Sunday, September 25, 2011

DH's Ingvold Aran

DH's Ingvold Aran by BlueDragon2
DH's Ingvold Aran, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Left front showing buttonhole band started.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

2011 World Wide Spin in Public Day

Today was the annual World Wide Spin in Public Day around the world and we held a small event here in Salem, OR, at the Ike Box downtown. It wasn't as large as past years' but we still had a good time and lots of wonderful items for the raffle. The proceeds from the raffle were donated to the Isaac's Room charity, which runs the Ike Box cafe and helps at-risk teens with things like the Ike Quest, high school completion classes, work experience, internship at the Ike Box, among other things. While the proceeds were smaller, most folks still bought food and drinks, so that helped a little bit, too.

My personal haul from the raffle was sweet - two baby gifts for a coworker who is due in December, 8 ounces of roving and a skein of Silkie Sock Yarn from Blue Moon Fiber Arts. The roving I originally won was from Pacific Wool in Newberg, but a friend won the Blue Moon roving and asked if I would switch with her because she wanted to try spinning the other breed. Since I had actually wanted the BMFA roving, but had wanted to give others a chance at winning it this year so hadn't put any tickets in, I was happy to do so. Here are some pics to share my luck!

I also took advantage of Stephania being there with her Three Fates Yarns to pick up a skein of sock yarn to stash for socks for DH later. The colorway is Maize and when I showed it to him at home he likes it a lot. 

This morning I spent some time catching up on posts on groups on Ravelry that I had let slide over the summer while I was involved in Sock Summit stuff. Now that the weather has cooled off here a bit (high 60's today) my thoughts are going back to sweater knitting. I've started teaching two classes at Tangled Purls Fine Yarn Studio - my Twelve Months of Christmas vest pattern and my Ingvold Aran cardigan pattern. Next Saturday we'll hold both classes at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, so none of us miss it. My Aran student is from Wisconsin and has never been to it, so I'm eager to show her around the grounds and introduce her to some new vendors. I'm also ripping my first Ingvold Aran using Black Water Abbey yarn and reknitting the yarn into Mary Scott Huff's Faery Ring cardigan. She calls for that yarn in her pattern and so far it looks better in it than it did in my pattern. For a thin 2-ply, it really wants to be knit on larger needles such as size 7's. I think it's because the wool breed is stiffer than most of the yarns I've knit with lately, such as Merino, Corriedale, and Blue Faced Leicester. I'm also changing out the Railroad Tracks pattern for a double ribbon cable and like it a lot better. In just a week I've gotten both shoulder straps knitted and the back done about 6 inches already! I'm probably going to redo the sleeve number as well, as I finally admitted to myself that they were coming out way too big. I have that knitter's stubborn streak about not seeing a problem in front of my face, lol.

On other knitting, I've gotten the first of my Kilt by Association kilt hose knit and am on the top third of the leg on the second one. After the lace top is done, the leg is a simple wide rib with decreases and the foot continues the rib so it's easy and quick car knitting (or TV knitting!). My project is the first one up on Ravelry, although I noticed this morning another one, without a picture was listed, but I couldn't get it to come up so it might be a ghost of mine. 

Last night I wound two skeins of STR yarn for a pair of socks for DH - one is an Earth Rare Gem I got at Sock Summit and the other is Stumptown Brown. I ordered the brown to go with the Rare Gem for the cuff, heel and toe of the socks to make the Rare Gem last for the pair. DH wears a size 10-1/2 shoe, so his feet are longer than mine and need more than one skein of yarn for a pair of socks. He likes the leg of his socks to be 7 inches, so I'm planning to use at least 2 inches of the brown for the cuff. The whole sock is a K2 P2 rib, so I'll measure 2 inches on the first sock and count how many rounds for the second sock. This will be my walking knitting and I started the ribbing, then put both balls and the needles in my new Tardis knitting bag so it's ready when I'm ready to go walking. 

As I wrote above, next weekend is OFFF in Canby and I'm looking forward to it. I've checked out the new colorways on Blue Moon's site and there are a couple I wouldn't mind adding to my stash. But that will have to be the end of stash acquisition for a few months - my stash is beginning to feel uncomfortably full so I need to get some WIPs finished before I can add more yarns. I will still buy yarns at my LYS and donate them to the charity knitting group at Tangled Purls. That way I support the shops and the charities at the same time. 

Time to close here and head over to Ravelry for a bit - 'night!


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ingvold Aran cardigan

Ingvold Aran cardigan by BlueDragon2
Ingvold Aran cardigan, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.

Restarting this project using Cascade 220.