Wednesday, May 8, 2013

off the deep end


my poor neglected sweater, there hasn't been a new stitch added in a week. no longer qualified to call myself a monogamous knitter, i somehow have something in the way of six different works in progress right now.  i know this is common practice, but i feel decidedly illicit, as if the knitting police is going to show up at my door any moment. luckily i finished one knit last night, and quickly took a few photos this morning, feeling a bit better already...






my first test knit, this is linda's sherpa hat. knit in malabrigo rios, in a deep exquisite blue. a very cute hat!
ravelry notes here




finding some fingering wool silk blend i brought home from mendocino last year, i joined in a knit along with carle of nurturing fibres. making a simple pretty shawl


not one, but two! if your reading knitting police, see the thing is, when i went to purchase the wool for the test knit hat, i saw this noro ayatori. it was so delicate, so soft, made of 60% wool 40% silk. it was irresistible. if you'd like to make the nurturing fibre shawl the pattern is free here for the month of may, thank you carle!


and this. oh this. i've been waiting for a good day to get photos of this wool from luna grey, but making do with foggy photo (more to share later) i cast on. wait, that only makes five projects. better. hee hee.


have you noticed the wood in the above photos? these are boxes i recently found! 


first one then the other two. i haven't shown chuck yet, or he's sure to think i've fallen off the deep end with these too. i forgot to include a book in this yarn along post, but i'm working my way through the lillian beckwith books (written about here) they are completely enchanting.




mama and toto, hwange, zimbabwe

we are leaving tonight, on a road trip and may not be back in time to send this wish, a very happy mother's day to all!

joining with yarn along

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  1. Happy mother's day Lori and happy birthday if I miss that too! I would gladly jump off the deep end with you If I was your shopping buddy. I agree with all of your reasons why you needed each yarn :)

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    1. happy mothers day to you karen! and thank you for the yarn support, wouldn't we have fun together! :)

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  2. Your test knitted hat is lovely. I made one out Malbrigo-twist. Loved the knit, my first time to test knit also...fun

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    1. thank you eileen! it was a fun experiance and i saw your hat, so cute!

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  3. Woooooowoooooo--do you hear that siren? The KP are coming for you, Lori Ann! LOL!

    You are so awesome. I love your hat--Malabrigo is one of my favorite yarns to work with; and you always pick such wonderful, wearable colors.

    Oh, gosh, there is so much goodness in this one post (just like always : ). Those little boxes are enchanting. And, I love all your shawls and fibers and patterns and photos and just EVERYTHING!

    <3

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    1. thank you susan :) thank goodness there really is no such thing as the kp, i am sure i would be in for life ;)

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  4. Oh that hat is beautiful, love it! And all the yarn, gorgeous. Enjoy your road trip.

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  5. I am so a one project at a time girl too. I know your guilt! I love the hat and your shawls look so pretty. I love the little wooden boxes! Have a safe and happy trip. Happy Mother's Day early.

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    1. thank you andee, finished one shawl on the road so feeling a little better now :)
      happy mothers day to you! i hope you are having a wonderful one!

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  6. you KNOW I am a box junkie right?????

    If I don't find out where you found those I am calling the knitting police. I am - I really am!!!

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    1. sorry mim, they are all vintage finds!

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  7. Have a safe and wonderful trip! AND a happy Mother's day!!! ♥ We are going to a local bakery tomorrow to have tea with Mom. I'm really looking forward to it. I'll have to show those boxes to my husband.

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    1. happy mothers day to you and your mom martha! i bet your husband could make you some boxes, although they look complicated to me, i'm sure a person who knows their way around wood working could do it!

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  8. Looks like we will be cell mates! Guilty as charged. Happy mothers day and safe trip!!!

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  9. Looks like we will be cell mates! Guilty as charged. Happy mothers day and safe trip!!!

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  10. What gorgeous WIPs! I agree, having many on the needles feels so naughty, but if none are for deadlines, its quite fun and freeing! LOVE the wooden boxes. Have a wonderful trip and Happy Mother's day to you!

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    1. that is really the way to look at it sarah, no deadline makes it no pressure! thank you! happy mothers day to you!

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  11. all beautiful as usual Lori! I love the idea of a 60% wool, 40% silk blend, it sounds amazingly soft and cuddly.
    Happy Mothers Day to you, I'm sure you will be sent much love from your children XXX

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    1. thank you alice, such sweet words, and the yarn really is amazing, such a pleasure to work with.

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  12. your hat turned out beautifully! It was a very quick little knit, wasn't it? I downloaded that shawl as well----debated whether it should also get cast on!! (Oh, Lordy!!!!!!) If I had that wool/silk blend I'm sure I couldn't have resisted! It's beautiful to look at----I can only imagine how lovely it is in hand.

    Love the boxes!!!!!!

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    1. thank you steph! the hat was fun, yours was so pretty, i really liked knitting it. and the shawl should be a two day project for speedy you!

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  13. Beautiful hat! I have been looking for hat patterns for awhile. Just love yours!

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    1. thank you! linda should have it available on ravelry soon, it is a lovely pattern!

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  14. i'm falling off the deep end with you lori. i have 3 projects on the needles and feel a bit scatterbrained because of them. i love those boxes! so so cute! have a great trip. i'll be thinking of you. and happy mother's day!

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    1. i thought of you as we drove by (well kind of) what will soon be your new home. let's not cast on anymore till finishing current wip's, okay?! happy mothers day!

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  15. Your sherpa hat is great, it's such a lovely shape. I've joined the KAL also but I don't have such wonderful yarn as you do. Do you buy online or always in shop? I much prefer buying in person as I like to see the 'real' color and feel but the nearest shop is 90km away.
    Have a wonderful day.

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    1. hi emma, that's great you are in the kal :) i guess it's an even mix, with wool coming in the mail, shops here, and when traveling. the most fun is being in a shop though, i agree!

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  16. Hapy Mother's day, Lori! You and the bluea hat are beautiful! I love all your knittings and wish that light blue shawl would be on my needles!
    Oh those wooden boxes - I'm out of words! Amazing!
    Have a wonderful trip! x Teje

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    1. thank you teje :) i hope you find some beautiful blue wool soon!

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  17. the deep blue yarn is gorgeous!!!!!!
    Love all your projects and the wood boxes, too!!!
    Enjoy your adventurous trip!!!
    happy mother's day, my dear!!!
    xxxx Ale

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    1. thank you very much ale! i hope you are having a happy mothers day too!

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  18. I am in love with those boxes! What a great find. And the colourway of the Curious Creek is stunning, Is it spice market?

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    1. yes! it is spice market, it's even prettier in person. i bet you could make something just like it carle :)

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  19. Only five! The hat is absolutely gorgeous, colour and pattern. And those little boxes are divine. No wonder you couldn't resist.

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    1. thank you kate, i was thinking of giving it away, but i think this hat is for me!

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  20. Oh my! each picture of yarn that you showed my heart gave a little skip! What lovely colours! And those boxes - how cute! Have a lovely mothers day weekend Lori :o)

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    1. thank you shirley ann, i hope you are having a lovely mothers day too!

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  21. I tend towards the monogamous with my knitting too - I'd be completely lost trying to wrap my brain around five projects! Have a great trip :-)

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    1. thank you! we did, and so glad to be back home too. i don't know if you celebrate mothers day on this date, but happy day anyway!

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  22. Hahah, welcome to the dark side Lori!

    That indigo hat looks lovely on you. And I'm intrigued by that beautiful necklace you're wearing.

    The boxes are darling, did you buy them new, or is it a thrifty find?

    Have a wonderful mother's day road trip!

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    1. thank you nicole, hee hee :) the boxes were from vintage shops, although they are not really old (still not new either!) the necklace is from here:

      http://www.lesgazelles.com/

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  23. I think those are fabulous projects. You always have the best photos, and I love those wooden boxes!

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  24. Everything is so beautiful! Thanks for reading and commenting. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Your sherpa hat is gorgeous - colour & pattern! And those wooden boxes ... LOVE ♥
    Happy Mother's Day Lori & have a fun road trip xo

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    1. thank you deb! happy mothers day to you too!

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  26. That deep blue hat is amazing, I also love the little tree boxes. Happy roadtripping and happy Mother's day to you too!

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    1. thank you denise! happy mothers day, i hope you are having a lovely one!

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  27. Hi Lori,
    I just love the hat! Wonderful colour and wonderful pattern!!
    Have a great road trip and a lovely mothers day.
    We are having a 100-year celebration party 2x50 (I will turn 50 properly in december, my husband already did...)this weekend!
    Friday barbecue for 40 relatives from three different countries (at least)
    Saturday 90 people at a lovely vineyard!
    Sunday I will be exhausted;)
    Take Care
    Karin-Ida

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    1. have a wonderful celebration karin-ida! it sounds like a very special one! happy birthday to your husband and half birthday to you!

