Knitting

Rusty and It’s a Wrap – Progress!

I am moving a little slow on the Rusty Cardigan by Steinunn Birna Gudjonsdottir I first mentioned here. Since it starts out with a ribbed edging at the bottom of the cardigan, I decided to do a tubular cast-on (here is a great tutorial that really helped me from Craftsy). And needless to say, it was giving me fits. First of all, I started with too long circular needles and the stitches somehow got twisted. All in all, I think I tried at least three times before I finally got it right! I was determined not to give up though and decided to show you what I have so far:

Also, my wrap is moving along well; I am enjoying this knit immensely. It is relatively easy with some cabling thrown in if you don’t mind that, and I don’t! If I want to add texture to a design, this is one of my favorite ways to do it.

It’s also “Worldwide Knit in Public” day today! I might head to my LYS and participate in this national event. There’s nothing better than sitting out on a beautiful day and knitting with likeminded people, right?

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. It is beautiful right now in the Ohio valley. I’m thinking a lot of knitting is in order, taking pictures with my new Nikon which I’m very excited about and celebrating my youngest son’s 17th birthday tomorrow! Wishing you all the best.

Xoxo Shannon

 

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Knitting Trends of 2017 – Did you Adhere to Any of Them?

Whether it was the ponytail or bun hat (can’t forget the pink pussy hats!), oversized sweaters, long coats and sweaters, long scarves, giant yarn, panetone’s green color of the year, hand-dyed yarn, texture and lots of it, the cocoon cardigan, or speckled yarn, this past winter knitting season offered many areas of inspiration and fun.  Did any of these influence your knitting this year? Did you feel the need to add any of these trends to your Ravelry que? I know I was definitely influenced in that I wanted to make an oversized sweater by Michele Wang or Norah Gaughan. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Top: Michele Wang’s Illia – a cabled cocoon cardigan from her Brooklyn Tweed Capsule collection of patterns

Bottom: Norah Gaughan’s Sourcebook Flared Pullover from her new book, “Knitted Cable Sourcebook”, which I have. It is a great book to add to your knitting library.

These both speak to me in several different ways: the unique architecture of both pieces, LOVE the boxiness and ease of wear they offer,  and the beautiful texture in the form of cables and ribbing. Can you tell I like cables? Ha!

I’ve also really enjoyed ogling the speckled yarn eye candy of Instagram by Peepaloofields or Republic of Wool, not to mention the many other beautiful hand-dyed gems by Olann.ie, tusken knits, and house of à la mode, just to name a few!

Peepaloorepublic of woolTop: Flip Flop – Sensible Sock yarn by PeepalooFields, Sensible Sock is an 80% Superwash Merino Skein 20% Nylon, 2ply Skein – 400Yards/100gr. See PeepalooFields’ great feed and many updates on her Instagram page.

Bottom: Game Over – DK, a 1005 superwash merino, 250 yards, 115 grams. This is unfortunately sold out at the moment. You can easily get updates by following Michele on Instagram.

Y2Ktusken knitshouse of alamodeTop: Olann’s offering in Panetone’s fabulous color of the year in her Y2K sock yarn.

Middle: Tusken Knit’s “Fuzz”, another sock yarn.

Bottom: House of a la Mode’s “Smoked Peach” colorway which is offered in several different weights. Oh, what I could do with all of these!

Love these scarves from Missoni: What fashion statements, what color, what inspiration!

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Here is my bi-color version of a long scarf using Plucky Knitter’s Traveler DK in Chamomile and Green Goddess in the woven diagonal herringbone pattern:One of my wips/designs I need to finish. It includes an edging and trim of garter stitch, then on to the herringbone stitch. Pretty easy but so beautiful.

So tell me, did you fall prey to any of these trends? Until next time …..

xoxo Shannon

 

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It’s A Wrap and Other Worldly Pursuits

This new design has been giving me a few fits. I’ve had to rip out at least three or four times, trying to get just the right combination of patterns. I’m working with an alpaca/bamboo, sport weight yarn that I died myself with cochineal (which is a fun experience in itself!) Here’s a little glimpse of it:
This is going to be a rectangle shaped wrap/scarf with a lot of texture/pattern which I love to see in a garment. So once I get all the patterning figured out, I will finish the sample and show you!

And elsewhere in the world . . . .

I have always admired the amazing work of Marie Wallin. She was the head designer for Rowan Magazine for eight years but in 2013 decided to start her own design company. She resides in a small village called Hoby in Leicestershire, England. You can also find her on Instagram and Facebook to name a few. She is known for her beautiful fair isle work:

Ravelry: Houndstooth Tweed Loop Scarf

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Ravelry: Georgia Fairisle Tam

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If you haven’t heard of Rosa Pomar or seen her beautiful designs and website, then you must be introduced to her! She is a Portugese designer living in Lisbon. I recently discovered her extensive offerings of fiber related products on her website. There is so much there, you will think you have died and gone to a knitter’s dream heaven. She owns a brick and mortar as well (see below). Here are a few examples of her work:

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… And another Fair Isle knitter. I recently discovered this article and wonderful video on Bloomberg featuring Fair Isle designer, Mati Ventrillon, who actually lives on this island raising sheep, shearing them and having the wool processed into yarn she can use in her beautiful designs. Her process is fascinating as you will see played out in the video. She does a combination of machine and hand knitting to create her designs. Be sure to watch the video, you won’t be disappointed. You can also find Mati on Facebook and Instagram.

store_imgbespoke_imageI hope you all are having the best weekend, and I have given you some good inspiration! Happy knitting.

xoxo Shannon

 

 

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A Little Plotulopi Anyone?

I recently received my “plates” of Plotulopi from Claire of The Woolly Thistle and also the popular podcast, New Hampshire Knits of which I am a listener. I highly recommend it!

She is currently hosting a KAL for the Rusty Cardigan by Steinunn Birna Guojonsdottir which is so beautiful, and one I have had my eye on for a while. And it’s free to boot! Won’t you join Claire and the rest of us? My color selections were eggplant for the body of the cardigan and cream for the fair isle work.

If you’re not familiar with Plotulopi, it is a one-ply unspun Icelandic wool yarn from Istex with a gauge for 1-ply: 19 sts to 10 cm (4”) over St st using size 4½ mm (Old UK 7) (US 7). This yarn could also be used as a 2-ply, you just pull from center of plate for 1-ply or from the center and outside of plate together for 2-ply. Lori Ann Graham of  the Lori Times Five blog features it on her Instagram feed and her Ravely project page.

And some photos courtesy of Ravelry:

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I will keep you all posted on my progress. Happy knitting and happy Sunday!

xoxo Shannon

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One Stitch At a Time …..

You know, I think that those who don’t knit realize just how therapeutic knitting can really be. And it’s not just the process that soothes, but also the wearing of the finished project. It just keeps on giving and giving and giving. And so it is with me. When I’m having a hard day, just wearing something I’ve made lifts my spirits.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be knitting I suppose. In the past I’ve enjoyed sewing, cross stitch, rug hooking. But there’s just something about wearing a knitted garment that is so comforting. And then, if it’s made by someone else as a present? Well, that makes it even more special!

The specific FO I’m thinking of is the Campside Shawl by Alicia Plummer.

IMG_3430It’s humble beginnings . . .

cropped-cropped-img_3432.jpgProgress – this was my first shawl by the way. And I never used to like them! I think it was the really lacey ones that just didn’t appeal. Then I started seeing more and more interesting and beautiful patterns out in the knitting world and this particular one appealed to me. Oh, the comfort, warmth and sense of pride it has given me.

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IMG_0063IMG_0116Next on the needles: Shore Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge. Really enjoying this knit using Lettlopi in Color #1403. Now talking of caressing the skin, this Icelandic yarn as you know is not the softest. I’ve heard through the grapevine though, it gets softer with wear and washing. The affordability, overall quality and color sold me. I will keep you posted.

As you also see, some new additions to my knitting library: “Knitting From the North” by Hilary Grant, “Knitted Cable Sourcebook” by Nora Gaughan, and “In the Footsteps of Sheep” by Debbie Zawinski. I would highly recommend all three. They are all quality books offering great patterns, photos and inspiration.

