Thursday, November 29, 2007

Abundant Hemlock Ring Blanket

The Hemlock Ring Blanket that Jared Flood modified caught my eye and then there was that huge mass of Abundance acquired at one of Chris' open houses last year. Pairing the two together seemed like the natural thing to do and this is my result.

Blocking this thing was a monster and it turned out to be pretty difficult to photograph. The colors of the Abundance are very difficult to capture

One thing is certain - with the cold winds and freezing temperatures, this is finished just in time!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The 'Black Friday' giveaway

Debbi and Dawn,

Thank you for sharing your posts. The shopping chaos and holiday Turkeys worked in your favor - only your two names for the drawing. 50% odds are not common in these days.

Dawn - you are the lucky winner of the most recent Briar Rose Fiber giveaway.



Sunday, November 25, 2007

Sonoma Hat

There's not so much to say about the hat itself. I made the pattern up as I went along. I was a little off on my gauge (despite swatching...I'm a reluctant but faithful swatcher) so it's on the large side.

I'm only posting here to share the photos of my beautiful Sonoma. This was from my first BRF purchase ever. I'd been unsure what to do with it. One skein. Not enough for a sweater. Very brown at heart -- too masculine?

Judge for yourself. I think it makes a beautiful fall woman's hat (as modeled by my son!).


BRFHat top


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

After an age...

You know that feeling when you know something is just so good that you couldn't possibly get it for yourself. Well, after an age and a half of drooling over the Briar Rose Fiber website, I finally decided that I would get some, not for myself mind you, but as a special gift. My friend and blogging buddy was graduating with her degree in nursing. What better way to celebrate than to get a big, never ending skein of Briar Rose. So I plunged in, ordered the skein, and proceeded to turn green with envy.

Well little did I know that Chris and Biar Rose Fibers were not far off for my own stash. The very next weekend I headed off to Ohio to visit my mom. When I got there she told me she's seen ads for a Sheep and Wool Fest. HA HAAAA! I just love my mom. She knows exactly what I like. Off we went to the Great Lakes Sheep & Wool & Fiber Show in Wooster, Ohio. Whooo Hoooo! and how fabulous, guess who was there.

Look how happy I am. I really could have just climbed right into that basket. I even had to get out my phone and call my friend to crow a bit.
I met Chris!
I touched absolutely all of the fiber!
I bought a huge never ending skein for myself and I didn't even have to get a degree in anything. Isn't it lovely.
In no time at all I was knitting up a storm.
The Through the Looking Glass sweater had caught my eye , so let the needles fly
The moral of the story is that if something seems too good for you, it's probably exactly what you need! :0

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Every Last Scrap

I can't stand to waste any Briar Rose goodness. This sweater pairs a little leftover Abundance with a solid eggplant color. It has a scoop neck and shorter sleeves because I'm warm blooded. The wide stripe makes objects appear larger than they are? LOL
I've worn this almost non-stop for a month!

Chris, have you ever thought about dying semi-solids to coordinate with your hand painted fibers?


Dream Weaver Shrug

DW Shrug 15
Originally uploaded by kniterella
It's been a few weeks since something was complete for Bugg and this shrug knit up in 2 days.

Made with Dream Weaver yarn from Briar Rose Fibers - this knit up quickly on size 15's. The yarn is a perfect mix of thick and thin which gave me a couple of ideas for other projects using the same fiber.

I've blocked the border for Brown Tilly and all of the math is complete. I should have time to start putting the border on this week. Also, I cast-on the Hemlock Ring Blanket using Abundance. This pattern was modified by Jared and seems to be all the rave of Ravelry. His photos are fabulous!

My family is coming for Thanksgiving and everyone is bringing their dogs. All of the doggies are below the knee, but there will be 8 including our 2 -- what a challenge!

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Brown Tilly, coming right up and did you say 'FREE' Briar Rose?

Brown Tilly was cast-on in September and has been slowly growing to large proportions. All blocked now and just waiting for some wonderful border.
This is a lovely pattern and is pretty quick to knit.
...all you need to do is post a story and I will put your name in the hopper. A name will be drawn on Black Friday to even out the shopping madness. That leaves less than a week to share your story.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

and....I'm back!

Hello Everyone!

I am so happy to be able to post to the blog again! Thank you all for your support over the festival season! I was so happy to see some of you at shows and am glad you introduced yourselves. Shows can be really busy and I wish I had more time to visit with people. To celebrate the end of the season....let's have a give a way! Because from now until the holidays are can be really busy at times tell us what projects you'll be working on to get a little bit of knitting time in.

I'll tell you a story.....this was when I first learned to knit. I was making a felted tote bag in the round and you know how mindless that is. It was Christmas time and I needed to shop and drive down the busiest road in our town. I knew there would be a lot of waiting time between lights. I got so much knitting done!!!!!! NO, I wasn't knitting while driving....but I did knit when stopped at lights!

Post a story or project and Kim will pick a name for a fabulous prize of Briar Rose Fibers yarn!

I've made two sets of the Maine Morning Mitts from Clara Parkes new book The Knitter's Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn

I met Clara at Rhinebeck and she is just so sweet! Her mitts are great fun to make and easy. I've been making mine out of our new fiber "Pilgrim". You can make a pair of mitts and a scarf and have fiber to spare! Pilgrim would also make nice squishy socks!

I've missed you it's time to reconnect and have fun!

Monday, November 12, 2007


I was delighted this year to attend my first Sheep and Wool Festival at Rhinebeck. Wow. It was overwhelming to say the least. According to my husband, I had a smile on my face the whole day.
After drooling over the Briar Rose yarns for months, trying to decide what I wanted, I picked up this skein of Legend at their booth. I just gravitated toward this colorway. I don't know the name of it but it's beautiful and soothing. My next task is to figure out what to knit with it. I'm thinking it should be something simple because the colors should take center stage.
A sweater, definitely a sweater!

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Happy Birthday Mom!

Will you all join me in wishing my wonderful mom a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Love you, Mom!!