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Tuesday, March 02, 2021

A Finished Shawl and A New Sock

4ever in blue jeans shawl

I haven't been blogging regularly, but I have been knitting!  I finished my 4 Ever In Blue Jeans shawl and I love it!  This has mosaic colorwork, but this mosiac was done in garter stitch, where the mosaic colorwork from Walk in the Woods shawl (the fuschia and pale gray one from earlier this year) was in stockinette.  I feel like garter stitch mosaic has a lot more texture than stockinette mosiac.  Honestly, I think it has more going on texturally than regular garter stitch!  I actually wondered what this pattern would look like in stockinette, just to compare the differences, but I haven't been curious enough to knit a swatch of it.

4ever in blue jeans shawl

I knit this in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Natural and Flycatcher Blue.  The blue is definitely part of the same muted blue family that denim falls into, so I felt like it was perfect for this design!  I used almost a complete skein of each color, so it was nice to only have minimal leftovers.

4ever in blue jeans shawl

Here's one more shot of the pattern, just because!  I followed the pattern exactly until the very end where I added a few more rows of blue before binding off.

Anemone socks

I also started a new pair of socks and I'm more than halfway through the first sock.  The pattern is Anemone and I'm knitting it in Dream In Color Smooshy (the new Smooshy, with nylon) in Wineberry.  This is my first time knitting with the new Smooshy (previously, it was all merino) and I'm hoping the nylon improves the wear.  I knit Mickael a couple pairs of socks in the old Smooshy and while he is hard on his socks, those haven't aged very well.  I think the nylon should help quite a bit.  Also, yes, that's Newton photobombing the sock.  He just turned one year old on February 28.  He's so helpful!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Back to Knitting (And A Little Crochet)

My post on February 9 (which seems like at least a month ago now) was about a Flash Craft-A-Long that ESK was doing and I showed you a pair of socks. Later that very morning I frogged the partial sock I had shown you and restarted using a different pattern.  There's nothing wrong with the Love Bugs socks, but I had wanted to knit them top down instead of toe up and I was having to make too many decisions and changes to get them done in the time frame for the CAL.  When I saw the Fairy Maiden socks, I knew they would be fast to knit once I memorized the stitch pattern.  They were also worked top down so I wouldn't have to do much thinking while knitting them!

Fairy Maiden socks

Here are the finished Fairy Maiden socks.  I stopped the hearts on the foot and just went with the ribbing because I thought that would wear better and I thought the hearts might be uncomfortable on my foot in a shoe.  They are knit in Sweet Georgia Yarns Tough Love Sock in Peony.

Palpitations 2021

I also made a few Palpitation Hearts.  One of them is made from the leftovers from my mosaic shawl, A Walk in the Woods, one is Hedgehog Fibres in their fingering weight singles in Dragonfly, and three are Malabrigo Mechita in Anniversario.

Crocheted hearts

Finally, I was able to get two Heart Shaped Cloths out of some leftover yarn that was a prize from the ESK Yarnathon the year of the candy theme.  I can't remember the base but the color is A Sweet Race.  They are about the size of a mug rug, in other words they've got room for a mug and little snack on them.

Sorry not to include links, but I'm typing this blog entry one handed because I have Newton the Noodle laying in my lap across my other arm.  I do have Ravelry project pages for all of these with full details on them, so if you're truly curious what patterns I used you can check it out there.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

We're Still Here!

Just a quick blog post to let you know that we're still here!  

Texas was clobbered by winter this past week and a half, as you've probably seen.  The cold actually rolled in last week and then there was some icing, resulting in the huge pile up in Fort Worth last Thursday.  Then this past Sunday my mother-in-law called and said we might have rolling blackouts.  I was glad she had warned us because it's not something we think about in February and we just weren't paying attention.  Early Monday morning the rolling blackouts started.  We never fully lost power, just a lot of on and off, so that was a blessing.  Wednesday afternoon we had a pipe burst but Mickael got the water turned off quickly and since it was in the garage wall, it just sent water down the driveway.  We got a repairman out the next morning and he cut off the burst section of pipe and capped it so we could turn the water back on in the house.  He'll do the repair and patch the drywall this next week, but we were very blessed in the location of the burst pipe.  

On Wednesday night the rolling blackouts stopped.  As I mentioned, we've had water consistently except for the 12+ hours where we had to shut it off, but most of those were sleeping time anyway.  We had more than enough water to keep Logan and Newton hydrated and there were plenty of other liquids Mickael and I could drink for that brief time.  We do not have boil our water at this point.

Yesterday we got our internet back (we were previously only able to get online, send texts, make calls with our cell phones, and even then it was tough because the cell towers were slammed with everyone else trying to do the same thing).  We're thawing out around here and Mickael and I are periodically checking the entire house, turning on all the faucets just to make sure.  We had a second faucet freeze, but it didn't burst and we were able to get it going again.

Even Caleb was dealing with this down in Galveston.  He sent me pictures after the storms went through and there's just something wrong with palm trees standing in snow.  Hopefully their roots are deep enough that they'll survive.  He lost power completely as well as water, but they're back up and running now, although they can't drink the tap water.  The school (Texas A&M at Galveston) has stayed on top of things and kept the kids safe, warm, and fed.  They've got drinking water there for them too.

This past couple of weeks has been stressful and crazy.  The homes here are not built for the kind of cold we've had (neither are the people).  They're built to keep us cool in the summer with high ceilings and vents in the ceilings.  Everyone is tired, but the sun is out today, the temperature made it to the 50's (!!!!!), the repairmen are out fixing things as quickly as they can to get everyone back to normal.  We're thankful that we are safe and our families are safe.  I know not everyone was as fortunate.

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Valentine's Socks

Love Bugs, sort of

I kind of dropped off the radar last week, but I'm fine.  I didn't blog, but I was still knitting.  ESK started a Craft Your Heart Out Flash Challenge on February 1, so there have been a lot of heart things happening here!  I'll show you the rest later this week, but one of the things I'm working on is a pair of socks.

These are based on the Love Bugs pattern and knit in Sweet Georgia Yarns Tough Love Sock in Peony.  I say "based on" because the original pattern is toe up, but I tend to work faster in the cuff down direction, so I adapted the chart for working that direction.  I'll probably stop working hearts when I start the heel turn because I don't think twisted stitches will be comfortable on my foot in a shoe.  I've kind of stalled on these and I really should be farther along on them since the Flash Challenge ends on Valentine's Day, but maybe blogging about them will give me a bit of accountability and get me moving again!  Once I finish the first one, the second should go much faster.  (It better, or I won't have a finished pair of socks by Sunday!)

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Spinning

Arco Iris

I've finished the Arco Iris spinning!  The finished skein is 442 yards of chain plied, fingering weight yarn.  Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while have probably noticed that these colors aren't the ones I usually use.  You don't see very much muddy, yellow green around here!  For one thing I can't wear this kind of color at all with the cool undertones to my skin color, for another thing, I'm not drawn to colors like this either (which could be related to the first reason).  

Arco Iris

When I ordered the fiber in Arco Iris, I had no idea what it would look like, Malabrigo being known for it's inconsistency in dyeing.  (Also, all of these colors are totally within the range for iris, so it's not like it's that crazy.)  I decided not to return it, but to use it to push myself a little bit, using colors I don't usually work with, and trying not to make the colors any more muddy than they already were.  It definitely got me out of my comfort zone, and I'm happy with the way the chain plying kept the colors intact.  What will I do with it?  Well, yellow green is the complement of red violet and I definitely use those colors.  It could be the perfect accent for something where magenta or fuchsia is the main color.  For now, I'm happy with the spinning!

Arcade

My next spinning project is filled with more familiar colors.  This is Merino/Tencel (50/50) in the Arcade colorway from Greenwood Fiberworks. I spun some Merino Tencel years ago when I was just learning to spin and found it to be super slippery.  Silk has more texture than Tencel.  I avoided it for quite a while, but I decided to give it another try now that I feel more confident in my spinning.  

Arcade

The other thing I'm working on with this braid is moving back and forth evenly across the fiber as I spin.  I didn't split the fiber or do any predrafting (the prep is lovely and really doesn't need it) so if I don't spin each color completely as I come to it, I will muddy the colors.  Spinning evenly back and forth across the end of the fiber is something I need to get better at and hopefully this braid will help me learn.  I'm spinning for a finished, chain plied fingering weight again on this project.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Another Shawl

Forever in Blue Jeans

I decided to cast on another mosaic shawl so I could have another project to alternate with the Letho Cardigan.  I realized that I had some Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in my stash in Natural and Flycatcher Blue which would be perfect for the 4-ever in Blue Jeans shawl. 

I'm just into the mosaic colorwork section now so while the rows are getting long, there's stuff happening and they seem to knit up pretty quickly.  I may change my tune when I get a little farther though!

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

A New Cardigan!

Letho cardigan

I've started a new cardigan and this one is unlike any cardigan I've knit before!  The pattern is Letho and not only is it knit sideways (each half from the cuff to center back and then joined) it's got a lot of other things going on too.  It has brioche and welts and some simple stranded colorwork and mosaic.  All in one sweater!

So far I've started the first sleeve but you can see the brioche on the cuffs (this is my first time working single color brioche) and just above the cuffs are the welts and the simple colorwork sections.  My main color is Squoosh Ultra Worsted in Event Horizon and I'm using Malabrigo Rios in Lettuce and Gris for the contrast colors.  The Lettuce is just used in the welting and the Gris is the colorwork and will be the mosaic later.  The funny thing is I had bought both colors of the Malabrigo for suckers on Levi's tentacles - the Lettuce was the first color I bought but I was afraid it would overwhelm the whole octopus and all you'd see would be tentacles so I ordered the Gris and that's what I used instead.  Now they're being used together in the same cardigan.

The construction and all the different knitting techniques make this an interesting knit, but since the majority of it is solid stockinette, it's not overwhelmingly complex.  I did do a gauge swatch and will be keeping an eye on that as I knit because that seems even more important than usual since I'm working the whole cardigan sideways.

Have a great weekend!

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