Monday, January 15, 2018

The Finisher

Recently a friend and I were discussing strategies for dealing with all our knitting projects . . . how to juggle them and set priorities.  One approach is always have a finisher - a project you can concentrate on and get off the needles.  

It's a great boost to finish something.  It can be a project that's almost finished or one on deadline.  You can work on other things too, but the focus is on the finisher.

As luck would have it, I have three projects that qualify as finishers because they're all on deadline.  Over the weekend I focused on getting one off the needles.

This was the quickest of the lot.  It's another Inclination.  My third one. What can I say.  The other two are in use, and I needed a sample.

Pink isn't my personal color preference, but it is warm and cheery.  This is the Norma base in Piglet.

Complete with a bit of snow.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Another March

I recently discovered, quite by accident, that there's another Women's March on the horizon.  It's coming up soon - January 20 & 21.  I didn't march last year, and I didn't make a hat, but I did dye a lot of yarn for hats.

I can't march this time either because I'll be at Slater Mill, but I am making a hat.

Follow the link.  Maybe there's a march in your area.

Candles are part of my wintertime routine and are this week's color inspiration.

Warm, cozy light.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Just a Few Yards

So far, so good.  My Alanis is coming together as planned.  The way my luck has been lately, I have a feeling I might have jinxed this project with the mere thought of smooth sailing.  I'm trying to stay positive.

This project is worked from the bottom up.  I completed the front and back hems separately and joined the two pieces into one.  Now I'm knitting around and around.  There's a certain comfort in that.

I'm fast approaching the pocket and that means I have to make a decision about the pocket lining.

All I need is a few yards.  Yesterday I posted some color options on Instagram, and today I've added another one to the mix.  I could make the lining the same color as the sweater, but there's no fun in that.  I've received some feedback - feel free to weigh in. 

A few schedule updates.  Knitting Weekend at Slater Mill is coming up January 19 - 21.  It looks like there's still some class space available. Check it out if you're in the area.

On February 3 I'll be at Romney Ridge Yarns & Wool in Ipswich for a class and a trunk show.  See link for details.

Finally, I've added the February Farm Fiber Day (try to say that fast) to the right sidebar.  There's also a Fiber Day this month.  This event is so much fun, and nothing beats one-stop shopping for food and fiber.  It's a great way to brighten your winter days.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Juggling Samples

I try to roll with it when things are out of my control.  It's an important survival skill.  Late last week I ran into an issue with my yarn supply, and it forced me to adjust my knitting schedule.  

I was cruising along on my Ticket to Ride and making great progress, but I had to set it aside for the time being.  My order for more of this yarn base has been placed on backorder, so I'm shifting my sample production.  

Next up on the list is Alanis.

I'm smitten with the little I-cord detail, and I have plenty of this base in stock.  Full steam ahead.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Tangled Ends

Knitting can be such a soothing, relaxing activity, but not every project comes together without a hitch.  There are plenty of potential pitfalls. There can be a problem with the pattern.  Or the yarn can have issues. Or maybe it's a combination of the two.

Sometimes even the simplest project can hit a snag.  Yesterday I was working on my third Inclination.  This is a straightforward pattern that practically knits itself.  I had a chunk of knitting time and was looking forward to making progress on this cowl.

And then this happened.

I hit a barfy mess in the middle of my ball.  Usually I can sort these situations out and get back on track, but this one was particularly stubborn.  In the interest of saving time, I decided to break my yarn and work from the outside of the ball.  

My time-saving measure came back to bite me.  Lo and behold I knit just a few stitches with the outside end and wound up back in this tangled web.  Somehow both ends of the yarn are involved in this jumble.

Yesterday we had a healthy dose of winter, and we moved a lot of snow but there's always more to do.  Today I cleared a path from the house to the street.  I'm hopeful the mail carrier and UPS will at least attempt delivery.  Now that my shoveling for the day is done, maybe I'll sit down and work on this tangle.

This week's color inspiration features winter white.

Snow magic.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Simple Comforts

Thanks to the Monday holiday this week is a bit topsy-turvy, so I'm taking the opportunity to ease into my regular work routine.  Since most of my knitting is work related, that's the task I'm concentrating on.

This is my Ticket to Ride.  I'm just a couple inches shy of finishing 
the back.  Mostly stockinette with a little seed stitch thrown 
in . . . sometimes it's nice to keep it simple.  

We have a major storm headed our way tomorrow, so today everyone is scurrying to get ready.  Unfortunately we need groceries, so I'm off to the store - along with everyone else.  Stay warm and safe, New England.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Looking Ahead

I try to keep a positive attitude and look to the future.  There's no sense in dwelling on the past or what might have been.  The new year is an especially good time to pause, take stock, wipe the slate clean and plan for the coming months.

Thanks to Juliette Kayyem for #pacetherage.  I've adapted it for my own mantra for these troubling times:  Pace the rage and keep knitting. And so I'm going into the new year fortified with fresh projects.

There's a third one in the mix too.  I'd share that with you, but the yarn is still drying.  What are your projects for the new year?

This week's color inspiration celebrates light.

Happy New Year!  Here's to hope and peace.