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Chatting about Holiday knitting...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 14:21
Happy Sunday! How was your week? In your part of the world are you experiencing the cooler temps? Our weather here in AZ has been up and down. Mornings have been bliss, the kind where you can throw on a light cardigan but then the afternoons are above average ranging... Andi
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Hover Craft

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 11:30
I've begun describing my growing pile of WIPs as hover craft, because frankly, they've hovered way too long in that twilight zone known as almost-but-not-quite-done.

Several were started in spring, but now Thanksgiving is just a few days away, winter and Christmas are right around the corner, and the end of the year is in sight. Just the prospect of this rapid march of events means I'm torn between the desire to cast on all the things, finish all the things, or tackle some combination of both.

One way or another, it's clearly time to come up with a plan.






Colsie Mitts
I kid you not, these supremely simple tone-on-tone mitts have been on the needles since March. Initially, I planned to do a three-stage gradient using two shades (lake and teal), but then I got distracted. First I added turquoise but the effect wasn't quite right, so I shifted to jade green. This worked a bit better, but in the end, I frogged the experiments and returned to my original plan. With both mitts now off the needles, I could have the ends woven and mitts seamed in one evening if I just buckled down, so that's my top priority.




Colsie Cowl
This cowl was put on hold while I figured out exactly what strategy I wanted to pursue. I'd planned to do something similar to the mirror gradient mitts, but I'm finding the subtle tone-on-tone look appealing, so I've decided to work a five-stage tonal fade to complement the mitts above. With that decision in place, I can quit fussing with colors and get on with the knitting.



Kintra Cowl
I'd hoped to have this ready to share today, but time was not on my side. The last section is nearly finished, so I just need to work a few buttonholes, bind off, weave ends and attach some buttons. With luck and a little attention, it might be ready to wear along with my Kintra mitts on Thanksgiving Day. (My goddaughters, who are learning to knit, love it when I wear hand knits.)



Herlacyn Afghan
This blanket has been patiently waiting for time and attention. It's soooo close to completion, all it needs is a border, a few ends woven and a good blocking, so it's close to the top of the list.



Gradient Shawl-Wrap
Working this swatch helped me realize I need to move up one needle size and recalculate gauge, then I'll be ready to cast on. The yarn is light, soft and warm, so the end result should be ideal as an extra layer when deep winter arrives. I'm eager to get this project fully underway, but am valiantly waiting until I turn a few of the WIPs above into true FOs.




Yet Another Gradient Shawl-Wrap
In spring, I cast on and worked a few rows of this gradient shawl, but knitting time has been so scarce since, it's barely progressed past the skimpy start above. For now it's on hold, while I focus on other things.



Christmas
In recent years, I've knit a ton of Christmas trees and holiday items, but this year may be different. I have something fun, fast and easy on the needles, but it's not a gift, so if it's finished in time for the holidays, great! If not, it just means I've gotten a headstart on next year's holiday knitting, right?


There may be a few more projects skulking around in the background, but for now, these are my top priorities. In a perfect world, all of them would be finished, well underway or frogged before the end of the year, so I can start 2018 with a clean slate and fresh focus.

Meanwhile, have any of your projects become hover craft that linger in WIP-land but never quite get done?


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What this place needs is a bunch of tiny mittens

Knitting to Stay Sane - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:52
A week and a half ago, once November had spent a few days settling in, it dawned on me that this is the perfect time to sneak in something I have always wanted to knit but have never managed in past years – the knitted advent calendar. I’ve seen several friends knit these up, in […]
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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:39

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Careers should not define our identity. How micro actions can help us make big changes in our lives. How to deal with a professional setback. A holiday survival guide for introverts. The one thing you need to lead a more joyful life? Gratitude. I know, I know- I

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Outtakes: Gesture Sweater

Knitted Bliss - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:00

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If you saw last week’s post on my wonderful new Gesture Sweater, then you have likely already seen some good photos of just how beautiful this sweater can be. Now let me show you what it looks like when I’m clowning around High Park with the kids! Look at us, making a little family totem

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Modification Monday: Lempster

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:00

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The winner of the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible giveaway is….. Stephanie Young! Congrats, Stephanie! Original Pattern: Lempster Knitter Extraordinaire: Dala (Ravelry ID) Mods: Changed out the central cable design, swapped in a honeycomb stitch, added waist shaping and lengthened the sleeves. I highly recommend checking out the project page, which is full of great resources, links

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Roundup | 10 Ways to Create DIY Ombres, Gradients & Fades

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 11:30
In knit-world, ombres, gradients and fades continue to be a big color story, which is why we've spent much of the past year exploring numerous ways to create your own. 

