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|Upstairs Downstairs Cowl
Special Release Price of $3.00 through Sept 1. 2014. Purchase here.
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Last week I announced that I had just released a new pattern: Upstairs Downstairs: A Cowl in Three Sizes. There is a special release price of $3.00 now and through at least Sept 1. That should give most of you a chance to buy the pattern at the special price. Thank you so much for your kind comments and support.
Thank you to Loel, Jennxpt, Jill, Jane aka PrairiePoet, and Stephigordon.
… Thank you so much for the tutorial on garter stitch in the round. I have a question about the technique. Does it matter whether you start on the wrong side or the right side of the work? Perhaps that depends on the pattern and where garter stitch should appear? What are your thoughts? Jane, Prairie Poet (Rav)
It might matter, Jane, but probably not that often. Let’s say you were knitting garter stitch in the round and you did your first purl round in the traditional way and then decided to change to the technique I showed you. You would want to complete a knit row on the RS before changing. Otherwise if you wrap and turn and knit on the WS you will have two rows of reverse stockinette on the RS. Always look at your work to make sure it looks correct before proceeding.
We are in the last week of The Sister Bay KAL!
Tag your projects sisterbaykal.
Prize Drawings September 1, 2014.
Prize Drawings September 1, 2014.
I will be donating Quince & Co yarn and Leslie Wind has generously offered 3 $40 gift certificates! (I didn’t even ask—she’s that nice!) thank you, Leslie!
We have had our first hot spell of the year. The night sounds are still quite loud but it has been too warm at night to open up the house. One day Bob saw a Cooper’s Hawk land on our deck railing right by the thistle feeder and hummingbird feeder. He actually knew where my camera was and managed to get several great photos. He observed that the birds did not seem to mind that the hawk was right there but Bob wasn’t comfortable with it.
|Se the hummingbird in the photo?
Last week I mentioned that the young goldfinches were quite demanding. They have been even more so this week. We get such a kick out of watching them flapping their wings and cheeping for someone to come and feed them! Sometimes a fledgling will be perched right on the niger seed feeder but won’t try to get seed for himself. These young birds all look female but I’m sure there are males that don’t have their full coloring yet. We have noticed that the males are starting to molt for their winter plumage. That is a sure sign that summer is coming to an end. I know I have said this before but for new listeners and bird lovers, the American Goldfinch is one of the last birds to nest and raise their young. Most of the other birds are well into breeding and nesting and raising their young by the time the goldfinches are nesting. The reason is that goldfinches use thistle down for their nests so they wait until the thistle plants have bloomed and seeded. The house wrens were here longer than usual this year. We are fairly certain they raised an extra brood, possible a third, before migrating for the winter. We miss their cheerful songs. Lately I’ve been hearing a lot of the Kentucky Warbler. I kept hearing this bird but could not identify the call. It wasn’t the Tufted Titmouse. Similar though. It wasn’t a Caroline Wren. Finally I thought what bird do (1) know is probably here and (2) has a song I do not know well. I used my iBird app Birds of the Midwest and after looking for a while came upon Kentucky Warbler. The call is “churry, churry, churry”. This is what it sounds like.
Kentucky Warbler Portrait by Lang Elliott
I wish I were better at recalling bird songs. I know the basic ones but there are so many I don’t know. My introduction to birding was with Roger Tory Peterson and the Peterson Guide to Easter Birds I bought at the college bookstore. It is still my favorite bird identification book.
I can recognize the calls of practically every bird in North America. There are some in Africa I don't know, though.--Roger Tory Peterson
Tripartite by Stephen West
I can’t believe I said that nothing really big had happened at Stitches! Here I am wearing my Tripartite with Stephen himself! He is very kind and gracious with his fans.
Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko
|Stephen is tall but he was also wearing shoes with thick soles! Really!
Prairie Piper’s Hitofude
In The Pipeline
|with Sarah of In a Sknit podcast. I am wearing Hitofude.
Fruit Gum Stripe socks by Leah Oakley
Product Notes/Stitches Midwest Purchases
|Left to Right: Kollage Creamy Flame, Lost City Knits, Dragonfly Fibers
Handwork Hardware Double Pointed Knitting Needle Sorter and Gauge for sizes 000-to US 5. 1.5 to 3.75 mm. $26.
Birds of a Feather jelby.etsy.com
Lost City Knits Pathways Sock
Dragonfly Fibers Dragon Sock in Mushroom Hunting
Dragonfly Fibers Pixie in Bad Moon Rising
Kollage Creamy Flamé in Ruby Red 2 skeins=400 yds
In The Piping Circle and some blether…
Sunday August 31 St. Andrews Pipesand Drums Street Festival in Springfield Illinois Celtic Cross will be playing Sunday evening.
Have a great week, haste ye back, and hold your knitting close.