making more progress

I’m still making progress on many different projects, and might soon even finish a few. Here are a few projects that have seen the most progress in recent weeks:

Stria-pockets-progressStria
design by Bristol Ivy
my Ravelry project page.
The sleeves are now completed and a perfect length for me. I wove in all the ends-to-date and instead of knitting an applied i-cord edging, I chose to do a single crochet around. I’m hoping to finish it soon because it will be nice to curl up in. The pockets have a hint of a different accent colour, a nice deep purple.

E-socks-cuffs-beginE’s socks
my Ravelry project page.
I am finishing the cuffs tonight and hope to have them finished for tomorrow. There’s not much to say other that I’m pleased with how they have knitted and I’m hopeful that E will wear them! I’m curious to see how the Into the Whirled Pakokku Sock will wear. I’m hopeful that I’ll have enough leftover to knit a pair of footie socks for me.

anzula_designa new design
in Anzula Haiku
I knit the first version of this design a few years ago and have been testing the yarn since. I have no idea why I hadn’t finished up this second version before now. I love my first version and this one is much improved. I was very excited to pull this project out the other day and find it nine rounds from completion and all my notes. Look for the pattern early next year.

spindling_progress
spindling
in Happy Fuzzy Yarn
I’ve been spindling at least 15 minutes a week. On the left is my golding spindle with merino/tencel in cobalt. The right spindle is my Bosworth and it is bfl/silk in kelp. I’m spindling both as chain-ply-on the fly. I’m in love with all the fibers I’m spinning. I just wish I had more than 15 minutes a week! It’s good I’m loving all these fibers, I’ll be spinning them for a long time to come!

making progress

I’m making progress on many different projects, and might soon even finish a few. Here are three projects that have seen the most progress in recent weeks:

Stria, knitting progressStria
design by Bristol Ivy
my Ravelry project page.
When I finish the sleeves I can wear my new sweater. I’m about 7 inches in; I need at least 18 inches, while I love ¾ length sleeves for my t-shirts I want full or a bit long (with thumb holes) for sweaters. I’m going to likely do a few more modifications to the finishing but we’ll see when I get there. I also need to knit up the pockets, but those can come later.

Spring Valley Shawl, knitting progressSpring Valley Shawl
design by Carol Ullmann
my Ravelry project page.
I love this shawl. I love the Happy Fuzzy Yarn DK Merino. It’s got the right amount of squoosh and I look forward to wearing it this winter. There are a several new semi-solids this season, what different three-colour combination would you choose?

E's socks, knitting progressE’s socks
my Ravelry project page.
I started the heels today on the trip home from sharing lunch with mum. There was very little traffic our direction and we were home in record time so I didn’t even finish one! I’m not completely sure what heel I’m going to ultimately use, I’m trialing one that I think will fit E well, once I complete it and he can try it on I’ll be more confident for the second.

I also recently ripped out a bunch of projects that weren’t working or I wasn’t working on. That felt good and I look forward to giving those yarns a new chance soon.

spinning samples and swatches

I’ve been busy working up handspun samples for Happy Fuzzy Yarn to display in the booth at the summer trade show of The National Needle Arts next week.

2015-05-21-HFY-Spinning

I’m also knitting and crocheting (and hopefully weaving) swatches of each sample.

Fibres and colourways shown are:
100% Bombyx silk in Death & Taxes (center); clockwise from top: 100% Falkland in Crete, 100% BFL in Hemoglobin, 75% BFL/25% Silk in Kelp, 100% Merino in Hearth, 50% Merino/50% Yak in Azores, 100% Polwarth in Sunset, and 50% Merino/50% Tencel in Cobalt.

a year in the making: my chromaticity cowl

Over a year ago, Miriam Felton hosted a knit-a-long for her Chromaticity Cowl, and I jumped in. I went stash diving and knew that one of the yarns would be the leftovers of some Fleece Artist in my favourite colour, moss, that I purchased in 2007. The other colours were the challenge. I knew I wanted the green to be the star so the others would be greys, but I wasn’t sure even after doing black and white photo contrast tests if I chose the correct yarns until I started knitting. My initial choices did not provide enough contrast so I set the project aside for many months.

A month ago, while I was reorganizing my yarn stash and reviewing UFOs (unfinished objects), I pulled this project out and decided to finish it. I changed a few things, I only knit 5 rounds of hexagons instead of the seven Miriam designed and while my floats are neat, I decided to fully line it to help use up all of the charcoal and dove grey yarns. It’s a beautiful cowl and I’m very happy with it. What surprised me the most is that there are still a few yards of Fleece Artist remaining!

Chromacity Cowl designed by Miriam Felton

Chromaticity Cowl
by Miriam Felton
knit January 1, 2014 to February 14, 2015 (with a long break!)
3mm Knitter’s Pride Karbonz
Yarns: Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in Moss and The Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Charcoal and Dove.
my Ravelry project page

This was a lovely design to knit and I recommend Miriam’s entire Modern Colorwork Collection!

3 Books to Inspire Your Knitting Technique

On this rainy autumn afternoon, what better way to find inspiration and learn new techniques than by curling under a favorite blanket with a cat (or two), a mug of tea, and a pile of knitting books? Today’s books include two newly published titles and a quiet gem. Each contain a staggering amount of inspiration and helpful information within their modest covers. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

knitwithtwocolorsKnitting with Two Colors: Techniques for Stranded Knitting and Designing Color-Patterned Garments
by Meg Swansen and Amy Detjen
Schoolhouse Press, 2011
Paperback, 9780942018349, 64pp.

There are primarily three types of knitting books: project books, stitch dictionaries, and those of educational techniques. It’s this last category that is difficult to write effectively, how does one translate a class to paper? A mere transcription of a class session does not suffice. Knitting with Two Colors is a slim book that does the impossible and more. In just 64 pages you learn how to knit effectively, efficiently, and effortlessly with two colors.
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BriocheChicBrioche Chic: 22 Fresh Knits for Women & Men
by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark
Interweave Press, 2014
Paperback, 9781620334423, 151pp.

In knitting, the brioche stitch is a unique stitch that combines two common techniques, double knitting with a k1p1 rib to create a unique fabric that’s thick and textural. Brioche fabric is often reversible and colour work is simpler than in many traditional forms as each colour is worked one at a time. Brioche Chic lives up to its title providing 22 knitting patterns many of which are suitable or designed specifically for men. In addition, it contains several knitting classes-worth of material covering the basics of brioche knitting and beyond. The educational sections contain clearly photographed knit swatches, line drawings to illustrate techniques, descriptions, and useful tips. After covering the basics, Tarasovich-Clark shows how the technique can expand into colourful and creative possibilities. Note: the publisher sent me a copy this book to review as part of a blog book tour.
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knockoutknitsKnockout Knits: New Tricks for Scarves, Hats, Jewelry, and Other Accessories
by Laura Nelkin
Potter Craft, 2014
Paperback, 9780385345781, 144pp.

Knockout Knits is a book that will surprise you. Even if you are a knitter who prefers traditional stitches, construction, and embellishments, I believe you can find inspiration and useful tips in this volume. Organized in three sections–wrapped stitches, advanced lace, and beaded knitting–each includes why Nelkin loves the technique, covers the basic skills with very clear illustrations, and includes several patterns that highlight what was learned. This isn’t the sort of book I would expect to love, but I do.
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