Thursday, July 16, 2015

Vacationland


Time for me to enjoy some time off! I'll be enjoying a restful extended week with my family, back on Monday July 27, with lots of exciting things to come in August.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

New Cast On: Tailspin

This summer has just been rocketing by - what with kids home constantly, vacations here and there, and my awesome trip to the Zombie Knitpocalypse retreat and marketplace a couple weeks ago (seriously, the nicest knitters around!). Mostly, I feel like a chicken running around with her head cut off.

After the craziness of prepping for the ZK market, I took a little time away from knitting. I love, love, love to knit, but breaks can be good - I worked on a bit of embroidery and re-learned how to make friendship bracelets (totally addictive). But, today, I am casting on for something new: the Tailspin shawl from Josh Ryks of Geoknittrix. I should probably really finish one of the (many) WIPs I've got going, but I'm craving a new cast on. (Plus, I met Josh at ZK, and he's super darling, and his designs in person are even more gorgeous that the pictures.)



The pattern calls for two main colors with a variety of mini skeins, but I'm trying something a little different. Instead of the minis, I'm substituting one of my variegated gradient skeins. I'm using my Sure-Footed sock yarn in Stormy Skies and Violet for the two main colors with Domestic Merino in Vodka Tonic for the mini-skein substitute.  (And that picture, with the Star Wars comic, Paddington book, and a calendar turned to the wrong date pretty much sums up my life right now.)


Monday, May 11, 2015

New Yarn: Bulky Single Ply

There's a brand new yarn at Knits in Class - the gorgeous, fluffy, squishy, squeezable, extra chunky Bulky Single Ply. Each skein is four gorgeous ounces of 100% Merino wool.

Because of it's chunkiness and the single ply, I'm finding that it takes up dye a lot like roving, which is making for some really beautiful kettle dyed skeins.

I just finished test knitting the yarn in the Big Lace Scarf and I was pretty much sold on it after the first row.

Bulky Single Ply is already available through my Etsy shop, and will be making its live and in-person debut this weekend at Shepherd's Harvest (I'll be in building B with the Anoka Fiber Works people). 


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WIDN

I see the hashtag WIDN (what I'm doing now) pop up in my Instagram feed all the time. Whether it's directed at me or not, it never fails to lead me to think about what I'm working on at that time. The answer is usually too much, but clearly blogging hasn't made it into the mix lately.

Here's what I'm doing now:

Knitting an Axial cardi.


Pretending that I've done more than knit the first few rows of the Movie Night Blanket.


Playing with some new (to me) immersion and resist dye techniques.


Testing out a new color to see if it looks as good knit up as it does in the skein.


Keeping up with the littles.


So, what are you doing right now?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Polos Headband and Cabling without a cable needle

How many of you out there have successfully transitioned to cabling without a cable needle? This skill has been on my must-acquire list for years, but I am just now giving it a try.

Oh, and I'm pretty terrible at it. So terrible, in fact, that I got mad at my lack of skills and banished my Polos headband to a few months of dust gathering. And, Knitscene had provided such beautifully written and illustrated instructions for how to cable without a needle that I was also mad at myself for my inability to follow them.

I avoided all projects with cables for a few months.

But, here's the kicker - I love cables. I love the way they look and how they seem to magically shape into beautiful designs while you're knitting them. So, I started the Axial cardigan. And I'm dyeing up some yarn to make the Movie Night Blanket for the Holla Knits 2015 KAL. I decided cabling with a cable needle wasn't so bad after all. Now it's time to finish up that Polos.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Making repairs

Bad, bad dog.



That is (was) the collar of my Sybil sweater. The one I worked for ages on. The one that I love for its warm coziness on cool mornings. The one that my dog decided was oh-so-delicious.


Believe it or not, I do feel sorry for my little Lucy. She really only chews when she's stressed, and I'm not completely sure what's bothering her. (Fortunately, the yarn came back up, so she doesn't have a blockage. Unfortunately, I had to clean that up.)

Looking at this in a glass-half-full kind of way, it is lucky that Lucy only chewed one side of a sewn-on collar. She very kindly did not eat the center back of the sweater. So, Sybil goes to the mending basket, where I will detach the collar, and pull it back to the first un-chewed row, re-knit and re-attach the collar. After a good wash, it should be good as new.  

Friday, January 9, 2015

FO: Nessie

December just about did me in. Between weeks of colds and a killer sinus infection, holiday activities, and kids' hockey, it's a miracle there were any handmade gifts this year. But, I did manage to finish - on time - a special handmade gift for each of my children. The Loch Ness monster has been a long-time interest of Finn's, so it was a natural choice for his gift this year.

 However, much like this post spent ages in my drafts before I published it, Loch Ness has been in my pattern queue for ages, purchased and downloaded months before I actually started knitting it. I blame it on the short rows. Short rows are my knitting nemesis, and once I discover a pattern features this technique, said pattern tends to give shoved to the back of the queue until I decide I can face it. (This pattern took almost 5 years to resurface.)

I'm clearly still not awesome at the short row thing - Nessie's neck is a little funky. Poor thing has a permanent crick in her long, lovely neck.

She's still a cute little thing, though, and is well-loved by Finn - rather than patrolling the depths of Loch Ness, Nessie is surfing through blankets in a cozy bed.