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Ombres (not Hombres)

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 03/10/2019 - 23:50
Every time I search for information related to ombres and gradients, Google very kindly suggests I might want to search for hombres instead. As thoughtful as that suggestion is, it's not terribly helpful, since I continue to be obsessed with ombre effects and the many fascinating ways they can be created in knitwear.


FO | Rose Gradient Scarf

The easiest way to create an ombre is to simply buy a gradient yarn, pick a pattern and work it up, right? That was my initial intent when I invested in this Mad Hatter Shillings & Pence (Wonderland Yarns by Frabjous Fibers).
So much for plans. 

Once I had the yarn in hand, I realized I wanted something that leveraged the wonderfully subtle color transitions the producer has managed to achieve. To accomplish this, I needed just the right stitch, one that was easy to work but which created a smooth segue from one shade to the next.



Unfortunately, that means I've been spending more time swatching than knitting. This is frustrating, because right now, I'm not just eager, I'm desperate to cast on a shawl or wrap that can carry me through the remainder of winter and the wet, chilly spring so typical in this region.



I worked the swatch above in just two colors. The top portion features the lighter shade, the bottom shows the medium shade, and the center is worked in alternating rows of both. I like the weight and drape, and the slightly syncopated texture which helps break up the transition rows and visually blend the colors.

I'm off to figure out a few more details, then maybe ... maybe ... I'll be ready to cast on.


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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 11:00

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My apologies for missing Mod Monday earlier this week- I was under the weather last weekend, and when I woke up it was Monday. Ever have that happen to you? I’m feeling better, though! So back to our regularly scheduled programming… My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Well done, Pinterest! This is exactly how

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winter woolens

Autumn Geisha - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 03:39
conversation hearts :: king cole zig zag :: pinks
winter’s day charade :: coopknits socks yeah! :: danburite 
spring stripes vanilla latte :: must stash yarns :: theory 
Well guys, I’m officially hitting the reset button on this year since it feels like hibernation season is almost over. It’s been a rather tough winter healthwise but we are all finally on the mend. Even my laptop got sick. But today the sun is shining brightly and I finally figured out how to blog from my phone using a new to me app for blogger so now I can share all of the winter woolens completed so far.

Of course there are plenty of socks! January’s pair was inspired by the cold winter walks that were taken when we couldn’t stand to be inside all day long. After knitting with greys and blues, the next pair was a wish for Spring. Nothing makes me happier than fun colorful stripes combined with speckles. February’s was Valentines Day themed.

It’s funny how seasonal my sock knitting is. I love choosing yarns and patterns that celebrate the different holidays that are sprinkled throughout the year. So with that in mind, I decided to start a holiday sox box. The goal is to have fun knitting socks for all of my favorite holidays throughout the year with the bonus of having finished socks to wear next year when those holidays roll around again. Feel free to join in :)

I hope that you are all staying healthy and having fun with your knitting & crafting!
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A Knitting Mind...

My Sister's Knitter - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 01:49
Hello there! Happy Sunday evening. How was your weekend? Not long enough, I'm sure. :) My weekend was nice with weather being a combination of sunny times, rainy and wind, and then sunny again. I know this is not typical for most of you and if you are amongst the... Andi
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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week There is a book coming out at the end of the year about Swiss cat ladders, and I’m fascinated. Just a reminder, if you are feeling frustrated about something. Against minimalism: why filigree and ‘being extra’ entrances the eye when it comes to architecture. What I say when

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Finished Knit: Bernat Velvet Cowl

Knitted Bliss - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 11:00

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** this post is sponsored by Spinrite yarns. All opinions and swatches are my own.** New rules, apparently we are all supposed to say if a post is sponsored up at the top, not at the bottom! But if you ever have any questions about what that means for the content here, or what my

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Randomly on a Tuesday

Yarn Harlot - Tue, 02/26/2019 - 17:10

1. I have no idea what happened to the last 2 weeks.

2. That’s a lie. There’s just been so much that I find myself ready to quote Inigo Montoya. “Let me explain… No, there is too much. Let me sum up.”

3. I have been to Seattle and back for the last Madrona, and I did it all in snowstorms everywhere I went.  (It was appropriate somehow that the weather was so dramatic, I felt like there should be some reflection of how significant it was to me that the event was ending after 20 years.)  I’ve been lucky enough to be going to that for 15 years or so, and I owe Suzanne more than I can say. She was my role model for how I’ve run my business for years, and I’m so grateful we’re friends so that even though Madrona’s over, my relationship with Suzanne isn’t.

3. Usually at Madrona, I organize and MC the Teacher Talent Show but this year I also took part and that’s enough said about that, except anyone who was there should be able to tell you A) that it was absolutely epic. B) That I am never, ever doing anything like that again. C) That what happens at Madrona stays at Madrona and there’s a media ban, so you’ll just have to wonder forever now.

4. I finished the Jacob project, and I love it desperately. Let’s recap, shall we? I started with a little Jacob fleece that Judith gave me, and sorted it into it’s component colours.

Then I carded those on my little carder, making batts that fit into my plan of a gradient.

Then I spun them up into  2-ply yarns, a tiny bit heavier than lacewight.

Mission accomplished, I chose a pattern that would let me use every inch – in this case, working from the top-down, with a variable number of repeats so I could adjust to the yarn amount, and even a border pattern that I thought would look just fine with a few more or less rows.  Dover Castle.

I can’t tell you how well it came together -and how quickly, and how much I nailed the landing.  I finished with about 30cm of yarn left.

It was like a poem.  I love it when a project goes to plan, and this one did, from beginning to end.  Here’s the shawl – finished, but pre-block.

Then, having arrived at Madrona, I blocked it on my hotel room bed (slept in the other half, I’m not very big and I’m an edge sleeper) and voila!

I was so delighted with it.  As a few of you predicted, it was Judith’s birthday present – and such a lovely circular gift.  She gave me the fleece, I gave her the shawl, and we both got what we wanted in the end, I had such a good time playing with that fleece – it made me want another one.

5. I am not sure why I don’t feel bad about giving her the shawl.  I love that thing, but was quite content to see it on her shoulders.

6. Maybe I am a better person than I thought.

7. Wouldn’t that be nice.

8. I finished two other projects but I’ll show you later. I don’t want to upstage the shawl. (I also did a whole lot of other stuff. You’ll see.)

9. I leave for Port Ludlow in the morning – and we’ve got one spot left at the Spring Retreat. (Technically we were full, but then there was a cancellation and now we’ve got one spot again.) If you are a last minute type, here’s your big chance.

10. There’s also a spot at the Learn to Spin Workshop on Friday. You can sign up just for that if you like – and we can loan you a wheel. It’s at Port Ludlow from 9-4, we provide lunch, and Judith will teach you to spin. (I think Judith could teach a porpoise to spin in a 6 hour class, you’ll do really well.)

11. Probably not a porpoise.

12. Maybe a porcupine.

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Modification Monday: Cathedral Gloves

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 02/25/2019 - 11:00

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Original Patterns: I-Cord Gloves and Cathedral Mittens Knitter Extraordinaire: clkerrigan (Ravelry ID) Mods: This knitter combined two different patterns for a completely innovative half-fingered glove set with great architectural details. Great details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: There are a lot of wonderful details to love about these

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Random knit chat..

My Sister's Knitter - Mon, 02/25/2019 - 04:25
Hello there! Happy very late Sunday. Although considering that I had to miss last Sunday's post, I am sure you will forgive me. :) I was feeling quite guilty about missing the post but I was having some computer issues and it couldn't be helped. While I don't have any... Andi
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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week These crumbling palaces are so very beautiful… I lingered over these photographs for  long time. This. So much this. Someone’s recreated iconic album covers with kittens and it is EVERYTHING. I think this is a brilliant idea- a post-break-up concierge to help cohabiting couples move on (and out).

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Finished Knit: Arbor Beach

Knitted Bliss - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 16:54

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Cabled headbands are basically knitted crowns to wear in the winter. Pattern: Queensland Beach  Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Arbor in ‘Vintner’ Needles: 3.5 mm (US 4) Mods: The original pattern calls for worsted weight yarn and 4.5mm needles, so I went down a couple sizes for my DK weight yarn. I wanted a nice, dense fabric,

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Modification Monday: DownEast Modified

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:59

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Original Pattern: Down East  Knitter Extraordinaire: Carol (Ravelry ID) Mods: Changed the gauge from Bulky weight to aran, knitted a smaller collar to have more warmth at the neck as this sweater was being knit for a donation. Great details on the mods can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome:

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week In a recent interview on Dax Shepard’s podcast, Armchair Expert, his wife Kristen Bell shared a tip for combatting her depression: Before she allows herself to succumb to negativity, or get into a really bad mental space, she goes through a “to-do” list of action items she can do to

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Modification Mondays: Sipila

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Sipila Knitter Extraordinaire: Stephanie (Ravelry ID, Website) Mods: Added decreases through the body for less of an A-line shape, modified the sleeve decreases and the sleeve colourwork charts. Details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: The original pattern has a breezy oversized A-line cut, and Stephanie’s mods

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Knitting...a dying art?

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 02/10/2019 - 17:54
Hello, loves! Before I get into the title of this post, can I just say how wonderful you all are? Thank you for the warm welcome back, admittedly there were quite a few happy tears when I read over your comments. I do feel rested and like my words are... Andi
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Fate, Tempted

Yarn Harlot - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 23:03

You know, it is hard to know how to blog a project when it’s all going really well.  I mean, could there possibly be anything more boring to read about than a piece of knitting that has no problems? Such is the case with the Dover Castle Shawl.

Actually, let me be clear. It’s not just that this thing has no problems – It’s that it is all going so swimmingly that I cannot even dream up a bit of dramatic interest. Nothing, except for yesterday I sneezed and dropped a stitch, and then I picked it back up again.  It’s hardly the plot for a blog post. Not only is it all going beautifully, but since this shawl starts small and gets bigger, I didn’t see the reason for a swatch. The shawl can be the swatch, I reckoned, and I’m not shirking.  I know that if you’ve ever been in a class with me I’ve likely told you that there’s not very many times when I don’t consider skipping the swatch a dereliction of knitterly duty, but here, we have one of them.  I could just start, I figured, and rip it out if the gauge wasn’t right, when the shawl was swatch-sized, and I’m happy to block things on the needles, so I knew I wouldn’t get a surprise there – and since I made the yarn myself, I know there can’t be a surprise. I’d normally warn you here -that the swatch is as much a talent show, or an interview as it is a gauge test – there’s many ways a yarn can be wrong for a project that go far, far beyond the number of stitches per 10cm, let me tell you that. Here it was designed by me to be perfect for this purpose, and since I washed it after spinning and before knitting, I know that it won’t bloom or change with washing after, like a lot of commercial yarns can. The point is, I blew off the gauge swatch, and then the gauge was as perfect as a poem.

Even better, I was hoping I’d be able to make this a little bigger than the pattern calls for – it suggests seven repeats of the main chart before moving to the edging, and I just finished number eight – and haven’t even moved onto another colour yet. Really, short of the thing spontaneously bursting into flames (unlikely, since wool is flame retardant and self-extinguishing) I really can’t see anything going wrong at all…

There. I said it.

PS. If anybody is on the fence, a few spots for our Spring Retreat remain. Send me an email if you’ve got questions. We’d love to have you. (InfoATstrungalongDOTca)

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 13:54

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week This woman ran 19 miles of a marathon carrying a lost puppy. I love this idea of a depth year, what do you think? 7 signs you aren’t drinking enough water. I’ve heard a lot about the Pixar animated short film, Purl. Then I watched it and was

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Well There Now

Yarn Harlot - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 22:15

I know, I know. I absolutely remember what I said about knitting with grey this time of year just a few days ago, but surely, the rule (that I made) can be broken by me at any moment I see fit, and surely, surely, it was not intended for spectacularly perfect little skeins of yarn like this.

That’s the little Jacob from two posts ago – spun up in entirety, into five gorgeous little skeins that are exactly as I imagined them. (If a little plumper than I intended, after their baths.) Each is a two ply, somewhere between a laceweight and a fingering, and since they’re all from the same sheep, they make a lovely gradient, of sorts.

The big skein of cream is about 180m, and each of the smaller greys are about 70m, near as I can figure it. That gives me a little less yarn to work with than I had planned, just 480m (that fleece was really tiny) and means my original plan isn’t going to work. I’ve tried about a hundred times to convince myself that 480 and 530 are just about the same in terms of meterage,  but they’re not and it won’t work, and that’s okay, because they’re so lovely it was easy to come up with another plan. (I use the word “easy” here to mean that it was a two hour Ravelry search and involved the wits, skills and experience of six or seven knitters dedicated to the hunt to work it out, which is pretty easy considering how picky I was. Shawl hunts can be epic.)

This afternoon, after I finish all my work (or as much as seems reasonable, considering the unending nature of it all) I’m giving up on cleaning the kitchen, casting on for Dover Castle, in sublime grey, and suddenly, it seems like the most perfect colour. Just look at those skeins.

 

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Well hello there...

My Sister's Knitter - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 18:11
Hello loves! I am back, a day later than promise...but some days are just like that. :) I have missed you loads. Thank you for being so understanding about my time away. I know that it did me a world of good and it feels like my words have come... Andi
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Modification Monday:

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:00

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Original Patterns: Quo Vadis and Skogafjall Knitter Extraordinaire: Lisa (Ravelry ID) Mods: Lisa combined the Quo Vadis mitten pattern with the charts from the Skogafjall sweater yoke for great results. Details on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: Putting a stranded sweater yoke design on mitten is ALWAYS a good idea! I’m a

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