Two Things

Good morning! Over the weekend I bound off and blocked my Debussy Shawl. I wore it this morning too while I had my quiet time with my coffee and reading. It was still a bit chilly this morning but we are in for some warmer, brighter days this week. Spring is coming soon!

I ended up doing only one extra repeat of chart 5 for a total of 8. The medium size has 7 and the large has 10. I weighed my remaining yarn between the end of the 7th repeat and the end of the 8th. I found that I used 35g for that repeat. I determined I would need at least 25-30g to do the final edge chart and at that time had 51g, so clearly there was not enough yarn to do anymore repeats of chart 5. I proceeded with the 18 rows of chart 6 and I have 21g left over.

I measured it this morning after being off the blocking pins for a little while. The long side, which is the diagonal edge is about 69″ and the shortest side is 41″. The measurement down from the top (longest edge) to the point, if you were wearing it like a triangle shawl is about 30″. So all that means it is pretty close to the largest size in Dee’s pattern even without the other two repeats. It’s a nice size but not huge.

I got straight to work on my gansey design after finishing the shawl. I decided to use my Classic Merino Superwash Sport yarn. I then decided that the Earl Grey would make a nice color that I hoped would show off the stitch patterns well. I know that traditionally ganseys were made with dark blue yarn and I did consider using my Midnight Blue, but I could see it in the Earl Grey in my head and went for it. I dyed 10 skeins, figuring I will probably use at least 6 for the 42″ sweater I am planning.

I worked up a stockinette swatch on size 4US needles and got a gauge of 5.5 stitches and 8.5 rows per inch. I used a remnant of Emerald for the plain swatch while waiting for the grey to dry. I spent some time perusing and selecting a stitch pattern arrangement. I graphed a portion for swatching and used the grey for that. I ended up making a minor change after knitting a few rows. Maybe you can see in the swatch that the ribbing between the double moss at the left side and the chevron in the middle. I changed that vertical column to seed stitch so it wouldn’t recede so much.

I like how the elements look next to each other. I began knitting the bottom welt last night. I am using size 3US needles for the garter welts and will do that for the definition ridges in the body and sleeves as well. I am doing the bottom welts separate for front and back and will join to work in the round leaving them separate but with a slight overlap at the side seam point. I did go with the channel island cast on for it. It’s a bit fiddly at first but not difficult once you get the rhythm down and it looks nice. I knit a 2″ long welt because I don’t like a welt that flips up.

Okay, that’s it for now. I should get the second welt done today and have it on the circular needles working the main body very soon. I am excited!

Favorite Socks

I just love these socks! They are so comfy and warm. The fit is perfect and they are definitely my new favorite pair of hand knit socks. I’m not sure if it’s the pattern or the yarn. I’ll probably be making this pattern again though. It as fast, interesting and easy.

I have been wearing my hand knit socks a lot this winter. I tend to wear them only when I am home for the winter since it’s hard to properly wash hand knit socks while traveling. I just save them up for the week and then just throw them in the sink with some shampoo to soak for awhile. When they have finished their bath I toss them in the washing machine for a rinse and spin cycle and lay them out to dry on the dryer or a table in the work room. Easy enough at home but more challenging in a hotel room. :-)

I have only one project left going at this point. I’m plugging away on my DeBussy shawl and have switched over to a longer needle. I have completed 4 of the chart repeats and joined on the second skein. I will see where I am on yarn supply and size when I complete the minimum of 7 repeats. I am thinking I would like it on the large side and I would rather use as much of the yarn as possible, so I may be going for the 10 repeats if I can.

I haven’t forgotten that gansey I want to start, so that may be happening soon now that I have only the one thing going.

Startitis

I have been stash diving this week and it appears that I have a bad case of startitis. This is a rare affliction for me. I am typically project monogamous. The other notable change is that none of these are booth samples. I know! It’s been awhile since I just knit some stuff on a whim, and it’s pretty fun actually.

So here’s what’s on my needles at the moment. Riveting, I know. :-)

First up is Debussy, which I have knit before as a booth sample in my DK weight Merino yarn but this one is just for fun in some Cestari Wool/Cotton blend that has been in my stash for about 10 years. It’s slightly rustic looking which I think will make a nice all-season wrap.

Next up is a pair of socks. It’s been too long since I made any socks and I wanted a variety to switch back and forth on. I decided to make a pair of Gridiron Socks, in another long marinating yarn. The story behind this yarn and the one in my other project below goes back to 2009. I was in a online group, I think it was on Ravelry originally, with a handful of other hand dyers. We decided to do a collaboration yarn club. I think we called it Fiber Baristas? Anyway, we each were dyeing up a unique colorway for one of the installments and agreed to send a skein to each other as well. It was fun and I am finally getting around to using a couple of mine.

