Friday, May 26, 2017

When Things Go Missing . . .

Yesterday I had a bit of a crisis when my keys went missing.  Normally I wouldn't have been too concerned, but my truck was parked at the end of the driveway and was blocking the other family vehicles.  One other detail.  I have only one key for my truck, so it was imperative that I find it.  

The keys didn't turn up after a quick search, so everyone scattered without the use of vehicles, and I started a more thorough hunt.  My son was the last one to use the keys, so I set about retracing his steps. I didn't dwell on the fact that he recently lost both his driver's license and his passport in two separate incidents just days apart.

After tossing the house, checking drawers and cupboards, sifting through the trash, sorting through laundry baskets, searching the fridge and freezer . . . well, I gave up.  I'm a firm believer in the notion that all missing things eventually surface, so I turned my attention elsewhere.

Since the keys seemed determined to remain missing, I threw myself into a major distraction that involved yarn and a new project.


Once I had settled on these, I started this.


I had a false start and a do-over, but I like it a whole lot better now.  I think I'll like it even more when I have other colors in play.

And the keys?  Later in the afternoon my daughter sent me a text asking what my keys were doing in her bag.  Apparently my son tossed them on the table, and they landed in her bag?  I don't know how they got there, but this proves my theory.  All missing things eventually surface.

I'm not usually one for pink, but I have a greater appreciation for it these days.  It's probably just a passing fancy, but here's my color inspiration for the week.


Any day now . . . 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In the Works

I'm coming up for air after taking a tumble down the Ravelry hole.  I'm always jotting down pattern names when something catches my eye at an event, and I've been keeping all these haphazard lists and notes.  It was time to finally make some sense of it all.

After an afternoon in front of the computer, I've narrowed down the list. There's still some tweaking to do, but I have a plan.


New booth samples are under construction.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Chasing Clues

On Saturday I had a long, busy day in Rhode Island, so when I woke up on Sunday, I was ready to take it easy.  I shifted my expectations for the day and grabbed one of the knitting projects near the top of my heap.


When I first heard about the Starting Point MKAL, I was mildly interested.  After I had assembled a few kits with different color combinations, I was in.  

This MKAL is being released in a series of five clues, and already I'm behind.  The second clue was released on Friday, but I'm still working my way through the first one.  I finished one triangle, and now I need to knit another one just like it to complete the first clue.  Only then can I start the second clue.  I'm not sure I'll be able to catch up, but I'm playing by the rules.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Cubetcha

Yesterday my daughter had a mishap at the gym and landed in the ER. Everything is fine.  When we emerged several hours later, she was put back together with an impressive row of stitches.  Now to convince her to take it easy for a couple days.  As an aside, her doctor is a knitter. We had a lovely chat about knitting projects.

Once again I was grateful that I'd had the presence of mind to grab the knitting bag in my mad dash to get out the door.  It turns out the ER is a good place to knit a bunch of cubes.


This morning they were on the blocking board.


Cubetcha

This entertaining project takes 1 skein.  I used Sparkles, colorway Poolside.  I finished this shawl just in time for a little road trip.  The sample and the yarn will be with me tomorrow at Rhode Island Fiber Festival.

This week's color inspiration . . . 


Vivid and bright.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hooked on Cubes

I've fallen hard for cubes.


This is Cubetcha.  I love the adventure of experimenting with a new technique, but I prepared myself for a bunch of fiddly maneuvers to make these little cubes.  Instead I discovered the cubes aren't tedious at all.  They're fun to make!  Just another pleasant knitting surprise . . . 

Monday, May 15, 2017

When the Bar Is Low . . .

After a busy weekend in New Hampshire, I don't have expectations of accomplishing much today.  A wet and windy Sunday forced most of the outdoor vendors indoors.  A couple friends pitched in and helped me move the booth.  I felt like a nomad vendor.  

The weather didn't keep people away, and it was a delightful time overall.  Thanks to everyone who came out.  It was great to see so many familiar faces.

I did a quick events update.  This Saturday I'll be at the RI Fiber Festival.  See the right sidebar for more details.


For the rest of the day, I'm taking it easy.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Ardent

I have a busy weekend ahead, and I have one more sample for the road.


Ardent.

Apparently I haven't had enough garter stitch and lace.  The repeats in this design are easy to memorize, and it knits up quickly.  Correction.  It wasn't so quick when my stitch count was off, but I blame that on late night knitting.

This shawl is light and airy . . . perfect when you need just a little something.


The yarn is Lucia, colorway March Sky.  Gray is a personal favorite because it goes with everything, but you could also have fun with a bright splash of color.

