Wednesday, March 22, 2017

texture and test-knitting

reading Texture and test-knitting a new hat pattern for Thread & Ladle

I'm not sure if I can post spoilers, but I'm using Brooklyn Tweed Shelter for the first time for testing Beatrice's new hat pattern. Lovely yarn, nice pattern.You can never have too many handknit hats.

a girl and her cat
 
Chouette is one of my most well-received handknits. Erik loved it last winter, Bridget even likes to wear it in the house. A quick knit, warm and eye-catching, lots of compliments.

I am reading Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, too -- terrific! Too bad it's overdue at the library. Must. read. faster.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

yarn along: beloved + after you

 joining the yarn along with Ginny & co.

I just started After You and just finished knitting a Beloved hat for Erik.

Moxie cat, hard at work helping me knit

 a happy customer

 new knitting books to peruse

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

yarn along: knitting from the north

So many wonderful new knitting books and magazines these days... Knitting from the North is what I'm currently perusing. I'm knitting a simple hat for Erik out of this amazingly cozy and cheerful yarn made right here in Michigan -- Stonehedge Crazy. No skein is the same -- Erik had so much fun picking out this yarn. I'd love to do a blanket with oodles of different colors!

joining the yarn along with Ginny et al.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

yarn along: between the world and me

reading: Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
knitting: Strokkur (still)

An important book to read at a historic time. I'm alternately hoppin' mad and heartsick these days.

B wore her Chouette hat for our local Women's March. I wish I had broken out the pink yarn, but I spent time writing letters and calling congresspeople instead. 

B wearing her Little Buds cardi (so sweet -- the silhouette makes her look like a smock-clad French painter)! Real life around here -- potty chair in the background, Matchbox cars, the kids' new toy mop and broom (which they love -- they "clean" far more often than the grown-ups do!).

I'm joining Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

indecision


knitting :: strokkur
color combination no. 1: teal with "straw" and "truffle hunt"

Far too many minutes have been spent mulling over color combinations for my strokkur pullover. I'm stymied.

Here's Ysolda's pattern photo:

What do you think? Color combination no. 1 above? Or one of the choices below?

 combination no. 2: teal with blue and natural

combination no. 3: teal with straw and blue

combination no. 4: teal with straw and natural

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

new year knits

 joining this week's yarn along


reading: Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant
knitting: Strokkur, by Ysolda Teague

I'm still sorting out colors for the yoke of my Icelandic pullover. I paid a long visit to a lovely yarn store in Royal Oak, Ewe-nique Knits (oh, knitters and their puns!), and vacillated over a beautiful array of yarns. I came home with two shades of Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter, then promptly set them aside as I rummaged through my yarn bins.

Bridget, looking sprightly and saucy in her Morpheus sweater.

 The holidays flew by in a blur. We did a Midwest road trip yet again, and as good as it was to see family and friends, I long for the year when we spend Christmas at home. Erik's gnome stocking is hanging on the mantel, but Bridget's stocking is still on the needles.