Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Oceans of Teal

I bought a pound of teal fiber, merino and silk, in the summer of 2012, to celebrate my return to California.  Actually, I bought half a pound first at Loop and Leaf, then went back and bought the other bag full they had.  Could not resist!

Over the next--good heavens!  Has it really been three and a half years?!--I slowly spun it, plied it very slowly indeed, and finally soaked it and hung it up to dry.

What we have here, friends, according to my calculations, is over 1200 yards of slightly variable-in-thickness but relatively evenly spun more-or-less fingering weight handspun yarn.

I could practically knit a tent with this much yardage!  But I don't plan on designing a tent pattern.

Oh, and in the bottom left corner, slightly lighter and heathery in color, is some worsted weight I spun from fiber my buddy Elisa gave me.  Yes, GAVE me.  You heard me.  Love that stuff too.  Thanks, Elisa!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mission Falls Modern Log Cabin

The weather finally cooled off enough for me to finish this blanket I started last winter.  It's based on the "Moderne Baby Blanket" from the Mason-Dixon Knitting book.

It's a log cabin style pattern, and in this case, I just kinda winged it, working on whatever side I wanted with whatever color looked good to me at the time.  I used 15 skeins of discounted Mission Falls 1824 Wool that I've had in my stash for many moons.  Mission Falls is out of business, alas, or I would be busy recommending the yarn.

I decided to modify the original pattern with a stained glass effect.  The main thing to remember (which I learned by trial and error), is to make sure you do the black outline (or whatever color you're using for the outlines) on the side you're about to knit next, not the side you just finished.

I knitted 4 rows of black for each outline, then started the next color.

If you're looking for something easy to while away the hours, this pattern fits the bill!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

New Pattern: Capture the Castle Shawlette

Using the delectable BaaBoo yarn from Hearthside Fibers, I finished this little shawlette.  The pattern is published and ready to purchase for your knitting pleasure here and here (and here if you can buy wholesale.)  And it only takes one skein of the yarn!

Plus, who doesn't like to say, "BaaBoo?"

Reminds me of Tennessee, where the ad for the locally made confection, GooGoo Clusters, was, "Say GooGoo for candy."

I say, "Say BaaBoo for yarn!"

The skill level for this pattern is easy intermediate.  There's no purling, but you will be doing some yarn overs, casting on, and casting off.  It's fairly quick to knit, since it's a small project.

This is the Galway Bay colorway.
I love the misty blend of colors.

I also made one with self-striping Berroco Sox, color 1453.

The name of the shawl is inspired by the turret-shaped edging, and by a really fun book I read recently called "I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith.  I saw the movie a short time later--entertaining, but the book is better.

I suggest reading the book while wearing the shawl, preferably in a castle overlooking a moat and rolling green hills, if you can manage it!