On my Hook - scrappy afghan

I'm going to let you all in on a little secret...I don't have much time to knit these days! I've been working hard to keep my shop fully stocked for y'all (see how I'm settling into Nashville?) and it's 90 degrees out, so I really don't mind it so much. I finally caved and turned on the A/C a few days ago.

I do manage to sneak in a little crochet action here and there though. I try to spend about an hour every Sunday working on my sock-weight scrappy granny rectangle afghan (that's a mouthful). I'm thinking that I'll catch up on my scrap bin before I add to it at this rate. I'm enjoying watching these colors flow through my hands again. It brings back memories of being on a plane to Norway, or the gift I gave to a coworker on my last day working with her.

What kind of projects do you like to work on with your leftovers? 

In shop news, I'll be shipping orders placed between May 26-May 31 on June 1. I'll make sure to post it on Instagram, my shop header and everywhere else I can next week.

In personal news, not much to report! The husband and I have been going to trivia nights and starting to get to know some folks around Nashville. We have also been taking pole dancing classes, and I love that he is far better at it than I am. If you live in the South, please let me know of any festivals or activities you like to attend. I'm always looking for new things to do around here.

 

Let's Talk About Linen

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Ah, linen. I have 2 linen (store-bought) shirts. I didn't wear them too much in Oakland, but in Nashville I wear them all the time. They're perfect for layering. I've had a few skeins of Karin Oberg's Kalinka hanging out in my stash, with a project in mind, for a while. I took some time to myself on Sunday and decided to start the Astonish Top  by Katy Banks. I must say, I'm pleasantly surprised by how nice this yarn is to work with. Sure, it's rougher than wool. Yeah, it's a little splity. But it's softening up so much, just from where I cast on. I'm actually looking forward to tossing this project in the washer and dryer.

To get in the knitty gritty details of this project, it is knit in two pieces. Both front and back are knit separately on the bias. After the are seamed together there are seed stitch bands on the cuffs/neck/bottom of the top. The pattern suggests 30 sts / 4". I'm coming in at 24 st / 4". I'm using a US 2 needle. Quite honestly, I'm not sure I have the yarn (or patience) to knit this top at the recommended gauge, so I'm sticking with it. I'm planning to modify it as I go - because absolutely nothing could go wrong with this plan... Right?  Right.

My question to all of you linen fans out there is - do you block your linen knits? It seems kind of pointless to me, but I'm willing to change my opinion on that. Talk me in to it, or tell me I'm right. Either way, I want to hear from you.

In shop news: I'll be doing shop updates every Saturday at 12pm Central (10AM Pacific). I've figured out a schedule that works best for dyeing, and having an update every week at the same time is important to me.

In personal news: I'll be teaching a few aerial silks classes in Nashville soon! Our instructor will be out of town and needs a sub. I'm a little nervous, but also very excited about it. I'm looking forward to bringing some of the techniques and exercises I learned in Oakland to class. It isn't something I'm looking to do on a regular basis, but a few classes here and there will be a nice change of pace.

Bringing Single (Sock) Back

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Hello from Nashville! We drove 2,300 miles from Oakland to Nashville (plus a few extra to see the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree) and are just about settled in. Now I don't have an excuse to avoid weekly blogging... hah!

In shop news: Lots of exciting things are happening! First - I'm bringing my single sock base back, and I'm so excited about it! I love the way it takes dye, and it's perfect for shawls. There are 400 yds / 100g of high twist superwash merino goodness. Next, I'm switching up my Squish Sock base. From now on my Squish base will be a 4 ply 100% superwash merino, 438 yds/ 100g. The best part is, I can get this base as a mini skein. There are still some skeins of my old Squish base lingering, so those will be marked as "old base" in the description. My last update is about Etsy. I know some of you prefer purchasing on Etsy, so I'd like to keep that as an option for now. I've decided to keep Etsy as primarily dyed to order, with a 2 week lead time. I will update Etsy on Sunday with dyed to order listings and post it on Instagram.

In project news: Back in March I finished my pair of socks from my sample skein of Bad Trip, but I started knitting tighter, and miscounted rows, so they don't exactly fit the same. I haven't even blocked them yet. I realized I'm not great at knitting vanilla socks, I need some sort of pattern to keep me on track. I'm still working on my Dekke shawl and my second Arno pullover. 

In personal news: I'm hoping trapeze classes come to Nashville, soon. I've been taking lyra (aka aerial hoop) and I'm going back to aerial silks for now. I recently tried out pole dancing and had a blast, even though I can't really dance. My Oakland trapeze partner and I performed the act we started working on in January. That's me on the right, dressed as Freddie Mercury.

