Friday, September 30, 2011

Chatoyant Vest

I am excited to announce that I have a pattern in a print magazine for the first time, the new Knit.Wear special issue of Interweave Knits. A preview of all the content is available here.

The Knit.Wear special issue is modern and elegant (speaking objectively, of course), and I'm flattered to be among such an amazing company of designers. My contribution is the Chatoyant Vest, made in Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted in the colorway "Wild Violet."

Chatoyant - 4

The term "Chatoyant" refers to a stone of "changeable luster" such as Tiger's Eye. The vest design utilizes alternating Seed Stitch and Stockinette Stitch blocks to provide a changeable texture, and the yarn has a slightly heathered appearance, contributing further to the "luster" of the sweater.

Chatoyant-2

The sweater is basically just a rectangle, with slightly canted armholes. Two buttons on the top corner provide a double-breasted closure, with a third flat button to hold the inside flap.

Chatoyant-1

I can't tell you how tickled I am to have a pattern in Interweave Knits! Yea!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Re-enactment Socks

A few weeks ago, a colleague asked if I could help with some Civil War re-enactment socks, as his were holey in the toes and heels. I looked at his previous pair and tried to find some similar yarn, ending up with Classic Elite Portland Tweed, a rustic-looking wool with some alpaca (and some man-made fiber, too... sshhh). I used David's Toe-Up Sock Cookbook for the pattern, and worked with just the length and circumference measurements, ending up with a reasonable fit.

Eriks socks 3

Eriks socks 4

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Mitchell's First Sweater

Mitchell asked for a sweater, and I finally worked one up for him. I cheated a bit, using the adult Devon sweater at a different gauge. I asked him if he wanted the cables, and he said no, so I just left those out. It is a bit over-sized, and the cuffs rolled back, so I'm hoping he can wear it for a year or so...

Mitchells First Sweater - 1

Mitchells First Sweater - 2

Mitchells First Sweater - 3

Mitchells First Sweater - 4

Mitchells First Sweater - 5

The yarn is Dream in Color Classy, in the colorway, "Nightwatch."

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, September 24, 2011

More Puppy Dog Tails

I ordered two more bumps of Puppy Dog Tails (first spin post here), so I now have just over 400 yards of this yarn. Woopee!

Southern Cross Fibre - SW Merino - Puppy Dog Tails - second skein

One of the nice things about the Southern Cross Fibre club is that club members have a chance to order extra quantities of the club fiber. A small number are only up in the shop until sold, but it is usually not quite as hectic as a regular update. By the way, the next "regular" update (available to anybody, not just clubbers) goes live Tuesday, September 27, at 5 pm, St. Louis time (CDT). You have to be online and clicking "reload" at that time in order to have a chance to get any. The preview pictures of the update are already on the site....

Happy Spinning,
Lisa Kay

Monday, September 19, 2011

Spinning for a Herd of Trolls

I finished up a "combo" spin, yesterday. I used two each of three colorways with orange in common (think Halloween).
1. FatCatKnits - BFL - Out of Bounds (09/2011 Featured Fiber)
2. Frabjous Fibers - BFL - Hespera
3. Spunky Eclectic - Shetland - Selfish (06/2009 Club)

I separated the fiber more or less by color, trying to get some color sets that would work together.

Chris saw the fiber piles and said it looked like I had shorn a herd of trolls. (Well, I think the verb he used was "massacred," rather than "shorn," but I assume I could harvest their hair in a non-blood-letting fashion...)

I have over twice as much orange/red as I have of the other two, so I think I can do something like alternating stripes (orange, blue, orange, green… repeat) and then have orange left over for bands/trim, also.

Orange: 394 yards

Blue: 155 yards

Green: 170 yards

The yarns are Navajo-plied to keep from mixing the colors too much. All the yarns are aran-weight. They should make a cute Halloween sweater!

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Out and About

We visited my folks, today, meeting them at the park. It was a chance for Mitchell (and Chris) to run around, and Gma got some air, too. Gpa took photos. Thanks, Dad!

Sheve 13
This cool contraption was not in the park when I was growing up...

Sheve 9
This one was, though. It seems a little worse for the wear.

Sheve 12
Maybe that's because people over 10 aren't supposed to get on it... but they do.

Sheve 5
I always imagined this apparatus looked like a space ship.

Sheve 11
We used to hang out in this thing and talk about all sorts of important matters.

Sheve 8

Sheve 7

Sheve 6

Sheve 10
Is this a caterpillar?

Sheve 4
Mitchell was making friends with everybody.

Sheve 3
The climbing wall was a hit.

Sheve 2
The rope jungle gym was a little flippy-floppy, making it a bit strange to climb.

Sheve 1
I think Chris likes the park as much as Mitchell.

Sheve Mom and Me
And the girls mainly watched!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ennea Collective

Two If By Hand is the featured fiber this month in the Ennea Collective Spin-Along/Knit-Along. The colorway is "We Took To The Woods," on superwash BFL or mixed BFL. I've ordered four braids of the mixed BFL, and they are lovely!

Two If By Hand - Mixed BFL - We Took To The Woods (4)

The Ennea Collective site has articles on different ways they have spun this fiber (two-ply and three-ply) and will have patterns available soon for KALs. With four braids, I am thinking a vest... We shall see!

Ravelry Ennea Collective Group
Ravelry Two If By Hand Group

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Outing

We took Mitchell to the park after lunch for a bit of running about.

Park 1
He's starting to like the swings, especially if someone pushes.

Park 2
I can really see how much bigger he is getting.

Park 3
It was tough to keep Mitchell from charging into the water.

Park 4
There seemed to be something tasty in there.

Park 5
With evidence like this, it is hard to continue to deny being tired.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Devon

I posted about Norah Gaughan's Devon back in August. I ordered the Peruvia Quick yarn in the exact colorway ("Dragon") from the pattern and made it for Chris for our anniversary. I got it done last weekend (two weeks early) and convinced him to model it this morning. It is a really thick sweater, and I think Chris will enjoy it in the winter.

Devon 5

Devon 4

Devon 6

Devon 2

I made it exactly over the pattern to the neck, then picked up eight fewer stitches for the collar than directed. This was advised in projects on Ravelry, and I'm glad I did that, because the neck is plenty big. I also bound off on the same size needles instead of going up two sizes for the bindoff as I normally do. I'm pleased with the results.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, September 5, 2011

Driving Buddies

Mitchell has made fast friends with our neighbor, Parker, who is in his kindergarten class, and his sister, Libby. Parker and Mitchell have been planning playdates and generally cavorting. It is fun to watch.

Parker and Libby have an electric jeep. It only takes two at once, so they all took turns. It was nice of them to share with Mitchell.

Driving 3

Driving 2

Driving 1

I'm really glad they are friends. I wonder if they wonder why they never really noticed each other before...

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Pink Polwarth

I spun two each of two Woolgatherings colors (pink/orange/yellow and red/orange/yellow) along with one Blue Moon Fiber Arts "Happy Go Lucky," all on Polwarth. I got about 995 yards of 3-ply (dk, I think, but I haven't measured wpi, yet...).

Woolgatherings - BMFA - Polwarth - Rovings

Woolgatherings - BMFA - Polwarth - Singles

Woolgatherings - BMFA - Polwarth - Plied 2
Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay