Special Project Accomplished

Hello everyone!

Well, as I mentioned last time we talked I was working on a special project that I wasn’t ready to tell you about yet.  Well, the special project is now finished.

I think I have mentioned before that teach knitting at the library twice a month.  A few months ago, one of the libraries I teach at asked if I would be willing to do a knitting workshop for the holidays.  I was honored and agreed. As many of my students are beginners I decided to go with a wash cloth, something easy they could get started in the workshop and confidently finish in their own time. And a wash cloth is something they can keep for themselves or give away as a holiday gift. I had 6 students show up to my class, 3 had never knit before. The 3 beginners caught on beautifully and I’m excited to see how their washcloth is going.  The other 3 students are regulars in my class and were very helpful to the beginners.  That is what I love about knitting. I have never met a mean knitter or a knitter who was unwilling to help another knitter learn.  I have also seen 2 of the students i class and their progress and I am thrilled!  I love teaching. It makes me feel so good that I am helping other people learn and get excited about something I love.

Some examples of my wash cloths while they were blocking.

Some examples of my wash cloths while they were blocking.

Now that my special project is over and the holiday’s are quickly approaching. I am busily working on my holiday gift knitting. I won’t mention what I am working on  but I really do hope to get it done by Christmas this time.

I also wanted to show you something else this quite special. I forgot to tell you that when I was in Colorado I went the LYS there, Tangle on Main Street in Grand Junction, Colorado. They are a combo yarn store and fabric store and everyone is so nice.  I of course had to restrain myself but I couldn’t help purchasing a few skeins. One Skein, the bright pink is from Bludamsel Fiber Works and is handspun in the Grand Junction area.  I’m not sure if she has an Etsy store or not, but I am excited to turn this yarn into something fabulous. The green and grey skeins are from Luna Grey Fiber Arts, click for their Etsy shop and are hand dyed in Grand Junction. Again, so excited to knit these into something. They are each 400 yards fingering weight so that should be easy finding something perfect.

Colorado Yarn.

Colorado Yarn.

Also at the Wine festival there was a booth from Shooting Star Ranch Alpacas. An Alpaca ranch in Palisade, Colorado. I had to buy a few skeins.  (the white one in the picture) My aunt sent me a few skeins for Christmas one year and they are not my favorite mittens.

Ok, that is all for today.  Its supposed to snow so I am going to get a new cup of coffee and watch it come down.

Special Projects

Hello Everyone!

Just a quick note so you know I haven’t dropped the face of the planet. I have been working on a special project lately that I can’t tell you about right now, but after the first I will tell you all about it. It’s a big and exciting project. Parts I have never tackled before but I am excited.

After the special project I am working on now. I need to start my Christmas knitting. I know who I want to knit for and I think I know what I want to knit but I will let you now when I cast on.  Wow!  The holidays come faster every year!  I honestly already do feel like I am behind on my Christmas knitting. And I probably already am.

Ok, Its time I put my laundry away and work on my special project. It kind of has a deadline.  Partly me imposed, the project doesn’t have to be all done by November 1st, but I would like it if it is.

Talk to you all later.

-Alexis!

Travel Knitting

Hello Everyone!

Well, it has been awhile hasn’t it?  I have been traveling, and out and about all over the place.  I have been doing a lot of knitting however and I am excited to tell you all about it.

I finished the Ricardito Cowl and finally blocked it today.  I love it, it is the perfect length and the endless cables were worth it!  It looks more complicated than it actually was.

Ricardito Cowl

Ricardito Cowl

In the past month I have been traveled twice, and taken travel knitting with me.  I went to Corpus Christi, TX for Labor Day weekend and started the “I Heart Toe-Up Socks” at the airport.  I am knitting these out of Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply Fingering in what I’m pretty sure is colorway “Gotta Love Me”. I couldn’t find the colorway on the website but I’m pretty sure that is what the colorway is. It hand-painted with oranges, purples, reds and greens. I actually wasn’t thinking of it when I started knitting the socks because it was the end of the summer, but now that fall is here and fall is my favorite season, I am naming these socks “I Love Fall” socks.  The colors are what I think of when I think of fall.  Warm and pumpkin-y.

I Love Fall Socks

I Love Fall Socks

I also just got back from visiting family and a wine festival in Colorado and started the “Traditional Gansey” socks in Manos Del Uruguay Alegria in the colorway Columbina.  Its White with spots of hand dyed colors throughout, like dye was painted on sections of the skein.

Traditional Gansey Socks

Traditional Gansey Socks

Ok, yes, I am still going through the Socks From The Toe Up book by Wendy D. Johnson, I think I am almost done with the Gansey section.  But we are getting into hand knit sock season so I need all I can get.  Now that I am back from my traveling I am working on finishing both socks.  I am almost done with the “I Love Fall” and will finish the “Traditional Gansey” after.

Ok, That’s all I have for today.  I will talk to you al soon.

Happy Knitting.

-Alexis

One Track Mind

Hello everyone!

Well, its 100 degrees and the A/C, pool and frozen drinks are my friends.  Frozen drinks and the pool go hand in hand, but you know that while I am sitting comfy in the A/C of my house there has been a lot of knitting going on. I think in my last post I mentioned I finished the Traveling Vines Scarf by Crystal Flanagan and the Purpureus Shawl by Maria Leigh, and you were all waiting with bated breath for the pictures so here they are.

Purpureus Shawl

Purpureus Shawl

Right now I am working on Ricardito, a lovely cabley cowl by Heather Zoppetti for Manos del Uruguay yarns, and that is what I am using, Manos del Uruguay Maxima in the colorway Sand. I found this yarn at Hill Country Weavers when we were in Austin, TX for Memorial Day. I was unsure if I even wanted it because I didn’t know what I would knit it into, but the lovely ladies there found me a the pattern for just that yarn.  That’s why I love going to that store every time I am in Austin, they are so nice there and will bend over backwards to find you the perfect yarn, pattern or both. But I digress, I’m not even sure this yarn is dyed. It it just a soft natural off-white color. The one-ply is perfect for the cables and stitch variations.  I like knitting it, but I swear I am cabling every other row and progress seems slow.  I am on the second pattern repeat at least.

Traveling Vines Scarf

Traveling Vines Scarf

My interests lately do seem to be on just one track, I am currently reading Stephanie Pearl McPhee’s Free Range Knitter. I swear, except for the parenting stuff, this woman is writing about me. My obsession with knitting, my abnormally large stash, how I think and am sure, non-knitters see me. This gal is writing about me. I love her, I have been following her on Twitter and reading her blog for sometime and had her books downloaded on my Kindle but never actually read them. Wow, I love this book.  If you haven’t already read anything from her, you absolutely must!  She is hilarious, and entertaining and I think not just me but all knitters will be able to relate to her stories.

Well, I must go so I can get some chores done if I want guilt free knitting time this evening.

Talk to you all soon.

-Alexis

Beautiful

Hello All,

Just a quick note to say hi!

I finished a shawl today.  It was quick. I swear, I’m not used to getting shawls done so quick.  I knit the Purpureus Shawl by Maria Leigh as featured in KnitScene Winter 2013 Issue.  I used Malabrigo Sock in the colorway Stonechat, its this hand painted Red/Green combo without looking Christmas-y.  I think it is a beautiful shawl for any occasion and the is thin in width, so it would easily pull off as a scarf.

It seems odd to me though that in the picture in the magazine the ruffles look bigger.  I swear I followed the directions and did 4 repeats of the pattern on the ruffle 4 times as suggested.  And honestly, my ruffles look smaller.  They do.  I like the ruffles in the picture in the magazine, but I also really like the way my scarf tired out.  Its long, has nice ruffles and pretty color.  The shawl is blocking now so pictures to come soon.  Its also odd that the pattern calls for 2 skeins of 439 yd yarn and I only used 1 skein of 440 yd yarn.  And I didn’t even use all of it.  The shawl is long enough.  I haven’t measured it to see if it is the called for length, but it looks long enough for me.

I guess the whole point of this entry today is that is what is wonderful about knitting.  It doesn’t ever have to be perfect.  As long as you like it, you did a good job.  One of the many reasons I love knitting.

Ok, that is all I have for today.

I will talk to you all soon.  Enjoy your knitting!

-Alexis

A Finished Project and Something to Put it in.

Hello everyone!

Oh my, in the past few weeks I have been busy knitting. I finished my Tappen Zee and sewed buttons on it this morning.  I got the beautiful vintage buttons from one of my favorite  stores on Etsy, Reginasstudio, She as an amazing array of vintage buttons, other vintage sewing supplies including trim, and a ton more.  I could spend hours in her store.  She also is so sweet and wraps your trinkets up so nicely, its like a present when you get them in the mail.

