Tag Archive: knitting

Variegated Yarns: swatches in knitting, crocheting and weaving

It’s always so mysterious how a pretty little skein will work up, isn’t it? Especially with variegated yarn! I dyed up a little (well, BIG) skein and made swatches in knitting, crocheting and weaving! And they’re SO different! Here’s the skein I dyed (if you want to try it, check my tutorial on how to […]

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Out of Season


Today’s unseasonable and very soggy weather reminded me of this outfit.  I was almost tempted to throw on a wool sweater in the middle of April.  What is going on?!?


And what the heck happened to our beautiful Spring weather?  I am really getting tired of the gray skies and the rain.


This garment will be getting a whole lot of wear towards the end of the year, but for now, I am much more interested in light colors and fabrics (even if the weather is not playing fair).


I sure do love a circle skirt, though!  If I can find a suitable mid-weight wool in a beautiful color, I may just have to make myself another for next Winter.


The most irritating part was, you guessed it, evening out that darn hem.  Even thick wool coating is not immune to the dreaded bias droop.


The sweater was a quick knit when I was in need of a portable project that would not require a lot of fuss, and one that I would be comfortable stopping and starting at a moment’s notice.


It served its purpose quite well, and I may want to make another in a warm weather appropriate fiber.  If the rainfall keeps up, I may finish my current knitting project soon and do just that!

Sweater:  Made by me, “Jumper with a Boat Neckline” 
Skirt:  Made by me, Vogue 2902
Shoes:  Royal Vintage “Marilyn
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Empowering Others

One of my favorite television programs is, “Pit Bulls and Parolees.” If you haven’t seen the show, it’s about a woman, Tia, who is committed to saving pit bull dogs, and giving those who have been incarcerated a chance at making it once they leave pris…

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#1year1outfit: Questions of Origin

This article was published on the Fibershed blog in 2016, I thought it might be time to repost it here for Fashion Revolution week which starts April 24. From Fashion to […]

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#1year1outfit: Questions of Origin

This article was published on the Fibershed blog in 2016, I thought it might be time to repost it here for Fashion Revolution week which starts April 24. From Fashion to […]

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Triple Dip

The Tops Tanks and Tees Knit-along surprised me this year.  I already had a summer-weight sweater going so I’m jumping in with a WIP this year.  I don’t usually do that because I love the excitement of group cast on, but I did get to cast thi…

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Write it Down, Make It Happen

A quick update on the sewing adventure that Helen Haughey and I will be hosting in June. All of the information will be up on the blog first thing tomorrow. I’m really excited as I think it is going to be such a fun experience. It seems that if yo…

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Free Project – Cot Mobile Frame

Free Project – Cot Mobile Frame

PATTERN DETAILS Use the Knitables cot mobile frame to create an adorable and unique mobile for your little one to enjoy. By selecting your own animals, characters or objects the mobile can be made to fit any theme. The example shown has used the animals from the Knitables Noah’s Ark Collection. NOTE: By downloading this […]

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I knit a cardigan. Twice.

Initially when I knew I was going to post a worsted weight sweater project in early April, I kind of thought I’d have to make a joke about how it was growing too warm to wear it. Hahahahaha. As if. Oh April, how I always forget your disgusting weather ways… read more »

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Two Knits

First, I should probably apologize for this post because I’m writing it while listening to a playlist of random favorites.  At the moment, Neil Diamond’s Holly Holy is playing.  It’s distracting.This playlist makes me happy and sad …

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Baby Granny Stripe Blanket

I guess I can post this blanket now that it’s been gifted and the recipient has been born.  It made me so happy to think of the loving home she would grow up in as I worked on this blanket.  I was also excited that her parents loved it becaus…

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#1year1outfit 2016 Final Outfits Perth – Australia

Welcome to my brand new website!  I now have a dedicated page to welcome newcomers to #1year1outfit, where you can see the rules, find links to participants in your area, and even sign up.
If you needed some motivation to sign up, then look no furthe…

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Feyre

I could knit Feyre again.  And again.  It was that satisfying.  I was imitating the sample, knit in Brooklyn Tweed’s Newsprint.  I think the Patons Classic Aran and Dark Grey Marl colorways gave mine a similarly graphic look. &…

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Julia Sweater

I don’t know what happened.  I slipped this big sweater over my head and next thing I knew it was like the last 26 years were a dream.  What?  I’m 17 again, wearing guys’ sweaters with baggy… everything?Friends, I knit the biggest, sim…

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Princess Harald stranded pullover

Today I’m happy to share with you a pullover that I finished… I have no idea when. January? Maybe. Long enough ago to get to enjoy wearing it this winter, I can tell you that that much. So I realized I’d better show it to you quickly since the first… read more »

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Tons of knitting projects

I noticed I’m more productive the longer I’m around fellow crafty types.  Case in point, when I hang out with my friend Jennifer. When we are together, we will knit, hang out in yarn shops, and talk about upcoming projects. We also help each other…

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So Much Seed Stitch, Then a Rant

How have I been knitting for 15+ years and still not yet knit a Wool and the Gang pattern?  Weird, huh? So the Julia Sweater is my first one.  It’s also been in my WIP basket for six months.  I realized this when I we…

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Free Project – Illusion Silver Wedding Heart

Free Project – Illusion Silver Wedding Heart

PATTERN DETAILS Two simple heart designs for a 25th wedding anniversary, which can be hung on the wall or used for small cushions. When you look straight at the hearts you only see stripes. When you look from the side the hearts magically appear. The hearts shown in the photos were made with DK yarns […]

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Knitting Throwback

The daily prompts in the Yarn Love Challenge have taken me back through my knitting history-  from those days when I knew no crafters but said I wanted to learn to knit so my husband gave me a booklet from Joann called How to Crochet for Christmas…

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Yarn Love Challenge: Intros and Such

The Yarn Love Challenge on Instagram started this month, with intros.  I joined a few days late and threw a selfie up on instagram as Day 1 but didn’t really introduce myself.  Eh, I don’t know if I’ll actually do that now either. I had this …

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Snoqualmie

cardigan: Snoqualmie by Michele Wang, pattern here // shirt: Grainline Archer, pattern here // legwarmers: pattern here Snoqualmie is done! (Semi-related: I’m pretty sure every single time I’ve typed “snoqualmie” it’s come out “snog.” Every single time.) Anyway, I did this one for Heather’s Snoqualmie Knit-along last year. I started knitting it sometime in March, got caught […]

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Zilredloh Giveaway: Celebrating Your Beauty Mark + Sephora Gift Certificate

To celebrate the launch of my new blog redesign, I’m sponsoring a giveaway! One lucky winner gets a copy of “Your Beauty Mark,” by Dita Von Teese. And! Along with the book, the winner will also get a $25 gift card to Sephora. This giveaway is open to all residents of USA/Canada, and you can enter by leaving a comment on the blog!

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Zilredloh Giveaway: Celebrating Your Beauty Mark + Sephora Gift Certificate

To celebrate the launch of my new blog redesign, I’m sponsoring a giveaway! One lucky winner gets a copy of “Your Beauty Mark,” by Dita Von Teese. And! Along with the book, the winner will also get a $25 gift card to Sephora. This giveaway is open to all residents of USA/Canada, and you can enter by leaving a comment on the blog!

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I Think I’m a Crocheter

There was that baby Superman cape and there was that really cool Holla Knits scarf, where I did feel like I had a rhythm going by the time it was finished.  Those are my only real experiences with crochet.  It felt like I was fumbling my way through those projects, my stitches just happy accidents.

But now, I am finishing stripe after stripe on this baby blanket in a fluid, effortless way.  I think I am a crocheter.

I knew I wanted to start a granny stripe blanket out of sock yarn scraps, with Nicky’s Christmas to Christmas Crochet-along.  But there was someone I really wanted to make a baby gift for and a worsted scrap blanket is a baby gift I know that I’d love to receive.  I like baby knits that aren’t in the traditional baby pastels.  I also knew worsted weight yarn would crochet up fairly quickly.  I think I’m over a quarter of the way through today.  That’s in four days of crocheting.  That’s insane!!!

Um, yeah, I’ll be knitting one with sock yarn too.  You know how on podcasts knitters will show you each individual square and say what yarn it is?  My husband squints like he’s listening to nails on a chalkboard when they do this, and, if I’m honest, I usually tune it all out.

So you completely have that option.  Squint away or scroll on down past where I make note of the yarns I’m using for my own neurotic pleasure.

