Friday, March 27, 2015

Ready to Travel

I met my deadline.  Spectral is finished.

I blocked it the other day and had plans to take pictures, but the weather refused to cooperate.  The photo session will have to wait for another day.  I can take the sample to Vermont this weekend, and that's the important thing.

I've spent a little too much time on Ravelry lately and have been resisting the urge to start several random new projects.  So far I've managed to maintain, but I've had the itch to cast on with reckless abandon.  Deadlines keep me on the straight and narrow, but with Spectral off my list, I have a little wiggle room in my knitting schedule. It's good I'm working this weekend.  That should minimize the damage.

Sometimes dry flowers can be just as beautiful as live ones.  This week's color inspiration only encourages me to let the flowers linger just a little longer.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

This, That and the Other Thing

This is one of those days where I have a little bit of everything going on - dyeing yarn, shipping orders, answering email, pulling inventory for the weekend show.  With any luck I'll also finish a new sample and maybe settle on my next new project.  Just enough variety to make the day interesting.

I glanced at the calendar first thing this morning, and it's a good thing I did.  In addition to a reminder that today is my sister and my niece's birthday (mother and daughter sharing the same birthday), I realized that April is right around the corner.

There's just enough time for the March giveaway.  Leave a comment and include your Ravelry ID.  What signs of spring are visible in your neck of the woods?  Are you knitting for spring and/or summer? What's your favorite color as we transition to warmer weather?  What knitting project has captured your attention?

The winner, chosen at random, will receive a skein of Dirty Water DyeWorks yarn - winner's choice.  The contest closes on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

I talk with a lot of knitters.  One of the most frequent comments I hear concerns the Kitchener stitch.  Many knitters despise this useful technique and will go to great lengths to avoid it.  

If you're looking for a new way to achieve the look of the Kitchener stitch, check out this video from Lucy Neatby.

The Sock Toe Chimney.  It has a catchy name, and it's really quite clever.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Lost Knitting Time

For once I'm happy it's Monday.  Maybe today life will calm down a little and return to normal.  This past weekend had a little too much excitement for my taste - the kind that involved driving to the animal hospital at 1:00 in the morning, the kind that involved so much lost sleep a gallon of coffee couldn't touch my tired, groggy feeling.

Poor little Benji had a medical emergency.  You may remember he's my daughter's puppy.  As luck would have it, she was on vacation this weekend, so he was my responsibility.

This morning I picked him up from the hospital, and now he's resting comfortably.  I did have a little knit chat with the woman who checked us out.  She was wearing a lovely scarf, and it turns out she knit it. Knitters are everywhere.

All that lost sleep really messed with my weekend plans, including my knitting.  

My consolation was taking a little time to start this.  Here's to a better week ahead.  I have to make up for lost knitting time.

Friday, March 20, 2015

On the Other Side

Knitters often comment that color changes keep a project interesting. It's entertaining to watch the colors shift and that movement keeps the project chugging along.  It's easy to get caught up in the knitting because you want to see how the next color plays out.

I've had a bit of that going on with my Spectral.  I have plenty of other knitting in the works, but this project has been getting more than its fair share of attention.  

This isn't a black and white shot - I'm working with shades of gray. I've crossed the halfway point.  I just finished the lightest section in the middle and am working my way back to dark.

This has been a week with extra meetings, and Spectral travels well. That probably accounts for some of the progress, but I've also been caught up in moving from one shade of gray to another.  It's been mesmerizing and relaxing.

This week's color inspiration is a good balance to all the gray.

A bright burst of sunshine.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Starting with Socks

The past couple weeks I've had to show some restraint with my knitting time in order to meet pressing deadlines.  Now that I'm over the hurdle, I can make up for lost time.  I have a list, and this is just the beginning.

Lined up and ready to go . . . socks.  I'm covering all my bases.  One for on-the-go, one to stay at home.  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Camp and Crawl

I spent the weekend hopping from one fiber event to another - so many interesting people, so many thoughtful conversations.  There were several discussions I would like to continue . . . food for thought.

In spite of setting up and tearing down my display a couple times, I did manage to get a fair amount of knitting done.  I'll save those pictures for another day, but here's a glimpse of my whirlwind weekend.


The fashion show.

North Shore Yarn Crawl, trunk show at Seed Stitch.

The official Yarn Crawl Shawl.  In case you're interested, the pattern is Grapefruit Brulee.

From the knitting archives, the no-size knitting kit.  I'm not quite sure how this works, but it's an interesting concept.

Needless to say after a weekend full of creativity and inspiration, Monday seems pretty mundane.

Friday, March 13, 2015


This week I've been chained to my desk - sifting and sorting pieces of paper, muttering numbers to myself, generating reports.  Tax season is weighing heavily on me.  I'm almost finished with my part and can't wait to hand everything off to the accountant.

While I've been crunching numbers, the fiber companion at my desk has been the unruly tangled mess that Benji created.  See my post from earlier this week.  After whittling down a pile of papers, I would pick up the tangled pile of yarn and work my way back from the end, slowly winding a little bit at a time. 

I worked back and forth between papers and yarn.  As my pile of papers disappeared, so did the pile of yarn mess.  Both piles were finished about the same time, and I was thrilled.

Now I can get back to the fun part.

This week's color inspiration celebrates St. Patrick's Day.

Shamrock green.