IMG_0133cropped-img_3393.jpgAnd… a little swatching with some lovely local alpaca died by moi using cochineal. The truer color is in bottom picture. I’ve always loved cables and Norah Gaughan’s new book provides the best inspiration!

Hope you all are enjoying Spring! I don’t know about you, but I for one am ready. Bring it on.

xoxo Shannon

 

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my summer project

 

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Campside Shawl in Progress

I’ve been wanting to try this shawl for a looong time. Alicia Plummer’s classic design is free too, you can get it here. So far it has been an easy and enjoyable knit, I’m moving right along with no problems. It starts with a Garter Tab Cast-On then rotating and picking up stitches, a set-up row then off you go with increase section, lace work and ribbed edging.

My yarn of choice is Araucania’s Huasco DK hand-painted merino wool in #119 Silversea colorway (below).

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I am truly loving this yarn, the color, the tight twisted plies, and the stitch definition it’s giving me. How do you like my cat and yarn pillow? It was my grandmother’s; not sure if she made it or someone else did, but it is definitely handmade. The cat looks a lot like my own Miss Squeakers with the same colored eyes! Too funny.

I hope you are all having a great summer so far. Taking any interesting knitting projects with you on vacation? Part of any good KAL’s?

Here’s a run-down of some summer KAL’s for you:

  • Woolful’s KAL starts today and runs until September 1st! You can choose from one of Hannah Fettig’s patterns out of her newest book, Home and Away. 
  • Organic Knitters have chosen the Gerbera Shawl by Linnea Ornstein, running until August 14th. They are offering kits starting tomorrow.
  • At the Berroco Design Studio, they have started Astilbe, a lovely free cardigan pattern by Amy Christoffers.
  • Olga Buraya-Keflian of Olga Jazzy is hosting one to start on the 4th of July! The pattern of choice is one of her designs, Tetrapods, a dazzling shawl.

Have a Happy Friday and 4th of July for me! I will not be doing too much, maybe a few fireworks and a little grilling, some ribs possibly and definitely some knitting.

xoxo Shannon

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Tea, Fiber and Some Knitting Catch-up

Hello all, Happy New Year! Where has the time gone? The months got away from me. I hope you are all doing well, healthy and excited for 2016. It feels good to be talking to you all again. I’ve missed you.IMG_3060Here is my latest dyeing venture with black tea bags and 100% merino wool from Camellia Fiber Company. I love the way these turned out: a soft, classy color, very warm and nice. What do you think?

 

FullSizeRenderSome past Christmas knitting in progress: I ended up making three of these (Jason’s Cashmere Hat) in red, blue and green for each of my sons. They loved them and I was so proud of myself, cranked these babies out in about four days each. That was fun. I felt very accomplished.

Here’s a little Instagram update for you:

It is finished. #baby #blanket #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram

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My latest FO for a certain pregnant someone who will remain unnamed just in case she pops in. This was a very quick, satisfying project done in a cotton yarn which I will have to say has never really appealed to me in the past. But this was a nice quality yarn from Berroco, “Modern Cotton”, worsted. The pattern, “Chevron Baby Blanket”, is a freebie and can be found here.

#Ley Lines #shawl coming right along by #Joji Locatelli #knitting #knitstagram #knittersofinstagram

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Ley Lines” is getting close to being done. It’s a little fiddly in Section 5 where you start to bind off the sections on the even rows. Not sure if I’m doing this right. It’s unique and different from any other pattern I’ve tried.

#sock #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #wool #blue #white

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How do you like my new #knitting #bowl from a kind #friend #knitstagram #knittersofig #knittersofinstagram

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A fairly new project I’m attempting. Having a little trouble at the point in the pattern where it says to “turn the work inside out and work in opposite direction to finish the sock”. Pattern is “Hugs Socks” by Jean Moss from her book, “Great Little Gifts to Knit”.  Anyone attempted this one yet?

How is your year going so far? Trying anything new? Be brave, go knit something good.

xoxo Shannon