Camp Loopy=Shawls

•August 25, 2016 • 2 Comments

The theme for this summers Camp Loopy was Pirates! I don’t know why for me that turned into all shawls all the time. I’m guessing my idea of pirates is Johnny Depp with a shawl? My first project for the month of June was Diamonds for Lisa by Little Church Knits in Manos del Uruguay Fino in inkwell. I loved knitting this shawl. No I mean LOVED knitting this shawl. The pattern was fun and not too hard*.  The yarn was soft with an is it blue or is it purple color. Have you knit this pattern? NO? Why not? It’s even free people. It takes a skein of sock yarn which I bet you have in your stash. Go knit it NOW. You’ll thank me.

*Yes the edge is knit on sideways and some people find that annoying and feel that it takes forever. It didn’t bother me one bit. Your mileage may vary.

Same Steps, Different Shawl

•August 24, 2016 • 3 Comments

I’ve used lots of different yarns in my knitting life. I’ve said lots were my favorite. My July favorite was The Uncommon Thread Posh fingering I used for my Camp Loopy project. The pattern is Duane Park Triangle by Kirsten Kapur. The colors of the yarn are Nimbostratus and Orion. I must resist buying more yarn until I have a project for it. Covering my bed with The Uncommon Thread Posh fingering yarn and rolling in it is not a project. The pattern was fun to knit and easy to follow. I was impressed by how compact and not overly wordy the pattern was. I even enjoyed the sideways knit on lace edge that you can barely see. The yarn was heavenly to knit with. It’s soft and the colors beautiful. I almost hated to see the knitting end.

The Other Things I Wrestled

•August 23, 2016 • 1 Comment

I was talking about how I had participated in the Ravellenics Games. I was part of the WIPs Wrestling event. During Camp Loopy and Loopy Academy I usually have a week or so after I complete the project for that month or the group of projects to knit something else. I’ve been trying to dig into stash and use some of the yarn that’s been hanging around.

In May I cast on the pattern Swirl E. Socks by Susie White in Fibernymph Dye Works Bounce in tartan. I quickly knit through both socks placing the kitchener needing toes on stitch holders and then they just sat and sat and sat. I kept looking at them and thinking how I only needed a short half hour to have a completed pair of socks. But I did nothing. They were a prime candidate for the Ravellenics so they were entered. On August 16th the urge struck and I kitchenered those toes as quick as could be! YAY! The yarn is yummy and the pattern just a little something extra that doesn’t mess with the stripes.

With a big win I looked for other time to wrestle the other WIP I’d entered. These plain socks had been cast on when I set the Swirl E. Socks aside. They needed part of a heel, all the foot and toe. August 17 I found myself with a full afternoon and evening so I grabbed the sock and wrestled it into a FO! The yarn is Hedgehog Fibres sock in typewriter that was a gift from my knitting neighbor Liz. The pattern is my usual 64 stitch sock pattern that I keep in my head. Lovely yarn all the way from Ireland made knitting the socks seem so exotic. They come from a place I have never been but some of my ancestors came from. There’s a lot of emotions knit into these socks. I look forward to wearing them when the weather turns colder, but we don’t want to rush that cold weather.

Dusting Things Off

•August 22, 2016 • 4 Comments

Hey. It sure has been quiet here. I’ve been busy and distracted. It’s been hard getting things done and getting through everything. Things still aren’t done and they won’t be for the foreseeable future. I’ve resigned myself to that. But mostly I’ve missed talking about my knitting and stuff so I’m going to try to come back. Come back to this place and talk about my knitting and my life. Because through it all, the ups and downs and everything else, there is always knitting.

There has been plenty of knitting. It’s so easy to distract oneself with a new pattern and some nice squishy yarn. I’ve been doing loads of distracting. Why not start with the most recent thing off the needles and then we’ll see where we go from there. This is my third 2016 Camp Loopy project, Drachenfels by Melanie Berg. I knit it with Cascade Heritage sock in charcoal, butter and gray. The pattern is very well written and super easy to follow. It has endless possibilities to combine colors that you love into a wearable shawl/scarf. The yarn is really nice, nicer than I remembered from the last time I used it.

