Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cold, Warm, Cooler, Warmer, Rain, Rain, Rain, Rain...

Welcome to autumn in the Midwest!

I did some fall cleaning of my to-do list for knitting, updated my plans for 2015 projects list, and cleaned up my WIPs piles around the ranch.

Currently, I have a length-wise scarf in silk yarn and camel/silk yarn that's just monkey knitting. I take to places/gatherings were I do more talking than paying attention to the pattern.

And then I have this in the works, based on the Women's Shrug Bolero Jacket. It's more a vest, and it's made out of local alpaca wool, spun with bits of merino wool. I've added a few inches to each panel as "the girls" are much larger than any of the models I've seen wearing the shrug/vest.

I've said it before, I'm not one for "mock cables." However, this? It's actually quite nice in the patterned panel.

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Saturday, October 04, 2014

Six Weeks Later And There's Snow Flurries

Seriously. Back in August, heat and humidity we had not seen all summer long this year. Today? Snow flurries this morning as I walked the Tank. Welcome to living in the Midwest.

And while the blog has been idle of news, I have not been so unproductive. I studied like a possessed person and passed my boards (massive relief), managed to catch my first cold of the autumn season (damn it), and get a bit of knitting done.

This is for a friend who celebrated a milestone birthday this year:

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It went through several styles of scarf before I settled on the cowl in the bee stitch. It's lightweight, soft, smooshy, incredibly warm, and the color is a delight. Good thing it's not blue or I'd have to knit the friend something else!

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Down and dirty details:

US 8 - 5.0 mm

Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 4-ply

How much?
2 skeins = 400.0 yards (365.8 meters), 110 grams

Raisin d etre

Purchased at
Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada

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Next up, I'm continuing work on the Ribbed Bolero Vest in which I may looking like a molting yak, but it'll be cozy when I'm not taken hostage by Fire In The Disco this fall and winter.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Just Go Ahead And Sing The Heat Miser Song

It's been ugly hot and humid around here. I'm so beyond grateful for AC, let me tell you. Listen, I adore my central air and my dishwasher pretty much equally on any given day, but if push came to shove, the dishwasher would get the heave-ho.

So bless the AC gods for the bountiful amount of cool, low humid air in my home.

Now, to the good stuff: a wrap for a friend.

*ALERT: some of the photos are crap.*

I've been searching for six months for a good pattern. This friend is a better dresser than I am. Seriously, I'm good with a button-down oxford or sleeveless shell and a pair of slacks, she's easily two steps above me. So it couldn't be just some run-of-the-mill stockinette stitch cardi. I settled on a wrap with the drop-stitch pattern and minimal, yet effective, garter stitch to give it some substance.

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What's nice about this particular wrap and pattern is that it can collapse down into decent-sized scarf for when winter makes its inevitable return bringing snow up to our asses and temps in the deep freeze zone.

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Tank approved of it being napping material, too.
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US 8 - 5.0 mm

Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino

How much?
4 skeins = 600.0 yards (548.6 meters), 200 grams

Ankara green

Purchased at
Knit & Knot in Bettendorf, Iowa

Cast on 90 sts.
Knit 6 rows.
K1, wrap stitch continue to end.
Knit next row, dropping wrapped yarn between sts.
Knit 4 rows.

Repeat pattern to desired size.

Friday, July 18, 2014


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Updating and Frogging

For a while now (over two years) I've thought about adding a collar to the Peacock Shrug I knit eons ago. This thought would flit around my brain every time I wore it during the fall or spring, but then forgot about it when it was washed and packed away for a season.

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Today I needed a break from boards review, and decided to once-and-for-all pull out the items I had marked to frog, reskein the yarn, wash it, and then pack it away for future use of the yarn. I came across a "shoulder shawl" I had made from some acrylic sky-blue yarn and some of the leftover Peackcock hand-spun yarn from said shrug.

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I couldn't decide on the color for the stitching together, so chose some leftover Malabrigo Silky Merino in turquoise and the Handmaiden Sea Silk in the pumpkin (bronze) I had knit the baby sweater.

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Tank was of no help...

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I'm quite pleased with the results!

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Tank was her usual snoozy self.

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"Dude, it's Malabrigo. I'm supposed to resist napping on it?"

And for your viewing pleasure, one of my roses from the garden...

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Timmy was suffering an existential crisis from the bottom of the well.

Right, these are the things I think about while I'm knitting.

What have I been knitting? A variation of the Tulips sweater for Miss Ruby Fantastic who belongs to one my favorite people.

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Down & Dirty Details:

US 6 - 4.0 mm

Handmaiden Fine Yarn Sea Silk

How much?
0.75 skeins = 327.8 yards (299.7 meters), 75 grams

Colorway - Pumpkin

Purchased at Knitty Noddy

Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino

How much?
0.5 skeins = 75.0 yards (68.6 meters), 25 grams

Colorway - Turquoise

Purchased at
Knit & Knot in Bettendorf, Iowa

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Six Weeks Later...

I finally finished two projects in six weeks that should have only taken a week each, but you know, life gets in the way.

And as cold as this spring has been, the mittens and head/ear warmer will come in handy for the friends I knit for...

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US 7 - 4.5 mm

Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash

How much?
220 yards, 100 grams 1 skein = 220.0 yards (201.2m)

Blue Velvet (aka Tardis blue)

Purchased at
Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada

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US 8 - 5.0 mm

Malabrigo Yarn Rios

How much?
105 yards, 50 grams 0.5 skeins = 105.0 yards (96.0m)


Purchased at
Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada

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And there was some spinning going on, the Spindolyn that I'm getting friendly with in order to spin the gorgeous yak fiber that I received as gifts.