I thought I'd show you a picture of my cardigan so far:
The body is done, joined at the sleeves and the ends run in, which makes me happy, because that's one less thing I'll have to do at the end. I have the lace pattern done on the first sleeve. So, it's going along. Rachel would like it, I think; it is her yarn, so I hope she would approve!
This was actually my second project that I worked on with circular needles.
The first project with circular needles since the stroke is this:
This is the Abstract Leaves Cowl by Deb Mulder. (Hmmm, I wonder if she is the lost sister of Fox Mulder, who was abducted by aliens? Nahhhhh...). Aside from being a free download on Ravelry, it's wicked pretty. I decided to use leftover yarn from my Pueblo Stole - I am getting a lot of mileage out of that kit! The beads are size 6 beads inserted on the knit stitch between the two yarnovers in the pattern. The beads are leftover, too; I originally got them for this project, but realized they were redder than I wanted. Thus, I called it the Leftover Abstract Leaves cowl.
I knit a couple rows, and admire it, knit a few rows, and admire it some more. Actually, it's pretty slow going, because I have to get the beads on with a crochet hook one-handed, but that is kind of fun. I drop them frequently, but I have a handy-dandy grabber thingy that lets me pick up things with ease. I'm halfway through the cowl. It seems like a timely thing to knit this autumn!
I mentioned before that I am taking part in a mitten knitalong by Tori Seierstad, but it's a mystery, so I will wait to post my pictures till the end. This is exciting because I am using handspun yarn - leftover brown (that is terribly underspun) that I spun before my stroke, and orange (that is much better) that I spun after my stroke, when I went up to Nova Scotia to see Sharon and Richard.
So pretty. I can't wait to show you how the pattern is coming out! Such a clever girl, that Tori.
Don't forget to leave a comment on the blog post about Faux Taxidermy Knits by Louise Walker! The deadline to enter is September 22!
I got the chance to review a wonderful book for the quirky, whimsical and curious: Faux Taxidermy Knits, 15 Wild Animal Knitting Patterns by Louise Walker. Face it, have you ever secretly desired a fox stole, alligator bag, or a tiger rug, but you don't feel great about killing the animal to have it? Well, now you can have it and no animals will be harmed! This book has 15 patterns for things such as a moose head mounted in traditional taxidermy fashion, a mink stole, hedgehog slippers and and owl tea cosy.
I love the way their beady little eyes stare up at you, with love and mischief, not like the dead eyes of a real mink stole that make you say EWWWWW. But that may just be me. I am not a big fan of zombie minks.
Isn't this tea cosy the sweetest thing ever? This book is a British publication, so it just had to have a tea cosy, as well as a badger head.
You can buy the book at Stitch Craft Create, or browse the whole selection of books in their bookstore. Books that caught my eye in browsing were Edward's Menagerie by Kerry Lord, Craft Bomb Your Bike by Shara Ballard (mostly because the name sounds slightly dangerous yet with a heady sense of crafting), and Knit Your Own Boyfriend by Carol Meldrum ("And the best thing about a knitted boyfriend? He doesn't answer back!" LOL).
I decided to make a project from Faux Taxidermy, the very last one in the book: Bear Coasters. Here is a picture of them in the book:
You have to knit two pieces for each one, and a couple of ears. (The last time you saw them, they were swimming in my sink.)
Knitting them was easy. There were three mistakes in the pattern, all of which were probably an editing error, and none of them were so bad that I couldn't remedy them easily. In the event that there were any mistakes that were insurmountable, I think you could get a quick reply from the publisher -- they are great people, and crafting is clearly their passion.
Sewing the pieces together and stuffing the head, legs and arms came next, which was the part that I was most worried about, since I am knitting with only one hand. But in the end, I got it done, and here they are, my own faux taxidermy:
I wished I had had a view of the coasters without a cup on them, so here ya go:
I love them! They were really fun to make, too. Each bear took me about 5 hours to knit. You can probably sew them together much more quickly than I can!
~:: FREE GIVEAWAY ::~
Thanks to the fantastic publisher, I have a free copy of the print book Faux Taxidermy to give out to one person who comments either here or on Facebook by midnight eastern standard time on September 22. Enter and you may win a free copy!
