Thursday, June 30, 2011

Le Tour de Fleece




I believe I am about to be "whorled" into le Tour de Fleece. The group of spinners runs a spin-along of sorts in concert with the bicycle race, Tour de France. It starts Saturday! From July 2 though July 24, the group spins every day except Monday the 11th and Monday 18th, when the cyclists rest. There is a special challenge day on the 22nd, when the cyclists have their hilliest ride. There is a Ravelry group for le Tour de Fleece. There are different groups associated with cyclist groups (like The Peloton) or different fiber dyers or wheel makers. I joined Schacht (since I spin on a Ladybug). Participants are encouraged to post progress pictures daily... Hmmm... I'm not sure I need another project, you know? Still, it seems so cool! (I'm such a joiner.)

Happy Spinning,
Lisa Kay

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer's Last Blast Yarn Crawl

St. Louis area knit shops are doing another yarn crawl this year, the last weekend in July. I am not sure how much I'll be able to participate, as I am having a surgery one week before this, but I hope to be able to go to at least a few shops. There are twice as many stops this year as last year!!!

BAH! Yarns 805 Franklin Ave, Washington, MO 63090 (636) 390-2400

The Bead Place 5200 North Illinois, Suite102, Fairview Heights, IL 62208 (618) 222-0772

Ewe Knit Yarns 7967 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, MO 63119 (314) 961-6933

HearthStone Knits 11429 Concord Village Ave., St. Louis, MO 63123 (314) 849-9276

The Heavenly Ewe 1716 Old Missouri State Rd., Arnold, MO 63010 (636) 287 1231

Kirkwood Knittery 10724 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122 (314) 822-7222

Knit and Caboodle 330 S. Main St., Saint Charles, MO 63301 (636) 916-0060

Knit One, Weave Too 303 North Main Street, Edwardsville Il 62025 (618) 692-6950

Knitorious 3268 Watson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63139 (314) 646-8276

The Loopy Ewe 2705 Dougherty Ferry Rd. Ste. 107, St. Louis, MO 63122 (314) 835-9944

Weaving Dept. at Myers House 180 W. Dunn Rd., Florissant, MO 63031 (314) 921-7800

Wool Gatherings 510 N. West Ave., Eureka, MO 63025 (636) 221-2826

The dates and times:
Thursday, July 28th - 10 am to 8 pm
Friday, July 29th - 10 am to 8 pm
Saturday, July 30th - 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, July 31st - 12 pm to 5 pm

Passports for the crawl will be available online before the crawl or during the crawl at any of the participating shops. There is an event page on Ravelry at the Kirkwood Knittey group. They are providing prize drawing entry for anyone visiting half the shops, and grand prizes drawing from folks visiting all the shops. Get ready to crawl!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

ETA: Map to all stores.
ETA: I recommend printing your "passport" ahead of time, in case the first store you visit is hectic. I found a copy to print on the calendar page of Knit One Weave Too.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Mingus, One Down

I finished my first Mingus sock for the June/July Knit Sock Love KAL (Ravelry Forum Link). The group is actually doing Stricken for June/July, but I substituted this time.

Mingus - One done

The Mingus pattern is downloadable from the pattern link, above. Striken and the other official KAL patterns are all out of the "Knit. Sock. Love." book by Cookie A. Knit Picks is having a 40% off book sale until August 15, so you can pick it up at a bargain. You can join the KAL in any month, with prizes from the sponsors every month.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Undercurrent

I am thrilled to report I have a sweater pattern in the "First Fall 2011" issue of Knitty. It is called Undercurrent. :)

Undercurrent - Spin Front 2

Undercurrent - Tractor Bridge Pedaling

Undercurrent - Tractor Bridge Off the End

Undercurrent - Tractor Front Pedaling

Link to the Ravelry Undercurrent pattern page
Link to the Knitty Undercurrent pattern page

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

June Quasi Club

The offering of the June Quasi Club from Zen Yarn Garden has been announced. It is a lovely cool option, after the warm red of the Japanese Red Maple...

Frosted Lilac Colourway

It is called Frosted Lilac, and it is available at the Zen Yarn Garden Club page until July 17, in Serenity worsted, fingering, and lace. I haven't quite decided what I want to make, yet. Perhaps something from BabyCocktails, again... I like the Gibson shell, though it calls for dk weight. Or perhaps a little sweater in fingering? I have been looking at the Vitamin D design by Heide Kirrmaier... Decisions, decisions!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rhombus Pair Done

I finished the May/June sock, Rhombus, on Saturday.

Rhombus - 2 done

I started the June/July sock. I'm substituting a pattern, Mingus, in this case... (You can do that four times during the book KAL, for any other Cookie A sock pattern.) I'm knitting with a sponsor yarn, again, in this case, Claudia Hand Painted Yarns in the colorway, "Yo! Sailor Boy!"

Mingus - Cast on

I really like this pattern. The twisted stitches are fun (without being nearly as much trouble as Rhombus).

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Pandamania

Last week was the annual vacation bible school at Gpa and Gma W's church. They help with the VBS and Mitchell attends. Pandamania was the theme. It bears a striking similarity to a movie we recently saw... no names needed, I imagine.

Pandamania - 1

Pandamania - 4

Pandamania - 3

Pandamania - 2

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Daddy's Boy

It is always amazing to see the love between these two.

Chris and Mitchell Swing 1

Chris and Mitchell Swing 2

Chris and Mitchell Rock 1

Chris and Mitchell Rock 2

Chris and Mitchell Slide1

Chris and Mitchell Slide2

We are very blessed!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Cassis Done

I finished the Cassis sweater... Pattern by Thea Colman of BabyCocktails... Yarn by Zen Yarn Garden (Serenity Worsted in the Quasi Club colorway, "Japanese Red Maple.")

Cassis -1

Cassis -2

Cassis -3

Cassis -4

Cassis -5

Cassis -6

Cassis -7

Cassis -8

Notes and mods on the Ravelry project page.

I used down to the last "less than a row" bits of the 8 skeins I purchased. I still have one skein of matching Serenity 20 sock yarn, so, clearly, matching socks are required...

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, June 6, 2011

Spring Gardening

Chris has been diligently planting vegetables...

vegetables

My goodness, he's been busy. I'm sure I'll be able to tease him with a recurring line in Avatar: The Last Airbender... "My cabbages!"

cabbages

Meanwhile, I have done little or no gardening this spring, but I've been enjoying the faithful return of my perennials!

Perennials
Yellow: Hollyhocks; purple: Clematis.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Rhombus - One Done

I finished my first Rhombus...

Rhombus - One Done

Rhombus - One Done-2

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay