Thursday, November 20, 2014

I like this hat

The pattern's called Flores and it was fun. It's MUCH easier than it looks. You do have two different balls of yarn, but only one is used at any one time. I did it with Mad Color (the blue/green) and Noro (the other colors). It was the first thing I've done in weeks that worked out well. I'm going to check my stash and maybe make another one. by the way, the colors are darker in person. The light blue/turquoise sort of color is actually green and shades of dark blue.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Indie Designers Discounts

Tammy's blog directed me to a very cool deal. A whole bunch of independent knit and crochet designers are offering a whole bunch of their patterns at a 25% discount. This is good until midnight EST on November 21 (when November 21 becomes November 22). There are 12 Ravelry pages of designer listings. My brain about melted going through them all. I even found one that was in my queue.

Link to Ravelry

There are also knit-alongs and crochet-alongs for lots of the patterns.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A not good day

I'm going through a phase with my knitting. I'm keeping up with the squares in the mystery afghan KAL but not much else. Double knitting in laceweight may look cool, but it takes so freaking long to do. I tried converting a mitten pattern to socks and it didn't work out. I finally picked up some sock yarn from the use it or lose it jar and starting making squares on my little Weave-It loom. I don't know what to do with them, but it is using up some yarn and it's pretty mindless work.

Part of the problem has been an old sick cat. I've known for the past couple of weeks that she wasn't going to be around much longer. I wanted to be able to drop everything and get her whatever she wanted whenever she wanted it. Misty's kidneys failed and she was euthanized this morning.

I am very sad.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Itty bitty and cute

Berroco has released their new Christmas ornament freebie, Minutia '14. I love little bitty things and these are their cutest yet.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Latest in my library

Both of my newest knitting books are Scandinavian and published by Trafalgar Square Books (not in London, but Vermont).

First is Viking Knits & Ancient Ornaments by Elsebeth Lavold. The designs are what Lavold calls interlace patterns. Think of gorgeous, super-complex cables. There are photographs and sketches of her inspirations. Amid Viking pieces are bits of stone made by Mayans, Roman mosaics, carvings from Nigeria, and lots more. There are patterns for some really beautiful and challenging sweaters. I have no immediate plans to make something from this book, but I expect that I will. Lavold's book Viking Patterns for Knitting is coming out in paperback next year. I've already got it on order at Amazon. Maybe I'll start with that one.

The other book is Norwegian Knits with a Twist by Arne & Carlos. I enjoyed the previous Arne & Carlos books that I have, so I knew I'd like this one. The book explains the various parts of a traditional Scandinavian sweater. It's the kind with bands of patterns and then most of the body is one color with single stitches of a contrasting color on it. I learned that the single stitches are known as lice. Somehow, I think I could've lived my life happily without that particular piece of information. The patterns are based on the traditional sweater but with the twist from the title. Light and dark switch their usual places. Sweater designs appear on hats, pillows, rugs, socks, and even a teddy bear. That last one is probably what will get me first.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Hippo Birdie 2 Me

My name is Paula and I'm a senior citizen. Words like pension and Medicare and social security are actual things that relate to my life. I'm having a bit of a problem facing this fact. Therefore, I bought myself a leather motorcycle jacket for my birthday today. I didn't buy a motorcycle. That would be completely insane. I'm sure that the first time I tried to climb on one, it would fall on top of me. I'd need one of those "I've fallen and I can't get up" necklaces. (That, by the way, is something that's becoming not funny all of a sudden). Anyway, I decided that I needed a hat to go with the jacket. I found a braid of mystery fiber (I think it is wool) in shades of blue and have been spinning it. That's the blue in the picture below.

The other yarns are clue #2 in the Kaffe Fassett KAL. It's the same as clue #1 only with different colors. Bummer. I hope the squares aren't all stripes done on the diagonal. The good thing is that the rest of the yarn for the afghan has arrived. A couple of the colors are a different dye lot from the first batch. I can't see a difference between the dye lots. Even if I could, it wouldn't matter. It's highly unlikely that I'll run so low on yarn that knitting from two different lots would even touch each other.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

D'oh!

I miscalculated the yarn for the Kaffe Fassett knitalong. I hate it when I do things like that. I wanted to finish the first set of squares, so I found some fingering yarn that was very close to the correct color. I knit with it doubled and it worked out. Additional yarn has been ordered so the rest of the afghan should be okay. Here's square 1: