Greetings from Cape Cod! Oh how I miss this place. The summer traffic, not so much. I am having a chill out day and thought a quick blog post might be fun.
Last weekend my family and I went to Lauray Caverns in Virginia and honestly it was magnificent. If you are in that neck of the woods I highly recommend it.
This is a totally mind-blowing picture. There is a natural spring on the bottom which acts as a reflecting pool for the ceilings. Who needs photoshop when mother nature does this for you.
This was really fascinating too. Here you were allowed to throw in money and make a which. They have raised more that a million dollars that they have donated.
In knitting news, my sweater is in the process of being sewn up and I left it home. Too bulky to schlep around. I am working on my Olympic knitting, one is a wrap, Nash by Alicia Plummer and the other is a shawl with beads by Romi Hill called Latticework. I won’t finish either before the end of the summer games.
Are you knitting along with the games? I’ve enjoyed the girls gymnastics and all the swimming and was lucky to catch some equestrian events this am.
I hope you are staying cool as the humidity has been brutal.
Knitting picture progress next blog post.
Until then, be well!
I’ve been absent for quite a bit. My apologies. This summer was chuck full of things to do. We also entered the world of orthodontia. Most of July was spent going back and forth adjusting, replacing and dealing with issues of that sort. I had braces myself, so I totally knew how he was going to feel. Day 1, I found his head on my lap and I ate it up. Soft food and Tylenol seemed to make things better.
I was mostly in mom mode all summer and that is job #1, so I decided to try my hand at designing a knitted accessory. I felt like I was being productive in a new and exciting way. I just finished the sample and am more than pleased.
My family and I went on our vacation in early August to the Outer Banks of NC and it was so picture perfect. I got a healthy dose of salt air and mixed in some business while I was there. It was a good experience but I won’t do that again as it felt like much less of a vacation for me. I did however parasail with my son and achieved “cool parent” status for a few days. It was really awesome and I totally felt bad ass. I’ve come down from that cloud…..LOL!
The dye pots are rolling and I am always happy when the creative juices are flowing. I am participating in the Riverview Winefest at Sotterley Plantation on October 3rd and 4th beginning at Noon each day. If you are local and read my blog come out for some great wine, food and YARN!
In knitting news, I finally sank my teeth into this WIP and finished the knit on edge. Not sure why I didn’t finish it immediately, but as soon as I blocked it, I saw the magic that is blocking transform this lace shawl. Pattern is Liz Christy by Kirsten Kapur. Yarn is Yankee BFL
I had a whirlwind trip home to RI last weekend to celebrate my parents 5oth wedding anniversary. I had a lovely time and I hope they did as well. Before I left I enjoyed some clamcakes and chowder with my parents and a prefect view on a perfect fall day in NE.
I will leave you with this yummy image as I head off to label yarn.
I finished this yesterday! My first stranded project and I really loved doing this. Look at the crown…so pretty.
Just makes me happy looking at it. It needs to be blocked and you should see how many ends need to be woven in, but it will be worth it. Did I mention that I have the matching mitten pattern….?
Now I am gearing up for Romi’s It’s a Mystery with Clue #1 coming on Friday! If you would like to join Yankee Dyer Fans on this MKAL, go over to our shop and pick your colors and I will ship them immediately.
Come and have fun with us!
Wow, I have been gone for a bit. Best of intentions on doing a blog post, but I have failed.
I am back for a bit in between making the yarn pretty and my secret project and knitting my first top down sweater! I am also doing it in a new Yankee Dyer base, Yankee Worsted. It has a lovely hand this yarn and I have been in love while knitting the sweater. The pattern is from Tanis Gray and it is called Market Jacket. Like I said, this is my first experience with a top down construction and I found the directions to be a bit vague. But with help of another more experienced knitter, success can be had. My helper and I made some mods to the pattern. As the yarn-over increases looked pretty, they didn’t provide the structure I thought the sleeves needed. We also opted for a long-tail cast-on instead of a provisional cast-on as this will give the collar more stability and I am making the sleeves longer. I adore how this has come out so far. I have reached the garter edging and am a row away from binding off. Here is a picture of me trying it on yesterday to check the length. I have added and 1.5 garter edge to this length. As soon as I bind off and before the sleeves are done, I will be blocking the body and opening up the lace and cables.
