Knitting on the Plane to Panama

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Since I posted about Maggie’s sweater, shown above being worn (yay!), I have knit things. Many small things. Some pairs of things. Things to add to the pile of knits that keep us warm.

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(Rikke for Maggie)

Lately the knitting happens between other things; I have a job now, and ferrying children home from school takes a big chunk of the day. If I could knit while driving, man wouldn’t that be great?

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(Rikke for Jerry)


I knit in small chunks, enjoying it when I can. I now understand the question “how do you find the time to knit?” because some weeks I don’t.

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(Kinetic for Mom)

Here and there I pick up a project, finishing things some weeks, ignoring them others. But the knitting bag kindly waits for me, waits for those days when I have the time and energy to knit for a bit.

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(Girdwood for Maggie)

This post is a snapshot of my knitting progress, evidence that yes, I am a knitter. Knitting isn’t as central to my life as it once was, but I am so grateful to have all the yarn around. It keeps us warm.

This post is also to tell you about something I’m doing this Spring. My sister Holly is hosting a wellness retreat in Panama at the end of May. I’ll be attending (with knitting, naturally) and I’m so excited to participate in the retreat. In Holly’s own words, there will be “yoga, fitness, goal-setting, yummy food, adventure, relaxation” all at one of Panama’s most famous beaches. This is a new venture for my sister, and I hope you’ll have a look at her website to learn more about the trip. The “early bird” rate is available through the end of February.

Visit AlaskaHealthStyle for more details. If you have questions, leave a comment or email me and I’ll get you in touch with Holly. Thank you for looking!


I knit a sweater

Time passes, children grow, seasons change. It was time for Maggie to get a new sweater.

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I purchased some beautiful heathery purple Ella Rae Classic yarn during Webs’ summer yarn sale. It was $4 per ball or thereabouts and I used about 2.5 balls for this sweater. All the colors in the yoke, various worsted weight wools, came from stash. At $12 a very economical sweater, indeed.

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The pattern is Elizabeth Zimmerman’s yoke sweater, found in various books and pamphlets. Some time ago I bought the version known as Spun Out #4 – Child’s Fair Isle Yoke Sweater, a single sheet of legal-size paper covered front and back with EZ’s typewritten and hand-drawn pattern.  You can still buy it, as part of the Spun Out Collection, from Schoolhouse Press. I have knit the pattern before, when I used the charts provided. This time I charted my own design.

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I labored away on the sleeves and body for a few weeks. When I hit the yoke it was a race to the finish just to see what it would look like. I am very pleased with the final design, which differs slightly from the original chart because it was muuuuch too long and had to be unknit and altered for a quicker neckline.

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The thing about knitting an EZ sweater is the sudden urge to subsequently knit all the other EZ patterns ever. There is neither enough time nor wool for such endeavors. Just kidding, there’s totally enough wool.

At the moment, we’re experiencing Autumn in NC. There’s no promise for cool temps to continue, but I remain hopeful for a good, prolonged cold snap. Maggie, at least, will be ready.


20130812-_DSC2837I am knitting a cardigan, and with just 6cm left to knit I should say I am almost finished knitting a cardigan. What a nice feeling, and what a great way to spend my summer vacation. 20130812-_DSC2851The pattern is Nanook and the yarn is Shelter. If you’ve knit with this yarn then you will know that it’s rough and woolly but after I wash it it will be SO soft and perfectly woolly. I can’t wait to wash it.20130812-_DSC2859

In other news, if you are in the US have a look at my destash page on Ravelry. I’m trying to move some yarn out of my house and the prices are pretty good. And if you are in central North Carolina, have a look at my craigslist post where I am selling my Louet S10 Double Treadle spinning wheel. I am not even firm on the price listed, so if you’re looking to get into spinning then I am willing to make a deal!

It’s like spring cleaning, but in the thick of summer!