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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:00

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week These gigantic crocheted urchins are so beautiful!! I wish I could see them in person. Knitting as espionage during World War I and II. 13 easy things to reduce stress in your day-to-day life. If you are interested in Pinterest for small businesses, I was on the Business of

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I am like the wind

Yarn Harlot - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 19:17

Randomly on a Wednesday: Subtitle – things I have done since last we were together.

1.  I applied all your suggestions in the last post, and the baby blanket is way, way bigger. This picture isn’t even accurate – because since I took it, I’ve picked up stitches all around the sides, and I’m working the border pattern in the round. Hope is on the horizon with this one, because tomorrow I leave for the June retreat, and I’ll have a whole bunch of travel time. I’m sort of excited. (About the retreat too, although I’m super psyched for the knitting time.)

2. Jen and I went out and did a training ride together. I’m behind on my rides (you would not believe how completely crappy our weather has been) and Jen is even behinder- since she had to wait for school to end and her job to be over to be able to get out there, but get out there we did. A rather good showing of 50km, with no whining, which you should all be really impressed with, considering our ages and the way you can’t knit while you ride a bike.

Jen’s the same as me that way –  her behaviour is mostly yarn led, and we’re both better people when our knitting is in our hands. It’s a wonder we can cycle at all, now that I think of it.

3. I made Elliot a sweet little sun hat (that I assume he’ll wear if summer ever arrives here.)

It’s the Baby Sunbonnet from Purl Soho (they have stuff besides knitting stuff – who knew?) and it wasn’t too hard. It worked out really nicely, actually. There was only one problem.

It was a little big.  I’ll make him another one.

4. By the way, I think it’s way more embarrassing to have a sewn thing come out the wrong size than a knitted thing. It’s not like it changes with blocking or it’s all scrunched up on a needle, and there’s no gauge to shaft you. It’s just… a mistake. Failure to measure.

5. Meg and I spent an afternoon making her a wrap skirt, perfectly adjustable for the post-baby changing figure. She can just keep cinching it in. Elliot was super helpful.

6. That one came out the right size.

7. I flew to Portland on Sunday to meet up with Stephen, so that we could surprise Debbi for her birthday. (There was a party organized, we didn’t just show up.)

I got on a plane first thing in the morning, and so did Stephen, and we met there and went for a walk in the Rose Garden (Fine. We ran. It was ambitious and we ran out of time.) and then we grabbed a hotel, put on pretty clothes and showed up at the party. I’m pretty sure we took a couple years off of Debbi’s life.

8. I flew back the next day. I’m still not sure it was all smart. (I am kinda tired.)

9. I drove Cameron to the airport, because he has to go to Australia for work for five weeks, and I’m not really sure that’s how either of us imagined getting ready for the Rally  – working together as Co-Leads on different continents, but work is work, and we have to pay the bills, and it’s going to be harder on him than me, so I’m trying not to whine. He’s going to do his best from away – and I’m going to pick up the slack here. He packed himself off on the plane with his brand spanking new socks in progress in his carry on (and his almost finished thumbless mittens in his suitcase. It’s like he’s a totally real knitter now- he’s 99.5% of the way there. I’m withholding the .5% because he didn’t worry about being underyarned for the voyage.)

10. I am packing, because tomorrow I head back to the West Coast (I know. I was just there. I know, you’ll say I should have stayed, but I really wanted to have a few days with Joe, and to see Elliot and there was a fundraising meeting last night that I thought was really important because fundraising is behind for the Rally this year) and did I tell you that Jen is going with me? It’s her birthday this weekend (and almost mine) and so we’re celebrating – knitter style. We’re going to party like animals. (By party we mean go to a knitting retreat. It’s the same. Six days away where you only talk about knitting, do work that’s about knitting, hang out around around knitting and only are with knitters? That’s like the non-knitters birthday equivalent of hookers and blow. We’re meeting at the airport at dawn and we’re gonna let the good times roll. )

11. We did a lot of baby holding. It’s super competitive around here. Stay strong Pato. Don’t let the Grampas get him from you. They’re circling like buzzards.

