Day 14 (30 Day Knitting Challenge)

Day 14 (30 Day Knitting Challenge)

Day 14: What’s the worst yarn/fiber that you’ve worked with and why?

I know exactly which yarn I am going to bash.  Well, in defense of the yarn, I must confess something.  I am a bona fide tight wad.  I will take it as cheap as I can get it…well, most things.  But, when I was learning how to knit a few years ago, I was trying to build my stash and was finding supplies in places I never thought I would find them!

I was shopping at a local Big Lots store and found, of all things, yarn!  I was in heaven!  Each skein was about 50 grams and sold for only $1!  I must have put about 30 in my cart, two of each style.  As I found much better quality yarn, the Big Lots yarn fell to the bottom of the stash and was forgotten about.  Until this year.

I have been on a stash busting thing, trying to get rid of the lower quality yarns I purchased in the beginning.  This yarn was one of them.

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The yarn brand is Gala Yarns and claims to be 100% Acrylic (which I don’t doubt), but all the yarns in this line are claimed to be 100% recycled.  At the time I purchased it, all I knew was that I loved the color and it was oh, so soft!

Well, eventually I found a project for it!

Leaves in Sequence by Eleni Paraschou

Leaves in Sequence by Eleni Paraschou

It was a test knit and when I thought a cowl with leaves, I thought of this super soft, buttery, burgundy acrylic.  The knitting process was nice, it felt so good in my hands, but alas, there was one problem.

Despite the anti-curling edging added by the designer, the cowl curled.  Even after being blocked, steamed and left alone for months…it curls….

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There is nothing worse than a curling piece that you spent so much time on!  I am absolutely not casting blame on the designer…this is purely the fault of the yarn.

So, while I love the way this yarn feels and looks, the curling makes it unwearable and thus, is my least favorite yarn.

Eh, you get what you pay for!

FO Friday

FO Friday

I am so happy to have two Finished Object Friday posts in a row!  Despite having started the new job!  Well, here she is:

A Stork's Nest Wrap

A Stork’s Nest Wrap

The piece is derived from an Estonian lace scarf pattern by Nancy Bush and an old Estonian lace edging pattern by Olga Jamovidova.

DSC_8115I knitted the wrap for a group that I belong to on Ravelry…the challenge was to knit a lace pattern in variegated yarn.  Now that was hard!  It literally took me over a week to decide on a pattern.  The problem with knitting lace with such a high-contrast variegated yarn is that you run the risk of losing the knitting pattern in the color changes.  Others chose to knit with lower contrast yarn, but what is the challenge in that?  Just my opinion, but an opinion just the same!

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The edges were actually grafted on the scarf, which was a task in itself!  I have grafted with stockinette many times before, but you have to keep the yarn really loose with grafting lace…as I have learned!

I plan on wearing this on the back patio on chilly nights while I indulge in reading…my other fun thing to do!

Here are specifics on the pattern:

A Stork’s Nest Scarf  by Nancy Bush

Edge Lace Sylvia by Olga Jamovidova

Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted Fingering Yarn in Make Believe

Day 13 (30 Day Knitting Challenge)

Day 13 (30 Day Knitting Challenge)

Day 13: Do you have yarn that you love but can’t find a project for?

Well, yes, in fact, I do have a yarn that I can’t find a project for!  I won this merino wool finger weight in this gorgeous colorway called Bo (Lost Girl) from Fish Belly FiberWorks a few months ago.  The colorway was created and named after Bo in Lost Girl.  I have never seen the show, but it sure reminds me of Caribbean coral and the gorgeous turquoise waters where it can be found.  But the problem is, I cannot find the perfect project for it!

Bo from Fish Belly FiberWorks

Bo from Fish Belly FiberWorks

It is definitely going to be something summery that I can take to the Crystal Coast of North Carolina the next time I am blessed enough to go…

Bo from Fish Belly FiberWorks

Bo from Fish Belly FiberWorks

I am thinking a nice shoulder wrap for chilly midnight beach walks…

like this…

Ginkgo Shoulderette Shawl by Maggie Magali

Ginkgo Shoulderette Shawl by Maggie Magali

or this….

Damask by Kitman Figueroa

Damask by Kitman Figueroa

or even this…

Bryce Canyon Shawl by verybusymonkey

Bryce Canyon Shawl by verybusymonkey

The trick is going to be the perfect pattern to show off the variegation in the yarn.  That’s going to be tough!!!

Do you have one of those yarns that is just too picky for every pattern you showed it?

