Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cables and Fiber Fair Prep


I'm still making steady progress on my Henri, and I'm still totally in love with it. I can't get over how soft the yarn is, how perfect the color is, and how crazy gorgeous those cables are. These are long rows, but I'm getting through a few every day during lunch, and if I have time to knit in the evenings as well I can get a couple more done.

This weekend is NCFF, and I'm going to be working the info booth most of the weekend, so I'll be bringing some simpler projects and design samples to work on there. Actually, everything I'm bringing is mostly garter stitch, which is going to be really easy. They're all different weights though, so hopefully that will keep it from getting boring- I'll be bringing my Lazy A, my Pocketful of Posies sample, and a brand new laceweight shawl sample. I should be able to make some good progress on all of them, barring any emergencies (knock on wood!).

I had to take a couple days off from working on my Henri earlier this week- I stepped on a walnut in my walkway and fell flat on my back, so Sunday evening and most of Monday were spent laying flat on my back. Not fun. I'm still a little sore, but much better, and I'm so glad that I can actually sit up again- laying down is super boring, as it turns out! I'd been planning to get through most of the cable panel before Friday, but we'll see how that goes since I lost all of Monday. Either way, this KAL goes through the end of October, so it's not like I'm in a real big time crunch! 


Monday, September 18, 2017

Finished: Zinone


Another finished project! I started this way back in April, and then I had to take a break while I searched for more of the yarn, and then I set it aside while I worked on my collection, and I finally finished it a month ago after picking it back up and going to town on it for a few days. I love this top so much, I'm definitely going to be making at least one more of these!


I knit this at a larger gauge than the pattern calls for, and I really do like how it came out, but my next one will probably be knit according to the pattern. The yarn is a discontinued bamboo/nylon from my deep stash, and it's about the lightest, floatiest thing I've ever knit. I feel like Galadriel when I wear this, seriously.


This was my first time knitting an applied i-cord for the neckline, and it turns out I love it. In fact, I promptly decided to include it on my Easy A, I loved it so much. I've been hesitant around i-cord bindoffs and applied i-cords up until now, and really, it was so easy and delightful, I'm utterly charmed by the end result.


Ravelry Page: Zinone
Pattern: Zinone by Andi Satterlund
Yarn: S. R. Kertzer On Your Toes Bamboo "Sea Life Grey"

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Finished: Stripey


Hi friends! I finally got pictures of some of the FOs I've had lying around for a while, woo hoo! Up first is my Stripey, aka "The Bosom Friend Sweater." My friend Annika was looking to rehome this as a WIP a couple months back, and the colors were totally my jam, so I immediately scooped it up. It worked out perfectly, because I really do love the stripes and the colors, and we have a similar bust measurement (thus the "Bosom Friend").


This came to me as a front and a back attached at the shoulders and with a finished collar. First I wove in all the ends, and that took...a while. I think it probably took three hours, but then I was able to pick up and work the sleeves. Once that was done, I seamed from the bottom of the sides up and along the bottom of the sleeves, and presto! I had a finished sweater.

This thing is so cozy and squishy and I love it. I really can't wait for the weather to start cooling down so I can wear it. The astute of you may notice that I cut even more of my hair off! I loved the bob, but I really needed something more dramatic, so a month or so ago I did another big chop and I love it.


Pattern: Tweedy--Stripey by Leslie Weber
Yarn: Harrisville Designs Highland "Charcoal," "Camel," and "Aster"

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pattern: Obregonia



I’ve always loved cacti– even as a small child, I’d beg my mother to let me have a cactus in my room. She always refused, probably (rightfully) cautious of what a troublesome combination my clumsiness and a cactus’ spines would be. As soon as I moved out to college, I got my first cactus, and it still has a cherished spot in my indoor garden.


I also really love lace at large gauges. Gimme a bulky or super bulky-weight lace knit and I am in my happy place. So when I got this bright skein of Berkshire Bulky, I instantly wanted to do a fun lace accessory- a statement knit, but a wearable one. Of course, the color made me think of cacti, and this hat grew from there.


Obregonia is a bulky lace hat that works up quickly. The large-gauge lace is fun and engaging, and as always the pattern includes both written and charted instructions.


