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Birthday Skirt

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The Wee C turned six last week, and among other gifts, I made her a new skirt. I'd seen Kathy do so recently, and as I needed to swing by the LQS to get my block-a-month for May, I couldn't help but choose some Playing in Spotzville prints rather than diving into the ever-growing fabric stash. It came together so quickly and she loves it so much that I think I will make another, but this time I will start with the stash. First, however, I'm making Little B a coordinating dress ~

Threadless for Knitters

I have a better post coming when the camera, computer & I are all in the same place with ample time, but meanwhile check out my latest purchase from that fave T-shirt vendor, Threadless.

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I got a hoodie since I'd earned some referral points. (And I'll get more if you click that link above and buy something for yourself, thanks!) Kinda makes up for missing out on a new Maryland Sheep & Wool shirt; I know they are still available online, but I'd only buy it if I'd attended the festival ~


Thanks to the Queen

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth came to town a week ago and brought British weather with her. Why am I grateful? The cool temps gave me a chance to wear my new Twist cardigan in the merry month of May, rather than holding its debut off till the more appropriate autumn season. As ever, a well-written pattern and lovely design by the exceptional Bonne Marie Burns of Chicknits, who recently revised it in a hooded version with more cabling. I was envious, but am still quite happy with my collared (no fringe, at least not yet) cardi knit in Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran, which softens incredibly when blocked.

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I was also tickled to have my friend and colleague Michael photograph me in front of an installation project that was about to come down. Please read more about this vernacular photography wheat-paste work called "But Isn't It Obvious?" in the Sunday, March 25, 2007 entry on Michael's blog, Annabelle's Aspirin. (You'll need to scroll down past his recent vacation documentation.) Michael created another site-specific installation in the fall, Alley-Oop, and recently exhibited an installation at James Madison University's New Image Gallery.

I think this sweater took me about six months to complete, but of course there were other small knits finished in that same time frame (not to mention a trip to China and a new addition). Finding the right buttons, however, took several more weeks ~ not so much for a big search as for getting myself to The Yarn Lounge, my LYS where I knew I'd find just the right ones. They are glass, each one unique, and bring out the warm highlights of the tweed perfectly. I believe Stewart got them from a vendor she met at Maryland last spring, one without an online presence. I had to sew them on with thread rather than the yarn, because even when I split it to one ply, it broke apart too easily.

I'm glad it was in the 80s today, but I look forward to getting a lot of good wear from this new knit! Thanks, Bonne Marie; thanks, Stewart; and thanks, Michael!

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May Knit Nite

[I think this is my 500th post!]

Last week Cathy, Heilbron, Mary & Kim came to S&B, which ended up being quite a S&T. Cathy had felted the crocheted purse she was working on last month, and Wee C volunteered to model it for her. Note the long lost MaryB in the background, whom we were thrilled to see after probably a whole year had passed.

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Heil had so many more beautiful quilt tops to show us that I only managed to photograph two (click for bigger image):
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Another amazing thing this gal has been doing is felting adult sweaters from the thrift shop, then remaking them with fleece trim and cotton applique for children. Now the large merino I shrank and then failed to cut into Easter bunnies is likely to follow her inspiring lead. I think Heather Bailey needs to see this, which also used to be a man's turtleneck!
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Mary was making a baby hat for charity, and I think I was making baby booties with my standby pattern, as I've completed two pairs in the past week. And I was showing off my completed Twist, which I'll share in the next post. Kim came to solicit recipes for the ART 180 cookbook she's compiling ~


Got My Swap

On Friday afternoon I was thrilled to arrive home and find waiting a little box containing my doll quilt from Mary Jane, one of the few blogless participants in the Doll Quilt Swap. I love it ~ don't you?

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Whether she meant to or not, Mary Jane chose my favorite color for inclusion, as well as for the back and binding. She actually made three quilts for the swap, posted them to Flickr and let me choose; I selected #2 because she said it was the one that was particularly inspired by those she had seen in progress among the swappers. Not that I didn't love all three, but this is the one that spoke to me. Thank you, Mary Jane!


Not My Chicken

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This beauty was knit by blogless Lou, the lucky attendee of the Socks That Rock Camp Cockamamie on the west coast last month. She was all secretive before her departure regarding the homework ~ now we know why! At least she brought back lots of photos and stories to share with the Wednesday-night knitters whom I sometimes join. I may have to join that Rockin' Sock Club again next year ~ if I knit up some of the 2006 goodies this year.

Speaking of sock knitting, I have decided on some Spirit Trail Fiberworks yarn for my Sockapalooooza knit, and I think I will try Ryan's Dublin Bay Socks, a free pattern than has long interested me. For Sockapal2za I used medium-weight solid yarn and a lacy pattern; with lighter, more colorful yarn I prefer a simple pattern, especially when knitting on a deadline!