Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Dye Day

There is so much to blog about, and as usual, not enough time to blog. But I do want to share a few pictures of this past Saturday.

Lin and I marked out a "Dye Day" on our calendars way back in July. Lin busied herself by spinning up a bunch of Shetland roving to dye and I... well, I was lazy and just bought two skeins of sock yarn to dye.
Lin wanted to dye her yarn the color of denim jeans. We mixed some blue and black together and tested it until we came up with what we thought was the correct color. When it came out of the pot we were happy, it was the correct color!

While we waited for the Shetland to "cook" we dyed some sock yarn. Above is Lin's sock yarn and below is mine.
Now, all I want to do is wind it up and knit it! Ugh... I have to wait. I have a pair of socks on my needles, besides several sweaters and secret projects!

But, it is something to look forward too. Perhaps around Christmas time I'll cast on a sock with my new sock yarn!

Happy Knitting Everyone!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fetching In Rowan Felted Tweed

Last year I made myself a pair of Fetching fingerless gloves with a yarn close to the suggested yarn -- soft and round, good for cable definition.

Well, I didn't think the yarn was warm enough or wore well. Soo... the tattered pair is in the bottom of my hat basket and I made a new pair out of Rowan Felted Tweed. Oh, my. I love the results. NOTE: I used it double stranded.

The mitts are warm & sturdy, yet soft. They are perfect for a fall afternoon walk...like a stroll to Starbucks. Maybe I need to take a stroll this afternoon!

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Patterns for Sale On Ravelry

I'm finally figuring out how to sell my patterns on line. It has taken me long enough. I'm so sorry for the delay. So far I have two patterns on Ravelry for sale! There are more to come! Thanks for being patient with me!

My New Office

Life is slowly getting put back together. It is amazing how dreadful a computer crashing can be.
However, it has enabled me --believe it or not --to reorganize my "knitting" space.

I have finally combined my office and my knitting room into one space. Granted, the only space for it was down in the basement. But, it is a "room of my own," and I love it.

I was able to organize my knitting books and folders. I found that I don't have that many knitting books. I have a few on my list for Christmas...

I finally have the space for an idea board. I LOVE it. Now when ideas for sweaters come popping into my head I can sketch them out and gaze at them for a while and tweak them. SOOOO happy!

My stash shelf isn't perfected yet. My goal is to change the ugly boxes into uniform nice boxes. But the ugly boxes were cheaper for right now. =)

Happy Knitting!

Fall

The changing leaves seem to catch me by surprise this year. Things go by too fast.


I love the color combinations. Isn't it inspiring? It really makes me want to design a Fair Isle Sweater.


What would I go with? The color combinations above or below?


It's a hard choice because they are all so beautiful!

Don't forget to stop and enjoy the beauty!
It will be gone before you know it!

Happy Knitting!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Inspiration

It is fall. The autumnal bloom is gilding the leaves and and the apples in the field. It is the time of year I usually feel the most creative.... and I do. But for some reason I also feel extremely busy. Such is life.

In the midst of the hubub and hurry here are a few things that have been inspiring to me...

A day with a designer - check out Celtic Memory Yarn's day with Elizabeth Lavold! Her pics are soooo inspiring!

The Snuggery Cardigan by Anthropologie - doesn't it just excite you -- all those sideways cables?

The glow of autumnal colors in my mom's paintings -- aren't they to die for?

Zebra Knits newest Demi sweater has me obsessed. I am determined to find the time to make my own -- with a few modifications. Soo... I have Rowan's "Vintage Knits" coming to me in the make.

May you find your inspiration too!
Happy Knitting

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I have fallen in love with a new sock pattern. Nutkin - oh, I even love the name. Do you remember the stories of Squirrel Nutkin? For some reason everything about this pattern and the name of the pattern evokes fall.

It is a free pattern on the web -- don't you love those -- and is a mock-cable design. I love it because it is so exquisitely easy but looks hard! They are designed for top-down knitting (most socks are knitted this way) but I love toe-up socks. So, I just did my normal toe-up formula and threw in the mock-cable pattern from Nutkin.

Yarn - Flat Feet
Needles - #0 for toes & #1 for main part of sock. This is a little trick of mine for toe-up socks. Because I am looser knitting back and forth when I do my wrap and turns, I go down a needle size. When I knit in the round, I am tighter - thus I go to the suggested needle size!

Happy Knitting! Enjoy the pattern!