Monday, January 16, 2017

It Takes Two

A lingering cough had me sidelined for most of the weekend, but it didn't keep me from knitting, and I have another sample ready to go.

My daughter reluctantly agreed to model this cowl.  In return for her services, I agreed to give her a ride to the nail salon.


There may have been some complaining, but she doesn't look too grumpy about the arrangement in this picture.  I considered it a win all around.


When Two Become One.  This cowl uses fingering weight yarn held double, so it knits up quickly.  The double garter rib stitch creates a cozy, cushy fabric.  The yarn is Lillian, colorways Heliotrope and Biscuit.  

The pattern includes two sizes, and I made the larger one.


My model didn't want to mess her hair and double it up, but it can be worn this way too.  You can have all kinds of fun with different color combinations . . . you might need to make more than one.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Odds and Ends

The other day I was tidying my worktable and sorting random yarn leftovers.  I make a concerted effort to use the odds and ends, but they have a way of piling up.  I only have a couple active knitting projects right now, so it was easy to justify casting on with some of the remnants.


There's nothing like a quick hat project to make a dent in the leftovers. Plus I was feeling a little short in the hat department.

While this hat project mirrors the current color of the landscape, this week's color inspiration is a bright spot.


A splash of mustard yellow.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Scattered

I seem to be going in several different directions this week, so it's no surprise that today's post has a certain random quality.  Here are some of the things spinning around in my world.

~  It may be winter, but that doesn't mean I don't have fun fiber adventures lined up.  First is Knitting Weekend at Slater Mill, 
January 20-22.


This weekend includes classes and a marketplace.  Follow the link for more information on classes and availability.  If you've never been to Slater Mill, this is the perfect opportunity to check it out.

See the right sidebar for more fiber events.

~ I felt very inspired when I stumbled across this story.  Bob Rutherford cranks out socks for shelters.  With help from a few friends, they produce Socks by Bob.  At 88 years young, this sock operation keeps Bob going.  Individuals can and do make a difference.  Be the change.

~  Speaking of cranking out, my latest project is moving right along.


It's been a while since I worked on US 8 needles, so this cowl feels like it'll be done in no time.  With so many distractions, it's good to stay focused on productivity.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Snow Day Knitting

There's nothing like a decent snowstorm to kick my knitting mojo into high gear.


I had a good start on my Saltfleet Cowl before the first flakes started falling on Saturday, but once the inches started piling up, I was on a mission to finish it.

This pattern wasn't completely mindless, but it wasn't too taxing either.


The gansey-inspired motif adds a bit of texture and interest.  Quick to knit, cozy to wear . . . and now I have a good excuse to cast on something new.

Friday, January 6, 2017

An Open Window

I do a lot of knitting, but the reality is not much of it is for me personally. If I didn't insist on so many new samples, I would have more time for personal knitting.  But new samples are refreshing, and I can't resist the temptation - patterns, colors, yarn.

When I do have an open window to whip up a little something all my own, I try to make the most of it.  I've had a small open window, but it's about to close, so I'm trying to make the most of it.


Saltfleet Cowl.  This is the most recent Yarn Knot installment.  With this round we're testing a DK weight blend of Alpaca, Merino and Silk.  It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.  This cowl is knitting up 
quickly.  I might try to squeeze in one more project before the window closes completely.

This week's color inspiration is like new-fallen snow.


Fresh, clean, white.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Part of the Process

I have a new project brewing.  Earlier today I narrowed the color choices down to this selection, and then I got stuck.  I went about my day - appointments, errands, phone calls - but hours later I still don't have a decision.


Usually I would say 13 choices isn't really narrowing it down, but I need to pick 2 colors, so this seems like a reasonable number to start with.

Just before the daylight faded, I took a few more pictures.


Maybe this combination is the one.


Perhaps this.


How about this?

Or maybe it's a completely different pair.  

All this back and forth . . . it's part of the process.  Clearly nothing has grabbed my attention, and I'm not going to make a final decision today. Maybe tomorrow morning . . . 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Knit On . . .

Given the way 2016 went, I guess it was only fitting that I bid it good riddance with a head cold the size of Montana.  I was in bed for the better part of three days but did manage to be propped up on the couch for a few hours on New Year's Eve.  I dozed most of the time, but it was my valiant attempt to be present at midnight to wipe the slate clean.

In the past I've mentioned that I rank my sickness by the impact it has on my knitting.  This cold has been so bad that not only wasn't I able to knit, I wasn't able to think about knitting.

Before I lost my knitting mojo last week, I finished this.


Another Rikke Hat.  As soon as it was off the needles, it was out the door with my son on another travel adventure.

According to my knitting schedule, these should have been finished last week too.  Instead, they'll be my first project of the new year.


Fingerless gloves for another son.  I'm about to start knitting the individual fingers . . . kind of fiddly but not too many stitches when you think about it.  My family said I should take another day of rest, so I'm off to put my feet up and knit some fingers.  These should be ready to wear in no time.

I'm sure the year ahead will present more than its fair share of challenges.  As I ponder what lies ahead, I'm reminded of the sage advice of Elizabeth Zimmermann.  "Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises."