Wednesday, April 14, 2021

While the Pots Are On . . .

It's been a busy couple weeks of dyeing, and I have a schedule to keep.  Today I have just enough time for a short project update.

This is The Birdwatcher.  I'm about to join the shoulder seams on this cute little summer top.  There aren't any sleeves - just a simple armhole finish.  I'm thrilled with the way this project is coming together.  It'll be ready in no time for a quick bath and blocking.

Monday, April 12, 2021


I'm checking in with a quick calendar update.  Saturday is LYS Day.  Shops have adapted to the pandemic and created a variety of ways to shop including curbside pick up, in-store shopping and online orders.  I encourage everyone to support their local shop.

On Saturday I'll be at Salt Yarn Studio in the afternoon, 1:00 - 4:00.  Stop by if you're on the Cape.

I'll have a selection of yarn, knitting kits and new samples.  If the weather cooperates, you'll find me outside on the lawn.

Friday, April 9, 2021


This morning I decided to mix things up a little.  Usually I dive right into dyeing and shipping orders, but today I started with some knitting time.  Let's face it.  Knitting is a relaxing way to ease into the day.  Plus I wanted to get a new project up and running.

First things first.  Swatching.

I love a good swatch and almost always knit one for a new project.  It takes a little extra effort, but in the long run, swatching saves me time and frustration.  I have to make this swatch a little bigger, but at least I got it started.  Now I'll be able to knit a few rows here and there in between everything else.  I'll be casting on in no time.

These Craspedia flowers recently caught my attention.  The flowers are commonly called woollyheads.  How cute is that!  They are this week's color inspiration.

  Bright yellow orbs.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Matching the Season

Like many knitters, the colors I work with often match the season.  OK, the grays I knit with all year long don't necessarily match the season, but they go with everything.

I've noticed a color shift with recent orders, and today my work table offers a glimpse of spring options.

Colors of the season.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Focus and Purpose

I'm always brainstorming new ideas . . . samples, colors, kits, bundles.  It's a good thing I did it a lot before the pandemic because now it's an essential survival tool.

One day last week I made a suggestion, and it was well received.  Now I need a new sample, and it comes with a tight deadline.  I love a good deadline - it gives me focus and purpose.  It's even more thrilling when the clock is ticking and I have a small window to pull it all together.  

I'm off and running.  This project will be my companion for the next week or so.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Twists and Turns

I like knitting socks because they can be my mindless, relaxing project.  My current pair has a few too many twists and turns to be effortless, but once I get past the heel, I'll be able to knit on autopilot.

Hattu Socks.  Right now I'm increasing to make the horizontal ribs, and they will form the instep.  I haven't figured out how everything comes together, and I'm not expending too much brain power sorting it out.  Instead I'm putting complete trust in the designer.

We know the drill for pandemic holidays, and it's another round of small-scale celebrations this weekend.  Cheers if you're celebrating.

This week's color inspiration . . . 

Bright blue through bare trees.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Volcano Trail

I gave a glimpse the other day, and here's the finished cowl.

Volcano Trail.

This has been my project for Zoom calls.  The pattern calls for four colors of fingering weight yarn held double.  The design features an interesting construction that gets wider across the shoulders.  The cowl is mainly garter stitch . . . a very relaxing knit.

The pattern calls for duplicate stitch down the center.  I like the marled look and was feeling ambivalent about the duplicate stitch.  I can always add it later if I feel like it.

The yarn is a Lillian Bundle in the colorway Pond Scum + Pinks.  There are a variety of color options listed on the website plus more project ideas for the Bundles.