A blog about my life, knitting, and other stuff.

February 11, 2016

Building a log cabin. #madrona2016 #rosekimknits

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Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

Like any sensible woman I dreamed of the day when I would be able to wear nothing but Easter grass, Perler beads, fun fur and an old swim cap.

What a time to be alive!

February 10, 2016

Leftovers and Foolproof

I have been knitting and knitting and knitting on my Leftovers Cowl. I'm worried I might run out of sock yarn scraps before it's 54-56" long (my preferred length for a thick cowl). That sound crazy, right? What knitter of my tenure could run out of sock yarn scraps? It's not that I will simply have no more scraps. It's that the scraps I have are all annoyingly the same. You know, I like what I like. I have no shortage of blue-green and green-blue scraps but they don't show off colorwork when knit together. The biggest pops of color in the cowl so far come from leftovers that friends have passed on to me. Friends with entirely different taste in color than mine. It's currently about 30" long. But now I'm setting it aside because tomorrow I head to Madrona!

Colorwork, or any kind of charted knitting, is not great at Madrona. While some knitters really try to display their prowess in the projects--and FOs--they bring, I like to work on something stupidly simple. I'm chatting with friends, I'm on the go, I have to time for charts! So instead I'm bringing Foolproof, by Louise Zass-Bangham. I'm knitting it in two skeins of handspun. One is some Shetland-Merino from Sporfarm that I believe I bought five years ago at Oregon Flock and Fiber and some Ashland Bay Merino-Silk(?) I got as a birthday gift from Jeanne ten(!) years ago.

Maybe this year I'll remember to take a picture or two.

February 5, 2016

I'm at the halfway mark on my Leftovers Cowl! #rosekimknits #leftoverscowl

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January 28, 2016

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

Viktor & Rolf have created the most impractical spring collection ever.

I mean, really. All white? You know you're going to get a big stain on the front the first time you wear one the these.

January 27, 2016

Hats, Hats and More Hats

I've gotten out of my Helix Hat rut but I'm still not over hats. I have knit several over the past month.


Pattern: Beeswax Hat
Yarn: Hazelknits Lively DK in Coveralls
Needles: US6 Addi Turbos
Notes: I had this in my queue for so long! I'm so glad I finally knit it. I think it pairs so well with this yarn.


Pattern: Northstar Hat
Yarn: Autunno
Needles: US8 Addi Turbos
Notes: Darn my compact row gauge. This out came out so small. I kept checking to make sure I hadn't missed a section of the instructions. I have lots of this yarn left, which I think is fantastic for this pattern, so I might do it again for a larger hat.


Pattern: Xing X's
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: US7 Addi Turbos
Notes: Do I need to say anything more about this pattern? You've seen me do it many times over. It's my go-to pattern when I head to the movies. I knit this one at screenings of Carol and The Big Short. It still needs its X.


Pattern: Sitka Spruce
Yarn: Solitude wool Targhee 2
Needles: US7 and 8
Notes: Sigh. It's so tiny. My compact row gauge is part of it but I've heard from many others that theirs came out too small as well. My yarn was definitely smaller than the yarn called for in the pattern. No matter. It's pretty and it will fit a child.


Pattern: Trickster
Yarn: Imperial Yarn Erin
Needles: US5 and 8 Addi Turbos
Notes: A quick, easy knit that turned out beautifully. And not too small!

January 24, 2016

Trickster, off the needles! #rosekimknits

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January 21, 2016

what Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

"Because...sometimes you feel like a nut."

"Sometimes you don't!"

Just kidding. This is all completely nuts.