Monday, July 24, 2017

Scrubland Collection: Bramble

Bramble is an adventurous top. A playful mix of texture and cables make this one of my favorite tops, whether I’m on a nature walk, at the zoo, or on my way to Chick Flick night.

Bramble is worked in two pieces from the bottom and seamed. Stitches are picked up for sleeves and neckband, which are worked in the round.

The finished garment measures 31(34, 37, 40, 43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 58, 61, 64)in/78.25 (86.25, 94, 101.5, 109.25, 116.75, 124.5, 132, 139.75, 147.25, 155, 162.5)cm at bust and measures 24in/61cm from shoulder to hem

The pattern includes both written and charted instructions for the cable panel. Bramble is available in my Ravelry store now!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

OALing Along

I've reached the point in my OAL Hetty body where I want to be knitting anything else but the body. I'm adding quite a bit, to make this sweater hip length, and right now I'm at the point where I want to stop and measure after every repeat, and I still have a few more inches to go. I'm still enjoying it, but I'd rather be working on the button band or the sleeves.

I'm still very excited for this sweater. I can attest that this yarn is indeed extremely cozy- earlier this week at play practice I had a minor blood sugar episode and needed a little nap, and I used what I had so far of the sweater body as a little blanket to keep my arms warm. 10/10, would snuggle again. This is going to be such a great sweater once it's done.

Tonight is our first dress rehearsal for the play, and I'm hoping to pound out these last few body repeats while I'm backstage. I have quite a bit of time backstage, and I really want to get this body finished, so fingers crossed!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Scrubland Collection: Thistle

Stripes always remind me of summer– even stripes, crooked stripes, wavy stripes, and zigzag stripes. I love the subtle zigzags achieved with this cable pattern, and the resulting top is tons of fun. These fun zigzags spice up days spent at the library, lounging by the river, or listening to music on the Platz.

Thistle is worked in two pieces from the bottom and seamed. Stitches are picked up for sleeves and neckband, which are worked in the round.

The finished garment measures 31(34, 37, 40, 43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 58, 61, 64)in/78.25 (86.25, 94, 101.5, 109.25, 116.75, 124.5, 132, 139.75, 147.25, 155, 162.5)cm at bust and measures 24in/61cm from shoulder to hem

The pattern includes both written and charted instructions for the chevron cable pattern. Thistle is available in my Ravelry store now!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Play Knitting and Collection News

Hetty is just flying off the needles, and I really couldn't have chosen a more enjoyable knit to sink into after finishing up my collection. It's also really nice to have something easy to pick up and set down during play rehearsals- I have tons of backstage time, but we're still working some things, so I'm up and down a lot! Tonight's going to be my last night off until the 25th, so I'm planning on settling down with some nice mystery shows and getting my relaxation on.

Finally, some collection news! The Scrubland Collection is inspired by some of my favorite prickly plants. These three tops are perfect for any summer activity, whether it's a nature walk, a trip to the zoo, or an outdoor concert. All three tops feature simple, bottom-up construction that result in casual, breezy tees. Each top is knit flat in two pieces and then seamed, keeping the projects portable until it's time for finishing.

I'll be releasing one top each Monday through the end of July. Each of these tops has such a special place in my heart, and I really can't wait to share them with you!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Finally, Some OAL Progress

Monday evening at rehearsal I got that final top mostly finished. I still had a couple rounds on the collar left to do last night, but yesterday at lunch I let myself cast on for my OAL sweater. There's about two and a half weeks left in the OAL, and I don't know when I'm going to find time to sew my dress, but the sweater is coming along swimmingly so far.

I'm knitting Hetty, and I've finished the upper back and picked up the stitches for the right front so far. This sweater has been in my queue for ages (probably since Andi released it!), and it's great to finally be working on it. I love my linen and cotton blends, but it feels great to be knitting with wool again (as long as I'm inside with air conditioning- we're in the middle of a crazy heat wave here and I want to cry).

Monday, July 10, 2017

The End is In Sight

Friends, I had such a productive weekend, I don't even know what to do with myself. This right here is the front of the final top in my upcoming collection, and all it needs is twelve rows of neck shaping. I'm ecstatic. I did all the finishing on my second top over the weekend too, so once this is done (hopefully today or tomorrow) all I have to worry about is photos and editing.

We're finally at the run-through point in theater rehearsals, so I'm going to have quite a bit of knitting time the next couple of weeks. Yesterday I went through and circled all my size information in the pattern for my OAL sweater, so I'll be able to cast that on as soon as this top is done.

I started knitting for this collection on May 31, and I'm really impressed that I managed to knit three  tops in six weeks. While the knitting has gone quickly, this whole project has taken up a lot of mental space, and I'm simultaneously ready and excited to share these patterns with you, and relieved and ready to knit something I don't really have to think about.

And really, I couldn't have worked out the timing of this better. Community theater is going full throttle- this week is run-throughs, next week is tech, and production is July 21-24. So while I'll have plenty of backstage knitting time, I'm also going to be even more of an exhausted over-caffeinated mess than I usually am.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Status Check

I appear to have given myself a bad tendinitis flareup in my right thumb, which hasn't happened for a while, and is every bit as painful and inconvenient as I remember. The good news is, I can still knit. The bad news is, I can't really do much else. I'm popping ibuprofen every few hours and I have my thumb brace on, and hopefully this will sort itself out quickly.

In collection news, I have finally cast on the front of the third top. I finished the back last night, so now all I have left is:

  • two rounds on the neckband of top number 2
  • both sleeves on top number 2
  • front of top number 3
  • neckband and sleeves of top number 3
That's all I have for collection news. I still haven't started my OAL projects. but that's first on my list once this top is done. Hopefully my thumb will be feeling better by then, because I definitely can't sew with it like this. We're also two weeks away from production of Fiddler on the Roof, and it's starting to get real. We solidified the major dances this week, everyone is supposed to be off book, and we're getting down into the nitty gritty of scenes. The show is really coming together great, and I'm so thrilled to be a part of it.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sometimes a Project Just Doesn't Work Out

I finally got around to blocking and photographing my Psychedelic CYOAT, and...I'm pretty underwhelmed. I knew I was taking a major risk with this, upping the gauge so much, and it just didn't work out. That's okay, it happens, and I knew it was a strong possibility when I started.

I tried knitting the smallest size with aran-weight yarn (I don't have the exact numbers of my gauge handy, but it's significantly larger than the pattern calls for), and the shoulders of my finished tee are just too wide. I've played around with gauge enough to know that this method of modification can be pretty hit or miss, and here, it's just a miss. If I was going to fix this, I'd need to significantly narrow the shoulders. Otherwise, I'm not too unhappy with it- I was going for a boxy, oversized look, but the giant shoulders just make it look sloppy and too big.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this yet. I'll more than likely end up frogging it. I do love the colors of this yarn, I just couldn't make it work for this pattern.

Ravelry Page: Psychedelic CYOAT
Pattern: Choose Your Own Adventure Tee by Allyson Dykhuizen

Friday, June 30, 2017

New Pattern: Cockle Shells

During my senior year of college, I knit a striped shawl with a lace border. I had played around with improvising shawls before, but this was the first time it really worked. I finished it about the same time as I submitted my undergraduate thesis and at that point it was the project I was the most proud of an impressed with.

Last year, I decided to revisit that shawl, and play around with that original idea, but bring it more in line with my current design sensibilities. The stripes immediately made me think of the seashore, and collecting tiny mollusk shells. I looked at dozens of different lace stitches, wanting to keep it simple, and after playing around for a few months I settled on this easy little lace pattern that reminded me of the seashells I used to collect all summer long.

Cockle Shells is worked from the top-down with edge and center increases on the right side. The border lace pattern is charted and has written instructions. The pattern is currently available on Ravelry.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Finished: Rhombille

This has been sitting finished for a month now, and I only just got around to taking pictures of it. Also: I cut my hair! I've been wanting to go short for a few months now, and I finally went for it last week. Over the years, I've done about everything possible to my hair, and while this definitely isn't the shortest it's ever been, it feels good to change it up.

In case you don't remember, I started knitting this sweater back in May, as a self-comfort measure after the US House passed an initial measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act. There's still a lot up in the air right now, and I really don't like uncertainty, but this sweater really helped me process a lot of the despair and hopelessness I was feeling in May.

I am absolutely thrilled with this sweater. It fits perfectly, I love the garter stitch sleeves, and even though this color is a bit of a departure from my usual palettes, I absolutely love it. I'm actually surprised by how much I enjoyed knitting with this yarn- I haven't really knit with kitchen cotton since I was first learning, and I didn't love it then- but it wasn't too bad, and I really like how crisp the finished result is. I had quite a bit leftover that I'm working up into another top, but it's stuck in UFO-land until I'm finished with collection knitting.

Ravelry Page: Rhombille
Pattern: Rhombille by Gina Röckenwagner
Yarn: Peaches & Creme Solids, "Seabreeze"

Monday, June 26, 2017

Progressing Along

I didn't get quite as much knitting done this weekend as I'd planned, but I'm halfway through the front of this top now, and everything still seems to be going smoothly. I did discover an issue with the pattern for the final top in this collection, and I'll have to work that out this week, but otherwise things are going swimmingly. I haven't started my OAL projects at all except to prewash my fabric and wind my yarn, so I'd really like to get the collection knitting done by mid-July so I have a chance of at least getting started with my OAL projects!

The baseball game on Friday night was terrific fun. We had great seats, and apparently a lot of people walking by were intrigued by my knitting. Saturday was a lot of cleaning, and yesterday I made Thai cashew chicken and had some one-on-one time with the community theater director to work on my characterization and monologues. That time was really invaluable and helpful, and I'm feeling a lot better about what I'm doing and what directions I can take things.

This week looks like another busy one- we're starting to run whole acts this week in rehearsal, which I find really helpful and love doing, but it means some long nights. The state gave us Monday off as well as Tuesday, so I've got a four-day weekend to look forward to. I don't know if we're going to go do anything for the Fourth yet, but I'm definitely looking forward to some relaxation time.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Halfway There

Last night I started on the front of the second top in my upcoming mini collection, which puts me right about the halfway point, knitting-wise. This one is just a touch more involved than the first top, but still easy to follow, and I'm loving seeing the front knit up so far. I'm a little behind where I wanted to be with the knitting at this point, but the patterns are almost ready to go to my tech editor, so it's working out so far.

Tonight we're going to a baseball game (I love minor league baseball so much- the mascots, the cheap beer, the fun), and I'm hoping I'll get quite a bit of knitting done during the game. I know almost nothing about our team, I don't know who we're playing, and I can't wait. We used to go to minor league games with friends quite a bit when I was growing up in New Hampshire, and they were always a ton of fun.

I don't have any super big plans for this weekend. The laundry situation is starting to get a bit precarious, so I should probably tackle that, and I need to work on my lines for Fiddler. Otherwise, it's supposed to be a nice, cooler weekend (highs in the 70s!), so with any luck I'll be able to get some porch knitting time in!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Days Off

Today is the last day of my little vacation, and I'm feeling really good about taking a few days for myself. I've gotten quite a bit of knitting and pattern writing done, I've watched Beauty and the Beast more times than is probably reasonable, and I've gotten some prime dog snuggles in. Abby especially missed me this weekend. Monday she wouldn't leave my lap, and while she's backed off some now, she still likes to peek over my laptop.

The first top for my mini collection is finished except for a few ends I missed before blocking, and I'm almost done the back of the second top, which puts me almost halfway through the knitting for this collection. I'm putting together the last big pieces of the patterns today, and I should have them ready for editing within a week. I don't have the final release schedule pinned down yet, but I'm looking at sometime in July.

Play rehearsals are going well. All of my scenes have been blocked now, and I'm learning my lines. Tonight I have my first costume fitting, and I've almost got all my songs down. Rehearsals have all been fun so far, even my Monday night choreography rehearsal when my legs were still crazy sore from dancing like a lunatic at the wedding this weekend.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Finished: Wedding Lace

Well, I'm back from the wedding, and I had a total blast! I'm still tired, and my legs are crazy sore from all the dancing, but it was the best wedding that I've ever been to, and I'm so, so happy for my friends.

