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July 31, 2006

Summer of the Dabble

nona's enjoying her "Summer of the Dabble", and for this I must thank the creative Ann and Kay for their inspiring Mason Dixon Knitting book.  This book has so many ideas that I just want to dabble in all of them -- from log cabin knitting, to dish towels, to mitered squares.  Why am I so draw to these projects and techniques?  Perhaps it's the endless color and design possibilities along with the refreshing absence of rules.


My mitered square dabble in Rowan's Felted Tweed

One of my knitting buddies taught me how to connect the mitered squares as they're knit.  I'm still trying to get the hang of this technique and will give you more details when -- and if -- I become proficient.

As for the dabbling, I'm going to keep it up for a while.  It's nice to just experiment and play without any goal.  Probably once Fall kicks in and the lazy days of Summer are over, I'll commit to one of these Mason Dixon techniques and make something real, something big.  Hey, I might even decide to combine techniques!

What have you dabbled in this summer?

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Comments

One of my top favorite yarns! Now I have TWO Mason Dixon blankets I want to see you finish!

Posted by: stephanie | Jul 31, 2006 8:40:35 PM

Nice miter! Addictive, aren't they? When I get my cottony beach-y gift blanket done I'm considering a wooly mute done for keeping here, I just can't stop the squares.

Posted by: gale (she shoots sheep shots) | Aug 1, 2006 4:45:24 AM

Beware of dabbling:-) This summer I dabbled with spinning and now I'm hooked, almost as much fibre in the house as yarn!

Posted by: janine | Aug 1, 2006 4:57:22 AM

I love that book - it was my nighttime reading last night, in fact. I just rec'd a gift of some dishcloth cotton and started a warshrag, yay! I do love the dabbling - and I just dabbled in some socks! My first pair. I went the toe-up route so I didn't have to swatch, so that felt very dabbly to me. I must say, they turned out pretty good! Dear hubby is happy, as the socks are for him. BTW, I so so want to see the abstract MD-style log cabin blanket you started... that was an inspiration.

Posted by: Aura | Aug 1, 2006 10:16:59 AM

Neat. I figured out one method of knitting the squares together, but fitting that last square in is still a bit tight at the end. Am very interested to see whether your method is easier.

Posted by: Anonyknits | Aug 1, 2006 10:44:12 AM

Ha! I'm beginning to think that I dabble in knitting.

Posted by: colleen | Aug 1, 2006 8:09:36 PM

I've dabbled in toys. I made these little snakes, the pattern is here: http://www.needlebeetle.com/fionasfriends/free/snakes.html. I thought they were cute. I give my friends and family who visit their choice, if they want one. I've kniited up 2 Babes, from the book Knitted Babes. I've made 2 Bubby Bears, from Knitty Fall 2005. I've crocheted great little bookmarks. And of course, I've planned a zillion other things to do, like a mitered rug, a lace shawl, and on and on. And now, you've motivated me to get some cotton yarn and get on the dish towel wagon.

Posted by: Anne | Aug 2, 2006 4:10:52 PM

Nina,
I lost all my feeds in my rss reader and I'm trying to recover but I can't figure your feed out. Can you send me it? I miss reading you.

Posted by: Kimberly | Aug 4, 2006 7:21:05 PM

I've been peering at the photos of your tie-front shrug/bolero/cropped cardigan because it's exactly what I want to make - can you tell me what the pattern is, or did you make it up?

Posted by: Helen | Aug 6, 2006 3:19:55 PM

I noticed that you knitted Gyrid, a Lavold pattern. I am having some trouble with the lifted increases. Any suggestions? I know how to do the "usual" ones but I think I am missing something. . . .that is what I am dabbling with . . .or maybe frustrated with.

Posted by: Brenda | Aug 7, 2006 7:09:19 PM

I have dabbled in a log cabin blanket and am inspired by your test square for yours using short rows. Any chance of some detailed instructions or were they spur of the moment go with the flow stuff?

Posted by: minxxy | Aug 10, 2006 2:25:53 AM

Hi Nona,

I just ordered that book, I'm really looking forward to starting on some blankets.

Completely unrelated - do you have any tips for securing knots? My Claptois just developed a hole and I'm not sure how to repair it beyond knotting the loose ends and securing them. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Posted by: Kate | Aug 16, 2006 1:24:08 PM

Does Nona knit anymore?

Posted by: Susan | Aug 23, 2006 6:48:06 PM

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