Quick Sweater Update

It’s a bit hectic this week so I’ll be brief. I have still been neglecting the blanket hexagons and giving all my attention to Curio. I swear I will just get in one full repeat of the lace pattern for the body and then knit a set of hexagons.

It’s coming along nicely. I am much more at home with lace than garter I think. ;-)

Two Sleeves

Well I am apparently still knitting on the Curio sweater and ignoring the afghan. As you can see I have knit the second sleeve and begun the body.

Is That a Sleeve?

Ok, so I was getting a bit stir crazy knitting only garter stitch hexagons. I mean there’s the color changes to help keep it interesting but there’s no rules in knitting. I like to be monogamous in my projects most of the time but I will just switch back and forth between the afghan and my new project. Should be fine, right?

Beginning of a sleeve

Do you recall when I showed you this yarn I dyed back in mid September?

Lhasa Wilderness by Bijou Basin

I planned to design a sweater and even did a swatch.

Well I totally can’t remember what the heck I had in mind now and just wasn’t feeling like pattern drafting so I took a look at my queue on Ravelry and found Curio. I am knitting it in L at a slightly tighter gauge of 6 stitches per inch. Should come out somewhere near a 40″ I hope.

I have just finished the increases on the first sleeve and am loving the fabric. I also found that it is preferable to knit this yarn on my bamboo needles. The yarn felt too slippery on my usually preferred metal needles.

I’ll probably knit some more on the afghan after I finish this sleeve. We’ll see…

Afghan Update

Here’s what I have so far on the afghan recycle project. This is the layout I am planning to use. I will just keep going until I think it’s big enough or I run out of the contrast colors. I haven’t decided if I will do any sort of edging with the extra navy or what sort if I do.

Shop Work

I have made some progress on my afghan recycling project but am saving that for my next post when I have a chance to get a decent picture . Today I thought I would share what we have been working on in the wood shop.

Naked nostepinnes :-)

These are some new Nostepinnes we finished up over the weekend.

Cherry Nostepinnes
Walnut Nostepinnes

What a difference adding that finish makes, huh? It’s kind of like blocking your knitting. :-)

We even found a bit of Mahogany laying around from quite a few years ago. These are all on the Website for $25.

So today we started working through some wood that needed to be roughed out into blanks for turning. These will probably end up being mostly more Darning Eggs and Nostepinnes, but you never know. This is from various trees around the property that needed cut down or trimmed. I think it’s a mix of Cherry, Maple, and maybe some fruit trees.

Okay that’s it for today. I’ll be back later this week with a knitting post.

Socktober

Thank you everyone for your kind condolences on my Daddy’s passing. I am slowly getting back to what passes for normal these days.

Even though I started these socks awhile back, I think the fact that I finished them in October means they count for Socktober, right?

Socks with wine 🍷

I also knit a hexagon or two but the stack doesn’t look any different, so no picture of that today. I’m going to close for now and finish math with my 10 year old. :-)

Carrying On

I have gotten very little knitting done in the past month since my last post. I am up to the foot section on my second sock and I have completed a couple more hexagons.

The main reason for my lack of knitting and blog silence is that I have been struggling with a death in the family. My Daddy passed away on 9-18-2020 after a surgical procedure. It mostly unexpected but his health had been on the decline since a heart attack in June 2017 and diagnosis of mild diabetes.

I felt like maybe God had been preparing me for this but it was still a terrible blow. I just haven’t been able to write about it but it didn’t feel right to blog without mentioning either. So, I am finally feeling like I can talk about it.

It’s funny because we weren’t what most people would consider “close”but he was a very big influence on who I am. I always thought my Daddy was the smartest person in the world and that he knew everything. He showed me how to think and do things for myself, even when I didn’t want to learn those lessons. He always encouraged my love of books and music by his own example. He showed by example that caring for people when they need help is a priority. He supported my choices in the way we raised our family (having 10 children, home schooling, home births, etc…) and never made me feel like it was as nuts as everyone else thought. He believed in me. I miss him very much.

Daddy and me — Norfolk, 1966
My brother and I on a hike with Daddy to the summit of Mount Washington, NH, 1975
Mama and Daddy – Jan. 19, 1965
Daddy – Navy circa 1965

I guess the one comfort in all this was that I got to have all 10 of my children here plus my brother who I hadn’t seen for many years. Having family around to deal with all the cleaning out of the apartment, and dealing with all the financial and legalities. We also have to handle what happens with my mom. She has advanced dementia and we have to find her a place where she can get full time care. So we are working on that situation as best we can with me here in Nashville, Mama in Murfreesboro and my brother now back home in Las Vegas.

