Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Sit and Knit

Since a couple self-imposed knitting deadlines are looming large, the top of my to-do list says sit and knit.  Usually I love to see this item on my list, but this time of year it can be challenging to sit let alone knit.


When I can sit, I'm bouncing back and forth with steady progress on these two.

Heads up to you sock knitters out there.  The next round of Yarn Knot Socks starts shipping next month.  This time the installments will include coordinated mini skeins.  Think contrasting heels and toes or maybe a flash of color at the cuff.  Follow the link for all the details.

And now I'm going to sit and knit.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday Update

In true Monday fashion, my plans for the day have been sabotaged.
I have to swap knitting for driving, and I'm feeling a bit frustrated that I can't do both at the same time.

Before I head out the door for my chauffeuring duties, I did a quick calendar update through January.  See the right sidebar.

This coming Sunday I'll be at the annual Gather Here Handmade Holiday Market.


This event is taking over Inman Square with vendors in various locations.  I don't know where I'll be setting up shop, but I'll post details as soon as I have more information.

I'll have a selection of hand dyed yarn and bundles. 


One of my current favorites is the Cold Brew Collection, and I'll have bundles available in a variety of colors.  Stay tuned for more event details and stop by if you're in the area.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Like a Rumpled Suit

Snow is headed our way, and I could easily hunker down with my knitting.  Too bad there are other things that require my attention.  We have a birthday celebration this weekend.  At the very least I need to get some groceries.

After my recent cowl bender, I'm working with gradients again.


Everyday Shawl.  Right now this looks and feels like a rumpled suit.  I can't wait to block it, and that's my incentive to keep on knitting.

I found this week's color inspiration in a favorite Mexican restaurant.


Bold, bright and whimsical.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Inclination

The cowls keep coming.


Inclination.  Around and around with knits and purls . . . mindless and soothing.

The yarn is Norma, colorway Celestial.  I'm smitten with this new worsted Merino base.  It creates a cozy, squishy fabric.  Sorry it's not on the website yet.  Coming soon.


This project is perfect for on the go and practically knits itself.  Based on Ravelry project notes, I started with four knit rounds and ended with four knit rounds.  Other than that, I followed the pattern as written.

With the holidays right around the corner, Inclination gets my vote for gift knitting.  There's also a bulky weight version if your time is really tight.


This cowl is one of my new favorites . . . I've already wound yarn for another one.

Monday, December 4, 2017

More Cold Brew

Knitting the Cold Brew Hat was so much fun of course I had to make the cowl too.


The Cold Brew Cowl offers more of the same . . . Latvian braid, corrugated ribbing, colorwork and stripes.  The combination of worsted weight and an entertaining design made this cowl fly off my needles. Since I do so much knitting with fingering weight, worsted is my bulky weight equivalent.  Instant gratification.

The yarn is Norma, a superwash Merino, and it creates a squishy, cozy fabric.  I have kits in production in a variety of colors.  This cowl is destined to be a sample, but I'm sure I'll make another one all my own.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Repeat Performance

There are a lot of good patterns out there and only so many knitting hours in a lifetime, but some patterns are worth repeating.  


My second Portland Sequence is off the needles and ready to go.  My first Portland Sequence is a personal favorite and gets a lot of compliments, so I didn't have to think twice about making a second one.

Sequence knitting is almost idiot proof, and this cowl was an easy 
on-the-go project.  I'll miss reaching for it in my bag.


This combination produced cheery pops of color - perfect for dreary winter days.  If you're interested in the yarn (it has cashmere, by the way), this exclusive bundle is from KnitWit.  Contact the shop to see if they still have it in stock. 

Every once in while, I step back and hit reset.  Usually it involves hanging out at the ocean.  During these tumultuous times, I should do it more often.  This week's color inspiration . . . 


Blues and grays.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

No Power, No Coffee

First thing this morning the guy from the electric company was at our door.  They had to do some maintenance work outside, and it involved shutting off our electricity.  I tried to pin him down and get a sense of how long we wouldn't have power.  "Not long if everything goes right," he said.  And then he went on to explain that he really didn't know how long it would take but that he'd know more once he started the work.

Well, that threw a big wrench in my morning plans.  He didn't even give me enough time to make more coffee.  

Since everything I had planned to do required electricity, I seized the opportunity to knit instead.  I have several projects already under construction, but I decided to cast on and add another one to the mix.


That's what happens when I don't have enough coffee.