This Moment.

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. – from Soule Mama

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Another secret revealed!

Having these test / sample knitting projects makes for great blog material. Yesterday I told you about my Sock Love. Today I get to share a bit of lace. At the end of the summer I started working on a sample knit for Nelkin Designs – a doily-turned-blanket sort of sample, Centrino. I think I hinted at it here and there – the super secret project, the white project of dooooooom…except not really. I liked knitting this – I did find it to be addictive and satisfying to work on! One of the best parts was the blocking! From blob to BOOM!
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I used the full-sized mattress in the guest bedroom and every singe pin I could find. Magical!

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Over the railing in my hallway.

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Obligatory couch shot?

I found myself stuck for better ideas for styling / photographing this item – tricky too because I didn’t dare let the Lorax or Jackson near it 🙂 I love this photo that Laura has of it:
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(borrowed with permission!)

Happy sigh – I’m really proud of that knit. As it was a sample, it’s not mine to keep, but I will certainly think about knitting this again at some point.

Sock Love

I love knitting socks. An outside observer might think otherwise, given that there hasn’t been a sock on my needles since September. And the fact that there are several mate-less socks in a drawer patiently waiting for their match to be made. Socks are a great way to splurge on nice yarn ($24 or so for a nice handpainted yarn, 400 yards or so, enough for a project!) and depending on your taste in patterns can provide a nice knitting challenge – just when you get really sick of one part, there is a new part to complete – cuff to leg to heel to foot to toes. Or the other way around, if you like toe-ups!

Back in June I had the opportunity to be a test knitter for Cookie A. – one of my favorite sock designers – for her new book. I finished one sock (all that was required for the testing) in 5 days!! I knit as fast as my knitting needles would go and I did it! I love this sock. I would love to wear the pair, so I really should get going on the second one, and eventually I will. Now that the book is finally available for pre-orders, I can share with you, Cusp:
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The yarn is Alchemy Juniper in “Turquoise Pool” that I picked up during Team VA Weekend last year. A dream to knit with.
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I have pre-ordered my copy of Knit. Sock. Love. – I will probably take it to my local copy shop and have them change the binding to a spiral one – makes the book lay nice and flat. I did that with Cookie A’s other book, “Sock Innovation” (which I still dream of working my way through. A Julie/Julia thing.) There’s a nice post comparing both sock books, FYI. Now I want to knit socks. But, they have to get in line behind a test knit in progress, a sweater for me, a few holiday gifts and a scarf!

Somebody will wear my handknits!

Almost by surprise, the weather has turned windy and cool – very fall like, and we knew (and hoped) it was coming, but somehow it is a shock to the system. The heat is on and I have been pulling out my handknits to wear – I love to layer with the scarves and shawls-as-scarves. I’ve posted many times about how the Lorax absolutely refuses to wear pretty much anything I knit for her, so my most recent knitting accomplishment has been for Jackson. I usually pop his cowl on him, but figured it was time to make him something new. Behold, the Wurstwarmer!
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Someone is camera shy, or possible just ticked off. I used Sirdar Snuggly DK for most of the sweater – it was less than a full ball, when it was used up the last two inches or so are knit with Berroco Comfort DK. Both machine washable acrylic blends.

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This is a great pattern. Obviously, the designer totally *gets* dachshunds and what odd little creatures they can be. I really appreciate how the pattern guided me through several measurements and then options as well relating to peculiarities of your dog: male / female, harness opening, to cover their little bum or not. This sweater stays on him pretty well – he was able to step out of it after doing a “squirrel” trick – his little legs fold up and then they are tucked into the sweater. If I knit this again, actual sleeves may help (a pattern option I opted out of) or casting off / on fewer stitches for the armhole opening.

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The Lorax was helping me get Jackson to do his “squirrel” trick to take the photo. She is finally taller than the dog! Also, the Tinkerbell pajamas? A gift that her daddy picked up for her when they went out to the store while I was at Rhinebeck.

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Stay warm little doggie. And learn to love the handknits – I will be making this again!

Rhinebeck & Back Again

Not surprisingly, the weekend flew by – even more so because of Rhinebeck! I drove up on Saturday morning to pick up my sister-in-law and off we went to the festival. We had some goals in mind, and she was way more specific that I was. One of my goals was that I was actually going to speak up and say “Hi” to knitters that I know online – in each previous year I have chickened out and been shy.

I am quite proud of myself – I said “Hi” to quite a lot of people, old friends and new friends – it does seem so strange to feel like you know all these people, but I only really identify them with their username! We were on our way to get a lamb sandwich when we walked by the Rhinebeck Style spot Gale Zucker set up – and I saw a group of gals wearing a hat, just like mine! It was the Thursday night SnB crew – Wife, Mom, Knitter, Anphoe, jennsquared, Costumechick, BackstageKnits, Hedwigbc, & Alaina-Jane! I joined them for the group photos and I really am excited to see how they came out!

I also managed to run into and actually say hey to several people I’ve knit for – Laura (Schaefer Yarn), Amallen (Lorna’s Laces) & Knitgrrl – so that was really cool. On top of that, when I spotted Amallen, she was walking around with Ysolda – so I got to gush about her work and admire the new pieces for a bit. I also managed to find TammyG, Jesh, Librarysarie & baby, and The Painted Sheep!

After all that people watching and yarn fondling, what was my part of the haul? I surprised even myself.
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One skein of Socks that Rock Silkie – Tlingit.
After carefully looking at all there was – I found that my favorite items were at vendors I bought from in the past, and still have not yet used that yarn. So I resisted. I was almost swayed by Sanguine Gryphon (OMG, that Bugga is amazing!) but I didn’t want to wait in a 45 minute line. I was also almost swayed by a beautiful raspberry-merlot lace (1200+yds for $20!) but I’m not planning to knit lace anytime soon. I’m blessed to have a pretty decent yarn stash, and I’ve got yarn “payment” headed my way. So I decided on the STR – there wasn’t a line really and it’s not something I can just pick up at the LYS. Likely this will be a shawl or scarf – I have another skein of silkie from when I was in the Rockin Sock Club – so maybe they will work together for something or just by itself like a Clapotis, Simple Things, or Trinity Shawlette

This is the start of a great several weeks of fiber that is somewhat local – Stitches East is next week (not sure if I’m going), the New England Fiber Festival is in a few weeks (very curious to check that out!) and then I’m going on the Knitter’s Review Retreat!