Tappen Zee

Also this morning I finished the Traveling Vines Scarf by Cari Luna made with Cephalopod Yarns Skinny Bugga in Sharpshooter Leafhopper.  (Pictures to come).  I think I mentioned earlier that this is a perfect fall color and will be great fall accessory.  Now I have no idea what I am going to knit next, most likely some hexi-puffs will be done tonight.

With all these hand knits I have finished throughout the years I am running out of room on where to put them.  So a few weeks ago my wonderful husband built me a trunk to put them in. I even had a hand in the construction.

DSCN0039After he stained it, I de-stressed it and also painted the insides a bright turquoise.  I even went out last weekend and bought some antique handles.  I love the look of the trunk and even though I had run out of room in my dresser to place my hand knits, once I transferred them to the trunk there is still plenty of room for more.

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I guess I better get knitting.

Handles before they went on

I will talk to you all next time.

-Alexis

 

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Summertime……

And the livin’s easy…..

Hello Everyone!

Here it is the middle of summer, and I hope you are all enjoying it.  I am. Honestly, I have been spending my weekend in our pool.  A small inflatable pool we bought the just perfectly fits the two of us or me while I quietly read a book in the sunshine. Cant beat that.

There has been times that A/C has been wonderful and yes, knitting has gotten done in those times. Last weekend (4th of July weekend) The hubs and I went hiking in the Oklahoma panhandle. Yes, at the very tip of the panhandle on the borders of New Mexico and Colorado are some mountains, and intact Black Mesa, which is the highest point in Oklahoma.  It was a wonderful road trip, we stayed in New Mexico, explored, hiked and had a wonderful time.  On this long road trip to and fro, I did even get some knitting done.  I got 6 hexi-puffs done. I have over 100 now.  Here is just a sample of one of the hexi-puffs I finished.

I think in my last blog I mentioned I finished my Miami Beach Shawl.  It came out beautiful.  The pink is so perfect and vibrant.  It may be a few months before I wear it but I am excited.

Miami Beach Shawl

Right now I am working on the Tappen Zee Cardigan by Amy King.  Its a great short sleeve cardigan that buttons above the empire line and simple diamond lace design at the yoke. I just finished the lace portion and am on the second half of the cardigan now.  I am knitting it Mama Zooma Nanoo Handknits Handdyed yarn.  It is a DK weight 100% Superwash Merion Weight Wool and hand dyed in the colorway “Breaking Midnight”  It is a beautiful dark blue yarn with color variations of light blue. You can find the website for MamaZoom yarn here.  I bought the yarn a few years ago at CampKIP and have been waiting to use it. It is perfect for this sweater. There are color variations but just not to much to take away from the lace pattern.

I must say, I really like the Tappen Zee pattern in general but for as simple as the diamond lace pattern is, I sure was having a hard time with it.  I don’t know why, its a simple pattern, but man,if there was something good on tv and I was’t paying enough attention, I would have to start that row all over again. I had to do this several times.  It was so frustrating.  I have tackled much more complicated lace patterns and it was fine. This for some reason was difficult. I don’t get it. Oh well, I got through it. That is all that matters really.

Well everyone, enjoy the second half of your summer!  I will talk to all again soon.

-Alexis

Show and Tell

Hello Everyone!

Happy Sunday, I hope you all are taking it easy like I am and recharging for another week. I have been busy knitting as always. And acquiring wonderful new knitting gadgets of which I will show you.  I finished my Linum Tee by Bristol Ivy. It is beautiful and I can’t wait to wear it.  But Oklahoma in late June just really isn’t a good time to wear wool, so maybe in a few months.  Its really just a simple cap sleeve tee with a beautiful Fisherman stitch detail at the collar.  I love it.

Linum Tee

As I am a monogamous knitter, I began thinking of my next knitting project well before finishing this one.  I have a very large stash of yarn, and a lot of worsted weight so I did what any knitter would do. I went on Ravely and found some amazing worsted weight patterns.  I think I printed off like 5. The first one, the one I am working on now is from Cascade Yarns and designed by Vera Sanon,  It is the Ultra Pima  – The Miama Beach Shawl, I thought this would be perfect as it calls for 2 skeins of Cascade Ultra Pima and I just happened to have 2 skeins of Cascade Ultra Pima, if a bright vivid pink.  The perfect color for Miami in my opinion.  I am done with the lace pattern and working on the short rows so I hope to have it done soon.

