Yarn Along – February 20

Yarn Along Feb 20 I finished reading “The Kitchen Help” over the weekend. I decided to pick up Case Histories for my next read. So far I am finding it interesting and am curious to see where it goes. Right now a lot of my knitting is not for show. The green stripey blob in the picture is a sample knit that just needs one more piece to be complete. The white garter stitch blob is a new project in progress that I can’t share much about right now. I finished two projects recently, but I am going to save those for a post on Friday.

Blah blah blah. What a boring blog post; that’s the state of things right now. Between the snow storm last week, school vacation this week, little projects not getting done, mistakes being made on others, I feel like I can’t win. Do you have those weeks?

Yarn Along – Jan. 30

Yarn Along Jan 30
Someone turns into a little ham when the camera comes out.  He knows to say “Cheese” and look at that casual way of posing. Like he doesn’t really care if he’s in the shot or not.  Silly boy.  Anyway, I’ve had a fairly productive week. I am just about at the end of Season to Taste – I have really enjoyed reading this and I have been trying to pay more attention to my sense of smell as I go about the day.  My mittens are so close to being done! I have one more thumb to go. Figures that they are ready when we are having a bizarre January thaw – it is in the 50s today! Like most places I have been like the saying goes, I’ll just wait five minutes and the weather is sure to change.

Good Karma Farm Sample
I also finished this sample knit.  This v-neck pullover is for Good Karma Farm, knit in their Texas Green colorway, which really is a most perfect hunter green. I love this yarn – good thing, because when you knit an XL size in that much stockinette you had better love it! This is more than just a sample sweater though – it is a gift for one of the owners! After I knit the Charleston Tea sweater for Amy she asked me to knit a sweater for her husband!

It feels good to be getting things done! Of course I still have plenty of WIPs that are giving me the eye and projects I really want to work on, along with the next sample knit that needs swatching.  I also need to decide on the next book to read! What are you getting done this week?

Yarn Along – January 23

~ 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? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~ small things

Yarn along Jan 22      My goodness it has been a while.  At this moment, we are all more healthy than not – in the last few weeks we’ve all had some sort of cold (maybe a mild touch of flu?) and have passed about a stomach bug. I am pretty sure somehow I pulled a rib muscle, so I’m achy still, but I’ll take it – we’re all eating and fussiness is at a minimum. I’ve been knitting away on the sleeves of this sample sweater and I’m in the home stretch now – it needs to be done and in Monday’s mail (if not sooner!).  I feel good about it and it really has been a joy to knit even with all that stockinette! I finished the body of one mitten and am antsy to start the second, but the sweater has to take priority. We are in the midst of a rather wicked cold snap – I could use those mittens! I’m dreaming of a new hat for me, but I was pleased this morning that I was able to pull out a wool sweater, pair of socks, pair of mitts and my Calorimetry to bundle up this morning!

I finished up Pippi Longstocking and have moved on to Season to Taste, which is about a gal who lost her sense of smell after a massive trauma accident. Interesting to read while you are stuffed up with a cold / sinus issues and not really interested in eating! So far I am enjoying it. I’m looking forward to reading how she deals with the loss of that particular sense – smells are so intriguing! I find it fascinating how tied to memory they are as well.  Back when I was a chemistry grad student, I was TA-ing in a lab and there was a bottle of ammonia in a fume hood. The bottle was not capped properly, and even though it was under a running fume hood, I got hit with the vapors up my nose so much it was almost blinding and made my eyes water. I can tell that my own sense of smell has changed but one day I was unpacking items that belonged in my grandmother’s house and WHAM! The scent on those items (not a bad scent in any way) took me right back to her house!

What’s your favorite smell? I love the smell of ground beef browning on the stove-top, with a little bit of garlic and onion! Bacon, too. The Lorax told me she loved the way the bathroom smelled after I cleaned it with some bleach containing cleaners (following our stomach bug incident) – I think (hope!) it was just because it was a novelty to her. Generally I avoid all those chemical cleaners and stick with vinegar the chemical cleaners give me a headache now!

