knitting

Weaving in as you go along

I am not much of a detail person. Thankfully, I married someone who is. His ability to complete one project before starting another one, to see the value in doing the small things well, and his steady mannerisms are quite the foil to my big picture, abstract way of thinking and living. 

Hap in progress|| Rachel Loewens Fine Art

My latest knitting project, The Lang Ayre hap from the The Book of Haps is proving to be an excellent opportunity for me to slow down and take care of the details; specifically, weaving in all the ends as I go along. The pattern suggests that you select a yarn that is %100 wool and not a superwash yarn in order to splice the yarn at each color change. Splicing involves dampening the ends of the two pieces of yarn you want to join together and then rubbing the two pieces between your hands in order to felt them so weaving in your ends is unnecessary. Of course, I selected my yarn for this project before I read the pattern and chose a yarn that does not felt. 

Yowza yarn || Rachel Loewens Fine Art blog

Even though the end-weaving is forcing me to stop every ten rows or so, I can't say that I regret my yarn choice. I have wanted to knit with this yarn for years now, and it is just as lovely as everyone says! Also, I am feeling like a process knitter instead of a product knitter which is a nice change of pace for me. 

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Squidge Cowl/hat || Rachel Loewens Fine Art

I did take a break from my hap knitting for one afternoon to whip up this Squidge cowl for my son. He ended up not liking it so now it is a sort of hat/ wide headband for me to wear. 

Thanks for stopping by and home you have a great weekend!

Old year's resolution

So I know a lot of people are planning their New Year's resolutions for 2017, but I seem to be returning to one from several years back. I think it was in 2015 that I declared "The Year of Stash Busting". For you non-knitters "stash busting" means using up the yarn in your stash before buying any more (pretty self explanatory, I know). I had received gift cards to Webs that year and decided not to purchase any more yarn until I used up all of it plus at least half of what I already owned (which wasn't that much). 

insert dramatic music. ex: "Dun, dun, dunnnnnnnnn!"

Yup. My arthritis started acting up and I didn't get to knit much that year at all. *sad face*

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Thankfully, even after a bunch of Christmas knitting, my hands seem to be doing ok this time around. I just used up my gift cards to Miss Babs and am hoping to get the following things accomplished before my new yarn arrives:

 

Are there any resolutions that you keep returning to year after year?

 

Update: my new yarn arrived early so I haven't reached my two goals yet! Since I need to soak the dyed yarn first to make sure it is colorfast, I should be able to keep my motivation up for getting the other two projects COMPLETELY finished first (blocking included!) Happy resolution keeping!

Yowza in Believable Colorway || Miss Babs yarn
Soaking Yowza in Believable Colorway || Miss Babs yarn

Christmas cool down/ knitting recap

*Sigh* As much as I love Christmas, the introvert part of me likes the quiet week following a little more. A return to more healthy eating, a slightly slower pace of doing things and having my family at home. 

Cinnamon rolls by Rachel Loewens

Don't get me wrong, I do love the feasting and drinking that comes with Christmas! It is the one time of year that I make cinnamon rolls, and who doesn't enjoy an extra round of one's favorite adult beverage!

Little Herringbone Cowl || knit by Rachel Loewens

As I promised before, here is a glimpse into this year's knitting presents. I like to pick one pattern that will work for most, if not all, of my recipients and just mix up the color palette.

Small herringbone cowl || knit by Rachel Loewens

This year's pattern is the Big Herringbone Cowl by Purl Soho. It has been wildly popular on Ravelry and it has been in my Queue for quite some time now. 

Little Herringbone Cowl || knit by Rachel Loewens

To make this work with my needs/time restraints/budget, I resized it to require only one skein of yarn. The first several rows I knit with a very tight gauge and then loosened as I went on. This meant that the cowl was close-fitting at the top of the neck and more loose towards the shoulder. 

 

Do you have a method for accomplishing your Christmas knitting list?