Seeking Sangiovese Test Knitters!

For those of you who have a few weeks to dedicate to a new lace project I’m seeking test knitters for the Sangiovese Stole. This is a project requiring lace experience including nupps, provisional cast on, and chart reading. I’d like test knit to be complete in 4-6 weeks. The pattern requires 800 yards of lace weight yarn and a size 3US circular needle. Two test knitters will receive a skein of Lost City Knits Oak Barn Merino to be used for their Sangiovese test knit.

ETA: Thanks to everyone who volunteered to be a test knitter. Our test knitter team has rounded out nicely and I am no longer seeking additional knitters for this project.

Sangiovese Stole 50% complete

Seeking Sangiovese Test KnittersFor those of you who have a few weeks to dedicate to a new lace project I’m seeking test knitters for the Sangiovese Stole. This is a project requiring lace experience including nupps, provisional cast on, and chart reading. I’d like this to be a knitting priority and complete in 4-6 weeks. The pattern requires 800 yards of lace weight yarn and a size 3US circular needle. Two knitters will receive a skein of Lost City Knits Oak Barn Merino to be used for their Sangiovese test knit.If you’re interested please send a Ravelry PM to LostCityDenise. var gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src='” + gaJsHost + “google-analytics.com/ga.js’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”)); var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-xxxxxx-x”);pageTracker._trackPageview();

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Mitten knittin’

Remember those cool mittens I was knitting for myself two posts ago? Apparently I’ve gone mitten knittin’ crazy because I’ve cast on another pair as a late birthday gift for Hillarey.

This time I’m knitting Chrysanthemums by Hedda which are in the Winter Knitty.com issue. A slight modification is the edging. I just didn’t care for the picot so have done a few rows of ribbing instead.

Front side
Palm side

Hillarey apparently likes the rust and tan colors that I chose because when I sent her these photos she replied “SWEET!!!”

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The Sangiovese Race

As a project nears completion I get this manic urge to race to the bind off. I’m likely to stay up late or forgo meals just as long as I get to charge forward toward the final row.

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The last few days have been like that with the Sangiovese Stole. Although actually I’ve only been racing toward the midway point because the stole is knit from the center down to the border – twice – then joined at the center back. The first half of the stole has to meet all the goals. One of the big goals is yardage. This project is designed to be knit with 800 yards. I’m using the Lost City Knits Llama/bamboo and since the yarn comes in 400yd skeins I’ve been watching the first ball dwindle with each row hoping my math on the repeats was going to work out. It did with just a few grams to spare. I’m using a new dark purple colorway called Claudia, named for one of our farmer’s market vendors who grows the most delicious grapes I’ve ever tasted.

Why call a lace stole Sangiovese? My friend Cathy and I have been known to enjoy a little vino with our knitting and Sangiovese is one of the wines we like from a local vineyard. So I’ve designed this stole with grape leaves, vines, and a few clusters (nupps!) of grapes along the border.

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Sangiovese Stole

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Here is the first half of the Sangiovese Stole pinned out and blocking on wires. I’m pretty jazzed. With lace there’s always a bit of uncertainty because the project basically looks like a wad of tangled yarn and the pattern is barely discernible until it’s stretched out and blocked. That’s when I can stand up and look at my work and say, “okay”. Then sometimes a little chuckle of relief bubbles up.

This time I’ve just got to remind myself that I’m only halfway done. No chuckle of relief just yet, I’ve still got half a race left to knit…
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What’s on the needles…

When you happen to have the world’s scrawniest wrists you get creative with mittens to keep the cold out. My Buffalo Gal mitts are wonderful and I love ’em dearly but they are a little loose around the wrist. If it’s cold outside and the snow is blowing (like it is now in Oklahoma) you don’t want cold wrists.

So here you see my Lotus Mittens with a little something extra started. What’s that you ask? Extra needles? Why yes – there are a few extra needles. When I finished the cuff I decided to knit into one of the last rows on the non-public side to begin a facing for the cuff. Hopefully this will keep cold air from whipping up inside my mitts and chilling my hands. I don’t think I need to line the entire mitts – they’ll fit fine because although my hands are small they aren’t quite so skinny as the wrists (I have skinny ankles and ears too truth be told. The rest of me is normal – I swear).

Lotus Mittens

I’ll knit back down to the ribbing and attach the lining at that point. Then pick up where I left off at the top of the cuff and knit up the hand per the pattern. I know – it sounds a little crazy but having cold wrists just isn’t fun.

