Thursday, January 3, 2013

making pi

thank you. for each comment, every word on my last post. heaven only knows how grateful i am,
though i hope you do too. 

last summer i made a pi shawl, jared floods 'leaves of grass'. before it was even finished and off the needles there were dreams of another. although the knitting looks quite complicated, i assure you it is not. 
(if you knit, would you like to make one too?)


 this week a knit along is beginning, for 'leaves of grass' (i'm hoping you'll join)


here is the one i made a few months ago (you can do it!)


wool chosen, waiting to be knit up. sitting upon my christmas present, a new electric stove! temperatures have dropped to the thirties through the night, and snow even made an appearance on the mountains behind us a few days ago, this little fireplace warms things up!



the knit along began on january first. melissa, of girls in sheeps clothing, hosting this kal says that everyone is welcome, there is still time to join. if you have had a desire to make a pi shawl...wouldn't it be fun to knit one together? ( i would love it if you did) and please believe me this one is very simple. there is something about a knit along to offer friendship, help and support if you need it. this shawl calls for approximately 1375 yards of fingering weight wool. although the last one i made was blanket size and made out of worsted. it took closer to 2000 yards. would you like to see where the leaves of grass shawl blanket i made ended up?


it's been adopted and is happily living in brooklyn nyc. the above photo came with this email...
subject: blanket being put to good use.
message: we're cold and we're all wrapped up in momma girl's love
my feelings: indescribable

here is all the info you need to join in:
the knit along : girls in sheeps clothing
the pattern : jared floods 'leaves of grass'
me, if you have any questions: lorix5@hotmail.com
it would be wonderful to see you there!

35 comments:

  1. your presence lifts our spirits as much as we hope to lift yours :)

    I'm so glad you're knitting with us this year, Lori
    Melissa

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    1. oops :) I should say that I added a page link at the top of the blog above the sheep header (it says 'Leaves of Grass knitalong info') - if you click on it you will go to the spot my contact info is if you'd like to join us!

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  2. It looks so lovely and those are such great pictures of you and your family. That is what makes handmade so special. I won't be joining though - I am such a slow coach :). I heard about continental knitting on another blog yesterday and I am going to try that to get my speed up!
    Much love xxx

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  3. Lori, since having read your Dec. 31 entry shortly after you wrote it, you've been in my thoughts. As a long time follower of your blog, I appreciate your caring and heart-felt writing. The messages you compose are full of creative, inspiring ideas, and your photographs are breathtakingly beautiful. The voice that comes through your writing is gentle and full of grace. Lori, my wish is that the happiness that you've given us will reflect back to you. Fondly, Debbie

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    1. I just have to say that this comment by Debbie reached into my heart....

      Love
      kj

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  4. Lori. I don't know what you are going through but I'm here to say I'm sending love to you. You are such a shining light and have never failed to lift me with your presence. Much love sweet one. Kia Kaha. xxx

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  5. Wow that is one amazing shawl! I'm currently knitting my very first circular shawl, but I have gone with the beaded Celestarium rather than scary lace ;)

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  6. Lori, this is very tempting indeed, your circular shawl is spectacular! I think I'll pop over and have a look at the KAL:)

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  7. It's a beautiful pattern Lori and you have me just about convinced to cast on too. I think I have four skeins of Lion Brands Fisherman's Wool in the studio I could use and my poncho can wait a little while so if I can get the cast on then I'm in! You didn't have to twist my arm too hard ;)

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  8. Call me sentimental, overemotional, or just human, Lori, but I have happy tears in my eyes after seeing that final picture. There are good things everywhere around us and you Lori are a very talented lady for finding joy and beauty all around you.

    Love,

    S.

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  9. Lori, in my dreams I can knit like that. :) I have to be happy watching you knit, and seeing the results. It's almost like I did it, but it looks so much better! lol! And that last picture...well...it's very sweet and happy and full of youth. :) Sending hugs to you xox

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  10. Love that your labour of love ended up cocooning your loved ones... this post moved me very much Lori. You seem to approach everything with kind intention and give with an open heart. And can I say, your baby girl looks just like you in this pic! I thought for a minute it was an archived shot of you from another time. Hugs and stay warm my friend. xxoo

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  11. I would love to join a knit along but by the time I get the yarn (i'd have to order it on line) you all would be well into yours. And despite your words of encouragement, I think it is a bit out of my league. But will definitely be following-along if not knitting along.

