18 July 2014

a Bonnie Sennott knitalong ~ posted by Melissa

07-19-2014 - edited to add:  I just saw that Bonnie has started a newsletter...
if you haven't purchased your Streusel pattern yet, there's a coupon code in the newsletter that gets you 50% off one of her patterns before the end of the month, just for subscribing!  I just signed up and now I'm off to use my coupon code to snag another of her lovely designs for future use :)
Are you on the fence about joining us for our next knitalong?  If you missed the info here's the link!
If you are, I thought it might be a good time to share this summer shawl I just finished.  It's Stria by Bonnie Sennott...our lucky designer pick for our Girls in Sheep Clothing blog anniversary.

Stria was a breeze to knit and I'm so happy to be knitting another one of her designs so soon after finishing this one.  Her patterns are well written and so much fun.  And I'm pretty sure she'll be keeping an eye on us since she knows we're hosting this kal and seemed tickled when she found out about it.  I think a few of our newest kal'ers may have come from her posting about our knitalong on her facebook and twitter accounts as well as her group on Ravelry.  Let's do her proud :)

So far we are seven ~ Kelli and myself of course, Penny (knitwitless) and Andrea (aksaxton).  Mimi (benzngems) will be knitting with us (your invitation has been sent...check your email!) but she wasn't sure if she would actually blog with us or not.  I hope she does...I've already seen her yarn choice & it's perfect so I'm encouraging her to share :).  We also have Susan and Cynthia joining us for the first time ~ don't forget, you two...if you want to blog with us I will send you an invitation as soon as you message me on Ravelry with your email addresses!
There's still lots of time to jump on board ~ we don't cast on until July 31st ~ so if you're interested please know you are welcome and we'd love to have you join us!
Have a great weekend, everyone!

15 July 2014

Automne Streusel~ a post by Kelli

  Hazel Knits sock yarn is what I chose for our Anniversary Knit Along. 
I've had this yarn for a long time.   I've missed placed the 'belly band'
and don't know the name of this burnt orange color.  That's ok because
I know I really, really, really like the color, and I can't wait to start.   

07 July 2014

Come on along ~ posted by Melissa

Kelli and I are coming up on the 5th anniversary of our blogging adventures here at Girls in Sheep Clothing and it seems like the perfect time for another knitalong, don't you agree?
There are a few stragglers (myself included) on our Spire KAL but this new knitalong is a simple one and maybe even a good beginner lace pattern for someone new to making purposeful holes in their projects.  We've decided that Streusel by Bonnie Sennott fits the bill as a simple summertime knit.

It's a shallow triangular shawl with a lace border which is knitted on as you go, so no endless edging to work at the end.  The pattern is both written and charted, with both methods being very simple and easy to follow.  I'm just finishing up another project by Bonnie (Stria...just need to block her ~ rav notes can be found here ) and I can tell you her patterns are well written (and beautiful!).
So, if you're interested here's the skinny:
• the knitalong begins July 31st ~ our 5th blog anniversary

• there is no deadline...knit at your own pace ~ it's not a race!
• the pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry for $5.50 ~ link here
• pattern requires 400 yards of fingering weight yarn
• skills required are simple increases & decreases (explained in the pattern)
• here's a tutorial on guest blogging if you want to peek (thanks to guest blogger Kelly) ~ link here
If you're interested in joining us, comment here and also please pm me on Ravelry ( link here ) so that I can get the info that I need to add you to the blog so you can post along with us.  We share our progress and photos and offer help and encouragement along the way to those who need it.  We'd love to have you play along ~ we always have a great time and have made some fun friendships over the years.

this was one of our favorites...take a peek here!
(the collage enlarges if you click on it so you can see everyone's work)
I for one am looking forward to knitting with Kelli who I haven't seen in over a year (can that be right?).  We must do something about that ~ you'd think we lived on different continents :)
Looking forward to planning along with everyone as you jump in to join us and we talk about all things knitting!  Happy Monday!
~ Melissa

01 July 2014

Off My Needles~ guest blogger Andee

My Spire is off my needles. I repeat my Spire is off my needles!!!!!

I had huge hopes of taking pictures of it with the wild horses on Assateague Island, but my family didn't want to give me the hour to sit and finish it before we left for our vacation. So sad. I had hoped I could block it before we got on the road so I could drag it around with me. Instead however I did get to work on it while hanging out at my campsite while I watched the sunrise and then again at night watching the sunset.  I finished up the final few rows last night after we got home and unloaded the camper. I blocked it and woke up to it all ready to wear this morning :) I'm going to take some more pictures of it and I still have a modification or two to do with it. 