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The Yarn Always Wins

Knitting | Work in Progress - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 15:50
Remember when we looked at different color lineups, so you could help me choose an ombre or gradient for a new afghan? I was experimenting with various combinations designed to use up leftovers, partials and orphan skeins, and asked for your input.

Here's a quick update. Based on your feedback to date, the green gradient is your top pick ...

while this cool combo is running a very close second.

With your sound counsel in hand and a fresh design concept in mind, I was ready to cast on.
Unfortunately, I immediately ran into a hitch. Several greens in the winning combos above wormed their way into the summer rainbow afghan, which means the mint is nearly gone, and the jade and teal shades are severely depleted.
I can't speak for you, but sometimes my need to cast on outweighs every other consideration. Because it was a grey, rainy day, this warm, cheery combination seemed the ideal way to counter the gloom.In a relatively short period of time, I'd made just enough progress to begin easing my need to get this project on the needles. Since then more progress has occurred, but that's a topic for another day. 

Meanwhile, I'm dealing with the classic knitter's dilemma: On the upside, I'm accomplishing my goal to put leftovers and partials to good use. On the downside, as colors dwindle or disappear, so do my options.
For a very brief moment, I thought about standing firm and trying to find a way to work with just the colors that remain. In the end, the yarn always wins, so I'm off to search replacements for the mint, jade and teal, and yes, start the whole cycle all over again.

To see all the options and cast a vote for your favorite, visit Ombres & Gradients: Which Would You Choose? and share your picks in the comments.
To read more about ombres and gradients, click here.
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Autumn Geisha - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 22:37

It's been a wonderful week of celebrations around here :) My niece graduated from high school. Hard to believe that the tiny screaming baby that I saw come into the world is now the confident and caring young woman smiling before me. I am so proud of her, but a part of me wishes that time wouldn't fly by so fast.

This past Sunday was National Cancer Survivors Day. One of my closest friends and I marked the occasion by taking a river cruise down the Choptank River. We ate a delicious lunch, watched the gorgeous scenery pass by and laughed a lot. It was a beautiful day to celebrate life and friendship.

This Friday is the last day of school for the little guy. It's been a successful school year and I couldn't help but cast on a celebratory sock.

pattern: froot loop
These are going to be my Summer festival socks to usher in the season. With all of the sad events happening right now, it seems even more important to celebrate and be grateful for all of the joyful moments that life has to offer, both big and small.
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Modification Monday: Dandelion in a Breeze

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:00

And the winner of the Pom Pom Quarterly Giveaway is … Nicole! The draw was randomly selected based on comments, and her winning comment was: “I love Fete! It might be the bright color, but I love the splash of grey against the pink. It also looks like a statement necklace knitted right onto the

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Why did you start knitting...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 14:36
Happy Sunday! How was your week? Mine was rather busy as it tends to be after a three day weekend. So busy that it had me grabbing my knitting project more often than usual during lunch breaks. Which reminds me how grateful I am for knitting. As I was knitting... Andi
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What the Rabbit Hole Revealed

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 12:30
My search for yarn to supplement the soft and lovely teal and lake Grignasco Champagne had me poised to leap down the rabbit hole, and leap I did. Here's what the rabbit hole revealed.

First, I found this lovely turquoise Tajmahal, which in terms of color and fiber blends nicely with the teal and lake Champagne.

Then, I managed to track down several skeins of Champagne in two understated neutrals. Cloud (left) is a pale blue-grey, while stainless steel (right) is a warmer grey with wheaty undertones.

Both work well with the lake and teal, but cloud with its subtle blue notes is the better option.

Both also work beautifully with the turquoise Tajmahal. (This photo shows the cloud and stainless steel colors most accurately.)

At first, stainless steel seemed a bit ho-hum and I was certain what to do with it, but I quickly discovered a silver lining. It's the perfect complement to these neutral shades of Tajmahal, which have lived in the stash way too long.

So there you have it. The stash has grown by a hearty handful of skeins, but since everything still fits comfortably into the stash cupboards, that's okay. 

