Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Girl from the Grocery Store

The threat of yarn chicken is over.

The Girl from the Grocery Store is off the needles.

The yarn is Lillian in Wineberry and March Sky.

If you'll remember, my ball of Wineberry was getting smaller and smaller, and I still had quite a few rows to go.

I don't know what I was worried about because I had plenty to spare.

This design features garter stitch, lace and stripes.  The size and shape make it easy to wear.  This shawl will be traveling to Rhode Island for Knitting Weekend.  If you're going to Slater Mill, stop by and take a look.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Sock Shortage

This morning I was rummaging through my socks and came to the realization that I don't have as many handknit socks as I thought I had. During the fall I had to retire several pairs due to wear and tear, and now I have a noticeable sock shortage.

I need to make sure socks are in my regular knitting rotation, so I took a little time to browse while I was working a few rounds.  In case you're wondering, I have Harlow on the needles.  I'd like something other than a plain vanilla sock.  What's your favorite sock pattern?

Friday, January 11, 2019

Wait and See

The race is on.  The other day I came up with a plan to avoid a game of yarn chicken.  Today I'm working on a project where yarn chicken seems inevitable.

I have 22 rows to get out of this rapidly disappearing ball, and the rows are getting longer and longer.  With this pattern there's no easy strategy to deal with a yarn shortage, so I've adopted a wait and see attitude.  If I'm short, I'll figure it out on the other end.

This week's color inspiration . . . 

Winter lights.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Reckless Abandon

It's the new year, and I've given myself permission to cast on new projects with reckless abandon.  In the long run, that's probably not one of my better ideas, but for now I'm enjoying the open-ended freedom.

This little project has been nagging me for a while, so I finally got it on the needles.  Now I'm wondering why I waited so long because I'm mesmerized by this color play.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Yarn Strategy

I have a quick pair of mitts on the go, but there's a slight problem. According to my calculations, I don't have quite enough yarn.  I could plow right ahead and brace myself for a game of yarn chicken at the end, but instead I decided to do a little planning and avoid the game I almost always lose.

I looked at my odds and ends and found a delightful contrasting color. 
I added a couple stripes to tie everything together.  Right now I'm feeing confident about my strategy, but I won't claim success until I cross the finish line with two complete mitts.

Friday, January 4, 2019


I have a fresh hat off the needles.  I was debating whether or not to add a pompom when my fashion-conscious daughter chimed in that of course I had to use one.  I felt compelled to take her advice.

I started with this one . . . not too bad.  Since I have a few pompoms on hand, I did a quick swap.

I love these brown tones.  This one gets my vote.  The pattern is Kobuk.  The yarn is Lucia DK Biscuit held with Shimmer Pearl.

This design features twisted stitches and little bobbles for texture.

The mohair in the Shimmer gives an overall halo.  All the variety makes for a fun project.

A quick reminder that Knitting Weekend is right around the corner.  As of today there are still a few class openings.  Follow the link for more information.

This week's color inspiration . . .

Confetti remnants.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A Short Week

Since we have an abbreviated work week, my expectations for productivity aren't very high.  That made it easy to start my day with a new project.

This is the Yarn Knot installment that shipped last month, and I have it earmarked for a hat.  I use the German twisted cast on for hats because it creates a nice elastic edge.  Check it out if you need to add a new cast on to your tool box.