Saturday, March 23, 2013

Exploring the One Row Lace Scarf freebie on Ravelry

Good afternoon, friends!  I hope your Saturday is going well and restful plans for the evening!

I've had a day of conferencing for work and now I'm going to Ravelry and found a great One Row Lace Scarf. I've knitted a few rows and really like it. I'm doing my next section in the blue scarf with this pattern. The pattern is free on Ravelry.com and called One Row Scarf. I plan to sample this out finishing up the blue one and then make a nice and airy thin, Spring scarf with this simple pattern of lacework. I have some fingerweight yarn to try with this.

Things I've done in Washington, DC:

  • studied new research in Women's Health
  • found a yarn store called Looped and did a major happy dance while watching other knitters join in on the fun of yarn, looked through all the Knit books and dreamed for one day garment making.
  • got a free canvas bag from Looped
  • ate the best Clam Chowder ever--warm and just right for the cold night.
  • ate Eggs Benedict with Virginia ham for the first time and it was great!
  • forgot my camera disc card, therefore relied on cell phone camera
  • dropped my camera on a marble floor and now it's only saying "no sims card", hoping when I get home it's fixable free.
  • rode the Metro again and got lost a few times but found my way with a few angels to help me
  • window shopping
  • repeated myself to alot of folks because I must speak really Southern here and I speak softly
  • road in a taxi and passed a store called "WTF" and went "Wha?
  • missing the country life now--I love to visit the city when I have work conferences but ready for home in the country by day 3-4.
  • wished I had more time and the money to go exploring more in the city but limited
  • thankful for the hotel they put me in as it's supernice!
  • enjoyed networking with other health care providers in women's health
  • thankful for no 5 in binders of syllabus but now online (those things are heavy to pack back on the trip)
  • enjoyd some free time in the evenings to just plain rest.
  • appreciated my well water when I took a slug of this city water.....yuck
  • thank God I'm able to get up every day and hope to claim His promise that He will take care of me.
  • missed this precious sweet baby

  •  and re-posting a freebie for HOPE. Hope for whatever situation in health life is throwing at you right now, hoping it's good, but if not, hang on to hope because there is much research in gender medicine.
 
Hope
designed by Feathers in the Nest
copyright 2012
reposted 2013
 
Send me some of your "hope" if you stitch and finish this one up! I would love to see this in all the creative ways I know each of you have!
 
You can use this to change colors for different health issues awareness's, i.e pink or the above for breast cancer awareness, teal for ovarian cancer awareness, purple for domestic violence awareness, red for cardiac health awareness, etc.
 
Because this is what we have in today's world~~hope, whether living in the city, or rural areas of the country. We share a common bond in our hearts and hands.
 
Love to each of you,
Jennifer

Friday, March 22, 2013

My Cornflower Blue Superwash Wool Serendipity Style

While on a work trip this week, I had time to visit this shop in the DC area:
 
Looped Yarn Works
 
 
It was a hopping joint, and happy place by many young folks, that's for sure! It sure made me do a happy dance.
Knitting touches all the senses in the texture of yarns, the colors, the type of yarn, etc.
It was certainly a candy store for me and I took all the beautiful colors in and dreamed and drooled.
 
I have found Ravelry website and love this site as many knitters do. There are so many free patterns and I"m itching to make a summer shawl.
 
I was shocked to see many men in the shop and also alot of college kids.
 
I had tucked in my bag for the plane ride some 100% wool superwash yarn I had in my stash. It was discounted and I got 2 skeins, not even realizing what I would do with it. I have since (in music terminology) ad lib, and made up things as I went along.
 
I've learned lessons such as stockinette stitch blocks will certainly curl the edges by themselves and even if separated with garter stitch, they curl as well.
 
 The color is a yummy Cornflower Blue.
 
The only pics I can take are with my phone so please bear with it.

 
playing with increasing and decreasing and such, making some eyelets....no pattern.
 
 
still not blocked yet. It really looks good when stretched out a little.
 
then today.............. to here with some texture changes......................
 
 
and yes it's curling......I kinda like it this way.
I plan to double this length. I have one more skein in this lot number and brand.
 
 
just alternating stockinette blocks with garter blocks. I have a silver round scarf ring to use with it or without it.
 
 
 Stay warm. It's VERY cold here this week!
 
