A friend of mine from back in our Xanga days knit a beautiful Water Shawl by Sylvia McFadden (Ravelry link). She posted it on Instagram and I asked the Blogville Knitters if they would like to do a spring knit along for this pattern in 2021. Marilee and Sarah are in! Would you like to join us?
We are planning to start March 1 and end June 1. If you complete it by June 1, I will send you a handmade project bag by me and a handmade stitch marker, probably made by someone else but I will provide, with the theme of water.
Let me know if you would like to join us. We’ve got 4 months to plan!
Just add a pitchfork and a cameo brooch and you’ve got American Gothic. But seriously, it’s yellow. I love a yellow house. Especially one with pink tile. Tomorrow we pack and Sunday we move the big stuff with our armyherdgaggle of children helping.
Marilee said she buys yarn when she doesn’t know what else to do, and I’m afraid I’m the same. Here’s my most recent acquisition from Countess Ablaze. I love her and their yarn and I am unapologetic. Shoalwater Shawl here I come. (I’ve been wanting to knit that for nearly two decades!)
Going to leave this here because it needs to be said.
We went for a hike yesterday. I’m thankful for time in nature. And wildflowers.
Bob made soy custard berry tarts for my birthday treat. I’m thankful for Bob.
My boys came to share a birthday meal and treats with me. I’m thankful for my boys. Especially their intelligence and humor and ability to argue any point no matter how ridiculous. Is a bean bag a chair? A bean bag is an armchair but not a chair because a chair has legs. Puzzle that.
My mother always told me I would argue with a signpost. The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Soon I will have a new blue beanie to wear over my mess of white hair. I am enjoying this mindless knit.
I ordered some pink yarn to make this shrug. I imagine myself wafting over pink tile wearing this, but in pink. The designer says this stitch pattern is meditative. I hope so.
Speaking of pink tile, the lender ordered a second appraisal. We are in home-buying limbo.
It will be okay either way. Trust in the Universe.
Karen at nothingbutknit2 created a challenge for us to post about our favorite make. It can be anything: knitting, sewing, art, other craft…
This is tough for me because first I have to define what “favorite” means to me. Most enjoyable make? Most frequent use? Nicest to look at?
I’m pretty sure it’s my Birds of Blendon Hat. It’s my chart. I loved making it. It’s my first hat to grab. It’s soft and warm and fits my head well. It goes with everything.
My Twilight Paris Tunis Toujours Shawl is my second favorite. It’s the first thing I grab when I’m feeling a chill. It’s warm, soft, versatile, and my favorite colors. I dyed it! I can wear it wrapped around like a shawl (I often wear it tied in back) or I can wear it like a scarf with a jacket. It’s SE2SE yarn.
So I guess favorite for me means most frequently used. The shawl is a surprise to me because I don’t really think of myself as a wrap or shawl wearer. This changed for me once I started working from home.
I hope everyone is well. I have had a headache all weekend. Not much knitting going on here. Lots of reading, napping, and tisane drinking.
If you haven’t yet blogged about your favorite make, I hope you will do so!
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.
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.
I want to make a tailored coat out of my navy wool flannel, but I haven’t found a pattern yet.
Something out of this amazing cotton flannel I picked up on sale at Sew to Speak. I 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!
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.
I’m going to weave a couple of placemats out of my turmeric dyed Cotswold. That’s 20!
True to the internet’s word, the red cabbage didn’t do much to my Tunis yarn.
You probably can’t tell, but it has a slight grayish stain.
Since I now wake up at 4:30AM every morning (WHY?!) I decided to overdye the yarn this morning with acid dyes. I mixed black and blue, and left each subsequent skein in the dye bath an additional 5 minutes. They turned out pretty good.
I’m honestly not sure which of the darkest ones is the one which was dyed the longest. These are wet, and I don’t know if the color will lighten or darken as they dry. I do like how the skeins vary in blues and blacks.
I’m going to make Paris Toujours but I’m calling it Twilight Toujours. Clever, non?
This Tunis yarn is SO SOFT. I thought I might need to put a little lanolin back in, but it has really bloomed and fluffed. It will be a super écharpe!