Monday, January 28, 2013

Accent Pack #14

In one of the shop updates on Southern Cross Fibre, I purchased a color set called "Accent Pack #14" on Polwarth Silk. It is eight ounces of "Deep Purple," and one ounce each of the coordinating colors, "Silver Lining," "Moon Rock," "India Ink," and "Aster." I also managed to snag another eight ounces of the lightest grey, "Silver Lining."

scf nov 2012

I have it in mind to make a Boreal, which would ideally just use the "Deep Purple" and "Silver Lining." However, I will almost certainly run short on yarn. Aside from making it a bit cropped, I may do the bottom hem in a bit of a gradient of the darker greys and the "Aster," in order to get more yards of yarn into play.

The Boreal pattern includes instructions for both worsted weight and aran weight yarn. I spun for worsted, thinking I could make the yarn go farther that way. Of course, it takes more yarn for the worsted instructions, too... but a thinner sweater should still use less fiber for a given size, theoretically...

Because of "Fauxlag-Along" in one of the Ravelry forums, I made a particular point of photographing my fiber prep:

borealis - deep purple fauxlags
A bouquet of "Deep Purple" fauxlags

SCF Polwarth Silk
"Silver Lining"

Accent Pack 14
"Moon Rock," "Aster," and "India Ink"

So, I finished my spinning in batches, and I've taken their little glamour shots individually...

SCF Polwarth Silk

Accent Pack 14 - Silver Lining

SCF - Polwarth Silk - Aster Moon Rock India Ink

Deep Purple: 480 yds.
Silver Lining: 512 yds.
India Ink: 55 yds.
Moon Rock: 46 yds.
Aster: 53 yds.

While I was spinning for Boreal, I finished knitting Grevillea Gradient, and I needed something else to knit. I pulled out some handspun from Tour de Fleece 2011 and started another raglan sweater:

Spunky and Funky

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Monday, January 21, 2013

Grevillea Gradient Done!

I finished up a quick knit of my hand spun Grevillea Gradient. It worked up fast in the aran weight yarn.

 I made the body 2.5 inches longer than the pattern stated. Even though it was supposed to be cropped, it was going to be entirely too short for me. The original modeled shots in the magazine had shirt tails showing, and many projects in Ravelry did, too. I took pictures with shirt tails out as well as in. I like it better with the tails tucked in. I'm glad I lengthened it a bit.
 

Grevillea

Grevillea

Grevillea

Grevillea

There are more notes on my Ravelry project page.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, January 19, 2013

First Lost Tooth

Mitchell lost his first tooth, this week. It's permanent replacement was already peeking out from behind when the baby tooth started to loosen. Mitchell had been wiggling it for a few days. He was fiddling with it at school, and one of his classmates said he knew what to do... He grabbed it with a paper towel and pulled it out!

Mitchell didn't really want to let me take a picture of his mouth...

First lost tooth

First lost tooth

But I snapped some pictures after some duress.

First lost tooth

He would rather play with his homemade bow...

First lost tooth

First lost tooth

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Grevillea Gradient

I'm about half done with my Grevillea Gradient sweater. I decided to use each color entirely, shading once across the whole sweater instead of in repeating stripes as discussed in the original yarn post.
 
Here is the yarn all wound into balls and ready to knit:
Grevillea Gradiant

And the sweater half done: Grevillea Gradient

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Bohus Goes Skating

I finished my "Bohus-inspired" sweater which I have been calling, "Blue Mountain Bohus."

I should note that it is more appropriate to call the sweater “Bohus-inspired” rather than “Bohus.” The term “Bohus” really refers to Bohus Stickning, or the work of that organization, in Sweden. The group began in the 1930’s as a charity organization, providing work to knitters, and becoming an extremely successful business which was in operation until 1969. This information, and much additional interesting background, is available in the book “Poems of Color” by Wendy Keele, a beautiful book and extremely interesting read.

My previous posts on the Blue Mountain Bohus:
Planning and yarn spinning and Spinning Completed
Knitting started
Yoke completed

BMB

BMB

There are more pictures and many project notes on my Ravelry project page.

I wore the sweater skating, yesterday. Chris and I took Mitchell to the Forest Park skating rink. It was a perfect day to skate outside, and the first time Mitchell has been to an outdoor rink.

BMB

BMB

BMB

BMB

Mitchell started off slow, holding onto the fence. He got the hang of it after a while, though!

skating

skating

skating

skating

skating

skating

Mitchell was well worn out by the end of the day.

skating

skating

Then, we stopped by the St. Louis Zoo. I snapped a picture in the Butterfly Pavilion. It was a flash of spring in our wintery day.

Winter Butterfly

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay