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

July 31, 2014

Old, ugly handspun now made glorious by a day in the dyepot. #weavingcamp #rosekimknits

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My beautiful warp had spinning defects and ended up breaking in several places. All of yesterday's work goes into the trash. :( #weavingcamp #rosekimknits

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Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

It's a new riff on a mullet capelet.

Bulky in the front.

Crazy in the back.


July 24, 2014

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

What goes perfectly with cabled a cabled sweater, mittens and granny panties?

Huge ass origami. (Could this become a new feature like Big Ass Knits? I do hope so.) Because who hasn't dreamed of fashioning a capelet out of paper and then macrame-ing a belt to go with it?

Or a headdress! One must have a headdress made of paper and candy colored macrame bandoleers!


Oh, and quilting. And mosaic! With nail art!! Yes, of course.

July 18, 2014

July 17, 2014

Good morning, Mr. Bear. #rosekimknits

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Thursday Is for What the Hell is This?

Hello, this is 1992 calling. We'd like our sweaters back.

Sadly these are all from a new pattern collection being released for fall and not a bunch of sweaters knit over a decade ago.

July 13, 2014

July 12, 2014

CustomFit Worn Open Cardigan

Pattern: CustomFit Worn Open Cardigan
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in Ivy
Needle: US7 Addi Turbo
Notes: This is my first CustomFit sweater. We are going to be offering CustomFit services (measuring, classes, knitalong) at the shop this fall so we're all making sweaters to try it out. I chose one of the "classic" designs. All the options (3/4 length sleeve, low-hip length, band width, etc.) were all pre-selected. Unfortunately my sleeve length measurements were wrong so this came out more bracelet length. The shaping is perfect. I have princess seams in the front for bust shaping as well as shaping up the back. It just fits so nicely. I made everyone at Purlygirls stop knitting so they could admire my new sweater. I love it!
It was pretty dark when these photos were taken. The sweater is a much brighter yellow-y green.

July 11, 2014


This is long overdue. Please forgive the photo. I just got home and had Wes shoot a few. My shirt is horribly bunched up under the sweater and--oh my Lord--is was hot!

Pattern: Shalder by Gudrun Johnston
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: US6
Notes: I completely forgot to make the pockets. I meant to but blew right past the instructions. I think I prefer it this way.

July 10, 2014

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

This just makes my fingers twitch. I want to reach out and rearrange the shoulders--though I think they are hopelessly asymmetrical. I want to make the stripes align. I want to take that raggedy, old felt hat off her head.

I want to find the person who made this and poke them in the eye.

July 9, 2014

WIP Wednesday

How about a little WIP rundown?
  1. Luna2 by Reiko Kuwamura. I just started this fun little stripey, short-rowed scarf last night. I'm using leftover Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in two colors and an old skein of Koigu KPM. This should be fun.
  2. New CustomFit cardigan in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu. I just swatched last night and generated my pattern today. It will be an open-front cardigan with twisted rib edging and maybe a dash of lace.
And that's it, really.

July 8, 2014

Where Have I Been?

Sorry for the sudden absence. A few things have been keeping me away. The first is my new computer set-up. I now have my computer set up above my new treadmill for a walking desk. Unfortunately I don't have a proper rest for the keyboard and mouse and it makes using the computer, for the moment, extremely annoying.
Next up is gorgeous weather and spending a lot of time out of the house walking.
Another big reason is that we spent a good chunk of the long weekend cleaning out our basement and garages. We completely filled an entire construction dumpster and we've really only just scratched the surface. There is still so much to sort, decontaminate and organize.
Lastly, I've been knitting a lot. I just finished my first CustomFit sweater and I'm in love! More on that later though.

July 5, 2014

Unscheduled Vacation

I haven't turned on my computer in three days. I think I needed the break. I'll be back soon.