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June Loves...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 15:27
Hello there! Pattern~ Birdie Yarn~ The Yarn Collective Pembroke Worsted in color Pyrite. We are now in July...amazing. Despite looking forward to cooler months, I would like life to slow down just a smidge. Wouldn't that be lovely. Even lovelier I am so happy to be enjoying a four day... Andi
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Afghans Year Round

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 12:30
People often ask, How on earth can you make afghans in the middle of summer?

It's a logical question and the answer is simple: Modular construction.

Herlacyn Heatwave

Modular construction keeps the project compact and portable. When time is short, it allows me to work a few quick rows because rows are short, too. And, it makes it possible to knit afghans anytime and anywhere without the weight of a full blanket in my lap (or dangling from my wrists).

Yarn choice makes a difference, obviously. Cotton Fleece contains a touch of wool but has a soft cottony feel, so it's an especially good option for summertime knitting and use. That little bit of wool helps my stitches stay even and adds the spring the cotton needs to keep from stretching out of shape during use.

Drumlin Brights
Four Seasons, another cotton-wool blend, was one of my favorites, but sadly it's been discontinued and I'm still searching for a comparable substitute.

Breidan Berry


Wool-silk or wool-bamboo are also good choices. A couple summers ago, I spent a very hot and sweltering July knitting this wool-silk version of Flashpoint, but because it was worked in components, it was no problem whatsoever.

Flashpoint Blue
There are several small and light weight projects on the needles and drawing board, but contrary to logic, much like last spring and summer, many others feature wool. Luckily, the wools I'm working with are merino so they're light and lofty, not fuzzy and hot. I'm still swatching for this afghan-to-be, but hopefully it will be on the needles before the month is out.


It's hot, humid and the height of summer, so it may sound crazy, but yep, I'm still making afghans.

If you're in the US, I wish you a fun, fiber-filled and very happy Independence Day.

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Still in the kitchen

Yarn Harlot - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 13:46

Thank you all so much for all the kind words about our little Millie. It took me forever to read all the comments*, because I could only get through so many before dissolving again, and I’m trying to move past this phase where I weep desperately about a cat 43 times a day. The world is full of big and important things, and here I sit, completely trashed over a tiny mammal. Her food and water bowls are still in the kitchen, neither of us seem to be able to get rid of them, and we haven’t had a conversation about her box, or her scratching post. These little artifacts – her brush, her comb, the jar of catnip… we’ll have to do something about them I suppose, but for now, we avoid looking at all of it, and don’t talk about it.  Even knitting has been a bit hard, since she always sat right beside me while I did it, and her absence triggers the aforementioned weeping. I’m not really a weepy person – so I don’t know how to knit and weep at the same time, and it turns out that just holding your knitting doesn’t get much done.

**

I’m trying to change that today though, because Robyn is still pregnant, and although she has plenty of sympathy for the loss of a pet, I can’t imagine she’ll have patience for it much longer, and despite a baby or two having broken my streak, the suspicion lingers that babies don’t come until their blanket is done. I don’t want her thinking that her continued condition is my fault.  I’ve not been carrying it with me because charts and huge blankets aren’t good around-the-town knitting, but today I’m packing it along. It’s starting to feel impossible to finish the thing, and that means I need a big chunk of knitting time to get ahead of its inertia. I swear I’ve poured an entire other ball of yarn into it and you can’t really tell.  This may mean that I’ve done that thing where the blanket is bigger than I thought again, but no way to know until it’s not so scrunched up on the needles. We’re going to war, this blanket and I. It ends here. It ends now.***

 

*Thanks too for the Rally donations in Millie’s memory. They are very touching, and make me laugh, which is a lovely antidote to all that weeping. That cat didn’t even know what a bike was.

**It is raining again, so that picture looks like I took it at night. I swear I don’t know how many more rain days I can take.

***Ok not now-  there’s a lot of the edging to go, but it was a satisfyingly dramatic thing to type.

 

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FO | Valere Summer Rainbow

Knitting | Work in Progress - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:30
My knitting is so often out of sync with both trends and weather, I'm as surprised as you to find I've finished this summery version of Valere while it's actually summer. And the timing couldn't be better.

Mornings and evenings have been delightfully cool, and this blanket is the perfect weight to throw over bare legs or drape around bare shoulders (yep, I've been known to do that) to ward off the chill. The fact that it's made with soft Cotton Fleece adds to its summery feel.
The last time you saw this, the borders were curling and the usual lumps and bumps found in works in progress were highly visible. Blocking worked its magic, so the borders lay flat, the stitches have relaxed and the bumps have disappeared.
This version features five fresh shades plus four colors from the Vivid version, and it's interesting to see how differently the repeats (Lapis, Cherry Moon, Mint, Tropical Coral) appear when placed against a cream rather than black background. From bottom to top (in the order worked), the colors are:
  • Left strip: Lapis, Hawaiian Sky, Provincial Rose
  • Center strip: Sugar Plum, Light Jade, Tropical Coral
  • Right strip: Cherry Moon, Mint, Buttercream

There are other differences as well. Somehow, I managed to cast on with the wrong needle size (that's what happens when most of your knitting is done late at night after a full work day), and by the time I realized my error, I'd completed one full strip. 
Rather than frog and restart, I decided to continue as I'd begun and work a deeper border to offset the slightly smaller dimensions. The end result is actually wider than the first Valere and only one inch shorter, so it was a good solution.

Valere Summer Rainbow AfghanPattern: Coming soon!
Yarn: Cotton Fleece (Brown Sheep)
Needles: US 7 (5 mm), US 8 (5.5 mm)
Size: Small
Dimensions: 27 x 35 ins
Yardage: ~630 yards
Playing with fiber and color is such fun, I'm sorely tempted to cast on another to experiment with different combinations. I keep picturing this design worked in various shades of gray, or striped banners against a solid background, or solid banners in light colors worked with darker shades for the background, or red banners set against a white border and framed in blue, or ... You get the picture.
For now, those color experiments will have to wait. Eager to see how Herlacyn Heatwave plays out, I am (at least for today) motivated to stay focused. We'll see just how long that lasts.

Looking for the pattern? It's almost ready and should be released within the next week or two.
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Millie BadCat

Yarn Harlot - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 22:53

From the moment I saw her years and years ago, I knew Millie was the cat for me. She was very small, and the tag on her cage at the Humane Society said that she liked to chase moths, and I thought that made her a knitter’s cat for sure. Turns out she didn’t give a crap about moths, but she was a hell of a mouser, and regularly attempted to make short work of every animal in the neighbourhood.

It wasn’t at all unusual to have to unhook her from the front windowscreens where she hung, hurling invective at some enormous dog she felt sure she could end if she could just get through the damn window.  She slept on my head every night and went on hungerstrikes when I left town. She liked to put her tail in my bath. Her favourite food was pizza, she was tidier than we were, and she taught all the girls to hang up their coats through the magic of urine… and I didn’t know just how much I loved her until today. She drove me crazy.

Millie was an old lady by now – in human years she’d be in her nineties, and up until the last few days she’d been having a pretty good run. She still made her rounds every morning to make sure that there were no squirrels that needed threatening, and she continued to raid the compost bin if the lid was left open, fulfilling a deep passion for any food that was not intended for cats.  In the last little bit she’d become very skinny, and seemed to have less energy, and today a visit to the vet for what we thought was something minor became very major indeed, and we said by to our little cat just an hour after a diagnosis so devastating that there was nothing else to do. She was a very, very good cat, and we wouldn’t have wanted to see her suffer for a minute longer.

I’ll get back to knitting and fundraising tomorrow, goodness knows both need doing, but  tonight I think I’ll just have a really good cry for my 3.77lbs of wee beast.

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Modification Monday: Full Length Deschain

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Deschain Knitters Extraordinaire: Susannah (Ravelry ID) Mods: Susannah created this amazing modified Deschain pullover by casting on fewer stitches on both sides, lengthening the sweater, added waist shaping, and lengthened the arms to compensate for the reduced width. Details on her mods can be found on her Project page. What Makes This Awesome:

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Dream knitting...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 14:37
Good morning to you! Once again I send many thanks to all of you for your wonderful advice and thoughtful words about my "feeling behind" post last week. I took tips from many and it made for a better week. A common theme in the comments was- prioritize. That is... Andi
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Simple Mirror Gradient

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 12:30
Mirror gradients and ombres are one of the easiest ways to transform a few colors into something interesting and dynamic.

As the name implies, mirror gradients feature a series of colors worked in sequence then repeated in reverse to create an echoed or mirrored design. The basic strategy is straightforward and nothing could be simpler than this version, which requires only two colors.