Heading East

Checking out Haus of Yarn in Nashville

Checking out Haus of Yarn in Nashville

 

In personal news: I've teased some big news sporadically since January, and I'm excited to finally be able to announce that we are moving to Nashville! Jonathan and I decided many (many) months ago to make this move, and we're finally in the home stretch of it happening. I've been looking for our new home and poking around the local yarn shops for the past few days and I'm getting more excited about the transition. I'm especially excited for the road trip. I think I planned a good one, and I'm thrilled to finally see the Grand Canyon.

In shop news: I'll have at least one large, or two small, updates before we move. I'm also in the process of transitioning from Etsy to my own site, and will hopefully reopen my shop here after the move. I might be biting off more than I can chew with that goal but I'm OK with that. I'll be honest, computer stuff is my least favorite part of my job. I started my blog thinking I could do it at least once a week but my last update was over a month ago! I'd rather be knitting... I'm sure y'all can relate to that.

In project news: I finished my monster neat ripple afghan at the end of January. I used 6,109 yards of yarn and took 7 months to finish. I missed the deadline on a test knit for the first time ever (due to circumstances out of my control) and I am finally on track to finish that in the next two weeks. February was a slow knitting month for me, but I'm looking forward to a long road trip to help me finish up some projects.

Rip it, Rip it.

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In project news - this cardigan.  It's the Twiggy Cardigan by Jane Richmond.  I finished this in Feb 2015 and I never wore it.  I wanted to love this cardigan, but it was not a good match of yarn and pattern.  I'm not sure if the buttons were too heavy (it hung low in the front) or if the lofty single ply nature of ASAP wasn't a fit for this pattern (a plied yarn would definitely be better) but it just wasn't a match made in knitter's heaven.  So I ripped it out.  I swatched again and I love the fabric I'm getting  on size 11 needles, instead of the size 15 needles I originally used.  The fabric on size 11 is slightly more dense and doesn't sag.  I'm also thinking a pullover will work out much better than a cardigan.  I'm not sure why I want this yarn to be a sweater so bad.  I live in  Oakland, CA and our weather typically doesn't call for bulky sweaters.  Perhaps I'm so comforted by the idea of wrapping myself in a soft single ply pullover 2 nights of the year.

In shop news - I'll be updating my shop this Friday (January 13) at 10 am PST.  I've got a few restocks, a few OOAK colors and 3 new colors!  I'm thrilled with how my new colors turned out.  They all came to me while I was driving to and from San Diego at the end of December and I couldn't wait to get them out of my head and on to some yarn.  I hope you all love them as much as I do!

In personal news - I'm still not ready to share my big news.  Hopefully soon.  Until then, here's something else... I'm working on a duo trapeze act with my fellow circus nerd.  I have never done a performance like this before.  I came up with some sequencing over the weekend and we tried it out yesterday.  We made it work on the first try, although it is far from perfect.  There's a lot of communication (verbal and nonverbal) that needs to happen with something like this.  I'm hoping we'll be able to perform this piece in March.

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On My Needles - Dekke shawl

In November I decided to work through my 6 WIPs before starting something new.  I whittled that down to 2 WIPs by the end of December and decided it is time for something new!  I'll be posting about the 2 WIPs I left on my needles later, but know I have a good reason for leaving them behind.

I started Talitha Kuomi's Dekke shawl a few days ago.  I used my own colors Ridin' The Storm Out (dark grey) and Electric Boogaloo, both in my 100% wool Squish Sock yarn.  I'm loving this pattern so far!  It's fun to knit, and as a bonus I got to cast on all of the stitches for the shawl at the beginning.  Confession - I love starting shawls this way!  The most stitches I'll need are on the needle and my expectations of how long it will take to finish a row are clear from the beginning.

In shop news, I've been working on several new colors and I'm very excited to share them with everyone.  I'm hoping to have a few released in a shop update next week.  The rest will be released next month.  I'm also inching my way toward regular shop updates, which is very exciting to me.  I'll be doing a shop update on Friday, which will include a few out of stock colors, including the above Ridin' the Storm Out.  Stay tuned to Instagram for that update.

In personal news, I recently left my job as an accountant in the natural foods world to pursue a life of fiber arts full time.  This also falls in line with some big plans the husband and I have in 2017, and I'm looking forward to sharing that with everybody.  This news isn't public to everybody in our life yet, so it must wait.  Hint, it's not a baby.