Monday, April 29, 2013

Combos Done

I finished my combos just in time, given that the deadline for this Spin Along is April 30.

SE “Burning Bush” on South African Fine
SCF “Dark Wings” on Polwarth and
HY “Burrows” on Rambouillet

combo - orange - singles

"Burning Dark Burrows"
740 yards, 10 wpi (worsted) 3-ply

combo - orange - spun

SE “Fjord” on Portuguese Merino
SCF “Terrestrial” on Bond
HY “Silt” on Portuguese Merino

combo - green - singles

"Silty Terrestrial Fjord:"
728 yards, 10 wpi (worsted) 3-ply

combo - green - spun

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, April 22, 2013

Rogue Crafting

Every once in a while I do something a little different... This one started as knitting related, really! A couple of weeks ago, I got the idea to make some beaded stitch markers. I had gotten one stitch marker as a gift in a yarn order, and I liked the way it was made. (Maybe I should say, "sample" instead of "gift," but it didn't say who had made it...) I decided I could make some like it, and I purchased some colored wire to go along with some beads I already had. It worked out great, and I had a coordinating "beginning of round" marker to go with the set. I wrapped the wire around a size nine needle to set the loop size. They will be a bit large for sock knitting, though usable, but I think of them more as sweater markers for raglan increases, or perhaps lace markers (the only reason to make more than four, I think).

beading

I was so pleased with how well the stitch marker project went that it inspired me to make a necklace, too.

beading

I have not gotten out my beading supplies for a good ten years or so. I'm not sure why, now... It's fun!

On the spinning front, I'm about 4.5 bobbins into my six-bobbin combo spin.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Friday, April 12, 2013

Spring Field Trip

It seems to have become a quick tradition (twice annually, so far) that I chaperone Mitchell's Spring field trip. This year, we went to The Magic House. Only five adults could attend, and I luckily won one of the lottery selections. Otherwise, no tradition!

Each adult watched four or five kids. One of Mitchell's good friends was in our group, and they rode together on the bus.

Field Trip Photos

The Magic House is full of different interactive stations for kids. Mitchell particularly liked the "ball levitation" table...

Field Trip Photos

Field Trip Photos

Field Trip Photos

It's hard to see in the photo, but there is a bubble all the way around Mitchell. The person stands on a pedestal surrounded by a "moat" full of bubble liquid, and the rope raises a ring out of the moat. Pretty cool!

After chasing seven-year olds around for part of a day, one thing I know for sure is that I did not miss a calling to be an elementary school teacher!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Totally Tubular

I started another sweater in mid-March, using some yarn I spun last year during Tour de Fleece, six bumps of Southern Cross Fibre's "Longest Night" on Cheviot. It is a three-ply, about DK weight.



I had been thinking for a while about copying a very beloved store-bought sweater, a simple cardigan. I'm greatly intrigued by this cardigan. It is a simple little thing, a classic, straight-forward shape, but it has a few simple details that make it special. One of the things that I find clever about it is that the shoulder seams aren't on the shoulder. Silly, right? Well, the front yoke is extended just enough to go across the "straight" part of the top of the sleeve. The front yoke/shoulder is straight at the top, though the armhole side of the shoulder is shaped with increases. Weird, right? (Just a few...) The back then joins the front by shaping the back with increases every row. (I counted the increases across the back and the rows of increases... one for one.) I also like several other details of the sweater... joined front bands (ribbed), the bands on the pockets, and the wide ribbing on the bottom.

Classic Cardigan

In inspecting the sweater ribbing, I convinced myself that what I needed to do was a tubular cast on. I had never done one of those before, and I had become somewhat reluctant, almost resistant and superstitious about it. After looking in my various knitting books, I decided to try a "provisional tubular cast on." It starts with a provisional cast on just like any other... I do my provisional cast on by starting with a plain crochet cast on using the waste yarn. (I get confused when I try to do the "EZ" and Barbara Walker method of provisional cast on, where you use both yarns and wind them back and forth.) Then, I just knit the working yarn into the waste yarn stitches. The "tubular" part is just four rows of "k1, yf, sl1 pw, yb," as described on Romi's blog. Simple, right?

Classic Cardigan

I can't believe I waited so long to try such a simple maneuver, and it looks awesome! Now, the trick will be to do the tubular cast off at the top. That will require some grafting. There are some good instructions here.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Custom Falkland Prize

For my two sweaters in the Southern Cross Fibre Semi-Solid Spin Along (Boreal and Blue Mountain Bohus), I received a prize... David generously offered me a custom dye on fiber of my choice. I asked for Falkland dyed "in the neighborhood of Horizon and Hay Sunrise." I received my prize on Friday. It is amazing! What a treat!!!

SCF - Lisa - Falkland

SCF - Lisa - Falkland

It is over two pounds of the gorgeous stuff! I am thinking of making a sweater that looks like a sunrise... dark sky at the top, brown horizon at the bottom, and yellows/pinks shading to lavendar breaking over the horizon.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Combos... Fauxlagged!

I prepped my fiber for my combo spins. The baskets are arranged in the same order as listed in the "Planning Some Combos" post...

Combo Fauxlags

Combo Fauxlags

These are the next fibers on the wheel!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay