It’s really feeling wintery all over the country, and we got a little taste of that today in the northwest. It actually snowed!
Now I’ll admit it’s not much snow (nothing like we used to get in upstate NY!), but it still evokes a ‘hot chocolate kind of day’. On days like this, I just want to curl up on the couch with a warm mug of cocoa and some woolly knitting. if this weather keeps up, I might just be able to finish my Full Circle sweater!
I have a great love for single ply. Obviously there are some cons – mostly that it pills more easily and can be splitty to work with. But we have such yummy single-ply yarns that I can’t help but love them!
Since I’ve finally put the finishing touches on my favorite Icelandic coat, I’ve been itching to start another Icelandic style sweater. The natural choice is a single-ply, as that’s what Lopi-style yarns are. Before it’s all gone, I had to get my hands on some Full Circle Worsted in the most cheerful green – Tomatillo – and get to work!
I don’t know if it’s the suddenly dark evenings, the rainy weather, or the fact that Eggnog Lattes are back in season, but I’ve seriously been a homebody the last couple of weeks. I’ve always been a fan of knitting lovely winter and fall items to wear, but this year I got a bug in my ear for home items. So when, over the course of preserving the innards of seven Halloween pumpkins, my favorite kitchen towels started to give up on me, I decided to just make my own!
Update: The pattern is now available for free!
We were out to dinner last night and it was a bit breezy and cold. It was ideal for the Swarm of Bees sweater by Lisa Kereliuk in Reclaimed. Just the incentive I needed to cast-on and get started. It’s a good thing I took the time to work the swatches.
When the samples of Diadem first arrived in our office, the thing I remember most was the feeling of being completely in awe of the colors! Immediately, I went into project brainstorming mode: grabbing colors, making notes of pattern possibilities, rearranging color palettes, piling up stitch dictionaries.
Diadem in Tourmaline
There were just so many good possibilities! And finally, after many piles of mini swatches (both knit and crochet), I settled on making a cowl with a simple stitch pattern to really show off the ever-so-subtle shade shifts.
And I do mean big!
Getting into crochet has been a great spark for me. I love learning and trying new things and experimenting. I love to push my own boundaries, too – so when I kept seeing amazing images of arm-knitting and arm-crocheting, I needed to try it!
Basically, arm-knitting and crocheting is when the material you’re working with is so large that your arms become the needles or hook (or, if you’re really crafty, you make the tools yourself!). This larger-than-life technique isn’t new – it’s been a perennial favorite of installation artists who work with everything from fiberglass to 1,000 strands of yarn at once. But it is new to me.
I had a wad of plain Wool of the Andes roving sitting around, and on a whim I grabbed it, split it into two halves lengthwise, and tested what could be done with it as yarn. The sample didn’t look like much, but it was promising. So, in my typical go-big-or-go-home fashion, I ordered 20 hanks of Full Circle roving in quarry and set out to make…something!
It feels like everyone in the office has gone crazy over our new Stroll Tweed in fingering weight. I certainly fell in love with the colors with natural nebs. But, my project isn’t quite finished and I want to be clear… I’m not jealous!
After a pretty busy summer, I was finally able to take a vacation. Of course for me, vacation equals very little human contact and lots of dust. It was off to the desert for me!
I love the high desert of Oregon, and spend as much time there as possible. When I’m back in civilization, I notice that I tend to favor desert colors in decor and clothing. So it should come as no surprise that the colors of Wool of the Andes Superwash that I’d picked out to play with are straight out of no-man’s land.
The most important thing I’ve learned from our recent foray into Instagram is that you folks are taking your knitted and crocheted works-in-progress EVERYWHERE: parks, gyms, schools, buses, planes, beaches, literal mountain tops, you-name-it.
That’s why I’m pleased to announce “Yarn with a View”, our first-ever Instagram contest! It’s a chance for you to share the gorgeousness of your projects, your versatility as an on-the-go crafter—and maybe win a delightful $50 Knit Picks gift card in the process.
I’m getting really close to finishing my Chroma blanket!
Out of 120 5″ squares, I’ve crocheted over 100 of them. I only have three more rows of squares to attach, and then it’s on to the border! It’s already big enough to provide some serious warmth.