Mirror Gradient: Colsie Mitts 
Yarns. Champagne (Grignasco)

Stitch. This the same fast and easy slipped stitch I've been using for a range of quick mitts and gradient examples. It creates a very stretchy, reversible 3x2 ribbed fabric, and the occasional slipped stitch adds interest as you transition from one color to the next.

Strategy. This version features five equal sections. To work it:
  • Choose two colors.
  • Work section 1 with CC1 only.
  • Work section 2 with CC1 and CC2.
  • Work section 3 with CC2 only.
  • Work section 4 with CC1 and CC2.
  • Work section 5 with CC1 only.

In the example shown, the colors were worked as follows:
  • Section 1: Teal
  • Section 2: Teal and Cloud
  • Section 3: Cloud
  • Section 4: Teal and Cloud
  • Section 5: Teal

The end result is a pleasing, balanced gradient with infinite possibilities. The version shown features one complete five-stage gradient sequence, an approach that works for any piece large or small. Or, you could repeat it multiple times to create a scarf, cowl, shawl, stole, sweater, hat or afghan. (If I didn't already have so many projects on the needles, I'd be working Twegen in a series of mirror gradients.)

This example features equal segments, but you could create a very interesting effect by working more rows in the solid sections and fewer ones in the striped sections, or vice versa. Just remember to consistently mirror the sequence as you work the piece.
From stockinette and garter to seed and slipped stitches, mirror gradients work in almost any stitch you might choose. Seed stitch is particularly attractive, because it creates a wonderfully blended effect in the transitional striped sections.

If you're in the mood to experiment, try pairing two lonely singletons from stash. Start swatching, or do what I often do and make a quick pair of mitts. Opt for contrasting colors as shown or for closely related shades to create a tonal ombre effect. 

I can't speak for you, but I'm heading to my stash now to look for interesting combinations that might shine in a simple mirror gradient.



PS: For those who've inquired, the Colsie Mitts pattern is in development and will hopefully be available soon.
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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Wait, you don’t need to peel a kiwi? Mind. Blown. How to support a friend who is dealing with anxiety. How to fall asleep in under a minute. I think it takes me a bit longer, but it does work! This was an interesting read, about how the

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easing into summer

Autumn Geisha - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 21:36

Breathing a huge sigh of relief that another school year is over! Now summer can truly start. We've been keeping it slow & relaxed on our days off: sleeping in an hour later, hanging out at the beach, treating ourselves to Rita's in the hot afternoon heat (totally addicted to their mango ice & vanilla custard gelati) & enjoying some easy summer meals. We even recently found a hidden local gem, a secluded creek with its own tiny deserted island & a dock just big enough for my beach chair. While the guys play with their kayaks & paddle boards, I've been making good progress on my cozy memories blanket.


being kind to my future self by weaving in the ends as I go along
A blanket might not be the most ideal summer project but adding those colorful squares is addictively fun. Keeping it in a lightweight cotton project bag makes the knitting more manageable.


As far as the summer reading list goes, I have a delicious stack of novels just waiting for some attention. I am midway through this one by Alice Hoffman and really loving it. The story is set in New York City during the early nineteen hundreds and is a compelling mix of history, mystery and love story, all of which is my cup of tea.

I hope that your summer is off to a good start as well. We are heading to the ocean next week so I am counting on getting lots of knitting and reading in.
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Monday was a stinking slag heap of a

Yarn Harlot - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:12

Monday was a stinking slag heap of a day. Monday’s scene was scrambled, it couldn’t get itself together, and despite noble, persistent and good-natured attempts by yours truly to bring it around and call it to its higher self, Monday didn’t even try to work things out with me. I tried with Monday, I really did. I tried going for a training ride – it’s been so hard to find the time and energy, only to get a stinking flat tire. (Which I changed, with no amount of struggling for good humour.)  I trudged through it, attempting to charm it into submission, but Monday proved too much for me, and after spending the evening’s knitting time trying to untangle a ball of yarn that had contorted itself into something that looked like it had been in a toddler’s toy chest for a week,  I fell into bed that night thinking the best thing an optimistic person can after a day that’s clearly out to get them, which was “well, at least it’s over.”

