Lost in Time Shawl

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I wanted to show and tell some of Lauren’s projects.  She likes to crochet and can do some knitting.  Whereas, I like to knit and can do some crochet.  She is working on the cutest shawl.   It’s called “Lost in Time” by Johanna Lindahl and you can find her pattern here: Lost in Time Shawl.

You should go see the finished projects on Ravelry.  There are 1250 finished projects and  the different color combinations are absolutely stunning!  She ordered the suggested yarn and it is very affordable and good quality yarn.

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The yarn arrived yesterday and she has already gotten this far….  It’s a work in progress and not blocked yet.  This will be her first project that she has blocked.  It will be neat for her to see the magic blocking does for a project.

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I stopped by her house yesterday and was the typical nosey mother-in-law and went thru her current projects.  She just decides she’s going to make something and gets her crochet hook out and there you go, she has a project.  I have to have a pattern.

I loved this!

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She said she wasn’t crazy about it, but I think it’s gorgeous!  Look how pretty these colors go with her teal nail polish.   She is going to make it into a cowl.   She is from Austin, Tx and has moved here to Edmond, OK.  We have fall and winter here and I’m so excited that she gets to wear lots of knit accessories.   She’s going to love it!

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This is a poncho she is making.  She is not done.  But I liked it so much, I wanted to take a picture now.  This is some of the Malabrigo yarn I found at a garage sale.  An entire 10 skein bag full of it.  I’m so happy it has found a home with Lauren and her poncho.  I can just see her taking Luke to the park with this on.  I know, I sound like a broken record, but she is so beautiful.  Her skin is perfect!

I was brought up as a lake kid.  My parents took my step-sister and myself to the lake almost every other weekend growing up.  I had sunburn after sunburn.  Then, as a teenager in the 80’s, we bronzed ourselves in baby oil all summer.  I spent a lot of time at the water park during the summers with my girlfriends.   I’ve had extremely severe sunburns growing up and my skin shows it now.  I’ve had women come up to me and scold me for the freckles on my back as if it’s Leprosy (no kidding).  Raising my children, we were taught to apply the sunscreen.  It wasn’t like that when my parents were raising kids.  So my children’s generation all have pretty skin.  My daughter, Lindy, is the same, beautiful skin!

Thanks to Rodan & Fields, I’m well on my way to reversing all that skin damage.  I’m going to share some other people’s results too.

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This is what my back looks like. Look at her amazing results!

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This woman looks like a mother/daughter photo. I would never guess this is the same woman.

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I found out yesterday that a local yarn store, The Gourmet Yarn Company in NW OKC on May Ave is closing!  They are having a clearance sale this Saturday and Sunday with everything  25-50% off storewide.  I am fully loaded on yarn, but a sale is a sale, and knitting needles are rarely ever on sale.  I hope to stock up on some circulars.

Enjoy your day.

Tammy

 

 

 

Happy Monday

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Lauren and I went to Stitches, Texas last weekend.  We were so focused on all the booths and pretty yarns that we forgot to take a single picture!   We dumped out  both our loots and took a picture of our treasures.

I’ve had a rough weekend.   Lauren was in a minor car accident.  She and baby are fine.  I was so scared and worried about her that I aggravated an old neck injury of mine and have had a horrible headache for 3 days now.  I thought I’d post some fun pictures of yarn to help me feel better.   Yarn releases feel good endorphins and makes me happy.  Might take my mind off my headache.

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I bought this yarn for Lauren for her birthday along with a pattern for a cowl at L & B Yarn Co in Norman, OK.  The teal is Marisol Ushya (two skeins) and the brown variegated is by Universal Yarns Classic Shades Frenzy. (1 skein).  Love that cowl!  Super cute with jeans.  Tomorrow, we are supposed to get our first bout of fall weather.  Fall is my favorite season; back to school, football, pumpkins, falling leaves, my favorite colors all around, jeans, boots, and cowls…..just love it.

I spent the weekend working on my unfinished projects.  This is my unfinished project basket.  That is the Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole.  I started it about 6 years ago.  It just lacks one more row and the fringe.

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This is the Wavy Lace Scarf by Sweaterbabe.  All this one lacked was the fringe.  I love this color!  So pretty!  This is the 4th scarf I’ve made from this pattern.

These adorable fingerless gloves are from the pattern  Trilsea’n, which is Gaelic for “braid”, by Kalurah Hudson that I downloaded from KnitPicks.  Very appropriate for “Outlander” fans.  Speaking of Outlander, is anyone else down in the dumps waiting for Claire and Jamie to finally get back together?  Every episode has been so sad and depressing.  Each episode, I’m like “Come on!  Get back together already!”.

Happy Monday everybody!  I’m already feeling better.

 

Blocking the Aideen Shawl

Lauren asked me what blocking was the other day, so I thought I would share.  I’ve mentioned that blocking is not something that many knitters enjoy.  It is necessary for several types of knitting, especially lace.  I knit the “Aideen” shawl by Dee O’Keefe two years ago when I travelled to Rhinebeck, NY for their annual Sheep and Wool Festival.  If you haven’t been, please put it on your bucket list to go.  New York is absolutely gorgeous in the fall.  My husband has turned his nose up at traveling to the East coast, and he loved it!   It’s an absolutely must do.  Two years later, and I’m finally blocking my shawl!

