Jean Murdoch

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Westport, CT, United States

Monday, January 24, 2011

Cuffed Fingerless Mitts at a Wedding!!!!!

This was great!!!!! Sold my mitts to a young lady so that she could wear them at her wedding. It was held in a chilly New England state and she sent me pictures of her wearing them...They worked out perfectly for the ceremony and I was thrilled to see these pictures. Good luck and best wishes to her and her husband!
The Bride
The Bride and Groom
Bridal Maids

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Intarsia in the Round Again.....

Intarsia in the round...more on this method. Still working on the best way to do this method in the round...Came across this site:

Thought I would keep this on my blog so I can reference it.
Work to the colour change.
Slip every stitch of your contrast colour.
Turn the work, twist the yarns to ensure no gaps and purl the stitches, thus returning the yarn back to the beginning of the motif.
Turn and slip the stitches just purled.
Proceed as normal.

I love this explanation...soooo simple! Now I have to do a sample up.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

In Need for a Hugh Yarn Shop!

I have for a while been looking at Berroco Sock Yarn (Ultra Alpaca Fine, actually Fingering weight) and purchase a couple of skeins from a shop on Ebay akyrn I haven't a clue as to how this yarn is but hope it is what I have done research on and that I will be happy with the choice.

I have bought yarns from eBay shops before and have had good luck with prices and quality of the products. I live in an area that doesn't have local yarn shops and the one shop nearby really caters to the lessons given, not exactly a hugh array of yarns to feel and touch. We use to have a great yarn shop with every type of yarn and fiber manufactured, along with all the needle crafts, including needle point, tapestry and volumes of books and magazines. It was one of those big grand yarn shops that you could immerse yourself into for hours and not realize how the time just flew by, because you were having so much fun! I did visit my daughter in Seattle last year and we went to a wonderful yarn shop close to her was great with selections of yarns and books and so much inspiration. You need to just walk into a "yarn" shop to get the feeling and the creative juices flowing so that you can make beautiful projects. So I try to just remember how it was when I got lost in my now gone yarn shop and hope that someone will open another like it in my area.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Check out my "Workroom".

Yesterday my husband decided to take some photos of my "stock room". We knitters all have various places to keep our yarns and stash but would you believe that this is most of the yarns that I have. I try not to buy new yarns until I am ready for another project or have a specific order I need yarn for. They sit in a hugh basket in front of me while I am knitting. When I work on a project, no matter what, I finish that project before I start another. I have tried to discipline myself so that I will complete a project and not have projects just "almost" completed. It really does make for a more efficient use of space and actually has made me more mindful of finishing not only projects but tasks that I do on an everyday basis. This is a very good thing.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cuffed Twisted Cable Fingerless Mitts

So nice to see my pattern actually used and "Little Women" did just that. View on Ravelry this was the result of the knitting and the comment..."A great pattern, really fun to knit. It has character all it's own. I'll have to knit again several tried to walk away with this pair......" I just love it.

Little Women Link on Ravelry.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year of Knitting!

So my New Year's Resolution was to spend more time in developing the knitting business and joining more groups and conversations with fellow knitters in discovering more interesting ways to knit. Yes, still my passion is socks and with a few other items thrown in...but socks is the thing for me. Working on a pattern that I will post in Ravelry on a very basic cable sock that I have done alot. I know the pattern by heart but am going to lay it down on paper and see what happens. Everyone should have a basic sock pattern and this one is mine. I always have a version of it on Etsy and I think it is a good pattern for beginners and intermediates that just want to knit mindlessly! Just keep those fingers and hands moving will be my motto this year.


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