Monday, July 25, 2016

IOLI Class: Kelli Slack

I took knitting lace shawl class at the IOLI convention.   Taught by Kelli Slack.  
I learned so much!   Kelli provided pattern & an awesome booklet - full of information needed to make a lace shawl.   
Ilwaco Shawlette pattern, by Kelli Slack.  
I'm using us4 needles,  Simple Sock, Lilliput Yarn, color Sasha. 

Practice pieces pictured above & below.   Kelli brought yarn from her store, for us to use as practice.  That was so very helpful to me!    Her pattern is written out and in chart form.   I focused on the chart - just wanted to learn how to interpret knitting charts (in general).
(teal color yarn is Tonos Carnival sock - Misty Alpaca.  

This is a photograph of a completed shawlette - notice the waves?

 The other pattern, by Kelli Slack, that I purchased, is the Leafy Lisa shawlette & yarn.   I liked the chunky yarn & looked fun to make.   More information re. Black Sheep at Orenco's facebook page or web site.
Purchased Kelli's sock book - there are some charming patterns here ; )

purchased some xtra Lilliput yarn and project bags from the Black Sheep at Orenco vendor booth.
   yes, also gave one to our daughter (who has 2 kittys).

 Photos above & below:  raffle prizes won at the IOLI convention.

Above, flash drive and hand made paper give to participants at the Fri dinner.   Photos below (back and front of charm) - IOLI charm for convention/committee participants.    

Next year, Convention will be near Philadelphia at King of Prussia, PA.   Stay tuned to IOLI web site and Liberty Lacers web sites.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Curious ...

 I just couldn't figure out what these were ... a dress, pantsuit?  Doll clothing, yet a loop on the back (hang up?) like .... ?  What would you put inside and hang up?
Went on line and found oodles of interesting things.

 Kitchen Judy Potholder Pattern

 Spoon Angels (patterns)
 Pink Pinafore Pattern
Fan Fair potholder pattern .... Ok, off track .... get back to dresses .... 

The answer, found at Maggie's Crochet Blog:
"At first sight, crochet dress potholders appear to be doll clothes. These cute little dresses actually served a practical purpose in the kitchen from about 1945 through 1960. The war was ending and husbands were returning to the home ready to fix things up. Crochet was a popular craft and women took the domestic role of dressing up the kitchen, literally, with cute shaped potholders. The style was simple, the patterns were easy to make and quick to stitch, making them the ideal decoration that could also be used to prevent scorched tables or hands."

Follow the link to see her photos, patterns, too .... Link HERE.


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