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Modification Monday: Color Craving

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Hedgerow Knitter Extraordinaire: Liz (Ravelry ID) Mods: After steeking the cardigan and trying it on, the yoke didn’t fit properly. Liz cut off the yoke, and knitted a circular cabled yoke instead. Info can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: Talk about making lemonade from lemons! Imagine you

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Non-knitting travel is greatly over-rated

Knitting to Stay Sane - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 22:22
HI THERE. My friends, it has been a winter. Not the worst winter ever, but definitely one filled with cold and ice and its fair share of colds and minor illnesses. While I’m never in a hurry to get to the heat of summer (If it could top out at like 28C and then dip […]
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April loves...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 16:12
Hello loves! Yarn~ BAERENWOLLE BAERfoot in the color Lucy in the sky with diamonds Book~ You by Caroline Kepnes Tea~ Yogi Kombucha Green Tea. Here we are- we made it to another weekend! Well done us.:) It is going to be an amazing day, do you know how I know?... Andi
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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Biblioburro: The donkey library of Columbia. A really sweet 4-minute video, if you have a moment to watch it. How to change careers, according to 3 women who did it. You have 100 blocks of time in a day. How do you want to spend those blocks? This

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What Every Knitter Needs

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 19:36
With Herlacyn blocked and officially in the FO ranks, I decided to turn some of the scraps and leftovers into the one thing every knitter needs.

 

A new pair of spring-weight mitts worked in a warm gradient ...


 that just happens to match her new favorite afghan.



Goofy? Yes, but it was fun to crank out a fast, easy project that also helped put a dent (however small) in my growing pile of leftovers. And every now and then, what a knitter really needs is a touch of whimsy.



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Reviewing my knitting goals...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 15:17
Happy Sunday! Yarn~ Fondant Fibre Superwash Polwarth in the color Harmony. Drink~ Green Monster Smoothie. While I am not one for New Year's resolutions, I do think it is a good time to set some knitting goals. One thing I really wanted to focus on in 2018 was to participate... Andi
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Maybe Cloning

Yarn Harlot - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 16:26

Home again, home again. I wonder how many times I’ve typed that over the years.  It’s a miracle I’ve never followed it with jiggity-jig, which is absolutely what I’m thinking. (This is the exact moment when one of you scans the archives and comes up with sixty-three times I’ve followed it with exactly that, not a one of them I’ll recall.) These last few weeks, I’m bucking the feeling that as I do all the right things, I’m in all the wrong places. This feeling was summed up on Wednesday morning as I missed the Bainbridge Ferry by about 20 seconds – despite careful planning and what should have been a foolproof plan.

I stood there on the dock, watching it sail off, and thought to myself “Well, that’s about right” and sat down to knit until the next one came, mostly content. I was on my way back from Port Ludlow.  After realizing that Susan’s funeral was going to be held during the retreat we just had there, I’d decided to go anyway. Actually, I hadn’t as much decided as I’d realized that there was just no way I could be anywhere else. The retreats we host are pretty tiny, and there’s only three a year, and there’s just no way to change when they are only a few weeks out.  It was difficult to see the family load up and head for Ottawa while I got on a plane for Seattle, we all felt bad about it, but every time I felt like I was in the wrong spot at the wrong time, I reminded myself that I was of service to Susan when she was alive, and that meant a lot more to her than my attendance at a service.  (It has been my experience thus far that other than in your imagination, dead people really don’t hold you to account much.)  It turns out that it’s not as much that I’m in the wrong spots – it’s more that I can’t seem to be in two places at once.

The rest of the week passed in a blur. The retreat was super busy, with Debbi welcoming a grandchild just days before we gathered there, and then it turning out that she actually was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and having to go home a little early.  (I know she wished she could be in two places as well.) I did conference calls for the Bike Rally on my lunch breaks, I answered email between class and evening events. I caught a break when a crazy winter storm whirled through Toronto on the weekend, cancelling the first training ride of the year – and relieving the feeling of being in the wrong place when I couldn’t attend it. Thursday exploded in a jet lagged blur- trying to get all caught up, and yesterday… technically I don’t remember anything about yesterday except I ran out of time to do everything on my do-do list and dinner was a salad with mint. That’s all I’ve got.

Little Elliot’s first birthday party is here tomorrow. I was in Texas two weeks back on his actual first birthday. I sort of felt like I was in the wrong place that time, but it was really the right thing to go to the fabulous DFW Fiber Fest and make up deserting the year before, though I did feel a little pang when the pictures of the birthday boy arrived on my phone.  Thankfully, our little guy is blithely unaware of the calendar, so we shifted it so I could be here for the big celebration. I’ve been pushing hard all week to get his birthday sweater finished, and I can admit today that I’m not going to make it. This hasn’t stopped me from trying, inexplicably.

