Neon Confetti Obsession!

I had a tendonitis flare up this weekend (SIGH), probably from too much computer work on Friday, so I haven't been able to knit a single stitch this weekend. But I've been thinking thinking thinking about what I'd like to cast on next. Not that I've finished anything recently - sloooowest progress on my Chevron blanket and my hexagons blanket and my greeny-gold Cold Mountain and my spinning and everything else... BUT. I've been thinking about this yarn.

Rain City Neons + Vic skyline

RAIN CITY AMAZINGNESS!

Remember this? I picked it up back at Fibrations in August (which is when I took those sunny photos). It's a 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon blend sock weight from the FANTASTIC Rain City Knits (seriously go over there right now... if you love bright colours and rainbows and happy saturated yarn... you'll be into it.)

IT. IS. SO. PRETTY!!! So cheerful and happy and amazing.

Neon Confetti Amazing!

I wound it up.

Neon Confetti Amazing!

Neon Confetti Amazing!

It's not even depths-of-winter yet or anything (and even when it is, where I live, it's not super cold). AND I like cold, gray weather. But this bright yarn is making me super happy! LOOK at all of the little speckley coloured bits! It's mostly pink, yellow, and blue, but then there are surprise flashes of green! and orange! and purple! Loooooove. I think the colourway is called Confetti.

Neon Confetti Amazing!

I'm pretty sure I've decided what I want to make with it: Clincher! Here's a picture from the designer, Ash Kearns' blog (which you should definitely check out):

Clincher

The pattern requires a little bit of contrast yarn for the loops, which are added at the long, cast of edge of the shawl's triangle shape. I'm thinking of using some bright blue that will complement the blue bits in the Confetti skein! Very excited. Now if only my dumb body would co-operate!

Share Season: Juniper Moon 2014 Spring Share Time!

Hi! It's been a hot minute since I last posted! The last month has kicked me right in the butt. I got the BEST mail recently: YARN MAIL! My 2014 Juniper Moon yarn share arrived! YEAH!

(Are you familiar with Juniper Moon and their yarn CSA? 2015 is the last year they'll be offering shares, so if you're into it, get one while they still exist! There are other similar systems now, but JMF is the original and, in my opinion, the best.)

Anyway - my share yarn! Ooooh :)

YES!

This is 100% cormo wool - cormo is a breed of sheep, and they grow wool which is squishy and soft and amazing. I love it. The 2014 share is the 5th annual share I've had the pleasure to receive (mostly as gifts from my amazing family - Hi Family!). This year, the share came with a super cute stamped project bag and a customized measuring tape! It also shipped in a box, which my cat was very interested in.

Bonus awesome bag!

Feline yarn supervisor.

Shareholders have the option to have their yarn sent to them undyed (I did that last year!), or to have it dyed in a very limited range of colourways which change each year. This year, I went for the Orchid colourway, which is this gorgeous gray-toned mauvey colour.

Orchid gorgeousness

Oooh purpley

Mauvey

Soooo pretty. Yes.

I have some fairly firm plans for this yarn. Every year I've had a share, I've knit a sweater out of it. (Here's 2010 (blue), 2011 (pink), and 2012 (green) - I still have last year's undyed 2013 share waiting to be knit up, because I focused on finishing Shepherd last winter!)

TRUE BLUENANTUCKETMy new favourite sweater! High quality tags :)

The 2014 yarn share in Orchid is, I think, destined to be a cardiganized version of Knitty's Beatnik pattern. I am a huge fan of the Beatnik cables, but am also a committed cardigan wearer. (Check out this amazing version!) I may not have it finished this winter, since I have such drastically reduced knitting time (to keep my wrists healthy), but knitters are patient people, right? ;)

Little things!

Hi friends! I'm alive! But this fall has been kicking my butt. So far October has been just as busy as September was, maybe even more so... and in the last week I've caught a pretty terrible cold that is just laying waste to my productivity. I have been able, FINALLY, to do a tiny bit more knitting than has been possible in the past months, though. The doctor I saw about my wrists prescribed a fantastically effective topical anti-inflammatory, and also referred me to a hand physiotherapy practice. (I have not been to the physio yet, but I will get there! Eventually!). So far, even just using the anti-inflammatory and continuing my practice of limiting typing time as much as possible, taking breaks, doing a variety of activities instead of just one for a long span, trying to exercise a little more, and extremely limited knitting time has been making a big difference.

