I have some gorgeous Fibre Company Arranmore that’s been languishing in my stash. The color is a beautiful red named Ruari. I think I’m going to make a Ranunculus. I looked at other projects for this pattern, and some have been made in Aran weight. It looks just the thing: top down, festive lace at the yoke for holiday cheer, and then loads of stockinette.
I’m really on a roll with my sewing. I have a bushel basket on my sewing table that I keep my current WIPS in, and it’s empty! I think I will pull out that plaid flannel that want to make into a wrap skirt. Having projects out inspires me to work on them. However, I am having trouble finding a pattern. It looks like I will have to take measurements and make my own pattern. This is a good exercise for me, as I haven’t done it in over a decade.
My first attempt. I’m going to keep practicing on the merino top they sent until I get something usable. Progress not perfection!
Happy Halloween! It’s my favorite holiday, as you may have guessed. I’m wearing my Sleepy Hollow dress and Cemetery Drive cowl today.
I have a leather jacket that an artist I know painted, and I love wearing it. But I don’t always love having the back of my jacket painted as it attracts a lot of attention. So I purchased a used, plain leather jacket on Poshmark and I’m very happy with it. I wouldn’t buy a new one, but a used one feels less harmful.
I haven’t been blogging much lately. I’m knitting and sewing here and there. I had another “this is my hobby not my job” epiphany. Work has been busy with events for Fair Trade Month. And now we’re moving into the holidays. It feels very sudden!
I needed a knitting pick me up, so I stash-dove and decided to knit an Aurealis sweater. I’m just now starting the short row shaping on the neck, so not much to see yet. I’ve updated my Year of Projects list.
I sewed some monster PJ pants for Bob.
This Halloween Livie shawl won’t be done today, so I may pack it away for next fall.
What about you? Any Halloween makes this year? Are you ready for the holiday season to begin?
I picked up the unsold artwork from the gallery. I have hung four in my house. I really like most of this work, and I’m happy to admire them on my walls. A couple more will be gifted. So I’m thinking, why submit anything to the juried art show? Eh, I probably won’t.
Work has been busy so I’ve been stimming in stockinette and garter stitch. Which is fine because that’s what my knitting is for. The good news is I’m almost ready to change colors on the Back Porch Shawl and I’m finishing up the gusset of the second Sleepy Hollow sock!
Also, I got a sock ruler! Something I didn’t know I needed but now couldn’t live without. Thank you, Sarah.
I am ready to cast on some leg warmers in Fiber for the People Endor. I am planning to make the Olalie Legwarmers. Not stockinette, but a thermal-esque stitch that looks to be repetitive. Pump your fists in the air and sing along with me, 🎶 “Fiber for the people!” 🎶 That’s what I do every time I think of this yarn. I also think of Ewoks sticking it to the man.
I opened my DIY Autumn Advent bag for October 2. This one I remembered because I love the yarn (Zombie by Moondrake) and it’s a pattern I thought I might enjoy wearing. Will I cast on? Who knows? No promises. Only if I feel like it. How many of these advent bags do you think will end up back in the drawer for next year? That’s right. Most of them. Smoke and mirrors. If it keeps me from buying yarn, it’s a worthy endeavor.
Listening to Music Intentionally
I haven’t been doing much of this, though I’ve tried. I traveled a lot in September, and discovered a new-to-me NPR station out of Yellow Springs, Ohio, WYSO. Every week day, between 11 and 2, the show Excursions plays some really great music. This song kicked off a show about places, and since I went to so many places in September, I decided to share this with you. You’ve heard it. But it’s still good.
I’ve decided this post will focus on my knitting, since my sewing and fiber art have been moving along nicely.
I’ve been working on my Arrowhead Cardigan in fits and starts for almost a year. This is a product knit for me. I can’t wait to wrap up in this Lettlopi coat in the cold of January. But each charted colorwork row is a different pattern, so there’s no muscle memory and repetition involved. That means I’m not enjoying the process very much. I think I will encourage myself to knit at least two rows every day. I’m trying these skein coats around the yarn to keep it in check.
Speaking of charts, here is the progress photo of my Cozy Autumn Socks (Rav link). Yep, procrastinating on the chart. This chart is more repetitive, though, so I might enjoy the knitting more, if I can break through the wall.
This is my most recent DIY Autumn Advent project. These are the Jaywalker Socks (Rav link) and the yarn is from Turtlepurl. These would be an easier knit than the Cozy Autumn Socks. Do I have enough socks on the needles? Should I cast these on? Or should I stick to what I’ve started?
