It’s a tough gig….

Somewhere along the way I thought it would be fun to document my latest knit as a day by day pictorial. Yeah, I know I  there are no pictures (I got recruited to be the family taxi this weekend and it has affected some of my plans) and the shawl that I chose to knit is not done. Can anyone related to having a WIP on your needles for longer than you thought?

To be honest my Authencity Shawl might not get done this weekend but I am going to try to churn this out. I am double stranding this project in cashmere, and technically It should be on to the garter edging, but I have learned I have super tight row gauges so I am going to just keep going on pattern repeats to stashbust. It  will be pretty great thought to connect with some friends in Vancouver though (this may or may not work out).

I hope you don’t get sick of seeing the same WIP one and over on instagram..

Texture

A Staghorn fern in sunlight

Texture. I like it, it makes knitting  more interesting to me and adds structure to whatever I am knitting or crocheting. Lately I have started to knit a couple of cashmere projects in lace motifs. Its been kind of fun and one of them in particular is really addictive.

I have wanted to knit a pattern from Softsweater or Sivlia McFaden for a long time and my ” i can’t start another project” mania was overruled and I cast on for the Authenticity Shawl. I decided to double strand it and I am using a new to me yarn from  the Plucky Knitter called Lusso. The label says it is a sport weight felted cashmere and I have using it with their Spiffy yarn a cashmere/silk yarn blend. It feels fantastic and I like what’s being created but I have say that the fuzziness factor is turning it in to a giant piece of velcro and everything wants to stick to it. I have managed so far not to drop it on woodchips or pine needles, but I will need to be extra careful where I set this project down and what I wear it with. I  am still open minded about the yarn but the fuzz factor I have experienced is definitely noteworthy.

I am also knitting a hat with some Groovy Baby (also by the Plucky Knitter) which is one of their cashmere yarns. I acquired it during an online sale and have wanted to try knitting with this base as well. It is fuzzy, but seems to be the normal fuzz that one would associate with a cashmere yarn. I am knitting the Skinner Hat by Melissa Labarre which has been in my Ravelry queue since 2014 ( I would say that this means that knitting this pattern is well overdue, but if you see the rest of my queue there are plenty of patterns that I could apply that statement too.

Authenticity Shawl by Softsweater

 

 

 

Suffering through summer

Saturate by Orange knits, using Woolenboon yarn

I know that there are summer yarns and summer knitting can be done with non wool yarns, but I am counting the days until fall. I went down to Portland and the AC was such a perk, it made me want to knit with wool.

I have felt the need to keep knitting in the sweltering heat  so when the weather finally turns I will have an assortment of gifts and also some fantastic accessories. I should mention that most of these accessories will be teachers gifts. Gosh, if there was no outlet to gift hand knits I think you might see my house on an episode of “Hoarders”.

It may seem a bit nutty, but I recently finished my Saturate Shawl with with a kit from Woolenboon and I decided to gift it to a coworker who crochets, and appreciated handcrafted fiber art. It is a beautiful piece and a lot of work, but it just wasn’t something I would wear or in my colors, so despite having spent a good chunk of time on it, I thought the better thing to do was send it to a place where it would get worn and appreciated.

That’s not to say I wouldn’t take advantage of getting some photos in my recently finished shawl. My friend Thao took these beautiful pictures.

TA-DA!!!

 

Do you have any patterns that you love to gift knit, or projects that you want to knit but decide to gift?  Everyone has a different approach and I’d love to hear yours.

It’s so hot… too hot

Most people in Seattle don’t have air-conditioning,  so with the changes in climate due to  Global Warming it is becoming an annual pattern that is starting to feel intolerable. A month back there was the possibility of going to visit some friends in Portland, but in all honesty the likelihood was extremely low, so when the possibility of a roadtrip came up I jumped on it. I can’t stress that the appeal of the spending 6 hours in traffic over a weekend is pretty low but getting to see friends and spend time in an air-conditioned hotel room makes it pretty hard to resist.

This weekend I’ll me taking my mini me down to Portland for a tiny vacay. I’ll be single parenting it and socializing which has me a little bit stressed, but that’s I am thinking I need to find a a good travel project for the trip. It would be great if I could finish the hat I just cast on before I drive down there, but I think the likelihood will be low.

Does anyone have any good pattern ideas for a road trip?

It is a lie

Think expensive yarns are not as  good of a value as  some more value priced options? Many people have said that this is true but I have to disagree with this statemebt(i’ll explain) I am working on my Saturate Shawl by Orange Knits and I have knit, torn out and reknit a section FIVE times. This yarn is rapidly becoming more of a value proposition as I tend to keep using it to reknit the SAME section.

