Special Project and Almost Summer

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone had a good last week and stayed safe in the weather.  It is typical spring here in Oklahoma which makes for some exciting weather watching.

I know you have all waited long enough. My special project is ready to be unveiled. ::Drumroll:: I taught a summer scarf workshop at one of the libraries I teach at.  It was just a simple summer scarf that I had learned long ago and I taught it to my students.  It is so easy. You cast on an odd number of stitches. K1, *YO, K2TOG* and there you go.  A scarf.  and some knitting lingo for all my non-knitting readers.  The yarn I used in the picture below is Ella Rae, Lace Merino Worsted in the color 10.  But I just recommend my student use any worsted they liked and size 9 to 10.5 needles.   Of course any weight yarn and size needles would work just as well.

Summer Scarf on Chair

My Feathernest Raglan is also finished blocking and it Fits! I am so happy that it fits! It now resting comfortably in my sweater trunk.

I am still working on my Marin Shawl by Ysolda Teague.  It’s almost like popcorn knitting.  I keep on wanting to get a bit further, I am right in the center now working on the short rows and it is coming along nicely.

I am also blocking my Willington Simple Raglan shawl.  I will take a picture when it dries. I am excited to get to wear it.  However, with summer fast approaching, I am not so sure when that will be.

As summer is almost here, and when the rain and tornadoes stay away, I have been running.  And what do I listen to while I run you may ask?  Well, I listen to knitting podcasts of course.  Listening to music just throws me off my pace and knitting podcasts are the perfect distraction from the cramps in my feet and legs and the heat and that fact that sometimes running, although I like it, it just hard. Right now I am listening to The Commuter Knitter Podcast.  I just started listening to her and I love it.  I am very behind though, the episodes I downloaded started in January of this year.  I will need to catch up, which is what is so great about listening to podcasts while running, it is great podcast catchup time.  Other podcasts I listen to are Knitmore Girls, Stash and Burn, CogKNITive, Down Cellar Studios, and Yarnings.  I love all these podcasts as I like the personalities of each individual podcaster, its like I’m with running with a friend while we talk about knitting.  Anyone else have any other good podcast recommendations?

Oh, and one more thing before I go, last week I was alerted to this fact by one of my wonderful Twitter followers that I had a typo in my blog link when I shared it.  I am very sorry to all of you who were not able to access my post last week because of it.  But, you can always subscribe to my blog and have it conveniently delivered to your inbox whenever I post. That way you won’t have to worry about my pesky typos, of which I am known for.

Thank you again for stopping by and reading and on that note, I will be on vacation next week so I won’t be posting but stay tuned for the week after when I talk about my vacation knitting and all the other fun stuff I did.

Talk to you all soon and happy knitting!

-Alexis

Can’t Put Down the Needles

Hello Everyone!

Well, I finished it and I have proof.  I blocked it and everything.  I finished my Feathernest Raglan!  As you know I have been done for a while now but I finally have it blocked, and that to me is officially done. The raglan pattern was difficult and time consuming and not something to work on while watching a good movie or your favorite tv show.  But after looking at the sweater laying on the bed blocking it is all worth it.  The pattern is beautiful, I just hope it fits.

Totally worth it.
Totally worth it.

 

I also finished the Willington Simple Raglan Shawl but I just didn’t have room to block it this weekend.  I will block it next weekend and promise to have pictures.

My new project that I started last night is Marin by Ysolda Teague,  I am knitting it with Mama Zooma hand knits Guppa yarn in the colorway Lipstick Smudge.  I bought this yarn a few years ago at Kamp KIP. That was such a fun time. The color is great and the ply of the yarn add such great texture to the shawl. This pattern is addictive it looks complicated with a large scalloped edge, but it is really neat to watch it practically shape itself as you knit.

I also have been trying to knit all day but I just have not been able to.  I hate that you know, all you want to do is knit but you have errands, chores and you just can’t, and if you are like me, you just can’t put down the needles.

Ok, that is all I have for today.  I will talk to you next time.  Happy knitting!

My Favorite Color is Rainbow

Hello Everyone!

Since I finished my Feathernest Raglan sweater last week I started work on a new shawl. Which, by the way, I am almost done with.  It is the Willington Simple Raglan Shawl by Tian Connaughton.  It is a fantastically simple shawl, perfect for tv knitting or for me, knitting after I have just finished something very intensive.  You just increase every other row until you get to a certain number of stitches on your needles and then do a simple edging, which is what I am right in the middle of.  I am knitting this shawl in Malabrigo Rios in the colorway Arco Iris.  I cannot tell you exactly what color it is as the color is rainbow.  It is GORGEOUS!  So many different colors, all the color of the rainbow dyed in the vivid color saturation that only Malabrigo can do.  I don’t even see actual colors in this yarn like green or red, I see grass, sunset, sunrise, box of crayons. BRIGHT, VIVID purples, pinks and oranges. I see autumn leaves.  This shawl is going to be a favorite I just know it. So may colors.  You can see a picture of the gorgeous colors here on my Instagram

As this shawl is almost done, I will probably end up blocking it next weekend and have proper pictures for you then, along with my Feathernest Raglan sweater.  I have had a busy weekend so next weekend will have to be a blocking party.  I hope I have enough room to block them both.

Ok, I must go and finish this shawl.

Happy knitting everyone.

-Alexis

 

Marathon

Hello All,

Well, its done, my race season is done.  I’m calling it my race season because I was crazy enough to sign up for 3 5K’s in the course of a month.  WHY?!?!?!?!  But it’s done. It finished today with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. You can see a picture of my tired smile on my Instagram page, you can also follow me. I love new Instagram followers.

Now that my race season is over with for a few months at least I can concentrate on other things.  Like Knitting!  Well, lets see. I am ALMOST done with the Feathernest Raglan.  I literally have an inch and a half left to go on the second sleeve cuff.  I am so excited to almost be done with it, now I have a beautiful new sweater to wear next fall and winter.

I’m not sure what I will knit next.  I’m thinking a shawl.  I will have to look in my Ravelry que and see what jumps at me.  I have so many patterns in my Ravelry que and favorites.   I would also like to knit up a few more hexi-puffs in the near future also.

Last weekend I had a 5K in Springfield, MO, about a 4 hour drive from here. I drove part of the way the way there, but when I wasn’t driving I was knitting. I got 6 hexi-puffs done.  In case you don’t know, a hexi-puff is a quilt piece for the Bee Keepers Quilt pattern by Tiny Owl Knits.  You can see it here.  You make the hexi-puffs of leftover sock yarn and you sew them all together to make quilt.  The pattern calls for stuffing them but I am leaving them unstuffed.  I want to make a blanket big enough for a throw or to go on a queen sized bed.  I figure I need 500, I have about 150 right now.  Definitely a work in progress.

Well, that is all I have for today.  I have a cup of coffee by my side and am just enjoying my relaxing Sunday.  Maybe I will finish that sweater.

Talk to you soon & Happy knitting!

-Alexis

Various and Sundry

Hello All!

Happy Sunday, I think I have had a very productive weekend so far.  Just today, I got a run in.  We have some lakes in our neighborhood and I love when I run to see ducks in peoples front yards. Its so cute and charming.  I also baked some strawberry muffins.  I had some strawberries left over from Easter brunch so I thought muffins would be perfect.  I also got some gardening done.

I am really liking the fact that after renting for so long I can do thing with this house to really make it ours.  The hubs and I both have races coming up in the next few weeks so we are putting off a lot of our fixing up until those are over.  Then we will be painting and planting and who knows what else.

My gardening today consisted of cutting a few dead branches of bushes off and taking out some plants that didn’t make through the winter.  I’m also not exactly of fan of a lot of prairie grass as landscaping.  I think I will put roses there later.  There, I said it. The grass did look a little dead, but really I’m not a fan of big tall stalks of grass as bushes and decoration in flower beds. Sorry to those who are.

As for knitting, since this is a knitting blog. This morning I finished #2 of 3 special knitting projects.  They are quick knits.  I will tell you that I am knitting them for one of the classes I teach. We are doing a summer knitting workshop so this special project is very well suited towards beginner knitters and a great summer project.  I will revel all after the workshop in May.

I really like teaching.  I teach once a month at 2 different libraries in town.  These classes a apart of their adult ed program so they are in the evening and most of the times when I teach I am tired from a long day of work and really just want to go home. But a soon as I start teaching I get this energy.  Its a great feeling helping these people learn to knit and really sharing my passion.  Wow that sounds corny but it is true. I love knitting and when I see someone’s eyes light up because they are learning a new stitch or how to knit for the first time it really makes me feel good.  I always end up leaving class with just a little more energy.

Well, that is all I have for you today.

I have a race next week and the weekend after so not sure if I will get to chat but look for me on twitter @knittingbf and I’m sure you will find me, I will try to post often.

Happy knitting.

-Alexis

The Return

Hello Everyone!

Its back!!!!! Its back its back its back!!!! I am sooo excited!!!!! It has returned!!!!! My love of knitting has returned!!!!  I fell like I could knit and knit and knit and never stop!  It feels so good to that my love is back!

Well, it never really left.  I was in a little bit of fatigue with my knitting. I honestly think it was that sweater I am still working on. I am a little less than half done with the second sleeve.  While it is a pretty sweater, the herringbone pattern is impressive, it is just a bit tedious I guess.  If the plot of the movie or show I’m watching gets a bit too involved I get off track of the pattern very easily.  Not to mention knitting sleeves on dpn’s gives me a cramp in my thumb.  I think its the extra weight of the sweater below me, I’m holding on the needles extra tight.

Anyway, I have had to put my sweater down for a bit to work on a special project for the class I teach. I went to my LYS, Gourmet Yarn in Oklahoma City yesterday to get yarn for it. (I have a huge stash, but any excuse to get more yarn) and cast on last night and my love has returned.  I can knit all day, I don’t want to put it down.  My love is back. Its sad really that my love ebbed a bit. It is such a pretty sweater and LOVE knitting, but I guess with all things it happens.  I finish the sweater as soon as my special project is done ( I will also let you know what that is) and I will be very proud.

That is all I have for today. I will talk to you all soon.  Happy knitting!

-Alexis

Seeing Progress

Hello Everyone!  I hope you are all getting and enjoying all the sunshine and beautiful spring weather that we are having here in Oklahoma.  I am LOVING it! Its hard to believe we got snow a week ago. Today I went to the park and went for a run.  I have a race next Sunday, the first race I have had in a year. I’m a little nervous and a lot excited. I ran 2.5 miles today which is pretty darn good if you ask me. During my training I think I stopped running for 3 weeks just because we moved. I had so much else going on and yes, like knitting, running is a major stress reliever, but at the end of the day, moving just takes it all out of you and you just want to sit on the couch and do nothing or sleep.

As for knitting, I am still working on the Feathernest Raglan by Amy Miller. It is coming along very nicely. I am half way through the first sleeve and was hoping to finish a sleeve this weekend, but I’m not sure if that will happen.  The think about this pattern is is that it does require some concentration on the herringbone pattern so you really can’t be watching a show that you are too involved in.  Like the season finale of Downton Abbey that you have had on your DVR for 2 weeks. I kind of just gave up and watched Downton.  Ooooh, I loved how it ended!

Like I said earlier moving and getting this house set up has taken a lot of time and energy but we are really coming along. We had a trip to Dallas to IKEA last weekend and we hung pictures this weekend. My offices is also really starting to come along and become the sanctuary and creative space I want it to be.

Well, that is all for today, I will let you all know about the progress of the Feathernest pullover and my race soon, and on Twitter. @knittingbf if you don’t already follow.

Talk to you all later and happy knitting.

-Alexis

In the 85% Zone

Why Hello There!

Well, I am happy to say, we are 90% moved in to our new house. Well, ok, maybe 85%. I hate moving. You never know how much stuff you have until you have to move it. And honestly, I’m not a hoarder or anything, but I have a lot of stuff. Yarn, books, other knitting stuff, clothes, shoes, cooking things. AHHHAHAHAAHH!!!!!! Just thinking about it give me anxiety.  I think I need those experts from the Hoarders show to help me.  Ok, its not THAT bad, but it feels like it.   I am getting there. One day at a time.  And yes, there have been a lot of bags of trash and boxes to Goodwill in between. And a few more growing piles to donate.

I am sitting in my new office writing to you. I have commandeered a bedroom and I am happy. I have been sharing my office with guest room for the past 2 years and I am happy I have room all to myself dedicated to my creative pursuits.

While, it is obvious I have not written to you in a few weeks, I have been knitting. It has been a sweet escape from the craziness of getting this house together.  I finished the Thyri Pullover by Hiliary Smith Callis, and this lovely Oklahoma February weather even let me wear it to work the other day.  We have had show the past 2 days which has made a great excuse for me to sit and do nothing this weekend.  The only thing I don’t like about this sweater is it makes my boobs look huge. Seriously, my boobs aren’t that big.