There are a few other projects languishing in their project bags. Celtic Myths Shawl is another every row is different cable chart. The Oa is a colorwork hoodie, although the chart is more repetitive so I might enjoy it. The Aurora Borealis Cowl can wait until the holidays. That’s all for items already cast on and in progress. (All links are to my Ravelry project pages.) Edited to add: I forgot to tell you I am at the point on my Hansel Hap where decreasing starts on the center square.
To people who don’t knit regularly, it looks like I churn out finished objects right and left. But in reality, some projects are in progress for months or even years. Then suddenly I finish several within a few weeks.
My art show reception was last night, and it was wonderful to visit with family and friends who ventured out in support. I sold two pieces, which I’m over the moon about! Here is a gallery of the pieces in the show.
I’m proud I was able to produce this body of work, and was really pleased with the feedback. Many people were surprised to see artwork made from wool. Someone said the work was really comforting, which was my goal. I think we all need a little bit of softness in our lives right now. The gallery’s website is at this link.
My DIY Fall Advent bag yesterday was the Ixchel Cowl in Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Moon Sisters. I don’t know if you can see the bronze sparkles in this yarn, but it’s beautiful. However, I just finished a colorwork cowl, and I’m not in the mood to start another one. I’ll store this for another time.
I woke up waaaay too early this morning. 3AM! I did go back to bed at 5AM and slept until 7AM.
Bad news. I over-processed my flax. I think it was over-retted. Or over-dried. It’s crispy fried.
You can see the bast fibers, but they are brittle and break when I try to break off the woody stem on the outside.
Flax harvesting season landed right in the middle of summer cold season and colonoscopy week. That’s my excuse. I might try again next year, or I might try growing nettle for fiber. I’m still processing the seed pods I was able to collect.
I finished my Milkshake Cardigan this week, which I posted about on Friday. Other than that, I’ve been focusing on my Cemetery Drive cowl. I did cast on my Turning Leaves Point Edwards Mitts and am excited to knit them because they are DK and should fly!
I finished my second pair of Halloween PJ pants. I’ve cut out my lavender linen dress and will sew it today.
My garden is a mess! It’s too hot out there. I’ll leave the rest for the critters and clean it up in the fall.
I have finished, photographed, and framed ten pieces for my September show, called “Soft.” I drop them off on August 30th. The show event page is here: https://fb.me/e/5o19a4V68 You can see the show card on my Year of Projects page. I will share images of the work as the gallery makes them public.
Yesterday I tested fresh leaf indigo printing on scraps of different textiles. Wool is definitely the winner (far left), and I learned a few things about what kind of surface I should be working on (smooth) and what kind of stone to use for pounding (not one that breaks and imparts its own color, like sandstone, duh.)
What will I do with all this indigo? I’m thinking of bundling the leaves in my yardage of Virginia cotton, for a pretty leaf printed fabric to make — what else — overalls out of. But I need to do a little more research.
I also pulled up as much of the flax that I could find that didn’t have mature seed heads. It’s retting in water in this tub. Hopefully I wasn’t too late to get some fiber out of it.
I made some progress on my linen yarn ball overalls. These are looking like a clown suit. Do I care? Hell no. Will I wear them anyway? Hell yes. Yarny the Clown, that’s me! (Juggling yarn balls.) (Blows up two long balloons. Ties them off. Mimes knitting with them.) Now available for knit nights, fiber festivals, and private knitting retreats.
Plus look at these adorable yarn ball buttons that I found! (Calliope music plays in the background.)
But seriously, I love them. Just buttonholes, buttons, and hems to go.
I harvested and put up some sage leaves to dry yesterday.
Bob just brought in this tote full of pears and apples from the trees in our garden. I want to make pie or preserves, but Bob wants to make his own apple cider vinegar. We use a lot of apple cider vinegar, so that’s a good idea.
I was a little under the weather this week, so didn’t blog. I didn’t even knit for two days! But yesterday, I caught up on my mystery knit along. Ready to start Clue 3!
I also cast on the Cemetery Cowl (Ravelry link) for a little impromptu knit along. It’s Halloween in July! Also, I sewed myself a Halloween treat/project bag.
I had to rip out the cowl and re-cast on because I twisted my stitches, of course. I was really careful so I don’t know how I manage to do that almost every time I join to knit in the round. The yarn is BFL Mohair Fingering from Forest Lane Fiber Co in Pitch and October. I also recently purchased an Apothecary Collection, and I love everything!
Especially this tiny skull planter from Ice and Dust Pottery, which I planted with a tiny coffee tree.
The garden is overflowing with cucumbers. I’ve canned five quart jars of pickles, and we have one quart jar plus a bucket of refrigerator pickles. Yes, a bucket. I went into the garden this morning and came out with enough for three more quart jars, so I ordered some that I will pick up later. I will also have to stop off for some dill because there wasn’t any at the farmers’ market yesterday and I used all my garden dill. It’s a good thing we love pickles!