blogging a fiber craft life with lots or yarn and two cats

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Results from this summer’s second fiber dyeing session. This time the theme was purples and greens.

This humbug Jacob…

became a spooky, murky Troll Forest.

And this natural Finn top…

became Chocolate & Berries, a mix of reds, purples, and brown.

Now I just have to find the time to spin them!


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#Repost from @lucyandnorman: an incredible rainbow of Grandpa Cardis!!! ❤️ #jojiknits #grandpacardi It takes a rainbow! #rhinebeck

Amazing array of Joji Locatelli's Grandpa Cardigans, from this year’s Rhinebeck.
#Repost from @lucyandnorman: an incredible rainbow of Grandpa Cardis!!! ❤️ #jojiknits #grandpacardi It takes a rainbow! #rhinebeck
Amazing array of Joji Locatelli's Grandpa Cardigans, from this year’s Rhinebeck.

A long overdue knit that needs no introduction. Over 12,000 projects on Ravelry and here’s mine.

Some patterns look stunning but are really simple to knit. These weren’t.

For starters, the pattern was written flat, then seamed. I obviously didn’t because, hello, not insane.

Second, there were two charts, the cable and the berry vine chart, but the charts were separate and had a different number of rows per repeat. Which meant you had to track each separately — or would have, had I not re-charted the pattern in Excel. (Ha, beat you, stupid pattern!)

Then, the bobbles. I like the look of them but they’re a PITA to execute. I tried a few different methods and came up with a sort of w&t one that doesn’t leave huge gaping holes. Still not entirely pleased.

Finally, the yarn consumption. See: bobbles. The mitts took 50 g of yarn — each! And would’ve used a whole lot more if done according to pattern. The pattern has you cast on nearly 70 sts for the cuff. In DK weight. For the smaller size. Seriously.

  • On Raverly: Berry & Plum
  • Pattern: Berry mittens by Martin Storey, from Rowan’s Aran Knits
  • Yarn: 2 skeins (210 yds/192 m) of Cleckheaton Country Naturals 8 Ply in #1837 Plum
  • Needles: 3.0 mm for ribbing, 3.5 mm for the rest
  • Mods: CO 58 sts, 1x1 twisted rib for 10 rounds, inc 1 st to 59 sts. Knit all knit stitches in the Berry chart tbl.

The mitts are very cute, and I’ve been wearing them lots because they’re really cushy and warm. But would never knit them again.

This pattern hit like a million volts. I had the perfect yarn in stash so nothing stopped me from casting on.

New Etsy Favorite: Merino/sparkle - This is Halloween (5th Anniversary remix) by Yarngrimoire (24.00 EUR)

New Etsy Favorite: Merino/sparkle - This is Halloween (5th Anniversary remix) by Yarngrimoire (24.00 EUR)

This is the tale of a project from fiber to FO.

Soon after getting my spinning wheel (in 2008!), I ordered spinning fiber from the now-defunct FreckleFaceFibers Etsy shop (which is sad, because she had some amazing stuff). It was the first thing spun on the wheel, and the first time I tried Navajo plying. And of course it showed — the yarn was terribly over-plied, kinked and ropey. The finished yarn was buried in the stash, waiting for the perfect project to show the subtle striping.

Then my friend Heidi designed yet another beautiful shawl and I knew this was it.

The finished shawl was soaked in warm water with wool wash, then with hair conditioner — and it softened considerably. It feels woolly and Falkland-y but not at all scratchy. Perfect!

I like to pair accessories that are not too matchy-matchy but similar enough in some sense, be it in color or other design feature. This time it’s color — a complete trilogy of fire-themed accessories with the FallFireberry Mitts and Fuego hat.

  • On Ravely: Fire Flowers
  • Pattern: Echo Flower Shawl by Jenny Johnson Johnen (free pattern)
  • Yarn: 451 yds/413 m of Malabrigo Yarn Lace in #16 Glazed Carrot
  • Needles: 4.5 mm for the body, 5.0 mm for border and edging
  • Mods: Garter-tab cast on, 10 repeats of the flower chart, seed beads instead of nupps.

Whoops, it’s been a while since I last blogged. I have no excuse other than being terribly lazy.

Here’s my new favorite summer cardigan. I’m completely in love with how this turned out!

Circular yokes look lovely but often have some fit issues (unless short rows are used). But this pattern fits just perfectly and no short rows are needed. The pattern is a bit pricey — $7 for a cardigan that’s mostly stockinette — but totally worth it. Highly recommended!

WIP Wednesday: Bitten by Startitis

All of a sudden, I have a bunch of new stuff on the needles — again. How did this happen? I blame the elves.

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Autumn in the Ozarks mitts have progressed nicely, they’re already past the thumb gusset increases. And I’ve got a new project bag (thank you, Johanna!).

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Cast on another pair of heavily textured mitts, Berry by Martin Storey of Rowan. Only thumbs and the final ribbing to go but I’m running dangerously low on yarn. Those bobbles are yarn eaters!

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Aaaand I’ve cast on a new cardigan, Patti Waters’ Titan Jacket. Except I’m going to make it into a hoodie — hopefully.

Smitten

Do you ever get that feeling when you see a new pattern on Ravelry and HAVE TO CAST ON RIGHT NOW OMG!?

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Yup, happened to me with Autumn in the Ozarks. The sample mitts are knitted in Madelinetosh DK so no wonder they’re gorgeous.

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I’m using Fyberspates Vivacious DK in “Deep Forest”. Should be pretty!

I had an irresistible urge to crochet an owl key chain. And then I couldn’t stop…

  • On Ravelry: Owlets
  • Pattern: Little owl by Johanna Harjula (free download on Ravelry)
  • Yarn: sock yarn scraps, about 10-15 yards for each owl
  • Hook. 2.0 mm
  • Other materials: safety eyes, white felt, polyfill, split rings, orange scrap yarn for embroidering the beak

HOOT HOOT!

New Etsy Favorite: Polwarth Coffee break 106g by KeesiIndustries (16.00 EUR)

New Etsy Favorite: Polwarth Coffee break 106g by KeesiIndustries (16.00 EUR)

New Etsy Favorite: Polwarth Apple martini 105g by KeesiIndustries (16.00 EUR)

New Etsy Favorite: Polwarth Apple martini 105g by KeesiIndustries (16.00 EUR)

WIP Wednesday: Mad About Shawls

How did this happen? I have three shawls on the needles.

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The Echo Flower Shawl started in June is almost done — only four more rows to go and then bind off.

My friend Heidi is a genius shawl designer. I couldn’t resist her latest design, Nurmilintu (it’s free on Ravelry!), and had to cast on the very night we got back from a weekend trip.

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And because it’s such a fun and easy pattern, I cast on another one! Oopsie.

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