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December 2016

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Knitting On

Written by , Posted in Blue Sand Cardigan, FOs, Knitting, Knitting Knatterings

The most oft-quoted Elizabeth Zimmerman phrase has been much on my mind during my knitting of the past almost-two-full-years – knitting that consisted entirely of the sweater that I just finished today, I should add – “Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises.”

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I haven’t posted here (as I’m sure all three of you noticed) in that two year time frame. I had an entire post that I typed up purely for the catharsis of getting it out of my brain and down into words, but it will remain forever unpublished for a myriad of reasons I can’t get into here. Suffice it to say that the past two years of my life have contained more crises and upheaval than almost any other time of my life, and the stitches of this sweater were knit with very little confidence or hope.

I purchased the yarn for this sweater on a day when I was suffering more emotionally than at any other time except perhaps the death of my mother in February of 2002. (Sidebar: Why is it that everything terrible seems to happen in the darkest of winter? The purchase date for this yarn was also in February. Good thing my brother was born in that month, or I might consider it irredeemable.) I cast on that day in 2015, and whatever knitting I have done since has been on this sweater.

Separate of the emotional upheaval that prompted me to retail-therapy myself an entire sweater’s worth of yarn that day, was the idea for a version of the excellent Blue Sand Cardigan pattern that stole its stripes from the wool blankets of the Hudson Bay Company of Canada. While I’m not Canadian, my sister-in-law (and my brand new niece! Which, hi, I need to catch you up, I guess – I became an Auntie in August!) is; but my first affection for the Bay’s blankets sprang from the association I have to them as being fixtures on the beds at my maternal grandparents’ home on Griffith Lake in Delaware. So far as I know, Nana & Granddad got the blankets while in the UK for Granddad’s USAF assignment there working alongside the RAF – but regardless of where they got them, those blankets (and I think also several from the more-common-in-the-U.S. Pendleton company) lived on the twin beds in what amounted to a bunkhouse/guest space. I slept many summer nights and several Christmases’ worth beneath those blankets in some of the most family-centric, warm and cozy holidays I can recall in my life.

In any event, the stripe colors and pattern evoked exactly the sort of soothing comfort I felt sorely missing on the day I decided to knit this sweater, so that was the palette I went with when I hauled myself, shaking and still weepy, into Fibre Space in Old Town, Alexandria, determined to cast on and try somehow to make sense of the nonsensical.

CC4 for my Hudson-Bay-Blanket-inspired #BlueSandCardigan : Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio DK in "Rock Creek Park". Not shown because it's not here yet: CC3: NFC Studio DK in "Woodley Park", which is a cherry red. #knitting #yarn Finally, MC for Hudson-Bay-blanket-inspired #BlueSandCardigan : NFC Studio DK in "Roland Park". Also a tiny baby swatch of the texture stitch from the sweater on US 4 needles. #knitting #yarn CC2 for my Hudson-Bay-blanket-inspired #BlueSandCardigan : the Fiberists Audubon Sport in "Au (gold)" #yarn #knitting CC1 for my Hudson-Bay-blanket-inspired #BlueSandCardigan: Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio DK in "Georgetown". #yarn #knitting

(Not shown: the red yarn, because I couldn’t get hold of that until later on, and now I can’t find the image I took of the skein. Oops.)

From the dawning of that particular crisis, the aftermath and aftershocks of which I have been dealing ever since, I knit. Some days, just getting out of bed was triumph enough, and knitting wasn’t on the agenda. Other days, knitting seemed the only thing I was capable of doing without completely fouling everything up.

This pattern is SO. EFFING. COOL. Y'all, I can't even. #knitting #BlueSandCardigan

To a certain extent, it feels rather odd to be finished with this project after so long with it as my figurative and literal security blanket. It’s also a little bit scary, if you buy into the whole Like-Water-for-Chocolate idea that the emotions felt while crafting a thing are contained within the thing itself, because if so, this sweater should maybe be burned, just to protect people from the volume of misery wept into it.

