Tag Archive: thinking out loud
Now, my regular blogging can begin. Now, that all of the hurricane clean-up/ moving my daughter is finished. Now that I have completed my first week as a BSF CL (doesn’t that sound important?) and feel more confident. Now that I am ba…read more
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.
Again, I want to copy Isabell.
What will you be knitting for your Summer Sweater?read more
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.
I 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!