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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

Turkey Tracks: Carroll Rhodes Risk’s Sweaters

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Turkey Tracks:  April

Carroll Rhodes Risk’s Sweaters

Carroll and I went to high school together back in the dark ages.

We reconnected a few years back online.  She loves fiber art as much as I do.

She sent me these pics of two sweaters she made that she especially loved.

Oh my goodness!!  They are quite something, aren’t they?

I thought you’d like to see them, so…ENJOY!

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April 16, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Turkey Tracks: Giovanna McCarthy’s Knitting

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Turkey Tracks:  March 26, 2016

Giovanna McCarthy’s Knitting

I can knit.

But I have to follow a pattern.  I rarely try to “wing it.”

And some patterns make me break out in a cold sweat–mostly because if I make a mistake, I would not know how to fix it from within an intricate pattern.  (And I can fix dropped knits and purls, etc.)

But not Giovanna McCarthy.  She just gets better and better and takes on more and more intricate patterns.

Such as…this shawl.

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And look at his gorgeous shawl pin:

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Oh my goodness!!  Giovanna’s work just blows me away.

She is an inspiration!

 

 

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March 26, 2016 at 4:21 pm

Turkey Tracks: Sister Sue Visits and Fingerless Mittens

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Turkey Tracks:  October 22, 2015

Sister Sue Visits and Fingerless Mittens

It’s been busy, busy here.

Sister Susan came for a visit to see the fall leaves and me–the trees are still turning and are very late this year.  But many were beautiful while Sue was here.

While Sue was here, the old oven went out (the back door had to be removed and the old oven dismantled in the kitchen), and the new oven went in.

Sue brought good luck:  this stove event went flawlessly thanks to carpenter and friend Stephen Pennoyer (who came today to install the new stainless steel backsplash), the installation crew from Kelsey’s Appliance, and Linda McKinny, who cleaned where the old stove had been.  The new stove came in with a half-inch leeway!

We walked every day.  The girl dogs were in doggie heaven.

There was a cold snap one day, and we bundled up–which meant I could use the hand-knit fingerless mittens Stephen’s mother Mary Sue Bishop made for me.  (Mary is one of my oldest friends here in Camden.)

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Don’t they go nicely with my new light LLBean coat and the winter hair band Bonnie Sinatro made for me last year.

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Mary Sue Bishop takes orders for the gloves and uses all sorts of wonderful yarns.  And Bonnie is a fellow Bellevue High School (Offutt AFB) 1963 classmate and terrific email friend.

Here’s Sue at Camden Deli for a cup of coffee after our cold-snap walk:

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And here’s our view of the Camden Harbor at dusk.  We’re at the point where the river comes under these buildings and spills in to the harbor.  The windjammers are getting their plastic winter cocoons these days, and the harbor is slowly emptying out.

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