Friday, August 23, 2019

Close to Home

After wrestling with technical difficulties this morning, all I have to show for my time and effort is an updated list of events.  See the right sidebar.

Quick highlights.  I'm staying close to home for the next couple weeks. This weekend I'll be at JP Knit & Stitch.  I'll be in the shop all day Saturday and 12:00 - 6:00 on Sunday.

Then next week I have a trunk show running at Bead + Fiber,
August 29 - September 3.  I'll be in the shop on Saturday, August 31.

I hope to see some of you out and about around town.  Knitting pictures will have to wait until next week.  I'm off to pack yarn and finish a sample.

This week's color inspiration . . .


At the edge of the fog.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A Good Excuse

I'm turning lemons into lemonade.  My finger is still out of commission, so now it takes me twice as long to do most household tasks. Fortunately I can knit without any problem.  In the interest of using my time efficiently, I've been spending more time with my needles and less time on mundane domestic chores.  Does anyone really want to spend more time cleaning the bathroom?

I fell into a rhythm with this little project, and now I can't stop.


Mini Solutions Two Scarf.  I'm working with a bundle of minis, but you could use bits and bobs.  This is also a good on-the-go 
project . . . perfect for late summer travels.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Knitting and Spoons

I'm still adjusting to life without the use of my index finger.  I didn't realize it would be so challenging to brush my teeth or tie my shoelaces with one less digit.  And typing?  I might as well be using the hunt and peck method.

On the flip side, I'm delighted that knitting hasn't been a problem.  The throbbing pain can be a nuisance, but mechanically it's easier to knit than to use a spoon.


I finished one project and immediately cast on another one.  Thank goodness for small accomplishments.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Minus One Finger

I'm back at it after spending a lovely day down the Cape yesterday.


If you're near Dennis, be sure to stop in at Salt Yarn Studio.  They have a nice selection of yarn and a friendly, helpful staff all in a gorgeous space.

For today I'm re-learning some of my basic daily activities.


I had a little mishap yesterday and spent the night with a throbbing finger.  It's pretty ugly under that bandage, but the constant throbbing has subsided.  For the moment my finger is useless.

I'm normally a speedy typist, but it's mighty hard to navigate the keyboard without an index finger.  I'm working on an adjustment.

The real challenge will be knitting.  I haven't even attempted that yet. Oh, and did I mention I do most things left handed?  I'm off to tackle more adjustments.

To brighten things up, here's this week's color inspiration.


Hot pink.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

No Need to Panic

There's just enough time for a quick check-in today.  I'm a little more rushed than usual.  Yesterday I dropped my truck at the shop for a simple sensor issue, and today the mechanic called and said there's also a bearing problem.  

That definitely sounds a little more serious, but my first response was, "Can it wait until I get back from the Cape?  I'm leaving tomorrow."  The answer I got was a resounding no.  Apparently I shouldn't be driving the truck around town let alone out on the highway.

He assured me the truck will be ready by the end of the day, so I'm not panicking.  It just means I have to shift the rest of my day to get everything done.

Speaking of the Cape . . . 


I'm not going to the beach.  Tomorrow afternoon I'll be at Salt Yarn Studio with a trunk show.  The hours are 2:00 - 6:00 or a little later.  If you happen to be in the area, stop by and say hi.

Monday, August 12, 2019

A Lost Week

I had a busy Saturday at Yarns in the Farms.  Huge thanks to everyone who stopped by.  

When I woke up yesterday, I decided to take the day off - or at least most of it.  After dealing with a couple emergency emails, I settled in on the couch with this.



Perfect Blend MKAL.  The first couple weeks I'd kept up with this project, but after that I fell behind.  Yesterday was a chance to catch 
up - or at least make a dent in the clues.  I made my way to Clue 4 and was happily knitting away, all the while thinking I wasn't that far behind because Clue 5 was going to be released today.

Later in the day I checked my email and saw the announcement that today's clue had been released early.  When I opened the email, I discovered that Clue 6 had been released.  Somehow I lost a week and was further behind than I thought.  Funny how that happens.