The reasoning is simple. Fads come and go, but gradients remain one of the most versatile strategies you can use to maximize a prepackaged kit, leverage a few skeins of newly acquired yarn or transform stash skeins into something fresh and fabulous.




Whether they fade from light to dark or soft to bright, you can distinguish between ombres, gradients and fades based on the color strategy involved. Briefly, in my world:
Ombres feature a monochromatic approach using shades from a single color family.
Gradients typically incorporate multiple shades from two or more color families.
Fades may do either.These guidelines are open to any interpretation that works for you, but in general, it takes at least two colors and three stages or shifts to achieve a gradient or ombre effect. Anything less, and you're essentially working some variation of stripes or color blocking. With this in mind, let's revisit 10 easy strategies for creating your own DIY gradient and ombre combinations.

(Click the titles below to see the original posts, each of which highlights five different strategies. Click a bullet item to see how-to directions for that technique.)


Ombres & Gradients: 5 Ways to Create Your Own




This post shares strategies for creating:

Ombres & Gradients: 5 Fresh Ways to Create Your Own




This post shares strategies for working a:



As you can see, you can begin creating gradients with as few as two skeins, which makes these different approaches especially useful for stashbusting. By mixing and matching awkward orphans and singletons, it's both fun and easy to create combinations that are uniquely your own.

With more than 20 posts exploring different facets of ombres, gradients and fades, you'd think we would have exhausted this topic, but au contraire! From useful stitches and techniques to untapped color strategies, several new gradient posts are hovering on the horizon. 

Meanwhile, I hope these ideas will inspire you to experiment, because the possibilities are endless where ombres, gradients and fades are concerned.


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November Featured Indie Dyer~ Cosy Posy Yarn Co.

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 07:26
Hello loves! Here we are nearing the end of our year long indie dyer features, can you believe it? Truly it has been so amazing to be able to share with you some of the most talented dyers out there. This month I am featuring, Antonella of Cosy Posy Yarn... Andi
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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Like going for brunch but hate waiting for a table? Meet the 11:47 a.m. theory. Not a morning person? Me neither. But here are 5 great ideas on how to make mornings more tolerable. Currently I only do 2,3, and 5 (although my #5 is not lavender soap),

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Going Going

Yarn Harlot - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 20:54

I got up today (I’d say this morning if I believed for a second that 4:30am was morning) and staggered back to the airport, where I was seated in the chair that they’ve engraved my name in, I’m here so much. (That is totally not true but it’s got to be coming.) I was only been home for a few days this week, just long enough to talk to my family, snuggle a grandson, go to a Bike Rally meeting, nail a deadline and wash my clothes and put them back in my suitcase.  I like travelling, I really do, and for the most part I’m good at it. I sort of like hotels, and airplanes are good for knitting on, and I’ve always liked restaurants. (People bring you food and clean up afterwards. What’s not to like?) I don’t really get all that jet lagged, compared to some people I know, and there are usually interesting people and knitters and yarn when I get where I’m going. I know all this, and I can tell you that I am a professional and tidy traveller,  absolutely who you want to be behind in the security line, and I can make 9/10 border agents smile. I show up to the airport early so I can be the nicest person in the joint, and I amuse myself very well during delays.

Speaking of amusing, other than on instagram have I shown you what I’m knitting? It’s Autumn Lace – by Nancy Marchant, of course – and I’m charmed to no end while knitting it, I tell you that.  Two colours of mohair/silk, the green is my old friend Cracksilk Haze in Jelly, and the other is a Cracksilk Haze substitute, Debbie Bliss’ Angel in some brown colour that today I’m calling “ball label in suitcase”.

