It's taken awhile for me to reveal this wee corner in the knitting room which is the command central. From here I blog, type up my patterns and browse Ravelry and read your blogs etc.
For months now it has looked mostly like this photo below:
Not a pretty picture.
But then I found these great literature organizers at HomeGoods and finally it all started to come together. It can still look a bit crazy some days with charts and sketches and printouts and receipts all fighting for space, but at the end of the day I have a place for everything and the only challenge that remains is for me to return everything to it's proper place.
I can even close the front on this box and all my piles disappear from sight.
So, no, the knitting room is not quite finished yet (will it ever be?) but I'm pretty pleased with the progress to date.
Easy Folded Poncho On Location on a Beach in Martinique
I confess that I spent a lot more time lounging in this chair than the poncho did. Most of the knitting occured on the flights to/from this beautiful French Island of Martinique. But I do highly recommend linen yarn for knitting in hot, humid weather. It's got a nice dry texture to it.
My BKF sent me an "on location" update as well from her basement... "where I've been enjoying DVD episodes of "Mary Tyler Moore" while knitting away on my endless rectangle. Rhoda encouraged me to soldier on by sporting a lovely 70s-era crocheted poncho in shades of pink, fuchsia and crimson.
If only my hair were long enough to pull back into a coordinating snood."
I always loved Rhoda
So, where are you knitting these days? And has anyone been tempted to start this poncho?
My BKF warned me that weekly updates on our Easy Folded Ponchos were going to be as exciting for you readers as watching paint dry. So this week she sent me an action shot (taken by her newly teen-aged daughter) in a valiant attempt to prevent a sudden dropping off of regular followers to this blog.
One skein along in Berroco Vintage "Chocolate" -- caught right in the act of knitting!
I tried to follow her lead by making my own progress shot infinitely more interesting by posing my poncho next to the gorgeous hydrangeas in bloom in my garden.
Prism Yarns Custom Dyed Euroflax Linen, Lapis, 2 skeins along
If you are still reading, we've been successful at keeping your interest for another week. Sure hope so.
Tomorrow I shall be taking said Poncho on a plane ride to Martinique via Boston (with a few days layover) and I'm equally excited about both destinations. Hope you'll follow along!
Yesterday I went to Imaginknit and met a fellow blogger/knitter, Leslie for the first time. I've been following her blog for several years now so it feels like I've known her for a long time, even though we had never met.
And there she was, live and in person, looking every bit as lovely as she does in her blog photos.
We are standing in the wool-free room in Imaginknits which is now our shared LYS -- how amazing is that? (yes,I'm wearing my Sothia shawl if you were wondering)
This room is the thing I love most about this yarn store which I first visited in August 2011. A safe place for me to fondle yarns without fear of encountering anything wooly.
Leslie's everything she appears to be on her blog and more and we had so much to talk about that we will have to get together again soon to carry on the conversation.
If you don't know Leslie, check out her blog More With Les and you can see her impressive collection of knitting designs here.
And hey, if you are ever in SF, be sure to let me know. Meeting virtual knitting/blogging buddies is so much fun.
If you've been reading my blog for awhile you know I've long been a fan of Julie over at Little Cotton Rabbits -- I've knit up her mini stocking and for years I've long drooled over her beautifully knit animals that she sells via her blog.
So I'm super excited to share that she has (at long last) released two patterns for her beautiful knitted bunnies. And there's the promise of more patterns to come.
Irresistable, right? Think of all the little (and big) people on your list who need one of these little guys. Head off now and support Julie's new launch as a designer -- and be sure to let her know we can't wait for the rest of her designs to get published!!
One Skein along -- My Easy Folded Poncho in Prism's Custom Dyed Euroflax Linen, "Lapis".
So, my BKF and I cast on this week for the Easy Folded Poncho KAL. And the first thing we both began to question was whether or not we could trust that we'd be happy with the finished size of this garment.
To begin, this pattern is a one-size fits all. My BKF and I would not normally choose to knit a garment the same size so how we could both be making a poncho of the same finished dimensions and expect it to fit us equally well was a mystery to us.
It seems that everyone who has knit this poncho declares that this garment is magical in that way, but if you have any hesitaton (as we did) I found this tip written by the moderator at Churchmouse Yarns and Teas group on Ravelry, and we think it's very helpful indeed. So if you've been worried about whether or not this is going to fit you, read on:
The poncho really does fit lots of shapes and sizes. But that being said…you can make a test poncho using some old cloth, a sheet, or a towel to try it out first and see if you want to adjust the size. The poncho is a big rectangle (22” wide by 50” long) that is seamed together along one of the long sides with an opening left for the head. So find some cloth that size and clip it or pin it together for a test drive. Then you can decide for sure if you want to make any adjustments. The drape won’t be the same, but you’ll get the idea.
Brilliant suggestion! And, should you feel that adjustments are necessary, here's another very helpful tip from the same source:
" should you decide that you’d like a different width or more circumference, remember that adding stitches will create more length down your body, and knitting more rows to a longer length will add more ease through the shoulders."
So once we were confident in the finished size, the only thing remaining was to make sure we were getting our guage as we knit along.
I'm right on target, but my BKF, after swatching , had thought she should go up a needle size.
Then, 5" along, she decided that was the wrong choice so she's gone back to the 4mm and increased the number of stitches instead.
My BKF's Easy Folded Poncho in Berroco's Vintage DK, "Chocolate".
Dee is now back on track and getting the guage she needs. She's already knit 2.5" -- it's a quick knit.
Anyone else working on this poncho? It's not too late to join us.
I finally completed the Metro Cardigan. It is a pretty quick knit if you don't end up reknitting most of it twice (as I did due to some mindless mistakes that had me frogging and reknitting all too frequently).
Also, I used Kollage Riveting Worsted which is a denim yarn which meant I had to knit the entire sweater 20% longer in length which added a few hours to the project as well.
Finished cardigan BEFORE washing/drying --see how long and stringy it looks?
Finished Cardigan AFTER washing/drying -- shrunk to perfection!
I learned a new technique from this pattern which was "grafting" -- something I've never tried before but is the secret to the seamless collar.
For a wonderful instructional lesson on grafting, check out this great video by Cheryl Brunette. I found it SO helpful and now that I've learned her method I have no fear of grafting at all.
Here's a shot of the collar on me. The wall in the background is our newly painted livingroom wall -- the color is Benjamin Moore's "Ocean Air". I love it!
Back view of the sweater -- I'm really happy with the fit!
The cabling up one side is the detail that drew me to this pattern -- I think it takes this very basic sweater design up a notch, don't you?
You can't beat the wash/wearablity of a denim yarn and I have a feeling that this sweater will soon be as soft and beloved as my favorite pair of blue jeans.