Posts Tagged ‘photos’

Since my ability to string ideas into anything more than gibberish seems to have disappeared, how about a handful of pictures instead.

3 rows and a bind off to go.

Mittens still missing some fingers and thumbs.

Pretty yarn all in a row. (The Sanguine Gryphon Mithril left to right: Zodiac, Woods and Undergrowth, Citizen Kane, and an Experimental Love Child.)

Something for the wheel. (Sanguine Gryphon bugga! fiber in Ponycorns)

And an Idea brewing.


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…it’s been a month again since I last posted, and I’m sorry to say that sporadic updates are going to be the norm for a while (if they ever weren’t the norm). Mostly because the distinct lack of free time since I got back to school has meant that knitting time has been scarce and time to even think about blogging has been even scarcer. Anyway, lets jump into the knitting update.

Some of my swatches and yarn from the last post have moved onto WIPs in varying states of completeness.

First up the mittens, first one’s almost one. While I really loved the first green & blue pair (FO post about those coming soon, I finally washed them), I’m absolutely in love with this pair. I think the blue & black really make the pattern pop, they fit better into my everyday wardrobe, and I’m much happier with my fair isle. The knitting on the last pair was much too sloppy for my taste.

Fire breathing shawl anyone? I’m completely in love with this pattern, the yarn, the color, everything about it. Even though I don’t get much of a chance to work on it, it sits on my desk and I look at it longingly. Hopefully I’ll get some time to work on it soon.

The pile of Cascade Greenland is quickly turning into a sweater. Maybe a Rheinbeck sweater. Rheinbeck sweater? Rheinbeck sweater, yep, I’ll be at Rheinbeck on the Saturday. I don’t know if I’ll have time to finish the sweater, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I’m almost done with the decreases to the waist (about 7 more rows) at which point I’ll start increasing for the hips and introducing white stripes in a to be determined pattern. At this point I’m planning a turned hem, cap sleeves, with i-cord around the neck and arms, and a substantial metal zipper to top it all off. We’ll see what happens.

The black eyelet shawl is off the needles, but still very much unblocked. I’m planning on blocking this week, photos and pattern finished up and put together next week, then to the tech editor, and published by the end of October. I know there’s a lot of space in that time line, but with the way knitting/designing things have been going the past month, I’m trying not to push it.

And finally…

I got a new bag. It’s the Namaste Hermosa (scroll down), and it’s become my everyday bag, replacing my beloved but falling apart owl covered Strand bag. I’m planning on writing up an in-depth review eventually because most of the reviews I could find were kind of pathetic, but over all I like it, and most importantly it can carry everything.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’m going to try to post more frequently, but at this point I’ve learned not to promise when it comes to blogging.

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I don’t think I’ve mentioned this on the blog yet (though at this point I’m quite sure what I have/haven’t told anyone so don’t feel left out), but I’m moving on Saturday.

And then again on Wednesday.

Basically, I’m headed back up to school with a pit stop at my parents for a few days of sleep, laundry and repacking.

But all of this moving and packing and repacking and leaving, is giving me the feeling like I need to hoard things. Things like yarn and knitting projects of course. But also things like ideas and feelings and possibilities, mostly in the form of sketches and charts and swatches. I sort of feel like I’m stock piling these ideas and this yarn for later. For a time when I’m out of yarn (ha!), or out of ideas, or both.

Whatever the motivation, these feelings have led to yarn buying, and yarn swatching. And we all know that yarn obtaining, means a post with lots of pictures, and who doesn’t love that. So, onwards to pictures and yarn!

Piles of washed and blocking swatches. I always get a warm, fuzzy feeling when I see a pile of swatches (or any pile of knitting really). There’s something about a large quantity of knitting all in one place that somehow simply makes my day better.

One skein of Madelintosh Prairie in the colorway Chamomile. This skein is 840 yards of a heavy single ply lace weight, and is destined to become something bright and cheerful in the middle of December or February, when everything is grey and drab, and knitting a lacy little thing in bright yellow will feel fantastic.

Two skeins of Cascade Heritage Silk, in black and an electric blue to be knit into mittens. A second sample of the not quite argyle mittens. Speaking of the not quite argyle mittens.

They’re done!

(they’ll get their own post once I wash them and weave in the ends, but they are done)

Part of a skein of Wollmeise Lace-Garn, won (awhile ago) in a blog giveaway from Wendy Knits. I’ve never used or even seen Wollmeise before and I’m super excited to get the chance to work with it. I’ve got about 500 yards that will become a shawl/wrap of some sort. This swatch was worked on a US 5 (3.75mm) needle, but I’ll probably go down to a US 4 (3.5mm) or even a 3 (3.25mm) for the actual piece.

Another ball of new to me yarn that I’ve been eying for a month or so, and finally picked up. It’s from Alisha Goes Around, in the Riches (of Martens) Fingering base. I don’t know the colorway, but it’s stunning shades of purple, and I simply can’t wait to work with it.

Three skeins (one is hidden under the swatches) of Madelinetosh DK in the colorway hearth, that is destined to become a large cushy, comfy, not quite lace, sort of circular shawl, perfect for fall.

Some beautiful yarn that will be worked up into a pair of cushy, warm fair isle mittens. I don’t have the name or colors of the yarn with me (sorry!).

And finally a small sweaters worth of Cascade Greenland. It’ll become a simple stockinette, top down, hip length, short sleeved sweater, with skinny white stripes starting at the waist and finishing at the hem. Finished off with an i-cord cast on around the neck, and ether i-cord or a hem around the sleeves, and a need finished hem. Closed with a large metal statement of a zipper.

