WIP Wednesday: Mad and Mal

This week I’m trying to focus my energies on that collaborative project I mentioned a few weeks back. I’m knitting it with Malabrigo Twist in a simple rib pattern and really loving the quick knit process. Can you guess what is it yet?IMG_1898

I’m also working on a new hat design I started just the other week. This is being worked out of MadelineTosh Tosh Merino DK in the Maple Leaf colorway. I’m planning on writing up two versions of this hat pattern and offering them both on Ravelry.  I’ll be looking for test knitters soon, if you’re interested drop me a line!IMG_1902

What are you working on this week?

TV + Knitting

Most knitters know the benefits that come from knitting and watching TV (and many also know that watching TV and knitting can lead to dropped stitches, a mis-crossed cable or some other ‘design element’). 

Sometimes watching a show or movie benefits your knitting in other ways – it can inspire new designs or entire books! Teresa Gregorio and Leah Coccari-Swift are two such inspired designers. Great Northern is a collaborative collection inspired by the show Twin Peaks and surely you’ve seen some of the awesome designs floating around the knitting section of the internet.

The gals have started a Kickstarter Campaign to ensure that their dream of this book can be met and we can help them! I, for one, want to see these design drawings knit up and made into patterns, don’t you? Support the book through the Kickstarter campaign, score some awesome rewards and find some good TV knitting for yourself.

WIP Wednesday: Olive Garden Shawl

This has been my backseat project for a while and now that I’ve pulled it back out again my worries about running out of yarn have resurfaced.IMG_1858

I’ve got 33g of this lace weight yarn left and I know I won’t be able to get the full size of the shawl out of it but I don’t know exactly how much farther I can get out of it before I need to start the gorgeous border.IMG_1859

What’s your most reliable way to play responsible yarn chicken? I would hate to get close to the end and not be able to finish out all the beautiful edging rows!

WIP Wednesday: Another Viking In The Making

This is….probably…the…fourth? fifth? Viking Helmet I’ve made and although it’s moving along slower than the others (thanks painful ulnar nerve) it *is* coming along.IMG_1855

This puppy has been put into high speed because the recipient of it will be visiting Denver in just a few days and I want to make sure that I can put the finishing touches on it while he’s here.

You see here the first horn and if you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen that I wrapped up the first horn while drinking delicious beer at Upslope Brewing on Monday (I love their Thai IPA). In an attempt to outsmart myself and the clock, I cast on the second horn right away and it’s moving along slowly but surely.

What are you working on this week?

Before a Long Weekend

This weekend is Labor Day Weekend here in the US which means that many of us will have three glorious days off (‘off’ to me means ‘work on the projects you meant to work on during the week but didn’t get a chance to finish’). I’m hoping to get some time in the mountains with my new lens – a much wider angle lens that actually lets me get most of the mountains and the clouds in the shot!IMG_1693

This past week we were lucky enough to get two different hikes in and instead of satiating my need for nature, it just made it stronger. These photos are from hiking the Flatirons in Chautauqua Park in Boulder.IMG_1756

I’m sure I’ll get some knitting in too and promise to share updates next week! Some things are growing, some aren’t and I’m looking longingly at my stash everyday. IMG_1775

What are you working on? Do you have fun plans for the weekend?