Monday, February 8, 2016

A Shift in Plans

Sometimes I can be convinced to drop everything for a knitting emergency.  Over the weekend my daughter put out the call for a new hat.  Her goddaughter turns 2 this week, the party is on Saturday and could I please whip up something fun and cute.  I was tempted to remind my daughter that she, too, knows how to knit, but I do enjoy making things for little people.  And so I cast on.

The brim is finished, and things are about to get interesting.  Perfect timing for a snow day.

Friday, February 5, 2016

There's Only Room for Three

There's a new booth sample brewing, so yesterday morning I was busy mixing and matching colors.  

You'll notice my beloved gray isn't in the mix.  I would be lying if I said it wasn't in the first round of color options, but by the time I reached the final four, I had reluctantly set it aside.

The problem with the final four is I only need three.  I'm trying to use colors I haven't worked with in a while, so the tan is a 
definite - probably the green too.  I like the purple with the green but maybe not with the tan.  You see where this is going.  I'll sort out the rest of it over the next couple days.

While that percolates, I can focus my attention on this project.

Diane is moving right along.  This shawl is constructed with a series of wedges.  At the beginning of each wedge, all the markers are reset. I've finally hit my stride with this project and feel like I'm picking up momentum.  I'm also highly motivated because I want to wear this.

Remnants of fall provide this week's color inspiration.

Nature's lace.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Like a Canoe

Over the last few days my sock knitting has taken a back seat to a couple other projects, but I did manage to get this far.

This is the part where I feel like I'm in a canoe.  I finished the heel flap, turned the heel and picked up the gusset stitches.  The two gusset sides have extra stitches and create a long, narrow cavity - the canoe.  It's a little wobbly and a little off-balance, but it never lasts long.  I'll work the decreases and soon enough the sock will be back in the shape of a tube.  

If you're in New England and looking for a way to break up the winter, check out the Green Mountain Knitting Retreat and Fiber Festival, March 18 - 20.  This fiber getaway is held in White River Junction at the Hotel Coolidge.  Wonderful food, a historic venue, knitting by the fireplace . . . all the ingredients for a charming weekend.  This event is hosted by the good folks at White River Yarns.  See the Facebook page for additional information.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Beyond Repair

As knitters we become attached to our finished projects, but at some point you have to let your tattered handknits go.  Recently the heel of a favorite pair of socks blew a hole.

At first I was tempted to repair the heel.  I thought about it a little more and realized that overall the socks were getting thin.  It wasn't a good use of time and effort to repair the heel if the rest of the sock was going to fall apart.  Instead I cast on a new pair of socks.

For some time now my little handknit phone case has been showing signs of wear.  I think I first noticed it late summer.  The case was feeling thin in a couple spots.

Now we're well into winter, and the case is noticeably frayed.  

This weekend I finally started a replacement.

The light blue stripe is for the pocket.  It's a good thing this project is moving right along.  That old case needs to be retired, and I'm ready to let it go.

Friday, January 29, 2016

News from the Couch

I haven't been out and about very much the last couple days, so it seemed like a good opportunity to work on this.

Diane.  This is a good couch project.  Short rows, lace, shifting markers . . . not something I can easily pick up and put down but well worth the effort.  I keep muttering to myself,  "Just one more row."  It's going to be hard to venture out later today.

This week's color inspiration comes straight from the farmers' 
market . . . shades of yellow, orange, red.

Hearty roots.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Playing Catch-Up

The other day I did a quick inventory of my knitting and realized I don't have many projects on the needles.  I'm plotting ways to remedy that situation but before I finalize the details, I thought this would be a good time to give some attention to my neglected sock knitting.

Last week I had to retire a favorite pair of socks (there comes a point where they are beyond repair), and now I'm motivated to knit a replacement pair.

This is the sock from the December installment of the club.  It doesn't look like much here.

But here it's transformed.

Lacunae Sock.  The accordion-like stitch pattern is amazing.  This will keep me entertained for a while.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Snapshots from Farm Fiber Day

It's Monday morning, and I'm feeling surprisingly rested and refreshed after a fast-paced weekend.  We had a bit of snow, and shoveling always invigorates me.

But before the snow hit, I had a sweet little show - Farm Fiber Day at the Wayland Winter Farmers' Market.  I had heard great things about this event from family and friends, and it certainly lived up to its billing.

Who can complain about hanging out in a greenhouse on a gray New England winter day?

There was a long line for root vegetables, but luckily there were a few left at the end of the market.  I made a mad dash to get an assortment before heading home.

Baer's Best had an amazing selection of dry beans.

The market runs every Saturday through March 12 with one more Farm Fiber Day on March 5.  Check it out if you're in the area.  It's a great way to brighten your wintry Saturdays.