Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tidy Mind, Tidy Stitches

How do I organize my yarn stash? Well, here it is.

I have to say that it looks way more organized than it usually does; there is actually a walkway between the totes right now. I went through my stash a few months ago and got rid of a lot of acrylic that I would never use and reboxed and labelled what was left.

Still, I did manage to find a few bags stuck here and there with more wool in them.

But most of my yarn is in totes or boxes labelled by wool, cotton, acrylic, hemp, sock yarn and dishcloth cotton.

This is one of the wool totes. This one has some Noro, some of my own hand dyed wool, Fleece Artist, and some alpaca.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Skill + 1UP

For this post we were to think of a skill in our knitting that is new for us.

Usually every January I decide what my knitting goals will be for the new year. This year I didn't to that. Instead, myself and three other members of the Knitting Goddesses Knitting Guild enrolled in the Master Knitter's Program. I am working my way through Level 1 - slowly but surely!

I am finding it very interesting to take a step back from all the choices we knitters have - two handed fair isle knitting, mosaic knitting, entrelac knitting, knitting socks from the toe up and sweaters from the top down - and going back to the very beginning - garter st, stockinette st and ribbing. The course forces you to look at your knitting with a very critical eye as you knit the swatches that will be submitted for evaluation and to pull out your reference books to research techniques and answer the written part of the program.

There are 3 levels and my goal is to finish them all.

Monday, March 28, 2011

A Tale of Two Yarns

Today is the first day in the Knit and Crochet Blog Week. For today's topic we were to choose two yarns we have used, have in our stash or yearn after and capture what it is we love or loath about them.

But first, a quick cape update. There is only about 3-4" left to knit on the body then on to the front bands and then the collar. As you can see, the stripe pattern is not so striped on the front panels but I have an idea how to fix that at the end.

As for my two yarn choices, I immediately thought of Paton's Kroy and Noro.

I have often said that if I could only buy one yarn it would be Kroy. A couple of summers ago, I made it my mission to buy Kroy in all of the colours that it came in. That could be one of the reasons my sock stash is so large! I love knitting with it, it is washable and it wears extremely well. Most of my socks have been knit with it.

I love Noro for the wonderful colours! I have used it to knit a bag and an entrelac scarf. This yarn is on my shopping list for this weekends yarn shopping trip.

I am such a lucky knitter. This yarn bowl was a wonderful surprise gift tonight. Thanks you so very much!!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mystery KAL

I know the last thing I need right now is to start another project but I couldn't help myself.

Over at nelkindesigns there is a mystery knitalong starting April 1st. I picked out my yarn and beads last night. The yarn is from my stash; On Your Toes sock yarn. The colour is Green Print. The first clue arrives on Friday. It is all very exciting! Now I need to get knitting and finish at least one of my current wips before next weekend.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Back On Track

I am still working on three projects - the cape, the girly shawl and this sock.

Most of my knitting time this past week was spent on the shawl. It is fun to knit and was always the project I pulled out first. The rows are getting longer and longer but that doesn't bother me at all. I could knit this all day long. In fact, I am thinking about using a second ball to make it even bigger.

I am at the point on the cape where I have to cast off sts for the arm openings. This means having to join new balls of yarn on the other side of the openings. So it looks to me like I will have 6 balls of yarn on the go at once since I am knitting with the yarn doubled. This seems like this could be a yarn tangling nighmare and have been avoiding it. But no longer. I am going to tackle this before heading to work this morning.

My sock. I am soooo much happier with this sock now that I have transferred it back onto dpns. That tiny round needle seems to have been the cause of the slow progress. The leg is finished and the heel flap started. I feel like I am finally making some sock progress!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Yesterday was the Knitting Goddesses Knitting Guild meeting. It was lots of fun as always when you are in a room full of knitters!

One of the Goddesses was working on a fair isle Christmas stocking for her son. She had the stocking knit (it is amazing!) and the pattern called for an afterthought heel. Like any of us who are facing cutting their knitting for the first time, she was looking for some support. I had decided that this would be a great "How To" for all the guild members so anyone who wanted to give it a try used a small sample to pick up the stitches, cut and pick up the new live sts.

The rest of the evening was spent knitting, chatting and making plans for a knitting road trip.

Today I managed to fit in some knitting time on my girly shawl.

Tomorrow the kids and I are heading to Toronto for the day. With some luck and bribery, I am hoping to stop into Romni Wools for a quick look around.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Cape Progress

After a quiet Sunday of knitting, this is how the cape looks. I have just one more increase row to knit then it is straight knitting until I reach the arm opening. I am liking this pattern; quick and easy!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

One Project Finished

I have had four projects on the needles this week; the zig zag scarf, Dad's socks, the girly shawl, and the top down cape.

At the beginning of the week I was liking the variety and knitting on what ever project I felt like at the time. Now, I feel like I have been knitting all week and getting no where. The leg is almost knit on the first sock, the girly shawl is getting larger so knitting each row takes some time and it doesn't seem to be getting any bigger at all. I haven't even picked up the cape since Tuesday night; BUT the scarf is finished!

Pattern - my design
Yarn - 1 ball of Knit Picks Bare Swish dyed with Wilton's dyes
Needle - 5mm

I decided to knit the whole ball and join the cast on and cast off edges together and wear it doubled. I am really happy how it turned out. Now on to the cape...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

One More Project

What is one more project on the needles?

This is Wendy Bernard's Not a Poncho City Cape from her book custom knits. I am loving this pattern! It is knit from the top down and is a fairly simple pattern. I am knitting it out of Paton's SWS (2 strands held together) and the colour is natural crimson.

Spring should be around the corner and I am planning on wearing this when it arrives!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Zig Zag Scarf

The other night, this turned into this...

which then became this.....

The zig zag scarf.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Today was a Good Knitting Day!

The day started off by spending the morning at Carrie's Quilting and Knitting store for our Friday morning knitting group. I worked on my sock.

Then a friend and I spent a few hours dyeing some wool.

This is what two of our skeins looked like.

Now I am going to sit down for the rest of the evening and knit. I wish I could spend everyday this way!

Last Night's Find

On the way home from work last night, I stopped at the action sale. I found this box. I didn't have a chance to look through it before I bid on it; I just saw that the a couple of file folders were labeled shawls/afghan and adult sweaters.

What a great find! There was a few books on sewing, macrame and needlework that I am not that interested in but there were also lots of old knitting pattern books for mits, hats, socks, sweaters and afghans plus a tatting book from 1941. I didn't realize that Mary Maxim had printed their own pattern books but I found two of them; one for baby knits and the other for children's sweaters.

These McCall's Needlework magazines were on the bottom of the box. There were a few from the mid 60's, one from 1972 and the oldest was from 1957!

An update on the sock knitting. Slow.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Here is the final version of the snowflake neck warmer. I think I finally came up with a pattern that works.

What is different from the last version? I knit this one close to 2" shorter, added half of the snowflake pattern on the top and bottom of the neck warmer so there are no plain rows and it is lined.

I can't take the credit for the idea of lining it though. While I was knitting the last version, I was showing another knitter how I was knitting a hemmed edge. Her suggestions was to knit the "edge" the whole width so it would be lined and it would also cover the back side of the stranded work. I hadn't thought of that. What a great idea. So, back to the drawing board again and this version was the result.

It is knit out of Paton's Classic Wool. The finished size is approx 21" x 6".

Time to move on to a pair of socks!