Fiber Corner

Daily life of a knitting designer/publisher of handknitting patterns

Saturday, December 31, 2005

This year I knit...

Finished Objects--2005

Flower Facecloth--IK Winter 2003
Angora double knit headband
Opal Southwest socks--#3708 lot 2
Spider Queen Shawl--Hazel Carter pink merino/tencel handspun
Regia wool/cotton jacquard socks--#5266 lot 29619
Opal Bumblebee socks--#187 lot 3
Heart sachet--KPPM #P436
Violets by the River shawl--Hazel Carter 100% silk (pattern and yarn from Blackberry-Ridge)
1 Love Stamp sock--IK Fall 2003- Intarsia in the round
Eastern European Footlets--IK Winter 2003- Intarsia in the Rnd, part 2
Ice Blue Cardi--Lisa Souza Ringspun cotton; future HK design
Charlotte’s Web shawl--colors from top to bottom; P450, P322, P715, P418, P523
Lily of the Valley Shawl --Knitter’s Summer 2004 K75
Oh Wow mittens--Fall 2004 Inknitter’s. handspun Romney and Wild Things Merino roving
Elizabeth sweater from A Seasons Tale--Rowan Kidsilk Haze
Opal Petticoat socks--#1290 lot 1
Oh Wow Hat-Fall 2004 Inknitter’s; handspun Romney, Wild Things Merino spindledyarn/roving

Next year I plan to keep track of my spinning projects as well.

Sunday, December 25, 2005


I have heard the raves about Golding spindles but this is the only one I've seen live and in person. Oh, my! It certainly lives up to it's legend. I was fortunate enough to receive this beauty as a Christmas present. It's one of their 3.5" (1.9 oz) designs called Swan Lake and I absolutely love it. Beyond it's gorgeous handcarved beauty, it's wonderfully centered and spins forever.

The whole detour into spindles this year has certainly taken me by surprise. I'm finding I'm learning so much about my spinning--sure hope it translates over to the wheel when I finally get it dusted off and begin spinning with it next year.

Friday, December 09, 2005

In Memoriam

Lynn Marie Ring
The best big sister, ever! I still miss you everyday.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005


On my favorite knitting discussion list, there's been alot of talk about knitting gloves lately. Which is great news since so many knitters seem really put off by them. Recently, I've had new shops order patterns for all the Heartland Knits designs except the gloves.
But, because I'm more apt to wear handknit gloves myself, I'm in the midst of switching a design originally formed for a mitten to a glove.

The mittens were started several years ago after I attended Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp. The year I was there a couple of the sessions were held in October and it so happened we received about 5" of snow one night. Well, we had already taken our class photo but most of us trudged out into the parking lot to take another one. This was a very wet type of snow and the weight of it laid heavily on the limbs of the pine trees. It reminded me of a motif that EZ used in a pair of her Norwegian style mittens in _Knitting Around_. So to mark the event, I started a pair of my own mittens adapting her tree along with a type of lice patterning from Joyce W's _Latvian Dreams_ book that reminded me of falling snow. The yarn is Fairy Hare (60% merino, 40% angora) from Kimmet Croft fibers which I purchased from one of the camp vendors.

When they're finished, they'll be a nice remembrance of a great knitting camp experience.