Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Knitting with books

A Very last minute post....

Knitting with books; reading Hemingway, knitting and listening to Creed

Knitting:  I caved in and started a Find Your Fade shawl.

Reading:  I finished The Secret Garden & am trying to decide what to read next.  A biography? Hemingway? A mystery? Romance? Total smut? Economics?  The one problem with a Kindle - way too many choices.

Join me at Ginny's for this week's Yarn Along.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Makers' Monday

Welcome to Makers' Monday, a celebration of knitting designers, artists & creatives of all types.  

Valentines is in the wind and I've moved on to dreaming of St. Patrick's Day feasts and all things green. As a knitter, I also dream of yarn.  What do you get when you put the two together on Makers' Monday?  A showcase of beautiful green yarns and the artists who create them.  

First up,


Makers' Monday, St. Patrick's Day green yarn
Tea Leaf Green, courtesy of Morning Bright Yarn

"Tea Leaf Green" from Morning Bright Yarn.  Doesn't it just make you drool for spring?  The yarn is hand painted  80/20 certified organic merino/nylon sock yarn. I've shopped at Morning Bright Yarn before and have nothing but good things to say about my experience.  Tea Leaf Green is definitely going on my Wish List.


St. Patrick's Day green yarn; Makers' Monday
Emerald Isle Green, courtesy of Baskets Yarn and More

This beautiful skein contains 600 yards of hand spun and dyed 100% 23 micron count merino from Baskets Yarn and More out of Missouri.  The Colorway is Emerald Isle Green and it reminds me of an Irish hillside covered in Shamrocks. 


beautiful green wool, hand spun and hand dyed for St. Patrick's Day Makers' Monday
Over the Main, courtesy of Edgewood Garden Studio

Or how about this one of a kind beauty from Edgewood Garden Studio?  The colorway is Over the Main.  This yarn was both hand dyed & spun from Blue Faced Leicester.  I look at this yarn's coloring and feel like I'm sitting on an Irish hillside, looking down into a clear, blue lake loch.

Makers' Monday, St. Patricks Day celebration of yarn dyers and spinners
Fangorn, courtesy of Marigold Fibers

It just doesn't get much more shamrocky than this gorgeous yarn from Marigold Fibers.  This heavy worsted, mossy green, 100% merino is called Fangorn.  This was the first skein to catch my attention when I started researching yarns for this post but after seeing the other yarns I found, this one almost didn't make the cut.  The yarn is dark and doesn't really give me that jolt of 'Spring is almost here!' adrenaline.  But take a look here at how the yarn knits up. It's to die for!  (And don't tell, but there just might be a skein traveling towards me as I type this.)

Makers' Monday celebration of St. Patrick's Day green yarn
Light Spring Green, courtesy of Tommie James

Or maybe you prefer knitting with one of a kind bulky yarns.  This one comes from Tommie James and is described as 200 yards of 2 Ply hand spun, hand dyed bulky weight fine wool. It reminds me of a fuzzy green caterpillar.   How fun would this be to knit with?

Which of these is your favorite and what would/will you knit with it?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Knitting with books

Not much knitting going on here.  Believe it or not, we have the flu.  Again!  Our family is normally very healthy & we go years without needing to visit the doctor but this year... This is the second time since New Year's that the flu has wiped out the family.

This time around, it's been particularly horrendous.  No stomach issues thankfully but instead, high fevers & even our toenails ache.  At one point, my temperature went to 104.7 which was a little scary. Last night, the fever broke and today I'm way below normal. It was down to 95.9 at one point.  Not to be overly dramatic, but I feel death may be imminent. And it will be welcomed.  Did I mention even my toenails ache?

garter stitch and short rows shawl knit with Palette yarn from Knit Picks.
Short Row Wedge Shawl

But that's enough whining.

So, how blurry is that photo? I can't even tell.  Either my eyes are seriously suffering from the flu or I suddenly went blind.  Everything is horribly blurry and I can barely focus enough to read the super large print on the Kindle.

Phew! I'll try one more time.  No more whining.

Like I said, there hasn't been much knitting progress but I have added a third color stripe to my short row wedge shawl.  I really need a better name for it because  I keep calling it Wedgie in my head.  I'm knitting it with stashed skeins of Palette from Knit Picks.  As for books, I'm still reading The Secret Garden.

Join me over at Ginny's Yarn Along for a discussion about what others are knitting and reading.


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Monday, February 13, 2017

Makers' Monday

Welcome to Makers' Monday - a celebration of knitting designers, artists & creatives of all types.

Do you like knitting cables?  I've been having so much fun knitting the cables on my Honeycomb sweater lately, I decided today's Makers' Monday would focus on celtic cable knitting.  Today's patterns all come from Ravelry.

Celtic Cables Scarf from Purls of Wisdom PA http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/celtic-cables-scarf-3
Celtic Cables Scarf

First up is the Celtic cables Scarf from Purls of Wisdom PA.  This scarf is knit loosely with bulky yarn so it should knit up quickly.  My kind of cable knitting!

cabled scarf from Deborah Lawless http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/celtic-braid-scarf
Celtic Braid Scarf

Next is the Celtic Braid Scarf designed by Deborah Lawless.  Knit with aran weight wool, the simple but dramatic cabling should make for a super warm scarf.

from Storm Moon Knits http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/celtic-cable-neckwarmer
Celtic Cable Neckwarmer, photo courtesy of Rebby

Last but not least is the Celtic Cable Neckwarmer, a free pattern from Storm Moon Knits.  Being much shorter than a regular scarf and knit with worsted weight wool, this neck warmer should be a super fast knit.

I've already put all three of these Celtic knitting projects into my Ravelry que.  How about you?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Conflict

I'm so conflicted!

I don't know what to knit.


I finished knitting the back of my Honeycomb sweater & I've started the front.  I really want to get this sweater finished. My To-Do list says it will be done by the end of the month.  Silly To-Do list.

Palette yarn from Knit Picks

But I accidently started something new.  I try to keep a garter or stockinette stitch project on the needles at all times to work on while I'm reading my email and I'd finished my other projects.  Well, I'd finished a few of my others.  Okay, I was bored with my others & started something new.

<a href="http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=738953&u=1446317&m=59159&urllink=&afftrack=">Palette</a>

It's a no pattern, make-it-up-as-I-go short row, elongated triangle shawl.  It will be stripes of color separated by thin stripes of white.  Part of my 'going minimalist' plan (I know, I still laugh at that too) is to knit up a significant amount of my yarn stash.  I'm using Knit Pick's Palette because I realized I have two full drawers plus a giant Rubermaid bin full of nothing but skeins of Palette.  I'm not sure if that's something to be proud of or embarrassed by.

I'm knitting outdoors because the weather is GORGEOUS!  (And I'm using the soon-to-be-a-deck lumber pile as a table.)


It's 72 degrees and a mostly clear, blue sky.


Tomorrow it's supposed to be 19 degrees.

73 degrees vs. 19 degrees.  How is that even possible?



And while I sit on our half-built deck, enjoying the warm sunshine, dreaming of summer, and looking out into the woods behind our house, I realized something rather amazing.  I'm not ready for winter to end yet.  We've only had one snow and I had some kind of horrible, horrible lung rot plague and barely even got out of bed to see it.  I LOVE looking out at our backyard view when the woods are covered in snow.  I'd like to have one more good snow before spring arrives.

And wishing for one more snow before spring made me think of summer and the Virginia heat and humidity....  and I realized, Oh Lord, I start work this weekend.

While my bank account is screaming that I should have gone back last month and I'm looking forward to reconnecting with my coworkers, I am SO not ready.

Conflict!


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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Knitting with books

It's Wednesday so we're talking knitting and books. Join me & others who are linking up with Ginny for today's Yarn Along.

Knitting the Honeycomb sweater from Knit Picks and reading The Secret Garden
Honeycomb Sweater & The Secret Garden

Perhaps you can tell from that fascinating photo that I've finished the back of my Honeycomb sweater and have started the front.  (And that I also need to clean the fish bowl.)  Honeycomb is a cabled sweater from Knit Pick's Woodsmoke Cable Collection.  I'm knitting it with Wool of the Andes and it's knitting up fairly quickly, despite my grumblings about its slowness.  Considering how little time and effort I've actually spent knitting on it and considering how long it's been since I knit anything heavily cabled, it's progressing fairly quickly.

So that's my knitting.  As for reading....  I've been a little embarrassed about my choice of books lately. It always seems everyone else participating in the Yarn Along is reading uplifting and/or educational books and I'm over here reading a YA vampire romance or something.  I decided 2017 was going to be the year I read better.  I'll always read and enjoy the ridiculous romance fluff but there's no reason why I can't read an occasional uplifting and/or educational book too.  One a month, that's my goal for 2017.

So, laying in bed the other night, I started Wuthering Heights.  I got all of about three paragraphs into it and vaguely remembered the entire book being cold, rainy and rather depressing. (I read it for English class back in high school.  Which means I skimmed the first few paragraphs of each chapter.)  Anyway...  Wuthering Heights wasn't the right choice for a cold, icy February night.

I noticed The Secret Garden was on my list.  Gardens, flowers, spring....  that sounded like a much better choice.  So, that's what I'm reading - and enjoying.  It's just that books on the Kindle don't make for interesting photos.


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Makers' Monday

I thought I'd start a new thing to acknowledge and celebrate other knitters, designers and artisans.  I'm calling it Makers' Monday and today, I'm focusing on knitted gifts for Valentines Day.

I found each of these projects on Ravelry.  First up,

Makers' Monday pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/valentine-heart-hat
Valentine Heart Hat

The Valentine Heart Hat from Sandy Koh.  The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn and the fair isle stitching is fairly simple making it not only a quick knit, but also a good color work beginner project.

Makers' Monday pattern for Valentines Day
Heart Dishcloth

The Heart Dishcloth is another quick to knit project from Yarnspirations.  Even better, it's free!

Makers' Monday - Valentine shawl http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/with-tulips-in-my-heart
With Tulips in my Heart

Last but definitely not least, is the With Tulips in my Heart shawl.  It's an elongated triangle with simple stripes of garter stitch broken up with heart shaped lace and a picot edging.

Hurry up and get knitting. You only have eight days until Valentines Day!