BlueSand (on the Hudson Bay) cardigan progress: nearly done third of four CC stripes! #knitting

But either because of the time that has been spent, the progress that has been made within my life since it was begun, or just out of sheer cussedness, I DID put it on immediately after I cast off this afternoon – put it on, and wore it out to have dinner with my husband and daughter. No disaster yet befell us (unless you count the election, which I don’t), so I’m going to cautiously state that the sweater’s intent of comfort and security has outweighed the emotions of she who knit it as it came into being. Thus far, anyway.

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Can you spot below the error that The Wry Punster already knew was there without even having to see it? No, El, I didn’t fix it. I’m calling it a design feature, damnnit. 🙂

One...one pocket lining! Ah-ah-ah! (Complete with error. Oops. But eff it, it's a pocket lining, error is now design feature.) #bluesandcardigan #pocketlining #knitting #knit #hudsonbay

It’s a truth about crafting in general, and the needle arts in particular, that we are often as consumed by the process as we are the end result. Some people craft specifically because the process itself is the journey for them, rather than the thing reached at the end. Others have the end goal in mind as their only motivation for slogging through the journey in question. I don’t actually know for certain where I fall upon this spectrum, to be honest with you: I sometimes enjoy the process as much if not more than the end result, but there are other times when I want to skip past all the in-between bits to get to the payoff at the end.

So. Close. Y'all. #bluesandcardigan #bluesandcardi #knitting #knit #knittersofinstagram

Life is not like that in most cases for me – everybody knows the ending of that one, if not the method of its (hah) execution, and I’m happy to drag out the process of knitting this life one very slow stitch at a time, thanks. But this section I’ve been in for the past few years, in which that process has been so very painful…(metaphorical) mistakes, frogging back, re-knitting, pattern changes, supply issues…that part, I do sort of wish I could mitigate, or at least skip through to get to the bit where it’s okay despite all that got you there.

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But instead of skipping through those sections, which is a skill I haven’t yet figured out how to cultivate, I’ve been (very slowly) knitting on, one stitch, one section, on stripe at a time – both literally AND metaphorically. I don’t know what the end of this particular project (metaphorically speaking) is going to look like yet, but it feels like finally, maybe, it may turn out okay.

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I’ve made mistakes; I’ve adjusted the pattern; I chose my colors to fit the shape I was given. I ripped out, re-knitted, did-over, and kept on, crafting, as best I could through everything that came, the shape of the garment I was after. Sometimes I was curled on the couch in the sun, and the knitting was warm and cozy in my lap. Others, everything was a mess, including me, but the shape of the sweater was still coming out basically the way I needed it to.

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I don’t know how much true depth there is to this craft of ours – this one, or any other of the needlearts, really. I know that I come from a long line of women who have knit, stitched, sewn, quilted, and otherwise kept together the crazy yarns of their lives in garments they were able to wear with grace, if possibly not always pride.

For myself, I took EZ’s advice, and I knit on – if not always as proscribed, at least with determination and perserverance. My mirrors may be dirty, my surfaces cluttered – but when it got cold, I put on the sweater.

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I’m told that that’s what it’s for.

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Tuesday

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May 2014

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Plus la change…

Written by , Posted in Blog, Bloggy Blatherings, Fotoposts, Knitting, Legacy, MDSW

It is, roughly, the tenth anniversary of this blog.

Oh, Internets. So many ponderings, so few recent postings.

This past weekend, I attended the 2014 Maryland Sheep & Wool festival. This annual event is a marker of sorts for the calendar of my knitting life, and although I can’t attend every year, there is that mix of familiar & new each time I go that triggers a sort of fibery nostalgia.

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Nana, knitting at speed & giving somebody epic side-eye

I grew up in a family of crafting women. Due to age gaps, I wasn’t able to become as close with my paternal grands as I ended up being with my maternal grands and great-grand, but both sides were knitters, stitchers, & needlewomen. My mother’s side in particular modelled the crafty life for me, from my great-grandmother (we called her Mom-Mom), who owned a yarn shop in Coatesville, PA called Celeste’s Yarns, through my Nana (Mom-Mom’s daughter) who organized knitting groups for the officer’s wives on base as they moved around the country for my grandfather’s Air Force work, to my own mother, who worked in yarn shops, wrote letters back & forth with her mother & grandmother discussing the finer points of cabled knitting, and who quilted, cross stitched, and did needlepoint like the women who came before her.

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Nana, left; Mom-Mom, right. Mom-Mom seems to be wearing a hand-knitted sweater.

I lost my mother very early (she was 46) to fallout from dual auto-immune disorders, so I don’t have photos, as I wish I did, of her knitting, quilting, etc. Mama tried to teach me to knit a few times, but it never seemed to stick, though she did teach me to cross stitch, and tried to show me needlepoint. Mostly, I learned those needlearts by simply picking up projects & trying things, but my interest in crafting has definitely been a legacy I feel I inherited from the women who came before me.

I got married four months after my mother died. Just before she went into the hospital for the last time, she finished work on the final block of an album-style quilt she’d intended for my husband and me as a wedding gift. I’ve blogged about that quilt before (though it was on a previous iteration of the site & I’m afraid the photos have gone the way of the dodo; will take new ones soon) & it remains one of the more commented-on posts of this blog, I think because the idea of the legacy behind our crafts is one that resonates no matter what craft it is that any of us performs.

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Mama & me; Mama wearing amazing hand knit aran cardi

Mama died in February, we got married the first weekend in May, and I was pregnant with my daughter a year later. It was during my pregnancy that I asked my Nana to teach me how to knit, and so this Sheep & Wool time of year is a mental marker in a multitude of ways for me.

I know this blog has been terribly dormant, and I’m not sure what the future holds here. I don’t knit as often as I used to, and in fact my urges to write about my knitting have been lessened, and my need to document more of day-to-day life has been consumed with the more ephemeral social media like Instagram & Twitter. But I’m not willing to just give up, yet. I don’t even know if I have any readers left here anymore, but if you’re here, thank you for being with me for the last ten-ish years of my knitting & crafting & life journeys.  There’s no community like the crafting community, and I am grateful to have been and continue to be a part of it.

Love,

Liz/YarnGeek

Sunday

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August 2013

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Hufflepuff Don’t Care

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Hufflepuff don’t give a…

Hi!

My child has announced that she wishes to be a Hogwart’s student for Halloween this year, a declaration to which I latched on and with which I ran.

Being on a budget-enforced yarn diet, I went stash diving and turned up with a cone of grey Brown Sheep something-or-0ther (I suspect it was meant originally for weaving?), purchased in a bag of misc. yarns from a local thrift store years ago for what I think was four dollars.

Cone of Thrifted Yarn

So, body of the sweater taken care of, I commenced swatching August 9th, and came up at 6 sts/8 rows per inch on 3.5mm circular needles post-swatch-washing. I’d picked up Ann Budd’s fantastic Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters at the library, so the gauge was all I really needed to go to town making a Hogwart’s Uniform sweater.

This is a book I’m going to need in my personal library – it lists chest measurements for multiple child and adult sizes, then has charts at misc. gauges that you follow throughout as a recipe for knitting top-down sweaters. It’s brilliant, and has me pondering all sorts of the kind of basic sweaters my wardrobe likes best in a less daunting light.

Knowing from experience how swiftly my knitting mojo disappears, I took advantage of it and knit on, completing the shoulder shaping on the 10th.

Hufflepuff Sweater Shoulder Shaping

By the 16th, I’d picked up the front at the shoulders, knit the v-neck shaping, formed underarm shaping, joined, and begun knitting the body of the sweater.

Detail of v neck shaping

(I’m only being specific with dates in this case so I’ll remember later myself when I’m trying to figure it out. I’m always asked how long it takes me to knit things, and because I pick things up and put them down so often, I can never answer that question. This isn’t precise, but it at least gives me something of a gauge to go by.)

At any rate, last night I made it down to the stripes at the hem, and started the ribbing at the waist!

Hufflepuff Hem Stripes

(forgive the editing on that one; it’s an overcast day AND I keep forgetting the set the dang white balance on my camera, so I had to fidget with this like crazy to make it look right for the yellow in the stripes.)

So as of this morning, I am on the cusp of Sleeve Island and truckin’ right along. I’ve got a week of vacation to see if I can finish this thing in something like good time, but whether my mojo will decide to stick around that long is anyone’s guess. Short Attention Span Knitter Is Short of Attention.

Hufflepuff Sweater Progress

So tell me — where is your attention focused this fine weekend?

