Posts Tagged ‘Blue Heron Yarn’

Starting a Mitered Vest

August 6, 2014

I had this beautiful cotton tape from Blue Heron.  It weighed nine ounces.  I knew I had enough to make a vest, probably a short-sleeved top, but I really needed the vest to wear with long-sleeved blouses.  When I held it up to two of them, it looked great–a third, not so much, but some blue Crystal Palace I have does.  I guess I’ll be making two vests.

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I made a sample of four miters to see what I liked.  My favorite is the one on the right, but it takes twice as long to produce.  The garter stitch and stockinet were ‘ok’, so I went with the left one, knit three rows, purl one.  I used a 5 needle and a 31 stitch base.  They are 3 3/4 inches across.  I may finish it with an attached I-cord.

more miters 009  It looks great so far.

Fast Socks

August 4, 2014

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I finished these last night.  It’s a cotton/rayon that I bought at Blue Heron about a month ago.  The yarn is a heavy sock weight or a light dk.  Whichever suits you.  It is supersoft with a nice sheen.  They feel great on my feet.  I may have to get more.

I used size 2 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  I knit one round, purled three, then knit one round again.   I did a 4K, 1P rib for 12 rows, then repeated the first five rounds.

socks 006 I love the way it striped.  It also made counting rows easy.  I changed to a 3-1 rib for no reason until the total length was about six inches.

socks 007  I continued the rib on the heel.  I used 29 stitches, beginning and ending with the purl stitch. I put the remaining 31 stitches on a short circular.  It saves me time.  I knit back and forth on the 29 stitches for 2 1/4 inches.  You may want to make it longer if you have a high instep.  I slip the first stitch on every row to give a nice edge to pick up.  For the half-moon on the bottom, I did the usual method, with the first row being 15, then 4, 5, 6, and so on.  I really hate writing all that out so if you are new to socks, don’t try this sock yet.

There should be 17 stitches left.  I picked up 11 stitches down each side.  I worked the decreases in the usual way.  I continued the pattern down the top of the sock.  When I was 1 3/4 inches short, I started decreasing six stitches every other row.  This makes a rounded toe which I prefer.  My second toe is a tad longer than my great toe.  There is nothing better than happy toes.

Out with the Girls

September 2, 2010

OK.  So we’re not girls.  But it sounds a lot better than a bunch of old hags. 

After being off work since May, Maria finally has to go back to work next Tuesday.  We decided a field trip was in order.  So.  Where to go?  Betty would be coming too.  And where hadn’t she been?  Why, Frivolous Fibers of course.  Yeah!!  It’s not a place we care to visit in the summer due to those pesky evil tourists.  But, we figured it wouldn’t be so bad since just about all the schools had started, so off we went. 

I drove as usual.  I like to drive and, well, I have a minivan and everyone fits in comfortably.  Temperatures were in the mid-90s so we had the AC on.  It took awhile to figure out what to do to get air back to Leslie.  She’s got COPD so it’s kind of important.  We had to fiddle with vents and buttons for a while.  You’d think that with a 14-year-old car, I would know by now what to do.  I seldom have anyone in the second seat and I am not big on cold air blowing on me.  I am so glad I had socks on.  

I am certain we spent at least three hours at Frivolous Fibers.  Fortunately, I brought my knitting.  It didn’t take me long to find the yarn that I wanted.  Happily, this place has comfy chairs so I sat down, got out my knitting and waited and waited.  Maria, as usual, went insane.  She saw a scarf that she had to make.  They didn’t have any yarn the same color in the shop.  The clerk called Barbara(Blue Heron Yarn) and she didn’t have any at her studio either.  So someone is going to take it to her(she lives in the next town) so she can make more for Maria.  How cool is that?  In the meantime, Maria wasn’t going to leave without something so she spent a good hour trying to make up her mind.  Of course she wound up some Blue Heron.  Betty went a little crazy, too.  She finally wound up with some silk merino in a soft lavender green sock yarn, also from Blue Heron.  Did I get Blue Heron?  Nope.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t own any.

I also want to mention where we went for lunch/supper.  The lady at the shop told us about it.  She even had a menu.  It’s a place called Sam’s.  It’s on the way back to Route 50, not far from the old part of St Michael’s.  It doesn’t look like much, but the prices are reasonable, the menu is large and the food is wonderful.  And it beats the hell out of those trendy places in town.

Yarn & Co, Easton MD and Frivolous Fibers, St Michaels MD

January 11, 2010

Maria called Saturday morning asking about going to the yarn shop in Easton.  About two hours later, we were finally ready to go.  Leslie came too.  We were not impressed, but Maria did buy a few things.   There was  nothing exciting there.  The owner was not helpful or friendly.  She was more interested in her dog and her knitting.  The was another woman there giving a lesson.  I thought it was strange that she only wanted the student to do things her way–that there was no other way to do it.  Another thing that bothered me was when we asked about other shops, she said there were no others in the area.

Fifteen minutes later, we were at Frivolous Fibers in St. Michael’s.  What a difference eight  miles makes.  In the front of the shop there are various items from local artisans.  I bought some of the soap and I was interested in some salt and pepper shakers.  The back 2/3’s was filled with yarn.  And was it ever eye candy!!  We had a grand time.  It was almost 5PM by the time we left.  It was hard to figure out at first who were the customers ans who were the workers.  Everyone was having such a good time.  Maria went crazy and had a really hard time making up her mind.  I also found it interesting that they had a very large supply of Blue Heron yarns and none in Easton where it is made.

Sunday, I made myself a camera case.   I need to get my revised notes on this and update the page.   Gotta go!