Saturday, September 30, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
Back on the Bunny Trail
After a long hiatus (translation: working on other projects), I am back on the bunny trail. I've cast on the second sock with Spice Cabinet. The first Spice Cabinet sock was my very first sock ever, and I've since finished a pair with Trekking XXL. I'm using a plain vanilla pattern, but I feel much more confident in my ability to produce a decent sock. And the Spice Cabinet colorway is perfect for the cooler weather. It makes me think of apple pie and cinnamon rolls. Yummylicious!
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
So I went to knitting circle and look what was at Rosies! Some brighter, more yellowy fiber!
Isn't better? Let's see if I can spin it close to the weight the pattern calls for.
Yes, the socks are still coming along too...
*This is a pattern from the book Spin to Knit. If it's any example, I'm excited about it!
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
This yarn is to die (dye) for. I love it!
Hopefully it'll look just as gorgeous once it's made into this. Cross your fingers!
Fiber Trends "Oak Leaf And Acorn Scarf"
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Mary Kay's adorable baby stuff
Aren't they great? Mary Kay doesn't have the digital photo equipment to upload, so that's why I'm writing about this. She promises to get a photo of the baby himself wearing them....
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
YARN EATING BEAGLE SPOTTED IN WEST PHILADELPHIA
One large ball of Black Bunny Fibers lace weight yarn was viciously attacked by Maggie the yarn eating beagle late last night on the living room floor of her owner's home.
"I came down the stairs and there was yarn everywhere," said a distraught and unnamed dog owner. It has been said that she spent upwards of two hours untangling and re-rolling the yarn during care coordination rounds at the hospital today. The yarn is useable, but in multiple balls and is desperate need of spit splicing.
The beagle could not be reached for comment.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Black bunny is a wild animal
WOW - This black bunny turned tigress!
The colors are so much nicer than they appear in the photo... I would perhaps have preferred the color placement at the previous gauge. I love the yarn, I love the pattern - perhaps they are not meant to be together. At any rate, I am pushing forward and have cast on #2 and if I ever doubt my choice, I slip the sock on and the doubts dissipate.
P.S. My mom and daughter are fighting over these, I will have to hide them when I am finally finished
Project selected for Summer Garden bunny
I decided to do Meg Swansen's Feather and Fan circle shawl from Gathering of Lace. Here's the first 30 rows. Look closely, I may never get any farther : )
Monday, September 18, 2006
Charcoal's birthday give-away
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Bunny Hopping over the Blocked Trellis
Saturday, September 16, 2006
The Bunny Arrived!
Finally, the Dyemistress has something to show
is a cabled vest I'm knitting for my younger son. (He's only 4 so I hope I can at least get him to wear it around the holidays.) It's made in the superwash merino DK that is only available via Rosie's, and I do love the twist and good stitch definition of this base yarn. Fun!
I love seeing all the beautiful photographs of everyone's projects. You guys rock!
Do I Have to Give Them Away???
The Pembrokeshire Pathways pattern worked very well with the colorway--you can still see the twists in each cable and the detail in every lacy inset. I have had nothing but fabulous comments from anyone who saw me working on them, so I guess I'm not the only one who finds them lovely.
My BBF indigo laceweight arrived this week. I intended it for Icarus, but the pictures in Interweave show it in very fine gauge suri alpaca. Instead, I may return to my original Print O'The Waves plan to showcase Carol's beautiful blue dyework. The waves just seem more fitting for the stormy blues and greys in my yarn. I am open to suggestions though, so if you know of a great pattern for 880 yards of yummy laceweight, please let me know!
Friday, September 15, 2006
Garden Trellis Stole & Scarf Pattern
A lot of progress and A little head scratching...
I need a little advise. My bunny hop stole is approaching 56" L and 8" W unblocked. I have never blocked lace before. How much will it grow? I still have plenty of yarn left, about 1/2 the ball. But I don't think I want a 9ft stole. So do I had another 12-14 inches then add a small border? Tell me what you think.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Black Bunny'in along - fast and wrong
I'm not the poster child for swatching so I will be ripping this down to start anew -- but on BIGGER needles!
Imagine how much I will have finished at this time tomorrow!
I'm at 250 rows which means I'm halfway through the knitting of the main section of the Celestine Shawl!
I love this shawl for a number of reasons. First, the knitting of it has been enjoyable. Even the fixing of mistakes have been an interesting lesson in un-knitting for me (thanks in part to some of the commenters on this blog). Second, the stole is long enough now that I can drape it over my legs whilst I'm knitting it, and it is soft, lightweight and warm. Finally, while my pictures don't do it very much justice, the shawl is quite beautiful, and will be even moreso after it's been blocked.
I'm writing up the pattern for this shawl, and I'll be posting it out to The Knitting Vault when it's all done. I'm having a difficult time with some of the graphing of the lace stitches...especially the rows where the number of stitches is reduced or increased.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Baltic Seas Ahead
However, this arrived in today's mail:
I've found a stitch pattern that makes little acorns, and I think this needs to be a triangular shawl- gotta swatch that soon.