I finished their wedding present last Wednesday night at theater rehearsal, and I blocked it quick on Friday morning before I left. I love knitting these white table runners for my friends, and I think every one of them is the most beautiful thing I've ever knit, and I'm especially charmed with this one. There's lots of love in every stitch, and there's really no better way for me to extend my best wishes to my favorite people.

I used the Once Upon a Leaf {wrap} pattern for this runner, with just a couple of small mods. I only knit three center motifs instead of five to keep it narrower, and I only did two repeats before starting the border. It's a great size to go in the middle of a dinner table, or on a hutch or bureau.

I don't really have the words to express how wonderful this wedding was. All I can really say is that my friends have the kind of love we all dream of, and there was so much joy as we celebrated them this weekend, and I really feel incredibly lucky to have been able to support them at their wedding.

Ravelry Page: Once Upon a Leaf
Pattern: Once Upon a Leaf {wrap} by Diana Rozenshteyn
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss Lace Bare

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Last Stretch of White Lace

The wedding present is almost done. It's so close. I have a four-hour rehearsal tonight, with a nice long break in the middle, so unless something terrible happens, I'll be able to bind this off tonight.

The first top for my mini collection is almost done- it needs to be seamed, and then it just needs a neckband and sleeve bands. I'm not going to try to do too much of the finishing this week, I'd rather cast on for the next top and have some mindless knitting to work on through the weekend. Next week I'll have to hunker down and do the finishing and the pattern bits that I don't love doing- yardage, materials, abbreviations, techniques, etc. I find them fiddly and I'd rather be making stuff. But they're important sections, and I really can't send the pattern to my editor without them.

Play rehearsals are going well so far. I'm definitely feeling more tired than I was a week ago, but I'm juggling my day job, play rehearsals, and working on the mini collection- plus traveling takes up a lot of psychological space for me. After this weekend I'm sure I'll feel much calmer, and I have those days off next week to recharge

Monday, June 12, 2017


I hope everyone had a good weekend! Anemone came down for the Shakespeare Festival Friday night, and then Saturday we went up to the city to run some errands. I ended up finding a stack of Elvis records at the thrift store, and they're already getting good use.

Yesterday was the first rehearsal for community theater, and it went really well. Most of rehearsal was dedicated to a read-through and rules for the space we use, so between that and the Shakespeare Festival, the first top for my mini collection is almost done. I'd love to get it finished this week, but I'm not putting too much pressure on myself. I'm still working on the wedding present, but I have an hour break at rehearsal tonight, during which I hope to get a big piece of that done.

Otherwise, this week is pretty much dedicated to getting used to being in rehearsal every night and wedding stuff. I'm taking a few days off from my day job next week, and I'm hoping to use that time to catch up on FO photos, pattern writing, and sewing prep for the OAL- I prewashed my fabric last night, and I wound the yarn for my cardigan yesterday as well, so next week I'll be able to dive right in with tracing and pressing and cutting!

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Shakespeare and Knitting

Happy Friday! This has felt like a really weird/long week, but community theater rehearsals start this weekend and I'm super excited. This weekend is also the annual Shakespeare Festival, so last night I got a chunk of knitting done at The Comedy of Errors. It's a great show, and I'll be going again tonight, and hopefully get another big chunk knit up. This is one of the samples for my upcoming mini collection, and at this rate I might just have it done before I go up to my friend's wedding next weekend!

I've also been working steadily on the wedding present- it's been my lunch knitting this week, and I've picked up to work the second half of it (it's one of those center-out deals). At this point, I have the pattern pretty much memorized, so between that and the addictive potato chip quality of white lace (just one more row!), I shouldn't have any trouble getting it done and blocked in plenty of time for the wedding.

Anemone is coming down for the Shakespeare Festival tonight, and then I think she and I have both been roped into moving some furniture tomorrow, but I'm definitely planning on getting a big chunk of knitting done and having time to relax before I jump into play rehearsals!

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Garden

The bachelorette party was an amazing success- we all had an amazing time, and I know I for one am still pretty exhausted from all our shenanigans. I'm looking forward to a pretty quiet week- community theater rehearsals start on Sunday, but other than that I don't have anything big coming up this week.

As I mentioned last week, we put our garden in the other weekend, and it looks great. I'm really not one to garden, but I did volunteer to help my mum with it this year. Anyway, I know we put in tomatoes, peppers, spinach, radishes, carrots, and cilantro. We already had sage, chives, and alum in, and we also put in a few rows of daisies. I think we're also planning on putting in some squashes before too long, and maybe kale.

I know lots of us in blog land have gardens, so how are yours coming along? Like I said, I'm not normally a gardener- I hate the outdoors, and while I love my houseplants, I've killed far more than I've successfully kept, including spider plants and cacti. Hopefully my mum's green thumbs will make up for whatever damage follows in my wake!

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Friday, June 2, 2017

A New Top

The other day I  got my most recent Knit Picks order, so I set my Zinone aside and started a new tee. I've got a plan for three of these little guys, they're just the sort of thing I love to wear, and I'm planning to release the patterns as a little mini collection this summer. I already have two of the three patterns written up, and I'm hoping to have this sample finished in the next couple of weeks. 

I'm not going to push myself too hard until after my friend's wedding, though- I leave for Minneapolis tonight for the bachelorette party, and then I have to finish the wedding present, and I'll lose about three days to the wedding itself, but I'm enjoying this so far, and all of these tees will be great lunch and play rehearsal knitting.

It feels a little weird to have so many projects on the go right now. I feel like I spent a lot of the last few months trying to cut down on my WIPs, and now I'm juggling projects left and right. I've always been a project juggler, though, and no matter how many times I get the urge to finish a bunch of stuff, projects just keep getting back on the needles.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Zinone Progress!

I'm back! I decided to really take advantage of my long weekend, and while I missed you all, it was great to have four days to just hang out at home. We got most of our garden put in, I finished Rhombille, and I got another skein of yarn in the mail from a Ravelry destash to finish my Zinone.

Right now I'm alternating the skeins every round to try and hide the change-the difference between them really depends on the light (it's far less pronounced in real life than in this photo, most of that's just light shining off it because it's wound so tightly), and while I'm mostly convinced they're practically identical, I'd rather be safe than sorry. I'm hoping to get another repeat or two done on it before I leave for the weekend.

I finally finished Nelly Dean, which I really enjoyed throughout, and I also finished And Then You're Dead, which I thought was interesting and a lot of fun. I haven't quite decided which book I'm going to pick up next, but I'm probably not going to have time to get very far into one before next week.

Tomorrow's also the official start of the OAL! I pulled my yarn out, though I still have to wind it, and I still have to unbury my fabric stash in my closet to pull out the fabric I'm planning to use. I have no idea if I'll actually finish, but I'm definitely looking forward to trying! I have a lot of other knitting to do this summer, so I'm going to be busy busy, especially once play practices pick up!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Summer Planning

As you can see, I've started the sleeves for the back of my Rhombille, and as long as nothing comes up, I just might be able to finish this weekend. I have a couple of WIPs that I want to try to get done before community theater rehearsals start (after the wedding present, of course), and I'm still working my way through an impressive library book stack.

I've also decided to do the OAL this year- I've been wanting to join in since the first year Andi and Lauren hosted it, but I always felt like summers got too busy. This summer is certainly no exception, but I've decided to say to heck with it and jump in. Community theater season ends on July 24, so I still have a week there at the end to speed up and finish things if I need to, but I'm sure I can find some time to work on stuff before then.

I need to go digging around in my stash and figure out what I want to do for my knitted item- I have some fabric that I'd already earmarked for a Kim dress, so I'll probably stick with that for the sewing portion, but with the wedding coming up and lots of travel next month, I don't really want to spend money on yarn right now, but I'm sure I have something in my stash and queue that will work great.