Tuesday? Tuesday wasn’t as bad as Monday, but let’s be clear, it lacked the joie de vivre and decent good sense that any day attempting to follow a train-wreck of a Monday should have had. Tuesday didn’t even try.  I gave up on Tuesday last night when it rained on me last night and the porch roof leaked.

Today? Today is, rather literally, sunshine and roses.  I went for a training ride by myself, and it was nothing short of lovely. Not too hot, not too cold, very sunny but I didn’t get a sunburn, my inbox is almost sorta kinda under control, and I am finally ready to start the edging on this baby blanket.

The chart I devised even works, and I have a clever idea for the corners that I think will work, though I’m not far enough off from Monday and Tuesday’s pale curse to go so far as to say I’m confident. My jeans fit just right, and tonight I’m having dinner (it’s Joe’s turn to arrange it) and a cuddle with Elliot Tupper, and he has learned to smile and has the beginnings of a clumsy laugh,  and does his best to pretend he likes me best. (Joe will argue and say it’s him that’s the favourite, and even that charms me.)

Happy Summer Solstice, my friends (except for Cameron and other knitters in the Southern hemisphere – for them it’s one of my favourite days, the Winter Solstice. Light a candle. As of today, the light is on it’s way back to you.) Tonight we’ll sit in the garden, ignore the weeds, and marvel at how long it stays light.

How’s your day?

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Blame It on the Champagne

Knitting | Work in Progress - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:00
Like many of you, I have more things on my to-do list than any reasonable person could hope to accomplish in a month of Sundays. Nonetheless, this hasn't stopped me from adding another task to the roster. Here's what happened.

As you well know, I have for years worked diligently to ensure my entire stash fits into its designated cupboards in a reasonably organized fashion.

The problem? Inside the cupboards, yarn is stored in assorted non-matching bins acquired over time. Many are a tad too long to fit comfortably, so they sit lengthwise on the shelves, eating up valuable real estate. Others fit okay, but they don't stack securely and teeter precariously. Add in the wear and tear some are showing after years and years of use, and a litany of minor annoyances has grown into a true aggravation. 

I inadvertently added to the problem when I ordered a handful of Grignasco skeins to supplement those already in stash. Lush and lovely in subtle shades of steel and cloud, this yarn became the tipping point. 


I prefer to keep like yarns with like but to accomplish this, I had to empty, rearrange and repack several bins, just so the Grignasco skeins could share a common home.

During the process an ancient bin gave out, cracking at the corner, which prompted a fresh spate of rearranging and repacking. Technically, everything still fits in the cupboards, but now, bins that were once comfortably full are close to overflowing, and more containers are teetering precariously than ever before.

All of this is a long way of saying I'm now on a mission to find clear containers that fit neatly on the shelves and stack securely. I could be knittting, swatching or designing something new. I could be cleaning my home or weeding the garden. 

Instead, I've been totally preoccupied, scouring the interwebs for affordable storage solutions that won't break the bank.



So yes, indeed, I blame it on the Champagne.


PS: If you have yarn storage suggestions, feel free to share.

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Oh, Frogging!

Knit and Tonic - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 16:31
They call it "frogging" or "tinking," and sometimes "ripping out." I guess it really depends on what you're doing. If you've just found an error and have to go back a row or two, it's called "tinking," or "tinking back."... Wendy
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Modification Monday: Misty Dissent

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Dissent and Misty Meadow Knitter Extraordinaire: Joy (Ravelry ID) Mods: Combined elements of two different shawls into one new shawl! Details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: It sounds complicated to combine two different shawl patterns, but Joy did it brilliantly and made lots of common sense

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Swatch Stories

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 12:30
As a dyed-in-the-wool swatcher. I love experimenting with new stitches, testing different types of yarn, and playing "what if."

What if I:
  • Change the yarn or fiber? 
  • Change the needle size?
  • Use a different yarn weight? 
  • Work alternating rows in different colors? 
  • Twist a stitch or slip it instead?

          Test Swatch: Drumlin Reversible Afghan

My fascination with reversible stitches helps fuel these what-if scenarios, and there are weeks where I happily devote every hard-won knitting minute to the soothing task of swatching.


          Test Swatch: Breidan Reversible Afghan and Wyndfael Reversible Mitts


For better or worse, this obsession has existed for a very long time, so through the years, I've compiled an extensive list of reversible and potentially reversible stitches.



