Tag Archive: thinking out loud

A Long Journey, Literally

Something…something got finished for the Summer Sweater Knit-Along through all of this vacation, then hurricane, craziness.  I didn’t think it would happen when I had to frog my Heritage, but I picked my Journey back up.  Who would’ve thoug…

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Gathered Around Me

I’m still working on my Marley shawl, but my Gather, another Andrea Mowry design, is now complete.  It isn’t easy to stand outside in a wool/ linen shawl right now.  It’s not easy to stand outside, period.  I toughed it out for…

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The Orri Shawl

I am fresh from family vacation, where I had no connection with the outside world for about 2 weeks.   It wasn’t the kind of vacation that’s all about relaxing.  It was more the making up for lost time kind of trip,and it was really good. &nb…

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Hipster KAL

I knew I would be taking part in the Summer Sweater KAL, that’s a given.  But when I heard Brooklyn Knitfolk’s Jaclyn talk about how over “fade” projects she is and how she’s starting the Hipster KAL for lesser known knitting designs, I …

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Summer Sweater Knit-along Plans

I’m so excited about the beginning of the Summer Sweater KAL!  I had a million things on the
needles in June, but now I’m down to six.  This is really good, my friends.  I expect 2 will be off the needles by the time I return from vacation.  Of course, all of this maturity has given me the urge to go insane planning more projects than I can possibly manage for this KAL.   And planning more road tripping knitting than will comfortably fit in my car.  And pretending I’ll have room for two projects in my backpack on our hike.

Why don’t you hop a ride on the Crazy Train and pretend with me.  All images are linked to their ravelry pages so you can go a little nuts too.

There’s Journey, which may be finished before the KAL begins

Heritage will be what I begin with the group on Cast On day.  I’m knitting it in a tonal gray.

The Feya cardigan, by Amy Christoffers, will be my second cast on for the KAL.  This totally makes me think of high school.

Speaking of high school, Libby Jonson’s Timely makes me think of cardigans I wore then, too.  I want a navy and white striped version.

I’m dying to try knitting a fingering weight yarn held together with a lace weight mohair, like in Soirée

The Sourcebook Chunky Cardigan needs no flowery description.

Then, I want a Quadrillion, but not a regular Quadrillion.  It has to have a neckline exactly like Alaina’s (below).  Luckily she and other raveler’s have detailed notes.

Then there’s the classic Boxy sweater by Joji, the v-neck version.

Again, I want to copy Isabell.

What will you be knitting for your Summer Sweater?

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Perfect Day

Here’s what my perfect day in Galveston looks like.  First, you get in the ferry line early enough to eat brunch at Mosquito Cafe.  We like the walnut crusted brie and shrimp tacos. Then, I piddle around on The Strand, checking out creepy dol…

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Some Jewelry

Maybe you have noticed the jewelry I wear in some of my blog posts.  I don’t know, maybe no one reads blogs anymore.  But, I’ve had these photos of some of my favorite Native Clutter jewelry for a long time, meaning to tell you guys…

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Seaside Colors

I’ve spent some time at the beach recently.  I can never get enough of the blues and browns.  Also, I want to dump some photos.(more on my flickr and instagram)

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Roadtrip Knits all Mapped Out

Thanks to everyone who chimed in about how to tackle all my works-in-progress!  I have a plan now.I’ve already cleared my work space by blocking 3 knits yesterday.  Thanks to sweltering summers, they are already dry and photo ready.  But…

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BRK and BRP, Pwned

Brioche got served today.  It’s been taunting me for 12 years, lurking in the back corners of my brain since I was a new knitter and tried to knit this Interweave sweater pattern.  It is an awesome design, but was not at all beginner-compatible.  It did, however, turn out to be rage-compatible.

tried again 7 years ago.  Same sweater, same doofy issues.  There was a flurry of needles and yarn, maybe an expletive, and somehow I ended up with a perfectly fitting Oatmeal sweater (by Jane Richmond) in 70’s potholder colored yarn.  I got destroyed by Brioche, again. I keep meaning to dye that Oatmeal…

Then I took a Stripes class with Veera Välimäki.  If anyone could heal me of my brioche skills deficiency, surely she could.  I so wish I’d taken a pic of the knitted puke I created that day.  All I have is this photo of the humble set-up row, which looks normal.