This mix of old and new yarns offers so many possibilities, I'm eager to begin testing color and stitch combinations for a stream of shawls, stoles, scarves, wraps, mitts, cowls, sweaters, vests and more. 

But with several afghans and small projects on the needles, my logical side keeps whispering, finish a few WIPs first. Seduced by the tantalizing prospect of fresh yarn fumes, my knitterly side whispers back, resistance is futile.

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Makers Gonna Make (no matter what)

Knit and Tonic - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 15:37
About five weeks ago I had carpal tunnel release surgery on my dominant, right hand. This was the type where they cut and open part of your wrist and palm--not the endoscopic type. The worst part of the surgery was... Wendy
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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 11:00

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week What a magical, wonderful, fantastic idea- because the world needs more love letters. Talk about contributing positivity in the world. Being your true self in a relationship is less important than being your best self. How to prioritize when everything is urgent. 5 tips for hosting your own

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campside shawl

Autumn Geisha - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 23:29

Wow I can't believe that I have another finished knit to show you two weeks in a row! This is the campside shawl which is a pattern that has been in my queue for a long time now. I honestly didn't know if this gradient yarn (Rifton from Jill Draper Makes Stuff) would be the right choice for it but these spring colors were irresistible and I had to cast on. So glad that I did....the color changes kept the knitting interesting. I love the finished shawl and can't wait to wear it while sitting across a campfire roasting marshmallows. It's a terrific free pattern from pompom quarterly and I wouldn't hesitate to knit another one, maybe in a tonal or solid color next time. I'm so happy to have found a pattern for this beautiful yarn which was purchased a few years ago at Maryland Sheep & Wool. Speaking of which, remember this picture from three years ago?

I had jokingly told my husband after coming home from MSW that I should have let him invest in bitcoins like he had wanted. Well, unbeknownst to me, he had used his own money to buy a few just for fun and today he told me that one bitcoin is now worth $2000.00! That's a whole lot of yarn!
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Review: Pom Pom Quarterly 5th Anniversary Issue

Knitted Bliss - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:00

Pom Pom Quarterly has just launched their 5th anniversary issue, their biggest one yet with 16 patterns and a whole lot of celebrating! This might be a summer issue, but it is full of knits you can wear year-round (I know, you toasty people in the Southern US do not agree with me on year-round

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Down the Rabbit Hole Again

Knitting | Work in Progress - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:30
As you well know, I try to work from stash when possible, but am equally happy to invest in yarn if it leverages skeins on hand. For the most part, this is a calm, rational and well-reasoned strategy, but every now and then it hits a decided snag.

Here's the most recent example. Several years ago, I purchased four skeins of Champagne (Grignasco), a luscious sport weight merino-silk yarn, in teal to make a shawl for my lovely Aunt K, but in the end I used a different yarn in a cornflower blue that better suited her coloring and tastes.

Thinking the Champagne would make a scrumptious sweater, I acquired four more skeins in lake for a tone-on-tone effect (left: lake, right: teal).

Time has passed, a new plan is afoot and — yep, you guessed it — to make that plan work I need a third color. Experimenting with different yarns from stash, I thought this combination held possibilities:

Colorwise, the blue Zaffiro (Madil Yarns) worked, but the cotton-rayon-silk blend isn't nearly as springy and soft as the Champagne. Often, that wouldn't matter, but it could become an issue for the project I have in mind.

For better or worse, I've been scouring Ravelry and the interwebs for more Champagne, which in a perfect world would be in the blue-green color family, but contrasting or neutral shades are viable contenders, too.

Feel free to check my math, but what started as four skeins quickly grew to eight, and it's likely several more will soon be joining the clan. I can't speak for you, but I've certainly been down this particular rabbit hole before, and apparently I'm ready to jump down it once again.

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At least it’s on time

Yarn Harlot - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 21:34

I’ve hit that point in the blanket project, I’m sure you know which one I mean. It’s that thing where you look at an innocent looking project, and all you can see is a gaping abyss of knitting ahead of you, and no possible way you could ever be finished.

