This was a week for finishing things!
After I posted on Wednesday of last week, I went to knit night and finished the body of the poncho and picked up stitches for the ribbed collar. Thursday turned out to be icy so I worked from home and, in the lulls between tasks and emails, I was able to knit through the collar. That evening I wove in my ends and did some light blocking and I was done! (Ok, technically I still need to add buttons to the collar, but I’m calling it a podium finish.)
Once my poncho was off the needles, I was eager to start new projects but instead made myself pick up a project that had fallen by the wayside, some handspun socks. These socks were my Christmas Eve cast-on (oops!), but got brushed aside for some January and February knits. My goal was to finish them before the end of the month.
These were knit out of my handspun from Hello Yarn Corriedale fiber in the Poisoned Apples colorway.
I used David Schulz’s Toe-Up Sock Cookbook which is a great pattern, especially if you’re working with handspun.
I finished these last night before bed!
So what’s next? I have another project waiting in the wings. (Technically it is waiting with a friend – I accidentally left it at knit night last week and a wonderful knitting buddy held it for me until tonight!). This is going to be a Lowbrow Cowl using some yarn that my boss brought me from his trip to Australia a few years ago.
Finally, since the sock needles are empty, I need to cast on again. I picked up a skein of a new-to-me yarn, H&W Comfort Sockenwolle in the Cherry Blossom colorway, and I’m going to knit some vanilla socks in super pretty stripes.
The most interesting part about this new cast on is that I purchased some Addi FlexiFlips needles to test out. More about those next week!
I am beyond excited today to announce the release of my first pattern design, Lost at Sea.
Lost at Sea is a 2-color shawl designed to be knit with handspun yarn. The shawl is knit on the bias with alternating sections of squishy garter stitch designed to show off variegated handspun yarns and a lace section designed to show off solid color handspun skeins. If you want to stretch a single precious skein of handspun, simply pair it with a complementary colored commercial yarn.
Louet North America graciously offer to provide fiber support for this pattern. I spun some Louet Northern Lights Wool top in Ocean Waves and Louet Merino in Quoddy Bay Grey to knit the sample. A special thank you to Ana Reinert of the Well Appointed Desk for taking such wonderful photos.
Lost at Sea is available as a free Ravelry download.
Louet North America also graciously provided me with enough fiber to spin some up as a kit to give away to one lucky winner. You can enter the contest to win this kit on Ravelry, in The Corner of Knit & Tea group.
If you would like to spin and knit a shawl for yourself, Louet North America has put together kits with the fibers I used and a hard copy of the pattern. It’s super discounted and available here!
I have also produced a short podcast about Lost at Sea.
A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Louet who sent me fiber (retail: $63.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this pattern. All opinions and photos are my own, except where indicated.
Recently I finished a knit where I spun the fiber and then knit up the resulting yarn into a shawl. Even though I don’t generally process or dye fiber, I feel like when I spin my own yarn and then knit it I am involved in the process of creating a garment beginning to end. Many cups of tea accompanied this process.
The Pattern: Quaker Yarn Stretcher by Susan Ashcroft
I’m taking a brief break from the usual Wednesday post to promote a local craft show where I’ll be selling my wares (handspun yarn and handspun, handknit mitten ornaments).
The Creative Hand Show & Sale is sponsored by the Kansas City Fiber and Weavers Guilds.
It features the work of 60+ artisans and showcases fiber arts, weaving, jewelry, pottery, soap, home decor and more.
Friday, November 21
4 pm to 9 pm
Fashion Show at 7 pm
Saturday, November 22
10 am to 5 pm
demonstrations all day
Old Shawnee Town
11600 Johnson Dr.
Shawnee, KS 66203
I hope to see you there!
Welcome back for my third episode and welcome to new viewers. I was on vacation last week and missed you all.
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- Winged Samara by Chrissy Prange in Midnight Sheep Superwash Sock in the Tardis colorway
- Ongoing sale on all Leftsideknits patterns – 50% off!
- The Tea: Glow Cloud by Adagio (review here)
- The Mug: Tervis, available at Bed, Bath & Beyond and on Amazon
- Off the needles: Little Sister’s Dress by Tara Froseth Design, Knitpicks Stroll in Blue Topaz and Legwarmies by Alana Dakos in Knitpicks Felici (discontinued)
- Off the needles and DISASTROUS: French Market bag by Polly Outhwaite in Webs Valley Yarns Northhampton in Pacific Teal, Apple Green and a bit of Eggplant
- Abandoned: Plain socks on a sock blank that I dyed.
- Working on: Double Knit Kraken Cowl by Kraftling, Cascade 220 Superwash in Charcoal and Teal, for Camp Loopy
- Picking up WIPS: Cabin Cowl by Christine Long Derks (treasuregoddess) in Wollmeise in various colorways
- Picking up WIPS: Caramel by Isabell Kraemer in Valley Yarns Northhampton in Fawn, Dahlia, Light Green Heather, and Chestnut Heather colorways.