Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Soaker Pants

Ah, it's good to be getting back to blogging. I've been a bit busy getting back into the groove of things after the Rose City Yarn Crawl, which was awesome! I had so much fun and sold so much yarn! A big thank you to everyone who came out for the event!

Anyway, back to what's on the needles. I finished off these soaker pants (rav link) awhile back. 

I knit them for my cousin's new baby out of some delicious handspun I found last summer. It is 3 different strands of shetland wool plied together and then dyed. This yarn is odd because in some lights it is purple and others it turns out blue. The wool comes from the lady who spun and dyed it all in the Salem area. I was really impressed! It's perfect for soaker pants, since it is a nice hardy wool. The farm is Goat Knoll Farms and it looks like she will be at a lot of the same shows as me, so I may just have to get some more yarn!

Friday, March 06, 2015

Monday, March 02, 2015

Rose City Yarn Crawl

Starting to pack up for the Rose City Yarn Crawl​! I'll be at For Yarn's Sake​ Friday 11am-5pm and the wonderful Larissa Brown​ will be there from 11am - 1:30pm to sign copies of Beautiful Wreck​! All the Beautiful Wreck yarns will be there. Any other requests?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Rose City Yarn Crawl

Rose City Yarn Crawl is where all the shops in the Portland Metro Area have special events going on for an entire weekend. This year it is March 5th-8th. I will be spending Friday, March 6th at For Yarn's Sake in Beaverton with a trunk show of yarns and samples. Larissa Brown will be there for a book signing as well as books & patterns inspired by her books. I'll be bringing the Beautiful Wreck inspired yarn and mini skeins as well. So make sure you drop by and see us!

Also, if you have any requests, let me know and I'll make sure to pack them!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Blair Socks

I finished a pair of socks for Blair, my husband. 

I always keep a pair of DK weight socks (rav link) on the needles at all times in case I need a mindless project to take somewhere. They usually take me about a year to make, but then he has another pair of lovely socks to wear. These were out of Tosh DK, which is turning out to be one of my favorite yarns for his socks. I love the colorway Plaid Blanket mixed with the golden Harvest Wheat color. I think for my next pair I am going to try out Cat Bordhi's new Sweet Tomato Heel! I'm really looking forward to it!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Flax Sweater

I just finished a sweater for my daughter and I am so in love with this pattern!

The pattern is Flax (rav link) by Tin Can Knits. It's a simple top down raglan sweater design all knit in one piece. The bonus is the pattern is free with lots of diagrams and details to knit it on your own. It knit up so fast! I love it! The yarn is something I got from Knot Another Hat during their March Madness sale a couple years ago. It's Mochi Plus, which means machine washable single plied yarn. I loved working with it. It was super soft. My daughter loves it, which is the most important part.

Also, the sizes for this sweater run from newborn to Men's 4X, so you can knit it for anybody! If you don't want to do it on your own, my amazing friend Destiny is doing a class on it starting this Saturday, February 21st at Knot Another Hat.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Shawl Shapes

I was very lucky to get to take a class with Veera Valimaki this last Sunday at Happy Knits in Portland! Here is what I made in class:

Veera walked us through all the basic shawl shapes. She had us start a simple shawl of any style and then start adding texture to it, any simple pattern. Then to add surprises she suggested adding short rows and color and other fun things. I enjoyed this moment of playing with my knitting of just adding things as I felt like it. It was very freeing. It was also just a lot of fun to take a class. Sure I could have learned all this stuff on my own, but really it was great to go take a class and try something new. It was an adventure! I definitely plan on taking more classes in the future! If you have a chance to take a class with Veera, sign up for it! She is a really interesting person and I enjoyed her class very much!

Monday, February 09, 2015

New Colorway: Wasco

This yarn is named Wasco. Little more than 10 miles to the east of Hood River is Wasco County. Due to something called a rain shadow, this marks the beginning of more arid country. It's beauty is held in fields of wheat and other grains, which glow golden and brown in the summer sun.

It is shown in MIU Superwash Sock Yarn. It is part of the 2015 Color Collection. Find the rest of the new colors on the website!