Wednesday, January 16, 2013

knit all day

 well, almost. with our temperatures hovering near freezing, needles and wool have been a constant companion. knitting away on the leaves of grass, a  kal (knit along), making progress, greatly enjoying the process (there is still time to join!) when inspiration of another kind took hold. seeing a friends new mushroom pin there became a sudden need for mushrooms here too...




the pattern for the standing mushrooms was found after a always delightful search on ravelry, i used worsted and fingering weight wool to get different sizes, a bit of stuffing is still needed to fill them out. the pin was an attempt by me...



beginning with an icord, then adding in red wool, increasing madly, decreasing and binding off. a safety pin was sewn on the back so it could be worn on a bag (this one i made over ten years ago, maybe more!)


or on a tunic 

here are the books i'm reading, san miguel by t.c. boyle, (like it very much) and best of photography 2012 (a  photo of mine is in it!)

the leaves of grass, while knitting it looks like a pile of grass, but oh but when the knitted on edge part begins and the shawl becomes released from the needles, pure magic...


links to share!

the mushroom pattern:  forever mushroom by nell knits
mushroom inspiration:  julie whitmore
leaves of grass knit along:  girls in sheeps clothing
the weekly yarn along:  sweet ginny
i almost forgot! a giveaway there is still time to enter!

:)

45 comments:

  1. Love your mushrooms! Little girls with an interest in fairys will be enchanted :-)

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  2. I love mushrooms/toadstools and these are lovely. With all our rain and evergreens, mushrooms grow throughout my garden. Can't wait to make some up! XOXO

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  3. I love your little mushroom and the pin! So cute and your photos are beautiful! x Teje

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  4. Your mushrooms look lovely Lori!

    Madelief x

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  5. Lovely mushrooms! wow didn't think you got such cold weather over where you live! We have quite a bit of snow over here!

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  6. hee hee cute mushrooms :) love the blades of grass

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  7. Only a master could create these mushrooms.

    How do I know that ?

    I just do.

    xo

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  8. Those mushrooms are incredible! Too bad they're not edible (rhyme intended). I love the days of knitting all day long. It snowed! here and I am just getting around to knitting, sometimes the day gets ahead of me.

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  9. I faved some mushrooms from ravelry, too!!! You beat me to the making!!! I thought they would look perfect with my little gnomes! Love the bits of embroidery. Very cute!!! The shawl is coming along beautifully---can't wait to see that one finished.

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  10. those mushrooms are so sweet. i have a pattern o bought awhile ago. i should knit a few up. :) as always such beautiful photographs. <3

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  11. So charming and heartwarming to see these wooly cuties pop up on a cold and blustery day (we're getting a serious cold snap in the next couple of days). Stay warm and snuggly...

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  12. Lori,
    Have you seen Nikki McClure's mushroom print 'Mother'?
    I think it is one you would like; I have a copy hanging in
    my kitchen and it is a favorite.
    I too have a 'thing' for mushrooms, especially the red ones and
    now I want to knit a pin too, that is another wonderful idea
    I have gotten from you, thank you.

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  13. lori the mushrooms are wonderful. it has been cold here as well but now it is in the 40's- walking weather. i too am really enjoying leaves of grass. took me several runs at it to get into the pattern but now i'm hooked ! your's looks amazing !

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  14. Magic? Yep; there's plenty of that around these parts. I think you have magic in your fingers and in your head, Lori. That's why we keep coming back.

    I have a small obssession with toadstools too.

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  15. The mushrooms are gorgeous and your blades of grass looks tricky but very lovely. Your photos on your blog are amazing so it's no surprise on has found its way into a book :)

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  16. OMG! OMG! those are the cutest mushrooms I have EVER seen and I just love them! Must try! I need to read that book although I seldom read fiction, looks interesting. Your picture is in that photog book???? KUDOS TO YOU! Hugs, too.

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  17. I love your pin on the white tunic a lot!!!!
    xxx Ale

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  18. Oh, Lori, there is only one word for those mushrooms and it is eeeeeeeeeek! I love them, simply adorable! And one funny thing, a year ago when I finished my shawl you commented on how much you liked the blouse I had made and was wearing in the photo. Well, today I'd like to tell you how much I love your beautiful blouse! Absolutely gorgeous! Funny how full circle we keep turning with each other :)
    xo Jules
    P.S. I am sending you hugs for your heart, too.

