Shakespeare in Song

Interesting article with a poem about the knitting a sweater for your boyfriend jinx!

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Pam Ayres Thoughts of a Late Night Knitter

 

Shakespeare in Song – that is a misleading title for this blog.  Last night we went to a concert and Shakespeare in Song was indeed the title but the songs were interspersed with poetry.  The concert and the readings of the poems were performed by the Gaudete Singers.  A very enjoyable experience.  Much to my surprise, one of the poems was about knitting.  It was called Thoughts of a Late-Night Knitter by Pam Ayres.  “I had a lovely boyfriend, Knit one, purl one.  Had him for a long time, Cast on for the back.    Had him all the summer, Loved him, cuddled him.  Push it up the knitting pin, And gather up the slack.     Well, he knew how much I liked him, Knit one, purl one.   I made him seven jerseys, Never did him any wrong.   And he told me that he loved me, Knit one, purl one.  …

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Knitting New: Knitted Harry and Meghan

With the royal wedding come and gone, designer Fiona Goble has designed a knitted version of the bride and groom, right down to the engagement ring on Meghan’s finger. The wedding was spectacular, and what better way to recall it in all its splendor than with dolls representing the happy couple? This design is a follow up to Fiona’s 2011 book “Knit Your Own Royal Wedding” after William and Kate’s. The pattern for the Harry and Meghan dolls costs $4.00, and is available for download at fionagoble.com.

 

Just curious…. whose dress did you like better, Kate’s or Meghan’s?

 

Knitting News: Yarn is Not for the Birds

Heads up, fiber artists! Interweave.com, one of my go-to yarnie sites, posted an article warning readers that yarn scraps and other man made fibers can harm or even kill birds. I don’t put out scrap yarn myself, but it’s likely that many others do. Here’s the upshot of the article:

Yarn is bad for birds because:

  1. The fibers can get tangled in the bird’s legs, neck, or wings, cutting off blood or air flow, possibly leading to loss of limbs or death.
  2. Birds can choke or develop internal obstructions from ingesting it.
  3. It can tether them to the nest, which will probably lead to starvation or attack by predators.
  4. The many chemicals that go into yarn production can be deadly to birds, which are tiny and can’t tolerate them.

 

 

 

 

The article’s author, Sarah Rothberg, comments that birds are master builders who have constructed their own homes for millenia without human intervention. But she suggested several other materials that are safe to provide in the yard, such as twigs, dry grass and straw, pet fur, moss, dead leaves, all free, of course, from pesticides, herbicides, other chemicals, and flea/tick pet medicines.

Who knew? Be kind to our feathered friends, peeps!

 

 

Knitting News: Olympic Coach Keeps Calm by …..Knitting?!!

21E3D9D9-50D7-4F6B-A0AD-93A69D765D6DHow cool 😎 is Finnish snowboard coach Antti Koskinen, a man who has discovered for himself one of the perks of knitting !?  This shot was taken yesterday while the coach was awaiting the run of team member Roope Tonteri in the slopestyle event. Now the news is going viral on Twitter, everyone wanting to know what Mr. Koskinen is making. According to the Olympic Team Finland, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and his wife Jenni Haukio announced the birth of their son at the beginning of February, so the team is now knitting up squares for a blanket to welcome the baby. What a special gift, you’ve gotta love 💕 it!

A study published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy found that there is a “significant relationship between knitting frequency and feeling calm and happy. More frequent knitters also reported higher cognitive functioning.” Knitting for the gold? Unfortunately, no, but racer Enni Rukajärvi did win a bronze.

Very cool!

 

Bateau Sweater

The bateau neckline has always been a favorite of mine, so when this pattern was featured nearly a week ago on Yarnspirations, I bookmarked it for consideration.  A couple of days ago I bought a boat-neck tee  on sale at Gap, which prompted me to take another look at this sweater.

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The free pattern is simple and straightforward, stockinette with a little ribbing, and I prefer projects that offer more of a challenge. But it’s still cold and winter in these parts, and my husband and I have been bingeing most evenings on British mystery series. (The best so far have been Broadchurch, which was addictive from the first episode, and Shetland, which started slow but hooked us at episode three. Now taking a humor break with season three of Grace and Frankie ; Lily Tomlin is brilliant!) Anyway, I figure the easy Bateau sweater will be perfect for those nights spent in front of that glowing screen. I love the yarn, which appears pink in the picture but is actually called “orchid”, and contains a  “subtle touch of  sparkles”. Calls for size 6 (US) needles and seven skeins of Patons Glam Stripe.

Heading off to order this yarn  online right over HERE

Kitchener Stitch Cheat Sheet

For at least  five years, the Tricksy Knitter website has had this great, easy to follow Kitchener Stitch instruction sheet, which I’ve followed for each of the many pairs of socks I’ve knitted. Figuring that it’s probably safe enough to  repost it by now ithout the link going dead, I’ve decided to share it here for all my intrepid sock knitting readers. How long have you wished for one of THESE ?! Thank you, thank you, Tricksy Knitter !!

Gridded Pullover

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Browsing new knitting patterns is one of my favorite online pastimes, so quite frequently I’ll save promising patterns that I find to a folder on my home screen, and yesterday, while searching for something else, the Gridded Pullover from Lion Brand popped up. I haven’t made it yet or even looked at it for a while, but this pattern looks well suited to the recommended yarn, Lion’s worsted weight cotton, 24/7, and I like its  loose yet not baggy drape effect of its lines. This yarn is available in 24 colors, but for some reason, I’m always attracted to the icy blue shade in which this sweater is knitted. It’s made in four pieces on size 6 (US) needles, and looks as though it would work up fairly quickly. Also, the instructions look pretty clear.  At the moment, I’ve got the second of a pair of socks, and another pullover on the needles, but this might just be my next project. It’s looking to be a long winter this year….

Find the free pattern right over here.