Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sharing Time

My knitting has been a bit scattered the last few days.  Family time can do that.  Just when I was picking up steam again, I was interrupted.

This is Enfilade, and that's a sewing machine in the background.  

My daughter asked for help with a quick sewing project.  It turns out her definition of quick isn't so quick.  For the next couple days I'll be sharing my knitting time with the sewing machine.

Monday, August 14, 2017


I like to have a variety of projects under construction.  From the simple to the more involved, it's nice to have a selection.  That way I can pick and choose based on the knitting conditions.  For example usually an intricate lace pattern doesn't work well for knit night.  A plain vanilla sock is probably a better option.

The last couple days I've been on the go with only scattered bits of knitting time . . . just enough for a few rounds on my Portland Sequence.  This cowl is interesting but not too taxing - the perfect project when knitting time is in short supply.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Bendy Arrow

I had my latest project off the needles and blocked when a live model walked through the door.  Perfect timing!

Bendy Arrow.

This 2-color shawl features a combination of increases and decreases highlighted with a combination of fun stripes.

The yarn is Lillian, colorways Gourd and Sprinkles 506.  The Sprinkles aren't listed on the website just yet, but you can contact me for more information.

This is an entertaining project with plenty of color combinations to choose from.

This week's color inspiration mirrors my Bendy Arrow.

Colorful carrots.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Just a Hint

I'm sure we still have plenty of summertime fun headed our way, but just the other day I felt a hint of fall in the air.  Taking my cue from the weather, I updated the right sidebar with my fall schedule.  You can also find a list of my fall travels on the Events page.

In knitting news, I'm working on my Nakarra Wrap as time permits.

I've moved to the next colors in the gradient progression and am enjoying the shift.  The only issue?  Counting is a struggle and I've had to rip back twice in the space of ten rows.

I don't know how I've managed to get off track not once, but twice.

I suspect is has something to do with being under caffeinated, so this is my solution.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Get in on the Fun

Signups for Yarn Knot 2017-2018 are open!

The format is the same as last time and includes 4 shipments - 3 fingering weight yarn, 1 non-fingering weight yarn.  Each shipment includes a suggested pattern.  Pay for the whole thing up front or choose the quarterly option.

This is an opportunity to sample new yarn bases, and all colorways are exclusive to the club for 12 months.

Looking for the sock version?  Yarn Knot Socks is also open.

Follow the links for more details.  Be sure to contact me if you have any questions.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Just One

Right now all my projects on the needles are multi-colored with everything from gradients to stripes to sprinkles.  There's a lot of color play going on.

To bring some balance, my next project is going to be one color.  After dithering about color combinations for so many projects, it's amazing how easy it is to choose just one.  

Selecting more than one color can be quite a process.  First I pick several colors - maybe a dozen.  Then I pair them up or group them if more than two are involved.  Then I narrow down the choices.  There can be a lot of back and forth because every combination has its merits.  Sometimes I even do an informal poll.  Picking and choosing can be time-consuming.

It makes picking one color almost effortless.

Fall is coming.

This week's color inspiration includes high contrast.  I love the deep wine color, but the contrast caught my eye.

Vivd green.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Every once in a while my morning plans swap with my afternoon plans. That's what happened today.  All it took was one phone call to throw a wrench in the works.  My morning of uninterrupted knitting and coffee became an afternoon of knitting instead.  

It's easy to let that designated chunk of knitting time get eaten up by other things when it's pushed to the afternoon.  Today the other contenders were laundry, paperwork and email, but knitting came out on top.  Those other tasks can wait.

There's something soothing and relaxing about a long stretch of I-cord bind off.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Weekend Roadblocks

After a weekend full of roadblocks, believe it or not I was looking forward to Monday.  While most of the roadblocks were metaphorical, I did encounter a real one that kept me away from my weekend routine. 

I came up with another plan instead.

I wasn't about to let a little triathlon interfere with my knitting time.

Friday, July 28, 2017

On Deck

My Bendy Arrow is almost off the needles, so I consulted my queue and did some winding.

