Fades

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I’ve finally finished an official “Fade” type pattern!  Yay me!  I’ve made a fade type shawl with my previous shawl “Dotted Rays”  by Stephen West.   I was creative and made the Fade on my own.   This is “Free Your Fade” by Andrea Mowry.   It’s an easy knit.  Guess what?   I made it with my own hand dyed yarn!  Yay me again!

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This takes 3 skeins of yarn in different color combinations.  I made this in my Fingering Singles yarn in Pink, Circus, and Lake House.  I’m going to make a moody, dark one next.

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I’m working every day on my new hand dyed yarn business.  Currently, I’m stocking my “store” on Etsy.  You are sure to find me under “A chick that knitz.”   I’ve got 27 different color ways listed.  I have about 50 total to load.  Once I have all my colors listed, I’m going to have a grand opening sale and everything will be 30% off for the opening.  So go look around if you would like, but remember to wait for the official opening for 30% off everything!  I love a good sale!  (It’s taken me a week to photograph and load 27 colors, it may take another week to load the rest).

I will also have my own “shop” on the web.  I will get that up and running once I’ve loaded up Etsy.  Since I’m brand spanking new with my yarn business, I figured that would help introduce my yarn to people.

It Spring Y’all!  Yay!  My nose sure knows!  I’m allergic to cedar and every other kind of tree known to mankind.  I’m basically allergic to March.  I don’t know how they work, but I have a Himalayan Salt Lamp near my bed and it helps with my allergies.  It doesn’t cure them, but it helps.  I notice a difference when I don’t have it on anyway.

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Max enjoying the long grass before Len gets the mower out for the first time this season.

I’m in-between projects right now.  My fingers are itching to work on something!  I’m looking for a particular project.  When I officially open my store and have the grand opening, I’m going to do a “KAL. Knit-a-Long” and I’m looking for that project.  I want to showcase my yarns and showcase a Fade type pattern.

Happy Sunday!

 

Tammy – A Chick That Knitz

 

Dotted Rays Shawl

Hello!   Happy Birthday to me!  Happy Valentine’s to everybody!

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This is the Dotted Rays Shawl by Stephen West. I love it!  It’s one of my favorites.  It’s an easy and relaxing knit.  The first three stitches are a provisional cast on and that’s the hardest part of the pattern.   Once you pass that, you are in easy breezy land!  It’s garter stitch the rest of the way with a few yarn overs for the “dots”.

I used my own yarn from A Chick That Knitz in the color-way Romantic Robin.  I made it a fade.  There are many ways you can use yarn color to make it your own.  Browse all the beautiful shawls here on Ravelry

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I’ve started a YouTube channel for A Chick That Knitz and a friend and follower sent me a huge box of presents to celebrate my new studio.  I made this for her.  It’s some of the first yarn I’ve dyed and it’s made of Worsted weight Superwash Merino Wool.  I will have my shop open this Spring.  That’s another plus, you can use worsted weight yarn instead of the fine fingering yarn (you can use that also) so the shawl knits up relatively fast.

I also want to show off some of Amanda’s cookies.  Amanda is Lauren’s mother that lives in Texas.

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They are so cute!

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Look at those on the right with the coconut!  Beautiful!

I highly recommend taking some cookie decorating classes on Blueprint (formerly Craftsy).  Neither of us could have done this without it.  I bet there are some free tutorials on YouTube regarding “Flood icing” .   They will teach you how to get this beautiful icing for cookies.  It’s powdered sugar, water, and a secret ingredient called meringue powder.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I think I will make some cookies myself.  I had to stop making them so much because I was eating them all!  They are so good, you can’t have just one cookie.

Have a fantastic week and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tammy

 

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

 

 

 

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.