Teaching the Magic Loop…

Yesterday I had the privilege of teaching 2 lovely knitter’s the Magic Loop!! I use this technique to knit 2 at a time things…socks, hats, sleeves for my sweaters and anything else I can think of that requires 2 things to be the same. It eliminates the need for DPN’s (Double Point Needles), as some knitter’s just find them challenging. I use DPN’s myself a whole lot, as it’s how I was taught, but can certainly see the frustration that they can pose. When I work the Emily Ocher cast on, boy do they flop around!

 

These pics are how to cast on for just one thing and long, long ago I made a video for JBW showing how to cast on 2 at a time for the Magic Loop.  Full disclosure…shhhhh…top secret…I like to join by slipping the first cast (long tail cast on) on stitch to the right hand needle and then  slipping the last cast on stitch over the top to the left and snug it all up. SOOOOOO that negates the 2 at a time cast on, so then I will use DPN’s to cast on my stitches for the 2nd thing and slip them onto the needles and then join as noted above.

The other little tip is to make sure that your working yarn for both things is ALWAYS coming between and to the back of your needles before moving onto the 2nd piece you are knitting.

Enjoy and as always happy knitting!

Jeanne aka BBK

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Back in the game…

Well I have been obviously missing from my site for sometime and I happy to say I am back!! It’s been a tough year so far, but is really looking up for the last bit! I can now walk well and the dogs are almost grown up dogs and behave most of the time now. They will be 18 months on the 5th of January and our trainer assures us that’s a real milestone in their development.

We have a charming new yarn shop here in Reno called the Yarn Refuge  and I am teaching some classes there. Today I am teaching some great students the Magic Loop and am excited to get back to what I really love. I always learn something from my students and usually it’s more than I teach them.

I have been purging all the things as well and can’t tell you how much lighter my life feels. Of course there is more work to be done, but I have successfully gotten the idea into my head that I don’t need whatever it is I may think I want.

For now I leave you with some dogs pics, hiking pics (it’s so good to feel stable on my feet) and as always happy knitting!

Jeanne

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So much nothing…

I have been hyper focused lately on my physical issues and recently looked up and realized that I am so lucky to have these trials in my life. I broke my ankle on January 1st and 1 plate and 9 screws later found myself crying with pain, but also found that my husband, kids and so many amazing friends held me up and dried my tears for me.

I was such a mess in the beginning that I couldn’t even knit…horrors!!! Of course now it’s 3 months plus and my ankle is amazing for such a short time since I broke it.

Then there’s my knees…sigh! I just had a CT scan on my left knee to see what’s up (I can’t have an MRI as I have brain coils for 2 aneurysms more to be grateful for) and while I was waiting to get into the CT machine a lady was brought in who was just plain angry…actually really angry and frustrated about the time it was taking. The staff slipped her in front of me in a very sweet way and apologized to me, but there was no need really. This lady reminded me to breathe into life and swim with the current and I thank her so much!

Yes things have been pretty tough lately, but I have so much to be grateful for and when I allow that gratitude to be foremost in my thoughts things go so much better.

I have been knitting and bouncing around trying to write The Textures Of Nevada Shawl pattern while swimming up stream…it just doesn’t go well when I do that. I am now breathing and leaning into the process of knitting. Every stitch I make is a moment of my life and it’s all beautiful! I have to shout out to my friend, Jenny for being so patient and such a fabulous model! Jenny you ROCK!!!

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So with that I wish everyone a beautiful day filled with beautiful moments of joy!

Happy creating BBK

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A knitting lesson…

This last fall I had a special close encounter with 2 lovely people as I was making my deliveries for New Harvest Farm. You know…one of those times when everything just clicks and you get their jokes and they get yours…right? Kellan and Jessica have come into my life to remind me how fun life and knitting can be…thanks you two!!

They had their 1st knitting lesson on Monday and I forgot how much I enjoy passing along the knitting wisdom that was so freely given to me by others.

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We talked about all sorts of things and of course cast on a few times. Kellan knit when he was young and it was fun to watch the muscle memory kick in. By the end of the lesson Jessica was a real ace and Kellan even leaned in and helped her with her stitches.

Knitting is so much more than just making stuff, it’s the moments that are incorporated into each stitch, the laughter, working together and the joy of accomplishment!!!

With that I am off to knit a bit and create some moments! Happy creating from BBK!!

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A bitter sweet ending…

I always get the weirdest feeling when I finish a project, as if I am a bit lost. What to work on next?How do you feel when you finish a project?

