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Tweed and twinkles

I finished and blocked Brynn over the weekend and took some photos today.  I think the little shrug turned out great and I really love the tweed yarn from Rowan.  Tomorrow, I will take it along for Bobbi to hang as a shop/class sample at Amazing Threads.  The class for Brynn will be Thursdays, January 10, 17, 24 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Click on the shop's link for more information.
There is no fastener for the front
and it looks quite nice open.

The fronts swoop toward the back.

Just enough warmth for a chilly day.
Now for some Saturday fun to welcome the holiday season.  What is more fun than the Hollidazzle Parade in Minneapolis?

It is fun to be IN the parade!  I was Red Star #1, and the group of stars walked behind the float with the Grand Marshal of the parade, the Grinch.

All dressed and ready to light up the night.

One of the tech guys plugged in my lights and lit the sign so Jim could get a photo.

The snowman is motorized and spins around.

I found Bo Peep's sheep and we all posed for a photo.

The Grinch. 

The Red Stars are all lit up and ready to walk.

The lightbulbs were near the end and I hope to be one someday.  

Santa Claus brings up the rear in his sleigh.


Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving.  I have the stuffing ready, the pie baked, the green bean casserole done, some sweet potatoes ready, and tomorrow morning the turkey will go in the roaster and I have to fix the mashed potatoes and the vegetables.  We are having company tomorrow and it will be nice to share a most American tradition with our visitors from India.
In keeping with the holiday, I found a couple of postcards from a website that features vintage postcard images.

Now, you cannot get much more American than this image!
Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird.
I just noticed the two birds are shaking feet!

The setting for this meal looks very cozy.  I wonder what is in the pot?

The trusting turkey follows the lovely lady away from the farmyard.
I hate to say it, but I believe she does not have good intentions,
as she has a slightly sinister expression on her face...
perhaps her companion is on the table as the main course in the postcard above?


FO Friday and something tweedy

Finished objects!

Goldfish Love's hand-dyed chunky merino.  A prize from the Ravellenic Games.  

DPC x 2  Delores Park Cowl.  Each hank was just enough to make one cowl. 
 The cowls are not blocked, yet.

A teaser, not yet finished, but soon to be--keep watching!
This is a sample for an upcoming class (in 2013) at Amazing Threads.
Design by Marie Wallin and yarn by Rowan.  Mmmmm...tweed...



My class begins soon and I am ready to get down to business (pun intended!).  I am gathering patterns and ideas for my classes at Amazing Threads beginning in January.  In fact, one of my projects is on the needles and progressing nicely.  I stopped by to get some inspiration and my friend, Kathy, was there with a knitting group and I happily joined in.  I spent time looking through the Rowan books and the wall of yarn. Naturally the tweed caught my attention and the pattern Brynn from Rowan Tweed by Marie Wallin will be my first shop sample and what I think will be a great project for a class.  The slip stitch checks are easy and the yarn is bouncy with luscious color.
There will be another polymer clay class at Creative Souls with a focus on faces.  Since the class is in December, snowmen and holiday-themed canes will be fun projects for buttons, beads, and whatever else the students make.  It will be fun to play with clay!  I will post class information soon!

A little shrug in cheery colors.

Ben began his job last week and looks so handsome in his suit and topcoat when he leaves in the morning.  He is looking for an apartment closer to work and will be getting some furniture from us.  Our new furniture arrives tomorrow and I am excited.  Jim and I are frugal when it comes to things like furniture and home improvements.  We just now got the new floors upstairs after living here 13 years.  Other than a new coat of paint on that level (our home is a split-level from 1984) the house finally feels like ours.  A little improvement every few years pays off.  My goal next year is to tend to the shrubs and plants out front.  I am not a gardener, although I appreciate so much beautiful landscaping.  Unfortunately I did not inherit the gardening gene of my parents.  I prefer to paint the flowers and trees on canvas, which would be wonderful...I could have new paintings to put out front every season--no digging required.
Back to change.  I am ready for a change, as this has been a difficult year and I always have hope that tomorrow will be better.  In the past month the decision to go back to school and changing my place of employment are two big steps forward.  I will be teaching at The Shepherdess through December and then will begin teaching at Amazing Threads in January.  I appreciate so much the support and encouragement I received from everyone during the past few years.






Now that it is November...

...it is time to think about Christmas!  I finished the stocking from my stash of Lamb's Pride worsted yarn.  The colors I used were what I had in the worsted weight.  The red was bulky.  I like the unusual color combination.  The fuchsia eyes on the snowmen are a little odd and I will likely duplicate stitch over them.  The stocking is in the window of the shop.  I have the class information with the stocking at The Shepherdess.

Whoops, I put the name on the not-so-pretty side...I will take another photo.
 I was knitting this in a hurry and did not use a technique for hiding the jog.
A stranded project this is a good one for learning the technique of hiding
the transitions between motifs.  This is a good skill-building project.


Class Dates: Tuesdays, November 6, 13, and 20

Class Times: 6 pm to 8 pm

Instructor: Deborah Coder

Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced

Pattern Name or Location: Christmas Socks by Nancy Lindberg, pattern available for purchase

Supplies: Worsted weight sock—175 yards main color, 2 different colors (90 yards each), 16” circular needle size US 8/5mm
Heavy weight sock—150 yards main color, 2 different colors (70 yards each), 16” circular needle size US 9/5.5mm

Class Price: $36.00 Class Location: Red Table

Class Size: 6

Other Information: With this pattern, you can design your own Christmas sock with worsted or heavy weight yarn. There are charts you can mix and a chart for for letters.

In December another good skill-building project is for knitted ornaments. 

Ornaments are fun to knit and make great last=minute gifts.  Leave them plain or embellish them.
The samples are knit with worsted weight yarn.  To change the size of the ornaments adjust the
needle size and yarn weight.  Variegated yarns also work well with this pattern.

Class Dates: Tuesday, December 4 and 11

Class Times: 6 pm to 8 pm

Instructor: Deborah McQueen Coder

Difficulty: Advanced beginner and up

Pattern Name or Location: Pattern provided

Supplies: Yarn, needles, tapestry needle, and stuffing. Metallic thread, embroidery floss, pompom maker, tassel maker for embellishing.

Class Price: $24.00  Class Location: Red Table

Class Size: 6

Other Information: In this class you will make knitted ornaments. You can use the charts in the pattern to do a Fair Isle motif, or make them plain and embellish with embroidery. We will make twisted cord for the hangers. The size of the ornament depends upon the yarn and needles used.  

Feeling tense?  Relax and learn a new skill--make your own yarn in the Drop Spindle Class!

Making your own yarn is fun and once you get going it is a relaxing activity.
Animal cracker jars are wonderful for storing fiber and a spindle!  


Class Date: Thursday, December 13, 2012

Class Times: 6 pm to 8 pm

Instructor: Deborah McQueen Coder

Difficulty: Beginner

Pattern Name or Location: Handout provided

Supplies: Drop spindle (top or bottom whorl), 4 to 8 ounces of wool roving (the shop has a good supply), and PATIENCE!

Class Price: $15.00 + supplies Class Location: Red Table

Class Size: 6

Other Information: This is a great way to try out spinning to make your own yarn. If you spin and 2-ply 4 ounces of wool into worsted to aran weight yarn, you will have enough for a handspun hat or other small project!