This combination has grabbed my attention on more than one occasion.  When I saw it again the other day, I took it as a sign. Heading into the weekend I always have high hopes for bonus knitting time.  That's rarely the case, but I'm prepared.

Thanks to Downeast Maine for this week's color inspiration.

Morning gray.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Scattered on Wednesday

This is turning into a week of unexpected interruptions.  I'm feeling a bit scattered today, but here's a history lesson.  I was thrilled when I stumbled across this article because it combines two of my favorite things - history and fiber.  

I'm not surprised Queen Victoria knew how to crochet, but I'm amazed she made time to crochet 8 scarves to honor 8 servicemen.  And she was 81 years old when she did it.  I'm impressed.  Read the story for more details.

Quick knitting update.  Yesterday I was on the go with my Bendy Arrow in tow.

I'm finished with stripes for the moment.  This section is all gray with little pops of color.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Knitting and Numbers

I'm a firm believer in modifying patterns.  If I don't like the way something looks or if I prefer a different method, I make the necessary changes.  It's no big deal.  What's the worst that can happen?  If it doesn't work, I can always rip it out.

Sometimes I plot out my modifications.  Sometimes I make them on the fly.  Plotting and planning often requires math, and that's what I did for my Nakarra Wrap.

Instead of using a full skein and a gradient set, I had the bright idea of using two gradient sets.  That led to calculations about yardage and number of repeats.  I finished my first section with yardage to spare.  I still don't know how this will actually look, but my numbers worked.  It's time to switch colors, and I'm optimistic.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Potato Chip Knitting

I should be working on paperwork, but knitting is more interesting.  And it's even more interesting now that stripes are involved.

Bendy Arrow.  Originally I had designated this project for when I'm on the go - a little knitting here, a little knitting there.  This was going to be my project for meetings, appointments and waiting time.  Now that I'm in the striped section, I've had to abandon that plan.  Stripes are my potato chip knitting . . . I can't knit just one.

This week orange has been my color of choice.  In keeping with that theme, here is this week's color inspiration.

An orange glow.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

For Good Measure

It's only Wednesday, but this week has already had enough distraction to make my head spin.  In an effort to focus, I started a new project.

Since I finished a shawl last week, I can justify casting on something new.

Just in case one isn't enough, maybe I'll cast on a second project.  And yes, I seem to be on an orange bender.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pure Joy

After a whirlwind weekend, I'm back at it.  I've already run into numerous glitches this morning, and technology is not my friend, but I'm determined.  Watch out, Monday.

When we left on Friday, I knew it was going to be a mad dash to finish my shawl in time for the wedding on Saturday.  My daughter took the wheel for a bit so I could knit on the road.  Friday night at dinner I was still knitting, but I finished the last row before we contemplated dessert. After dinner amidst a little pre-wedding party, I worked the bind off. 
And before I went to bed, I blocked the shawl.  All in a day's work.

As usual the weather was cool and damp in Downeast Maine.  I was concerned about the drying conditions, so I used the fan for a few hours.

By mid-afternoon on Saturday, the shawl was ready.

Pure Joy.  This design is mostly garter with short row shaping.  Add color combinations and you have a recipe for fun, relaxed knitting.  If I didn't have other pressing projects, I'd cast on another one right away.

The yarn is Lillian Luxe, colorways March Sky and Bee Hive.  There's nothing like a little silk for a special occasion.

And it was a special occasion.

From the setting to the ceremony to the party . . . a lovely, heartwarming celebration.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fun Family Outing

I'm hitting the road this weekend on a little family adventure. Coordinating schedules is one of my biggest challenges and not everyone in the family can go.  Work schedules and life in general have a way of interfering.

My Pure Joy is still on the needles.  Remember I'm working on those long short rows, so it looks like I'll be binding off and blocking at our destination.  We have a long car ride, and I agreed to do most of the driving.  That was before I realized my shawl wouldn't be finished. Maybe I can convince someone else to take the wheel and give me a knitting break.

