Summer Knitting

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far.  We have had quite a heat wave.  High 90’s with over 90% humidity.  Give me 90 degrees an up any day but not the humidity.  I hate humidity.  You just feel sticky, dirty and miserable.

While we have been in this heat wave I have been happily sitting in the AC and knitting the Picabeau Shawl by Jennifer Dassau.  I really like this shawl but I’m not sure if I am reading the pattern correctly or not. For the first part of the shawl (the increases) you are supposed to work a 16 row repeat 8 time until you have 133 stitches. Well, after my 8th pattern repeat, I only had like 70 or so stitches.  I have read and re-read the pattern and am pretty sure I am doing it right and have plenty of yarn so I just continued on the first part of the shawl, I lost count of pattern repeats after 10 but the other night, I got my 133 stitches and began the second, part, the decrease part. It is coming right along but I am sorry to say I haven’t knit all weekend. I have been quite social out and about both Friday and Saturday evenings. Hopefully I can get some knitting done tonight.  One good thing, with my extra pattern repeats, the shawl will be a lot longer, I really like long shawls as I wear them around my neck like a scarf.  I am knitting the Picabeau Shawl out of GnomeAcres Hand Dyed Fingering Sock yarn in the colorway Hermione.  Its a natural colored yard with reds, pinks and browns.  The shawl really is coming out very pretty, color and pattern wise.  this is a great couch knit and perfect for binge watching when it is too hot to go outside. While I am not sure if I read the pattern right or what, I would knit this again.

I think I owe you pictures from my last post, so here they are, pictures of my Rosebud Socks and my Mindless TV Afghan.

Rosebud Socks
Rosebud Socks
Mindless Knitting TV Afghan
Mindless Knitting TV Afghan

I have also been gardening this summer, I planted my garden in early may so I think I may have planted it a bit too late, all my plants look very healthy but no blossoms or fruit/veggies yet. I even put some fertilizer spikes in but maybe when the weather starts to cool in the fall  I will get something. If not, oh well, I will just have plant earlier next year but I didn’t even get my garden built until May this year.

Well, that is all I have for today, I will be back later with more summer knitting fun.  I hope you are all staying out of the heat and finding some good summer knitting projects to work on as well. If you want to share what you are working on in the heat or the AC, go ahead and let me know in the comments.

Talk to you soon and happy knitting.

-Alexis

Rhinebeck Memories

Hello Everyone!

It has been exactly one week since Rhinebeck and I have been recovering, re-living all the wonderful memories and enjoying my new yarn ever since.

Rhinebeck was INCREDIBLE!!!!  I loved every second and it was everything I thought and heard it would be and more.

My Rhinebeck journey started at 3:30 a.m. Central Time on Friday morning as I rose to make my way to the airport to catch my 6:30 flight to St. Louis and then it was off to Newark!  Upon arrival in Newark, I’m not gonna lie, I was giving myself a pep-talk. I was about to drive my rental car through the unfamiliar and busy city of Newark, I was a little scared.  Of course my GPS had other plans, before I knew it I was driving over the George Washington Bridge and into The Bronx.  I have always wanted to go to NYC but this was not how I wanted to do it and not a time to look around at the skyscrapers.  I was SCARED!!!  But I did good.  Honestly, once I was over the bridge, traffic was fine.  The traffic in The Bronx wasn’t that bad and once I got out of the city it was like I was a million miles away, surrounded by golden trees.

Ok, skip to that evening in Kingston, NY at the Indie Untangled Trunk Show.  Wow!  There was a line to get in!  It was amazing, all the vendors were independent dyers and spinners.  In fact, I think I will devote a whole other blog post just to the Indie Untangled show so stay tuned.  There is just to much to say.

Greetings from #rhinebeck2015

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If you have never been to Rhinebeck, you need to go!  Book your hotel now because they book up fast and go!  If you have been to Rhinebeck, then you know everything I am about say. Rhinebeck, is like Comic Con for knitters.  Everyone is wearing their Rhinebeck sweaters and other hand knits. Myself, in addition to my Gnarled Oak Cardigan, was also wearing my Maine Morning Mitts and my Greenery Beret in the morning to beat the morning chill.  I have also never see so many crowds in my life.  If you are not into crowds, go to Rhinebeck on Sunday.  So many wonderful vendors, including of course, Miss Babs, Liza Souza and Bijou Basin Ranch but others that I just discovered, including Sweiters Fiber Mill, I swear I have purchased from them before. SinsAndNeedles89/Primrose Pottery, ( I got a beautiful hand dyed skein of sock yarn and a hand sewn project bag.  She dyes and sews everything herself and also makes and handpaints yarn bowls with TV and movie characters)  I also purchased some worsted weight yarn from Buckwheat Bridge Angoras who grow and make the yarn on their farm in the Hudson Valley using solar and wind energy.  I got a skein of fingering yarn in Angora and Romney from Gravers Dream and some soft colorful yarn from The Periwinkle Sheep. I love the colors on this yarn, Bold grays and greens.  Not sure yet what I will do with it, the color way is called “Grass in a Crack in the Sidewalk.”

I got so much yarn, I had to ship some home, most of the yarn was for me yes, but some I did get for Christmas knitting.  I honestly can’t wait to cast on my Rhinebeck yarn.  I had a wonderful time.  The food was great (Artichokes French are everything they say they are) I bought a bottle of wine from the Finger Lakes region I have yet to open.  I made some great new friends and even met some old friends up there and we walked around and explored Rhinebeck further.  She just lives in the city and comes every year so she gave me some tips to remember for next time.  Like Sunday’s are much quieter.

My haul from the day. Not too bad.#rhinebeck2015

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The town of Rhinebeck is also so cute.  I left the fair at about 3 on Saturday and spent the rest of the evening walking around Market Street in Rhinebeck and had a lovely dinner at a restaurant called The Local.  I thought about the Terrapin but The Local got great reviews from locals I talked to.

I left the fair on Sunday after giving half my haul to the UPS tent that was set up with nothing but wonderful memories of my weekend. I will definitely go again.

If you went to Rhinebeck let me know what you thought? Did you buy a ton of yarn?  Have you never been but want to go?  Let me know!

Talk to you all again soon.

-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

 

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