Little Purls of Wisdom

A lot of knittting, and maybe a little wisdom.

Pretty yarn and a pretty shawl! November 29, 2010

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It’s Christmas knitting season! In the past I’ve made detailed knitting lists, schedules and collected yarn in August. This year… well, lets say I have a lot to knit and not a lot of time. I would love to share some holiday knitting, but I don’t want to spoil any surprises! So until the holidays are over, I have plenty of past projects and new yarn to write about.


Today I’ve been working on a shawl for a friend of mine. I’m knitting the Haruni Shawl in Tilli Tomas Symphony. The Colorway is Coral Sap – appropriately named. The color is a rich coral with a thin silver strand running with the mohair. Iridescent glass beads add glitz to the yarn, and a nice weight to the knit fabric. I have used this yarn before for the same pattern, and have loved working on both. Unlike some mohairs I’ve worked with, there isn’t much of a halo with this yarn. This allows for a clear stitch definition on both size 6 and size 8 needles (I’m using a larger needle than the pattern calls for on the second shawl). The yarn has a smooth handle, even with the beads. The only problem I have found with it is that the twist can loosen, causing the mohair strand to separate from the silk thread with beads and a gap can form between the two. For example, if the silk thread is pulled taught the mohair strand will be very loose. I haven’t had any huge problems with this, but it can be a bit annoying. Other than that the yarn is fantastic – well worth the $40 price tag. It is pricy, but a nice little treat for a special project. With 345 yards per skein, it’s enough for a small scarf or edging on a large shawl.


The Haruni Shawl is a nice little project. It’s pretty in many types of yarn (I’ve used plain mohair, beaded mohair and there’s one knit with Malabrigo Sock Yarn at my LYS). The pattern is fairly well written with clear charts – though the second chart is color coded so I recommend a color printer or a highlighter. I adjusted the edging with the first one I knit. The pattern calls for a crocheted edging that I found to be time consuming and a little tedious. I chose to do a standard bind off which looks fine to me – the yarn was the main focus of my shawl. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the current shawl. I like the look of the crocheted edging, but it’ll depend on time and the yarn may prove to be difficult. We shall see!


Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the shawl yet- still have to set up the camera with the new computer. I’ll post some as soon as possible.


Next week, it’s all about sock yarn all the time!


I’m back! November 26, 2010

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I have a new computer, new yarn, and far too much to knit! Still working on getting the camera, yarn and computer in the same place but I’ll get there! Stay tuned for Colinette Jitterbug, Malabrigo Sock, Hand warmers and more Christmas knitting than I can handle!


knitting schedule? July 21, 2010

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And it’s not even Christmas! So far I have 3 projects that have a time stamp, and one of them is a BEAST! I sat down last night to make a list if what needed to be done when and found that I’m pretty behind from where i need to be. But fear not! For it is art fair, and aside from bike rides and going to work and I not desire to do anything other than knit. Hopefully I’ll get one of the three projects done this week (baby sweaters are so fast!).

Anyone else on a non-holiday knitting schedule?


Progress! February 11, 2010

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One project down. Lots to go. Now I just need to find my camera cord for pictures….


February is for finishing… February 8, 2010

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Recently, I took the time to look through my stash of current projects. The majority of them are less than half finished and have been on the needles for 6 months or more. In the past I would probably rip out half the projects after deciding I don’t like them, cast on one new project and finish 3 others.

This time things will be different. This time I am going to finish them all (minus the sock blankets – they don’t count). Just to give you an idea, here’s a list with most of the projects:

-Noro Kuryon Sweater – sleeves, seaming and collar left
-Noro Silk Garden Sweater – sleeves/top of sweater, seaming
-Noro Silk Garden Shrug – 2/3 finished
-Socks: January, February, 2 pairs for my mom, 1 for my brother, 1 for WSM, 3 color work pairs, 1 pair for Kathleen
-Sarcelle scarf
-Noro Silk Garden throw

My goal is to get as many of these projects finished by the end of the month as possible. No new projects until March – or a last minute present. I’ll have pictures as I finish them. Wish me luck!


Vote Busy Hands!!! November 16, 2009

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So, this week a bunch of businesses around Main Street in Ann Arbor are having a window display competition to kick off the holiday shopping season, and where I work is participating! I designed the display, and now we need everyone to vote for us so we can win! I assure you, it’s an awesome window display! Follow this link to Vote and enter Busy Hands as the business you want to vote for. And if you’re in the area, come on down and see it! There are flying fairies, Christmas trees and yarn! I’ll post a picture soon, but get your votes in quick because the voting endsDecember 4th, and we’ve got a lot of competition (though our window is the best).


Happy knitting, and remember, VOTE BUSY HANDS!!!


Cooking! September 15, 2009

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So, I love cooking. I don’t cook very often, but I do love it. Sometimes I follow recipes, but not as much any more. Today, I made a delicious Mexican/Italian type dish. I didn’t take notes on what I did, but here’s what I remember:

-2 tomatoes
-1 onion
-3 cloves garlic
-1 green bell pepper\
-pinto beans
-1 bay leaf
-salt, pepper, red pepper, poultry seasoning, olive oil

Rice: Bring to a boil 1 part rice/2 parts water. Cover and summer for 15-18 mins.
Dish: Chop onion and garlic. Saute in large skillet with olive oil. Add Tomatoes and cook down for a few minutes. Add Bell peppers, and let simmer. Add Pinto beans from a can (includes sauce). Let simmer for 5 minutes. Add seasonings (pinch red pepper, salt and pepper to taste, 1 bay leaf, pinch poultry seasoning). Simmer a few more minutes then add chicken. Let Chicken simmer for 5-10 minutes, then turn chicken. Let simmer for another 10 minutes, then shred chicken in sauce.

That’s as close as I can get to what I did. I have pictures, but for now I’m going back to get food. Yummy yummy!