Weathered

Sandy has come and gone. She destroyed a lot of trees in my town and left a lot of people in the dark for most of the week. It could always be worse and my heart just breaks for the people in New York City and along the Jersey Shore. Connecticut took a beating, no doubt, but we are getting back to normal with minimal wear and tear. I think we may have been more prepared than most, we weren’t taking any chances after last years storms.

I thought I would be able to get a lot more knitting done. I just couldn’t though – the schools have been closed all week, so with two little ones underfoot and being distracted and exhausted, I couldn’t get much accomplished. The projects I planned on were fingering weight – what was I thinking? At night when I finally was able to put my mind to knitting, my projects were all fingering weight! Not the best idea when knitting by camping lantern. Oh well. I did finish one Jelly Bean sock and have cast on for the second. This sock is so comfortable! This is my first time using Spinnery Sock Art – Forest, this is the Grape Swirl colorway. I hope I can push myself to finish sock #2 because I know I will wear these with everything!
Sock 1

I finally got going (after a few restarts) on my Syren Scarf KAL. I’m using The Wool Dispensary Useful Poison, an MCN blend, and it is lovely to work with! In my storm prep, I did print out the pattern but that’s not so helpful when you have someone who likes to take the paper. It crumples! It makes noise!
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Syren scarf wip

Halloween was postponed due to the storm, but luckily the local apple orchard had a Halloween parade last week, so the little ones did get to wear their costumes.
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I did a little bit of Halloween knitting, these eyeballs for a Halloween swap – I found some greeny-grey-zombie-flesh colored yarn in my stash (it might be malabrigo) and I love how they turned out.
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I also received a special request asking me if I could help make a baby’s 1st Halloween costume. Mom wanted the little guy to be Peter Pan, could I help? I am never one to back down from a challenge and I am powerless against the baby knits. I ended up crocheting the hat (from this pattern) & booties (from this pattern) and am very pleased with how they look! They were a big hit! And my small Yarn Pop bag was the perfect size for this project!
Peter pan set
Now I’ve got to play catch up! Stay safe, stay warm!

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.

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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:
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And after blocking:
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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.

Two done!

Last week I professed my love of Malabrigo. The picture I had included:
Silky Malabrigo in progress
grew up into this:
Shawl
Pattern: Chandra by Caryl Pierre
Yarn: Malabrigo Silky, “Cloudy Sky” – 2.7 skeins used to make the Large size.
I LOVE this shawl! When the knitting was done I immediately wrapped myself up under it and was smitten. Lightweight and warm. Almost makes me glad that there is a chill in the spring air so that I have a reason to wear this.

I stumbled across this little sun hat pattern last week too. A little stash diving led me to some Blue Sky Alpaca Dyed Cotton (bought when I was pregnant with the Lorax, originally intended to become a hat for her). I really am pleased with the end result – it worked up quick, is really soft and should be quite cute for a summer baby of unknown gender. Picture a cute baby under the hat instead of an antsy dachshund only giving me blurry photos.
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Baby Bucket Hat
Maybe Jackson needs a refresher in how to be a hat model.

Longest Project Title Yet

I mentioned previously that I was switching my SnB “Shawl-Along” project from the swirl shawl to Herbivore. Now I am pleased to report that my “Herbivore of Spring Flowers at Twilight” is finished! I even wore it a bit last night at SnB – between the AC and the lemonade, I needed it!

I really enjoyed this pattern – right when I just starting to think “Oh this is never going to end” and “I want this big enough but I don’t want to run out of yarn”, it was the right length to bind off. AND I didn’t even use the whole skein – I still have about 100 yards left!

Shawl Flower
Before blocking, I rolled it up to put out of the way, and I just thought this looked like a little flower. How appropriate.

Pin Heads = Short Circuit?
This pin heads make me think of Johnny-Five from the movie “Short Circuit” (Dude, the robot has his won webpage?!) or Wall-E.

Herbivore blocking
Pinned out.

Herbivore Fronts / Back
Not the best photo, but I’m feeling to lazy to edit it right now. Shows the large triangle section and the two smaller sections well enough.

Herbivore Shawl
How I will usually wear this shawl – I like the bandit-style. It stays put mostly, and isn’t too heavy or bulky.

I’m super pleased with this project! I’m wondering about doing another one. With my needles “free” I can feel some start-itis setting in!

Happy things

Things that make me happy right now:
New Yarns!
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Susan from Schaefer Yarn Company, in the “Laura Ingalls Wilder” colorway. This is likely going to become Storm Cloud Shawlette, Calais, or Traveling Woman. (Is this picture ugly-pretty? I was playing around with fabric and while I don’t love it as a background for the yarn, it makes the some of the color in the yarn come out a bit more).

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100g of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the Ysolda Red. Tricky to photograph – there are many subtleties to this colorway. I love it. It will likely become socks as I don’t know if I can pull off a red shawl / wrap… but it would be stunning!

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I finished a pink Milo for a baby girl who should be here any moment now. She’s the intended recipient of the ladybug jacket I’m working on (all the knitting is done. Just have to make all the spots and sew them on, weave in ends) – but the jacket could fit the Lorax. So, this will fit her this fall – I used Cascade 220 and knit the newborn size, hoping for a 0-6 month size, following the example of another raveler. This was a really quick knit and fun – the pattern has sizing up through size 4, so I plan to make one for the Lorax as well.

I’m taking a break from my Swirl Shawl – it lost it’s mojo. I am unsettled as to what I want to do with it. In the meantime, I have started a new shawl which has been graced with probably my longest project name ever: “Herbivore of Spring Flowers at Twilight”
Shawl Progress
Herbivore pattern and Indigo Moon superwash merino fingering yarn, colorway “Spring Flowers at Twilight” – I’m loving this yarn – I keep stopping to admire the colors that pop up on the needles.

I’ve also got a new project to start – a sample knit and it’s hush-hush, but the yarn is luscious and the pattern is gorgeous!

Another Along

My SnB is working on a “Shawl Along” – not all the same pattern, just a shawl or wrap. I think we have all chosen something different, but all the choices are going to be stunning.
After much back and forth discussion with myself about the six potential patterns, I narrowed it down to the three patterns I knew I had the yarn called for or already earmarked for. From there I went with the lazy road and chose the yarn that was already in a ball and the pattern I had pulled out: Swirl Shawl and Melody Superwash Yarn.
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Swirl #A1 is cast on and done – that’s one out of eighty-two (1.2% done already!).