Much Drive, Little Knit

The boys and I left Oklahoma a day early to trek east to see the Heavener Runestone.

My oldest especially wanted to see it. It was a beautiful spot, and while there has been some questions about its authenticity, I do believe it is possible that Vikings could have come to this location via the route suggested. I wish they would excavate the cave site because I think it could be enlightening. Regardless, we had a lot of fun!

We stayed over at a bed and breakfast in Mount Vernon, Missouri. On the way through St Louis we stopped at a wonderful fair trade store – Zee Bee Market – and the store manager got a great pic of us!

I’ve had plenty of time to knit as the boys have shared driving duty with me, but this is all I’ve managed.

And that was the best pic I could manage of the knitting on my lap in the car. Still, it won’t be long until I’m on sleeve island!

WIPs

One of my goals this trip was to get my projects cast on. Starting a new project takes extra time and attention, and it’s my least favorite part so I avoid it. Here are all my knitting WIPs.

Hitofude Cardi

The Oa

Staghorn Sweater

These sweaters are all in a good place to pick up and carry on knitting.

Celtic Myths Shawl – I started the edging.

Midnight Merino Raglan – this has been the easiest to work on and I will probably knit this on the trip home.

I inherited a new machine. It was my Grandmother’s last machine before she passed away. This is timely since my machine is having tension issues.

More Goodies from OKC

I stopped by Yarnatopia and was overjoyed by their selection of yarns! Moon Drake is a local dyer and the merino and mulberry silk sock yarn at top left is also hers. She was dropping off a fresh batch of hand dyed when I was there, and “driftwood” which is the sky blue with bits of browns called to me.

I am trying the Malabrigo DK for the Bramen Cowl, and the midnight Moonshine is my all time favorite color: so navy it’s black!

I picked up a few more Lykke Driftwood circular needles. I haven’t bought needles in years and I really prefer wood. I will be able to pass on my metal Addi Turbos now, which I don’t enjoy using.

I am having a wonderful time visiting with family and friends!

Bathtub Full of Yarn? Yes, Please!

One of my planned destinations on my trip to Oklahoma was SWAK Knits in Guthrie. I had visited many years ago, and I was really glad to find they are still there. The shop is bursting full of all kinds of goodies, including a bath tub full of yarn!

I picked up some new driftwood needles and colorful yarn, which the shop owner, Keely, caked for me.

The gold is Blue Sky Alpacas Highland Wool, and the blue and green is Mrs. Crosby’s Steamer Trunk Merino in Peacock.

I love marigold. It’s one of my favorite colors, but I never wear it since it doesn’t look very good on me. I couldn’t help myself with this yarn, though. I have two skeins and I’m thinking of making mittens, since I can look at that gorgeous color on my hands!

I’m not sure what the Mrs. Crosby’s is destined to be.

The boys found some treasures of their own at one of the antique stores.

There is one more yarn store in OKC to visit!

Blogging from the Road

Hi from the road! I’m knitting in the back seat and wanted to share the beautiful texture of this yarn. This is the Midnight Merino Raglan I haven’t worked on in a while, but this is great car knitting. I’m glad the stitches are plain so they can show off the texture.

I made it to the knotwork on Celtic Myths, but that’s too fussy for the car.

Gifts from Far Away

I recently received these lovely sea glass stitch markers all the way from Scotland, courtesy of Liz over at Highlandheffalump.

I can’t wait to use them!

I also received my FibreShare package!

I am pretty excited about all the things, but especially the Forbidden Fibers yarn and Fringe Supply Co field bag!

I’m not sure that Ketchup Chips are my thing, but they were fun to try!

Year of the Sweater

Hello! It’s snowing again. This should not surprise me. It’s March in Ohio.

I spent most of my studio time today preparing knitting for my trip to Oklahoma. Because I am taking four sweaters to knit on for the week. FOUR. The Oa, Midnight Merino Raglan, and two new ones: Cricket Hitofude and Meara XO.

I think we can safely call this The Year of the Sweater.

This is a merino and silk yarn in colorway Cricket for the Hitofude cardigan. This is my spring cardi I wanted to wear with my new tunic. It didn’t take me long to work out what I wanted.

Have you ever seen the Gilmore Girls episode when Lorelei is preparing for her wedding with Luke and all the planning falls together seamlessly so she knew it was meant to be? That’s what happened with this sweater.

If you’ve seen that episode, you know it turns out to be ill fated, but let’s stay positive and assume Cricket will come together seamlessly. The top of the cardigan is begun like a shrug. Have you ever knit a shrug?

Also, are you participating in Make It Yourself March? I am participating on Instagram, and one of the prompts later in the month is “most worn.” In preparation, I photographed myself in this shrug I knit about 10 years ago.

I wear this shrug every winter, most recently over this Mata Traders blouse. It’s knit from Knitpicks alpaca and silk, and the pattern may have been Knitpicks too. I can’t remember.

That first photo is a little goofy, but I never know how to pose myself in photos, so I typically ham it up.

It is also, according to Skeinherder, Malabrigo March. I thought that was the perfect excuse I didn’t need to buy a single skein of Malabrigo in my favorite color, cerulean. (That’s fun to say.) What will I make? I am thinking I will make the perfect beanie. When I know what that means, I will let you know.

Here is my tweedy Fibre Co. Arranmore yarn in colorway Meara. I’m calling the sweater Meara XO because it’s an all over cable pattern with XOs down the center front and back.

The pattern, Staghorn, is from the book A Fine Fleece. I like calling it XO because in The Expanse (and apparently the military) they call the executive officer XO. I secretly want my staff at work to call me XO as a term of endearment. But, as you know, nicknames cannot be forced.

Look at this hank of gradient yarn that turned out to be five different hanks of single color yarn. Boy do I feel stupid. I guess I’ll have to buy another hank of verifiably gradient yarn so I can knit my Bramen Cowl for the first lesson from Year of Techniques. (I copied Quiteayarnblog.) There were so many techniques on the list I didn’t know, I signed right up!

I think I’ll hold off on buying the yarn so I have an excuse to go yarn shopping in OKC when I’m there.

I’m still reknitting the bottom of my Carbeth. I’ve had to rip it out twice. But I think third time’s the charm on this one.

I’ve linked to two other bloggers in this post. I really blog for the community. Thanks for reading my blog and being part of my community!

Ohio Star Cowl

I finished my Ohio Star Bandandit Cowl. I’m pleased because it came out exactly as I designed it. So in that sense, it is a successful design.

It is also a successful garment. It fits, it keeps me warm, and it will stay up over my nose when I need it to.

The star motif is subtle and that’s fine. This isn’t a super exciting design, but it works. I mainly made this for hiking. The Bare Naked Wools Better Breakfast DK is also very soft and very warm. I think I’d like to knit an oversized cardigan out of it.

New Spring Tunic

I finished my tunic! I love it. It’s a little long, but it would be a cute dress on the hottest days.

It’s too cold to wear it right now but I had to try it on as part of an ensemble.

My sewing machine is having some tension issues. It’s pretty old. I’m thinking of taking it in somewhere for a tune up. Truth is I cleaned it several years ago, and it’s never been the same since. I probably should have left all that lint in there.

I’m heading to Oklahoma in a little over a week to visit my Mom and Sister. I’m taking a road trip with all three of my boys for spring break. Adventure! My knitting goal is to finish the Ohio Star cowl and the extension on my red Carbeth before I leave. Wish me luck!

French Seams and Top Stitching

I nearly finished my mismatched plaid tunic at the studio today.

I have one sleeve left to sew on, which means I can finish it the next time I go to the studio.

Here I am checking the bust fit. (ETA: Bob thinks it’s funny that I included this photo. I don’t know. I guess I thought you might like to see a photo with it on a body.)

I found two vintage red Bakelite buttons in my stash for the pockets. They were either inherited from my paternal Grandmother or I purchased them on Etsy when I was knitting Button Up Cloches for sale, I’m not sure which. I like that they are mismatched.

This came together easily and I remembered my three most important sewing tips I learned the hard way:

1. Never use interfacing. Use fabric instead.

2. Make the facings (or linings) a little bigger than the garment.

3. Sew on the sleeves before sewing the side seams.

I also remembered to stop when I got tired, because if I sew while tired I start making mistakes.

When I sold my serger I decided I would sew everything with french seams, so that’s what I did. I love the clean look on the inside of the garment.

I didn’t do much knitting today but I did finish ripping out the ribbing on my red Carbeth.

Wouldn’t my new tunic look nice with a new pale green or blue lacy cardigan? Do you have any pattern suggestions? I guess I’m looking forward to spring. I listened to reggae all day.