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Giovanna McCarthy’s Knitting

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Turkey Tracks: March 29, 2021

Giovanna McCarthy’s Knitting

Giovanna McCarthy is a master knitter.

She stopped by the other day to bring me this beautiful shawl/scarf, which I will treasure forever.

She said the pattern is meant to embody ocean water rolling out over the beach sand at its edge.

The outer darker edge is deeper water, with a curvy wave line reflected in the work. The water color fades to a lighter blue as it grows more shallow, and, then, there is the foamy water at the edge where the wave spreads out over the sand.

This piece is a work of art from an artist! Wonderful!

Thank you Giovanna!

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March 29, 2021 at 8:28 am

A Surprise Gift

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Turkey Tracks: February 27, 2021

A Surprise Gift

A dear friend hung a very pretty bag on my outside door handle the other day. Inside was a very sweet card, a beautiful pin, and this gorgeous cowl made in the green colors I so love.

I already adore it and wear it every chance I get.

The kindness of my friends and family are what are getting me through the isolation of the pandemic. And I do try to play this kind of kindness forward as well.

We all should, you know.

Oh, to be able to get a haircut!

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February 27, 2021 at 1:26 pm

More Of Giovanna’s Knitting

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Turkey Tracks: November 15, 2020

More Of Giovanna’s Knitting

Giovanna McCarthy is a master knitter, and I do love to see and share her work.

She just finished this lap-size throw and is blocking it. Oh my! How gorgeous is this work? Very GORGEOUS.

Giovanna says the piece below is a “knitted quilt.”

I think it is a knitted piece of art and am encouraging her to hang it as such.

The colors are so, so pretty.

Enjoy!

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November 15, 2020 at 9:17 am

Giovanna’s Lacework Knitting

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Turkey Tracks: July 13, 2020

Giovanna’s Lacework Knitting

I can’t imagine being able to knit like Giovanna McCarthy does.

Just look at this beautiful shawl:

How on earth does she do it?

She is a master knitter, for sure.

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July 13, 2020 at 8:10 am

Giovanna’s Recent Knitting Projects

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Turkey Tracks: July 1, 2020

Giovanna’s Recent Knitting Projects

Giovanna’s pandemic knitting continues. Look at these two very pretty finished projects. She makes the difficult look easy.

I often wonder if I’d like to have a dressmaker’s mannequin. I read mixed reviews about them. The adjustable ones are also…expensive. And there is absolutely no space in my sewing areas to put one anyway. So today, as is usual with this issue, I’m not going there. That’s not to say it’s over though.

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July 1, 2020 at 1:17 pm

Turkey Tracks: Giovanna’s Completed Knitted Projects

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May 17, 2020

I recently posted some of Giovanna McCarthy’s knitting projects from the past few months—as we Stay-At-Home.

She sent me pictures of two of the projects she has since completed, and I though you all would like to see them.

Here’s the shawl, which is just WOW!

And here’s the “painting the bricks” project, which is another “Wow”!

Giovanna makes this kind of lacy work look easy. It isn’t!

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May 17, 2020 at 7:57 am

Turkey Tracks: Giovanna’s Recent Knitting Projects

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May 8, 2020

Giovanna McCarthy is a master knitter.

I so enjoyed seeing pictures of her recent work, and I thought you might too.

Here is an in-progress shawl.

I adore this sweater. She will look so pretty wearing it. And I look forward to the day when I see it ON HER.

The longer length on this one makes it work like a jacket. Lovely. And, of course, the texture is beautiful.

Giovanna is known for the intricate lacy knitting work she does. Here is a great example. This one is “in progress” as it still needs, sleeves. The color is yummy!

She called this next “in progress” work something like “painting the bricks.” I believe it is going to be a shawl???

Thanks, Giovanna, for sharing your work. All of these wonderful projects have made my day brighter.

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May 8, 2020 at 8:05 am

Turkey Tracks: Karen Martin’s Donation Knitted Hats

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Turkey Tracks:  September 19, 2018

Karen Martin’s Donation Knitted Hats

I always admire the work people in my community do for others.

Like, Karen Martin, for instance.

She’s been knitting knit hats for a state event for disabled children.  Each year specific colors are selected, and knitters can combine them as they see fit.  The hats with a yarn-color pattern will go to this event.  Solid hats will be donated locally.  Our library, for instance, has a Christmas tree every year where local matters hang hats, mittens, and scarves.

A bouquet of knitted hats:

Go Karen!

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September 19, 2018 at 11:45 am

Turkey Tracks: Hats to Donate for Children

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Turkey Tracks:  November 14, 2017

Hats to Donate for Children

I am always appreciative of and amazed with the number of donated winter hats, mittens, and scarves that our Maine local women make for our community children.

Margaret Elaine Jinno, of Coastal Quilters (Maine), came to our CQ Sit and Sew last Wednesday with this batch of colorful hats she had made for school children–hats requested by someone at the elementary school who wanted some extras to protect the heads of forgetful children:

I liked them all, but I loved this one:

Here they all are:

Go Margaret Elaine!

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November 14, 2017 at 1:25 pm

Turkey Tracks: Knitting Selvage Placemats

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December 21, 2016

Knitting Selvage Placemats

There are TWO selvages on any width of fabric.

(Fat quarters have just one.)

One selvage can be colorful with round dots to show the different dyes, cool sayings, the name of the fabric, the name of the designer, and so forth.  Indeed, fabric makers are getting quite creative with these selvages now as quilters are making all sorts of products using them, including dramatic and gorgeous quilts.

When I first started quilting over 20 years ago, we were always cautioned NOT to use the selvage as the selvage was “different” than the fabric and would not handle or wash the same way.  So, we just threw them away.

The OTHER selvage is often plain, and for years I’ve thought about what might be done with those.

I’ve tried knitting old t-shirt strips.  They are ok, but a bit thick.  I have a small rug upstairs made from t-shirt strips.  It sits under the dog bowls.

BUT, what about these OTHER selvages?

I cleaned some up, which means getting the ripping threads under control, and looped enough together to make a long, continuous strand.

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Time has shown that making LOTS of long strands is better than trying to make one large ball.  It’s easy enough to attach new ones.  I also learned to loop the long strands together and to wrap them into a loose knot so they don’t tangle and retangle with the other long strands in the bottom of my knitting bag.Here is the first placemat, completed this week:

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Not bad.  I got a big crochet hook and went around the edges with a single stitch just to refine it a big.

This lone one is very cute on my dining room table actually.  It needs some bright cloth napkins.  Aqua maybe.  Or, green.  Or red.  Whatever.

I could have also bound off the edge and turned the work, picked up stitches from the short side, and knitted there a bit.  That would have been the start of a rug I think, where I bound off and turned the work at regular intervals.  Finished panels could be joined into a bigger rug.  The Mason Dixon knitters already figured that out.   (See Kay Gardiner, Ann Shayne, MASON*DIXON KNITTING.)  (I’m sure there are earlier blog posts here on this folks.  Search on the right sidebar search button.)

But heaven knows I don’t need anymore rag rugs at the moment.  You can see earlier posts about all the rag rugs made on a primitive Appalachian hand loom–using old sheets, fabric strips, etc.

There are an astonishing number of selvages in this placemat.  I just pin the whole project to the design wall, loop new selvages over one of the knitting needles, and when I get a hunk of them, I clean them up. loop them up, and spend some time knitting them into the work.

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December 21, 2016 at 1:49 pm