Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Feyre

I could knit Feyre again.  And again.  It was that satisfying.  I was imitating the sample, knit in Brooklyn Tweed's Newsprint.  I think the Patons Classic Aran and Dark Grey Marl colorways gave mine a similarly graphic look.  True black would've been nicer, but I was on a budget.




This shape of this shawl is new to me.  It's longer than the normal crescent shawl, so it works like a scarf, too.  I can't wait for an opportunity to try it out.  Sadly, we didn't have a winter this year, and it's practically summer.  You can't tell, but I was dying from heat in these photos.  However, next winter, I will be ready!


Though I wanted to knit mine with two high contrast colors, I think adding more colors or toning down the contrast sounds interesting too.   Check out Katy's multicolored version.


Shannon is one of my favorite designers.  She designs things I could wear every single day, and the pattern books she's been making with Jane Richmond are beautiful.   But, you knew that.  Shannon also has a really great Ravelry group, with the best knit-alongs.  They are the KALs I can't live without.


Details:  I used size US 8 needles and 2 skeins of each colorway to knit this.  I also used season 1 of Baskets to fuel my knitting.  There's really nothing else to say about the knitting, except that it was bliss.


I had high hopes for going somewhere neat to take these photos, but the weather turned hot and I got a migraine, so my house it was.

What I love about this shawl is the contrast, the stripes of color and texture, and the interesting shape.    I love the border too.  I think this shawl would look great with my black maxi dress.


I knit this for the Grocery Girls' BFF Knit-along, for which we could knit any pattern by good friends Shannon Cook or Jane Richmond.  Guys, I have a list a mile long, and I've already knit a lot of their stuff.

I have plans for 4 more of Shannon's,  Timber being first on that list.  I also have plans to use some recycled super bulky wool for Jane's Entwine.

(more on my ravelry, kollabora, instagram, and flickr)

There's nothing these two have designed that I wouldn't love to knit.  I'm their secret BFF.

What have you guys knit by these BFFs?  And which of their patterns do you want to knit next?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Julia Sweater

I don't know what happened.  I slipped this big sweater over my head and next thing I knew it was like the last 26 years were a dream.  What?  I'm 17 again, wearing guys' sweaters with baggy... everything?

Friends, I knit the biggest, simplest, most monotonous seed stitch sweater ever and it is perfect!  I once thought I'd never knit oversized, drop shoulder sweaters.  Never say never.  At my heart, I am a product knitter.  And a tomboy.  Now I won't have to borrow any of my husband's sweaters if I want to wear something big and cozy.  I can just pull on my sweater-as-fountain of youth and feel like a girl again.  Minus the angst and melancholy about growing up.

My son asked if I meant to wear dad jeans for these photos.  Are dad jeans a thing?



This is the Julia Sweater from Wool and the Gang.  Remember how I was finally getting around to knitting one of their patterns?  Well, I did and I'm so pleased with it.

Don't let my declaration that the stitch pattern was monotonous come across as a put down.  It's not.  I mean, to a new knitter this would be fantastically interesting.  To me, it was a slog.  But a slog that took me through a season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and the first season of Major Crimes (because I missed my Closer friends, even though it's not as good as The Closer.)

Sometimes you want a tv knit.  In my case, I wanted a lot of it.  After a while, I found a rhythm and the purling, every other stitch, wasn't so maddening.  And, boring as seed stitch is to an advanced knitter, it makes the best finished sweater!


There is a lot of seaming, but what else can you do when you knit a four piece sweater this big.  If I'd knit it in the recommended 100% cotton, think how heavy and twistable it would be.  Nah, this needed nice, sturdy seams.  That process was actually pretty easy.  I don't think I had to rip it back and start over once.  With no shaping, the pieces fit together really well.

Details:  I used size US 5 needles and Classic Elite Chesapeake yarn in the Faded Rose colorway.   That sounds like a country singer's stage name.  It is 50% wool, 50% organic cotton.  This made all of those little stitches more bearable to my hands than pure cotton would have.  It will also be more wearable, for me, without as much wool content as usual.  The yarn is discontinued, hence the super cheap price tag, but I really, really, enjoyed working with it.

So with all of this straightforward design, the only challenge for this knit was planning for after-wash growth.  I wanted just the right amount of "oversize," you know.  My gauge was off, but I can't remember by how much, and I've misplaced my printed pattern at the moment.  I think the pattern gauge was 14 sts/22 rows and mine, before blocking, was 16 sts/ 28 rows per 4 inches sq.  After blocking, it was 16 sts/ 24 rows.  I did stretch it for length when blocking, but I think I could have easily blocked it for more width, if I'd wanted to.  That's what I did with the sleeves, in fact.


