The Many Shades of Gray

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Rowan is growing like a weed and needed a new sweater…so

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Doesn’t he look adorable?

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Little bit camera shy, but look at that belly.  Pattern: My own design. Yarn: Tanis Fibre Arts Yellow Label in Chris Grey.

 

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My friend is an amazing woman. Her idea of a good time is to spend the month of March  hiking the Iditarod Trail in Alaska, while pulling a sled with all her supplies. the whole 1200 miles!  See pretty special, right? (And she’s a grandma). She certainly deserved something special, just like her.

 

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She is Finnish, but I took a little cultural liberty and knit a Norwegian design.                      Pattern: The Winter Fantasy Jacket from Drops.     Yarn: Plucky Knitter Bello Fingering                                                                                        

 

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It’s all about the BABY

img_6512img_6534img_6565img_6582img_6597img_6585img_6472img_6469img_6461img_6567img_6528img_6513James is getting all the knitting love this year. I have taken to calling her my muse. I have had quite a bit of fun dressing this little girl in all the knits. The top design is made with Swans Island Fingering weight in various colors (the pink is a Koigu pale pink I had on hand). The last two designs are made with Koigu. I watch her five days a week and our house is chilly so to be sure she takes a nice long nap I want her to be as cozy as possible. The top design is her Easter sweater and I think she looks smashing and also seems to like it, which is always good for the knitwear designer. The Swans Island is lovely (as, of course, is the Koigu) I hope to be using it again, maybe in something for me.

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All the joy!!!

So my girls were very sneaky this Christmas. They dressed themselves, their children and one of their husbands in all the knits I have made for them over the last few years, then they pranced around on one of the coldest days this winter, photographing all the shenanigans. Then they made a book just for me! It is perhaps the most beautiful and thoughtful gift I have ever received. Caty is a fabulous photographer and my grandkids are pretty adorable. There are quite a few so think I will only share a few at a time. Special on so many levels. Thank you, I LOVE it!oh_knitwear_embraceable-ewe_068_1oh_knitwear_embraceable-ewe_065-1oh_knitwear_embraceable-ewe_053oh_knitwear_embraceable-ewe_063oh_knitwear_embraceable-ewe_061oh_knitwear_embraceable-ewe_059oh_knitwear_embraceable-ewe_057oh_knitwear_embraceable-ewe_051oh_knitwear_embraceable-ewe_050boh_knitwear_embraceable-ewe_047-1

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Eeeek Steeks!!!!

Please join me October 6th from 4-7 PM at Flock, Nantucket for a Steeking Class.

Eeeek, STEEKS!!!!

By Heidi Todd Kozar

Isla Cardi

Steeks are the secret ingredient of the glorious Fair Isle and Stranded Colorwork garments everyone loves. Steeks are the bridge of stitches that are reinforced and then CUT open. Steeks will free you if you hate to purl, even if you never plan to knit a stranded color work garment. In this class we will look at various methods of steeking, how to reinforce our steeks, the frightening cutting and the beautiful finishing of our steeks. Steeks can be used in stranded color work or just to facilitate knitting in the round. We will discuss the placement of steeks within a garment. At the end of this class you will be cutting your knitting with abandon.

 

Class limited to 15.

 

Supplies Needed: Two light colored, worsted weight WOOL yarns and appropriately sized circular or double pointed needles. Sewing scissors, a crochet hook to correspond to the weight of the yarn and a tapestry needle.

 

Homework: Knit a 6” x 6” swatch in worsted weight WOOL. MUST BE WOOL!!!

 

Knitting Level: Intermediate. Should be comfortable knitting in the round. Color work knowledge is not necessary.

 

Price: $40.00 per student

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Fishing.

IMG_2738 IMG_2739 IMG_2740 IMG_2742 IMG_2757Back in the days when our daughters were wee girls and we had a long car trip ahead of us, I searched the library for family friendly audio books that would also entertain the adults. One author we all loved was the outdoor writer Pat McManus. He was more a humorist than a hardcore hunting writer. The story that still sticks with me 20 odd years later had to do with his version of sequencing. It goes something like this… In the spring his wife asked him to cut the grass, but he had lent his lawn mower to his neighbor the previous fall, when his neighbor lent him his snow blower. Now before he could return the snow blower and ask for his lawn mower back he had to replace a part that had broken while in Pat’s care. When he went to get in his truck to run to town for the part he noticed that his front tire was flat. When he looked for the jack to lift up his truck he remembered he had used it last fall to prop us his boat trailer. In the end he decided it was just easier to go fishing.

As I lay in bed on Saturday morning I thought of Pat McManus as I often do when I am planning out the chores around the farm… All farm work is just a sequence. I wanted to clean out the old chicken coop to move my new baby chicks into a warmer, larger and brighter home. They were rapidly growing out of their 40 gallon water trough space. But before I could clean out the coop I really needed to push the compost back and turn it to make it nice and fluffy before I added a new layer of manure. My compost is a huge affair requiring the tractor to efficiently turn it over. While I had the tractor to myself (because a tractor of my own is the first thing I am buying when I win the lottery…) I should run over to the stone ruin where I now store the gorgeous cow manure my fabulous son-in-law brings me for every major holiday and turn it, fluffing it for the veggie garden. Huh, I should probably just pull a few weeds around my beech tree and pick up the mail. So, you see where this is going. The coop did finally get a thorough cleaning. Rich repaired the floor that had fallen in. He also reinforced our perimeter fence to keep out the bad guys. I spread new shavings, filled the feed and water troughs, turned on the heat lamp and moved the girls. They were dazed when they saw their new digs but within a few moments they were clucking contentedly. Farm work and chores are never a straight line so I feel I have accomplished even more when I actually finish what I planned. But sometimes, occasionally, I do throw in the towel and just go fishing, or in my case pick up my knitting. It’s just easier.

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All Shiny and New

Boo Berries

Sweet old girl who has gone to the BIG pasture in the sky. Missing my sheep this evening.

Welcome to my shiny, new blog. Have a wander around, Enjoy!

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Madaket Mittens

Madaket Mittens by Heidi Todd Kozar. Blue Moon Fiber Arts Yaksi DK

Recently I had the pleasure to work with Blue Moon Fiber Arts Yaksi DK. You HAVE to get your hands on this yarn. It is soft and warm and so scrumptious. I designed these mittens to take advantage of all that goodness. Really they are crazy warm. I took them for a test drive on one of our extremely cold days last week and they kept my hands toasty warm. I realized I spent most of my walk rubbing the inside of my mitten because the yarn felt so lovely.

The second daughter is jonesing for these so they may have a new home soon.

A friend asked me recently about the names of my patterns. Madaket is the village on the western end of Nantucket Island where I grew up. My dad built us a cottage near the beach there when I was about 5 years old. Twenty eight years ago Rich and I took the original cottage off it’s foundation with a crane (well, the contractor did the heavy lifting), built a new first floor with three bedrooms, two baths and a foyer, then we (they) lifted the original cottage back up on top of the first floor and it became our living room, dining room, kitchen and powder room. It is a tiny cottage still but much more in tune with our needs as a family. It was the center of our summers and still looms large in all our vacation plans. As a child I spent all my summer days wandering around Madaket on foot and on my bike and fortunately my girls had much the same experience. Afternoons were always spent at the beach. It was a glorious childhood and I wanted to celebrate my island with this design. Madaket can also be a brutal place in the winter, taking the brunt of terrible storms. So a warm pair of mittens are mandatory for any winter beach walks.

I hope you enjoy making these as much as you I know you will love wearing them.

(I did notice that BMFA is out of the Yaksi DK, but Tina promises it will be back soon.)

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