Monday, September 25, 2017

Snapshots from KnitWit

I had a non-stop day on Saturday with a road trip to Portland and back. Yarn tasting, pattern chatter, discussion of yarn blends and colors . . . it was an all around enjoyable day.


Mackworth Cowl.  I first spotted this on Instagram, so it was nice to see it in real life.  It looks entertaining, and I've added it to my list.


The cowl is Dodging Rain Drops, and the poncho is Bibbe.  Both lovely.


If you're in Portland and looking for knitting inspiration, be sure to stop in at KnitWit Yarn Shop.

My Sunday knitting plans didn't materialize quite the way I had hoped.


I'm anxious to add the second color, but I'm not there yet.  Maybe later today . . . 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Ready and Waiting

I have plenty of projects in the works right now and shouldn't consider adding to the mix.  If I were really serious about that, I wouldn't go near Ravelry.  But of course I do pop in now and then to browse.

Lately I've been pretty good at managing the project chaos.  My strategy is I can add to the queue, but I can't drop everything and cast on with reckless abandon.  That plan was working well until the other day when I stumbled across Specklate.


I have a new Lillian Sprinkles I'm anxious to try plus proceeds of pattern sales go to hurricane relief.  It seemed like the perfect match. The pattern hasn't even been released yet.  What could be the harm in just winding the yarn?  Now I have to wait.

This week's color inspiration is a glimpse into the changing season.


From green to red.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Out for a Stroll

Some knitting projects are like a sprint.  They move along quickly and practically fly off the needles.  Others are like a leisurely stroll.  They move at a more measured, steady pace.

I always seem to have a little of both going on in my active projects. After finishing a sprint last week with my Enfilade, I'm taking my Nakarra out for a stroll.


I tweaked this pattern a little and substituted two gradient sets for one gradient and a solid.  I'm making progress and am ready to start the next gradients in the series.  Slow and steady . . . 

A schedule reminder for Portland-area knitters.  This Saturday I'll be at KnitWit with a trunk show.  I'm looking forward to visiting this inspiring shop.  Follow the link for details.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Keep It Local

Over the last few days I attended a couple fiber events.  One was part of a yarn crawl.  The other was a festival hosted by a yarn shop.  Both events were different in nature, but they reminded me of the importance of local yarn shops.

These shop owners provide countless knit nights, interesting classes and overall knitting support.  To top it all off, they foster a sense of community that many of us have come to rely on.  They are passionate about knitting and fiber.  If they weren't, they wouldn't be in the business.  And it is a business.  Shop owners invest in inventory, pay staff people, cover overhead and hopefully have something left to take home for themselves.  

Sometimes the numbers don't add up.  We've all heard of yarn stores closing.  

Yarn bombing courtesy of JP Knit & Stitch

If you rely on your local yarn shop, don't take it for granted.  Don't look for a better deal online and assume your shop will be there when you need it.  Believe it or not each and every purchase, no matter how big or small, adds up to cover the expense of running a yarn store.

Buy local.  Support your yarn shop and your fiber community.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Just a Variation

The other day I started a new project.  I've had a good, long run of 
2-color projects complete with stripes, so this time I opted for 1 single color.  It's time to take a break from stripes, I thought.  I was wrong.


Apparently I can't get stripes out of my system.  I didn't realize it right away, but this time I have a different variety going on with bands of knits and purls.  My streak continues.

This week's color inspiration . . . more tomatoes complete with a cool name.


Orange Russian.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Enfilade

I'm running a little late with this project, but my Enfilade is off the needles and blocked.


I had planned to have it ready for Unwind last weekend.


Instead it will be ready for tomorrow.  More on that in a minute.

This shawl is a fun combination of eyelet stripes and garter stitch.  All you need is two colors.


The yarn is Lillian, colorways Cool Waters and Topaz.

I dropped one of the stripes in the final section.  I had a hunch I was cutting it close on yarn.


And I was.

In other news tomorrow is the start of the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl. Tomorrow I'll be at JP Knit & Stitch from 4:00 - 8:00 with a trunk show including Enfilade.  Stop by if you're in the area.  Be sure to check the Crawl link for a complete list of participating shops.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Snapshots from Unwind

My Monday is operating in reverse.  My afternoon routine was in the morning, and my morning flipped to the afternoon.  Even my morning coffee had to wait until the afternoon.  Being under-caffeinated on a Monday (or any day, for that matter) is not a good thing.

Even though my day is backward, I'm reflecting on a weekend spent with a creative, inspiring group of people who came together and offered an amazing selection of fiber classes.  Here's a look at Unwind.



Fingerless mitts.

Eco print dyeing.





Before.


After.


Spinning.

I fell down on the job when it came to taking pictures because I missed weaving, crochet, double knitting, ice dyeing, hand dyeing yarn and knitting a Christmas stocking. 

It was a fun weekend all around.  Now I'm off to get more coffee.