Episode 38 Sentimental

Welcome to Hudson Valley Knits Podcast!

The fantastic podcast I mentioned is Tara Swiger’s Explore Your Enthusiasm. Great for all of you small indy businesses.

WIPs

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

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

FO’s 

Snawheid Hat by Kate Davies Yarn is Alice Starmore Hebridean 2ply

Fluffy Bunny Fingerless Mitts made with Cozy Rabbit Handspun Angora

Stash Enhancement

Hedgehog Fibers Twist Sock in the color way Flashdance

Hedgehog Fibers Merino.Silk.Alpaca.Sparkle fiber 125grams

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.

Elder of Water Sweater for Marc

I have been working on Marc’s sweater now that the holiday knitting is done (I’ll get into that next post, but I am really happy with it!). I am almost ready for armholes and considering that this is not blocked, I think my measurements are pretty spot on. What I am worried about really is the arm hole shaping and knitting the actual sleeves. Marc would like Set in sleeves with a Saddle which I am a little nervous about. Gosh I hope it works! So I am off now. Marc and i are going for a walk by the river. It is rare we ever have a day off together. Then we will hang at the Peekskill Coffee House where I will read up on the shaping in Aran Sweater Design by Janet Szabo and make plans for Marc’s sleeves!

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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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!