My Celtic Myths shawl is coming along. I love the colors. It’s an intuitive knit so far, which I like, and easy screen time knitting. Right now we’re enjoying Kingdom, which is a South Korean zombie show!
I made a mistake when I bought this yarn for the Oa Hoodie. I probably could get 6 stitches to an inch with a DK, but would I want to wear that fabric? Stranded colorwork? Nope. I knew better. I can only blame myself.
My hope is to go ahead and purchase the yarn from KDD with my club discount and find something else to do with this lovely DK.
ETA: The yarn this pattern calls for is DK, but the pattern itself calls for sport weight. Very confusing! So maybe it’s a DK yarn knit tight at sport gauge? I tend toward loose knitting, so I’m not sure I would be able to get gauge with that yarn even if I tried.
I will be so glad when January is over. This month has really kicked my arse.
Enjoy some pics from my studio.
My new year got derailed by the stomach flu. But I am feeling myself again, and am back at my Knitting Season journal.
I set myself a number of goals for 2019. They include knits to make by other designers, knits to design myself, and a list of challenges.
Look at these cute and tidy pages.
Number one on the challenges list is to salvage yarn from a garment and reknit it into something new. I had imagined finding something at the thrift store, but talking about my magenta Le Smoking made the cogs start turning in the old noggin.
I really like the new Weel Riggit design that we received as part of the Knitting Season Club, but I’m not in a place to purchase a large amount of yarn right now, and I already have two sweaters ready to cast on waiting in the wings.
Then I realized the magenta Le Smoking is knit from aran weight yarn, some old Fingerlakes Soft Wool 3Ply.
Then I started looking around for something I could knit with it in the lice pattern. I don’t have to follow the pattern explicitly. (She uses four colors.) I can just be inspired and make my own pattern with two colors.
Then I realized I was looking at a multi yarn with magenta in it.
Then I realized I have an old wool sweater Bob’s Mom gave to me that has a little magenta in it!
What do you think? There is definitely some mohair in this yarn, but I think that might give the lice stitches a nice halo.
There might also be some acrylic in this, but I gave it the burn test, and it all burned and smelled like hair. So if there is any acrylic, it isn’t much. I guess that glisten could be the mohair.
I took the depiller to it to make it easier to pull out. Does anyone remember/still have one of these? Mine is from when I was still living with my Mom, so it’s from the 1980s!
Also, I might have gotten over treating my journal like it is precious. This is my Ohio Star Cowl design in progress. (Write, knit, rewrite, rip out, reknit.)
Wow, I blogged twice today!
I signed up for FibreShare! I’m suuuuuper excited about it because I’ve wanted to participate for a while now!
Karen posted a Q&A, my favorite!
Q. What item did you make that was a complete win? You loved making it, using it and got compliments on it.
A. I’m just going to say hats. I seem to do really well with hats in general.
Q. How about a project that was a half win? You either loved making it and didn’t use it or hated making it but loved using it.
A. I loved making my Magenta Le Smoking, but I don’t wear it. There is no shaping in the shoulders, and it is too small to really wear comfortably. I love the color. I’m still thinking about frogging it.
Q. Have you ever resurrected a UFO, finished it and loved it?
A. Just the Birds of Blendon hat.
Q. Is there a technique that you’ve used in the past that you’ll never do again? How about one that you avoided and ended up liking? Do you use the items?
A. I tend to avoid intarsia. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. I prefer knitting that has an intuitive rhythm to it. I haven’t knit intarsia in a long time. It was a sweater for my oldest son that had a star on the front. He really liked it. I guess I would knit intarsia again if there were a really good reason for it and I liked the finished product enough. But I think it’s clear that I’m more of a process knitter.
I need to get cracking on my Ohio Star Cowl. I skipped the last Knitting Season creative assignment, which consisted of knitting a stranded colorwork design in different colors, in favor of finishing up my Otter Ferry. I can see the point of the assignment, but my Knitting. Time. Is. So. Precious.
Do you prefer to spend your time knitting towards a finished object? Or are you happy to knit experimentally? Do you swatch a lot? Or just enough to get the gauge?
I’m in the latter category. What was it I said about being a process knitter? Maybe I am a product knitter, or a combination of both?
I finished my Otter Ferry Hat from Kate Davies’ Milarrochy Heids!
I really love this design. It’s jaunty and fun, but still grown up, and is flattering on.
I had difficulty choosing the best contrast color to go with my Megs Levesseur button – Stockimuir (green) or Ardlui (blue) – so in the end I went with both!
This was the first time I had ever knit an icord bindoff. What a simple way to create a nice finished edge! I love it when I learn something new. I’ve been knitting so long, it’s not often that I do.
I’m so glad it’s Friday. January has been a rough month for me. I think I’ve been sick for two weeks straight. I look forward to February. Luckily it’s right around the corner!
I was cranking right along on this design this morning (math + math = math!) and there it was… I’d gotten my knitting in a twist! Luckily I wrote down everything I did as I went along. Time to frog! 🐸
We have plans today even though we’re expecting Snowmageddon: White Out of Death 💀. It’s Date “Night” and we’re planning to go to an artist talk in town, and after that, dinner.
