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Belle of Baltimore

Today, I share with you my latest shawl. This lovely pattern was commissioned by Chris of Briar Rose Fibers and you may see it in person at Maryland Sheep and Wool this weekend and it will be available through Ravelry on Monday.

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Named for the “Notorious Belle of Baltimore,” Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, this shawl is torn between two worlds. It is both delicate and sturdy, beautiful and practical, lacy and cabled, stylish and yet timeless in its appearance.

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This shawl evokes Elizabeth’s delight in the finer things in life. The soft merino wool coupled with “exotic” Estonian patterns and lush colors is worthy of any would be Empress. I like to think that Elizabeth would have also appreciated the weight and warmth of this shawl during cold Baltimore winters.

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This pattern is meant for adventurous novice knitters to experienced knitters and all those in-between. Please read the entire pattern before beginning.

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Yarn: 1 Skein Briar Rose Fibers Fourth of July, 100% Merino, 550 yards, MDSW 2015 Colorway [2 Skeins Studio Donegal Soft Donegal, 100% Merino, 414 yards, color Garnet, for the short version]

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Needle: US 8 (5 mm) [US 7 (4.5 mm)] Hiya Hiya Circular needles or needles to obtain gauge

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Gauge: 4 stitches per inch (spi) and 5 rows per inch (rpi) OR 16 stitches & 20 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette (unblocked)

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Size: Short- 32 inches by 16.5 inches wide (unblocked)
Short-44 inches 22 by inches (blocked)
Long- 47 inches by 26 inches (unblocked)
Long- 64 inches by 34 inches (blocked)

To alter the size: Adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the size of the shawl as needed.

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Black Sheep Hoppy Feet Quarter 2

I can finally reveal the designs for Black Sheep Hoppy Feet Quarter 2.

We start April with some Bouncing Bunnies and a bit of colorwork. We practice our 2-color braided cast-on and colorwork throughout the socks from cuff to leg to heel to toe.

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May finds us with Pushing Up Tulips, cables that wander up the foot and end in a lovely picot cuff edge. The May socks are begun with a Turkish Cast-On, flow into a 4-point toe that looks a bit like a tulip when finished, a toe-up round heel, and a picot hem cast-off. The twisted-stitch cables add some panache and flair to the socks.

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With June we try Tillybuddy’s Very Stretchy Cast-on, a patterned heel flap and Welsh heel, and a patterned flat toe. The honeycomb motif is carried throughout the sock while the bee wings flutter solely on the leg.
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Visits From Friends

My friend Shandra came to visit and the first day that she was here I took her to Powell’s Books. It’s one of those Portland institutions that you have to visit once while in Portland. The bookstore is amazing. It’s huge, there are so many genres to explore, and you can easily lose yourself in the rows for hours.

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The employees even give you helpful (and entertaining hints) about the books.

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I also took Shandra to the International Rose Test Garden. Of course, it is in full bloom and just smells and looks delightful.

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I also took her to Pearl Fiber Arts which is a lovely shop in the Pearl District. Then we dined at Supa for lunch. Delicious sandwiches and delightful soup. Then I took her to Uwajimaya in Beaverton. We ended our day at Black Sheep at Orenco for Handiwork Guild.


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Embroidered Sheep Towel

I don’t stitch much, but on occasion I dig out my embroidery needles and floss and whip up a motif. This little sheep pattern is for sale on Etsy. It had been a while since I stitched, and the first one, while cute, didn’t turn out as well as I wanted.

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So, I just up and stitched another one. This one has some things that I like better and some things that I don’t.

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I tried two different methods of transferring the pattern on to the towels: graphite pencil and washable ink pen.

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Both worked ok, but I think next time I will try the dissolving embroidery stabilizer.

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Both of the towels were gifts and well received, so it just proves that mistakes can only be seen by those who make them. lol