It doesn't matter.  I have the clues, and I'm enjoying the project.  And now I'm anxious to see how it all turns out.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Packing Up

Today I'm organizing and packing for tomorrow's trunk show.


I don't have any knitting to show, but here's a basket of yarn headed out the door.  There seems to be a purple theme going on with this collection.  If you're out and about on the North Shore tomorrow, stop by Yarns in the Farms.  Trunk show hours are 12:00 - 4:00.  I'll have yarn in an array of colors plus bundles and samples.

There's nothing like a bouquet of flowers to bring cheer.  This week's color inspiration . . . 


A little bit of everything.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Empty Needles

I'm juggling several knitting projects right now.  Pick one up, put it down, pick up a different one.  Around and around it goes.  It's like a merry-go-round.  It's nice to have the variety, but I really want some empty needles, and it's not going to happen if I keep flitting around my circle of projects.

To remedy the situation, I've worked on one project consistently for the last couple days.  And it's paid off.


I've turned the corner on my Zorzal.  One wedge is finished, and now I'm heading back with another wedge.  The real goal is to cast on something new, but first . . . empty needles.

Monday, August 5, 2019

So Close

Over the weekend I took a day trip to Maine and Attic Heirlooms.


We met so many passionate knitters.  Thanks to everyone who stopped in.


At the end of the day, there was just enough time to spend a few moments by the water.  What a gorgeous spot.

Project update.


I did the extra repeat on my Cheri Chevron Shawl and weighed in.  The numbers don't lie.  I'm so close, but I don't have quite enough yarn for the extra repeat.


For a brief moment I contemplated going ahead anyway and fudging things on the other end.  This is a sample, and I don't like to make too many changes, so I ripped it out.  Now I won't have to play a game of yarn chicken on the other end.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Knitting Magic

I'm on the road tomorrow, and I should be wrapping up a few last minute details.


Instead I'm tempted to knit just a couple more rows.


Zorzal.  I'm working short rows - the equivalent of knitting magic.  The rows are getting longer, but they're still pretty quick.  And I don't want to stop because I want to see the rest of this section unfold.

I made a deal.  After I finish assembling these kits, I can knit a couple rows.  If you happen to be in Maine, I'll be at Attic Heirlooms all day tomorrow.  Stop by and say hi.

Summer is not my favorite season, but every year I try to make the best of it.  This summer has been extra hot, so it's been challenging. This week's color inspiration . . . 


Not a cloud in the sky.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Of Math and Yarn Chicken

I'm at the halfway point of a project and would like to add another repeat.  Time to do some math.


I'm going for it.  My other scale says I have 60 grams left, but even with 58 I feel confident I'm not signing up for a game of yarn chicken.  I'll see how I feel on the other end.  This is where I start knitting faster to see how it all turns out.

Monday, July 29, 2019

On the Couch

Being stuck on the couch has its advantages.  I was out of commission for a couple days last week (summer colds are the worst), but that didn't keep me from plotting and planning.


Next project is lined up and ready to go.  My week is off to a good start.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Yarn Knot and More

I spent part of last weekend tethered to my desk.  It was too hot to dye, so I tackled paperwork and admin tasks instead.  This work is never as much fun as dyeing or knitting, but it has to be done.  Here's the latest.

Signups are open for Yarn Knot.


Our quarterly yarn club is a fun way to sample exclusive colorways and different bases.  There are a couple payment options.  Space is limited. You'll find more information on the Yarn Knot page.

The calendar has been updated, and August is going to be a busy month.

First up is a trunk show at Attic Heirlooms on August 3.  I'll be there all day.  If you're in the area but can't make it to the trunk show, I'll be leaving a pop-up shop at Attic Heirlooms for a couple weeks.  Stop by to see yarn, bundles and samples.

Then on August 10, I'll be at Yarns in the Farms.  In the morning I'll be teaching a Cold Brew Cowl Workshop.  In the afternoon I'll have a trunk show with yarn and samples.  Check the shop website for details.

I have a couple more events lined up for August.  See the right sidebar for updates.  I hope to see some of you on the road.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Off and On

Usually I don't delay with blocking.  After I bind off a project, it goes straight into the water.  This weekend I made an exception.


I finished one project, but it was unbearably hot and steamy - too hot for anything to dry.  Instead of blocking, I cast on something new.  I'll catch up with the blocking when the weather breaks.  In the meantime, I'll knit a few rows and try to keep cool.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Beat the Heat

We're under a heat emergency through the weekend, and I've turned off the dye pots.  It's time to hunker down and keep cool.


There's always plenty to do, and I'll work on some other projects until the heat passes.

This week's color inspiration . . . 


Purple speckles.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Interruption

Sometimes I need a change of pace.  I interrupted my frenzy of fingering weight projects and cast on a project with DK weight.


Bigger yarn, bigger needles . . . this project is flying.  In almost no time, I'm past the halfway point.

I'm planning as I go and might swap out one of the colors - I'll decide in a few rows.  Even if I have to rip out a section, I won't lose hours and hours of knitting.  This project has turned into a productive interruption.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Summer Moments

Summer is a time to slow down and take it easy.  Since I'm not very good at that, my family planned a getaway.  Nothing too 
extreme . . . just a few days.  


When the meals are easy and the internet is spotty, there's plenty of time for knitting, family fun and enjoying each other's company.  We even had time for board games.

Life can be busy and hectic, but it's good for the soul to step back and savor the moments.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Knitter's Dilemma

It's a gray, rainy morning . . . perfect for knitting and drinking coffee.  I'll warn you.  It's not perfect day for taking pictures. 


I'm trying to make sense of a swatch I knit last night, and I thought the light of day would help me make a decision. 

Here's a knitter's dilemma.  I tried two different needle sizes on this swatch, and I can't decide which one to use.  One of these will have to do, but what I'd really like is a needle size in-between the two.

I found this week's color inspiration on a recent museum visit.


High contrast and striking details.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The View from Here

Sample planning in progress.  


Usually I do this at my desk, but sometimes a change of scenery helps. It's nice to spread out too.  

After sleeping on it for a day or two, most of the decisions have been made.  These colors say fall is coming.

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Mystery of It All

I know I use my US 6 needles a lot, and now I have numbers to prove it.  The first clue for the Perfect Blend MKAL dropped this morning, so yesterday I was busy collecting all my supplies.

After I wound the yarn, I went to look for needles.  The pattern calls for size US 6.  Right now I have four active projects on the needles, and three of them are using US 6.  We won't discuss the number of inactive projects that may or may not be using the same size.

I have interchangeable needles and I even have two sets of size 6 tips, but this new project has pushed me to the limit.  Sharing needles across projects usually works, but at some point it becomes a nuisance.  I might be at that point.  It might be time to buy another set of size 6 needle tips.


For today I swiped a set of needles from one of my other projects, and now I have all the necessary ingredients.  I love a good mystery.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Mohair in July

Holiday success.  We had a relaxing day with minimal stress and drama.  I could easily take another day and coast into the weekend, but I need to tackle a couple work things first.

After that I can turn my attention to this.


It's mohair in July when the heat and humidity are enough to put me over the edge, but I can't set this project aside.  I even had to rip back a few mohair rows the other day, but that wasn't enough to dissuade me.  Call me crazy, but I've found my rhythm with this project and I'm going to plow ahead.

This week's color inspiration . . . 


Summertime blues.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Scrambled

I'm in a bit of a scramble.  The holiday tomorrow has interrupted my work flow.  Then this morning I realized I probably should plan a menu, but that involves figuring out how many of my clan are going to be here.  Let's just say there was a lot of texting to sort everything out.

  
For me this holiday is a forced day off, and I intend to make the most of it.  This skein has been sitting on my desk all week, and I should probably do something with it.

I just heard my daughter say potato salad.  Oops.  I forgot about that. Looks like I'm off to get groceries.  If you have plans to celebrate, enjoy the holiday.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Last Call

After going back and forth more than a few times, I've finally settled on my color lineup for the Perfect Blend MKAL.


If you want to get in on the fun and need help with colors, we still have Bundles available.  If you order today (Monday), you'll get it in time for the first clue on July 8.  The holiday this week cuts into our shipping time.  We'll be taking orders after today, but depending on where you live, you might not get it by the 8th.  

Feel free to jump in after the start of the MKAL.  We'll have Bundles available for a little while. 

Now I'm off to do some winding.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Fly Away

I've been chasing my tail all week, but in spite of myself I came out on the other end with a finished object.


Fly Away.

I have a soft spot for stripes.  Add to that a bit of lace and a clever border construction . . . I'm easily entertained with so much variety.


The yarn is Lillian in Iris and Fog.  This is another good project to experiment with color combinations.

The season is short for local strawberries and rhubarb, so I'm trying to make the most of it.  This week's color inspiration . . . 


Pie in the making.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Part of a Day

Earlier this week I took a day off.  I had visions of a complete day with uninterrupted knitting time, but in the end I had part of a day.  I'll take what I can get.


I got a good start on my Siki Shawl.  Now that the pattern is established and I have it memorized, this will probably be my mindless project.  It's not completely mindless, but I don't have to think too much.  Always a good thing for a project that's out and about.


I also took these.


And started this.  Mohair can be a little fussy, so this isn't as portable, but I'm mesmerized.

Progress on two projects . . . pretty productive for just part of a day.  

Friday, June 21, 2019

Still Falling

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at Salt Yarn Studio.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by.  It was fun chatting about yarn and pattern ideas.

I came home inspired, and today I fell down a rabbit hole.  Actually I'm pretty sure I'm still falling.


It involves Ravelry and mohair and a couple colors.  When I finally land, it will probably be something completely different from what I'm looking at now.  That's part of the process.

This week's color inspiration . . . 


Sweet pink.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Changing Direction

I'm at the border with my Fly Away.


Back and forth, back and forth.  I'm knitting and attaching as I go.  It's a lot of rows but they're short, so the process is moving along at a good clip.  It won't be long until this shawl is off the needles.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Before the First Cup . . .

I can tell when I'm ready to wrap up a project because I start plotting and planning my next one.  I must be near the finish line because this morning I was deep in the decision process before I'd had even one cup of coffee.  

The pattern was an easy pick thanks to customer recommendations, but I got stuck on the color.  Following my usual strategy, I pulled several color options and debated the merits.


At the end of the morning this one was left in my apron pocket.  
It's a go.  

Friday, June 14, 2019

Repeat

I knit a lot of samples.  With so many new and exciting patterns being released every day, there's a lot of competition, but every once in a while I stumble across a pattern that I want to knit again for myself.


Ombre Cowl Hood.

I made my first one earlier this year.  As soon as I tried it on, I knew I wanted one all my own.


The mohair fabric is light as a feather yet warm and cozy.  So luxurious.


The yarn is Shimmer in Vermont, March Sky and Pumice.  I'll pack this away for now, but it'll be ready when the seasons change again.

This week's color inspiration . . . 


Shades of coffee.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Juggling

Finished knitting projects are elusive right now, and it's all my fault.  I've been juggling.  Pick one up, put one down, move on to a third.  Oh wait, I think I'll work on this one instead.  It's no wonder nothing is coming off the needles.

Until I settle down and focus on just one project, I'm acknowledging any little steps forward.


I've had socks humming along in the background.  This is the second sock, and I just turned the heel.  This is always a good sign for me. Once I pick up the stitches, it'll be smooth sailing down the foot.
I'm making progress, and the end is in sight.  Maybe this will be my next finished project.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Monday Update

It's a new week, and time to catch up on a couple administrative items.

Coming soon . . . Perfect Blend MKAL.  It's hosted by Casapinka and includes 12 colors with 6 clues over 6 weeks.  The whole thing gets rolling on July 8.


For those who are interested and struggling with colors, I've put together some bundles.  Pre-orders are open now, and bundles will ship in time for the start of the MKAL.

I'm heading to the Cape next week.  On Thursday, June 20, I'll be at Salt Yarn Studio with a trunk show.  I'll have bundles, yarn and new samples.  Stop by to see the latest.  Trunk show hours are 2:00 - 7:00.