Dee: I’m feeling optimistic about a lot of things. I feel pretty good actually and 2018 seems to be off to a really great start for me. I’d like to accomplish a lot of knitting and a lot of other things too. Although I definitely will be knitting from my stash again this year I have recently bought a few new skeins of American yarn to try out. I’ve been hearing some really great things about the Barrett Wool Co. yarn from Wisconsin. I purchased their Home worsted weight yarn in two colors to knit a couple of Emmen hats as well as purchasing their Wisconsin Woolen in worsted to knit Mary Jane Mucklestone’s Pine Star Hat. Last night I attended a special evening at String Theory. They were showcasing a couple of smaller yarn companies Spencer Hill and Liverpool Yarns. I bought two skeins of yarn from Spencer Hill, Claudia and Stanley who will dance together in an undetermined hat pattern to be announced.
I’m participating in a couple of knit-a-longs. Privately with my friend Kathryn I’ll be knitting Hoarfrost using some stashed yarn Lima. Then I’ll join the Ravellenics Sweater Event by knitting The Weekender sweater again with some stashed yarn Shepherd’s Own. Hopefully I’ll make it to the finish line!
Happy knitting, happy life and remember to always choose to be kind.
Dee: I’m having such a great fiber filled September!!! I went to both the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival and a Susan B. Anderson workshop in Madison via KnitCircus, also in Madison.
Next to YarnCon, which is in the spring, the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival is my favorite yarn event. It’s small, rustic and oh so interesting. Local vendors carry a wide variety of items for sale. There are basket makers, yarn dyers, soap makers, cheese makers, broom makers, angora rabbit proprietors and more! I really tried to behave myself yet I succumbed to temptation and opportunity when I happened upon Yarns By Design in Neenah WI. They were having a retirement sale. Let’s just say I did okay. My arms were full, then empty, finally with a clear head I made it to the register with only a few specialty skeins for holiday knitting.
It’s safe to say I love sheep. So when I saw the Susan B. Anderson sheep knitting workshop I jumped at the chance, grabbed Jodee and headed to Madison. This little fella is so adorable that I have considered knitting him some attire. The workshop was part of the KnitCircus weekend retreat. Friday night, the ladies of KnitCircus held an evening of wine, cheese and shopping in their shop. You could also just hang out and chat while knitting away on a project as we chose to do for a good part of the evening. I love seeing all the gradient cakes of yarn that KnitCircus offers. I finished a project that the KnitCircus crew were kind enough to dye up additional yarn for me so I could finish my Pyropa shawl. I ran out of yarn shy of enough to complete the final one and a half repeats. The colorway is called Sexy Like A Labradoodle. The pattern includes placement for optional beads which I chose to incorporate. They are clear with a silver lining. So pretty, I don’t think the picture does the finished shawl justice.
Lastly I volunteered to test knit a pattern. It’s the PokeHat by Mrs. Luedeke. My son is on Team Mystic so I agreed to test that version. I always enjoy color work. It’s so satisfying to knit.
Next up on my fall knitting schedule is traveling through Wisconsin to the fall Schoolhouse Press Workshop with Meg and Amy. I look forward to this weekend all year long. It’s literally the best time a knitter can have communing with their fellow fiber brethren. I love it!
Dee: I’ll be competing in a few events for the Ravellenic Games. I have entered projects in the following events Hat Dash, WIP Wrestling, Shawl Sailing and Scarf Hockey. Wish me luck!
Dee: With an abundance of windshield time ahead of me, I decided to pack up some knitting projects for my vacation trip out west. I finished up casting off on the shawl for my mother-in-law. This was paramount since it was her birthday celebration we would be attending in Montana. I think it turned out nicely… She cannot wear anything with wool in it and she loves fancy things so this yarn sprinkled with sequins was the perfect choice for her.
As soon as I finished the shawl I cast on for the New Directions Cowl that I had bought the kit for at last year’s Wisconsin Sheep and Fiber Fest. The cowl was fun to knit without a lot of directions or details to following making it a perfect project for the road and for sightseeing. I love the way that by switching yarns every nine rows that it kept the project interesting. This cowl is earmarked as a Christmas gift.