Yarn Along – January 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? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~ yarn along

Yarn Along Jan 9
This week I have been reading Pippi Longstocking. For whatever reason, I could not stop thinking about this book, so I borrowed it from the library.  I couldn’t remember if I had read it as a kid, but now that I am halfway through I think I did; so much of it is familiar and enjoyable. This was a good way to get back into the reading groove! I’ve been working on several things.  The Snuggly Monster buddy is ready for eyes, ears & limbs.  The belly is done in yellow and the eyepatch is on the needles. I think the ears / limbs will be solid teal and solid lime green.  I hope to get this done in the next day or two so that it can be given to a brand new baby! On the right is a sample sweater. The same sweater on which I already broke two needles! Knock wood, so far so good and my new needle set arrived today.  In the middle is my current “ooh shiny!” project.  I found the NaKnitMittMo group on Ravelry and immediately had to start a pair of mittens for me.  That didn’t take long at all! I pulled out my Cast On, Cast Off book to try the “Provisional Tubular Cast On” for a stretchy cuff. It was a bit fiddly, but not terrible once I got going!

Charleston Tea, finished!

Just today, I put the Charleston Tea in the mail, to return home at Good Karma Farm up in Maine. I know that I have said it here before but it is worth repeating: I love this yarn! It is a new blend and weight for them, and I am hoping to purchase more at Rhinebeck in a few weeks.
This colorway, which I believe is “Artichoke”, was left to do its own thing. I did not bother to alternate the skeins and there was no instances of flashing. The cable and lace portion probably helped to break that up. There is a little bit of striping activity on the hood, but it still looks good.

I am considering knitting this again, for me. Now that’s saying something! If I do decide to do that, I will be lengthening the body and sleeves and losing the hood. And those are rather minor modifications. I would also wear a more appropriate shirt underneath.
I love this photo. I can’t put my finger on why, because it doesn’t show the sweater very well, but something about it works, I think.

Yarn Along – Sept 19 (and Winner!)

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?

Yarn alongIt has been a week of light reading – mostly flipping through magazines while grabbing a quick bite to eat. In this pile you will find Everyday Food, Whole Living, and Crochet Today! (research!) I’ve also been reading the blog comments for the So Pretty! Crochet giveaway – I’ve gotten some good tips and a few good ideas! I’m still working on my for-hire projects. The Charleston Tea sweater for Good Karma Farm is so close! I have a few more rows to go on the hood, then I will seam it and then, on to the button band! I even have the buttons all set and ready to go. The other project is a bit of production knitting and it is just not going as fast as I would like. One stitch at a time, I’ll get there. So, who won the So Pretty! Crochet book? True Random Number Generator Min:1 Max:17 Result: 7 Powered by RANDOM.ORG That would be YOU, Wife, Mom, Knitter! I will get the book to you ASAP! 🙂

Yarn Along – Ravellenic Games Progress

What are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Have you linked up over at Yarn Along?

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I feel like I am off to a good start with my Ravellenic Games “competition”.  I’ve started the sleeve for my Sweater Triathalon event, but can’t share photos until the design is published. My Rhinebeck hat is started for a Hat Dash, but that is under wraps until Rhinebeck! I did have a super idea for my hat, in my opinion, while working on the Modular Relay race and I am very excited about getting started on it. I hope it turns out the way I picture it!

I can share what I have done for the Modular Relay with my minis.  Six out of the nineteen minis are knit up and the ends are woven in.  I have to say one of my favorite things about working with the minis is getting to try out new-to-me yarns.  I am learning that I really like a yarn with good SQUISH factor.  Skein Queen is one that I LOVED knitting with and I will certainly seek out more. You can see it second from the left, the muted blue-green hexiflat, 80% merino, 20% cashmere; I believe it is the Blush line.  Another good SQUISH yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks the Rock. I have knit with their yarns a few times before.  The colorway Electric KoolAid Acid Test is incredible. I had just enough to make one hexiflat, it is the first one on the left. I do not think I have ever seen a more vibrant shade of neon pink and I love it. I am not a pink person, so that is really saying something.  Every knitter should have this in their stash for knitting with in the depths of winter. I am making a mental note to seek out more of this particular colorway, asap.

Sample Knits - published!Creative Knitting is not usually part of my reading rotation, but I happened to pick it up today just to see what patterns were inside.  I flipped to the back and spotted this! That’s the poncho sample I knit up for Plymouth back in February. It was a fun pattern, this is the child’s size 8, but if you look at my ravelry photo I was able to wear it! I think this must be similar to what designers feel when they see their design published – my knit is off in the world!

Olympic Trials

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The Olympics are coming. I have no idea who any of the athletes are, but I am looking forward to watching some of the sporting events and I hope that some events are shown during the day (not just prime time) so that I can share them with the Lorax as well.  She is a gymnastics fan and I think she might get a kick out of it. The Ravellenic Games are also gearing up. I am anticipating being on a few teams and participating in a few events. Here’s what I am thinking will be making the cut as part of my projects this year.

I have a set of minis from a swap on Ravelry, under the theme of “Muppets vs Sesame Street”. When I first received my swap package I knew I wanted to work them up all at once as a group. My beekeeper quilt project needs an injection of good mojo and this seems like a good idea.  So, 19 minis to be turned into hexiflats for the “Modular Relay”.

Sample in progress
I was considering challenging myself to knit a sweater for the Lorax (Sundog, which I have the yarn and pattern for and have thought about making for her since it was published). However, the girl does not wear sweaters.  Handmade or storebought, it makes no difference.  Instead, I am working on a sample for Good Karma Farm (isn’t it pretty? I love this yarn and pattern, Charleston Tea by BabyCocktails) and a new sample for Plymouth, so those would be great to get done for “WIP Wrestling” and “Sweater Triathalon” respectively.

That is probably enough, but I am still considering “Charity Rowing” and making some items for PatPatsHats, the “Hat Dash” for my own super-special Rhinebeck Hat, more “WIP Wrestling” for Dan’s socks and my current cowl-in-progress.  I am sure I could find a few items for “Frogging Trampoline” and “Cast On Mania Trap Shoot” (start a project, work a third of it, start the next project) just sounds like fun.  Dangerous fun.

Yarn Along – July 18

~ 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? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr.

Yarn Along July 18
My pile this week is quite the collection. I’ve been reading over Cast On, Bind Off in anticipation of the blog tour that is making a stop here on Thursday, July 19! I will be reviewing the book and I am able to giveaway a copy as well! I have returned to an Agatha Christie Miss Marple mystery, The Body in the Library. When I was in middle school / early high school, 95% of my reading was Agatha Christie. They are so clever, not scary, not gory, not violent. And now, having become a fan of Downton Abbey, I think I can better picture the setting and time period than when I was 13 (and probably was picturing the 1980s). Not shown in the pile there, but on my list to read soon, is a piece by my SIL, Virginia. Her newest piece, the Harper’s Magazine cover story, is about Mary Kay – The Pink Pyramid Scheme.

Cat Hat SampleThe yarny pile is a mix of in-progress and finished items. I just finished two samples for Plymouth Yarn CoCat Hat with Earflaps & Baby Shrug. They were fun, quick patterns. Each were made in the 6-12 month size. The lil’ nutmeg, being 11 months, obligied to model them for me. I should have tied this under his chin – he kept grabbing it off.

BabyShrug Sample

Rocking out a pink shrug. Ain’t no thing.


I don’t think I ever showed a picture of my Wings of Hope Wingspan using the Lorelai yarn. I love it and look forward to wearing it often! I really need to find some shawl pins.

 Also in the pile is a sweater in progress. A sample for Good Karma Farm‘s new DK wool / alpaca yarn. The colorway is Artichoke and the pattern is Charleston Tea by Thea Colman. Nothing but love all around and now that I’ve gotten everything set up and I am ready to knit knit knit.

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.