Monday, February 24, 2014

Lego Explosion

I thought I'd document some "normalcy" at our house. It looks like a Lego store had some sort of regurgitation...

Lego 1

Lego 2

Lego 3

...and Sponge Bob is on in the background.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Basketball Hoop

Chris put up a basketball goal just before Christmas, and it has been too cold to really use it. Yesterday, we had a bit of a warm-up, and Mitchell shot a few on the driveway.

BB 1

BB 2

BB 3

He seems to have the "celebrating" part down!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Baltasound - Finished Shots

I'm so pleased with how the Baltasound Cropped Jumper turned out. It certainly is "cropped!"

Baltasound - Done - Front

Baltasound - Done - Side

Baltasound - Done - Back

The facing was somewhat fiddly at both the beginning and the end, but the edges really are worth it!

Baltasound - Done - Collar

Baltasound - Done - cuff-hem

The underarm "seam," with the plain green center stitch, turned out really lovely after the blocking.

Baltasound - Done - Underarm

Overall, a great project! Yay!

On to Roscalie...

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, February 17, 2014

Spinning: Week 7-- and Other Shetland Shenanigans

I finished up spinning the last of the "Java" on Shetland, three more ounces, for a total of eight. I now have twelve bobbins ready to ply, four each in three colors of Shetland.

Feb 17 - Java 8 ounces

I also completed the second sleeve, neck, and finishing touches (whipping down the steeks) on the Baltasound Cropped Jumper. The wooly board arrived, and I have the jumper blocking. I would not have made nearly this much progress, but I had a snow day, today, again. Ice, actually.

Baltasound - Done - Blocking 1

Baltasound - Done - Blocking 2

The sleeve join on this jumper is very clever, as I've mentioned... The design flows in two directions, but stays unbroken. So cool!

Baltasound - Done - Blocking 3

I also received the Rona kit and the book "Shetland Textiles: 800 BC to Present." What a wonderful book! It has excellent photographs of many of the artifacts in the Shetland Museum, as well as photography of the area. Beautiful!

Rona

Before I dive into Rona, I'll do the Roscalie vest (kit photo in this post), a bit easier project. I started winding the yarn balls, this evening...

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Monday, February 10, 2014

Spinning: Week 6

I spun about two ounces this week. That puts me in the middle of the third bobbin of "Java."

Feb 10 - Java 5 ounces

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Baltasound - Sleeve One Done

I finished the first sleeve last week, and here is a picture, unblocked, of course.

Baltasound - Sleeve One Done

I have picked up the second sleeve, and I hope I can finish up the sweater in another week or so. I hope the sleeves block out smoothly. I had to do most of them on four dpns, like I work socks, because my shortest circular is just too long. I had a bit of trouble maintaining tension across the needle changes. Perhaps I should have turned them inside-out, as I've seen advised, especially for working on dpn's, to keep the floats making the longer path around the corners, instead of taking a shortcut. Once I thought of trying that, the sleeve was half done, and I was afraid the difference would be noticeable. As it is, I'll just have to block carefully, perhaps using a crochet hook to tug out any particularly stubborn spots. Hopefully, it won't come to that.

I've been thinking of ordering a wooly board. There is a particularly nice one at Camilla Valley Farms, which I've seen recommended on Ravelry. I like the way both the shoulder and wrist of the sleeve can be independently adjusted. I just haven't given in and ordered it, yet... I'll have to make a decision, soon, as I've almost reached the point of blocking my first (completed) Fair Isle jumper...

I'm totally enamored with Shetland yarns and Fair Isle. I have several Alice Starmore books, and I've just started looking at her and her daughter's online shop, "Virtual Yarns." They have many lovely kits! I ordered a Roscalie vest kit, and it came in eight days! I also ordered a Rona cardigan kit, whose colors absolutely make me sigh and even made Chris say, "Wow." That kit has not come yet. It shipped separately. Since it is so much bigger, perhaps the customs office took a special interest in it! It should be along, shortly. In the meantime, I have the vest kit waiting to cast on the moment I finish Baltasound.

Roscalie - kit

The Shetland yarns and tradition have been captured in a new book that looks terrific, "Shetland Textiles: 800 BC to Present," by Sarah Laurenson. I read about it on Kate Davies' blog, here, where Kate wrote a very detailed description of the book. It has a link to the book, available in the Shetland Museum. I also stumbled up Sarah's own blog, here. I suppose you already guessed I ordered a copy of the book... It looks awesome!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, February 3, 2014

Spinning Week 5

I'm not sure where the first month went, but I did meet my "spin at least 15 minutes every day I'm not traveling" commitment. I finished about two more ounces of "Java," making it three (a bobbin and a half) and leaving five ounces of Java to go.

Feb 3 - Java 3 ounces

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay