Thursday, May 14, 2015


 Fun with Eyelash Yarn!

After a twenty year "Om" My God" vacation from knitting, I picked up needles and yarn again.  Light years ago, before I learned to knit, I loved seeing the yarn basket and multicolored needles.  I loved squeezing the yarn and noted soft and harsh textures.  I loved the oh so kitten soft ball of white angora. I loved helping my mom wind yarn into balls.  Thankfully pull out skeins came along!  I remembered asking my mother, "What are Knitting Pins?"

"That's another name for knitting needles."

I began to learn to knit, a lifetime journey of joy and discovery.  I actually sat still while I was concentrating!  After I learned the basic cast on, knit, purl, and bind off, I found knitting calming and creative.

Knitting Right Along~

Reversible Cable Scarf

For my first "new" project, I tried a classic reversible cable scarf.  I had done cables years ago, but this one reversed!   What A Concept!  Best yet it was easy so I could stitch along and enjoy TV or music at the same time.  I felt my left and right brain functions coordinate in wonder and harmony.

Addicted to Yarn
Recently I began experimenting with specialty yarns in addition to classic sport, worsted, and and wool blends for sweaters and hats.  What Fun!  A candy store assortment of new products and techniques of all kinds welcome me~ 

Some yarns contain sequins, shiny ribbon, or light weight metallic blends.  Other yarns create stripes as you knit, no need to change colors  Patterns of colors, sharp and muted, create themselves!  Organic cotton yarns are available with natural dyes. Quick project yarns are big and chunky.  You can learn to knit without needles!  Not sure how much yarn you have for a sweater or vest?  Knit from the top down.  The finished length is when you run out of yarn!  The knitting revolution/evolution is an explosion of creative inspiration.

Silver Boa with Sequins

Can't Sit Still?  Don't!
Kick back, relax and enjoy the meditative art of knitting and designing.  Connect with others.  Take a class, some are one on one instruction.  Join a knitting or crochet group.  Treasure your yarn, hooks, and needles.  Your journey to tomorrow begins with one stitch at a time....Your family, friends, and pets will benefit from your hand made creations, stitched with love.

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Knitting Daily  "Make Time for Yarn Everyday" free patterns, tips, DVD's 

Lion Brand Yarns, over 5,000 free patterns

Red Heart Yarns, free patterns

You Tube:  learn to knit and crochet home of Patons, Bernat, Caron, and Lily's Sugar and Cream Yarns 

Fun with Yarns:
Free Patterns on lables and online

Blue Boa in progress pictured, "Eyelash Yarn," looks like eyelashes, Bernat Boa Electric Blue

Silver Boa, pictured, Red Heart Boutique Sashay Sequins, color Smoke

Reversible Cable Scarf, pictured, Bernat Super Value colorfast, 7 oz 4 ply, machine wash and dry. Color Grey Ragg (heather)

Red Heart Boutique Ribbons, Super Bulky, I chose a mix of blues and greens

Lion Brand Hometown USA, Super Bulky, color Memphis Blues 

Lion Brand Heartland, Medium Weight, color, Glacier Bay

Premier Yarns, City Life, medium weight, color Indigo, metallic blend in blues and silver

Knitting Needles:
Clover Brand needles, bamboo, easy on hands and joints

Boye, plastic needles, various lengths, easier on hands and joints than metal needles.  I tried the USA #'s 6, 8, and 10 short length for scarfs and small projects.  "Knitting to Go" is a take with adventure.

Classic Books
Alice Starmore, Aran Knitting includes history of Aran knitting, photos shot on location plus patterns.  Take a virtual vacation to the Isles of Aran.

Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys, and Arans:  Fishermen's Sweaters from the British Isles, by Gladys Thompson, history, classic designs

Dahlis Roy: Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Photos by Dahlis:
Eyelash Yarn:  Bernat Boa Electric Blue 

Reversible Cable Scarf,: Bernat Super Value, Grey Ragg, (heather), 7 oz skein, 4 ply, washable, color fast, no dye lot.

Silver Boa with Sequins, in shades of silver, grey, charcoal, and black, Red Heart Boutique Sashay Sequins, Smoke