Wednesday

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April 2013

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Springin’

Written by , Posted in Holidaze, Knitting, Lizard Ridge

Took a couple of days off last week to spend some stolen time with The Sainted Husband and Miss Plum, both home for Spring Break for our County (he as a teacher, she as a student), and you guys, it. was. blissful. You saw the blocking-of-blocks binge I went on, and more Lizard Ridge squares were knitted among Kindle app reading, spring cleaning, and family-hanging-out-ing.

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We’re getting one and a half minutes more sunshine each day, Spring is springin’, and it seems the long, deep depression that has consumed me the past…well. More than a year. Maybe two. ANYWAY it’s been a long one? And I think it’s finally lifting. Truly lifting, as opposed to just taking a break before surging back to kick my ass some more.

We prepped for the holiday with the help of the good folks at PAAS:

Rainbow Eggies

 

Thus began a weekend of all the rainbow egg consumption one family can possibly handle. The rest of our Easter weekend turned into a four day celebratory crawl from play dates to neighborly Easter-Egg-Hunts to a dear friend’s birthday party to a blissful recovery day of quiet and snuggling.

Pretty damn good, I feel. I’ll take it. How about you?

Tuesday

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March 2013

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Stitchery Afoot

Written by , Posted in Finished Objects, FOs, General, Knitting, Knitting Knatterings, Lizard Ridge, stash enhancement, Updates

Well. More like “ahead”, as it’s mostly hats with some neckwear, and “aneck” just doesn’t sound right.

My knitting mojo seems to have decided to stick around long enough for me to actually finish something!

Way back in July, I cast on for Laura Chau’s Dipped Infinity Scarf, the yarn for which I got in a kit from Fibre Space. At the time, I, um, forgot the ribbing? Oops. I guess I was so thrilled at the idea of the color changes to come that I launched right into the stitching pattern sans ribbing.

Anyway, I was so irritated with the mistake, and trying to decide how to fix it without ripping out what I already had done, that it took months for me to pick it back up again (kind of a metaphor for my life lately, actually).

This week, after casting off (remembering the ribbing on this end) the majority of the piece, I figured out how to pick up stitches in ribbing on the cast-on edge, and only 5 rows later, there was a cowl!

Dipped Infinity Cowl

This is getting blocked today so the ribbing will quit folding over; had to stab a couple toothpicks into it to get it flat enough for glamour shots.

Dipped Infinity Cowl detail

Project: Dipped Infinity Scarf by Laura Chau/cosmicpluto
Yarn: Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Sock (sold as a kit at Fibre Space)
Needles: Chiagoo circulars, US 9s (I think. Need to double check size.)
Notes: I have an unhealthy adoration for Karida Collins’ yarn, and there was no way I could pass up these colors. They just…glow.

I have a second Turn-A-Square hat currently on the needles out of the same yarn combo as the first (Brooklyn Tweed Shelter & Noro Kureyon; not original by any stretch, but so beautiful, why mess with perfection?):

Turn-A-Square²!

Meanwhile, I finished yet another hat that was a very late birthday/Christmas present for a friend, the Fair Kate hat by Thelma Egberts. This one had stalled out when I got stuck on the cabled decreases at the crown:

Cable decreases

WHY I got stuck there is a mystery to me, though, because when I picked the project up out of hibernation, I picked right up where I left off & completed the hat with no difficulty. I don’t even know.

Fair Kate flat hat

The yarn is a grey baby alpaca I picked up at MDSW, and is as soft, fuzzy, light, & warm as you might expect, looking at it.

Fair Kate hat for our fair @celeloriel

Project: Fair Kate hat by Thelma Egberts
Yarn: grey baby alpaca, I believe from Misty Mountain farms?, via MDSW
Needles: Addi Turbo circular needles, US 5s
Notes: dear self: you are not a failure as a knitter if you use a cable needle for 5-over-5 cable crosses, damn it, so STOP THAT & use the damn cable needle! Love, self.

I have two sweaters planned, both in the blue color family, so my Blue Period seems to be continuing, but I also grabbed two new Kureyon colors to add on to Lizard Ridge, The Afghan That Never Ends:

2 more for Lizard Ridge

Where are you on your own color wheel?

