I’m happy to share with you another yummy colorwork project … my second Sleeping Beauty Cowl. This project took me approximately 1 day to finish :-) I have fallen completely in love with the designs in Anne Podlesak’s book “Legendary Knits.“ If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, please do. It is a real treat!
My second Sleeping Beauty is knit in a delightful pairing of yarns … The Unique Sheep’s Lux Gradiance in “Peacock” and Shibui Knits Cima in “Ashes.” Since the Shibui Knits yarn is a lace weight, it was held double throughout. The yarns have yielded a cowl with incredible hand and drape as well as luscious softness and fantastic color. Nom, nom, nom!
What have you been working on this week? Do you have a certain pattern or project that you simply can’t get enough of? Do share!
With the weather cooling off here and just a tinge of color appearing on leaves, thoughts turn to warm wooly things and cozy sweaters.
A friend had asked if I would be interested in knitting an Aran sweater for her son and I jumped at the chance. I love knitting cables had the prefect pattern in mind. Ever since I received a copy of Jane Austen Knits 2011, I have been itching to knit An Aran For Frederick by Kathleen Dames . The meandering and twisty cables in the center panel, the shape and style of the sweater, and all that wonderful texture … makes for a dreamy pattern! I’ve got a few inches done and am loving the way that it looks. It is going to be such a wonderfully cozy sweater!
What have you been working on lately? Started knitting a pattern that you’ve been dreaming about for a while? I’d love to hear!
Today’s WIP Wednesday post is extra thrilling for me. I’m going to do something super scary and completely new to me …. I’m finally taking the leap. This is the week that I take scissors to my knitting for my first ever steeks. Yay!
I’ve wanted to try steeking something for several years now and have just been too terrified to give it a go. Each year in January I say to myself, “I’ll do it this year … This is the year of the Steek for me!” and then I chicken out. Well, not this time! After knitting the Mushroom Hat and receiving some kind words of encouragement from Adrian I’m finally ready to give it a try.
Last night, after I put the kiddos to bed, I searched through my stash of bits and bobs of handspun and found a happy mix of colors to cast on the Mushroom Pulse Warmers. I am flying right through that knitting … I’ll be finished this afternoon and will wash and block tonight … and am eagerly anticipating the steeking process. Keep your fingers crossed, I’m hoping that I get they dry by tomorrow! lol
Knitting in the garden
Honeysuckle, roses, irises, and birch trees … you can almost see our house hidden behind all the wonderful greenery.
This is what my Saturday looks like this week. I had planned on cutting the grass but Kirby said that if I wait until tomorrow, we’ll do it together so I guess I get to enjoy this gorgeous afternoon by doing a little knitting in the garden. Pictured above are a few of the lovely flowers growing around me. The smell is divine and I am serenaded by bird song.
This is our little slice of heaven
I had planned on doing a WIP Wednesday post on this hat but I enjoyed knitting it so much that it was finished by Tuesday night. Talk about red-hot-needles on Tuesday huh? lol
The pattern for this hat was adapted from Natalia Moreva’s Ukrainian Roses mitten pattern. It was one of those patterns that I just knew I HAD to knit as soon as I saw it.
I cast on with 3.5mm needles and DK weight merino and merino/samoyed blend yarns and worked 1″ of corrugated ribbing and then started the colorwork. The Ukrainian Roses chart for the back of the hand, repeats 4 time per round to make the hat.
This was an incredibly fun pattern to knit from. I loved watching as the rose gradually appeared as I knit. I am looking forward to eventually knitting the mittens as well.
Happy Friday All!
Look-ee what arrived in the mail today!
I had been scouting round for a second hand copy of Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns for a while now and was super excited to find one on Ebay. When it arrived today, I couldn’t wait to start flipping through the pages. There are just so many interesting stitches and techniques that I want to try from this book! From the quick glance I took through it, I’ve got some fun ideas brewing already. I know for certain that I am going to get a ton of use out of this book and you can bet that I will be keeping my eyes peeled for the other treasuries as well.
Do you have certain books or stitch dictionaries that inspire you? Do tell!
Well, it is official … I’m hooked on Stephen West’s designs. I just can’t seem to get enough of them! Enter Barndom …
I started on a handspun version of this shawl (because if there is anything more fun than knitting one of Stephen’s designs, it is knitting it in handspun!) but I just couldn’t get the yarns I had chosen to play nicely together. After trying multiple times to get a stashed handspun yarn to go with the handspun I had chosen for my main color, I said “To Heck With It!!!” and grabbed some really lovely Belfast Mini Mills Specialty sock and cast on with that instead. I’m super happy with how it is progressing so far and it is knitting up really quickly. I started knitting this yesterday
So what crafting do you have on the go now? Are you in Holiday Crafting Crisis mode or are you kicking back and having some fun? Me? I’m having FUN!
Long time no see everyone! November has turned out to be an even crazier month than I had originally anticipated. I’ve decided that this is the year to step out and actually participate in some of the craft fairs around here so I have been busy dying wool, spinning yarn, and printing patterns to stock my table. I spent a very enjoyable day last Sunday at MachPhail Homestead in Orwell and I’m looking forward to the craft sale this Friday and Saturday at the Wellness Center in Montague.
With all the preparations for the sales, I’ve still managed to get in some of my own spinning and knitting. This week I’ve started on a second handspun Daybreak (and I feel another one in the near future as well!). This shawl is for a kettlebell buddy
I chose 6oz of lovely natural BFL that I had in my stash and dyed it up in shades of green, hints of gold, and brown. Then I decided that it needed to be spun up into a plump and bouncy fingering weight singles. I’m really pleased with how the yarn turned out.
I paired it up with some plain white handspun that I had in my stash and got right to knitting. I’m on stripe 12 of 16 now so I’m really cruising along. I’m hoping to give the finished shawl to my friend next week.
How had your November been so far? Are you getting lots of crafting in? Do you sell in craft fairs? I’d love to hear all about your month so far!
After almost two months, I’m finished knitting my stripe study shawl. This project was so many firsts for me and I’m really in love with it. Actually, I’m wearing my new shawl right now and it is incredibly cozy.
The fiber that I chose for this project was June’s club shipment of 4oz of Shetland wool in “Field Of Dreams” colorway by Spunky Eclectic and some lovely natural colored BFL. Both skeins were spun up during Tour De Fleece.
The pattern for this shawl is Stripe Study Shawl by Veera Välimäki and it features an asymmetrical shape worked with short rows and it knit entirely in garter stitch.
One of the new techniques that I tried out with this particular project was spinning woolen style with a long draw. It was an interesting experience and I was fairly satisfied with the yarn that I produced but I do need to practice this draw more as my yarn was a bit uneven in places.
I found the Stripe Study to be a very easy and satisfying knit. It works up quickly and the short row strips are very fun. Add in rainbow colors and it gives the shawl even more pop.
The most difficult part of the project was taking the photos. It is REALLY had to take photos of a shawl that you are wearing! lol
Now that I’m finished this project, I’m hoping to spend some more time on my Rockefeller shawl as I am very eager to finish that up and wear it as well. The evenings are getting a little cooler all the time here so I need lots of handspun shawls (and handspun socks) to snuggle up in.
Happy crafting all!
I’ve been working on a new, top down mitten pattern and we did our photo shoot with them today. Many thanks to my super awesome husband for modeling them for me
These mittens were a really fun knit. They start at the fingertips and are worked down to the wrist. AND they’re knit up in yummy handspun yarn. The fiber I used my mittens was 4oz of Gotland in “Robin Red Breast” by Spunky Eclectic.
I’m hoping to release my new free pattern for these fun mittens by the end of August so be sure to stay tuned!