Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Artful Ewe

My daughter and I were out driving today.  She's learning to drive, and I'm learning to like it.  

We ended up in Port Gamble, and practiced parallel parking.  Once in between the lines, it seemed reasonable to check out a few of the shops, just to make it all worthwhile.  One of the places we visited was the Artful Ewe.

This place is not large, but it is open and rich with color.  As far as I could tell, most of the yarns there are handspun, and in such a variety of texture and color and fiber blend it is almost more than a color-lover like me can bear.  Very sensuous, definitely inviting.  There are rovings, raw dyed fiber, carded dyed fibers... here is an example:


Also, a view of the inside of the shop:


For hours and other info, check out their website:

Here's a little blurb from their homepage:

The Artful Ewe specializes in fine fibers and supplies for hand spinners, weavers, and knitters.  We carry an extensive selection of natural fibers for spinning from various breed wools, mohair, cashmere, silk, angora, and other blends.   Our plant fibers include flax, hemp, ramie, tencel, and cotton.  
Most of our fibers available on-line are commercially prepared top from Ashland Bay Trading (Link: and are priced by the pound.  Please contact us for smaller quantity pricing.   We also stock luxury fibers from Peace of Yarn, as well as spinning and felting fibers from Louet(Link: 

Give it a look--you won't be disappointed.

Falling for Autumn,

--The Knit Chick

Thursday, November 27, 2008

knitted star tutorial

knitted star tutorial, originally uploaded by dutch blue.

Another great idea. There is a tutorial that goes with these little stars:

knitted star tutorial (from dutch blue):


Pardon Me (I Didn't Knit That For You)

Surfing for knitting videos this morning while waiting for DH to finish making cinnamon rolls (I can wait!!) and I found this gem.

From Mason Dixon Knitting (check my Hot Links list to visit them--great site):

Enjoy your turkey!

The Knit Chick

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Emily's Christmas Garland

Okay, this is cool. Photographer's note:

"Emily asked everyone to knit a ring for her Christmas Garland out of her leftover sock yarn. "

What a great way to use up odd bits of yarn, and make something delightfully colorful!

Knitting Mommy a Sweater for Christmas!

Okay, this is way too cute. The photographer has this to say:

"Molly up to her usual mischief : )"

Knitted Christmas Dress

Knitted Christmas Dress, originally uploaded by MiriamKKnits.

Very sweet for a special little someone.

MiriamKKnits says this is a "Smocked Knitted Red Dress"

Monday, November 24, 2008

Knitted Mennorah pattern--Close=up

all fixed, originally uploaded by abigailvr.

Here's the close-up. The lighting really shows the mennorah pattern nicely.

Happy Hannukah!

Happy Hannukah!, originally uploaded by abigailvr.

This looks great, and I love the pattern done in white.

Christmas knitting

Christmas knitting, originally uploaded by Ecritures.

These are very sweet~ The photographer says:

"Pattern in the Christmas issue of 'Simply knitting', an English magazine. (Mind you, this is the scanned picture of the magazine. I did not knit these funny figures (yet))"

These remind me very much of my childhood, the Austrian and Scandinavian ornaments we had. I really loved them, and these guys bring back memories...

All wrapped up,

--the Knit Chick

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Blueberry, Ms. Darcy's Knitted Cupcakes

I came across these today, and in my state of hunger I couldn't resist! Now to mention I have a sore wrist, so no knitting for me!

Here are the photographer's notes:

Blueberry, Ms. Darcy's Knitted Cupcakes


"Organic Blueberry Bran with Hand Churned Butter" See THIS CUPCAKE NOW at Darcy's Crossing

--The Knit Chick

Monday, November 17, 2008

Knitting (a Poem)


by kj baez
Friday, March 12, 2004 

My favourite 'knitting' line is a John Lennon put-down in the film A Hard Day's Night when the fusspot studio floor assistant comes on in a big outsize woolly sweater. George says his mother knitted it, and sardonic John says, She knitted him! Then straight into, 'If I trust in you, oh please.... The fabulous knitting brothers from Liverpool! Yeah yeah yeah! 


You made me laugh with your knitting, 
knitting jackets, socks and caps. 

Will you come to my Fair Isle country 
and knit me a jumper? 
Will you knit me a new life? 
Through the town, leave a wool 
trail for me to follow 
that leads to your house. 

In my knitted sweater, I'll climb the stairs, 
you'll unknot my knitted brows, 
and, because you have no time now 
to knit, I'll take over the needles 
and knit us a blanket 
so we can keep warm, 
and maybe one night, 
at the end of the day, 
our bones will knit together. 

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Awesome Entrelac, Again

LE progress
Originally uploaded by knitboy1

Okay, one of my new favorite knitter/blogger's photos of his projects are wonderful. 

This entrelac example feeds my soul/color-hunger need. 

Oh so beauteous...


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Knitting Socks


What with the cooler weather settling in, and the holidays coming up, what better thing to do than begin a pair of socks.  If you start now, it's amazing what you can accomplish.  

