey

We’ve posted a new batch of sale yarns. Take a look see if one might be just what you’re looking for and at a great price.

The only time poison ivy is pretty is in the fall when it turns beautiful reds. We’ll have a bumper crop of little plants in our flower beds next spring since the birds love to spread the seeds all around.

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with much relaxation, excellent food and of course,  knitting.

Two At A Time

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Melissa did it! Knitted the two Norwegian Mittens during the workshop that Beth Brown-Reinsel was conducting. We all watched as she pretty much kept up with everyone else and marveled at the fact that she didn’t get the yarns all tangled. She did say the thumbs were problematic with the tangles. She was close to having them finished when the weekend was over, and I received an ecstatic email not too many days later with the photo of two complete mitts. Made me feel pretty bad that my ONE is still incomplete. Nothing like showing me up daughter mine!

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The wind howled this weekend and we hunkered down waiting it out and sulking that we couldn’t enjoy the outdoors. However I discovered these beauties on our deck that the wind had deposited. Have you seen these gorgeous leaves this fall? Our bald cypress has turned a coppery brown and if you click on the leaf photo, you’ll see some of the leaves.

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Albertine Shawl

Posted by Caroline Hershey

The Albertine is a lovely small shawl with picot cast on and cast off. Edging is formed as you knit, no going back to pick up stitches. The yarn is Louisa Harding Pittora, a soft merino yarn that is lovely to work with.

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I have a project on the back burner using the Pittora which I hope to get back to soon. It’s the Sencha shawl found on Ravelry.

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This is a face off between a gull and crab. See his threatening claw sticking out of the water. Sorry to say, he fought a losing battle.

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Finished Cowl

Posted by Caroline Hershey

I showed the beginnings of 44 Shades of Fun several weeks ago and here’s the finished cowl. Very easy, very fast and enough variation in stitch pattern to keep your interest. The pattern is free on Ravelry and we have the Seasons yarn .

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Our Asian Persimmon has a few fruit on this fall. They are huge and great for jam and breads. When we were on the farm, we had wild persimmon trees, and the sheep and goats raced in the mornings to the trees to clean up fallen fruit. Those wild ones would turn your mouth inside out unless squishy ripe. Guess when they were on the ground, they were that ripe.

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KnitXperience 2016

Posted by Caroline Hershey

What an excellent weekend of knitting we had from Beth Brown-Reinsel, a great instructor, to the sun that shone all weekend in the mountains. Look at these wonderful Norwegian mittens we made.

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And the Rose River was lovely to hike along and take in the beautiful fall colors.

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Mark your calendar for KnitXperience 2017, Nov. 3-5. Kate Atherley will be the instructor РStrategies for garment knitting success.  We look forward to her workshop.

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