Also, since my Birthday Sale is still going on through midnight US Central Time tonight, you can get Obregonia for 27% off with code "HB27"!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Birthday Sale and Catching Up!


I had such a great weekend! Thanks to everyone who shared kind birthday wishes, you all really made my day :) My gifts from my family included a felt roll-up mat for doing puzzles and Gertie's New Fashion Sketchbook, which I'm really excited to dig into. On Saturday, Anemone and I got brunch and shopped for a few hours, and I got yarn for a cropped version of my Easy A sweater. Yesterday was Anemone's half marathon, and I got up super early to go watch her, and then took a three-hour nap when I got home.

I managed to get quite a bit done on my Henri over the weekend, despite it being crazy busy. I've increased for the body, and I have just a few more rows before I can start the cable panel. The rows are pretty long now, so I'm hoping to get these texture rows done during lunch and then to start the cables tonight. I'm also going to have to wind the yarn up for my cropped Easy A (nicknamed Lazy A) so I can get to work on that and get the pattern ready for an October release. My Easy A is so cozy, and I want all the options for it ready so you all can knit one for yourselves in time for the worst of winter!

I know I'm crazy behind on sharing finished things with you- once I change the buttons on my Hetty, I'll have FIVE FOs that I still haven't photographed, including a new design (for which the pattern's already done, I just need to get the photos taken!), so I need to get my shit together this week and catch up on stuff!

**A reminder that my Birthday Sale is still going on! 
with code "HB27"! This code is only good through the end of the day Wednesday, 
so hurry while it's still running!**

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Birthday Time!


My Henri is coming along so nicely! This is a much better project for this yarn, I can already tell that the yarn will bloom into all these texture stitches delightfully. It feels so much softer than the original sweater, and I definitely wanted to take advantage of the 15% cashmere, so I am super pleased. So far I've really only been working on this at my lunch breaks, and a little bit a choir practice on Wednesday, but Anemone is running a half marathon on Sunday, so I'm sure I'll have time to bang out quite a bit while I'm waiting for her to finish.

Tomorrow is my birthday! AKA, the second-best day of the year (after Halloween). I'll be going up to the city tomorrow for my annual birthday brunch and shenanigans with Anemone, and tonight my mum is making turkey enchiladas. Last night I baked my carrot cake, and tonight I just have to mix up the frosting and frost it. I am, as you can tell, super stoked.

Of course, that means it's also time for my annual birthday sale! Through September 13th, all my patterns and collections are 27% off with the code "HB27"! You can use the code as many times as you want, so go wild :) 


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sometimes Things Don't Work, and That's Okay


Well, I hope those of you in the US also had a great long weekend! My mum and I hit up the farmer's market on Saturday, and Sunday and Monday were spent making soup, relish, stuffed peppers, and veggie lasagnas to can and freeze for later. I also snagged some plum jam to make a cake I've been conceptualizing for a while, some pickles, two pounds of some of the best cheeses I've ever tasted, and some okra that I fried up to have with pizza on Sunday night.

As you can tell from the picture (which is NOT of a green garter stitch monstrosity), I finished my Easy A sample over the weekend. I'm really pleased with it, and I'm planning a cropped version too, once I get more yarn. I picked up my Jean Pullover again, and yesterday at lunch I was halfway through a row when I admitted to myself that I wasn't loving the sweater as much in person as I'd loved it in the pictures. I hate to knit things I won't wear, and I love this yarn so much that I really want it to be something fantastic, so I ripped it out.

After scrolling through my queue, I came across Henri, which has been high up in my list of "Sweaters I Love" ever since Heather finished hers. Lo and behold, I have enough yarn, and I cast on last night. I'm already having a ball working on this, and I can't wait to see how it works up.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Pockets!


I swear, I'm trying to make progress photos of a garter-stitch pullover interesting for you. Hopefully this is the last progress post- I've got a couple more inches on the first sleeve, and with any luck I'll be able to sail through the second sleeve over the weekend.

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I decided to add pockets! I love pockets, and while I hadn't initially had them on this design, as I was knitting it up I thought, "You know what would make this even cozier? Pockets." So. The pattern will have optional pockets.

It's a long weekend in the States- Labor Day is the official end of summer here, and I am so ready for fall. Next week the temperatures should start staying a little bit cooler, and I'm ready to jump into sweater weather with both feet.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've Got a Group!


