Sunday, June 04, 2017

Adventures in Knitting

Salvbard and I were down on Cape Cod for the weekend and found a LYS while we were there, Adventures in Knitting in Harwich, MA. It was an adorable shop, and highly worth a visit.

I had finished the pair of socks that I was knitting (pictures soon!), but needed a darning needle. I had given the one in my kit away last weekend to a new knitter who had almost completed his first wearable hat.

While we were there we picked up some souvenir yarn for myself, some gift yarn for Jasra, and I got the yarn needed for a baby project that I have a plan for.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Rites of Spring: Gnome Hat Edition

This past weekend I spent in the mountains of Western mass at with a group of several hundred community members. One of the on-going events that happened across the weekend was that the littles in the community were hunting little crocheted hats.

It turns out that the gnomes had put out an alert that there were a bunch of missing hats, and the kids very helpful spent the weekend looking for them high and low. I found myself utterly charmed.


Monday, February 27, 2017

FO: Forest Socks

Work on the Forest Socks went really quickly, and they have already been gifted to Jasra. 

Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Crazy
Needles: US 1 / 2.0mm
Pattern: magic cast-on, toe-up, 2X2 ribbing

The Zauberball was a gift from Hapto, an Ingress-friend. I was glad to be able to let it become something, and this was a very good match for the recipient.

The toes and heels were done in with a tiny little 14g skein coordinating skein I picked up from a vendor at Arisia this year. (I wish I had documented who it was from!)

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

FO: Grape Island Socks

Several months ago I started another pair of socks for Majes. At 96 sts across the foot, these took approximately forever.

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk Paints in color 9995 Violets and Newbury Yarns Dips Wool Nylon Fingering in DPS1060YAM
Yarn Supplier: Casco Bay Fibers and Newbury Yarns respectively
Needles: US 1 / 2.25mm
Pattern: toe up, Fish-lips heel, 2X2 ribbed leg

The second picture has the colors a little more accurately. Due to the yarn consumption, I was worried that the 100g of the purple was not going to be enough, so I chose another 100g of a fun contrast color, although I did not end up using quite all of it.

Phew! Glad these are done. I was super ready to start something new, but I know they will be well loved.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Forest socks planning

There is just something to finding the perfect coordinating yarn for toes and heels. I was so excited about it that I hand wound the gold yarn into a center pull ball using a pencil as a nostepinne.

These forest-colored socks are well underway at this point, and I am feeling really good about making the planned recipient a new pair of handknits. Yay for knitworthy people!

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Sunday, January 08, 2017

3D Printed Brake Knob

So 10 years ago, I wrote a story of when my brake knob on my Ashford Traditional wheel broke. Although I thought I had documented the rubber and steel replacement that Salvbard made for me, digging through my archives has turned up nothing. Bad blogger! If I had realized I would have taken pictures before we went on to version 2.0 here.

Isn't it amazing! He took measurements, designed it, and then 3D-printed it. We totally live in the future. This version took in a lot of my feed back about how the old version tended to be super touchy and over responsive, and the first prototype was so much better than the old replacement, that we ended up not needing another try. So awesome!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Grape Island Socks

Boston has been hot and dry, but I have gotten a little bit of knitting done.

Recently we went camping out on Grape Island, one of the Boston Harbor Islands. It had some lovely seaside breezes, and a campfire on the beach made for fantastic sock knitting time. I hope those of you in the Northern Hemisphere are having a fabulous summer.

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