I dedicate this blog to you

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It is time for me to write and maintain a separate blog dedicated to knitting specifically. I will continue to post the original I Live on a Farm blog at the scrumptiousliving.wordpress.com blog address, but my knitting readers will find more fulfilling knitting content here at the dedicated knitting blog.

Plunging right in … I have a few new knitting projects that are complete, but that I have not blogged about or published patterns for. What I will have to do is post blogs or those items as I get the patterns prepared for sale. Meanwhile, I can tell what I currently have going on the needles. k_cotsoy2

I’m using a stitch pattern that represents little birds on the body of the hat and the sweater, because Sweet Pea already reminds me of the sweetest little birds singing brightly on a spring or summer day. The hat will be embellished with a needle felted violet centered on a four leaf clover, because Sweet Pea’s signature color is violet (of any shade) and she is due on St. Patrick’s Day. I needle felted this embellishment myself, which is a new thing I got into over the Christmas holidays. Notice the little mouse checking out the yarn and flower? That is one of the needle felted blog mascots I made over the past couple of weeks using beautiful roving and fleece I purchased primarily from a dear Etsy seller named Marie who I have enjoyed making a couple of purchases from. newyear09_newthings1

The first batch of fleece I ordered from her included one ball that was a perfect match for the beautiful taupe color of our dog Blu’s coat. When I ordered a selection of colors from her, I didn’t realize that color was among them. When I opened the package up I was delighted to see Blu’s taupe because the main thing I was interested in being able to make using needle felting was a mini-Blu as an ornament for our Christmas tree or as a mascot for the blog. I was so happy with the color I offered to buy up whatever more she had in that color, so now I have several ounces on hand and can make a few more or my mini Blu dogs. Marie has been great to work with, and I am certain I will do more business with her in the future. k_berring Back to knitting, the other project currently on the needles is an afghan being made as a gift for a man using a chunky Italian yarn called Calipso iby Laines Du Nord in the “Blues/Grey” colorway. This is a 60/40 wool and acrylic blend yarn; somehow I missed the acrylic content on the label when I was shopping or I would not have made this particular purchase. However, after handling it and feeling how soft and easy to work with it is, I am happy afterall. It makes big, lofty cables that look like large waves on a northern sea on a winter day. Using size U.S. 15 Addi Turbo needles makes this afghan a quick, relaxing knit. k_goinggreen1

Coming soon, some sweet little green items for Sweet Pea made especially to celebrate both her Irish heritage and the predicted day of her birth. Seen here, clockwise from lower left hand corner are a deliciously soft Noro silk and wool blend, Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca in a soft, muted green and a little hank of alpaca I picked up on a visit to Knox Fiber Farm on a visit there this past autumn. I am also excited because I have pre-ordered a set of the new Addi Click Interchangeable Needles. It will be great to have them on hand and to test drive them. My daughter is knitting with me much more these days, and we are both looking forward to having the extra needles on hand as well as being excited about the technology of these needles in particular. Hopefully they will live up to the talk that is out there about them. Until next week … here’s to our mutual creative spirits! ~firefly

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4 Responses to “I dedicate this blog to you”

  1. Do you make those little animals?

    That is SO awesome!

  2. Just to let you know, I love your blogs!

  3. you have inspired me to bite the bullet and start a knitting blog also. it’s been a while in coming and i think it makes more sense. 🙂

  4. I LOVE your new site…but will continue to check in at the other site as I would otherwise miss the photos of your Weim, the snow, and the lovely flowers you document so dutifully there. Your needle-felted animals are darling. Just the other day I was recommending the book, Little Felted Animals: Create 16 Irresistible Creatures with Simple Needle-Felting Techniques by Marie-Noelle Horvath (Watson-Guptill) to a friend! Hope you are enjoying this (particularly cold) winter!

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