Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Blame It on the Moon

Is there a full moon?  I seem to have landed in a zone of knitting mishaps.  Let's face it, there's never a good time for knitting problems, but it's especially frustrating when I'm on a tight deadline.

I was probably asking for trouble by knitting into the wee hours, but I had convinced myself I could make up for lost time.


When I'm one stitch short, it can throw me into a tailspin.  At that point I called it a day and went to bed.  This morning I found a missing yarn over, recovered it and now am back on track.

After that situation was resolved, I took a few minutes for another project only to discover several stitches and a marker had jumped off the needles.


I rescued the stitches before they got away, but I have to figure out the marker placement.  I can't work on this without the marker, so I'll have to sit down with the pattern and do some counting.

I've had my fill.  That's enough knitting problems for one day.  I'm not going to peek at another project.  

Monday, April 15, 2019

Keeping It Short

It's a holiday here, and many people have the day off.  There's plenty to see and do with a marathon and a daytime baseball game.

I'm not taking the whole day, but I am on an abbreviated work schedule.


Yarn soaking for a round of dyeing.


An inventory recount underway.

And the schedule includes extra knitting time.  Not a bad start to the week.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Fog

I love a good yarn emergency, and I've had a couple recently. Someone needs a new color . . . a little more of this, a little less of that. There's usually some back and forth tweaking, and eventually a new colorway emerges.

Even I have yarn emergencies every once in a while.  Yesterday I realized I needed a color with a little more punch for one of my projects.  First I made some quick calculations, and then the yarn was in the dye pot.  I don't have good pictures yet, but I'm thrilled with the result.  More on that story another day.

Sometimes I have a color lurking in the background and finally get around to releasing it.  This is one of those lurkers.


Fog.  Available at the spring shows.

This week's color inspiration . . . 


Gray on gray.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

All In

I had only one project on the needles (not counting socks), so I added to the mix.


I need variety in my knitting projects.  It keeps the boredom at bay and allows me to pick and choose my project depending on the circumstances.  I don't want to be working on a detailed lace project in a meeting.


I've acquired a pile of mohair, and I keep it near my desk.  It's been taunting me, so I decided to put some of it to good use.  Another Ombre Cowl Hood.  This project is perfect for meetings, appointments or phone calls with long wait times.


Somber update.  I'm deep into the stripe sections, and I have to pay attention so I don't mess up the sequence.  Now that I have three active projects on the needles, I'm prepared for any knitting situation.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Stripes and Progress

First a quick schedule update.  This Saturday I'll be at Plymouth Harbor Knits with yarn, bundles and samples.  The truck show runs from 12:00 to 4:00.  Stop by if you're in the area.

This weekend, after a quick day trip to Maine, I made time for knitting.


I have so many pattern ideas swirling about, but I decided to concentrate on my Somber.  I'm glad I did.  Now that I have stripes, I can see real progress.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Lumos

This shawl is ready to roll.


Lumos will be at Fiber Marketplace tomorrow.

This design features alternating bands of fingering weight and mohair. The construction is simple and makes for a relaxing project.


The yarns are Lillian and Shimmer in Cool Waters.  This shawl is lightweight yet cozy - very useful as we transition from winter to spring.

For the past couple weeks I've been searching for visible signs of spring.  I finally found a small hint of the season.  This week's color inspiration . . . 


A splash of purple peeking through.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

In the Passenger Seat

When I start a new project, I usually read through the pattern.  The pattern is like a map, and it's helpful to know where I'm going and how I'm going to get there.  It's the difference between being the driver and being the passenger.  I'm usually the driver.  I'm also big into road maps, but that's a story for another day.  

Every once in a while I sit in the passenger seat and knit on without any sense of where I'm going.


Somber has been percolating in the background between other projects.  I know there are a lot of twists and turns in this pattern, but I didn't sort it out ahead of time.  Since I'm not driving, I'm going to sit back and enjoy the ride.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Spring Selections

Planning new samples is an ongoing task.  I have a couple in the pipeline right now that are waiting on colors, so this weekend I played around with options.


I narrowed down the group and then I let them sit.  I checked in over the weekend, and I swapped out a couple.  I've gone in a completely different color direction for one of the projects, and I woke up today ready to make final decisions.  Sometimes it helps to let things marinate.

In knitting . . .


My Lumos is growing.  I transferred it to a longer needle, and now it can really breathe.  Progress all around.

Friday, March 29, 2019

A Day off with Garter

I'm starting to make inventory selections for my road trip next weekend.


On Saturday, April 6, I'll be at the The York Harbor Inn for the Fiber Marketplace.  This one-day event features a mix of fun, creative vendors.  Stop by if you're in the area.  Follow the link for details.

Yesterday was topsy turvy, and I ended up with a day off.  Sort of. Instead of work with the dye pots, I had bonus knitting time.


Lumos.  Garter with a simple repeat was just what I needed.  This project is growing, and now I need a longer cable.

This week's color inspiration . . . 


An array of neutrals.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Before the Window Closes

The seasons are slowing shifting, and my window for working with mohair is closing.  I knit all year long, but working with fuzzy yarn is not very appealing when it's hazy, hot and humid.


Simple garter bands alternating between two yarns, Lillian and Shimmer.


While it's still cool, I'm going to keep the mohair moving.

Monday, March 25, 2019

One Isn't Enough

Lately I've been finishing projects at a pretty good clip, so over the weekend I cast on something new.


The process of picking a project and choosing colors made me realize I need more than one new project.  Or, more accurately, maybe I couldn't pick just one.  Sometimes it's a slippery slope, and right now I'm sliding.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Mohair Madness

For the last couple days, my knitting has been all about mohair.  I started a project and wasn't going to pick up anything else until it was finished.


Ombre Cowl Hood.  This project had been on my list for a while, but I was stuck on the colors.  The other day I was looking at my pile of mohair and finally felt inspired to cast on.

The mohair is a treat to work with, and the shifting colors add interest.
I knit this cowl in a meeting, at knit night and through numerous phone calls that put me on hold.  I didn't have to think twice about what I was doing . . . such a relaxing project.  The cowl is warm, cozy and light as a feather.


The yarn is Shimmer in Pumice, March Sky and Juniper.  Since this cowl is a designated sample, I'm already planning another one just for me.

This week's color inspiration . . . 


Storefront reflection.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Ice Time Cowl

I can't seem to shake the cowl bug.  They are fun to plan, quick to knit and are off the needles in no time.


Ice Time Cowl.  If you want a matching set, take a look at Ice Time Hat.

This pattern has an interesting little repeat for two colors.


Even the ribbing is colorful.  The yarn is Lucia DK, March Sky and Deep Sea.

Yes, I already have another cowl on the needles, but I have other projects in the works too.  I just need to pick the colors . . . 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Admin Monday

Yesterday I stayed away from my computer, so today is all about catching up . . . scheduling, emails, orders.  That's the price I pay for taking a day off.  I've updated the schedule with spring shows.  See the right sidebar.  I'm still working on a couple other events.  Stay tuned for details.

I finished one project yesterday, and now I'm anxious to cast on something new.


Maybe something with these stunning leftovers . . . 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Knitting at the Library Cowl

New bundle, new sample.


With spring heading our way, I thought it would be fun to have a fresh mini collection.


Knitting at the Library Cowl.  This pattern has a lot of built-in flexibility. Use as many colors as you'd like, make it as big as you need.  I worked Sections 1 through 4 and then repeated Section 1 before the final ribbing.  The stitch pattern variety creates interesting texture and contrasts.

If you're out and about for the Knit North Yarn Crawl this weekend, on Saturday I'll have this sample and bundles at A Garden for Knitters.

I have my daughter to thank for this week's color inspiration . . . a variation on Where's Waldo.


Where's the pink flamingo?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Next in Line

It's only Wednesday, and it's been a busy week with show prep and general logistics.  And then there's been knitting.

I try to plan ahead with my knitting projects.  Since I'm getting ready to wrap up my current project, I lined up the yarn for the next one.  There was some debate and back and forth about color choices.  This combo wasn't in the running at first, but it'll do nicely.


Now I'm ready to cast on as soon as I bind off . . . maybe even sooner.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Bundled Up

I've been playing around with mini bundles.  Since I have a fresh color combination in production, it seemed like a good idea to highlight a new sample.


Knitting at the Library Cowl.  This project is all about texture, and I'm enjoying the variety.  Finish one section, grab a new color and work the next section.  This is my potato chip knitting.

