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Riding High on Yarn Fumes

A couple of weeks ago, Sonia and I loaded up our cars with all sorts of fun things from Stash and a huge amount of enthusiasm and headed up to Seattle for Vogue Knitting LIVE. We had such a great time creating a unique booth and showcasing some of our favorite dyers, button-makers, books and magazines.

The Pompom garland was a huge hit! 

It was such a delight to meet designers, yarn dyers, and other knitting celebrities over the course of the weekend. You can read more about our weekend and all the amazing people we met on the Stash Blog.

Of course, no knitting event would be complete without a little stash enhancement! Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a photo of the whole haul together, but here’s the yarn:

VogueHaul

Clockwise starting at Top Left: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (purchased at the Churchmouse Yarns & Teas booth) in a sweater quantity, Freia Flux Sport (2 skeins, purchased from the StevenBe booth), 2 Skeins of Hazel Knits Entice, and a Gradient Set from Black Trillium

I also bought an amazing new knitting bag from Chicken Boots! It’s this style, but in a super fun raindrop fabric.

Of course, being at VKL has only been making my knitting obsession even stronger. I’ve been whipping out a few baby hats for a close friend, which I’ll post once she receives them, and plugging away on a fingering weight sweater and have finished a couple cowls. I’ll be back later in the week with some pics of the newest FOs!

Happy Crafting, Friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello, 2013.

Yikes. It’s sure been a while, hasn’t it?! I’ve been wanting to get back to this space for months, but every time I sat down to do a blog post there were so many projects to share I wasn’t sure where to begin. To be honest, I’m still not sure where to begin! Life has been a little crazy for the last month or so. We were back east visiting family at the beginning of December, and Seth took a bad fall rock climbing. To make a very long story short, he’s okay, but has a bad pelvic fracture (along with some other injuries) that has prevented us from returning to Oregon. While it’s really difficult to be away from home (and Sailor…oh, how we miss our Sailor!), we’re so grateful that it happened near family and we’ve been able to have their support through all of this. We’re staying with my parents until we’re able to travel back (hopefully around the first week in February).

All that to say, I’m hoping to start fresh in 2013 with this whole blogging thing! Thought I’d keep this post short, and show you some projects I finished up in late 2012 and early 2013:

PicMonkey Collage

 

Clockwise Starting at top left: Autumn Bloom in The Fibre Company Road to China Worsted, Either/Or Mittens in Anzula For Better or Worsted, Brooklet in Pigeonroof Studios Siren 2 Sock, Schoodic in The Fibre Company Acadia, and Hendreary in Anzula For Better or Worsted

A few random notes: Anzula yarns rock. They’re a relatively new arrival at Stash, and we’ve all fallen head-over-heels in love with all of their yarns. For Better or Worsted is a Merino/Cashmere/Nylon worsted-weight blend and it is completely scrumptious. Doing a 260+ stitch provisional cast-on (I’m lookin’ at you Brooklet Cowl) and then unpicking it to do a 3-needle bind off is not high on my list of things I’d like to repeat in the near future.

As for the Schoodic Cardigan, the goal is to get pictures tomorrow (my good camera is back in Oregon, but I have a decent point-and-shoot with us that took all day to locate) and dedicate the next blog post to the new sweater!

Hope you all had a lovely holiday season and 2013 is treating you well so far!

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Vodka Lemonade and a Top Secret Mission!

I started this sweater way back at the beginning of June when we were back east visiting family and attending a good friends’ wedding. It ended up being put aside for a while this summer in favor of some smaller (aka not as hot in my lap!) projects. Once I picked it back up towards the end of August, the sleeves practically knit themselves! Now, if only it would get cool enough outside to warrant wearing it!

Pattern: Vodka Lemonade by Thea Colman

Yarn: Hazel Knits Artisan Lively DK in Splish Splash

Modifications: I made my sweater a touch longer than the pattern calls for and did my own waist shaping based on my measurements. I also added 3 button holes in the center of the sweater, but have yet to find the perfect buttons!

The Hazel Knits DK was a dream to work with. It’s a Superwash Merino/Nylon blend, which I think will hold up great. It has amazing stitch definition, too! I have to give a huge shout out to Hazel Knits for their incredibly consistent dyeing. I purchased 3 skeins for the sweater and ended up running out of yarn. The yarn shop I purchased it from had another skein on hand, but I doubt it was dyed at the same time (I purchased it several months later) and it matched my other skeins perfectly. Just in case, I alternated for a few rows when I started the new skein, but it became obvious that it was unnecessary! A shipment of Hazel Knits just arrived at the shop, and I fell in love all over again. Maybe I can justify purchasing some more by using it for holiday gifts!

Now…onto the Top Secret Mission part of the post! Several months ago, the organizers of Fall Festival contacted Stash to see if we would be up to the task of doing a little Yarn Bombing around the festival grounds (one of our local parks). You can read more about it here! I found some ridiculously cute Yarn Bombing fabric on Spoonflower and made some special edition bags for the shop:

And then of course, there was the actual Yarn Bombing. We went to the park the night before the festival and decorated trees, statues, the gazebo, lampposts, etc.

We also had super cool Bomb Squad t-shirts.

Fun, right?! It was loads of fun to decorate the park with knitting and hear people talking about it all weekend!

In other knitting news, I have an embarrassing number of projects on the needles right now! I have a couple of more projects that I’ve recently finished that still haven’t made the blog….but soon, I promise!

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Well, hello there!

It’s sure been a while, hasn’t it?! I’ve been hard at work over on the Stash Blog doing a sweater knitting tutorial series for our upcoming knit-along. We’ve also had family visiting and Seth ran his first 100-mile race a few weekends ago. Of course, I’ve been knitting lots and have several things to show you! I’d like to get back to this space on a more regular basis now that summer is winding down and we’re more or less back in our normal routine.

Pattern: Fine Fella Hat by Irish Girlie Knits

Yarn: Swans Island Worsted

Modifications: None! This was a sample knit for Stash. Fabulous pattern and amazing yarn!

Pattern: Krummholz by Melissa LaBarre

Yarn: The Fibre Co. Road to China

Modifications: I completely forgot to change to a larger needle for the hat, but it worked out just fine since I love the way it fits!

Pattern: Urban by Veera Valimaki

Yarn: Astral Bath Yarns Nebula in Sagittarius (the lovely Ridgely sent this to me in a swap!)

Modifications: I shameless used another knitter’s amazing modifications to change the neckline/top a bit. I also used my own measurements for waist shaping.

Another shot of Urban…fun buttons on the shoulders

 I have a couple of more projects to share, but I thought I’d save them for another post! It’s good to be back to the blog…

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Spring Garden Tee and a TDF Update!

I’ve been knitting and spinning my fingers off lately and I have quite a few things to show off as a result! The Tour de Fleece has been going on, and while I haven’t made too much progress with my spinning I have finished a couple of skeins of yarn!

Left: Nuclear Pie on Falkland, Top Right: Boardwalk on SW Merino, Bottom Right: Heather Violet on Organic Merino – all fiber by Two if by Hand

I’ve also been participating in the Summer KAL at Stash, and recently finished my Spring Garden Tee!

Pattern: Spring Garden Tee by Alana Dakos

Yarn: Be Sweet Bamboo in Light Aqua

Modifications: I made the top several inches shorter than the pattern calls for since I wanted a tee instead of a tunic. However, the 100% bamboo yarn grew quite a bit and I now have a tunic length top! I picked up all the underarm stitches and did edging just as I did for the neck. I had hoped that this would prevent the armholes from stretching out too much. I ended up leaving out a couple of raglan increases in order to make the finished chest measurement slightly smaller to account for the stretch I knew would happen. The last mod I made was to add a lace hem to the bottom of the top (I used the lace pattern from the sleeves).

Lace detail at the hem.

The Be Sweet Bamboo makes a lovely, drapey fabric…though, I don’t think I’d ever use it for an adult garment again. I do think I’ll get a lot of wear out of the top, but it definitely stretched over the course of the day wearing it. That said, it’d be lovely for lighter, summery accessories or baby/toddler/child tops!

Last weekend, our friend Laura was in Portland on a little West Coast adventure. We took her to Cannon Beach, Tillamook Cheese Factory, the Portland Saturday Market, and had a little knitting lesson!

Anyone recognize Haystack rock from the movie The Goonies?! 

I just cast-on for several new projects, so I’ll be back soon with progress pics of those and another TDF update!

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Before Dark Sweater and Black Sheep Roundup!