Monday, May 22, 2017


This weekend was exactly what I needed. I had planned on just hanging around and cleaning for the most part, but Sunday morning my mum asked if I wanted to go into the city, and that's what we did. We ate at our favorite Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurant, and after a quick run to Target I have another new bike! We had a heck of a time fitting it into the little sedan, but we managed. Then we hit up Goodwill and got a new pie plate and a couple of sundresses. All in all, a pretty good day.

As you can see, my Rhombille is getting bigger! I'm just a few rows away from starting the sleeve shaping. My Psychedelic CYOAT is also done, except for needing some ends woven in and a trip through the dryer. I have a four day weekend coming up, and I'm hoping to make good progress on Rhombille, because after this weekend I've got, in order:

1. My best friend's bachelorette party weekend
2. Starting weekend for community theater rehearsals
3. My best friend's wedding!!

The wedding present is sitting about half-done right now, so next week I'll go back to work on it. It really is such a pleasure that it zooms right along, so I didn't want to have it finished too early- having finished white lace lying around my house for more than a week is a recipe for disaster!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Sweaters and Weekends

Well, I for one know that if I have to show you another progress pic of my Psychedelic CYOAT with the promise "it's almost done," I'll scream. So here's the back piece of my Rhombille. I'm still loving everything about this sweater, and hopefully I won't be too bored knitting the back (it's identical to the front up to partway through the sleeves). It is a quick and engaging knit, so I shouldn't have too much trouble, but you can never be too certain with second piece syndrome.

I managed to cut off a piece of the top of my middle finger on my right hand, which is making quite a few things more difficult than they should be. Fortunately, knitting isn't one of them, but I'm having lots of trouble typing (especially bad when I'm working on a computer all day!) and putting my hair up. I'm keeping it clean and covered and going through tons of antibiotic ointment, so hopefully I'll have some new skin cover there soon and everything will go back to normal.

There's been a cold front here the past couple days, and it's supposed to last through the weekend, along with some rain. I'm really looking forward to cozying up on the couch with the dogs and knitting. Sunday is my friend's dance recital, but other than that, I don't have to be anywhere. I have a couple of big weekends coming up (my friend's bachelorette party and wedding!), so I'm really looking forward to a couple more slow weekends.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Getting There, and Casting News!

I had hoped to finish my Psychedelic CYOAT last night, but that didn't happen. It's almost done, though. Before adding this current ball, I finished the sleeves and neckline, so once I bind off the body I only have to weave in ends. I'm definitely excited for this top - I've already identified a couple dresses that I should be able to layer it over nicely.

In community theater news, the cast list went up Monday morning and I got the part of Yente! It is one of the parts they had me read for, but I still wasn't expecting it and I am completely thrilled and blown away. I'm so excited for this show and this role, but between this and my best friend's wedding, I'm going to have a busy summer!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Cast Lists and Crop Tops and Bikes, Oh My!

The cast list for community theater is supposed to go up today (of course, they haven't told us what time today, and I know that they don't know for sure, and the anticipation is driving me crazy). In the meantime, my Psychedelic CYOAT is getting bigger.

I'm just two or three rounds from separating the body and sleeves, and once that happens it'll all come together pretty quickly. I still love these colors, although the dye is rubbing off a lot while I'm knitting- I think that a good soak will take care of that though.

Yesterday my mum and I went to the city to look at bikes for me. My main ride right now is an old mountain bike I've had since middle school, and the breaks aren't great, and it makes lots of noise when I ride it, and it really doesn't fit me well. I still have my Schwinn Le Tour, but that's a touch big for me, and it just doesn't work for general town riding- I can't see traffic when I'm riding it, and I can't really carry anything on it.

We ended up finding a great step-through hybrid cruiser that felt really great to ride, and I was super excited to get it all set up and show you all. But when I started filling the tires after we got home, the tire blew, and I decided to return it instead of replace the tube and tire. So I'm back on the mountain bike for now, but hopefully I'll find another great bike soon.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

CYOAT the Third

I promise I'm still working on my Rhombille, but yesterday after work a bunch of us library people went out, and I needed something a bit smaller and less focus-intensive to work on at the bar, so I cast on another Choose Your Own Adventure Tee. This is the third one I've knit, and I really can't get enough of this pattern, it's definitely become my go-to for tops that fit and look good on me.