Pretty, isn’t it? It’s Hearst, and the yarn is Alpha B Yarn “Kiwi B”, an Australian Polworth that she dyed just for one of the Strung Along retreats a few years ago. The colourway’s named for the co-ordinates of Port Ludlow. (If anyone’s coming out to Knot Another Fiber Festival next weekend, she’ll be there I think.  I also think there’s a few spots in one of my classes, the lecture one – Knit Smart. Fun and useful, I promise.)

Today, I should have been at the rescheduled first training ride, but I woke up with tons to do, a birthday cake to bake, a backache, and the absolute inability (emotionally speaking) to push my road bike over the snow piled up by the garden gate. Maybe if I did have a clone I’d be willing to send her out into the cold to ride, but as long as it’s me there’s just no way.  I’ll wait for the temperatures to at least be double digits before I get out there.

If you need me, I’ll be here, more or less, baking cake, answering email, looking wistfully at my bike and my knitting, thinking that this would all go a lot better if there was two of me. Peace out.

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Modification Monday: Foxy Lady

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Foxy lady genser  Knitter Extraordinaire: Kristin (Ravelry ID, blog) Mods: Eliminated the colour-blocked stripes from the yoke, and adjusted the length to be more cropped.Details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: Simplifying a pattern is an amazing way to make one or two standout details really pop.

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Making me happy in my knitting world...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 15:14
Hello, loves! What a lovely week filled with hours of knitting time, a bit of cooking and reading. One of those weeks where you think to yourself there is so much to love in this little virtual knitting community in which I reside. So much to be grateful for, to... Andi
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FO | Herlacyn Heatwave Afghan

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 10:30
Last week, I promised you a proper FO post for my Herlacyn Heatwave afghan. I love how it looks, now that blocking has worked its usual magic. The stitches relaxed, the bumps disappeared, the seams are much straighter, and the borders lay flat.



As you can see, it features a warm gradient created using six shades ranging from pale yellow to red, and against the rich black background, the colors pop. The colors are arranged on the diagonal from the lower left to upper right, so they were worked in this order:
  • Left strip: Provincial Rose, Tropical Coral, Buttercream, Banana
  • Center strip: Cherry Moon, Provincial Rose, Tropical Coral, Buttercream
  • Right strip: Barn Red, Cherry Moon, Provincial Rose, Tropical Coral

Herlacyn was designed with stashbusting in mind, so I was determined to work with yarn on hand. In the end, however, I had to order more Cherry Moon, because there was so little left after last year's rainbow Valere afghans and I wasn't in the mood to play yarn chicken.

Herlacyn Heatwave AfghanPattern: In development
Yarn: Cotton Fleece (Brown Sheep)
Needles: US 8 (5.5 mm)
Size: Small / baby
Dimensions: 27 x 35 ins
Yardage: ~670 yards
The back side is attractive, but it has a different look and feel. Because of the wrapped stitches, the colored triangles resemble appliques and almost appear stitched on rather than worked as part of the fabric.



Don't tell the other afghans, but Heatwave is my new favorite. It has fantastic drape, and the strong geometric shapes and cheerful colors delight my simple heart. It's also the perfect weight for our chilly spring weather and it will transition well into summer, when a soft, light afghan is welcome on a cool morning.
I'm itching to cast on another in cool blues and greens, but that may have to wait. A shawl, a pair of mitts, and a vivid rainbow afghan are already on the needles, and they're all crying out for some well-deserved attention.


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At the End(s)

Yarn Harlot - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 20:59

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After Years of Failure, Knitter Proves That She Can Be Taught

PORT LUDLOW, Washington, April 13th, 2018

In a Stunning reversal absolutely nobody was expecting, this morning Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, upon finishing her Russell Street shawl-scarf thing, had only fourteen ends to weave in, out of a total of about fifty-eight (58) for this project.

“I can’t even explain it” the knitter said, while looking visibly pleased with herself. “Everybody talks about how they’re going weave in the ends as they go along, but I actually did!”