I know it looks like an ordinary blanket, but it’s my yarn eating nemesis. I’m just beginning the third ball, and the yarn keeps going in, and no knitting comes out. I’m not sure how that’s possible, this knitterly version of constipation, but here I am, and I’m a little worried about this blanket, because it’s got a long way to go, and it’s a bit early to be feeling so wildly desperate when I look at it.  I pick it up, and all I can think of is eighty-seven other things I’d rather be knitting, and twenty two projects I could be working on, and all of them seem better than this white wasteland of woolen despair. (Yesterday I actually cleaned the kitchen to avoid it. Bad sign.)

Usually, when knitting gets like this (and I don’t blame the blanket – every project tries this crap with me at some point) I add distraction.  A good book to listen to, a movie on the TV… I don’t watch a lot of TV, but there’s a lot to be said for a good binge watch of a show at this point, and I can’t believe I wasted the new season of Grace and Frankie on bootees and a sweater that I wasn’t sick of at all. It was remarkably short sighted, because the only way out of this is a whole whack of knitting time to break the back of it. I need to be on the winning side of this blanket. I need hope.

What do you do when you’re sick to death of a project, long before it’s done?

(PS. Don’t say that you knit something else. I’m on a deadline.)

(PPS. I don’t think I’ll do another blanket for a while after this one.)

(PPPS. I probably just got someone pregnant typing that.)

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Modification Monday: Svalbard Cardigan Modified

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 11:00

Original Pattern: Svalbard Knitter Extraordinaire: Emily (Ravelry ID) Mods: Change the swingy, cropped open front cardigan into a sleek button up cardigan with a collar, and added more overall length. Details and additional photos can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: I love Emily’s elegant take on the Svalbard cardigan.

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May Loves...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 14:26
Happy Sunday! How was your week? A quieter week was achieved here. I made a point of reading and taking notes from your brilliant comments and last week resulting in a calm quieter week. Slow knitting accomplished. Want to know the best thing about knitting on a Find Your Fade?... Andi
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WIP | Still Making Rainbows

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 12:30
The simplicity of this afghan design makes it a fast, fun knit, precisely what I need right now to offset the demands of life and work. It's Memorial Day weekend in the US, so I was sorely tempted to set it aside and whip up something quick for the holiday, but I resisted the urge and focused on making rainbows. 

The last time we looked at this project, the first strip was finished:

Since then, the second one has been completed:

And the third one has been, too:

Like the first version, this one features Cotton Fleece (Brown Sheep). To keep things fresh and interesting, I opted for a slightly different rainbow scheme with several muted shades and fewer brights. The off-white background prevents the muted shades from turning muddy and keeps the saturated shades pure and clear. The colors are:
  • Strip 1: Lapis, Hawaiian Sky, Provincial Rose
  • Strip 2: Sugar Plum, Light Jade, Tropical Coral
  • Strip 3: Cherry Moon, Mint, Buttercream
Now that the strips are completed, seaming can commence, and with a little time and luck, the body may be fully assembled before the weekend is over. Then, I can begin tackling the simple border and final finishing steps.

With its soft cottony feel, light background and cheerful rainbow colors, this version is perfect for summer, so I'm eager to finish it and get it into the active rotation.

Happy Memorial Day to my fellow Americans, and wherever you are, I hope you're having a lovely weekend.

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Can’t finish without the finishing

Knitting to Stay Sane - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 19:18
I have a finished sweater! All the pieces sewn up together, and all the ends woven in – ta-da! My Reverse Me cardigan is officially entirely off the needles, and…well, ready to be packed away safely to be worn next winter. But still! It’s done, and now the part of my brain that’s been thinking […]
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Yarn Harlot - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 19:04

Making – The baby blanket. I’m two repeats in, and I think optimistically it’s going to take 15 repeats for the body, and then I can pick up stitches round my square, and get on with the border.

