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.

Wednesday

Here is my Cables and Lace Baby Blanket swatch in Classic Merino Superwash Sport all blocked and looking lovely. It should take about 3 skeins to use this yarn to make the smallest size. It takes 4 of the Organic Cotton Sport for the same size.

I got back to work on the fingerless mitts I am making. It’s been a nice change to work on small things, especially the mitts. I haven’t made anything using my dpns for awhile. I feel like it might be time for a sweater next though. I should probably browse through my patterns or maybe design a gansey I have had in the back of my mind for quite awhile. We’ll see after I finish the second mitt.

A little side knitting

I finished that first fingerless mitt and dutifully cast on for it’s mate. But then I got diverted with a little side project.

Two years ago I designed my Cables and Lace blanket. I knit the original with my Organic Cotton Sport yarn.

I have always intended to make another booth sample using my Classic Merino Superwash Sport. Since I have a few remnant balls of this hanging around, I got the idea to just make a big swatch to show it in this yarn rather than a full size one.

I will probably do one more repeat of the lace then the top border and call it good. It only took a few hours to get this much done so if I get to do any knitting today I should have it done soon. Then it will be back to the second mitt.

Have a good weekend and see you soon 😊.

Small Progress

I have been slowly working on this project and I am almost done with the first one. I have been waiting to get to this point so that I could weigh the yarn I have left to see if I will have enough to work the second. You see I debated incorporating another color or two 🤔 but was feeling lazy about the extra effort of doing it. So, I proceeded and hoped it wouldn’t bite me in the end. I feel safer now since the mitt at this point is about 27 g and the ball is 39 g. Whew!

I like that pretty row of decreases travelling down the forearm. I like wearing these long gloves under a jacket when it’s cool out. I only wear short sleeve t-shirts all year and these give some extra warmth with a hoodie without having to wear long sleeves. Long sleeves annoy me around the house because they get in the way when washing, cooking, or really any kind of work. At least that’s me anyway.

Ok, that’s what I have for now. What’s on your needles?

Something a Little Different

I’ve been working on this little project that I started awhile back. It’s just a simple long cuffed fingerless mitt pattern that I worked up last fall. I used my Classic Merino Superwash Sport weight yarn for the original. I have a lot of remnant balls of Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn and decided to make a version from some of that.

That is all the knitting I have going at the moment. I’m calling it a palate cleanser after all the lace knitting I have been doing this year. I have a couple things in mind for later and I will let you know when I pick something out.

Here’s another little something we’ve been working on. These are great for Hair Sticks and for Shawl or Sweater Sticks.

I have been getting the finish on them today and should have them ready to be photographed soon. I’ll let you know when they are ready for order on the website in case you need one. :-)

It was a close one

I won at yarn chicken but it was definitely a close one. I had just 5g left of that 4th skein of yarn.

I took a quick picture before I put it in cool water and shampoo for a soak. It was looking pretty small so I measured the unblocked size. It was about 34″×36″.

After a spin in the washing machine I pinned it out as much as I could. I might have been able to stretch it a bit more but didn’t have much more room. This and the unblocked picture are on our king size bed.

As you can probably tell it’s quite a bit larger. It measures about 54″×60″ while still pinned out. That’s some impressive expansion don’t you think? I found the T-pins more effective for this than the Knit Blockers.

I am working on the pattern revision and will post beauty shots of the shawl when I have the pattern ready.

It’s Feeling Like Fall

I prefer summer but this one has been pretty intense, especially in September, so I have to admit that even I was ready for a change.

I had most of a skein of Classic Merino Superwash Sport yarn leftover from my Firenze sweater and I had planned to make some fingerless mitts with it. So, after finishing the Delmare shawl and since I had nothing else in the immediate queue, I decided it was time. Plus, I have been dying to use my Signature Needles DPNs I got at stitches Midwest. :-)

I have all but the thumb done on the second one. I’ll probably do that later today so I can wear them over the weekend. I’ll probably need them. :-)

I designed these myself and may write up the pattern. I like long cuff mitts since I wear short sleeve t-shirts year round and it gives me a bit of extra warmth under my jacket or sweater when it’s cold out. I rarely need a coat and don’t even own one. I just use light layers on the occasions when it’s too cold for just a hoodie.