As told to this reporter, at the outset, Stephanie looked at this project and realising that there were so many ends, was able to look into the future and see that (as she so eloquently put it) “this was going to be a total %^%$#-show.”  At regular intervals throughout the knitting of this accessory, she then stopped several times and worked on a bunch of the ends so that it wouldn’t all face her at the conclusion.  “I could just tell” she exclaimed, shaking her head incredulously “that if I left them, if all of those ends from all of those mini’s were staring me in the face when I was done, that I’d put it off until later.” (Here, this writer did not ask if the “later” that she was speaking of was actually that thing Stephanie does where she shoves mostly finished knitted stuff into closets for seven years rather than do a little bit of finishing work.)

“I just told myself that I wasn’t going to be that kind of knitter this time…” she said, while blithely ignoring that she has yet to weave in the remaining fourteen ends. “I can’t believe this happened. I made a commitment, and I followed through.  Do you see this? I actually wove in ends as I went along. This doesn’t really happen. I’m like a unicorn.”

When last seen, she was entirely smug, an emotion she scarcely deserves, since she’s really only just done what she was supposed to all along, and fourteen ends remain.

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week 4 ways to fit decluttering into your schedule, no matter what. On finding friends who are like-hearted, rather than like-minded. This is exactly how I feel about spring, too – My least favourite season. I have a fear of operating rooms (more specifically, I’m terrified of being operated

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Finished Knit: Heyworth Mitts

Knitted Bliss - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 11:00

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Without a doubt, spring is the perfect season for fingerless mitts. Especially if they are the colour of flower petals. Pattern: Heyworth Yarn: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise Blend (70% merino superwash, 20% cashmere, 10%nylon) in ‘Romantisch’ Needles: 3.25 mm and 3.5 mm (US 3 and 4) Mods: None Not that you know it from the many, many

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Modification Monday: Flight Cardigan

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Seamless Saddle Shoulder Pullover Knitter Extraordinaire: Uncia (Ravelry, blog) Mods: Uncia changed the pullover pattern to be an open front cardigan with a cabled front band, and a horizontal cable band at the hem. Her project page has fantastic, detailed notes on how she made this cardigan, check out her project page here.

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Knit stitch here, knit stitch there...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 04/08/2018 - 14:54
Happy Sunday loves! How was your week? Mine was filled with lots of knitting. While nothing was finished, I felt like all of the thousands of WIPs (exaggeration), got some knitting love. A stitch was put here and there. Pattern~ Vanilla Yarn~ NanoStitch Lab in the color Alkaloid New projects... Andi
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Want Straight Edges? Try this Trick

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 04/08/2018 - 10:30
Whew! The last end has been woven and my Herlacyn afghan is blocking as we speak. 

I promise to do a true FO post soon, but in the meantime, I thought you might be interested in a few quick tips and tricks to help you block everything from scarves and shawls to cardigans, blankets and afghans with greater precision and straighter lines. 

If you own the basic plain blocking tiles as I do, straight lines can be a challenge. If you're lucky enough to own blocking mats printed with a grid, you're ahead of the game but you might still find these tips helpful. Blocking wires provide a nice, straight edge, but they don't work for all projects.

Since I like to keep things as simple as possible, here's what I do. First, I connect as many blocking tiles as I need. Then, I tie a slip knot in a piece of string and hook it over one of the nubbins at the top edge of the mat.



I run this string down the full length of the mat and wrap it around the corresponding nubbin at the bottom, making sure it's taut and straight to form a guideline for the left edge.



With the edge established, I begin spreading the entire piece over the blocking mats, continuing to run string lines between the top and bottom as needed. In this instance I ran four vertical lines (one for each edge and one for each seam).

I then start patting out the lumps and bumps, pinning things into place using the strings as a visual guide to align shapes, seams and edges. 

I keep my tape measure handy and continue to make adjustments until the end result looks something like this:

In this instance, I was able to use the top and bottom mat edges as a lateral guide, but if I need horizontal lines, I simply follow the same strategy and run strings side to side. It's equally easy to establish diagonal guidelines for triangular shawls or other items with slanted shapes, and if I were making a pile of individual blanket squares, I'd get the strings in place, block the first square, then leave the strings in place, so I could block each subsequent square to the exact same dimensions.
One of these days, I may invest in mats with a pre-printed grid, but for now, this fast and easy trick helps me block straighter seams and edges to improve the overall look of the finished piece. Have your own favorite blocking tips? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Soo…. China is building a rain making system that is bigger than Spain. I’m not sure if this is an awesome thing that will help prevent catastrophic droughts in impoverished countries, or a terrifying step towards environmental destruction. If all that Marie Kondo minimalism makes you want to

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Fine it was tofu

Yarn Harlot - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 16:23

Yesterday I left the snow and general crap scene of weather in Toronto, and made my way here to Texas, where I’m at the DFW Fiber Fest, an event that I really adore.  It’s got a great vibe, and they’re such nice people, and I thought that even before last year when they were so sweet when I bailed on them to go home for Elliot’s birth. I like them so much, and am actually so grateful for that gift that I am here again, even though it means missing his birthday. They let me be there for the most important one, I can miss this for them, and I got to see him for Easter before I came, and it’s only a day, and you get it.