Also in the mail was "Traffic Cone"- don't you love the name? Hunting season is coming soon, and I'm thinking of lacey "blaze-orange" scarves for safe walks in the woods.
Is there a category for "most BBF projects in progress"?
My roving arrived from Carol yesterday. I can't for the life of me remember the colour name, but I am pretty sure it was Wensleydale. Now to start spinning it and see what the heck it wants to be. I am thinking of spinning this on my Sifton wheel. I tried pre-drafting a bit, and it seems to be suitable for a finely spun tighter twist, which could be lovely socks. If I get started!
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Baltic Sea progress!
Ok, I'm only on row 11 after 9 rows of moss stitch but I like the pattern so far. It does require me to pay attention so I can only do a row here and there when I'm assured of some quiet.
Has anyone else decided to do this pattern? p.s., sorry to photograph this gorgeous yarn on such horrible carpet - corporate rentals are soooooo beige.
Monday, September 11, 2006
It looks a tad like a strange undergarment right now. But the Magic Loop is working! And the color (Kiss) is fab! I had hoped to work on them last night, but after a five-hour kayak trip (including an hour and a half trek across a rather large lake), my arms were useless. I've never done toe-up socks before and I'm enjoying the process. Really clever construction on these.
It's for my husband, and he was impressed it was dyed just for him!
It was going to be socks, but now he wants some kind of hat. However he wants 'something that shows off that it took skill to make, but still looks simple'. Any ideas, especially with varigated yarn? He's not into cables much.
I changed my mind.
Have you ever had a project you couldn't wait to finish and show off to folks?
This is one of them for me. Usually, I am so bored by a project by the end of it, I have to put it away for a few months before I will even wear it out in public. But this project, I can see I will be thrilled to show everyone and anyone who asks abot it at Rhinebeck, or anywhere else, for that matter.
This is a little over 200 rows of knitting, and it's moving on a little more quickly now.
The two lace patterns I'm using for the Celestine Shawl are both surprisingly easy. Since they both have different number of rows in the repeat, it requires that I do a little calculation to figure out which row I'm on in both patterns, but overall, the knitting of this shawl is fun and easy.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
I told my students yesterday as I was writing that I'm a horrible speller...then again...blogger does have spell check!
Anyway, I have started my Black Bunny project: RosieKnits Half-Pi Shawl by Grace and Courtney. I'm doing Grace's version in Black Bunny Lace Weight "Conch." This is for Annie. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas Annie!
I'll post more as it progresses
Sprinting to the Finish
I'm at the point on #2 where I need to start the heel flap.
I have really enjoyed Brenda's pattern. I might just have to do it again with another yarn so I can have a pair of my own.
I bought the back issue of Interweave's Summer 2006 issue just to get the Icarus pattern. A few people said they would make a copy, but this way is better--I get the whole magazine to myself! Icarus and my new blue BBF laceweight will be the project for my LYS's lace class in October. I hope I can resist playing with them until then! It may not be too difficult to do, because I'm considering the idea of UFO September after going through my projects...
Saturday, September 09, 2006
That 70's sock
Pink Lemonade Sock #1
The yarn is very soft and is a dream to work with. The gauge is a little bigger than I'm used to using for socks, but it's giving me a nice fabric. The socks are going quicker than usual, too!
Another pair of socks
I just came back from a research trip in Wisconsin, and one of the things I missed most was the ocean. This yarn captured that image to me perfectly, and I knew that I had to have *this* yarn for the Hop Along.
I know I want to make this into socks. Not original perhaps, but great socks can totally make or break my day. Now I just need to find the right sock pattern. I haven't decided if I want just a plain stockinette sock to really let the beauty of the shifting colors show or if I want to try something else. Decisions, decisions!
Friday, September 08, 2006
Woo Hoo - I'm a Hopper!
I have a pattern and desire, lots of desire, and am waiting patiently for Black Bunny yarn of some type.
Wendy assured me that there's no such thing as a slow bunny so my race will begin soon!
It will be a pleasure to Knit along with all 'ya all.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
More Yarn for Me!
On the sock front: I almost closed the first toe today. I worked up the toe in the pattern I'm using and decided it had an elvish quality which reminded me of Legolas or Jack Frost. That's not the look I'm going for in these socks, so I'm re-working it a bit to suit me. I'll post a picture of finished sock #1 as soon as it's done.
I love seeing everyone's BBF creations!
OK, I've changed my mind ...
So, although I really do plan on giving the Icarus shawl a try with said yarn, I will postpone it until I can really give it some serious attention. Instead, I will make myself a pair of socks with this Black Bunny yarn, called Parrot:
I absolutely *love* the colors in this yarn, and it's really soft. The fact that the socks will actually be for me will just be icing on the cake!
OK, back to work. (Oh, please, like you've never done personal stuff when you're at work!)
