My First Yarn Bowl!

A week and a half ago my mister and I went to one of those paint-your-own ceramic places (Into the Fire in Arvada, specifically) and I (obviously) chose to paint a yarn bowl!IMG_0823

I’ve never had a yarn bowl before but I’ve always lusted after them. It was the clear choice when looking at all the white, unpainted, creativity-inducing pieces.IMG_0825

It’s always so neat to see the before and after colors of these projects, don’t you think? This bowl is so big, it’s got three of those spiral yarn pass-through things! (probably a technical term). I painted in the inside and outside in a white speckled color and then added all the polka dots. IMG_7847

I completely love how it turned out and, as a knitter, you know I love how one-of-a-kind it is!  IMG_7844

Do you use a yarn bowl? Where’d you get it?

WIP Wednesday: Dropped That Ball

I was absolutely a bit over-confident about my assumption that I’d be at the sleeve divide within the week. I knit too much over that weekend and hurt my wrists so I had to take an entire week off knitting!  Sad days my friends, sad days.IMG_7808

(Dog butt because she likes to be everywhere I am) Back in the saddle and a wee bit of progress has been made on both the sweater and the shawl. Not to mention I cranked out a hat while teaching an Intermediate Knitting class (more details on that hopefully Friday!).IMG_7812

What are you knitting this week pretties?

WIP Wednesday: Family KAL

Progress is being made on both Minettas this week!

Mine has developed into purse knitting which means I’m making more progress on it than I was (although that’s only true when it’s light enough outside to see the stitches on the walk to work, some mornings I get up too early for the sun and revert back to the soothing garter stitch shawl that needs less visual attention while walking).IMG_0794

My momma’s Minetta is moving right along too!  I imagine we’ll both be to the sleeve divide within the week (but I hope I didn’t just jinx myself there…).DSCN3367

What are you working on this week?

Spring is on Its Way

Although we did get a tiny bit of snow the other morning (that was gone before day’s end) there are signs that spring is just around the corner. Little flowers are blooming, the weather is warming up, time spent outside is increasing.IMG_7498

Spring is my favorite season, hands down. Always has been, likely always will be (although I’m up for change, we all know I like regular change).IMG_7455

Green grass and new plants, new life and baby animals, the crispness that lingers on the breeze until Summer fully arrives – Spring is the best.IMG_7470

What’s your favorite part about spring?

WIP Wednesday: Old Stuff, New Stuff, Grey Stuff, Blue Stuff

I’m basically a poet, didn’t you know? it? eh?

I’ll stick to knitting, how’s that?

This week I’m here to show you the shawl project I mentioned last week along with another new WIP!IMG_7432

The new project is a Minetta that I’m working on as a KAL with my momma!  I’m using some Serena by Manos del Uruguay from my stash in the Seal colorway.IMG_7428

We’re both using a heavier gauge yarn (sport vs fingering) and going up to a US 5 needle.  We’re both knitting the 36 size as well.  I’m hoping that this will be a great experiment for us and other Minetta knitters!IMG_7414

The shawl is moving along, not too fast since the rows are getting so so long and I really only have time to work on it during my walks to and from work, but progress is progress, right?

What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday: Olive Garden

The Olive Garden shawl is growing bit by bit.  I haven’t had a ton of time to knit lately, mostly on my walks to and from work and occasionally in the evenings.  I’m just beginning the fourth eyelet row and enjoying the slow but squooshy growth.IMG_0735

The yarn is Bittersweet Woolery’s Star Dust Lace (the same yarn I used for my Compass Rose Shawl) and I think it’ll go perfectly with the bright yellow beads I’m planning to use on the lace edging.IMG_1392

I almost wish I started using the beads earlier, on the eyelet parts of the shawl, but I don’t want to rip it back now and put them in, so I’ll just wait for the end.IMG_0733

(the above beer color kind of matches the bead color) I originally made “knit something beaded” one of my 2014 goals and although I started this shawl in 2014, I neither finished it nor got to the beaded part during that calendar year…Knitter Fail.

What are you working on this week?  Have you ever knit a beaded thing?

New Pattern(s!): Leaves Hat and Mitts Set

Here is the second installment of the collaboration that Kirsten Singer and I have embarked on!  This time around we focused on colorwork and slipped stitch details.IMG_7335

A slouchy beret-ish style hat and fingerless mitts featuring stranded colorwork leaves and a linen stitch border.  These patterns are sold as a set – one price for both!  The hat is written for one size that should fit most adult heads.  The linen stitch keeps the brim from getting stretched out and the larger-gauge stranded colorwork in the body of the hat adds so much warmth!IMG_7359

The mitts are written for two sizes and, again, the linen stitch cuffs are snug and hold their shape perfectly.IMG_7350

When working linen stitch, you’ll notice that the fabric is *much* tighter than normal stockinette or rib.  It may seem tight during the knitting but once you block, the Malabrigo Twist softens slightly and everything seems to let out a sigh – as if it too wanted to loosen up a bit.IMG_7369

This set can be found on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy :) Kirsten published her next pattern set today as well so don’t forget to check out her interpretation!