Reflecting on favorites and a few other things.


This is probably to late to make a difference but December is a reflective time of the year so I took a few minutes to jot down some notable things this year that took place. Last year I compiled a list of my favorite tools for knitters as gift ideas, but this year took me in a different direction.

While I did have yarn coming in, I actually was pretty restrained from my normal shopping tendencies. So I compile a list of my favorite things(and some lessons I learned) from 2016.

Most Worn Item: Chill Chaser.. It is just a great go to staple and the crochet just makes the garter stitch pop. The pattern is being relooked at to check the yardage for the pattern. Once it is fixed I highly recommend this patterns.

Best New Skill:

Woolly Tattooing: I took two classes from Tif this year. She is one of the most amazing creative people I have ever met. I get inspired when I see her and feel unlike knitting and crochet that anything is possible when you get to embellish your knitwear with this method

Spinning: I mean what can I say.. everything about this was new and amazing

Knitting: Icelandic Bind off and Brioche ……

Icelandic Bindoff: Is now my absolute favorite way to bind off in garter. I love the finish and the tension of this bind off.
Brioche: While it took a while to pick up.. I tried Nancy Marchant’s Craftsy video but it didn’t sink in.. ultimately You Tube helped me pick up the skill. It is an amazingly fun knitting technique. I really love how how speckled yarns look in this stitch.

Best New Tool: DYAK Northern Nickel Plated light crochet and needles….. So for someonee who can have poor circulation in their hands this is the best tool ever. I think they only made these for a brief time this year, but the coating on these interchangeable needles allows the metal needle to retain the warmth of the hands. LOVE THESE!!!

Favorite New yarn: The Plucky Knitter’s Spiffy…. hmmmm what to say… it is just amazing. the construction of this yarn takes th best properties of the silk and the cashmere and loses the worst. It has structure, softness and a brilliant glow in the sunlight.

Toughest challenge:

1.Running short on yarn on my Chill Chaser. Wow, the pattern was off by a lot on the yardage estimates. I thought I was safe going with a yarn that had more yardage but I still ran short. The good news is that I emailed the Plucky Knitter who published the pattern and they are relooking at the yardage on the pattern and were also able to help sourcing with colorway in this particular circumstance.

2 Using up my Fancy Tiger Crafts Heirloom Romney. This yarn while is great for other people is just a “miss” for me. I had bought 4 skeins a couple of years ago and found it difficult to use up. they yarn is not bouncy or with a lot of memory and is rough. The best ways I came up with to use this yarn was for slippers or as a main color in a color work pattern with hand spun as the contrast color.

Best new Indie dyer find: Viola and Druzy Rising are just amazing. There are a lot of dyers doing speckled but in my opinion of the ones I have seen these are the tops. The updates can be infrequent and go extremely quick when I say they are small batch I am not kidding. Inventory is small so it may be difficult to get more than a skein.

OMG moment: When I realized how much space spinning fiber takes up and that the finished yarn will just be added to my stash.

4 thoughts on “Reflecting on favorites and a few other things.

  1. Where did you get the information about the tattoo class? I’ve been toying with this idea not just for knitting but for a few items of clothing that need mending. Embroidery was my second crafty endeavor as a child (first probably would have been those looms with the loops) so I’m comfortable with the stitches. I checked out some rosemaling books and a readers digest book on embroidery from the library to get some ideas for shapes. I also bought some sulky for stablizing and drawing the design on. Next? I need to just try it I guess…..I have a J. Jill black dress with a tiny hole about mid thigh and a cashmere sweater with a small hole.

    1. I got in in The Tolt email.. If you are familiar with the stitches then you probably don’t need my help but when I see you at Madrona if you bring some swatches I am happy to show you what I know. I really like the idea of doing it as mending and embellishing some gently worn items. I have been toying with that Idea too but most of my store bought sweaters are of a lighter weight. I was thinking of going to the local goodwill and just practicing on a few garments.

    1. Cassie you are so sweet. When I saw your comment on University Village the other day I didn’t realize that you were local. Do you have any goals for 2017? I confess I haven’t given it much thought but I really should.

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