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Mary Ellen’s Knitting

Mary Ellen is my mentor, my guru, both for knitting and for parenting adults.  She, her daughter Paula Sue and daughter-in-law Mimi come to camp each year.  Mary Ellen makes Fair Isle and complex cable knitting look easy.  And fast.  She knits sweaters in abundance each and every year.  One year she and Paula Sue, a really good colorist and quilter, collaborated on a fair isle sweater.  Finding the perfect complement of colors is hard and requires much swatching.  Mary Ellen swatches–Not the 4″ or 8″ squares usually recommended.  NO, for Mary Ellen, you swatch a sweater at the full size of the sweater.

The swatches that don’t make it into completed sweaters are large.  Paula Sue cannot stand letting them just sit, so she creates with them.  The following purse is Mary Ellen’s knitting as designed by Paula Sue and the lining is all Paula Sue.  I will treasure it.  When I am not using it, it will hang on the screen in the living room.  It must be shared.

The Lining:


3 Responses

  1. Jane,
    You are too funny. Love the blog on the “scrap fairaisle”.
    Paula Sue

  2. the colors are beautfiul. the lining made me smile.

  3. Love the idea! Built in interior pockets!!!!

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