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Incorporating wool, silk and cotton, Alanna’s art quilts capture landscapes and the zeitgeist of her time.

 

 

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When you can knit but can’ t count

Carefully considering the appropriate cast on for the 7 Crescent Shawl by Lisa Barnes, I quickly put 232 stitches on a 24" size 7 needle the night before our Montreal road trip. By the end of the weekend, the lace portion was complete. "What long rows," I thought....

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Nika Feldman: Traveling with needle

While I may forget a comb or pajamas, it is rare that I hit the road without knitting or reading. On a recent overnight sail, I found myself in one of Gloucester's book stores, looking for a quick read. Unwilling to commit myself to an entire book, I picked up the...

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Mirai Crescent Shawl: through the lace

A long car trip offered ample time to work through the lace chart on the #7 Crescent Shawl. It wasn't a great project for chitter chattering with family, but I managed survive without needles in my hands. This scarf lets you practice a Central Double Decrease (they...

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Mirai Crescent Shawl KAL: Cast on!

Over at In Stitches, Jean showed me a Noro blend of cotton, silk and viscose called Mirai. Hmm, a non scratchy Noro yarn? I must try it. Turns out, there's a Knit a Long (KAL) on the horizon. #7 Crescent Shawl from the latest Noro Magazine is a free pattern if you...

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Iris Apfel documentary

Really, I just wanted 20 minutes of light television to keep me company while I knit before heading to bed. Instead, I found the Iris Apfel documentary https://youtu.be/Fo8jwJ_2l0c It reminded me of the joy and inspiration when I saw the exhibit at the Peabody Essex...

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Quilt Photo Declaration

Writing a Studio Art Quilt Associates member profile  about myself sent me scampering for quilt images. Turning to the CDs, flash drives and cloud storage nooks where my art quilt photos lurk, I found some nice memories. It took forever to sew these pinky nail sized...

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Nuno felt art quilts swirling into action

I promised to update you on the nuno felting results. This quilter just adores the water color, layered effect that nuno felt gives to my tops. Equipped with roving in greys, natural off whites and blues, I actually completed one quilt with nuno felting yardage in...

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5 Modern Stripe Knit Scarves

Is it just me, or does the knitting world gravitate toward stripes these days? Stripes give you options to use up stash remnants, but there are plenty of ways to stripe your knits without heading down the nautical or circus themes. The modern knit scarf has plenty of...

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Fibercamp Compendium 2016

Were you at FiberCamp 2016? I had a great time again. This year, I didn't lead a single session. I didn't even peruse the session pages until Thursday. Jumping into a pool of friends and tantalizing topics with abandon, I soaked myself in whatever seemed good at that...

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When a knitter ultimately leaves her stash

On March 1,  I planned to blog all about Downton Abby and fashion and the parallels in 2016. Fresh from a fabulous holiday in the Grand Canyon with a day spent shopping, exploring and pool side lounging in Las Vegas, I was ready to move on to the next adventure. Was I...

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