Oh, my toys, I thought it was finally time to buy some sock blockers, and I went nowhere else but The Loopy Ewe, they have beautiful wooden sock blockers!  I had to order a pair. Just remember, the price of the sock blockers is for 1! Not 1 pair, 1!  So if you want a pair, order 2!  I forgot that little detail and had to order a second blocker and more yarn. I need to justify the shipping.  I love this store and their yarn selections, I ordered some Lorna’s Laces, Manos del Uruguay, and some hand dyed yarn from their own collection.  So pretty!  If I am ever in Fort Collins, CO, I will make it a point to check out their store.  You really must check out their website.  https://www.theloopyewe.com

The Loopy Ewe Sock Blockers

Ok, that is all I have for now, must get back to work on my laundry and dinner so I can work on my shawl more.

I will talk to you all soon and have a happy and safe 4th of July holiday!

-Alexis

Girl Meets Grill

Hello everyone!

Yes, I know, not a knitting related title, but I just came in from grilling outside. I’m not a big griller, I leave that more for my husband since he enjoys it so much but I think I really enjoy it also.  It smells so good and the taste of the char on your meat and veggies is delicious!

Anyway, back to knitting, Hubs and I went on a road trip to Austin over Memorial Day weekend (last weekend) so I got some great progress done on my Diamond Gansey Socks and was able to finish them last week, and isn’t it just a great time of year for hand knit socks.  Diamond Gansey Socks

Yea, I don’t think I will need to wear them for a few more months, but they are done and I love them.  The past few days I was working on hexi-puffs for my Bee Keepers Quilt, I have over 100 done now.  Yay!  Yesterday, I started a new project, the “Linum Tee “by Bristol Ivy as featured in the Summer 2014 issue of KnitScene, I love that magazine, its full of stylish perfect designs for every season and for every stage of knitter, from beginning to advanced. This tee, as it is featured in knit in a linen yarn, perfect for summer, however, I went stash diving and don’t have any linen yarn so I am using wool.  It is a light airy tee, so hopefully on some cool nights I will be able to wear it this summer, if not, I can wait until fall.      The tee is knit from the bottom up and starts with a K1b, purl rib.  I have never done K1b before or heard of it.  So after doing what I thought it was, then watching YouTube, I may have done it wrong.  So I may have to take it out and do it again.  I will keep you posted.  Oh, the yarn I am using is Sun Valley Fibers 100% Superwash Merino in Fingering weight in  the color way Kent.  It is light cloudy day blue.  I love it.  I does remind me of those storm clouds you see in the summer that you know are going to bring some wonderful thunder and a much needed downpour of rain.  Perfect for summer.

Oh, while we were in Austin we of course had to go to Hill Country Weavers and I picked up some Manos Del Uruguay Yarn.  It was Manos day, off all the yarn I looked at, I went home with Manos.  Two skeins of Maxima (Worsted weight) in a calm “Sand” color way that the wonderful girls at the shop helped me with and even gave me a free pattern for.  I also couldn’t resist a skein of Manos  Alegria (Fingering Weight) in the color way “Locura Fluo” a BRIGHT multi colored skein that screamed “TAKE ME HOME!!!!!!!” I swear, this skein would NOT let me leave without it. I tried and it wasn’t going to happen.  I don’t know what I am going to do with it.  Probably a shawl or scarf. Something prominent. It it much to bright be hidden as socks. It must be shown.

TAKE ME HOME!!!!!

TAKE ME HOME!!!!! It said.

That’s all for now folks.  I will talk to you all again soon.  Happy Knitting.

-Alexis

 

Done and Done!

Hello everyone,

Really quick I wanted to post my finished projects for you.  First the Minty Bailey’s Irish Cream cardigan.  I finished it last night and sewed the buttons about an hour ago.   The buttons I also purchased at Maryland Sheep & Wool 2013.  The are hand-made porcelain buttons by Melissa Jean www.melissajean.net for more information, her buttons and patterns are beautiful and I think the buttons I got are perfect for my sweater.

Minty Bailey's Irish Cream Cardigan

Minty Bailey’s Irish Cream Cardigan

Second, I also finished the McMilne Shawl made from my Brooks Farm Yarn in Willow. It is gorgeous,  I can’t wait to wear it. It was also so easy and quick to knit.  I recommend it to anyone.

McMilne Shawl

McMilne Shawl

I also finished one of my Diamond Gansey socks and will start the other one soon.  As the weather is rapidly getting warmer, it may be awhile before I wear them, but you can never have too many hand knit socks.

Ok, that is all I have for today. I will talk to you all soon.  Happy Knitting.

-Alexis