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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Florida Knitting

As winter settled in to the area, it was time for me to take a break and spend some time in my favorite Florida spot, Vero Beach.  I try to go there at least twice a year but enjoy the winter visit the best.  As always, my knitting accompanies me on my trip.

This trip project was a simple shawl knit with yarn that I purchased at Vogue Knitting Live the week before I left.  I discovered a new yarn company, Apple Tree Knits.  Her yarns are wonderful.  When I saw this skein of yarn that went from yellow, to green, to blue I had to have it.

http://www.appletreeknits.com/gradient-color-card.html
Here's my shawl so far.





There is a Yarn Shop in Vero Beach called Knitty Gritty and I decided to visit it.  I had been there once before when it first opened.  When I arrived, I discovered that they had moved to a larger space and now had a wonderful selection of yarns, lots of patterns, and many finished items to inspire me.





First I found this lovely Universal Yarn Bamboo Blooms Handpainted.  They had a simple ribbed cowl made up.  I just love the colors of this yarn.  It will knit up quickly on Size 9-11 needles.




They had so many other wonderful samples and when I saw the sample of Leftie by Martina Behm, I decided to purchase the white yarn for that too. I had some lovely sock yarn at home for the stripes. Leftie is on Ravelry and I've admired it many times.  Here's what I knit so far.  I decided to eliminate of the leaves.  They are too fussy for my taste.



So I now have knitting memories of this trip along with memories of beautiful weather and the sound of the ocean waves.  Here's a few of my favorite pictures of the trip.











Thursday, December 24, 2015

Holiday Thank You



To my Customers and Followers,
This gift to Heifer in your honor is a driving force for change and will help to end hunger and poverty worldwide.
Thank you for your support throughout the year
Happy Holidays,Deborah

IT'S THE BEGINNING OF AN EXTRAORDINARY CHAIN OF GIVING

This living gift to Heifer International given in your honor will provide the resources a struggling family needs to transform their lives. It's called Passing on the Gift®, and carries love and gratitude to millions around the world.
Heifer International

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Fall Craft Fair Experiences

This Fall I debuted Stitches by Debbie, the retail products of Knit n Sew Studio at 2 local craft fairs.

The first one was at the end of September and was a street fair.  This was a new experience for me.  I needed to invest in a sign and a canopy tent.


I had a wonderful day.  Lots of traffic, lots of compliments, and enough sales to make me want to do another show.

My inventory included handmade items for the kitchen including dishcloths, my signature dishcloth dresses, woven potholders, and market bags that I sewed throughout the summer.





It was such a good experience that I signed up for an indoor show on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  I added cup cozies to my inventory.

These were a big hit with my customers.  Everyone commented on them and sales were good.

I also added hanging towel holders instead of hanging dish towels.  This is a pattern that I created after being inspired by a person on Ravelry that crocheted something similar.  I'll be sharing this pattern in the future.


The indoor fair was much easier to set up and again, I had a terrific day.  The organizer of both shows does a great job of advertising and has a solid following of customers.

Here's my table.  Next time, I need to add some additional display pieces.

So that's what I was doing all Fall.  I had many moments when I wondered if it was going to be worth the time that I spent making items.  In the end, I had a great time and met some lovely people.  I think I'll do several a year from now on.   I'm working on new inventory items as I think of them.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Meet Claire the Knitted Bear





Claire the Bear is finished just in time to join Pierre at my local elementary school. Claire is knit using the Leisure Arts knit pattern Mimi the Bear.  I knit Pierre last year and he spent the school year in the library of my school. Here's the blog post describing Pierre.  Since I work all year in the office, Pierre spent the summer with me.  

I decided to create a booklet featuring all the work that goes on in the summer at my school featuring Pierre.  Claire came to register at the end of the summer and will join Pierre in the library this school year along with the booklet that I created.

Here's a few of the pictures that are in the booklet.





This was a fun project.  I hope to inspire the children to learn to knit and to use their imaginations to share stories about their creations.

Claire is knit using worsted weight yarn and U.S. size 5 knitting needles.  Her dress is knit using DK  weight yarn and U.S. size 3 knitting needles.  Both Pierre and Claire are simple to knit.  I especially like the design of the head and nose.  Instead of a nose that it knit separately, the nose is knit with a series of increases and decreases.  This makes finishing must easier.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

My First Knitting Retreat

Vogue Knitting held a knitting retreat on Block Island in May.  I've been wanting to attend a knitting retreat for a long time and this one seemed an ideal first experience.  It was a wonderful experience.  The retreat was hosted by North Light Fibers.  A micro-mill and shop on the island.  Their yarns are excellent.

The hotel was perfect with an ideal front porch for knitting.






The retreat included 3 classes.  They were all worthwhile.  Deborah Newton taught a class on Guernsey patterns.  As part of the class, we each received a skein of North Light Fibers Beach Avenue Yarn.  This yarn is Worsted Weight 70% Baby Alpaca/30% Fine Merino.  I absolutely love this yarn.

When class was over, I walked to the shop and purchased 3 additional skeins in a variety of colors so that I could knit this scarf.  It is an unexpected souvenir of the retreat.



I really want a sweater knit with this yarn.  Each skein is 135 yards so I'll have to save up as it will be a pricey sweater.  I know it will last indefinitely so I think it will be worth the investment both is time and money.

I did leave home with a yarn purchase and a project in mind as my souvenir of the trip.  I enjoy knitting gloves, fingers and all.

Here's the yarn that I purchased.  It's the North Light Fiber Water Street.  The color is called Summer Ocean and it is 40% Cashmere/60%Super Fine Merino.  I wish that you could feel the texture of this yarn.  It is amazing.







Here's 2 of my favorite sites of the weekend.  The lighthouse and one of the resident alpacas sitting outside of the shop and mill.



 I will most definitely be attending more knitting retreats and hopefully Vogue Knitting will offer this one again next year.





Sunday, July 26, 2015

Learn to Knit Purse

Teaching children to knit is always such a wonderful experience.  I use this purse as their first real project after they knit a small square to get the feel of the process.  Here's the purse and the pattern


Materials:
U.S. Size 11 knitting needles
One Pair of Oval Wooden Handles 8 ½ inches by 5 ½ inches
¼ inch ribbon
Yarn needle
Learn to Knit Purse
Directions:
Cast on 32 stitches
Knit 30 rows (15 ridges) will measure approximately 6 inches
Next 42 rows are as follows:
Row 1-Knit across
Row 2-Purl across
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until all 42 rows are complete.  This is called Stockinette Stitch.
Final 30 rows are Knit across
Piece will measure approximately 23 inches long.
Cast off all stitches.


Assembly:

Thread ribbon through eye of the yarn needle

Fold end of knit piece over the handle and sew through both layers of the piece.

Sew a second row of ribbon and pull to gather the knitted piece.  Tie a bow with the ends of the ribbon.

Repeat on other end with second handle



Turn knitted piece with the purl side of the stockinette stitch section showing.  Sew the stockinette sides of the purse together.

Turn purse so that knit side of stockinette is on the outside

Enjoy your knitted purse!


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