Saturday, June 6, 2015

Hitofude

I finished my Hitofude, made from The Plucky Knitter's Merino Cashmere Nylon Fingering in the colorway, "The Hills Are Alive."

Hitofude Front

Hitofude Back

I added two pattern repeats on the bottom, but it still seems just a teensy bit short.

Ravelry project page, here.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Tubular Spectrum

I warped my loom for the first time in about a year and a half. I started on Memorial Day Weekend, winding the warp chains.

I used a kit from Lunatic Fringe Yarns, the Tubular Spectrum Comes to Dinner kit.

Tubular Spectrum - kit

The warp chains were pretty, but they didn't give a great sense of the gradient.

Tubular Spectrum - Warp chains

I used lashing cords to tie onto the back beam.

Tubular Spectrum - Tied to Back Beam

After winding the warp onto the back beam, the gradient really tells its tale.

Tubular Spectrum - Warp beamed

I have woven the first four colors of the weft, in plain weave. The colors are the purple/blue colors that are in the warp, starting from the left of the picture.

Tubular Spectrum - First four weft

The kit is supposed to make 8-10 napkins, one transition through the colors in the weft of each napkin. The first one will be in plain weave. After the first one, I'll put in an inch of white for hems, and then start in on a twill weave pattern.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mitchell's Favorite Movie Star

Mitchell's school had them dress up as their favorite movie stars, today. It was sort of a funny task; we found it difficult to define notable characteristics of any stars he liked without picking a character (rather than an actor out of character). So... he dressed up as Daniel Radcliffe, in character.

Harry Potter 2 Harry Potter 3 Harry Potter 1

Mitchell reported that many of the little blond girls went as Taylor Swift. Apparently, it is widely accepted that her distinguishing characteristic is red lipstick.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, April 12, 2015

"Beyond The Yellow Brick Road"

And speaking of gradients, I finished spinning nine bumps (nearly 36 ounces) of Southern Cross Fibre's "Beyond The Yellow Brick Road" on Organic Merino.







I measured a total of 1637 yards (based on niddy-noddy wraps), all colors combined. At an average of about 180 yards per bump in aran, it is about what I've gotten in previous aran weight yarns (such as "Tempest" and "Seraglio").

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Free Association

I decided I wanted to make a Noro Silk Garden sweater in one long gradient, which meant combining balls of yarn by breaking them at the color changes. It was an interesting experiment...

Here's what four balls of yarn, split into colors with all like-colors piled together, looks like:



Overall, I split apart 10.5 balls of yarn, and I had less than one (of pieces) left over when I was done. I made up a pattern, explained more on the Ravelry project page.





The chevrons transition into the Carillon pattern nicely... centers and edges of the chevrons lining up with the "bell ropes."



Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

We started the day with an egg hunt.



I'm not sure he'll humor me in this for very many more Easters... So we enjoy it while it lasts!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay