Fiber Friday | 6.22.18

Fiber Friday | 6.22.18

Rage knitting is becoming a thing, thanks to the efforts of the current regime in the White House. That rage makes seed stitch just fly and the collar of my Vodka Lemonade is done, and I am working my way though the raglan increases.

It’s a good thing there is no shortage of knitting projects here, because the rage is not relenting for the atrocities being done to migrating families by this nation. I will be casting on KK’s MKAL shawl today as well. And, despite the rage, each stitch I knit holds my meditations for these families. The stitches also are filled with hope because despite what the Orange Idiot and his compatriots do, humanity has not died. It is evident in all the organizations that are mobilizing to help these families, it is evident in the funds being raised to help the victims, and it is evident when people go out in the night to stand with these victims.

Are you rage knitting too? How about a link or two in case you need a new pattern to start?

Rose Spring Cardigan… lovely shoulder shaping, and interesting details!

Selja makes me think my summer linen knitting is not over yet!

I LOVE Merry Bear!

And, finally…Saunders Poncho Mini

That is all I have this week. I am off to get some blood work done as a precursor for a doctor visit next week. Steve is taking a vacation day, so a mini staycation is in store for us! Have a great weekend and I will see you all back here on Monday!

Fiber Friday | 6.15.18

Fiber Friday | 6.15.18

I got to the “try on and see” point with my Eavesdrop last night and I think it needs another inch of length…and so I knit on. But!! The end is near!

This weekend has no long list of things to get done, but rather a manageable list. You know, the kind of list that makes you feel like you did something and still had time to do nothing? Yeah, that list.

Included on that list is to wind up this skein of Briar Rose Fiber’s Joyful which will become another Beekeeper Cowl, which I am test knitting for Marie Greene. I have one in process and think that this will make lovely Christmas gifts and I can easily get 2 cowls out of this skein. The pattern is super easy to memorize, making it the perfect “mindless” knit! I believe the pattern will be released soon, you can stay tuned here because I will most certainly link the pattern here once it is released!

Now, how about a link or two?

Quince & Co. Willet 2018 Collection is beautiful.

Night Sky is also gorgeous!

Being Here is a nice mix of texture making it the perfect summer wrap.

Joji’s Cathedral Wrap is beautiful, and a lovely construction – you knit each half and then graft them together.

That is all I have for the week! I hope your weekend is full of good things and I will see you back here on Monday!

Fiber Friday | 6.8.18

Fiber Friday | 6.8.18

I don’t know if it felt this way for you, but this week just flew by for me! It was a week with lots of outside activity and not much done at all inside. I hope to remedy that today, although I should work outside a bit more this morning because we have rain showers in the forecast for the afternoon!

All that outside work made for sporadic knitting time, although I am almost ready for my fifth skein of Sparrow, so even though it does not feel like I am making progress I am!

However, all this outside work has been a boon to my audio book listening which gives me my first BINGO on my card! It feels so good and my brain is just full of all the good reads of the past week. Oh, and I want to give you all a heads up… Goodreads is doing a give away for Ondaatje’s Warlight. You can enter here! Really… do it! NOW! It is such a wonderful book! You can also get a glimpse of where I am going on my card and I am so excited for this summer’s planned reading!

Now, how about some links to kick off the weekend?

First up, Karen Templer of Fringe Association wrote an excellent post sharing an introduction to sweater knitting. If you have shied away from sweater knitting but want to dip your toes in, this is an excellent article with great information and she even links to four patterns that would be a good start!

And, so because sweater knitting is just so darned satisfying…this week there were some lovely sweaters released! Ombre Tank Redux is a lovely summery knit, or perhaps Sayer which is so classic.

Like yoked sweaters? Wool & Honey, Kronblad, and Yume

Kid Knitting is so satisfying and Carnival as a fade is really fun or perhaps the simplicity of Stella Eve

If you love colorwork, Udamo Cowl is really gorgeous!

I love Svetlana’s Autumn palette, but it looks like summer waves to me!

Finally, I have been long debating with myself about KK’s Summer MKAL. I have decided I will knit it, but I will be using stash to do so. You can still buy the pattern at a discount through the start of the MKAL; which is still two weeks away in case you are wondering!