What is swimming in my sink??
Details coming soon!
In other mystery news, Scooby fans, I started a pair of mystery mittens from Torirot over on Ravelry. I'm using my handspun in brown and orange.
I have been knitting a little.
I knit a pair of socks when my sister died; I had to have a small, portable project to keep my mind focused, to give me something to do, something to keep from crying all the time, and socks seemed to fit the bill. These socks are from Done Roving's "Tapping Tootsies", a heavy fingering weight made from 60% superwash merino, 30% bamboo, and 10% nylon, in the color "Tangerine Twist". "Tangerine" by Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra was the number 1 hit the day that Rachel was born. It seems fitting, somehow.
I have been working on the pink lacy cardigan out of some of Rachel's yarn. I fixed the tangling problem, but I was still struggling. There were so many stitches, the back and both fronts (including the button bands) are knit together, and I don't have the luxury of using a circular needle, so all those stitches were crammed onto one 14" needle. I left it languishing on the table a lot (on the up side, I got a lot of reading done!). However, as soon as the lace border was completed, the stockinette portion was a little easier, and it is going along well now.
It seem like an eternity of knitting, but I will be up to the underarm soon, and I'll be done the whole body of work; that's equivalent to the back and half a front done. The tops and sleeves should go quickly! I really like this pattern -- if it wasn't in mohair, it would be easier to handle. I would knit this cardigan again.
I am slowly coming out of my fog. It's hard to lose a sister as wonderful as Rachel was. Recently I looked through Ravelry at patterns and found a lot of projects I'd like to make, for Christmas, for myself, and just for fun. It's a good sign. I used to always knit Rachel something special for Christmas. Now I can knit for other people, with her spirit just over my shoulder, laughing at my many mistakes!
Here is my progress so far. I finished Part II of Wendy Johnson's 2014 Mystery Shawl ahead of time, on Wednesday. It doesn't seem to be so hard now, hehe:
I'm still plugging along on my lacy cardigan, picking away at it:
There are almost 300 stitches there. It knits better, though, since I did this:
I am not spending all my time getting the yarn untangled, and that makes it wayyyy more fun. Thank you Nancy for sending me this little jewel! It's a Yarn Buddy, and it is like a lazy susan for my yarn. If you have ever struggled with a yarn that is fuzzy and got tangled up all the time, this is what you need. I just rewound the skein of yarn (with somebody else holding it) et voilà! It is perfect. It was a wonderful gift, Nancy, and I thank you so very much!
I saw something like this years ago in our knitting group, made by the knitter's husband (Hi Lynn and Jim!). She was using it to knit from a cone of yarn. When you knit from a cone usually, your yarn twists up and you have to stop and untwist it regularly, but the little gadget that Jim made let the entire cone revolve as you pull the yarn from the cone, thus transferring the twist to the cone, not the yarn. I always thought it was a useful little device, and I am glad Sun Valley Fibers makes one.
I keep making mistakes in my knitting. I mean, All. The. Time. I blame it only having half a brain now, but geez ... seems like I used to do more with it. Maybe it's oozing out of my ears at night, going to Bermuda, and didn't come home because, well, Bermuda, baby! What's not to like? When I just have a few crumbs left of my brain, it'll be fine because by then, I'll just be drooling and staring vacantly and I will think everything is absolutely wonderful, hehe.
Anyway. Here is the 2014 Summer Mystery Shawl by Wendy Johnson, Part I:
I had to knit it about eight times because of The Mistakes I made by not paying attention, and I noticed a mistake halfway up when I took this picture, but I don't really care. Only God is perfect. This shawl looks black to me, in person and in this picture, although it was very navy blue in the picture I took last week. Perhaps I should call it the Dopplegänger shawl :)
Color is weird. I mean, how we choose colors that we work with or wear or whatever is dependent on what kind of mood we are in at the time. How the color makes us feel is as important as what the color actually is. I always thought I was a bluey-green sort of person, but it turns out that I have way more orange in my yarn stash than any other color, so it must appeal to me.
Apparently I like purple a lot, too. Purple always feels good in my hands and, well, everywhere.
But, looking over my Ravelry projects I have supported all the colors equally, except black. I only have one black project.
Black is hard to see, but quite stunning when it is finished. Black is also hard to see texture in, so cables are sorta out, though I remember seeing a black Aran sweater once that was gorgeous. Black is good for lacework, though. Hmmm. I'll try to work more black into my finished goods, but don't worry! It's not because I am depressed!
I missed you. My sister died on Memorial Day, and I kind of fell apart. You remember my sister, who did NaNoWrimo with me last year? Yeah. It was tough; still is. Anyway.
Rachel loved to read my blog. I don't know why. But I figured I would post on it more regularly, because, you know, maybe she is still reading it.
Let's see. What has happened since I finished Harriet? I knit a Doctor Who scarf:
I knit a plain pair of socks:
I did a mystery shawl with leftover yarn from the Pueblo Stole:
Then my sister died. I had a couple things on the needles when she died, and I have since finished them. One is a leftover scarf from the browns in the Pueblo Stole:
I had this wonderful yarn from Ball and Skein, that I used to make Snowflake Lace socks:
I started another pair of socks on Memorial Day, but they are not finished yet:
I needed something simple to knit on, something I could cry into. I am almost finished with them.
Then, I crocheted a hat with leftover worsted yarn:
That was a quick, two-day project. Last week I started a lace cardigan project with some of Rachel's yarn:
I haven't gotten very far on it. The yarn is fuzzy and tangles easily, and with only one hand, I find tangling to be really unfortunate. Today I thought about how to knit it more easily, and I think I have found the answer, but I will let you know after I try it out.
I just started today on the Summer Mystery Shawl from Wendy Johnson, which is pleasantly non-combative and easy to knit so far. I'm working on the first clue:
That brings me up to date. Happy knitting, everyone :)
Yup, Spring is finally here, or will be around 1:00 p.m. they tell me. Not that we can tell by the sun when that will be, because it is raining here! Oh well, it will help melt the snow ... until more falls at the end of the week. Sigh.
I finished Harriet, after 14 months of intermittent knitting. I would knit this design again; it was really fun to knit. The design is by Lisa Lloyd in her book A Fine Fleece, which is out of print I think, but Amazon has few 'bargain books' -- they had 8 new copies still available this morning from $8.04, and they listed 13 used copies that sold from $6.82.
This poor photo is a result of laziness on my part. Sorry. The wooly board is set up on the cat food table (complete with cat grass! Thans, Lynne!). I'll get better pictures after I get the buttons on. I have buttons that are the right size, but I ordered some gold-ish tinted flower buttons that I hope will make the gold-colored tweed pop in the purple sweater, and they will be here next week.
I finished the pueblo stole/scarf in time, but I neglected to post that I had finished it on the event board -- actually I didn't even know that I had to do that. It's been two years since the last Olympics Ravellenics, and I forgot, I guess. So I didn't get a medal to show off, but I got the most important thing: the wonderful stole/scarf thing!
I have had it around my neck since I rinsed it, draped it on my wooly board to let it dry overnight, and trimmed the fringe. It is so soft and lovely, and has such pretty colors that go with everything! When I wear it, I feel fabulous. It truly is A Wonderful Thing! I am very proud that I finished my Wonderful Thing in the 14 days that I tried to knit it in. Now I'm going to snuggle with it and pet it :)
The Pueblo Stole, that is, by Carol Sunday of Sundayknits.com. I'm knitting it for the Ravellenic games, which finish up on Sunday. I am about 60% done; it's gonna be close. The goal of the Ravellenic Games is to challenge yourself, but knitting this stole has been a bit more of a challenge than I thought it would be!
First of all, there are decreases and increases on each side because it gets it's drape from the slight bias that you knit it on. It is not a regular enough thing that my poor brain can handle -- I get what I am supposed to do, but I can't seem to remember it, so in the time constraints given by the Ravellenic Games (I only have two weeks to knit it), I have had to resort to the row-by-row directions. Oh, the humanity!
Second, every other and sometimes every row, you join a new color, leaving a 4" tail that is left as the fringe. Sounds easy, right? It isn't. Imagine me with one hand, cutting a fringe that is vaguely 4", and then purling through the back and then through the front of the first stitch of the row. It's kind of hard; I think that it would have been sorta tricky but do-able back before I had my stroke. But, I'm doing it!