Dinner was a scrumptious Maryland Clam Chowder with bread and butter. Perfect for a cold night like this. More work in women's heatlh research all weekend. Just breaking up the time with some stitching so my left and right brain are both equally stimulated :0
 
Till later..............

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Knitting and Color, Knitting and Prayer

Over a week and the time is flying by!  So much to keep me busy these days and always special with Mr. Darcy, of course. He definitely spoils me alot!
 
I'm looking forward to going to a brick and mortar cross stitch store this week!!!! It's been a while for sure. Eye candy.................stay-tuned.
 
Knitting has helped me so much and in the same way provided a way I could pay it forward to special folks in my life.


Finished 3 Lacy Keyhole Scarves design by Stephanie Japel
 
Mission~~~~ learned how to make a button hole in knitting, decrease and increase in rows, make lace with yarn overs/yarn forwards, practice over and over knitting and purling to make ridges and seaming by hand two knitted pieces!
 
 This particular pattern is not for sale on Craftsy but only in her handouts of the class Knit Lab. She put the class on sale before Christmas at a very low price and then you print your handouts which include patterns and links to other patterns, how to read a knitting pattern, etc.
 
I can't say enough about Craftsy.com. It's the best website with many free patterns and free video classes. One of these scarves will be for a gift for a special friend. This one. It's 100% cotton for softness and for the Springtime. I think she will like it in her bag.


I do believe I  will make another of this color to go with turquoise I have but for now.............




I made this one from Cascade yarn with a combo of cotton and silk. This glides like butter over aluminum needles. I LOVED it.



I just finished the third one. This one is 100% acryllic,  not-so-soft but oh so HIPPY! :P
My daughter would love this one. I think she got a little of the free-spirit side of me. I just have to laugh about it.


I learned to cast-on in the middle of a row and bind off in the middle of a row.
 
 This makes the button hole and was the hardest part for me to learn.


~~~~~~~~anyhoo, I did learn how to make some curvy lace. I did not block any of these scarves. I liked them as they were when finished.
 When blocked they lose the curvy, frilly part and I'm a bit girly, so I kept it curly.


yup, these two are mine. The pink one is smaller and sooooo soft. I can't wait to wear it.


And for a baby gift for twin boys, I'm working to finish 2 more soft washcloths by April.......
 
 twin boys with 2 older brothers under age 5. WHEW! Makes me tired thinking about that :O


which may lead to prayer knitting. Honestly and seriously, my current mission is to learn the basic prayer shawl. You can find more info on Craftsy.com. There are so many, many prayer shawl patterns but I'm starting with the basic k3p3 until end, with cast on of 60 and then even rows p3k3 until end, repeat a million times.......no, just joking.....repeat until you have used 3 balls of 250 yards of yarn! I had 3 skeins on hand of Red Heart Collage in color called Crimson Maple. Ironcally, it's the only sale yarn I had with 3 skeins in my stash and the color actually means healing and health. I will be praying for a close co-worker who has cancer and battling chemo treatments. We've worked together for 10 years and it's just been another deep concern.

 Anyways,

this is a bit scrunched on the needle but I do love the simple repetition and the history of how it got started, the purposes, etc. All free info on the web. See and click on the link below.


On each of the 3 knit or purl stitches you say the 'Sign of the Cross', with the Amen occurring when you switch your yarn from front to back or back to front.

K1 - In the name of the Father
K1 - and of the Son
K1 - and of the Holy Spirit
bring yarn forward - Amen

P1 - In the name of the Father
P1 - and of the Son
P1 - and of the Holy Spirit
... bring yarn to the back - Amen

when making a prayer shawl.
 
 
Click on the above link for more info on prayer shawl making..........................if you are interested.
 
 
 
 
 
Speaking of prayer, this is a man I have prayed for and God sent him in my life as the biggest blessing I've ever received as with my children as well. Our 4 month wedding anniversary is this week. Not even knowing that God would put us together from 2 parts of a different world in such unique ways we definitely can testify that prayers are answered if we are specific and truthful in our request to God if it's His will in our life and both are equally yoked. He is supportive, always positive, truthful, handsome, and has loving arms for me every night. He is my sunshine every morning and my moon and stars at night.
 
I hope that even through all the negative things that are thrown at us in life (and we all have them)  that you know that God hears your prayers too and only in His time will they be answered.
 
Till later,
Jennifer
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