That is all I have for today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Fiddly Bits

Fiddly Bits

I am now in the “easy flow” of Eavesdrop, I have finished the sequence parts, the increase parts, and the Horizontal Stitch parts! I will just say that horizontal stitching with linen is not something for the faint of heart! I got it done, but it too the better part of an afternoon and all evening! I now have 13 inches (or there about) of stockinette to do. Translation… easy, peasy knitting!

I am also contemplating my next knit and I need to swatch, so I am ready to cast on. Why the rush? Well, I want to have this close to done so I can squeeze in Marie Greene’s 4 Day KAL. So, I am focused on getting Eavesdrop done, which means some monogamous daily knitting.

However, all the planting is done, the garden beds are all in fairly good shape which means I have no real distractions to keep me from knitting! I doubt I can have it done by Monday but maybe…

How about some links to welcome June!

Summer sweater knitting should be a thing so I have some ideas for you: Hvide Sande or La Lancia or Latitude or Congrats are all fingering-ish weight sweaters and all are so cute!

In the summer sweater knitting vein…#makenine2018 on IG continues to inspire me! The creativity!! This and this… both caught my eye yesterday and the urge to swatch is strong!

I have always been obsessed with Koigu and their Pencil Box Collection is wonderful!

For the shawl knitters out there: I love Walk your Way and Areas is really interesting as well. And, if you like texture…Bobble Diamond Shawl is fascinating. Also, TTL Summer MKAL shawl is up for sale this morning!

Finally, building blocks for Fair Isle lovers!

That is all I have for this week! Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!

Fiber Friday | 5.25.18

Fiber Friday | 5.25.18

Not much knitting progress has been made on my Eavesdrop I am about 20 rows from the “suggested sleeve divide” but I am off on row gauge, so I will measure then to see how many more rows I will need to do. However, Sherman’s surgery was successful! Now we just wait for the biopsy results, but the vet was most hopeful and so are we! Thank you all for your thoughts for Sherman! He is most appreciative and so are we!

Friday’s that begin a long weekend are even sweeter, aren’t they? We got most of our garden in yesterday while Sherman was gone, and I just have a few pots to finish today.

Outside of that, we have no major plans for the weekend at all and that feels just perfect!

Now, how about some links!

First up, the knitters are in solidarity with Flint, Michigan. There is an amazing 11-year-old girl who is making things happen in her community and Thea Coleman noticed and Water is her latest “take a stand” pattern. 100% of the proceeds are being donated to her GoFundMe campaign ($3k as of this typing!) So, if you do nothing else this weekend, buy this hat pattern and support a very good cause!

Alicia Plummer also has a pattern that is supporting Flint with 10% of the proceeds from the sales of Real Life

These bird socks are just too cool!

The Seven Sisters is my favorite from the By Hand: Making Communities book.

Churchmouse Yarns Chevron Lace Scarf is FREE!

Blacker Yarns Trym Vest is also free and has a multitude of possibilities!

I love a yoked sweater, and Hap Yoke is different and so beautiful!

Laine Magazine, Issue 5 is now out and there are several gorgeous patterns in it!

That’s all I have for this week! Have an awesome weekend and I will be back with a short post on Monday!

P.S. Summer Book Bingo begins TOMORROW!! There is still time to join in the fun!

Fiber Friday | 5.18.18

Fiber Friday | 5.18.18

Houston, we have bind off!

Yes, that’s right… Lucinda, she is finished!! She just needs a bit of a soak, some very minor blocking, and a few ends woven in! Look for better pictures next week! All the details are on my project page on Ravelry.

Now… let the swatching begin! Apparently, it is the Summer of Orange for my knitting, perhaps this will make it easy to fill my “With a cover that matches a current WIP” bingo square!

I will be up early tomorrow to watch all the hoopla surrounding the Royal Wedding tomorrow morning, so I need to have my swatching done! Meghan and Prince Harry will give me a good chunk of knitting time! If you are interested in watching the wedding tomorrow Kwizgiver has all the deets here!

Now, how about some links? This week, it’s all about texture!

Starting with Marie Greene’s 4-day KAL of her Beekeeper Cardigan! While there are no images of the cardigan up on Ravelry yet, they will be up next week. And, she did share some of the details: “The cardigan has simple, all-over texture. No lace, no cables. Top-down, seamless construction.”

Lea is lovely

Not up for sweater knitting? Joji’s Bark Lines is wonderful!

And finally, I love the simplicity of Elizabeth Smith’s Castaway

That is all I have for this week, have a wonderful weekend and I will see you all back here on Monday!

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