I am currently killing time in my hotel’s lobby waiting for my room to be ready. That’s where I took the second picture. I arrived in Asheville in time for booth set up which was supposed to happen about noon. With the last minute changes needed at SAFF in order for the show to go on, it’s not surprising that there were a couple of hang ups. The McGough Arena, where we have had to re-locate for this year, wasn’t ready for us to move in when I got there. They should be ready in a few hours, hopefully. I figured I would just drop my luggage and eat lunch while I am waiting. So, here I am also writing a blog post. Never a wasted moment, right?

Glad to be home

I am so glad to be home for a stretch after a super busy spring show season. I went to 9 shows in 15 weeks and the last 5 were consecutive weeks with only a day or two home between each. To make it more crazy I usually had some production work to do when I was home. I am still working on dyeing more yarn, including 5 new colors. I am fitting that in as I can between home/family stuff. Here’s a few pictures of what I have in the works in that respect.

Fern and Graphite drying on the lines
Emerald (Left) Graphite (Center) Fern (Right)
New color samples for 2019. The one on the left and right of Graphite are as yet unnamed and waiting to be dyed.

So, the dyes are in the process of being mixed when I have an hour or two here and there to spend in my studio. The yarn is finally all here and now I just need a few days of good weather and no other critical tasks that need my attention so that I can get it all done. I had to take one of the guinea pigs to the vet yesterday and I have to take my father to an eye procedure tomorrow. Hopefully that will be it for awhile.

So the other thing I was planning to share was my Firenze sweater progress. I am working on the plain body section now after finishing the cabled yoke and dividing the sleeves. Progress is much faster so I hope to have it done by the next show, but that is in mid July so I’m not sure if that is a realistic goal.

Color is closer to true in this one from last week.
Progress as of today.

I’ll close for now. I’m going to try and get the last bit of color mixing done this afternoon so I can possibly get the dyeing done over the weekend. Talk to you again soon!

It happened again

I know. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? May has been a blur and no time for blogging. So. I’ll try and catch you up this morning.

I have had three shows and am at another this weekend with one more to go next weekend before I have a break in traveling. I will be home until the end of July. Where am I now? In Atlanta for Stitches United. I drove down and set up the booth yesterday. I didn’t get any pictures last night, so maybe later?

A few new things are in the booth like the finished Debussy . I am sorry for the quality of this picture, which I took last weekend in the booth, but it’s all I have at the moment.

I also managed to dye three new yarn colors which I am just realizing I have forgotten to take any pictures of!?! Sorry. I promise that will be something I will do today while I am at the booth and put them in the next post. Oh, but new colors also means three colors are discontinued, so they will be on Clearance for 50% off. The sale prices will be on the website by next week, if anything is left after these last two shows. No time to do it right now.

Ok, so what I’m knitting now (in my free time :-D) is a sweater for a change. It’s Firenze and I am using my Classic Merino Superwash Sport in Sapphire. I am getting close to being finished with the cabled yoke and I think the progress will pick up after that. It’s stockinette and rib for the body and then the 3/4 sleeves. I love those.

Remember the Holbrook Shawl I knit this winter? Pretty isn’t it? I guess someone else agreed that it was so pretty they needed it more than I did. I was stolen from my booth at Shepherd’s Harvest Festival in Minnesota a few weeks ago. I was very upset to say the least. So, not only do I need to re-knit this sample, I have made necessary changes to discourage this from happening again. This is the second sample I have had stolen in the last year. Six skeins of yarn also disappeared from my booth In Greencastle, IN. From now on I am securing all my samples with multiple zip ties and trying to arrange my booth where I am in sight of as much as possible. It’s really sad that it has come to this, but what else can you do? SMH

So, you will soon see another Holbrook in the same color on my needles. Sigh.

Okay, I have to close for now. I need to drop back by the booth and add some finishing touches before the evening Sneak Preview. Hope to see some of you this weekend or next at Hoosier Hills Fiber Fest!