Making– it clear that I know that the blanket and the swatch aren’t the same and I there is no reason to panic, that stitch pattern comes later. There is no need to send me 2445 emails telling me that you are very worried that I am making an extremely large mistake that I have not noticed.  (Although I admit that I am completely and totally charmed by them – I can guarantee that one would say “Stephanie, I didn’t want to leave a comment that might embarrass you but I think that you are using the wrong instructions for your blanket – the stitch pattern looks nothing like the swatch. Thought you would want to know before you knit the whole thing.”)

Making: Our own clothes. The sewing thing went pretty well, I made a pair of pants that are exactly what I wanted – after I ripped the seams out 4 times because of a really weird mistake around Imperial measurements (I didn’t convert them, I just guessed what 65″ was (and apparently I have NO IDEA) and compounded by some strange body image thing that didn’t warn me before I put the pants on that they were way too big.

They are way smaller now. When I get a picture I’ll show you.  We finished shorts for Sam –

and she’s living in them. It turns out that until she owned Power Ranger shorts, she didn’t know there was a void in her life.

I made a skirt too! (I used this semi-pattern, though I don’t take direction particularly well)

It’s reversible – the inside is plain green.

I’m quite happy with it, though it’s a bit big as well. I’ll be moving the buttonhole so I can cinch it a little smaller.

Making: Up my mind that this weekend I need to ride my bike at least 80km. (That’s 50 miles, if you have as much trouble with metric as I do imperial.) I’ve been delaying getting out there as much as I should because I’ve been waiting for better weather (Toronto remains cold and rainy, and a lot of my bike routes are flooded) but while I’ve been waiting the training rides have been getting longer, and now I’m behind and pretty nervous. I rode 65km last weekend, and I’ve been out twice this week on shorter ones, but it’s time to get serious and take my lumps.

That’s what the weather here looks like for the next week. Hold Team Knit in your heart a little this weekend. We’re going to be wet.

Making – up a list because it’s time for the first round of Karmic Balancing gifts!

First up, the kind folks at Rib Magazine (That’s Eric, Devon and Jennie) will be sending copies of their second issue to five knitters Brenda G, Mary H, Karen F, Melora B, and Kathleen C .

I’m in love with this magazine, by the way – if their second issue is as good as the first? You’ll love it too. They say “Rib Magazine‘s exciting second issue NAVIGATE is now available. With four garment designs from Irina Anikeeva, Fiona Ellis, Catrina Frost and Annie Lupton, as well as four accessory designs by Benjamin Krudwig, Maria Muscarella, Anca Mustea, and Louise Tilbrook, you’re sure to find something to knit for yourself or the men in your life.”

Helena, Alexa, and Julie; AKA Oink Pigments have this beautiful skein of their brand new Targhee Sock – 100% USA grown, processed, mill spun, & hand dyed blend of 90% Superwash Targhee and 10% Nylon in “Goldfish Bowl” that will be making it’s merry way to  Joanie S.

Julia at Semi-cool Ceramics (Pop over to that shop, she has some very charming things)  has made a beautiful handmade yarn bowl,

and I bet she didn’t know it when she made it, but it’s for Emma C.

Lisa T just got lucky – she’ll be choosing a gradient bundle like this one,

from all the beautiful choices over at Dirty Water DyeWorks.  Thanks for donating that Stephanie, I have no idea how Lisa will choose.


Making: Myself late. I gotta get downtown. I’ve emailed everyone who lucked out in the Karma department – and there will be (way) more to come. Thanks to everyone for the amazing donations and the wonderful gifts and you’re all my favourites.

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:00

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Films condensed into a single image- so hypnotizing. Dumbo is my favourite. Loved this Marie TV video on the two words that help make changing a habit so much easier. I started trying it, and it does work! I needed this so bad: How to make an unpleasant

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Good News

Yarn Harlot - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:08

I know that nobody out there could possibly be as worried about this as I was, but the yarn is here.

Let the great blanket sprint begin – and yes, I know that swatch is tiny but I say it counts. Casting on in 3-2…. oh, wait. I have to get dinner together first. Oh, and answer that email. I’ll do it right after, crap. I’m due at Meg’s place.

Today. It begins sometime today.

(PS, Thanks for everything on the post before this one, you guys are amazing, and Team Knit is creeping towards its goals. We love you!)

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