Is that? Could it be? A sleeve! Yes indeed, my Easy A sample is moving along nicely/ Last night I finished the front, did the shoulder seams, did the applied i-cord to the neckline, added pockets, and picked up for the first sleeve. It's really starting to take shape and look like a sweater now.

I'm hoping to get the first sleeve done this week, and then hopefully have this thing finished over the weekend. That might be a bit ambitious, but I'm ready to go back to my Jean Pullover for a while. I'm also hoping that the universe is paying attention and that once I finish this sweater it'll get cold so I can wear it. I know that's probably a pipe dream, but I am ready for fall NOW, darn it.

In "news that I should have announced a few days ago but kept forgetting," I now have a Ravelry group! The link's in the right-side bar, with all my other social media links, so please come on over and join if you feel so inclined. There's a good group of people amassing so far, and I'd love to see you all over there too.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Weekending


My sweater continues on- I've got just under four inches left, and then it's on to sleevesville. The final skein of yarn arrived on Saturday, so I'm all set to keep plowing through. At this point, I'm not too concerned with not finishing before the SSKAL deadline of September 10 (not that the deadline means much, since this is a very easy, casual KAL, but I'd also like to get this off the needles). I managed to get a few inches done at the bonfire on Saturday night, but there was also a farm cat to snuggle, and one of my other friends brought his dog, and there were the general pyrotechnic shenanigans.

Sunday morning I tried to sit and knit, but Mystic was bitter about my leaving him alone on Saturday night, so he took my lap and left arm hostage, so Sunday morning turned into coffee and snuggle time. Not that I'm complaining. I got a new gluten-free baking book a few weeks ago, and last night I mashed up a couple of the recipes in it (plus my own experience, and a different flour blend) to try a successful lemon poppyseed cake. That's been one of my summer goals, and I'm pleased to say that it worked out- I got a lovely, sticky batter, I managed a good even bake, and you can taste plenty of citrus coming through.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

More Garter Stitch


I'm sure you're all getting tired of seeing this sweater. I can only make garter stitch so interesting, and while I'm loving knitting this, it doesn't exactly make for enthralling blog content. Despite that, I'm almost a third of the way through the front, I got a shipping notification for the extra skein I'll need for the sleeves, and everything is hunky-dory.

Tomorrow night is the bonfire- every year at the end of the community theater season, we take whatever set pieces we're not going to recycle and we burn them out at our friends' farm. It's a good time, and I haven't been able to go the past couple of years because of scheduling conflicts, so I'm really looking forward to it. I'm planning on bringing Easy A along, because nothing says "chill" like a bonfire, some hard ciders, and a garter stitch sweater, right?


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Piece of Sweater


This year, I decided to use the SSKAL to motivate myself to get through the sample for a new pattern- Easy A. The KAL goes through September 10, and while that seems like plenty of time to get this done, we're over halfway through the KAL and I only just finished the back of my sweater last night. Mind you, the back is the biggest piece, so I'm well over 30% finished with this sweater.

The last eight inches or so have been a real slog, so last night my mum and I put on Death in Paradise and I decided I wouldn't get up until I had bound off the back. It took a couple hours, but I did it, and I promptly cast on for the front and knit the first row. I'm still hopeful that I can get this finished by the end of the KAL. Yeah, it took a while to get to this point, but I'm on a high from finishing the back, and if I stay focused on this I should be okay.

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Garter Stitch Shawl


Apparently I'm in a mood for garter stitch lately. I really love it- it's calm and meditative, I can do it anywhere, any time, and the finished fabric is squishy and homey. I hated garter stitch for a couple of years, after I first learned how to knit. My first project was a garter stitch scarf, which never made it to the halfway point, and was consigned to the rubbish bin several years ago. I'd seen friends try their hands at knitting, stalling out at garter stitch scarves, and I got it into my head that garter stitch was amateurish and untidy.

Fortunately, that was just a stage, and I've since come back around to garter stitch. Just because something is easy doesn't mean that it's not also beautiful, and garter stitch has a great utilitarian elegance to it. Garter stitch will stretch to wrap you in warmth or squish into the bottom of your bag, garter stitch forgives accidental increases and decreases. It might not be as flashy as some other stitches, but garter stitch is both humble and proud, it's not above being used as an emergency hot pad, and there's nothing like a garter stitch afghan casually draped across the back of your couch.

