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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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Photography Class: Day 3

Are you all sick of seeing pics from my photography class yet? This is the last day, I promise!

For our third day of the class, we met in the afternoon…so we took my Mom back into Bryce National Park in the morning so she could see it when it wasn’t completely covered in fog!

Gorgeous, right?!

After walking around the park for a while, my Dad and I headed about an hour away from Bryce to Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area. There was a 3-mile hike out to the waterfall, but it was relatively flat and gorgeous, of course! At the end of the trail, you come across this:

For anyone wondering how to get a waterfall photo like this, it was relatively easy. We used a tripod and cable release for all of our photos regardless of where we were shooting. We shot in aperture priority the entire time at f22, for the largest depth of field. I had a circular polarizer on my lens, which in this case helped knock down the shutter speed a bit for the smooth water look. The other thing that helped is that the waterfall is shaded. One suggestion we were given is to use the dark portion of the graduated density filters over the whole lens if your shutter speed still isn’t slow enough.

I think my most favorite photos from the class came from day 3!

I do actually have some knitting to show off. Or rather, one piece of knitting.

Pattern: Kiva Hattu by Courtney Kelley

Yarn: The Fibre Company Organik (Wool/Alpaca/Silk)

Modifications: None! I followed the pattern exactly, and love the finished product. It was a bit slow going due to the cabling every other row, but it was well worth the extra time it took. The yarn was fabulous to knit with. I think the high wool content will help the hat keep it’s shape, the alpaca makes it super soft, and the silk gives it a wonderful shine. So far, I’ve been really impressed with The Fibre Company yarns.

I’m still plugging away on my Estelle Cardigan, but still nothing really to show for it!

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Two Finished HandKnits!

A small disclaimer to start: Self portraits are not my forte. My photographer/husband is headed to China tomorrow and hasn’t packed, so I made a feeble attempt at photographing myself in the backyard so he wouldn’t have to do it when he gets home from work.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s bring on the handknits!

Pattern: Sarai by Vanessa Smith 

Yarn: String Theory Caper Sock Yarn in colorway Tavikki, purchased from the lovely Purl Diva

Modifications: Not too many, I swear! First of all, I find that Caper Sock yarn is closer to a sport-weight than a true fingering-weight yarn, so that shawl turned out slightly larger than the pattern measurements. The pattern called for a bit more yarn than I had, so I was well aware I’d probably have to cut a few rows out towards the end. I think I ended up cutting out about 4 rows at the end, but the size is actually perfect. The pattern was well-written and gave 3 options for edging, which I thought was a nice touch.

This was my second time knitting a shawl with Caper Sock (a merino/cashmere/nylon blend), and it knits up so beautifully and is amazingly soft right out of the skein. And, it only gets softer after washing. It has beautiful drape knit up at a looser gauge, but handles the lace pattern really well.

Next up: A hat! Very appropriate for this spring time weather, no? You’re right…not really, but I have a small obsession wtih handknit hats. I decided to tackle fair isle knitting again after learning almost a year ago. Last summer I took a Stranded Colorwork class with the very talented Jared Flood. I’ve been reluctant to do another fair isle project since the first one took so long, but I knit up this hat in a day and the fair isle went much better this time!

Pattern: Meritursas by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Yarn: The Fibre Company Canopy Worsted in Quetzal and Wild Ginger

Baby Alpaca, Merino, Viscose Bamboo (50/30/20)

Modifications: I knit the ribbed brim on size 4 needles instead of size 5 needles. I’ve found that the brims of my hats quickly stretch out (especially the beret styles), and the high alpaca content was only going to make the brim more stretchy. I blocked the hat over a 10″ dinner plate as the pattern suggested, but found that it was much too large. I tossed the hat in the dryer when it was almost dry and it shrunk back up to the perfect size (about 8.5-9″ across when blocking).

This was my first time working with any yarn from The Fibre Comany, and it certainly won’t be the last. And not just because my mom brought me enough to make 6 hats when we met up in Vegas! I’m such a sucker for alpaca fibers, and the Canopy was a great blend. The bamboo gives it a nice sheen, and the alpaca and merino make it amazingly soft.

And just for good measure, how about a picture of the pup:

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