Almost Break Time…Sort Of

I am leaving tomorrow for Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair in Newark. It is a one day show, Saturday 9-5. I will be doing the set up before the show Saturday morning and then packing up at 5. It’s a challenge to do that but it will be fine. I did it last year. So I am driving up tomorrow and will be home on Sunday afternoon.

After this I will be home until the second week in August. That sounds like a break, and it is, but while I am home we will be dyeing this yarn that arrived yesterday.

That is over 450 pounds of yarn. I am looking forward to using my new drying lines though, so there is that. 😁

In knitting news, I am about to start chart 2 on my Midlothian shawl. I thought I was done with chart 1 and had done 6 rows of chart 2. I began row 7 and I had too many stitches for it to work. So, after an investigation and ripping out those 6.5 rows, I am ready to go again. I will be doing one more repeat of chart 1 for a total of 23 instead of 21. I really hope this won’t necessitate using more than 2 skeins. It was either this option or I would have to rip back 4 more rows.

I still haven’t started my other shawl or the second sock. I was sorely tempted last night to avoid the ripping back until later but I pushed through. πŸ™ƒ See you soon 😊.

Miscellaneous updates

I am very excited about the new drying lines. We ended up with 7 which is almost double what we had before. But that’s not the best part; the proximity to our work area is going to be awesome. I can even see it from in the house looking out any back window. That’s a big help when rain is threatening or if it’s windy, for checking on things.

This was taken from under the cover where we set out the dye pots. Our old lines were way over on the other side of the work shop (the green sided building). This location cuts the distance in half at least, and that’s just our lines. Our neighbor’s that we used are even farther. We will be putting these new lines to use in just a few weeks. We have an order of new yarn arriving very soon to restock for the second half of the festival season.

Now on to knitting updates. I finished the first Gridiron sock.

I cast on Midlothian with my Classic Merino Superwash Sport in Cerulean. It doesn’t look like much yet. It’s just a wee baby shawl still.

Because I was asked to share booth pictures from the Great Lakes Fiber Show, here ya go. The weather was pretty nice and we had a good turn out, especially on Saturday.

I have today and tomorrow at home and then I am off to Franklin, IN for Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival. I got some house cleaning, and school work with my youngest son done today. I also made a pot of spaghetti sauce for dinner. It’s actually good to be able to slow down for a couple days and reconnect with my home and family. It’s nice to travel and meet with the knitters at festivals but it’s even better to come home.

Speaking of home and good things, I want to share one last set of pictures of our garden. I can take absolutely no credit for it. It’s all Jerry’s doing and he is pretty good at it. I can’t wait for fresh veggies. πŸ™‚

Some Knitting and Dye Studio Upgrade

I have been knitting on my Gridiron sock. I am almost to the toe decreases on this first sock. I have not cast on yet for my two booth samples but as you can see I have wound a skein of each of the yarns and put them in my knitting bag. I brought them along on my trip to Wooster, OH in hopes of a bit of time to start them.

I will be setting up the booth this morning for the Great Lakes Fiber Show but if I get done early enough I can squeeze in some time to knit tonight.

In other news, while I am away this weekend, my husband is busy upgrading our yarn drying lines. Here is what we have so far. I am excited about this. Not only will there be more room but they are right next to our work area instead of on the other side of the yard. It’s going to be great!

He took this picture yesterday. I’ll update when I get home with the progress.

Another Gansey Update

I am excited to report that I have progressed to the sleeves on my Gansey.

I have worked the first shoulder strap and left the stitches on a holder while I am working the second one.

I find I prefer using dpns for this part. I will probably continue to use them for the sleeves although it would be okay if you want to use circulars too. I just tend to like dpns better.

My next step will be to pick up stitches on the front and back sleeve opening to be added to the shoulder strap and gusset stitches and work the sleeves in the round. I have my charts all ready to use for those. I am really having fun making this sweater. πŸ™‚

Friday Progess Report

Good day all! Hope you are enjoying the beginning of spring. We are experiencing a little bit of lingering cool gray weather this week but it will be warmer next week.

Wild violets, I think
My Oregano is coming back nicely

I thought I’d update you on the gansey project today. I am beyond the underarm gusset and working the upper body halves flat now.

I took this picture yesterday and measured it again. The gauge was still coming up smaller than I had planned for based on the swatch. I decided to heat up my iron and give it a quick steam to see if that would help.

I don’t know if it’s obvious looking here but the steaming did help. I feel a bit more confident that it will be at least pretty close to the intended size. In a relaxed state it measures easily as 40″ or so. I wanted 42″, which I hope can be achieved with a wet block and some pinning out.

Gansey Progress

I had a very successful show this past weekend in Raleigh, NC at the Carolina Fiber Festival. It was very exhausting too and I am glad to be back home for a bit.

I thought I would share these two photos of the booth because they show my newest samples which you watched the progress of recently.

So that brings me to the current state of my gansey. It is looking great. I am to the point where I am beginning the underarm gusset. I am annoyed however that, as usual for me, swatches lie. My gauge was 22 stitches in 4 inches in the swatch and is currently 25 stitches in 4 inches. To be fair the sweater is not washed and blocked so we will see. I thought it was looking a bit small. It will be fine regardless as far as the pattern since I can just change that, but it’s not gonna fit me comfortably at its current dimensions. Sigh.

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.

Friday FO

Does it count as a FO if it’s just halfway to a pair though? πŸ€”

I have also made some progress on my DeBussy shawl since finishing the first Gridiron sock. It’s not alot different from last time but I am on the main chart now that gets repeated 7x or 10x, depending on what size you want. I’ll see how my yarn is holding out once I get 7 repeats done. I am currently on the second repeat.

We have had a spell of cold, grey, wet days this week. Thankfully we didn’t get much ice overnight from the storm. There may be a slight glaze but we have power and internet. It’s a good day to get in some knitting I think. πŸ˜‰

Weekend Post

I don’t post on the weekend very often but I am having a quiet morning and thought I would take advantage of it. I have made a fair amount of progress on all three of my knitting projects. Thanks for all the kind comments on them. 😊

First is the Spiral Effect Cowl. I am enjoying the rhythm of the stitch pattern and the cheerful colors.

Next is the DeBussy shawl. This is a fun pattern too. Just interesting enough without requiring too much attention for Netflix knitting. πŸ˜‰ I like this yarn so far and am interested to see how it behaves after blocking since it’s 75% cotton and 25% wool.

Lastly is my Sock in progress, Gridiron socks. This is also great for watching or listening to something while you knit. I haven’t made any socks for awhile so I am enjoying the process again and looking forward to wearing them too.

Oh and since someone asked in my last post about the device my sock in progress is in, I’ll tell you a bit about it. It’s a stitch keeper which we make and we call it a Sock Keeper. Its purpose is to keep your double pointed needles from sliding out of your project while it is in your knitting bag. It can be for any dpn project that is on smaller needle sizes. I have used it for gloves, mittens, sleeves, etc.

Ok, I better close since it’s getting late and there’s some work to be done before I can get back to my knitting. πŸ™‚