Friday, April 20, 2018

Weekend Planning


The fun pink shawl is still moving along swimmingly! Like how I threw that swatch in the photo? I thought I'd change it up a bit for you all. I'm not quite ready to start that project yet, but I'm absolutely in love with the swatch.

Tonight my sister and I are going out to karaoke. I love karaoke, but it's been a long time since I've been up that late, so I'm definitely going to be chugging coffee all day! Otherwise, this is probably going to be a pretty slow weekend. I have some more things for my apartment that I need to bring over to my storage unit, I have some library books I want to read, and I'm sure I can find a couple loads of laundry to do.

I definitely need to go through my plants and give them a once-over. There are a couple of African violets that I wasn't quite able to bring back from the edge of death, and my shamrock definitely needs a trim. I also have a jade cutting that I need to make sure is rooting properly, I haven't been seeing much new progress from it since it went in the dirt.

What do you all have planned for the weekend?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Shawl WIP


This shawl sample has been on the needles since September, and it's one I'm really excited about, so I'm focusing a lot of my "finish all the wips" energy on it. This yarn is amazing- it's by my friend Heather, of T&H Fiber Works, and it's a gorgeous blend of BFL, silk, and stellina. I don't normally go for sparkly yarns, but something about this skein called to me, and it's such a joy to knit with.

When I started planning this shawl, I wanted something soft and delicate, but still cozy. I decided on a garter stitch body with a generous lace border, so this project hits all my buttons- soothing garter stitch and pretty lace! The garter stitch rows are starting to get pretty long now, and I can't wait to move onto the lace!

Monday, April 16, 2018

A Blizzard Shawl


We had some major winter weather this weekend - we had a blizzard warning, but I don't think it got quite to blizzard status, at least here in town. Lots of ice, lots of wind, and just a little bit of snow. An hour north of us got record snow - over a foot! So, it's safe to say that we didn't do much of anything this weekend except watch murder mysteries and knit.

I got a ton of work done on this shawl. I'm so pleased with it, and I'm glad I waited so long before starting it again, because it doesn't really feel like I'm knitting it for the second time. It's still fun and holding my interest, and I can't wait to get to the next part. 

Right now I'm almost a third of the way through. I also have plans to work up a smaller sample for one skein of yarn once this bigger sample is finished. It's not all shawl all the time, though - I finished my bath mat yesterday, and it's waiting to be blocked now!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Something Pink


So, in spite of all my hemming and hawing about trying to whittle down the WIP pile, it turns out I really needed something new on the needles. This shawl is a new design I initially started working on back in 2016, and I got pretty far into the second skein of yarn when I realized that it was much darker than the first one. So I ripped it all out, balled it back up, threw away my chart and notes, and ignored it for a year and a half.

I still love the idea though, and enough time has finally passed that I'm ready to tackle it again, this time alternating skeins. Last night I re-drew up my charts, wrote myself some notes, and started knitting. I'm just as charmed by this as I was the first time I tried knitting it, and it feels really good to be knitting a lace project again.

My hope is that having this to alternate with some of the WIPs I really want to finish up will keep me going. It's so easy to hit a wall in crafting, especially when projects have languished for a while, and I'm really glad that something as easy as pink yarn and some yarn overs can bring me back to life.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Lining Up the Third


I just have a few more rows before I can add the third color to my bath mat. I'm so excited to see it all come together. I'm still toying with some different ideas for my kitchen rug, so I probably won't start that one right away once this is finished, but there's still plenty of time.

I've been taking a look at my stack of WIPs and trying to figure out where I stand with all of them. I'm trying to decide which ones I want to focus on right now, and which can stay tucked away a while longer. Pretty much everything currently on the needles has reached a point of "why isn't this finished yet," and I'm feeling ready to get some things finished. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Weekending


This weekend was crazy busy. On Saturday was the state show choir competition, which was a super long day, but I got tons of knitting done on my Intense TPCT. Our high school won first in its division again, but all of the groups did a great job. 