I haven't packed my clothes, but my knitting is ready to go.  Believe me, it takes longer to pick my travel knitting than to pack my clothes.

Three projects will be more than enough for the weekend, but I like to have a little variety.  No matter what happens, I'm prepared.

This week's color inspiration is a blast from the past.

Glistening aqua.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Long and Short of It

I have deadline knitting on my needles, and the sprint to the finish line is on.  

Pure Joy.  This garter shawl features wedges created with a combination of increases and short rows.  The good news is I'm working on the final wedge and am finished with the gray.  It's all gold from here on out.

Just to set the record straight, calling rows short can be misleading. With over 350 stitches on my needles, the short rows aren't really all that short and keep getting longer.   I need this shawl for a special celebration this weekend.  Back to my long short rows.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Leaves of the Lake

Last week I finished a test knit.  Today the pattern is live.

Photo by Casapinka

Leaves of the Lake by Casapinka.

This design is worked on the bias and incorporates fun stitch patterns to create a lovely textured shawl.

Photo by Casapinka

The sections are easy to memorize making this is a good on-the-go project.

The pattern includes two sizes - small takes one skein, large takes two.

Photo by Casapinka

The yarn is Lillian, colorway Heliotrope.

Photo by Casapinka

Perfect for summertime knitting.

Friday, July 7, 2017

I Should Have Known

The other day I started a new, 2-color project.  After I had both colors in play, I hit the pause button and took a little break.  

This is Pure Joy.  I was pondering the contrast between the two colors. It's subtle, and sometimes subtle is OK.  But is that the look I really wanted?  I took a quick glance at the Ravelry project pages for this pattern.  Often it's helpful to see what others have done . . . it helps me clarify what I do and don't like for a particular pattern.

This project is on a tight deadline.  I hated to interrupt the flow of forward progress, but I've played that denial game before - thinking I'll like it better if I just keep going.  More often than not I'm only delaying the inevitable.  Experience has taught me it's better to deal with it right away so I don't have to rip out hours of work.

After I thought about it for a bit, I made a color substitution.  And guess what.  This was my initial choice for a color combination when I started the project.  I should have known.  

Casapinka has designed a new shawl with Lillian and is hosting a giveaway over on Instagram.  Check it out.  The winners will be chosen on Monday.

Life isn't always like a bowl of cherries, but here they are for this week's color inspiration.

Dazzling reds.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

More Sprinkles

This is one of those confusing weeks.  After a Tuesday holiday, today feels like Monday.  I have to stop and think twice.

The other day I was having fun with Sprinkles.  One thing led to another and this happened.

Coming this fall.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Just Another Monday

Tuesday holidays are tricky.  It's Monday and some people are already in holiday mode, but for others it's business as usual.  Since I have a little getaway in a couple weeks, I'm keeping my nose to the grindstone.  

Lillian Sprinkles in production. 

Now I'm toying with a couple new sample ideas.

And there's an update in progress.

After shooting, there's editing.  It's a process.

If you're celebrating tomorrow, enjoy the holiday.

Friday, June 30, 2017

When My Mind Wanders . . .

I'm still cruising along on the Casapinka test knit.  It's getting bigger, but I'll spare you a picture.  Let's just say I've moved past the one skein version and am working on the larger size.

Yesterday while I was knitting away on this shawl, I started thinking about my next project.  It's always good to have a strategy in place.  I realized, much to my dismay, that June is almost gone.  Since I have a project deadline in mid-July, I decided I should probably move that to the top of the queue.

I had a couple patterns in mind, but after a quick spin around Ravelry I completely reversed course.  What was going to be a one color, one skein project has morphed into something a little more involved.  Now there are two colors and three skeins in play.  This small, quick project has become a little more elaborate.

I narrowed my color options down to three different combinations but hit a bit of a snag.  My daughter weighed in, and this is where I landed.

Of course I didn't have the colors available in the base I wanted, so I also had to do a quick dye run.  Now that my next project is settled, I'm focused again on the test knit.

This week's color inspiration . . . 


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


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?