I’m Obsessed

A friend shared these videos with me on Facebook. I am casting them to my TV and watching them on repeat.

I have no desire to make something like this myself. But I am enjoying the magic.

Twilight Toujours is slowly getting finished. We are in transition crunch time at work, which is stressful, but it will be so good when it’s done. I may not get out of my PJs this weekend, though.

I found my coat pattern!

yates coat

(photo credit Grainline Studio)

This is the Yates Coat. It is appropriate for my wool fabric, and it looks like it will be a good choice for my first coat. Not easy, but easy for a coat.

Sarah is making an Oxbow Cardigan this year and wants me to sign on for a Thanksgiving knitalong again. I’m game, even though it’s not on my list (yet)!

I want to make a black cardigan. My wardrobe needs this. I want to choose yarn from an heirloom breed. I found some Black Welsh Mountain yarn and the farm is participating in Shave’Em to Save’Em. I calculated my totals for the Oxbow Cardigan. $450! (insert flabbergasted emoji here)

I know the yarn is worth it, and we need to support our farmers and heirloom breeds. But I simply feel like I cannot afford that. I mean, I’m holding off on buying a new serger and a better sewing machine. That cardigan yarn would be 2/3 of the way to a new machine.

So, I’m going to hold off on any black bulky yarn purchasing for now, but with the full intention of adding Oxbow Cardigan to my list this year.

And maybe if I am very very very good and do not spend any of my crafting allowance on other things and save it up, I could buy the yarn I really want? That’s still a lot of fed mouths. But it could be a sweater that lasts the rest of my life, so maybe a good investment? And I would feel good about the yarn I purchased. I will have a long think on it.

Check out my beautiful son wearing the hat I made him (which makes me happy) but giving me snark.

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Gotta go. He is introducing me to 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

20 in 2020

I hear there’s a “20 in 2020” thing going around. 20 what? I don’t know, but I’ve decided for me, it will be things to make. Here is my list.

Knitting

  1. Twilight Toujours (95% there!) I am loving how my gradient dyeing turned out and it is exciting whenever I switch to a new cake of yarn. Charis Walker of Tarheelbilly Farm is in the latest issue of Vogue Knitting! Sometimes I want to call this Tunis Toujours. It is so soft! And sometimes I call it Hollis, which is the sheep’s name.img_7432
  2. Celtic Myths (90% there!)
  3. Shetland Tweed Throw
  4. Farmhouse Cardigan
  5. The Oa
  6. Peerie Flooers
  7. Arranmore Staghorn
  8. Midnight Merino Raglan
  9. Bousta Beanie
  10. Winter Ferns Hat in Gryffindor colors
  11. Toe Up Socks (I think I am going to frog it and start over with a more exciting yarn from my stash, especially since I really don’t want to make the same pair of socks twice)
  12. Jessica Jones Cowl from my Hogsmeade Forbidden Fibers (because it brings out my hair and my eyes!)

Only 4 sweaters! That’s progress!

Sewing

  1. Billie Jumpsuit (pattern is pieced and cut, fabric is washed)
  2. Ace (I picked up a remnant for this at Sew to Speak)
  3. Jill Coat in Black Roses Bonded Knit
  4. Rachel blouse
  5. I want to make a tailored coat out of my navy wool flannel, but I haven’t found a pattern yet.
  6. Something out of this amazing cotton flannel I picked up on sale at Sew to Speak. img_7431I think I would like to make a jacket, but again, I haven’t seen a pattern that is quite right. Since I accidentally automatically got resubscribed to Ottobre, maybe there will be a jacket pattern in one of their magazines I like.

I guess I like jackets as much as I like sweaters!

Fiber Art

I am part of a group show in November, so I will need to figure out my pieces for that. I will probably continue with the wet and needle felted paintings. I do not have a subject yet. Even though I will probably make 2-4 pieces, I will count this as one make.

Weaving

I’m going to weave a couple of placemats out of my turmeric dyed Cotswold. That’s 20!

Three on Thor’s Day

Chrisknits posted a Three on Thor’s Day and I decided to play along.

Did you know some of our days of the week are named after Germanic gods? You probably did. It goes like this:

Sunday – Sun day

Monday – Moon day

Tuesday – Tiwaz/Tyr’s Day

Wednesday – Woden/Odin’s Day

Thursday – Thunar/Thor’s Day

Friday – Frige/Frigga’s Day

Saturday – Saturn’s Day… (that’s a Roman god)

Here are my three Treads for Thor’s Day.

You can play along too. It can be Three for Thursday if you prefer. I missed Wednesday WIPs so this worked out for me.

By the way, three is the magic number.

I Gotz Yarn

Look at this beautiful Tunis yarn I got from Tarheelbilly Farm. It’s from the sheep Hollis. I think I might dye it. I have 1000 yards. What shall I make? It is a Shave’Em to Save’Em yarn! If you are participating, get it while it lasts!

Here’s my turmeric dyed Cotswold. I fixed the color with vinegar and relanolized the yarn. Much better. The color no longer comes off on my hands and it’s softer. What shall I make?

Tread

I’m secretly knitting a Tread hat for my son Henry for Christmas. He doesn’t read my blog. JoJo is modeling my progress, but does not want. This wool yarn is so soft. It is Woolfolk Far. If Henry can wear this hat then I’ve found the yarn for his sweater.