I remember a few years ago I had the wild hair to knit socks for everyone for Christmas.  It was December 1st.  I knit madly when I had the spare time, and got four pairs done in two weeks!  Now, my kind of socks use either worsted weight wool (and are worn with Birkenstocks), or are made by twining two yarns together--ideally a fingering weight and a sport weight, or just two fingering weight yarns.  One nice thing about twining yarns together is the tweedy effect you can create.  Perhaps a nice green held with a fine charcoal for a heathered look.

To get you started, I found a couple of good videos to share with you.  

Here's part two:

Part Three:

And, Part Four:

Enjoy, and it's never too late to start on those gifts!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Life Sized Knitted House

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This life-size knitted house "The Gingerbread House" goes on display in North Devon, UK and is the brain-child of Alison Murray. Five hundred women from the UK, USA, Canada, and Spain contributed to the project which will raise money for the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and North Devon Hospice.

From the article in the Daily Mail:

The single storey house is knitted from top to bottom -- apart from the wooden door and windows -- and is made from 10 inch squares of wool sewn together in a complex jigsaw. The bed, dresser, chairs, pictures, table and even the stove are also hand knitted, as well as household goodies like sweets, cakes and biscuits. The house will even be surrounded by a knitted garden, with knitted flowers and knitted 12 foot high trees.

Read more about The Gingerbread House and see lots more pictures in the Daily Mail article here. [ via ] - Link. 

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--The Knit Chick

Beautiful in Purple

More surfing (when I should be working) led me to this gorgeous cabled cardigan sweater, designed by Robynn Weldon.  

For the pattern, and more photos, visit her site at:

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

In the Words of Cool and the Gang

Yahoo! This is your celebration
Yahoo! This is your celebration

Celebrate good times,come on! (Let's celebrate)
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)

There's a party goin' on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you

Come on now

Let's all celebrate and have a good time
We gonna celebrate and have a good time

It's time to come together
It's up to you, what's your pleasure

Everyone around the world
Come on!

Yahoo! It's a celebration

Celebrate good times, come on!
It's a celebration
Celebrate good times, come on!
Let's celebrate

We're gonna have a good time tonight
Let's celebrate, it's all right
We're gonna have a good time tonight
Let's celebrate, it's all right


We're gonna have a good time tonight (Ce-le-bra-tion)
Let's celebrate, it's all right
We're gonna have a good time tonight (Ce-le-bra-tion)
Let's celebrate, it's all right


Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)
Celebrate good times, come on!
It's a celebration!
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)

(ad lib)

Come on and celebrate, good times, tonight (Celebrate good times, come on!)
'Cause everything's gonna be all right
Let's celebrate (Celebrate good times, come on)
(Let's celebrate)...

Obama Hat by Lise Gervais

Obama Hat by Lise Gervais

I met Lise at Crafty Wonderland this week while she was registering people to vote. She designed and knitted this awesome hat and is generously offering the pattern online as a free download, so everyone who wants to can knit up Obama hats too!

get the pattern here:

knit hope vote

knit hope vote
Originally uploaded by pippikneesocks

Quilt in local show

Quilt in local show
Originally uploaded by Knitting Iris
Okay, this has nothing to do with voting, but I didn't want to forget it--beautiful!!

In pieces,
--The Knit Chick

Hope via Sweater

Hope via Sweater
Originally uploaded by kristi.nicole
Hope via Sweater

iwriteplays is crazy ass crafty. She wrote the pattern. She also wrote a book

Uploaded by kristi.nicole on 18 Oct 08, 8.29PM PST.

Obama Hat pattern by Lise Gervais

Obama Hat pattern by Lise Gervais

I met Lise at Crafty Wonderland this week while she was registering people to vote. She designed and knitted this awesome hat and is generously offering the pattern online as a free download, so everyone who wants to can knit up Obama hats too!

get the pattern here:

Uploaded by susanstars on 18 Sep 08, 11.15AM PST.

Compose your blog entry

I voted

I voted
Originally uploaded by attercat
Some knitting and voting images to enjoy~

"I voted

Droolkitty voted today, did you???


Okay everyone, today's the day.  I'm hanging on for dear life, hoping for miracles, for change, for a positive direction for everyone.  For historic moments, acceptance, inclusion, for working together to improve our way of life.  For minimal vote-tampering and vote-count bickering.

I mailed my ballot in early.  According to Yahoo, on the East Coast so far people are turning out in droves.  One place said they had as many people show up by 7:30 am as had by noon in 2004.  We are excited.  The world is holding its collective breath.  We are hopeful.  I've never felt such electricity around an election in my 44 years.

So vote.  Do it with conviction and pride.  And if the lines are long, don't forget your portable knitting project!

On pins and needles,

--The Knit Chick

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy November! It's Time to Knit Socks!

knit me a moustache!
Originally uploaded by splityarn
A smile for the first day of November-- it just needs.. a toe?

Here's the caption that goes with the photo:

"knit me a moustache!

Sometimes the knitting speaks to you, sometimes it looks at you."


--The Knit Chick


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