I have a feeling the wild horses wouldn't have even wanted to be in the photo shoot with me anyway. They were more interested in sunbathing, eating and one was actually standing in the showers at the beach. It was too funny. I didn't have my camera on me at the time. I'll have to go back next year :) 

29 June 2014

Bobbin & Cobweb ~ a post from Kelli

I think this is bobbin lace,  a beautiful doily , I bought this spring in Barcelona, Spain.
Bought at a swap meet, that was set in the center of one of the 'squares' set up by local
venders.  Would have spent hours there, but within  minutes of browsing the rain in Spain came
down in sheets!  But not before I bartered for this~

This was bought locally,  it's a Orenburg black Cobweb Shawl, I think.  While browsing
through Value Village, on the 1/2 off day, last summer I came across this
bunched up with a plastic hook stuck in to hang it.  I knew it was hand knit, I knew it was
cobweb lace.  I couldn't take the hook off unless I bought it. I didn't know the condition.
 So I "rolled the dice" for 1.49 + tax. 
I to my great pleasure it was amazingly perfect.  I have no idea the pattern
or maker. Let me know if any of you recognize the pattern~

P.S.  The cobweb yarn is mohair to add to the difficulty of knitting this piece.
My camera try's to catch all the fuzzy, really hard to get a good photo.


23 June 2014

snails ~ posted by Melissa

snails...of the mail and knitting variety...
I can't believe I have so few finished objects six months into the year ~ I finally finished these socks over the weekend (ravelry notes here) ~ thanks again Will for the gift of this coveted yarn...I completely loved it and can't wait to use it again.

I immediately cast on a new pair of socks (ravelry notes here) ~ we meet with new doctors this week who will hopefully have better success at healing Jason than his last ones did.  Anyway, socks are perfect for waiting rooms and hospital stays ~ hopefully the next few weeks will bring more positive results than the last ten months have.  Please send us all the good juju you can spare ~ we are so ready to be done with this and start living life again.
I find myself continually surprised with unexpected snail mail lately ~ it always seems to appear at the times I need it the most.  The smiles that these packages bring are big but nowhere near as big as the ones that cross my face knowing that we are being thought of during some tough times.  I can't thank you all enough for the constant stream of cards and reminders of all the friends we have, near and far.  You are all so appreciated ~ there are no words big enough.
This week brought many cards, yarn, hearts and even a bunny nugget :

Thank you Chris, Andi, Julie and Jesse ~ you and everyone else that has sent us something over these last months keep an eye on your mailboxes.  I carved some time out this weekend to do some crafting and there are snails coming your way, bearing a little thank you to each and every one of you.
I hope you all enjoy what I've made for you ~ it's not much but I wanted you all to know that I value each of your friendships and the kindness you have shown us.
Have a wonderful week, all, and we will try our hardest to do the same!

21 June 2014

Hello Universe... What was that you wanted? ~ A post by Kelli

         "How would it look, do you think, if everyone, old and young, would sit down together to knit for a while?  Laughter and merriment and riddles and questions and folktales and anecdotes from each person's life would blend together in stitches.  Then later, when you recall these events that have gone through your own fingers stitch by stitch, they would speak their own quiet language: Do you remember?  Do you remember?"                                
                                                             ~Hermanna Stengard

From the book, The Swedish Mitten Book by Inger & Ingrid Gottfridsson      
This is just one of the many heart soaring reads I've found searching through these books.   While at work a couple weeks ago, I wonderful lady came in the yarn shop while I was busy answering customers questions.  She dropped off a heavy medium sized box on the counter and she left.  I glanced her way questionably and yelled "Thank you".  Not knowing what I was thanking her for.
 Books!  knitting books!  It was like Christmas,  Knitting Without Tears, Zimmermann 1971, Latyian Mittens Lizabeth Upitis, 1981, Knitting in the Nordic Tradition, Vibeke Lind, (english translation, Annette Allen Jensen), 1984, Norwegian, Cornish guernseys, British Isles sweaters, the list goes on and on.

This is a serious collection of hardcore tradition (except the Knitted Animals) which helps lighten it up.  It is overwhelming when I look at them all at once, but when I grab one at a time it's a joy. 
This'll keep me busy for years.
                     OH! and happy summer!