Friday, February 3, 2017

Islamic tiles and a fair isle

I really want to work on something with a lot of color and I've always loved tile work.  I was thinking of designing a fair isle with these for inspiration .....  Some of these would keep the colors all blue - the first and last picture for example.  Or, if you worked from the Dome of the Rock,  you could a gold body (maybe alternate rows or do 1x1 rows of different golds to keep the body from looking flat) with an intricate yoke and edges?
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Here's some initial color picks from Knitpicks in Palette ...
TurmericSemolinaCanaryMarinaJayAutumn HeatherWhirlpoolCreamCelestialDeltaGrassCalypso Heather

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Blame it on the out of date app

Yes, I'm not dead.  I kept trying to blog but the blogger app kept crapping out and taking my posts with it.  So, like a 3 year old I took my dollies and went home.
It's been almost a year since I moved up to Boston ahead of my family.  Wow. I can't believe it.  I miss my knitting people and great work friends in Atlanta but I have admit I love it here.  It's stressful, just insanely so, to uproot the whole family, dump your financial security, risk having your teen hate you forever.   But it's starting to come together.
Let me catch you up with some knitting.
First, I got a gift certificate to Quince and co for my coworker who was nice enough to take the Kaffe Fassett sweater I made, so once we got settled I went ahead and bought some Owl in togian and Nora Gaughan's Cable Sourcebook and designed this - please excuse the middle aged yoga pant thing:
That central cable was tough - I never got it memorized and had to follow the chart the whole sweater.  One nice thing though, since I had the book online, I just grabbed a screenshot of the cable and stuffed it into Evernote on my phone.  Here's the front...I might have gone a little too big on the cable collar?
I also did a couple linen stitch cowls for Christmas presents - those are a fun way to play with color and use up odds and end of sock yarn.  I probably have decades worth of yarn for such projects.  

And, I love Thea Coleman's work - it always fits beautifully and I always learn new things doing her patterns, so I'm trying out Plum Wine using Green Mountain Spinnery Mewesic in Atlantis.  I had a birthday gift certificate from last year so when their January sale went up, that was where it went.  I have to admit it's extremely green and that's not a color I wear a lot of these days, but it always makes such nice fabric and I really love my Dark and Stormy which was also in Mewesic.
But I think I need to do a color project again, like, another Fassett.  My train knitting has been a pair of black socks so I'm getting a little monochromed out.  Maybe I'll make some insane socks with my odds and ends.  It's funny, I feel so attached to these bags and bags of small balls of color, but why?  I have no real plans for them, they just seem to represent unfettered future creativity .... which is how people end up on Hoarders.
I've also done a couple pairs of Owlie mitts, and some socks and mittens.  Again, fun!  Again, not taking much of a bite out of my stash.
Oooh, and I almost forgot, I got a large undyed skein of Luminance from Knitpicks and I was thinking I'd dye it and make some kind of a scarf or shawl.  I think if I do dye it, the simpler the pattern the better.

I need to update this more regularly because it's hard to keep straight what I've posted about already.  :)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Mods for Ommagang

So, since I have knit this sweater twice, I may as well commit to memory what I did the second time.  

Basically, I followed the pattern directions backwards. I started with the neck and worked down.  After one row to set the cable pattern (see below for cable arrangement) and mark seams, I followed the short row directions for the back in reverse. Once that was done I worked in pattern increasing 1 st each side of the seams in purl every other row. I like using purl increases because using a knit seam line would sort of fight with the cable pattern. Working top down allowed me to adjust the body shaping as I went which I find much harder with bottom up patterns.  Basically from there I knit out the sleeves and body per directions to desires lengths and omitted ribbings. 

Cable arrangement front and back - for final body width, to arrange them at the neck to work down you'll use the center x number of sts called for by your size and work increased sts in pattern as you go:
Reverse stockinette st - twisted knit - 16 st cable - twisted knit - 4 st cable - twisted knit - 28 st cable - twisted knit - 4 st cable - twisted knit -16 st cable - twisted knit - reverse stockinette st

Cable arrangement for sleeves (both alike):
Reverse stockinette st - twisted knit - 4 st cable - twisted knit -16 st cable - twisted knit - 4 st cable - twisted knit - reverse stockinette st

You could also chart this out and mark all the increases beforehand if you less freewheeling than I am.  

Don't get me wrong, Thea's design is lovely and I adore this combination of cables but the original version just didn't work for me.  

The twice done sweater

Here are some pictures of my WIPx2, I'll post my mods later:

Friday, June 3, 2016

Armadillo launch!

Well, not really but I handed him off today - here are some pictures 

He's made out of left over Knitpicks comfy bulky and worsted/dk weight.  He's lovely and soft and snuggly and I over engineered his seams.  

Thursday, June 2, 2016

My little friend

I was working on this guy on the train this morning
Another armidillo but in very soft cotton blends. I like him. 
I'm also wearing my blue sweater I just finished. I'll try to get a picture of it on today.  

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Happy Memorial Day

We have spent our weekend so far biking along the NH sea coast and hiking Mount Monadnock.  I also finished he blue sweater and will post a picture soon but I need to block it. I've also started on an armidllio toy to use up some old knit picks cotton but those picture will have to wait too (so far it's just ears a back and half a head). So here are some pictures of hiking (we also played mini golf but that's not nearly as interesting). 

Thursday, May 19, 2016


So today we went running out on a trail by Lexington.  We this 
A coyote. 
And one of these (not my picture)
Yeah, that's a bobcat. 14 miles from Boston. 
Going work in my knitting now. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Parragon sweater

I'm nearly done with the body - it's cropped with a deep u neck which will get filled in somewhat with a decorative ribbing. The fabric is really nice, and I thinks it will look nice with a collared shirt underneath. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New routines

So, I got my bike tuned up and now I ride to the T.  It's not only relaxing and pretty, it's faster than the bus too (
Another thing I had sort of forgotten about living in NE is sleeping with your windows open.  Our neighborhood is really quiet despite being in a very densely populated place.  Also, our kitty likes the window view:

And finally, I took yesterday off so we could go get out licenses and register/inspect our cars. Yuck.  Not the most fun I've ever had - but now I have a temporary paper license with a very traumatized picture of myself.  😉

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ommagang picture and other new project

Okay, first off here's the reconfigured Ommagang:
I find tailoring size much easier to do top down and while I loved the idea of the asymmetrical pattern I just didn't think I'd wear it.  
So my current on the fly experiment is based on the cuffs for this - the mountain view cardigan:  Mines going to be a pullover with a deep u shaped neck. I'm using Parragon in navy and I really like it.  It's got a nice tight twist and a lovely hand.  Right now that project looks like a thnead so I'll snap a pic when it looks more like a sweater. 

New routine

So my family is here and life has sort of settled down. My son and I get on the bus together - he goes to high school and I keep going to Porter square. Except today when I couldn't find my key/badge holder when I got off the bus and nearly had a heart attack.  Haven't felt that awesome since all that airline commuting every weekend. :(
So, in knitting news - I got 90% done with Ommagang and didnt like it so I ripped it all out and reconfigured it. I rearranged the patterns so it's symmetrical and am working it from the top down. I like it much better this way and I'll have a picture soon.  I work on it in the bus as I ride to work (the red line is too crowded most of the time even if I can stand and knit - which I can do but you don't want to elbow people). A few days ago an elderly Asian lady got on the bus, noticed me and came over, sat next to me and started feeling my work and talking to me about it. I'm sure there are many reactions one could have to being manhandled on a bus, but I found it pretty cute. When she was satisfied,she went back to her original seat and smiled at me. 
I'm also working on a free form pattern out of my head based on a cuff pattern I saw on ravelry. I'll give all the details in my next post when I'm not walking through campus and typing.  :)
Here's a baby bunny - we have tons of rabbits all over campus

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Moving day

Not really, but our stuff is being loaded on the truck.  I wish I could say it was exciting but it's mostly just exhausting. However, I think the humans are doing better than the cat.  

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Getting there ...

Everyone who sees me working on thinks I'm doing this asymmetrical thing by accident. I really like it:
I think it will block nicely. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016


So, as I mentioned we are in the process of moving to New England. Of course we had to wait for the house to sell (on a side note I suggested we watch The Big Short recently - kind of a don't if you're selling or buying a house I guess, but I didn't think of that until after [typical me] and I really appreciated getting to watch Steve Carrell do some non-comedic work).  So I've been in Cambridge working (I now work at MIT) while the family stayed in Georgia waiting on the sale.  This could have been an expensive, depressing nightmare.  But I have have family willing to let me crash rent free - basically all spring - so I'm trying to be a good guest.

I wash dishes a lot and chip in for groceries.  

My sister feeds me and makes my bed while I'm gone. 

Not sure Jane Austen would consider my efforts sufficient ...

Jane aside, it's been really nice (my sister and I are 12.5 years apart in age) to have people who care how you're doing there at the end of the day and it's meant I've been able to fly home weekends.  They say you don't appreciate what you have till it's gone. Happily, my family isn't gone, they're actually very supportive but I appreciate them, and what a tight unit we are, far more than ever before.  I miss them all the time and have a whole new appreciation for why people don't choose to make big life changes like this. I think I used to think I was very durable but I'm starting to think maybe I was a bit
cavillier? I also forgot how exhausting it is to start a new job.  It's been a while. I've certainly found a new appreciation for living in the present. 

With any luck this will be over soon. Aa I write this I'm flying back to Boston (where we're supposed to get 4-6 inches of snow) so I will publish it when I land.  Here's what I've been knitting on the planes for the last month. While listening to Jane Eyre
And here's a shot out my window. 
Maybe I'll post pictures tomorrow if we get snow ....