Thursday, March 01, 2018

February progress - Temperature Blanket 2018

Working on the temperature blanket, I am struck by what an odd year it has been this year. It seems like there has been a really high amount of temperature variation for February. Maybe that is just because I am paying the extra attention though?

February progress:

January - February color progression

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Icelandic Thistle Hat

In November, I had traveled to Iceland with Majes. While we were there we picked up some souvenir yarn, and I had a fabulous plan to make myself a hat to wear with my red coat.

Pattern: A Gift of Thistle by Tanis Gray (free)
Needle: US 5 - 3.75 mm
Yarn Supplier: The Handknitting Association of Iceland

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed doing colorwork. I am very pleased with how this came out, and I am plotting mitten options with the (planned) extra yarn.

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Thursday, February 01, 2018

2018 Temperature Blanket - January Progress

The last few years there has been a movement each January where there is a rush of people making temperature blankets. The idea is simple: do a row for each day representing the day's temperature. With a little math

Here is January:

Looking around the internet, there are a lot variations, both knit and crocheted. With the yarn I had selected though, I ended up going with a simple single crochet blanket with a large enough hook to keep it from being too stiff.

I may have been a little over ambitious, as I started a very generously sized blanket for a queen (or slightly less generously king) bed. From previous blankets though, I know that will get it a lot more use.

Super excited about this project!

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Earthy Mother Socks

Friends are expecting their first baby, so per my own tradition, I knit the pregnant parental unit a pair of socks. While I know lots of people really love knitting baby things for expectant parents, I love doing this. There is something about a tangible reminder of community, support and grounding.

Yarn: Araucania Ranco Sock in colorway 308
Yarn Supplier: Winsor Button (out of business)
Needles: US 1/2.25mm
Pattern: toe-up, magic loop, wedge-toe, 2X2 rib, Japenese short rows, sewn bind-off

Since I made these as a surprise, I had to do some surreptitious eyeballing. Fortunately in this case the mom has very similar sized feet to me, which made it easy.

I finished this pair on the Mountain, and I am pleased. They were no frills but well received, but it felt good just to be making thing again. Work has been intense, and I hadn't been able to find the energy when I have been home.

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Star Trek Junior

When a baby is born in your community to parents who organize live Star Trek theater, there is only one thing to do.

This the project that I had purchased yarn for on vacation in June this year.

I could have sworn that I had made this pattern before, but I can not find any reference to it anywhere? Did I not make it? Was I just a bad blogger? I am not sure.

Pattern: Star Trek Junior by Sara Swärd
Yarns: Plymouth Yarn Encore DK
Yarn Supplier: Adventures in Knitting in Harwich, Massachusetts
Needles: US Size 6 / 4.0 mm

Modifications: I knit the arms in legs in the round as much as possible, just working flat when needed for the zipper or intarsia.

I was pleasantly surprised by how well the intarsia at the top of the sleeves went. The sleeve cap shaping was a little odd by adult standards, but babies are also not shaped in the same way. I think it will be fine.

I know that I did not install a zipper before though, because the only other time I had done that was for the Not Thick and Thin Cardigan. This zipper was much easier, although that could either be because I sewed it in by hand or because I learned somethings from the first experience about fitting curves when installing a zipper. In either case, I was actually pleased by the results.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

SF: Black Mountain Artisans

Also while Salvbard and I were in the San Francisco, we did some exploration of the surrounding area. In Marin county, we stumbled across one of the locations for the Black Mountain Artisans.

Have I mentioned what a good sport Salvbard is? When I stopped in my tracks in front of this shop, he encouraged me in and then patiently waited while I looked at all the amazing handspun. There is something really amazing about handspun. I probably give my own handspun some love too...

I picked up this skein by Feline Fibers. Apparently the artist who made it is one of the major shearers in the area, and she travels around the county in a trailer with her cats. I have no idea what I am going to make with this yet, but it is lovely to squoosh.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

SanFrancisco: ImagiKnit

A few weeks ago, Salvbard and I were in SanFrancisco, which meant an opportunity to visit ImagiKnit. I had heard a lot about this shop, and so it was very exciting to have the chance to visit.

Inside it was beautiful and incredibly efficiently laid out:

The staff were amazingly kind and helpful, I went away with two DK Lucy Cowl kits with Lux Adorna Knits Fun Size Bundles DK in "Love Wins" (bottom) and "Cat Lady" (top).

In other news, I may have made faces about the name of the top kit, which is in the colors of the asexuality flag. On the one hand, I was super excited to find these kits in alt sexuality flag colors, since they do not seem to be well known on the internet. Yay San Francisco for your support. On the other hand, seriously? Aren't things hard enough that we need to stigmatize each other? Much love and patience to my asexual folk.

Still, I am excited about the yarn, and it was a lovely shop to visit. I am very glad we went. I look forward to finding just the right thing to knit these into.

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