Totally Going to Match Fall

Hello Everyone!

How is everyone on this beautiful June day?  I believe it is the first day of summer if I am not mistaken.

I have finished the Bavarian Cable Socks, they came out very nice if I do say so myself.

Bavarian Cable Socks
Bavarian Cable Socks

One thing I will tell you about them, that you can’t really tell unless you look very closely at them is that there are mistakes.  There are the “bumps” I told you about earlier that happened when I was working on them on an airplane and oops, turbulence over Kansas.  But there are others, where I knit where I should have purled and purled where I should have knit. And cabled where I didn’t need to cable and vice versa.  Oh well.  That folks is knitting. We as knitters all encounter that and it is at those times where we must decide if it is worth it to us to stop and fix the mistake or to just keep going and live with it.  Anything ever done my hand is never going to turn out 100 percent perfect, and that is OK.  I knit for me.  I don’t knit for anybody else so for me, its ok if not every project I do is perfect.

That is also what I tell my students, especially the beginners.  Knitting is hard at the beginning and I can see in their eyes that they immediately want to turn out a perfect piece and I tell them that its ok if they don’t.  I always teach them how to identify mistakes, (they usually see them right away anyway) and how to fix them and tell that I myself after knitting for 14 years still make those same mistakes.  It happens, but not to get down on themselves when it does.

Of course, after 14 years, I have learned to identify and fix mistakes and most of the time, I do go back and fix them so I am pretty proud of myself for my mostly flawless work but you must always remember, it is ok to have one or two flubs in your work.  That is what make us human.

So, what I am working on next now that my Bavarian Cable socks are done?  Last night I wound the yarn for and cast on my Rhinebeck Sweater!!!  I am knitting the Gnarled Oak Cardigan by Alana Dakos and as featured in her collaborative book with Hannah Fettig Coastal Knits.  This is a beautifully simple cardigan with a lovely lace and cable detail around the yoke.  I even bought oak branch buttons.  I love this cardigan for Rhinebeck because it is so simple, yet has that lovely detail around the yoke.  I know I can get this done in time for Rhinebeck and not stress about it being perfect, because it is Rhinebeck after all, it must be perfect.  The yarn I chose for this is perfect as well, I think the colors are perfect for fall as they beautifully mimic autumnal colors and trees.  I am using Malabrigo Arroyo in the Piedras Colorway.  It is so many colors of blues and greens and oranges and reds. I think I will totally match fall in is sweater.

The sweater is knit from the bottom up and I am about 3 rows in.  I have 4 months to go so I think I am on track, but I better get back to knitting anyway just in case.

I will talk to you all soon.

-Alexis

Knitting Superstitions

Hello Everyone!

We are back to another wonderful Sunday afternoon.  I have chicken in the slow cooker for tacos tonight and with it a yummy Mango Avocado salsa I made sitting in the fridge.  I can’t wait for dinner.  But its only 3:45 so I have to.

On the knitting front, I am in the middle of the gusset of the second Bavarian Cable sock. I have been knitting it while I finish binge watching Gilmore Girls, I have been steadily watching the whole series for several months and I want to finish before I watch Orange is the New Black.  As you know, Season 3 came out on Friday and it has taken all the restraint I have not to watch it.  But I am almost through Season 6 of Gilmore Girls, so not much left.  Maybe OITNB next weekend.

Yesterday, I went to my LYS, Gourmet Yarn in Oklahoma City and bought yarn for my Rhinebeck Sweater.  I am so EXCITED!!!!  I am not going to tell you what yarn I got or what the pattern is until I have it cast on.  I don’t know, it’s a thing of mine. I don’t like to reveal what I am going to work on until I actually have it cast on.  Its like  knitting superstition or something, like I might jinx it.  But I am very excited about it. I think I will cast it on after I finish the socks because I am not sure how long it is going to take me and I do have a deadline.  I needs to be done my Rhinebeck.  Yes, I am aware that is months away but still…

It does seem weird to me that summer just started and I am about to knit a sweater, but it must get done. Then I guess after that I can do some actual “summer knitting”.

I also have so many other projects I want to knit up.  Need to knit up.  I need knit and make room in my stash before I go.   The thought kind of stresses me out, but it makes me more excited.  And really, can one have too much yarn?  I don’t think so.

And with that I will leave you. Its a short post I know but I’m kind of excited to get back to my sock knitting so I can start on the sweater.

I will talk to you all next week.  Happy knitting!

-Alexis

Welcome to Summer

Well Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone had a nice week and welcome to Summer!  The rain has moved out and the heat has moved in.  I am very much enjoying the sunshine, I get to run after work, it is getting hot and not sure how I will do as it get hotter and the distances on my training schedule get longer but I will tough it out I suppose. Stay hydrated and be careful.  I am not a morning person, so you probably will not see me out before the sun comes up.  It will be an evening thing for me.

When I am not running outside in the heat, I am very much enjoying the AC and ceiling fans and ice cold water while I knit. I am still working on my Bavarian Cable socks.  I turned the heel the other night and am about a chart repeat or two to the cuff ribbing of the first sock.  All depending on the length I want.

Now that it is June I have an exciting announcement.  This October, for the very first time, I am going to Rhinebeck!  I am SOOOOO Excited!  I have never been before and always wanted to go. I am saving up yarn money and have my Rhinebeck sweater all picked out. I just need to buy the yarn.  I was busy yesterday and my LYS is closed on Sunday’s so I will get the yarn next week and let you know what the sweater is when I cast on.  OHHH I am so excited!!!!!  Are any of you going?  Let me know, I would love to meet you.  Only 4 short months away.

That is all I have for you today.  I will talk to you all again next week and please do let me know if you are going to Rhinebeck.

Happy Knitting,

Alexis

Back from Vacation, Back to the Real World

Well Hello Everybody!

I am back from vacation, I went to Las Vegas for a loooong Memorial Day Weekend.  I actually used to live in Las Vegas for a long time, I moved there with my mom when I was a teenager, I even went to high school and college there. Go Rebels!  My mom still lives there, so for me, its really just going home.  I had a great time!  Along with my Mom, I had two Aunts and an Uncle visiting, as well as a cameo appearance by one of my cousins who happens to live in Las Vegas as well.  The weather was beautiful.  Warm and sunny.  A nice break from the rain we have been getting here in Oklahoma.

As for knitting, I finished the Marin Shawl by Ysolda Teague the other night. I can and cannot believe how fast I finished it.  Its like potato chip knitting.  I just couldn’t stop.  Well, its done and finished blocking and beautiful.  It might actually be perfect for a chilly summer evening.

Marin Shawl
Marin Shawl

Because I went on vacation, I needed some good vacation/travel knitting and in my mind that only means one thing.  Socks!  I chose the “Bavarian Cable Socks by Wendy D. Johnson in her Book Socks from the Toe Up. As you know, I am working my way through.  The Bavarian Cable Socks are the last socks in the cable series.  They are a beautiful cable pattern but I am afraid they weren’t the best for flying. We hit turbulence a few times and I was forced to put them down in favor of my book.  But they are great socks for working on when watching TV at night with the family and catching up.  Since I finished my Marin Shawl, I have started to work on them at home and I am almost to the gusset of the first sock.  The are turning out nicely, I even like the few “turbulence” parts, they add a nice story.  “Oh, that gap right there, thats a thunder storm over Kansas.” I am knitting them by the way out of Fiber Optic Yarns Foot Notes in the colorway Razzmatazz.  A beautiful sock yarn I picked up at Maryland Sheep and Wool and few years ago.

While I was in Las Vegas, along with catching up with family and visiting a few old haunts I discovered a new LYS!  Yes!, while I have been gone, a new yarn store opened in Las Vegas.  I just had to check it out. Its called Sin City Knit Shop (SinCityKnitShop.com) and they are almost hidden in a strip mall about 3 miles from the strip.  (Hint: they are across from the Long John Silvers)  When I entered, I was immediately greeted by the owner Debbi, she was so nice and welcoming and happy to have me in my shop.  I was just running around town before I picked my mom up from work so I didn’t have my knitting on me but if I did, I would have stayed awhile with the other nice ladies who were there spending a lovely afternoon knitting and chatting in the shop.  This store had a fabulous selection of yarn.  All sorts of brands, some I had never even heard off.  Click here for a sneak peak of the store. On this particular day, I was specifically looking for sport weight yarn for sport weight socks. (the next chapter in Socks from the Toe Up).  Natalie who also worked there helped me find all sorts of wonderful things.   She was very helpful and I found out, a designer. She has some wonderful patterns that I have been eyeing on Ravelry. Click here for her Ravelry page.  She is very talented.

Anyway, Whenever you are in Las Vegas, forget the strip. Head straight to Sin City Knit Shop.  Debbie and Natalie are wonderful, and wouldn’t you rather spend your vacation knitting anyway. I know I would.

My haul from Sin City Knit Shop.
My haul from Sin City Knit Shop.

 

Well, that is all I have for today.  I know this was a long post, but I had so much to talk about from my vacation.

Talk you next time.

-Alexis

 

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