Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Step Above socks


A Step Above socks
Originally uploaded by BlueDragon2
First sock working on foot.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ingvold Aran progress


Ingvold Aran progress
Originally uploaded by BlueDragon2
Back and right front on holders, left front started.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Traveling Daze

We're at the Talent Cafe, in Talent, OR, about 5 miles south of Medford, having lunch and using their WiFi. This week has really gone by fast, for the most part, and I am not particularly looking forward to going back to work on Monday. But I'm consoling myself that I'll have two weeks in October, so I'll be able to get more done then, like camping at the coast.


We came down here Tuesday, after dropping our items off at the Oregon State Fair that we had entered. We also brought in DH's sister's handmade jewelry (gorgeous work!) and a friend's knitting and spinning items. There are several folks in my local Ravelry group who are entering items this year, and I'm really excited to see who gets ribbons for their hard work. I entered my Amphora sweater, my Eye of the Helix socks, my Annemor #13 mittens, and my swatch cap from Ingvold. I don't really expect to win any ribbons with the hat, I just wanted to have lots of entries in the Fair to encourage others to take up knitting (and crochet and spinning, etc.). 


DH and I are demoing spinning at the Fair on the 29th, so we'll be able to see if we won any ribbons then, and take pictures of our items in the display cases. We had been demoing on Labor Day weekend for the last couple of years, but the spinners won't have the booth then so we are going the first weekend of the Fair. It's a good excuse to sit and spin for several hours, in between chatting with folks and walking around the Fair.


I finished my orange entrelac hat Tuesday night and the top technique I had in mind worked out pretty well, if I do say so myself (and folks who saw it at Middleford yarn shop in Medford thought so, too, lol). Catgrins, a Raveler we met there, named the hat for me as 'Entrelac Star' which I like and I told her I would give her credit for the name. 




I didn't want to do the usual finishing of making smaller rectangles or changing to stockinette and I wanted a swirl effect at the top of the hat. It took a bit of thinking and pondering but I finally came up with a process that works nicely. I hope lots of folks like it enough to take the class for it!


I'm also working on my A Step Above socks, using Dicentra's Pellenor colorway sock yarn. But I've ripped out the first sock back to the base triangles and am knitting them on size 0 dpns, as they were just too floppy on size 1's, even when I knit tightly. They still might be a bit loose, but I don't plan on them being everyday work socks, so it will be alright. It's not the yarn, it's the technique that's causing the looseness. Most of us are used to having negative ease in our socks, so they fit close and don't slip in shoes. Entrelac, by the nature of the beast, is looser because of all the diagonal knitting. 


I've started the labor socks for a friend in my local Rav group who is due at Winter Solstice. I'm converting a sock pattern she likes to knee socks, with the help of the designer. I'm not mentioning the name of the socks, as she reads my blog and checks the new projects we all post on our pages, lol. Stephania of ThreeFatesKnitting custom dyed the yarns for me in the mother-to-be's favorite colorway. At the moment I'm about halfway down the first leg and the twisted stitches are going surprisingly quickly. I knit Bayerische and really burned myself on twisted stitches, mostly because I used a yarn with very short color repeats and it was incredibly hard to see the stitches as I worked. This pattern only has cable twisted stitches on the front of the legs, with twisted ribbing on the back, so it's going a lot faster.


Today being our last full day on vacation down here we're planning to visit some cemeteries and historical societies to research DH's family history some more. He's getting antsy so I'll close for now. 


Happy knitting!
Helen

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ingvold back to armholes 1

Ingvold Aran back down to armholes, stitches put on a piece of yarn to hold.

Web-dyers!


Web-dyers!
Originally uploaded by BlueDragon2

Monday, August 16, 2010

Top Decreases Started


Top Decreases Started
Originally uploaded by BlueDragon2
First few rounds of top decreases done, showing small bulges in top tier of rectangles.

4 Tiers Done


4 Tiers Done
Originally uploaded by BlueDragon2
4 Tiers done, ready to start top decreases.

Monday, August 09, 2010

I'm still on cloud 9!I

I still can't believe what happened this past weekend! Friday the owner of Tangled Purls Knit Studio texted me to let me know there were four students signed up for my free class on Saturday and one person who just wanted to buy the kit. As a precaution, I set up two more kits Friday night and took them with me Saturday to the shop. I went into the classroom and started setting up for the class, greeting each student as they came in, and came in, and came in. I ended up with seven (7!) students, the number of kits I had made up and all of them had a great time starting the chatelaine pocket in Fair Isle stranding. 


Towards the end of the class we started talking about our next project and the group decided they wanted to knit a tam for their next project. I brought in the two tam patterns that Vivian carries that use Jamiesons yarns and they loved them both. I took a count of who preferred which pattern and I got seven for Midnight Sun and five for Autumn. So we decided we would pick the pattern each person wants to make and teach a class on techniques, with yarn kits being set up for each pattern. It would be just too expensive for each student to buy all the skeins needed for a tam individually. The classes will start the end of September and go for three alternating Saturdays. 


Now I'm working on a hat for a fall project. I had been thinking about a shawl using some of ThreeFatesKnitting hand dyed yarn but just couldn't find a lace pattern I liked. On the way to see my Mom in Portland yesterday, I was working on a pair of entrelac socks and it suddenly came to me - an entrelac hat for the fall project! So last night I did some calculating and cast on using my skein of Creamsicle I had gotten from Stephania a few months ago. This project is really getting me excited to design it and I have some ideas floating around in my mind as to how to work the entrelac rectangles and the top of the hat. I'm not going to do what a lot of designers have done and make smaller and smaller rectangles to the top, or a flat top. I have to do some knitting and see how my ideas work out before I write about it here, but it looks like it will turn out a cute hat.


Okay, back to knitting while watching 'Stargate Atlantis' - have fun everyone!


Helen