Friday, March 16, 2018

The Challenge

My personal challenge continues, and I have another project off the needles.

Amsterdam Avenue Cowl.

This design features two colors and some back and forth between striped and solid sections.  It knits up in no time and is a great 
on-the-go project.

I used this cowl to test a new DK weight blend.  I paired a sprinkle color with a tonal.  Now I want to make another one . . . maybe two neutrals.

Tomorrow I'll have this sample and some yarn bundles at Romney Ridge Yarns & Wool.

Stop by if you're out and about for the Knit North Yarn Crawl.

I love the snow, and this week's color inspiration is storm related.

Snow globe.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Blowing and Drifting

Yesterday, as promised, the snow came, and it kept coming.

Before it was all over, we had blowing and drifting.  An official blizzard. 

Today the world is fresh and white.  And there's a lot of shoveling to do.

The other day it felt liberating to bind off Your Slip is Showing, and now I'm motivated to finish a couple smaller projects.

These two are both well on their way, and it won't take long to set these needles free.  But first I have to shovel a path for the mail carrier.

A quick schedule note.  The Knit North Yarn Crawl is happening this weekend.  On Saturday I'll be at Romney Ridge Yarns & Wool with an assortment of yarn, bundles and samples.  Stop by and take 10% off any Dirty Water DyeWorks purchase.  This offer is good only on Saturday.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Your Slip is Showing

Last week I was hit hard with a bug - not the flu but I was flat out in bed.  I couldn't knit, and I didn't have an appetite for coffee.  According to my sickness barometer, that's pretty bad.  My weekend recovery included rest and a healthy dose of knitting.  Today I'm back at it with a project off the needles.  

As another nor'easter rolls in and brings a foot of snow, here's a taste of spring.

Your Slip is Showing.

This design uses four colors and slip stitches to create a substantial shawl.

Selecting colors is part of the fun, and the pattern includes a schematic to help with color planning.

The slip stitches create a fabric with depth and texture.

The yarn is Lillian in Biscuit, Gooseberry, Piglet and Wineberry.

Go bold and bright or choose something more subtle.  Pick four favorites and have fun.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Since It's Still Winter . . .

Another nor'easter is bearing down on New England, so it's a good thing I'm still stocking up on winter accessories.  I started the winter with a limited selection of handwear.  When I blew out the thumb on my favorite mittens, I knew I had to get busy.

This is the beginning of my Bonner Mitts . . . a balanced combination of cables and ribbing.  Never mind that black yarn lurking in the background.  That's for a hat my daughter just requested.  I found her raiding my pompom stash, and it seems she caught the bug.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Leuty Hat

The hat parade continues.

Leuty Hat.  This project was on and off the needles in no time.  I made a slight change and used a smaller needle for the brim.  Other than that I followed the pattern as written, including the suggestion to use a tubular cast on.  

The yarn is Norma, colorway Peacock.  This design uses knit-purl combinations to create a dense, comfy fabric.  

And I topped it all off with a pompom.

This might not be the end of the parade.  I had a dream about hats last night . . . 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Stormy Weather

With a nor'easter raging, it's a good day to hunker down with knitting and coffee.  I already have a couple projects under construction, but my pompom stash is still taunting me, so I cast on another hat.

Leuty Hat . . . hot off the press.  This pattern was released just the other day, and I fell in love with the squishy texture.  I have a couple pompoms vying for the top spot.  When the hat is finished, I'll see which one tickles my fancy.

This week's color inspiration has a little bit of everything.

Mural magic.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Sometimes dyeing is like working in a lab . . . testing yarn bases, trying new colors and techniques.  I have a little experiment going on right now.

I dyed a new DK weight base that I wanted to sample.

I paired it with a pattern I had on my list.

Simple stripes and stockinette stitch . . . so far I like it.