Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pretty!

I cast on for this scarf today---I think it is so pretty!

It is the Giant Slayer's Vine Scarf by Andrea Jurgrau, from  Enchanted Knits. I'm not sure you can see, but there are beads in between each of the eyelets. So it is supposed to look like the beans from the magic beanstalk.

But let's move on.

Th yarn is KnitPicks Chroma, in blues and greens, and it so so pretty but a bit thicker than the pattern yarn (which is Aloft, which I think is more like Rowan Kidsilk Haze). But this yarn is so soft and lovely, and the colors blend so beautifully, that I know it was the perfect choice.


The beads get placed using the teeny tiny crochet hook way, and I like that--I had beads in the stash and have both blue and silver beads that Im randomly using. I'll do a close up for the next update.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekend Highlights

I finished the Prolix mitts.
This is a great, fast pattern--you can do them in a day.

Miss Comet got a new toy.




And promptly performed a squeakerectomy.



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Colubrida and Prolix

Doesn't that sound like a novel? Perhaps a Margaret Atwood novel?

Anyway, I finished Colubrida yesterday. I realize I have called this project several different incorrect names including Columbria and probably Colubria. Anyway, a Colubrida is some type of snake.

But I finished it, took a photo of it in the sun, and am now blocking it in the fog:


I need to go adjust the blocking to make it a bit more crescent-like. The bottom color is very close to the real color.

I also started and finished first of a pair of Prolix Mitts from the book "Knockout Knits" that I'm doing as part of the Loopy Academy.

Worsted weight yarn + dropped stitches = fast project.




Friday, September 26, 2014

Almost there

I have about fifty rows left, but the last 32 or so are decreases in every row. So this one is wrapping up (ha HA it is a wrap, get it?).
Thanks for all the positive support for the Inversion Braid. Here is where it stands now:




Jessie Cat finds it fascinating!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Inversion braid cowl

I was awake before the alarm and had a brainstorm on knitting a cowl with the inversion yarn.

I'm calling it the Inversion Braid.

Basically, I'll knit three strips and braid them, and voila the cowl.

However, the twist is that I'll knit the strips off a base, one at a time, and the different strands will be held on waste yarn or a stitch holder  while they aren't being knit.

Dimensions:
9 inches wide
The cowl itself will be 26 inches long and then joined at the base.

Given that sock yarn is about 6 stitches per inch, I'll cast on 54 stitches and knit a few rows in garter, then divide into three strands of 18. I'm using size six straight needles. I will knit this in garter to avoid rolling.

So I start with six rows (three ridges) of garter.



Then on the next row I knit 18 and slip the next stitches to a holder.
I'll knit this strip til it is 26 inches long, then the middle strip, then the last strip. I won't bind off but move stitches to waste yarn. Then I'll braid.
Then all the stitches go back on the needle and I'll knit six more garter rows.
Then bind off, and sew the two ends together.









Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Right on Time

It started raining last night--so fall is definitely here (the calendar agrees).

Usually the fall rains (that lead into winter rains, that then turn into spring rains) don't start til about the middle of October. We'll probably have some warm, dry and sunny days but I think it is pretty safe to say that we're definitely done with summer. We took the dogs for a walk this morning (two miles instead of our usual longer walk) and we got pretty soaked--luckily it is not too cold. I always wonder why we don't continue our long summer walks into the fall and winter but this morning I realized why: 1. cold. 2. dark.

I'm going to make eggplant parm today with eggplants from last week's CS box...that's a pretty fall-y thing, right?

And in the good news department, one of my PhD advisees and his wife had a baby early this morning, so welcome to the world Caroline Jack Pittman (to be known as CJ to most people, and Jack the Quack (go ducks) to me).

This is almost done:


Because the yarn is almost gone and the beads are almost gone.

Jessie cat was all cute in a cat ball yesterday but woke up when I tried to take her picture.
And was displeased.

The venison food is miraculous.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Back from hiatus..

..is Columbria. I worked on it yesterday during football and finished another set of repeats. I have four sets (out of ten) left and then the decreases.

IRL it is much greener. WHY DON'T CAMERAS TAKE THE RIGHT COLORS?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Planning ahead

I love casting on. I could cast on for things all day.

But you know where that leads--lots of projects and nothing finished.

I love buying yarn too. I'm being more thoughtful though--buying yarn with a specific project in mind and also matching stash to patterns I find.

So all this is a non sequitur to my winding of new balls of yarn that I just bought.

One of my favorite online yarn stores is The Loopy Ewe and the shop is sponsoring "Loopy Academy" where you knit three things in the fall with a specific goal (and you buy yarn from the shop too). Upper right hand corner is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted, which must be knit into mits. To the left of that is Socks that Rock Heavyweight, which must end up as a hat. And below that are Fibernymph Dyework's Inversibles: two skeins of sock yarn that are 'inverse' of each other, and those must end up in a cowl.

I'm not sure of the patterns I'll use but I just ordered the book Knockout Knits by Laura Nelkin. I saw some mitts (the Prolix mitts) knit up on Kristin Kapur's website, so I know the Lorna's Laces will be knit up into that. There are a few other patterns in the book that might work for the cowl and the hat, so stay tuned.

Finally, to the left are three colors of Miss Bab's fingering. I'm a big fan of multi color knitting, and I bought these because I love the colors and Miss Bab's yarn (check them out here. What you see is not one skein--it is three skeins twisted together). Anyway--I'm planning  to make Exit 0 (that's exit zed, fyi) once the pattern comes out next week (I should do the swatch. Yeah maybe later).

And of course I have other stuff that I had planned a month ago--I finished three of these seven and one is on the needles, along with the purple beaded scarf and the Arwen. Plus three shawls that I started and haven't finished. And mindless socks. So that is...four plus two plus four plus three--thirteen projects planned. That should hold me for a while.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Kind of magical



So two pictures here--of the same scarf.
The top picture is a close approximation of the yarn color. The bottom is a good image of the faux cables. FAUX CABLES! Awesome. And there are beads in there too.

This is a one skein recipe--but you have to string the beads on. Great pattern!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hmm.

I finished this last night and did a quick 'soak and stretch' but maybe it needs a real block with wires and such.

Because I'm not sure how to wear it:

Like that?
The pattern has two photos--one wrapped around a model's head and another stretching it out like a butterfly wing. That might get uncomfortable after a while.




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Time for a sleeve

The way Arwen is constructed is this: you knit part of the front side, then cast on for a sleeve connected to the front side, then knit the rest of the front side plus the sleeve including a cable band, then you finish the sleeve and knit the hood.

So basically, this is the only straightforward part of the whole knit:

Except for the back, which is just a huge stockinette rectangle.

Monday, September 15, 2014

I have no idea how this will look when it is finished

You know, I love items with different and/or unusual construction. It takes a level of faith that is a big leap for me to take. Like the first time I knit socks on two circs--the instructions were written so it was impossible to visualize what would happen but someone told me " just follow the instructions and you'll be fine" and I did and I was.

I love the color changes in this.I'm using Mini Mochi in a long color change, sort of a gradient, and a black.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Same Woodlander, Same Camera....

...inside (no flash) and outside (bright sun):



In real life, it looks much more like the bottom one.

Here is a close up:

Taken in sunlight.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Arwen

I knit "A Cardigan for Arwen" right after the pattern came out (I think in 2006--gah) and I do love it although, like many others, I find the sleeves a bit 'tight'.

The other day I saw a pattern for a baby sweater using the same reversible cable and I thought "maybe I should knit another". It has the things I love--cables and a hood.

So I found the pattern (updated with instructions on how to make the yarn bigger) and found Rowan Calmer in the stash, and so even though I have a gazillion other things OTN:


Reversible cables are brilliant!

Friday, September 12, 2014

It grows

Here is a bit more of the Nymphiledia pattern. It gets more interesting as the long color change yarn starts to change color:
 
You can kind of see the changing colors, yes?

Today is my last week day 'off'--contracts start Monday and classes start two weeks from Monday (we are on quarters--three ten-week terms in a school year. I love it in the fall and hate it in the spring). I accomplished quite a bit although I didn't get all the books I wanted read.

Once I go back to work, I will miss spending a lot of time with these sunbeam loving creatures:





Thursday, September 11, 2014

A few more

These were mindless socks that I knit in the car:

And I cast on for Nymphiledia:

And I have two more projects to add to my list: I"m going to knit another Cardigan for Arwen and also a purple scarf with beads (BEADS!). Pics of the projects soon.


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Halfway

The Columbria is moving forward, I'm exactly halfway through (I know this because I'm done with the increases and now start on the decreases).


Catching up

I'm still in a good mood from vacation, believe it or not, and little by little taking time to get ready for the upcoming school year. Our contracts start Monday, and classes two weeks from Monday. We are on 'quarters' and thus begin late, as you might be able to tell.

The mitts are done:

The right one is a bit wonkier than the left one, I think it is a bit bigger because I knit it on vacation and was a bit, well let's say less strict on gauge etcetera. I'm going to go block them now so hopefully they'll look the same.

On our last day, in Mendocino, I went to the Mendocino Yarn shop and bought two skeins from a local farm:

Both natural colored, both incredibly soft. The top one is mohair and the bottom one is something that will be made into mitts or a hat.

It just might be the season of the mitt.


Monday, September 08, 2014

Coastal Escape

Tim and I (and Pilot and Comet) took a week to drive down the coast to California. It was a beautiful escape that gently nudged us out of our routine and gave us a great opportunity to unwind and relax.

We left on Labor Day and drove across Oregon to have lunch in Florence and then down to Bandon.  We stayed near several sea stacks and that evening took the dogs for along walk on the beach.

The next day we drove down to Trinidad, California, where we spent three nights. On the way we stopped for lunch at Crescent City to see the Sea Lions that hang out at the pier, and then took the scenic route through a Redwood grove.

Trinidad is beautiful.
We rented a house on a cliff overlooking the harbor, and took several long walks (the above is from Trinidad Head, I think) and did a panel on Stone Lagoon. We also loved just watching the water, and Tim spent a lot of time photographing sunsets.

Then we drove down to Mendocino, taking the "Avenue of the Giants" to get there---a beautiful road chock full of Redwoods. We took a short hike and saw them 'close up' which is almost impossible as they are so tall:



See Tim's red shirt there at the bottom?

Mendocino was fun---we took a sea kayak trip through sea caves which was, truly, the most fun I've ever had kayaking.

And there was yarn, but that is for another day.


Wednesday, September 03, 2014

More Woodlander

This is just turning out so beautifully!

Just tilt your head to the side to see what it will look like!


Monday, September 01, 2014

Hidden Gusset

I'm almost done with this one--a few rows at the top and then the thumb. This yarn, from Zen Yarn Garden, must have some cashmere in it because it is quite squooshy. Nice gold 'Go Ducks' color too.