Truthfully, I was feeling sort of bummed about Easter. It’s usually such a nice holiday for us, low pressure, and all the Spring birthdays get rolled into it, and we have a great dinner at my mum’s and this year I felt like it wouldn’t come together, no matter what I did.  In the end (and I know you’re probably tired of hearing this, but it’s still a problem over here) I realized that I was trying to make it just like the Easters at my Mum’s, which obviously can’t happen because she’s not here and we can’t go there, and I gave up. You’d have thought that I would have figured this out at Christmas, but I didn’t. I accepted that it wasn’t going to be the same, that I couldn’t force it (though I tried for a bit) and I made some new traditions, as many as I could think of – though tried to keep them rooted in the way we do things.  My mother wasn’t there to make a ham, and we don’t eat ham anyway, so I made a vegan ham.

(Fine. It’s tofu. Whatever. My brother eats ham and he said there was “nothing wrong with it” which isn’t a completely ringing endorsement, but is a pretty ecstatic reaction for a carnivore to have to a vegan ham, if you ask me.)

Every year my mum asks me to make this braided bread, but this year I somehow couldn’t so I did bunny buns that I thought Elliot would think were funny. (He did not, but Samantha loved them) and every year I decorate one egg really beautifully as a gift for my mum (she had a whole bowl of them) and so this year I did a bunch.

I figured the girls are all adults, old enough to appreciate them.  I did make the same cake my mother always made, and though not everyone with a spring birthday could be there to celebrate (another stumbling block stumbled upon) Sam and Alex blew out their candles, and Elliot had a practice run. (So far, not his jam.)

We saw Joe’s  family, and we had an egg hunt with the littles, and I knit Elliot some lamb shoes so that he matched the other wee ones.

Pattern: Lamb Shoes, Yarn: Random handspun I found in the closet.

They are charming, and fun and fast to knit, and they come in adult sizes which is something I am really, really resisting out of some sense of decorum that only I feel.  (Everyone else in the family wants me to let go of that sense, and make them all lamb shoes. I think I might have established some unreasonable expectations over Christmas.)

Overall, it was okay – good even, if you try really, really hard not to compare it to other Easters, and just let it be it’s own thing, which is what I am doing, mostly.  Everyone assures me that this odd sense that nothing is right and I’m screwing it all up will pass with time, and I hope so.  There can only be one first of everything without my mum, and we are getting through it.

I mean really, what can be wrong as long as you can look at those little feet?

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Hand Knits to the Rescue, Again

Knitting | Work in Progress - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 15:03
This weekend, I'd planned to pack away the winter-weight afghans and accessories and pull out their mid-weight siblings in preparation for milder weather, but somehow the task didn't get done. This turned out to be a good thing, since after an all-too-brief interval that carried hints of spring, our world is once again coated in snow that's clinging to every branch and twig and turning the world white. 

Luckily, thanks to my knitting obsession, I was able to start the day fortified by that extra touch of comfort only hand knits can provide. As I sipped my first steaming cup of coffee and watched the sun rise, I wrapped my warm and woolly Tikkyn Flagstone lapghan around my legs ...

 
 and slipped my soft, cozy Kintra Blackberry mitts onto my hands.



I donned a heavy marled cardigan (a great thrift store find) and draped my Dojeling Blackberry shawl around my neck and shoulders for extra warmth.



Now, I'm working in my perpetually chilly office with my Flashpoint lapghan tucked over my legs and feet, cheered both by it's cozy weight and the fact that it blends beautifully with the flashes of red, purple and black in my shawl and mitts. (I can be strange that way.)


The calendar may say it's spring, but the weather looks and feels like winter, so once again, hand knits have come to the rescue.


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Modification Monday: Dreyma Inspired Hat

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 06:00

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Original Pattern: Dreyma Knitter Extraordinaire: Lisa (Ravelry ID) Mods: Using elements from the yoke design of the Dreyma sweater, Lisa reworked the original aran weight design into a sportweight hat. Details and lots more photos on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: I love this mod – it just goes to show that

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