Thursday, February 26, 2015

Test Swatches

Knitting a pair of socks from Anna Zilboorg's Fancy Feet book (reissued in paperback as Simply Socks).   Think I like the first one better than the second.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Extra Special Bonus

Remember my Mexican Fiesta socks?  I had some lovely yarn that I had looked forward to knitting for months (from August until January) and then found out that it was a) not even close to what I had ordered and b) messed up and pretty much unknittable.  At the last minute I was left contacting indie yarn dyers looking for some fun yarn to knit in Mexico.  Janel, who owns Quaere on Etsy came to my rescue by dyeing some silk/merino sock yarn in her Talented Turtles color way.  She saved my vacation cuz I had to have fun yarn to knit.

As if that wasn't enough, right after we got back she had her 'Customer Love Week' and gave away three prizes.  All you had to do to enter was post in a thread in her Ravelry group.  I did and this is what arrived in the mail today!  A lovely and large yarn bowl (big enough to hold two balls of yarn when I am knitting sleeves), a small bag of candy (good because I am on a diet), a big fat cake of worsted yarn in the Sunset color way (that is 320 yards of worsted - enough to make something fun for me) and a set of six little hand stitch markers and a gorgeous marble bead stitch marker.

I cannot believe how generous this was and I loved knitting her yarn already.  I would have ordered more yarn from her even before I won these lovelies . . .


Friday, February 20, 2015

Kingswood Crescent Shawl

 Another one I knit months ago (early November) but couldn't show off until now.  This is the Kingswood Crescent Shawl made out of Juniper Moon Farm Findley Dappled in the color way Macaw.  It was a quick knit - took me 9 days which was about 4 or 5 more than it should have.  


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Little Bit of Mexico

In my morning. The two on the right are the coffee cups I brought back last year. We found them in the airport and they are nicer but the ones we drank out of there were so much nicer. All year long I dreamed about getting some of the wonderful, hand thrown and hand painted talavera pottery cups. One day when it was supposed to rain, he drove me the hour to the store. The ones on the left are the new ones. The store had everything - sinks, toilets, tiles, bowls, cups, flower pots, water canisters, plates, platters, digs, lizards, pigs,

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

More Old Knitting

Another sweater I knit a while ago - September, when I was visiting Dena.  I couldn't show it then but the pattern has been published and now I can.  This was a lovely, fun and quick knit that fit Girl Far From Home perfectly.  She would have liked the sweater but . . . maybe I will make her one of her own since it was easy.  Pattern is Juniper Moon's Patty Pullover and yarn is Juniper Moon Findley DK Dappled but they changed the color name, so I am not sure about that.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Yarn in the Mail

Pure baby alpaca and oh, so soft! Sadly I won't be able to show the knitting for a while. The colors are much better than this photo.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Heels and Toes

Are done - a little leg and we have socks!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Last April . . .

 Last April when I couldn't tell you what I was knitting . . . This is what I was knitting.  This is the Nightlife Skirt and Top made in Juniper Moon Farms Findley and Findley Dappled lace weight yarns.  The top is intarsia in the round - proving that I can knit intarsia even if I don't like it.

This is the same outfit modeled by each of my daughters - one is thinner and less curvy than the other.
I think it looks good on each of them.  

This is a closeup of the skirt - it was actually stranded knitting - two colors alternated.  They called it corrugated rib but it isn't what I have seen called corrugated rib.  This might be a broken corrugated rib though.  Anyway, it was stranded knitting in the round in knits and purls ribbing.  


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mexican Toes

I am now ready for my Mexican Fiesta! The most important packing is done . . . the knitting. I have two pair of socks ready for the road, needles and yarn and no pattern so all is good. This year I got the toes done before we left because I didn't want to get on the plane without knowing that I had the right needles and gauge. The striped yarn with the most green is Quaere Fibre's ( Sublime sock (80% merino, 20% silk) in Talented Turtles. I love this color way! The red/yellow/orange/green is The Color Wheel's ( Tuff Sock (80% BFL, 20% nylon) in Genevieve although I think the color should be called parrot. Super happy with both colors and both projects!