Friday, April 27, 2018

Any chance you have a shawl . . .

My daughter, Luz, has a wedding to attend this weekend.  A couple months ago we were talking about the wedding . . . where it's going to be, what she's going to wear etc.  At that point I asked if she'd like me to knit a shawl for the occasion.  I got a definitive no, so I didn't bring it up again.

Fast forward to last week when I got this text.  Just to clarify, my "little friend" is the woman who was doing alternations on the dress.

A shawl from Amazon?!?  Perish the thought.  I took the high road and didn't remind her that I had offered to knit a shawl of her choice.

Luz and I coordinated our schedules, and she's coming over to look at shawls this morning before I hit the road.  As luck would have it, I picked up the dress from the seamstress, so I pulled a few options.

They all have different looks.  I have a couple favorites, but I'll let her make the final decision.  And if she doesn't like any of these, there are plenty more to choose from.

This week's color inspiration is a house.  My friend lives just down the street, and I often pause when I pass this place.

I have a thing for yellow, but it's more than that.

Colorful details.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Just a Tease

It's a gray rainy day here - perfect for knitting if I didn't have so many other things on the docket.  

This new project is taunting me, and it even matches the weather.

Looking ahead to the weekend, I'll be at Connecticut Sheep, Wool & Fiber on Saturday.  Stop by if you're in the area.  I'll be in the Green Building.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Just a Fling

I love a good neutral, especially gray . . . any gray.  I often add a neutral to projects with two or more colors, and gray is my first choice.  

A while back I made a conscious decision to expand my horizons and use other neutrals.

I had a good run with Wheat.

And Biscuit was more than adequate.

But when I cast on a new project the other day, I couldn't help myself.

Experimenting with other neutrals is fun and I'll do it again, but there's something comforting about returning to an old favorite. Reliable, versatile gray.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Local Yarn Shawl

One deadline down.

Local Yarn Shawl is off the needles.  Tomorrow is LYS Day, and Bronwyn, the designer, created this pattern to support local shops. This pattern will be free for one day only with purchase of yarn at one of the participating shops.  

My sample is on display at Romney Ridge Yarns & Wool.  

The yarn is Lillian in Sea Breeze and Biscuit.  Yarn bundles in several color combinations are available at the shop.  In addition to the free pattern, take 10% off all Dirty Water DyeWorks and Romney Ridge yarns.  This offer is good only tomorrow.

I stumbled across this week's color inspiration a couple days ago when I was out for an invigorating walk.  It was a blustery day, and there were a few snowflakes in the air.

Nature's neutrals.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

On the Fringe

I don't think my daughter usually pays any attention to the knitting project I'm working on.  Not even, "Hey, that's a nice color."  After all these years of seeing needles in my hands, I think she's oblivious to what's actually on the needles.  In fact, she would be more likely to comment if I didn't have my knitting with me.

When she remarked on my current project, I was a bit surprised.

"Mom, are you knitting on fringe?"  She said it like I was working some kind of magic.  "No," I had to confess, "it's just my ends."  The illusion was shattered, and now I need to take a break from knitting to weave in a bunch of ends.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Bright Idea

For many in Massachusetts, today is a vacation day, and for a brief moment I convinced myself I could take the day too.  It's Patriots' Day and Marathon Monday, so I started watching coverage of the marathon.  Before I knew it the morning was slipping away.  Not so fast.  Back to work. 

I've added a few events to the spring show schedule.  Take a look at the right sidebar for an updated list.  Be sure to click on the links for additional information.  

This coming Saturday is LYS Day, an opportunity to get out and support your local yarn shop.  To mark the occasion, I'll have a trunk show at Black Sheep Knitting.  Stop by if you're in the area.

I love when I have a bright idea, but often it's very last minute and doesn't come with a lot of extra time.  Late last week I took on a new project.  I'm smitten and can't put it down.  That's a good thing because I'm on a tight deadline.

As a bonus, this yarn is a perfect match for my new project bag.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Moving Right Along

And so it grows.

This is Orbit in my new DK base.  Sometimes I need a relaxing knit, and this project fits the bill.  I was on a roll last night and forced myself to put the needles down.  Even though the rows are getting longer, this is moving along quickly.  It's a good balance to some of my more involved projects.

This week's color inspiration combines two of my favorites - gray and yellow.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Coffee and Browsing

I have a couple projects in the "almost done" phase, so I couldn't help but do a little browsing first thing this morning.  Let's face it.  Scrolling through Ravelry with a fresh cup of coffee is a nice way to start the day.

I'm itching to knit another project with the new DK base I have on hand. I found more than a handful of options and added to my growing list of future projects.

It was a tough decision, but I settled on one (for now) and picked this color.  I'll be casting on today . . . after I tackle my to-do list.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Deciphering Scribbles

Over the weekend I decided to tackle a couple lingering second socks. It's the knitting equivalent of spring cleaning and somehow makes me feel virtuous.  Plus I want to cast on new socks and need empty needles.

Movie Knit Sock.  This second sock is coming along nicely.  The heel flap is finished and ready to be turned.  I took notes when I made the first sock.  Normally that's a good thing, but this time around I can't decipher my notes.  

I was working late last night when I discovered the cryptic scribbles. Maybe they don't have anything to do with the pattern.  I've been known to jot down random things on the closest paper at hand.  I went to bed and thought it would all make sense in the morning.  So far it hasn't.  Maybe I just need more coffee . . . 

Friday, April 6, 2018

In Regulation

Sometimes knitting seems to fly off the needles, and yesterday I had a whole hat do just that.

I cast on the hat in the morning and intended to do a lot of knitting, but I had so many interruptions that by the afternoon all I had to show for my effort was the brim.  I didn't pick up my knitting again until the evening when I finally sat down.  The hockey game was on, and I was knitting away.

At the end of the first period, I felt my project was picking up stream.  I kept knitting through two more periods and intermissions.  At the end of regulation play without the benefit of overtime or a shoot out, I had a finished hat.

Jojo's Hat.

This easy to memorize stitch sequence creates interesting texture.

All the spirals come together nicely at the crown.  The yarn is an 
as-yet-unnamed, DK weight blend.  This hat is so squishy and comfy.  I already have plans to cast on another one just for me.

Both the sample and the yarn will be at The Fiber Marketplace tomorrow in York, Maine.  Stop by and check it out.

This week's color inspiration . . . 

A bit of sunshine.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Between Knitting and Numbers

This is what I woke up to this morning.

An array of knitting and paperwork.  Yesterday I was bouncing back and forth between knitting and numbers.  A magic helper didn't visit in the night, and everything was just as I had left it.  At least it was colorful.  

Deadlines loom, so I finished up the paperwork and cleared the table by noon.  I've been stockpiling a few "next project" ideas, and now I'm free to cast on.

This is just the beginning.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Still Winter

After a weekend filled with family, friends and a healthy dose of cooking, we woke up to fresh snow and a taste of winter.

This was my weekend knitting, and I didn't get as much done as I had planned - see above reference to cooking.  Today I'll be working on this project filled with colorful hints of spring.  It might be happening slowly, but the season is shifting.