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July 27, 2010
Turkish Rose Mittens

We just returned from a sunny, hot, fun filled week in Eastham on Cape Cod - a big family reunion - most of the week was spent on the beach with occ. biking and walking when it was cool enough - a day in Ptown, miniature golf, lots of seafood, cookouts and ice cream every night rounded the week out - but the most fun of all was just being with the people I love most in the World!

boys cape cod

I actually didn't knit a stitch on this vacation, but finished my Turkish Rose Mittens just after we returned. This is my very 1st knitted project taken from sheep to finish.

Oxtavia and Whirlwind

Turkish Rose Mittens

Turkish Rose Mittens Turkish Rose Mittens

Pattern: Turkish Rose Mittens from Green Mtn. Spinnery (I bought the pattern, but it is is also in 99 Yarns and Counting.)
Yarn: 2.5 ounces hand prepped/handspun Corriedale from Octavia and Whirlwind raised and sheared at Whitefish Bay Farm
Size: small (8" circumference/ 9.5" length) - 58 stitches around
Needle: cuff 2.5 mm / hand 3.25 mm circular needle.
Mods: The instructions for the top of the mittens didn't match the picture or chart, so I just winged it for the top decreases - turned out perfect!

A little bit off season, but I think they are gorgeous - can't wait to REALLY wear them this winter!

Turkish Rose Mittens

Turkish Rose Mittens

and my favorite picture
Turkish Rose Mittens

I'm attempting to get my Istanbul Socks done by August 31 for the Red Bird Knits Summer KAL - progress is slow :-)

Istanbul Socks


July 5, 2010
Blogging Lite - Summer Style

Anyone who has read my blog for the past 4 years, knows I go into "summer mode" and manage to only get in a few posts during this time...usually coming back full force (which is still only about once/week) in the fall.
So instead of ditching it altogether for the summer - I'll give a quick run down of my fibery adventures at least a few times :-)

Alaska was wonderful in every way - Enjoying time with my 2 adult children, while Dave held down the fort here at home, filled my heart with joy - Here we are at the Salmon Bake (Matt with girlfriend Kelly, Me, Kate)

Salmon Bake

But what I'm sure most of you are more interested in....

muskox Muskox

I scored 1/2 pound (to be split with Marcy) of pure raw qiviut from beautiful Ingrid the muskox - she had just been combed about 2 weeks ago. LARS (or as I've always called it - The Muskox Farm) is about 2 miles from my son's cabin - very convenient :-)

Raw Qiviut

I finished my "Walk in the Woods" naturally dyed socks

Walk in the Woods Socks
Walk in the Woods Socks
Pattern: Designed by me - Cuff used "Quill Eyelet" Pattern from Knitting on the Edge - one repeat carried down the side. Front is a variation of "Expanded Feather" pattern from Barbara Walker Treasury.
Size: 60 stitches
Yarn: KP Bare sock yarn naturally dyed from my Walk in the Woods - used the dark for the cuff/heel/toe and alternated both yarns for the leg/foot.
Needles: 2 socks on 1 2.25mm circular
Walk in the Woods Socks

Started my Tour de Fleece spinning, using bright and beautiful Fiber Optic Hand-Dyed SW Merino in Salta - Kimber Baldwin has a fun club, "As the Whorl Turns" (Rav info) in which you get to choose between 3 fibers (inspired by a different country each month). I've opted to split this braid up into separate colors and go from there - no definitive plan in mind yet

Fiber Optic Salta Fiber Optic TdF Day 1



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