Monday, September 13, 2010

Erratum for Solace Stole

I have been having a bit of a problem with the Solace Stole; however, this past week-end I found one erratum for the major body of the stole. 
I have knitted lace, so I was upset that things were not working out for me with the border.  Therefore, I decided to use a provisional cast-on for the body, knowing that I could splice on the borders later. 
Now, even that had problems.  I had counted the amount of stitches numerous times -- and, guess what?  There are supposed to be 4 uncharted purl stitches instead of 3 on each side of the stole, which she gave in the directions for the 120 stitch size.  So, after figuring that out, I decided to make my stoles wider by adding 3 repeats of the flame chevron (8 instead of 5) and 6 purl stitches on each side.  Now two stoles on on their way (fuschia and plum), finally!!!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

An Up~Date

Reading Challenge:  So far this year I've read 33 books and am presently reading A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen, the second in her Royal Spyness mystery series.
Solace Stoles:  These are going slower than I anticipated, although I have all the yarn I'll need except for the forest green.  I had a problem with the border; however, after writing the designer, I am ready to go!
Entrelac Set:  I LOVE doing entrelac!  The hat is more than half-way done.
Irish Sweater:  I haven't gotten too far; however, I've decided to frog it and start it again on a circular needle so that I can do the front and back at the same time (at least up to the armholes).  DUH!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Entrelac for Keri

I have also started the hat portion of this entrelac set for my friend, Keri.  In fact, I have completed the band and the first round of triangles!  I know that she'll like the shades of tan and brown that came in the kit from Knit Picks ( .  Later this week, I'll be ordering more of this yarn so that I can make a matching scarf.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

And 7 Solace Stoles, Oh, My!

The stole pictured above has been designed by Georgina Bow ~~ and, I'm going to make seven (7).  Two are already on a circular needle in a light lilac and a plum for the twin daughters of a long-time friend of the family who was killed by a drunken driver who was talking on a cell phone at the time she crashed into Phyllis' car.  Three more are for the additional siblings (cerise pink, forest green, and light jade green).  I am also making one for my best friend who lives in Ohio (she likes earth colours) and one for myself (sea blue/green).

Friday, April 16, 2010

What I'm Knitting Now

This sweater is on my needles right now.  The pattern is available for free from Lion Brand.  I'm doing it in Universal Yarn's Deluxe Worsted Tones in Atlantic (shades of denim blue).  Can you tell that I love cables!?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

An Open Letter to Conservatives

{I originally posted this on my Peacock Plumes blog.)

I signed into Ravelry today (Ravelry is an on-line community of knitters, crocheters, yarn dyers, spinners, etc. ) so that I could check out if there was anything new in some of my groups. Anyway, on Wingnut Watch one of the moderators had posted a link to a wonderful blogpost by a gentleman calling himself American Dad. It was an open letter to conservatives where he took probably most everything ugly they have been doing and citing proof of their lies. It has already gone viral, as the link I'm giving is for another blog which posted it (the original citation was too long -- it is a TPM blog -- and I couldn't get the whole thing. Anyway, please go to for a wonderful, fully cited essay.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Godward, Waterhouse, and Leighton

Some of my readers may recognize the two paintings by John William Godward that were used in the header of my blog:  Idleness and The Seamstress.  I realize that there are many paintings which show the various fiber arts; however, there are not that many set in classical times.  There are at least three more by Godward:

A Stitch in Time

Sewing Girl

On the Balcony

Then there are these two by John William Waterhouse:

La Fileuse

Penelope and the Suitors

And, finally, this one by Frederic Lord Leighton

Winding the Skein

These and many other paintings can be seen at the site Art Magick  ( )