Thursday, January 29, 2009

We received an award....

We received this award from the Recovering Actor who has two blogs you should definitely check out: My Inner Monoblog and The Actor's Knitmare She is funny and honest, and also from the area.

This is a “meme” award, so it gets passed on. The rules for passing it on are:
1. Put the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. Award up to ten other blogs.
4. Add links to those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message for your awardees on their blogs.
Okay so now I have to pick some blogs. Hmmm...sorry people but this is tough, because I read a lot of blogs, both knitting and book related. Hence, not a lot of knitting posts. Too busy reading.
So here goes:
There are a ton of great blogs out there. These are just a few. Check them out when you have a chance.
I think the store you are thinking of is Rosie's Yarn Cellar on Locust street, between 20th and 21st.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Wind, Knit... Repeat

I've learned a lesson. Last Sunday I wound up two skeins of Araucania Nature Wool Chunky with my new ball winder. Which I love by the way!! This yarn had been sitting in my stash waiting for DD#2 to claim it.

I bought this pretty blue-purple hand dyed yarn with the intention of tempting her to get serious about learning to knit. She works a pretty high pressure job and I've often suggested that knitting would be a great down-time hobby for her... not to mention she'd knit her own socks and hats. But so far she hasn't progressed much beyond a half completed wash cloth.

So while digging through my stash looking for some yarn suitable for a scarf to "match" a recently completed hat, I decided 1) the Araucania would fit the bill and 2) DD#2 is not knitting this yarn any time soon so I should.

Now a slight digression, the Yarn Harlot had a great post this week about "matching" winter knitware on her blog (see excuse 7 if you haven't read it). Stephanie always hits the nail right on the head and is able to so clearly articulate the knitter's dilemma I struggle with. To match or not to match.

It's cold here in Philadelphia, really cold. January cold. And I, like many other cold climate knitters (and my fellow blog partner) have been busy knitting hats, mittens and neckwarmers for the family and me. In a perfect world my hat, scarf and mittens/gloves would coordinate nicely but not necessarily match. That's not a hard and fast rule. I did make a Foliage hat last winter and had yarn left over so I made a Foliage scarf to match. But whenever I wear it, I feel a little like a flash back from the 80's in my matching set. And I recently made my granddaughter, Ashley a hat (Utopia if you want to ravel it) that I think is a good match for the Bella mittens I made her. Same yarn, cables so it looks like a set. On the other hand, some of the hats and scarves I wear as sets, well they definitely don't match. In fact, I must admit they really don't even coordinate that well together. For example, my go-to scarf when I wear my Koolhaas hat is my Sheep Shop One Row Scarf . That combination is what I consider a fashion statement.... that say's "I don't care". The problem, as Stephanie so clearly explains, is that my collection of winter wear are all "different knitting adventures". For me that means knit at different times and for different reasons and not always planned in advance. How do you approach your winter knitware ensembles?? Do you work at matching them or are you just thankful to be warm?

In addition, this winter I've been intent on knitting yarn from my stash rather than go out and buy something new (blame the economic mess on me). So my latest completed hat, the one that prompted my winding the Araucania is another such project. A spur of the moment.. it's going to be really cold this week.. I need another hat project.

Pattern: Winter Femme Hat
Yarn: Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool (left over from my Greenjeans sweater)
Color: Pansy
Needles: us 7

I love the pattern, it was a quick, enjoyable knit. And the Shepherd's Wool is so soft and such a pleasure to touch and knit with. Now that I have the hat, I needed a scarf to wear with it. Not a cable scarf, that would be too matchy, right? A basic scarf out of the Araucania. I could make it work, right? The purpley color in the yarn is very close to the color of the hat. Pansy purple. Compliments or matches close enough in my world. I started the Yarn Harlot One Row scarf.

But for the second time I ignored the advice I've read about working with hand-dyed yarn and didn't alternate my skeins. I knit away this week and thought I'd soon have a completed scarf to wear with my orphan hat.

But after attaching and knitting 4-5 inches of my second skein I could clearly see where the second skein started. And it wasn't because I had a tail hanging, I felted the ends together. The second skein was clearly darker. Distinctly darker. I had to admit defeat, frog and rewind. After all, I do have some fashion principles.

Lesson learned. Alternate your skeins of hand dyed yarn. Or just go buy a hat and scarf that match.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

First FO for 2009 Yea!

Like the majority of the country, the weather has been brutally cold here in Philly. Like single digit cold, and we haven't had that in several years. Therefore a nice toasty hat was in order.

Pattern: Robin's Egg Blue Hat from i dream of knitting
Yarn:Malabrigo chunky in Stonechat which I won over a year ago from Cinnamon Girl at Happyhand Work
Needle size: 10.5
Size: women's medium

Love, love, love the yarn and the pattern too. It is super easy and took less than a week. Maybe three days? I have never knit with malabrigo before, and I must say it was awesome. And the colors of this yarn are just beautiful. I know after a while malabrigo pills and stuff, but to have a worsted weight sweater out of this colorway, would be a good thing.
Hmmm....I see a future project.

I like the swirly thing the crown does. Cool!

Stay warm and happy knitting! TTFN!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Spa set

One of my co-workers recently bought a house, and I thought after all her hard work, she would appreciate some good thoughts her way while relaxing. So I made her this little spa set:

Two wash cloths and a back scrubber type thing.

Needle Size: 8
Patterns: Butterfly lace dishcloth, (left) Eyelet and bead dishcloth,(right) and the back scrubbber was from Knit Noel (quick Christmas knits)

I was happy to make it for her, because she did truly appreciate it. She used to knit, but can't anymore because her hands are bad. She knows what it takes to make something. However, working with the cotton did bother my hands after a while. Plus the k2tog or p2tog-b are not the easiest things to do with cotton. So I was happy to finish.

No washcloths for a while though.