Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wolkig on the Needles

Sometimes a new project is just the thing to get you out of a knitting funk. Well, I decided that was just what I was going to do and a beautiful skein of yarn lying around with my stash happened to catch my eye.

It's a beautiful skein of Ella Rae Lace Merino. I realized I  hadn't uploaded it into my Ravelry stash yet so I did that first. That's something I'm trying so hard to keep updated and this was purchased in 2015 so that's pretty sad. Then, I wound it into a beautiful cake.

I just love how the colors look together and working with it reminded me why I love this yarn so much! It's round and bouncy and beautiful.
I decided to cast on Wolkig by Martina Behm. When I first saw the pattern I wasn't immediately called to it but seeing one in person at Knit Night that a friend was knitting convinced me.
So I cast on and got going. I knit what felt like a ton of rounds on it and it still didn't look like much.

Just a loop. But if I straightened it out, you could start to see how it was shaping up.

I think the way it curls really hides the amount of work you've put into it. Add that to the fact that the simple pattern is repeated 4 times around and it makes you feel like you've knit much more than you actually have.
I decided I wanted to make some serious progress on it so I sat down and really worked on it. Then it looked like this.

Now you can really see what's happening with it. Of course, after this I dropped a stitch and because of where it was and how far it went down, I couldn't get it picked back up and I had to take it off the needle and pull out about 5 rounds to get it back to a point where I could pick up the stitch. Super annoying but I've got it on again and I'm going again.
The pattern is really fun. I love how simple it is so you don't have to think about it too much but yet it isn't so simple that you get bored either. I hope I still feel that way in 100 yards.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Niggling Things

Oh hello there. I seem to have allowed my little blog to fall by the wayside once more. I'm sorry about that. Things have been so crazy and I've been struggling to hold everything together. Then our bunny died. Then our Guinea pig died. It's been rough. 
Honestly I often find myself coming home and just sitting there or playing with my phone rather than crafting. But I miss it. Just like I miss my little blog. So I'm going to try once more to pick this up again.
Since today is Tuesday, let's talk spinning. 
I recently went to a Knitting event put on by some of my local Knitter friends and sat next to a friend who was spinning the most beautiful fiber. It was from Pigeonroof studios and I just loved how the white spaces blended into the singles. It reminded me of some yarn another friend had spun that I adored. It had similar white spaces on the Superwash merino. The yarn came out mottled gray and beautiful with just a few spots of brighter color. I loved it.
Well, then an opportunity presented itself to buy some Pigeonroof studios fiber from a destash. I jumped on it. 
I got this one: whirligig and
This one. It's called Collusion and with the pops of purple I thought it would blend and smooth into a beautiful grayish yarn with pops of color. 
So, of course, I had to start spinning it right away. I chose to use my electric spinner because I know Superwash Merino can be slippery and I thought the even tension and intake would help me be consistent. It seems to be working, although it does want to spin very fine so I have had several breaks. 
I finished the first bobbin two weeks ago. 
I am loving how it turned out and I can't wait to see how it looks plied up. I've been trying to make an effort to spin the second half of the fiber. Now that Tour de Fleece is coming up fast, I'm hoping to get it done and plied before that starts so I can have the bobbins back.
I have 3 for my electric spinner and I would like to take it to our all day spin-a-thon kickoff party so I would like to have the bobbins cleared off and ready for it. 
I haven't set any specific goals yet but I'm planning to dig through my fiber stash and make some plans on what I would like to spin at least. 
I made a concerted effort to log in all my new yarn and fiber today too so that is all caught up and not niggling in the back of my brain. It feels good to get these things going again. Here's hoping I can keep it up. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Necessity and Invention

I'm sure you've heard the expression "necessity is the mother of invention" right? Well, this week I experienced both. 
I decided to make something in the most scientific way (not even close). I started with a cardboard box I had to wrestle away from my cats. They were trying to jump in it as I was taking it.
I also used some very old aluminum knitting needles that I never use anymore. (Why are these still in my house?) 
Here it is about halfway through. Any ideas yet? 
Very hopeful! I think it will work.
See, what I didn't tell you and probably should have, is about my new tool. 
I've been thinking for some time about an electronic spinning wheel or e-spinner. Not for any reason other than I like to sit with my feet up either in bed (my favorite snuggly spot) or on our couch which reclines. Especially in the winter when our floor is cold, I find myself not spinning much at all and I miss it so much! So I started doing some looking around and found some very nice but spendy e-spinners. That slowed me down quite a bit, imagining trying to save up for one for ages. Well, then my husband mentioned that he would like to get me a "really nice" birthday gift to make up for the lean years when I barely got any gifts. He mentioned jewelry which, don't get me wrong, I love jewelry but I don't need anything too fancy. I still have nightmares about losing my wedding ring! Just about that time I found a reasonably priced e-spinner that seemed like it would be perfect. 
With a little persuasion (and ordering it myself) I ended up with a lovely new tool for my fiber crafting.
Isn't she beautiful? This is the Heavenly Handspinning Vespera with the hand control. 
Well, to keep the cost down and also thinking I could make something else work, I decided to order just the spinner and not the lazy Kate. The trouble was, once the e-spinner arrived I realized just how big the bobbins are and just how much they would not fit on my Schacht Lazy Kate. 
So I resolved to work out some sort of makeshift Kate until I can purchase a nicer one. (I think I would like to get an Akerworks Kate, they seem really nice and would be so portable and work with my Schacht bobbins too.) 
Well, time passed, as it's been known to do and I hadn't set anything up. Which means I was kind of stuck. It came with 3 bobbins which is a good amount but I spun up some quick fiber just to get a feel for it, intending to do one of my quick and dirty 2-ply yarns with it but then I started a new spin on the third bobbin. The first two just sat there. It was high time to at least wind them off so they could be plied right? But I still hadn't set up a Kate. 
That leads me to today.
Hooray! A very unscientific and temporary solution. But a very good example of necessity being the mother of invention! Now I'm off to wind these singles off and get these bobbins back.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Onward I Knit

I managed to finish my Disco Superfly socks the other night at Knit Night.
I really love how they turned out.
They're just plain socks knit on size 0 needles with 80 stitches around. The fun is in the yarn which was a special Knitterly Things anniversary colorway with 12 stripes! It's sparkly too. I actually reversed the order of the yarn so it would stripe opposite on the second sock but I found that it has so many colors it's not noticeable at all. I love them though and I can't wait to actually wear my new sparkly socks!
I've been loving the plain socks lately and especially the plain, stripey socks so as I was getting close to finished with my Disco Superfly socks, I wound up a nice, springy skein of Vesper in the Iris in Bloom colorway. I finished the Disco Superfly socks on Tuesday evening at Knit Night and cast on the Iris in Bloom socks on Wednesday afternoon.
These will be my plain purse socks that I drag around with me and work on when I'm out and about and have a few minutes so they won't get a lot of action but will eventually be some lovely socks.
Same details on these as on the others. Size 0 needles, 80 stitches around, 15 rounds of 2x2 rib at the top, probably the same slip stitch heel as well.
I kinda feel like I'm in a knitting rut since I just keep knitting plain stripey socks but since I also keep buying stripey yarn, I don't see that changing any time soon. So, I'll just keep knitting onward! At least the colorways are different right?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Deterrent Question

I have a quick question for you. I know, I know, I don't normally post on Sundays. But since I've been slacking on getting anything out there, I thought I should get to it.
What is the one major deterrent for you when starting a new project. I know some people really struggle with picking yarn from their stash or choosing a pattern. So what is it for you?
For me it's this:
Trying to turn a beautiful skein of yarn like this:
Into a useable cake and I get yarn barf that needs to be untangled. So frustrating. It makes me want to just take a scissors to it. 

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Casting On

I made it to the new month without casting on a new project so I'm very excited to start something new today! I chose this partial skein leftover from a gift knitting project to knit something for myself.
It's a nice, soft blue. Almost a Tiffany blue but muted with speckles in soft brown. As its a smaller skein since I used part of it already, my plan is to knit some shortie socks for the summer.
I'm thinking this is begging to become Rose City Rollers. I have 80 g of yarn remaining which should mean I have 347 yards remaining. That's IF I did the math right and it's entirely possible I did not. But that should mean I have plenty of yarn to knit some shortie socks. 
Here's to hoping that I will get some knitting mojo back with a fun, quick project like this.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Super Slacking

I feel like it has been a ridiculous amount of time since I wrote a blog post (which it has) as well as a ridiculous amount of time since I actually completed a project. That's pretty true too.
Normally after the rush of gift knitting at Christmas, I am so excited to cast on something new for myself and I will knit happily away until something is done. That doesn't seem to be the case this year. I'm not sure if it's that I didn't do much Christmas knitting at all or if I didn't really get that excited cast on immediately following. Either way I am seriously slacking in the knitting department lately.
Let me show you my one and only turn-in for Harry Potter Knit & Crochet House Cup this month.
Yup, that's it. A lonely little hexipuff. I have been slacking big time in the knitting department lately and it doesn't seem to be lack of time or lack of desire to knit so what gives?
I'm not sure why but I have been finding myself just sitting lately. Even in the evening when I'm watching TV with my husband sometimes I just sit and that is very unusual for me. 
I'm within an afternoon's worth of knitting from finishing the first in a pair of socks and I think I have another pair that just needs a toe (on the second sock so it's so close to being done!) so I will try to stick to those for today and tomorrow but maybe on Wednesday (start of a new month so new items can count for the House cup) I should find something just for me that I'm really excited to knit and get it started. Hopefully that will mean more progress and actual finished items. And possibly getting rid of the slacker status.