Slow and Steady

…Wins the race.

Thanks to Dixie, while my knitting time and production have diminished slightly, there is fun stuff to share and report.  The best and newest discovery is that she really really REALLY doesn’t like this stuff…Bitter Apple spray.  Say what you will, but we have been though a whole sprayer of an alternative and have scratched furniture and hands to show for it’s effectiveness.  But today, it has become my miracle!  I see a future for me that doesn’t include watching her every waking moment!

Dixie sitting nicely, waving treats!

What’s this?

Oh No! I’m outa here!

Now on to knitting…here’s my secret test knit for a friend…and it is awesome!  Can’t wait till she shares with you!  All shall be revealed in the fullness of time…

Secret Woobu Knitting

And my Color Affection (or infection as Steph would say) shawl.

Color Infection

And maybe best of all, my patterns will now be sold by WEBS-America’s Yarn Store on their website!  Steppingstone Fiber Creations patterns on WEBS website, beyond excited by this one!!!  In addition to running a successful business, Kathy and Steve are great people.  Thanks for this opportunity to partner with you!!! You guys are awesome!

Patterns on WEBS

Now off to catch a few minutes of knitting.  I wonder if the Bitter Apple will bleach out the yarn colors? Hmmm, may have to try!

Knit on…

A Peaceful Weekend

This has been a rare game-less weekend for our family!  And I have thoroughly enjoyed it!

There was much progress on the baby girl tunic…

Girl Twin Tunic

The fish got clean bowls…

Hi fishies!

“Fish are people too.”  “Fish are friends not food.” Name that movie…

Fuji

Stormy Autumn

And I watched  a nice movie, “Like Crazy”.

Have you seen it?

Look!!

Spring has come early in our neck of the woods.  The kids are in shorts and the jackets are off and, look what’s peaking outside…

Hydrangea Buds
Taken with my iPhone 4S

Also, a quick baby sweater flew off the needles.  I have already cast on for his twin sister!  (I am knitting these for a knitter whose eyes now prevent her from knitting…can’t even imagine that!!)

Baby Tunics

And I have a major hankering to spin something…

this…

Blue Moon Fiber Arts ST-2 in Mulberry Silk/Superfine Merino

or this?

Fat Cat Mixed Blessings BFL

Happy Spring!!

Just in TIme for Spring

Well this was really the winter that wasn’t.  Two storms served as bookends for the months of winter and I officially declared this the strangest winter ever to my kids.  It was kind of a blessing though, since we were so busy with all the kids’ activities and driving was never an issue.

As winter’s days were winding down, I finished up a new hat design for the Waterville Hat.  (And I am smitten.  I love color and keep thinking of all different color combinations…)

The hat was inspired by a beautiful colorwork ski hat of a close friend (who spends time on the slopes of Waterville Valley Ski Resort.  I decided to play with some colors and discovered the possibilities are endless; from subdued to crazy, all combos will be fun to wear!

Waterville Valley Ski Resort in a less than snowy winter

This unisex hat is also a great project for leftover sock yarn and stash busting! Who doesn’t have sock yarn leftovers?  To add an extra bit of fun,  use a small amount of a luxury yarn in a contrasting color for the hat’s liner ~ pamper yourself or loved one! A little will go a long way just for the band!

A cashmere band (right) along side a contrast band.

The hat uses stranded knitting techniques and 4 colors. While there are a few one color rounds, most of the rounds are knit with 2 colors and only one will challenge you with 3. Links to new techniques are provided to refresh and teach.

Pattern:  The pattern is available in 3 sizes,  is charted and easily adjusted to accommodate custom sizes. 

Yardage:  50-150 yards of fingering weight yarn such as BMFA Socks That Rock Mediumweight (or lightweight),  Miss Babs Yummy Superwash Sock (2 or 3-ply), Valley Yarns Huntington.

Needle US Size 1.5 (2.50 mm) 16 inch circular needle and US Size 2.5 (3.0 mm) 16 inch circular needles and double pointed needles.

Gauge:  7-8 stitches per inch on larger needle in color work pattern.

Size: Three sizes will fit a range of head sizes from older children to women and men alike.  Medium fits 22 inch noggin.

BONUS: Pattern comes with instructions to turn your swatch into an iDevice or phone case!

Bonus Swatch iDevice case

Get ready for next winter and have some fun putting new color combos together!

Waterville twin hats

See details of these two hats here and here.

Knit on and enjoy the early Spring!

I Forgot…

…Ooops.  I have been so good posting every day and I just plain old forgot.  So here is the make-up post.

And this is what I would have showed you:

my mawata silk mittens in just sort of a generic pattern.  Done.

I did these with Pat as a KAL and we both had fun doing them.

I loved these matawas from Blue Moon FIber Arts that I got at  sock camp this year.  The color is I Mad Heart Ewe, cute, huh?  I used 38 of 40 grams and a size 5 needle (magic loop).

They are 7 inches around the palm and 9 inches tip to cuff (not counting the 2 inch junk I knit before I figured out what I was doing cuff liner.  They are perfect for throwing on with my brown coat for my driving duties.

Once I got used to prepping the hankies, my mittens got better and I got the hang of knitting from the fiber in the raw.

I wasn’t sure but I do in fact like them and may even do it again!

Progress and Indecision

I made a deal with myself.

I will work on my plain mawata mittens (BMFA I Mad Heart Ewe)

and then, I will begin my next color work (and first Christmas present) project when they are finished.

Of course there are other must completes on the needles so I have time but need your help.  The pattern is the Polar Chullo hat from the Twist Collective

Photo by Caro Benna Sheridan  from the Twist Collective

 and here is the yarn:

The question is which blue to choose.  I am substituting one of these three blues for the dark grey on top.

What do you think?

Lopi Week

I now declare the rest of the week Lopi Week.  I will wear my new Lopi sweater and maybe my old Lopi sweater all week.  Girl crush on Lopi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It all started in the Fall of ’83 when I moved into my college dorm.  As soon as I met the older girls on the hall, I just knew I wanted in on the fun.  A girl named Laura operated a little yarn business right out of her room and she had all the fixings for icelandic wool sweaters.  So, I learned how to knit as I went along.  I had no idea that making an icelandic wool sweater was an outrageous first project.  As any 18 year old, I was fearless.  My parents were thrilled the first time I came home from my private college with my newly acquired knitting skills!

And now the cranberry sweater (a bit tight with its tad tight gauge) has been worn by not only me but also 2 of my 4 children.  Looking at it now, I can see the many lessons I have learned since, like gauge, weaving in ends, stranding loosely, casting on and binding off loosely, grafting and I am sure others like pattern reading, sizing and choosing colors.

The brown lopi was actually my third sweater that year, but the second, a black, grey and teal is in a bin awaiting mending after an unfortunate run in with moths several years back.  I wear this brown one every year and have had a hankering for a new lopi sweater for several years.  I have collected and researched patterns but had never chosen one until this fall.

The stars must have aligned themselves.  The pattern was a no brainer.  I had the Best of Lopi book and had long admired Sigridur.  Then, Debbi and I had a great visit to WEBS the day before the Rhinebeck trip.  Steve must have known of my Lopi hankering as he had a shelf full of closeout Lopi in just my colors.  (I think he was happy I made off with so many!)

And really, almost like magic, I had a lopi sweater!  I knit it on the soccer sidelines this year and will proudly wear it there next year.  But first I will proudly and warmly wear it this week.

Rumor has it there may be similar lopi crushes across the country?  Anyone?

The Proof is in the Pudding

…or on the head…so here it is, my Lotus Blossom Hat.  Look Ma, no hands!  It fits!!!

I had a severe panic attack that I was making a tiny person hat and had reconciled myself to the fact that I was going to make a second hat to fit me, utilizing all my knitterly tools, like gauge and different needle sizes.  But alas, my other knitterly tool, BLOCKING, came through for me.  Actually without too much fuss either.  The yarn blocked out nicely after a soak with only minor shaping and certainly no tugging, pulling or pinning.  I enjoyed this Green Mountain Spinnery Simply Fine and would certainly use it again.  The mohair/merino blend is soft and sturdy and the low-twist 2-ply was a pleasure to knit.

Taking a self portrait of the top of one’s head is harder than it looks.

I used a size 2.25 mm needle for the hat (and 2.0 mm for the liner) and initially got gauge, or so I thought.  No worries any more though.  I am actually considering another Lotus Blossom using a different contrast color.  I anticipate a struggle for the possession of the hat since my girls thought this hat was heading their way.

And in case you were wondering, super-snack-Monday is brought to you by the food group Junk.  The kids will have enough homemade treats this week so I don’t even feel guilty!

Happy Thanksgiving Week!