Friday, August 18, 2017

Morning Routine

I like to start my days with a little knitting.  This routine doesn't happen each and every day, but when it does, I feel my day is off to a good start.


This morning I was working on a sock . . . knitting my way toward the toe.  I think I'll wrap it all up with another splash of color.

Last weekend we had our annual blueberry picking adventure, and it provided this week's color inspiration.


Blues from start to finish.

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

Uncomplicated

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

Flip-Flop

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.