Saturday

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March 2013

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Butcher Braaaaiiiiiinnn(Hat)

Written by , Posted in Bloggy Blatherings, Finished Objects, FOs, Knitting, Knitting Knatterings

Yesterday, I updated you guys on a bunch of projects I was way behind on blogging. One of those, the Brain Hat, I had to be a little cagey about, because I was waiting on permission to say who it was for, as well as the ok to post a photo of the hat being worn by its recipient.

I just got the okay I was looking for, though, so now I get to squee at you about this:

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That, my friends, is NYT best-selling author Jim Butcher, writer of the Dresden Files and Codex Alera novels, wearing his Brain Hat, knitted by me.

Cannot begin to describe how cool it felt to receive this photo. But I suspect y’all get it. 😉

Friday

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March 2013

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Catching Up: Everything Old is New Again

Written by , Posted in Blog, Bloggy Blatherings, Finished Objects, FOs, Fotoposts, Gifts, Knitting, Knitting Knatterings, Updates, WIPs

HI! Hi, Internets, hi!

So I’m browsing Ravelry this morning (likeyoudo), and there smack in the middle of the “what’s hot right now” list of patterns is an old knitblogger’s friend: Cornelia Tuttle-Hamilton’s Klaralund! [rav link]

It’s possible that I am particularly knitstalgic at the moment, having finally imported ancient Typepad blog posts over that reach back to 2005. Certainly I was more clever in my blog headlines then, and FAR more prolific in my posts than the past ~mumble~ years have shown. But to come across a pattern that was one of the first in what felt like a constant wave of projects that would zoom across the (then somewhat limited, compared to today’s 2m Ravelry users) knit-blog-osphere, trending as one of the current projects that knitters are into in 2013, feels almost like an out-of-body experience. Time traveling, if you will, but with more needles and fewer Daleks.

Terribly pleased to see that the pattern has had more sizes added; I thought the reason it might have come back into knitterly awareness now is because of the release of the Noro: Knit 40 Fabulous Designs book, but since that happened in 2009, I really don’t know why it’s come back around. Not sure it’s relevant, really; I’m just kind of glad to see what feels like an old friend coming across my Ravelry options. 🙂

Okay, so. Everybody knows it isn’t real unless you blog it, right? So here’s all the stuff that hasn’t been real until RIGHT NOW, since last we met:

The Sainted Husband got his (almost)annual Crazy Hat Project result earlier this year – his Skully Hat remains the most oft-worn, beloved knitted item ever to come off my needles, so, as TSH is a professional editor and English teacher, I made him We Call Them Ampersands, a spin-off of the same pattern as his skully hat, now with more typography!

True to form, I’ve discovered I haven’t got a good Finished Object photoshoot of this one, but here’s a couple action shots of the hat doing its job:

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(That’s my dad in the background; we were visiting them in Raleigh, NC and it was COLD that day. YAY knitted things to keep people warm!)

And a hazy at-home, natural-habitat shot:

Ampersands Hat

 

Project: We Call Them Ampersands; original pattern is Adrian Bazila’s We Call Them Pirates; Ampersand chart by Susette Newberry

Yarn: I don’t actually know. Generic shetland-esque wool I had in stash, no ballband.

Needles: Addi Turbo Lace US 5s

I don’t have a timeline for this one, either, I’m afraid. This is what happens when I don’t blog for forever; I have no digital memory to help me remember these things.

Hats are pretty much all I have had any knitting bandwidth for of late, it seems; I have a rainbow Ampersands I started for myself, but will have to rip because my gauge was wonky:

Rainbow Ampersands hat in progress

That’s Kuani for the color, and I think a shetland for the white. Pondering other options for this one.

The other hat I knit last year ate up nearly all my knitting mojo, and it was a confluence of Twitter Bravado and commission. I follow many of the authors I love over on Twitter, and one day the infamous Brain Hat was mentioned as a desired object by one of my most fave authors. I, perhaps foolishly, replied that I had two sticks and some string and could probably make that happen. Several DMs later, I had a commission to make the thing.

Brain Hat in medias res: (in media? Damnnit. Stupid Latin.)