I’m also making good progress on my sanity keeping garter stitch shawl, and I’ll try to get those mittens washed, blocked and posted this weekend (can’t promise though). Either way I think that’s enough for this morning. Until next time.

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One of my favorite things about finishing things up, knitting, shows, books, etc, is getting to start something new, and for the first time in a couple of months I’m finishing up projects without having another to immediately fill the void. But of course every void must be filled and so I’ve been casting on a whole host of knitting projects.

The fact that I’ve joined TheKnitGirllls stash dash is also helping rationalize the casting on spree, because after 4 shawls in 3 months (3 secret deadline shawls, plus Mrs. Peacock, between March, April, and May), I had basically nothing on the needles.

But lets start with projects you’ve already seen, shall we.

First up, the top down stocking cap has grown by about 2 hours worth of knitting (or about 10 inches), and is beginning to outgrow the DPNs it’s on.

The formerly Springy, now Somewhat Argyle Mitts, have been ripped out, redesigned, and recast on (even the cuff).

Of course I couldn’t go without a shawl (or two) on the needles.

This is tentatively being called Mirror World, and is out of Madelinetosh lace, colorway curiosity, on US size 2s, and is also a crescent shaped shawl.

Then, because Mirror World is a very “pay attention to me” pattern, I cast on a sideways shawl, currently without a name, knit out of some old handspun, on US size 9s. Since these pictures were taken I’ve added 3 or so more repeats.

And because why not. A skinny little scarf of 1×1 rib over 20 sts, on US 8 needles, out of half of a left over ball of  Schoppel Wolle Zauberball in their rainbow colorway.

I also picked up spinning again when my LYS started carrying some fiber. I now have half a pound of a green merino/silk blend, that I’m spindle spinning. So far I’m getting a lace weight-ish single, that I’ll two ply.

But wait there’s more.

In an earlier post I talked about having a skein of Madelinetosh on hold at my LYS. Well. I bought it.

I haven’t cast it on yet, so I’m counting that as a win.

But I have the pattern and yarn ready and waiting.

I also stumble onto a pattern for a mini alien  (pattern here), and about 20 minutes later the knitting was done.

Who knows how long it will take me to get around to finishing this little guy. But maybe next time he’ll have a couple friends and the beginnings of a mini alien army?

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The shawl formerly called ‘flashdance shawl’ and sometimes thought of as the ‘peacock shawl’ has been rename, Mrs. Peacock. It is also off the needles, off the blocking wires, and has been photographed.



Pattern coming soon (ish).

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Things seem to be getting wrapped up left and right around here, everything from the show I’ve been frantically working on (it opened Wednesday, closed Sunday and went smashingly), to the semester, to a bundle of knitting projects and patterns (most of which are secret, sorry), to some personal stuff that I’m glad to be letting go of. But since most this either isn’t very photogenic (the semester, and personal stuffs), or I forgot to take photos of (the show), or I can’t show you photos of (secret knitting), why don’t I show you what’s on my needles.

Most of my knitting focus for the past couple of weeks has been directed at two projects. One of which needs to remain a secret (I’m starting to sounds like a broken record here). The other project, which I can show off, is currently in my Ravelry projects as the ‘Flashdance shawl,’ but desperately needs a new name.

When this photo was taken, 2, maybe 3 days ago, I was a handful of rows away from binding off. I finally finished it over the weekend, and it is currently laying next to me blocking. I tried taking a couple of blocking shots just now, but it’s a very grey day, and flash does not to this shawl justice. So I’ll have to wait to get a few shots once it comes off the blocking wires, and the sun comes back out to play.

According to my Ravelry page, I cast this on sometime in March, but it feels as though I’ve had this project on the needles forever, (maybe it’s the 2, almost 3, other shawls I’ve started and completed in the mean time, just maybe).

The yarn is Madelinetosh Lace, colorway ‘flashdance’ knit on US size 2s (2.75mm). This is the first time I’ve used Madelinetosh anything, and I think I’ve said this before, but I might be in love. I’ve got two more skeins waiting in my stash, and I’m trying to talk myself out of a third skein that my LYS is holding for me.

The pattern is already in the works, and I’ll probably start looking for test knitters later this week.

If you follow me on twitter, you might have seen me mention wanting to knit a hat once the deadline shawl I was working on at the time was finished. This was kind of spur of the moment since I don’t wear hats all that much, and it was April (I think) at the time I said it. But since I try to do what I say I will (unless it has something to do with blogging regularly, or more often) I started a hat.

It’s a top down stocking cap, knit on US size 10s, in an unknown yarn that I got from a friend who picked it up somewhere in Asia. This friend actually got me four balls in two different colorways (the two, not blue balls, really are the same colorway, I promise).

I don’t know what the yardage is, or exactly what the fiber content is, but it’s a single, with what feels like a high wool content. I’m betting the hat won’t take more than the one ball, and I don’t know what I’ll do with the other three balls. Maybe a felted bag?

Though I hate to end this post on a down note, the Springy Mitts made a trip to to frog pond. They’re now just a cuff. Though I might rip the cuff out as well, cause it’s kind of big.

I really liked the boxes on the palm, but I wasn’t in love with the waves going up the back of the hand. So I’ve ripped it, and I think I’m going to do a more geometric pattern. Maybe a play on a classic argyle? We’ll see.

Anyway. Until next time, keep knitting.

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I forgot I had some (not as many as some) Rhinebeck photos. So here they are.

There are some goats, who didn’t seem all that interested in me.



One goat who was very interested in playing with the clipboard hanging on the stall, and was quite cute because of it.


And finally one who seemed somewhat interested in me.


I did get to watch some shearing, but the pictures of that aren’t very clear good.

And finally I leave you with pumpkin catapulting. Photos courtesy of my father.




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