“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


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.


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)…


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.


Arnie & Carlos

Image Arne and Carlos live North of Oslo where the winter comes early and with that snow, cold and the sun barely rises. This allows for a lot of knitting time. The guys run a knitwear design company.

Now you have the opportunity to knit “Easter Knits”, “Knitted Dolls” and “55 Christmas Balls” for yourself in their style. Pick up one of their books. You will find you won’t stop smiling. Their books are almost magical in their miniature vignettes. There is so much to look at in their photographs. The patterns are great yarn stash busters too.


Spring/summer knitting

You are sure to give the cover of the spring/summer 2013 Debbie Bliss magazine a second look. Turbans are the trend and this Great Gatsby design is so pretty, you will want to knit one up today.



More about what’s inside

Knit Turban

Turban doll

Turbans are this spring’s fashion hair accessory. Perfect for the bad hair day. Barbie has on a tuban designed in the 1940’s. You can see other knit items for Barbie here:

This is the pattern for an adult sized Turban, the one Barbie is wearing. It is worked on size 3 knitting needles and is knit in the moss stitch requiring 800+ yds of fingering weight yarn doubled throughout. The result is a thick and warm head covering.



Domestic trophies

Rachel Denny 1

Rachel Denny is an artist in mixed media. She enjoys the forms of the natural world. Her depictions of “Domestic Trophies” are deer heads that are covered in cabled woolen sweaters.

A more humane way of appreciating animals in a knitting tongue and cheek way.