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The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 132, Ramblings about design.

Welcome to episode 132! Today I have two FOs, and some knits and spins, and I ramble my way through sharing a new design with you. I hope you enjoy!

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Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Two if By Hand Superwash Merino in Sinister Foxy
  • On Deck: Hello Yarn BFL in Pink Treacle

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 125, A really big show.

Welcome to episode 125! Today’s podcast runs a bit long – I have so many knits and spins to share with you. At the end, I also announce the winner of Mina’s New York Sock Collection subscription.

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You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

  • Mt. Rushmore souvenir tea, Moroccan Mint

Knitting:

Spinning:

 

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 122, Just WIPin’ along.

Welcome to episode 122! Lots of WIPs today to share with you.

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You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Tempted Alpaca/Merino/Silk in Sex N Candy.
  • On deck: Hello Yarn Polwarth in Troll.

Extras

  • There are only a few days left in the Selfish Craft-a-long. After two months of crafting gifts it’s time to craft something that brings you joy! Details are in the Ravelry group.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 119, New setup

Welcome to episode 119!  Today I head back to the craft room, but with a new setup. I’ve got one FO, progress on my WIPs, and I’ve started a new sweater.

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You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

  • Tea Time Scottsdale, Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras

  • January 1 marks the start of the Selfish Craft-a-long. After two months of crafting gifts it’s time to craft something that brings you joy! Details are in the Ravelry group.

A Very Buffalo Christmas.

As some of you know, I didn’t grow up celebrating Christmas.  However, when I married my husband I was adopted into his family’s Christmas customs.

Since I don’t have a collection of Christmas ornaments for our tree, I decided that I would build our collection with intent, making each ornament special.  Every year I buy an ornament that corresponds to our wedding anniversary. For the 7th anniversary (last year), the Hallmark traditional gift is iron. I perused Amazon and Etsy and I found a wrought iron buffalo ornament that I liked; we had just been on a long vacation to Yellowstone and seen tons of buffalo. So I ordered it.

Imagine my surprise when it arrived and it wasn’t a tree ornament, but over a foot wide, and at least 8” tall.

My husband suggested I knit our buffalo a Christmas sweater. This is the result.

When knitting a sweater for a buffalo, short rows for the hump are a must.

The Pattern: Heavily adapted from A Tiny Flock of Sweaters for Good by Susan B. Anderson

NaKniSweMo 2016 in the books!

A month ago I shared with you my plans for NaKniSweMo 2016. As I suspected, my sweater didn’t end up being 50,000 stitches, but I did finish in time and I’m thrilled with the finished sweater!

Just so the details are all in one place:

The Pattern: Lady Marple by Nadia Cretin-Lechenne

The Yarn: Spirit Trail Fiberworks Zalti in Hydrangea Blue

The Needles: US 8 MarblZ

The Buttons: Briar Rose Fibers

NaKniSweMo 2016

Every year since 2010, I have participate in NaKniSweMo and this year is no exception.

For this year, I was excited to knit something with my recently acquired Rhinebeck yarn.  I’ve settled on a beautiful cardigan with lacy details: Lady Marple by Nadia Cretin-Lechenne.

Lady Marple by Nadia Cretin-Lechenne, pattern available on Ravelry for ~$5.20

I went to Rhinebeck with this sweater in mind and found exactly what I was looking for at the Spirit Trail Fiberworks booth.  I’m using the Zalti base which is an aran weight yarn made from 100% Targhee. It’s squishy and soft and I love the hand of the fabric.

I purchased two skeins in the colorway Hydrangea Blue.

A bit later on I was wandering through the Briar Rose Fibers booth and found the perfect matching buttons.

This past weekend I sat down to swatch for my sweater. After checking the math, I’m good to go. Let’s get this party started!

Rhinebeck Sweater

For years now I have wanted to go to Rhinebeck, or the New York Sheep & Wool festival held in the Rhinebeck Valley in New York in the fall.  Late last year Ana and (sadly blogless) Beth and I decided that 2016 was the year.

In our flurry of preparations, we have each been talking about knitting a sweater for the event for months now. The “Rhinebeck sweater” is a ritual that many festival attendees create each year.  I spent some time trying to decide what kind of sweater I would want to wear at Rhinebeck (I’m hoping the weather cooperates – some years it is hot and others it is snowy!).  Frankly, I wanted it to be a sweater of the “magnum opus” variety. That is, I wanted to knit something spectacular to wear there.  So I perused Ravelry and came up with something I really thought would be a good fit for me. Cables? Check. Tunic length,  meaning excessive yardage? Check. Overall cozy New England feel? Check. Good for use in Kansas winter? Check.  I selected Dallas by Amy Miller.

Dallas by Amy Miller, pattern available via Ravelry (photo: Amy Miller)

Next it was time to ponder yarn choices.  The pattern called for Plucky Primo Worsted which was a little out of my budget. I debated whether I wanted my yarn to be buttery soft, but with potential for pilling (thank you Yarn Harlot for making me realize I was making yarn noises!), or a bit hardier but eliciting a fewer oohs and ahhs.  I also wanted to buy a color I didn’t already have in my wardrobe.  I ended up deciding to use Cascade 220 in a fabulous green shade called Irlande.

Then I set about swatching for my sweater. I don’t always take the time to swatch carefully before knitting (I know… I know…) but I really wanted this sweater to be a success.  As I knit the swatch, however, I found that I wasn’t completely excited about the sweater.  I don’t know whether it was the seed stitch in the cable, or the suggested positive ease of 4-9 inches, but I wasn’t feeling this sweater.

So I had a little heart to heart with myself (and some text messages with a friend).  I went through the pattern search on Ravelry again.  I looked for my cables, and my extra yardage, and my “New England feel but good for Kansas weather” sweater. And I re-swatched. And I’m happier with my second choice – Ardara by Carol Feller.

Ardara by Carol Feller – pattern available via Ravelry (photo: Carol Feller)

So now I wait for the swatches to dry and I contemplate all the possibilities for my Rhinebeck sweater. I guess I’d better get to knitting pretty soon, right?

 

Hylda

Sometimes when a knitting pattern gets published it captures my attention and I have to cast on as soon as I see it. This was the case with Hylda by Bristol Ivy.

Hylda by Bristol Ivy, pattern available on Ravelry for $7.00

Hylda became available in early February of this year and I cast on for my version on February 19.  I even had what I thought would be the perfect yarn in my stash: some Wollmeise DK Merino in the colorway Moses that I had been hoarding for just the right sweater to come along.

The pattern is extremely well written and presented a bit of a challenge to me in getting all the different sections established. The sweater starts at the neck, and proceeds top down with raglan shaping for the sleeves.  The sweater itself isn’t shaped, but rather relies on a series of yarn overs (the mesh section) and twisted rib to create hour glass shaping and the intricate looking back.

I worked on this sweater in fits and starts – I put it down frequently to work on other projects that I committed to, but I knew I would finish it. Over Memorial Day weekend and in the week that followed I dedicated myself to getting this perfect sweater off the needles and ready for wear next fall.  Once I washed and blocked the sweater, the yarn just bloomed; it had been a pleasure to knit with but now it is so squishy and soft. I cannot wait for fall!

Special thanks to my husband who found just the right patch of sunlight for the final photos.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 14, The one in which I say UM too much.

 

Welcome back to Episode 14 and welcome to new viewers. I had a few technical difficulties today so there is one ugly cut in the middle. Please just bear with me.

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