Friday, November 1, 2013

Fall Back to Knitting

As much as I would like to post more regularly, it does get crazy around here.
I've tried to pinpoint what distracts me from writing posts for the blog. I don't think it's the writing, really I don't. There's my own personal problem of failure to finish things. And by finishing things, I don't mean not knitting them. I have at least 10 projects that are knitted, but need some finishing touches, like blocking and weaving in ends. Those are the things I dislike about knitting, which is odd. I guess it means I'm not destined to be a seamstress, huh?
I actually think it's the photography aspect that keeps me from posting on a regular basis.
I am not a photographer, and that is a problem, my friends. My husband is a great photographer, yet he is not so much interested in photographing knitting. So, until I can convince him that knitting is a worthwhile subject, you will have to endure my iPhone photographs.
I must admit that it's a big challenging at times to get good light and angles, even with a point and snap phone!


Esjan Shawl - Design by Stephen West. Knit in The Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted.

A Low Brow hat, also in The Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted. Yes, Plucky is my favorite yarn!


Some socks knit from deep stash in Autumn House yarn, and promptly delivered to my Nana, who lives in them. I love it when people appreciate hand-made!
And finally a fun knit.....Knit picks Felici self-striping yarn. I know, I know. It's a strange choice for a yarn snob like me, but they were fun, and the price was right. Who can argue with $7 knitted socks? Not me.


Happy Fall! It's knitting season again. Hallelujah!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Summer Knitting

I am a knitter who knits all year long, though I must admit that it is more difficult for me to find the "appropriate" time to knit during the summer.  The warmer weather makes it a little harder for me to knit as much as I'd like.

I like to do smaller projects during the summertime to combat the warmer weather, and my affinity for knitting with wool.  Socks are the perfect project for summer for me, but I had lost my desire to knit socks, possibly because I just couldn't reconcile how beautiful the multicolored yarns looked in skeins with how they knit up into socks.  I'm not a big fan of flashing or yarn pooling, which seemed to happen a lot for me with variegated yarns I had previously purchased and knit.

But I found some great needles - some 9" circular needles to just simply knit in the round for the leg and foot of the sock (the biggest portions).  This makes knitting vanilla socks even more simple than my preferred method for knitting socks - magic loop....
I do however, still knit the heel and toe on magic loop needles.

To recover my sock mojo, I started by knitting my Nana a pair of socks for winter.  She loved them!  I knit her plain vanilla socks, and since then am on my third pair this year.  This is about a pair every other month, which is pretty good for me with our busy schedule, and way better than not knitting socks at all.

Here's the current pair on my needles:
Vanilla Socks:
Yarn - Into the Whirled (75% merino wool/25% nylon) - LOVE this base.
Color way - Abercrombie
Needles - US #1 (2.25 mm) for the leg and foot, US #0 for the heel and toe.
There is a little pooling happening here, but not so much that I can't tolerate it.  As of tonight, I am almost done with the toe.  And I'm the kind of knitter who immediately casts on for the second sock, which is an unusual trait in sock knitters.

Here's hoping you enjoy the week ahead, and that the weather allows for some knitting time in the outdoors!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Knitting Update

There's knitting happening here.

That's Spighe di Grano.   It's a small shawl that had been waiting awhile to be blocked.  I decided to try and do just that last week, and I succeeded.  It's a simple knit in gorgeous colors -  Skein yarns BFL sock, in her famous "Static" colorway.
My Ravelry project page has details to help your sort through my personal modifications to the pattern. Follow the link above.....

I've also acquired a new little project bag.  How could I pass up this bag with knitting sheep on the fabric?  Too funny and whimsical.  It came from a new, small, local yarn store in our area.
The bag is made by a local Pennsylvania artist, so bonus all around in supporting local companies.
And I'm on the verge of finishing another small shawl - details in upcoming posts!  It's knit with a beautiful merino/nylon/cashmere blend from Three Irish Girls yarn.  YUM!
Here's hoping everyone is enjoying summer.  We look forward to warm weather this week in PA.  That means the last softball game, swimming, and knitting at night.  I might even get in some knitting and spinning on my front porch.  Bring it on, I say!  Happy knitting to you and yours!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Around here.....

A year full of pictures. Around here.....


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Training

Tomorrow the Summer Olympics begin in London! I've always been an Olympic "junkie" - staying up late to watch the competitions, walking around with red eyes for two weeks, sleep deprived, but totally hooked on the stories that accompany the games.

