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While working on a portable project, I was looking for a bag that was just the right size. Needless to say I was like Goldilocks. So irritation prompted me to get inventive again. No buttons on this one, and with a square base it can sit on any surface and not roll around. The top folds back and tucks neatly under the bag out of the way. I made it of Cotton so it is machine washable. Just right for sock projects. I like this so much, should make another one!
26 Apr 2011 2 Comments
Darling gave me a lovely book for easter, much better than Chocolate less fattening and lasts longer.
Wrapped in Lace: Knitted Heirloom Designs from Around the World
By Margaret Stove
The photographs, patterns and charts are professional.
It also has a “Key to the Chart Symbols” on the back flyleaf of the book (rather unique).
Unlike many books the photos show the lace project rather than focus on the model or background obscuring the design.
Diagrams are clear and pertinent to the shawl design being described.
I have to admit, the small tidbits of historical information about each type of shawl design and construction, is insufficient to justify the title of Heirloom design. I would have liked more pictures and text relating histoically to the various places these Heirloom design types come from.
That is the only negative I can see in this book and may not be of any interest to other readers. (Other than the erratas)
The main reason I choose this book involves the sections relating to shawl construction. How to make a Circular, Triangular, Elongated Triangular, Faroese, and Shetland shawls.
Erratas found here for Chart symbols, pgs, 51, 73, 76.
I am expecting to really enjoy this book!
23 Apr 2011 Comments Off
I guess I am not a person who really expresses my feelings openly very often. I am Anglican, and I attend St. George’s Church in Newcastle Ontario Canada. It is a stone church that was built in the early 1850′s, it has lovely Tiffany windows, with beautiful figures from the scriptures in deep reds, blues and golds. I believe that when it was built the design was taken from a church in England or Scotland. The spire is tall with a celtic cross at the top and a covered porch over the main doors. I will post a picture when there is a nice day this spring.
This Easter I have been inspired by an experience during the beginning of the Vigil. This year the Vigil was begun at 7:00pm. When I was a child this service was held at 11:00 and finished at midnight (Easter morning) The Vigil is on Saturday and is the period of Christs time in the tomb ending with the Resurrection on Easter morning. I am in the choir, so I am at all the services from Maunday Thursday (last supper Thursday evening) Good Friday (Crucifixion) the Easter Vigil (Saturday the Mary’s going to the tomb to tend Christ’s body) and Easter morning.
The Vigil begins with the congregation waiting outside the church for the Pascal candle to be lit. The Pascal candle is a very tall candle that is used during Baptisms and Funerals. It is lit from flint and tinder. From this single light the congregation then passes light candle to candle and then they process into the darkness of the church bearing the Light of Christ. (There is a service during all these activities). The small procession of light moves through the church. No one speaks. Seats are taken and the service recommences, the altar was flooded with light from the stain glass window.
There is just enough light from the candles to read the prayer books and to see the music on the pages. The service progressed and it was lovely. Balm to the soul, we the small choir (only 5 tonight) began to sing the Anthem “The Breaking Dawn” looking up from my music, the congregation at this service is always rather small, we were all sitting up in the choir near the altar. Somehow the sound of our few voices in that large church, the light and the words of that hymn lifted my soul and voice… I find it difficult to express more than this.
I wish you all Gods blessing on this Happy Easter. If this is not the source from which you gather enrichment of the soul, I wish you happiness as well, were ever you find it.
21 Apr 2011 1 Comment
While cruising videos I came across this… Thank you Verypinkknits and Oftroy for posting these great vids :0)
EZ cast on, Provisional, Italian cast on (tubular co) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3KYqhrDFg4&feature=related
(Part 1) 3 colour Long tail cast on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTq5suN3Wcc&NR=1
(Part 2) Latvian Braid from 3 colour Long Tail Cast on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw-vSWDfSMo&feature=related
(Part 3) Latvian Braid from 3 colour Long tail cast on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhE6W2CGfCs&NR=1
Long Tail Cast on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN9cNEozOLc
Casting on the gathered centre of a circle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-fp4BFQac8
Channel island cast on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPbJGGz8k8Q&feature=related
Tubular cast on verypinkknits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsObEM3iQRs
Italian or tubular cast on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQmkBeKCLSM&feature=fvwrel
I found these interesting, I hope you do too.
21 Apr 2011 Leave a Comment
Thanks to fellow Blogger Nannette of “Knitting in Color”
for posting this link to a video showing a neater way to pick up heel flap stitches.
21 Apr 2011 Leave a Comment
Ok you want to get Handspinning but cannot source or afford a Spinning Wheel.
Here is help for you. Make yourself a Spindle. Here are the instructions.
and I will find a site for you to order fibre to get started.
See the how to site for spindle spinning instructions.