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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.


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!).


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!


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


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



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


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


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.


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.


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


Tour de Fleece 2014 Wrap-Up


Tour de Fleece is over is this is what I accomplished: one finished skein of two-ply (but it’s big!) and one project started.


  • On Ravelry: Double the Hedgehog, Double the Fog
  • Fiber: two braids of Lanitium Ex Machina 100% Norwegian, colorways Hedgehog in the Fog and Suolaheinä
  • Yardage: 298 m (654 yd)
  • Skein weight: 221 g (7.8 oz)
  • Grist: 270 m/100 g or 1343 ypp
  • Plies: 2
  • Yarn weight: DK

It’s a huge skein and I was able to fit it all in one Sonata jumbo bobbin!



The second spinning project that is (barely) started is Polwarth that I dyed last summer. It started drafting out really fine so this is going to take a while…

Finally, FO pics of the Birds of a Feather mystery shawl. It’s an odd shape and size, and I’m not sure whether I’m entirely pleased with it. I really don’t know how to wear it, that’s for sure.

WIP Wednesday: It’s Easy Being Green

Look, I’ve cast on a new cardigan!


It’s Lush by tincanknits, knit in perfect-for-summer DROPS Cotton Merino. I’m in love with this project — it’s all I want to work on despite the numerous projects on my needles.



Can’t wait to finish it!

Because kitties need crochet stuff, too.

WIP Wednesday - Tour de Fleece 2014, Week 2

Both singles are finished and my jumbo flyer arrived! This should do the trick. :)

reblogged from madamedefargeknits



Ginkgo Shawl Complete!

I love my new shoulder shawl. Mini shawl? Shawlette? My intern was questioning what you call this thing. Made with noochfiber Central Park Fingering yarn, which was lovely. So of course I had to take some “super artistic” lens flare shots, gah, so artsy…
Well I did make the thing in a moment of Art Nouveau inspiration…

Lovely shawl knit with Nooch Fiber! :)  Wow!  

It looks like all the knit stitches have been worked through the back loop.

Whad’ya know, I did have enough yarn after all. Braid Hills is finished and I found the perfect buttons for it. The scoop neck is much deeper than I usually wear but it suits the design.

I misread the pattern and started knitting the twisted-stitch chart from the bottom edge instead of doing modified twisted rib. For symmetry, I repeated my “mistake” for the neckband. Started to run low on yarn when knitting the sleeves so I only did one chart repeat after decreases, then a 5 cm cuff. Had the perfect 3/4-length sleeves but they grew in blocking!

Captain Scarlet turned into Captain Terracotta! I’m surprised at how even the color turned out in the finished skein, I was expecting more pronounced color changes.

This would make a great Quaker Yarn Stretcher Boomerang.

Or maybe Wild Cherry? Oh, the choices!

WIP Wednesday - Tour de Fleece 2014

Tour de Fleece 2014 started on July 5th, and I’ve been busy spinning. Welllll, not really busy — I’m taking it easy and trying to spin a bit every day, a few moments here and there.

My first goal is to spin these two braids of Lanitium Ex Machina dyed Norwegian wool, then ply them together.


Putting them side by side, I was really amazed at how similar they are, even though they’re different colorways. Left: Hedgehog in the Fog, right: Suolaheinä from a 2013 fiber club.

I’m halfway completed already — the first braid is done and I’ve ordered a jumbo flyer and bobbin to hopefully ply the two together without having to break yarn.

And this is the 1975 Russian animation that inspired the colorway.