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A Knitting Retreat

This past weekend I was at the yearly Yarn Today Knitting retreat held in Logan, Utah. It was my first time there. I had the opportunity to teach a Chart Reading and Lace Knitting class. I was told my class went very well, but I hardly remember it. Got to love adrenaline. I was quite tired after the retreat, but had great fun. Here’s some pictures of what I got from it, and what projects I completed from it. Of course I didn’t take as many pictures as I should have! And didn’t get any permission to post peoples pictures to the blog, so they will just be object pictures.

Double Knit Class - Taught By Rita

My Finished Wash Cloth (Cotton)

My Finished Wash Cloth (Cotton)

Double Knit (Other Side)

Double Knit (Other Side)

My Knitting Class

My Knitting Class

The Clog Class - Taught by Brenda - with Mucho Yarn

The Clog Class - Taught by Brenda - with Mucho Yarn

Marissa Clogs - Pre-Felted

Marissa Clogs - Pre-Felted

Marissa Clogs - Post Felted and Drying

Marissa Clogs - Post Felted and Drying

Many Free Patterns

Many Free Patterns

More Goodies - The Free Needles

More Goodies - The Free Needles

Beautiful Kit I won - Silk!

Beautiful Kit I won - Silk!

Books, Patterns, Leaflets

Books, Patterns, Leaflets

2 Free Bags. I love them both

2 Free Bags. I love them both

Me after Retreat - Tired and Voiceless - Was Fun!

Me after Retreat - Tired and Voiceless - Was Fun!

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Pattern Release: Pieceful Creations Lace Stole

A few years ago, I didn’t know how much I would enjoy knitting lace. It’s not so much I had a fear of charts, but I was in open rebellion against them. But then Mim of Mimknits.com started designing some beautiful, chart only patterns.  If I wanted to knit those I would have to learn charts. (It didn’t help that I often saw the real life shawls in person, when she lived still in my small Mountain Valley) She was and continues to be an inspiration. I love her patterns

So, I sat down and learned to read, understand and knit charts. Lace caught hold of my heart and I haven’t turned back.  This month, I have the chance to teach others, what Mim shared with me. The open window of great opportunity.  Learning to read, understand and knit charts.

This is the stole pattern that I will be teaching in the class, but I wanted to offer it for those who will not be able to attend. Enjoy

Pattern Release:

Pieceful Creations Lace Stole

  • Craft: Knitting
  • Type: Shawl/Wrap/Stole
  • Published: September 2008
  • Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece 215 yards [4 skeins of Driftwood]
  • Yardage 800 – 850 yards
  • Size shown 24 inch by 77 inch
  • Needles: Size 4 (or size appropriate for your yarn)

The Pieceful Creations Lace Stole is a journey in sample lace knitting. Different lace patterns are spaced between a filler pattern to provide an enjoyable and distinctive knitted shawl.

Many of these patterns can be used to create their own separate knitted pieces, but when combined together create a beautiful visual display of different lace stitches, framed in a charming floral border.

Fully Charted – 17 page pattern – English – Highly adaptable

PDF instant download.

This pattern is available for $5.50. (paypal)


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TOEtally Great Sisters

8 woman, average age 40 years plus
Good Food
Busy Target
8 Shiny Toe Rings
1 Church Van
Giggle and wiggles and a birthday cake for 2.

Birth to Maranatha Baptist Churches newest Club
TOEtally Great Sisters (although honestly I think it should be called the Toetally Crazy sisters)

At 31 I was the baby of the group. Ana Mae our dear 80 year old was the oldest. The others were a mixture some 30’s, alot of 40’s, and probably a 50 here or there. The birthday cake was for Ana Mae and me. Yum.

I would describe the fun trip we took down to a Japanese resturant (the type that they cook at your table), a shopping trip to Target, the purchase of matching toe rings (the first for everyone) and an insane death trap of a church van, but of all the other people I’ve explained it to, have given me a funny look and said “Uh guess it was one of those ‘you had to be there’ things huh?”

But here are just a few pictures from it. (The gal in the shopping cart, Hates shopping and refused to go shopping to Target with us, unless she got a cart ride…. Don’t try that at home) And yes, all these people below are crazy Baptists in Utah. Run if you see us coming. You’ve been warned.

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(that’s me in the green)

For those who have heard about the “Kitchen Sink”, a HUGE double banana split that you can get at a local resturant (Angies) here’s a picture of it. Yes, my husband, and my 3 kids and I have indeed finished a whole Kitchen sink and have the bumper sticker to prove it!
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In Knitting news
Crap. Darn it. Shucks. Uhoh
I am almost 100% sure that I don’t have enough yarn for my Seraphim. I should. I bought enough, (if that hand label label wasn’t lieing…..) using the right needles. I must be knitting alot looser. I hope on thursday my LYS has more of the ‘dye your own’ sock yarn I’m using. If not. *#(&$#. And I don’t say *#(&$# very often….

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Friends New blog

Is it me or is typepad being super slow-mo today?

My friend Cathie created a new typepad Blog today. Visit her at Create-a-quilt
She Quilts, Crochets, Loom Knits, and is learning to Needle knit with some great Heart Dishclothes. She also plays Everquest with me!

I’m so happy she moved to typepad (even if typepad is being a bit witchy lately.. maybe it’s the Halloween Season) and I can add her to my bloglines!

My rant for the day. What’s with Misti Alpaca? I have sport weight yarn and thought to make a cute scarf with it, but it’s just not working out. The yarn doesn’t give me any idea on gauge so I’m not really sure what needle to use. After trying about 6 different patterns with this yarn (including size needles), I’m stuck now just doing a basic garter scarf. Though it will be pretty and soft I’m a bit disappointed. I had hoped I’d make a branching out with my green skein I also bought, but when I cast on 25 stitches my scarf is only going to be about 4 inches wide. That’s a little thin even for me. I guess I could just keep the skein to hug and squeeze since it’s so soft…. (sigh)

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Another Loomer

Want to introduce you to another (perhaps already addicted?) Loom Knitter!

firsthat.jpgThis is her very first hat:
Isn’t it a wonderful creation? Last I heard she had already mastered the ewrap and the flat wrap! That took me quite a while myself to figure out.
Way to go Cathie. To visit more of my friends Yarn Adventures, read her Yarn Works Blog

Moving into Typepad will take a few days, but while you wait for me to back archive visit our Dinner Photo Album You’ll find yummy recipes and pictures. You can join me as I embark on the adventure of COOKING. Wish me luck. I’ll probably need it.

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Another Addict Joins Blogworld

Got my friend (might as well be a sister lol) into blogging to. She doesn’t quite ‘get’ why people would want to blog, and I didn’t really know what to tell her, but she started one herself! You can visit Cathie at: Create-a-quilt
She’ll talk alot about quilting, as I haven’t quite got her into looming, but the more I talk about it the more she talks about thinking about it (hehe)

Way to go Cathie.

On a side note, I’m going over my new menu plan. I joined Saving DinnerEach week they send you 6 menus, including a shopping list, how to make it, information about it, serving ideas, nutrition, ways to make it veggie or kosher, and have different menu plans. This weeks menus are:
Spicy Tomato Chicken Salad, Bow Ties with Black Bean Salsa and Cherry
Tomatoes, Salmon Carbonara, Turkey Citrus Salad with Poppy Seed
Dressing, Texas Beef Stir Fry and Chinese Crock Pot Chicken.
Will let you know how it turns out.

This week Flylady Zone is the Master Bedroom. Let’s all get out and Fling away our Clutter! I think today, I’ll do my
15 minutes in my Drawers and Closet and get rid of some clothes. Tomorrow might be the bookcase (eek)

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