I Love Green

I recently finished a sample shawlette for Romney Ridge Farm.  When I was talking with Kelly about knitting for her she told me that she was looking for a small shawl that would be like a one-skein wonder to use up a skein of her hand-dyed sport weight, that I could pick the pattern.  I immediately set off on Ravelry and found several possibilities but settled on the “All About Love” pattern by Silvia Bo Bilvia. The skein I received is the most wonderful tones of green.  I loved working with this yarn and the pattern, though I did have to modify.  I worked up the lace section as written and had not even used up an ounce of the yarn.  I did continue on to complete a bulk of the short rows and was still not even half-way through the skein.  I ripped back to the lace and then worked another 16 rows of lace. 

Here is the “before blocking” shot:

And after blocking:

I am a big fan of blocking wires now – they are a bit fiddly at first, but they do make things easier.  This shawl is a bit more rectangle than crescent, but it still works.
I love green

Looking back, I may have done better to cast on more stitches instead of just repeating the lace (I have less than one ounce of yarn remaining), but I am pleased with the end result! I would knit this pattern again. The lace is not complicated at all and was good SnB knitting or tv knitting.

Yarn Along – May 9

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? ~ from small things 

Yarn Along May 9
Hurray! I finished all the knitting on the Summer Poncho sample. Ends are woven in and it is blocking out on my dining room table – you can see a bit of the lace in the photo. I have no idea as of yet how to shoot the FO – that one is a styling stumper to me. I will post more about it soon as it does deserve a post of its own! You can see I have two yarn cakes wound up and ready to go. The brown one is Manos del Uruguay Wool Classica – I was commissioned to knit a “Deer with Tiny Antlers Hat”. That should be fun, as you know how I am with hats around here. The green is a skein of sportweight yarn from Romney Ridge Farm to be a shawl sample. This green is so so lovely – I am really anxious to get started on the All About Love pattern for this one. I spotted a free Kindle book last week or the week before and because it was about a dachshund, I had to grab it! Sasha, Extraordinary Dachshund – I am only a little bit in, but I like it – good pet stories always get me!

A tale of two shrugs and other stuff.

2 shrugs
This may be the first time where I have knit the same thing twice (socks excluded). And it wasn’t terrible! These shrugs, DROPS design #98-47 are quite cozy and warm. I know I have some wool that would be great – I held the yarn doubled and that took 3 skeins of yarn. Being sample knits for Romney Ridge Farm, I used their yarn, and the hanks are around 200 – 225 yards each.

(Jackson totally thought that my sitting on the floor waiting for the camera self-timer to go off was an invitation for him to snuggle on my lap.)

Red Shrug
Red Shrug

I think I have rediscovered a love for garter stitch. It’s squishy and easy and you have got to love the texture!

Texture Close Ups
Even picking up the edging wasn’t too bad. I will say that working for several hours with doubled yarn and US17 needles made my hands ache a bit. Worth it though. When I needed a break from that I have been working on a test knit – Caitlin’s Cardi – for me, in Schaefer Yarn, Miss Priss, Thistle colorway.
Caitlin Test Cardi
Love one-piece (or, mostly one-piece / minimal seaming) sweaters, but the downside is that there are a lot of stitches. I feel like on the patterned rows it takes me an awful long time to knit across. I’m maybe 7 inches or so up the body – it’s coming. With the shrugs done (deadline knitting) I have a bit more flexibility in my knitting schedule.

It is nice to have not just one, but two finished objects so quickly. And these are two of my Ravelympics events, though I’ve watched very little of the Olympics. I’ve been feeling a bit “meh” lately – I’m waiting on some leads, watching “Hoarders” and “How Clean is Your House” doesn’t make me feel any better, the weather has been icky, Lorelai has been going through some HUGE developmental milestones that are exhausting to me (she’s talking in near full sentences, with memory recall, and detail, and we’re working on potty training.) and then my notions bag busted!

Busted Notions bag
The zipper pull came off the zipper-thingy. I had to cut into the bag to get at my notions (I credit my years on the high school costume crew for my abilities with a seam ripper)! I’m hoping I can salvage the fabric in some way, but I’m not sure.
Busted Notions bag

On the plus side, I do have a brand new notions bag. A fellow blogger, Samantha started selling project bags that she made on etsy. I thought they were great and left her a comment that I would love a dachshund fabric bag – well, she came through and it is fantastic! Then she let me know she had more dachshund fabric and would I be interested in it or another style? I said yes right away and we discussed the idea of a notions bag. Perfect timing, who knew?
Dachshund & Dachshund bags
There’s a sweater in progress in the bag on the right, and I’ll be filling up the notions bag ASAP!

Once I’m done asking Jackson to model.
Is it a hat?

Orange Racer

It’s been sunnier this past week, but I am still very glad for the opportunity to knit with orange yarn. I’ve finished the sweater for Romney Ridge Farm
Pattern: Racer Sweater from Miss Bea’s Rainy Day Collections by Louisa Harding.
Yarn: Romney Ridge Farm Hand dyed (4 oz / 250 yards) 100% Maine Grown Wool
Orange Racer Sweater

I knit the 2-3 year old size. It is such a great shade of orange (I keep calling it carrot, but I think it’s official name is pumpkin), and it did soften a bit with a steam while blocking.

Lorelai was not too thrilled about modeling the sweater – it is a bit big on her.
Not so happy model

She needs another haircut already.
Not so happy model

Thank you Elmo for capturing her attention for a moment or two.
We love elmo.