Showing posts from June, 2012

Old Flame

Brooklet has to be one of the most instantly gratifying patterns I've ever knit. It's nearly done and I just love how it's turning out.  I probably would have been done sooner had I not encountered the inevitable tink-backs.

It's moments like these when I ask myself, am I a process knitter? Or a product knitter?  To be honest, I still can't answer that question. Maybe I'm a little bit of both. The only conclusion I can come to is that I'm an ADD knitter, and perhaps even a serial knitter.

It's true. After falling in love with a pattern, at some point my eye begins to wander. Sounds like a bad case of startitus, but it's hard to chalk it up to a mere fiber disease when each project I pursue feels like a relationship. Some are romantic. Some mere infatuations. Some are summer flings... like socks. (We all know how easy socks can be).

Lately, I've gotten better at finishing what I start, but when I fall for another pattern I can't WAIT to fini…

Episode 45: Endangered UFOs

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Podcast Promo: Twin Needle Podcast featuring Maria & TiniA wonderful knitting podcast from Germany (recorded in English) be sure to give them a listen! :)

Off the Needles:
Color Affection / Dream in Color Smooshy using Blue Sage, Gray Tabby and Happy Forrest
On the Needles: 
Brooklet cowl - Madtosh Merino Light in Edison Bulb and AntlerVanilla socks - Knit Picks Felici Fingering in Building Blocks ColorwayPomme De Pin - Blue Moon Fiber Arts BFL in Deep Unrelenting Gray

How To Avoid Endangered UFOs:
If you invested in quality fiber, remind yourself how much you spent. It would be a pity to see it languish.Get reinspired by browsing the same project on Ravelry. Remind yourself why you fell in love with the pattern. Dedicate a little time each day to work on the project. 15, 30 minutes to an hour. It'll be slow-going at least you won't feel guilty about neglecting it. Stash Bust Army
Sweet Dreams by Boo KnitsFa Fa Fa Socks by Lois LeongMystery Shawl 2012: Rockefeller b…

Wild Things

My Color Affection is FIN! I have to say, this was one of the greatest relationships I ever had with a knitting project. Despite the endless miles of stockinette, I loved knitting every stitch of it! Yes, I would love to knit another-- And I will! But for sanity's sake, I'm holding off. If you can imagine, I'm craving something a bit more intricate and involved.

But allow me to wax poetic for a moment. It's not until I completed Color Affection that I realized how GENIUS the pattern is. Not to mention, you can't get over how genius it is while knitting it, but once you actually finish, block, and WEAR it... it all comes together. This is how ALL wrap shawls should be made. You wrap it. It stays. You look marvelous. 'Nuff said!
So that's my ode to Color Affection. If Ms. Välimäki is reading this, thank you for creating such a wonderfully satisfying pattern.
And now, without further ado, I give you a few snaps from the Bronx Zoo! (t'hehe, that rhymed…

Yarn & Prejudice

It's been a while since I had one of those "ah-ha!" moments in knitting-- especially now, since most of my projects involve miles of stockinette. It's great when these little surprises sort of sneak up on you.

A recent post by Jane Richmondenabled inspired me to order some KnitPicks (self-striping) Felici. OK, I never had the urge to knit with self-striping yarn ... In fact, I was quite prejudice in thinking that it was for the knitter who was too lazy to switch colors (Yeah, I know. I'm AWFUL)!

NOW, I understand that it's not about being lazy. Of course,  it's all about color love! One look at Jane's socks and I was convinced that I needed to knit a pair myself.

So onto I went. Luckily, they were having a sale and helped myself to two skeins of Felici in their Building Blocks colorway.

I also noticed Jane opted for a 'short-row' heel-- which makes for a clean transition between stripes. Confession: I have never attempted a sh…

Episode 44: Chincoteague Revisited

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On The Needles:
Color Affection Shawl, Dream in Color Smooshy, Colorways: Happy Forrest, Gray Tabby and Green SageVanilla Socks, Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Spring BlossomsPomme de Pin Cardigan, BMFA BFL in Deep Unrelenting GrayStash Bust Army: 
Kiran - Triangle Shawl by Katherine MatthewsBrooklet by Cecily Glowik MacDonaldBreaking Hearts Socks by Cristi H. BrockwayMisc. Mentions:
Knitmore GirlsRound the Twist With CarinTV Knitting PodcastMore about Chincoteague

Smooshy & Sappy

For Memorial Day weekend, me and Dennis went back to Chincoteague... an island off the coast of Virginia. (Some knitters might recall it as a pattern featured in Interweave Knits, Weekend 2010... but I digress) Actually, it's known for it's National Seashore, where wild ponies are free to roam!

Dennis had already been a few times with his family, and once before with me... about two years ago! The decision to go back was a pretty spontaneous, and last minute. We had originally wanted to go to the Cape, but the south promised warmer weather and (twist my arm) ponies! So that Friday after work, we packed our bags and were off. We didn't get there until about 2am! Needless today, we slept in that morning.

As for knitting, I packed my Pomme de pin cardigan, vanilla socks and Color Affection Shawl. As it turns out, I knit on my Color Affection Shawl for most of the vacation. I just couldn't put the thing down! It's so addicting, watching all the colorful stripes grow!…