Garter stitch always makes me think of fall and winter. It's easy and cozy, and as soon as I can hear the faintest calls of colder weather (university students move back this weekend for fall classes) I reach for that warm familiarity, the very roots of my knitting experience. As with all things, I'll get my temporary fill of garter stitch eventually, and be drawn back to stockinette, or cables, or lace, but I've been in a garter stitch state of mind for a couple of weeks now, and it's not slowing down yet.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fickle


Right now I'm not really making great progress on anything, because I keep juggling half a dozen different projects around. After a summer of monogamous knitting though, it feels pretty nice to be fickle for a change. I'm a little over halfway through the front of my Easy A sweater, and I'm planning on paying some more attention to it the next few days in an attempt to get this piece done. I've been wondering if I should have gotten a third skein of this yarn, and I have to be in the city on Monday, so I want to get to a good measuring point before I swing by the yarn store.

The past couple of days here have been grey and rainy, and it's really just what we needed. We've been better off than most of the state in terms of drought, but things were still getting pretty dry. Plus, there's nothing better than sitting down to watch the rain and knitting. It could only be better if our living room was put back together and the sofa was usable, but maybe we'll finish the floors this weekend, if we're lucky.




Monday, August 14, 2017

Slow Sweatering


My Jean Pullover is coming along- I've got four more rows before I can start the diamond lace pattern for the upper back. I worked on my Easy A sweater some during the fair last week, but there's still a ways to go on the back piece of that. I didn't work too much on the sweaters over the weekend, because I started a new shawl design and I wanted to get a good chunk on that done.

The house is pretty chaotic right now- we're putting new flooring in on the first floor, so the living room is empty, the den is full of everything from the living room, and the poor dogs are just confused by everything. I helped my mum in the garden a little bit yesterday, but mostly I've been hiding up in my room for the past few days. Hopefully the floors will be done soon- the parts that are done look amazing, but it'd be really nice to have the first floor back.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Fair!


Pic heavy post today! The fair is in full swing, and I had a great time wandering around last night. My knits did pretty well overall, which is always a great feeling. Last night was also the Lawnmower Obstacle Course, which was just as enjoyable as it sounds.








I was a little bummed that my crochet octopus only placed second in its lot, but it was up against that adorable crochet unicorn, so I really can't get upset. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sweatering and Fair Time


Stripey is blocking (we've had a bit of a damp cold front lately, so it's taking a while), and I got buttons sewn on my Hetty. Hopefully I'll get good photos of both sweaters this weekend so I can share them with you, because they're fantastic. I'm alternating working on my Jean Pullover and my Easy A sample right now, and I'm about halfway done the back pieces of each.

This week/weekend is the fair. I entered some knitting into Open Class for the first time- in the past, I've always been away for work during the submission time- and it'd be really nice to place something. I'm not sure which day we'll wander over to look at the other entries, but I know some great quilts were entered while I was there, so I can't wait to see what else people have submitted.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Just a Few More Stripes


This weekend went by way too fast, I definitely could have used another day! It turns out that I sprained my ankle on Thursday, so Saturday was a mix of resting it and cleaning the house. Yesterday was the zoo day, and it was absolutely delightful. It was just overcast and cool enough to be comfortable, and we got to see everything. The koalas, of course, are the main attraction right now, but I also made friends with a goat in the hands-on farm area.

I'm juggling quite a few sweater projects right now, but last night after I got home I turned my focus to my Stripey- it's so close to finished, and it'll be great to have it off the needles. There are just a couple more sleeve stripes for me to finish today, and the seams, so with any luck it'll be blocking later this week! My OAL Hetty is also blocked, and just waiting for buttons right now. Hopefully I'll get those put on tonight as well, but we'll see how the day goes.

I don't know if my OAL dress is salvageable (there are...flaps...where the bodice meets the skirt, and that oughtn't have happened). I've almost worked up the courage to try to fix it- either I'll get a wearable dress, or it'll be a great sewing exercise.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Sweaters and Zoo Plans!


