Friday, December 19, 2014

The hats that will never end...

The original order for the Wee child (and her friends) was for five hats...I knit seven, but apparently, I still need one more...

Here are six and seven:

Pattern:  Habitat by Jared Flood
Yarns:  Malabrigo Rios in Ravelry Red (on top) and Madelinetosh Vintage in Fig (on bottom).

I think I have this pattern down...may I move on now?

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Closing in

My mother is often purposefully vague about her arrivals and departures.  I guess it gives her some measure of control while she stays with us.

In any event, after weeks of hearing her state that she would be in Texas after the 15th, she changed things up a bit and divulged yesterday that she would be arriving today.

The day before yesterday I warped the loom for a scarf for her, thinking I had, at least, until the 15th to finish it.

A late night with plenty of support and encouragement from the handsome husband and loving friends, one of whom sent warm vibes while watching the meteor showering and enjoying hot chocolate, and it was done!


The warp was Alisha Goes Round Tracks of Bison in #243, while the weft was lace weight with flecks of silver, I dyed myself!

I used 126 ends with finished dimensions of 9" x 66" without the fringe.

There was a passing thought to twist the fringe, but things are likely to get really twisted soon enough.

In other news, I completed Habitat #5 for the season, and I had thought I had only one more to go, but then I thought again, and cast on yet, the hat count remains at two more...

Off to clean the kitchen and prepare something for's coming!

Friday, December 12, 2014

To me, for me, from me

A little selfish hand weaving this season...

The yarns are both from Woolgirl Kits.  The warp was from Becoming Art Theia MCS fingering in "Peter Pan." It has a merino/silk/cashmere blend.

The weft is Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk in "Celery." It is a merino/silk/cashmere blend.

As they both have blends of merino, cashmere, and silk, they are heavenly to the touch and light as air!

I could not be more pleased!

In other news, I still have two hats to knit and a scarf and shawl to weave before Christmas...


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Weaving Right Along

The weaving has become even more enjoyable, as the husband build me a cool new stand for the table loom.

At the moment, it is parked in the foyer with a large Christmas tree in the living room, but because it has castors on the back legs (none on the front for stability), I can actually move it wherever I would like.

The chair is a donation from the Wee child, she no longer liked it, so she passed it on to me!  What is absent from the picture is Riley and his dog bed.  In the evening, he likes to sit under the loom and keep me company.

As to the actual weaving, I have been experimenting quite a bit.

The first photo at the very top and the one immediately below were warped with the same fingering weight that I dyed myself and named Lioness. This picture shows both fingering and sport weight yarns in that colorway.

I made the warp extra long to accommodate two projects.  The first also used fingering as the weft, but the second was made longer and uses sport weight as the weft.

They are both gorgeous!!

After a nice long soak, they are light, airy, soft, and springy!  They are presently wrapped and awaiting their new homes. 

Next up, I bought some Heavenly Fibers Zypher in a silk/merino single ply blend in Peacock, which I used for the warp, and paired it with Plymouth Yarn's Revel in Grape Mist. This is a lace weight that I used for the weft.  The finished product is so soft and light as air!  This one will be a special pleasure for the recipient to wear!  At least, I certainly hope!

As far as dressing the loom, I tried a new approach.  I simply tied the new warp to the old and pulled it through from back to front.  It was a lot less time consuming!

Next up:

On the loom now are Becoming Art Theia MCS (merino/cashmere/silk) in "Peter Pan" for the warp and Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk+ (merino/cashmere/silk) in "Celery." Both skeins were featured in different Wool Girl kits.  

Oh, I cannot express how lovely the colors play together and very luxurious the feel of this fabric is!

This time, when I finished the Peacock blue scarf,  I again tied the new warp to the old, but I did it from front to back.  This worked much better for me, so I think it is a practice I will continue.

As far as the Christmas count, I have, at least, two more hats to knit, two more scarves to weave, and a shawl to weave...

It's already December 7th!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Warm heads!

Well, December has arrived!

For those counting...24 days until Christmas!!

However, I have a December 20th deadline for 5 berets and 6 beanies.

The berets have been done, and I cast off the 4th beanie last night and promptly cast on for beanies #5 and #6!

Pattern:  Habitat by Jared Flood. This is just my go-to beanie pattern. I love the cables!
Yarn:  The one featured on the glass model is Malabrigo Worsted in Olive.  The orange is and blue are hand-dyed by me!  The one on the top far right is Miss Babs Yowza in Blackwatch.  The two underway are Malabrigo Merino in Pearl Ten on the bottom left and MadTosh Vintage in Fig on the bottom right (remnants of the sweater from the previous post).

While I am not really sweating the deadline on these, I would like to knock out the final two, so I might get back to a sweater for me:

More on that when the final two beanies are in the bag!!

Anyone facing a Christmas deadline or three?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Dashing Bradford!

With nearly torrential rainfall and some hail on Saturday (an anomaly in drought-ridden South Texas these days), I found myself with an entire day unaccounted for.  Originally, I had planned to spend the day in the office, but I did not want to risk the weather. So, I decided to finish off a sweater for the handsome husband.

And, I knit, knit, and knit some more...

However, around midnight on Saturday, I had finished all but one button band and called it a night.

Sunday morning the sun was shining, and I got up early.  It did not take long to finish up and weave the ends in.  After that, I gave it a nice long soak.  It was almost completely dry last night, but I waited to sew the buttons on this afternoon.

I could not be more pleased with how it turned out.  It is slightly oversized on the husband, but since this is actually a Christmas gift, he has not seen it with the buttons and a proper photo shoot will have to wait.

Pattern:  Ranger by Jared Flood
Yarn:  Madelinetosh Vintage in Fig (now discontinued).  One-and-a-half skeins were used for the hems, collar and button bands in a slightly darker version of that colorway, while the body was done in a lighter version. The yarns were purchased separately over a four year period.  If I had had enough of the original brown, I would have used it, but I was afraid with lengthening it that I would not have enough.  As it is, I would have been a skein short in what I had on hand.

The pattern is lovely and very easy to follow.  There were no mistakes that I could discern.  The textured stitch was simple and easy to memorize, as well as knit. I had no problems at all with the pattern.

Due to knitting a slightly generous, man-sized cardigan, it did take a lot of knitting. According to the calendar, I cast on and bound off about five weeks apart.  There was a lot of weaving and other knitting during that period, too, but it seems like this one took longer than that to finish.

In any event, it is warm and cozy with a bit of weight to it.  I think the husband will enjoy wearing it!

A Quickie

Pattern:  Habitat by Jared Flood
Yarn:  Gaia worsted - dyed by me!

Christmas is looming, and I wanted to have a few little gifts tucked away...

This is actually the third one I have knit, since the pattern came out, but it is the first one in a very long time.  The pattern is lovely and easy to follow.  Now that I am cabling without cable needles, it is a very quick knit, indeed!

Four more hats are on the horizon...