Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Following My Dream

I'm searching for some midweek motivation.  


I'm pretty sure I had a dream about new socks last night, so this morning I deviated from the schedule and cast on a fresh pair.  Bright, cheery yellow will undoubtedly inspire me.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Portland Sequence

In the midst of a chaotic weekend, it felt rewarding to finish at least one thing.


My KnitWit Cowl is off the needles, blocked and ready to be tucked away for fall.

This design uses sequence knitting - repeating a sequence of stitches over and over.


Once I found my rhythm, I couldn't put this project down.

The yarn is a 4-color bundle of Bertha Sport, a lovely blend of Merino, Cashmere and Nylon.  


This bundle is an exclusive for KnitWit Yarn Shop, and the pattern is a shop original.  Together they make a great kit . . . perfect for summertime knitting.  If you're interested in getting your hands on this delightful project, contact the shop directly.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Another Year

It's been another year, and my birthday has rolled around again.  I made every attempt to ensure I wouldn't have to work today, but my best laid plans usually go awry.  And they did.  Instead I've adjusted the bar to a minimal amount of work.  I think I can manage that.

I started off the morning by finishing one project.  It's soaking right now, and soon it will be blocking.  


There are more gradient surprises in the works.  This project has been hanging out on my work table for a while . . . patiently waiting.  It's time to cast on.

This week's color inspiration . . . 


Not a cloud in the sky.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Hard Part

Planning new samples is near the top of my to-do list, but progress has been stalled because I need to make some decisions.  Today is the day.


Round one of color options.  

By the end of the day, I'm going to have some decisions.  After that, it's just a matter of knitting.  That's the easy part.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Keeping the Sequence

Counting to 7.  Yes, it can be challenging at times, but I'm working 
on it.


KnitWit 2016 Cowl.  Click on the link and scroll down to see the full cowl.  This pattern uses 4 colors of sport weight yarn and a sequence pattern.  So far I have 2 colors in play.  I probably would have another color in the mix by now if I hadn't stumbled so many times on counting to 7.

This is supposed to be my mindless project.  As soon as I get my counting rhythm, it will be.

Friday, June 17, 2016

All in a Day's Work

It turns out I can cast on and knit over half a baby hat white waiting for my son to take his road test*.  That's more a reflection on the very long wait than my knitting speed.  I had a feeling about this road test, but I averted disaster and went prepared with plenty of coffee and knitting.  


Less than 24 hours after starting this darling little hat, it was time for the finishing touches and the wonders of the Kitchener stitch.


Good Sport.  My daughter's friend is having a baby, and there's a whirlwind of excitement.  There's a shower in the works, and this is just one of the items to welcome the little bundle into the world. 

A quick PSA for Boston-area knitters . . . I have a pop-up shop running through next week at Sit 'n Knit in Melrose.  Stop by and take a look.

The strawberries are here.  It's a short season, but I'm trying to make the most of it.  This week's color inspiration . . . 


Juicy and sweet.

*In case you're wondering, he passed.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Merrily

Last weekend was unproductive on many levels, but I did manage to finish a pair of socks.  


Merrily.

This pattern was entertaining, easy to memorize and relatively quick.


The cuff design includes a bit of eyelet and was a nice change of pace from the traditional ribbing..

This was one of the Yarn Knot Sock installments from the last round.  I experimented with a different Merino / Nylon blend, and I must say it was nice to work with.


I might have to bring it back for another special project.  With that I'm off to plot and plan . . . and cast on a new pair of socks.