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Abi
1/3 50's housewife 1/3 primitive 1/3 city girl
Interests: (in no particular order) horses, chickens, babies, medical oddities, alpacas, notions, knitting (obviously) but also vintage aprons, o'keefe and stieglitz, nikon d60's, fences that don't fence anything in, old mannequins, fabric, country fairs, classic pyrex casseroles, figuring out how to make gluten free bread that doesn't resemble a brick, doilies...,
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You are so welcome! So glad you enjoyed the pattern. Happy Knitting! xoSpidey
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2013 on Free Pattern! Drop Stitch Cowl at SpiderWomanKnits
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Thanks so much, Ruth! I hope you enjoy knitting it! xoA
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2013 on Free Pattern: The Vermonter at SpiderWomanKnits
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If you're on Pinterest, I'm sure you've seen the frozen banana "ice cream" pin by now. If you're not on Pinterest or have never made this frozen confection before I highly recommend that you promptly fix both of those things.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2013 at SpiderWomanKnits
Hi Val :) I am sorry but I don't :( Not quite sure how it would translate, you'll have to do many more repeats and I am sure that the feel would be quite different. Best of luck! Share a pic!
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2013 on Free Pattern! Drop Stitch Cowl at SpiderWomanKnits
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Oh Janey! Thanks so much! I can not wait to see your FO! Hope you love the yarn :) xoA
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Hey Sarah! One of my brothers lived in Woodstock for a spurt! And now, I have some family and friends in DC too. Thanks so much for taking the time to say Hi :)
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Woops. Just saw this now. Glad you found a copy :) As far as the alpaca fleece goes it really varies and unfortunately there isn't any reliable formula to calculating output. I can tell you that two years of fleece only yielded 40 3-oz skeins. Not much at all. The first year's fleece, the year we got the boys, was barely usable because there was too much veggie matter in it and it was too long. The farm we got them from had never shorn them. Small scale farming is not "profitable" at all but it's self sustainable if that makes sense. My boys keep roughly 2 acres "mowed" without having to use fossil fuels or my own labor beyond the daily chores they require which is minimal compared to equipment land management. They are a pleasure to have and so easy to take care of! My chicken flock ranges between 50-200. I keep both egg layers and meat birds (50 a year/1 roaster per week). The blue egg layers are Arauncana. They are the best!! You have to have a few in any flock. Best of luck! Ask away if you have more questions! xoA
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2013 on yarn! in the shop! at SpiderWomanKnits
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Hi Shelley :) So happy to hear from you from France!! One of my dream locations to visit some day. My dad used to live there and I used to own an old Citroen. Ah, anyhow. The pattern booklet. That's a good question. It doesn't seem like you can order through Berroco but I would go to their site and try to locate a yarn shop in your area that carries their yarn and booklets. I bet that's how you'll be able to find one or perhaps a US yarn shop that ships internationally :)
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2013 on yarn! in the shop! at SpiderWomanKnits
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thank you so much, Amy! it seems like a long while ago when i did your interview. it is lovely and overwhelming to watch dreams materialize. when the time comes for you to have furry beasties don't ever hesitate to ask questions! so happy we're on this journey together! much love, abi
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2013 on yarn! in the shop! at SpiderWomanKnits
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thank you so much, Andrea! i hope you enjoy stitching one up :) xoA
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First, many, many heart felt thanks for your support of my farm and fibery endeavours. I shipped out the first batch of yarn today and have more going out tomorrow. I love knowing that Indy and Hayden are "out there"... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at SpiderWomanKnits
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Indy and Hayden gave up this particular fleece almost two years ago. I had to live with their fleeces for a while, touching them, smelling them and just generally loving them before I was able to drop them off at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2013 at SpiderWomanKnits
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It was my brother Pete's birthday this Tuesday so I jaunted down to NYC to see Cat Power with him! Oh, so fun. I love when all I need is my tiny vintage Amelia Earhart suitcase and an adventurous spirit.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2013 at SpiderWomanKnits
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I designed this cowl as part of my InSPirATion Series of ooak hand knits for my Etsy shop but would love to share the simple recipe for this design here for knitters. Grab: Two main colors and one contrast color... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at SpiderWomanKnits
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Well, hello there! What a blessing the past few months have been. Red Comb Vintage has been keeping me good and busy but I managed to sneak in a very special knit for a very special woman and I am... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2013 at SpiderWomanKnits
Hi Natalie :) You can knit the cowl straight but you will have to make quite a few changes to the pattern. First, instead of alternating K and P rows you will just knit to create a garter stitch. Second, you'll leave off the last YO of each YO row. Lastly, you will also have to hand seam the edges together. But, circular knitting is very easy (and much more convenient), even for a new knitter! You should give it a shot. There are lots of great you tube videos out there can help assist you in the first cast on row. "Be fearless in your knitting." ~ Yarn Harlot :)
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2012 on Free Pattern! Drop Stitch Cowl at SpiderWomanKnits
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Hi Leo :) I knit this a while back so the details are sketchy in my mind but I know for sure that I did not block the hat. Which cast on are you using? Maybe you should try going up a needle size or two just for the cast on? If it's tight it could be "pulling in" the hat. I am sure I used the long tail cast on for this hat. Let me know and good luck!
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2012 on FO: Capucine at SpiderWomanKnits
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Yeah. You're going to have to size up the hat then. Unfortunately, I am really busy the rest of the week so I can't help rework the numbers/decreases etc. right now especially since you have a smaller needle too. You may be able to go up a size to 13 and keep the numbers.
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2012 on Free Pattern: The Vermonter at SpiderWomanKnits
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Hi Nicole, how big is his head? This hat is sized to fit the average adult with a head circumference of approx. 22"
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2012 on Free Pattern: The Vermonter at SpiderWomanKnits
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Thank you so much, Marie-Andree :) I look forward to hearing how you like it! xoA
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2012 on Free Pattern: The Vermonter at SpiderWomanKnits
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Thanks for your feedback, Stevie :) I am so glad that you enjoyed the knit and the end result xoA
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2012 on Free Pattern: The Vermonter at SpiderWomanKnits
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Oh, thank you so, so much Renee for your sweet words! xoA
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2012 on FO: Sweet November at SpiderWomanKnits
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Hi Jenn! I like using Lion Brand Thick and Quick but any super bulky yarn will sub in for the pattern as written. You can try casting on a few more stitches (maybe 10)with the bulky you purchased but it will look and drape differently. Enjoy :) Abi
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2012 on Free Pattern: The Vermonter at SpiderWomanKnits
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Thank you so much, Alexa!
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2012 on Free Pattern: The Vermonter at SpiderWomanKnits
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