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         Don't Fence Me In!                        

Meet Kim Van Buskirk.  She is a gal I met on Ravelry.  Not only is she a knitter, but she's an equestrian.  She travels around with her horse and goes to shows and pops in on yarn shops on her travels.  I was trying to come up with a theme for this month, here on the projects page, and I wanted an open theme for anything we all felt like posting, and I came up with "Don't Fence Me In".  I thought her photo was perfect for our theme.

If you are a yarn shop, send in photos of samples hanging in the store this spring and I will post it for you.  If you are a knitter, do the same.  Crochet is welcome too of course. 

email me your photos at mary@americasknitting.com

Kristin is another friend from Wednesday night knitting.  She is the Crochet Queen and master.  She's very cleaver and the name of her business is Moose Threads.  You can find her store on Etsy - Moose Threads.  Thanks Kristin.

Bonnie works at Camas Creek Yarn in Kalispell, Montana.  She knit the Farmers Market Bag by Chrissy Gardiner using Hemp For Knitting Allhemp6.  You can get the pattern for this bag along with the yarn at Camas Creek Yarn.  Thank you Bonnie for showing us 'what's in store'!!

Deborah comes to us from San Antonio, Texas.  She crocheted this Moebius Shawl/Scarf by Bonnie Pierce.  The yarn that Deborah used for her project was Schachenmayrnomotta Regia hand-dye Effect and her LYS is Yarnivore, a sponsor of this website.  Thank you Deborah for sharing your work with us - LOVE the color - nice!

My friend Kim Boston knits hats for newborn babies.  Here are a couple that she whipped up.  The hat on the right is the Gooseberry Hat by Suri Simola using Fancy Image Hand-Dyed Yarn DK.  The hat on the left is just Kim's creation without a pattern with some left over yarn she had from her stash - she's amazing.  Thanks for all you do Kim for the wee ones.

Carol Sorsdahl, a friend of mine here in Washington knit this Wavy Scarf from the 2002 Winter edition of Knitter's Magazine.  This is one of my 28 scarves - it was a popular scarf.  I think it's mod!!  For those of you familiar with the Seattle Mariners, I think this qualifies as team colors, huh??  Way to go Carol, thanks for participating.

Carla, is from Tacoma, Washington, and she has knit Kim Hargreaves Erin sweater.  The yarn that Carla used is Fancy Image Yarn Merino Wool DK from Fancy Image Yarn out of Shelton, Washington.  Love the sweater, love the yarn, love the color.  Nice work Carla!!  The pattern can be found in 'Heartfelt - The Dark House Collection by Kim Hargreaves.  Ask for it at a LYS carrying Rowan yarns, or look for it possibly at your Public Library.

Jennifer, a resident of Wichita, Kansas made this adorable set for baby.  It's the Berry Baby Hat by Michelle Sabatier, AND these Fleegle's Seamless Saartjes Booties, with modifications off the original done by Susan Glinert Stevens.  The booties, are a spinoff of the original Saartje's Bootees - only seamless YAY!!  I want you also to check out Jennifer's blog -- not only does she have a sense of style and color with this baby set, but it carries right on through with her blog, photography and all.  You've inspired me Jennifer - keep up the good work.  Jennifer's LYS is Twist, also of Wichita Kansas.

Nachaele, a returning contributor from Viroqua, Wisconsin, just sent in this amazing Log Cabin Squares afghan by Sarah Bradberry.  Nachaele made this for her Moms 60th birthday - what a nice daughter!!  The yarn that Nachaele used is Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers and Solids.  Nachaele's LYS is Ewetopia Fiber Shop also in Viroqua, Wisconsin AND our current spotlight.  Thank you Nachaele for participating again, this afghan is beautiful.  I love the crisp clean colors~

Hi Mary, here are the two little girls in their headbands -- pattern link from your site: Calorimetry by Kathryn Schoendorf. I used Trendsetters' Zucca.  I had originally purchased the yarn to knit something else for them and then decided to do these-- the bumpiness doesn't show the ribs so much but it is very soft, not scratchy.  I decreased the pattern by half: CO 60, row 5 repeat total of 8 times, Row 7 total 9 times... pretty straightforward and they fit just fine!  Sophia, in coral, is almost 7 and Olivia, in "Sea" just turned 10. They live in Colorado, and I think these will be nice for spring.  Thanks for the inspiration!  Knit-on!  Erin in Long Beach California.

