Thank you to Knitty City

At the end of the year.... we often look back at the ups and downs of the year.

In 2010 one of the major ups was spending time with the fabulous team and clientele at Knitty City-Thank you ALL!

Pearl-Inspiring in her crafts, kimonos, learn to knit afghan and the great team she leads at the store.....

The Team and clientele at Knitty City are exceptional, teaching, creating sharing and just being great supportive friends....

Sending Love Joy Health and Peace to all of you in the new year....


The LoveScarf Project/HeadBand and Gold

This weekend was the knitting of 3 more LoveScarf projects .  Got great Thick and Quick Wool from Michaels up at 99th and Columbus on sale for $3.50 and added luxurious yarn from Wales; Colinette Chenille is unfortunately discontinued. But the colors she uses to dye with are really quite lovely and liven up a "traditional" oatmeal scarf with some subtle colors....

Five of these were dropped off at with the Seidmans.  Here is the group:

In addition I designed a headband on Sunday... I was walking down the street and saw a lovely headband on  a Upper West Side shopper and decided  I could use some leftover yarn and make something lovely just like hers! 

Pattern: Cast on 45(MC) with size 13 needles using superchunky yarn, Malabrigo Rasta, Twinkle etc...
Knit 2 rows. 
Purl 1 row
Row 4  knit 12 stitches, using contrasting color(cc)...knit 21 stitches, Wrap and Turn(W.A.T.)
cc for rows 5-13
 Row 5 purl 20 WAT
Row 6 knit 19 WAT
Row 7 purl 18 WAT
Row 8 Knit 17 WAT
Row 9 Purl 16 WAT
Row 10 Knit 15 WAT
Row 11 Purl 14 WAT
Row 12 Knit 13 WAT
Row 13 Purl all the way to join with  MC WAT
Row 14 Knit all the way to the start of the original yarrn
Row 15 Pick up original yarn knit all the way to end(to be above the cc)
Row 16 Purl back to end
Row 17 Purl row
Row 18 Purl Row
Row 19 cast off in purl.

Gold .......
at $1400 per gold expensive?  Gold can buy 1.13  S&P 500s today... in 1980, the last gold rush.. It could buy 5.7 shares of S&Ps.... The comparable price today for gold = $7000 

Have a great day


FAST EASY and Lovely-Cowl(super long) and Hat Pattern-----Europe?

My new favorite bulky yarn is Malabrigo Rasta. I have made cowls and/or hats from Indicieta,Piedras, Oxido, Solis, Porinnho, Arco Iris.. You can get it at the Upper West Side local yarn store Knitty City- Amsterdam and 79th Street-212 787 5896(they take phone orders too!)  Among the 16 colorways there are also white and black.
This is easy fast and fun for gifts. Around hour and half for each, cowl and hat....
Needles:For Cowl use 15(10mm) For Hat use 13(9mm)
Super Long Cowl: Provisionally Cast on 7 stitches 
Knit in seed stitch for whole skein of yarn, leave enough for 3 needle bind off.
Every and All Rows K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1
If you dont want to do provisional cast on, you can insert thin needle through 7 bumps along the cast on edge and do the 3 needle bind off OR you can cast on and off normally and sew together!
This cowl should go around your neck 3-4 times.. it will stretch a bit...

Hat: cast on 45 stitches join in the round(odd number)
ROW 1-5 knit (can be same color or contrasting) (5 rows of stockinette can do as much as 7 if you want wider brim. )
ROWS 6-22 Switch to seed stitch and knit 16 rows. k1 p1 all around….knit the purls & purl the knits
2 choices for top- (can be same color or contrasting)
“Square Top”
put stitches on 4 dpns 11 11 11 12 (45 stitches)
Switch to st st
Row 23 knit all stitches
Row 24 decrease at each(as needed)end of needles such that following row will be 10 on each needle, (40)
Row 25 knit
Row 26 decrease beginning and end of each needle(k2tog at start, ssk at end)
Row 27 knit
repeat rows 26 and 27 until 8 stitches. using large sewing needle thread yarn through the remaining 8 stitches…
Alternate Top,
"Swirl Top style"
row 23 and 24 knit all around
row 25 *knit 7 ssk* repeat
row 26 *knit 6 ssk* repeat
row 27 *knit 5 ssk* repeat
row 28 *knit 4 ssk* repeat
row 29 *knit 3 ssk* repeat
row 30 *knit 2 ssk* repeat
Using Tapestry Needle, sew through remaining stitches pull tight and weave in.

How can the European Monetary System work...If the issuing countries join their debt together, they must have the same ability to tax each other and have fiscal discipline together...not sure what the final outcome is..but not pretty...
Here are some of the holiday gifts I made.... You can see the neighborhood out the window...almost no leaves left at this point....

 I have also made some scarves for the LoveScarf Project..These 2 and 3 or so more on the needles will go to Hospital Patients....The 7 seed stitch cowl is perfect for these as well....

See you soon!

Janome 350 easy USB instructions- SUPER SIMPLE with PHOTO

Format USB(must use 1gig USB not larger) Put Files on USB Sew from your files on the  machine