Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Growing Rainbow Blanket

The rainbow blanket strips I had started to piece together have grown so that it comfortably covers a twin mattress.

I still have a couple more rainbow stripes to add on, but this is now big enough to comfortably curl up under if I want to in the evenings on the couch.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Rainbow Socks for Majes

Quite a while ago I had knit a pair of socks for Majes. *ahem* And by quite a while ago, I mean they were finished in December 2013, gifted for the holidays and promptly went directly on his feet. I spot him wearing them all the time but somehow we kept forgetting to take a picture for the blog.

Yarn: Patons Kroy in Mellow Yellow and Regia Nation Color in 5399 (discontinued)
Yarn Supplier: Wisconsin Craft Market and Carodan Farm Wool Shop respectively
Needles: US 1 / 2.25mm

This was quite the precious yarn. Regia has discontinued it forever ago, and it was highly sought after. I knew the two balls in my stash were for something special though and was excited to have them find their recipient. To maximize the yarn I had these were knit toe-up with a color-coordinated heel. I did take the time to match the striping sequence before I started, but the two balls were pretty close to start with.

Since I have the ability to look at almost 2 years of wear, I can say that these have held up great! The color has held well, and they are in good shape with no noticeable wear in them. The only trouble with them is that the heel is maybe a little too shallow, but that is totally of me rather than the yarn. And this is why I love Regia so very much. It holds up so well!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Stripley socklets

A project I did not even had time to mention before finishing them was this pair of quick socklets for myself. I had needed a no-brainer project and so had cast-on this pair from a single unloved 50g ball of self-striping in my stash.

Yarn: mystery wool-nylon blend
Needles: US 1 / 2.5 mm
Pattern: Riverbed Master Pattern with heel modifications (see below)
Pattern Source: New Pathways for Sock Knitters by Cat Bordhi

Since I had cast these on toe-up from either end of the ball, the stripes are technically in opposite directions, which you probably would not notice unless it is pointed out (ahem like right now). Fortunately this does not trouble me in the slightest, and since these are so small they are just for me.

I had a lot of fun with the heel shaping, which was a modification from Cat Bordhi's original listed in the pattern. I can't imagine her as anything but pleased with people experimenting and trying something different though. Here I did the gusset stitches as in the original pattern, which I find particularly elegant as evidenced that I chose it again after using it twice before. Then I made a small heel turn and added short rows. The result is a heel that actually fits very well. I am super glad I did these two-at-once though in order to ensure they are identical in design though!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Socks in the Woods

Even though I am not formally participating in a Summer of Socks event, they are still remarkably perfect for summer time activitites. After the trip to Maine with Salvbard, I found myself back in Maine this time camping in the White Mountains. There are few things more fabulous than sitting around a campsite, smelling the campfire, catching up with friends, and listening to the woods all while knitting on a sock.

This pair is from some of the yarn acquisition a few weeks ago. They will be a set of grey socks in Jawoll Magic for Salvbard, who is probably overdue for another pair. I am a little nervous about the single ply nature of this yarn, but I will combine it with something else from stash for the toes and heels to help them hold up a little better.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Yarny Maine Adventures

For my birthday this year, Salvbard and I took a mini vacation to Maine. We stayed at a beautiful little house thanks to AirBnB. The area was super serene and outside any major town. In fact when we tried a web search for coffee places, we found there was a closer yarn shop than a coffee shop. Priorities! (Actually there were plenty of tiny restaurants that had coffee though, just not specialized coffee shops which makes sense.)

It is no secret that I love the ocean, and I spent some lovely time sitting on the deck, knitting and enjoying the location.

The rainbow blanket is continuing along. Some vacation yarn was acquired at Casco Bay Fibers in Freeport, ME. And it was really nice to get all the extra focused time together.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Green-headed Tanager

I have enjoyed working on bird drawings before, like the  white-breasted nuthatch a while back. So I am bemused that it has been so long since I did any.

Yesterday I pulled out colored pencils to work on a green-headed tanager. Color! I wonder at what point do you ever think, "Nah, its cool. I totally have enough colored pencils." Fortunately I have a decent collection in this color range.

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Sunday, June 07, 2015

Sketching outside Patagonia

Today I had help getting my daily sketch done. There was a bored little one outside a local Patagonia store which we were waiting to have open. With 5 minutes still until opening, her mom was looking frazzled, I invited the little to help me do some art while we waited.

Nothing fancy, just a quick, non-fussy sketch of a bike for me. She drew lots of flowers and let me keep this one. I love the total lack of fear in which kids approach art. Notice, I was the one working in pencil, while she worked straight in marker! So I didn't agonize over the details and worked to emulate her example.

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