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  12. Hmmm. I'll add this one to my list. But currently I'm in the middle of designing a shawl. It's been no end of nightmare (math + me = fight to the death). I have a whole new and infinite respect for pattern designers now.

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  13. I'm crocheting rainbow pi right now...I'll post a picture of it today! ♥

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  14. Ahhhh.....being a mom, I can feel your happiness, love and contentment upon receiving the email photo from Hannah and bo. Be sure to thank her from all of us for sharing a bit of herself tucked under your blanket of love. I'm just a beginner knitter so I will
    journey in spirit with you throughout the knit along. Thanks so much for the invite...maybe sometime in the near future I'll join in.

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  15. hmmm. maybe. i don't know. it does seem a bit, well, complicated. lol but that is me talking myself out of a challenge again. i was just talking to my oldest daughter about taking challenges, not being like her mama who is scared to put herself out there. so maybe i should. of course it would mean buying more yarn... which i am always game for. lol
    love the photo of the shawl on the bed. perfection. :)

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  16. If I didn't have to leave next week for a trade show, I'd start this with you. I'll have to play catch up and hopefully time will allow. It's important to do something you love and I find it's the best medicine for when life makes us sad. Take care and I'm so happy to read the words you comment today...your presence means everything to me, XOXO

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  17. this isn't a point in my life when I can begin this with you...lots of small knitting for wee ones about to arrive soon - maybe one day you can help me along with a pi..

    so very sorry to read your heart is broken....my arm is around your shoulder with a big squeeze and I'll sit with you and knit until the sun comes back around again.

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  18. What a gorgeous photo of your knitting being loved... beautiful people.
    I'm a slow knitter. One day I will knit this beautiful shawl (I hope!).
    Much love to you.x

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  19. Hi Lori, I've just read your last Post and now after this one I'm feeling a bit teary (happy and sad). I totally get it. The worry over the parcel, the missing child for Christmas, the spa gift, the 4 kids with you for christmas, the arrival of the parcel, your heartfelt Christmas story, your broken heart, the shawl of love, this last photo here of this gorgeous happy couple. I know you will be OK but thinking of you. Mel x

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  20. This post just warms my heart. I love that your daughter sent you that picture!

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  21. Oh how I love that last picture...beautiful!

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  22. I have the worsted yarn sitting here inspired by your shawl. This may be the perfect excuse to cast on!

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  23. Just read yesterdays post. Sorry to hear that you have been hurting so. I'd love to get in on the shawl but don't think i could handle it with the heat of our summer. good luck to you all who decide to join in and hope you all have a lot of fun.

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  24. don't you know she feels like she's getting a great big hug from mama every time she wraps up in that 'blanket'???

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  25. I just don't have enough time for knitting right now, so can't join the KAL, but I sure wish I could.

    Your first Pi looks to be very much loved Lori, and no doubt your second will be just as cherished. Happy knitting :D

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  26. i have been thinking about doing a pi and just might join in!!! i do have that wonderful Tosh wool, don't I???? (the friend I was going to make it for eloped)

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  27. one day I am going to take the time to understand knitting & crochet.... I can do it, i can do it..

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  28. My comment's been gobbled up so I 'll abbreviate it:

    Count me in!

    What? You mean pi not pie?

    Oh.....

    Love love
    kj

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  29. I love the idea of a knit along. There's something very barn raising about it. Lovely blanket, all love and good thoughts to wrap up in.

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  30. Dear Lori Your knitting is always so beautiful and special. So lovely to see how treasured your first pi shawl is....what a sweet photo! I love your new little fireplace, how cosy it looks, and comforting to sit near while knitting during these wintry days.
    Sending you warmest wishes.
    Helen x

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  31. Lori, You are back! I have not checked in for a few days and here I come and there is not one, but two posts!
    I am sorry someone hurt you!
    I am glad your son got his package!
    I love your knitting and you know I do not knit, so I won't be trying this any day soon :-).
    I love you and have missed you so.
    xoxo

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  32. I love where the first pi went :) Very special!

    You amaze me. I tried knitting when I was younger and I failed miserably! I think I'll stick to making pictures.

    Lori, I changed my blog template (like yours I think) but I can't get my extra stuff to come up in the side columns. Can you tell me which template you have? I love the new look but I don't want everything on the bottom after my posts.

    Thanks dear one! I hope you're feeling better these days. And I'm glad your little painting gives you joy♥

    Love the fireplace!

    xo
    Lo♥

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xoxo lori