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I have about 15 minutes before I leave for the Knot Hysteria Retreat at Port Ludlow and I’m so excited!  There are no words.  Truly.  I love getting to spend so much time with my fellow knitters and fiber lovers.  And if it’s anything like last time, I’m sure I’m going to have so many things to show you after the weekend.

But before I go, I got a foot in the sock and I must say, it’s a perfect fit!

Hope you all enjoy your weekend!

First of all, thank you so much for your kind words and support on the last post.  You have all given me a lot to think about.  I think that has to be one of the things that blogging is great for: a meeting of the minds.  I can’t really do that without you, so thanks!

While I’m pondering over writing patterns, I want to show you the progress I’ve made on Rob’s socks, er…sock.  I just cast off the first one late last night (while watching the election results come in).  I’m so happy with the results (both sock and election), which is great because that will motivate me to knit the second one (and continue to live in the US, har har).  I’m really digging how the colors came together and how the effect changed when I switched to ribbing from stockinette.  This is the first time I’ve knit with seriously variegated yarn like this and I have to admit that at first I was skeptical.  Sometimes color can be overwhelming to me.  I rarely match.  Most of my wardrobe consists of solids.  I rarely wear prints.  It’s been fun watching the magic of these colors coming together and perhaps it’s giving me a little more confidence knitting with variegated yarn.

The other day at work I picked up Leslie Ann Bestor’s book of cast-on’s and bind-off’s.  I think this is going to be a great reference book for me.  It’s really well laid out and the instructions are clear and concise.  Oh I know you can find all these things on the internet and youtube for free.  Call me old-fashioned, but I really do like the act of flipping through a tangible book and having everything I need all in one place.  I ended up using Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy bind-off for the cuff.  It involves processing each stitch with a yarn over before casting it off the needle.  I love how it looks and how (duh…) stretchy it is.

Socks look so strange when they’re not on feet.  I suppose that means I better get cracking on the second sock so we can stuff some feet into them.

I want to know: Do you use variegated yarn often?  If so, what projects do you use them for the most?  Are you a sock knitter?  What’s your favorite way to cast-off on toe-up socks?

Linking with Tami’s WIP Wednesday and Ginny’s Yarn Along.

And then it happened: Fall.  I can smell it lingering in the cold morning air, I can hear it as leaves crunch beneath my feet, and my fingers can feel it at night, their desire to knit intensified by the sudden coming of fall.  Where did this summer go?  It seems that I have been busy these last few weeks of summer (as evidenced by my lack of blogging), so allow me to “summer”ize (haha, I crack myself up) the past month in a photo heavy post:

There was a 3-day backpacking trip to the Goat Rocks Wilderness with R.

I had never gone backpacking before this and didn’t know what to expect.  Honestly I was secretly worried that I would fail miserably at it.  I mean, how was I going to survive three days without ice cream?  Ok, I wasn’t really thinking that… all the time.

There were no goats, but we did see a couple of coyotes running through the meadow below us.  The wildflowers were out in full force and were absolutely amazing.  I kind of regret not having anything but my phone to take pictures with, but on a trip like this you have to make room for the essentials.

The essentials: whiskey and knitting (more on those socks later) because you have to reward yourself at the end of the day somehow.

Three days, 30 miles, and about 5000 ft of cumulative elevation gain later, I found myself in a burger joint.  And I ate the best damn burger I’ve ever had in my life.  Then my stomach hurt for the entire drive home….

Yarn Over »

I can do this because I live in the Pacific Northwest and Summer doesn’t exist here.  Now that I said this, it’s not going to rain for the next month.  And because I said that it will.  And now it won’t.  Will.  I’m going to stop now.

In any case, I’ll knit a sweater any time of the year, especially if I’m knitting with MadelineTosh.  MmmmadelineTosh.  Have you encountered the Tosh yet?  If not, you really oughta.  The only thing you’ll regret is not buying more.  Yup, that’s exactly the line that I feed myself whenever I purchase it.  “Are you sure you only want 3 skeins?  It would be great to have that extra one just in case….”  I’m so smart.  There’s another line that I feed myself whenever I make bad decisions.

