Saturday, March 31, 2012

Happy Spring

We've had Mitchell to the park a few times, to enjoy our unusually warm March.
Park 1

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Twisted Fiber Art Socks

Twisted Fiber Arts makes really interesting self-striping yarns that shade in long transitions and have intermediate colors that make the stripes seem to glow. Here are my socks in their Ravelry colorway.

Sock 57 Twisted

I used a gusset heel pattern… just stubborn. If I were going to use this yarn, again, I would do an afterthought heel in coordinating color. TFA offers mini-skeins in coordinating solids.

I didn’t manipulate the colors to come out in stripe pattern after the heel. Perhaps I should have broken the yarn after the heel and re-started in stripe to match with the instep. Oh, well! In shoes, no one will notice...

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Friday, March 9, 2012

Haircut

We had Mitchell in to see Mikaela last Saturday. It had been over eight weeks since his last cut, and he was getting shaggy...

Ready for a cut:
Haircut - Ready

Critical assessment of progress:
Haircut - Critical Thinking

Checking for shaved-off eyebrows:
Haircut - Eyebrow Check

Happy with the final results:
Haircut - Happy Now

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Progress Post

I've been busy tooling away on multiple projects... The Elina body is done to the shoulders. Now, I have only the sleeves to knit, and the finishing.

 I'm also spinning up a storm. I've finished the fifth of eight bobbins of Leaf Peep (see previous post for the first bobbin).

 I took a break from knitting Elina (since "ready to cast on the sleeves" is a pretty good spot to come back to later...) and cast on my Tappan Zee out of the SCF & Friends SAL fibre. Here's a shot of the yoke progress. Of course, it lace always looks a little bit like a raisin before it is blocked, so use your imagination, but isn't the yarn knitting up beautifully? I'm really happy with the carded and spun fiber!

SCF SAL 1 - yoke

SCF SAL 1 - yoke cu

The top down construction is a great choice for this yarn, because I can finish the body and then stop the sleeves whenever it runs out. Doing a bottom's up pattern would be dicey, because there is no feasible way to make any more of this yarn. Even if I had the colors of fiber available (which I don't), I could never card it to match. So, top down it is. :)

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay