Wednesday WIP and a Color Quiz

Foursquare Cowl in Chinook Fleece Artist Yarn

I needed a project change so I picked up my Foursquare Cowl, designed by Whit. The variegated yarn is the Celtic Colours yarn I purchased in Nova Scotia last October. The purple is the same yarn but a different colorway. I think these colors are really gorgeous and I’m looking forward to wearing this cowl soon! Fall colors are my favorite. Or are they?…

This is the perfect segue into Karen’s latest quiz about color!

We are all artists. We use our supplies be they fiber, yarn, beads or whatever to create pieces that express our vision. This vision can have texture or color. Let’s talk about color.

What is your favorite color? How is this color reflected in your crafting?

My favorite color changes. It was cerulean blue for a long time. But right now I’m really into orange and red. My favorite color to wear, however, is grey.

Do you prefer bright colors or more subdued shades?

I like deep, rich colors, especially jewel tones. But I feel more comfortable wearing neutrals. So whenever I’m choosing colors for myself, I vacillate between those two options.

Does your color mood shift with the seasons? Do you carry one color all year and just change the accent color?

My color mood shifts, especially in the spring when I favor white, pink, icy blues and pale greens.

Is there a color you avoid? Or maybe it’s underrepresented in your crafting?

Like others, I tend to avoid yellow. I really like yellow, but it’s a color I can’t see myself wearing.

When you pick out your crafting supplies how important is color to you? Is it the first thing you consider or is it a bit further down the list?

I rarely choose to knit something based on color. I’m more interested in the fiber content, garment construction, stitch pattern, and how the yarn feels. Color is usually the last thing I choose, and it’s a difficult decision for me. I’m not naturally gifted with an understanding about how colors work together, or how a color will make me feel when wearing it. So I deliberate over color choice. Unless it’s stripey socks, and then it’s all about color!

Do you ever consciously choose a different color palette just for the change?

If I try to consciously choose a different color palette, it becomes a very unnatural sort of 180 degree knee jerk move that usually doesn’t work out. That’s why I joined a yarn subscription, so I can be surprised by new colors and try them.

I’d really like to knit something in a rich chocolatey brown. Brown has been out for a while, and I’d like to see it make a comeback.

Feel free to answer in the comments or if you’re answering on your blog leave a link so we can all read about your opinions on color and how it pertains to your crafting.

NOFOs from Stockinette City

PSL sock

Remember when all I wanted to knit was stockinette and I couldn’t handle anything else? Welp what can I say…

Arachne Sweater

I’m starting to see Arachne with short sleeves. Maybe I won’t order more yarn. And the PSL socks were supposed to be completed for TWT Sock Sprint today and I didn’t even finish one! Oh well. It’s just knitting.

You know what I did do? Applied for a grant for work.

I also had kind of a rough week with digestive issues. I guess I’ve developed another allergy, this time to chickpeas. Which is sad, because no more hummus. But I’ve been running regularly, which is pretty exciting.

Blogville Knitters Virtual Knit is this Sunday at 1PM EDT. I hope to see you there. If you are new please DM your Skype user ID to me on Ravelry or Instagram. You can join our group on Ravelry if you want but it’s not required.

Sock it to Me Monday: PSL Edition

Pumpkin spice latte sock #1

I’m enjoying my PSL sock. The garter stitch heel came out nice. I accidentally picked up the heel flap stitches before turning the heel, so I did it afterward and it’s fine. I find this yarn a little splitty.

New to us dining room table

We’ve never owned a proper dining room table. The one at the last house belonged to the landlord. We were excited to find this solid oak table and chairs on Craigslist. Now we can host family and friends, invite kids for Thanksgiving, and play RPGs in comfort and style.

My work trip went like clockwork. I’m happy to report I enjoyed the Vampire Knitting Club audiobook on my road trip and I’m going to get the next book in the series. I’m also watching The Spanish Princess, which is surprisingly well done (because Starz — I couldn’t watch White Queen, or White Princess even though I’m a Tudor nerd and Jodie Comer was in the lead) and we watched Seventh Son, which is ridiculous but it won me over in the end. Speaking of Jodie Comer, if you haven’t seen Killing Eve, I highly recommend.

What are you knitting/reading/watching?

Vintersoll by Jennifer Steingass

Guess what. I’m going to knit a Vintersoll… next year. I have Magpie Fibers Solstice DK in teal (Masquerade) and cream (Fior di Latte.) I still need to figure out the third color. I like this version though. Let me know if you have opinions.