From the top where I’m working to the bottom:

WotA Tweed from my Bradway shawl,
Up in Yarns Murkwood from my Laura + Maddy Mitts,
Gynx Yarns Targhee dk in Goth Girl from Goldfinch,
Cascade purple from Everett Henley,
Patterns Classic Tweed in Aran from Blowing Snow,
Quince and Co Lark in Clay,
January Yarns Olivia for the Karite Hat,
Tosh Dk in Earl Grey (sigh) from my Zelda shawl,
Beautiful Red Sock Blue Sock yarn for a Prim hat,
Malabrigo in Paris Night from my Thing to Wear Cardigan,
Junkyarn dk Diana from my Dresden Beret,
Patons in Natural Mix from my Cherry Pie sweater,
Gynx Yarns in Spanish Roof (a favorite of mine) from my Petawawa Toque,
more lark,
more Gynx Targhee in Goth Girl,
Voolenvine Yarns non-superwash in Gashlycrumb from the Quadri hat,
Malabrigo in Plomo again,
and Patons Tweed in Aran again.

Okay, now I’ll go back to being cool.  Because saying phrases like “scrappy baby granny stripe blanket” is too cool for school.

I think I feel more sentimental about these scraps than I would sock yarn, just because I’ve been knitting with worsted since the beginning and some of these are from older projects.  The wild thing is that they can all look good together in this blanket.  When I brought them to a Stripes class with Veera Välmäki, a few years ago, they looked like puke.

The email for the class said to bring scraps, so I really brought scraps- a bag full.  When the class began, I pulled out my somewhat tangled balls of workhorse yarns in chartreuse, light purple, brown, etc.  All the other participants pulled out gleaming cakes of Madelinetosh in coordinating colors.  Bunch of kiss ups.  No, they were really nice.  They all gave me encouraging and compassionate smiles as I spazzed out with my tangled brioche section.  I think I was the remedial knitting student.

For this blanket, I am keeping them in color groups of 3 or 4 stripes- blues, purples, reds, etc.  I am using a couple of new skeins of Quince and Co Lark in Clay for unifying stripes, every several stripes.  It will probably be the edging color too.   I want a hat in Clay.  Clay, Sedum, and Damson are all colors I want to work with.

I want this to be a travel project, and maybe it can since it’s a baby knit.  Dana (a crochet blanket master) had the clever idea of making a big ball of scraps, already magic knotted, so it would be more portable.  I think I’ll try that, too.  But I will have to unravel one row to see what length I need for a row’s worth of one color, since I am changing color with every stripe.  As it is, I would have to bring a big bag of scraps with me.

So, what are your scrappy projects?  If you don’t have any, consider joining us in Clara Peggoty’s Corner.  It’s not a Ravelry supergroup, with a bazillion members, but that’s refreshing.  I like being part of a group that’s not so overwhelming that members can’t keep up with each other.  We’re also on Instagram as #ChristmastoChristmasCAL

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Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook: Review

This book. Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook. Drool. I saw it. And I bought it. I don’t buy a lot of craft books. (Seriously, all of my books fit on one shelf!) But I bought this one and love it. And I added my old cable stitch dictionary to my ‘Spring Cleaning’ pile. Because I […]

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My Bosc Angora Beret

On my last visit to Paris, one of the specialty yarns I purchased was a single skein of angora from Lil’ Weasel. I generally try to purchase yarns from the actual city or country I’m visiting.  But I just couldn’t resist this angora from Lang Yarns of Germany. The reason I decided to purchase aContinue reading

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Find Your Fade

I wasn’t always comfortable with trusting my instincts, and I don’t just mean when knitting a piece of clothing.  Sometime, within the last several years, I have shrugged off the cloak of doubt that doused my impulses.  I still consider and l…

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A New Look for Zilredloh

I’m happy to report that you are now looking at the fresh face of my blog, zilredloh. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging and chatting with you all for 6 – going on 7 – years.  How the time has flown since I first started writing about my sewing and knitting adventures. Updates: MyContinue reading

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Only a Little Sock Monkey-ish

You know how I’m a big fan of Shannon Cook’s… everything?  Well, her Feyre shawl is no exception.    I’ve been keeping this worsted weight, marled yarn just for this project.  All through the Christmas season it gently called to m…

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Gifts for Tino

Valentino has quite a few sweaters that I have made for him, but they are almost ten years old at this point, and some of them are beginning to look their age.  I was hoping to make him a new one for Christmas, but never found the time (and I real…

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