Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Stripes of a Different Color

The other day I had a meeting.  On my way out the door, I grabbed Drachenfels, my meeting project.  I've dubbed this shawl my meeting project because it seems I work on it only at meetings.

It's funny how taking a break from a project can skew my perception of how much knitting is actually left.  I probably hadn't worked on Drachenfels since a meeting in early April, but I was convinced I was ready to move on to the next section.  Or at least very close to moving on.

The truth of the matter is I'm still in the striped section.  I told myself I had just a handful of rows and then I could start the next section. Wrong.  I have more than just a handful of rows.  I'm still striping, but I'm on the final color combination.  At this point I probably need two handfuls of rows, but for now I'm not counting.  

Monday, May 2, 2016

Snapshots from Connecticut

On Saturday I was at Connecticut Sheep and Wool.

I didn't have much time for taking pictures, but it was a beautiful day both inside and out.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by to chat or to share finished projects.  It was great to see so many familiar faces. Before I knew it, the show was over, and I was on my way home.

Yesterday was raw and rainy, so I decided to take the day off.  Well, not the whole day but as close as I could get.  After putting out a couple fires and a quick run to the grocery store, the rest of the day was mine.

Since I had finished a project late last week, I had license to start something new.

There's nothing like a little pink to brighten a rainy day.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Another One for the Road

A new booth sample freshly blocked.

Noël is ready to travel.

This asymmetrical design is garter stitch interrupted with a little lace panel to keep things interesting.  It's the perfect combination of drape and texture.

This shawl measures just over 80 inches, so there's no problem wrapping it a couple times around your neck.

The yarn is Paula, colorway Peacock.  

I cut it a little close on the yardage, but I wasn't in denial about the situation.  The last couple repeats I weighed my yarn so I wouldn't go too far and have to backtrack.  I was able to finish all the repeats and had just enough left for the picot bind off.

This week's color inspiration . . . 

A bowl full of neutrals and a few pops of color.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

It's a Process

Dyeing yarn is only one step in the whole production process.  After the yarn is dyed, it has to be rinsed, dried and twisted.

This batch is patiently waiting for labels.  Then I'll enter it into inventory and pack it up.

I'm pulling everything together for a quick road trip later this week. Connecticut Sheep and Wool is on Saturday.  I was brave and pulled up the weather forecast.  It looks like it's going to be a nice day.  I hope I didn't jinx anything.  If you venture out to the festival, you'll find me in the Green Building.  Back to those labels . . . 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Snapshots from KnitWit

On Saturday I was at KnitWit in Portland.

In addition to chatting with everyone and catching up on the latest, I scoped out some of the shop samples.

Runaround Pond by Elizabeth Smith.  This pattern was released just last week, so it was fun to see it up close and personal.  Elizabeth used Bertha Sport which is now listed on the website.  I've added this cowl to my list.

This is a peek at Bramble Cowl.  I didn't get a good shot of the whole cowl, but I'm intrigued with the stitch pattern.  This design offers a good opportunity to play with different color combinations.  Oh, the possibilities . . . 

Pagoda.  This pattern calls for fingering weight, but the sample is made with Edna, a DK weight.  Garter with a little lace . . . this shawl looks so cozy. 

Coastal Gradient in pink.  I made a dark gray and yellow version, but now I'm tempted to add a pink one to the collection.

It was a day full of ideas and inspiration. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the shop.   

Friday, April 22, 2016

And Now a Little Lace

The chaos of filing taxes is over, and I've succumbed to a slight case of spring cleaning.  Overall this is a good thing, but I haven't let it consume all my knitting time.  

I've been working on Noël in-between the sifting and sorting, and it's coming right along.  I had one messy picot I couldn't live with so I had to rip out a few garter rows, but since then it's been smooth sailing. The garter section is finished, and I'm working on the lace. 

The lace pattern mimics the garter pattern except for one row, so it doesn't require too much attention.  That's just the kind of knitting I need right now.  In addition to my little fling with spring cleaning, the refrigerator conked out and is beyond repair.  More cleaning.  I'm trying to roll with it.  The whole process has been a good excuse to get rid of those almost-empty mustard jars and unintended science experiments.

I had an extra dose of craziness the last few days so when a friend stopped by and offered to make scones, I didn't argue.  This week's color inspiration . . . 

Raspberry red.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fresh from the Pots

I'm looking at a run of spring shows, and the dye pots are busy.  Here's a peek at some of the colors.

Some new choices, some old favorites.  Interesting tidbit . . . No. 2 Pencil is the one color that's been popping up most consistently in orders.  It seems that everyone wants a little sunshine.