Thirdly, you have to graft it together in the middle, which I am not looking forward to. I have decided that that is just finishing, so if I can knit the whole thing by Sunday at noon-ish, then the medal is mine. If I get it grafted and weave in the few ends as well, that is just icing on the cake. :)
Now for the good news, hehe. I love this kit! Love, love, love it ... the yarn is just gorgeous. There are four kinds of yarn in the kit, chosen for the colors, and the colors really blend together harmoniously. There is Brigadoon, which is a 100% merino donegal tweed; Eden, which is 100% merino; Nirvana, which is 92% merino and 8% cashmere; and Angelic, which is 75% merino and 25% angora. Here is a picture of the first half, all knit:
I can't wait to wear this, it is so yummy! And despite the difficulty and my perceived whining, I am really loving this. It is so much fun seeing the color progression; it's like watching the sunrise over the Sacramento Mountains in New Mexico. Beautiful!
I just finished my Tropical Dream scarf:
I made it out of Felicia Knock hand-painted 100% wool yarn:
Felicia is a remarkable young woman who does amazing things dyeing wool material and yarn, and making hooked rugs. I met her at the Lunenburg Farmer's Market last October, which is where I bought the yarn. It's just beautiful.
The pattern is 198 Yards of Heaven. I made it before, out of Good Karme Farm yarn, and have found that I have worn it a lot this winter. It's a nice little scarf.
Wow, it's been a month and a half since I posted anything! Fascinating.
I have been crocheting on my Spincushions crochet-along, and I finally got caught up (well, nearly; I haven't done this week's square yet), when I discovered I am running out of the yarn. The good news is, it's still available. The bad news is, I haven't got a clue how much yarn I'm going to need to buy to finish it. So I'm going to finish using what I've got and then wait to see how many more squares there are, which should give me some idea of how much yarn I need, and then I'll buy it.
I finished my April Showers socks:
They're actually more lime green than what you see in the picture. My iPhone gives my pictures a blue cast and I am not smart enough to edit it out. Since they were for me, I knit a little tube to wear with them - that goes on my right leg, above the sock. My brace is quite high and bare skin rubbing on the plastic brace is yucky.
These socks are only 6" high. They are really pretty, but short. The lace pattern has flowers on the foot, umbrellas over them, rain falling above the umbrellas, and a raincloud floats at the top. The back of the legs has lightning all the way to the top, and continues around the ribbing.
Next thing on the list: the Harriet cardigan from A Fine Fleece, by Lisa Lloyd. I just have the lace part on the bottom and one repeat of the pattern on the back done, so no picture yet. Maybe next time. It's a pretty easy and fun knit, so far. My friend Lynne is also knitting Harriet, but she has the back nearly done. She has more stick-to-it-iveness than I!
I finally got caught up with the rest of the April Showers sock knitalong, getting through Clue #5 before Clue #6 (the last clue) comes out on Friday:
There's little flowers, and umbrellas, rain, and a lone cloud up in the sky. On the back, lightning flickers up and down the leg. It is maybe a July thunderstorm rather than an April shower.
While I wait for Clue #6 to come out, I'll crochet a little on my In a Spin sampler afghan. I'm on Week Seven; everyone else is on Week Twelve. Oh well, I will get it done eventually.
Lynne has caught up and surpassed me in our Harriet cardigans. Yikes! I better get a move on! :)
I keep telling myself that.
In knitting news, I finished the My Little Pony socks:
I'm on to my next socks:
These are April Showers socks from Knitters Brewing Company, and it's their Mystery Sock V, which means the completed sock is a mystery for the duration of the knitalong. Mine are in Sockaholic Mint Julip, and I am currently on clue 2. Everyone else is on clue 4, but I had some horsin' around to do first ... I am catching up pretty quickly, though. There are two more clues to be given, so you can still join! We'll be done by the end of February.
Lynne and I are working on our Harriet cardigans from A Fine Fleece, she in teal tweed yarn and I in purple Jo Sharp DK wool tweed. (The book's out of print or I'd link it. So is the yarn, I think.) So far we have only gotten the border on the back done. Here is mine:
Lynne brought me tulips:
(Thank you, Lynne!)
Nicky is still not amused.
So, I didn't tell you about my socks. I'm using Lang's Jawoll Magic (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon) that I got in Nova Scotia at Have A Yarn in Mahone Bay. The color is creatively titled "84.0009", which isn't much help. It's like a pastel rainbow. I will look like a herd of My Little Ponies gave their hides so my feet will be warm:
I'm trying out a new pattern which is just like my old pattern, but it is somewhat different. It's "Wise Hilda's Basic Ribbed Socks", and I like it.
I got a Tardis mug from my husband for Christmas, which you can see in that picture, a little. The Tardis disappears when you pour hot liquid in it:
Did you notice my needles? They are different. They are called Karbonz Needles:
They are US size 1.5 (2.50 mm), a size I did not have (well, a size I could not seem to find), and Barb got them for me when she went to Stitches East in Hartford. I really love these needles! From the Webs website (you can order them from Webs; they are becoming more well-known in local stores, too -- Cashmere Goat in Camden has circulars in stock, I believe):
"Knitter's Pride Karbonz 8" Double Pointed Needles have the spectacular flex and tensile strength of carbon fiber, the same material used in aerospace engineering, with a smooth, warm feel that's easy on the hands. These lightweight carbon needles have shiny, smooth, nickel-plated brass tips, flawlessly tapered to a perfect point."
They are also reviewed on Webs' blog.
I have half a sock left to knit. I hope it warms up soon! If it doesn't, Nicky will sleep himself to death.
Mice 51 and 52 are done:
My Child's Mendocino cardigan was frogged, sorry to say. There was a mix up with the yardages given for the put-up. Ravelry said they were 98 yards per skein, and I had 5 skeins, so I was fine. Then I noticed that my yarn was running out faster than it should be. I was only one and a half inches up the back and my third ball of yarn was half gone, and I knew that at that rate I was going to run out of yarn. So I read the ball band, and it said Organik was actually 89 yards. That meant that I actually had 25 yards less than I needed for the sweater, not 40 yards more than I needed, as I had thought. Oh well, it is a learning opportunity. Should have read the ball band and not depended on Ravelry! Organik probably is 98 yards per ball now; the company has changed hands and I imagine the put up is different. Or someone may have dyslexia over on Ravelry. Sorry, Georgia, you won't be getting your sweater this Christmas! I am sure you will like what we gave you, probably more than a sweater :)
I've been crocheting a lot this week. Sorry I don't have pictures. I have one block done and one block to go in the In A Spin crochet-along, with another week's square coming out today. I've also been working at finishing my Scrap Yarn Afghan thingy. I just have a little more scraps to finish up, put an edging around it -- with other scrap yarn, of course -- and call it done. Then I can start a worsted weight scrap yarn afghan :) I think I'll use a ripple stitch for it though ... I'm getting tired of the granny square.
It's a big day! Mouse 50 is rolled out:
I got my 6" square done for the In A Spin crochet-along. Gem Star is pretty, and although it looks slightly askew in this picture, rest assured it is not:
Actually, it took me longer to do this little six-incher than to make all the previous squares, even though two of them were twice as big. I just couldn't seem to get my brain wrapped around it or something. Then there was the size issue; Gem Star was only about four inches across when I did it the first time and I had to fiddle with two border rows to get it exactly at six inches.
I worked a little on the blue cardigan too:
It's pretty :)
Mouse 49 is done:
I got the right front of the little sweater done:
I worked on the In A Spin CAL, finishing the Wheel Lattice block for week two:
Isn't it pretty? I like it. It's a 12" square and next week's square is only 6". Of course there would be a 6" square, aand two 12" squares to during the final weeks of NaNoWriMo. Of course. And as soon as NaNoWriMo is over, all I have to do is a 6" square. Of couse. But!! I knew that might be the case when I signed up for it! So I put my crochet hook in four-wheel-drive and persevered!
And finally, NANOWRIMO IS OVER!!!!!!!! Yay!! I succeeded in writing a novel that was 50,278 words in length. Now I'm going to file it away so I never have to look at it again. It's that bad.
I learned from doing NaNoWriMo that I can write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days; or more importantly, I can write every day like it's my job. Because people, writing is really hard work. Really hard. You have to push yourself to do it, write when it's the last thing you feel like doing, write when you know it really sucks, write when you don't even know what is going to happen next. You just write anyway. Every day you write though, you're getting better. You just don't think you are.
Kind of like physical or occupational or speech therapy. You can't get better at anything if you just give up.
Are you stuffed after that wonderful dinner? Time to put your feet up and knit!
Heeeeere's Mouse 48:
I got my other, bigger square done in the In A Spin crochet-along:
Today we get another square to make. So exciting!
My Mendocino cardigan is going slowly, due to Thanksgiving, NaNoWriMo, and stuff:
Mice 46 and 47 are here!
They're so cute!
I finally finished my gray and white marled wool socks:
They look warm and cosy.
Then it was time to finaly, finally start the Childs Mendocino Cardigan by Alice Starmore. I've been thinking abouth this sweater for months. I chose yarn from my stash to do it in, but I needed to finish a bunch of things first, and yesterday I finally started.
I'm using Fiber Co,'s Organik, which is 70% organic NZ wool, 15% Baby Alpaca, and 15% silk, in the color called Deep Sea Blue. It is a lovely shade of blue, very striking, and the silk in the yarn dresses it up a bit, gives it a sheen, and I think the finished cardigan will move with the wearer in a way that will be fabulous. If we can ever get her to slow down long enough to try it on, that is. It's for a little girl who has the most beautiful blue eyes you ever saw, and this shade of blue will look stunning on her. It's for Christmas, so shhhhhh ....
Here's the start of my gauge swatch:
And here's the start of the right front of the sweater:
Doesn't look like much so far, but it gets better! Actually, it's a pretty easy knit, for an Alice Starmore pattern.
You may have noticed that I reached the halfway point in my NaNo novel yesterday. I think it's really funny that they call 50,000 words a novel. More like a novella, I think. I've been writing the bare minimum of 1,667 words each day, mostly because I don't really have a story to tell. They call people like me "pantsers", flying by the seat of my pants. I don't know what the heck's going to happen next, so it's always a surprise!
Meh. My knitting hasn't gotten very far this week. It seems the walls were stormed by an influx of words that needed to be typed. Also, no mouse this week; he couldn't couldn't make it through the myriad of words that was teeming around him. Maybe Nicky or Nora got him (probably not Grace, despite her love for food), maybe there was cheese, or something. I'll try for next week.
Meanwhile, I did a very little sock knitting:
I'll try to finish it by next week, but there's no guarantee.
I'm right on track with my NaNo-ing, 13,388 words to date, and I've still got to write today's words. Then, back to sock knitting!
:::goes off, brandishing her laptop and her knitting needles:::
Mouse 45 is done:
Nicky didn't even know he was there.
I finished my brown hat:
I'm knitting gray marl wool socks now. These are 100% wool, the leftovers from the wool sweater I made early this year; I'm using size 5 needles, and my own pattern which is based on the Yankee Knitter #29, Classic Socks for the Family, except I don't have that pattern anymore, so I'm guessing how many stitches to cast on, how high to make the heel flap, how to turn the heel, stuff like that. You'd think with worsted weight socks, I could knit them pretty fast, but it feels like this is going slow.
I think the problem is my needles. They are Britanny 5" size fives, and I didn't like them when I had two hands, let alone one, so therefore I don't work on them. I'm using them instead of my longer size 5's because they are handmade birch, and too grabby with the wool, and I can't knit fast with them. I should get metal needles that will slide effortlessly, some cheap aluminum needles would do nicely. But I don't even do that, hehe. I am such a wimp.
Oh, and NaNoWriMo?
Words I should have done by now: 1,667
Words I have written: 1,710
Mouse 44 is done; shown here on Nicky, who was asleep when I finished it:
Nice Halloween-y colors, pictured on a black cat. It's that time of year :)
I blocked my gray marl silk-and-wool socks:
A few minutes after taking the picture, Nicky was on them, taking a nap on wet wool being his favoritest thing to do:
Needless to say, the socks dried in half the time with 10+ pounds of hot cat pressing them. Gotta love it.
