2016 Knitting Year in Review

On many different fronts, I am so glad this year is almost over.  Rather than think of all the unbelievable outcomes 2016 brought, I am posting my year in knitting because knitting makes me happy.  There are several projects that are not shown here because I forgot to take photos when I finished them.  I am really good at knitting but not to great at documenting via photos.  I plan on doing a better job of that in 2017.

There are at least 2 shawls, one baby blanket and at least 3 little ones with hats that I don’t have photos to document.  I never know when I gift a piece of knitting if the person likes it when they live far away, unless they send me an email or text or photo.    Thank you to all of you who do that.  Even if I don’t get a photo, I know that you got it and like it when you text.   I often worry that I have spent time making something that is not valued on the other end.    There are  times that I make something, send it, and the only acknowledgement I get back is when the tracking number shows it has been delivered.

That has happened a couple of times.  When I make something, I knit it for a specific person.  Even if it is a gang of Frosty hats, I have a list of little ones and I do them all together.  If it is a sweater or blanket,  the yarn is selected specifically for that person and I think about them while it is being knitted, hoping it will bring the recipient comfort.  That is what it is all about for me.  I don’t keep a closet full of baby blankets, pull one out and send it off.  There have been a few times that I make something just for the challenge of the project, but those times are rare.

There is a little bit of your soul that gets incorporated into a piece of knitting.  And I know that most people get it.  When I see pictures of my knitting in the wild with the recipient, I know they get it.   Time restraints, and now arthritis,  are limiting my ability to create via knitting.  I am branching out into other Fiber related creative outlets as well as making jewelry that use my hands and wrists in a different way.  I have to be able to create on a daily basis.

So, here is my year in review.  There are a few that predate 2016 but I included them anyway.   And some are funny, like the cake below, which was creative.  I don’t know if the teacher involved disallowed the ditching or not.  And there is MrTang, the fringe-eating cat.  I don’t know if all of these will post.  If not, I will make more than one post.  I hope your 2017 is full of health and happiness!  Knit onward………

 

 

 

 

Aprísco???

What in the world is an Aprísco you ask?  In Portugese and Spanish, Aprísco means “a small corral or pen to hold sheep; a sheepfold”.  In my world, it is a portable little corral for your size 13/14 crochet hook and size 8 or 6 beads that you use in knitting.  Why does the world need an Aprísco you ask?  Answer:  because there isn’t anything else like it in the world.  Nothing.

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Here is what it looks like under the hood:

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Oops! Spilled the beads!  We all hate it when that happens!  But, not a problem with Aprísco !

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You can spill as many beads as you want, they cannot escape the bottom.  Notice the crochet hook in the ready position.  There is a hole in the groove to hold it upright.  You can fit 4 size 6 beads on it.  It is ready to go whenever you need it.  When you replace it, you don’t have to hit the hole exactly because on either side of it, the bench slants a bit to help guide the hook in.  Helps to avoid more spilled beads that way.  Almost forgot–see how the bottom sits on the lid?  There is a lip around the lid that functions as an anti-slip control.  Also, the inside of the lid, the part that is against the surface, is a different texture that the outside, which also helps to prevent slippage.

It has taken a couple of years for me to get to the beta testing I am starting today.  I had to form an LLC, connect with an attorney to file a patent, and now, finally, to send some of these out into the world to be tested by Knitters.  Testing will guide me in determining the answers to 2 questions–1) Is this device something that others find useful; and 2) what colors would be universally acceptable?

Four little Apríscos are going out into the Knitting World today.  Wish them well, check back for updates!

Walking down the path with MyBeadKeeper……

So, it’s like this.  I like to knit with beads.  The crochet hooks I use belonged to my Grandmother.  I lost one of them while trying to knit with beads on an airplane.  If you have ever tried this, you know it is insane.  Losing the hook made me think, there has got to be a better way.  I got a cup and stuck the hook in the cup.  Works OK, but then you have to put the beads in something.  And when you are done, you have to put this hook in something….because it is seriously sharp.  It is easy to get it impaled into your forearm.  With 4 beads on it.  You can ask me how I know if you can’t figure it out.  Let’s just say you don’t want to stick it into your flesh, you want it in a safe place so that doesn’t happen again.

Enter MyBeadKeeper.  Details developing every day.  I am on my beta prototype.  A couple of weeks and I should have some ready to send out to some wonderful bead knitters who are willing to help  test this little project.  Stay tuned!

Charlotte’s Web? Charlotte Who???

“Charlotte?  I don’t know anyone named Charlotte’s Web.  Where is this Charlotte and her web?” asked MrTang.

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The good news is—MrTang is no longer short on  fiber in his diet.  IMG_3895

“I kind of like the way the fringe slowly was nibbled off  shortened on this end,” offered MrTang.

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“It still tastes good  has a lot of fringe here.”

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“I could use it in my Japan box, you never made me a blanket for it.  I’ll never do it again to this shawl.

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Meet My Knitting Assistant, MrTang.

It takes a dedicated Cat Assistant to wet block a shawl. IMG_0407Watching all of those little pins makes a cat very tired.

Guarding Lisa's Little Leaves Shawl…...

Guarding Lisa’s Little Leaves Shawl……

This Belle Nuit shawl requires a little quality control and extra inspection….

Inspecting my Belle Nuit Shawl…...

Double-checking Grandma Shibata's poncho/vest….

Double-checking Grandma Shibata’s poncho/vest prior to the blocking wires….

DSC_0758Mia’s Nancy kept flying up into the air, it required a full-body press to tame it.  Besides, it smelled a lot like Dreft and Tang doesn’t understand why ……….

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Meet Rhys and his sister Bryn!

How cute are these two???   Pretty darned cute!!!DSC_0766When Rhys’ sister Bryn was born, he shared his holiday hats with her.  She got a new blanket……………DSC_0768…………..and because her big brother is sharing his hats with her, he got a whole new set!  He has a special one on order, a little deer with antlers and it is almost ready!  You can tell that Bryn loves her big brother!

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How many hits???

The only problem that I encountered when I imported by Blogger account over to WP was that my hit counter started over a 0.  A very lonely number;/  is 0.   Over at

allthingsknitterly.blogspot.com you can check it out–it is 18,520 today.  The day I imported it was 18,505.  I will be deleting that spot very soon.  It’s kind of like picking out what number you want your new checks to start with when you open a new checking account.  It feels like leaving a piece of your life history behind. A new start.

Kind of a nice thing actually.  Starting all over again.  If you just graduated from college and you were starting your professional career, what would it look like?  Would you be at the same spot today?  Probably not.  Seriously, I would have gone to veterinary school.  For real:)  How about you?  Leave a comment.  If nothing else, I need to know if the comment-leaving-process works.  Can’t wait to hear what you say!

BlogEvolution, Wildfiber Studio and Socks That Rock

My first blog post was 13July2005.  I have just imported it to WordPress this past week and I wish I had done this years ago!  It was easy enough that I did it myself, and it is a very friendly interface, indeed.

2005 to now is 9 years.  Hard to believe it has been that long.  I just reviewed all of the posts from the first to last week’s.  I am going to point out some favorite posts in the next post.  The nice the about this platform is that you can use the Archives drop down menu to read a post that sounds interesting to you.  You can also use the search window.  For example, type in “socks” and it will pull up all the posts with the word “socks” in it.  Cool, eh?

It was a memorable read reviewing these posts today.  There were several things I realized.  First, I should blog more often.  It really is enlightening to read through my historical timeline via my knitting life.  I knew I had discovered Wildfiber (now Wildfiber Studio) in Santa Monica early in my sock knitting life, but I couldn’t remember exactly when.  I know that I joined Blue Moon FIber Art’s Rockin’ Sock Club after discovered Socks That Rock yarn at Wildfiber.  I joined RSC in 2006, 8 years ago.  I must have discovered Wildfiber in late 2006.

I came about this discovery in a round-about, knitterly quest.  I listened to a podcast that talked about STR yarn at a wool and fiber festival–can’t remember the location, perhaps Maryland?  They talked about the long line at the booth with STR and how they were finally able to buy some of this sock yarn.  That started the hunt to find STR.  I looked at their website and started calling their stockists.  Couldn’t find any yarn in any of them. The more difficult it was to find it, the more I HAD TO HAVE IT.  Have you ever been there? Finally, one shop told me that I would be better off ordering it from them directly.  It was about this time that I found it at Wildfiber, a completely wonderful surprise!

Not only did Wildfiber have STR, they had tons of Koigu and cashmere and Rowan and everything I could ever want:).  The store was filled with natural light and friendly people.  Search “Wildfiber” in my posts.  They still have everything you want, more natural light, and even friendlier people!

 Just as we evolve in our craft, so has Wildfiber Studio.  It is at the same location and the name has changed slightly.  The owners have changed, but they are even more friendly and helpful.  If you get within 50 miles, you really must visit.  I like that they carry so many independent dyers.  There is something for everyone there.

I have had the pleasure of teaching two Beaded Bracelet classes at Wildfiber Studio.  It’s a 3 1/2 hour class, and it is possible to finish a narrow bracelet during the class.  Here are some of my students creating—IMG_3819 IMG_3817 IMG_3818

Till next time, Happy Knitting!  Here is the teaser photo for my next post–

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allthingsknitterly is allthingsnew!

I finally opened a WordPress account and exported my old blog from Blogger then imported to this site, all of that and it is not quite Midnight:30!  I have so much to get caught up on—here are upcoming teasers–Brides, Babies, Island Knitting Retreat with Cat Bordhi, lots of shawls, lots of ideas (Just How Addicted are You?), teaching Beaded Bracelets at Wildfiber Studio in Santa Monica, setting up my Etsy shop, and last but certainly not least, MyBeadKeeper in born! (actually, it is in the prototype stage, about 3 weeks away from final editing).  All this and more!  This WordPress platform looks to be much morefriendly with uploading pictures, customizing, etc.  Check back frequently!

This post’s teaser, explained next time, is The Viral Bracelet……………..

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This is why I knit!

Did I mention that I had the pleasure of knitting for 3 babes born between mid October and this past Saturday?  So much more fun to knit for them!  Actually, fun to knit for anyone who loves it!  The babe line up goes like this–in chronological order–Jackson, Ozzy, Addison, Dizzy, Brody, Rhys, Quinn, Grayson, Kate, Brooklyn and new to the batting order–Lane!  But—Lane is the first to be wrapped in his “Nancy” on the way home from the hospital!  If you are a crafter of any kind, you know how happy that makes me!

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