For the first time in like six years I decided to participate in the Ravellenic Games. I just happened to be reading the forums on Ravelry, look more distracting, and saw the excitement building so I decided why not. I participated with Team Loopy 2016 in the WIPs Wrestling category. I got all three of the projects I entered completed! It was wonderful to get things done that had been hanging around for a few months. We can talk about those next time. See you later!

Kitchen Experiment

•January 8, 2016 • 7 Comments

While N was on vacation from school we thought it would be fun to try making homemade pasta. N is a pasta fiend. He could eat it every meal every day for weeks on end. It’s always been his go to comfort food. We mixed up the dough and got everything all set up.

I had bought the pasta machine for my mother eons ago and had vague memories of her making pasta more than a few times back in the 80’s and 90’s. I expected it to be easy, well maybe not so much easy but doable. I found it incredibly frustrating. Getting the dough the right texture so it would pass easily through the rollers was a challenge. The piles of noodles, we made fettuccine since the spaghetti wouldn’t come out of the machine in individual strands, stuck together and there wasn’t room in my kitchen to lay them out flat.

The pasta did cook up just fine and based on how much N ate it tasted really good. I would like to give it a try again when the weather is warmer so I can use the porch table as a holding area for the already rolled pasta. The Husband wants ravioli. H wants lasagna. To be honest, I’m happy with the Barilla out of the box. I’m not a big lover of pasta but don’t tell them that.

 

What I’m Knitting

•January 7, 2016 • 3 Comments

After I completed the Strandwanderer scarf I needed another project, something to fill the time until the next semester of Loopy Academy started so I picked up the skein of yarn on my dresser and went pattern hunting on Ravelry. The yarn is Sox from Good Karma Farm that I got at the New England Fiber Festival. This skein was love at first sight from across the aisle. I just loved the muted tones. I knit so many things in bright shades that this seemed like a huge departure from my normal likes. Since it is all wool I knew I’d be better off knitting something that wouldn’t be rubbing around in my shoe all day. Also I wanted to see the colors as I wore them. I decided to knit Miss Winkle by Martina Behm. I seem to be on an “interesting construction” jag. So far the knitting has been a pleasure. I’ve memorized the pattern which makes knitting it a breeze.

Works In Progress

•January 6, 2016 • 5 Comments

I have a twofer today! One is a work in progress and the other a finished object. They are tied together because of each other.

First I have my first 2016 finished object, a lovely little scarf/shawl I knit with yarn I bought at the New England Fiber Festival in November. This yarn has to come close to being the shortest stay in the stash yarn. The yarn is Holiday Yarns FlockSock in black jack. I saw this same scarf hanging in the booth at the fiber festival and I just couldn’t walk away from it. I tried but I turned right back around and bought the yarn.  I don’t know if it was the gray and pink yarn or the cool way it is knit with the Strandwanderer pattern. I had to make it! I really loved knitting the yarn. It is a lovely sock yarn and I will be buying more. The pattern is simple and easy to follow. The short rows are a little soul sucking by the time you reach the last few long rows of them but a few good tv shows and I survived just fine. If you enjoy patterns with different/interesting construction I recommend this one. It’s fun to watch the scarf emerge.

I’ll bet you’re thinking I sunk to a new low with the finished object on the clutter counter photo. I would have loved a beautifully composed photo of the scarf on my black leather couch but this is the state of my living room at the moment. Yes, open windows in January. It’s invigorating and saving us from the paint fumes.

How about the railing? The scarf would look lovely dangling over the edge. Yeah, a mess. The dining room is worse. Picture the above with workmen and paint brushes. We are a work in progress at the moment. The living room and dining room are being painted in preparation of the arrival of the new to us furniture that will reside here. It almost makes me feel like a grown up.

 
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