One of the difficulties of my laissez faire attitude about my knitting projects is that now that Santa Barbara is having an actual cold “winter” I am looking a little bit crazy with my mis-matched patterns and colors. I’d like to remedy this. I don’t want to be matchy-matchy but a little “go,” a little coordination might go a long way to making me look eccentric instead of wacko.
Step 1 is identifying the problem. Step 2 is going to be looking at the yarn I have and can easily acquire. And Step 3 will be making head/neck-wear that will go with the opposite.
The Edinburgh Yarn Fest had the coolest swag bags this year. Not that I went. 😦 It’s a bit of a hike from Santa Barbara.
Still, their bags were so cool that they were posted all over on-line! They had a yarn ball done up like an embroidery sampler!
A cool example here from Irene:
& here from Emma:
And my little knock-off version in progress.
That used to be a hat. I held the fingering weight Socks that Rock Lightweight double and made a lovely Heartfail that I never wore.
I hated the color. I should’ve liked the color, but I didn’t. So I figured I’d over-dye it.
Initial process took 12 cups of water, 1 cup of vinegar, 4 blue raspberry lemonade packets (thanks and shout out to podcaster PurlBug). But it came out sort of “meh.”
Try two I used roughly 8 cups of water, a splash of vanilla, and a teaspoon of black icing color. Because why not.
I like the final result & hope that the color sticks. An initial dunk of another skein says yes, but I’m not holding breath.
Remember my great green sweater?
It’s far from perfect, but I’d like to knit it again, a smaller size, a tighter gauge. Right now it’s a housecoat and I bundle up in it in the evenings when it’s chilly in Santa Barbara. Chilly in Santa Barbara is anything below 68 if you’re a local. And too hot? That happens at 73. Spoiled?
Because it gets worn, and worn hard since I have two kids, two dogs, and a house, it’s covered in pills. For years I’ve used a Windmere Sweater Shaver. And by years, I’m talking 15+ since my little tool pre-dates my husband. It works pretty well, but it’s slow and you have to have the technique down: small circles, about 2″ in diameter in a back and forth pattern will generally get you where you want to go with the sweater looking almost new again.
The new player on the field is a Gleener. I’ve heard it buzzing about the knit-sphere. No battery, elbow grease power. But supposedly the best thing since the knit stitch.
Pre-Gleen. Lots of pills.
Post Gleener you can see it’s removed a lot of the bigger stuff. But there’s still a haze on the fabric. There is a finer Gleener head, I’ve played with it but not officially. (that lovely half button is thanks to the puppy. She’s a chewer.)
The big pils is Gleener. The smaller is the Windmere going over afterwards. The Gleener is definitely faster for large area pill removal. For fine work, I’m leaning towards the sweater shaver. It takes batteries and is slower, but the fabric actually looks like new not just de-pilled.
Do I like the Gleener? Yes. And I’m going to keep trying it out. But I’m not going to be tossing my trusty sweater shaver.
I want to be a sweater knitter. I’m not scared of the number of stitches, I’ve even made a few. But none have been just right. Too big, too floppy, not nicely finished, etc.
So I’m trying again. Because that’s what we do. And each one has gotten slightly better, so it’s coming.
This time I’m trying Granito by Joji Locatelli. I wanted to try a pullover, but I’m sticking with fingering weight since I do live in Southern California. I wanted something with a shoulder seam. But I do still love top down.
The pink yarn is not what the sweater will be out of. But it’s the same Knitpicks Stroll. I have 4 skeins in a golden yellow. And I’m planning grey accents. Wish me luck! You can see I’m being a good knitter and swatching. I’m doing 3s and 4s, the pattern calls for 4s. And since I’ll be doing knitwear laundry today or tomorrow, the timing is perfect.
I use a lot of Knitpicks yarns on my projects. It’s super affordable and has some really great color options. But I’ve been trying to expand my yarn use a bit.
I ordered some mini skeins from Knitty & Color in order to make my first Christmas Socks. I’m using the red as the toes, and hopefully either heels or bind off, and the two different colors for a “naught & nice” pair of socks for next year.
Also during the holidays, i finished my second socks from Havirland‘s Droid set. Love.
And thanks to Knittin’ Little, I’ll be turning this fabulous skein of yarn from Magpie Fibers Swanky Sock in Rhinestone Cowboy into, well, into something 🙂
And last, but not least, I won a fabulous skein of yarn from Woolfiend on Instagram that I’m super excited about.
Here’s to fantastic new yarn tasting in the New Year!
Like a lot of sock knitters, I have the odd ball of bits and pieces left over. You wouldn’t think so considering I wear a US women’s 11, but I favor short socks. I love Monster Socks, basically mix up the colors any way you like. There are patterns written just to help you use up leftovers!
The Monster group I follow kept suggesting the LOSY hat pattern. And I thought, why not!
I wasn’t sure at first. But the white, pink, red, brown started to grow on me and reminded me of peppermint bark.
But then I blocked it and it bled, of course. Bleh. It looked terrible
So I bought 3 kool aid packets in Cherry, boiled up some water, and dunked the hat.
It gently boiled away for a few minutes.
And the resulting color was really gorgeous!
Unfortunately the hat was made with superwash wool that was totally de-sproinged and the hat was HUGE. I’m trying to figure out what to do with the yarn.