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  19. Lori, I love mushrooms; there's something so magical about them. When we were kids, we imagined that the wood elves lives under them:-D Here in the Pacific Northwest, especially during the rainy season, they pop up all over the place. This knitted version is just fascinating and I need to get some yarn out and follow along, XOXO

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  20. Visiting you, Lori, is like a enjoying a sweet square of dark chocolate - such a treat! And your mushrooms look delicious, too. ;)
    Congratulations on your photo being published!

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  21. Where to start - such knitted loveliness Lori. Mushrooms are so cute, and that little bag is fantastic - is it felted?
    There are a lot of stitch markers on your 'leaves of grass', it looks soo complicated!
    Congratulations on getting your photo published in that book, was it a nature picture?

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  22. oh my those little mushrooms are just too cute!! And you shawl....can't wait to see it completed..love the yarn!!

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  23. I love love love the mushrooms! Great!

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  24. these are truly precious, lori. what a day brightener :))

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  25. Oh Lori, what a conjurer you are; They are charming and I love it on the blouse, and the purse too~ They'd be great for the tips too of a fir tree at Christmas, very lightweight and wouldn't tip the branch down!
    xx
    julie

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  26. Still time to enter you say ... I know I said I didn't have time but I am hugely tempted ... I think I just might have to see what I have in my stash.

    Loving the little toadstools, so cute!

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  27. I am in LOVE with these mushrooms! I want them all over my house! :) And the yarn you picked for the grass is just perfect. Congrats on being included in that photography book - how awesome!

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  28. Oh, those mushrooms! They are wonderful!

    And that shawl...I just looked up the pattern. I simultaneously want to cast one on this very minute and am incredibly intimidated by the photos of it... xo

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  29. Beautiful mushrooms. Too hot to knit here. 43C today.

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  30. Oh those mushrooms are just too cute and I LOVE that bag!!!It is perfect in all ways!
    ♥M

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  31. Thanks for stopping by the World of Wiedz.

    Beautiful photos. The yarn in that shawl looks lovely.

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  32. Lori, I'm in love! I was looking at amigurumi ones to make for a baby rattles but your knitted versions are so much nicer. I'm looking at all your stitch markers on your shawl and now convinced that I would not have been ready for something like this yet :-) Can't wait to see it finished, which by the looks, won't be too long away. Have a lovely weekend! Mel xx

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  33. All of your little mushrooms are lovely. That shawl certainly looks very complicated to me. I'm so busy at school every day that when I come home, I just want to do something simple that doesn't take a lot of thought. :) Have a fabulous Friday ! Tammy

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  34. Uh! So totally cute. Love the mushrooms. My three little ladies would be over the moon to add them to their fairy play. Seems like maybe I could make those rather quickly. Nice job.

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  35. I so love red spotted toadstools (or mushrooms) whatever form they take!! I have used them to create designs for many years and never tire of their decorative possibilities. These are so adorable, Lori! I love the one pinned on your bag and blouse. Your photos are wonderful too.
    Wishing you a happy and peaceful weekend, and enjoy your lovely knitting.
    Helen x

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  36. I am so Wowed by you, every time I come here.The mushrooms LOVE, and I love your tunic too :). Wishing you a fabulous weekend Lori!!
    xo

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  37. hello dear lori, i hope you are well in this new year!
    thank you for the comment in my space, and for visiting,
    i love your mushrooms and i hope that you can do some
    sewing this year, i actually think about sewing much more
    than i do it !! :)

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  38. I'm thrilled, but not surprised, to hear that your photo appears in a published book! Well done, and but of course. Your photography is stunning. :) Loving the toadstools, too--I'm feeling a little mushroom mania coming upon me now, too.

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  39. Adorable little mushroom/toadstools! Love the little blades of grass. The warthog in the earlier post is my favourite! Hope you are keeping well, and enjoying 2013 so far! x

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  40. Oh my goodness. Those mushrooms are adorable. That bag is amazing as well!

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  41. oooh! what sweet little mushrooms!

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  42. Oh those mushrooms.....oh my lol they are adorable!

    Congrats on the photo published. That's fantastic.

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xoxo lori