Lovely Yarn Escapes

My Adventures in Knitting, truly my Yarn-escape!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Yarns - What are You Knitting and Reading?

     Do you have a favorite knitting project this summer?  Something you're dragging around no matter where you go?  I always have a favorite.  I'll have several things up on needles, but one project will always draw my more.

     This summer my shawl knitting is my favorite go to and I'm especially fond of this shawl from the designer Janina Kallio's One Skein Wonders Collection.  I seem to be gravitating towards trying all these patterns out, since I started an Antarktis also.  This one is an Ardent.  (Please note the designer has a Summer sale going on for her patterns, buy 2, get one free).  My project page - Spring Ardent.  I'm knitting it in Malabrigo Mechita in Indiecita.

 Ausable River, Adirondacks, Upstate New York

     My summer read is a large book on the beginning of the century - "Fall of Giants" by Ken Follett.  From the Welsh coal pits to the battlefields in France and Russia, the fictional plot is riveting, and exciting next to the real historical playout of World War I.  Worth all the pages and I'm so glad it's the beginning book in Ken Follett's "The Century Trilogy".

Happy Summer!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Christmas Procrastinator? KAL Starts Today!

"Procrastinate No More Along " A Christmas KAL/CAL


     Love KAL's?  I do. This morning going through Facebook I came across a Free Pattern - Pan Galactic Helix by Heather R. Robinson for a zappy looking sock.  Following that link I saw the designers had a KAL that starts today July 25th!  Called "Procrastinate No More Along ".  An effort to get ahead on your Christmas, holiday knitting.  So if you're like me and love a challenge, head for your stash like I did this morning and attack Ravelry's pattern section and see what you can start today.  To qualify you must have at least 200 stitches on and join the group and post.  Good luck. have fun and the rest of the rules are on the link above for the KAL/CAL.

Happy Early Christmas Knitting!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Yarns - Knitting on The Rocks

       I'm back from a vacation in the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York.  Still unpacking and putting things away from moving.  My front porch with a lovely blooming perennial garden keeps on drawing me away.  I still need to tend it and plant some plants of my own.  I dream of Bee Balm and Lavender.

      Here's some pictures from my trip.  Too long, in the sense of I love being home.  Too short because I love the Adirondacks.  I could of sat forever in front of a waterfall I hiked into.  Staring at the falls, the rich foliage, the impossible height of the rocks, while spray hit my face.

     This was my dream this past winter to hike into Rainbow Falls.  It's a short hike, but for me who could barely walk this winter, it was a dream come true.  Thankfully a new hip a few months back made it possible.  I still had to slide on my rump on some of the large rocks I had to climb to get up there and back.  Especially coming back, with moss and spray making everything slippery.  But I sat for a few hours with lunch, my book and my knitting, of course.  I hated to leave my sanctuary of mist, rolling waters, hanging ferns and blue sky above.  I can hear it now, embedded in my memory.  Next year.


     Wishing I was back in camp.  Sitting in front of the fire inside while it rained; or like the last night, in front of a fire pit outside, in front of a lean to with all my children around me and their loves there too.  Couldn't I just capture the moments forever and never let go?  Remembering the last glimpse of my son's and girlfriend Emily's Adirondack boat as they rowed away the last morning.  It's captured in my mind.  Then when I got back to the vacation house, there was homemade jam for me from them and a sketch by Emily of their boat.  Captured memories.

     The whole time I knitted on my Spring Ardent Shawl, a design by Janina Kallio.  Made in Malabrigo Mechita in the color Indiecita. 

      My book I started reading in Colorado - Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, Book 1) by Ken Follett, but it was too big to pack.  A large paperback I had gotten years ago at a sale for a $1.  So, thinking I'm smart, I called the local small library where I was going and asked them to set it aside for me.  Two days later my daughter goes and comes back and says it's not there!  So sad.  It really had hooked me.  So wandering up to the Bunkhouse's bookcase, filled with lots of varieties of books, there it was!  It comes in handy my family has similar tastes.  So I grabbed the already very beat up book (obviously it had already been on some Adirondack adventures), and I've added to it's beaten up nature.  I'll be returning it next year (I promise), it's a nice small size for my hands.  So, now I catch myself getting mad at why WWI started.  I have to remind myself that my Grandfather who was born in 1905 wasn't in that war and 4 generations have gone by since then and they died 100 years ago.  But, I still get angry.  Have I mentioned it's a real good book?

Happy Knitting!

Friday, May 26, 2017

What's Next for Protest Hats in June?

As a new month approaches I want to quickly review the Marches and protests to come and also some hot (or hopefully not so hot) ideas to make an activism statement this summer.

     June is Pride Month.  Events are scheduled at different dates, the Pride March in D.C.  June 10th and here's one site with a rundown of other dates in different cities: Gay Pride Calendar.

A cooler option:

I think the above design can be used for a lot of different marches and themes, just adapting the color to the cause.

Rainbow PussyHat made by Rebecca Larson

     A lesser known cause  Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America asks people to wear ORANGE on June 2nd to take a stand against gun violence.  

     If there is time, whip up something simple for that day, a headband, armband or even orange PussyHat, or wear an orange bandana purchased.  But wear orange and look up their site to see if there is an action near you.  But even talking up against gun violence in your everyday life as people ask you why are you wearing your orange whatever is powerful.  

Another March on the immediate horizon is the March for Truth, June 3rd.  The organizers are encouraging Red, White and Blue and calling for: 


Hat by Kathleen Kargoll  

Forever the PussyHat will be eternal and anytime you can make it and wear it you are making an immediate statement for women.  A cooler option and totally subtle for the work place is the PussyHat pin.

     Cooler designs that can be adapted to any march -

A heads up for next July,

 an important march:

Impeachment March

July, 2, 2017

     Some really good patterns out there right now.  Some people are knitting in Red, White and Blue to reclaim the flag for the Liberals.  Others are using PEACH for, well the obvious reason, with great results.

       And I favor black because of the gravity of the situation and the death Trump is bringing to our country.  Potential death coming from his efforts to block Immigrants that are Muslims, rounding up Immigrants for deportation, or trying to push through new medical plans that will cut off 23 Million people from insurance benefits and raise medical costs beyond our means whether you are elderly, or have a pre-existing condition.

       He also is pushing for stopping funds for other countries in need, famine relief.  Literally serving nothing but coldness and uncaring to others instead of rice and other food and water.  Yesterday I listened to an excellent opinion in the New York Times by Colin Powell: "Colin Powell: American Leadership — We Can’t Do It for Free".  

     He also is bringing about death to our way of life, the American way of enveloping the hurting and people that are marginalized.  Standing for those who are in need and making a difference.  

     But instead he is pushing a selfish money focused "Me first", America First agenda. We are alienating our allies.  This country is being changed from life to death and to selfishness and hatred, before our eyes.  People will die because of this man if he isn't Impeached.  The America we love will die as we know it.

     Doing nothing is agreement with what is happening or grave blindness.  Make change, make an effort, do your share to protect what we have that is good.  Don't take it for granted, or else it will be lost, right before our eyes.

    Prior to over 50 years ago a common symbol of mourning was wearing the black armband over your left arm while you were in mourning.  It's now a symbol seen in movies recreating the past and is still carried on in some sports circles and for some in the military and police.  The black armband was also used in protests in the 60's to protest the Vietnam War.  Please consider wearing the black armband the day of the Impeachment March.

Please, do your part, together collectively we can and are making a difference.  

This time we will go down in the History books as making THE difference.