I then began with a repeat knit of the Timber Bay Hat. I had given the last one I knit away as a birthday gift and knew at the time that I wanted one for myself. This time I used some berry hued yarn from my stash and named the hat the Huckleberry Hat in honor of Montana’s State fruit. I really think you should knit one for yourself the fold over brim in a one by one twisted rib is so fantastically satisfying and beautiful.
I wanted enough knitting to last the entire trip and I brought exactly that, enough knitting to last me until I reached my driveway. The final item was my take along project that I started months ago and only work on when I have time to kill in a waiting room or during my lunch break. It’s also a favorite repeat knit of mine, the Veil Stitch Cowl that I knit last winter. Light, airy and perfect to wear indoors as part of an outfit this cowl features only one stitch that you repeat again and again even on the cast off row…the Veil Stitch. It looks impressive and knit up in Noro it’s a stunner.
My trip to Montana would not have been complete without a stop at the Dupuyer Cache where there is a room stocked with Beaverslide Dry Goods yarn. This yarn is minimally processed leaving it butter soft. The colors are phenomenal by the way and I had an especially hard time choosing which colors to bring home with me. I wanted to buy one skein in every color, however I did not do that. That would have been a lot of yarn…even for me. I took pictures of the shop to share…enjoy! Happy knitting y’all!
Monica: That is a picture of a sweater I started a few weeks ago. I’ve had the yarn and pattern in my stash forever and I decided I didn’t want to avoid it any more. The pattern is an old Dale of Norway one that is probably going to be celebrating it’s tenth birthday soon. I just looked on Ravelry for a release date and couldn’t find one but I noticed it’s number 2 in my queue.
The reason I’ve been avoiding it is because of the scary steeking that I will have to do on the sweater. One of my friends at work is working on a Lopi sweater that involves steeking so she unintentionally pushed me into finally working on my project. It’s not a quick project. I already ripped 6 inches because I didn’t read the instructions. But I do like fair isle knitting so I didn’t mind too much.
Dee: Once in a while I like to follow a month’s theme for my “hat of the month” as I have chosen to do here with my February hat the Flower Love Fair Isle Tam. I saw a store sample of this pattern when I was on vacation in California at the Alamitos Bay Yarn Company. They had used a skein of Classic Elite Yarns Liberty Wool as the contrast color paired with a natural off white as the main color. I wasn’t sold on their pick of yarn for the main color, the texture was wrong, so I went with my own choice Malabrigo Yarn Rios, which just happens to be one of my friend Kathryn’s favorite yarns. As for the pattern, I wasn’t enamored with the way Chart B was presented however once I wrapped my mind around it I sailed through and finished quickly.
I love tams and I love blocking tams. I have a certain plate that just seems to be the perfect size for blocking a tam to fit my head.
I’m already on to a second hat for this month for my son which I will hopefully complete this weekend. Then I will pick another hat project for March. Hats are just so fun to knit!
Dee: I have a wonderful husband. I just thought I would throw that out there. Due to his many years on the road my husband is also my excellent travel agent. I did benefit from his skills during my recent trip home to California where I visited family and got together with my childhood friends for fun times. And of course…those fun times included some fiber fun.
On my second night there Kathryn, Cyndee and I made the trek to the Monrovia Street Fair where we encountered the Yarnover Truck. This was my third time visiting said truck and now it has become a destination point for me whenever I visit. There I bought six skeins of red discounted Spud and Chloe Sweater. I see some red hats forthcoming.
Meet Little Debbie!
I spent my Sunday watching the Seahawks get trounced by the Panthers with my dear gal pal Susan. The game’s outcome was not what Susan was hoping for however, misery loves company since I was still smarting slightly because my Packers lost the day before after a very exciting Wildcard game against the Cardinals, so I was in good company. It was Susan’s birthday so I finally made good on my promise to make her one of my leather and bead wrap bracelets. Susan joked that I waited until we saw one another on her birthday to finally get said bracelet. She’s right of course….she knows me all too well.
