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Friday, January 28, 2011

Episode 30 Daybreak and the Norwegian Sweater KAL

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Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
  --Rachel Carson

Nature Notes

Cardinals flock to our feeder in the late afternoon.  There are sometimes 20 to 30 birds, both male and female, gathered in our woods just behind the house.  Owls are breeding and raising their young.  We hear the Barred Owl in these woods, also known as "Eight-hooter".  Deer are coming closer to the house to find food since food is more scarce in the snow covered fields and woods.

The winner of the book Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting: Celebrating the Gift of Knitting with 24 Beautiful Patterns by Lorna Miser is Moxiedot!  Many thanks to Lorna  Miser for her donation of this autographed copy of her book!

Norwegian Knit Along

Yarn Harlot Tips on Color Pattern Knitting

I am using Quince & Co Chickadee (sport) in Crow (black) and Egret (natural white).  I also bought a skein of Winesap (red) and Parsley in case I want to throw in a touch of color at the neck or in a hem.  Love these rich colors!

My order from Quince & Co.  It is like getting a gift even though I paid for it myself.

Another video of My New Favorite Bind Off.  This person calls it Russian Bind off.  And guess what?  I think she is Russian.  I am intrigued by the way she purls.  And I LOVE her accent!

I finished Daybreak by Stephen West.  8 wonderful days from start to finish.  Sigh.  It was so much fun that I started on another one right away.   Five Star Pattern for sure!

I used 5 skeins (5 colors) of Blue Sky Alpaca Silk fingering weight.

Modeled by Sarah.

The Blethering Room

I finished sharing the garter stitch/no purl patterns suggested by Pipeliners.  Thank you, everyone!

Sunshine and Shadows by Evelyn A Clarke from her book Knitting Triangles
Wool Peddlers Shawl by Cheryl Oberle from Folk Shawls
Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann (again and for good reason) 13,597 projects on Ravelry...and counting
Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane (not garter stitch but done top down)
Little Hanten (baby Kimono) by Cheryl Oberle in One Skein Sock Wonders
Garter Stitch Blanket from The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Shizuku by Anglea Tong (free download) (see photo below)
Just Enough Ruffles by Laura Chau ($3.50 download)  Not garter stitch but main section could be done as such.
Truly Tasha's Shawl by Nancy Bush (free)
Babies and Bears by Carol Anderson and Kristi Williams
Ramblin' Rows Cardigan by Pat Penney and Carol Anderson
Baby Albert by Sally Melville (small version of Einstein Coat) from The Knitting Experience: Book 1
Emily wearing the Shizuku by Angela Tong.

This poem is apparently a fragment, but one of the most beautiful of tunes by the famous poet, Robert Burns.  Sung by Shira Kammen on the album A Celebration of Robert Burns.  Available on Magnatune.

O, Fickle Fortune, O

Tune: Go from my window, Love, do.

The sun he is sunk in the west,
All creatures retired to rest,
While here I sit, all sore beset,
With sorrow, grief, and woe:
And it's O, fickle Fortune, O!

The prosperous man is asleep,
Nor hears how the whirlwinds sweep;
But Misery and I must watch
The surly tempest blow:
And it's O, fickle Fortune, O!

There lies the dear partner of my breast;
Her cares for a moment at rest:
Must I see thee, my youthful pride,
Thus brought so very low!
And it's O, fickle Fortune, O!

There lie my sweet babies in her arms;
No anxious fear their little hearts alarms;
But for their sake my heart does ache,
With many a bitter throe:
And it's O, fickle Fortune, O!

I once was by Fortune carest:
I once could relieve the distrest:
Now life's poor support, hardly earn'd
My fate will scarce bestow:
And it's O, fickle Fortune, O!

No comfort, no comfort I have!
How welcome to me were the grave!
But then my wife and children dear-
O, wither would they go!
And it's O, fickle Fortune, O!

O whither, O whither shall I turn!
All friendless, forsaken, forlorn!
For, in this world, Rest or Peace
I never more shall know!
And it's O, fickle Fortune, O!



evel dread said...

I love your Nature Notes! The picture of the cardinals is wonderful :) Thanks for sharing!

Jiccho said...

Beautiful color!! (your shawl) I really envy your taste.
Thank you for video showing CO. I think Pagona used this method.

1to1 said...

I get excited when I see a a couple pairs of Cardinals....that is beautiful!!

Unknown said...

She is wrapping her purls "backwards", i.e. like a "combined" knitter would. The resulting stitches will have the opposite (sometimes called "Eastern") orientation on the needles to how Western knitters usually have them: she will have leading (right) leg to back of needle and trailing (left) leg to front, and would have to knit them tbl on next row to avoid twisting.

I did this by accident when I first learned to purl. My teacher couldn't figure out why half my stockinette rows looked "odd" -- the sts were twisted! Then I read in Maggie Righetti's book, Knitting in Plain English, that it's a common mistake for new Continental knitters (like I was then) to make unawares. Now I can do that *on purpose* if I want to, for effect, but I usually stick with Western-usual.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for making the steps in video.
Sport Socks

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