Friday, February 28, 2020

Colorful Kits

Here's a quick update on Undertone.

I posted a while back when I finished this sample.

Since then I've been busy.

Now there are kits in a variety of colors.  They'll debut on Sunday at Farm Fiber Day.  Coming soon to the website.

Looks can be deceiving.  Yesterday I went for a walk, but I didn't last long.  The gale force winds were too much for me, but I did manage to capture this week's color inspiration.

Dramatic blue and white.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Mohair Monster

First of all, how about a little knitting update.

I've been working on this mohair monster behind the scenes.  This is Dotted Rays, and it has become quite unwieldy.  I started with a shorter needle and swapped it out for this one.  It won't be long, and I'll have to graduate to an even longer cable.

Yes, that means the stitch count is increasing, but due to the magic of short rows, the number doesn't feel overwhelming.  See all those little holes (they remind me of Swiss cheese)?  The short rows make the holes.  The pattern is surprisingly entertaining, and I may have stayed up way too late on more than one occasion.

I'm using the Lillian Singles base held with a strand of Shimmer.  Two skeins of each should do the trick.

A quick reminder that Sunday is Farm Fiber Day at Russell's Garden Center.  We'll be there with an awesome group of vendors.  Look for us in the same area at the top of the ramp.  We'll have a full selection of yarn and bundles including a couple new things.  Stop by to see the latest.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Amidst the Chaos

When things get crazy, it helps to have a simple knitting project.  It can take the edge off and have a soothing, calming effect.

At the end of a chaotic week, I needed a project that wasn't going to require too much effort.  Since I didn't already have such a project on the needles, I cast on this little number over the weekend.

Yes, it's a hat.  I'm still hooked on them.  And yes, that's mohair because I haven't had my fill of the lovely fluff.  I started with a provisional cast on followed by a simple beaded rib.  Perfect for the moment.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Skift Hat

In case you were wondering . . .

I finished my Skift Hat with yarn to spare.  Ten grams to be exact.

This pattern comes in two sizes, and I made the large.  The yarn is Lucia DK in Cool Waters.  The color is hard to capture, but this shot is pretty accurate.  Classic ribbing makes for an easy fit.  The cable pattern adds a nice detail.  These days a hat is my go-to project.  Time to cast on another one.

Monday, February 17, 2020

The Race Is On

It's the season for hats, and these days I always have at least one on the needles.

This is Skift Hat.  I cast on the other day and have been knitting here and there in between other projects.  It all adds up, and now I'm close to the crown.  

The interesting challenge with this project is the yardage.  According to the pattern, I'll need a second skein.  That seemed reasonable when I started because the hat has a folded brim.  Now that I'm closing in on the tiptop, it seems I might need only one skein.

Right now I think I have enough with this skein, but I know from experience that the yarn goes quickly at the end of a ball.  I can't wait to find out.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Things to Come

I've been testing a new set of mini skeins.

The test is finished.

Stripes amuse me to no end, so I blew through this project.  Changing colors added to the fun.

The pattern is Undertone.  The yarn is Lucia DK Fog paired with a Syrah Gradient Bundle.  Kits in a variety of colors are in the works.

This week's color inspiration is another one from the greenhouse.

An orange splash to brighten the day.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Absolutely Necessary

You know those projects you can't put down?  I'm working on one. Today I had planned to go grocery shopping but instead convinced myself it can wait until tomorrow.  Besides it's a good excuse to really use every last edible item in the fridge.  

Dirty clothes, dirty dishes . . . they'll still be dirty tomorrow so they can wait.  And so it's been with all the work on my to-do list.  Something had to meet my definition of absolutely necessary for me to interrupt my knitting today.  So far taking the dog out has been the only thing to meet my criteria.

I've been playing with a set of DK weight mini skeins.  Since this picture was taken, I've blown through another skein in the mini collection and have moved on to the next one in the sequence.   

In case you're curious, the pattern is Undertone.  The dog will need to go out again, but until then I'll keep knitting.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Garter and Stripes

There's a certain satisfaction that comes with meeting a deadline, and I finished this one with time to spare.

Gulf of Maine - Light.

This was a special request gift, and I knew it would be a hit.  Garter stitch and stripes are a couple of my favorites, so this was a hit for me too. The yarn is Lucia DK in March Sky, Pumice and From the Bog.

With that I'm off to pull together some patterns and yarn.  I've earned it. Two finished items in a matter of days means I can cast on at least a couple new projects . . . maybe more.

Friday, February 7, 2020

August Hat

Happy Friday!  If you're looking for a quick colorwork project, take a look at August Hat.

The colorwork motifs are easy to follow and are set off by Latvian braids.  This hat is warm and cozy, and it fits like a dream.  The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn.  I used Norma in Paprika and Fog.

The weekend is here, and I have a little experiment brewing.

More to come . . . 

This week's color inspiration is a lineup.

Bright shovels.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020


This is the current state of my active knitting projects.

I'm bouncing back and forth between these two, making progress along the way.  The colorwork hat is almost finished - just a handful of rounds left.  Last night I was tempted to work past my normal late night cutoff, but instead I did the adult thing and went to bed.  Only because I had to get an early start this morning.

The next temptation is ready and waiting.

This is the sock club installment that went out last week, and I would love to cast on.  Maybe after that hat is off the needles.  If you have the itch to work on socks, come join us.  There's another shipment going out later this month.  You'll find all the details here.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Finding Focus

I'm on a knitting deadline due at the end of the week.  Originally the deadline was so far in the future that I worked on the project casually. Fast forward and now the deadline is right around the corner.

This past weekend was designated for deadline knitting.  I worked on 
it . . . along with another project, a little bit of dyeing and an extended Ravelry search.  There's still plenty of time.  I always find focus with an impending deadline.