Thursday, August 26, 2010

Book Must!

Folks, you MUST go right now and buy this book. It's Brave New Knits by Julie Turjoman. I direct you to Julie's site so you can pick where you want to buy. Just buy! I guarantee you will want to knit almost everything in it. You'll also get to learn a whole lot more about a bunch of knitting/blogging rock stars.

Which leads me to pointing out my utter amazement (sustained amazement now for over a year) that I got to be in this book! I can only thank Julie for contacting me last year to see if I wanted to join the party. Thank you Julie!
Also, Julie is doing blog post updates on all the designers in the book. Hop over and read more!

Friday, August 20, 2010


Glad you asked! One thing taking my time lately is the study of gloves. I love gloves--maybe even more than socks. There. I said it. Glad that's off my chest.
My thinking is that if you have a gorgeous yarn of luxurious fiber, why not put it on your hands where you can ooh and ahh over it more successfully? I know, I know. It's fun sometimes to know you're hiding cashmere in your shoes, like a delicious little secret (like knowing there is brie and crusty bread and a good Chardonnay waiting at home for dinner), but I'm more inclined to want to show off that yarn on my hands. Ya know, in a way you can wave it in people's faces in a more socially-acceptable manner.
I thought I was pretty good at knitting gloves. I have a lot to learn. Sure, fingerless gloves and mitts are pretty conquerable, but I want to get really good at the fingers part. I'll show you, and while I'm showing you that, I'll show you some yummy yarns I'm doing it with.

On your left you see a beautiful brown/teal/cream hand dyed yarn that comes to us from Lollipop Cabin Yarns right nearby in Snohomish, WA. Ialiuxh gave me a skein of this rare 9-ply superwash merino to try way back at Madrona in February and I finally figured out a rightful project for it. There's a lot more joy going on with this glove than just the Stockinette and rib you see, but I can't show you. The same goes for the middle glove knit with MacKintosh Iona Fingering that Liz gave me in April at Stitches. Boy, that glove was fun to knit. The yarn is fabulous! On your right is a brand new yarn from Quince & Co, a company that is using all American wool. This is Chickadee in Peacock. I really, really like it! Again, I wish I could show you what's going on on the front of the glove. It involves some really pretty cables with twisted stitches. Soon, my pretty. Soon.
I'm sure I'll be posting about gloves more very soon.

I did have to take a small rest from gloves, however, to get some Aran knitting going. Can't stay away from that for long. I am being guided by EZ and her "Pithy Instructions For The Aran Pullover" in her Knitter's Almanac with a design I've had swatched for over a year now. I just couldn't wait any longer, and one reason is because I've had this Schaefer Miss Priss in Almond earmarked for the project. I love Miss Priss. It is the softest, sweetest twist on a merino Aran weight I know. Not only that, but it's so soft you can wear it right next to your skin with no itchy.

I am also dabbling with a summer top that has Stockinette, a tinch of cable and a little lace. I'm working it up in Cascade Ultra Pima. Lovely 100% cotton. I do have to take care not to work on it for too long, though. Cotton makes my hands and wrists tired. How bout you?

Monday, August 09, 2010

HB EZ & KAL News!

Cryptic enough for ya?

Well, I just found out from Kathy at Yarn Harbor that today is Elizabeth Zimmerman's 100th birthday. Yes, she would have been 100 today if she weren't knitting somewhere else by now. I should knit a Very Warm Hat today in her memory!

On to the next (somewhat) acronym. We are presently hosting a knitalong with my Mirth pattern the Off Kilter Mitts. I've been promising for a while now that we would have a Grand Prize Drawing at the end of the thing. My words are not fluff, people. Here is the prize awaiting the lucky KALer whose name will be drawn from the hat on Saturday, October 2, at noon at The Yarn Stash in Burien, WA.
A beautiful bag full of goodies to try! One lucky knitter will receive my sister's big handmade Sweet Shrub Designs knitting tote full to the brim with 11 various skeins of yarn, a set of Kollage Square dpn's, a little beaded stitch marker from WoolGirl, a Clover knitting tool kit, and a copy of The Yarn Harlot's Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off.
Here's a shot from when I packed the tote full of SIX of my little sock, hat, neck cozy WIP's lately and had room to spare. The tote has one big zipper pocket, one medium-sized pocket, and one pocket just right for calculator or cell phone, etc. There is even a great little skinny pocket down one interior side for some straight needles. The tote closes at the top with a sturdy magnet. There is no velcro anywhere. Sweet.

Now, let's get knitting some Off Kilter Mitts, people! See all info at Mirth.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Grandkid Projects

I thought I'd better come up for air from my latest knitting project and protect my cred as a knitting blog. I have actually completed a whole lot of projects in the past few months. Some of them were even for family--my grandchildren! Look at these big boys.

Last Christmas my youngest daughter Natalie and I tag-teamed on a sweater each for Preston and Declan, my middle daughter's sons. Preston got an updated green heather version of the sweater named for him, the Raibeart (he is Robert Preston), and Declan got a brown Declan. Both are knitted with the always beautiful Cascade 220 Superwash--the perfect yarn for boys' sweaters!
While I was in GA helping out with the newest grandkids, Malcolm and Lucy, I finished up a crocheted blanket for Lucy in Schaefer Lola (color Snooks) and started and finished one for Malcolm in the same yarn in the Peter colorway. Emily (the twins' mom) even got to pick out the crochet block motif for Malcolm's blanket. Working on those blankets might have been the thing that almost kept me sane those three weeks. :-)

The most recent FO's for the wee tots were little cardigans for the twins. Here's Lucy in hers made with the long discontinued Cascade Pima Melange in cream and lavendar.

And here's Mr. Malcolm in his very manly card made with Cascade Cotton Rich DK. That's a little monkey patch I added for giggles.
Yes, I am unabashedly proud of all four of them and I'm sure there'll be lots more kid projects to show soon. I have a knitted blanket and some leg warmers in the works for Lucy, a hat or two for Malcolm, and am figuring out what to make next for Preston and Declan. If I could knit Preston a Darth Vader suit he would love me forever. For Declan, perhaps a full-body crash suit out of some of that stainless steel yarn. He's a rounder!

Back to my glove knitting. Happy Weekend Everyone!