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          Summer 2010                      

  The photos will rotate throughout the summer, so things don't get stale.  We'll start with the grand ole flag in honor or Memorial Day.  There's no official theme for these month, let's just keep it light & fun.  I'm going to be on the road from June 7th - June 21st.  I'm driving from Washington state to San Antonio, Texas to visit my son. I'll be stopping at yarn shops all the way down and all the way back, using my clickable map of course. I'll have my laptop with me, so I can update my website here and Facebook too.  I've very excited to c heck out some yarn shops first hand and see how they differ.  Email me from the contact page if you like or check in on me from Facebook.

Wendy is one of my friends from my Wednesday night knitting group, and she submitted the Citron pictured below, the green one.  Here she has finished her Serendipity socks from the Sock Club book by Charlene Schurch and Beth Perrott.  The yarn that Wendy used on her socks was Berroco Sox Metallic.  I love that little bit of sparkle - these look like happy socks.  Nice work as always Wendy, and thank you for participating.

Pam lives in Illinois, and she knit the ever popular Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann.  The Yarn that Pam used was Berroco Comfort Dk in Menthe.  I love what Pam did with her finishing details; her 2 rows of single crochet around the sleeve cuff and her addition of the scalloped crocheted neck edge, very creative and fun.  You can get the pattern for this little jacket in the book The Opinionated Knitter, a must have for any knitter.  Pam is a special angel, please take a look at her blog.  Thank you Pam for all you do!!

It was Wednesday night knitting and Maria brought her gloves that she finished last week.  The pattern is from the book, Not Just Socks by Sandi Rosner.  Ask for this book at your LYS, it's a good idea, we all have too much sock yarn.  The yarn that Maria used is the Regia sock yarn.  Thank you Maria for sharing your gloves with everyone!

Helene comes to us from Bowie, Maryland, and she crocheted this fabulous Crochet Granny Square Skirt, by Doris Chan.  Helene used Tahki Yarns Dream, and the pattern for this skirt can be found in the Tahki Yarns Fall/Winter 2005 pattern booklet.  I have always loved granny squares, I just can't help it!  The skirts looks real good on you - nice work Helene, please contribute again!!

Jenn, of Pennsylvania, knit this adorable strawberry.  Summer knitting to be sure.  The title of the pattern is Knit Strawberries by Pezdiva.  Jenn used Peaches & Cream solids by Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co., Inc.  Thank you Jenn for sharing your work and thank you Pezdiva for the pattern.

Here is a scarf I just finished.  It is made of Trendsetter's self-ruffling yarn, Cha Cha, (Rusty) combined with Joy (Wine Bistro and Rusty Bucket).  The yarn and the pattern came from Alamitos Bay Yarn in Long Beach, California.  I did alter their basic pattern by knitting half the Cha Cha/Joy and placing it on a stitch holder,  knitting the other half--- then binding off the halves together.  I did this so the ruffles would run in the same direction when the scarf is worn.  I used the different shades of Joy in knitting each half...  (the scarf takes two balls of Joy, 1 skein of Cha Cha) because I couldn't make up my mind!  Instructions for knitting the Cha Cha are printed inside the ball band, and there is a video online (at Jimmy Beans Wool) that is helpful; but once you get the hang of it, it is fun to knit.  This project brought to you by Erin of Long Beach, California!

Debbie, from Richland, Washington, also knit the Citron by Hilary Smith Callis.  Debbie used the Malabrigo Yarn Lace, same as Wendy below.  This is a very popular shawl.  Three gals from my Wednesday night knitting have made this.  I really like it too.  This sunny yellow is so summertime.  Thanks Debbie for participating.

Nikki lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and she knit the Herbivore, by Stephen West.  The yarn that Nikki used is Dream in Color Smooshy.  It's an interesting take on a scarf!  Thanks Nikki for sharing your work!

Jackie is the owner of Uptown Fibers in Sylvania, Ohio.  This newsboy cap was created by an independent designer, but it's the cutest felted knit item I've seen.  Very well done, and I love the fun chain detail - very JLo.  Thanks Jackie for sharing your shop sample with us.

Erin lives in Johns Creek, Georgia, and she has knit this adorable baby set.  The inspiration came from the Berry Baby Hat by Michele Sabatier, but clearly, Erin has a good mind of her own.  What a lovely heart felt gift for Mom & baby.  The yarn Erin used here is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK.  Erin this set looks, cute, fresh and clean.  I LOVE IT!!  Thanks for sharing your work, you do Georgia proud!

My dear friend Lynn, another Wednesday night knitter, never ceases to amaze any of us in the group, with her finishing talents.  These socks she knit using the 'exclusive' Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock yarn, in the Gulf of Mexico colorway.  I say exclusive because the only place you can get this yarn is at A Good Yarn in Sarasota, Florida.  I bought Lynn & I both a skein of this yarn to help with the efforts in the gulf, a personal fund raiser by this lovely store.  Well, I'm knitting scarves, so Lynn cast hers on and knit the pattern Reims, out of Charlene Schurch & Beth Parrott's new book Sock Club: Join the knitting Adventure.  I love these socks Lynn, they are beautiful, just like you friend!!

Diana comes to us from Spokane, Washington.  She knit this beautiful lace bag by Louisa Harding called Forro.  The yarn that Diana used is Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK in #142 Cherry Lips.  The flowers are a nice touch.  Very pretty Diana.  This could be adorable at a wedding, carried by brides maids instead of carrying flowers - just a thought.  Diana's LYS is A Grand Yarn, also in Spokane, Washington.

