27 November 2015

Winter Warm and Cozy

Here are some of my favorite winter knits from years past! I do love stranded color knitting.

13 November 2015

Baby Sweaters

The colors are not true: the stripes are soft gold and sky blue.
I am on a baby/toddler sweater kick. Why? Because they are quick to knit, and you can be corny. Here are a few of my creations.

The photo doesn't capture the subtle peeries as the colors change.

Abigail models pink sweater with watermelon buttons

08 June 2015

A new knitting site for kids' knits!

"Welcome to Knittin' Little, a site dedicated to helping you bring the love of fiber arts to your own children. We publish a quarterly knitting pattern collection focused on knitwear for both boys and girls. We also post regular blog articles with ideas on sharing the love of fiber arts with your children, product reviews, interviews, and articles on general child development and children's lifestyle.
Knittin' Little believes children learn best by doing, and we want to support you in facilitating that adventure. 
It's Knittin' Little's launch week! Please stop by our blog all this week for a variety of fun content! 
Our first pattern collection will be Fall 2015. Calls for submissions for Winter 2015 will go out towards the end of the summer"

(I don't know this person, but the site is very appealing!)

11 May 2015

Hot off the needles

Here are a few woolen hats I made over the past two weeks, just to keep my hands and mind busy.

This is not a hat, but it makes a nice contrast!

11 April 2015

If it's spring, why I am knitting winter hats?

Sporty black-and-lime green Basic Go-To hat
I bought some of my favorite Wool of the Andes yarn to make myself a cardigan:

It's a design I created, with Icelandic inspiration. Now it's resting till next winter, when it will be needed.

I had quite a bit of leftover yarn, so I am whipping up hats. They are 2-3 hour works of art:

A lovely pink Basic Go-To hat, tending toward the cool/bluish side of the pink spectrum
Subtle grey-and-pink striped Basic Go-To Hat

05 April 2015

My friend Iris is having a baby!

In Prague, I have a friend who is, thank God, also a writer. We are able to stay in touch after I moved to FL in November 2013 because we both like to write, so we write to each other on FB quite often, and in depth.

Iris and Rebekah, another dear friend
The good news is that Iris is having a baby in July! I am Iris's unofficial grandmother, so I am honor-bound to knit some wonderful baby items. Here are some ideas.

23 March 2015

Kinesthetic learner

I have recently figured out that I am a kinesthetic learner. This means, in a nutshell, that I learn best by touching or handling things. 

Only about 5% of people are kinesthetic learners, according to research done by the University of Alabama School of Medicine, so I am in yet another minority. 

I have known for quite a while that I am not an auditory learner: what I hear is not retained unless I immediately write it down. This made me think I was a visual learner, as I thought looking at the information is how I process it. But I can easily see that the act of writing is what helps me retain the information at least as much as the act of seeing it written down.

Here is a description of kinesthetic learners:

"Tactile or Kinesthetic Learners
Can you feel it? If you like to touch things to obtain information, you are very likely the hands-on kind. You like to feel the information, if at all possible, learning in the doing. Here are some characteristics of tactile learners: 

1. You learn best when you are hands-on––moving, doing, and touching help make the information real to you.  This is why I love to knit--it's not the finished product I seek, it's the process of knitting. I especially love to read and knit--the knitting helps me remember what I read. I also like to knit when someone is talking to me, for the same reason.

2. You use your hands when you talk.  I certainly do!
3. You remember events by what happened but not necessarily what was said or seen.  True, to the point that I usually don't hold the same memories as others about what we did together. We have startlingly different recollections.
4. You're good at drawing, art, cooking, construction—–things that require manual manipulation of objects. I loved to color as a kid, and made clothes for my paper dolls. I enjoyed building with my brother's Lincoln Logs and little plastic bricks (pre-Lego)

5. You tend to be adventurous and easily distracted, finding it hard to stay put for long periods. Very true. This is one reason why school classes, either teaching them or learning in them, are so hard for me. I get very antsy. The same problem arises in church services. 
6. You don't like to be hemmed in, preferring to be where you can stand up, move around, and take a break. Yes, indeed. If I am in the middle of a long row at a play, a movie, a concert, a church service or an airplane, I go wild inside. It feels like I am being smothered.
7. You don't like sitting in classrooms when there are things you could do that would teach you more. See 5. and 6. Field trip!