Before I tell you what a great time we had at the Black Sheep Gathering, I finally have a new sweater to show off! I finished just in time for the cool weather we had this weekend and it was the perfect thing to wear on friday at the fiber fest.

Pattern: Before Dark by Veera Välimäki

Yarn: Pigeonroof Studios Cassiopeia DK in Espresso

Mods: Well…I kept terrible notes about my mods. I think the only real modification I made was picking up some stitches at the underarm. As written, the pattern doesn’t have you pick up any stitches when you start the sleeves. According to the pattern schematic the sleeves were going to be a bit tighter than I would have liked, so I picked up 4 stitches under each arm and decreased them after a few rows.

As soon as I choose the yarn/pattern combination I knew I wanted to use some wooden buttons from Wooly Moss Roots (and omg when I went to grab the link I saw that they mentioned seeing my sweater at Black Sheep!). We carry them at Stash, but we didn’t have enough of any one kind. Sonia kindly special ordered a set of 8 for me and I couldn’t be more pleased with how they look on the finished sweater!

Veera’s patterns are very well written and I really love the effect of the short rows on the upper back. There are several of her designs (and if I’m being honest probably more like 10) that are on my short list of “things to knit.”

sigh The yarn. Oh, the yarn. Cassiopeia DK is a merino/cashmere/silk blend…need I say more? It knits up beautifully and is oh-so-squishy and soft! There’s definitely another Cassiopeia sweater in my future.

gratuitous grey poodle picture 

Now…onto Black Sheep Gathering!

Sonia and I spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene at the Black Sheep Gathering running a booth for Stash!

Stash at Black Sheep! 

We had a great selection of local indie dyers….Baah!, Becoming Art, Pigeonroof Studios, Hazel Knits, Knitted Wit, Imperial, Abstract Fibers…and more!

Oh, look! There are some Grey Poodle Designs bags! 

Local handspun, gorgeous buttons, and more!

 I had a fantastic time working at the festival, seeing all of the wonderful handknits, and shopping, of course!

Some highlights of the show for me (besides representing Stash!) were:

-The Huckleberry Knits booth…we carry their yarn, but I made a few purchases of some things we don’t carry at the shop!

-Purchasing a WooLee Winder for my spinning wheel! It was my first purchase of the weekend and I wasted no time putting it on my wheel Friday night and giving it a spin (ha!).

-Seeing all of the gorgeous handknits people were wearing. Especially the Suki Shawl from The Sock Report. There were two women wearing Suki, one of them being the designer. Both were absolutely gorgeous and made me want to cast-on Right. This. Second.

Miss Purl stitch markers….she had a fantastic selection and I ended up with a couple of sets.

-The Bar-Maids booth…I ended up with a Lo-lo bar, Oh, For Feet’s Sake, and a new serum they just came out with.

Hansen Minispinners. The Stash booth was right across the aisle from the Hansen MiniSpinners booth. It had the potential of being very dangerous for my bank account! I tried one out on Saturday during a little down time and loved it. I managed to resist buying one, but I would love to own one at some point in the future!

Well…I think this post has gone on long enough! I’ll be back soon with some more sweater WIPs!

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Second Installment of the Twisted Shawlette Club!

My goal with the Twisted Shawlette Club has been to knit each shawl before the next shipment arrives. So far, I’m 2 for 2!

Pattern: Viriditas by Shannon Squire

Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering in Grandma’s Porch

Mods: None!

Viriditas is a scarf/shawl that is worked from end to end getting larger as you work your way to the middle and then getting smaller as you knit to the other end. It was a nice relaxing knit and even though I usually dislike knitting back and forth over a short distance, I really enjoyed this knit!

And of course, the yarn was scrumptious. I haven’t met a skein of Plucky that I didn’t immediately fall in love with. The yarn line-up that Twisted has for this club is just incredible…I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the shipments!

I cast-off the Viriditas shawl the same day as another project I’ve been working on for quite some time. Unfortunately, it still needs buttons and the ends woven in…but I’m too excited about it not to share!

Before Dark in Pigeonroof Studios Cassiopeia DK 

I am beyond thrilled with how this sweater turned out! I have some buttons on special order at Stash, which I’m really excited about. I think they’ll be perfect.

Of course, I have several other projects on-the-needles as well…including a hat in some Swan’s Island and a summer top for the Stash Summer KAL. Go check out my WIP Wednesday post over on the Stash blog!

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