Taking Daddy’s ashes to be in nature where he loved to be
The whole gang minus 2 sons-in-law and 5 grandchildren, in our back yard

Thoughts on Colors

I saw this on NothingButKnit blog yesterday and thought it would be fun to play along.

Feel free to answer in the comments or if you’re answering on your blog leave a link so we can all read about your opinions on color and how it pertains to your crafting.

  • What is your favorite color? How is this color reflected in your crafting?
  • Do you prefer bright colors or more subdued shades?
  • Does your color mood shift with the seasons? Do you carry one color all year and just change the accent color?
  • Is there a color you avoid? Or maybe it’s underrepresented in your crafting?
  • When you pick out your crafting supplies how important is color to you? Is it the first thing you consider or is it a bit further down the list?
  • Do you ever consciously choose a different color palette just for the change?

Here are my answers.

  • Greens, purples and blues, pretty much in that order. These are the colors I gravitate towards. I have a few dislikes in there like hunter green, and I prefer blue purples to red ones.
  • I definitely prefer more muted subdued colors which is obvious to anyone when you look at my color palette of my hand dyed yarns. I just can’t resist mixing colors that are reflected in the natural realm.
  • Oddly the only change in my color mood as far as seasons go is that I tend to change my Windows theme color on my laptop. 😆
  • I don’t use pinks much, but do occasionally like a deep red. Same with oranges and yellows. I prefer those colors to be earthy if I use them.
  • I guess I tend to have a color I want to knit with and pick a project based on that. I find color pretty high on the list of consideration. Of course it also depends on whether what I am making is a shop sample or for myself or a gift. Color matters alot.
  • No. As long as I like the color it’s fine. I don’t need change since I am easily entertained.

Speaking of color, here’s a little something I dyed up for myself yesterday. I have that sweater idea brewing in my head and this will be what I use for it.

This is a sport weight 75%yak/25%bamboo blend that I bought back before the crap hit the fan. It feels so wonderful and I can’t wait to start working on this. I may have to swatch with it soon. :-) i am trying to stay on target with my other projects though.

I am finished with the first sock and cast on for the second.

On the afghan reknit project I have made six hexagons.

Recycling Yarn

Sometimes the hardest past about writing a blog post is coming up with a title. As you can see I failed at an interesting one today, there ya go. :-) Anyway, here’s an update on my sock progress; just the foot section left.

Here is the all the yarn from the afghan I ripped out on Thursday night. Surprising with a bit of help from my husband and my youngest it only took about 2-3 hours to get it into the balls above.

Then my little assistant and I got them all wound into skeins for washing on Friday morning.

I can tell you that I fully appreciated my tools (ball winders, yarn swift, and yarn box) for this task. I can’t imagine how much more time consuming and tedious it would have been without them. I wouldn’t have even thought I would need the yarn box, but the yarn being kinky made it annoying to pull from the center. It would stick and miss behave. So unwinding from the outside was better, but then it was jumping all over the place, winding around chair and table legs and so forth. The yarn box kept it nicely contained and made shorter work of the process. Who knew?

It was hot and sunny, so they were dry in no time. Then it was back to the yarn swift and ball winder.

Now don’t those look lovely? All recycled and ready for a new life. That little hexagon is what I am planning to do with all of this. You can knit one or many two up in an evening. I found it on Webs Yarn. I am only using the hexagon shape from the pattern and will be knitting my own color combinations and assembly when I get to that point. It’s a pleasant break from sample knitting at any rate.

More random knitting

The fingerless mitts are finished and I’ll show you them in a minute but here’s what I started after stash diving a few days ago.

I am just making a plain old pair of ribbed socks with some sock yarn I had marinating in the stash for who knows how long. I still feel a sweater coming but this will tide me over until I make a decision on that. I have a few ideas for some stash yarn. You’ll be the first to know about it when I decide.

Here’s something else I started messing around with today.

I made this blanket for my husband years ago, but he has been saying he would prefer it to be smaller. So I am finally ripping it all out. It was knit with Cascade 220 double stranded. Once I get all the seaming ripped out I will need to rip out the squares and separate the strands into separate balls. Then I need to skein them up so I can give it all a good wash and dry to get the kinks out. I have an idea for what I will be doing out of this too. More on that next time.

Here’s a peek at what Jerry is working on for the time being.

These should be ready in time for the virtual festivals coming up soon.

And last but not least, here are the finished mitts. I’m sorry for the boring picture but it’s impossible to take a picture of both of your hands without a tripod. :-) No pattern at the moment but maybe in the next month or so.