Trust me, though, when I say it was bad.  Veera patted my shoulder and said, “It’s okay.  You’ll get it.”  It’s not her fault.  It’s Brioche’s.

All that is to say that I have finally arrived, my knitting friends!  I decided to set aside a whole morning/ afternoon/ some of the evening to figure out the Marley shawl pattern by Andrea Mowry.  She’s got all these great patterns, but the hitch is that many require knowledge of this infuriating stitch.

So, I did it and I have these photos to prove it.  Of course, I did have to re-knit this beginning part two times after taking these photos because I still can’t read my stitches well enough to fix mistakes.  But, brioche… brioche!

I read Andrea’s directions over and over, watched a ton of tutorials and then checked this Briochestitch site, where it finally clicked.  I don’t know why.  It pretty much said just what my pattern did.  Maybe it was a day full of stitch immersion that did it.  Anyway, now I am ready for all these “Hot Right Now” brioche thingies.
Bring it, Andrea and Stephen!

By the way, don’t you love this golden snitch progress keeper from Owls on Dantes?  
(more on ravelry, instagram, and flickr)
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20 Things About Me

I was tagged by Andrea on Instagram some time ago, but I thought I’d post it here because I should’ve been doing that sort of thing all along:@theknitpicky tagged me for #20thingsaboutme like a week ago, sorry Andrea.  So… 1. I talk for my pets,…

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Collecting Myself

Will you sit with me a minute as I collect my thoughts and work on Gather?  I am missing my friend and am a little numb, so I’m going to show you photos of knitting and act like it’s a healing therapy. And you know that it is.  It’s just not …

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Be My Accountability

I’m finally at a place where I don’t want to cast on every thing I see and I need your help.  I want to finish up all of the lingering knits-in-progress and straighten up my crafting space.  That would be  my side of the couch and the fl…

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Grandmommy

My best friends are together now.  I am happy for them, but I’m still sad for me.  I don’t feel up to composing a post that is worthy of her right now, but I will say that she was a beautiful example of a loving, Christian grandmother, a moth…

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While Waiting for a Ball

I finally tried a Wool and the Gang pattern!  I love the Tommy Top, but I needed a little more yarn to finish.  I think I knit it at a tighter gauge than instructed, maybe that’s why I ran low.  I could’ve ripped back and blah, blah, bla…

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Waterrock

Let me start by saying these photos are kind of the pits.  Ocean spray, as in the ferry- not the juice, got on my lens and it wouldn’t cooperate the rest of the day. Waterrock, by Jennifer Kelley of Appalachian Knits, is the perfect summer project…

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Kinton Tee

My daughter and I took a little day trip to Galveston as, sort of, an in-case-you-move-soon thing.  I didn’t want the summer to get away from us and miss an opportunity for some quality time.  Of course, I also pressured her to take photos of…

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Lace and Variegated

I have several one or two skein sets of variegated yarn that I’m not quite sure how to use.  I know I can always do socks, but I am pretty much done with socks for a while.  When it comes to heavily patterned things, like shawls, I don’t ofte…

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Hello, Nature

This is my written ode to the trees that keep me sane.  How I have missed you!  Come to mama.I need to be out of doors.  Truly.  It was lesson number 1 of my back sprain quarantine.  (Other lessons included- chairs are evil, do…

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Knot Tyer and Proud of It

Is it tier or tyer?  Whatever.  I wanted to post my progress on my Waterrock vest and Kinton tee, both by Jennifer Kelley of Appalachian Knits, but you’ll have to prepare yourself because you’re about to see the seedy underbelly of the knitti…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Grandmommy’s Hudson

Feyre isn’t the only shawl from Very Shannon that I’ve been working on recently.  I also ordered a crap-ton of Cascade Eco from Craftsy, when I ordered the marled Patons, so I could knit my grandmother the Hudson shawl for Christmas. It’s always a…

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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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