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The Waterfall Bolero June 24, 2018

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I am working on this new design, The Waterfall Bolero. It has cute angel wing sleeves, a nice textured lapel that drapes gracefully in front and a smooth back that dips to the waist. I have been playing with it for a couple of weeks, knitting and unraveling until I got what I liked. Now to simplify it and draft out the pattern. But I have a yarn sale today in my backyard, so it will have to wait until Monday or Tuesday, or Wednesday….

Waterfall Bolero

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Yarn Sale Tomorrow, 9am-3pm June 23, 2018

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More YARN came out of the barn and will be ready for your consideration tomorrow, Sundays, as ever, 9am-3pm. I am finding more skeins every day! Come see the latest additions and bring your shopping bags.

Where: Follow signs from Aviation, La Cienega, 120th Street or El Segundo – Hawthorne CA

When: Sundays throughout June and July, 9am-3pm

DesCakes

Summer Yarn Sales Begin Sunday!! June 15, 2018

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I am famous for my backyard yarn sales.  Sure the passerbys see a sign that says, “Yarn Sale” by my driveway, but they read it as YARD Sale and come in to see what I have.  My demographics are knitters, crocheters, weavers and fiber enthusiasts who, although they don’t really need yarn, they really like yarn in all its forms to draw inspiration and ideas.  So starting on Sunday, come join the other avid fiber artists and bring your shopping bags.  I have metallics, boas, eyelash and all kinds of novelty yarns that you can’t find in stores today, plus all the basic types of yarn and of course, my designer cakes that I spin up from several strands.

When: Sundays starting June 17 through July 29, 9am to 3pm

Where: Hawthorne, CA – Follow the signs from El Segundo, Aviation or La Cienega

 

 

Project – Machine Knit Ruched Scarf May 29, 2018

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Ruched Scarf

Ruched Scarf

By Linda Jensen of

My Blue Heaven Knits

 

Bulky Machine T=8

Yarn: Newlon 2/12 or any light weight yarn (lace, sport, 2/14, etc.)

 

Directions:

Crochet Cast over 35 sts with 3 center sts Out Of Work

K 400 rws

Crochet Cast off, leaving a long tail.

Steam out.

You should have about 110-120” long by 11” wide of steamed scarf, which will end up being about 65-70” long and 10” wide when finished.

To finish, with wrong side facing you, and starting from the cast on edge, use a Size “H” crochet hook to twist 2 OOW strands under the cast on edge, to create a loop.  Next, pick up 3 OOW strands and pull through the loop.  Continue crocheting the 3 OOW strands up the center of the scarf to the top.  With the long cast off tail, weave it over to the last loop and secure it, then weave in the rest of the tail.

Here’s the Before picture after steaming out in Red, and the After picture in Blue.

 

 

 

Stock and Stuffers Show – Brea, CA May 25, 2018

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I will be at this show with new kitchen craft items.  I will have my Farmhouse Aprons, embroidered kitchen towels along with my new Dressed-Up Towels.  Here’s the flyer:

S&S ShowMay18

I set up the table I am bringing in my front room.  Here’s some pictures of what I will have, for your consideration:

May 2018 Seminar In San Diego May 7, 2018

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Had a great time with some creative thinking knitters in San Diego this past weekend.  I hope everyone learn some tips along the way too.  Norman Koshak and crew from Newton’s Knits in Anaheim brought some great yarns and equipment to tempt even the most veteran knitters also – yeah, including myself.  Oh, such a beautiful display, we were kids in a candy store.

So, my husband was able to take some pictures on the second day while I was demonstrating the ins and outs of my new Perfect Plaid Jacket.  I didn’t notice the picture taking, I was too busy trying to keep my mind focused on the knitting.  I was so glad that they had a close up camera system set up so everyone could see my demos.  I am hoping that everyone who got my patterns will enjoy them.  I had 6 boxes of give-away magazines, books, video tapes and patterns for everyone to take with them.  My car was much lighter coming back home, so thank you San Diego Machine Knitting Guild for the wonderful weekend.  Keep knitting, keep creating and keep dreaming about all the beautiful knits you will be making.  See you next time!

The Perfect Plaid Jacket – Finished!! April 21, 2018

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Just finished writing my new machine knit pattern in preparation for demonstrating at the San Diego Machine Knitter’s Guild, 5-6 May. A really hard one to write, but the Perfect Plaid Jacket is now available on my Etsy site for immediate download.

Etsy: LindasCrafts.Etsy.com

Two sizes, Sm-Med and Lg-XLg in directions for a Two or Three color plaid.

Machine Knitting Seminar In San Diego, May 5&6 March 24, 2018

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I am teaching a two day machine knitting seminar in San Diego on May 5 & 6.  Here’s the link for additional info:

http://www.mkgsd.com/seminars.html
Anyone can come as a guest, so it would be a good start for any of you interested in exploring this art.  I know several have asked me about machine knitting wherever I go, so here is your chance to see what it is all about.
Newton’s Yarn Country will also come with a bunch of yarn and I will have my patterns for sale too.
I will be premiering my latest pattern, “Perfect Plaids”,  which wont be available for the general public until after this seminar.  So come see how the technique is done and get the pattern.
Plaid Front

Red Headed Barbet Found February 28, 2018

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One of the benefits of re-vegetating our hill from the old coffee plantation growth, is that creatures that once were here, are starting to come back.  We have seen many new varieties of birds this trip to Costa Rica.

Now, I was hand knitting away on my version of the Chloe Kim Olympic Hat (I will share later), when I heard a thump.  Now this is the kind of “thump” that means a bird hit one of our big windows, so I went out to check.  Usually it is a hummer who got knocked out or knocked the wind out of itself, so I cradle it for awhile, keeping it warm, until it gets it’s senses back – then promptly flies off, continuing its day.

This was a larger “thump”.  I didn’t expect to see this beauty:

red headed barbet in hands

He is a Red Headed Barbet.  He was gasping a bit (as you can see by the pic), but he eventually settled down.  I held him for a bit while Mark got his camera and he got this shot of him in my hands.

He was not that afraid of me, so I walked him over to one of our bushes by the pool and got him to grab one of the inner branches.  See him here in the bush:

red headed barbet

He tucked his head into his wing and took a quick nap, then fully recovered, he flew off straight and strong into the trees.

It is one thing to read a bird book and see the colors as printed there, and then there is the whole “much better than you can imagine” experience of holding something alive, safe and beautiful in your hands. All I can say is PEOPLE!  Go out and experience the wonders of Nature for yourself.  It will put all things in perspective for you.

Watch Out – Cannibal On The Loose! February 5, 2018

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This little girl was hanging out by our door. It probably thought that it really lucked out as we keep the light on over our door at night – bugs aplenty fly towards the light creating a feast for such creatures. This one has adapted to our Costa Rican foliage and at first glance, looks like a leaf, but it really hides the body of a super-predator. Here is the Costa Rican Leaf Praying Mantis for your delight. Oh, how do I know its a girl? She is predisposed to eat her kind, whether it be her mate or her younger siblings as they hatch, hence only one female will be left- HER!. Quite the cannibal.

Leaf Mantis