Thyri Pullover
Thyri Pullover

My new project is the Feathernest Raglan by Amy Miller, also featured in the Winter 2014 edition of Interweave Knits.  It was a little confusing at first with the pattern and the increases around the neck but I figured it out. I am almost done with the body.  The  pattern is getting easier and I am able to watch my favorite shows while knitting.  I.e. Downton Abbey, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, the season finale of How to Get Away with Murder and a little binge watching of Season 3 of House of Cards. Yes, that has been my life and my escape. Good tv and knitting. But really, as long as I have my knitting, I don’t care what is on TV. Oh, I am knitting this sweater in the same yarn I used for the Thyri, I had plenty!  Shelridge Farm Soft Touch DKW in the Cardinal color way.

Well, I am looking out my office window at the snow melting off the roofs. As much as love seasons and winter and the ability to wear all my hand knits. I really can’t wait for spring.  I am over this cold weather.

Well, I will talk to you all soon. I promise.

-Alexis

Progress

Hello Everyone!

I am making progress on my Thyri Pullover.  You can see my progress on my Instagram page. this latest picture was taken on Thursday.  I am working on the first sleeve now. I decided to add the green to the ribbing on the bottom of the sweater and will put it on the ribbing on sleeves.  I have just enough red yarn for two sweaters, but I needed to get creative and add that extra color just in case.  I like to color contrast. I think it really pops!

Earlier in the week I signed up for my second 5K this spring.  So I got motivated and realized I had to start training.  I am running 3 times a week and while I run I have been listening to knitting Podcasts. I love it.  I love to run, but listening to the podcasts is a nice distraction from hills and out of breath and wind and when I go to the gym, the boringness (is that word) of the treadmill.  I’m catching up with Brenda Dayne and Cast On now.  I love her. She has such calm voice and seems to research and really go into the details of her knitting, the yarn and the artist behind the guests she has on.  I also love her stories of West Wales and the village she lives in.

Ok, well, with the Thyri Pullover and running that is really all I have to report.

I will talk to you all soon and stay tuned to my Twitter @knittingbf and Instagram for progress pics. I will try to update regularly.

I will talk to you all soon and happy knitting.

 

Selfish Knitting Rampage!

Hello Everyone!

Well, the Christmas knitting is over!  I knit 2 Good Medicine Cowls for my cousins which they LOVED!!!  The Christmas lights were finished about a week before Christmas and made a lovely festive addition to the mantel and Christmas decor.  Since the Christmas knitting has finished I have been on a selfish knitting rampage, I will have a nice little gallery of my knitting for you below.  I started with the Mock Cable socks from Socks From The Toe Up book by Wendy D. Johnson.  I knit these in Fiber Optic Yarns Foot Notes in the colorway Bordello, a sexy red.  I thought the name was so me. I got the yarn a few years ago when I went to Maryland Sheep and Wool.  I then decided I needed to do something with my Noro, so I knit another pair of Waiting for Winter Socks by Susan B. Anderson, I love her patterns and her blog. I think I used Noro Kureyon.  I threw the band away. But look below, aren’t  they pretty?  and very warm. My husband was nice enough to be the and model for me in this photo shoot.  Do you see a pattern of small knitting?  Next I knit the Welted Toque by Melissa LaBarre as featured in Weekend Hats, by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre.  I knit this with Cascade Yarns Heritage 150.  Its a sock weight yarn but its a thick sock weight and I just made it work for size 5 needles. I finished this hat on New Year’s eve and just got around to blocking it today.  I will photograph and share with you all later.

Whew! I was really knitting the last few weeks of 2014. Well, now, I guess I have slowed down a little.  I have gone from small projects to big.  Yesterday, I cast on a sweater.  The Thyri Pullover by Hilary Smith Callis to be exact. This pattern is featured in the Winter 2014 issue of Knitscene. Its actually the sweater on the cover.  It looks so comfy!  The sweater is knit top down and I am still on the yoke.  I am knitting this out of Shelridge Farm Soft Touch DKW yarn. Again, purchased a few years ago at Maryland Sheep and Wool.  I am knitting is out of the colorway Cardinal.  A bright red the color of its namesake, the Cardinal.  As I look at my sweater chest I needs more sweaters so I am concentrating on building up my collection. More pullovers and cardigans.

I hope you enjoy the lovely gallery of my knitting adventures these past few weeks.  Its also an effort to work down my stash.

I will talk to you all soon.

-Alexis

Waiting for Winter Mitts
Waiting for Winter Mitts
Mock Cable Socks
Mock Cable Socks
Good Medicine Cowl
Good Medicine Cowl
Christmas Lights
Christmas Lights