I actually started this sweater…um…well, so long ago in fact that I forgot when I started it.  Maybe a year ago?  But, from the beginning, I never liked the fit.  So I did what I do best when encountered with situations like this: I found a new project and put this one in the ignore pile.  But, as chance would have it, this weekend, I really wanted to play with some Tosh again.   So I bit the bullet, ripped it out and forgot to take pictures of my yarn ramen (sorry guys, I know how much you love those photos).  In case you didn’t know this, I want to tell you something important about frogging.  Always, always, wash your frogged yarn before reusing it again.  You want to smooth out and relax your yarn back to it’s original form, otherwise your knitting is going to by fugly and your tension uneven. You do have to wait for your yarn to dry completely, but trust me, it’s worth it.  Kind of like swatching.  It’s worth it, even if you hate doing it.  That being said, I did re-swatch with larger needles and found my gauge to be perfect!  Don’t you love when that happens?  I’m thinking this will be done by the end of the week.  That kind of unwaivering reassurance reminds me of something.  What was that?

And of course, what’s a knitter’s life without another one or two projects on the needles?  Here’s a couple of things that I’m also working on now:

A test knit shawl for Holly at SillyLittleLady.  Keep your eye out on her blog for news on this pattern!

This yarn is from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.  It’s Socks That Rock in Grasshopper.  I love this color so much that one day I’ll marry it.  I’m making up some toe-up socks as I go.  I wanted to incorporate that same slipped cable stitch (as seen on the sweater above) on the side of this sock.  We’ll see how it turns out, but I won’t be surprised if I end up frogging this and using an established and respectable sock pattern.

What are you working on this summer’s day?  Do you like to knit in the summer even if it’s hot outside or do you have another crafty activity that you enjoy?  See what other people are up to over at Tami’s blog.

Freshy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!  Waaaah!!

So I guess I should clarify that no, I did not make any of the things in the first group of photos from the last post.  Those are all pictures I took while in Argentina last February.  Yes, I have finally decided that it is time to sort through all 1254 pictures…. A woven hammock, a hand knit fair isle sweater made with alpaca fiber, and a crocheted chair cover.  Even though I wasn’t knitting while on vacation, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the fiber arts.  Knitting nerd much?

The next two groups of photos are of my latest FO modeled on the lovely Lisa.  If there are others out there looking to expand their modeling portfolio, drop me a line.  It’s hard to photograph yourself in knitwear…

Pattern: Braided Slouch by Holly Priestly aka Sillylittlelady
Yarn: SweetGeorgia Yarns Merino Silk DK, Goldmine (~300 yds)
Needles: Knit Picks US 2 for the ribbing and US 5 for the cable pattern
Modifications: None.  Test knit as written
Recommend to a Friend: Most Definitely

I really love this hat pattern for so many reasons.  I never really thought I would like slouch hats because I always thought they were kind of shapeless and baggy looking.  But I think this slouch hat works because the cables give it some structure and depth.  The pattern itself is simple and makes for a fast knit, and the end result is visually stunning.  I think this is a great pattern for beginners learning how to cable and for those that want to move past basic hat patterns.  Most importantly, I love this pattern because it got me out of my knitting funk!  I used up the remainder of my yarn from Haruni, which turned out to be the perfect pick for the pattern.  I think cables are a great way to show off variegation in yarn.

Anyways, you may be wondering about the socks.  Or maybe I distracted you enough with the last few posts that you forgot?  I can only hope, because the truth is, I still haven’t touched them.  This is where the socks are now…tucked away in a bag, sitting on the floor…

So, while I avoided making eye contact with half finished socks last weekend, I accidentally walked into a yarn store, then I accidentally meandered over to the laceweight section where my eyes accidentally fell upon this lovely skein of Madelinetosh in Tart, and then I accidentally picked up the skein and sniffed it and rubbed it all over my face while drooling ever so slightly.  I promptly walked out of the store after accidentally purchasing said skein and stuffing it into my bag whilst dreaming of all the fun we were going to have together.  Total.Accident.

I’ve started knitting another lace shawl.  I know, I know…I said I wouldn’t.  I damn near broke down the last time I did this, but hear me out before you roll your eyes at me and tell me I’m a bad Freshy. The pattern is Rock Island Shawl by Brooklyn Tweed.  Just look at it and tell me you wouldn’t want to knit that.  I double dog dare you.  So as you can see, I have to do this.  Besides, it’s knit on US 6 needles, so it’ll be easier to handle than the last shawl I did on US 1 and of course, less chance of needle breakage.  Also, I start with the edging, which means that the further along I progress, the less I have to knit per row.  So far the pattern is pretty simple to memorize and is making for some pretty fast knitting.  I refuse to have a breakdown with this shawl.  So just, you know, roll with it.

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