Thursday, November 26, 2009

Well, it's been a long time...

And I have a lot to catch up on!

First, Bernie and I made an offer and bought a house! Yay! It's a lovely 4 bed/1.75 bathroom house. We have some plans for it, but are happy with the way things are right now. :)

Now for the knitting!

I did some test knitting for Emily Wessel of damp city knits! This is the Sunflower Shawl:

I knit is using Wollmeise 100% superwash sock.

I love it, and wear it like this the most, with the point in front and the tips falling down the front. These little shawlettes are like crack. You can't just knit one!

I've also been plugging away on my Featherweight as well. But, unfortunately I haven't remained faithful to it. :)

Bernie and I also adopted a stray cat that was hanging around our old house. Her name is Lola, and we love her. The other cats? Probably not so much. :)

I also finished up the Nordique Swing!

And knit a Liesl that still needs to be blocked.

I knit a Prairie Rose Lace shawl from the book "Knitters Book of Wool," and it's blocking now.

Hurry up and dry!

Current WIPs are a Percy Shawl using some Hazel Knits that I got at Sock Summit and a Lightweight Pullover using my blend of Yarnia. Will work on getting some pictures of those other than the skeins. :)

That's about it! I'll work harder on keeping this blog a little more up to date. If there's another break in regular blogging, check out my activity on Ravelry, I'm KnittingRN there, or with my podcast, The Anatomy of Knitting (find on iTunes!)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Visiting Sweet Georgia's Dye Studio

Beautiful Scarves...

Seeing her sheep I've only seen on her blog!

Gorgeous looms in gorgeous light...

A little bit of shopping done...

A wonderful husband humoring my fiber/knitting addiction...

In the next post, I'll show you what I got, the light is bad now for photography.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Lots of knitting going on here!

First off, an update on my Simple Yet Effective Shawl. It's done!

Simple Yet Effective Shawl by Laura Chau, aka Cosmic Pluto
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock
Needles: US 4 from Knit Picks
Impression: It's a bit scratchy, but the colors can't be beat. Thinking of doing another one of these in a solid merino sock yarn.

I also cast on for another project and finished it!

It's the Ridged Lace Cowl by Elinor Brown, aka Exercise before Knitting
Yarn: Elsabeth Lavold Silky Cashmere, 4 skeins
Needles: US 8 Addi Turbos
Impression: Such a luxe yarn! I can't wait for Fall/Winter to arrive so I can wear this. A good stashbuster for some yarn I got from Webs on closeout.

I also cast on and have blocked this project too:

It's the Milkweed Shawl by Laura Chau. Proper FO shoot coming soon! It's too dark to properly photograph the yarn at night.

I'm also plugging away on the Featherweight Cardigan.

It's a bit farther along than you see here, but not much. :)

I also swatched some yarn that I got custom blended at Yarnia:

It looks pretty good in US 4s after washing. I think I'm going to design a simple top down raglan to use this yarn. It's got 2 strands of cashmere, 1 of alpaca, 1 of Rayon (the blue strand) and 1 strand merino.

And I've started on another sweater from the Fall 2009 Interweave Knits--the Nordique Swing.

I got gauge using US4s and my Classic Elite Yarns Classic One Fifty.

So far I've just gotten the ribbing done on a sleeve. :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New FO's!

I've got a few FOs to share with you!

First are these:

A pair of Monkeys for the Sock Summit Sock Museum, knit in Shelridge Farms Fingering weight. A little splitty, but creates a luxe fabric. I'll be sending these in the mail tomorrow!


Ishbel by Ysolda Teague, knit in Hello Yarn Sock, in the colorway Blue Leaves. Too bad Seattle is 80+degrees right now, as I can't use it yet! Very squishy and warm though.

Still working on the Simple Yet Effective Shawl by cosmicpluto. I love the colors of the Noro, but not on the feel of the yarn. Too scratchy!

Hoping to finish it soon, as I've got a Featherweight Cardigan coming up!

Monday, July 13, 2009

I host a Podcast!

If you're interested in it, find it here!

Also searchable on iTunes as "The Anatomy of Knitting"

I just got my first review on iTunes, and I'm SO. EXCITED. :)

Still finding my voice as a podcaster, and it's most certainly a work-in-progress. Feel free to give feedback or suggest topics for future podcasts!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Updated FO shoots:

Shetland Triangle:

Shetland Triangle



STR Mediumweight Stockinette Cowl:

STR Mediumweight Cowl

Oh, yeah... I might have chopped off all my hair today... :)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Black Sheep Gathering 2009

I had a blast this year! Black Sheep Gathering is my favorite fiber festival here in the Pacific Northwest. A big fleece show, lots of vendors, sheep, and a nice host city.

Lots of sheep to see:


Jacob Sheep

Angora Goat


My purchases:

Socks that Rock
Stack of Socks that Rock

I loved watching the fleece judging!

Mark Eidman judging a fleece

and was lucky enough to get two fleeces:

A Merino/Romney cross

Lock of Merino/Romney Cross

and a Merino/CVM cross

Lock of Merino/CVM

I was a happy happy girl this weekend

The veil at BSG

Sunday, June 14, 2009

SOAR 2009

I'm canceling my reservations for the classes. Turns out I need to cut back so B and I can buy a house this year. Sacrifice in the short term for something you want in the long term, right?

FO shot coming soon after some blocking wires get here. :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Finished Clapotis

Finished Clapotis, originally uploaded by eksrn2002.

Not feeling super photogenic today, so you get a couch modeling photo!

Knit in Sundara Aran Silky Merino, in the Viridescent colorway. (From the last mailing of the Seasons Collection.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cupcake Hat!

Knitted for a co-workers soon-to-be-here baby. All it needs is a pom pom!..

I used Chile Con Yarne's pattern. So cute!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

First Time SOAR Attendee, here!

Woo hoo!

I'm going to SOAR! For those of you not familiar, that's the Spin Off Autumn Retreat, and this year it's being held in Bend, Oregon. I figured with it being so close, I should do my best to attend!

I registered for:

Workshop: Spinning for Next to the Skin

Retreat Sessions:

1. Spinning for Socks
2. Blending on a Drumcarder
3. Making the Most of Your Hand-held Combs
4. Making Your Wheel do the Work

And those were all my first choices! I'm so excited to go!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Wedding Veil

I know I didn't update much on this project...

That's for a few reasons. First, really how interesting is lace when it's unblocked? And second, I got really really sick in between when I started and the end of the project.

That's a whole 'nother story for another time, though.

Let's celebrate the finishing of the shawl!

All of these photographs are from my wedding photographer, Kate McElwee

Bernie and I got married on April 18, 2009. Seattle cooperated, and we had a beautiful spring day!

The pattern I used for the veil, was the Shetland Tea Shawl from "A Gathering of Lace"

The first two pattern repeats were fun, and easy to do. The last repeat was when I got sick, and I wasn't able to concentrate on it. And the edging? Ugh, the edging was 110 repeats of the same 10 rows. But I got it done, with about 2 weeks to spare! and the edging was worth it in the end!

You also see that I went a non-traditional route with having my veil custom dyed by the AMAZING Sweet Georgia. What's also awesome was that I sent a picture of the yarn and magazine cover that inspired the color palette to see if the florist could match my hydrangeas of the bouquet. I'd say, she did a pretty awesome job, wouldn't you?

It was an amazing day, with an amazing honeymoon! Like I said in a Facebook status, married life is bliss! :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Vacation Yarn!

Good gracious! I got BUSY there before the wedding and never posted how my veil went. It got done, and looked gorgeous for my wedding day. As soon as I get my pics from the photographer, I'll post a few of her gorgeous pics when I get them!

I did get some vacation yarn while we were in Hawaii!

I got two Cascade Heritage yarns:

And two Noro Sock Yarns:

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

New Project

And this one will be amazing. Just look at the yarn:

I asked Felicia at Sweet Georgia Yarns to dye this special for my wedding veil. Yes, I'm knitting my wedding veil, and not in white yarn! :)

The inspiration:

A bouquet of hydrangeas on the cover of a magazine.

I'm a happy happy girl!