Secluded Copse Shawl!

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There are many beautiful spots on our farm in Oklahoma, and while we’ve built a house here, there is evidence that we were not the first to do so. We’re aware of a couple of spots on the acreage where small houses once stood, though nothing remains but negative space among the trees.

One such location stands on a rise between the creek and a shallow canyon. I like to imagine that the trees here, though now mature, were once planted by the homesteaders, arranging for shade from the harsh summer sun and a break from the cold north wind of winter.

The Secluded Copse Shawl incorporates leaf and thicket motifs as well as several paths.


I hope wrapping yourself in your finished Secluded Copse Shawl will give you the same satisfied and happy feeling as the homesteaders of yesteryear.

This shawl was knit using Lost City Knits Wool/Tussah Silk Fingering Weight Yarn in colorway Secluded Copse. 400 yards and a size 6US needle. Finished size (using 350 yards) was approximately 57 inch wingspan and 27 inch center spine. Knit from the bottom up this shawl could easily be expanded to a larger size.

The pattern can be purchased here for $5.00 as a Ravelry download.

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Summer Monday Dyepot Special July 25-27

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Summer Monday Dyepot Special time again!

Last week Chris installed a replacement air conditioner in the studio so I stretched out the dyeing sessions and enjoyed the cool air blowing while standing over the steaming pots of color. I think you’ll like the results.

Today’s colorway is an especially sweet summer concoction called Pink Lemonade.  It’s being offered in Wool Tussah Silk Fingering and Wool Tussah Silk Sport.

Pink Lemonade in Wool Tussah Silk Single Ply Fingering Weight

Pink Lemonade in Wool Tussah Silk 2 Ply Sport Weight

Wool Tussah Silk Single Ply Fingering Weight Yarn 400yds $21.25 (regularly $25)

Wool Tussah Silk Two Ply Sport Weight Yarn 220yds $21.25 (regularly $25)

Success

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What constitutes success on a day when it’s 104F outside? For this knitter it’s sitting in the cool air conditioned house frogging back a good many stitches, getting the round back on the needles and reknitting the errors in the correct pattern.

Check it out. Five flowers across, five flowers down.

It’s like astrology, the stars – err flowers — are aligned and I can now proceed with what I expect to be a happy outcome. One of the lines in my horoscope today was “A most important project will be completed today.” Completion in the larger sense is a bit of a stretch, but since I’m not a big astrology buff I’m not going to quibble. I completed the frogging and reknitting of the offending stitches. It’s success and I’m in a mood to celebrate.

Now I’m off in search of a chocolaty reward….

Blame me.

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It’s my fault.

I’m not talking about the debt, the heat, the drought, or your bunions.

Late one night this week when I turned the heel on my Lingerie Socks I crowed on FB of my accomplishment. The next day I moved back to knitting in the round and discovered — an error. At once I proclaimed the Knitting Fates had smote me.

I had to lay the blame somewhere for a few moments. I couldn’t face the fact that I’d gone that far past such a glaring error before realizing it. For a good five minutes I pretended that the errors weren’t there when I turned that heel. How could they have been? I’m a good knitter for wool’s sake.

The sock pattern is lovely and a joy to knit, the yarn is silk & merino dyed by my friend Bette at BBKnits. I want them to be perfect (or my best effort at the very least). I can’t bear to keep knitting without fixing them.

Do you see the errors?

Yes, it’s the flowers. One or two are missing altogether and some are just missing petals.

I’m going to frog (rip) back to before I began the heel to get those little flowers right. The plan is to wait until Sunday when I intend to have some quiet jazz playing and don’t have to be anywhere. I may pour a big glass of iced cold tea. Then I’m going to quietly rip out a thousand or so stitches and put them back on the needles. Then maybe I’ll eat some dark chocolate or fresh berries.

So I’m owning my mistake. I cannot toss it off as karmic retribution, knitting fates, the sock faeries or any such scapegoats.

Summer Monday Dyepot Special July 18-20

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Summer Monday Dyepot Special – Week of July 18-20!

This week’s Dyepot Special is a lovely red-purple multi-color.  It’s not a handpaint with striping repeats. Instead, the color changes happen as randomly as clouds passing overhead on a hot day. This seasonally appropriate colorway is called Summer Plums, and I think you’ll find these skeins as sweet as the summer fruit they’re named for.


Offered this week in both Wool Tussah Silk Fingering and Wool Tussah Silk Sport.

Wool Tussah Silk Single Ply Fingering 400 yds $21.25 (normally $25)


Wool Tussah Silk 2 Ply Sport Weight 220 yards $21.25 (normally $25)



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Salsa Fest 2011

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For those of you curious about Salsa Fest. Let me start by saying it was 99 degrees Fahrenheit at 9pm. Yes, the sweet season when peppers begin to turn red. How’s that for putting forward a positive attitude during a heat wave?

Below are a few of the chihuahua race participants. Some participants sported costumes, some were going casual in their everyday attire and one poor dog was dyed or spray painted green. My bet is the winner was the green dog who may have been trying to escape from its owner.

If a festival is good, there needs to be some hooping. Just my opinion….

One of the salsa recipe contestants was also a Luchadore! Here’s El Castigador (the Punisher) whose pepper of choice is the ghost pepper, reputedly the hottest pepper in the world. One of the rules was that the salsa contestants had to use at least one local ingredient and El Castigador shows several items bought at the Cherry Street Farmers Market that were used in his recipe.

Here’s another salsa contestant. No Luchadore mask, just a smiling face.

And of course one of the best reasons to attend Salsa Fest – the salsa dancing!

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Summer Monday Dyepot Special July 11-13

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It’s time for Salsa Dancing!
Here in Oklahoma we’re experiencing a wicked heat wave with temps well over 100F. This past Saturday at market people were lined up despite the heat to buy what is the veggie farmer’s most awaited produce – the tomatoes! Everything from little cherry tomatoes to slicers to the season’s first heirlooms were on display early in the morning. By mid-morning those same tables were bare. Everyday cooks and chefs alike were loading up on the lush red-orange fruit.

Next week the hottest thing going in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma will be the annual SALSA FEST sponsored by Elote Cafe! There will be a home made salsa contest, and the winners will drop hundreds of pounds of tomato culls from the top of a building downtown. Braver souls than I will endure a hot pepper eating contest. There will be chihuahua drag races. And…salsa dancing.

To celebrate the hot and spicy summer we’re having this week’s special colorway is Salsa Dancing! Offered in Oak Barn Merino, Wool Tussah Silk Fingering and Wool Tussah Silk Sport.

Salsa Dancing in Oak Barn Merino

Salsa Dancing in Oak Barn Merino $25.50 (regularly $30)

Salsa Dancing in Wool Tussah Silk Fingering

 Salsa Dancing in Wool Tussah Silk Fingering $21.25 (regularly $25)

Salsa Dancing in Wool Tussah Silk Sport $21.25 (regularly $25)

And just to get you in the salsa spirit here’s a quick video LINK about Tulsa’s Salsa Fest!

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