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Three for Three or Four

Yarn Harlot - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 22:22

This year’s self-imposed-sock-club continues to be a big fat win.  I finished January’s on time, as unlikely as that seemed, and then February’s were done before February was too. (Though I didn’t manage either time to post about them within the right month, so I’m giving myself two extra points for this one.)

March’s socks have slid along rather quietly under the radar. I didn’t post about them because they were Ken’s Birthday socks – though I’ve only just finished them now. (Two points deducted.) I was hoping to surprise him, but snapped on his birthday and gave him an unfinished sock – just before the toe.  I’d been knitting along at a pretty good pace, but as I got closer to the end of the sock I started to worry that they weren’t going to fit. This is an ongoing problem I have with socks for people with large feet. I’ve got small ones myself, and I’m accustomed to knitting for me, so when I cast on the appropriate number for a big guy, I spend the whole knitting trip spreading the work out on my leg every hour or so and saying “Really? That can’t be right.” I decided not to take any chances with Ken’s, and stopped knitting a day or two before his birthday so he could try them (it) on before I went any farther.

They (it) fit beautifully, so I pressed on.  The pattern for this elegant pair is Vägvarda (I had to google how to do the umlaut.) The yarn’s West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply (again, I’m working through a stash of it I bought to do Cameron’s socks and some of Elliot’s ornaments.  It’s really nice, so I don’t mind) for the grey (Poppy Seed) and white (Milk Bottle.) The red’s Drops Fabel #106 (super sexy name) because WYS didn’t quite have the red I wanted.  For anybody keeping score – I used a 2.25mm needle, which is my standard for socks.

I loved knitting these.  What do you think it is that makes colourwork knitting seem to go so much faster than regular knitting? It can’t actually be faster, I know that’s not possible. I’m pretty comfortable knitting with one strand in each hand, so I do power through pretty quickly, but it seems to me that it comes of the needles faster than anything else. Is it because you’re following a chart? Ticking off one row after the other, with a concrete way to see how far you’ve come, and how far you have to go? And if that’s true, how come it doesn’t work for lace?

One last picture of this charming pair, this time of the clever and tidy gusset decreases, here positioned on the bottom of the foot. (A standard sock decreases by two stitches every other row on the gusset. Those decreases, as this sock proves, can go anywhere, as long as the sock gets smaller in circumference where the foot does.)

I lied, here’s one more –  this one that I snapped with my phone yesterday, before I finished. I’m posting it because here, one sock’s been blocked and the other – not. (That was so Ken could try on the first one.)  I hear so many knitters say that their colourwork looks shabby, and I’ve even seen people rip it out for looking shabby, and I just wanted to show you the difference a little swim and tidy up makes.  See? More than any other kind of knitting, blocking is important for colourwork. You really can’t tell if you suck before it hits the water.

Another bonus today – more socks, bringing this year’s total to four. I keep a pair of simple socks in my bag, knitting from the pattern I keep in my head. Yarn: Land Jawoll Color “Aktion” in the colourway fetchingly named 132.0265. Pattern: my own plain vanilla sock from Knitting Rules. (The only truly useful book I’ve ever written.)

 

I keep this knitting – plain socks, in my bag all the time – pulling it out when I’m on the subway, in a queue, at dinner, in meetings, walking down the street (when it’s not winter.) I beaver away at them here and there, and then every so often, when I’m least expecting it, a pair of socks falls off of me.

Peace out, see you in a day or two, and know that while knitting improves with practice, it remains really freakin’ tricky to take pictures of your own feet even after years of yoga and  trying.

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Modification Monday: Tecumseh

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Tecumseh  Knitter Extraordinaire: Stephanie (Ravelry ID) Mods: Adjusted gauge from DK to Aran weight, Raised the arm split to a more natural height. Details of all her mods can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: This amazing sweater pattern looks so fantastic with Stephanie’s mods! I love that

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ShawlStar Volume 2 review...

My Sister's Knitter - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 04:54
Hello there loves! It is so wonderful to be able to meet with you sooner than my Sunday post and bonus I have a wonderful E-Book that I want to introduce you to. You may be familiar with Knotions... it is a brilliant online resource chalked full of gorgeous patterns,... Andi
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Analepsis Is Not a Disease

Yarn Harlot - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 15:26

Here I am, sitting at my desk, about to go properly deep into my inboxes. While I worked a little bit every day that we were away in Lake Louise it wasn’t enough to stop the inbox glacier from creeping ever larger, and today I’ve made coffee, set everything to “ignore” (including the house, which looks like a stampede of bison went through) and put my phone in a drawer.  Me and this inbox are going to tango till one of us drops, and it’s not going to be me. Before that particular dance starts though, a quick waltz with you lot. I keep saying to myself that I’ll blog as soon as I’m done with (insert absolutely unfinishable task here) so today I’m reversing it. You first, then once more into the breach, dear friends.

When last we saw our heroine, she was sitting in a hotel room, tapping out a blog post surrounded by skis and mohair, a combination that isn’t nearly as odd as it sounds, despite the infrequency of the mix.