Methods to succeed with this learning style

1. Find your space. You need room to move around, so don't sit in your bedroom with the door closed while you study. The kitchen table might be more suited for your style of learning. I just moved my entire writing set-up to the big dining room table. I have room to spread out my various projects and am in the middle of the action, where I like to be.

2. If you're memorizing abstractions, such as the value of pi, write down the individual numbers or steps on each flash card. Then personalize each flash card with stickers or drawings. After personalizing, scramble the cards and attempt to put them in order. Be sure that you write down the order somewhere or you'll never remember what the sequence was.  If I ever have to memorize pi, I will take this tip to heart. I just hope never to see or hear about pi again in my lifetime.

The tips for visual and auditory learning styles above should help you too, especially learning by association and repeating concepts aloud as you pace around the room. Adapt the tips as needed so that you are interactive with your material." 

So . . . here is a good explanation of why I find some situations that are perfectly normal to other people (the 95%) to be unbearable. I can now restructure my life, so I keep my hands busy. never sit too long in one place and don't expect to remember anything anyone says to me unless I write it down!

19 March 2015

A chicken hat and a French scarf-Basic hat combo

Last week I visited my hometown of Louisville, KY, for the first time in 2 decades. It was a fabulous visit, and I took two gifts with me: a chicken hat and a  French scarf-Basic hat combo. The recipients seemed satisfied.

Here is the chicken hat and its namesake:

The chicken is called barred rock, Plymouth rock or Dominique. Note the b/w stripes in both photos.

The French scarf and Basic Hat are a combo:

The hat is my own pattern on Ravelry.com:

The scarf is on Ravelry.com:

#09 French Scarf by Kim Haesemeyer 

16 January 2015

my glamorous granddaughter in a sweater I knitted for her when I lived in Prague
Since I've moved back to Florida, three things have happened that have a big effect on my knitting:

1. I live in Central FL, near Orlando. You don't need many hats or scarves here, except on a day like today when it was wet and chilly, about 50 degrees. These days are rare. Most days are like this:

2. I am teaching again as at Seminole State College, where I also tutor in the Writing Center. I teach Writing, which is a great pleasure, but it takes many hours to prepare for classes, teach the classes and grade the essays my students write. So I have less free time than in Prague.

Sandhill Crane at Seminole State College
3. I just completed my first novel (my previous books were on career development) and am in the process of publishing it as an ebook on amazon.com. The limited free time that I have is going into the book, Prague for Beginners, and into the new novel I am writing about my days as a back-to-the-lander in upstate New York.

So I have decided to take a break with this blog. It will still be available but I don't expect to update it often. Please visit one of my other blogs (see the list to the right) and my business homepage, www.ili.cc. Thanks for reading!

01 December 2014

Some pretty knitted things

Basic Felted Bag by Sara Tusek, using the Prairie Earth and Sky motif from Fearless Fair Isle Knitting by Kathleen Taylor 
I bought a nice assortment of Valley Yarn's Northampton. The skeins of yarn have been transformed into hats and a bag, with more stuff on the needles.

Scandinavian Hat by Kate Gagnon Osborn from Knit Local
Keep it Simple Hat by April Klich
Georgian Lace Cap by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence
Starving Artist by by Laura Linneman

12 October 2014

Vintage Goods

I ordered an assortment of Vintage yarns in mellow colors a few months ago. I've used all but a few meters of it on a variety of projects. here are a few of them.

a small bag I knitted using a graphed pattern from this amazing book, Fearless Fair Isle Knits

I made myself two Fair Isle vests, though how many times I can wear them in Central Florida is another question. I wore them in Syracuse last weekend when I visited my daughter and her family.

So many vintage knits!