Johanna, out of Massachusetts knit this beautiful purple Bountiful Bohus cardigan by Chrissy Gardiner.  It's a plus size pattern, which I love, because lots of patterns are written for basic sizes, and the larger sizes can be hard to find.  Luckily, more are now available.  I also love a yoked sweater, cardigan or pullover, and this one has some fun detail with the cable rib.  I've yet to make one believe it or not -- why is that???  MYSTERY!  Anyway, Johanna used Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash, and her LYS is WEBS, America's Yarn Store, and also a sponsor of this website.  Nice work Johanna.  Maybe after I finish all these scarves, I should treat myself to starting a yoke style sweater.  I think I will start looking and considering my yarn etc.  See, you've inspired me!

Rayleen is a regular contributor out of Springfield, Oregon.  These socks are for HER 'Sock of the Month' program - very ambitious.  Most of her socks go to her Mom, but sometimes her Aunt as well.  These are Autumn Leaves Socks by Debbie O'Neill.  The yarn that Rayleen used here is from Hazel Knits Artisan Sock - Cascade Canopy.  You do such good work Rayleen - inspiring!  You have to subscribe to get this pattern from TheKnitter.com.  Look for the Hazel Knits Artisan Sock at your LYS - it's heavenly to knit with!!

Diana, from Spokane, Washington allowed me to post this sweet lace dress called Child's Glamour Dress by Lion Brand Yarn. The yarn she used on this project is lang Yarns Mikonos in Dusty Rose.  This is the sweetest dress ever.  Diana's LYS is A Grand Yarn, also in Spokane, Washington and also a sponsor of this website.

I absolutely love this hat! Beverly from Columbia, South Carolina, knit this hat.  The leaf pattern on this hat is from Beautiful Knitting Patterns, and she used the Double-Start cast on from Folk Knitting in Estonia to begin and used corrugated ribbing.  The yarn that Beverly used is Cascade Yarns 220 Wool in brown and natural.  Just beautiful Beverly.  Thank you so much for sharing this hat.  You are not only creative, but a great knitter.  Beverly's LYS is Hook N Needle, also of Columbia, South Carolina.

Melissa, another Wednesday night knitter (our resident lil Momma), just finished this baby blanket Little Boy Blue Blanket, only it isn't blue.  The yarn Melissa chose is from Dark Horse, Fantasy.  This pattern is by Leisure Arts.  Thanks Melissa!

Nachaele,  lives in Viroqua, Wisconsin, and she knit the Mr. Greenjeans cardigan by Amy Swenson, and courtesy of Knitty.  Nachaele used Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers for her project.  Nachaele's LYS is Ewetopia Fiber Shop also of Viroqua, Wisconsin and also our current spotlight.  I love this sweater, it's in my que for things I want to make, and I just love the photo too.  Nice work Nachaele, your sweater is real pretty and fits you nicely.

Here is a project from Jean in North Dakota.  This lovely set is for her grandbaby.  The yarn Jean used is Caron Simply Soft.  Very creative Jean - thanks!

Barb, from Ballwin Missouri, knit the Spring Fling Bag by Eva Wiechmann using Paton's Classic Wool Merino.  The pattern for this bag comes out of the book Pursenalities.  I have seen this book at the craft stores, but ask for it also at your LYS.  The colorway is Denim Marl, and I just love the buttons.  Thank you Barb for participating~

Lara is from Texas, and she knit these adorable Easter Bunny Egg Warmers by DROPS Design.  She used Naturally Harmony10 Ply.  This is the perfect post for this Easter weekend.  Thank you Lara!!

This has to be the cutest photo I've seen in a while.  Diane from Danbury, Connecticut knit this Confetti Cap by Debby Ware using Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic.  She says that she used 6 different colors.  It is stinkin cute Dianne.  You are seeing ruffles on everything right now, so this little thing is right in style.  Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

Another friend, Carol from here in Washington state.  She knit this Rambling Rows baby afghan.  The pattern is in the Cottage Creations pamphlet W16, ask for it at your LYS.  Must have been a girl baby.

My friend Chris, another Wednesday night knitter knit this Traveling Woman Shawl by Liz Abinante.  The yarn that Chris used is from Miss Babs.

These three women that I knit with every Wednesday night knit this piece of artwork from the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of Vogue Knitting.  The pattern was called the Botanica Medallion Cardi.  Nice work Wendy, Lynn & Patrece!


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