Later today I'll post updates with my exact booth location at New Hampshire Sheep and Wool.  For details keep an eye on Instagram, Twitter, Ravelry or Facebook.

I'm still hooked on flowers.  This week's color inspiration . . . 


Between red and orange.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sparkles

Fresh out of the dye pots . . . 


Sparkles.  This fingering weight blend of Merino and nylon includes stellina . . . perfect for adding a little shimmer and shine to your project.

And what good timing.  Sparkles skeins will be available this weekend at New Hampshire Sheep and Wool.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Plethora

It's a new week, and I'm starting off with a splash of color.


I took these.

And knit them into this.


Plethora.

Blocking board shots will have to do this time.  I had planned on pictures with a live model, but this morning she was only here long enough to walk the dog.  I guess I need to schedule in advance.


This pattern features an easy 10-row repeat of garter stitch and 
lace . . . almost mindless with just enough going on to keep it interesting.  The fabric is light and airy - a good project for warm weather knitting.

This design has options.  Make it big or small.  Use a solid or mix and match colors.


I used a Lucia 28 Bundle, but it would also be fun in a Lillian Gradient Bundle.

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool is this coming weekend.  I'll have the sample and bundles in my booth.  Stop by and take a look.  I'm an outside vendor.  Later in the week I'll know my exact booth location and will post updates on Twitter, Instagram and Ravelry.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Basic Gray

Since I'm just about finished with one project, it was time to get busy with a new one.  I've been working with all kinds of crazy colors, so apparently I needed some kind of balance.


Back to basics.

Website Update.  Joji's Mystery Wrap KAL is all the buzz.  Based on her color recommendations, I've put together several kits.  Check them out if you're looking for ideas and inspiration.

Many of the spring colors are short lived, so I'm trying to savor them while they last.  This week's color inspiration . . . 


Delightful pink.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Risky Business

The other night I proved once again that late night knitting can be risky business.  I was making great progress (or so I thought), but when I called it a day, I had a sinking feeling something was off.  Maybe it was my stitch count.  Maybe it was the pattern repeats.  I went to bed and told myself I would sort it out in the morning.

Once again my intuition was right.  In the light of day I realized what the problem was.  I had finished one color the night before.  I was determined to keep going, so I picked another color and knit for a while longer.  The problem was I grabbed the wrong color.


I didn't hesitate.  I ripped out several rows and got busy with the right color.


Now I'm making up for lost time.  

Lesson learned.  Always listen to my intuition.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Sea Grass

Last week I was scurrying with show prep.  I even managed to finish a new sample for the trip to Connecticut.


Sea Grass.

This is an entertaining design with alternating panels of lace and stripes.


The yarn is Lillian, colorways Malachite and Biscuit.


There are so many fun color combinations.  Endless possibilities.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Random Neutrals

Show prep always creates an extra level of activity . . . and piles and piles of yarn.  Sometimes the completely random color combinations give me pause.


The wheels are turning for an all neutral project.

The rainy weather has spilled over into this week's color inspiration.


More gray with a splash of brick red.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Since It's Raining . . .

I've been focused on getting ready for Connecticut.  I'm organized and have been diligently checking items off my list.  In spite of a couple glitches along the way, I'm on track.  Or I was until today.

Today's tasks include packing the truck.  When I woke up this morning, there was the quiet pitter patter of rain.  I decided to wait it 
out . . . maybe the rain would lift.  Instead it's gone in the other direction and turned into a steady stream.

Should I go ahead, load the truck and get drenched in the process.  Or should I wait for a break in the rain that may never come.  While I'm dithering, I thought a little knitting would help me sort it out.


Of course a new project is dangerous because I don't want to put it down.  Just a couple more rows . . . and then I'll get back to the task at hand.  It sounds like I'm going to get very wet.

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Mad Dash

It's going to be a sprint to the finish line this week.  


Lillian Lavender and Piglet in production.

Labels, kits, samples . . . it's all coming together in a flurry of activity for Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber on Saturday.   Unlike most fiber festivals, Connecticut is only one day so don't miss out.  Follow the link for all the details.



I'll have a well-stocked booth including Lillian Sprinkles, Lillian Luxe, gradient bundles, kits and more.

Don't forget you can check in with Instagram and Twitter for live updates.

Friday, April 21, 2017

First Things First

I've learned that some things shouldn't be done late in the day.  For me one of those things is making color decisions.  Either I'm tired or the lighting is bad or I have to make dinner or the dog needs a walk.  It's a challenging time of day all around.

Yesterday I had planned to arrange some colors but before I knew it, the day had slipped away.  The dog needed a walk, and I hadn't even thought of dinner yet.  I put the colors on the back burner.

First thing this morning, after I started brewing my coffee, I pulled out the colors and got busy.


It took a few minutes for me to settle on this lineup.


And then it took only a few more minutes to make this happen.

A new day with fresh coffee makes all the difference.  Easy peasy decisions.

Little pockets of color are sprouting up outside.  This week's color inspiration . . .


A cluster of white.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Out of the Fog

Wednesday?  How did that happen.  I came down with a mega migraine and seem to have misplaced a day or two.  I'm on the mend now but first a wee bit of knitting to help me ease back into things.


This is Sea Grass.  I'm just starting the lace section . . . a little mental exercise to get me out of the fog and back to work.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Towanda

Since I've been lining up new projects with reckless abandon, it's good I finished one that was already under construction.


Towanda




This design reminded me of a sampler.  Lace, texture, stripes . . . each section was different.



A little variety keeps a project moving along.

The yarn is Lillian Luxe, colorways Deep Sea and March Sky.


There's nothing like a silk blend for a bit of shimmer and drape.

Today we're in holiday mode with Marathon Monday and Patriots' Day. For occasions such as this I have a hybrid combination of work and play.  Relaxed productivity . . . not a bad way to start the week.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring Has Sprung

Spring is officially here.  This week I've been motivated to do some deep cleaning.  I've moved furniture and rearranged cupboards.  Watch out, dusty corners and random piles.  I'm coming to get you.

When it comes to colors, this is what I'm contemplating today.


A couple spring options.

This week's color inspiration . . . 


Dusty green and blue.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Reset

Yesterday was a true test of my patience, perseverance and stamina.  I made two runs to the airport - the first one at 5:00 a.m.  I inadvertently "volunteered" to deal with a flat tire on one of the family vehicles.  Note to self:  from now on I'm only dealing with a flat tire that's on the vehicle I actually drive.  

Somehow I managed to navigate all of this before noon, at which point I was so tired my brain was mush.  That's when I succumbed to this.


And then this.


A new project plus a little knitting time . . . that's all it took to reset my day.

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Same but Different

I'm starting off the week with more of the same . . . but slightly different. I've been working away on my Towanda and thought I would be closer to the finish line by now.  And I would have been except for a slight miscalculation.  I had made up my mind that there were 9 sections in this shawl.  When I was working on section 7, I was prepared for 2 more sections and was anticipating the homestretch.  Then I looked at the pattern a little more closely and discovered there are really 11 sections.  Oops.


Most of the sections are different.  It helps when the entertainment value is high.  The finish line may have moved, but I'm closing in on it.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Comfort Knitting

In a concerted effort to get rid of a stubborn cold, I tried to lay low this week.  I made the tax handoff with the accountant early in the week and my work schedule hasn't ramped up to the frantic level yet, so some extra rest was definitely manageable.

My definition of rest does not mean flat out in bed.  I was still up and about, puttering around with odds and ends.  And I might have lost the better part of an afternoon to Ravelry.  The natural outcome of all this "rest" was a new project.


No, I haven't finished my Towanda yet - it's coming right along.  I just couldn't resist another cowl.  It takes one skein and will knit up in a flash.  It looks warm and cozy . . . comfort knitting.  

I might have put together a couple colors for another project, but that's a story for another day.  It's time for me to get busy.  All this rest has created more work.

The weather this week felt more like winter than spring, but this color inspiration is a reminder of the season.


Sunny and bright.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Of Knitting and Chatter . . .

Last night I gave in to my lingering cough and stayed home from knit night.  I don't usually miss my Tuesday knitting group.  In addition to hanging out with friends, it's also an opportunity for concentrated production knitting time.  At least I always thought it was production knitting time.  After last night, I'm not so sure.

I settled in with my knitting at home.


At the end of the evening I had worked through 2 sections of Towanda. I really want to knock out this sample, so I was pleased with the progress.  But I started to think . . . would I have finished 2 sections if had been knitting with the group?  Probably not.  All that chatter has a way of interrupting the endless flow of stitches.  

Maybe knit night isn't the best situation for production knitting, but I'm not going to make a habit of skipping.  I'd miss all that chatter.  

A quick schedule update.  This Saturday I'll be at The Yarn Sellar Fiber Marketplace with a fun group of vendors.  Follow the link for details.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Just a Hint

On Saturday I was shoveling snow.  In spite of that, it looks like the weather is shifting.


Even if the weather doesn't cooperate, there are hints of spring coming out of the dye pots.