This last project is a cowl pattern my second daughter wrote for me using my Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn about 10-12 years ago I think. It’s called Spiral Effect Cowl and I have made it a couple times before as a booth sample in that yarn. This one is made using another indie dyed yarn from the above club though. The cat (Mimi) is a bonus today. :-)

Oh, and I almost forgot! I finished my third booth sample I was knitting over the weekend before the stash dive. I think I will save that for another post after I can get a chance to get some better pictures maybe. Here’s sneak peek though.

A New Year and a New Shawl

I finished knitting Adelita on January 1 and got it blocked on Sunday. I like to show how lace looks prior to and after blocking because it’s still amazing to me. :-) This first one is obviously before it’s been blocked. It’s clearly not ready for wearing in this state.

The post blocking photos aren’t fantastic since the weather is terrible for outdoor photography but it’s what I have for today.

Much better, right? I forgot to measure it’s dimensions before but it’s much larger now for sure. It now measures 68″ x 24″. For those who don’t want to click through to the Ravelry link above, I used 1.66 (714yds.) skeins of Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn in the color Jade. I took me a little over 3 months, but I had three shawls going, so it would probably have taken 3-4 weeks if I only worked on this. I still have one more shawl on the needles, Simple Gifts. It doesn’t look much different from my last post, but I have been working on it some as well.

Oh, anyone remember that cake I made for Christmas? It was delicious. I guess it was worth all the fuss. :-)

Happy New Year!!

Bramwell and other knitting

I am currently in yarn label printing purgatory. But this too, shall pass. While I am baby sitting the printer I am multi-tasking by writing a blog post. It will take quite a while to print over 1900 labels so I might as well get something else done, right?

I did finally get my Bramwell Shawl blocked. The pictures aren’t the greatest due to gray weather today, but here’s what I have.

Here’s a pre-blocking picture just to show the texture. I used almost all of the three skeins of Classic Merino Superwash DK in Pewter. My left over ball is barely 15g. This was a fun knit and pretty quick. I probably could have finished it in 3-4 weeks if I hadn’t been switching between three projects.

The color is more accurate in the blocking shot than in this next one. It’s odd that the one below was taken outside and yet the color is off.

I have gotten back to the other two shawls when I have some time in the evenings. Here is Simple Gifts in Emerald Classic Merino Superwash Sport. I am getting close to the end of the first skein and am on the 3rd repeat of the main chart. The large size is 7 repeats. I’ll see when I get there if it’s big enough.

Last, but not least is my sock yarn project, Adelita. I am using Jade, which is one of my favorites of my recent colors from 2020. I am about to start the second skein and am halfway through chart 4.

Here’s a parting shot from the last two dye days.

Bramwell and other knitting

I am currently in yarn label printing purgatory. But this too, shall pass. While I am baby sitting the printer I am multi-tasking by writing a blog post. It will take quite a while to print over 1900 labels so I might as well get something else done, right?

I did finally get my Bramwell Shawl blocked. The pictures aren’t the greatest due to gray weather today, but here’s what I have.

Here’s a pre-blocking picture just to show the texture. I used almost all of the three skeins of Classic Merino Superwash DK in Pewter. My left over ball is barely 15g. This was a fun knit and pretty quick. I probably could have finished it in 3-4 weeks if I hadn’t been switching between three projects.

The color is more accurate in the blocking shot than in this next one. It’s odd that the one below was taken outside and yet the color is off.

I have gotten back to the other two shawls when I have some time in the evenings. Here is Simple Gifts in Emerald Classic Merino Superwash Sport. I am getting close to the end of the first skein and am on the 3rd repeat of the main chart. The large size is 7 repeats. I’ll see when I get there if it’s big enough.

Last, but not least is my sock yarn project, Adelita. I am using Jade, which is one of my favorites of my recent colors from 2020. I am about to start the second skein and am halfway through chart 4.

Here’s a parting shot from the last two dye days.

Shop Work

I have made good progress on my knitting projects which I will share next time. Today, I am going to talk about our production we have planned during the off season to prepare for next year.

We have bought lots and lots of lumber and yarn.

These slabs of cherry, walnut, maple, and Osage orange will be for turning. It will be mostly darning eggs and Nostepinnes and possibly some bowls.

We have also been culling out the property of brush and trees. Some of this Osage orange and maple will also be for turning when they have cured for awhile. Jerry is painting the ends to help reduced cracks while it dries

This is about 140 board feet of walnut waiting to be dimensioned for Yarn Swifts.

This was 210 board feet of cherry which will soon be yarn swifts also.

This is 400 pounds of undyed yarn. I am still waiting on a other 40 pounds of the Merino Bamboo which was back ordered. So, in the mean time, I am mixing up dye stocks and then mixing my colors so we are ready to get this all dyed up in the coming weeks.