Now I'm knitting a brown hat using my own pattern:
Hats look pretty funny, until you finish and block them. I'm using some more of that Naturally Aran; it's good, squishy wool with some heft to it, and the hat is going fast. I'm considering knitting hats next year, instead of mice, and selling them, instead of giving them away at Christmas. Or, I could just read more! :)
I did a lot of knitting this week. Mouse 43 is done:
I blocked my peony baby sweater (sans the buttons):
I blocked my purple Bohemian scarf and I gave it to Sharon, because she used to spin with me all the time:
We're actually spinning together tomorrow; I brought my spinning wheel with me to Nova Scotia. Sharon told me that Louet is going to make the S-90 again this fall, in blonde wood this time instead of the black walnut (the black walnut ones were an anniversary edition). I somehow want one. Sigh.
I finished knitting my Lettuce Knit Armwarmers:
And then I blocked them:
I knit a hat:
When I left, it was charcoal gray. I have since gotten a picture from my husband, who blocked it for me while I was gone, and now it's blue, apparently:
I started knitting a sock on the ride up to Nova Scotia, and the first one has a heel now:
I'll finish the first sock before heading back into Maine. I think I'll have three-quarters of the pair done by the time I get home. I'm using sport weight wool and size 3 needles, which goes pretty fast and it's good car knitting.
I got some really pretty yarn and some stitch markers today at the Lunenburg Farmer's Market and Gaspereau Valley Fibers, and I'll tell you about it later. Lynne and I are having a great time over here! Tomorrow, I'm going to go spinning with Sharon, and Lynne and Richard are going rowing in Richard's boat that he built. It's gonna be a great day!
Mouse 42 is done:
I still can't believe that there are only ten more mice.
I worked on my Bohemian scarf. Aren't these needles lovely?
The scarf in the making:
I finished the knitting on Monday. It still needs to be blocked.
Now I'm onto the Evernote Knit-Along. You may remember that I am doing the Lettuce Knit Finerless Gloves/Armwarmers by Grace Alexander, but I am doing it in the round with no seam, instead of back and forth with a seam. I had to rewrite the pattern, which you will find here, size small only. I am using size 6 needles and Naturally Aran 10-ply.
This is how far I got Wednesday:
One mitten is done now:
I'll probably finish it tomorrow, and then I'll make a few hats. I like making things that are done in a few days!! I feel like I'm getting so much accomplished!
:::Drum Roll Please:::
Mice 39, 40, and 41 are done, and pleased to be caught up:
(Nicky included for scale.)
The Peony Cardigan is done, but seriously unblocked. The picot edges are curling up like mad, and it was a real struggle to get it to lie as flat as I did in this photograph:
I do hope the curling blocks out of it. This was a cute cardigan and I guess it was an easy knit, but I will not knit it again. Well, maybe I would, but definitely not in this yarn. I sold a lot of Shibui over the years, but this and the yellow Wanida socks were the first time I actually knit with it. It's great in socks! They are lovely. On size 4 needles for a baby cardigan, it was like trying to knit an octopus. Yarn twisted everywhere; it was like it had a mind of its own. My needles kept splitting the yarn, very maddening. It came out beautiful in the end, and I'm very happy with it, but wrestling that octopus was why I ripped it out (my own stupidity hepled with that, though) and why it took like four weeks to complete a baby sweater that should have taken only one week.
Speaking of repeating something I've knit before, you may recall that I knit A Little Bit Bohemian, the scarf that I knit from the handspun that I got in St. John, NB last fall. It came out great, so great that I wanted to knit it again, this time using my own handspun from the purple batts I got from Indigo Moon:
The blue/green handspun from St. John is much finer than the purple yarn that I spun, and it's a great part mohair, where my purple yarn is a solid wool and spun by a person with one arm, so it feels -- and is -- much thicker and thinner, more lumpy amd bumpy than the nice, smooth, slick little mohair spun by someone with two hands, but all in all, I am very happy with the yarn I spun. When I wound it up into this cake I just gazed at it in wonder, I was so amazed that it actually came out looking like yarn at all!
I'm using it to knit A Little Bit Bohemian by Rebecca Stromgren, but I'm using size 9 needles rather than size 8's because of the lumps. I've only done a bit, but I think it is coming out well:
It's actually a richer, deeper purple than this. My camera doesn't do colors well. Hopefully I will be done this in five days, if not sooner!