Mo Knits

She also gardens, bakes, reads and exercises. But mostly Mo Knits.


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Guess Who Won?



Buffalo Gold Moon Lite is pretty. Guess who won?

With the comment, “…I’m looking forward to seeing your Prairie Rain…” The winner is Margaret S.

Margaret lives in Greece where she teaches English as a second language. In her free time, Margaret likes to travel, and of course knit. 

On a personal note, I can’t believe this yarn is going to Greece, and I’m not. Congratulations Margaret! Thanks everybody for playing. If you didn’t win, there is one more chance. Next month’s contest will be the best yet! Subscribe and you won’t miss it!


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Lace Virgins: We Want You!

My new friend Dorothy says, ” Hey, all this lace talk makes me want to learn. Can you direct me to a beginner pattern? Thanks.”

I searched “easy lace” on Ravelry and found the Hemlock Ring Blanket.

Knitting and photography by Jodie Carson

The Hemlock Ring Blanket is a fresh spin on a popular doily pattern crafted by Jared Flood. Jared writes a good pattern, so I trust him. I also looked at statistics, because numbers don’t lie. Out of roughly 4,000 attempts there are 3000 finished projects. A 75% success rate isn’t too shabby. (Of course, the doily statistics are even better. Of 76 projects 63 are finished.)

Dorothy and I have started a knit-a-long on Ravelry. We hope you will join us. If you’d like to KAL,  just keep track of our progress, or simply mock us because it’s fun, please visit the KAL here:http://www.ravelry.com/groups/moknits-hrb-kal

(I’m hoping to finish mine by the end of March 2011.)


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Torture Your Knitting: Put It On The Rack And Stick Pins In It!

Well. Well. Well. My slick pink Haruni is in time out. I ripped back to the beginning of chart B for the fourth time. Naughty pink Haruni. But all is not lost. I have blocked the beautiful blue Lux Haruni, and noticed something very fortunate… My gauge was very loose on chart B.

This gives me an idea. I think I will knit slick pink chart B with size 3 Hya Hyas. They’re grippier than the smooth size 4 KnitPicks Options/nickel I was using. I thought I was crazy knitting two at a time, but maybe this just a serendipitous and awesome learning experience for me. I’m crossing my fingers, and I’ll keep you posted.

In other, more exciting news, my blue Lux Haruni is blocking and it is fantastic if I do say so myself!!!

Thank you Emilie Ross for a beautiful free pattern.

 

 

So here I am wearing my brand spanking new Haruni in Buffalo Gold Lux. It’s the most wonderful thing I’ve ever knit. I might never take it off.

I’m looking at you with my silly evil eye. Block your lace. Torture your knitting. Put it on the rack and stick it with pins. Like a preacher’s daughter, she looks so good when you treat her a little bad.

 

 


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Of Chart Keepers and Haruni Twins

I’m fairly new to lace knitting. Having completed a couple of projects, it seems to me that staying organized is key to success. Which chart? Which row? Which motif repeat? If you’re not organized you won’t enjoy lace knitting, but if you figure out how to stay organized, lace knitting is totally addicting. TOTALLY. It is the craziest alchemy you’ll ever produce with yarn and needles. Completely, insanely awesome.

I like to curl up on the sofa, or in my favorite chair by the fire, or
even in bed when I knit. Look at me midnight knitting in bed. Naughty me.

I must stay organized, so I like to make a copy of my pattern, if from a book or magazine, and have just the page of charts or instructions I’m working nearby.

Before Christmas my DH asked what I wanted and I nearly asked for one of those snazzy chart keepers from Knitpicks. They are magnetic and awesome. You put a bar magnet at the line you’re working. The magnet keeps your chart in place AND simultaneously marks your place on the chart. A really good idea!

Except wait. What keeps the chart keeper from sliding off my lap? I’m a round sort of woman, and stuff is always rolling off my lap and landing on the floor just out of sight.

Sorry Knitpicks. I love your products, but your chart keeper is not likely to stay put. If I knit at the table it would be perfect, but I don’t. If I buy it surely it will become one more knitting gizmo destined for the Island of Misfit Notions.

So I didn’t ask for the chart keeper, but I need something, and yesterday
I was knitting along on some yummy lace. OMG. So. Awesome.

Warning: Topical Detour Ahead.

I’m knitting TWO Haruni shawls. Yes, TWO! One is made with Araucania Itata Multy. That’s the pink one. The blue one is Buffalo Gold Lux. OMG. Both are all kinds of wonderful knitting deliciousness. The Itata Multy is a fingering weight  blend of wool, silk and bamboo. The Lux is a laceweight bison down, silk, cashmere, and tencel blend, and is simply the softest and most sumptuous bit  of knitting heaven. Really, Lux is the perfect name for this yarn.

Oh gosh. I digress. Back to scheduled programming.

So I was sitting in my cozy club chair by the fire, and my chart kept slipping off my lap. I took a slim darning needle from my notions kit, and pinned my chart to my pant leg. Problem solved. For me, some of the best  solutions are born of necessity, cost little or nothing, and/or repurpose something I already own.

Are you wondering why I am I knitting two Haruni shawls at the same time? Let me tell you. My Haruni twins are being knit at the same time because I  want to follow the directions only once. I’m either a lazy genius, or I am totally insane. I love the colors in the Itata, but the Buffalo Gold Lux is just fantastic. I am a huge fan of 100% cashmere, but I like Lux even better! The blended fibers have the super soft hand of cashmere, but create fabric that is structurally less droopy than cashmere alone.

Hey, speaking of Buffalo Gold…It’s time for my next Moon Lite giveaway. For new readers, Moon Lite is a blend of bison down and tencel, and it is so nice! Leave a comment ON THIS BLOG POST to enter. Winner receives a skein of Buffalo Gold Moon Lite, a silk project bag, and a pair of size four needles in some kind of fantastic hardwood. A little lace knitting kit. For you. Just add pattern! Contest ends Tuesday January 18th, when I select a winner by random number generator.

The giveaway is to celebrate the publication of my Prairie Rain scarf pattern in Interweave Knits. I am excited my tiny yet luxurious scarf pattern made it into a magazine! I want to share my joy. For complete rules please visit: https://mkshefti.wordpress.com/2010/09/18/buffalo-gold-premium-yarn-giveaway/

I hope YOU win!


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2010 In Review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 8,700 times in 2010. That’s about 21 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 13 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 22 posts. There were 38 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 17mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 9th with 605 views. The most popular post that day was Prairie Rain.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were knittingpatterncentral.com, ravelry.com, facebook.com, mail.yahoo.com, and WordPress Dashboard.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for mo knits, yarn giveaway october 2010, yarn giveaway on blog, moknits blog, and knitting lessons in sacramento.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Prairie Rain September 2010
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Christmas Comes Early December 2010
218 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

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Buffalo Gold Premium Yarn Giveaway September 2010
118 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

4

About Mo October 2008
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Not my first design, but the first pattern I plan to publish. Made from beautiful Buffalo Gold Yarn. How could I resist? August 2010
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