My Easy A sweater is progressing nicely. I finished the bottom ribbing and am into a nice long stretch of garter stitch. Tonight some people from the library are getting together for drinks with a coworker who's leaving in a few days, so I'll get a couple of hours of bar knitting in. Considering that I first conceived the plan for this sweater in a bar, it feels appropriate.

I'm also working on the sleeves for my Stripey Bosom- I know I haven't really shared that one with you yet, but I really love it. I spent three hours weaving in all the ends from the body, and I'm four stripes into the first sleeve. I haven't decided for sure yet how long I want the sleeves to be, but it's an aran-weight sweater on US9 needles, so I know they'll be done quickly!

This weekend some friends and I are going to the zoo! Our zoo has some koalas through Labor Day, and we've been wanting to go see them since they arrived. I absolutely love koalas, ever since I was a kid- they're sleepy, hungry, cuddly, grouchy little marsupials, what's not to love?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Summer Sweater KAL


It's time for the Summer Sweater KAL from Very Shannon, and since I've done the Tops, Tees, and Tanks KAL for two years now, I thought it was about time to jump in with a sweater. I have a few WIPs floating around from the beginning of the summer that have been sitting on my bookshelf since I started working on the Scrubland Collection, but since wrapping up that project (and binding off my OAL Hetty), I've been looking for some direction.

I'm still planning on finishing up some of my WIPs- I have my Zinone and a Cancun Boxy Lace Top that I'd love to finish and wear at least once before fall, and the SSKAL is laid back enough that I'll definitely be able to get those done as well. I have two sweater projects I'd like to get done for the KAL, and last night I cast on for the first one.

This is going to be a super easy, cozy pullover. Ever since I started designing, one of the projects that got in my head was a sweater that is easy enough to knit in a bar, with my friends, after a few too many. This sweater has everything going for it to make it the easiest garment I'll ever knit- garter stitch, stockinette in the round, big gauge. It's going to be my ultimate snuggle sweater, and I can't wait for it!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Scrubland Collection: Briar


As much as I love playing with cables and lace in summer, sometimes I just need simple. Briar is understated, with just a hint of interest at the shoulders and upper back, and is easily at home on a hiking trail, in a porch swing, or at date night.


Briar 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.


Briar is available in my Ravelry store now!


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Friday, July 28, 2017

Outfitting


There's no reason to panic. There's three whole days left in the OAL, and two of them are weekend days, so that's like 40 hours of crafting time right there, right? So it's no problem that your second sleeve has eight repeats to go, plus ribbing, and you still need to pick back your bind off to add more ribbing to the body, oh, and button bands, can't forget those, and a collar, and wait, you haven't even thought about buttons yet??

I mean, it's not like you haven't even cut out your dress yet- wait, what? Oh, well, it's a quick dress, and as long as you're not doing something stupid like using one of the shiftiest fabrics known to man- oh, come on, are you serious? Well, how long can it really take to sew a dress, right?

Well, at least you don't have anything to do this weekend, so you can just sit and focus on finishing your outfit. You don't need groceries, I'm sure there are some stale crackers lying around. And the dogs can walk themselves, dogs have cared for themselves for millions of years and they're fine.  And as long as your hands don't cramp up or get tingly, you can keep going, right? Right?

Guys, I might be in trouble.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

More of a Sweater


Well friends, the play is over, and I'm feeling a little lost. This show was harder than usual to say goodbye to, but my body and my voice are definitely ready for some rest. Last night I sat home and watched an old season of Great British Bake Off and picked up the second sleeve on my Hetty, and it was actually a nice change of pace.

My Hetty is coming along swimmingly, and I shouldn't have a problem finishing it for the OAL deadline. I just have this second sleeve left, then I have to undo the bottom bind off and add some more ribbing rows (I didn't pay attention to the pattern and I don't love how it looks now), then just button bands and the collar. I haven't identified buttons for this yet, which could get tricky, but that's a problem for Future Kat.

For the sewing part of the OAL, I finally traced my pattern. I tried cutting out the front bodice, but the fabric I'm using is shifty as heck, so I need to find a flannel sheet or something to lay under it for cutting. At this point, I'll be happy if I can get the dress cut out by the end of the OAL, so we'll see how the rest of the week progresses.

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!


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