Squirrel! A YOP Update

Pumpkin Spice Latte Socks in WYS 4-Ply, Color Nutmeg

I’m making good progress on my Pumpkin Spice Latte socks. Nevermind that they weren’t on my original list. I chose the open twisted rib stitch for my cuffs because it reminds me of the frothy heart a barista would make with the latte foam.

Updated Arachne photo

You can see that I’m making some progress on my Arachne body. You can also see my floats are pulling a little, but I think it will block out. There is no way I have enough yarn for this and Quince and Co is out. I’ve signed up to be notified once it’s back in stock.

Other than that, honestly I haven’t been doing much other than work. I am journaling some. And I’ve started running at intervals, which feels great.

Something cool happened, though. The Livestock Conservancy reached out and asked if they could use my podcast on a grant application. That made me happy. C19 really knocked the wind out of my sails regarding the podcast. I’m not sure what’s going to happen with it.

This has been a Year of Projects Update. You can read my original list here. You can find out more about the group here.

I Sound My Barbaric YOP

Year of Projects Update Week 3
Arachne Yarn Chicken

I divided for the sleeves on Arachne. I’m worried I will run out of yarn. Do I wait until I run out? Or should I go ahead and order? What would you do?

Knit the Rainbow as it Presents

I started the heel flap on my second Pride sock. I decided to be lazy zen and knit the rainbow as it presents. #knittingislife

Shetland Tweed Throw and Beverage of Choice

My Shetland Tweed Throw is almost long enough to cover me as I knit it. I still have six hanks of this yarn but I’m holding it double. I only had 10 hanks to begin with, so I think I’m okay. There is an i-cord edging, but that shouldn’t take too much yarn.

There’s nothing to report on other topics except for practice on fiddle and design. No sewing. No fiber art.

This has been a Year of Projects Update. You can read my original list here. You can find out more about the group here.

Non-YOPping Content

Lili Taylor in Dogfight

Yesterday was Lili Taylor movie day. We watched Mystic Pizza and Dogfight. Neither Bob nor I had ever seen Dogfight. It was poignant. River Phoenix was also superb. Maybe next weekend will be River Phoenix weekend.

I can’t wait until our virtual knit later today!

Friday, I’m in Love

This was a bit of a rough week, but here are are some things I’ve fallen in love with in the last few days.

Alfie the Alpaca in Adelaide
Love on the Spectrum
my blooming geranium and caravan birdhouse
my project bag from The Crimson Rabbit
Ready to divide for sleeves on my Arachne sweater!

Don’t forget to join us on Sunday at 1PM Eastern (we are currently on daylight time) for our Blogville Knitters Virtual Knit! You can message your Skype ID to me via Instagram @headknits or Ravelry @alissahead. Feel free to invite a friend!

woo

I finished my sock! Hans asked me if he could try it on, and I said no, it is too small for him. Then I offered to knit him a pair of socks, and he said he would think about it.

This yarn really is a dream. It’s TurtlePurl What Does It Mean. I tried to cast on the second sock in a similar place in the dyeing. I hope it will be close to the first, but it doesn’t have to match exactly.

This morning I pulled out my violin with the intent to tune it. I haven’t picked it up in a few years. I popped the E string, but I’ve decided to devote 15 minutes a day to practicing. I have to restring it first! Strings are ordered and on the way.

My boys will all be here for dinner today! I hope you are having a nice Sunday.

Friday Eve No FO

Ready to start the toe shaping!

I wanted to have a finished object (FO) today — even if it was going to be one sock (does one sock count?) Alas, I have not finished even the one. My toe will be solid blue like the heel flap. I hope sock number two works out this way!

I am enjoying my blog title verbiage “no fo”. I’ve been working on grants for work this week, and a notice of funding opportunity is called a “nofo”.

Since I can’t share an FO with you, instead I would like to share with you the cutest podcast in the world. You know I’m a sucker for a Scottish accent.

Check out the Wee Sew n Sew Knitting Podcast here.

Wednesday WIP

Thanks to bonnyknits for turning me onto the emPowerpeople2020 movement and this cowl pattern. Yarn is Wood Wool Stone DK baby alpaca, merino, and silk. I really needed something new to fan my knitting flames.

I recently watched Fruity Knitting’s interview with Cecelia Campochiaro about her book Sequence Knitting. I’m excited to dive into this because I’m really into systems. I like to think of a pattern as a system for taking an idea or item and making it replicable. Sequence Knitting takes the idea of a pattern as a system to an entirely new level.

I have made a goal to blog four times this week. Two down, two to go!