It took four football fields of yarn, months of time, and at least half my sanity, but I TRIUMPHED:

Braiiiiin (hat)

 

Pattern: Alana Noritake’s Brain Hat [Rav Link]

Yarn: Madeline Tosh Sock in “Nectar” from WEBS

Needles: Addi Turbo Lace, I think US 4s? Can’t remember specifically what size needles I did this on, am guessing based on some in-progress pics I’ve got on Flickr; I do know that purchasing an i-cord machine saved. my. bacon. with this project; holy crap but did this ever take forever! Thank goodness the recipients were terribly patient with me for it. 🙂

Started: February 4, 2012

Finished: December 18, 2012

As I’m sitting here doing this, I’m realizing that even though it feels like I haven’t knit anything in years, practically, I actually did finish a fair number of projects this year! Long-time readers (if there are any of you remaining) may recall the Samhain wedding shawl knit for Miss Plum’s godmother; so, when this lady birthed her first child this year, there had to be a small suite of Wee Laddie Knits! First, the obligatory Baby Surprise Jacket:

Handspun BSJ is done but for blocking! (for @wren's pending wee laddie)

Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket

Yarn: My own handspun (!!!!)

Needles: No idea. Addi, yes, but size? No clue.

Completed: Sometime in March 2012.

I had enough handspun leftover to crank out a wee tiny Aviator cap:

In which @wren should avoid looking unless she wants spoilered:

 

I can’t remember what book I cribbed this off of; it was one of the very first knitting books I ever got, but it’s about the same as any other infant ear flap hat pattern that’s floating around out there. I was just ridiculously proud that it was knit from my own handspun. 🙂

Then there was a second wee laddie sweater:

Sweater for pending Wee Laddie is DONE! So. Cute.Pattern: Fibre Space‘s Baby Stripes

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, purchased at Fibre Space

Needles: Addi Turbo Circular US8s

Completed: March 12, 2012

I have a grey hat in progress for another friend that stalled out on the crown decreases; need to take some pics of that for you; also I took some of this Clover Leaf Farms fiber in colorway “EarthTones”:

4oz braid of Clover Leaf Farms merino in "earthtones"

And am turning it into some handspun, like so:

Bonus 365 shot: playing with bouncing flash! @xPeregrine @tylluan

Not sure yet what that’s going to be.

Holy crap you guys, there is so much. I shall sum up what remains in a forthcoming post.

Meanwhile, tell me how y’all are doing?

PS: I went from dirty blonde to red while you weren’t looking:

Before:
For @mizjawnson, LOTD: Why Did I Wait So Long to Get the Naked Palette?!

 

and After:

2nd day flat iron curls:

Monday

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July 2012

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Walking in Middle Earth

Written by , Posted in Knitting

I know. We shall speak no more of my absence. Did y’all know I can knit? I KNOW! What a cool discovery!

Ahem.

While I slog through the home stretch of The Brain Hat That Ate My Mojo, I cast on a side project: Tom Bombadil socks for The Sainted Husband(TM).

 

(side note: look quick, y’all, because those nails are RARE and never last long. As soon as I start feeling like, “wow, I actually have reasonably pretty fingernails!”? That’s when they all break into ragged nubs.)

It seemed fitting to post these on the day when Peter Jackson announced they’re breaking The Hobbit into three films, rather than two. Why it is that one comparatively tiny book gets three whole films when the massive trilogy garnered three total for novels far longer is a mystery, but I feel these socks at least are a nod to the left-out Tom Bombadil from the previous LotR trilogy.

This yarn is Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock in colorway Mushroom Hunting, and it’s one of the only things that captivated me enough at Maryland Sheep and Wool to come home with me. I’ve got some spinning to show you that encompasses the rest of that small haul, but this yarn is I think my most fave to date.

I had a hard time capturing the color of this properly; will try again at home with The Big Camera, but for now, suffice it to say that the colourway is perfectly titled. It really DOES resemble leaf litter and beautiful fungi, in the best way.

How’s by you?

Monday

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November 2011

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This is My Blue Period.

Written by , Posted in Knitting

Apparently.

I give you: Pole, also known as my Blue Sweater of Happiness. C’est Finis.

