WiP Wednesday: Growing Shawl, hats, & new dye books

My brain is going in a lot of different directions this week. I’m feeling a rush of excitement to finish things and start new ones. 

My Hitchhiker Beyond Shawl/scarf is growing! I’m a little worried that I’ll be playing yarn chicken, but what’s life without a little risk? I’m knitting this out of handspun, and I couldn’t be more excited about how it is knitting up. The colors scare and excite me all at the same time! 

As a fun, quick project, I’m making some hats that’ll be going with a local mill-owner to our local farmers market. (No pictures yet…)

I’m also planning a lot more natural during in the coming days/weeks. I’ve added a few books to my library, and I’m so excited to dig into them. Next on the dyeing schedule is nettle-dyed roving and yarn. 

Keep an eye on my Etsy shop for updates (in the past week, I’ve added in a skein of madder-dyed yarn and some recycled yarn). 

I’ve also re-started a Facebook page for my sites, so you can find me there if you’re interested, as well! 

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WiP Wednesday: button band and handspun scarf

This week has given me such an appreciation for my amazing husband! He was out of town on business, and as always, when he is gone, I’m reminded of what an excellent partner I have. My knitting time has been more sporadic, but I squeezed some in on my commute and in the evening after Little One went to bed. 

I have finally picked up my Rosemont Cardigan to finish the button band. I have a major mental-block when it comes to button bands sometimes, but I’m ready for this sweater to be off the needles. My sweater mojo is returning, so hopefully I’ll get another one on the needles when I get this one finished. 

I’ve also been working on my Hitchhiker Beyond from some handspun. These colors and the style of this piece are not part of my usual palate, but I’m enjoying it. 

I hope everyone else is enjoying their knitting this week, too! 

WiP Wednesday: Vacation Knitting

We were lucky enough to take a trip to Hawaii over the last week. I brought a number of knitting projects with me, but I’ve mainly been knitting on the Wildberry Shawl. I’m knitting it out of Josef & Anni, which is a local-to-me yarn by Abundant Earth Fiber. I could not be happier with how it is coming out! The pattern is totally addictive, and the yarn suits it perfectly. 

WiP Wednesday: Knitting amidst distractions

Admittedly, I’ve been a bit distracted lately. The current political changes are stressing me out a bit. I am trying to remember to keep calm and knit on, because there’s not a whole lot that stressing out will do to help. 

So, what am I working on? 

I’m test knitting a cowl with some of the beautiful Josef & Anni yarn from Abundant Earth Fiber. This is my first time test knitting, so it has been fun and educational. 

I’m still plugging away at my Hudson Shawl. I’ve made it to the knitted on edging, which is a new technique for me. I can’t wait to bundle myself up in this. 

I started spinning some Cormo that I had gifted myself from Sincere Sheep around the holidays. It is like spinning a cloud; it is so soft and airy! 

I finished up a small cowl out of some Sweet Fiber Cashmerino that I won from a knit along. I think I stretched a little too much when I was blocking, but it is super soft and I like the pattern (Eterntiy Scarf from Brooklyn Tweed). 

A little handspun also made it into the finished bin

WiP Wednesday: A little bit of everything

2017 is starting off beautifully, with a lot of knitting. I’ve been working on a little bit of everything. 

I’ve been knitting a few hats for the #pussyhatproject. I’m knitting the hats using the Kitkat Hat pattern in Cascade 220. I am sending my hats directly to a few friends who are marching in their areas and Washington D.C. 

A friend asked me to knit a few items for her to give to some babies, so I’ve been working on some hats and little stuffed animals. 

I have a project on the needles for myself for the first time in a few months. I spent the bulk of the end of the year working on projects for others, so this was a treat to cast-on on Christmas Eve. The pattern is the Hudson Shawl. It’s knit in Cascade Eco. At first, I was only going to use the brown and green contrast colors, but as I knitted, I realized it needed the third. So, I pulled out my dyes and dyed some white navy. I am working on it as a part of the Wearable Blanket KAL that is being hosted by the Imagined Landscapes podcast. It has been fun connecting with others on Ravelry and Instagram about these big shawls that I’ve been so obsessed with. 

My first weaving project is well underway. I used some Cascade 220 for the warp and some handspun that I dyed using onion skins for the weft. It’s hard to allow myself the space for imperfection, but I’m enjoying the process. 

I’m getting much more comfortable with my new spinning wheel, and I am trying to spin at least a little bit each week. Right now, I’m working with some locally dyed roving. No pictures yet, but I love how it is spinning up so far. 

 New spinning wheel, building local relationships & works in progress

It has been a little while since my last update, but there has been a lot going on in my fibre-universe! 