This is the shawl laid out unblocked.

You soak the garment in water, and the wool/alpaca/fiber blooms.  You get the excess water out by rolling it up in a towel.

This is a blocking mat.  You can get these at your LYS or buy them online.  I purchased two packages from Knit Picks, an online yarn store.  I did not have enough to completely block this out like I should have, so I will need to buy one more package.  The long cardboard contains long wires that you use to help block and then T-pins to pin the garment down.  You will see Max in these pics.  He’s everywhere I am.

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Max is trying to help me, but he’s in my way, playing with the blocking wires.  I had to shut him out of the room to get this done.  He sure is cute though!

This is the shawl laid out and pinned down.  The pattern will tell you the measurements it should be.  You just flatten and pull and push until you get the correct measurements.  I did not have the appropriate space of blocking mats to do this “perfectly”.  The wires are thread through the inner circle, where Max is laying.  The pattern called for more wires to be thread and placed along the edge between the lace and the border.  I did not do this.

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Here is the diagram from the pattern on what it should have looked like.

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You can see mine is kinda wonky compared to the pattern.  I even accidentally missed pinning a few of the picots on the edge of the scarf, but you can’t tell.

Here is the finished product.

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Thank you Lauren for posing for me.  You are absolutely stunning!   Our grandson has a new name.  It was going to be Jack.  Now it’s Luke Scott Mattinson.  I told Lauren he is going to be so cute that she will never put him down.  She promised me should would put him down for a little bit so I could hold him. :-).

This is my oldest son, John, the dad.  Both mom and dad have the cutest dimples.  Luke surely will too.  You never know.

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I hear several people are intimidated by lace projects.  Don’t be.  They are not hard.   It’s only yarn overs and knitting two stitches together.   Not hard at all.

Stitches, Texas

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Stitches,Texas is coming up this weekend in Irving, Texas.  Stitches holds fiber festivals in several states across the country.  I think Chicago used to be the closest one to me.  So when Stitches decided to hold a festival in Texas, I was super excited.  Texas is just next door to Oklahoma.  I was able to attend the very first Stitches in Texas.    I went by myself and had a great time.  I spent a weekend in a hotel and participated in several classes.  I signed up for the whole shebang; dinner, fashion shows, events and prizes.  There were several “single” people so I didn’t feel awkward going by myself.   The catered dinner party had several single people at the table and it was a free for all for seating.   I even participated in a fashion show.

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Barry Kline in a Swing class

This is Barry Kline and he teaches a class about adding some “swing” to knit garments.  I have a bit of a belly, so I like knit garments that have a slight drape and “swing” versus a tight knit around my belly.  I was the model for this vest he designed for the class.  He actually teaches on cruises.   Yes!! There is such a thing as a knitting cruise!  Bucket list.

One of my favorite knitting celebrities is Marly Bird.  She lives in Colorado and designs knit and crochet items and has a podcast that’s called,  “It’s a Yarn Thing”.  I have often been described as real or genuine in regards to my personality.  Marly is too!  That’s why I like her so much.  Very down to earth and doesn’t mind being honest in her endeavors, good or bad.  She’s just charming. Love her.

I was able to take one of her classes about becoming a knitwear designer and how to get started.  Marly is my favorite knitting/crochet personality.   She has some great classes on Craftsy that I recommend.  She is so fun to watch.   I purchased her Plus Size knitting class on Craftsy.   It’s how my mom and I made our duck tape mannequin together.  Some of you may remember that!  You can find it on Youtube here: Mother/Daughter Team Duck Tape Mannequin

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Okay.  I’m sure everybody has had a bad hair day, or a bad makeup day, or whatever.   I saw these pictures after I got home and couldn’t believe how horrible I looked.  For some reason, my hair would not work.  I have curly hair and in high humidity, it kinda goes afro on me and there is nothing to do but put it up.   I hate tight things around my belly.  What the heck happened to my t-shirt?   It must have shrunk from the time I put it on and the time I arrived here.  You can even see the indentation of my belly button my shirt is so tight.   I swear my sweater is navy blue and not purple.  It matches the skirt. The skirt lands just above my knees.  Not sure why it’s nearly down to my ankles here.   I was showing Lauren these pictures and we were having a good laugh about it when I told her I actually wore this same outfit to a job interview!   I got the job, so my outfit couldn’t have looked as bad as it appears in these photos.    Not to mention the alien light bearing down upon my head, preparing to beam me up.

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LOL.   What can you do?  Just laugh about it and be glad I’ve got a photo memento.  Marly looked great!

I’m planning on heading to Stitches Texas in the morning.  I’ll bring back some pictures to show you what it’s like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KnitStars 2.0

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Do you know about KnitStars ?   Shelley Brander of Loops in Tulsa, Oklahoma has developed knitting classes from well-known designers in a video format that you can watch comfortably in your own home.   Wherever actually, as it’s on video and you can watch the video’s anywhere.  The newest KnitStars 2.0 starts next month in October.

Screen Shot 2017-09-07 at 7.41.24 AMThis is Shelley Brander of Loops in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I love that poncho she is wearing.  You can only get that yarn from her store in Tulsa or order online from her store.  The pattern is Andromeda by Heather Nixon and you can find it on Ravelry.   Funny, looking at the pattern on Ravelry, I would have passed.  Looking at the pattern on Shelley, and I fell in love with it.

I enrolled in the first KnitStars 1.0 for around $200.00.   It’s about the same for KnitStars 2.0.  What I like about it so much, is the voyeur aspect of looking into other knitters/designers own homes and studios.  It’s like sitting down with a friend and talking yarn.  Each designer brings you into their yarn space and shows you their knitting place, yarn, projects, and they teach you something about knitting.   Once you enroll, you have access to the video’s forever.

Have you been to a fiber festival?  They have animals (sheep, angora rabbits, alpacas), yarn, fiber, yarn, accessories, yarn, miscellaneous stuff, and more yarn.  They also have well known knitting designers teaching all kinds of different aspects involving fiber.  Not to mention, beads and some jewelry making classes too.  And spinning.  I love them!  It’s a great place to people watch and meet new friends.  KnitStars brings this all to you in your own home, everything except the animals 🙂

Think about it.  Going to Rhinebeck, NY to their Sheep and Wool Festival costs me several thousand dollars – airfair, accomodations, rental car, and that’s before I ever get to the festival.  Stitches in Texas, still costs me gas money to drive back and forth to Texas, accomodatons, food, then the cost of admission. and classes.

KnitStars, for only around $200, brings all of this to you without leaving your home.  They have special patterns, special yarns, special dye lots of special yarns, all for the KnitStars enrollees.  Shelley travels all over the world to bring this one of a kind event to you.  I believe it’s well worth the cost!

Go to Knitstars.com to see the available free videos and patterns while they are still available.  It’s worth investigating for sure!  Here is a list of the teacher/designers from the first KnitStars.  (You can also still purchase this event).

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Hannah made me feel good about my stash.

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Stephen West!  What a fun ball of light and sunshine.   I could watch him all day!   I want him as my new best friend!

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Amy was new to me.  She taught me how to do appropriate gauge for bulky knitting.  Light bulb moment here for me.    Thank you Amy!

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Color, color, color.   I’ve used a lot of Koigu for my BeeKeeper’s Quilt that I’m working on. Learn how all that gorgeous color is made along with ideas on choosing color combinations.

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Meghan reminds me of my D-I-L, Lauren, who is also from Austin.  I enjoyed meeting Meghan too.  I loved the ambiance of Austin, Texas.  She talks about knitting in a hot climate and appropriate yarn choices.

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I’m a little late to the party with meeting Romi Hill.  She seems like the calm tranquil type.  No wonder her shawls are so gorgeous!   Go to Ravelry and look up some of her designs.  She makes amazing shawls.

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Julie is behind Coco Knits.  She is a designer, but she also invents these interesting accessories/tools for knitting.    She reminds me of my mother, actually.  I bet they have similar personalities.

There are a few more knit stars.  They were all great and I watched every video.  You can also participate with a live Q & A session.  I loved watching from my own comfortable recliner.   Go watch the free videos at knitstars.com

 

 

My Mom – Joyful-Expressions blog.

 

I want to say “Hello” to all my new followers from my mom’s blog, Joyful Expressions.  Getting high praises from my mom is a BIG deal!

I was looking through some photos and had to share some fun pictures.  My mother has always sewn, as long as I can remember.  She used to make  me scrubs to wear to the hospital for work.  Back then, I didn’t have a specific colored uniform and could wear whatever I wanted, otherwise,  I bet she would still be making me scrubs.  My mom loves prints and you can do a lot of fun prints with scrubs.

Here is a cute picture of some outfits my mom made for my boys, John and Jacob.  This photo is from 23 years ago!  It’s summer and I’m pretty sure she made this for July 4th.  I like they have the same theme and colors, but still unique for each boy.

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Here is the quilt she made me.  We have a chicken coop with chickens and lots of fresh eggs.  Mom made me a chicken quilt.  Isn’t it pretty.  For you quilters, check out the feathered stitching pattern on the quilt.  You can see it well around the center chicken.  It’s hanging on the wall in our sunroom.

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This is one of my favorites too.  My husband, Len, is a retired Fire Fighter.  She made this for our first grandson, Xander.   Here is Max, of course.  He is always around in everybody’s business.

 

We had a GREAT day yesterday and welcomed 11 new puppies from Crystal.

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Here are some of our pups that have grown up.  You may remember Mom’s dogs, Jackie and Josie.   They were some of our Goldendoodles.

We get tons of compliments on our dogs.  It has a lot to do with their DNA and great parents.  I like to think those puppies are imprinted with the magic and love that is our home and it cements all the ingredients for a great dog.

Have a blessed day!