I’m a sheep

I give in and follow the crowd so easily! I’m joining in for the Follow your Arrow 2 MKAL. I just need to pick a yarn. I’ve narrowed it down to Icicle or Black Cherry.

arrowYarn: Dublin Dye Swing Sock in Icicle, Merino Sock in Black Cherry

I really enjoyed being part of the MKAL last year, but once I was done I gave away the shawl to my mother… I don’t actually wear a lot of lace. After I reviewed everyone’s finished arrows, I realised I liked the one with the least lace most. So this year my strategy is knit the clue with the least lace. My first problem is that neither of the first two clues has lace. I need another criteria I think! Any suggestions?

Help! (or: wool felts)

I know, I’m a knitter, don’t I know wool felts? Last year I bought a sweater I really liked. It was a lovely soft red wool with cables and 3/4 dolmen sleeves. Comfy and warm, one of my favourites.

I put it in the washer. It was an accident, I swear. I know better.

I don’t have a lovely cabled dolman sleeved sweater anymore.
dolman

But hopefully I will again.  I’m not entirely sure it will turn out and I’ve never knit a dolman sweater before.  I don’t have a pattern. I have an idea and a hope, really.

Although there’s only one half done sleeve here, I’m actually on sleeve 3 now, and there will probably be a 4.  I’m not happy with the neckline (again, one sleeve has already been ripped), so I started the other sleeve since taking the photo, and I like it better. Which means I’ll have to redo the first one. Sigh.

But really, I’m posting here for a bit of help. Do I or do I not cable the back of the sweater? Should I cable the sleeves even? What would you do from here?

Elfbaby Hat

After I knit all those hats for HandmAid Craft Day, I had a request from the little girl for a hat for her. I usually knit some new hats this time of year anyway, since they’ve probably outgrown the old ones, but this year it wasn’t strictly necessary… they’ve stopped growing quite so fast, and I knit the hats a bit big last year. But who am I to say no when a 4 year old asks me to knit for her?

elfbabyIt was only this week though I got a chance to take a photo. I decided to make a non-elf ElfBaby (from Studio Miranda) for her. The yarn is Dublin Dye Merino Sock left over from last year’s Irish Yarn Club with Carol Feller.  As you can tell by the great match to her coat, she is a fan of pink.

elfbaby2For the top of the hat I did 6 decreases every second row until I had half the stitches left, then I did 12 increases. I *thought* this is what Roseanne had done on the top of the hat she made her little boy, and copied it. I’m not sure it’s actually what she did though 🙂 Either way, I’ve been using it on hats ever since!

Handspun Hat

I picked up some fibre at the Weave Spin Dye Guild meeting a few weeks ago in This is Knit, and I’ve been working away on it ever since.

handspunI spun four little 25g skeins on the drop spindle I got from Hilltop Cloud, and plied them to themselves.  My father had been complaining about his inability to find a hat big enough for his head, so a Christmas present was cast on.

handspun hat2Just a basic, straightforward hat based on my Dad’s head and my tension. I ended up having to go up to a 5mm needle with the handspun, it was thicker than I expected. The hat is pretty dense, the fibre probably slightly overspun.  But that should be good for a snowy Canadian winter, right?

handspun hatI took a lot of time with the spinning, working hard for some consistency. It’s nowhere near perfect, but I’m pretty happy with it. And I know my Dad will appreciate the amount of work that went into it. Now I just hope it fits.

Oh, and I know photos of hats flat on the table are a bit boring, but it just doesn’t fit my little model 🙂 Next time I’ll blog about a hat more her size!

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Shop Update

You might have noticed that there was a bit of a shop update over the weekend. Particularly some new laceweight colours, and DK Merino as well (ok, that’s been up for a week or so but I didn’t mention it here, so it doesn’t count)

laceweight

The laceweights include some Sparkle Lace I found hiding in a corner. The new Merino DK is the same fibre as our Merino Sock, lovely and soft to knit with. I’ve already gifted a little baby sweater in this yarn (without taking photos, bad blogger) and hope to knit something more with it, as soon as I get through the current queue of projects!

Don’t forgot the sale continutes til then end of the month, just use the coupon code WINTERWARMUP!