We will be working our way through it as the weather permits. I can dye in inclement weather because I am under cover now, but I do still rely on outdoor lines for drying. With 1900 skeins to process that is the biggest problem this time of year. The good news is that we have plenty of time at the moment 😀.

Okay that’s it for today. Next time, knitting updates.

Lots to Catch Up On

Hi everyone, well I know there are at least a few of you out there. LOL! Sorry for the couple of weeks with no updates. Life just got a bit hectic and no time for blogging. So I’ll briefly bring you up to date.

A couple days after my last post I traveled up to Jefferson, WI for the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. The festival was wonderful! I did however have a slight mishap on the drive up. A deer came out of nowhere while I was driving through north central Illinois and I had hit the poor thing before I even knew it was there. It was just in front of me and I had no time or way to swerve. It could have been much worse, I know. I have no idea what happened to the deer either, I’m afraid. I drove on a mile or two with my heart pounding and thought I had better pull over on the side of the road and assess the damage. The deer was several miles back by then. Fortunately my truck was able to continue, but it looked a bit sad. :-(

I contacted my insurance company and they processed my claim within a couple days so I could have the body shop order the parts as soon as I got home. The problem was going to be getting the work done within the time I had at home. I needed my truck to pull the trailer to shows, which I had every weekend this month and into the first week of October. They called me the Thursday after I gave them the estimate and said my parts were in. I needed the truck that weekend to go to Yellow Springs, OH for the Wool Gathering so the repairs had to wait until my return the following Monday. Surprisingly the headlight and blinker still worked even if they were wonky, so it was not too bad having to drive it that way.

So off I went again, and the show was again great but you know how things happen in three’s? Yep, had a few more inconveniences while there. It is a tent show and it was pretty hot, but at least it wasn’t rainy. Looking on the bright side here, LOL. There were yellow jackets and flies everywhere and I got stung on the face Saturday morning. I wasn’t too bad at first and I hoped it would just be better by Sunday morning. Nope. It was worse.

It was more annoying than anything as it made it hard to see because my glasses sat funny, but as you can see I’m fine now. The swelling didn’t go completely away for about 5-6 days though. Oh, and the third annoying thing which I swore I would keep to myself but here I am sharing, was that I somehow forgot to pack underwear. LOL! I have never done that and it was a mistake that I will be forever diligent not to repeat. No guest laundry at the hotel either. I will spare you further details. LOL!

I hurried home on that Monday after Wool Gathering and dropped off the truck for repairs. I reminded them, since they had assured me they would work with me to make sure I had my truck when I needed it, that I had to have it back by Wednesday afternoon. I needed to leave again early Thursday morning for Virginia for the two festivals I had there the next two consecutive weekends. They come through for me! I was so happy to have it back all pretty again. :-)

Which brings me up to the present. The Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival was this past weekend and it was perfect. The weather has been beautiful so far and attendance was great! I will be staying here at this hotel until Friday and then moving down to Orange, VA for the Fall Fiber Festival . I don’t have much plans other than maybe doing some reading and knitting. I’m boring, I know, but it’s honestly what I love most to do when I have time to myself. I do miss my family and feel a bit home sick this morning. It just isn’t worth the long drive home and back up in three days, so it makes more sense to stay through.

Okay, before I close I’ll show you the progress I have made on my Flagstaff shawl. It’s a fun one and I may very well finish it while I am here. I am almost done with chart 6 out of 7. See you soon!

Vintage Diamonds Cardigan

I have finally published my Vintage Diamonds Cardigan pattern. You can purchase it on Ravelry or on my website for $7.

The grey one is the first one I knit, of course. Just to refresh your memory, it is the medium size, about 18 months. I used 600 yards of Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn in Graphite.

The red one is the smallest size which is about 6 months. I used about 400 yards of Classic Merino Bamboo yarn in Crimson. As you can see I opted to leave off the embroidery for this one. I like it both ways so it seemed like a nice idea to have each option visually available in the blog.

I will have these on display this weekend at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. I am leaving on Wednesday for the show. I hope to get some more progress on my shawl during down time.

New Lacy Knitting

I have a new project on the needles to show you this morning. I finished the Vintage Diamonds Cardigan but I am saving that for another post when I have the pattern ready for release.

I have been itching to start this new lace shawl and it is a fun one. This is a design of Dee O’Keefe called Flagstaff that I just love! I have been waiting for the perfect design to use one of my favorite new colors from last year, Glacier. I am using my Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn for this.

I am still one the first chart that you repeat seven times, but I am on the fifth repeat so I’ll soon be moving on to a new lace section.

See you soon 😊.