Things I Finished Long Ago

I realized that I had not posted a finished knitting project for a long, long time. Here are those cardigans I made for Mr. Pumpkin’s nieces. This is Wee Chickadee by Ysolda Teague. It’s an easy, simple pattern, even with the colorwork. Knit Picks Stroll Tonal. These are some vanilla socks I made for my friend, Penny. These are Graffiti on the Metro mitts. Super simple and fast! These are the socks I made in October (Socktober). Two of them Continue Reading ››

On Process

There is something wonderful about the process of a thing. I’m currently knitting Saltwater in more Sundara Yarn, Fingering Merino Cashmere, it’s deep purple. This pattern is quite easy technically, just knits and purls. But it’s a counting pattern. You can’t just knit obliviously, you’ve got to keep track to make sure you get the welts the right width. My Ravelry friend, Louise, taught me a method for tracking my knitting using a Moleskine and grids. It is satisfying to Continue Reading ››

Gaining Skills

{{unknown}}The thing about a craft is that you have to learn. You could just keep doing that same bit you do, the one you know. Or you can expand your skill set and your knowledge. For years all I knew how to do was knit long rectangles. I made horrible scarves. Absolutely terrible things out of horrible yarn. It was fun, but I realized at some point that I had no real skills as a knitter. I FINALLY learned that Continue Reading ››

I am a terrible blogger

Sorry, dear blog. I stink at blogging right now. Knitting continues. This is Mr. Pumpkin’s new vest made from more Sundara yarn. This was DK Merino the 2nd in Lichen over Slate. Yummy yarn that is, sadly, no longer available. I got it from a knitting friend who wasn’t going to use it. I made this same vest two years ago for my Dad. I’ve learned so much since then. I didn’t understand why the armholes were weird, now I Continue Reading ››

Golden Finishing – Winner!

Winner of the absurd hat is Anne! (I went to Random.org and entered the number of comments, and VIOLA! It came back with 1.) I love this shawl, a lot. It’s done and lovely. I hope to get better pictures at some point, but again, if I waited to get wonderful pictures, nothing would ever be posted. There was another shawl that had been languishing for awhile because. I finally finished it last week when the I got The Dreaded Continue Reading ››

Golden Progress Reports

I’d love to be able to knit miles and miles of yarn at a clip. I just can’t. I’m not slow, but life. I’ve reached the end of my first skein of 200 yards on my His Golden Lair shawl: Don’t look at the foot in this picture! When we last visited this project, it looked like this. I’m hoping to finish it this week. I’ve got so many more projects I want to do. There are sweaters, hats, shawls, Continue Reading ››

His Golden Lair of Butter Yellow

His Golden Lair is a lovely Hobbit inspired pattern by Kourtney Robinson. She offered it for free earlier in the year and I snapped it up. This is her description: I read the Hobbit as a child, and I clearly remember the cover illustration. Smaug (the dragon) was coiled about his gold and he had one eye slitted open. This shawl is inspired by that image – the cabled stitches form both stacks of coins and represent that narrowed eye. Continue Reading ››

A Tale of Three Hats

  I’ve been knitting hats for awhile. It seems that knitting hats is what I do in December.   First, I knit a hat for my Dad. He had picked out a color sometime last year, I bought the yarn and then never got around to it. Something about getting married and moving to Dallas got in the way. Anyway, it ended up being the perfect travel project. Yards and yards of stockinette are exactly what I needed for the Continue Reading ››

The Problem With Blogging About Knitting…

The problem with blogging about knitting is that you aren’t knitting when you’re blogging.  So, which falls by the wayside? Blogging. I’ve got limited time to knit or blog, like everyone else.  I need to temper my knitting to include blogging about knitting. To the left is a sweater I’m working on for my niece, Brianna.  It’s a pattern called Boxy by designer Joji Locatelli.  It’s a wonderful piece.  It’s also an oversized sweater knit in fingering weight yarn.  That’s Continue Reading ››