So, I think that is pretty self-explanatory. Here we go.
I am starting out with one of my absolute faves. It's Ruth of Penny Rose Yarns! I 'met' Ruth on Ravelry a couple years ago. It didn't take long to realize that this lady has a real eye for color!She is known as the Queen of the Pastels among indie yarn dyers. But, she doesn't just do pastels well, she does it all so well.
Here is just a sampling of the stuff you can find in her shop:
That's right. The woman doesn't just dye yarn, she also writes amazing sock and lace patterns. Seriously, go check her out.
Ruth's etsy site can be found at http://fritzl.etsy.com
Happy Etsy shopping!
Note: Pictures are from Penny Roses' Etsy site.
Photo from Peggity2006's Flickr Page.
Photo from indigomuse's Flickr Page.
I think these fortune cookies are so awesome. Alex and I once tried (and failed) to make real fortune cookies and then put work related fortunes in them. He thought it would be hilarious to have all these IT things in them, and I thought it would be funny to have things like "Your GC will calibrate on the first try" in them. The cookies never came out right and the idea died. But, aha! Felted Fortune Cookies to the rescue. Yeah, I think I might need to make these.
The Felted Fortune Cookies by Tanya Brooks is available on her blog for free here.
So, what's new in your queue?
This has to be one of the easiest baby hats ever. I knit it in just a couple hours. And, damn, it sure is cute. I can't wait to see some ridiculous picture of the baby next to a pumpkin wearing the pumpkin hat. Makes me want to squee just thinking about it!
The Pattern: Pumpkin Hat by Susan Esser. Available for free from Knitting on the Net here.
The Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, maybe a little more than 1/2 a skein of the orange, and maybe 1/4 of the green.
The Needles: US Size 7
The Time to Knit: A couple hours.
The Mods: I started knitting the leaf that was in the pattern, and I personally thought it was way way to big, so I winged a couple of smaller leaves.
I love all the stuff I knit for Baby Rambo so far, but I think this might be my fav.
So, since I have been working so hard on this shawl, I thought I would show off some of the progress.
The first step in the class was to come up with a sketch of what you wanted your shawl to look like. Here's mine:The next step was to pick some stitch patterns and knit a swatch. I am not a swatch knitter really, but for this class I see where it is absolutely necessary. So swatch I did:The next step was to knit a triangular swatch. This is where I kind of started doing my own thing. I decided if I was going to knit a triangle, I might as well knit two triangles together and get a shawl out of it. So, that's where I am with it now. Nearly done with my shawl. I have also been working on getting the charts just right, which is seriously hurting my brain.
Pics of all that stuff soon.
Here is the Peapod Baby Sweater I finished a couple days ago:
I have to be honest, that sewing in of the sleeve probably could look a little better, but it is the one thing I struggle with the most with in my knitting. Oh well, the baby will wear it a couple times and grow out of it anyway, right? :)It sure is a cute sweater though. And, you can't beat that cotton blend yarn. Soft and machine washable!The Specs:
The Pattern: Peapod Baby Sweater by Kate Gilbert (pattern was at one time available through the Interweave website. At this time, the pattern is not available).
The Yarn: KnitPicks Comfy Sport, 3-ish skeins
The Needle: US Size 4
The Time to Knit: About three weeks
The Mods: None really. Pretty much followed the pattern.
So, yeah, I have been on a huge finishing kick lately. And, I have been working hard at not starting too many things at once. I think I am doing a good job. Other than a couple of chronic unfinished things, I only have one other thing on the needles right now. I can't remember the last time I was knitting so few things at once. It may have never happened before.
Have any good finished things lately?
Here are the details from Etsy:
Knitting Like Crazy 3 Month Just Yarn Sock Yarn Club
Shipments are as follows:
Shipment 1: Ships March 22-26
Shipment 2: Ships May 24-28
Shipment 3: Ships July 26-30
Please Note: This means you will be getting yarn EVERY OTHER month.
The shipment will include a different base yarn each time. One shipment will contain Insanity Sock, which is a 100% superwash merino yarn, 420 yards, per 4oz skein. One shipment will contain Treehugger Sock, which is of 65% Superwash Merino /35% Bamboo, 500 yards per 100g skein. One shipment will contain my new Crazy Cash Sock, which is 80% Superwash Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon, 420 yards per 100g skein.
The first shipment will contain a variegated colorway. The second shipment will contain a semi-solid colorway. The final shipment is knitter’s choice. Please let me know in the note to buyer section when purchasing if you would prefer a variegated or a semi-solid yarn. If there is no preference listed, then it will be a surprise for you (which could be fun too!) All colorways will be new ones!
I am not sure which yarn bases will be for which shipments. That will depend on availability of the yarn.
Basically, this club is for those that just love yarn. The kit will contain yarn only. No pattern, no extras.
The cost of the club is $86, including shipping. For people within the US, your yarn will ship via USPS Priority Mail. For those in Canada, the UK, and everywhere else, your yarn will ship via USPS First Class International.
To sign up, check out my listing on Etsy: http://knittinglikecrazy.etsy.com. Or you can email me at jenATknittinglikecrazyDOTcom, and I will send you a Paypal invoice directly.
I also wanted to say to those people who I know IRL (ie my knitting group BFFs). If you ladies want to join, I will send you Paypal invoice excluding the shipping that is included in the Etsy listings. I see you once a week or more, I will hand deliver you yarn! :)
That's it. There are fifteen spots, so get 'em before they are gone. I will be closing sign ups on 2/20 or when I have the 15 spots filled, whichever comes first!
So, anyway, here are a few of the lovelies from last weekend's yarn dyeing adventures:
They are all my new Insanity Sock yarn line. It's 100% superwash merino and holy cow is it every squooshy. I have plans to be dyeing A LOT more of this soon.
So, yeah, stay tuned, I don't think the yarn dyeing mojo is going anywhere any time soon.
I have lots of her patterns in my queue, but here are a couple that are jumping out at me this week. First up, it's Mirth:
Mirth is a loverly fitted ranglan shawl. Oh that lace! Oh that shape! What's not to love? You can Mirth from Stefanie's Ravelry store here. It's $5.
Next up is the Fern Wrap:
I really loved the way it turned out. Nothing looks too wonky, it came out the size I was expecting....a true felting success for me! :)
The Pattern: Pink Lady Bag by Shelley Boardman. Ravelry tells me it is available for $5 (but doesn't say where to get it). I got mine in the Flat Rate Box Swap a few months ago. Maybe your LYS will have it.
The Yarn: Patons Classic Merino Wool, about 1.5 skeins
The Needles: Us Size 15
The Time to Knit: Two days. Ok there may have been six months between those two days. :)
The Mods: None
Super excited about this bag. Can't wait to felt again!
A few weeks ago I reviewed The Knitmore Girls and this week brings me to their buddy, Meghan, who is the voice behind Stitch It! Podcast. Stitch It has been around a little over two years and one that I have been enjoying almost that entire time. In fact, it is one of the few that I have gone back and listened to the earlier podcasts that I have missed. Yes, it's that good.
Meghan typically podcasts once a week. Each week brings many different segments including Townhomesteading, Babble, Fibery Goodness, and a Favorite Thing. Sometimes other sneak in there for fun (like the occassional contest). I really love the usual segments that are in this podcast. Townhomesteading is all about gardening and making things from scratch and finding ways to be self sustaining. I love it! Meghan is THE reason I want to plant a garden this year. In Fibery Goodness you can find out everything about what she is knitting and spinning. And, Meghan is just so knowledgeable about spinning I find myself learning all kinds of stuff about that I never knew before.
Stitch It is one of those podcasts that I listen to and I feel like I am having a conversation on the phone with one of my BFFs. Meghan is just so calm and relaxed and so easy to listen to.
You can find the Stitch It Podcast on iTunes. The shownotes are located at http://stitchitpodcast.com. If you hang around Ravelry, you can find Meghan as itsjustmeghan or head over to the Stitch It Podcast group. I also love following Meghan on Twitter. She's itsjustmeghan there too.
So, have any new fav podcasts? Do you have a knitting/spinning/fibery podcast and want me to take a listen and do a review? Just let me know!
First up is the Car Seat Blanket:
I like this one because it is small (meaning quick work for the knitter). Also, I like the lace. Just enough to keep me interested.The pattern didn't call for any kind of border or finishing around the blanket, but I thought it looked very unfinished with the stockinette just curling ever so slightly. So I finished it with a round of single crochet and then a round of double crochet. Easy, and I think it makes the blanket look like a million bucks (even though the cost was zero dollars as my knitting buddy, Jen gave me this yarn for free during her destash recently)!
The Pattern: Baby's Car Seat Blanket, available for free from Creative Knitting Online
The Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease, a little more than two skeins. I will say 2.3 skeins
The Needle: US Size 8
The Time to Knit: Just under 3 weeks
The Mods: Just added the border, and I did one extra repeat in the middle because, well, I wasn't paying attention to how many I needed to do, so I did one extra and then decided to leave it in there.
The Finished Size: 24 inches by 30 inches. Perfect for covering baby while in the car seat.
Happy knitting! Hope you have been on a finishing kick too.
So, when there was a Once in a Very Blue Moon Sale on 12/31 and I had the chance to get some Rare Gems, you bet I snatched that right up!
I got four skeins of lightweight, two in the 'Water' color spectrum and two in the 'Earth.'Yum, yum, yum. I love them all.
Anyone else have any good stash acquisitions lately? Happy Knitting!
And then there is the carseat blanket:
This one is quite a bit further along than what you are seeing here. Had lots of good knitting time in the last few days, and I have been pretty dedicated to working on this one.I am really liking this car seat blanket. Small, cute, and enough lace to keep a knitter interested!
The Peapod Baby Sweater is currently unavailable (I printed it off the Interweave website a few years ago) and the Car Seat Blanket is available for free here.
This book really isn't a book at all - it's a box! Actually, it is quite literally a little box of socks. This box contains 20 pattern inserts and one insert on special techniques. When I opened this one, I quite literally squeed and said 'How cool!' before pulling out all the pattern inserts.
Each sock pattern has it's own glossy folded card and has all the instructions you would need to knit the sock (cuff, heel flap, gussets, toe, etc.). And, these cards seem pretty sturdy. They would definitely hold up much better than all the folded up patterns that I end up throwing in the bottom of my knitting bag!
There were lots of socks that I think I would enjoy knitting in this book. My faves include Lace Rib Socks, Slip Stitch Cable Socks, Faceted Rib Socks (which seems to be the popular one on Ravelry) and the Small Wings Socks.
This book is for a knitter who has some experience knitting socks. Like I said, there is one insert for special techniques, but if you have never knit socks before, I would recommend trying a different pattern or book (and then moving on to this one). I think a lot of these patterns are easy and not too complicated, which is perfect for someone who wants more experience with sock knitting but isn't quite ready to knit Twisted Flower or something. :)
The Little Box of Socks is available from Martingale and Company. You can find a wee bit of errata on their website here. And, you can get your copy of The Little Box of Socks on Amazon for less than $15!
So, read any good knitting books lately?
Well, I am happy to report that the first pair of the year is done!
I pretty much everything about these socks. The pattern, the color, the way makes the pattern makes the colors all non-pooly and lovely.These are some quick knitting socks too. I knit them in just five days. I consider myself a quick knitter, but that sure is quick, even for me.Ah, Bellatrix, you are a good pair of socks.
The Pattern: Bellatrix by Monkey Toes (free Rav. download there)
The Yarn: Knitting Like Crazy, Crazy Soft Sock in the City of Blinding Lights colorway (there is still another skein of this in my shop, tempt, tempt.)
The Needles: US Size 2
The Time to Knit: 5 days
The Modifications: I knit six repeats on the leg instead of seven. I sometimes get nervous with my size 11 feet about running out of yarn. I had bunches of yarn leftover though. Probably could have done 8 repeats!
So, I guess my friends were right. I probably should make 24 kits for this year instead of 12. But, my thought is I have lots of other things I want to knit. So, I am going to go with 12 kits for now and if I start running out I will make more at a later date. Because right now I have baby knitting fever (it's my sister that is preggers...def. not me)!
Anyway, happy knitting! Coming up later this week: baby knitting WIPs and some STR Rare Gem goodness.
This one is available through the Interweave website. It is one of the free Knitting Daily patterns. I think it just looks so warm and so pretty. Perfect for when you need to bundle up while scraping all that ice off your car after a long work day.
This one is by KrisKnits and is available as a Ravelry download for $2.49 here.
I really love this little cowl because I think it looks quite fancy. Like you are wearing a nice handknit sweater under your coat. I may be casting on for this one very soon.So, what's new in your queue?
After all the squeeing over the shaping and stuff, I finally took a look at the patterns. And, there are a lot of them! The pattern section includes Pullovers, Cardigans & Coats, Tanks & Shells, Bottoms, and Accessories. Some of my faves were the Lift & Separate Cardigan by Amy M. Swenson, Bombshell by Stefanie Japel, and Cherry Bomb by Joan McGowan-Michael. I know there is a Bombshell sweater in my near future. It's that awesome.
So what do we have for January? Well, it's something out of this yarn: