The Daily Purl


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3 things

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1. Project Update: Equestrian Blazer
I love the pattern but I’m not sure about the yarn. Every time I pick up this project I feel differently about my yarn color choice. Some days I love it (especially the specs of red and the occasional yellow stitch) and other days I hate it. I finished the back and am really happy with my short rows. The left front is not as nice – the stitches on the left dent in and are uneven. Ultimately, I think the color of the yarn is what’s turning me off from the project. Verdict: Yarn and pattern are going their separate ways.
2. Yesterday reading a non-fiber magazine and finding a full page photo of a spinner in action…
She’s Got Their Number by Chuck Salter, Fast Company, February 2007
Profile of Brenda Dietrich – mathematician, runs the math sciences department at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center, named one of IBM’s top inventors (twice), spinner, knitter
3. 100% pura lana’s sock yarnlove the Rohrspatz und Wollmeise


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gifts

…the look on the face of the little girl when she pulled on the hood of her Wallaby this weekend, no pics to capture the moment, but I’ll never forget it. It was a weekend of reading books to the kids (I brought them Pinkalicious and Owen & Mzee), eating peach pie and catching up with good friends.
A package was waiting for me when I got home…
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Cashmere bag made by Blossom to hold wip-socks. What’s inside?
Teal Malabrigo
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and silk fabric from Shanghai
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My current sock-in-progress is ready to take up residence in pure luxury.
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Everything about this package is sooo soft, from the yarn to the silk to the bag. And I love this
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Too generous a gift for drawing a tree – thank you Blossom!


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mindful knitting

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Lenten Rose Socks by Sundara Yarn
Just knitting another sock and taking in the comfort, inspiration, moment of meditation and mindfulness that I get from knitting. Enjoying the process of creating something by hand over days and months, a pace that is at odds with much of life. I started knitting this sock weeks ago and have enjoyed watching the lace pattern take shape, round by round. I’m not sure why, because I know it’s coming, but turning the heel is always surprising and exciting.
I’ve been reading Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. To be honest, there’s information in the Updating Weldon’s Techniques chapter that I didn’t know before reading this book! Do you have a favorite Nancy Bush sock pattern?


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minty

I acquired this sock yarn a few weeks ago but was so focused on finishing my dad’s scarf I didn’t have time to share this minty goodness. In October I had the opportunity to knit with some Spiders and saw Lisa knitting a sock with some gorgeous sock yarn by Brooklyn Handspun. Tempted by the pretty and soft stitches Lisa was knitting up I knew I had to try some…
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Brooklyn Handspun Signature Yarn in Minty Subtle Solid. It’s at the top of my stash and will soon be on the needles.


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a year at the daily purl

2006: Month by Month
[via Sandra ]
Instructions — Copy the first sentence that you posted in each month of 2006.
January
Here’s trellis, all knit up.
February
Even though we’ve had a mild winter, my hands are still dry from the weather.
March
I made some good progress on birch while flying.
April
This shawl is based on Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Pi Shawl, with different Shetland lace patterns thrown in between the increases by Dale Long.
May
Sweater high.
June
I knew what I was getting myself into after looking at the charts and photo.
July
This pullover was a straightforward knit – make a front, back, two sleeves, submerge block and then sew, sew, sew.
August
A 12 inch circular needle and coffee in triple digit heat?
September
Second sock/gusset, I lost track of the decrease rounds and didn’t count the stitches before I knit the foot of the sock.
October
I love spending a good hour or two on Sunday afternoons at a local bookstore.
November
Working from my stash for the past month or two has been easy.
December
Thanks for the great yarn suggestions for the Shifting Sands scarf.
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How was your year?


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turquoise lace

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Pattern: Shetland Tea Shawl from A Gathering of Lace by Dale Long based on EZ’s Pi Shawl
Needles: 3.25 mm Addi 40 inch
Yarn: Ornaghi Filati Merino Oro 86 Muted Turquoise, 100% merino wool
The blocked size is about 30 inches in diameter, half the size of the shawl in the book.
A rocky start. Lots of variety. Overall, a challenging pattern knit in delicate merino yarn. I knew I put everything I had into this pattern and was ready to cast off sans beechleaf edging. I started knitting lace this year and with each project I’ve tried out a different yarn. Although this yarn makes for a beautiful finished project, I don’t plan on using it again for lace. Knitting the last few rows before casting off felt disjointed. I think how the yarn glides through your fingers as you knit is key to really getting into the rhythm of knitting lace. The movement of the stitches as they dance from one needle to the other is what draws me to continue to cast on lace projects. I’m becoming increasingly picky when it comes to lace weight yarn, especially after knitting my sister’s shawl out of silky Sundara Yarn. Luckily, I knit the majority of this shawl before I started my sister’s shawl and had no idea what I was missing.