Herein lies madness
Thank you for all your advice! I have thrown caution to the wind and cast on the Baltic Sea. The pattern is for sport weight on 5mm (sorry, still used to the metric system after being in England for 5 yrs) so I'm doing the laceweight on 4mm. I'm not bothered about it being a stole or scarf; I just want to see the pattern develop. The project may take a long time seeing as I'm 1) a serial cast-on and multiple project knitter and, 2) mother to 2 young children. Mindy - feel free to cast on your Baltic Sea sock yarn too! We could have a knitalong within the knitalong?!
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Almost ready to hop!
I have two projects almost ready to cast on! I bought the acorn socks pattern from Fibertrends yesterday and have swatched this morning. The Hazelnut yarn will be perfect but unfortunately my 2.25mm needles are in use with Jaywalkers. So I turned to the laceweight which arrived yesterday in the Pacifica colorway. I can't describe how gorgeous this yarn is. I was thinking it would be Kiri but now I'm thinking either a Baltic Sea stole or Ella from Knitty. I just can't decide between the two...
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Finally a decision
The Icarus Shawl from Interweave Knits will be the project.
And I'll use the Raspberry Swirl yarn I bought from Carol last month.
I will admit that I'm not the world's best lace knitter, but the photos of the completed shawls that I have seen are just too pretty not to give it a try. :-)
Endless Summer with Swimming Pool
Monday, September 04, 2006
New Project Name
I've decided to call my current project The Celestine Shawl. I would imagine most folks would expect this to come from the book, The Celestine Prophecy, but it's actually from one of my very favorite songs by Kirsty MacColl, Tropical Brainstorm.
The song is amazing, and fun and wonderful to listen to (as is the entire album). If you've never heard this CD, you ought to put it on your list.
Anyway, I've completed about 100 rows of the shawl, and I will probably have to complete about 400 for the body of the shawl, and then add on the two ends (using a different pattern stitch). Here's what it looks like so far.
And a closeup.
I'm enjoying the rhythm of the shawl. One pattern stitch has 16 rows and the other has 20, so with 80 being the least common denominator between the two, I guess I've really only finished one complete stitch pattern, and I'm 1/4 through my second one.
Finally, I don't know what merino laceweight yarn Carol uses to dye this stuff, but it is truly wonderful, and I will definitely be using it again at one point in the future.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Simply click on the link below, and we'll play your comments on the podcast. Our latest podcast is posted, and it features a tiny interview with Carol herself, about what kind of yarns she offers, and how to capture that elusive bunny.
Record a Bunny Story
And, thanks again Franklin for the awesome new banner!
When this hop-along started I decided to use the group’s energy to work the project. I wanted a lace pattern that would test the colours, in that they should combine to create a visually interesting fabric without distracting an observer’s eye from the lace patterning. I decided to use a pattern based on a stocking stitch fabric, because lace in stocking stitch is more visually complex than those in garter stitch. (And, as I’m learning, it also highlights weaknesses in your/my basic knitting technique. Oi; I should stop now…)
I remembered the very nice design, “DiceBlue” by Lois Young in the Spring 2004 issue of Knitters. There, it was presented in a fine mohair yarn in a solid colour -- quite a contrast to what I’m working with. I decided to see what would happen anyway. I cast on, told myself to simply follow the instructions exactly as written, and I did -- for 9 rows. The pattern is quite easy to learn, and once you see the underlying structure of the lace, you can toss the printed chart.
My camera was unable to get the colour right (too orange), but the scanner gets it closer to the yarn. Lace always looks disappointing until it’s dressed, but I think that once this is finished and dressed out, it should be really, really nice.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Danger...Sock Construction Ahead...
My BBF Oregano socks are in progress! The yarn arrived on Wednesday, and I cast on for them that evening using Brenda's pattern as planned. My in-laws are visiting this week before school starts next week, so we hit Sea World on Thursday and did the obligatory tourist thing. I spent the day walking and knitting around the park. I got lots of interesting looks, but I wasn't bored while we waited for shows and rides. Sometimes, sock knitting is the best entertainment you get in an amusement park!
I've decided the socks are destined for my friend whose favorite flower is a green carnation--don't ask, it's a sentimental thing. The colorway has every color possible from her favorite bloom, and I thought of her while knitting it on Thursday. I showed it to her later that evening, and she said it would be better named Money since it has every color possible from a U.S. bill. She already refers to them as her money socks, and she loves the colors! I said she she should wear them during her candle shows to help boost her business! BBF appearing soon at a PartyLite show near you.
Friday, September 01, 2006
Learning German the Insane Way!
But I want it to be more square. And I don't speak any German. It's going to be great. Sometimes I wish I didn't work in a yarn shop so that I could really freak someone out by going into a shop with my giant wheel of yarn and this pattern (on a bad xerox, of course) and say something like, (totally seriously, of course) "So, I really wanna make this, in this yarn...so, can you help me? I mean, like, you guys can write the pattern out for me right? I'll just sit here and drink my coffee while you do that. Thanks!" And they would have to be nice to me. Or at least make me feel like I wasn't completely off my rocker.
But so far so good with the swatching:
This is on a 3.5 mm--I may go up a bit, or not...any suggestions?
It's going to be sooo lovely. Really. When I finish it. Sometime.
hop hop hop...forgot my yarn in Philly