crossbow the second

this crossbow is destined for a friend who loved the colors when she first saw it. i made it last year (maybe janurary?) as a sample of the pattern in my snapdragon worsted yarn, but then i failed to get any sort of a decent picture of it. it has, however, been to both yarn and craft fairs since then. anyhow, i’d like to gift it and got some okay pics, so without further ado…

crossbow II

i also have one crossbow mitten almost done. i believe you will be able to get a whole mitten and hat set with one skein of each color (yet to be proven though ;). one of those projects i was working on before being struck with pregnancy carpal tunnel. maybe i’ll get back to it soon since i do want to publish the mitten pattern. this hat is raveled here.

crossbow II

rainbow chard update!

as you may have predicted from previous posts – today’s update!

update 5/19

my base yarn is lanaloft – aran weight wool and each skein is 100 yds. and here are some hats that i made with all the little skeinlets i had left over. although i like these, i have a feeling that i would have liked them better had i mixed hand dyed with non hand dyed. ah well ;) but you know me. that’s what i like to do. next time there will be mixing!

0-6 mo.
0-6 mo.

6-18 mo.
6-18 mo.

18 mo.-4yr
18 mo.-4 yr.

none of them are blocked yet, so i guess i’ll be doing that today :) i love blocking colorwork.

new years…

bring new things.

first off, thanks for all of the love for elena’s cardigan!  it’s funny how you sometimes don’t really get what something is looking like until you do the finishing.  pre-finishing, i thought it was cute – but with post finishing – adorable.  sweet. the perfect shades of green.  oh la.  i highly recommend the pattern.

anyhow, two sweet potatoes, knit as samples for a beginning colorwork class i’m teaching later this month at the north store.  i tried to use yarns people can actually get ;)

cascade 220 and kathmandu aran – 18 mo.-4 yr.
sweet potato

and more classes! these ones through the PCC
Beginning Knitting on the 21st of January
and Spindling on the 18th.

the new lamb’s pride superwash bulky – 0-6 mo.
sweet potatoes

so, new things.  i quit my small cleaning job and am trying to teach more instead.  i’m also setting up a newsletter for those interested in where i’m vending and what classes i’m teaching.  i haven’t quite figured it out yet though… but trust me, you’ll hear about it when i do ;)

hope the new year brings you bright new things.

and, selfishly, i hope this whole teaching thing works out!  i’m nervous and excited all at once – and i think i tell you that about something once a week.  ha!

chrismas is over

that’s what my roommate maggie’s aunt called to tell her the other day. and that is what i am telling you now – although i do still owe my other roommate a hat. his will come later. so i took my sabbath last week (friday now) to finish up my christmas gifts.

for my mother-in-law, spun from this – tussah and camel. she bought the roving – it’s her colors and she loves the luxury yarns, and it’s certainly that.

tussah/camel

i’m thinking she’ll make a smoke ring out of it. because of the slippiness of the roving, i had to do some figuring to see how much spin was needed to make a single. it was a learning experience. it may have its thick and thin spots, but it is in fact a very balanced yarn. perhaps my most balanced single to date – not even – just balanced. i am of the balancedish but not fragile school of thought.

tussah/camel

for one of my brothers-in-law – the bottom is from the lusekofte hat from Charlene’s Schurch’s brilliant book Hats On! i didn’t think he’d like the top, so i changed to a different top from another of the hats in the book, then it was wrong (no errata of course). grrr. then i made it up. turned out fine. i think he’ll like it.

jeremiah's hat

ingredients:
cascade 220
my hand dyed wool (i think grey that had been over-dyed)

size: jeremiah. largish.

jeremiah's hat

belle hat

blue belle hat

blue belle hat

ingredients:
lamb’s pride worsted (15% mohair/85% wool)
my hand dyed thrifted wool (thrifted by my friend susan)
duplicate stitch with some of my hand dyed recycled sweater yarn

this one’s a big hat! i like how it fits on my 22 in. head, so i guess it’s size medium/large, leaning towards the larger end of things. another design i’m considering publishing (or something very similar). i love the shape of it, which is, indeed, like a bell.

blue belle hat

i had a very fibery last couple of days. i did my first entertaining in pittsburgh – a knitting group of course! we’re going to try to meet twice a month, although i’m guessing it will be once a month for the next two. i promised you pictures… and i took none of course. i can share with you that the fabulous gwen came with her entourage – she bears the distinction of the only person i knew on-line before in real life to date. she lives just an hour away and showed up with some lovely pumpkin cookies and her newly finished train tam (the best looking one i’ve seen as of yet). we drank tea and wine and ate too many cookies and too much of my favorite stew. it was lovely. i got no knitting done. maybe next time :)

sunday i had a meeting which was conducive to a bit of knitting and some bus knitting.  that lead to me taking monday as my sabbath… so i’ve a bit of knitting to show you tomorrow from that. handmade arcade is in two weeks people!!! i better stop being chatty and go knit something.

have a great day!

magenta days and accessory knitter heaven

vertical on the horizontal hat
this one will probably be a pattern for small heads sooner or later. it’s nice that you can put crazy color combos on kids heads, otherwise i’d have no outlet for such combinations as this! if you can believe it, it’s actually even more punchy in person.

vertical on the horizontal hat

ingredients:
fearless fibers hand dyed wool
my hand dyed recycled sweater wool
thrifted wool

0-6 mo.

vertical on the horizontal hat - in action

llama mama helmet hat
i am in love with this hat. specifically, i think i’m in love with the contrast in between to the two yarns – both in color and texture. if it were my size, i’d be very tempted to keep it. probably good it’s not.

llama mama helmet hat

ingredients:
my hand dyed thrifted wool (thrifted by my friend susan)
this handspun made from a batt from black cat handspun – containing llama, wool and mohair

because of the button, 3-5 years.

llama mama helmet hat

lastly, a bit about the accessory knitter heaven that i have just fallen into. i first had a taste of this when deb at fearless fibers sent me a bunch of her left overs from a sweater she had just made (see some of it in the work above). she contacted me over etsy and just mailed her beautiful hand dyed wool to me! it was amazing.* so two tuesdays ago at knitting group, one of the older ladies who i adore looked at me and asked if i could use small quantities of yarn. now, you know that i nearly squeal at small quantities of wool from thrift stores, so you can imagine that i said yes. i wasn’t super excited at that point because who knows if she’ll remember, etc. but she did. here are some of the spoils.

gifted!

i mean, look at all of those purples!! i’m imagining something scrap-happy. when i was leaving on tuesday, she said, ‘so you won’t be needing any more for a while then…’ to which i replied ‘i’ll take whatever you want to give me.’ i’m in heaven. as a knitter who thrives on having many colors to match up and choose from, i’m in heaven.

speaking of fearless fibers, i am eagerly awaiting her kits for this fingerless mitt pattern. aren’t they beautiful? i’m practically swooning. my it is a dramatic day ;)

UPDATE: anne (the designer of the above mentioned fingerless mitts) commented below to correct where you can buy these mitt kits and said that they are being released today (27 Oct 07)!! thanks anne.

sabbathy monday

this weekend, due to the dyeing extravaganza, i did not take my sabbath on sunday… so i spent sunday eve to monday eve doing numerous slackerly things like knitting the second of my halland mittens. look! there are two!

halland mittens in progress

no thumbs though. maybe next weekend? i’m also trying out a new photo area inside – a window i’d been eying for a while because it seemed to have good light. that confirmed, this will probably be a space you’ll be seeing a lot of this winter.

pink seagull sleep hat

naming help by ben and katy. this one has been a long long time coming and it is the second to last hat in the stack from pre-pittsburgh. it was even blocked in vancouver! most of the ends might even have been sewn in there…

pink seagull sleep hat

ingredients:
my hand dyed irish tweed wool – although more green than it appears
my hand dyed recycled sweater wool
bit of my hand dyed handspun for the tassel

6-18 mo.

and it can be worn this way

pink seagull sleep hat - way two

or this way

pink seagull sleep hat - way one

at first, ben and i both loved the decorative purl row, of the first. but now that i’m looking, i may be leaning towards the second. in other words, i’m on the fence – which do you like better?

which of these is not like the other?

notably, there are at least five more hats that did not get finished or are lost in the yarn room that will not make this craft fair. they hope to make a showing at Handmade Arcade though.

that said, this morning’s job was to finish off the last two hats that i blocked earlier this week. lanyard braids and tassels on the porch. can i tell you how much i love lanyard braids? i never made them at camp (although this is a very funny poem about that) and so i have come to appreciate them late in life. i actually learned how to make them for the sole purpose to tasselage – from the brilliant book Hats On! by Charlene Schurch, which i still refer to every time i make one. oh lanyard, how i do love thee

mmm... lanyards

anyhow, on to the hats
warm cityscape hat
more of the obsession with colorwork squares and rectangles

warm cityscape hat

ingredients:
recycled calvin klein sweater wool
my hand dyed thrifted wool
my hand dyed recycled sweater wool
thrifted wool

adult medium

warm cityscape hat - in action

blue tooth hat

blue tooth hat

ingredients:
donegal tweed homespun
mountain colors mill end
my hand dyed recycled sweater wool

adult medium – i think it will look nice as a bit over sized on adult small also.

blue tooth hat - in action

and lastly and a bit out of place
sweet grass hat

sweet grass hat

ingredients:
recycled calvin klein sweater wool
my hand dyed recycled sweater wool
recycled j crew sweater wool

18 mo. to 4 yrs.

sweet grass hat - flat

and a brief confession. although i am looking forward to the craft fair season, i do not look forward to people ogling my table and then saying ‘hats really don’t look good on me.’ this has only been a pet peeve since i started selling my hats and since i’ve found out that there are so many shapes and ways that a hat might fit. i don’t even respond anymore except to give them a small smile, because even if i try to talk, they tend to wander off muttering about how they look horrid in hats. all that to say… these two hats today – i do not look good in. even the hatter has a particular head size and shape.

any idea what hat shape looks good on you?  unfortunately i think it is often hard to say until you try them on.  i can’t even give you a generic ‘looks good on me’ formula.  heads are strange strange things.