       Test Swatch: Tikkyn Reversible Afghan

Lately I've had little time for anything but the projects and patterns already in progress, so recent swatches have been practical rather than experimental. The sole purpose of these was to illustrate how yarn weight affects scale:


         Test Swatches: Lucben Reversible Afghan


Frankly, I miss the fun of experimental forays.

          Test Swatch: Which is the right side?


It's time to mend this hole in my knitting life, so periodically I'll be spotlighting some of my favorite stitches in varied yarn combinations.
          Test Swatch: Twegen Reversible Afghan


We can examine them, discuss the pros and cons, explore their best uses, play with fiber and needle combinations, and see how these variables influence the end result.
          Test Swatch: Dojeling Shawl

        Test Swatch: Alaris Wrap

Along the way, we'll have a chance to share our best go-to stitches and perhaps discover some new ones to add to our personal lists of all-time favorites.

So what's your swatch story: Do you avoid it altogether? Swatch for fun? Swatch only for upcoming projects? Do some mix of the three?


Wishing you and yours a very Happy Father's Day!

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Breath and knit...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 07:38
Hello there, happy Sunday! Pattern~ Petunia Dursley's socks Yarn~ Wren House Yarns in the colorway Rocketpop It is so lovely to stop and be able to chat with you all. I have been feeling that "late for something" feeling. Do you ever feel that? Despite not really having anything that... Andi
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I think it’s in the living room

Yarn Harlot - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 20:32

Random thing the first: I got on my bike this morning and took about sixteen deep breaths before pushing off and going to the gym.  (Did I tell you about this? I’ve started picking up heavy things and putting them back down again. I’m absolutely terrible at it, but that’s not the point. Avoiding osteoporosis and staying strong is the goal, so it doesn’t matter that I’m a pathetic weight lifter. I’ve got the bar low. Literally and figuratively.)  Four trips across the continent, a retreat and several birthdays in a row have finally managed to knock the organization off me and left everything a mess. (The fact that my unpacked suitcase is still in the middle of the living room is a terrible sign. Note to self, tidy that.) I’ve also given up trying to make a blog post with flow.

2. The retreat was great, as it always is, and the yarn bombings were beyond compare – as you can imagine from a group inspired by World Wide Knit in Public Day. (We tried to knit in public, but when you’re at a knitting retreat it’s hard because knitters are the public. We did our best.

3. We had some fantastic yarn bombings this time, but I think this was my absolute favourite, metres and metres of icord, knit from leftovers and wound through the railing on the landing of the Inn.

The best part of it was watching it grow. The first morning there was a few rows, then the next morning it was a little bigger, and by the last day it was as you see it, the whole thing filled in.

Nobody saw how it got to be there either, it was like a vine that only grew in the night. Non-knitters thought it was cool, but the knitters were bananas for it. (That’s a lot of i-cord.)

4. On Wednesday, which just so happened to be my birthday, I left Port Ludlow at 8:30am, and staggered through the door (after a car ride, a ferry ride, another car ride, two planes (one cancelled and re-booked) and a taxi) at 2:30 am and it was not the best way to spend your birthday ever devised.  I admit, it had a lot of knitting in it, which should have been decent groundwork for a birthday, but failed to deliver.  I tried to be chipper about it, because I was travelling with Jen, but the truth is that I miscalculated how I’d feel about it, and it wasn’t awesome.

5. I felt bad about this until (while I was just thinking about whinging about our cancelled flight) a friend I was texting with said I should call a do-over. This is apparently a completely legal birthday manoeuvre that I have somehow gotten to be 49 years old without knowing.  It turns out that if a birthday looks like it’s about to go sideways, you can call a do-over, as long as you do it before you’ve had the whole birthday. (This is, I suppose, a way of making sure that you don’t cheat and get out of hand, trying to get more birthday than you properly deserve.) I get the feeling that you need to call it before there’s a cake with candles in or something else that’s irrevocable, but luckily for me, all I’d had was a frisking at security. (Hardly seems like it would count.)

6. I have decided to have my do-over on Sunday, when I can see my family and have dinner with them instead of getting that Happy Birthday text message with the balloons over and over again, which while thoughtful, is not even a little bit the same.

7. I have not seen Elliot in 10 days, which is a record. Joe got to see him day before yesterday and I am so jealous I could die, but that’s unbecoming, so I’m trying to get over it. Not only have I called do-over for Sunday, but also dibs on the baby.

