Sunday, January 04, 2015
Not that I haven't been creative. I've been cooking a fair amount:
What have you been up to?
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Fishbones hat for the Sergeant, using yarn he brought back from Iceland.
The Holden shawlette, using Kogu yarn. I ran out of the main colorway just four rows from the end, but happily had something similar I could cannibalize from an unfinished sock project, so I just extended the lace rows and made the change look deliberate.
First two feathers of the Dreambird shawl. The pattern's confusing at first (it's translated from German), but the chart is straightforward. I like the German short-row technique!
Friday, September 13, 2013
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
I had this pretty yarn in my stash. I decided to knit up a swatch for a hat I want to make.
When you swatch, you should wash the swatch in the same manner as you would the garment. In this case, I followed the label's instructions to use cool water. I added a little Wool Wash.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
This morning, it was 19 degrees, a record low for May.
It's good to have moisture; these storms have replenished the mountain reservoirs and lessened the likelihood of wildfires. But they keep freezing the buds of everything trying to bloom, and that's a bummer.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
I won't show you a photo of my very ambitious rhubarb plant. It was thigh-high and already flowering. After the deep freeze it was a pile of mush. It will survive, too, but I regret not harvesting it when I could.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Still, the weather warmed up yesterday and I came home to find bees hovering around the hive entrance, and they had drained the feeder. So that's a good sign. And they are finding the few flowers blooming.
More snow is on the way Monday.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Still, I didn't want to leave the house unnecessarily, which meant cobbling together something for lunch with what I had on hand.
That turned out to be farro, apples, sliced almonds, a handful of dried cherries, dehydrated toasted onions, spring mix lettuce and a spicy Asian-inspired vinaigrette that was left over from my book group dinner party on Thursday. I boiled 2 cups farro, toasted the almonds, sauteed the apples briefly in a little olive oil with some dried thyme, rehydrated the onions, and tossed it all with the vinaigrette.
There's enough left for lunch later this week, too! I bought some cheese today to go with it. I think some crumbles of goat cheese will work really nicely with it.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Just when I think I'm doing OK using fewer lifelines, I flub one row and have to rip back 16. Oy. But I'll finish it one day!
The bag is from my friend Karen at Fringe Association. We were able to meet up briefly at Stitches West, which is a big-ass knitting convention in Santa Clara, Calif. (There's Stitches South, East and Midwest, too.) Yeah, I went to a knitting convention. I bought some yarn. I'll show you that later.
Right now I've got to go pick up some stitches and knit back up to the row I flubbed.
You should go buy a tote from Karen. You know you want one.
Saturday, February 09, 2013
Meantime, I got lured into a little side foray. Lucy Neatby teaches double knitting and got me started with a lovely skein of Blue Moon Gaea in Mulberry (I think it's Mulberry). How I could I resist?
Once you've done brioche, double-knitting feels quite familiar. You're working two layers of fabric on one needle. But in double knitting, the two layers remain separate, so you can make things like bags, pockets, straps, double-soled socks, etc. And each side can have its own pattern.
As you can see above, I worked up this swatch on one needle, then separated the layers onto two needles so you can see it's really a pouch.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Well, now I grasp the concept pretty well, and even managed to get my head around working two colors at once. But my stitches are super-sloppy, the overall pattern is distorted, and I can see where I made several obvious mistakes.
Plus I am having my doubts about the colors the first time he saw them, the Sergeant said, "Yay, Oakland Athletics!" So that's all I see now. The Green Bay Packers also come to mind.
(The easy solution would be to make the scarf for the Sergeant, but he doesn't wear scarves.)
So, do I:
- Struggle on with this piece and trust that my stitches will improve
- Struggle on, trust, and add a third color in one of the central leaves to add a focal point of non-sports-team color
- Start over with these colors
- Start over with a different coordinating yarn
That's about 40 rows of knitting there, so it's not a huge waste. I would just cut the strings and start with fresh yarn.
Oh, knitterly dilemmas.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Yes, 2014. This pattern has a cast-on of 361 stitches. You work 121 rows of knitting with short-row wraps and turns, then get to the lace proper. I haven't even counted how many rows that is.
This will likely be a background project I work on in between others with more immediate gratification.
Teeny tiny stitches! And I'm slow.
Maybe I should have my head checked.
Monday, January 21, 2013
I had planned to do a tubular bind-off, but instead went for the easier method of going through two stitches purlwise, back through the first knitwise, and dropping it off. Still took me a couple hours.
Once again, the yarn is two skeins of Mirasol Ushya 98 percent Merino and 2 percent polyamide in Fern Green, from A Knitted Peace.
Thanks to Karen at Fringe Association for nudging me into knitting it, and to Pam Allen for the lovely design.
Now it's on to the next project, which might just drive me around the bend: a lace shawl knit sideways on Size 3 circulars. The cast-on is 361 stitches. Wish me luck!
Saturday, January 19, 2013
The first thing I made on my own was a zipper pouch. I found a free Craftsy class by Kristin Link of Sew, Mama, Sew.
Then I made a drawstring bag to hold my knitting (yeah, I learned the brioche stitch from another Craftsy class, "Explorations in Brioche Knitting.")
There's just not enough time to do all the projects I have in mind (sewing! knitting! sewing! knitting!) but I keep plugging away and once in a while I manage to finish something.
What are you working on these days?