I have already put the project on timeout. I have gone further and cast on a new project and I am about 1/4 through it.

I worked on it last night it and felt like I was making some headway on it….. until I  looked at the project this morning and had a moment.

.This just in: I tore out the knit on edging one more time, reflected on it  and I have figured it out. I am sign to make sure that I  notate my project page incase anyone has a similar issue.

Things to do if you are in the Pacific NW in April

The annual Tulip festival team takes place in the Mt. Vernon/La Connor area(located about an hour north of Seattle with no traffic). It is beautiful a great place to go with family and take pictures(I’m a sucker for good photography).

La Connor is a fun little town and there are little shops and restaurants in the downtown area which are fun to look through… In Mt. Vernon(which is a bigger city) has a nice little yarn show called Wild Fibers. I have visited this in the past during the Puget Sound’s yarn crawl.Its a special shop and has some offerings that I don’t see in a lot of the other local yarn shops (which is saying a lot because there are a bunch of them around western Washington)

Okay, so  back to the Skagit Tulip Festival, it is a month long festival and there are fields of daffodils and tulips to go see. The daffodils always bloom first and earlier in the month and are randomly planted in fields. They are beautiful it is looking like a sea of yellow, after they finish blooming the tulips come throughout the month.  If you like Tulips you will have to do to either Tuliptown or Roozengaarde. These are two places that offer the ability to walk through the tulip fields and take photos and look at the many varieties of tulips.

Weekend plans

Tulips from Mt. Vernon Tulip festival

My fun weekend plans…. okay isn’t everyone’s idea of a fun Saturday night but I spend Saturday sorting through my “downstairs” stash.  I really can’t believe how long it took to expatriate my spinning fiber from my yarn. If I am going to be honest it is not like I am surprised that it took so long or there was that much fiber, but more that it was fun.

So while it is not glamorous it felt really good to have this off the “todo”list.  Maybe I need bigger goals but this one felt good.

DFW Fiber Fest and Thing for String

Its been a little over a week since I has the opportunity to attend the DFW Fiber Fest. It was a total coincendence that I happened to be in town and I only got to attend for a couple of hours but it was wonderful. I took some pictures of a few things that I wanted to be sure to share with you and remember.

A beautiful new base by Magpie Fibers that was “new to me”
A local mill using texas wool and spun in Texas
Another new to me yarn. I had a delightful time talking to the vendor about fades and I picked up a couple of minis. I am still thinking of the colorway “Tandoori” but I just didn’t need another full skein of speckled yarn.
Beautifull self striping yarn from Amy Lee at Canon Hand Dyes
Ross Farms.. definitely a find, all the way from PA, they are a vendor that also sells at Rhinebeck and focuses on heritage breed sheep.
A beautiful sample from in the Canon Hand Dyes booth
Fiber art pieces littered throughout the lobby…
It was fun looking at the fiber art. Finding them was like finding Easter eggs

This festival has been around for a few years but the primary reason I went was to say hello and meet an Instagram friend @Thing4string who spins and dyes yarn. Her stuff in my opinion is in the top three of the handspun I have encountered in real life. I first stumbled upon it through my friend @symonangel had made some socks with her handspun and I was amazed because Micki aka @thing4string  spun seilfstiping yarn with evenly placed stripes ( this is not the norm and I have only seen this once but, the fact it could still occur blow my mind as a hand spinner) So while it may make it harder to buy her yarn I want to share with you all where you can procure her yarn http://athingforstring.bigcartel.com because it is so awesome.    

A close up of the Micki’s handspun in a sock she knit. She has granted me permission to use this photo.

 

 

 

Introvert much?

Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh

I know Edinburgh Yarn Fest was last month and I didn’t get to go but lately, I have been obsessed with watching footage of people’s experience on YouTube. It looks amazing, this year Fiber Festivals are not really in the cards(  oddly enough it is a coincidence that I will be able to pop in at the Dallas Fort Worth Fiber Festival which crazily enough coincides with my daughter’s spring break and a visit to my in-laws). I don’t get out much, at least beyond my comfort zone. It could be because I am raising a kid, or getting sucked into a new crossword puzzle or watching more things on YouTube.

I know as knitters, crocheters, and spinners most of us are introverts; we sit at home, connect with Ravelry,  or meet with local knitting groups. I rememeber a few years ago I was better at getting online and connect through forums on Ravelry, it was something I really enjoyed doing.

I don’t know what has happened if I have already found my “tribe” and just connect with them when we are able to connect or if I just have gotten busy but one thing I have noticed that that amount of time that I have spent “peopling” in pretty limited.

The stress level these last 12 months has been high and I don’t deny that I have been pouring myself into solitary activities…. so maybe next year I will make it a goal to “people” just a little bit more.