Some times you just want to see some sheep. It has been come a tradition that I take my mom to the New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival for Mother’s Day every year. This year I was in full on sick-denial. Allergies? A springtime cold? Who knows. But I wasn’t letting it stop me from going so I took all the allergy/cold medicines and pretended I was fine.
I have never seen a turkey vulture before and today I saw three. I love birds, but I have to say no to these. I don’t like their naked heads. Maybe I can knit them hats? They look like they must get cold...
I am off of sleeve island!! I was on vacation this week and though much of the time was spent tackling some long overdue reorganization projects around the apartment I did fit in a fair amount of knitting as well. I am now firmly on the mainland of B’s ranger sweater!
Now that we are married, I figured it was time B got a hand knit sweater… So, for his belated birthday present we sat down and picked out a pattern (Ranger by Jared Flood) and snagged some Shelter yarn on the North Shore Knit Crawl. For some reason these sleeves seem like they are taking FOREVER though. I can’t wait to move on to the body!!
Last year I enjoyed my knitting themed advent calendar and mystery KAL from Jimmy Bean’s Wool, but I wanted to try something different this year. I ended up ordering an advent set of mini skeins from Fiber for the People and joining Ambah O’Brien’s ADVENTurer KAL. I knit the wrap size version of the pattern.
Here are all my minis (and one full skein on the last day!):
Modifications: I used the stitch pattern from the pattern, but I knit my own go to toe up sock recipe.
Note: These are my “Cusack Socks” because when I went to see “A Live Conversation with John Cusack” I didn’t want to try to sneak my sweater project into the theater and the shawl project I was working on required too much counting and switching colors (not ideal in the dark). So, I cast on some socks instead!
Thoughts: I really love how this cardigan came out! The construction was a bit different than any pattern I have knit in the past but the directions were clear. The gathering at the shoulder was a little fiddly with all the increases, but it was manageable.
Modifications: I left out the buttons/button holes (since I figured I’d wear it open over dresses anyway).
I took my mom to the NH Sheep & Wool Festival this year and she told me she wanted to get yarn so that we could both knit a shawl together. Having had just recently picked up Lisa Mutch’s Agleam pattern, I suggested we look for yarn to knit that one. We both managed to find yarns that we like, but then decided to wait until school ended for the summer before getting started. Here is a quick summary of our KAL.
My Yarn: Fiber Stash Dyeworks Superwash Merino Worsted in “Whistle Power”
Yarn Chicken Win
Since I knit my brother a hat for Christmas, and I have something in progress for my mom, I wanted to also knit something for my Dad. It didn't seem right to leave him out! I decided he could use a nice warm hat, so I went looking for a pattern that was pretty classically masculine looking.
When I first cast on 112 stitches, it seemed like it was going to be really huge. There are some notes in the pattern about modifications for size, but I was afraid if I decreased by two pattern repeats that then it would be too small. So, I panicked and decided just to drop down a bunch of needle sizes (went down to 4-though I do usually have to go down two anyway to get gauge). I am not sure why I always think I know more than the pattern. I really should have YOU ARE NOT SMARTER THAN THE PATTERN tattooed on my hand to remind me to JUST FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS!!! The ribbing is pretty perfect, but the body of the hat itself probably could have been a bit bigger (like it would have been if I had just used the proper needles!). I think it will fit my dad fine since it fits my head, and Bill's head, after an aggressive blocking. I do really love the color and stitch definition of this yarn at this gauge, so it wasn't entirely a bad judgment call!
Link to My Ravelry Project Page: One Bourbon / Tosh Vintage
Back when we had a studio I used to spend all summer and fall getting ready for Holiday Open Studios. I would knit and knit and knit so that I would have a fully stocked selection of gifts to display for the first two weekends in December. When we closed the studio this summer I decided to give myself 6 months off. No knitting for selling, just for me. I have really stuck with this. I did do a couple of test knits, but they were patterns that I like and got to keep the end result for myself.