So, I have been knitting just a little bit on little things...

Yellow things

Some pretty (slightly blurry) yellow projects. One is a nearly finished hexagon, for my forever-in-progress Six'es blanket. The other is a surprise for a friend, which I will reveal when it is fully complete ;)

I also spent a couple of evenings (because, only a tiny bit at a time!) making up this little coffee cup cozy for a different friend.

Flat mug cozy

The yarn is leftover lovely handspun (I did not spin it - it was a gift from my mom a few holidays ago) - I have a teapot cozy made from it, so it seemed like a lovely thing to have a sister mug cozy to send my friend, with whom much tea has been consumed! So, we can both have tea knowing that yarn from the same ball is keeping it warm.

Mug & Teapot

Mug Cozy!

I added crocheted loops on one side and buttons on the other, and blocked it so that it would lay flatter. I hope she likes it!

Leftover Lace & Wrist Report

Hi! How's your September been? Is it fall where you are? I am a huge cliché - I love fall. It's my favourite. Despite what my mom thinks (hi mom!) I actually really like winter, too, although Victoria doesn't get much in the way of snow or anything. I miss snowy winters! I've had a busy month - unfortunately, it's been full of life stuff and not very much knitting stuff, though.

Lace progress! SUUUUPER slow progress, that is. In fact most of the progress on my current lace project, Cold Mountain by Kieran Foley in Juniper Moon Findley (50% silk, 50% merino, ooooooh), is from a couple of weeks ago, when I was still doing okay knitting one or two rows a day.

Cold Mountain or GOLD Mountain, am I right?

I'm into the third and "middle" section of lace motifs. Not quite halfway done the shawl, but almost! I just love how the patterns transition.

Arrowey

Aw yeah lace!

Cool Transition

This last one is the most accurate, colour-wise! It's a goldy green rather than a greeny gold.

More accurate colour-wise

Lately though, I haven't been knitting at all. Sadface. I finally saw a doctor about my dumb recurring wrist pain (which was determined to be chronic tendinitis (from overuse), a word which I have been misspelling basically forever apparently), and hopefully I'll have some new pain demolishing tools at my disposal soon!

What are you knitting this fall?

Seaglass Spinning

So, I have had a crazy busy couple of weeks since the fair! Changing schedules, lots of other personal stuff keeping me busy, sheesh! I'm excited that's ALMOST fall, because I like fall just about as much as I like fall fairs (so um, a lot). All that personal busyness, combined with continuing to be very careful and mindful and minimal around crafting, to keep my wrists healthy, means not a ton of progress on all of my projects. BUT! I have been doing a little bit of spinning. For some reason, the last few years, late summer and early fall seem to be the time of year that I remember how fun spinning is. Several years ago, I took a spindle spinning class at one of my local yarn stores, and then was gifted some extremely beautiful handmade spindles by my cabinetmaker brother-in-law. And THEN figured out that spinning fiber tends to be a bit cheaper than yarn even... so now I have LOTS of fiber, and LOTS of spindles, and occasionally I actually combine those with my HANDS and get to making yarn :)

So, here's the fiber I pulled out of my stash (which is, thanks to a recent closet downsize, sadly in bags in a pile... sigh.): It's 4 oz of 22 micron merino pencil roving from a (now out of business) local dyer, Everything Old. (The dyer now has a fabulous knit/spin/sew podcast - check it out: The Knitting Pretty Podcast!!) The colourway is what pulled me WAY in when I bought this at Fibrations 2012; it's called "seaglass".

Seaglass Pencil Roving

Holy gorgeous, right?

Seaglass Pencil Roving

Even smushed up in its bag it looks pretty great :)

It has been a delight to spin, so far!

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And how pretty is this spindle?

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I'm planning to ply this, although I haven't yet decided whether it will be 2-ply or 3-ply. Feeling pretty excited about how fine I'm able to spin it, though! And dreaming about what I'll eventually knit with the yarn. I'm a VERY slow spinner (spindle + still park & draft + only spin once in a while), so it will be a long time until this is a knitting project, but it's so so fun and at the end YOU GET YARN! If you've never tried spinning - do it :)

Saanich Fall Fair 2014!