I’m having a ton of fun knitting it, and the only thing that I don’t quite love is that every time I get off of a flight I’ve got so much greenish mohair stuck to me I look like I murdered a muppet.  In any case, It’s been me and this fluffy extravaganza on flight after flight after flight, and despite being really good at travel and mostly being cheerful about it, this morning I had another human just about spoil a 5 hour flight from Toronto to Vancouver (one more flight to go, and I’m almost at Port Ludlow) and I have absolutely no recourse but to tell you about it.

I got on my flight, and assembled my knitting, got out my headphones, selected a show, and established my craft zone.™  Everything was fine when buddy comes down the aisle, masquerading as a normal person, and plunks himself in the seat next to mine.  I nod politely, headphones in, and proceed to properly and studiously ignore him. Over the course of the next 5 hours, the following occurs.

  1. Before we take off, dude taps me ON THE LEG and asks me while I have my headphones in, if I have internet (I do) and if I will make a hotspot for him so he can text his sister. I am so stunned by this that I do so. I still can’t explain this.
  2. Dude interrupts me about a billion times (all while I have my headphones in which I thought we had all agreed was the international signal for not going to chat with you) to ask me separately, and always preceded by the tap on the leg –  the following. A) Where do I live?  B) Do I like that place? (This question comes 15 minutes after the first, as a separate interruption. C) Where did I get my glasses? (He has recently learned he needs glasses and is considering Walmart. This is not where mine are from.  D) Do I like the show I am watching? (You may all infer the internal answer.) E) does it bother me that it is a sexy show.  (It is The Handmaid’s Tale. It is not sexy, it is actually sort of the opposite.)  F) Do you have to purchase meals on this flight? G) A thousand other things.
  3. He manspreads his legs so wide that I have little room to exist, even though I am not very big.
  4. He leans towards me, shouldering into my space and forcing me to either cuddle with him or flinch against the plane wall. (Naturally, I choose the latter.)

Finally (although there was so, so much more) he tells me that his mother used to knit, and he thinks he could too, and then (holy cats I swear this is true) he proceeds to explain to me how many things he could make if he knew how to knit, and relates in intricate detail – all absent any actual knitting knowledge, how I could make a sweater if I wanted to. He tells me I would need a front piece, and a back piece, and some sleeve pieces, which I could “sew together” to make a sweater. He draws the shapes of these pieces on his tray table. He says he thinks (like he is probably the first to consider it) that you could likely make many things this way. Making shapes with knitting, and then fastening them together in various ways. He waits, at the end of this speech, for me to thank him (I do not, and it is a little awkward) before he tells me more about his knitting theories, and how many things he knows about it, because it is “common sense” that this is how it would all work.

He stops just short of patting me on the head and says that he could knit if he wanted to, but for (of course) that he has a job to do, and thusly, could not knit on planes, but maybe “some other places” but that most likely he doesn’t have time. You know. I somehow magnificently manage not to point out that he’s done absolutely nothing for the last 5 hours except bother me. Not read a book, not watched a film. Not napped or looked at the inflight magazine for the love of wool. Nothing. NOTHING I almost scream, and then I notice that I’ve been shedding green mohair all over him and for one perfect second, I hope he has an important meeting, and I am quietly happy.

 

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Finished Knit: Gesture Sweater by We Are Knitters

Knitted Bliss - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 11:03

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The Gesture Sweater kit from We Are Knitters in complete, and I’m utterly besotted with the results. A deliciously cozy burgundy sweater that is perfect with everything that is wonderful about fall. The big star of the Gesture sweater is that stunning cable that travels down the center of the front, back, and sleeves. It

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Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible Review and Giveaway!

Knitted Bliss - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:00

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The Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Patterns by Hitomi Shida is already a huge bestseller on Amazon  (UK friends, this book launches on Amazon.co.uk on November 10th!), and I can’t say I’m even a bit surprised. Japanese stitch dictionaries have long been treasured by knit designers and knitters looking to branch out their skills,

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Modification Monday: Market Day Mashup Sweater

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: Market Day Knitter Extraordinaire: Karen (Ravelry ID) Mods: Using the stranded cowl design as a starting point, Karen changed the gauge to worsted weight and incorporated the fingering weight cowl design elements into the top down, round yoke sweater. Details can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: So

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October loves...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 15:38
Hello there! Happy Sunday. Yay, I am doing a Sunday post. Missing a week really threw me off. Thank you all for your wonderful messages and especially for understanding why I didn't post. Health update- each day is better than the last and I know it won't be long before... Andi
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10 Terrific Fall Color Combos

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 11:30
Now that autumn has arrived and the leaves are turning, fall color combinations are on my mind. After a slow start, the trees are now ablaze with color and the ground is lightly coated so every footstep is accompanied by a satisfying rustle and crunch.

Twegen Harvest
To mark this transition, the summer-weight afghans have been stowed and their autumnal siblings have been released from captivity. There's at least one afghan draped on a couch or chair in every room (including my office), so something cozy is at hand as the days grow shorter and the temps grow cooler.

 Twegen Coffee
I love neutrals, but as the temps fall, I become ever more enamored with rich, hearty colors to offset the growing grey and gloom. Mother nature seems to feel the same, since she pulls out the stops this time of year, delivering a true visual feast of heartwarming colors.


While I work to finish up Herlacyn with its warm, vibrant hues, I've been entertaining myself thinking about various color combinations particularly well-suited to fall. If your thoughts have been traveling in the same vein, you might find some of these options useful.

Here are 10 terrific fall color combos:

Classic I
Coffee, currant, squash



Spice
Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg




Warmth
Bark, olive, pumpkin




Greenery
Rosemary, sage, thyme




Fresh
Sage, pumpkin, ginger




Classic II
Olive, currant, honey




Trendy
Lake, deep rust, gold




Rich
Old pewter, ruby, old gold




Foliage
Sugar maple, oak, aspen




Harvest
Apple, pumpkin, butternut




As always, these concepts don't come close to exhausting the full range of possibilities, but if you're on a quest for fall color combos, they'll get you started.

Spice, Greenery and Foliage would look lovely worked as three- or five-stage tone-on-tone ombres or gradients, and you could create a fun rainbow effect by mixing and matching colors from different clusters.

If you're seeking surefire combinations for the guys on your knitting list, it's difficult to go wrong with autumn-based schemes, which most men find naturally appealing. Whatever course of action you choose, have fun and experiment.

Meanwhile, I can't think of a better way to make the most of this colorful season than by knitting something in enticing fall shades. Can you?


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Sock about town

Yarn Harlot - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 11:40

Here I am, in London. (I know. Trust me, I feel really lucky.) Here for a bit of work, a bit of play, and a bit of a family visit – Joe and I are getting really good at combining those and making the most of opportunities like this, and that’s what we did yesterday. Long story short, after stomping all over the city yesterday, including a visit to a yarn shop (Knit with Attitude, lovely spot) while Joe went to the Imperial War Museum (not quite my thing) I found myself with a little time to kill before dinner. I consulted my map, realized that the British Museum was right around the corner, and really, how do you miss an opportunity like that?

The front of that place is fenced off, and you have to pass through security as you enter, and they search your bag. As with most things here, the process is efficient and polite, and in no time at all I was standing in front of the guy, and plunked my largish bag on the table in front of him.  He greeted me nicely, and – waving a hand at a chart of nasty looking things like knives and such, asked me if there was any chance I had “anything like that” in my bag.  I replied that I certainly did not, and he started to poke around in it.  First he moved the two skeins of yarn I’d got at the shop, then pulled aside the scarf I’m knitting, and then the sock that I have for when it’s too dark to work on the scarf, and then said “Yes, looks fine. Just this lot of knitting.”   I smiled, and said “Sorry, yes – it’s quite a lot I know” and knitters, he looked right up, smiled a broad and cheerful grin back at me, and said “Yes, does seem to be a bit more than the national average.”

“I’m Canadian.” I said, not sure why I felt like that explained everything.

“Right.” He replied, and it seemed like he thought that too.

