Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Simple Yet Effective

I'm pulling everything together for this weekend and that included a little blocking.

Simple Yet Effective.  

This cowl is almost effortless and makes a perfect on-the-go project.

The yarn is Lucia DK and Shimmer both in Heliotrope.  Notice the lovely halo.  If you're heading to Fiber Festival of New England this weekend, stop by and see this new sample.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Knitting and Baseball

After an incredible weekend of baseball, the season is over.  And so is my excuse to sit and knit.

I finished one mohair project (not yet blocked) and started another one. This is Violet Waffles.  There's nothing like a hat project for instant gratification, and this one was mindless enough to get me through some tense innings.

If you want to get in on the mohair craze, we'll have a full selection of Shimmer (mohair / silk) at Fiber Festival of New England this coming weekend.  Look for us in Booth 432/33 East.

Heads up to area knitters.  Registration for Knitting Weekend at Slater Mill is open.  You'll find registration for one class here and the two class option here.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Mohair Magic

I had planned to cast on a sweater after Rhinebeck, but I've taken a slight detour.

The allure of Shimmer was too great.  I'm still a little wobbly from Rhinebeck, and there's something comforting about working with this mohair and silk blend.  And look at that halo!  I'm mesmerized.

The fall colors don't seem as brilliant this year, but I still enjoy the change.  This week's color inspiration . . . 

Rhinebeck foliage.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Mad's Hat

I'm still in a Rhinebeck daze, but the fog is lifting.  I took extra time and drove back on Monday, so I lost a day this week.  Now I'm deep in preparation for Fiber Festival of New England.  Back to reality.

Here's a little something I didn't have time to share before Rhinebeck.

Mad's Hat.

This is a quick little project.  It uses fingering weight held double.  I went the extra step and added the optional mohair.  I used Lillian and Shimmer (mohair / silk) both in March Sky.  I plan to list Shimmer on the website after Fiber Festival of New England.

This is such a warm, cozy hat.  My daughter thought it could use a pompom, so I'm off to see what I have in my pompom stash.  Yes, I have a pompom stash.  Don't you?

Friday, October 19, 2018

Sneak Peek - Part 5

I'm checking in one last time before I hit the road.  I finished this sample earlier in the week.

Copenhagen Calling.  

No matter how much I plan ahead, there's always last minute sample knitting.  In fact I finished another sample last night.  Let me just say, these late-night Red Sox games have been a godsend. 

This design features a little ribbing, some slip stitches and a lace panel. Plenty of variety to go around.

The yarn is Lucia DK, colorways Persimmon and March Sky.  I reduced the stitch count a bit so I would only have to use one skein of Persimmon.  I suggest two skeins of the second color even though I only used one.  I had just a couple inches to spare.

If you're headed to Rhinebeck, you can see this sample and many more in Building C, Booth 42.

This week's color inspiration . . . 

If I had to give it a name, I'd call it aubergine.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sneak Peek - Part 4

Yesterday was one of those days . . . full of obstacles and interruptions that threw my Rhinebeck prep off course.  But today is a new day and I'm back at it.

This sweater is headed to Rhinebeck.


This size is a little big on my daughter, but you get the idea.

This design is full of interesting little details to keep you on your toes. Once the top part is done, the rest of the body is a relaxing knit.

The yarn is Lucia DK, colorway Sunflower.  We'll have plenty of colors to choose from this weekend at Rhinebeck.

And now I'm off to make up for lost time.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Sneak Peek - Part 3

The sample parade continues.

Klickitat Street Cowl.

Like most Casapinka designs, this cowl features plenty of stitch variety.  

Add some color changes and you have  a fun, entertaining knit.

The yarn is Lillian in March Sky and Purple Potion. 

If you're going to Rhinebeck, stop by and see the sample in person. Building C, Booth 42.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Sneak Peek - Part 2

This Rhinebeck sample is fresh off the needles.

Down The Road and Back Again.

This shawl has an interesting construction.  Simple stripes paired with slip stitches provide texture.  Increases and decreases create a crescent shape.

To utilize most of your yarn, the pattern includes instructions based on the weight of each ball.  

I followed those directions but could have worked a couple more repeats before starting the decreases.  On the other hand, it was nice to avoid playing a game of yarn chicken.

The yarn is Lillian Sprinkles and Lillian Ribbit.  Picking colors is always part of the fun, and using Sprinkles opens up all sorts of possibilities.

There are so many great murals around town, and I wish I had time to capture more of them.  This one caught my eye recently and is this week's color inspiration.

Soothing colors with a splash of red.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Sneak Peek - Part 1

I'm caught up in a flurry of Rhinebeck preparations over here . . . all day, every day.  That means it's time for me to roll out a few of the new samples that will be debuting next week.  Did I really say next week?!?

2 Color Socks.  With so much variety, these socks are thoroughly entertaining.  Make them identical or swap out the colors like this pair. Either way you don't need two full skeins, so we'll have half skein bundles available in several color combinations.

If socks aren't your thing, how about this.

A Most Addictive Slipped Stitch Hat.  Same bundle as above just a different color combination.  Half skein bundles can be a fun option for many projects.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Staying Positive

Today started with a coffee run because I ran out of beans, so I braced myself for things to go sideways.  And so far they have.  Scheduling conflicts, inventory issues and many piles of these.

Finished except for the labels.

On a positive note, I have knitting progress to report.

This is Copenhagen Calling, my second go at finding a pattern for this yarn.  This cowl is moving along at a good clip, and I'm enjoying the combination of yarn and pattern.  It's a gray, chilly day perfect for knitting.  I'm tempted to pick up my needles, but I'll make more coffee and tackle those labels first.

Happy Thanksgiving to our northern neighbors!  Enjoy time with family and friends.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Two Lessons

My tangled mess from the other day has been reconfigured.  It took me less than a minute to slide the whole thing off my needles.  It took me considerably longer to rip everything out because there were four balls of yarn involved.

This exercise highlights two lessons.  First, if you're not enjoying a project, there's no shame in moving on to something more exciting. The trick is to recognize it and get out early.  Second, it's very helpful to have a queue of project ideas ready and waiting.  Without hesitation I selected a new project and cast on.  I'll probably go back to the original project at some point, but for now this is going to be fun.

This week's color inspiration . . . 

All gray except for the boats.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018


I'm dealing with a bit of a mess this morning.

The balls are tangled, and to add to the fun my rows might be off.

I did sort out a couple schedule items.  Next week is the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl, and I'll be visiting a couple shops.  Maybe I'll see some of you out and about.

Black Sheep Knitting, October 11, 10:00 - 5:00
Stitch House, October 14, 12:30 - 3:30

Now I'm off to make a fresh cup of coffee before I tackle this tangle.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Back on Track

After a fun and frantic weekend in Vermont, I'm taking a few minutes this morning.  I didn't get many pictures and the little knitting I did has to be ripped out, but I had a fantastic time.

Today my computer is out of sorts, and I need to gear up for an intense round of dyeing, but I'm going to savor a little time to regroup.  At the very least I need to get my knitting back on track.