I just adore the color and have named it Chai Latte. Yankee Worsted in 100% wool and spit splices like a dream. I see another in a Charcoal color perhaps!
I am still working on the mate to that lonely sole of a sock and am making progress. I am at the gusset and should be turning the heel while this sweater is blocking.
I also have to tell you that this is my “Baseball Play-Off Sweater”. I am a HUGE Red Sox fan and the playoffs with Detroit were long and boring for the most part and this sweater just flew off the needles. It also flew off my lap for several grand slams. I love October baseball, especially when the Boston Red Sox are headed to the World Series. Maybe I should start a sweater for that?? Oh the possibilities!!
See you after the blocking!!
Blocking is to lace as Viagra is to, well you get my drift ….. they both make magic. Both take something that has limited shape and makes them amazing!!How is that for a metaphor? I’ve been giggling about it for a day or two and since I haven’t blogged in a bit, I thought I would start with a funny.
Blocking is truly magical. I can be knitting away on a project, mostly lace as of late and when they are blocked, my hubby is always amazed. There are comments like, where did that come from?, when did you make that? That didn’t look like that when you were knitting it. And this is true. Sometimes I have a little doubt about what it’s going to look like until it has a good bath and it hits the blocking board and the magic happens. Just like my finished Sagebrush by Romi Hill. It looked small and although I used 98% of the skein I doubted that I would be able to wrap it twice around my neck, but then the
Viagra blocking happened and it grew. Now you see why my metaphor works so well!!!
I do love the pattern and I did it in Yankee Stride so it feels so lovely around my neck and I can wrap it twice, which is exactly what I wanted. It’s so light and drapey yet provides such warmth. This knits up really quick and would make lovely gifts. In case you didn’t know, the holidays are not far away!
I entered my beautiful shawl Cactus Flower, also by Romi Hill into our local County Fair and I was recognized with a lovely 2nd Place ribbon. My son told me I was robbed…my sweet defender.
This is my finest knitting to date! I adore this shawl and Romi Hill.
I haven’t been ignoring you I am just really busy dying. I am not sure that I can talk about my top secret dying yet, but I am at a point where I can start dying for the Etsy shop and the rest of my knitter friends.
I will be casting on that sweater as soon as I dye the yarn! I actually took stock of the sweaters I own and there seemed to be a common anthem…blue, green, teal, pink, purple, blue…you see where this is headed. I dyed a color completely off the grid for me and others have been consulted and it is yummy. To be continued in another post.
I hope all is well with you and I hope I gave you a giggle!
As promised here are the pictures of the twin vertical swift.
And here is the triple skein winder.
It is very exciting to say the least. I have one “screw” left over and I think I will give the company a call. I don’t think that they gave me any spare parts. I am really looking forward to using both of these beauties!!
I am also very pleased with my knitting. I was having a really tough go of it until I literally HAD to read charts, which made knitting so much easier. If you remember, I was having some issues with some misplaced YO’s. This is what I had done WRONG…
Not suppose to look like that!
And here is the correct picture.
See, all straight and tidy. Don’t mind that pink yarn, it was and will be my lifeline until I bind this beauty off. I had pulled a lengthy knitting marathon trying to catch up but just kept making mistakes and tinking back and tinking back, Then my hand gave the ultimate protest and I was forced to rest it for a couple of days. It was a good thing. It gave me time to clear my head and get my confidence back. I put in a fair about of knitting today and was too tired to begin Clue #4. I think I will tackle that after a couple of cups of coffee.
In case you are wondering about the pattern, it is A Mysterious Shawl KAL by the very talented Rosemary (Romi) Hill and all can be found on Ravelry. If you are curious as to what the finished shawl looks like, as I am obviously behind, you can check out her group on Ravelry @Romi’s Studio. She has a wonderful group and the most fabulous moderators. If you decide to knit any of her patterns, you can always find help if you need it in her forum. Her patterns are knitting perfection and I can’t recommend that you try one or all of them.
