Sunday, January 27, 2013

Seekrit Buch Knitting

Over the last 4 months there have been contracts, testing, ideas and yarn.
ALOT of yarn. There was delivered over 8,600 yards of yarn. The colours are amazing.
Yak to Merino, Cashmere to Silk.
And I am horrible at keeping it seekrit!
So here is a little teaser from the project that will be off my needles today!


IndigoDragonFly yarn, EarthFaire Beads, Knitter's Prides Karbonz needles (they look like they have super powers don't they?!) and of course Slipped Stitch Studios MiWallet to keep me on track and contain all the changes.
Slipped Stitch Studios has been creating some seekrit stuff for the buch. So keep an eye out!
When the book is published we will have contests and give aways!

I can't wait to show you all the things that have been on the needles!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Roses For Ireland




As many of you know I have had a great opportunity to go on several trips with my friend Sally Klein O'Connor A Tour Of Roses. In 2010 we went to Nurenburg, Germany and Krakow, Poland, plus a few other smaller places through out Poland.
While there the team held several concerts and spoke about reconciliation, healing and remembering the Holocaust with regret and forgiveness. In beautiful halls on grand pianos, in a Franciscan Monastery,  in a Polish Baptist church, in parks, train stations, and street corners. Sometimes Sally sang with a keyboard propped on buckets or a trash can, on on the grass. Sometimes she sang while sitting on the grounds of a concentration camp like Treblinka, Sobibor, Auchwitz.... OR in Zeppelin Field in that box hitler gave speeches from.

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We were often asked why we were handing out the roses. Depending on which team member Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Polish, German, British or American the answer varied. It was usually along the lines of "We are Jewish, from America and we just want  to give you a gift and say that we love Germany/Poland."
The responses were anywhere from being hugged and kissed to even a crumbling and crushing of the rose. There are so many wounds.

In 2012 we handed out 5,000 roses in Warsaw. This sounds very lovely, but was A LOT of work. We had to acquire roses, clean then, de-thorn them. (Who wants to be stabbed by a rose?!) And then the walking and carrying the roses, or when we were very lucky DRIVING the roses to a location.
Almost every day began before 7am and we fell into bed around 10 pm, exhausted physically and emotionally some nights.

Word has spread about the roses. Tangible expressions of beauty and the Love of G-d.


What does 2013 hold?
A Tour of Roses has been invited to go to Ireland this April. Roses and concerts but not for the healing of the pain of from the  Holocaust. To help others find healing from their own pain and conflict. It is not a place I ever expected to go. I will be helping to host of a women's conference and there are other public speaking events, and OF COURSE roses and concerts (I am not singing! heehee.)
In the fall there might even be a second trip to another place, but that is still just a possibility.

The trips are not paid for by any one. We raise our own money. I have sold Homemade BBQ sauce (strawberry jalapeno) and used the "tax return" to pay for plane tickets.

We don't stay in fancy hotels, we eat a lot of sandwiches. It is definitely not a vacation. However these moments have changed my life so completely. I will never forget walking a dirt road in Poland and having a "grandmotherly" woman with a scarf tied under her chin, kissing my face repeatedly, "Thank you for coming. Thank you for not hating us."

So here is the hard part. This year has been hard. You saw all the emergency room visits of last summer! One of the paychecks we rely on has been reduced by 1/3. Plus we now have 4 teenagers!
I can not go on my own without help.

For my expenses I need $2,200. Which is 110 people giving $20. It is not alot when you break it down.

So here is my request:
Would you like to be apart of giving a rose? 
Would you like to help be a part of Tikkun Olam, Healing the World? One rose, one life at a time.

This is a project I believe in. All of the money donated goes directly to ATOR. ALL OF IT. There is no administration fees or any other place that it goes to. It is just to spread kindness via roses.



Here is a look at the COST SHEET for this trip. (There is after all more than just my costs. A team of possibly 10 people, $4000 roses, concert venues and all the other costs involved.) However, I did notice TEA and cough drops are not on the list to help keep Sally singing strong!

If you are a knitter, I have a special pattern I designed, Tour of Roses Mittens, that is available as a thank you for donating. (Just mention in the notes when donating that you would like to have a copy.)

To Donate Click on the Top Right Button that says "Help Send Roses" (Under the computer sock). Took me awhile to figure out the tech, but it works now. :)

THANK YOU!
It was along post, but thanks for reading all the way to the end.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Fantine of Les Misérables

These are the hardest gloves to find a good clear picture of. These are an absolute guess!
If I ever get a good clear picture of the center lace panel, I will make a new pattern.
They really are a great portrayal of the character. Desperately clinging to her dignity and feminity, a bit of lace down the center. Have you ever just needed a little piece of something beautiful in those dark moments?