Finally, the fall fair! We went last weekend, and I haven't had time to share the news until now (because we also moved last weekend... busy times!) This post has kind of a ton of photos, so I hope you're into that. First, I won't lie, I went to check out the Needlework Room, since that's where my entries were! (In case you missed it, the post about what I entered is here.) Out of four entries, two won blue ribbons! SO EXCITED! Both the cabled mittens and the Shepherd Hoodie won in their categories :) The other two things just got to be part of the fair, which is also pretty excellent as far as I'm concerned. The Shepherd Hoodie also won the Victoria Knitters' Guild award for best Fancy Knitted Sweater! So cool. I love fairs. (And if I'm honest I really like winning stuff too.)

Winning Mittens! (The white ones)

Winning sweater! (The white one, again)

My garter spectrum blanket!

Other awesome stuff we saw in the Needlework room: an incredibly cool knitted salmon, a crazy intricate knitted gingerbread house...

Coolest knitted SALMON!

Incredibly intricate knitted gingerbread

The whole room was full of amazing things, which of course I failed to photograph. Oops! I did snap lots of other cool fair stuff though. Vegetable dude!

Incredible vegetable dude

Tiny adorable plants!

Tiny tiny plants

Apples make me feel like fall is right there. Right?

APPLES GALORE!

Beautiful and leafy!

Thanks for the instructions 4-H!

How to Ice a Cake. Thanks 4H!

I ate these. Also mini-donuts which I failed to photograph :)

Hot dog. Onion Rings. Yes.

MOHAIR GOATS!

Regular goats and mohair goats!

ALPACA PARTY! I got to pet one. What.

ALPACA PARTY! I got to pet one.

Sheep haircut time! Just a trim.

Sheep in the beauty chair

Brad: "Do you know why some of them wear coats?" Me: "YES! It keeps their wool cleaner and prevents it from being discoloured by the sun. KNOWLEDGE!"

Sheep in coats

Sheep buddies :) Their faces are basically the cutest.

HI SHEEP FRIEND!

Cows

Sunflowers

Fluffy bunny

Prize winning eggs! This colour is bananas.

Prize winning eggs

Bye fair! I'm already excited and planning for what I'd like to enter next year.

Bye fair!

Is there a local fall or agricultural fair near you? I heartily recommend them :)

FIBRATIONS Recap!

On the weekend, I got to do one of my very favourite things - attend a local fiber festival! I'm lucky to live in a place that has a thriving, excellent local yarn and fiber culture. Our most awesome local event is called Fibrations, and it's pretty delightful. Vendors, artisans, and community groups set up at St. Ann's Academy, and there is tons to see and do and buy (and eat - there are even food trucks)! The whole thing is run by one of our best local yarn shops, Knotty by Nature.

Unfortunately, every year I end up getting sidetracked by all the yarn and fiber and taking too few and mostly terrible photos.

Terrible photo of vendor tents!

Raffle Ticket Tent!

See? You can't really tell how awesome the event is from those. Oops. This one is a lot better:

Humming Bee Farm's incredible banner

Isn't Humming Bee Farm's banner AMAZING?

Even though I did not take great photos, I had SO much fun :)

Excited Fibrations Face!

I DID take lots of photos of the yarn and fiber that came home with me. Here's my haul!

Fibrations Haul woooooo!

Let's break this down, shall we? My first stop was the RainCityKnits booth. I'm a pretty unabashed RainCity fangirl - I even knit a sample sock for them last year in their Local Sports Team colourway. Krista is the mastermind behind the company, and she is SO sweet! She was totally lovely to chat to :) I had planned to get something neon and solid coloured from them (I want to make the Neon Ski Bonnet for myself this winter, and obviously RainCity is the place to go for NEON!), but in the end I was seduced by THIS, which is on a merino/tussah silk base:

Rain City Neons + Vic skyline

RAIN CITY AMAZINGNESS!

AAAAH NEON SPRINKLES!!!! I loved this skein SO MUCH that I kind of walked around the festival with it around my shoulders. Isn't RainCity's needle gauge cool, too? I love it! If you haven't seen RainCity's full neon awesome line, check it out right now! (Warning, everything is beautiful and vibrant and you are going to want all of it basically.)