8. The blanket is not done but I am getting close.

That’s a lie. If I’m lucky I’ll finish the border today, and then I still have the edging to do.

9. Thank you to everyone who sent donations for the ride for my birthday – trying to get everyone on Team Knit (that’s me, Jen, Ken, Cameron and Pato) to their goals is an amazing Birthday gift, and all I really need. I was especially charmed by the donations of $49.

10. This is because I am now 49.  I think what I love best is that PWA is going to be absolutely flummoxed trying to figure out why on earth someone would donate $49.  (For the record, our Lady Jen was 43 on June 12th.)

11. Tomorrow, rain or shine (because we’re running out of training time, we have to ride even if it rains) Team Knit will ride their bikes 92km. (That’s 57miles, for my American friends.) We’ve all set our phones so that they ding when we get a donation for PWA. The ride tomorrow has a lot of hills, and I can’t tell you what that ding does when you’re halfway up one. Puts the whole thing in perspective.  The only member of Team Knit that won’t be on his bike tomorrow is Cameron, who’s still working in Australia, and spending a lot of time worrying that I am going to ride my bike faster than him because he’s not able to train.

12. To be fair, this is pretty much my goal.

Karmic Balancing Gifts? Game on. I just have time for a few. (PS, if you missed how this works and have no idea what we’re on about, then see here.)

First up, from the rather amazing Lucy Neatby, we have a gift of 10 of her amazing DVDs. I’ve got all of these and they’re amazingly helpful, even if you’re not into the topic. (By the way, if you’re not the DVD type, you should try her craftsy classes. Lucy’s a really, really great teacher.) Lucy will be sending Knitting Essentials 1&2 to Erin F.

Sock Techniques 1&2 to Clair S.

Knitting Gems 1&2 to Amanda H

Knitting Gems 3&4 to Janet A

and Intarsia Untangled 1& 2 to Evelyn U. I hope you love them as much as I do. (PS, don’t try to watch while you’re knitting something unrelated. It’s disastrous.)

Next  up, three great gifts from Sarah at Sea Turtle Fibre arts in Calgary. First, she’s got this gorgeous set of gradients that she’s sending to Meg W. (She’s including a co-ordinating skein of Charcoal, you lucky duck)

a Kit to make this Goldfinch Shawl by Drea Renee, including the pattern and 3 skeins of their Riptide MCN Sport for Emma F.

and last, but certainly not least, a set of our three of their most popular Rainbow colours on Ridley Sock: Dark Side of the Moon, Rainbow Brite and Rainbows and Unicorns will be going to Patricia J.

So perfect for Pride month Sarah, thank you!

More Monday, assuming tomorrow’s ride doesn’t kill me. (Oh, the hills.)

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 16:04

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week An interesting source of inspiration: The Museum of Failure. I wish I could search on Netflix for these genre labels. Summer can sometimes feel like a bit of a creative slump, so here are 13 ways to nurture your creativity this summer. I can’t believe I just read

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Dyeing Yarn: My First Time

Knitted Bliss - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 11:00

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I have been dragging my feet on this blog post, all because I was disappointed with my photos. But considering I took a full day yarn dying workshop and tried my hand at dyeing yarn for the very first time, it seemed a shamed to not share the experience because of less-than-great photos. So here

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WIP | Herlacyn Heatwave

Knitting | Work in Progress - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 10:00
Have you ever had a project simply elbow its way onto the needles? That's precisely what happened here:



As a general rule, I try to have no more than one large project on the needles at a time. Since I was already eyebrow-deep into work on the summer rainbow afghan, I was determined to wait, but this hot little number just wouldn't take no for an answer.



This is the first project using one of the gradient combos we looked at a few weeks ago, and I'm eager to see how it works out. Each strip will incorporate a slightly different mix of these colors, ranging from light to deep:
If things work out as planned (feel free to laugh, I am), the colors will create a warm gradient that travels across the finished afghan on a diagonal path, from the lower left to the upper right.

There's no doubt about it, having two afghans on the needles slowed knitting progress to a crawl, but hopefully the final results will be worth the wait. The rainbow design is currently in the finishing stages, and once it's done, I hope to see this project move from a snail's crawl to a turtle's ponderous but comparatively peppy pace.

What unexpected projects have found their way onto your needles lately?


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