What are your plans this fine Saturday?
This was an accidental selfie that happened while I was trying to take a good selfie so I could show off my Carbeth and Brassica Hat with my new favorite flannel shirt. I was like, wow, there’s a photo of my Grandma. My sister says I’m her doppleganger.
The good side of this is I loved my Grandmother. I still love my Grandma, even though she is gone. I honestly can’t think of anyone I loved and trusted more. She was crafty (check) brusque (check) loving (check) controlling (check) funny (in her own way, check) and her hindsight was better than her foresight (check.)
The bad side is it is difficult to watch yourself age. 10 years ago I could take a selfie and feel pretty good about what I saw. Now every photo is, “Who is that old lady?!” I’m trying to accept it because there is only so much I am willing to do about it. I am focusing on my health and fabulous handmade, fair trade style… and not much else.
Here’s a photo of some yarn, just to keep this post on topic:
Isn’t it yummy? This is what I am thinking of making the Ohio Star stranded colorwork design with, which will probably be a cowl and a hat. However, the new Knitting Season design came out today, and just look at it in all its loveliness and glory:
Photo © Kate Davies
I could see this hat in my Better Breakfast fingering, couldn’t you? It would be a subtler differentiation.
I will probably stick to my original plan because I have an entire palette of Milarrochy Tweed with which to make this hat! I also want to make Peerie Flooers, so, my queue keeps growing.
I’ve been struggling all week, and I’ve finally hit a wall. TGIF.
Do you ever play that fortune cookie game where you read your fortune aloud, and then punctuate it with “in bed”?
I did make it to my studio today, but not for very long. Although I am feeling better, I fatigue easily. I came home, ate dinner, relaxed in a lavender bath, and crawled into bed.
I resketched my Ohio Star Bandandit Cowl. (This is what I call it in my head as I imagine wearing it over my nose and mouth like a bandit.) I think I’m ready to cast on. I’m not gonna lie, I saw the Purl Soho Bandana Cowl months ago on Ravelry and thought it was a clever idea, but I did not look at the pattern because I knew somewhere way deep down in my heart I was going to design my own one day.
I didn’t even link to it. So there. You can search.
The first pattern in the Kate Davies Knitting Season Club is a lovely sweater with a simple motif. The design challenge was to create your own motif. I think my Ohio Star qualifies, even though it is texture and not colorwork. I do love the sweater but will probably wait to decide if I will knit it, and if so, how.
I had forgotten what it is like to have to slow down to accommodate my body. I had been doing very well for a year or so.
I’m going to try to go to the gym tomorrow. Fingers crossed…
What are you working on? I think I’ll check out my reader and see what you all are up to…
Today started off wonderfully with an early trip to the sledding hill in hopes of being the first ones there- and we were!
Although my GERD was flaring up, I took some medication and hoped for the best. I wasn’t going to let it spoil my fun. And we did have a grand old time, howling with laughter and screaming down the hill as fast as we could make our little plastic toboggan go.
It was over in an hour, as my stomach and constitution couldn’t handle any more thrills. I had hoped for a good day of sledding, an aromatherapy event for Haven Herbs, and then some time in my studio.
Most of my days are good days. It’s rare now when I have to adjourn from life to the couch or my bed to wait while the worst passes.
I don’t know if it was something I ate or the accumulation of stress over the week, or most likely a combination of things, but I’ve had to accept that studio time isn’t going to happen today. And luckily I wasn’t needed at the aromatherapy event.
I wanted to work on my Ohio Star cowl, and I did spend some time with an app while I lay on the couch.
The gauge here is spot on for my Better Breakfast DK. The chart isn’t perfectly symmetrical as the top half is shorter than the bottom. That can be fixed.
The Ohio Star is a quilt block pattern, and I remember my Grandmother showing it to me when I was young. Because I now live in Ohio and the yarn is from Ohio, I started exploring this design for my cowl. I wanted something intrinsically American, and after perusing different First Nations and early American motifs, I decided this was a natural fit.
I also want to work it in stranded colorwork with the same yarn, but in fingering weight colors of Poppy Seed and Daybreak.
As you can see, I made the best of it.
Invisible illnesses are not only difficult because of the illnesses themselves, but also because it’s so easy to get into the “just shake it off” mindset, which doesn’t work and is psychologically unhelpful. Today I kept thinking I was going to feel better, and as the day wore on, I grew worse and worse.
I do a lot. I have many passions and I’m not the kind of person who can ignore the desires that drive me. But in order to do all the things I want to do, I have to know when to slow down, take care of myself, listen to my body, and let it all go… not forever, but for later.
So I’m back in bed with a cup of herbal tisane. Even knitting feels like too much. I may try a book.
I took today off for some self care after my whirlwind inventory tour for work.
I can’t decide if I should get out of bed or not.
It’s finally snowing. I love the snow and would be very sad if we didn’t get at least one good blizzard. It’s only flurrying today, though, so not enough to keep me from going to the gym and running some errands. If I can get out of bed, that is.