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Take Me Out to the Ballpark

October 26

My husband Steve and I are lucky to spend time in a small town in Ohio that has a liliputian baseball field.  It’s nestled in a grove of trees within walking distance of our house. Named in honor of Bob Feller, the famous Cleveland Indians pitcher, it was once home to the local Little League.

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I used to be a trail runner and a bit of a gym rat. For now I’ve ditched the discipline of running and  am discovering the joy of  just “playing” – it’s a whole new ballgame (ha, ha).  It’s a blast to grab the softballs and mitts, head for Feller Field, and simply play catch or hit a few balls. Steve is a very good teacher and patient coach. He also has good reflexes, which is a good thing because on those rare occasions when I actually hit the ball, it tends to rocket right at him. (I keep trying to reassure him this is not intentional.)

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Naturally, I had to drag knitting into this activity. What better way to lug the balls and gloves than in a string bag?  Elisa’s Nest Tote is a pattern that fits the bill perfectly. Not only is it stretchy and fun to make, but the pattern is free too. I made it about 50% bigger than the pattern called for, in Knit Picks Comfy Fingering yarn. I used blue and red, as a nod toward our adopted home team , the Cleveland Indians.

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Floral Gathering Sac

March 13

As I wandered around Stitches West, a lot of people asked me about my bag. It’s the Floral Gathering Sac by Pam Allen, and was one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve ever worked on. The design is so unusual and pretty!

The original pattern does not call for felting, but I wanted a good sturdy bag without having to line it. I swatched and came up with a gauge that’d give me the size bag I wanted. I used good ol’ Cascade 220. Because I wanted the maximum detail, I knitted it single strand on #8 needles. This gave me the crisp points and lines necessary to keep the motifs’ delicate feel.

 The other good thing about felting was that I had done very little intarsia before. Which means I had some wonky stitches where the colors met. I threw the bag in the washing machine and Voila! Wonky stitches magically disappeared.

 

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