Saturday, January 10, 2015

Knitting Weekend

New smock, Wingfeathers Shawls, and overdyed jeans
I like to start and end projects on Groundhog Day: The holidays are behind me, and come February 2, there is the possibility of another 6 weeks if necessary or desired. This year's project is coming to a close.

I was feeling discouraged about not yet silk-screening, not yet weaving, not yet designing fabric for Spoonflower. I have not spent enough time drawing. I have several unfinished pieces. Yet, I have only myself to answer to. I sometimes forget I am not being graded on self-directed projects.

I have been stationing my work to get it ready for display at Trad Arts Studio next weekend.

and there is a pile of hats and mittens too

I have had a change of heart. [One can generally count on me to look at the bright side, eventually.] My dampened attitude is gone upon looking at my big picture accomplishments. This collection represents risks taken and umpteen lessons learned, new obsessions ( c r o c h e t ), and a fresh perspective. 

In an effort to cover more ground, I will be sharing my undocumented work in outfits from here forward.

If you are registered for one of my classes at Knitting Weekend, here's the list of what you will need to bring:

A Dozen Ways to use Variegated Yarn
All yarn will be provided. Please bring a variety of needles appropriate for dk weight through heavy worsted. Also, if you are unfamiliar with how to work a wrap and turn, please try it out at home. I will gladly help you become more comfortable with it in class.

Suncook Scarf
We will be working a small sample that covers all the concepts in the scarf in worsted weight yarn. I will have yarn available, and you are welcome to bring your own as well. Please bring a 40” circular needle in your favorite size for worsted weight (I use an 8 or 9, I am a tight knitter). If you do not own a 40” circular you can use a 32” for the sample, but you’ll certainly need a 40” for your full sized project.
The scarf can be worked in any weight of yarn, so long as the weight is consistent throughout the project. You are welcome to bring other yarns on the chance you finish your sample and want to get started on your full sized scarf.
If you are unfamiliar with magic loop knitting, please look it up and try it at home. I will help make you comfortable with the method in class.

I look forward to our day together!

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Stitcher's Wardrobe: Cabled Cap

This cap went lickity-split, worked in the round with Green Mountain Spinnery's Weekend Wool, in the color "Pine Warbler". This is an honest wool, one where I can imagine what the sheep might have looked like, felt like.

I am dreaming of many sweaters in this stuff, unheavy and hard-wearing, warm and moldable, favorite pieces that lend a feeling of security.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Stitcher's Wardrobe: Another Triangle Scarf

If it were not for a long list of other projects that need completion, I would be hiding someplace with needles and yarn and empty coffee cups and various shiny wrappers, binge hooking triangles.

The appeal of the triangle shape for me is its flexibility. I can use up one skein of precious yarn, and if the triangle is too small then I can add another yarn as trim in a different stitch. If the triangle is medium sized I can stitch it into a 22 inch ring and wear it as a kerchief, or a cowl with a point. If the triangle is huge, perfect!

This scarf is crocheted in an offset cluster stitch, adding one pattern repeat at the end of each row.

The yarn is from Jan Marek Raczkowski Studio, a 60 merino/40 silk blend, worsted weight. It comes in an eight ounce skein (500yds), and when wound by hand the resulting ball is the size of a honeydew melon. The color is D-YsPi (I'm sure Jan knows what that means). You can find Jan's yarns at many New England Fiber Festivals, as well as Rhinebeck. I am a big fan. Big big fan.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Stitcher's Wardrobe: Pompom Hat

This is a quick cap worked in Jill Draper Makes Stuff Rockwell yarn in the color 'Lapis' [click here for her etsy store!].  I have another skein of Rockwell in 'Toe Shoes' that I am coveting. 
It is lovely stuff. 

The giant pompom is made out of Lopi from my college years. 
Knitting accessories has been an awful lot of fun this year.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Stitcher's Wardrobe: Long Sleeved Tee

This week, a first draft of a long sleeved raglan tee, cut from woven paisley cotton.  

The fit is almost there -- I will raise the back neck next time for a little more coverage.  There are small darts at the shoulder for a proper fit, and bust darts as well. 

The back hemline is two inches longer than the front, a handy feature when sitting.

The sleeves are just as I like them, roomy in the underarm and girth, and perfect for rolling up.

This basic tee beckons decorative stitch-work or printing or color-blocking. My wheels are turning ... and yours?

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Stitcher's Wardrobe: Wingfeathers Kerchief

At the expense of many important details in my life, I have been crocheting. I have completed five triangular scarves since late October, and that includes time on the wagon. It's embarrassing.

This little warmer is another Wingfeathers Shawl, pattern by Cal Patch of Hodgepodge Farm. The yarn was a gift and was missing its label -- I want to give kudos to the maker so I will chase that down. *update: it is merino from Knitted Wit.

The gauge is much bulkier than what the pattern calls for.  I simply hooked away until I had about a yard of yarn left, and then I fastened the triangle into a 22 inch circumference ring.

I love the word 'kerchief'. It goes with 'jersey' and 'dungarees' and 'congealed salad'. And I have decided crochet goes with everything.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Suncook Scarf

My husband gave me a long multicolored rib-knit scarf ten years ago. It has been my go-to accessory ever since: I adore its graphic use of squares and friendly colors. I have always wanted to replicate it, but never wanted to deal with the myriad ends that would need to be hidden.

Inspired by that favorite scarf and my love of magic loop knitting, I have resolved a method for a double thick cozy buttoned scarf. With no ends to weave in.

Shout out to Cousin Patty for Grandmother Oda's buttons!

It's a dickey!

On Sunday morning, January 18, I will be teaching this method of quilted patchwork at the Trad Arts Studio, located at the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI.

By working in the round, we can cruise along with good ole stockinette stitch and produce double thick fabric. We will learn a transition from a single thickness fabric to double thickness, and back again. We can consume all those bits and bobs of left over yarn, you know the kind: Too short for another project, too long to throw away.

Check out the offerings for the weekend -- I am delighted to be a part of a gathering of stellar knitters.

If you're interested in joining me, click here for a link to the registration page.

Stay Warm!