I was emboldened by that, feeling like it was really okay to be a knitter here (even if I’m a little bit more than the National average) and so the next part of my plan was easy. With Canadian grease (that’s “excuse me, so sorry, pardon me, apologies, sorry”) I squeaked my way to the front of an exhibit, whipped out my sock, held it aloft (“sorry, just a moment, thanks so much”) and voila.

A sock and the actual, real Rosetta stone.

I can’t be the first. If you’re in town, do me a favour and nip down there will you? Let’s get that National average up.

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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 20:27

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week How to deal with feeling stuck. Pantone has given Prince his own shade of purple, and it is beautiful. An interesting read on how to know if you are settling. How to be more present. A fascinating look inside one of the first capsule towers of Japan, built

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Making Hay

Yarn Harlot - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 19:41

Since last we saw each other, my pets, this little life I’m trying to lead has been on fire. I’ve been trying to “keep busy” since Mum died, and I’ve certainly succeeded, though almost all of this was planned before that – it always seems when I’m booking these things that it’s going to be fine if I just keep it together. Stay organized. I tell myself.  Make a list. I tell myself. Well, I am and I do, but it’s still sort of madness over here. The day after I posted last, I hopped on a plane and went to Knit East, I taught for two days – lovely students, good company, hard to beat the Bay of Fundy for a view, and to ice the cake I got to see Denny and Megan. They’ve both moved away from Toronto over the last few years, and it was such a pleasure to be together like the old days.

I came home and the sweet little owl button’s I’d arranged for Elliot’s sweater had arrived, so our little guy got his finished sweater. Elliot has just learned to sit, so new and exciting poses are possible for this up-and-coming sweater model.  Here, he attempts a thoughtful, pensive approach…

…then wonders if it’s what I was after?  (Sweater: Gus. Yarn: Regular old Cascade 220, but indigo dyed by Judith on afternoon we were together at Strung Along. Buttons, Jennie the Potter)

Three days after landed I was out the door again – this time for the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival – and wrapped up another pair of socks.

They go with all my pants.

Yarn: Mudpunch in “Ambitious Apiary” Pattern: My Good Plain Sock.

I got home from the Columbia Gorge on Monday night, and since I’m leaving again tonight, I made the 48 hours at home count.  I carved a pumpkin with the (grown-up) kids.

Meg and Alex dressed him up as an Ewok and we posed him with the pumpkin…

and the leaves.  Just to be seasonally appropriate. (Meg would like you to know we didn’t let him eat the leaf.)

I finished a hat for Elliot. (Tiny Lumberjack)

Then we all had a great big family dinner for Joe, because today is his birthday.

And now I’m leaving. I’m staying organized, and I have a list.

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Missing a Sunday post...

My Sister's Knitter - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 01:48
Hello there loves... I am so sorry to have missed Sunday's post. Unfortunately I ended up back in the hospital for a bit of a longer stay this time. I am now back at home and with the correct medications slowly starting to feel normal again. Thank you for all... Andi
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socktober

Autumn Geisha - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 23:23
I couldn't let October pass by without posting a sock update in honor of Socktober. Life continues to be crazy busy so the only projects off the needles lately are socks. The first pair is the Pebbles Socks knitted for Sock School 2017, a fun KAL which encourages trying out new techniques. This time around, I decided to knit my first Fish Lips Kiss Heel. And boy, am I so glad that I did! The heels are quick and easy to knit. But most importantly, they are super comfy and fit great. Now I totally get the hype :)



The next pair are just plain vanilla socks with my new favorite FLK heels. But instead of the usual wedge toe shaping, I decided to mix things up and try a new-to-me rounded toe, where the decreases are evenly distributed and which does not require grafting. Really love the fit of these socks.




I saved my favorite for last: Spooky Scrappy Halloween Socks!



These were a do-over from last year's unfinished Pixel Rise socks which ended up being too small. I used the Vanilla Bean Striped Socks pattern with an afterthought heel and a modified rounded toe for the pair above.

Can't believe that it's already Halloween! Autumn is zooming along at full speed. I hope that you are making time for some fun fall activities as well as getting lots of knitting and crafting in.
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