Monday, April 04, 2016

Knitting Machine?

Check this out. It's wild!

Pretty clever, though I'd like to see it make a heel on that sock. ;-)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Who Am I Again?

Boy, when I take a break from blogging, I really take a break!

I haven't stopped knitting, though some shoulder issues that resulted in recent surgery have slowed me down. But I can knit a row; rest; knit a row; rest. Like the tortoise, slow and steady wins the race.

Recently, due to the dearth of yarn money, I've been knitting projects with my stash. I've completed perhaps 8 projects from the stash in the last year or so, which you'd think would make a visible difference in my stash...but no.

So what do I need so much stash yarn for?

One reason is when you go to a yarn store or fiber event, that gorgeous skein of hand-dyed alpaca and silk in your favorite shade of fuchsia may not be available if you don't snatch it up right now.

Another reason is supporting your local yarn store, and your local yarn producer, so they continue to offer that bamboo sock yarn that feels so good on your feet.

Then there's the shawl and sock and sweater patterns you love and want to make, that you need yarn for.

And if none of those arguments sways you non-stashers, just remember this: your stash is your security blanket. As long as you have stash yarn, you can never be knitting-less.

For those of you who are on Ravelry, here are some of my recent FOs made from stash yarn:

Last few projects from stash: a sweater;

a shawl;

a big bulky blue sweater;

a dog’s blanket;

a headband;

a cell phone cover;

a scarf;

a cowl;

and the sweater I’m working on now.

What have you been working on lately? Do tell!

Monday, June 08, 2015

Still Here

Boy, it's been a while since I posted! In the meantime, I've finished a few projects:

This is the Komon Kimono, but I changed things here and there. Mostly by taking some length out of the sleeves (which are still on the long side), expanding the width of the body by a few inches so the fronts could overlap, and then  using an interesting crocheted ribbing that is crocheted right onto the sweater. The original pattern called for making the ribbing separately, then sewing it on. I've had bad results with this method. ;-) The yarn is Plymouth Encore, and while it's economical and can be machine washed, it's not a luxury yarn by any means. In the future I'd save it for small projects, or things that need to be washable such as children's sweaters or afghans.

If you're on Ravelry, here's the page:


This shawl came out...interesting. It's the Wild Ride Shawl: I love the yarn--Filatura Di Crosa Gioiello--and would work with it again with no problem. The pattern photo looked interesting with dropped stitches. When I reached the place to do the drops, though, I felt it wasn't deep enough, so I added some rows. Tried the dropped stitches then, but they just didn't look right, so I crocheted 'em back up and left it as is.

This is a shawl I did a test knit of for the designer, the Fuyugaki shawl: The pattern stitch is gorgeous, really has depth to it, and the yarn--Classic Elite Magnolia--was a pleasure to work with and has become a favorite yarn. So naturally, the shawl is lovely!

What have YOU been working on while I've been away?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Knitting Nirvana

Every time a new knitting magazine comes in the mail, I flip through it, looking at the articles and patterns, but also at the ads. I tell myself every time, “I’ll have to check out the website for this ad,” but I never remember once I put down the magazine.

With the arrival of my  most recent magazine, I decided I’d do it differently. So, I grabbed a pad of paper and pencil, and wrote down the website addresses of all the ads I wanted to check out as I flipped through the magazine. They were all interesting to various degrees, but I hit the knitter’s jackpot with this one:

OMG. A store with hundreds of gorgeous shawl pins! I looked through every page, making notes of the dozens I liked best (making notes—yes, I can be taught). I finally, agonizingly whittled down the list to my four favorites, and ordered them. Here they are:


From L-R, the first one is a Steampunk shawl pin; #2 is a lace-weight shawl pin; #3 is art deco; and #4 is western. Here are a couple of slightly better pictures:



Gorgeous, eh?

The service was awesome. I ordered on a Sunday, my order shipped Monday, and it was delivered on Thursday. The pins were in gauzy drawstring bags, each one slipped into a zipper plastic bag. They were padded by Styrofoam packing peanuts in the box, and arrived unscathed.

If you like to wear shawl pins on your shawls, cowls, cardigans or even hats, The Shawl Pin Store is the place for you. Check it out!

Monday, May 13, 2013

2013 NH Sheep & Wool Festival

Went to the Sheep & Wool Festival Saturday with my two daughters, as has become our Mother’s Day weekend tradition. Naturally, I forgot my camera (sigh) so I have no photos of the actual event. But I have some pictures of the carefully chosen things I picked up. Well, most of them, anyway.


Beaded cell phone kit, with instructions. I’m not going to use it for my cell phone, however; I’m going to use it to keep this purchase safe:


A beautiful hand-made wooden needle gauge, with knitting needle sizes on one side and crochet hook sizes on the other.


Worsted-weight yarn in a lovely rose color to make the Winter Elegance Shawl, and instructions.


Gorgeous angora yarn from one of my favorite vendors, Honeybuns Rabbitry. The yarn is gorgeous and SO soft. It’s going to be a cowl I’ll want to wear 24/7!

And finally, no picture…I ordered a t-shirt with the particular phrase I wanted, which wasn’t available in the right size/color at the Festival. Here’s a link to check it out: Yarn and Fiber Company

Do you have annual yarn events you attend? Do tell!