Bicoastal Knit-along

Curve ball. You thought today was going to be about the new sweater but it’s not.  (But all good things come to those who wait so be patient.)

Rhinebeck was a lot of things.  I had been once before but it was Debbi‘s rookie season.  She handled it like the yarny pro that she is.  We were both pretty judicious about what we bought and that had nothing to do with the visit a day earlier to WEBS.  (Another story for another blog post.)

Debbi fell in love with a hat called Lotus Blossom at the Green Mountain Spinnery booth.   Because she is my friend and I like everything she likes, we both bought yarn for the hat and are knitting along together.  Well mostly together.  Due to an operator error (explained here), Debbi had to restart and I may have edged ahead.  I paused and  worked on the sweater a bit while Debbi waited for her box of goodness that she shipped back from her East Coast escapades.

The yarn is Green Mountain Spinnery Simply Fine (a light fingering 60/40 wool/mohair blend).  We are using a natural with a hand painted in shades from red to orange to yellow.  It is going to be awesome.  I can’t wait to wear it on my walks all winter!

(The yarn cozies are from Buffy Ann Designs and are my new favorite knitting accessories and the markers are Knitifacts, of course.)

We are having fun and promise to keep you posted.  This KAL is set to expire in 2 weeks, November 18th.

You heard it here.

Odds and Ends

I feel like my kids.  Eagerly anticipating summer and a lack of schedule.  I am also ready to throw away the lists.  In an attempt to clear the deck, here are some of the things that have been going on in the last few weeks.

1. The Miss Babs Marrowstone KAL has been going great.  There are around 30 of us playing and some have already finished.  Here is my Miss Babs’ KAL Marrowstone in progress:

Clearly, I need to put a wiggle on it!  Not too late to join…

2. I cast on 2 Marrowstone Shawls in June and have completed one.  This one has been gifted to my dear friend Debbi for her birthday.  I admit to being a week late but I think in knitterly terms, a week is acceptable.  You see, I knew there was no way she would have time in her busy design career to knit her own.

It was fun to knit knowing it was for her.

Her favorite color is red.

The yarn is Valley Yarns Charlemont Kettle Dye.  Really enjoy love the yarn and the color!  Its silk content makes it great for a shawl.  Project details on here on Ravelry.

4. Lorajean at KnittedWit is starting a Summer Solstice Marrowstone KAL.  In honor, we teamed up and have awarded Leigh (aka ell-in-or on Ravelry) a Marrowstone pattern and skein of her pretty merino/tencel blend Shine.  It is very pretty!  Pop over to the Knitted Wit group on Ravelry to play!

Congrats Leigh! Can’t wait to see your Marrowstone!

5. Lastly, I have a tease for you! Look for my newest pattern Cotuit Sands Scarf next week.  How can it be that each new pattern becomes my favorite?  In the mood for easy, lightweight, uncumbersome summer knitting?  This project has only 2 rows and is reversible.  Do you have a heavy laceweight yarn and a size 5 needle handy?

Enjoy your weekend! I love starting the weekend on a Thursday!

Knit on!

The Magnificent Knit-along

This knit-along was destined for greatness, with a pattern from the book named Magnificent Mittens. 

Pat, Linda and I had a blast.  We began trying to use stash yarn, which we all did to some extent.  (Pat’s mittens have the red/gray hand, Linda’s have yellow/blue hands and mine are the blue/green)  We set sections to knit and frequent meet ups to check in. 

The only variations were the cast off edgings we chose.  The different color combinations alone make these mittens so unique!

We are all lining with 100% angora to insure the mittens are as magnificent on the inside as they are on the outside!  I love these mittens!

Here is a better picture of my second mittens from Anna Zilboorg’s book.  My handspun is coming out quite nice if I do say so myself.

And, as I already confessed, I can’t stop.  It’s not time for a hat on my runs and walks but I do find myself in need of a headband!

Should keep me busy for this long Columbus Day weekend. 

Have a great weekend, whatever you do! :-)