Maria is another Wednesday night knitter and my friend.  Here is our friend Patrece modeling Maria's sweater.  The pattern comes out of the book, Silk Knits:  20 Designs in Fabulous Fibers by Elaine Eskesen.  Maria used Noro Kureyon for her yarn choice.  Thanks for being my friend girls, see ya next Wednesday.

Abigail is from Hamilton, Montana, and she designed and knit this pillow.  Abigail calls it her "Sampler Pillow".  I really like it!  She used Cascade Yarns 220 Wool for the project, and got her yarn at her LYS The Yarn Center, also in Hamilton.  Very nice Abigail, and thanks for participating on the site.  You can find out all you want to know about Abilgail on her blog.


Dianne lives in Strafford, New Hampshire.  These are her Pomatomus socks by Cookie A.  The yarn that Dianne used is from Hazel Knits Artisan Socks, the colorway is It's A Wrap.  The socks look very electric, but cool!  Thanks Dianne for sharing your socks with us.

Stacey comes to us from Tucson, Arizona.  Here, you see her wearing a scarf that she knit called The Waltz by Sarah Dupuis.  Stacey used Jojoland Cashmere 2 Ply.  It's beautiful Stacey, thanks for sharing with us.

More baby stuff, this time from Joan in Graham, Washington.  The blanket is from the Vogue To Go Baby Blankets book and it's called Entrelac Squares.  Joan used Fancy Image Superwash Merino yarn for the project.  This is very unique and special, what baby has a blanket like this, right?  Nice work Joan and thanks for participating.

Regina, lives in Spokane, Washington (my state), and she does a lot of knitting for charity.  This is one of her charity projects.  Now, the feather and fan stitch pattern is a classic no doubt, but I love this little baby bonnet.  She turns these out one after the other, and she uses all different yarns.  Here you see the worsted version in Bernate Baby Jacquards.  The pattern is called Feather & Fan Baby Bonnet, and it's by Sandy Davis.  Although this yarn is from the craft store to keep costs down for her charity knitting, she love her LYS A Grand Yarn, also a sponsor of this site, and also in Spokane, Washington.  Thank you Regina for all you do for charity and for sharing your work with us.

Maureen from Sonoma, California, knit the PI Shawl by Elizabeth Zimmerman.  Maureen used Brookfarm Alpaca Rocky Fawn in Fawn Natural.  Maureen's LYS is Sonoma Yarn, also in Sonoma, California.  To read more from Maureen, visit her blog.  Thanks Maureen for sharing your work with us, the shawl is lovely.  You can find the pattern for this shawl out of the Knitters Almanac, ask for it at your LYS.

Andrea Rainey, owner of CDA Yarn & Fiber knit this Berroco Diorama, in book #290.  It's perfect for summer, in a classic color.  The yarn used, Berroco Vintage.  Nice work Andrea, loved your store, and I love my new book.  CDA Yarn & Fiber is a shop in Coeur d'Arlene, Idaho.

Elizabeth is from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and she knit this fabulous Classic Gansey Cardigan from Beth Brown-Reinsel.  Elizabeth used Halcyon Yarn Botanica on this project.  I will tell you that Halcyon Yarn is a sponsor of this website.  The pattern can be had at Knitting Traditions.  Thank you Elizabeth, so much for sharing!  BELLISIMO!

Cici comes to us from Boca Raton, Florida.  she not only crocheted this bag, but she designed it as well, but didn't write down the pattern.  She used Lily Sugar 'n Cream Solid in white.  It's beautiful, fun and perfect for not only summer but Florida.  She calls it her Dare to Wear Tote.  You are very talented Cici - keep up the good work and thank you so much for sharing your work.

Annie lives in Spokane, Washington.  She felted this lovely hat.  It's a Fiber Trends pattern by Bev Galeskas, Felt Hat II (AC-2), your LYS most likely has this pattern.  Annie used Plymouth Yarn Galway Worsted for this project.  Thank you Annie for participating~

Here is Wendy, my Wednesday night knitting buddy in her newly knitted/finished Citron (a Knitty pattern).  Wendy knit this little shawlette using 1 skein of Malabrigo Lace.  Nice work Wendy, she's so stylin'!

Carol from San Diego, CA knit this cute Rock Crab Sweater.  It was sold as a kit, it was a Fox Island Folkwear Kit from Vinal Haven, Maine.  This particular kit dated back to 1991 and Carol scored it off Ebay for a song.  The yarn is cotton, yet unknown.  Personally, I just think it's perfect for summer - I envision the beach, a sunny yet breezy day, and a little tike wearing a sweater like this with shorts and saltwater sandals - do they still make those?  Thanks Carol for the contribution.

More crochet -- this time from the state of Texas.  Antonio has a talent in deed for crochet.  Check out this purse she designed called the Silver Flower.  She used Lion Brand Lame' for this project, and it's quite effective.  Antonio sells her work, she wanted me to point out. Thank you Antonio for sharing your work here with us.

Jules, from Yarmouth, Maine, crocheted the "Icelandic Jacket" by Lesley Stanfield for her little boy.  This project doesn't exactly say spring/summer, but it's totally adorable.  I'm so fond of yoked sweaters anyway, and cardi's eliminate that whole fitting over the kids head issue.  You can find the pattern to this cardi out of the "Adorable Crochet for Babies and Toddlers" book.  Ask for it at your LYS.  Thanks for sharing your work Jule - LOVE this sweater, good job!

Our first entry is from Ann, of Cleveland, Ohio.  Here you see her Clapotis that Ann knit, by Kate Gilbert and Knitty.com.  The yarn she used is Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Socks.  Ann purchased her project at the Cast On Cafe, in Willoughby, Ohio.  Thank you Ann for starting us off.  I think the Clapotis is going to be a KAL on AK over on Facebook soon.

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