Since I'm knitting this in a worsted/aran cotton, I'm knitting the smallest size. I'm going for a straight cropped body and I'm modifying the sleeves to be mesh instead of stockinette. I really love the colors in this yarn, and I think it's going to look great with my hair. The yarn is rubbing off quite a bit on my hands, but I'm hoping a good soak or four will get most of the excess out.

I had my callback for Fiddler on the Roof last night, and I'm pleased with how it went. The cast list will go up some time on Monday, and then we'll have a month to get ready before rehearsals start. I'm taking advantage of these last few weeks of free time- the other day I started a new book, Nelly Dean: A Return to Wuthering Heights, and I'm really enjoying it so far. Books like this can be very hit or miss, and Wuthering Heights has been one of my favorite books since I was ten, so I really didn't know how I'd like reading another interpretation of it, but I'm finding this really engrossing so far.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Little More White Lace

Despite being distracted by my Rhombille, the white lace project is continuing to grow. I'm not really concerned about this at all- it's such a joy to knit, and I'm already on the border of the first half, and there's still five weeks before the wedding.

I'm not sure how much I can talk about how charmed I am with white lace before you all slowly go insane from boredom, but I really do find this ridiculously engaging and charming. I really try to only knit things I find engaging and charming, but for whatever reason, white lace ticks boxes I didn't even know I had.

In non-knitting news, community theater auditions were Sunday, and I have a callback tomorrow. This year we're doing Fiddler on the Roof, which I actually know very little about, so I'm looking forward to learning it. Rehearsals won't start for another month, which gives me time to try and read through the stack of library books I have in my room before all my free time gets sucked up.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Knitting as Balm

Last week was rough. For my international friends, the US  House passed a bill that would effectively strip millions of people of health insurance and raise costs prohibitively for millions more. There are still many steps it has to take before it becomes law, and there is always a chance that it won't make it through all of them, but it's still a very hard thing to see your country do.

So Thursday evening when I went to the store, I stopped in the yarn aisle. I grabbed two cones of kitchen cotton, and when I got home I cast on Rhombille. This is definitely not a color that I usually work with, but it's apparently just what I need right now, and it's doing me some good. For whatever reason, this project is soothing my heart in a way that none of my other current projects had been doing, and over the past few days I've been taking time to sit and breathe and work on this.

It doesn't make everything better, but it's like a small, calm oasis in a world that's filled with fear and uncertainty. I can't stay angry and afraid all the time, as easy as it would be. So I find these little moments that feel beautiful and good, and I hold them close. Right now, Rhombille is soothing, and by the time it's finished I'll have processed through most of the terror and fear that I'm feeling right now, and I'll be a bit more ready to face the rest of the world.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

FO: Drift Crop Top

I actually finished my Drift Crop Top a couple weeks ago- right before Easter, in fact! For reasons that have a lot more to do with laziness than busyness, I didn't get photos taken until last weekend, despite having worn it out and about more than once.

I am absolutely thrilled with how this turned out. As soon as I started knitting my Rainbow Connection Drift the other winter I knew that this pattern would make an incredible crop top. The mods for this were actually pretty simple: I worked the pattern exactly as written to the last waist decrease, and then I did a few inches of 1x1 ribbing instead of the 2x2 the pattern calls for. For the sleeves, I just worked one repeat of the eyelet section after picking up the stitches, and then about six rows of 1x1 ribbing before binding off.

I really love it with my yellow skirt here, and I have a few other skirts that it will work well with. The top came out exactly how I imagined it, and I'm constantly impressed with how well this pattern handles loudly variegated and handpainted yarns. I'm definitely looking forward to wearing this a lot- the library gets very chilly in the summer, which is perfect for wool crop tops!

Ravelry Page: Drift Crop Top
Pattern: Drift by Kristen Finlay
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug, label lost ages ago