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Green Breasted Mango and Blue and White Swallows – Costa Rica, Aug 2017 August 12, 2017

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Here’s a quick pic of a juvenile Green Breasted Mango. Kinda different with its blue throat patch coming in nicely. You might have to expand the picture because he wouldn’t let me get too close.

I am sitting here at my computer as I type this and count 17 blue and white swallows perching on our internet wire. There has just been a rain, and they are all fluffing and preening themselves. I grabbed a pic of them off the internet because they are always in flight or at an angle where I can’t capture their color, but this pic is very near to what I am seeing on my wire. There are scores of them scooping up insects in the air as they swoop. So Cute!

Rainy Days in Costa Rica August 11, 2017

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We have been down at our second home in Costa Rica for a couple of days now, working on getting the car up to snuff for our annual inspection. It is the rainy season, and with the rain comes cooler weather. I have seen many birds at the various feeders: blue/gray tanagers, Passerini tanagers, oropendulas, parrots, brown jays, palm tanagers, saltators, the requisite sparrows, and of course brilliant yellow/tan kiskadees. On my hummingbird feeders, I have seen the Green Mango’s, Blue Throated Goldentails and the tiny little Green Thorntails which mainly stick to the porterweed. I took a couple of pics: one of the kiskadee wondering where the rest of the banana went to (we have a darling squirrel who can go through a good sized banana in no time at all – my hunch is when I wasn’t looking, he came and got it). The other pic is of the Green Mango male at the feeder, brilliant in the morning sun with emerald greens and with a blue & black stripe down its chest. Sorry to say, you can see his magnificence from this angle. It is nice to see that these birds don’t abandon the area when we leave and end feeding them. There are so many blooming flowers and plants that they just shift their feeding to the natural sources, albeit, it takes more energy than sitting on my, what may seem, limitless supply of delicious nectar holding feeders.

New Coat Pattern In Design Phase August 3, 2017

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I am working on a machine knit pattern for this beauty. Also will be making a few for my upcoming craft shows. It will be a busy season as I am trying to be in a show each weekend from early October through mid-December. These coats take a lot of yarn and a lot of time, but they are totally gorgeous too.

Last Sunday For Yarn Sales July 29, 2017

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We have come to the final Backyard Yarn Sale for the year. I have put some really beautiful yarns in this last time from my “too nice to use” skeins: hand tied beads, ribbon leaves, and cherries on hanks. Some hand spun angora, felting wools and others. It has been fun discovering for myself what I have in my huge stash and I was able to downsize my storage space, so thanks to everyone for that feat. Bring your bags and project lists to get all the yarn you want and need – until next year when I can hopefully replenish my courage enough to give up more of my gorgeous yarns to do this again.

Time: 9am to 3pm
When: Sunday, July 30th
Where: Del Aire, Hawthorne, CA.
Follow signs at La Cienega, El Segundo, Aviation or 120th

Only Two More Sundays For Yarn Sales July 22, 2017

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Only two Sundays more and the Summer Yarn sales are over. I brought 4, 100 gallon bags of skein yarns over from storage and am sorting it now for you. Oh my goodness, so many projects I had planned for these skeins, but will never get to! Come and get them for only $2 each. Also, I will be adding some fabrics for $2/yard, mostly printed chiffons and crepe chiffons. These are great for summer sewing as they provide sun shade without weight or heat. I have spun up some more designer skeins also, while working on a new design.

Where: Del Aire, California
When: Sunday, July 23, 9am to 3pm

Follow signs from El Segundo Blvd., La Cienega, Aviation or 120th Street.

DesCakes

Fabric Stack

Working On New Technique July 21, 2017

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I don’t know if this happens to anyone else, but here goes.  I was in that state of pre-awakening two days ago when an idea came to me.  I saw it in my half-dreaming mind clearly and in vivid, full color.  When I became more awake, it stayed with me, not like some dreams where they vanish like a mist as soon as you realize you are awake.  No, I caught it just before all the tasks of the day started piling up on my mind and I wanted to capture the idea right away.  I went out into my studio in my robe and slippers and threaded some spare yarn into the Brother Bulky.  At first I didn’t know where to start to explain it to myself, but I cast on a few stitches and knit a few rows, then I began to work out the idea.  Basically, it would be a hand-manipulated, woven embellishment on the purl side of the fabric.  After a couple of trials, I got what I am now calling the “String Of Pearls”:

SOP

I really liked the way the colors of the “pearls” were pooled using this variegated yarn. So far encouraged that my dream technique could be done, I then explored using a novelty yarn that was laying in the “too small to complete any project” bin.  I drew out a simple T-Shirt pattern for myself, did my swatch, measured the gauge, made the calculations for the top and incorporated the String Of Pearls technique on the front panel.  I completed the sewing of the pieces yesterday.  This is a quick shot of the result:

Black T SOP

This novelty yarn is a skinny metallic gold + a 2/24 Delaine in white + a skinny white and gold boucle combination that I spun up myself as one of my Designer Cakes.  It has a jumbly, tumbly look and is much nicer in person.  I think you could use any novelty yarn, so I am going to try out several and see what works best.  Oh, and realize that I have plenty of projects already going on in various stages of completion all around my studio that I just HAVE to finish – it seems like a tornado just hit in there.  But I never have a choice as to when these ideas come which must be worked out and jotted down on paper so I don’t forget them.  I am working on a gorgeous coat right now that I really, really need to finish because when I have a few more done, they will be my new items for my Fall and Winter craft shows.  Arggg…there is just so much time in the day and only so much energy I have to do all this work.

This will eventually become a pattern on Etsy when I finish all my experimentation of yarns, sizes and variations.  I think it would be a great one to demonstrate at a machine knitting seminar too.  I wish there were more seminars on the West Coast, I would love to travel and share all my ideas.  It seems like most of the seminars are in the MidWest and on the East Coast.  They usually don’t have the money to fly me and my patterns out to demonstrate, but it is still my biggest wish to be invited to these seminars and enjoy the ambiance of being with other machine knitters who love this art form.

Beat The Heat – Yarn Sale Sunday, 9-12 July 14, 2017

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Why is Mother Nature mad at us, putting on the HEAT for our summer weekends? I have the tent and cooling areas so husbands can look at their emails in the shade.  So come out to my sale on all types of yarn on Sunday, 16 July. I made a crate full of new shades of Designer Yarn Cakes for you with lots of yardage in each – these are made with several strands of skinny yarns to make up into worsted weight (see photo below). I am going to be open only from 9am to 12 as I have an event to go to in the afternoon.   Follow the signs to the corner of 122nd and Isis. As always, I have yarn for $3/lb, Designer Yarn Cakes for $5 each and special skein yarns (novelty boa, chenille, eyelash, sparkly) for $2/skein.  Fabric is still only $2/yd.

I took some of my Designer Cakes and a cone of yarn that everyone had overlooked for a couple of months and started on a coat design (see photo).  I got to it first, so there you go. I wish I could knit 24/7, but there is a thing called grocery shopping and eating that I need to do occasionally.

When: Sunday, July 16
Where: Del Aire, corner of Isis and 122nd

The Mermaid Tail Cardigan and Shawl – Pattern Ready Now and On Etsy July 9, 2017

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This one is done now.  So many options with it had me dreaming of knitting and waking up with easier ways to do this and that.  Now it is done and I am so happy!!  I made a couple for myself that I will be bringing to “Show and Tell” at the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers meeting and to my Machine Knitting Guild, the Cone Connection in Anaheim.

Ah, now to sit back and enjoy working on more knitting ideas…..

Hot Fun in the Summer Yarn Sale – 9 July July 8, 2017

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It might be HOT, but come to a great sale on all types of yarn on Sunday, 9 July. I have also some nice Designer Yarn Cakes for you with lots of yardage in each – these are made with several strands of skinny yarns to make up into worsted weight. I am going to be open 9-3, follow the signs to the corner of 122nd and Isis. As always, I have yarn for $3/lb, Designer Yarn Cakes for $5 each and special skein yarns (novelty boa, chenille, eyelash, sparkly) for $2/skein.  Fabric is still only $2/yd.

When: Sunday, July 9
Where: Del Aire, corner of Isis and 122nd

 

Mermaid Tail Cardigan and Shawl – New Pattern Coming Soon July 4, 2017

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I am getting these down on paper and working out all the details.  This is done on a Bulky machine because I am using worsted weight (#4) yarns.   Here is the Mermaid Tail Shawl done with JoAnn’s Buttercream Rainbow Boucle (1 Skein)

Mermaid Tale Shawl

 

For the cardigan, I have 4 sizes: Baby, Child, Adult Sm-Med and Adult Lg-XLg.  Also 2 versions: Long Sleeves or Ruffled Sleeves. I have played around enough on them , so I will go into the Post-Production phase and publish the pattern.  It should be available on Etsy in a week.

I am using readily available light worsted weight yarns from Red Heart,  Loops and Threads and Lion Brand which you can get at Michael’s or JoAnn’s or online.  The variegated yarns have an interesting effect.