Fantine's Desperation
US 2 3mm
Fingering weight iron oxide colourway


Arm
Cast on 45 stitches, loosely. Carefully join in the round, being careful not to twist. Place marker to mark beginning of round.

The mitts in the movie curl, if you want an edge that does not curl work:
Round 1: Purl.
Round 2: Knit.

Chart Placement
Left: PM Chart over back of hand (trank of glove) 25 sts, PM, K20
Right: K20, PM, Chart over back of hand (trank of glove) 25 sts, PM

At round 5 of chart for short cuffs or round 15 for longer cuffs, begin thumb gusset according to placement for right or left.

Thumb Gusset
Round 1 : 2 stitches before first marker, place a new (different colour if desired) marker for thumb, M1, knit two stitches, M1, slip marker,  work the rest of the round with chart between markers and stockinette on palm side. The thumb stitches between the markers are to be knit.
Rounds 2 & 3: Knit thumb stitches. Follow chart between markers.
Repeat rounds 1-3 a total of eight times, increasing and maintaining chart pattern on tranks. You will have 60 stitches total on the needles, and you will have 18 stitches between the two markers.

Hold Stitches for Thumb: Slip 18 stitches to waste yarn to hold for thumb. Cast on 2 stitches onto right-hand needle. Work 2 stitches from left-hand needle rejoining the knitting in the round. Continue knitting chart on tranks between markers and stockinette in the round for the hand stitches (total of 45 stitches for hand).

Hand: Knit as established until ½ inch less than desired length.
No Curl Mod Only-Round 1: Purl. Round 2: Knit.
Bind off purlwise.

Thumb Place 18 stitches from waste yarn onto needles. Join yarn and knit. Pick up and knit 3 stitches across cast on edge above thumb – 21 stitches. Work in knit for  1inch .
No Curl Mod Only Round 1: Purl. Round 2: Knit.
Bind off purlwise.



charted made with Intwined Pattern Studio 1.5


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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thénardier of Les Misérables

It may be that you were so totally distracted by the Singing that you missed the knits in Les Miserables.
Was I right? Well lets fix that! (Don't worry we will go back to dwarves and hobbits shortly.)
Knitting is mention in the book of course, it is a key to a great novel to mention knitting.
"From time to time, Cosette raised her eyes from her knitting, and looked sadly at them as they were playing." -Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Of course there is Russel Crowe, a knitter's long time favourite. Gotta love a man who can knit and sword fight.




Helena Bonham Carter must have had a blast playing this over the top character. She always gets such crazy roles.
Madame Thénardier's has these insane costumes with lots of colour and "slapped together from the rag bin" style.




Madame Thénardier's Pauper Gloves 

Les Miserables #1
Grey Fingering Wt and US2 3mm

Arm
Cast on 45 stitches,loosely. Carefully join in the round, being careful not to twist. Place marker to mark beginning of round.
Round 1: Purl.
Round 2: Knit.
Round 3: [k1tbl, p2] to end of round.
Continue in k1tbl, p2 ribbing for 3 inches or desired length.


Thumb Gusset
Round 1 : M1, purl two stitches, M1, place marker, k1tbl and work the rest of the round as established (p2,k1tbl). The thumb stitches between the markers are to be in the same ribbing.
Rounds 2 & 3: Knit in established ribbing.
Repeat rounds 1-3 eight more times increasing and maintaining ribbing pattern. You will have 60 stitches total on the needles, and you will have 18 stitches between the two markers.

Hold Stitches for Thumb: Slip 18 stitches to waste yarn to hold for thumb. Cast on 2 stitches onto right-hand needle. Work 2 stitches from left-hand needle rejoining the knitting in the round. Continue knitting in K1tbl,P2 ribbing in the round for the hand stitches (total of 45 stitches for hand).

Hand: Knit in established ribbing until ½ inch less than desired length.
Then:
Round 1: Purl. Round 2: Knit. Bind off purlwise.

Thumb Place 18 stitches from waste yarn onto needles. Join yarn and work in established ribbing. Pick up and knit 3 stitches across cast on edge above thumb – 21 stitches. Work in K1tbl,p2 ribbing for  1inch . Round 1: Purl. Round 2: Knit. Bind off purlwise.



More to come! But I want to get to bed before midight.


 
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