Monday, June 9th, 2014
By Cia Abbott Bullemer
This last weekend I was weeding in my garden and remembering when I did this as a child. I didn’t like it then because my mother made it a chore! And who likes chores…?!It got me thinking about my childhood in the summers.
Growing up in Minnesota, along the Mississippi River, we swam day and night! Literally! My fingers and toes would be shriveled from being in the water from 8 AM to 8 PM with breaks for lunch, one hour of reading time (mandatory with my parents-don’t want to get cramps-must wait at least one hour before you swim after a meal…). Then a break for dinner and do the dishes. Back on my bike and pedaled back to the beach to swim more!
Well, by the time August rolled around, the river water was becoming a bit murky, and the novelty of jumping off the diving board was wearing thin.
So at home in the back yard, Mrs. Kenitz tried to entertain a few of us girls in the neighborhood. We would be sitting under an apple tree in the heat of the day and she was teaching us how to knit. The other girls became bored and ran off. But I kept going to back to Mrs. Kenitz and asking for me assistance.
Fast forward almost a half century (!!!?? YUP!) and here I am working at Plymouth Yarn, still playing with yarn.
I recently found Mrs. Kenitz in the old neighborhood and I stopped and thanked her for her lessons. She was aware of what I had done with knitting from what my father told her. She had a sweet smile on her face. And I left feeling I had done my best to thank her for her patience so many years ago. I felt completed and content that she understood how much of an impact she had on my life.
So the moral of this story-? (Yeah! Get to it!) Teach a child to knit. You never know when it might stick and what doors it will open up for this person 50 years later.
Friday, June 8th, 2012
I only have 7 more days until my sweet, darling, little boy is on summer vacation. I am not looking forward to the extra dishes in the sink or my house looking like a toy store exploded when I get home. He’ll be going to camp 3 days a week. I chose a mainly academic camp, with sporting activities in the afternoons. When doing my research, I found so many cool camps! Sports, acting, farming, and knitting! Unfortunately, I don’t meet the age requirements for any of them. Yes, I know I can take a class but there’s something about these camps that just sounds so fun.
I wanted to share some of the links I found about kids knitting camps all over the country. I’m trying to talk the boss into letting me review each one in person, individually. I don’t think he’s going for it! After the links, check out a free pattern for a one ball purse in Boku. A popular pattern for workshops and classes.
The Whole Nine Yarns, Woodstock, GA
Baskets of Yarn, Charlotte, NC
Kids Knitwork, CA
Stitch House, Dorchester, MA
Knit Picky, Winston-Salem, NC
Pattern F184 PDF Download
Pattern F184 Boku 1 Ball Purse
Small 1-Ball Felted Purse
Size: Approx. Finished Measurements (after felting): 6” wide x 7” tall
Materials: Boku (shown in color 2): 1 – 50g ball
Gauge: 14 sts = 4” on a US 10 needle over stockinette st before felting.
Needles: US 10, or size necessary to obtain given gauge. Small amount of Galway for sewing needed.
Note: Use a flat wool yarn such as Galway to sew purse together.
With size 10 needles, cast on 30 sts.
Rows 1-8: Knit 8 rows.
Row 9: K7, bind off 16 sts, K7.
Row 10: K7, turn and using cable cast on technique, cast on 16 sts, turn back and finish knitting the row: 30 sts.
Row 11-16: Knit 6 rows.
Begin working in stockinette st: work 15½-16” in st st, leaving enough yarn to finish the handle at the other end. End st st section with a purl row.
Rows 1-6: Knit 6 rows.
Row 7: K7, bind off 16 sts, K7.
Row 8: K7, turn and using cable cast on technique, cast on 16 sts, turn back and finish knitting the row: 30 sts.
Row 9-16: Knit 8 rows.
Fold in half & sew up side seams using a flat wool yarn. (Use the Galway Worsted). Felt.
Set the washer to hot wash, cold rinse, and lowest water level. Add a small bit of soap. Place purse flat in mesh lingerie bag. Do not put anything else in the machine. Check on the purse every 5 minutes. Felting could take 20-25 minutes or so. Keep setting back the timer to make the wash cycle longer. When desired felting is achieved, rinse and lightly spin. Excessive spinning can set in creases. Remove purse, lay flat and block out to a nice finished shape. Straighten handle section. Let dry. With scissors or a razor remove any excess fuzz.
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Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
Do you like to fish? Do you like to crochet? Do you like to crochet while your friends are fishing? Here’s your chance to be a master angler and come home with a fish every time! Your crochet hook is your rod and Galway is your line. There is no messy bait to contend with either!
This little cutie came across my desk via email the other day.
Wal, the tiny fish
His name is Wal and he is the brain child of the vary talented Stacey at freshstitches.com. For this tiny fish, she used about 60 yards of Galway in color 154 and just 5 yards of the white, color 8. After I met Wal, I visited the website and met lots of other cuties. You can purchase Wal and Stacey’s other “Amigurumi” patterns here. There are also free patterns available here.
Stacey loves to hear from her customers and you can reach her just about any way imaginable!
FreshStitches on facebook
Find Stacey on twitter
Stacy Trock on Ravelry
FreshStitches Etsy store
Find items featuring her adorable crochet amigurumi designs at CafePress
Buy the 5 star rated book Cuddly Crochet on amazon!
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