In which I'm actually smiling, as opposed to halfway:

Pattern: Joji Locatelli’s   “Pole” Sweater

Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in “Buscando Azul”, purchased from Fibre Space in Alexandria, VA. I thought I’d purchased 10 skeins of this, but my Ravelry notes say I only got 7. If that’s so, I only used 5.5 skeins, which seems odd. (UPDATE: Fibre Space, because they are awesome, confirms that I did only purchase 7 skeins, so this is technically kind of a bargain sweater, considering the fiber in question)

Needles: Addi Turbo circulars in (I think?) US 9 and US 10.

Notes: For the most part, I’m thrilled with this garment. Because I’ve got body issues, I naturally dislike the bit where it exposes my least favorite anatomical unsightlinesses, but I haven’t yet figured out a tweak that would work. This entire thing is essentially a circle knit around a rectangle. With sleeves. So to add a few inches on to only the front portion of a circle’s edge would be a challenge I am not sure I can tackle just yet. We’ll see. For now, I get compliments anytime I wear it, and it’s warm and soft as one would expect, wallowing in Malabrigo, nevermind the fantastically electric color.

So, like…HI. How’re you? 🙂

I’m now 1.15 repeats into The Sainted Husband’s thrice-damnned skully scarf, which I’ve attempted a minimum of three times before with no success. I think at least I’ve got the dang thing down to the right gauge and style, though, so now I have 8.85 repeats to go. Guh.

Skully scarf, take eleventy million:

If this motif and yarn look familiar, that’s because he’s already gotten a hat and a pair of mitts from this Hello Yarn free pattern. But he’s been after me for a scarf for literally years now, and finally it’s getting knit. I MUST love that man.

Friday

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October 2010

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October O W L S

Written by , Posted in FOs, Knitting, o w l s

Finally done!

Owls Sweater

The Sainted Husband (TSH) took the photos in the failing light. I was actually home sick today, but feeling better round about the time it was getting on toward evening, so we headed outside to see if we could get a couple of shots so I could have something to tell you about. 😉

Owls Sweater

This isn’t perfect; as is typical for me, despite several froggings and rippings, there are still things I would do differently if I knit this over again. For starters, I’m not happy with the fit under the arms. Although I did add bust shaping, I didn’t do it as well as I should have, and so it’s a bit wonky throughout the whole bustal/armpit area.

Still, I have a sweater! A wearable one! WITH OWLS ON IT. And they have eyes! Button ones!

Owls Sweater

Beware the evil red-eyed owls, though. I hear they’re tricksy.

Owls Sweater

I confess that because I am pretty uncomfortable with the shape of my body right now, it’s tough for me to post pics that show me full-length. They make me cringe, to be honest. But I know I can’t be the only one who loves seeing images of other knitters’ work on bodies of every shape and size, so here the pics are. 🙂

Project: Owls Sweater by Kate Davies

Yarn: Cascade Eco+ wool in navy blue, three skeins; my own handspun for contrast trim, spun from a batt by Dyak Craft/Grafton Fibers in “Vermont Mud” colorway.

Needles: US 8 and US 10 Addi Turbo Circulars

Notes: Using my own handspun in a sweater for myself was a really cool feeling; I’ve made a pair of mitts from my handspun before but that’s been about the only thing; most of the time it just sits around and gets petted. When friends with whom I am attending Rhinebeck declared blue to be our house colors for the event, I knew precisely what I wanted to make. Still, as said above, I added bust shaping to the pattern and I did not do it as well as I might have. It’s possible that I will end up doing some mega-surgery on this by detaching the body of the sweater from the yoke, adjusting the bust shaping and extending the length. But anybody familiar with me and my musings knows how likely this is to happen. 🙂 I wanted the sweater to be fitted, and wowsers, it’s fitted. 🙂 It isn’t actually tight or binding anywhere, but it is definitely figure-skimming, and given the aforementioned body issues, this sometimes makes me uncomfortable. But I will wear it to Rhinebeck and it’s the perfect weight sweater for a crisp, rainy fall day, so I think it will get plenty of wear. After only two days’ wearing, though (I wore it to work once before putting on the button eyes), the yarn is pilling, which is a bit annoying but something I can deal with.

In other knitting news, I’m two rows away from completing Lady Eleanor at long last, and I’ve got a sleeve swatch going for the Fitted February sweater. Because I’m out of my gourd, I am also tossing around the idea of trying to finish some socks or mitts before Rhinebeck, too.

What’s on your current project list?

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