The first name that comes to mind is Maile Mauch. She has been a free lance designer of knitwear since 1974. Her designs have been published in a variety of places. At the present, some of her creations are available at the site for Pisgah Yarn and Dyeing Company.
Somehow a few years ago I ran across her website: K1,P1, Keeping You in Stitches. One of my goals at that time was to learn to knit lace. It was a technique I had never had the courage to try. I was amazed at the abundance of free patterns on her site with most of them being lace.
Soon after I discovered her site she announced the establishment of a Yahoo Group called: Cloth Of The Week. She was offering to teach new knitting techniques on a weekly basis. And so she has for almost the past three years. I have learned many skills from her ranging from t how to make a yarn over following a purl stitch to feeling comfortable following more complex patterns.
Maile's lasting gift to me is Courage: Courage to try new techniques…Courage to play with yarns and tools I have never used…Courage to think: "what if " and then to try out my idea… Courage to explore new patterns…Courage to try my hand at designing…Courage to go where I have never been. For this I will forever be grateful.
Shortly before Thanksgiving Maile had a stroke. At this time she continues to be recovering from this event.
Since I have gotten behind blogging this is my attempt to catch up.
The topic for Day 2 was: Blog about a pattern or project which you aspire to.
There are a few that come to mind. The first one is the Babette Blanket. In terms of my skills, it ranks as very simple. My concern is the time commitment. It is a huge undertaking that I am not ready to do at this time.
I am fascinated by the color possibilities. They are endless. I have decided to use Peaches & Creme Worsted Wt. because it is my favorite cotton. Another reason for using it is the abundance of color choices. I want to make one showcasing all of the colors. My goal is to make another one using any colors that contain purple. I might choose to use a lighter shade such as White, Cream or Ivory to offset the darker shades.
The knitting project to which I aspire is to learn to knit Intarsia. I tried one time but did not catch the concept. I will try again in the next couple of months after some major projects are completed.
This is a picture of my kitchen table last Saturday. Everyone in my household was asleep except for me, i decided to take advantage of it and treat myself to two of my favorite things: a cup of tea and crocheting. It was a very peaceful time as I sat crocheting. There was time to enjoy the feel of the rhythm of my hands making stitches with my hook and yarn.I had a sense of peace as I worked. My fingers flew as they made a
familiar stitch many times. I wondered who would receive this blanket and prayed for him or her to be comforted and warmed by it.
Before I knew it, my tea was gone;three rows of orange had been added to the blanket and it was time to wake my household. As I cleaned off the table I hoped the sense of peace would remain through the day, which it did.
We had a taste of Spring on Saturday. The temperatures got into the lower fifties. The air was warm and fresh with a light breeze.The sun was even out. Like most people in our area we took advantage of the situation and spent a bit of time running errands. The people around us seemed much more friendly and relaxed. It was wonderful to be out and about. We enjoyed it while it lasted.
Sunday morning brought us back to the reality that we are still in the month of February with cool temperatures and rain. I am grateful it was not snow, but missed the warmth of the sun and the cheer it brought. Today was another chilly cloudy rainy day. I took advantage of it to play with yarn and look for some patterns online.
At the moment I have a Baby Genius cloth on my knitting needles. It is being made with some beautiful variegated worsted wt. yarn that was in a Grab Bag from Pisgah Yarn and Dyeing Company.This is a great pattern. Not only does it look wonderful knit with an ombre yarn, but it works up quickly and easily. It should be completed tonight before I go to bed. Pictures will be added to my Flickr Badge once they are taken.
In the midst of busy weeks, September slipped away. It was a bittersweet month. Jim White, of KMOX fame died. A chronic physical condition worsened and is now requiring attention. I started a new job.
When I woke up yesterday, one of my first thoughts was: "It is finally October!!" This is my favorite month. Leaves start to change color and drop from
the trees as the
temperatures begin to drop.The colors range from bright oranges to assorted shades of
brown. There are chilly,windy days that give way to cool evenings and
nights. The sun rises later in the morning and sets earlier in the evening. There is always a sense of newness and change in this month. I begin another of my life and am excited at the prospect of another year. There is something invigorating about this. This is also the time of year that lends itself to curling up with a hot beverage and doing a fiber related project.
For these reasons and more, I joyfully welcome October!
Here are links to some sites related to sock. It is my hope that you find them useful.
Life has been busy. I have a lot to share about what is going on in my life related to fiber arts. Most of that will have to wait a few days until some blog related problems are solved.
My Flickr badges have not been working properly. Tonight I finally got frustrated with this to the point of deleting all of them. For the next few days, I will be looking for alternative solutions for displaying my work. I am not happy with this, but at this time cannot think of a better solution to my frustration.
Please bear with me in the meantime. Also rest assured that this blog is not being abandoned.
I have revised the pattern : Hills and Valleys in order to make the last rows look less stretched out. If you are are interested take a look at the pattern. I will try to get some pictures posted in the next week or so. At this time the only cloths made with this revision have loose ends that need to be woven in.