Episode 15 Sweater Knitting

Welcome to Hudson Valley Knits! Today I have some FO’s and WIPS to show and talk a little about my sweater knitting goals and possible KALS.

Emily from Fibre Town Podcast is graciously hosting a fundraising contest on her forum – so thought it couldn’t hurt to ask if you could give a little love.

Maya (selkhet on Rav) and her sister are raising money for Team ASPCA for the TD 5 Boro Bike Ride in May, and along with Emily  are doing a little giveaway for contest for folks that pledge – details available in Fibretown forum. which I link in my group. I am upping the anti with some Lorna’s Laces Solemate in the Rainbow color way.

Senior Love A Long #SrLovealong  – I am doing a year long KAL to make wash clothes for local seniors living in homes. I will collect them at the end of the year and gift out during the holidays. Please use 100% cotton, and any technique you would like to make your wash cloth. There are more details and a FO thread in the Hudson Valley Knits Group

WIPs

Krokatoa Socks by Amelia Putri, Papiput on Ravelry Test knitting sock using Malabrigo Candombe

Event Horizon Pi Shawl by Donna Druchunas. There is a KAL thread in her Ravelry Group.

Soon Collywobbles by Emily Estrada from Fibretown Podcast

FO: 

Vanilla Socks for Joe using Patons Kroy sock yarn

Basic fingerless Mitts using Handspun ITW 50/50 Merino and Silk in the Sansa Colorway

Washcloth

Spinning – 

Unwind Yarn BFL Stop and Smell the Poppies

Stash enhancements:

Knitpicks Felici sock yarn in Foxglove and Sweetheart

Knitpick Diadem in Garnet and Moonstone

21 skeins of Cotton Classic  by Tahki Stacy Charles

Episode 14 Huffing Wool

Hi everyone! Thanks for watching Hudson Valley Knits Podcast!

This week my friend Sandy joined me! We had so much fun but it also made for a long show. I’ll post links to her stuff and mine.

Little warning. I know my voice came over very soft. I have to work on remembering to speak louder. Sorry!

News:

Emily from Fibre Town has graciously hosted a fundraising contest on her forum – so thought it couldn’t hurt to ask if you could give a little love.

Maya (selkhet on Rav) and her sister are raising money for Team ASPCA for the TD 5 Boro Bike Ride in May, and along with Emily  are doing a little giveaway for contest for folks that pledge – details available in Fibretown forum. which I link in my group. I am upping the anti with some Lorna’s Laces Solemate in the Rainbow color way!

Senior Love A Long #SrLovealong  – I am doing a year long KAL to make wash clothes for local seniors living in homes. I will collect them at the end of the year and gift out during the holidays. Please use 100% cotton, and any technique you would like to make your wash cloth. There are more details and a FO thread in the Hudson Valley Knits Group

WIPs

Vanilla Socks for Joe using Patons Kroy sock yarn

Krokatoa Socks by Amelia Putri Papiput on Ravelry Test knitting sock using Malabrigo Candombe

Event Horizon Pi Shawl

Washcloth

Carson Throw by Rosemary (Romi) Hill using Cascade Eco

Guardian of Air Shawl pattern

Lost City Knits Twin Canyon Fingering in Cerrillos and Silver Bells

FO: Cambio Cowl by Laura Nelkin

SpinningLoop Bullseye Bump in “Earth Mother” Merino and Tussah Silk

ITW 50/50 Merino Silk 2 oz

Unwind Yarn BFL Stop and Smell the Poppies

Sandy’s stuff:

knit1weavetoo is my ravelry name

FINISHED PROJECTS:

kusha kusha scarf

moonkoosa boots

cloche hat

green wrap I was wearing

yellow coat

poncho Amy was wearing

circle blanket

yarn for flower hat

yarn for scarf with green balls and:   http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/ozark-handspun-ozark-opulent

WIP:

argyle cowl

ten stitch/ten year blanket

sunflower medallion hat

YARN STORES MENTIONED:

http://www.ravelry.com/shops/flying-fingers

http://www.ravelry.com/shops/knitting-nation

http://www.ravelry.com/shops/cornwall-yarn-shop

http://www.ravelry.com/shops/the-quarter-stitch-3

http://www.ravelry.com/shops/annie–company-knitting

NYC Bra Shoppe:

http://www.townshop.com/

Rhinebeck Recap Part 2

As promised here is all the scrumptious stash I acquired at Rhinebeck.  I actually forgot some fiber that I bought from Fiber Optics, so I’ll show you that in the next show.

I have set up a Ravelry Group called hudson valley knits so please go check it out and join if you want to talk about any of the podcasts. I do plan on having some give aways down the line so check it out!

What I’m wearing

Mudra Cuff by Laura Nelkin

Cactus Flower Shawl by Rosemary (Romi) Hill

WIPs

Wooly Wormhead’s Mystery Hat KAL

Herbaceous Socks by Fibretown Designs

Hofsos Pullover by Stephen West

FO’s

Delias Eucharis Socks by Hunter Hammerson

A Cowl for Jeanne by Rosemary Hill

Review the Queue

Hi everyone! I recorded a new video. Hope you enjoy!

 

Here are some links

North Cabin Fiber Crafts but make sure you get the coupon code from Knitting Blooms Ravelry group!

Pacific Knits by Tin Can Knits

Handmade in the UK by Tin Can Knits

Kate Davies Blog

Colours of Shetland by Kate Davies

Rhinebeck Sweater by Ysolda Teague

Crossbones Style by Steve May

Remember This?

Remember this project?

I started it quite a few years ago for myself but it got stowed away in the closet unfinished due to promises to other people. Well I decided to bring it back out for a change of pace.

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It is the Luskentyre Cardigan by Alice Starmore my most favoritest designer ever. Her work is pure art from her yarn line Virtual Yarns. Her colors are taken from her natural surroundings and have names such as Driftwood, GOlden Plover and WIld Orchid. Limpet is one of my favorites. Such a beautiful Deep purple color

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Did run out of yarn :(

I did run out of the Pebbles. I ordered a skein from Webs and hopefully they have my dye lot so I can finish this pretty dress. I was able to finish the back and a little up the front. 

I decided to bang out the Baby Kimono from Mason-Dixon Knitting  for DJ’s new baby while I wait for the Pebbles to come in from WEBS. I cast it on last night and was able to get a good bit done before going to bed.

 

Baby Kimono from Mason-Dixon Knitting

Baby Kimono from Mason-Dixon Knitting

I have a feeling this will be done in not time at all. It is so soft! I am using Reynolds Rapture that I had in my stash. Only thing is I know it will be a pain to keep clean and must be hand washed. I will throw in a little bottle of Kukuburo for them to clean it with.

I am still waiting for the package to arrive from Camilla Valley Farms so I can knit up my swatch for the Alba Jacket. Maybe it will come today and I can work on that tonight? I plan on sticking with my vow to not start the Alba until the fair Isle for my MIL is done though. Just the swatch tonight then I start working seriously on the Color Your Own Fair Isle from Philosopher’s Wool. It is actually the banner picture at the top of my blog. I love the colors and being a worsted weight sweater I think I can get it done in a month or 2 for sure.

That’s it for now. Happy knitting everyone!

Motoring Along!

I am quite confident I will have Victoria’s dress done by the end of the week.  If I hadn’t  of won this yarn I would never had made this dress. I don’t knit with cotton and the dress did not originally appeal to me. Now that I am more than half way through, I must say I am glad I did make it. It is not so bad knitting with this cotton yarn. I love the way the fabric feels. The colors are beautiful and I can see Victoria wearing this with a pair of pink leggings and a t-shirt underneath.  Here we are so far. I would say about half way there.

 

Victoria's Dress

Victoria's Dress

Now about the color swatch for my special project this year, the Alba Jacket. I had all but 2 colors to create a swatch and be able to decide if the colors I chose would work when knitted up. I ordered from a US vendor and, well it was a bad choice. I won’t name the vendor, but I will say I won’t be ordering there again. If I need Spindrift in the future I will order from Schoolhouse Press.  They ended up sitting on my order for a week. If I hadn’t of sent them an email it may have been longer. They replied saying they would mail it out the next day. I email and leave a vm asking them to expedite the shipping and that I would pay the difference.  I never heard back from them and my order was not expedited. I hate being ignored.

I ordered the Jamieson’s DK from Camilla Valley Farms. I would prefer to keep it in the US, but don’t want to chance that bad experience again. I have ordered from CVF a few times and always had great service. Another great buying experience was with SheEweKnits, but unfortunately she does not carry Jamieson DK.

While I was still waiting for these 2 colors to arrive I was alerted to a yarn sale from Marina on Ravelry. I went to the link and scapped up many of the colors I would need for a lot less! I saved about 40% off my purchase. It was a great deal and I am so grateful for the kindness and generosity many of the people show on Ravelry to help other knitters. Very inspiring. Eventually my 2 skeins of Spindrift came and I was able to knit up the color swatch. Glad I did because there were some colors that needed to be changed. It just wasn’t flowing. If you look at the band with the blue and browns towards the bottom, you will see my original color picks. It was too choppy and didn’t flow. The Cinnamon in the center was too dark as was the Chestnut. Also the blue I picked (Highland Mist) was too close to the China Blue in the center and was not letting the China Blue stand out.

 I replaced the Cinnamon with Sandlewood and then moved the Cinnamon to take the place of the Chestnut. I took out Highland Mist all together and used Twilight which is a little darker and lets the China Blue catch your eye. You can see the revised colors on the top. I did not have enough to knit a whole new swatch so I had to improvise. 

 

Alba Color Swatch

Alba Color Swatch

Here is a close up of the revised colors

 

Close up

Close up

I have had so much fun playing with the colors and creating this color scheme. I am rather proud of myself. It would not have been possible without the generous donation of samples from Marina though.  That was such a tremendous help.

Oh, by the way, I finally can return the book THe Celtic Collection by  Alice Starmore to the library. I found a copy at B&N up in Poughkeepsie. I was worried I would not be able to get a copy. I had ordered from Amazon, but they quickly changed the ship date to unknown which means one thing. They can no longer get the book. I think I got my copy just in time!

I also ordered Palette yarn from KnitPicks to make Autumn Rose for my DD Rachael. I will post pictures when that package arrives. I am so grateful for Knit Picks. There is no way I would be able to afford all this knitting without their affordable yarns. Just for comparison, the wool for Rachael’s sweater would have cost $110 if I purchased the recommended wool. With Knit Picks Palette it only cost me $40! This is not cheap wool either. It is a very decent wool to work with. The only draw back is the smaller color choices, but I hear they will be expanding the number of colors some time this year to about 80 different colors. This is not as many as Jamieson’s 190 colors, but it sure does open the creative opportunities even more. I just can’t say enough about Knit Picks!

That’s it for now. Hopefully I will be swimming in new yarn next time you hear from me!

Dreaming about colors

You know you have gotten too obsessed about Fair Isle when you start dreaming about colors. I have been really involved with planning a new project. I saw the Alba Jacket by Alice Starmore in her book The Celtic Collection and fell in love.  Since this time, I have made a lot of choices and have changed my mind just as much!

I tried to take my time and plan it well, but I may have jumped the gun a wee bit. Money is tight, so I was going to wait until after the tax return before starting it, but I really needed to see the yarn colors in person. I had also planned on making it with Spindrift. I had checked other people that had made this sweater and many of them used Spindrift.  Another knitter from Ravelry generously went through her stash and mailed me samples of many of the colors I was interested in, plus quite a few other colors. She also sent me 2 hanks of Jamieson DK. I ordered the rest of the colors from SheEweKnits and planned on just making a swatch for Gauge and to see how the colors turned out in the pattern. 

It wasn’t until after I got the yarn from Marina and knit up this hat for Victoria with it that I decided to use DK to make the sweater. Since I already had most of the colors now in Spindrift I went ahead and ordered 2 more that I need to make a color swatch in Spindrift as well. I have spent about $40 already on yarn I won’t use for the sweater. Not so good, but lesson learned.

 

Victoria hat made with Jamieson DK

Victoria hat made with Jamieson DK

So not only have I changed my mind on the yarn to use, but also the colors. Since getting the Spindrift and looking at it (see previous post) I have changed my mind. Here is an idea of what it may look like. Keep in mind I won’t know really until I get the 2 missing colors and knit up a swatch.

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/26691858@N06/3240637822/in/photostream/

edited to add: I really did dream about colors last night!

Moebius knitting

I have been checking out patterns for Moebius knitting on Ravelry. I am excited about trying this and have put a hold on Cat Bordhi’s Magical Knitting book at the library. I think a nicely draped shawl in a soft yarn I would love. What yarn to use? I would probably buy a cheap one for my first try but eventually would like to make one in a soft decadent fiber. 

Since finishing the Icelandic Yoke Sweater which is much better now that I adjusted the neck line, I have decided to pick up the Fair Isle sweater I am working on for my MIL. I am working on the second sleeve right now and it is coming along well. I am wondering if I might run out of yarn though, so I may change it up by switching around where I use the different colors. I think it will still look fine if I do this. The other option is order more yarn from Philosopher’s Wool, but I would rather make due with what I have.

Here is a picture of one of the sleeves:

 

Fair Isle - fist sleeve

Fair Isle - fist sleeve

The wave socks are pretty much hibernating right now. I really should finish it up. Maybe I will work on that today instead. I really should, shouldn’t I? OK , sock it is. 

Oh, I also have a book to pick up from the library. It is one of Barbara Walkers stitch books. I want to take a look at them to see if it is something I would want to add to my library in the future.

Happy Knitting!

Mangia Shawl

I am making good progress on the Mangia Shawl kit that I bought in Rhinebeck from Decadent Fibers. I am very pleased with it.

dsc03054My sister Kim ordered the same kit from the decadentfibers.com website and is looking forward to starting her shawl on Thanksgiving weekend when we will all be at our Mother’s house upstate. Kim will most likely be borrowing my circular needles so I must be done by then. Just 5 more inches to go and then the ruffley ends.

Once this is complete, I plan on making some hats and mittens with my alpaca yarn and work on the Fair Isle I am making for my Mother in Law. I can’t wait to give it to her! 

I am still waiting for my Ravelry invite! Boy am I getting antsy! I don’t know why, but I can’t wait to set myself up in there and join some groups and knitalongs. I know it is going to be a lot of fun.