An Uncanny Amount of Knitting

Another post already! Lets be honest, this is happening people. I’ve been listening to knitting podcasts monogamously and that usually gets my knitting mojo up and running. Although now I am slightly depressed because all I want to do is knit, but it’s getting onto to busy season and I’ve got tons of stuff to do.


I’ve actually sewn a couple things. Yes, sue me, sewing. My mom got a new machine so I’ve ‘borrowed’ her old one to work on building some skills. While we were at Quilts at the Creek I bought a couple different fabrics and my mom and I made a bag. It’s a knitting project bag and really quite large, as I intended it to be! I used some of the scraps to make a smaller bag. I think I have enough for one more even. I’ll have to check when I have a spare second.


I’ve been steadily knitting along on my Galaxy Bone Yard. I went to a cottage weekend with friends this past weekend and brought it with me. When I am the ‘host’ of something like a cottage weekend and am sleeping in a strange place I don’t sleep well, so I was up at 6am both days. I just sat out by the lake and knit on this shawl. I think I might have accomplished a lot, but it’s really hard to tell. I’ve been used to knitting things that self-stripe where you can really see the progress. I’ve got over 800 yards of this yarn designated for this shawl and I intend to knit it all.


The Galaxy yarn is a darker colour as well, so it is a bit boring because of that as well. I really like how it is knitting up though. There are little pops of colour here and there.


I’ve also cast on another project. I had an unfortunate happening with the last sweater I made… it was really complicated, the size was off, etc. Whatever could have gone wrong with this thing, did. I was going to make the Rocky Coast Cardigan but thought it was a  bit complicated and the yarn wouldn’t lend itself well to this project. The yarn is a baby alpaca so I am looking for something that will not look bad once it grows a little bit. I found the Breezy Cardigan which is open and lovely so I am knitting up that. I am knitting it on size three needles so it might take a while. I am actually insane.


I did a lot of yarn dying this past weekend as well and got to experiment with a couple things. I’ll have to knit up those samples sometime in the near future. Considering I have five socks to knit up and only two hands… this is going to get interesting. I really really need that sock machine right now. I’ve been looking for one that is on sale, but I might just need to seek out someone who is simply willing to knit me some socks on the one they’re not willing to part with.

It’s getting to be that time of the year again and I will see everyone at our next show, the Kitchener/Waterloo knitter’s fair. It’s always a good time and I’m starting to dye stock for it now so we will have a full truck coming there. I think I picked an auspicious time to re-start blogging, but it will have to do!

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Hello…. Is It Me You’re Looking For?

Alright guys, I know it had been a long time. I may or may not have failed horribly at my free style posting schedule. There were a few times I went to sit down and write a post, but something got in the way or I was sidetracked over to another project. The fact that I am writing this post right now means I am procrastinating something else in order to get this done. I haven’t posted in a long time though and I miss updating everyone with my progress.

I haven’t knit a lot in the past few months, mostly because I’ve been so insanely busy, but I am going to go over everything I’ve knit up to this point. I am also going to update my Ravelry page as well as the knitting history pages here.


My long overdue fair isle hat from Tanis Fiber arts, turned out nice. I made it a bit too small so I am going to go up a needle size or two for the next one. At work some of my knitting friends kept asking if I was done their hat yet. It is a really nice hat and a very lovely pattern, I do encourage you to go check it out! Here is a link for the pattern and TFA website.


I know, someone who dyes yarn promoting other yarn, what is this witchcraft?! No tricks or ploys, it’s something that I have knit with and is excellent quality. I thoroughly enjoy the yarn over at TFA, but I have a shameless plug for my own yarn now. I needed a project with my Aran weight yarn because it wasn’t selling and I have tons of it. I am going to stop carrying it after I sell it because noooooooooobody wants it, actually I have a clever idea to get rid of this yarn and I am not going to share my marketing genius here yet. I thought if I could get a really good project going with this yarn it would motivate people to buy it, especially since I dropped the price on it just to get it moving. No dice. I started a linen stitch scarf in the Topaz label, which is 100% BFL. I was going to do it in the Amber, which has some baby alpaca mixed in with it, but I figured that yarn would sell itself with the power of my awesome sample behind it.


I cast it on the long way, so there are a total of something like 450 stitches on there. I worked on it pretty steadily at first, but then got onto writing posts for other publications. I actually think that project bag has gone slightly askew; no idea where it is. I am going to have to dig it out and get it rolling again.

The first knitting show of the season was the Creativ Festival and then the Knitters Frolic, which was a last minute cancellation invitation. I know that wasn’t clear, but someone cancelled last minute and we were given a call. We went with less stock than I would have liked, but made lots of new connections. I had a great time there. I also met yarning friends! At the CF I met Sarah who was interested in the process of dying yarn. With the CF and the KF so close together (one week apart) I needed all the help I could get so I just invited her over to pitch in with the process. This way, I get an extra pair of hands, and she gets to learn about dying.