Simultaneously during the Olympics, members of the Ravelry community partcipate in their own competitions during this two week period - they sign up for knitting, crocheting, spinning, and weaving events that are named after Olympic competitions, but pertain to fiber. Ravelers form teams that resemble Olympic teams for competition in each event. Medals are awarded at the end of the time frame too.
Honestly, it's not meant to make fun or in any way mock the true Olympics, but rather helps to celebrate this time period of unity among the nations.


This year, I've done it. I've gone a little overboard with my project. I've gone and ordered my first spinning wheel (sure to be a distraction), and I've committed to knitting a small blanket for the competition on Ravelry. The blanket will be knit in yarn by The Plucky Knitter. It's her awesome Primo worsted weight yarn - a luscious blend of Superwash Merino Wool and Cashmere - stunning and soft as butter running through my hands. I wound it into center pull balls tonight on the ball winder.
Not one skein gave me fits - they wound up nicely onto the winder. FUN!

You can see the lovely colors and skeins of yarn for my blanket below.

Wish me luck! It will take all my effort to knit this in two weeks! I'm knitting blocks of solid colors (but in different knitting patterns to keep things interesting).
I'm so excited to start - unfortunately, I won't be home exactly at 4:00 for opening ceremonies tomorrow (which is when you are allowed to officially start your project), but I'll be home as soon as I can, and my needles will be clicking!

PS - GO TEAM PLUCKY!
PS - GO TEAM USA!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Waiting......

It's on its way! Can you guess what it might be?
Here's a hint.......





Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Searching....

I find myself searching a lot these days.

Searching for inspiration, meaning, joy, laughter, purpose.
The weather is beautfiul, but my mind certainly is not keeping up with it.
I went on a walk tonight, and honestly it does help me feel better, clears my head, and is generally a good thing.
Sometimes, my husband and I walk together, just the two of us, and I look forward to that time.

I know I'm in a different phase of my life now. I suppose some would call it a mid-life crisis. Others would call it a crisis of faith (I'm really struggling in that department, so I might have to agree with them). Really, I'm thinking it's more of a, "Let's take stock and reassess," period of time.
No matter what you label it, I'm hopeful that it is just what it seems to be, a crossroads. As I journey through it, I hope that I'll find a little bit of this:



Sunday, January 22, 2012

Hats Off to a New Year

Slightly late, but better late than never....

Hats off to a New Year.


Rosebud




Rikke


Project details on Ravelry.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

When You're Not Looking


Life happens whether you're looking or not.....
This late summer we enjoyed some grapes at a local winery....the girls just wouldn't stomp them though, no matter how much we encouraged them to do so....
They did settle for posing for this picture with me (they still like me enough to do that, thankfully).


We had some unexpected things happen.....Some pleasant and beautiful.


Some, while not unexpected, brought complications that were. Thankfully, we're closing the whole premature birth chapter in our lives, with this closure of the feeding tube fistula, post-operative infection, and fainting episodes when little girls are cleared too early for regular activities.....


I've had time to knit, and it has been a simple pleasure that's provided much comfort during these crazy and uncertain times.
Summer Wind

Guernsey Wrap

All the Water

Turn A Square

Yarntini Hat

Sugared Violets



All project details can be found here.




No matter the journey, it's always evolving, changing. Sometimes so quickly, we can't keep pace.
It's then that we need to slow our hearts and minds, take a deep breath, and close our eyes.
It's all under control. Even when we're not looking......

Sunday, July 17, 2011

For the Love of the Game


For the Love of the Game
Pattern: Dream Stripes, Raveled.
Needles - US #8
Yarn - Madelinetosh DK in Tern and Tart

It's a lovely knit, and I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

Photos courtesy of my loving husband, who has amazing talent.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Striping It


It's all shawls here, all the time. The latest one on the needles:
For the Love of the Game, so named because I started it at my daughter's softball game this weekend.
It's a simple striped shawl with a lace border - go ahead. Click on the link. I'll wait.......and the bonus - it's a free pattern!
It has nice design features, with my favorite center increase - the M1R and M1L surrounding the center stitch. I only like this increase when there is a purl back row, as in the photo below. Beautiful.

The yarn is the exquisite Madelinetosh DK, so it's thicker than the previous shawls I've been knitting (not that you've seen them). The colors are Tart (Red) and Tern (gray). The amazing amount of depth in the dyeing process never ceases to amaze me, and this shawl pattern showcases this yarn feature well.
I also broke out the new signature needles in size US #8 - circular. I really didn't think signature could improve on their older versions (three of which I purchased last year at Maryland Sheep and Wool festival), but they did - this cable is amazing. So flexible, and well, those stiletto points are amazing.
So, I'm off to continue working on this shawl. It's been a bit addicting, and yet, relaxing as well......and my porch is calling me too!