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socktober

Autumn Geisha - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 23:23
I couldn't let October pass by without posting a sock update in honor of Socktober. Life continues to be crazy busy so the only projects off the needles lately are socks. The first pair is the Pebbles Socks knitted for Sock School 2017, a fun KAL which encourages trying out new techniques. This time around, I decided to knit my first Fish Lips Kiss Heel. And boy, am I so glad that I did! The heels are quick and easy to knit. But most importantly, they are super comfy and fit great. Now I totally get the hype :)



The next pair are just plain vanilla socks with my new favorite FLK heels. But instead of the usual wedge toe shaping, I decided to mix things up and try a new-to-me rounded toe, where the decreases are evenly distributed and which does not require grafting. Really love the fit of these socks.




I saved my favorite for last: Spooky Scrappy Halloween Socks!



These were a do-over from last year's unfinished Pixel Rise socks which ended up being too small. I used the Vanilla Bean Striped Socks pattern with an afterthought heel and a modified rounded toe for the pair above.

Can't believe that it's already Halloween! Autumn is zooming along at full speed. I hope that you are making time for some fun fall activities as well as getting lots of knitting and crafting in.
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Modification Monday: Faded Leftovers Antler

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Antler  Knitter Extraordinaire: Gen (Ravelry ID) Mods: Using the leftovers from her Find Your Fade Shawl, Gen created this fantastic Antler sweater. details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: How many people have had loads of leftovers from making a Find Your Fade, or another large scale

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Headway

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 10/29/2017 - 10:30
I'm happy to report I'm making headway on the Kintra Nearly Neutral Cowl. The last time you saw it, it looked like this. The first section was completed and the second was underway:


In spite of very limited knitting time, I've managed to complete the black-and-gray striped section, tackle the solid grey center section, and start the second striped section in grey and cream.


I love how the plump, rounded rib creates a deeply corrugated fabric that takes on an almost quilted appearance when its worked in alternating stripes.

This progress was hard-won. Life and work are quite hectic, but I managed to tuck a few quick rows into my morning routine before I went to work, squeeze in a few more at lunch, and knit some more in the evenings. Luckily, this reversible slip stitch is simple and the colorwork is equally easy, so it's a great project for late-night/TV knitting.



The goal is to create a plush, narrow cowl that will wrap twice around my neck. As you can see by the photo above, it's already quite long (about 32-inches). To get the existing length to fit into the lens frame, I had to fold the finished sections into overlapping layers.

This shot provides a better overview of the color strategy, as the cowl fades from black to black with grey then transitions to grey and grey with cream. (I'm working a five-stage gradient.)


So far, I'm delighted with how this is shaping up. Tajmahal yarn (superfine merino, silk, cashmere) is so delectable, it's a delight to work with and promises to feel incredible snuggled around my neck. As far as the knitting goes, I'm about half way through the current striped section, then I'll add one more solid section worked in cream. If I can carve out some time today, I should be able to finish my Kintra sometime this week.

Which will be none too soon! The weather here has turned cold and snow was dusting the ground this morning, so I'm eager to have this plump, cozy cowl and coordinating mitts to wear to work, running errands and everywhere in between.

Looking for the Kintra Cowl pattern? It's nearly ready to send to the tech editor, so it's coming soon!


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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Combating your inner critic. I loved these little affirmations from Lenny Letter. If you have a bad cold like I do right now (ugh, I feel awful!) Then perhaps you might like to read 6 ways to help get rid of a cold overnight. I’m very dubious about

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Fake Rhinebeck was pretty great though

Knitting to Stay Sane - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 20:01
This past weekend was the annual New York Sheep and Wool Festival (“Rhinebeck”) weekend, and unlike the last 7 or 8 years or so, I was not in attendance this time. For a few reasons I decided to take a year off and let myself miss it – I’ve been fortunate enough to have made […]
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Modification Monday: The Prismatic Hat

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: The Prismatic Scarf Knitter Extraordinaire: Sevil (Ravelry ID) Mods: Using the scarf stitch pattern as a starting point, Sevil created a hat instead. Great details (with stitch counts!) can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: Generally, I follow a formula for winter accessories that helps keep things looking

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Sunday knitterly chat...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 13:56
Hello there! Happy Sunday to you all.:) What a week, can you believe it feels like forever since I have chatted with you and it's only been a week? That is what happens when you have a crazy week, right? I don't get super personal here-mostly we chat about knitting... Andi
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WIP | Kintra Nearly Neutral Cowl

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 12:30
Neutrals have lately been dominating my thinking lately for several reasons. They're a central component in a work project and they've surfaced on the needle in the form of this new cowl, so one way or another, there are neutrals everywhere I look.


Trendwise, the neutral landscape is beginning to shift. From silver to charcoal, shades of grey have been the neutral of choice for close to a decade, but earthy tones in taupe, sand, khaki and brown are once again surfacing in home decor and designer fashions. And while saturated colors are often at the heart of my personal knitting projects, through the years, neutrals have routinely appeared in the form of mitts, shawls and neckwarmers, and home dec items such as afghans, pillow covers and more.

Last fall, for example, I was busily knitting Kintra mitts in all sorts of color combinations. While I love and wear them all, this pair is a particular favorite:


Worked in three shades of Tajmahal (cream, grey and black), they're so light, soft and remarkably warm, I've been longing for a coordinating cowl to snuggle around my neck when the weather turns cold. With winter on the horizon, the time seemed right to cast on and continue my mission to make the most of my handknits by creating a complementary set. And unlike the Grey Daze duo, which features a very cool grey coupled with cream, the Tajmahal grey is quite warm with definite brownish undertones.



Kintra Cowl:  Nearly Neutral
Pattern: In development
Yarn: Tajmahal (Lane Cervinia, GGH)
Needles: US 8 (5mm)
Dimensions: ~6 x 45 ins

Because lately we've been exploring DIY ombres and gradients in all their fascinating forms, I'm using just three colors to create a five-stage gradient that fades from black to gray and from gray to cream. The first two sections are complete, and I'm ready to begin the middle section, which will be worked in solid grey.

Meanwhile, there are decisions to be made. Add the red accent stripe or skip it? Seam the cowl or use a button closure instead? Block it aggressively to maximize the width or use a light touch to preserve the plush, corrugated texture? As luck would have it, there will be plenty of time to contemplate these deep issues while I tackle the remaining sections.


Looking for the Kintra Cowl pattern? Hang in there, it's in development and nearly ready to send to the tech editor!


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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:13

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week You will be happier if you let yourself feel bad. Is craftivism self-indulgent? An interesting read. On sexual harassment. If you need some cheering up after the first three reads, here are some photos of a hedgehog on a camping trip. There was a great mini interview on

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Randomly on a Thursday

Yarn Harlot - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:49

1.

Two days ago Joe and I got on a plane and flew to New York City for a little bite of the Big Apple

2.

He had work and me too, but we still had the time to make the most of it. We went to the park, and the Met, and the Guggenheim. (I have no idea why those pictures are blurry, they aren’t before I upload them but I don’t have time to figure it out.)

3.

I knit all of those places because I’m me.  Nobody minded.  As a matter of fact I wasn’t even the only knitter at the Met wandering around with a sock in hand.  (I think it was a sock.)

4. They were on their way to Rhinebeck, which I am not.

5. I know. I’m bummed about it too, but this year I had a conflict, and I’ll be at Knit East.  It will be the first time in more than a decade that I won’t be with my usual crew, but duty calls, and Knit East is awesome, and there will be a whole bunch of amazing knitters there too. Life is long.  Next year will be Rhinebeck, with my wool as my witness.

6. The only problem remains that I usually buy a years worth of soap there, so I’m going to need a solution. (Makes note to self, arranging cross-border soap mule.)

7.

I’m on my way home now, with a quick turnaround to St. John in the morning. I’m literally putting down one suitcase, sleeping, and picking up one I pre-packed before I left.

8.

I almost went to a yarn store in NYC, but it was closed for a class. (One knitting teacher to another – I’d never interrupt your class. Not for anything.)

10.

I ate at Dirt Candy. It was amazing. I had a tiny grilled pea taco. (And a lot of other stuff too.)