On my way back to “The Valley” I stopped by Yarn del Sol in Mission Viejo. It always tickles me that there is an ATM just a few steps from the entrance. I bought some Rhichard Devrieze Peppino yarn to knit the shawlette pictured below. Local ladies can snag from of this great stippled yarn at Wool & Co.
During my the final yarn quest in California I was accompanied by Cyndee and Kathryn (my frequent partners in yarn acquisitions) as we made our way to Alamitos Bay Yarn Company. This is probably one of my favorite yarn shop stops of all time. I love the staff, the location, the inspiration, and the selection. I am totally knitting that blue ribbed cowl with some stash yarn. I bought a discount skein of Liberty Wool in one of their gradient colors and a skein of Malabrigo Rios in natural to knit the Flower Love Fair Isle Tam. Yeah, I am apparently not over my hat obsession so I’ll continue to knit a hat a month in 2016.
While on vacation I finished the baby blanket for Mya.
I see many fiber adventures ahead for me in 2016 most notably a knit a long with Jodee and “Amy Detjen” as we follow her Craftsy class for Sipsey’s Folly. I’ll continue on with my hat a month challenge, make my annual pilgrimage to Meg Swansen’s fall knitting workshop, a YarnCon visit, a Stitches Midwest trip, and probably another NaKniSweMo project. Stay tuned and happy knitting y’all.
Monica: I didn’t think I would do it but I managed to finish my NaKniSweMo project with one day left to spare.
Lucky for me I had several days off work due to the Thanksgiving holiday so I could knit as much as I want. I wove in all the ends yesterday and texted a similarly awful picture to Lynette.
I was still wearing my pajamas when I took the picture. Classy!
This sweater was easy to knit and the yarn I used, Wollmeise DK, had lovely stitch definition. I love how comfy this sweater is and versatile enough to dress up or down.
After I finish posting this sweater I’m going to finish up a hat and start on some baby sweaters.
Dee: I did it! From start to finish I knit an entire sweater in a single month! On November 1st, I cast on and I finished the button band on November 22nd. I owe a big THANK YOU to whomever started the NaKniSweMo challenge. I found it completely inspiring and I now have a beautiful and warm sweater to carry me through the cold winter weather.
Knitting with the Peace Fleece was a joy except for a few knots within the skein. Once I smoothed those over and I knit away happily. The great thing about knitting with woolens is that there are not so many ends to weave in. Those who know me understand that I rarely weave in my ends when I knit multicolored stranded hats. All those multiple color changes….please! Wool doesn’t really worm it’s way out so I trim up the inside and forget about it. It should be noted that I did weave in my sweater ends though.
What I enjoyed about this knit was that I had all of the ingredients on hand right down to the buttons. I highly recommend Knitting Pure and Simple patterns for a challenge like this as it just kept the process moving so smoothly.
I also finished my Noro Veil Stitch Cowl this month. It was my take along project with no end date in mind. I just knit on it when I was left waiting for appointments, oil changes, lunch times, etc.
So what’s next? Lots of hats, that’s for sure and a little surprise I’ll show you later. Until that time…Happy Knitting y’all!
Pattern: Antrorse by Shannon Cook
Yarn: Cascade Aran
Needle: KP Size 10s
Lynette: Yay! I finished knitting my sweater for Nakniswemo on Ravelry in 22 days. I love this sweater so much that I’ll be casting on another sweater in the near future using stash yarn. I actually counted my stitches during the the 22 days it took me to knit this, and I tallied 66,111 total stitches.
I thought silver buttons would look great with this sweater and ordered these.
Unfortunately, they were too small. Too bad I didn’t actually measure before I ordered and only looked at the zoomed in pic. I’ll just use them on another project. I then decided to pick some buttons from my large button stash and ended up using the dark wooden buttons on the lower-left. I bought the buttoms from Etsy seller, SuppliesSundries. She has a great selection.
Monica and Dee, how did you do?