Episode 37 Snowy Picnic

Episode 37 

Welcome to Hudson Valley Knits Podcast! Today I record again at George’s Island Park.  I have lots of WIPs and some knitting and spinning FO’s to show today.

WIPs

Ice Shanty by Amy Miller using Miss Babs Heartland in Pewter and Violaceous 

Marc’s sweater in Virtual Yarn Banin

Mashed Socks by Hunter Hammersen Silk Road Socks book usingJill Draper Makes Stuff Splendor Sock Yarn in the Fireside Colorway

FO’s 

Blight shawl by Deborah Frank, AKA Obliviousknits using my handspun Loop Bullseye Bump in the Mother Nature colorway

The Hat in the Japanese pattern using Dragonfly Fibers Super Traveller Skein in the Starry Starry Night Colorway and one in the 

The Teacher Cowl using Long Island Livestock Bulky in an Alpaca Merino blend

Stash Enhancement! 

Knit Picks Prize 

2 Chromo Worsted in the Groovy color

2 Chromo Fingering in the Sandpiper color

1 Diadem in the Emerald Color

Spinning

WIP

Spinning Holiday Aftermath Punis fromGourmet Stash on my Bosworth Spindle

Highland Handmades SW Merino Silk Braid Winter Wheat color on the Lendrum

Unwind Yarn Company BFL in the Stop and Smell the Poppies color way on my Made by Aaron spindle. I spoke about the Yarngasm podcast and couldn’t think of the person’s name! It is Kristen who is Voolenvine on Revelry.  She has been plying on the fly and I want to give that a try with this fiber. 

FO

Hedgehog Fibers Sparkly Merino on the Lendrum 2 ply 174 yards

Check out my review of Anthology 1 and Elements by Carrie Bostick Hoge of Madder Made.

Episode 30 Another Fiber Festival

Hello all and welcome to Hudson Valley Knits. I am so thankful this week for all the response to the Sr. Love a Long. I am pretty sure I will have enough washclothes for this year and some left over for next year.  I have an idea of what to do with all the extra washclothes that are more feminine.

Reminder of the Podcasters Sprinkled With Love KAL. I have all the rules in the Ravelry group. There is a skein of Knitter’s Nightmare yarn as a prize!

Raised $40 in pattern sales for Sillyfru’s #crushthesack fundraiser. You can still donate if you missed this. Thank you so much to everyone that purchased a pattern in October!

WIPS

Marc’s Birthday sweater 

Joe’s Chevron Scarf

Canadiana socks

MPG for the Podcasters KAL. 

Started the Wooleywormhead Mystery KAL using Hedgehog Fibers Sock yarn

Started working on my homespun socks again 

FOs

Wee Cria

Spinning 

On The Round Punis 

Stash!

Went to NEFF with my friends Sandy and Lori. We got lost going home and somehow ended up at Webs. How did that happen???

Got another new spindle

Spunky Eclectic fiber 

Foxfire Flock Sock Yarn in Aurora 

Debbie Bliss Roma for Steven West pattern Glam Lamb for Rachael

20 yards of corespun Angora for a Teacher Cowl

2 skeins of Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors II sock yarn in She Sings and She Speaks

Stitched by JessaLu bag

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

Too Beautiful Outside

I really wanted to stay home and knit all day. It has been a while since I just relaxed and knit. Problem was it was so beautiful out, that I would be a fool to stay indoors. So, my daughter and I went hiking. I live in the Hudson Valley in NY and there are some great hiking trails. The mountain we went up today is called Anthony’s Nose. The view from the top is breathtaking

 

The view from Anthony's Nose

The view from Anthony's Nose

and there are some great rocks to sit on and knit 😉

 

Knitting on Anthony's Nose

Knitting on Anthony's Nose

My Knit Picks magnetic chart holder was indispensable on the windy mountaintop! I love this tool

 

Knit Picks magnetic board 4 thumbs up!

Knit Picks magnetic board 4 thumbs up!

 

 

And here is what my daughter did when we got to the top

 

Rachael texting

Rachael texting

 

 

It was a great day all around, but I am very tired now. I took some great shots of my Luskentyre in the sunlight and some of the Alice Starmore yarns I carried up in my back pack also looked so beautiful in the sunlight I just have to share them here.

 

Luskentyre

Luskentyre

 

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach just glowed!

 

Clover

Clover

Clover is definitely a favorite. Just gorgeous!

 

Spindrift

Spindrift

Spindrift has an understated elegance to it. A perfect backdrop.

 

Limpet

Limpet

The Limpet showed the most dramatic change in the sunlight. This color would be great for any of Alice’s solid color sweaters.

Here is my daughter and I. I told her I wanted to take one of those facebook pictures that I see on her page all the time. Instead I got this “Mom you are so weird” look. Sigh…..

 

Mom, you are so weird. Can't we just keep hiking???

Mom, you are so weird. Can't we just keep hiking???

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!

No Second Sock Syndrome for me!

I know I said in my last post that I would not start the second sock right now.   Well, the first one felt so soft and warm on my foot that I couldn’t bear to wait any longer and started knitting the second one. This yarn is so soft, I just love it! It is KnitPicks Gloss.

Here is where I am at now with the socks. Currently working on the gussett.

 

Wave Socks

Wave Socks

I need to get a size 5 needle to make the dress for Victoria. I wonder if I should use 24″ or 32″. The pattern is written flat, but I will knit it in the round. and switch to back and forth when I get to the arm holes. That will be my next project. 

I should be getting some Jamieson Spindrift sample in the mail soon. A wonderful person on Ravelry is sending me some of her leftovers so I can at least do a gauge swatch and see what the colors look like. I had to order some full skeins from SheEweKnits to complete the color pallet. I can’t wait to see how it looks. I also found a copy of Simply Shetland 4 so I can make an Autumn Rose Sweater for Rachael. I will be able to make this sweater for under $40 using KnitPicks Palette yarn! You can’t beat that! If I made it with the suggested yarn, it would cost $115. I can afford to make so much more projects because of Knitpicks. They are great!

So that’s it for now. Nothing new and exciting.

Making plans for 2009

I was listening to the Knit Picks Podcast yesterday and the topic was New Year’s resolutions. I wish I could be as resolute as Kelly Pektun, but I have long since given up on setting resolutions. However, I don’t see why I can’t make some knitting plans. Sounds like a good idea. This way when I finish my next pair of socks and the Fair isle for my MIL, I won’t start scratching my head wondering what to do.

So first thing I must do is sort through my available stash. I am not a big stash hoarder. I simply don’t have the room in my tiny little row house. I do have some yarns leftover from old projects and I have a bunch of Lopi lite that I can’t decide what to do with. I also have a nice selection of sock yarn that can keep me busy making socks for the rest of the year for sure.

Step 2 is to decide what I want to do with all my stashed yarn. I could make hats and I want to try some moebius knitting. I could also make that adorable Alan Dart Gnome that I bought the pattern for. I will make a Zimmermann sweater with my Lopi yarn. My Zimmermann books should be here in the mail any day now. I purchased them with the Knit Picks gift certificate I got from my sis for Christmas.

I also have some cotton yarn I won from the Mason Dixon blog. With this I will make the dress from their book, Mason Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines for Marc’s Goddaughter, Victoria. It will look really cute with some leggings. I think I will make that next. Or maybe even start it right away so she can wear it this year. Looks like a quick knit and  I could give it to her for her birthday.

Step 3 – decide very carefully what big projects I want to work on and invest in. I know one is the sweater that my DD Rachael wants. It is the Autumn Rose pullover and it can be made very economically using Knit Picks Yarn. Trouble is they won’t have the pattern book available until June of this year. That means I would have to knit it over the summer for her Bday in September. Should be doable. I could order the pattern book from CVF but that means big shipping costs.

I also know that I want to make an Alice Starmore design this year. I think my skills are now worthy of her beautiful designs. There is also a beautiful design by her daughter Jade called Firebirds that I would love to knit some day. It will be very difficult to pick the design to make. They are all so beautiful, but at $200 a kit, I must be choosy. This is not something I can afford to do often. This will be a tax return treat.

Lastly, I will allow myself to splurge a little when I go to Rhinebeck this year. Maybe a Philosophers kit? 😀 I love their wool even if it is a little pricey. It is not all dried out. It is soft and I just love it. They will be there and this will also save me shipping so, yes, perhaps a new Philosophers sweater to make in 2010!

So that should do it for 2009. So, over the next couple of days I will make a set plan of exactly what I want to make and in what order. I will post it here once I have made the decisions! This should be fun and I really don’t have to hold myself to anything if I don’t want to.