Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A WIP and a Swatch ... For Rhinebeck

I completed the sock from last week. Woohooooo! I just need to Kitchener Stitch it.  Hmmmmmm where did I put my Chibi needles?  



I will find them eventually. However, I didn't want to be stricken with Second Sock Syndrome, so I started sock #2. I haven't made it to the heel flap yet, but I should get there soon. In about 8 more rows.


Wait a minute!!!!  Something more important has come up.  Rhinebeck is in about 6 weeks and I need 2 sweaters. Eeeeeek!!!!  Let the madness begin. 

I started swatching on size 7 needles. Initially, I felt like the fabric was a little too loose. 

So, then I tried using size 6 needles above the eyelets, but I'm not seeing a considerable difference. 

I feel like the size 7 swatch is actually better.  So, now that I am more content with the fabric, I need to work out the gauge issues. The pattern calls for 18sts/inch. I'm getting 20. Sigh!!!!  I may have to knit a size other than medium to compensate for that. But this sweater is so pretty, a little math will be worth it. 

The pattern is called Fickle heart by Justine Lorkowska.   I have a soft spot for cozy cabled sweaters. 


The good news is, the ribbing is picked up from a provisional cast on. So, in the event that my row gauge is off, I can add length there.  

Also, I haven't washed my swatch yet, so that can have an impact as well.  

More on that soon. In the meantime, happy knitting!!!! 



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A New WIP This Wednesday

During the last post, I had a plan for a sock, but no idea what yarn I was going to choose. Thankfully, between Instagram, my Knatural Purls knitting group, and my mom, we were able to pick a color. 

Cloudy Sunrise by Peepaloofields. You can check out her yarns on Etsy.

So, I started (without a gauge swatch) and I assumed that because her other sock yarn that I used was fluffy, and called for 56 sts on my size 1 needles, this must be the same. 

I casted on. 

I got home after work like "yeah, I got this".
Then, I tried it on and the heel flap wasn't long enough, and it was too tight. I just ripped it out. Didn't cry about it. I just pulled the needles out because I knew it was inevitable. 

So, I started again with 64 stitches, and that made the difference. The heel flap was wide enough, and everything was right in the world.  

I traveled to Citi Field on Sunday to enjoy Stitch N Pitch, and I couldn't find my Mets T Shirt, so I wore this instead. 
KNITTING IS SEXY. If you didn't know, now you know.

So, through sweating profusely, trying to drink anything I could get my hands on, running from a crazy out of nowhere thunderstorm, and wiping down wet seats to see the end of the game ..... I managed to turn my heel. 

I chilled with Ladybean73 who knits so she doesn't choke people. 

I also ran into Amy who runs the blog www.thestitchinmommy.com. 
The last time I saw her was during her wedding, before she became a mommy. It was a-freaking-mazing to see her again. We made plans for me to come over and hug the babies. Of course there will be knitting and crochet involved as well. She loves, loves, loves crocheting.  


So, I worked on the gusset on the train ride home. My Mekamika neon heart stitch marker decided that it wanted to join the Rose City Rollers party. 

I am currently on the long stretch to get to the toe. 


The best part is, it fits!!! Yaaaaay!!! 




Friday, August 14, 2015

Decisions, Decisions

I have come to realize that Stash Dash is totally not happening. Sorry to disappoint everyone, but it's summertime and It's very difficult knitting in this heat. So, on to my next big thing.......

STITCH N PITCH

I will be returning to Citi Field this coming Sunday.  A baseball game cannot rightfully be enjoyed without some startitis action.  So, here is my plan. 

I am jumping on the Rose City Rollers bandwagon. I have already downloaded the pattern from Ravelry. It's a free pattern. Woot woot!  It's a rolled cuff sock that is worked from the cuff to the toe. A few rows in, and you start the heel flap.  Once the heel is done, it's smooth sailing to the toe, which will be Kitchener stitched closed.  Easy Peasy!!! 

So, what's the hard part???  Picking yarn.  I have come to the point where I have so much yarn, that I'm getting paralyzed picking a color.  Yikes!!! I have narrowed it down to 5 choices, and posted it on Instagram to get votes from lovely knitters. 


Here are the contenders. 
1 - Haute Knit Yarn - Simple Sock - Bright Summers Day - Superwash Merino/Nylon
2 - MadelineTosh - Tosh Sock - Holi Festival - Superwash Merino
3 - Dragonfly Fibers - Djinni - Ode to Sock Summit - Merino/Cashmere/Nylon
4 - Miss Babs - Tarte - B.F.F. (Babette) - Superwash Merino/Nylon/Tencel
5 - Peepaloofields - Superwash Sock - Cloudy Sunrise - Superwash Merino

I respect all of these dyers so much for their amazing work. The colors are exquisitely beautiful. 

I will know at 9 am who the instagrammers choice is.  

Now, off to find sock needles. 

Happy Knitting Everyone!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Knitting Diva

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Worldwide Knit in Public Day! - 1 more day

Worldwide Knit in Public Day is tomorrow. I am so excited. 

If you are in New York City, you must check out Knitty City's event in Bryant Park. It starts at 2:30 PM. They set up tables and chairs for knitters right near the Bryant Park Grill. 

In conjunction with Worldwide Knit in Public Day, I have these beauties to show you. 


I have decided to open my Etsy shop again, and these have been a clear best seller. I have even had inquiries before the shop opened for custom orders. Of course, I made the markers and shipped them immediately. 
My customer is totally happy with her purchase. I love making people happy...especially other knitters. 

The Etsy shop can be found at Mekamika.etsy.com. Check it out! 

Here is a pic of the business card that I designed for the shop. My main focus is embellishing knitting with pretty Swarovski crystals. A little sparkle will just make the knitting project that much more enjoyable. 

As far as knitting goes, I have tons of socks to complete. But, of course I am thinking of starting a new one, or a shawl. Here are the yarn choices.  
I'm contemplating the middle skein. Peepaloofields Dive Bomb in Orange. It knits up like this. 

And of course, I'm thinking of making socks with it. The pattern I have in mind is Skew from Knitty. 

I have had that pattern queued for years, and I think I finally found a yarn that would give it some life. 

The other pattern I have in mind is Swedish Spring by Maria Montzka. Here is a pic of her wearing it (from the Ravelry pattern page).

It was brought to my attention on the Yarngasm Podcast. Kristin of Voolenvineyarns.com is knitting one of her shawls. I have subsequently began listening to Maria's Podcast Stitched in Sweden. Around the same time I discovered the podcast, I bought a skein of Voolenvine's Stellar Banshee. I love the pink/purple flecks and that touch of almost neon yellow. Yet, I think it's subtle enough that you will still be able to see the shawl pattern. 
There is no doubt in my mind that the universe has brought these two together with shear timing and coincidence. It must happen! 

So, what do I pick first? 
Socks or a Shawl. I'm casting on tomorrow. 


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Stash Dash 2015

I have recently started listening to the Knitgirlls podcast only because the Carolina Fiber Girls mentioned it.  They are doing STASH DASH.

The rules are, projects must be worked on between May 22nd and August 14th.  The challenge is to select a certain yardage and knit it.  I selected 5K.  However, the length for the race has been converted to meters.

I decided to work on completing some WIPs first, then start a few new projects.  Here is my list.

3 Color Cashmere Cowl
Cadence Socks
Jeck Socks
Kai-Mei Socks 
Sunday Swing Socks
Vanilla Toe Up Socks
Celestarium

My new project list is as follows:

Neighborhood Fiber Company Mystery KAL
Swedish Spring Shawl
Yowza Weigh it Shawl Version 3
Owlie Socks
Hat to match the 3 Color Cashmere Cowl

Here is a picture of all of the yummy yarn all in on place.


I started by kniting 84 meters on the 3 color cashmmere cowl yesterday.  This is where I left off. 

The lace pattern in the light grey is a 6 row pattern that is easy to remember. 

I plan on using the leftover yarn to design a hat to match.  I'm still working out the pattern schematics. 





Friday, May 8, 2015

Socks on a Plane!!!!!

These socks have been on quite an adventure.

I saw this beautiful yarn on Instagram one morning. A knitting friend of mine had just purchased it and took a picture. I immediately asked her where I could get it.

The answer was SpunRightRound's Etsy shop. Lately, I have been buying tons of yarn on Etsy. I believe that it's very important to support our knitter friends who own small businesses, because at the heart of it all, they are putting their time and effort into their work because they really love what they do. I am also very empowered when I see a woman successfully running a business on her own terms. It just so happens that the majority of indie yarn shops are run by women. So, it was a no brainier. 

I showed the picture to my Knatural Purls knitting group, who is always my sounding board when I have any knitting idea. I think I clicked "buy" before waiting on an answer. A few days later, the yarn had arrived from Rochester, NY. 

The colorway is FLUFF. I noticed that there is a definite similarity between this yarn and 2 other speckle-dyed yarns that I own. But, of course I had to have all of them. 


So, a friend of mine invited me to go to Toronto, in the middle of the winter, to attend a Machel Montano concert. Of course I said yes. Toronto was really cold, but his performances are always blazing hot. On the trip, I needed some plane knitting and that's when it hit me. SOCKS ON A PLANE 

The pattern is designed by Laura Linneman aka Lala Knits. It's a free pattern on Ravelry. Toe up with a cable going up the outer edge of the front of each foot. The heel is just a gusset and turn. No heel flap. No picking up stitches. This was a new heel construction for me, so I had to try it. 

I casted this on in February for my 60 Minute Sockagram Ravelry group. 


This pic is actually in the hotel room while we were just enjoying some nice beverages. Hehe. 

After all of the festivities, I finally got a picture of the socks actually on a plane.



So, fast forward to the month of May. I had already had 1 sock completed, and I just needed to work on the heel of the second.  



During Maryland Sheep and Wool, I told everyone who introduced themselves about 60 Minute Sockagram. Then I'm like Oh gosh, I need to finish those socks.
It didn't help that my friend Ladybean73 knit hers in a day. Geez!!  Making me look bad. Lol. 


So, I worked on completing the sock, and here is my finished product.

I have 9 grams of yarn left over.


Here is my sockagram video of the Socks on a Plane journey.