Friday FO: Marled Alaska Cowl

I finished my Marled Alaska Cowl this week(Ravelry link). They removed it from the Bad Sheep Yarn Co’s website for some reason. Yarn is Moondrake’s Soft Shawl in colorways Driftwood and Zombie held together. I find these colors difficult to photograph, but the above image captures them well.

Every stitch was a pleasure, and I love how the design lays around the neck and shoulders. It’s my new favorite cowl!

It’s Beginning to YOP a Lot Like Christmas

I haven’t posted for Year of Projects (YOP) in a few weeks. I haven’t really been focused on crafting. But I did update my list today.

Knitting

I added this cowl, which is the Marled Alaska Cowl (Ravelry link) in Moondrake’s Soft Shawl, colorways Driftwood and Zombie held together. I should be able to finish this up this week.

I had to frog my Stash Aurealis. After I got through the short rows and increases for the yoke, my stitch count was wrong. At first I was going to fudge it, then I realized that would be silly as it is a very small bit of knitting that I can certainly reknit quickly once my head is in the right place. So that project will be disappeared back into the yarn tubs for now.

I removed some projects from my list that I can’t see myself making anytime soon.

Sewing

I added my Plateau Joggers, which are now cut out and ready to sew.

Today I will make some Canada, Eh? flannel PJ pants for Bob. He has requested pockets, so I hope the pocket pattern from one of my dresses will do as a template.

Spinning

M’lady
M’lady Bug

I added spinning to my list. My goals this year are modest. 1. Relearn to spin 2. Improve my spinning.

Listening to Music Intentionally

I removed this from my list. I’ve been enjoying indie folk playlists on YouTube that are themed by season or mood. It’s like hygge Muzak and is really the opposite of listening to music intentionally. But it’s nice background music and helps calm my nervous system.

We had snow flurries yesterday and the holidays are right around the corner! I’ve finished my shopping. It was easy as everyone is getting a Fair Trade Subscription. It feels good going into the season without many have-to-dos. I’m going to bake Rosemary Shortbread Stars today.

This has been a Year of Projects update. You can find out more about the group here (Rav link) or here: Backstage Kath’s YOP bloggers list. You can read my updated list of projects here.

Number 9 Beanie: Friday Finished Object

This beanie is for my oldest. Yarn is Valley Superwash DK in (starting at the brim) Classic Navy, Eggplant, Steel Grey, Squash, Forest, Burgundy, and Blue Mist. Superwash so if it gets thrown in with laundry, it will not felt.

My stitch gauge is 22 stitches to 4 inches on size 6 needles. I used size 4 needles for the ribbed brim. I cast on 100 stitches, knit 9 rounds of ribbing, then 9 rounds of each color until I reached 9 inches in length, maintaining the color order for the stripes. Then I began a five point decrease for the crown, starting with knit 18, knit 2 together, every other row for a stripe, then every row until 5 stitches were left. I won’t bother writing out the crown, but if you want that, leave me a comment. This is really more of a recipe than a pattern.

It looks like I missed a round of Steel Grey. Oops!

I hope this beanie fits and is loved. The last beanie was a little short, but gets worn. My children have big heads (for their big brains).

This post is JoJo Approved.

Happy Halloween!

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?

Back Porch Shawl

In my previous post I linked to my Back Porch Shawl on Ravelry, and I’ve just realized not everyone can view my project page. D’oh!

Pattern is Back Porch Shawl by Diana Poirier. Yarn is Weekend Wool from Green Mountain Spinnery in Pumpkin, Lichen, and Poppy, I used three skeins of each color.

The yarn really makes it. Every stitch was scrumptiously soft and the autumnal colors are rich and warm. It was a relaxing, mindful knit. A perfect vacation knit! I will be wrapping up in this all winter.

Lake Michigan Vacation

Bob and I just got back from a week at a cottage on Lake Michigan! We had a very relaxing and fun week, with a private beach in a great location.

We swam in Lake Michigan (the water was cold!) walked along the beaches, visited Sarett Nature Center, and hiked at Grand Mere State Park.

I finished knitting my Back Porch Shawl, bought a few skeins of yarn at The Sandpiper Bridgman, knit on the beach, and knit at Flick or Treat, where we watched The Old Dark House.

We ate gluten free pizza at Silver Beach Pizza, made a special trip to Sweet Bees Gluten Free Bakery in Paw Paw, bowled a few games at Peat’s Cider Social, and I enjoyed a wine tasting at Dablon Winery and Vineyards.

My favorite days were definitely the ones spent in PJs at the cottage. I read a book! (It’s been a while.) It was a fun read that I blew through in two days. Bob and I celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary. We enjoyed eating at Buck Burger and The Mason Jar, and shopping in Downtown St. Joe’s.

It was a beautiful getaway, not too far away, and a wonderful anniversary!

Knit Knit Knit Knit YOP and Knit

Fiber Art

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.

Knitting

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.

This has been a Year of Projects update. You can find out more about the group here (Rav link) or here: Backstage Kath’s YOP bloggers list. You can read my updated list of projects here.

Year of Projects Update

Knitting

I completed one of my Sleepy Hollow socks. I had some trouble with this yarn getting tangled, so I hope I have enough left to complete sock two!

I also have a new phone, so I’m still getting the hang of the camera.

I’ve made a little progress on Arrowhead Cardigan.

I’m starting to enjoy seeing the colorwork pattern come together, and I feel I did a good job picking out the colors.

My Fall Shawl continues to grow.

Sewing

I sewed another Piedra dress in white cobweb fabric for Freya.

Fiber Art

I pick up my work today from the gallery. I don’t think I’ve sold any additional pieces since the reception. I have two pieces in mind to submit to another juried exhibit if they didn’t sell.

This has been a Year of Projects update. You can find out more about the group here (Rav link) or here: Backstage Kath’s YOP bloggers list. You can read my updated list of projects here.