I also met Debi at the KF and mostly because of her Tardis tattoo. I reached across my table at the show, grabbed her by the shoulders and said, “Is that a Tardis tattoo?! We should be friends! Be my friend!!!”. Okay, okay… I might have screamed it at her. Her response was, “alright.” I don’t feel like I have scarred her irreparably. We made a deal to trade yarn for a knitting bag. I was looking for Doctor Who fabric bags but couldn’t find any. Debi actually had some fabric at home and would trade bag for yarn. Done deal. Debi came over and helped me dye the yarn, and I actually tried out a new technique for dying it. It turned out not too bad!


The most recent show has been Quilts at the Creek, which is not a knitting show (obviously) but we went along anyway. My mom is a quilter so she obviously, and enthusiastically, volunteered to help us out. It was sweltering hot the first day and not much traffic came through, but on the second day there was a steady flow of people. One of which is my new friend Colum, who I immediately shanghaied into helping me dye yarn sometime.


Speaking of salves…. Er…. Friends I mean, I met this really neat lady named Renee in a Tim Hortons parking lot. Mostly because she purchased yarn online and lived pretty close to me so we worked out a time for exchange (which I do for anyone local). We clicked right off and started talking yarn and all things fiber. As it turns out, she is a knit-ware designer. We’ve been keeping in touch via email or text and keeping a solid line open for any really excellent ideas that come this way!

What have I been working on lately!? Well I started a boneyard shawl with the yarn I dyed with Debi. It’s all updated on my Ravelry page, so if you want to check out the colour go on over. I’ve also been working on my grandmother’s sweater. Yes…. That thing. It’s been the project that plagues me and has plagued me for years. I need to get this thing on the go and out of my UFO bin. My grandmother hasn’t been well, so I have been sending good vibes and thinking of her while I knit the sweater. I actually steeked out the one back panel to make it a front because there is no way this was going to happen if I had to do that many cables on the front and back. I am going to do the back plain and get this sweater going. Just call me turbo knitter because I am making TRACKS on this bad boy….. that being said I think I have finished one sleeve in the past several weeks…

That is the highlights reel from the past several months, the next show we’ve got coming up is the Kitchener/Waterloo Knitters fair on September 10th, 2016. I hope to see a lot of people there and I will, hopefully, post before then. Please feel free to tweet, email, rav message me to get my butt in gear about posting. I love the challenge and motivation of knowing other people are out there reading.

 

Technical Tuesday: The Nuts and Bolts

This technical Tuesday is not going to be as technical in a knitting sense. As you might have noticed, last week I completely lost track of time and managed not to do any posts. I wasn’t heading into the office on Wednesday, so I definitely forgot to write my posts until Wednesday because I thought it was the weekend. Then I just would have had Thursday’s post up, but at that point it seemed a little pointless as Thursday is my off-topic day.

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The latest self striping sock I dyed for Halloween. Colour name: Witches Britches.

Every January I re-assess the blog, what I am writing, when I am writing etc; I am going to be doing that again this January. I do this to keep up with my needs and what is working for me at that point in time. The past two months have been so crazy busy that I am going to take the rest of November and December to go back and just post when I feel like it.
Schedules are great and I am definitely a fan, but when you’re too dependent on the schedule sometimes content starts to feel too planned. I am going to take some of the time I would be writing and put that time into knitting. Then WRITE ABOUT it! It probably won’t be a whole lot at first, but I do have some fun things still planned. I’ve been sent a product to review, so that will be coming up very soon. I’m currently still testing it out!

Technical Tuesday: Darn Weaving in Ends

One of the first skills you realize is important is weaving in the ends. Its something that can take your garment from looking home-made to hand-made. Everyone strives for the hand-made look; we’re talking fine Italian suits that are $1000 made by nuns, not a garment that was glue-gunned together in someone’s kitchen.

There is a different kind of weaving for many different kinds of stitches so I’ve also linked the Very Pink Knits videos for garter stitch.

And ribbing.

If you’re anything like me and hate to weave in ends at the end of a project, you can always weave them in as you go.

If you’re having problems with your ends staying woven in, check out that first video for sure. It’s an excellent technique and very well explained. It’s almost like back-stitching in sewing. You’re going back to the previous stitch and locking that yarn in even tighter. This is one of those things I learned the hard way, but once you’ve got it, you’re golden!

Technical Tuesday: Pocket Styles

I had a really good question on our Ravelry group about pockets! Pockets are something that is inherently scary with knitting. There are a lot of fears around putting them in and the stretching that could happen. I wouldn’t suggest carrying anything too heavy in them.

There are quite a few videos out there and I picked these three, but if you’re not able to get what you want from these, just search pockets in knitting. There will be a lot of information that comes up!

I’ve got three videos about how to put in pockets, but the placement is important too. There are generally instructions about pocket placement, but if you’re looking to place them yourself I would add the pocket in after the garment is finished. That way you can look at where it would make sense to have pockets.

If anyone has any specific questions feel free to email me or ask about it on our Ravelry group! There is a thread specifically for things people would like me to look up!