I guess now’s a good time to tell ya’ll about my new-ish job, since it certainly HAS taken over my knitting time the past few weeks.
I’m working for a new start-up based in Denver called Utivity – it’s a sharing economy type site (think AirBnB and Uber) where you can list and book any service under the sun. Everything from yoga to dog walking, personal training, crossfit, wakeboarding, fly fishing, soccer lessons, drum lessons, knitting lessons, tutoring – all activities, all services.
Anyone can become a User to book on the site and anyone can register to be a Provider to list your own services too! If you wanna go join, you should use my Promo Code: knit (surprise, surprise, right?). But seriously, if you’re registering, put that code (knit) in the Promo Code box, NOT the referral code box. Registering with this code will get you a special deal on listing your services – 3 months commision free and then for the rest of that first year just 5% commission. Utivity handles the credit card processing, the scheduling and booking and we’re doing a TON of marketing to get Users to come find our Providers. Speaking of which…
I’m the Marketing and Events Coordinator! While it’s a ton of fun and I find it very rewarding, it’s also been a bit time-consuming and energy-exhausting which means that knitting hasn’t been happening.
So please please share with me what you’ve all been working on so that I can knit vicariously through you! If you’ve got any Utivity questions, let me know those too, it’s a lot of fun working for a start-up!
Happy Wednesday friends, how is your week going?
I’ve recently re-started (a few times, actually, trying to find the right yarn that I actually have enough of currently in my stash) another custom Viking Helmet for a long-time friend of mine.
The yarn I’m using this time around is a vintage Tweed from Tahki that I picked up in a large LARGE lot of bags full of yarn from the thrift store many moons ago. Obviously, this means I’m modifying the pattern just a tad to fit the gauge of this yarn but the end result should be just as awesome as the others.
What are you working on this week? Do you ever buy yarn from thrift stores?
Originally, I started this bag last year when my momma was visiting me in Fort Collins in May. I finished the knitting portion at that time but always knew that I wouldn’t be using it until I had a lining inside.
Fast forward to this year.
I finally actually sewed in that lining (by hand, badly) and now the bag is usable. It’s small, which has pros and cons, but it’s cute and different and made by me so dammit I’m gonna use it. On the weekends. And when I don’t have to carry many things.
The cotton yarn we used is soft and inexpensive but it also pills a little too easily for my preference, little pink tufts were all over my black tank this weekend (they probably blended in with all the dog hair, I’m glam like that). So if I knit this again in the future I’d use a hardier yarn that also might not sag so much in the strap.
Also, it was this pretty girl’s 7th birthday this past Saturday.
Have you made any knitted bags? Do you use them?
The other weekend some friends, the pup and I decided to go for a hike to Maxwell Falls near Evergreen. It was on the hotter end of a beautiful day but the trees provided some shade and as the trail followed the creek, the temperature was a bit cooler.
This was my first time on this hike and although there are plenty of smaller water tumble spots, the true beauty was at the main falls. We started at the lower trailhead and made sure to include the Cliff Loop.
Next time, I’m definitely taking my shoes and socks off to dip my feet in the water.
What adventures have you been on lately?
It’s finished! According to Ravelry, it took me exactly three months to knit this sweater although to this knitter, it felt like a lot longer.
I found some cute buttons to go with it – I wanted something that would keep this cardigan a neutral (no bright colors) but would also keep it from being too boring. These classy little metal ones look perfect I think.
The sweater fits a little weird in places but it’s all things that I can live with and just take note of for the next cardigan.
1. I wish I’d added either waist shaping or hip increases (both might’ve been too much, but one or the other would be ok)
2. The sleeves are big in the underarms and a bit snug around the forearm – fine for layering with short sleeves or tanks. I don’t like underarms that are too tight or touch my skin anyways
This is my second sweater out of Manos del Uruguay Serena (the first was my Bailiwick) and I know I’ll make more (actually, one is in the works right now with my fabulous sample knitter). This yarn is soft and drapey but shows off texture well. It certainly keeps tops warm – so not for the dog days of summer – but lightweight (again, that layering thing I keep talking about).
All in all, I’d make this sweater again, I’d just make some changes to it along the way.
Have you finished anything cool?
We’re getting there, folks. I start this sweater back in March, according to Ravelry, and it’s taken me quite a bit longer than anticipated. I’m a few inches from finishing the second sleeve and from there, it’s a quick neckband, buttons and a good block away from finished.
(clearly, Lisa felt the need to supervise) The raglan line does look (and feel, based on try-ons during the knitting process) a bit long but I think that’ll work in my favor for layering this sweater with other tops and dresses. The sleeves get quite tight at the cuff and I may end up ripping those out later to loosen them up a bit but I want to wear it a few times first to find out for sure how much looser I want it.
What projects are you making headway on this week?
This past weekend was the always awesome Estes Park Wool Market held in one of the most beautiful parts of the state. The drive there is gorgeous, the town itself is in a valley surrounded by mountains, the grass is green, the sky is blue and some of the peaks even had snow still.
We saw all the usual crew – llamas, alpacas, goats, sheep and bunnies and petted as much yarn and fiber as we could get our hands on.
This guy, he’s got awesome animal skills. It must be that ‘stash.
Oh, and I can’t forget about the super tasty liquor we sampled! Not *at* the fair, necessarily, but in Estes Park. There’s a tasting room for the Dancing Pines Distillery and between the four of us, we sampled most everything they carried. My favorite was the Chai Liqueur but, really, all of them were superb.
I walked away with two skeins and Nick bought a set of dryer balls.
That’s 1700 yards of lime green goodness from Textiles A Mano that will likely become a sweater.
That is fingering weight merino in a colorway called Painted Desert by 3 Sisters Weaving and I’m envisioning something to go around my neck.
Have you been on any fiber adventures lately?