Wednesday, June 28, 2017

In a Fog

This morning I made an early trip to the airport.  Whenever I make that run in the wee hours, I always debate whether or not I should go back to bed.  Today I decided to tough it out and get a jump start on my work day. 


Instead of snoozing, I churned out a big pile of labels.  Sometimes I can be productive when my brain is in a fog.

The test knit is coming right along, and it's still entertaining.


I'll be knitting this afternoon . . . after I finish the labels.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Testing

Late last week my priority knitting took a bit of a turn with a test knit.


This was my weekend knitting.  I'm working my way through a Casapinka design.  I've knit several of her patterns before, and they're always fun.  This one is no exception.

The rest of the weekend was spent celebrating my birthday . . . lunch one day, dinner the next.  When it falls on a weekend, you can spread out the fun over a couple days.


There was cake.


And pie.  I made the pie - actually two of them.  What else do you do with fresh strawberries and rhubarb?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Easier Than Paint by Number

This project is the knitting equivalent of paint by number.


Nakarra Wrap.

I was never any good at paint by number (staying inside the lines can be very challenging and stressful), but this design has a similar feel with specific colors for each little box.  This project uses mosaic knitting, so there's only one color in play on any given row.  It's so much fun to watch the pattern unfold . . . and easier than paint by number.

Last weekend I took a stroll through the Museum of Fine Arts with my daughter, and I came away full of inspiration.  This linocut from Picasso is this week's color inspiration.


Brilliant red and yellow.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Light

I have a plan in place for my summer knitting projects, but I seem to have gone off on a tangent.

This is one of the them.


This little project isn't on my list, but I started it the other day because it seemed like a good idea.

Apparently the longer daylight has tricked me into thinking I suddenly have more knitting time.  I know that's not true.  And if I had any bonus time, I should do the sensible thing.  I should organize my chaotic household because that's actually on my to-do list.  I'll get to the cleaning and the tidying . . . after I knit a few more rounds.

Happy Summer Solstice!

Monday, June 19, 2017

It Must Be Summer

Longer daylight and a relaxed schedule . . . summer must be here.  I guess it's not official until Wednesday, but it's definitely hit the dye pots.


A taste of summer.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Still Striping

I have two active projects right now if you don't count the sock that's under construction.  I've been pretty focused on my Starting Point, but the other day I decided to mix it up, so I bounced over to the other project.

It turns out Portland Sequence has a lot in common with Starting Point.


More stripes.  I can't seem to get enough of them.

Our farmers' market opened this week, and I'm thrilled.  All I need to do is add rhubarb to this week's color inspiration.


Ready for pie.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Midweek Diversion

New project ideas are always simmering, so when the week gets crazy, I take one off the burner for further inspection.


This project has been nagging me for a few days, so this morning I pulled several colors.  It's a start.  I'll have to do some tweaking, but for now it's simmering again.  It's part of the process.

Monday, June 12, 2017

A Knitting Day

Every once in a while I declare a knitting day, and yesterday was one of those days.  On Saturday I had a long, lovely day at Squam, so I was ready to unplug and take a day off.  No work, no email, no cooking.  I did a quick tidy in the kitchen and took the dog out, but that was it.

If I'd been more virtuous, I would have woven in some of these ends.


Note that I have another set of ends identical to this colorful mess. That's a lot of weaving in, and I haven't even finished the project yet.

But I wasn't virtuous.  Instead I knit my way through the day and made a few more ends along the way.


Starting Point MKAL.  The final clue for this project was released the other day.  I'm playing catch-up, and I'm curious how all of this is going to come together.  Today I'm still behind, but this was the perfect project for a day off.  Miles of striped garter with a bit of eyelet thrown in for good measure.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Just the Finishing

Tomorrow when I head to Squam, I'll have a new sample along for the ride.


That Nice Stitch . . . the multi-colored version.  This cowl is almost finished.  All it needs is a quick Kitchener followed by a bath and a little blocking.  I've put together bundles with different color options.  This little project is perfect for summertime knitting.

By the way if you're in the area, you should take a drive to Squam too. You won't be disappointed.

We've had our share of rainy days lately, and this week's color inspiration is a reflection of that.


Gray with green edging.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Spring Rain Cowl

Fresh off the needles . . . 


Spring Rain Cowl.

I was working on this project a little bit here, a little bit there.  Before I knew it, I had enough little bits, and it was time to bind off.

This cowl gradually gets larger toward the bottom and has lovely drape.  The pattern is easy to memorize, so it makes a good on-the-go project.


The yarn is Bertha Sport, colorway Pond Scum.  All it takes is one skein.

Looking ahead to the weekend, the Squam Spring Art Fair is this coming Saturday, and I'll be vending.  This event is free and open to the public.  Check it out if you're in the area.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Snapshots from Fiber Frolic

After a busy weekend in Maine, I thought I would take it easy today, but that's not going to happen.  Household duties call.  Putting together a good cup of coffee this morning was a struggle, so grocery shopping has moved to the top of the list.  

Here are a few shots from the weekend.





There was used equipment and vintage knitting magazines and patterns.


Good thing I didn't have time to poke around.

And of course there were animals.




The weather cooperated, the food was exceptional, the conversations and connections were inspiring . . . a delightful weekend all around.  

Friday, June 2, 2017

Playing Favorites

I like to think I don't have a favorite color.  Deep down I don't think I really do, but it appears I've been playing favorites with my socks.

My spring cleaning mojo is still intact, so the other day I turned in on my handknits and washed 13 pairs of socks.  As I was folding them, I noticed a reoccurring color theme.


Green.  Six pairs of green socks.  Surely I can do better than that.  The next time I start a pair of socks, I'll have to make a conscious effort to pick something other than green.

This week's color inspiration . . . 


I never tire of this red-orange mix.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

On to Maine

When I woke up this morning and had an itch to cast on a new project, I went with it.  Some days I just don't have the energy to fight back.  I have a comfortable number of projects in the works right now, but I don't feel overloaded and there's always room for one more.  

My spring tour of New England states continues.  I'm heading to Maine later this week, so this Maine-inspired project was the perfect choice.


The KnitWit Cowl updated for 2017.  It's the same pattern as last year but with a fresh color combination.  Team KnitWit selected the colors, and the yarn is a sport weight blend of Merino, Cashmere and Nylon.

I made the 2016 version last year.  It was my favorite cowl this past winter, and I got so many compliments on it.  I'm excited to have another one.  This yarn bundle is available only at KnitWit Yarn Shop. If you're driving through Portland, be sure to stop.  Or contact the shop directly for more details.

Before I get too involved with this project, I have to do more packing and organizing for my Maine adventure.  This weekend I'll be at the Maine Fiber Frolic.  Look for my booth in Building 2.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Just a Splash

I've been on a roll with a bit of spring cleaning around the house, and apparently it spilled over into my knitting.  The other day I pulled out a languishing sock project, shook off the dust and got busy.  I never understand why a sock project gets left behind (who doesn't love something small, portable, easy to knit), but it happens.

This particular sock had a couple issues.  Apparently I'd been in a hurry and didn't tuck the needles properly because some of the stitches were in a free fall.  After rescuing the stitches and figuring out where I was in the pattern, I was good to go.

As I was knitting the leg, I decided to spice things up with a little splash of color.


This is Movie Night Sock with a contrasting heel.  I must have been feeling very adventurous because I strayed from my usual heel turn and used something different.  Suddenly this project is fun and interesting again.  Hopefully it won't bring my spring cleaning to a halt.

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.