Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ready...Set...Intarsia

I had forgotten how quickly the inches add up when using chunky yarn.  The ribbing knit up in a flash on the back of the sweater!  After that there were only 2 plain rows of stocking stitch to knit and then the pattern jumps right into the fun stuff - intarsia!

I took a few minutes to wind the yarn butterflies,


and here they are after 2 rows of knitting.  So far everyone is behaving and I don't have a tangled mess on my hands.


It was also a beautiful night for a walk.  




I hope everyone is managing to stay cool during these super hot days!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I started a new project!

The deal that I made with myself was that I had to finish the cabled mittens before starting any new projects.  The mittens were finished on the weekend so naturally I started a sweater on Monday :)


I worked on the gauge swatch last night at knitting and cast on today with the contrasting colours for the ribbing.



The sweater is knit with a chunky yarn so it should knit up quickly, as long as I didn't just jinx myself by saying that!

Monday, July 27, 2015

As Promised

It's a little hot to be wearing wool mittens in July but here they are (I feel like we need a drum roll!), the finished Aran Winter Set mitts.


We went to the beach for the afternoon as did nearly everyone else it would seem.  I have never seen the beach so full!  We found a spot in the shade to set up our chairs and spent a few hours knitting and doing a photo shoot of the mitts.  There is nothing like wearing mitts on the beach in July on a super hot day and then taking pictures of them to get you funny looks.


Yarn - Cascade 220 100% wool
Needles - 3.5mm dpns



These mitts were the project from a cable knitting class that I took at The Little Red Mitten back in June.  They were lots of fun to kit; they did require paying close attention to the chart and the pattern introduced you to lots of different cable stitches. I'd knit them again for sure.


Now on to sweater knitting!!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Finished Pictures Tomorrow!

An almost finished ball of yarn can only mean one thing, an almost finished mitten!



With only 9 rounds to knit to shape the top of the mitt and the thumb sts to pick up and knit, I'll have a pair of finished mitts to show you tomorrow.  

I'm not sure what I'm more excited about; having the mitts finished or that it means I can start my sweater!


Alpaca Farm Visit

I was super lucky today and was able to visit with Debbie from Ziraldo Alpacas while she was busy sorting and cleaning an alpaca fleece from their Spring shearing.  

This beautiful barn cat had found the best spot for an afternoon nap!


Some of the girls got curious and came for an up close visit


This fleece was as soft as a cloud.  This is one side


and this is the other


 I got a crash course in all the proper lingo; staple length (the length top to bottom of the fiber), crimp (the waviness of the fiber) and guard hair (which you don't want in your fiber so they need to be picked out) and I got to see first hand all the hard work that goes into preparing a fleece before it is sent off to the mill for spinning.


we had another visitor


and this is Fancy and her pasture mate who came to say goodbye as I was leaving. 



Thanks for a fun afternoon Debbie!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Knitted Pants?

I was looking through some old books and came across these patterns.  I've learned never to say never but when it comes to knitting pants....I'm pretty tempted to say I don't think I'll be knitting a pair any time soon. 

Does anyone know of anyone who has actually knit a pair of pants?  I don't.  I was thinking to myself, what could be worse than these knitted pants (they also have a round of bobbles on the cuff)......


crocheted ones.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Back to mitten knitting

My poor mitten got set aside when I was side tracked by the new shawl last week.

Tonight I picked it up again. It only took a couple rounds to see the start of the medallion take shape in the first picture (colour is off in this pic - yarn is blue not green). I did a few more rounds and as I did the cables, I really tried to pay attention to how the cable is formed and why the knits and purls are knit in the order that they are to form the cable. I really like deciphering and understanding the patterns I'm knitting. It takes a little time but it's worth it.