We are watching Love Actually and snacking on cheese and crackers while we wait for dinner. All I can think about is pumpkin pie!

You can see we already have our Christmas decorations up. I was in the mood early this year. I got a new stained glass star topper for our little live tree.

My boys are with their Dad today. We alternate holidays. Today I’m so thankful for Bob and his kids. We are having a fun day. I don’t think I am someone who could be alone on holidays. ❤️ Happy Thanksgiving!

Wobbly Wednesday

I’m still trying to get over the fatigue of this flu. I’m hoping this is my last day spent mostly in bed. I took a couple of days off work to rest.

Sarah sent me my project bag for completing The Weekender. Isn’t it wonderful? And she included a treasured skein of precious Garden Wool and Dye yarn. Thank you!

I finished my slippers and have felted them. They are blocking and drying now. They are looking pretty lumpy and I’m not thrilled with how I can still see the stitch work. But they fit and I’m sure at some point they’ll need a wash and felt up a bit more.

Today I’m thankful Bob is the cook and I don’t have to worry about Thanksgiving dinner. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you are celebrating!

All in for Shetland

When I was at my LYS a week or two ago I lunged at this yarn in colorway mossbank. I bought 10 hanks. At first I thought I might make yet another sweater but now I think I might knit up a throw blanket. This is the first yarn I’ve purchased in a long time without a pattern in mind. I was thinking maybe a gansey patterned throw but this yarn is so pretty I might stick with something simple. Maybe this Hip to be Square blanket?

I am feeling a little better but I tire easily.

Who wants to go on a knitters trip to Shetland?

2020 might be ambitious, but maybe 2021?

The View From Here

I have been fighting the crud all week and I finally fell sick on Friday. I’m feeling better now, and this has been my view for most of the weekend. I’m knitting on my slippers and they are working up fast. JoJo and Bob have been my constant companions.

This yarn is Germantown from Kelbourne Woolens and the color is Persian Red. The pattern is Women’s Felted Slippers by Monique Rae. It’s been a long time since I’ve made felted slippers and I love that these are knitted in one piece before felting.

See You on the Weekender!

I have an idea! What if we- this online knitting community – met up for a knitting holiday somewhere! We could plan and save and in a couple of years go on one of these Stitchtopia Knitting Holidays! Or some other one. It doesn’t have to be theirs. What do you think? Doable? Or worst idea ever?

Also, mildlygranola, I want my project bag. 😁

My Silly Knitting Quiz

1. Share an image of a knitting pattern you love but would probably never knit.

2. What is your favorite knitting technique?

3. Yarn: wool, alpaca, cotton, linen, hemp, silk, or acrylic?

4. Needles: wood, bamboo, metal, plastic, or casein?

5. Would you go on a knitting vacation? If yes, which country’s yarn shops would you like to visit?

6. Lace, fingering, sport, DK, worsted, or bulky? (If you had to choose just one)

7. Do you eat while knitting? If so, what?

8. Speckled yarn: yes or no?

9. Favorite knitting slang word?

10. Can you do anything else while knitting? Watching or listening to something doesn’t count.

11. Favorite knitting pattern designer?

12. Favorite yarn brand?

13. Intentional felting: yes or no?

14. Who taught you to knit?

15. What’s your next knit?

Here are my answers:

1. Share an image of a knitting pattern you love but would probably never knit.

Also there is a pattern for his long underwear.

2. What is your favorite knitting technique?

2-color stranded

3. Yarn: wool, alpaca, cotton, linen, hemp, silk, or acrylic?

Wool, of course

4. Needles: wood, bamboo, metal, plastic, or casein?

Wood when I can find them

5. Would you go on a knitting vacation? If yes, which country’s yarn shops would you like to visit?

Yes, please! Probably Shetland is my number 1 but I would also love to go on a Finnish knitting holiday, if there is one. Iceland would be on the short list as well, along with any Scandinavian country.

6. Lace, fingering, sport, DK, worsted, or bulky? (If you had to choose just one)

DK

7. Do you eat while knitting? If so, what?

Rarely because I don’t want to get food on my knitting, but occasionally chocolate

8. Speckled yarn: yes or no?

Hell no

9. Favorite knitting slang word?

Knitty Litter: The knitting related detritus that collects all over the home when one knits (I tend to scatter much knitty litter when I’m deep into a project)

10. Can you do anything else while knitting? Watching or listening to something doesn’t count.

For some time I have been on a mission to learn to read a real book while knitting, but I am not coordinated enough, apparently. I would also like to knit while walking, but same problem. I think someone should teach a knitting yoga class. There’s cat yoga, and even goat yoga. There should be knitting yoga!

11. Favorite knitting pattern designer?

It’s still Kate Davies. There is something about her simple precision and elegance that appeals to me, with just a little quirky fun.

12. Favorite yarn brand?

I have to say, Scout by Kelbourne Woolens is becoming my favorite yarn. But Peace Fleece will probably always be my favorite brand because of their mission. I would love a sweater quantity of Peace Fleece yarn for Christmas.

13. Intentional felting: yes or no?

Slippers yes, but anything else, no. I like drape.

14. Who taught you to knit?

A friend but it didn’t “take” so I took a class a couple of years later. I’m mostly self-taught

15. What’s your next knit?

These slippers for myself in raspberry red

Please answer on your blog, and let us know in the comments if you’re playing along!