As we started heading into the holiday season this year I realized that for the past 4 years I had been so focused on knitting for the studio that I did not have the time to make handmade gifts for anyone in years! I did not want to go crazy since it was already the end of November when I decided to do some gift knitting, but I did have a few ideas in mind
First, was a hat for my brother. I have not knit anything for him in a very long time, and he saw Bill's Christopher Hat this fall and his response was "where's mine?" I asked what colors he would want, and he said black and camo. I did knit him a camo hat out of some Red Heart Super Saver back when I was first re-learning to knit (probably about 14ish years ago). He did wear that hat a lot, even with it being out of terrible yarn, so I think he is deserving of a new hat. I had a REALLY hard time finding camo yarn though. I feel like a terrible girlfriend, but I actually ended up stealing yarn that Bill had started knitting himself a hat out of. He had fallen out of love with the yarn (he didn't realize it was going to look camo knitted up when he bought it, he just liked the colors) and he also had not knit on the hat at all in the past year or so. Still, I felt terrible! Thankfully, there is still probably enough left for him to finish his hat if he decides he wants too (or maybe I'll just finish it up for him as a thank you for lending me the yarn!).
I am not actually sure what the camp yarn is. I am nearly positive that it's by Knit One Crochet Too, but the ball band has long disappeared. My best guess is that it is Ty-Dy Wool, and then the black is Cascade 220 Superwash. I think it turned out pretty well, hopefully my brother likes it!
Link to My Ravelry Project Page: Christopher Hat / Cascade 220
I always like to have an "on the go" project that I can keep in my purse for those moments in the day where I have some downtime. These socks were my summer purse project, and then went on some pretty epic adventures with me!
First, I knit a few rows between sets when I went to see Garbage and Blondie in July.
Then they were my travel project when I went to Rome for 10 days in August. We also took a mini side trip to Florence for one day while we were there as well, and I knit on the train there and back.
The yarn is a Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering Sock Blank. This is from when I first started dyeing yarn, and it was my first experiment with a sock blank. They are not my favorite as far as the colors go, but they are warm and squishy so I do enjoy wearing them. I used Susan Glinert's Fleegle's Toe Up Socks pattern because I like the way the Fleegle Heel fits my foot and it is SUPER simple to knit. If you haven't tried this pattern, I highly recommend it I knit my socks two-at-a-time magic loop style because I have serious Second Sock Syndrome and this ensures that I actually end up with a pair of socks!!
Linke to My Ravelry Project Page: Vanilla Socks / Stroll Sock Blank
Back in August, I knit Bill a new hat for this fall/winter season. I used some Patons Classic Wool that he had picked out when we were in AC Moore one afternoon. The colorways are Pumpkin and Natural Mix. The pattern is Christopher by Jane Richmond. The directions were simple and easy to follow, and the end result was a nice thick reversible hat that is solid on one side and striped on the other.
The only mini-modification that I made was to drop down a couple needle sizes when working the last 10 rows of the first hat and the first ten rows of the second hat. These are the rows that make up the "brim" and I wanted it to fit a little more snuggly there.
Bill seems happy with the result!
Link to My Ravelry Project Page: Christopher Hat
Last time I went shopping at Hub Mills during one of their sales I brought Bill along with me. He really wanted a cowl that would wrap around his neck twice but be tight. He has knit a scarf and a cowl on his own at this point, so I thought he wanted to knit this cowl himself. He picked out some Liberty Wool Light, but then decided it would "just be faster if you knit it for me." Thus how I ended up with another project on the needles... I finished it well before Christmas, so I told him he can wear it for now but I am taking it back to wrap and put under the tree once Christmas is closer! That pattern is based on Saturn by Shannon Sanchez.
I know it's scratchy and I have pick out veggie matter. I know there's often one weird color in there that just doesn't quite go with the rest. It doesn't matter though. I still love Noro. I love watching the colors change. I love not knowing exactly how it is going to look when it's finished. I love the rustic feel and look of it. You can try to convince me otherwise, but my love for Noro remains.
I had a coupon code a while back for kitterly.com, so I purchased a few kits for projects I had in my queue. I really love how this one came out and I can't wait for the weather to cool off enough that I can wear it. I even have the perfect glasses to match!
- Pattern: Oyster Shawl by Ambah O'Brien
- Yarn: madelintosh Tosh Merino Light in Leopard and Scout
- Glasses: From EyeBuyDirect.com (I like to match!)
hi. It's Bill. the last couple of days have brought some 3 dimensional inspiration along with the start of summer school. I wanted to figure out a way to make some castings of my fingers. After reading about how plaster of paris can burn, Annmarie found algimate powder. This powder chemically reacts with water (sort of like plaster of paris) but instead of scalding my fingers off, it makes a gooey, cold, wiggly mold. Then the plaster of paris can be poured into this stuff and 30 minutes later:
I hope this new trend sticks around a while. I forgot how great messy art actually is.