I spent most of yesterday holed up in my room recovering from the long day on Saturday. I put on Netflix, sewed a little bit, finished my Intense TPCT, and read two art books and some more of An Unkindness of Magicians. My crop top is blocking now, and hopefully I'll be able to get photos soon. We got more snow over the weekend, so I'm not really looking forward to standing outside in short sleeves for pictures!

My bath mat is coming along slowly. The cotton is bothering my hands a lot, so I'm trying to remember to do a couple rows at regular intervals instead of trying to crank out a big chunk all at once. I think I'm at the halfway point now, so hopefully I'll have a great little mat ready to bring to my new place soon!

Friday, April 6, 2018

New Pattern: Ifan



I love a cozy grandpa sweater, and Ifan is exactly that. Intended to be worn with 2-6in/5-15cm of positive ease, Ifan has extra long sleeves and cozy patch pockets. The textured moss stitch body gives way to deep ribbing and tailored stockinette set-in sleeves.


My "self-pitch" for this cardigan was "grandpa sweater meets women's college." I wanted something cozy and easy to wear with a few tailored details. I couldn't resist making the sleeves extra long - I love sweater paws! I hadn't worked with Malabrigo Twist before this sweater, and I'm absolutely in love. It is so bouncy and squishy and absolutely perfect for snuggling up in.


Ifan is available on Ravelry now, and is 20% off through Friday, April 13th. Check it out now!


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Most of a Crop Top


Thank you all for your good wishes for my new apartment! It's been lined up for a month already, and I'm even more excited now than I was when I signed for it! I'm definitely planning a little photo tour for the blog once it's all set up :)

I didn't get too much knit on my Intense TPCT over the weekend, but I'm just a couple rounds away from starting the bottom ribbing. I wanted to add an inch or two of body length so I can wear it with my high waisted jeans without a gap (definitely NOT good for work!), and I think I'm just about there.

I'm also trying to read through my massive stack of library books before I move. Right now I'm about four chapters into An Unkindness of Magicians, and it's absolutely spellbinding. I really loved Kat Howard's last novel, Roses and Rot, so I was really excited to dive into this one. I currently have 17 books out from the library, which is fewer than I usually do, but still more than I want taking up space when I move, so hopefully I can average two books a week for the next couple of months!

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Nesting


I hope you all had a good weekend! University employees had Friday off, so I got tons done over the weekend! I've had a storage unit for several years, since shortly after I moved back into my parents' place after college, and on Friday I went through and got rid of a ton of stuff that was stored in there. I took twelve boxes of books, a box of assorted stuff, and a bag of fabric scraps to the thrift store, and I threw out another seven bags of junk. It felt so good to get rid of all that stuff that I didn't really care about or want, although I still have more than enough books and fabric in there to keep me happy :)

So what was my motivation for spending a whole day going through my storage unit? Well, in about two and a half months I'm going to be moving into my own apartment! I have a great apartment lined up just three blocks from my parents's house, and I'm so excited to set up a place that's all my own. Right now, I'm in hardcore nesting mode, and I'm trying to find little things to channel my enthusiasm for the next couple months.

I bought this yarn two or three years ago with the intent to knit a bath mat for my apartment when I moved out, and this weekend seemed like the perfect time to start doing that! I'm planning a sort of ombre deal - it starts out orange on one end, then it's coral in the middle, and when I reach the end of this yarn, I'll finish it up with pink. I love these colors so much, and I'm so thrilled to be able to make things like this for my apartment. I have yarn lined up for a kitchen rug as well, and yarn for a floor cushion for my living room. Hopefully all these projects will keep me going until it's actually time to move!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Crop Topping


It's nice to be back into my regular routine. I've switched back to my Intense TPCT, and I'm trying to finish the body before I let myself wind the next skein for my Orange Finn. I had brought this to my knitting retreat, but I only managed a round or two on it at the lodge. 

Last night the temperature hovered in the low 50s for a couple hours, so I took this out on the porch for an inch or so. I really love knitting on the porch, but there's really only a couple days a year when it's not too hot or cold outside. I am exceptionally picky about temperatures, and I have a very small spectrum of "acceptable" knitting weather.

There's a couple more inches on this before the twisted rib at the bottom, and I'm hoping to get close to finished with it this week. The library is closed on Friday for Easter Break, but I'm planning on taking that day to go through my storage unit and get rid of a bunch of stuff, so I'm not really getting any extra knitting time out of it.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Our Common Thread: 2018 Retreat


Happy Monday! This weekend was my annual knitting retreat, and I had so much fun! Thursday afternoon my friend picked me up, and we hung out at the lodge through Sunday morning. I spent most of my time on one of the sofas, either just hanging out or working on a new Finn that I cast on in the car on Thursday. I'm a little more than halfway done the body now, so clearly I was knitting a lot!


We had our first dyeing workshop on Friday, and this year we tried something new. Tara (from The Dyeing Arts) had knit up sock blanks for us that we could paint to make self-striping sock yarn! This will end up with about 4-round stripes, and I really can't wait to see how it looks knit up.


Saturday we did snow dyeing, and I knew I wanted a sweater's quantity. I used Tara's Royal Gray base, and after packing in the snow, I sprinkled on two different pinks, some orange, and a little bit of indigo. Snow dyeing is always an adventure, because you never really know how it's going to turn out. These ended up a bit different than I thought they would, but I still really like them, and I think they'll knit up great.


I also did a little bit of shopping (just a little though, since I'm technically on a yarn diet and had just dyed five skeins to bring home). I picked up a mini skein of Tara's "Sunglasses at Night" colorway to add to my sock blankie and a skein of Rogue in "Bermuda" to make myself a Breony. I got to visit with the Breony and Nelumbo samples at Tara's table in the lodge, and it really reminded me that I need a Breony for myself, so hopefully by next winter that will happen!


Overall I had a blast. It's always great to get away for a few days, and the people I get to hang out at this retreat are the best. It's exactly what I needed right now, and I already can't wait to go back next year!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Finished: Audrey in Unst


I started this sweater back in January 2016 as something easy to work on during show choir competitions. I got about halfway through the body, and then I shoved it in a project bag and forgot about it for a while.


This year, I really want to get some of my long-term wips under control. Finish the ones I want finished, frog the ones I want to frog, etc. I really wanted this finished sweater, so when I needed something small to work on during the play I was in, Audrey fit the bill. Once I picked it up, I couldn't really put it down again, and I'm so glad to have it finished.


This is one of my favorite cardigans. It's the perfect weight, I love the colors, the shape, the fit. I've had this pattern saved almost since I first started knitting, and I know I'm going to be wearing this a lot.


I knit this mostly as written. I added just a hair of length in the body and I made the sleeve cuffs only half the length called for. They're really subtle changes, but this cardigan fits really well in my wardrobe now, and I can wear it with skirts or jeans, no problem.


Ravelry Page: Audrey in Unst
Pattern: Audrey in Unst by Gudrun Johnston
Yarn: Lion Brand Sock-Ease Prints "Rock Candy"


Friday, March 16, 2018

Finished: Easy A-long


I finally got pictures of my finished Easy A-long sweater, and I'm so thrilled with it! I really love these colors together, and I'm so pleased with how the stripes and colorblocking worked out.


I knit the cropped version, and after doing the bottom ribbing in pink, I striped four rows of green with two rows of pink for the rest of the body. I finished the neckline in the pink, and then kept the sleeves pink except for the cuffs. I'm really pleased with the result.


It had been starting to warm up this week, but we're supposed to get more snow and ice today, so I'm sure I'll get several more chances to wear this before spring finally does arrive.


Ravelry Page: Easy A-long
Pattern: Easy A by Kat Riddell
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Eco + "Wild Rose Heather" and "Lake Chelan Heather"

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Final Sleeve


The final skein (hopefully!) for this new sweater pattern arrived on Monday, so I've been trying to work through the second sleeve. It's going pretty well so far, and as long as I don't get sick or tired or distracted I very well might have this sweater done by the weekend.

This sweater has been on the needles since September (I last blogged it in October, yikes!). It hibernated for a bit over the winter, but over the past couple of months I definitely wanted to get it finished. This is exactly the kind of sweater I want more of in my wardrobe, and I really can't wait to be able to start wearing it.

The pattern for this is pretty much all written up - I have a few more details to add in, but the meat of it is done, and I'm planning to get it to my editor this week. In a perfect world, I'd be able to release it before my knitting retreat (eight more days!), but if not, it'll still be out by the end of the month.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Cropping Along


In a fit of especially inspired productivity this weekend, I finished my Audrey in Unst (blocking now, buttons tonight), and I got the second sleeve cap done on my new sweater sample (now to wait for the last skein of yarn to come in the mail). I also managed to divide the sleeves from the body on my Intense TPCT.

I would like to get this top finished before my knitting retreat as well, but my sample is my top priority, so once that last skein gets here I'll be setting this top aside again.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Something That's Not Sleeves


I've had these two skeins of Cascade Heritage Paints in my stash for a couple of years now. I grabbed them when the yarn store in town closed (it wasn't very big, and it wasn't open very much so I never really shopped there, but it was still nice to know we had one). I really loved the loud colors, and even though I had no clue what I'd ever be able to knit them into, I brought them home with me.

Last month during the play I thought about knitting these up into a cowl, and I started it during production week, and it wasn't really grabbing me. Then I remembered my TPCT, and how much I love it, and how good it looks on me. The only drawback with my original TPCT is that it's just an inch or two too short to wear with my high-waisted jeans and get away with it at work. But it's easy enough to add that length in, and so I ripped out what I'd knit of the cowl so far and started on a new crop top.

It doesn't look like much right now, because all the yoke stitches are still bunched up together, but I'm only two rounds away from dividing the sleeves from the body, and then it will start to look like something pretty quickly.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Stuck on Sleeve Island


I'm trying to cruise along on my Audrey in Unst despite being stranded on sleeve island. I finished the first sleeve over the weekend and I'm almost finished the short row shaping for the second sleeve cap. I've been working on these short rows for two days now, and it feels like I should have finished by now, but apparently fingering-weight sleeve caps take longer than worsted-weight ones. Funny, that.

In two weeks I'll be going to my knitting retreat - I missed last year because of scheduling conflicts, so I'm especially excited to be able to go again this year. I'm hoping to have this sweater finished, and I'm working on another sweater (that's also currently on sleeve island) that I'd like to have finished as well. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

New Pattern: McKee


McKee is a light but cozy pair of legwarmers, perfect for layering over leggings and tights or under jeans on especially cold days. Featuring an interesting texture and cable panel, McKee is both a warm basic layer and a fun accessory to dress up an outfit.

McKee is worked in the round from the bottom up. The pattern includes both charts and written instructions for the texture and cable panel.


Finished Measurements: 9 (11, 13, 15)in/23 (28, 33, 38)cm circumference and 13in/33cm long, to fit with 3-5in/7.5-12.5cm of negative ease around widest part of calf

Requires: 150 (165, 180, 195)yds/135 (150, 165, 180)m

McKee is now available on Ravelry and is automatically $1 off through Sunday, March 11th!


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Knitting in Unst


Today is the last day of the Easy A-long, and I managed to get my sweater finished on time! It's currently blocking and I'm hoping to get good pictures taken of it this weekend. Since that sweater is off the needles, I'm focusing most of my attention on this long-languishing Audrey in Unst sweater.

I started this back in January 2016 and after getting most of the lower body done, I pretty much ignored it. I picked it up earlier this month because I wanted something smaller than my Easy A to work on during the play, and between that and working on it all day on Saturday, I have everything done except the sleeves.

I don't love leaving projects sitting around like that for long periods (despite the fact that I do it ALL THE TIME), but there's something nice about having most of a sweater done after only a couple weeks. I'm not super stoked to be on sleeve island, but I'm really looking forward to this sweater and I know it will get a lot of wear!



Monday, February 26, 2018

Ticking Down


Well, I didn't finish this sweater. I've still got about half a sleeve - which is really only another hour or two of knitting - and the side seams to go. Saturday was a show choir day, and since I haven't seen any of the area groups perform yet, I was really glad I spent the day at the high school watching them. There's a bunch of great programs this season, although I am especially partial to my brother's group.

Yesterday afternoon we went to see Black Panther, and it was one of the greatest movie experiences of my life. I enjoyed every second of it, and while I was hesitant to leave the house again after being gone all day Saturday, I'm really glad I got to see it in theaters.

There's just a couple more days left in the Easy A-long in my Ravelry Group! Sweaters have to be finished by 11:59pm on Wednesday, but I'll give everyone through the weekend to post in the FO thread.


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Friday, February 23, 2018

Nearing the Finish


As evidenced by the barest start of a sleeve up there, I haven't had much time for knitting the past couple days. A big chunk of Wednesday evening was spent sweeping and vacuuming the kitchen after an unfortunate incident involving a glass bowl and gravity, and last night I agreed to go to the town's photography group meeting to be their model for some portrait lighting practice. So. Not a whole lot of knitting going on.

This weekend we're supposed to get quite a bit of snow and ice. Tomorrow is supposed to be a big show choir day at the high school, so we'll see how the weather affects that. Otherwise, my plans involve catching up on figure skating and finishing this sweater!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The End of a Play, and Reaching the End of a Sweater


I'm back! I wasn't planning on being absent from the blog, but I got so busy with the play that I decided I needed to stop worrying about some things for the weekend. The play went so well, I am so pleased with the show we put on, and I am so proud to have been a part of such a great cast and production. As much as I love doing theater, I'm glad to have a bit of a break before the summer musical starts.

In between naps and rehearsals and performances, I managed to finish the back to my Easy A, get the shoulders seamed, applied the i-cord collar, and knit all of the first sleeve. With a whole week left in the Easy A-long, I'm right on schedule.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Look Who's Home!


Thank you all for your good wishes and thoughts for Mystic! The little guy is back home and seems to be recovering well- he's demanding lots of snuggles and belly rubs, and thinks we're not feeding him enough, and sleeping a lot. The sale to help with his vet bills is still going on- 25% off with code "Mystic," and many, many thanks to everyone who's helped out already.

It's production week for the play I'm in, which means all the craziness of the last few weeks is going to be magnified. Tonight we're doing Q2Q, which basically means going from each tech cue to the next to make sure all our lights and sound effects will happen in the right place. Then we have three dress rehearsals, and the show over the weekend.

My Easy A is in a good place right now- I have about three inches left on the back, then the icord collar and sleeves. The nature of Q2Q means I'll almost definitely be able to finish the back tonight. Once the body is finished, I'll have to do a little yardage math to figure out if my plan for the sleeves will work, so I'll need to remember to bring a backup project to rehearsal tonight as well.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Sale for Mystic





Mystic, my snuggle bum, my faithful knitting companion, is currently in the animal hospital with pancreatitis. He's started showing some signs of improvement, and we should be able to bring him home this weekend, but we were definitely not expecting this.

To help with his vet bills, all my patterns and collections are 25% off with the code "Mystic" through the rest of February. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

More Stripes


Well, that right there is about 40% of the back of my Easy A and I'm pretty pleased with myself. Play rehearsals have ramped up this week, and we're running the show pretty much every night. It's hard to believe that next week is tech and production, but here we are!

When I haven't been at work or at play rehearsal, I've been reading Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything, and it's absolutely delightful. I love medical history, and this book is really entertaining, and it's been just the thing to give me a break from the play.

Monday, February 5, 2018

New Pattern: Pilstam


I've had the idea for this hat floating around in my head for ages, and I'm so happy to finally be wearing it around!


Pilstam is a slouchy beanie featuring a fun bobbled cable pattern. Knit in a bright color, this is a fun, standout knit, or it can be knit in a more subtle tone for a classic winter look.


Cable pattern has both charts and written instructions.


Pilstam is live on Ravelry and is $1 off all week!


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