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27.11.13

Ariana

I took the top to the shop yesterday and Deb took a photo for me.  I tried doing one on my own at home, but it wasn't working out.  I have a big smile because I really love this project.  It was fun to knit and looks really good.  Rowan Felted Tweed is the perfect yarn and the charcoal color grew on me.  I want to make one for myself.

Detail of the lace and front gathering.

Happy knitter!

25.11.13

FO!

I finished the Ariana Shell and it is now drying.  The Rowan Felted Tweed DK was the perfect choice.  I made it larger, as I prefer it as a vest instead of a shell.  I am wet-blocking the sweater which made the fabric easier to measure and smooth into shape.  Maybe it will be dry tomorrow and I can take it to the shop.

The lace border is a nice finish to this project.  I enjoyed knitting it.
(After looking at this photo I smoothed out the left side to match the right.) 
The lace yoke was knitted flat and then grafted together.
Above that you can see the four-row seed stitch neck band.
My next tasks are to get more patterns on Ravelry, finish Monkey Jacobus  II, start Christmas cards, and then get some small projects finished.
Thanksgiving will be just the three of us this year.  Nice and cozy.  I did not buy the turkey yet and hope to find a small one.  Last week there were none smaller than 11 pounds!  That is a LOT of turkey.  My last class of the month is today and that gives me time to tidy up the house and decorate.

19.11.13

SSK

Sit, Sip, and Knit...not only at the shop, but at home. I am knitting up samples for upcoming classes.  It is good to get past picking up stitches and reading charts at home so I can move along quickly to finishing projects by taking them along with me.  Getting the fiddly bits out of the way at home works well for me.  If I take something complicated to knitting group I would have to frog everything and do it over again.  We are a fun group, although not necessarily quiet!

Last week at SSK our table was knitting with purple!
The Ariana Shell is so beautiful.  The charcoal color has grown on me and since it is tweed, there are lovely little pops of color in the yarn.  It is joined in the round as of yesterday and I am working the stockinette portion of the body for 14-inches before the lace border at the bottom.  This is a well-written pattern and I like the simple construction that appears complicated.  I think it is a perfect class project choice.

Lace yoke is worked flat, ends are grafted together in a circle, and stitches are picked up on front and back.
One Valentine Mitt is complete and the second mitt is well on its way to the finish line.  The mitt in the photo is not blocked yet.  When I finish the second mitt I will block them at the same time.  another perfect class project perfect for learning how to read a chart, knitting in the round, etc.

Purled hearts on the Valentine's Mitts.

The final session for Monkey Jacobus is tomorrow.  I am at the monkey's bum.  This will be a gift for a little girl.  I think this little monkey needs to have a dress.
Little monkey is taking shape and the face appears more duck-like than monkey.  Once the muzzle is added, the personality begins to show.



12.11.13

My Moosie Has Arrived!

The wait is over--my Moosie arrived today while I was at SSK!
The box was at the front door...

...I anxiously opened it and saw my name...the suspense is driving me crazy!


Shiela Bosworth test-spun it for me and I am so happy.  It's just beautiful.  

The whorl has a pin weight by the notch.  The weight is 39 g/1.39 oz,
and the shaft is Kamphi Rosewood.  It was #3 in the release of ten spindles.

I finished spinning the roving that was on it and plied it.  

I may have to name it Bullwinkle.  This is the obligatory Moose and Squirrel photo.

7.11.13

Playing with sticks and string

Anyone that knows me knows I love color.  I bought some Ella Rae worsted wool and have had some fun knitting small projects.  Just to keep it interesting I also whipped out the Kureyon Kozy.

Tablet Cozy--a good pattern for learning how to do stranded knitting.
Pattern by Kristin Nicholas

The perfect project for that stray skein of Noro Kureyon (Kureyon Kozy).
Both projects are upcoming classes!

Seeing double!

The current WIP is a double-knit hot pad.  The pattern called for cotton, but I have lots of Ella Rae wool in lovely colors.  Double knitting is knitting two sides at the same time.  My scarf was the first project worked in the technique.  The project is not large, however, when working double knitting it is good to remember that one is working two projects.  The talented designer of the pattern is Wendy from Running Jack Knits.

This photo shows the right side of the knitting (looking at the chart rows are knitted left to right).  Forty cast-on stitches are doubled to 80.  Each stitch on the chart is read as two stitches--knit on one side and purl on the other side.  I hold my yarns as I do for stranded/Fair Isle knitting, continental (pick) in my left hand and English (throw) in my right hand.  Yarns can be held in one hand, also.  Either way the yarn is held the knitter must be mindful of not twisting the yarns (except on the first stitch of each row).  

Shown is the opposite side.  The chart is read from right to left.  Once the pattern begins to show, reading the chart becomes easier.  

Looking closely at the fabric, the purl stitches show in between the knit stitches.

I have a class coming up very soon November 18 and 25, using this pattern.  I hope you will give double knitting a try.  This would be a nice hostess gift for the holidays.  Perhaps design a different motif...happy knitting!

5.11.13

Card Sweater

I finally got this little project finished and Joanne is checking it over for me.  The flap was a challenge to get it exactly the way I wanted it and I liked my last one for the sample and even re-knitted the flap by itself to make sure the decreases, stitch numbers, and buttonhole placement were correct.  The pattern should be on Ravelry soon.

This is a nice companion to the Starry Java Jacket. 

I made a card for the sample.

3.11.13

Spin and twist!

Yesterday I did a spinning demo at Share Fest.  It is always fun to see friends and share my love of spinning with others.  One little fellow, five years old, was so cute.  He explained to me how my wheel worked (very accurately, too) and then helped me spin my spindle.  Later a little girl came by and enjoyed how the spindle was spinning and proceeded to show me how she could spin also.  I noticed her shoes lit up when she walked and I told her it would be nice for my spindle to light up when it spins.  She agreed.

Lyppa is unspun Lopi and I finished the first package of 120 grams.  The Icelandic birch spindle I bought in Þingborg is wonderful easily holds 60 grams.  I was able to spin the mórauður (reddish brown) wool.  This was exciting, as the singles were just perfect.  The first hank is blocked and the second part is still on the spindle.  I looked up the color name online and found the definition here.
mórauður (Icelandic)
Origin & history:  From mór ("peat") + rauður ("red").
Pronunciation:  IPA: /ˈmouːrøyːðʏr/
Adjective:  reddish brown, peat-coloured (especially of sheep, wool and dogs)

A lovely name for reddish brown in my opinion.  The roving was delicate and wispy to spin but very strong and stable after spinning.  Drafting was smooth and easy.  Up to now I avoided spinning singles and will be anxious to see how many yards I have between the gray and the reddish brown.  It is between the thickness of Einband and Lett Lopi.  My fingertips are soft, too.  The wool has a slightly sheepy smell, which is not bad--clean sheep smell no vinegar.
Just enough twist to hold together and very little over twist.  

About 60 grams in this hank.  

The spindle was getting a little heavy, but I was able to fill it with the rest of the wool.

1.11.13

Project Ariana

This is the latest sweater sample for the shop.  I bought the pattern from the Ewetopia booth at Shepherd's Harvest this year and it is a lovely top (Ariana Shell).  I want it to fit like a vest, so I'm working on the 38".  I have to block the lace and I want to see how long it is before picking up the stitches for the body.  I substituted Rowan Felted Tweed DK for the original yarn.  The lace was a breeze to knit even though the instructions are written, normally I prefer charts.
The lace yoke is a 16-row lace pattern.

Rowan Felted Tweed DK in charcoal is the perfect yarn choice for the project.