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I Was Unpacking At the Shop

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So, if you didn’t know, I’ve been asked to partner in a knitting shop. I’m terribly sorry if I start talking about the shop ALL THE TIME. I’ll try to contain myself. 🙂 It’s been exciting and fun and an awful lot of work. That is also part of what is keeping me from posting as much as I used to, but I’m trying to make up for that now with lots of posts with all of the pictures I’ve been saving.

So! Back to my story. I was unpacking at the shop. We had a shipment in from Handy Hands and I was sooooo excited because it’s the tatting thread. All of the lovely tatting thread and you know how I love my tatting and my tatting thread. I had most of the items out of the box when I turned around and someone had jumped in the box.

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Kokomo was in the box. Not just in the box; she was playing in the box. What could she play with in that box? Tatting shuttles. The cat loves tatting shuttles. She took advantage of my unpacking to bat them around the box and play with them while still in their packages. One of these days I’m going to shoot a video of me tatting with Kokomo on my lap. She likes to bat the shuttle when I drop it. lol

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There she goes again. Chasing the shuttle. Ha!


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A bit more

Of that lovely golden shawl.

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It’s coming.

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It’s lovely.

And not for the faint of heart. This one is definitely an intermediate lace knit. Not really suitable for a rank beginner. Though, an advanced beginner could muddle through with a little help. This one is coming in a few weeks.

I just love the silk. Love the silk. Really, really love the silk. It is so soft and scrumptious and it feels so good on. I can’t quite get past how much I love this hand knit. I like all of my designs. I love a few of them. I covet a few of my samples, because I don’t often have the opportunity to keep my work. The pieces are always floating around and being admired by others. If I only had a little more knitting time in my day.


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A Sneakity Peak

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Kokomo likes to monopolize my lap sometimes. Especially when I have other things to do. And even more especially when I am on my laptop at the shop.

As she was being so convenient of a lap-block, I decided to use her as the backdrop to show you a sneak peak of a design I’m doing for the Tenceltown Yarn Club. That is all you can have right now though. Just a sneak peak.


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Mediterranean Knotted Lace

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This is what I have been working on for a few weeks. It is a Mediterranean Knotted Lace motif. In fact, I have another little motif on the needle (as it were) and I’m hoping to finish it soon. For my first pieces, they are all right. If I can just practice this a bit more, I might even have some even stitching.


How I Did

Well, I did enter a few things at the County Fair. The trouble was that I had to go dig through my samples to find ones that were clean, still blocked, and looked that. Oh, I also had to make sure they were from the last two years.

I found four things to enter at the county fair and they did quite well. A first for the lace shawl.

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A second for my socks.

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A second for my cowl.

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A third for my bracelet. Which, let’s be honest, I found in the bottom of my tatting bag and entered it. lol I’m making a bunch of those bracelets right now, but I have to finish the ends and put the findings on.

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So, all in all, not a bad showing for a quick late night “oh my god, what can I enter” dash through the house.


We Came, We Saw, We Demo’ed

Last weekend I had the pleasure of being one of several gals who demonstrated at the Yamhill County Fair. Alice happens to volunteer there every year, so we have the opportunity to demonstrate.

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The gals brought some lovely lace pieces to show off. Here are several lovely examples of Mediterranean Knotted Lace.

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Some bobbin lace.

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Lots and lots of bobbin lace.

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However, there were many different laces represented in the competition.

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Here are most of the gals with their pillows and bobbin lace.

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And here is Elena, working on her Mediterranean Knotted Lace.  Yes, she did crack the whip on me and I had to remember how to do all of those stitches I learned last month.  Then she taught me a few new ones.  And on Monday night, I took another class with her and she cracked the whip again.  “Just 2 more rounds, Kelli.” Ha.


Heather Hat

Heather Hat (Wholesale)

Heather Hat (Wholesale)

Need a quick, cute pattern? Something a little slouchy and comfortable? The Heather Hat may just fit the bill. This delightfully easy and fun hat is simple to work. The slight lace pattern lends a bit of flair to an otherwise plain hat. Meant to be an extra slouchy hat, the bouncy merino may need a…

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I loved knitting the Heather Hat.  It is not exactly my usual style of pattern, but it’s good to stretch right?  Who can resist the soft yarn and delightful hand of this hat?  I’m not even a hat person and I think I could wear this.

Yarn: 1 Skein Araucania Huasco Chunky, 127 yards, 100% Extra Fine Merino, #108 Tonals

Needle: US 10 (6.0 mm) & US 11 (6.5mm) ChiaoGoo Circular needles or needles to obtain gauge

Gauge: 3.4 stitches per inch (spi) and 4 rows per inch (rpi) OR 13.5 stitches & 16 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette on US 10’s (unblocked)
Size: 22 inches around

To alter the size: Adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the circumference of the hat as needed. Alter the width as desired.


Introducing the Ilwaco Shawlette

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I had so much fun knitting this delightful little shawl.  It is soft and bouncy and wavy and I just can’t quite tell you how much I love it.  I love it so much, I’m running a KAL for it.  We will be running an in-store KAL at BlackSheep at Orenco on Mondays from 4:30-6:30pm in August and September.  I’m also running a KAL on the Kelli Slack Designs forum.  So, feel free to join in on the fun!

The Ilwaco shawlette is named for the tiny town of Ilwaco in Washington. In that tiny town is a tiny yarn shop. From that tiny yarn shop you can watch the waves dance. The thought of the surf bouncing against the docks and breaking against the shore inspired this little shawlette. As you knit you will see the surf form in the center of the shawl and the waves break in the edge as it beats against the shore. If you love the sea (or in my case the thought of the sea), you might just love this shawl.

Both written and charted directions are included in this pattern. Please read the entire pattern before beginning.

Yarn: 1 Skein Broken Pattern Merino, Yak, Silk Yarn, 400 Yards, 60% Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Silk, color Summer Night OR Teresa Ruch Laceweight Bamboo, 100% Bamboo, 520 yards

Needle: US 4 (3.5 mm) Signature circulars or needles to obtain gauge

Gauge: 6 stitches per inch (spi) and 7 rows per inch (rpi) OR 24 stitches & 28 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette

Size: 58 inches from tip to tip, 16 inches from neck edge to point (short)

To alter the size: Add or subtract repeats of the chart OR adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the length of the scarf as needed.

Ilwaco Shawlette

Ilwaco Shawlette

The Ilwaco shawlette is named for the tiny town of Ilwaco in Washington. In that tiny town is a tiny yarn shop. From that tiny yarn shop you can watch the waves dance. The thought of the surf bouncing against the docks and breaking against the shore inspired this little shawlette. As you knit…

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