It’s Autumn

The weather has definitely turned, and winter is on it’s way. It’s not here yet though, so technically I’ve finished this just in time.

autumn whispers

It would have been more in time however had it been finished a year ago! I started this as part of Carol’s KAL last year. I was intrigued by the sleeve construction.  This is the first time I knit a contiguous sleeve, and if you trust it it works out perfectly.

autumn shoulder

When I got past the sleeve construction and I guess I got intrigued by other things. But I chipped away at it every now and then, and last week someone gave me a little push to get it finished. Two evenings of concentration later, I’ve finally finished it.  You can see I went for the longer sleeve option, and I lengthened the body as well. I am also tempted to extend the collar and add a button. But for now it’s done, and that feels good.

autumn cables

Pattern: Autumn Whispers by Carol Feller
Yarn: Dublin Dye Company Merino Sock, unnamed colour (almost Water Sprite)

It’s going to take a little trip to the Knitting and Stitching Show in the RDS as a sample garment on the Weave Spin Dye guild stand, and then I can wear it 🙂 I’ll be at the stand as well on Friday morning, stop by and say hi if you’re there!

PS: The guild stand will have some Dublin Dye yarn including a new special colourway dyed for the guild!

 

Indecision

People often comment that because I’m a dyer, I’ve got yarn at my fingertips all the time when I want to knit something. And it’s true, I’ve got several big plastic containers of yarn in my studio, and I’ve literally just put in an order for another 120 skeins. Although I don’t consider it mine, I definitely have a lot of yarn.

I’m currently looking at some new projects to cast on, one is Pivot, which I’ve been in love with for a little while now. But I don’t have the yarn in my stash, I don’t even really have that weight yarn in stock. I could buy it, but Wollmeise isn’t cheap or even easy to get. So I’m seriously considering buying some yarn in the right weight and dyeing it. But then I’ve got to wait for it to arrive, I’ve got to find the time to dye it, and then I’ve got to wait for it to dry.

swatch fine donegalI have two other projects desperately wanting to be made. One is a shawl for leaving at my desk at work (Wheaten, I think) but again I don’t have the yarn, I have to dye it. I can’t even decide on the colour for that one, maybe grey. The third is a sweater I have yarn for (Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal) but no pattern. I want to replace a sweater I bought last winter but got felted in the wash (entirely my own fault). But I can’t find a pattern to do exactly what I want, so of course I’m going to design it (swatch above). As soon as I get over the fear of messing it up.

Until then, these socks that I started on holidays are taking up my time, and were taking up my thought power (I did at least three different heels before I was happy with this one) but this one is now on the home stretch!

canal socks

Blackrock Vest

Blackrock VestLast year I knit my son a vest for his Christmas Day outfit. I also made one for the This is Knit baby.  And now I’ve finally (8 months later) finished the pattern and put it up on Ravelry!

This vest takes only a skein or two of Dublin Dye Sock yarn and is knit in one piece from the bottom up.  Three needle bind offs and picked up stitches mean this is my favourite sort of pattern – one where all you have to do after you finish knitting is sew in your loose ends.

If you know a little boy or girl would like a little vest, for Christmas or any other time, then you can get 25% off the pattern for the month of August with the code ChristmasinAugust.

Catching up

I meant to post last week, but the world did that thing it tends to do every now and then, and threw us a curve ball. We’ve spent the week catching up with ourselves.

I had two knitting projects I was working on.
Husband socksThe first is a pair of socks for my husband, in Wendy Roam I picked up at Handmaid Craft Day last year.

mossy bellsThe second is Mossy Bells for my daughter, in Noro Silk Garden Sock.  I’ve had this in my stash for years, it was originally supposed to be a Clapotis, but there wasn’t enough.

They were both irritating me, the sock yarn is a bit rough (although fine for sailing socks for himself) and the Silk Garden is hard on the hands. I love silk, but one day I will have to admit that my hands don’t appreciate it. Not today though. The other think I should have learned by now is that ribbed socks are so boring, and not even my netflix subcription can make them interesting. Especially in a mens size 11.

So I cast on something else, in my new sock yarn.

shady socksSome selfish knitting, socks for myself.  They are a pattern that I wrote years ago, but it needs some work and some new photos.  So that means new socks 🙂 Yellow, because everyone seems to be talking about yellow lately, and I got sucked in. I’m nearly done the first sock.

Silken Lace

I’ve been a little negligent of the blog lately. My excuse is I was working on my first ever magazine pattern proposal.  It’d be amazing if it got accepted, but I’m definitely not counting on it!

In the mean time, the new Silken Lace went up on the etsy shop with no fanfare. It’s feeling a little unloved, honestly.

silken lace yarn hand dye

But I do love this yarn, even if it’s been a little overlooked. I made the beautiful Portico out of the sample skein. A lovely pattern and lovely yarn to go with it.  This is a 45% silk, 55% merino blend, strong and shiny and soft. A pleasure to work with. It’s currently being offered at an introductory price of just €20 a skein!  If this goes into a brick and mortar shop the price will have to go up, but for now it’s online only, and that means an online price. Don’t miss out!