Friday, March 8, 2019

When Two Equals One

First a quick schedule update.  Next week is the Knit North Yarn Crawl, and on Saturday I'll be at A Garden For Knitters.  I'll have a selection of yarn and various bundles.  Stop by to see the shop exclusive design and kit.  It's going to be fun!

The other day I fell down the hole that is Ravelry and picked out a new project.  After I made my decision, I realized I had to dye yarn for the new project.  Not a problem - it just meant I couldn't cast on right away.

I had some knitting time while I was waiting for the yarn to dry, so I took a look at my projects already under construction.  I don't have very many projects already on the go . . . a couple socks and a cowl.  I picked up the cowl and got busy.


Garter Snake Cowl.  I've been working on this brioche project off and on.  I won't lie.  Brioche knitting is a slower process.  You only work half the stitches on any given round, so you have to work two rounds to work all the stitches.  But there is a certain rhythm to brioche, and it can be very relaxing.

While I was waiting for the yarn to dry, I finished the first section and have moved on to the garter section.  You can see a little bit of garter taking shape under the needle.  Now that I'm seeing forward progress, it might be hard to put this project down.

I'm still enjoying our winter weather . . . and this week's color inspiration.


All gray and white.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Prairie Mittens

For once I have good timing.  We're in the midst of a wintery week, and I have a fresh pair of mittens.


Prairie Mittens.

These mitts have some fun details.


Interesting texture.


Garter palm.


Picot hem.

I made a couple slight modifications.  I started with a provisional cast on.  I prefer this method.  When it was time to fold the hem, I took the waste yarn out to expose the live stitches and used those to complete the hem.

I used a smaller needle than the pattern calls for.  This created a denser fabric, but it also made the mittens a little shorter.  I added ten more rounds of the pattern repeat to make up the difference.

With so much variety, these mittens are a fairly quick knit.  The yarn is Lucia DK held with Shimmer, both in March Sky.  The Shimmer (mohair and silk) adds a nice soft halo and makes a warm, cozy pair of mittens.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Snowcastles

I had a great time yesterday at Farm Fiber Day.


Isn't this fiber sculpture incredible?  Thanks to everyone who came out.

A winter storm moved in last night and left us with over a foot of fresh snow.  My day is upside down due to cancelled plans and shoveling.  I love the winter white so no complaints from me.

In keeping with the snow theme, here's Snowcastles on a fresh pile.


Slip stitches, texture, an interesting border . . . this design has plenty variety.


Contrasting colors highlight one section.


The yarn is Lucia DK in March Sky and Pumice.  With that I'm off to have some fun in the snow.  Happy snow day!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Morning Bath

Yesterday I was working away on my Snowcastles.  Pick it up, put it down, pick it up.  There was other work going on in the background, so I couldn't give it my undivided attention.  

Last night while I was knitting, I realized I was closer to the end than I had thought.  All that off and on knitting added up to real forward progress.  That's the nudge I needed to focus on the finish line.  By the time I went to bed, this shawl was off the needles.


This morning I gave Snowcastles a nice bath, and as I write this it's blocking beautifully.  If you're headed to Farm Fiber Day on Sunday, stop by.  I'll have this shawl on display.

Our stormy weather pattern provided this week's color inspiration.


Icy gray.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Gray on Gray

It's only Wednesday, but if you're looking ahead to the weekend, Farm Fiber Day is this Sunday.  The hours are 10:00-3:00.


There will be a creative group of vendors on hand at Russell's Garden Center.  Follow the link for a complete list.

I'm juggling between a couple projects right now, but this one is getting a lot of attention.


Gray on gray color play with Snowcastles

Monday, February 25, 2019

While the Iron Is Hot

After a weekend with just the right mix of work and downtime, I'm feeling refreshed and inspired.  Conversations about patterns and colors have given me a terrible case of startitis.


I need to strike while the iron is hot, and this is just the first project.  I would have cast on last night, but the needles were hiding.  It was getting late anyway, so it's probably for the best.  A new day, a new project.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Hooked

With one project off the needles and blocking, I've been able to concentrate on my Prairie Mittens.


One done except for the thumb.  I'm completely hooked on this pattern and would like nothing more than to sit and knit all day.  I made it this far last night.  This morning I was ready to cast on the second mitt, but on second thought, I think I'll finish the thumb first.  It won't take long.

I love the gray of winter, but the other day I thought I would brighten things up.  This week's color inspiration . . . 


A bit of sunshine.