My complete inability to demonstrate any sort of monogamy to a knitting project continues unabated, and so I’d taken five (5) projects with us for a seven (7) day holiday. Just think about that for a minute.  That means I thought I’d finish almost a project a day, while skiing six hours a day. I took two pairs of socks, a sweater (adult, only half way through the front) a cowl and a shawl. (The shawl and sweater never even made it out of the suitcase.) Both pairs of socks saw active duty (still in progress please stand by) and the cowl sort of turned into two cowls and I finished one on the flight on the way there, and almost the other.

Yarn: Canon Hand Dyes, Ombre Cowl Kit in Agatha Lace (70% mohair, 30% silk) Pattern, Ombre Cowl Hood.

Other than the part where I left a muppet’s worth of mohair fuzz everywhere I went, I loved making that cowl so much that the minute I finished (and despite having another two projects with me on the plane) I started another smaller one with the leftovers from the first one. It won’t be as big as the first, but still a proper cowl, I think.

It was bliss. Plain knitting, round and round, no pattern no fuss, 2 strands held together… It was knitting as comforting and cozy as a cup of hot soup.  I breezed through it completely, and it turns out it was perfect ski knitting.  The needles were big and blunt, and the yarn light as a cloud, so I felt fine about asking Joe to carry it in his pocket so that I had it to knit during skiing.  I worked on it at lunch, on the gondola, the lifts (if it was warm enough to take my hands out of my mittens.)

Upon reflection, it was this knitting/skiing combination that made it possible for me to finish any knitting at all, and I feel sure that if I cared less about the well-being of my husband, and worried less about the catastrophic consequences of him taking a spill down a mountain with Signature stiletto needles in his pocket, I probably could have finished the socks too.

Feel the love, Joe.

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Modification Monday: Botanical Hat

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Botanical Yoke Pullover Knitter Extraordinaire: Sandra (Ravelry ID) Mods: Using the ribbed cable yoke from the pullover as a guide, Sandra created this gorgeous hat with the same yoke chart. Great details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: You what is wonderfully forgiving for sizing when knitting

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Knit bits and a cast on party!

My Sister's Knitter - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 02:36
Happy Sunday! I missed last Sunday, please forgive me. While I can't promise that I will post every Sunday, I can tell you I will try very hard. I am still in a temporary home setting, so at times it is hard for me to feel settled enough to create... Andi
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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 11:19

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Clouds in unexpected places. I adore these, so magical. Why busyness is the new laziness – you don’t have to think about what you are doing with your life and if you are actually happy if you are constantly busy. Workism is making us miserable. I don’t know

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Where to?

Yarn Harlot - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 14:23

Whoosh, I’m back on other side of the continent, for the third time in four weeks though I didn’t make it as far as I have the other two times.  First there was Madrona in Seattle, and then I was back for the Strung Along Retreat and now – hold on. Let’s back up. I’ve known for a while that if I’m not careful to keep a firm grip on my schedule these few weeks it will all turn into a nightmare rather than an intense phase, so let me try to keep it all in order, and let’s do it on the basis of what I was knitting when.  We’re all really knit-centric anyway, it probably matters more than location.

So, first I was knitting gnome socks – that was Madrona, and I was knitting them because it was Cameron’s birthday, and he’d been gone for several months, working far away. He got this idea to combine his birthday with a homecoming party, and somewhere along there it became a Gnomecoming party (don’t ask, the man appreciates a pun more than I do, and that’s saying something.) The minute I heard Gnome I was on it, thanks to this pattern.

Well, you’ll notice that mine is quite different than that one, so maybe it’s more like thanks to the inspiration of that pattern.  It comes in a women’s medium, and Cam’s a men’s large, so there was some upsizing involved. Also (and here’s sentence I never thought I would type) there was a few too many gnomes on those other socks for my liking, so I reduced the gnome intensity. Also, Cam likes stripes.

The yarn is West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply (a favourite of mine, especially for nice solids.) Most impressive about these socks is that not only did I trot them all over Madrona -but I managed to finish them before the party, and I had a few minutes to make appropriate wrapping arrangements. (Full disclosure. I finished at 1am the night before, which is technically the day of, but I don’t think so because then I went to bed.)

It turns out gnome wrapping paper to put your gnome socks in is harder than you think, so I drew some.  I feel like leaping on a theme is always best – and these count as my February socks, so I’m two months into my own little sock club, and doing fine.

Next, I was off to the retreat and so I wound some…

Actually – I can’t tell you that now.  Joe and I are on holiday in Lake Louise, and I just bugged him to get ready to go ski, and now he’s ready and I’m typing, and that doesn’t seem totally fair – so off we go. We had such a gorgeous day yesterday, and today we’re both pretty excited to get to the mountains.  Stand by.

(Or sit by, it’s easier to knit that way.)

 

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Modification Monday: Modified Rye

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Rye Knitter Extraordinaire: Tyne (Ravelry ID) Mods: Used twisted ribbing for the cuffs, and a twisted ribbing frame for each side of the garter stitch panels, adjusted the instep for a better fit. Great details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: When you know how you like

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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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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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