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  28. Great hat Lori, it really suits you.

    I should do this ... list my wips ... so I remember what they are.

    Have a great trip :D

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    1. thank you annie, i'll be happy to return to monogomous knitting soon!

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  29. Lovely projects and yarn! I'm also feeling daring about doing more than one project at a time.

    I just bought a skein of that Ayatori in peach tones and can't wait to use it. Do you think we can hand wash it instead of dry clean??

    Happy Mother's Day to you!

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    1. hi sylvia, i think hand washing would be lovely, i use 'soak' mostly and it does a beautiful job with all natural fibers. thank you for the mother's day wish, happy day to you too!

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  30. So many beautiful yarns...that is why you need several projects on the go at once! But I know in time you will finish them all, and they will all be gorgeous! Love the amazing wooden boxes! Wishing you a happy road trip!
    Helen x

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    1. thank you helen! it is true about all those yarns!

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  31. I love the divine little boxes. Just got back from a workshop in Hwange <3

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  32. What beautiful yarns! Of course you have to cast on. Resistance is futile. :)

    I'm madly in love with those little stump boxes. Madly!

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    1. i was completely smitten too, such lucky finds! they will probably end up in lots of photos, such pretty props!

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  33. Such pretty knits Lori. If it comes to projects you are a bit like me. I am working on three things at the same time as well :-). The hat really suits you!! Hopefully you won't need it for some time!

    Happy weekend!

    Madelief x

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    1. thank you madelief! our weather is very foggy, typical for this time of year, so i will probably need the hat on the beach, only for the morning though!

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  34. Dear Lori, Happy Mother´s Day to you!! What a beautiful blue , I´m in love with it and such a cute hat!
    And the cutest wooden boxes I´ve ever seen, they are amazing!
    Wishing you all the best and a great trip.

    xoxo
    Mina

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    1. happy mothers day to you mina! thank you for the kind words, we did have an amazing trip!

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  35. Hei Lori,
    happy mother's day. This is my first.
    Thanks for the happy smile above! Your wooden things are supersweet! And they are great for yarny pictures.
    Fräulein Rucksack.

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    1. happy happy first mothers day! so special. i hope it has been a lovely one for you!

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  36. Hi lori, Happy Mother's Day to you too--what a beautiful hat you've knitted. Those boxes are amazing and I can't wait to see photos of your road trip; which I know will be amazing, XOXO

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    1. happy mother's day to you susan, i hope you are having a lovely day. we had a wonderful trip, will share soon :)

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  37. Gorgeous hat! And I can see why you could not resist with those beautiful yarns. And you boxes! Whoa! I had no idea those were boxes. That is a whole new level of awesome! Have a wonderful trip and happy Mother's day!

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    1. thank you bella :) happy happy mothers day to you too dear!

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  38. So much lovely -- especially that sweet pretty smiling face of yours! Cute hat, gorgeous yarns & those little wooden boxes are purely charming. I'm loving Lillian Beckwith lately too -- recently read 'The Small Party' & 'Bruach Blend' -- have 'The Hills is Lonely' waiting on the bedside table. Have a wonderful time on your road trip!
    Blessings & ❤❤❤

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    1. thank you so much gigi :) oh! you are reading the l.b. books too! i started with the hills is lonely, now i'm on the sea for breakfast. LOVE these books!

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  39. Anything you knit is always so beautiful as is your photography! And I love, love, love, those wooden boxes. So lovely and unique. Have a great trip. Tammy

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    1. thank you for the kind words tammy, so sweet. the boxes were such a lucky find, i love them so much too!

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  40. Beautiful yarns, lovely projects. Enjoy your road trip. :)

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    1. thank you lisa! happy mothers day to you!

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  41. Lori, Happy Mother's Day! I envy you all those trips you two take, I hope it is a wonderful one! Love the hat! xoxo

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    1. thank you annie, it was a great trip and now a lovely mothers day! i know we are lucky to take trips, it is always for work though (even though it is FUN)!

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  42. Thank you so much for test knitting the Sherpa Lori, it's really so beautiful!!
    I love those wooden boxes:)
    xo

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xoxo lori