The Textures Of Nevada Shawl has been delivered, photographed and completed! All 3 parts will only be $1.00 each until the end of March. Then the full pattern will be available and the price will go up at that time, so jump on board now for a real bargain!

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Cleansing my knitting palate…

I have been out of touch lately which has been primarily because of my broken ankle. My 8 1/2 month old pups, Oreo and Nibbler, were chasing a UFO that had landed on a rural road near my home. The sighting occurred on New Years day and I started to run after them and my foot was caught in a gopher hole and SNAP, crunch, OUCH, Continue reading

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Knitting the Stack It Up Hat &Wristers…

Happy New Year to all of you! I just finished knitting up an updated version of the Stack It Up Hat & Wristers in a single color version!! I love knitwear and don’t limit mine to the winter, but of course it is winter and this fun set is warm and cozy! It knits up super duper fast in the one color version…

 

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Stack It Up Hat & Wristers fast knitting project!

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Knitted Stack It Up Hat close up…

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Hand Knit Stack It Up Wristers with buttons!!

I loved using buttons on this version and they give the wrist warmers just the right amount of zing! Ribbon would be amazing as well!

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Hand knit, one color, Stack It Up Hat top…nice Huh?

So with no further fanfare I give you the Stack It Up Hat & Wristers in a single color! Perfect for that one special yarn you bought, but aren’t sure what to do with.

Happy New Year and may it hold all the magic you desire in each and every stitch!! BBK!!

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It’s a new pattern…

It’s a new pattern!! It’s unisex and it’s easy peasy!! I had a lot of fun designing this one and can’t wait to make a few more sets in other yarns. Originally it was published by Jimmy Beans Wool for their November Big Beanie Bag subscription and who knows they may have a couple left.

I enjoyed everything about this…the yarn…the knitting…the colors…the texture…sigh…how I love knitting!

I want to thank my friend Emily for modeling the samples on the spur of the moment. Emily is the Owner/Operator of Natural Selection here in Reno and I just adore her, as well as her entire family! It’s my favorite place to hang out, as there is always something new and exciting to learn, or see, or both!

So until next time I give you the “Stack It Up Hat & Wristers” and happy knitting to all and to all a good night! Hugs BBK!

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Autumn…

We recently had a mini weekend in Bridgeport California and it was magnificent! Now there has been snow and I think that we just squeaked in at the perfect time for some amazing views. I am just going to leave this here for a bit and hope everyone is getting into the spirit of the changing weather with some knitting! Knit on BBK!!

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Growing up with Sandy Jo…

I have been offline for sometime now and am slowly coming back to reality. It’s odd that even though I knew my Sandy Jo (Jo is the Scots word for dear friend) would leave her body behind I find I wasn’t as well prepared for her passing as I thought I would be. Really who ever is?

She had the unzipping party that she wanted! She was surrounded by her family and her closest friends and I am blessed to be amongst those she chose to spend her life with, as well as her unzipping. She decided quite sometime ago that she would unzip from her corporeal body freeing her spirit and that’s just what she did!

She had endometrial cancer and she gave it a real run for the money, but it beat her in the end. I think cancer sucks (she did too)!!!

Sandy and I met and became friends through our passion for knitting, as we both worked at Jimmy Beans Wool for a long time. We are both very grateful for JBW and the family that we have there.

We sang, laughed, cried, danced and held onto each other for dear life. You see we both felt broken when we met and somehow came together. Our friendship began healing us and was so much cheaper than therapy we always laughed!

Neither of us trusted women (we always worked with the less complicated male human and had both been betrayed by women quite a few times) and were very cautious at first, but the trust came as we realized how much alike we really are.

We accepted each other ‘As Is’ and grew to be soul sisters as our dear friend Victoria says.

Our relationship is rare and so very precious! It’s one that I wish for everyone to experience at least once in a lifetime. While we are now separated in the physical world, we carry each other’s love forever!

Sandy gave her daughter, Melissa to us and I just love Melissa and her family so much! This was huge for Sandy, as Melissa is an only child, so clearly we earned the trust of her heart. She knew Melissa would need friends and lots of support. We are not going anywhere M!!!

I would like to publically thank both Melissa and her husband Miguel for their service to our country. They served in the Navy and Miguel just retired last year; while Melissa retired to raise their children. You two are amazing examples to those around you and I love you both so much!

Of course I have been knitting through the pain of such a great loss and will be releasing a new pattern soon. That’s for another post, as today, Saturday the 18th of September, 2016 we are celebrating one of the most amazing women I have ever known.

Sandy Jo may you rest in peace until we meet again…I love you my soul sister!!!

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