FO Friday

FO Friday

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I actually have something to contribute this Friday!  Since I started working again, I have not had much time to knit, something I am very sad for seeing as though knitting is just about all I can do anymore with this hand of mine.  My job is quite untaxing…I am just cashing at a local small-town hardware store, so the biggest challenge I have is making change with my right hand…it moves so much slower than the rest of me :(

Anyway, I finished the Tartine Hat by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes.

Tartine

Tartine

 

What a cute little frenchy hat!  It is being modeled by my beautiful daughter, Tayelor, who, by the way, used to love all things French…that is until she took French in high school.  Let’s just say that the woman teaching should have left teaching long ago and her poor attitude towards students caused my daughter to hate the language.  Shame.  These are the times that tenure should not be in existence.

Tartine

Tartine

The hat features a scalloped shell knit edge, which took me some time to master before I could actually start the hat…maybe five or six tries, and the tie on the bottom is a simple twist with two yarns.  Super cute!

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Tartine

Anyway, I knitted Tartine with finger weight black softball cotton and a lace weight cotton/rayon blend held double with size 10 mercerized cotton.  The two lace yarns actually worked very well to make a finger weight…you can’t even really tell there are two yarns/threads involved!  All of the yarns/threads were purchased on cones at my local weaving shop, so I don’t even have manufacturer info to share.  I did knit these on US Size O needles, as my tension is super-loose with my hand.  A normal knitter would probably knit on US Size 3.

Do you have any FO’s this week?  If so, share…even if it’s not knitting!

Day 12 (30 Day Knitting Challenge)

Day 12 (30 Day Knitting Challenge)


Day 12: Where do you keep your stash? Post pictures!

I kinda have stash envy with some of the pictures of HUGE stashes you find on Ravelry.  But, I have quite a nice little collection.  Most of which came from my Mom, clearance sales and a weaving store near me which sells on the cone for super-cheap.

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I keep my stash in a corner my old studio/office upstairs.  It has since become a spare bedroom, but with my little knitting stash in tucked in.  The circular tins in the bottom left of the above picture are filled with antique buttons and the blue and grey box in the upper left are filled with vintage and antique and hand dyed ribbons.  Some day, I will have to share my antique buttons with you.

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All of the furniture to hold my wonderful fibers were left-over from my business.  It kind of pains me to see it sometimes, but then I remember that I will always have the memory of owning a successful business at one time.

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Believe me, if I had it my way, I would completely fill the whole room, but alas, knitting has gotten quite expensive over the last few years, so I am trying to work through my current stash before adding to it.

So, what does your stash look like?

WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday

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Yay!  I actually have some WIPs to share today!  I have actually been able to get some knitting done.  I am so happy!  I even have a Finished Object to share on Friday.  Wow…productive week!

First up is a lace knitting challenge for April/May I am knitting for a lace knitters group on Ravelry.  The challenge is to knit a lace piece using at least 350 yards of yarn, and each month, you have to satisfy a particular challenge.  April’s challenge is to knit with a variegated yarn.  Oooo…now that’s hard.  I was so afraid of losing the lace pattern in a short-repeating variegated yarn, so I chose a simple repeated pattern, Stork’s Nest by Nancy Bush I had in a copy of Knitting Traditions, one of my favorite knitting magazines.   Stork’s Nest uses an Estonian inspired motif, and since I have been studying Estonian knitting, what a great practice piece!

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To further challenge myself, I chose an Estonian border called Edge Lace Silvia.

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To do this, I knit a length of the lace edge, then placed it on a waste yarn for later.  I then knit another lace edge, then continued with the Stork Nest pattern.  After my yarn runs out, I will graft the first lace edge to the end of the scarf.  Challenging for me, but I am sure I will be fine.

Next, I have an update on my mood scarf.  Sure, I am a few days behind…I was caught up with last Friday, but had my grandson for the weekend, then started a job this week, so I have got to get back in the swing of things…on a difference schedule.  But here is my progress before my grandson came.

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As a reminder, I knit two rows every night creating a stripe of color for the day that reflects what my mood was.  Teal is super-good mood, White is “it was a good day”, Purple is  bad, bad day and Charcoal is a migraine day.  So far, April seems to be a good month!  And only two migraines!

What’s on your needles right now?

Day 11 (30 Day Knitting Challenge)

Day 11 (30 Day Knitting Challenge)

Day 11: Do you have a “Knitter Hero” or someone that is just way too awesome for their own good? Do share!

I really am not sure if I have an actual “Knitter Hero”.  I guess I never really thought about it before.  However, one person does come to mind.  Linda Browning (tinyknit).  Linda designs sweet and gorgeous shawls and accessories, then uses the proceeds of some of them for charity donations.  Now, that is a Knitter Hero!

Lissome by Linda Browning

Lissome by Linda Browning