Hope your day is filled with happiness!
Viajante is a Portuguese word for “traveller”, and a hot pattern on Ravelry right now.
I wasn’t sure how I felt about it when it came out and pretty much had dismissed it as a “not for me” pattern. But then some of my knitting friends were getting jazzed about it and I waited. I waited for people to finish the project and post some pictures. The pictures were pretty, and I was already smitten about the yarn chosen by the designer, Martina Behm. I was starting to weaken. I looked at the pattern notes of others and noted the needle size and dismissed it again because of my hand issue. But I went ahead and obtained my prized Wollmeise Lace-Garn for it in a colorway called Amethyst Light. I may have failed to mention that this is done in 1700 yards of lace weight yarn…..insert your cringing face here! I also failed to mentions that it’s knit for a bit on a 2.75 US (3 mm) needle and then the majority is knit on a size #4 US needle.
I have the pattern, the yarn and the needles right here beside me as I type this. It looks so crazy, but it would be a great public and television knitting project.
I think it will stay on the back burner for a bit. My hand just can’t hold that small of a needle right now and I am making progress and would rather not have a setback now.
Getting my knitting love is my Vitamin D cardigan and I am happily knitting away on it. This is my first top down sweater and I love that I can try it on as I go.I am using my yarn again, this time I am using my Yankee Tweed in the Wine colorway on Signature needles US #5 and I am loving it. I just might be monogamous with this project. Here is a sneak peek….
Vitamin D Cardigan by
Please excuse the picture. It is a grey and rainy day and I had to use the flash.
I had planned on hitting the dye pots today, but I much prefer to dye in natural light and today is so gloomy out. So change in plans. I am going to clean up the kitchen and tidy some other neglected areas and then sit and catch up with the rest of the world with Downton Abbey. A friend lent my Seasons 1 and 2 and I have been itching to watch.
Have a wonderful day and I hope the sun is shining where you are!
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Tagged Hand dyed yarn, Heidi Kirrmaier, Knitting, Lace, Martina Behm, Ravelry, Signature Needle Arts, Viajante, Vitamin D, Wollmeise, Yankee Dyer, Yankee Tweed, yarn
I finally finished the beautiful shawl Line Break. I did it in Madeline Tosh Light and I finished it in time for the nip in the air that is coming. I love the pattern and the yarn.
Today I spent a good chunk of time on Ravelry, buying, saving and fav’ing even more beautiful shawls. I am thinking of something with some beads. I did happen to pick up some beautiful beads while in Alexandria last weekend and I keep looking at them and they are speaking to me. My poor hubby was passing by and asked if this is what I was going to do today, my answer, yep, pretty much and I think I may need a nap. He understood the reason for my deep down tiredness and left me to myself.
I am also very smitten with a sweater. I know, I know…I always say, I’m not really a garment knitter, but I got to try this sweater on and it was love at first sight. My friends said it was a great choice and it looked really cute on me. The name of the pattern is Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier and can be found on Ravelry.
I am taking a lace class on Saturday with Anne Hanson at Crazy For Ewe and I was just talking with my friend Sue and she said something about “homework”. I said, I didn’t read anything about homework and then realized that I had forwarded the email to her without actually reading it!!! Why didn’t I read it you ask, well, when I got home yesterday from work, we had a house guest. He was 2 years old and we were in charge of him while his mom was in the hospital having his new baby sister. I forgot how active a 2 year old can be and how unsafe my entire home was, so no, I never went on the computer and if I hadn’t talked with Sue I would be quite embarrassed come Saturday.
This is what I was working on today! I love it!! This is Yarn Harlot bound!!!
So, now that I have confirmed that I do indeed have homework, I am off in search of the right needles and yarn…..! I think Yankee Pride will be perfect….needles are somewhere….I think looking in daylight is my best bet.
I am off to watch some mindless TV, as I have been dyeing all day with wonderful results!!
Happy Knitting and Sweet Dreams!