I finally got my new spinning wheel. It is GLORIOUS! It is going to take some time to get used to it, but I’ve already finished my first skein of yarn. 

I’ve also had the opportunity to start selling some of my knitted goodies at a local shop. It has been fabulous developing a relationship with a local business owner and feeling like I am supporting local businesses. Selling on Etsy was not working for multiple reasons, so this situation feels far more productive and rewarding. I was also fortunate to find someone who appreciates my aesthetic. My work has also attracted the attention of some other local fiber artists, so I’ve started to feel much more connected to the community. 

Right now, most of my WiPs are based in working on items to keep the store stocked with goodies. I’ve been working on hats and cowls, so the projects are quick, fun, and easy. I’ve also been knitting a little for a fellow knitter who couldn’t meet holiday deadlines, so I’ve been getting to play with some locally produced yarns. 

WiP Wednesday: Sweater projects

This week has been a big transition week in our household. Little One started the summer program at her new school, so we are adjusting to new schedules. For the summer, I will be mostly off on Thursdays and Fridays, so I’m hoping for lots of knitting time. 

Project updates: 

My husband’s sweater is FINALLY finished. It needs another good blocking now that I’ve seamed it, so I’m waiting for a sunny day where it can dry outside. I have a marvelous craft room, but stuff just doesn’t dry out well in there. 

I am making my way through the Audrey Cardigan for my boss. I’m part-way through the first sleeve, so hopefully it’ll be done at the end of the weekend. I think my favorite this about this sweater is that there is no button band. After the 6 inch button band on my husband’s sweater, I don’t want to see a button band for a little while. 

I’m also making my way through a Featherweight cardigan for myself. I’ve knit most of it in the car, actually. It doesn’t require much shaping, so it is an easy on-the-go knit. Right now, I am working on the bottom ribbing. Sleeves and a button band, and then it will also be done. 

I’m looking forward to putting these into my StashDash totals and then starting on a few more things. 

WiP Wednesday: Hat, sweaters and seams

Just a quick update on the WiPs. (you can always find me on Instagram @yarnbob and on Ravelry as bolsen for more pictures). 
So, I’m finally to the point of seaming my husband’s sweater. It has been a bit of a slog, but I’m slowly getting there. 
I’m making progress on my next Audrey Cardigan and on the Featherweight. I’m most of the way through the body on both. These don’t require any seaming (yay!), so they’re feeling so much quicker. I don’t know how many more sweaters I will knit in pieces. 
Lastly, I cast on the Bumble Hat by Tin Can knits. I’m knitting it out of some Knitted Wit Victory DK in the Salted Caramel colorway. These quick projects are so helpful for keeping motivation through the big stuff. 

WiP Wednesday: Knitting, Spinning and Binge Watching

The WiPs, generally, keep accumulating and progressing. I’ve finished the button band on my husband’s sweater (wahoo!), so it is blocking and ready to be seamed. My Featherweight continues to grow. I’m a bit stalled on the purple sweater for my boss, but I have plans to pick it up this weekend. 

I also started a shawl to donate (it has grown a bit since the picture). A friend of mine, whose baby passed away very suddenly, shared a post that was looking for people to knit shawls to put in boxes for moms who have babies in the NICU or have passed. It is hard to know what to do for someone who has endured such a terrible loss, so this is somethings concrete I can do to honor my friend and other moms. 

I also started spinning some gorgeous black alpaca fiber that I ordered from Etsy a while back. This stuff is HEAVENLY! It is from Old Homestead Alpacas

It’s rare that I get sucked into a television show, but I’ve been binging on The Fall. It has some disturbing elements, but the storyline and cast is excellent. I will admit that I’ve used the fast forward button a few times during awkward scenes, but those are mostly in the first few episodes and worth gritting your teeth through in general. I tried the second season of Bloodline, but I didn’t get into it like I did with the first season. 

WiP Wendesday: Featherweight & StashDash thoughts

I started the Featherweight Cardigan on Mothers Day. This is my first time knitting with Quince and Co. yarn (Finch), and I’m really enjoying it. The price-point on it is a little more than something like Cascade, but in total, it was still only about $60. It is knit top-down, and I’m about halfway through the raglan shaping. It’s a fingering weight yarn, but knit on size 6 needles, so it makes for a nice lightweight fabric. I think it is going to be great for summer. 

I’ve decided to participate in Stash Dash this year. I think it’ll be a fun way to knit through some yarn and patterns that have been languishing in my stash for a while. I have several sweaters to finish (and a few more sweater quantities of yarn) and a smattering of other projects, so I am aiming at a 5K.