Friday, April 17, 2015

More Stripes

I have a soft spot for stripes.  They are playful, fun and cheery.  When it comes to knitting, stripes keep a project interesting.  I've knit my fair share of striped projects - Catkin, Zephyr Cove, Itineris - so it was easy for me to fall for another set of stripes.

In the Moment.  The only problem?  This project is interfering with the rest of my work.  Just one more stripe . . . 

Earlier this week a friend shared some flowers with me, and I still need to plant them.  They are bright and lively . . . my color inspiration for the week.

Vivid pansies.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Weekend Preview

It's Wednesday, and I have my eye on the weekend.  This is what's in store.

The Great Rhody Yarn Crawl is happening, and things are heating up. This year over a dozen yarn shops are participating in the crawl.  On Sunday there's a marketplace to wrap up the weekend, and I'll be on hand. Organizers are collecting food donations at the market with contributions going to the East Bay Food Pantry.

To add to the fun and excitement, the festivities now include a treasure hunt.  Follow the link for details.  I try not to get caught up in the long range weather forecast, but it looks like we have a decent weekend on tap.  This is a great opportunity to get out and support the local Rhode Island shops after a long and difficult winter.

If you have a few minutes to spare, check out this video on the workings of an Irish woolen mill.


Monday, April 13, 2015


I'm due to start a new knitting project, so the other day I spent some time bouncing around Ravelry.  I searched and came away with a handful of options but nothing that compelled me to drop everything and cast on.  Sometimes it helps to take a break, so I walked away from the computer and went back to it later in the day. 

At the end of the day, I still didn't have a clear vision of my next project.  How can that be?  Ravelry is full of possibilities.   Maybe I needed to adjust my search filters.  Maybe there were too many options.  Maybe I was distracted with other work projects.  I've decided the whole process needs to marinate another day or two.

So over the weekend my knitting time was spent with Gaenor.

It felt like spring this weekend, so I took my knitting outside and got some fresh air.  It was time well spent.  I have to weigh my ball of yarn, but I think I'm almost ready to start the decrease section.  For now, a new project can wait.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Fishbone Gansey Sock

I have another pair of socks ready for action.

Fishbone Gansey Sock.

This design features simple ribbing with a gansey motif at the top of the leg.

It's a nice mix . . . a little bit of pattern and texture followed with 3x1 ribbing.   

The yarn is Lucia, a blend of Superwash Merino and Nylon.  The Imperial colorway is a Yarn Knot exclusive that might be released at a later date.

It's another raw, wet day - perfect for a new pair of socks.

Since we don't have too much green outside, I took matters into my own hands and tried to create some inside.  This week's color inspiration . . . 

Blooming branches.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sticking with the Plan

My teenage son and daughter are on a health and fitness kick.  They work out at the gym every day, follow a strict diet, weigh food, calculate carbs and protein.  When they started this last fall, it was all very casual - run a few miles, cut back on junk food.  Now they constantly discuss food groups, exercise routines and gym equipment. It's been interesting to watch this process evolve, and now they are committed to a daily regimen.  They came up with a plan and are following it.

My own plan is much more modest, but I'm going to stick with it.  I have to finish at least one knitting project before I can start another one.

This is the second sock, and I'm almost to the foot.  I can do this.

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Weight of It All

If you had something to celebrate this past weekend, I hope you enjoyed your festivities.  For once our annual springtime celebration didn't include dyeing eggs or making felted eggs.  Instead we managed to cobble together a couple meals that accommodated all the various work schedules and involved consuming a lot of chocolate.

My weekend knitting included this lovely project.

Gaenor.  This is the latest Yarn Knot installment.  I like to mix things up with new and interesting yarn bases, so for this round we're testing a blend of alpaca, silk and cashmere.  It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.

I'm enjoying the pattern.  It's mostly garter . . . a relaxing knit.  The interesting thing is this shawl is worked from side to side.  Start at one side and increase until you've used half your yarn, work the other side and decrease to the end.  It's a great way to make sure you use all your yarn.  

I've been working along but didn't weigh my yarn until this morning. The result?  I still have a ways to go before I can start decreasing. Sometimes center pull balls can be so deceiving.  

This is just another reminder that I prefer to have a hard and fast number of rows to work.  Knitting until I reach a certain number of grams seems so elusive.  Somehow it's not as defined in my mind.  I could calculate how much yarn one pattern repeat uses, but since I'm increasing the number of stitches, the rows don't use the same amount of yarn.  

There's only one solution.  I need to make a mental adjustment and work until I reach that magic number on the scale.  I have some bonus knitting time later today, and I'm going to make that ball a little bit lighter.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Since It's April . . .

The seasons are slowly shifting.  The change has been so slow that the snow last weekend didn't surprise me, and I wouldn't be shocked to see more white flakes in the coming days.  But it is April, and that should be reason enough to at least think about spring.

For a while I've been saying I need new fingerless mitts.  All of mine have either been lost or have found new homes with other family members.  Now we're between seasons, and it's still a little chilly but not outright cold. 

I definitely need those mitts, so I started Longing - as in longing for spring.  These mitts have a little spiral pattern - easy to memorize and just enough action to entertain.  The yarn is Lillian, colorway Drizzle. It seemed appropriate for the season.

This week's color inspiration is also in the blue family.

Blue with a twist of green.