Friday, August 1, 2014

A New Page

Over the last couple weeks, my inbox has been full of fall chatter . . . details about trunk shows, time slots, workshops, festival promotions. Other people are looking ahead to fall, and I need to focus too.  

This morning I realized that it's August.  It has a way of sneaking up on me . . . it happens every year.  To kick off the month, I updated my list of events.  You can see it all in the right sidebar.  But it's not fall just yet, so enjoy the rest of your scheduled summer activities.

Today is the last day for the July giveaway.  There's still time to enter, and you can find the details here.

It's always nice to have fresh flowers around, and it's even more fun when you find a bright spot hiding in the back of the bouquet.

A splash of green and yellow.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

More Socks

I've been knitting away on my Captain Hastings Socks, and I'm enjoying the outcome.  The traveling rib creates a swirl of stitches down the leg toward the toe.  My only issue is the counting.  I don't know what it is about this pattern, but I'm always second-guessing myself and the numbers.  That only leads to counting and recounting the stitches.  I don't mind patterns that require diligent counting, but it's not a positive attribute in a project designated as on-the-go knitting.

Since I'm on the move so much these days, I reassessed the situation.  I've supplemented my out and about knitting with - you guessed it - another sock project.

Simple Skyp Socks.  I need a design that doesn't require much thought, and the pattern says simple.  I hope it lives up to its name.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Element of Surprise

Sometimes when I'm about to start a new knitting project, I skim the pattern to get a sense of how everything comes together.  Some designers are really clever, and I'm often amazed at their construction concepts.  By reading through the pattern ahead of time, I have a better grasp of what's coming down the knitting pike.  It's like reading the end of a book before you actually get there.  It takes the element of surprise out of the equation, but it prepares you for what's coming.

Sometimes I'm curious how everything comes together, but I don't read ahead.  I want to be surprised.  When you think about it, knitting requires a certain amount of faith that it will all work out and that your finished garment will, at the very least, faintly resemble the one pictured in the pattern.  We won't discuss how pattern errata can lead you astray.  That's a discussion for a different day.

My strategy with Itineris was one of blind faith.  There are stripes all over the place with some twists and turns that create stripes at right angles.  I thought of reading ahead but decided to sit back, enjoy the ride and hope that everything would work out in the end.  So far, so good.

I turned the corner.

Now I'm striping in the other direction with a new set of stitches and incorporating the old stitches as I go.  Yes, I'm curious how this will all come together.  No, I haven't read the ending.

Friday, July 25, 2014

July Giveaway

I tried to take pictures to post project updates, but life has conspired against me.  I have my work cut out for me, but I should be able to straighten things out over the weekend.  

All is not lost.  We'll go into the weekend with another monthly giveaway.  Leave a comment. Tell me what's growing in your garden, where you went on vacation, what's on your knitting needles.  Is anyone planning fall knitting projects?  The winner, chosen at random, will receive a skein of yarn from Dirty Water DyeWorks - winner's choice.  The contest closes on Friday, August 1, 2014.

I have Nezinscot Farm to thank for this week's color inspiration.  I saw this fiber art at an event this spring, and it made me smile.

I need a pair of red shoes.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


I realize it's summer - that time of year when schedules and routines go by the wayside - but the last few days have been extra topsy turvy. After a mad dash early this morning that included a frantic stop for coffee (why is the line always so long when I'm most desperate?), I decided to pull over at a favorite park.  I could enjoy my coffee, knit a couple rows and take a deep breath.

I found a nice spot in the shade and pulled out my knitting only to discover this.

No needles.  Instead of needles, both ends of the cable had stoppers to keep the stitches from jumping off.  Usually I love my interchangeable needles, but this morning I had a few choice words for them.  As soon as I saw the stoppers, I remembered that the needles were in use on another project. I could even visualize the project just as I had left it, sitting on a dining room chair.

No, there wasn't any knitting in the park, but I did enjoy my coffee.  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Quick and Easy

I spend a lot of my work time dyeing yarn and knitting booth samples. Both of these tasks are time consuming, and they don't produce immediate results.  I love the process, but every once in a while it would be nice to start and finish something in one sitting.

The other day I needed a little boost in the productivity column.  I took these.

And made these.

Making mini skeins was the perfect work break.  They are always in demand, and I never have enough.  Now back to my regularly scheduled work . . . 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Warning Sign

When I can't rattle off the names of all my active knitting projects, I might be in trouble.  A few days ago I was considering another new project and couldn't find the right needles - even though I have duplicates of many sizes and a couple interchangeable sets.  I decided it was time to clean up a few loose ends.  

One of my "loose ends" is Washington Square.  I've been working my way up the yoke.  I'll start decreasing soon, and that usually kicks the knitting into high gear.  After that I have to knit the button band and graft the underarms.  That's it.  I'm close to the finish line . . . so close that I decided to consider button options.

As I was sifting and sorting through my button collection, I realized I don't have enough of any one button.  I guess I'll have to go button shopping.  

Since I already had my buttons out, I used it as an opportunity to try different colors.  Right now I'm leaning toward something yellow as opposed to the more neutral tones, but you never know.  I might come home with something altogether different.

This week's color inspiration is a variation on the yellow-orange-red theme. 

Colorful carrots.