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attack of the knitting zombies! (Speckle & Pop! Spoiler Alert)

Autumn Geisha - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 23:13
Yesterday my husband showed off a video clip that he had secretly recorded of me as I was obsessively knitting on my Speckle & Pop! Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL. It was pretty hilarious to watch myself mumbling and cursing....there might even have been some cackling as I was knitting my way through a particularly tough section. He claims that he deleted the video but I suspect that it still exists somewhere in the netherworld. So if you come across a short movie titled “Attack of the Knitting Zombies”, you’ll know who the star is :)

And here is some progress pics of my current obsession:





I look forward to Stephen West’s Mystery Shawl KAL every year and this one has been particularly fun & challenging. I got off to a slow start due to some yarn indecision but it is going pretty smoothly at the moment. Although I just started clue 3 and it looks to be a doozy. Which means more material for my budding filmmaker!
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Fibre in your diet

Yarn Harlot - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 20:01

Socktober is still a thing over here. I had a brief dalliance with the beginnings of a shawl at Knit City, but it didn’t quite take hold, though it might have stood a chance but for Megan. My mum loved clothes shopping and did heaps of it for all of us, so I was trying to be a good grandmother, and asked her what Elliot needed. She answered that he could use a sleeper or two, and that she likes the ones with feet. I went shopping, and had trouble finding footed ones that would fit him. (Being of average weight for his age but of a rather diminutive stature, our wee lad is a bit of a square.) I bought the one footed one I could find, and two that didn’t have feet, and forked them over to Meg. When I did, she mentioned that the reason she likes the footed ones is because his little feet get so cold at night and then she said maybe he needed more booties or socks or something like that and I felt a feeling that must be exactly like the way sharks feel when they pour the buckets of chum in the water.

I went the knitter equivalent of bananas. It was all I could think of. Babies are enough to set me off, but the thought of a cold baby who could only be saved by knitting? Lunatic. I was a lunatic with wool. My grandson had cold feet and I was unstoppable. Hours later:

One pair with ribbed cuffs and a stockinette foot, and another pair where I kept the ribbing going on the top of the sock, and gave way to stockinette on only the bottom. (No pattern, though you can find lots on Ravelry if you look – wait, I did it for you. These ones by Kate Atherley look perfect.) The good news is that not only are his feet warm, they fit just fine:

Maybe a little big, but he’s growing fast, and they are apparently delicious.

The green ones especially.

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Modification Monday: Psychedelic Lapsus

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Lapsus Knitter Extraordinaire: Marion (Ravelry ID) Mods: Knitted the top down open cardigan bottom up instead, all in one piece. She also added button bands and a collar, and set in sleeves instead of the original drop shoulder. Even added a small pocket! Details can be found on her project page, here.  

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Onwards

Knitting to Stay Sane - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 21:23
Hellooooooooo! It’s been more than a minute or two since I’ve been at my blog, knitter pals, and for that I am sorry. I meant to take a short break once summer started, and then summer turned into more summer, which then turned into fall, and now it’s the middle of October and here we […]
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October featured Indie Dyer~ The Woolen Homestead

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 14:40
Hello there! I am so happy to be able to introduce October's featured indie dyer, The Woolen Homestead. I first found Tiffany via Youtube through her wonderful podcast. When she started dyeing, I knew that without a doubt I had to get my grubby yarn loving hands on some of... Andi
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Where Fiber Meets Fingers Redux

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 10:00
Yesterday was national I Love Yarn Day (ILYD), so it seemed fitting to revisit this post from a few years ago. However, you choose to celebrate, I hope you find a way this weekend to spend some quality time with your favorite fiber and craft. Enjoy!




One of the best ways to celebrate ILYD (or weekend) is to visit your favorite LYS.

This is on my mind because through the marvels of Ravelry, I recently had an interesting exchange regarding the symbiotic relationship among yarn makers, yarn dyers, yarn buyers, designers and LYS owners. As part of that discussion, I commented that LYS owners ...occupy that unique space where fiber meets fingers. You know what appeals to your customers, and you’re the ones who face the challenge of guiding them through the process of matching the right yarn and needles to the right patterns and vice versa.
The designer/knitter/yarn maker/seller relationship is complementary and when these factors come together, a little magic happens and everyone wins. As an added bonus, fiber folks are a generous lot, so loved ones and strangers frequently gain something too: 
It's easy to participate in ILYD, just visit your local yarn store. Inhale fiber fumes, pet some yarn and connect with those who share your passion. Find the perfect yarn and pattern so you can create something special. Take along a stubborn stash skein and pair it with new yarn to make something fresh and delightful. Indulge in a coveted set of needles. Work on a WIP or cast on a holiday gift. Teach someone to knit, attend a class or master a new stitch.

If you knit, crochet, design, dye, spin, weave or work with fiber in any way, it's likely your LYS plays a pivotal role in your creative endeavors. Celebrate your craft by doing what you love with others who love it, too, in that unique space where fiber meets fingers.


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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week How information overload robs us of our creativity. To de-stress, try talking to yourself in the third person. Every female lead in every romantic comedy, written by a man. This ballet rotoscope is so hypnotically beautiful. My Favourite Pins This Week If you are loving all things pumpkin

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Road Trip? Plan for Yarn Stops

Knitted Bliss - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:00

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Fellow knitters, do you know about the Ravelry Road Trip Planner? You enter in your starting point and then destination, along with how far off the route you are willing to drive to get to a yarn shop: It then churns out a list of every yarn shop in the Ravelry database between your Point

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Vegetables are important

Yarn Harlot - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 20:34

Thanksgiving came and went this weekend, and we all magically got through it. Our first holiday without her, and there were moments that were just fine, and moments that were awful and we missed mum so much our hearts were fit to break. I’m finding this grief like that. Everything will be completely okay or completely horrible, and then something swings it the other way, and there’s no predicting what it will be. I’ll be standing there, and I’ll see Elliot learning to sit, and think my Mum would love that was happening and then cry for her so desperately, or realize my mum would like something else and then laugh out loud thinking of how she’d enjoy it.

Do you know, that in as much as my mother was a completely reasonable person and frighteningly bright, for some insane reason, she would never, ever put out more than a single can of corn for 14 people at a family diner.   A few years ago I told her that it was time for the unreasonable and inexplicable corn rationing to stop. Perhaps when we were little, a single can cut it -but now we’re all grown and she has grandchildren and I pointed out that corn is cheap and Erin really likes it and that Erin could eat practically a can herself, and that the single can system was being mocked pretty openly.  “Loosen up mum, buy more corn” I told her, and she did. Mum very reluctantly bought two cans, doubling the number of kernels each person could have to a whopping nine or so, and nothing on this earth would convince her to so much as consider a three can solution. Things were already pretty out of control, to her way of thinking. Three can’s would have been MADNESS.

When I arrived at Erin’s on Sunday, she hustled me into the kitchen, lifted the lid off a very large pot, and proudly showed me a veritable vat of corn. “Holy Cats” I breathed, rather awestruck. “Eight cans” she said, and her face shone.  “Mum’s gone. We can stop the madness now. Everyone can have all the corn they want.”  At the end of the night (and despite having 16 people for dinner) the leftover were corn, corn, some corn and about three more or less incinerated Brussels sprouts.

(Photo emailed to the family the next morning as the reality of how much corn Erin had began to sink in.)

We stood there – looking at all that corn, and agreed that while mum hadn’t been right, we guessed we weren’t either. We still don’t have the magic number. It’s somewhere between two and eight cans though, and I can’t tell you how much Mum would love that.*

*Truly, I’ve been the model of restraint, because I have not emailed my sister 47 recipes that use corn, or started a pinterest board called “Too much corn” and sent her a link, and neither have I suggested several craft projects using laminated or dehydrated leftover corn – although really… That’s what mum would have done.

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No-Think Socks? I Think So!

Knit and Tonic - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 00:16
My mom was a woman of short cuts. If there was a product out there labeled "instant," she'd be on it. Once, she painted the living room and kept changing the color because it wasn't quite right. Then, all the... Wendy
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