Shift Finished!

I am almost done with this year’s crazy Rhinebeck Hat – I will probably post a photo on Friday. I can say that both are coming together nicely and this takes the cake for obnoxious, easy to spot, silly, & yet totally appropriate for attending a fiber festival. But this post is about a new FO! I mentioned here that I scored a destash of Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica – it was an assortment of skeins. I had fun pairing them together and finally cast on a collection to create Shift. I started with this: Purple pink
Many rows of garter stitch later, I have ended up with this: IMG_5182
I love that it can be long and chunky, but I can also double it for those really cold days that are sure to come!
Someone came looking for me when I was trying to take a few pictures! IMG_5195
And someone else was trying to snatch a few pancakes leftover from lunch, so I made him earn it.

On the house & In the Mail

Today I spotted something special on the house when I was giving Jackson a bathroom break –
Up there, on the roof – a hawk!
We frequently see them flying around, this is the first one I’ve spotted on the roof!

After that surprise, there was a surprise in my mailbox as well.
A pattern booklet, Simplicity Volume 2 – Women’s. I had almost forgotten about this job – I test / sample knit a sweater for it with Simplicity HiKoo yarn.
I knit the blue one in the middle. It was a fun knit and the end result was cute – I was able to fit the Medium size, and I knit the one with 3/4 sleeves (this was back in Novemeber, 2010)
I am glad I can finally share that project!

A different sort of groan.

Way back, like in 2006, I participated in a KAL for “Fans of the Lime and Violet Podcast can show their colors with Lisa Souza Lime & Violet sock yarn. The projects are as varied as Lime & Violet’s audience — the common thread is the awesome yarn.” I remember that I worked on these socks on my way up to Maine for a friend’s wedding. What I don’t remember is what I was thinking when I finished up the second sock – it was about 4 inches too short on the foot! At the time it was only good for a dachshund nose-warmer.
I'm a doofus
I have size 9 feet. This was not my first pair of socks! I was so annoyed with myself that I stuck the socks in a drawer and let them sit there. One of my knitting goals for the year is to knit up socks. I took a deep breath, ripped out the toe, carefully got all the stitches back on to dpns and got back to it.

The pattern at one point was called “Blue Bonnet”, but I found it in Ravelry as Linen Toes. Linen stitch is quite awesome for those wildly colored sock yarns. I love how it worked with this particular hand-dyed yarn and striped. However, when I finished this one, I noticed something else that made me groan.
The way the pooling happened here it looks like I spilled bleach on part of my foot. In the end it does not matter – no one is really going to see that part when I have my shoes on. I got into the rhythm of knitting and did not notice until the end. I really did not want to rip and redo again, so I will live with it. I have not worn handknit socks in a while and yesterday after I took that photo I did not take them off. I even slept in them, so cozy! It has given me back a bit of sock mojo and I am looking forward to working another pair soon.

Zebra Scarf

I started this project, I think, back in September. 2006. I don’t know why it was in hibernation for so long – it needed one little leg, 2 tiny ears, a mane and eyes put on, and ends woven in. Last night and today I decided to just get it done.

Zebra Scarf – found in “Vogue Knitting on the Go: Scarves Two” – I think this was the sole reason I bought the book (back when I did that sort of thing. sigh.)

It is seriously cute. The yarn I chose, Plymouth Yarn Oh My!, is really soft, but you totally loose stitch definition when you knit it. And it is a bit splitty. And unravels easily. It’s like a chenille-y, multiple-tiny-eyelash-yarns together sort of yarn. Makes a cute project, but I’m not going to buy this again. Not sure what I will do with the leftovers.

Once again, Jackson totally rocks the zebra look.

The purple eyes were a specific request from the Lorax. She mostly approves of the scarf. But will she wear it?

Representing at Rhinebeck

I am so excited for the weekend – it time for NY Sheep & Wool a.k.a. Rhinebeck! I am going to be going with my favorite sister-in-law (how awesome is it that she is a knitter?! AND we discovered last year that we have similar shopping strategies!) – she and my brother live not too far, so I will be able to hang out with her, and then see my brother and stay with them (so nice not to have to think about driving back the same day or figuring hotels!). A mini-vacation for me!

Several of the gals at my SnB are planning to be there and they made hats so they can find each other easily. I want to be one of the cool kids too, so I made a hat. Seriously, why do people stress out over a “Rhinebeck Sweater”? Make a hat, your friends can find you! I might wear a handknit sweater, but I’m not sure of the weather yet and I think it will be easier to dress in layers (including my Ravelry shirt).
Tassled Hat
When I was making this hat (using Farmhouse Yarn’s “Mary’s Little Lamb Light Worsted” held doubled) I had more than one moment of panic – I really thought that it was going to be a Lorax sized hat, but thankfully it does stretch!
Tassled Hat
I did knit it flat, but did a three needle bind off to seam the top and quickly seamed up the side. I think I might have to wear pigtails to match to top tassles, though with the state of my hair now, when I do pig tails they look like cocker spaniel ears! This yarn is leftover from my Chickadee Cowl, and I still have 25grams left. I think this is the first time I have a matching set – hat & cowl! If it’s chilly enough, I’ll be wearing both!

If you’re at Rhinebeck, you can spot me in the hat, or my knitting bag:
My knitting bag
I would love to say “Hi!” I’ll be keeping my eye out for several fellow knitters as well!

Of course, I can’t have a finished object post without Jackson modeling!
Dachshund & Tassled Hat
Maybe I’ll use the leftover yarn to make Jackson a new neckwarmer….

Socks! (it’s still summer right?)

Yay! I finished the “Go with the flow” socks 🙂 I used Reynolds Sea Wool yarn, 2 skeins, and really enjoyed this pattern. It was pretty easy to memorize / see as it happened (although if I knit it at night I tended to get sleepy while working on it), and overall fairly quick. They would have been done sooner if I hadn’t stopped everything to work on hats for Gram. I’m so proud of the heel flap / gusset – I’m getting better!
Go with the flow socks Go with the flow socks II

As far as the hats go, Gram really liked the Chicknits bucket hat – it looked cute on her. The “Floppy Brim” hat really wasn’t floppy or with much of a brim, even on her head without hair. It was given back to me with “You could add to the brim right?” Sure Gram. Anything for her, I’ll try it.

I finished a baby hat, from Leigh Radford’s One Skein book. This hat was really quick and easy and I love how it came out. I’m hoping that it will actually fit my baby’s head – only time will tell I guess. Till then Opus is getting quick a wardrobe.
One Skein baby hat

What to knit next? I could be working on the baby blanket, the Hope&Donald scarf, or any of the other projects that are hibernating in one of my bags upstairs. OR I could try to pick something from the 4 pages I’ve got on ravelry. Hrm.