My next must-see stop was JOMA yarn, new to me and sooooo full of gorgeousness. I picked up a skein of stunning one of a kind hand dyed sock yarn (the CRAZY BEAUTIFUL colourway is "Wild Child", and the base is Glam Panda - merino, bamboo, and nylon) - it's greeney and yellowey and has spashes of teal and bright happy red/pink and yeah I love it. I also got some mini skeins at the JOMA booth, because they were beautiful and super affordable and perfect for my Six'es blanket!

Joma, huge new crush.

The mini skeins are (top to bottom) are Circus Clown, I Fought the Law, and She Wore a Raspberry Beret. So darling!

I also got some spinning fiber. First, from Humming Bee Farm, 2 ounces of green, hand dyed Corriedale wool! This may be a surprise but I am into green ;)

Corriedale from Humming Bee Farm

From Ba-a-ad Ass Textiles, I also got 4 ounces of super pretty Romney wool!

Fiber scores!

The colour makes me think of winter ocean at Dallas Road :)

Even though I'm still only knitting and spinning a tiny tiny bit because of my sensitive, sore wrists, I'm really excited about my new yarns and fibers. Ahhhhh, fiber festivals :) I'm already looking forward to next year!

GUESS WHAT TIME IT (almost) IS!

It's aaaaaaaalmost FALL FAIR TIME! Sign

As you may remember from last year, I am a HUGE fall fair fan. I just kind of love everything about them, a quality which has baffled a lot of my friends lately. But seriously, what's NOT to love about them? Crisp weather (hopefully), adorable animals of all kinds, deep fried foods, farmer's marketey produce and products, a midway, and exhibits full of hand made entries! I love love love fall fairs :)

Last year was the first year I entered things I had made into the fair since I was a kid, and it was definitely as fun as I remembered! I even won some ribbons, which was delightful.

A few days ago, I dropped off my entry form for this year's fair. Eeeee! Not the actual entries yet, those don't need to go in until shortly before the fair in a few weeks.

Entries!

So, based on those only slightly cryptic categories, can you guess what I'm entering? (You don't actually have to guess... I'm going to tell you because EXCITEMENT!)

First, a plain sweater, which can only have garter, stockinette, and ribbing. Remember this guy?

Cozy!

Plain! And cozy :)

Next, a sweater with "fancy stitching"!

Shepherd

Basically, there are 3 categories of sweater - plain, fancy, and traditional aran. Even though this sweater has aran elements, I don't think it's a "traditional" aran. Hence, fancy stitching! I'm really really proud of this sweater, so I hope the judges like it.

The third entry is a baby's blanket. I'm entering this happy thing!

A pop of colour!

I know the difficulty level is very low, since it's all garter stitch, but I love the colours, so I'm going to enter it :)

Last thing! MITTENS! I'm entering these softie cabley beauties.

Here's to warm hands!

That's it! I still have a few weeks to wait until the actual fair, but I'm really looking forward o it already. Are you entering anything in your local fair? If you never have, DEFINITELY consider it! It's really fun, and helps to support agricultural fairs so they can continue to exist. Yay fairs!

Custom knitting bags... for me?! :)

Guess what lovely surprise arrived for me in the mail the other day? These amazing handmade project bags! 2014-07-28 18.27.27

My mom is an accomplished patternmaker, designer, and sewer (she even has a degree in design!), and she sewed me up these two awesome bags. What a special gift, eh?! She saw some bags at a knitting marketplace recently, and then noticed these two fabrics in a fabric store, and came up with these - her own design!

They're both fully lined (each with the opposite fabric from the other bag! So cool!), and have a great toggle attachment as well as a handle.

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I am so excited to use them. I never seem to have enough project bags, and I end up stashing WIPs in my closet in a messy pile (so that my cat can't get into the yarn, it HAS to be put away at all times. She is sneaky. She ate a huge piece of ribbon recently, which was both extremely scary and very dangerous. Cat health is my #1 priority, and yarn security is also important!)

As you can see, SOMEBODY thought the bags were actually for her... incorrect!

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I'm already storing my greeny-gold Cold Mountain in the smaller bag, and deciding which project will get the honour of living in the larger bag! Very much looking forward to carrying these around town with me :) THANKS MOM!

Patience, Grasshopper.

Let me be honest: resting is pretty boring. I'd much, much rather be knitting. Even in the summer. Every evening. In all my spare moments.

BUT, I'm trying to be grateful for even little snippets if I can get them. Two or three rows in a day, instead of twelve or thirteen. Mostly I'm still resting, keeping my brains busy with work (so much work) and reading.

I am slowly, sloooowly giving myself a little bit of time with the needles. Just a row or two, and then back to wrist rest.

I've been working my one or two rows on a project that has been hibernating for a while - the pattern is Kieran Foley's Cold Mountain (I'm making the Chevrons variation), and the yarn is Juniper Moon Findley in Greengage. There's a really first rate photo of the shawl pattern on Kieran's page, here. (You can see I'm about 1/3 through it.) I last wrote about it on the Juniper Moon blog a looong time ago.

The colour reads more gold in these photos, but it's my favourite goldy-green.

Cold Mountain

The pattern is free, and has three different charts to follow. Sections of each chart are worked a given number of times, so there's lots of detail to pay attention to.

Cold Mountain

So far, I've finished one of the charts, and have just moved on to the second. I pulled this project out to be my "tiny baby steps back to knitting" project, because there are lots of different stitches to be worked. Lace is a bit more diverse than garter stitch, (hopefully) giving my hands less of a chance to get irritated by repetition.

The downside to lace knitting? Before it's blocked, it looks a bit of a mess.

Cold Mountain

Even if you stretch it out!

Cold Mountain

A row or two is better than none, right? I'll keep being patient.

Keeping from Knitting.

I am trying to listen to my body, and let it rest, and let it heal, and remember that "not as sore for the last hour or so" is not the same as "healed and ready to do things again". It's the weekend, and I would really really like to spend a chunk of today relaxing and enjoying some knitting. But I KNOW I shouldn't. My wrists really aren't better, I'm still icing them every night just from the amount of hand writing (notes) and typing (notes) and mouse-use (charts and internet and research) I'm doing at work. Even with lots of breaks.

I don't know quite what all of this extended arm trouble means for my future, but I cannot think about a future with no knitting.

For now, I'm trying to stick to my guns and not pick up my sticks! ;)

Instead, I've been reading a lot. In the last two weeks, I've read This Is How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, Wintergirls and The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson, If I Stay by Gayle Foreman, and The Railway Man by Eric Lomax. I know, a lot of YA Fiction.

Let me know if you have books to recommend, so I can keep sticking to my healing-up resolutions!

Hexagons Catchup!

Hi! Happy July! I'm still not actively knitting. Resting, resting, resting my body (mostly wrists and arms). Well, resting them in the sense that I'm not knitting. I can't get away from typing and writing and other hand-active activities (I made those terms up, could you tell?), because jobs.

But! I have some hexagon pictures to show you from a couple of weeks ago :)

I'm working sloooowly on the Six'es blanket (pattern by Karen S. Lauger). I want it to be as full-sized as possible, so I'm aiming for 189 hexagons. I'm currently at... (drumroll)...

Hex pileup!

75. Oh.

I thought I had way more complete! Look at the height of that hexagon tower! That's okay - it just means more fun time knitting hexagons in the future. (Also, look at all these crazy yarn tails!)

One million yarn tails

I also had some new yarn to knit hexagons with - I had a birthday a while ago, and was gifted a Knitpicks gift card! Here's what I chose: four colours of Knitpicks Palette yarn!

New Yarn!

Let's zoom in a bit closer...

Happy colours

Oh yeah. LOVE those colours! I started with the pistachio green, and then cast on with the royal blue.

Pistachio Half Hex

Pistachio Hex

Cobalt Blue Potential

Blocking, as always, makes a HUGE difference with these little shapes.

Hexa-bath

Ta da!

Hex blocking

Even though this project is super slow going, I'm still enjoying working up these little 6-sided jolts of colourful happy. Hopefully when my body is back in knitting shape I'll be churning out more of them!

Not my favourite kind of post...

Just a quick post to say that I'm resting my wrists again! Sigh. I started a new job (YAY!), but it involves a lot of writing and typing, and that's leading to some wrist-ey pains. When I'm feeling sore just from a regular day, adding knitting on top just isn't a good idea. It's a bummer, but I'm trying to be smart and give my body a rest when I'm not working.

I do have some fun progress to show you from before things started feeling sore and burny, though! Look for that stuff soon :)

In the meantime, wish me healing and stronger arm muscles! ;)

Greens galore! (aka blanket update)

Guess what! Garter chevron stripe blanket update! :D A sneak peak is enough, right?

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A little bit more?

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TA DA!

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In all it's three-stripes-and-four-colours-done-so-far glory! Um, yes. It's still making me super happy. Squishy and drapey and garterey and GREEN! For real.

Getting to start a new colour in any striped project is always especially exciting for me. The first of the darker greens!

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Even though it's starting to get a little bit warm where I am, our summers are pretty mild, and working on this blanket in the cool evenings or shadier afternoons is still totally pleasant.

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I'm inching along! This is the last full stripe, which is also pretty exciting. Once this colour is finished (which won't be a for a while), I'll be knitting two triangles to fill in the bottom corners. I love this pattern! (It's the Heirloom Chevron Throw by Jocelyn Tunney :) )

Besides this garterey goodness, I've been working on another blanket project, too... (you can probably guess which one). Are you into blanket knitting? I am a teeny bit obsessed :)

Sunshiney Stripey Chevron Cowl!

Remember this stripey cowl I started a while back? I've been working a row or two on it when I had the chance, and lo and behold, it's finished! IMG_4864

I used Ashley Solley's snake skin pattern, with some modifications (a different number of stitches, different number of repeats, different number of rows in each stripe...), and Frogtree Pediboo yarn in yellow and natural.

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The cowl is knit in the round, and then grafted together at the end. My grafting job is far from perfect, but I'm okay with it!

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I'm really happy with how it turned out. At first, I thought maybe I would have liked it better shorter (and snugger around my neck), but after wearing it, I like how it drapes! Great for wearing with scoop neck tops.

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And the happy yellow and white stripes! I feel like the vibe is just right for summer.

The good kind of spoiled!

Hi friends! Life has been BUSY! I had some work related travel, and was able to squish in some family visit time as well. I also had a birthday, and was throughly spoiled with gifts and kindness (and home made desserts... including pie, cheesecake, and my favourite, piecheesecake - which is a bottom pie crust, fruit pie filling, a layer of sort of cheesecake [cream cheese, whipped cream, and sugar I think], all covered with chocolate. It is. Amazing.)

Other than the desserts, a lot of gorgeous presents landed on me! Show and tell? Yes!

Mug + tea!

Super sweet mug!

Tea strainers!

Charming tea strainers! (I drink SO much tea. Especially because I've mostly gone off coffee in the last 6 months.)

Notions case!

Notions case!

Amazing notions case! So sparkly and green and useful!

Book!

YARN FARMY READING! :D

Leaf bookmarks!

Happy, green, leafy...

Leaf bookmark in action

BOOKMARKS!

Super special hand dye made by mom!

Yarn! Hand dyed! BY MY MOM! IN GREEN AND YELLOW!

Waterloo Wools prettiness!

In the Jungle!

More yarn, from Waterloo Wools, in a colourway called "In the Jungle", which is super super pretty and amazing!

SO SPOILED!!!

Are you lucky enough to get yarny gifts for your special occasions?

Inch by Inch, Row by Row...

... I'm going to make this blanket grow :) I'm still taking things very carefully, knitting-wise. I think I've finally reconciled myself to the need to check in with a medical person about my frequently resurgent RSI/muscle-achy-terribleness (technical term ;) ), because even though I'm trying to minimize my keyboard time and other repetitive activities, I can still feel the twingey pain coming on pretty quickly.

Despite all of that, a row or two each day is happening! Just so that my hands don't forget knitting altogether, and because it's good for my mental health.

Row by row

I'm inching along on the medium green stripe, and still LOVING how this blanket looks.

Row by row

It also FEELS pretty wonderful. Squishy and drapey at the same time, just enough warmth but not too much.

Row by row

I can definitely see more of these blankets in my future! A perfect relaxing project for an evening at home, with the bonuses of fun opportunities to play with colour and (obviously) an amazing blanket at the end :) Even though a wool blanket seems pretty seasonally inappropriate, I'm glad this is what's on my needles.

Row by row

What are you knitting these days? I'd love to hear about it!

Vacation... knitting?

Remember I was all set to head out for some travel? I wound up these two lovely skeins... Ready to go :)

And went on my way! My vacation looked like this:

Beach!

AAH!

Yep, so pretty

Wowza

And... okay... also like this:

Okay fine, I also ate this awesome waffle

I did finally cast on one of the projects I planned!

Finally casting on!

But the trip was so amazing that I only got a tiny bit knit, as you can see.

Not much progress, but a good vacation

I'm home again, feeling grateful for the beautiful and fun things I saw and did (even if they didn't include knitting, this time!)

Travel Knitting

Hi! I have good news :) My (dumb) wrists & forearms are starting to feel better! I'm still trying to be patient & cautious and not overdo anything. I'm still not really knitting again, yet. But feeling normal without any knitting is a good first step! I also have some travel coming up soon, and I'm hoping I'll be 100% better and knit-ready in time for that. Knitting is one of the things that makes travel fun for me! I always give myself permission to spend any time I'm in airports/waiting in lineups/passenging in cars for a long time/[other travel bothers]... I spent those times knitting, which makes the time pleasant instead of tiresome.

Another special permission I give myself is to choose an entirely new project and START it at the start of the journey. That way I have something exciting to look forward to, and a way to distract myself from worrying about delays or stuff I forgot to pack or the hundred other details I can obsess about.

Travel knitting is tricky though! For me, it has to be several things:

1. Small & lightweight! No use packing the giant, in-progress blanket, or 6 skeins of chunky yarn for a sweater. It must fit into my purse.

2. Exciting! I like to choose new yarn to wind, a new pattern to explore, something that really makes my heart go pitter-pat.

3. Diverse! I do make a point to bring at least two, usually three different things with me, so I can have some variety, especially if it's more than a day or so of travel. Something engaging for long quiet spans (like lace!); something extremely easy/memorizable (a sock, or a plain scarf or cowl with no shaping); something else that makes me happy...

4. No overlaps! Ideally, none of the projects I bring need the same needles, so there's no swapping around needed.

I'm having a really hard time choosing, this time. I poked around my yarn closet to see what yarn I was feeling into, and two skeins jumped out. One sock weight, and one lace weight, both in stereotypically springy colours.

Pink & black sock

This one is wool/nylon sock weight, by miss gusset, and I loooove it. I've had it in my stash for a while, and it just makes me super happy.

Pink & black sock

Coral Lace

The second skein is beautiful 50% wool, 50% silk lace weight by Vancouver Island's Sweatermaker!

Coral Lace

I'm having the worst time choosing patterns though, mostly because the yardage for both yarns is lowish.

The lovely sock weight is around 330 yards, and the lace weight is around 380. I'm also thinking about avoiding pooling, with the sock weight, and showing off the beautiful subtle tonality of the lace weight. I'd like to use both yarns to their best advantage! Maybe a simple seed stitch cowl in the sock weight? Maybe the Campanula Scarf in the laceweight, since it looks so great in pink?

What do you think? What would you knit with these yarns? Do you bring knitting with you when you travel?

Garter Chevron Blanket - halfway catchup!

I was looking through some photos from the last two weeks, and realized that I DO have new photos of my garter chevron blanket to share, even though I'm still on knitting hiatus, for now, while my wrists and forearms heal up from overuse. I actually made a bunch of progress on this project in a short span of time -- which is part of how I messed up my stupid wrists in the first place! I had a couple of days in a row where I had to spent 5+ hours sitting quietly, waiting for things. PERFECT for knitting, right? Except, it's not a good idea to knit garter stitch (knit knit knit knit with no purls or other stitches) for the whole 5 hours with no breaks.

Clover Leaf!

Although I regret it now, because it's meant such a dumb hiatus, I did get quite a lot knit.

Clover Leaf!

I finished the third colour/second stripe! This was the first really truly green stripe, in a colourway called "granny smith." I'm still really loving how this is coming out - I know the colours wouldn't be for everyone, but they're very me :)

Clover Leaf!

This next stripe is the only non-Cascade yarn. This 3rd stripe/4th colour is Classic Wool from Patons, in a bright medium green called "clover leaf". Why different yarn? For the most practical reason ever: this yarn in this colour happened to be on super sale at my LYS. It fit into the colour scheme was economical to boot!

Clover Leaf!

I'm super excited about how this blanket is shaping up! I think I'm firmly in "knitted blanket junkie" territory, now.