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Knit Night: Too many things to knit, too little time.

How is it almost the end of May already? I had several projects I wanted to tackle in May and I haven’t even started most of them yet!

I have, however, still been on a finishing kick.  This past weekend we drove up to Chicago and back, and I managed to finish off the Cherry Blossom socks that had been lingering in my WIPs since March. I knit these using David’s Toe up Sock Recipe by David Schulz out of H&W Comfort Sockenwolle in the colorway Cherry Blossom.  I used a contrasting miniskein at the heel from Wooly Wonka Fiber to preserve the stripes in the main yarn.

Next up on the list is my Albuquerque Sunset by Casapinka knit in Cascade Heritage Sock in #5633 Italian Plum and a Knitpicks Sock Blank dyed by me

Albuquerque Sunset

As of this photo I have just completed half of the sock blank, ending with the yellow. My original plan had been to continue on using the second half of the yarn to work back out towards the pink/purple, but I think I’m going to go rogue here and end the shawl shortly. I have a bit of the dark plum left, so I think I’m going to do a final section in just the dark color and call the shawl finished (basically omitting the lace section that the pattern suggests should be in the contrasting yarn).  I’m at the point where I may even be able to finish this shawl tonight at knit night.

Which means I have to figure out what to do next!?!?  For instant gratification, I cast on for a winter hat for Miles last night while I contemplated my options.  I have a secret project to knit, I have some yarn for a review, I have a sweater for Roxy, and I have my poor neglected Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Wollmeise Lacegarn in Petit Poison No. 5 that I started last August. All I do know is that I’ve got a holiday weekend coming up and the forecast is 100% chance of knitting!

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Episode 183: A Whirlwind Weekend

Welcome to episode 183! Well this one is a little more chatty than usual, but I had to make up for not as much knitting. 🙂 I have a few things to show you and lots to talk about after a whirlwind weekend vacation. I hope to have more knits and spins next week!

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Knit Night: Finishes and Starts

The past two weeks marked a lot of knitting and two big finishes for me.

First I finished my my Banana Leaf Shawl by Yuki Ueda knit in Northbound Knitting BFL/Silk Lace in Metallurgy.  This knit was strange. I stalled out on it, but never stopped wanting to wear the finished object.  I finished it while I was in Chicago two weekends ago, and I can’t wait for the chill of fall so I can wear it.

Banana Leaf

Banana Leaf

I think this project was the perfect marriage of yarn and pattern.  The yarn itself is luminous and even though the metallic tones may not be the most flattering on me, it knit up so beautifully.  The pattern is simple; it doesn’t distract from the yarn, but there is enough texture to make it interesting to look at.

The second big project I finished is the blanket for my mom. I used the Memory Blanket by Georgie Nicolson as my inspiration, and then made it my own. This used scraps of worsted weight held singly and fingering weight held doubly. I knit a total of 121 squares and then did an applied i-cord edging to tie it all together. It’s now a decent lap-sized blanket (I confess I haven’t taken final measurements). It needs a good blocking and then I’ll send it off to my mom to enjoy. Thanks to any readers who contributed scraps to this blanket. While many of the blocks came from yarn from my stash, I also had a good amount of help from knitting friends.

Mom's Blanket

Mom's Blanket

With two big projects off the needles, it must be time to cast on for more! During my trip to Chicago I started a new shawl, Albuquerque Sunset by designer Casapinka. I’m using a sock blank that I dyed as a gradient, and a skein of Cascade Heritage sock in Italian Plum that was in the stash. I’ve just begun the third section and I’m loving the way this is knitting up. It’s bright and happy.

Albuquerque Sunset

I’ve also been swatching for sweaters. No photos, but I have a secret project I’ll be working on in the next few months as well as a sweater for Roxy. Also maybe some more socks for Sock it to Summer? Stay tuned!

Episode 175: Empty needles.

Welcome to episode 175! This week I finished a Milo, a shawl and a spin, and except for socks my needles are empty. I guess I’d better cast on.

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Episode 174: Using up stash.

Welcome to episode 174! This week I finished my cowl and a spin, worked on Mom’s blanket and a shawl for a friend, and have plans for the upcoming week. I also answer a question from a viewer and announce the winner of lovely KnitandStitchBits‘ project bag.

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Episode 173: Frogs in the creek.

Welcome to episode 173! This week I finished my handspun socks, worked on a cowl and a spin, and have a new shawl and spin planned. Also, there’s a giveaway this week, brought to you by the lovely KnitandStitchBits (https://www.etsy.com/shop/KnitandStitchBits). Be sure to watch the episode, and answer the question in the comments on the YouTube page. I’ll draw for a winner next week.

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Knit Me: Zen Yarn Garden, Magical Dye Pot Series

Recently Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me to see if I would be interested in knitting something out of Zen Yarn Garden’s Magical Dye Pot Series.  The premise behind the Magical Dye Pot Series is that sets of 6 colorways are created for larger projects. Within these sets, the colors both coordinate and contrast.  So you can order all 6 colorways and create an amazing “fade” project, or you can order any subset of colors from a single set and have colors that work well together within a single project.

Zen Yarn Garden generously offered me my choice of 3 skeins for a project.  I chose the “C” series, and skeins C1, C3 and C6 (there are currently 6 series, A through F). All skeins are available on a variety of bases and Zen Yarn Garden dyes all their yarn to order, so your skeins are always made just for you.  For this review I received the Superfine Merino Fingering weight base, which is 90% superfine merino/10% nylon and comes in 400 yards/100 gram skeins.

ZYG Magical Dyepots

One I had placed my order, I went through my queue on Ravelry to find the perfect 3-color shawl pattern.  I settled on Love Ewe Baby by Susanne Sommer, thinking all that brioche and textured stitching would be a lovely way to showcase the colors I picked.

C Ewe Baby

I have worked with Zen Yarn Garden’s Superfine Merino Fingering base before and I love it. It’s super soft and bouncy and stands up well to being knit and ripped (oops!).  This time I was struck by the amazing colors.  In my last shawl I knit with two solids and two speckles.  This time I had this amazing orange tonal to knit with. I couldn’t even count the shades of orange, red, pink and coral I could see in the yarn. It was super hard to photograph as you can see from the images above. I think the first shots of the yarn and the final shots of the finished shawl are as close to color correct as I can get them.

As I progressed through the pattern I just loved watching the colors play together.

I made very few modifications on this shawl. In fact, the only problem I had was I ran out of that gorgeous orange a few rows too soon and had to cut the final section short and finish the i-cord edgge in the brown (again a gorgeous almost opalescent dyed skein).

I will definitely be purchasing more from Zen Yarn Garden in the future!

C Ewe Baby

C Ewe Baby

C Ewe Baby

 

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Zen Yarn Garden who sent me the Magical Dye Pot Yarns (retail: $24.00/skein for a total of $72.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

Episode 161: A long absence.

Welcome to episode 161! I’m sorry I haven’t podcasted in 3 weeks – life just got in the way. That said, I have TONS of knits to show you and lots to share. I hope you enjoy!

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Knit Me: Zen Yarn Garden Gradient Sets

Recently Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me to see if I would be interested in knitting something out of Zen Yarn Garden’s Gradient Sets.  I spent a little while looking at the sets, deciding if I wanted a tonal set versus a more variegated set, and whether I wanted to do a trio or a quartet.  I finally settled on a quartet in the Vocal colorways.

Even before the skeins arrived at my house I had selected the perfect pattern. In fact, I actually picked my color scheme based on what I wanted to knit.  I chose to knit Aurorae by Helen Stewart. This pattern was part of last year’s Shawl Society collection and I decided the pinks, purples and blues of this particular gradient set would be perfect!

Even from the start, I was really pleased with this yarn. It is super soft and bouncy and draped beautifully for the shawl.  I loved the way the set included a speckled yarn, a more variegated yarn and two solids.  At first, when I received it, I wasn’t sure about the “gradient” nature of the kit, but as I worked my way through the shawl I decided that each color really did blend into the next and I was so pleased with how it turned out.  Once blocked the yarn was so incredibly soft – I can’t wait to wrap myself up in this shawl this coming winter.

I did make a few modifications on the pattern (to adapt to 4 gradient colors rather than 6) and I used up about 640 yards of the set – almost all of the yardage on all the colors except the pink.  All of these notes are on my project page.

Overall I would definitely purchase one of these gradient sets in the future. I’ll have to think about a tonal project next….

Even more exciting than my review, Zen Yarn Garden currently has a giveaway contest going and you could win your very own Vocal Gradient Quartet. You can read all the details and enter the giveaway  here. The deadline is October 31, 2017 so don’t wait too long. Good luck!

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Zen Yarn Garden who sent me the Vocal Gradient Quartet (retail: $52.80) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

Episode 157: Reviews and more.

Welcome to episode 157! This week I have a two FOs and reviews – Zen Yarn Garden Gradient Quartets and the Strickplaner from Martina Behm. I also have some other knits and a bit of a catch up since it’s been two weeks.

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  • Finished: Falkland in Hydrangea (dyed by me)