I also made a little progress recently on the Cloisters Shawl. The first chart is finished and I’ve begun the second.  I love how it’s looking so far. Incredible pattern – very fluid. Another hit from Mimknits.

Cloisters Wrap

And my Sangiovese Stole is rocking along wonderfully! I’m extraordinarily pleased with this one. Check out that grape leaf in the first chart! Just a couple more repeats of the second chart and I can begin the border on this end. Then I’ll start the second half and join the two at the middle. The sample is knit in Llama Bamboo lace weight, the colorway is a dark purple called Claudia (which will be available in the online shop soon. )

Sangiovese

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Family

Last night I made cookies (chocolate chip with pecans in case you were wondering) and dug through several boxes of old photos. Hillarey has a birthday coming up and I do believe that means it’s time to embarrass my daughter on FB with a photo montage. I only chose adorable photos so maybe she won’t be too weirded out. While I was digging through boxes and albums I found some photos that are just too sweet/funny/interesting not to share. See any resemblances?

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Charlie Bell, my paternal grandfather.

Floyd Hillary Gibson, my maternal grandfather. (My daughter is named for my grandfather.)

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Holey Moley – this is me at the awkward stage. Either 7th or 8th grade.

College wasn’t just about studying hard. On my left is my very proper friend Paula.
My great great grandmother, Agnes Jane Petitt-Gibson.

My lovely mother Melba Gibson-Bell.
The sweetest little girl in the world, Hillarey. (named for her great-grandfather)

My beautiful daughter Hillarey in 8th grade.

What you may see in some of these photos is a striking family trait. It’s the shape of our faces – from Agnes Jane Petitt-Gibson to my grandfather, to my mother, to me, and on to my daughter Hillarey.
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How to Manage Stress

I’m dealing with some stuff here.

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My dog’s neck has a tube in it. It wasn’t beavers that Tess was fighting with. It was wild boars. She tangled with the them again this week. She has now become an inside dog. She’s not completely thrilled with this new status. To sweeten the deal she’s getting plenty of treats (they are wrapped around medicine – don’t tell her.)

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Last weekend our car was broken into and we lost more than I care to discuss, but since it pertains to this blog I’ll tell you that among the things stolen was my knitting bag. Yeah really. Someone grabbed a vinyl black knitting bag with SWAK kisses all over it. Stinkers huh? All of my notions were in the bag along with a new pair of socks that I’d just cast on. Real jerks these thieves. Fortunately my lace knitting was not in my knitting bag. Ha! The only fiber the jerks got was the toe of one sock and something tells me they aren’t going to finish knitting them. What a waste. They stole a knitting bag and they probably aren’t even knitters.

Inside my knitting bag was my newest journal and my fountain pen. Dadgum thieves. I’ve had that pen for ten or twelve years. How am I supposed to deal with all of this stress if I don’t have my favorite pen?

Well — I am a knitter. There are certain things a knitter can do to handle stress.

You guessed it.
 
Here is a photo of the mittens that I just cast on. Somehow I think colorwork knit using itty bitty Size 0US double point needles and fingering weight yarn will take the edge off.

The pattern is the Lotus Mittens by Heddaknits. Heather Desserud is brilliant when it comes to colorwork mittens. You may have seen her most recent mitten design, Chrysanthemum Mittens, on Knitty.com. See? Aren’t those cool!

I’m using Knit Picks Palette yarn because I just happen to have a huge selection of Palette from the Sipalu Bag Kit that I didn’t knit. (Knitting colorwork flat instead of in the round is just crazymaking for me.) I chose Tidepool Heather for the main color and Celedon Heather for the accent.

I’m feeling a little better already.

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Knitting Night at the Canebrake!

Whether you’re tired of knitting alone, getting a touch of cabin fever, or just need an evening out – I hope you’ll join me for Knitting Night at The Canebrake which begins Thursday January 20th. If you’ve not been to The Canebrake before – you’re in for a treat. Located on beautiful Lake Fort Gibson just a few miles east of Tulsa, The Canebrake offers a comfortable setting and exceptional food along with yoga, live music and now an evening of knitting pleasure. Knitters, regardless of level, are invited to gather on Thursday evening from 6-8pm. We’ll meet in the lounge where couches, chairs, good lighting and friends (with whom you can talk about fiber and not watch their eyes glaze over) will make it easy to shake off the stress of everyday life. 

Bring your knitting bag, your current projects and join us for a cup of tea, a glass of wine or maybe a beer. We’re going to have a good time!

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