The Lighter Side of Knitting – Arne & Carlos

When we think of knitting, we think of sweaters, gloves, shawls…clothing. But, there is a whole other side of knitting. The lighter side brings to mind Arne and Carlos. If you knit outside the clothing line, you are familiar with these guys. Their books are as whimsical, colorful and fun as they are themselves.

You may know of “55 Christmas Balls to Knit”, “Easter Knits“, “Knitted Dolls”…and their latest “Field Guide to Knitted Birds”. They have designed over 40 birds from nature and imagination, as well as inspiring you to create your own, in this hard covered book. It is beautifully illustrated with clear instructions and easy to follow charts. You can make knit the colors; solid, colorwork or embroidered to enhance the birds.

These patterns are a perfect way to use up all those leftover bits of yarn. Add-ons of beads, feathers and sequins can be used to create fanciful and rare birds. If your first bird is a bit of a challenge, don’t let that stop you…practice makes perfect. You can hang your finished birds, as package decorations or use the stands that Arne and Carlos show you how to make, that allows the birds to stand on their own.

So go gather your field guide, needles and yarn and become a fiber ornithologist... Can’t wait to see what they dream up next. Have a peak at their video

 

 

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“Outlander” thoughts and patterns

Fall has arrived and the cool weather is about to knit its way into my wardrobe. Between knitting, spinning and weaving, I managed to find time to read a book that was not fiber related. Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” was a terrific pastime. Having seen the television series and loved Claire’s handknits, this historical fiction book found a place in my knitting bag.

”Their shared childhood linked them forever, like the warp and the weft of a single fabric, but the patterns of their weave had been loosened, by absence and suspicion, then by marriage. Ian’s thread had been present in their weaving since the beginning, mine was a new one. How would the tensions pull in this new pattern, one thread against the other?”…Claire’s thoughts about Jamie, his sister Jenny and her husband Ian…

Outlander knits

You probably have seen the knitted accessories in  ‘Outlander’ season 1 but, may have not watched the series. The original series is based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon.Why not catch up and see Claire Beecham wearing these lovely knit accessories.  You can watch it on the internet http://www.starz.com/originals/outlander/episodes. Or, if you are signed up to Starz, check your local time to watch the entire first season.

Designer Terry Dresbach had less than two months to develop and create all the costumes for the show. Ravelry has a forum on historical knitting (the knits are not accurate for 1743) called OTish Outlander Knits http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/historic-knitting/3000798/1-25 . Historically knitting of the time used a very fine gauge, similar to fingering weight (sock yarn). The Yarn Craft Council describes this a #1 weight. The items in the show are of a bulky and super bulky weight. They are still lovely.

http://www.outlanderadventures.com/outlander-knitting-patterns/  Enjoy the free patterns. Included are the caplet Claire wears over her dress, the “When in Scotland” shawl (Claire is seen wearing this in episode six), the hat the men are wearing called the Dicey Bonnet and let’s not forget the wristwarmers. The cowl is an easy knit also.

cowl http://pollyfoofoo.blogspot.com/2014/08/sassenach-claire-starz-outlander-cowl.html

Binge on! Have fun knitting.

Sabbatical is over: A Time to Share

Ready

Maybe you have been wondering where I have been this past year. After writing online for Examiner for 7 years as the “Knitting Examiner” about all things fiber, it was time to take a sabbatical. I recommend it highly. I took classes, lectures, read, knit, crocheted, wove, spun, volunteered, experimented, dyed…immersed myself in fiber and learning. Now, I am ready to pass it on to you in my revamped website.

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By no means have I become an expert in any field. What I have always known and enjoyed about fiber is there is always more to learn. If you have been following me in the past, you can expect the same and much more. There will be book reviews, tips, photos, fiber news from around the world, techniques, what’s hot: a quick note (tapestry weaving, knee-length cardigans in autumn’s new color grenadine red, woven wall fiber art, knit/crochet/woven ponchos)…

Go

Now is the perfect time to go through your yarn, fiber, textiles, books, tools etc., organize, donate and frog (rip it, rip it) the projects you will never complete. If you don’t have a fiber studio and always wanted one, maybe take an unused closet and transform it into your space. Have a fiber party, your cast offs are someone else’s treasures and vice versa.