Knittin’ Little

Over the summer I got to review a collection by the group Knittin’ Little. I was certain I was going to cast on the whale hat. It’s adorable! But when I tried, the yarn just wasn’t having it.

Instead I cast on for the Summer Sunset. I had some appropriate yarn in my stash that wasn’t a color I would wear…but also was a bit bland. So I gently boiled it with some Kool-Aid and ended up with a nice tonal yarn.

A little winding and I had it ready to cast on.

The knitting was pretty straight forward. I opted to omit the lace on the front of the tank. And my first time connecting the “sleeves” to the body got twisted and I had to rip out. But it’s a pretty smooth, easy knit.

And it grew pretty quickly.

And went for a bath and then got laid flat to dry. I wove in the ends pre-soak but didn’t attach the buttons.

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Et voila!

I used this to participate in the Knittin’ Little Summer KAL and won a prize! I’ve sent off my address and am awaiting my yarn 🙂

Finish in February

For some reason several of the podcasters I listen to consider February the month to finish projects. Ms. Kalendar of Brass Needles hosts Finishuary in her Ravelry group, and I just heard Kemper of the Junkyarn podcast is hosting a “Finish in February” KAL (Knit-a-long).

I’ve recently frogged a couple projects, specifically my reindeer sock comes to mind. That yarn did not want to play nice. But I’ve got a couple projects I could work on and a couple fairly quick ones that I could start and finish during February.

My hex  has been on-going for quite some time. Originally it was going to be a blanket. That idea was born in March of 2013! It lasted awhile but has fizzled out. But I have just enough hexes that I might, if I focus a bit, finish it off as a pillow cover. Because in Santa Barbara, you just don’t really need a double thickness blanket all too often.

The best thing about this project is that it is flexible to change the end goal. Plus, I learned so much about kitchener stitch – each of those hexes had to be kitchenered (grafted) closed.

Vogue Knitting Live, Pasadena

I’ve never taken a knitting class. I was a crocheter from about 6. My initial foraIMG_20150418_114502219y into knitting was being given a lesson by my aunt. And then there was several years dormant before I picked it up for real. But I decided to take a class by Susan B. Anderson at Vogue Knitting Live, Pasadena (I could do it as a daytrip).

I’ve used Susan’s Itty Bitty Hats book for a decade – as reference, as ideas, as primer. And I love her website and blog. I referenced her patch pockets tutorial for my own Calligraphy Cardigan.

IMG_20150418_084812047So I decided to take her Little Dragon class. I could have figured it out on my own. But it was cool to have a knit-a-long with this group of women. And also hear the tips and tricks from the designer herself.

I would definitely do a class again! Though next IMG_20150418_115116155time, rather than project based, I might try to pick a technique I’ve struggled with or wanted to try instead of going solely on the teacher (though I might make an exception for Lara Neel & a sock class, but that combines teacher & interest. Come to think of it, so did Anderson & dragons).

IMG_20150419_075644838IMG_20150418_173007217I really enjoyed the location for VKL. Pasadena is both beautiful and a do-able day trip. But I think next time I would consider either a destination trip and/or Stitches West (not a day trip). The marketplace at Stitches is so much bigger, the freebies are more plentiful and better, and the variety of “must haves” were more in line for my wants. Still, I came home with one beautiful skein of self striping sock yarn to use. And I got my measurements taken in an effort to help my sweaters fit better.

One thing I did come away with is a sudden urge to knit more toys. Particularly the bedtime puppies from Itty Bitty Toys.

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I also have a confession to make. As I was leaving class I went to throw away my garbage (wrapper, scrap bits). And I totally dumpster dived this bit of yarn. There is likely enough for a hexipuff! Why would anyone throw that much away?!IMG_20150418_120453935