I followed directions for a medium but my finished chest circumference was 42 inches, that of a size large, giving me about 7 or 8 inches of positive ease.  That's about the amount of ease the sample seems to have on the model.

I noticed lots of finished Julias on Ravelry were more fitted than the sample on WatG's site.  So I made a last minute decision to make mine larger than I'd originally planned, which led to a rousing game of Yarn  Chicken.  I ended up finishing the front and not being happy with the length.  I blocked that piece and got 2 more inches out of it, but would have preferred more.


So I decided to knit an extra couple of inches on the back, see how much yarn I had left, then come back to the front to add length if my yardage allowed.  I counted my additional rows so that after I ripped out the front neckline, I would be able to add exactly the same amount of length as I had on the back.

I then moved on to the sleeves.  I wanted a bit of "overhang" with those, too.  So after knitting them extra long, two-at-a-time, I blocked them for width and held them up to the sweater, to see if I had the length right.


This is when I placed markers on the sides of the body where each armhole should begin, so that I'd have plenty of room where sleeve and body joined.  Several knitters mentioned having trouble with tight armholes.  I was hoping that by blocking the sleeves for width and the body for length I would have plenty of room for a nice sized armhole.


I usually have to remind myself to not seam pieces too tightly, but when the pieces are pre-blocked I feel I have to be careful to not be too loose.  I don't know if the seaming yarn will grow a bit after washing and with the added weight of the pieces. It probably wasn't necessary, but I was mindful to keep my stitches from being slack.  

My finished measurements were 26" in length, 42" bust, and 14.5" around the arm at the sleeve/body seam.  That means I got 3" extra, in length, from blocking.  I'm wearing it with about 7" of ease.

Here's what I love about this sweater:  Seed stitch (once it's knitted)-duh,

The turned under edges of neck, cuffs, and bottom.  All of that turning and stitching was super tedious, but it gives this a professional look.  By professional, I mean better than the oversized crap they sell at PacSun, etc.


The way the neckline widens, when seamed under. 


Seed stitch with jeans.


My next knit from Wool and the Gang will probably be the Tommy Top or a beach bag- can't decide. There's also that Christmas gift I need to finish... 

Other posts on this sweater: planning and trucking along

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

So Much Seed Stitch, Then a Rant

How have I been knitting for 15+ years and still not yet knit a Wool and the Gang pattern?  Weird, huh?


So the Julia Sweater is my first one.  It's also been in my WIP basket for six months.  I realized this when I went on a recent cleaning frenzy.  I was told that in order to heal a back/hip sprain (that I think I got a year ago lifting heavy things in my backyard) I must drive very little and walk and stand a lot.  Oh, and I can clean house.  Thanks, Doc.  When I do go somewhere farther than 5 minutes away, it's with the shotgun seat cranked all the way back, gangster-style, and my husband or one of the kids chauffeuring. Yes, I am a diva now.

Anyway, I had started this sweater because of it's uncomplicated nature- oversized, drop shoulder, and seed stitch.  I thought it would be perfect for waiting rooms and dark movie theaters.  Simple and shapeless, it still looks great... at least when WatG styles it.  It's the kind of sweater you want to put on and leave on until either yourself or the sweater requires a hose-down.  I've since realized, however, that seed stitch stinks in a dark theater, so it went into the basket until about a week ago.


The pattern calls for Shiny Happy Cotton, labeled as a bulky yarn, but I'm using Classic Elite Chesapeake which is worsted.  Shiny Happy Cotton is rated as a Dk weight yarn on Ravelry, so mine has been a good substitute.  It's also only 50% organic cotton, then 50% wool.  I thought it would make it lighter, warmer, and keep it from sagging with wear.  (By the way, it's a discontinued yarn, but Webs still has other colors on super sale right now.)   I really like the way it feels to knit with.  It is easier to work with than pure cotton and it's a pretty color.  Pretty color is essential when you're making four million seed stitches.

This would have been an excellent sweater to knit as a new knitter, back when every stitch felt like a mini miracle.  I could've practice tension, knits, and purls, but not have to worry about difficult seaming or perfect sizing.  If only WatG existed when I was just starting out!   However, I would've found the cost of kits too high for my budget back then.  They do rotate their patterns for sale separately, though.  That's why I have several, without the kit yarn, just waiting in the queue.


When I think about Wool and the Gang, I can't help but think of all the companies and individuals that have borrowed their aesthetic, pattern ideas, packaging, etc.  I know I wrote a post up on We Are Knitters a while back, but I've come to feel uncomfortable using their patterns.  I did enjoy knitting  the kit I bought, and I will eventually blog about it, but I don't think I'll be buying more.

It's hard to know where to draw the line on flattering imitation and calculated replication.  So many designers and companies are all riding the same trend waves that it's inevitable that some will simply be slower to catch on.  That's just timing.  But, then there are times, like this when it's an obvious rip-off of a lesser known designer who will be unlikely to challenge it.  Makes me think of something I read years ago about Urban Outfitters.  To this day, I really don't like that company.  I'll admit I've bought some records there, though.

If you take a look at all of the similarities between We Are Knitters and Wool and the Gang's business concept, packaging, promotion, and advertising it can't be accidental and, even if it's a normal business practice, I personally don't like that kind of thing.

I remember reading a Flickr friend's thoughts on imitation in photography.  She said something like she thought if she made at least three significant changes to the concept, it was a case of inspiration, not imitation.  And, looking at her muse's photo next to her own, it seemed just that.  Not to mention, she wasn't selling her photo, just creating for the sake of making.  Her goal was self-discovery, not monetary gain.  I'm not sure why that has stuck in my head all these years, but I agree.  When I borrow I like to give credit, link up, hashtag, whatever.  I don't need to pretend I'm the source of all ideas.  This applies to articles I read and things I knit.  Really, is there anything more annoying than when someone makes a clever remark and the person standing next to them starts repeating it louder, over and over for attention?  Blah. Same principle, here.

I wrote up a pattern, years ago, and put it on Ravelry for free only because the Madewell cowl I borrowed the idea from was no longer for sale.  It was a total copy and I freely admitted it.  I would never have printed it if the original was still available to purchase.  I loved the experience of seeing something and trying to recreate it, and that was all.  That was totally a case of filling a pattern void, not pretending to be the designing OG.

Actually, I'm sure I could've looked at this sweater sample and knit a copy without purchasing, but why not give a few bucks as credit to the ones who made me think of it, especially when I'm going to be putting my FOs on my blog?  I really like supporting designers.  My appetite for patterns is too big for my available knitting time.

Having said that, I realize there are tons of sellers ripping each other off on Etsy all the time.  It would be difficult to keep track of it.  It's also difficult to notice how much of the barrage of images we see each day is settling into our subconscious to influence our creations.   But, when a larger company picks on the little guy, it really bugs me.  Must be my father's labor union influence.

So what's the test for innocent vs self-promoting imitation?  Will it steal customers?  Is it almost exactly a copy, or heavily modified?  Is it styled the same?  Does the product name or ad copy read the same?  Is it a pattern of behavior or a one-time coincidence?

(more on Ravelry, Kollabora, Instagram, and Flickr)

So, yeah, I'll stick with Wool and the Gang for knitting kits.  I do have kits for the Tommy Top, Milo and Piazza bags, and Shakti Shorts.  I can't wait for summer to knit these.

Have any of you knit Wool and the Gang patterns or want to?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Knitting Throwback

The daily prompts in the Yarn Love Challenge have taken me back through my knitting history-  from those days when I knew no crafters but said I wanted to learn to knit so my husband gave me a booklet from Joann called How to Crochet for Christmas all the way to today, where I have appropriated my daughter's old room as my personal yarn abyss.  I can easily chat with a knitter from any country at any point of the day or night.  It's really all due to one thing:

Day 5: Community.

I hope you're not tired of hearing that phrase.  You know the one: "knitting community" because what else could I call it.  Guys, I live in Texas.  Almost no one knits and even fewer seem to wear sweaters.  I'm obviously holding out for that dream relocation to the mountains because I just keep making stitches like a freak.

As a young mother who had relocated a couple of times, I didn't have a lot of friends.  So I certainly didn't have a knitting community.  That wasn't even a term, I don't think, until Ravelry and Craftster.  I think I first heard of Ravelry on Stefanie Japel's old blog, Glampyre.  She was going to try it, so I decided to see what the deal was.

I didn't use most of the functions for a year.  I remember the first time I made a Ravelry friend (Hi, Jennifer!) I didn't even know you could do that.  Then there were all of the late nights, just scrolling through version after version of different patterns, my brain filling to capacity with plans.  I looked for obscure non-knitting themed groups like Martial Arts Knitters and Arrested Development knits.  Then there was radar.

All of the brain and queue expansion has made the needle and pattern libraries indispensable.  Seriously, I am thankful for them every time I know where to look in my home for the right yarn for a project.  They have kept my house from looking like a messy crime scene.

Knit-alongs were inevitable.  My first was with the Holla Knits group.  It brought me a step closer to my knitting friends because we were all working on things at the same time, sharing tips, and chatting  frequently.  All of these KALs have given me good conversation and new perspectives from people, across the world, that I wouldn't have had a chance to know before.   There's no doubt that my Ravelry friendships have enriched my life, but they've also shaped the skills I have today.

If I hadn't ever met other knitters online, I'd probably only be finishing a couple of projects a year.  As it is, I'm cranking out 30+ things I can't wear in Texas.  Some of them are knit within a single movie, like these Dreiecke  hats.

Like Day 4: Speed  

They were among my speediest knits.  The green one is Andes Del Campo, a rustic feeling wool.  I knit it for my daughter's best friend, Becca, while watching a movie.  I was so delighted when Becca saw my post for the photo challenge on instagram and posted her own photo of Dreiecke being worn.  And it's beautiful!!

The brown one is my hat of choice for running on our few cold winter mornings.  It's knit in natural Alpaca from Red Comb Vintage.  They have two alpacas name Indy and Hayden that produce a bit of fiber each year and I happened to get some via Etsy.  I loved that the tag had a photo of the alpaca the yarn came from.  I would never have known about this yarn without the influence of online knitters.  I would still be using whatever yarn my nearest Joann store has in stock, which would only be a couple of brands.  Now, I'm not knocking cheap yarn.  I still get lots of wear out of Patons sweaters.  I even knit a sweater out of the pink Lion Brand Landscapes, below.  But finding a variety of colors there is difficult and a sweater's quantity is rare.

Day 10: Oldest stash

And sweaters were quickly my knit of choice.  Here's my first wearable one- the Big Sack sweater from Debbie Stoller's first Stitch n Bitch book.  (I think I knit a bolero first, but one of the arms was bigger than the other, so I never even wove in the ends.)  I still love this mohair blend from Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride.  I got it at Hill Country Weavers in Austin.  I'm sure you've read about them online.  But, back then, I only happened to find out about them from the index in the back of Debbie's book.  It was the only yarn store listed in Texas and, I think, the first one I ever went to.

Day 23: Throwback

A few years later I was ready for a more ambitious cabled project: Norah Gaughan's Beatnik, a Knitty classic that was big on Ravelry.  I loved it so much I knit another one, seamless to the arms, in Patons Classic Tweed.  I had an arsenal of blog posts chronicling a past Beatnik KAL to guide me through the process.  At this point my Blogroll was about a million strong.

Day 28: Favorite Knit

Instagram may be replacing knitting blogs now, but I mostly use it to kick through to blog.  I seem to learn about new sites and yarn sellers there daily.  I've have to curb my desire to support small business.  See how I did that?  My materialism is now noble and patriotic.

I really do like buying from individuals as often as I can.  But I'm always going to love a bargain and  this Lana Grossa Alta Moda Cashmere Fine is my newest one.  It's only a little cashmere, but I haven't used a blend like this before and so I'm antsy to cast on.

Day 26: Newest stash

It's a German yarn I ordered from England via LoveKnitting.com  and I don't think that would be happening without... you guessed it... the community.  (I'm making it sound ominous, like The Path or The Crucible.)

I've also tried new color combos.  Instagram has totally fueled my need to knit an Exploration Station this year or perish.  Below are most of the striping things I've knitted since the beginning.  I kind of love stripes, so learning brioche is a priority and, since Youtube tutorials and podcasts abound now, my learning process for this knitting technique should be a far cry from the "How to Crochet" pamphlet. 

Day 7: Stripes

Knitting podcasters are solely responsible for subliminally coercing me into knitting 12 pairs of socks in one year.  I would never have knit a sock otherwise and I'd probably be substituting long-tail cast on for every technique I hadn't heard of.

Without my knitting people, I wouldn't have tried knitted shorts or skirts, shawls, fingering weight knits, two-handed Fair Isle, or intarsia.  And if I had, for some reason tried intarsia, I wouldn't have known to steam press it for a polished finish.

Day 24: Favorite Tip

I probably would've branched out into crochet, but I'd never have thought to crochet a scrappy blanket.  Oh, and this blankie made me so very happy to crochet.  I had a little hand holding on instagram and Ravelry with the Christmas to Christmas Crochet-along.  Thanks to this group, I also got a few magic knot and edging ideas for in the future.

My crafty friends have made me a better crafter in every way, except one:

Day 27: Blocking

The thing is, we aren't just encouraging each other to try new yarns and patterns.  We're encouraging each other to just try something, for the sake of trying.




One of the biggest changes my online knitting friends have brought to my life is encouraging me to knit summer-weight tops.   Holla Knits started it, and the Tops, Tanks, and Tees KAL keeps it going.  It is the answer to my very large stack of pristine sweaters that I never get to wear.   This Reef Knot Tank is what I was wearing on the 22nd of February.  Nuts.


Most importantly, without the knitting community, I wouldn't laugh or smile as much.  I remember feeling kind of low one morning and then read one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me in an instagram comment.  It lifted my spirits so much.  That wouldn't have happened without you guys!    Thank you for making my life so rich.  And here's a random dog photo.

Day 25: Routine
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Yarn Love Challenge: Intros and Such

The Yarn Love Challenge on Instagram started this month, with intros.  I joined a few days late and threw a selfie up on instagram as Day 1 but didn't really introduce myself.  Eh, I don't know if I'll actually do that now either.

I had this super long post I wrote late one night and it read like something you ramble late at night.  So this is the abbreviated version:

 (yarn love challenge day1: intro)

I started blogging 8 years ago to have something to do in the evenings as my kids got older.  It was a natural progression from doing a Flickr 365 project and being on Ravelry too much.  Isn't that kind of how we all did it?  I used to post on different parts of my life.  I looked like a very "can do" kind of gal, but after ending my 365 projects and finding my family sick to death of photos, I focused mostly on knitting.

I also went through some personal health issues (nothing detrimental) and stressful times with older family members that left me with zero energy for all the many projects.  Side note: I'm feeling so much better.  So, it became a knitting blog, I guess.

(yarn love challenge day 15: family)

I turned 43 this year.  I find that hard to remember, since it seems like I was an angsty 19 yesterday.
I'm also the mother of a teenager and an adult.  I go along with the maturity charade, but they're perpetually 4 and 1 in my mind.  And in my dreams.  I cannot tell you how many of my dreams focus on my family at that period of time.  I guess it's because we were all here by then.  Those dreams often have to do with me trying to evacuate everyone from a natural disaster, tornados being the storm of choice, while kittens escape into the yard.  My dreams, I swear.  If I'm not trying to rescue kittens, I'm doing something as mundane as trying to find a matching shoe or remember a table's order at The Olive Garden, with the same sense of urgency.

I was born in Texas and am still here.  I don't mind that, because I need to be where I am right now, but I'd like to be in some wooded mountains one day.  We live in a very small, older home we're forever renovating, where we keep more pets than we should.

(yarn love challenge day 8: where I craft)

(yarn love challenge day 17: fiber friends)

 (yarn love challenge day 20: handmade home)

I am a Christian, which is a huge part of my life, but it doesn't often end up on this blog.  I guess it feels too important a thing to just throw out here in a rambly post.  Also I feel a responsibility to "represent."  I mean, I can try, but ultimately, I'm human and my flaws are going to shine through.

I have intense feelings about Jesus.  Maybe I hesitate to post more because I can't bear the thought of someone reading this and hearing, "Jesus!" shouted in my southern voice like a joke.  Also, the last few years have been intensely difficult for me and thinking about Him, and how He has loved me through it, gets me very emotional.  And I don't often want to feel all the feels in the evening, before bed, when I write here.  In short, He is my closest friend.  I believe all of that stuff in the Bible in a literal way.  I believe in miracles, in Him knowing my thoughts, in spiritual rebirth, and Heaven.

Some of my favorite things to do are have really good conversations, where everyone has space to contribute and my mind gets blown.  I also love listening to my records while I clean or cook, running with the sun on my back, trails, and making things with my hands.  Surprise.

I tend to collect, which is tricky in a little house- things like rocks, shells, kitchenware I don't need, magazines, knitting books (even though I swore I'd go digital with all my patterns), and old Avon perfume bottles.


(yarn love challenge day 16: happy color)

(yarn love challenge day 21: library)

Oh, yes, and yarn.

(yarn love challenge day 14: yarn love)

That's Spark Notes on me.  My stuff is on Ravelry, Kollabora, Flickr, and Instagram.

Please tell me something about yourself or, if you've blogged a similar post, please link to it in your comments!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I Think I'm a Crocheter

There was that baby Superman cape and there was that really cool Holla Knits scarf, where I did feel like I had a rhythm going by the time it was finished.  Those are my only real experiences with crochet.  It felt like I was fumbling my way through those projects, my stitches just happy accidents.


But now, I am finishing stripe after stripe on this baby blanket in a fluid, effortless way.  I think I am a crocheter.


I knew I wanted to start a granny stripe blanket out of sock yarn scraps, with Nicky's Christmas to Christmas Crochet-along.  But there was someone I really wanted to make a baby gift for and a worsted scrap blanket is a baby gift I know that I'd love to receive.  I like baby knits that aren't in the traditional baby pastels.  I also knew worsted weight yarn would crochet up fairly quickly.  I think I'm over a quarter of the way through today.  That's in four days of crocheting.  That's insane!!!


Um, yeah, I'll be knitting one with sock yarn too.  You know how on podcasts knitters will show you each individual square and say what yarn it is?  My husband squints like he's listening to nails on a chalkboard when they do this, and, if I'm honest, I usually tune it all out.

So you completely have that option.  Squint away or scroll on down past where I make note of the yarns I'm using for my own neurotic pleasure.


From the top where I'm working to the bottom:


WotA Tweed from my Bradway shawl,
Up in Yarns Murkwood from my Laura + Maddy Mitts,
Gynx Yarns Targhee dk in Goth Girl from Goldfinch,
Cascade purple from Everett Henley,
Patterns Classic Tweed in Aran from Blowing Snow,
Quince and Co Lark in Clay,
January Yarns Olivia for the Karite Hat,
Tosh Dk in Earl Grey (sigh) from my Zelda shawl,
Beautiful Red Sock Blue Sock yarn for a Prim hat,
Malabrigo in Paris Night from my Thing to Wear Cardigan,
Junkyarn dk Diana from my Dresden Beret,
Patons in Natural Mix from my Cherry Pie sweater,
Gynx Yarns in Spanish Roof (a favorite of mine) from my Petawawa Toque,
more lark,
more Gynx Targhee in Goth Girl,
Voolenvine Yarns non-superwash in Gashlycrumb from the Quadri hat,
Malabrigo in Plomo again,
and Patons Tweed in Aran again.

Okay, now I'll go back to being cool.  Because saying phrases like "scrappy baby granny stripe blanket" is too cool for school.

I think I feel more sentimental about these scraps than I would sock yarn, just because I've been knitting with worsted since the beginning and some of these are from older projects.  The wild thing is that they can all look good together in this blanket.  When I brought them to a Stripes class with Veera Välmäki, a few years ago, they looked like puke.

The email for the class said to bring scraps, so I really brought scraps- a bag full.  When the class began, I pulled out my somewhat tangled balls of workhorse yarns in chartreuse, light purple, brown, etc.  All the other participants pulled out gleaming cakes of Madelinetosh in coordinating colors.  Bunch of kiss ups.  No, they were really nice.  They all gave me encouraging and compassionate smiles as I spazzed out with my tangled brioche section.  I think I was the remedial knitting student.


For this blanket, I am keeping them in color groups of 3 or 4 stripes- blues, purples, reds, etc.  I am using a couple of new skeins of Quince and Co Lark in Clay for unifying stripes, every several stripes.  It will probably be the edging color too.   I want a hat in Clay.  Clay, Sedum, and Damson are all colors I want to work with.

I want this to be a travel project, and maybe it can since it's a baby knit.  Dana (a crochet blanket master) had the clever idea of making a big ball of scraps, already magic knotted, so it would be more portable.  I think I'll try that, too.  But I will have to unravel one row to see what length I need for a row's worth of one color, since I am changing color with every stripe.  As it is, I would have to bring a big bag of scraps with me.

(more on ravelry, kollabora, instagram, and flickr)

So, what are your scrappy projects?  If you don't have any, consider joining us in Clara Peggoty's Corner.  It's not a Ravelry supergroup, with a bazillion members, but that's refreshing.  I like being part of a group that's not so overwhelming that members can't keep up with each other.  We're also on Instagram as #ChristmastoChristmasCAL