Rainy Morning Projects and Coffee

I have been putting off some things for a bit while I work on hats and more exciting projects. Two of which are pictured below – The mesh scarf, and the Not a Noro Scarf. I tried to not start another project until I got those two done . . . but I gave in to the urge this last weekend. I was looking for a shawl for the 4 skeins of Juniper Moonfarm Moonshine in deep purple I had originally bought with the All shawl by Doris Chan in mind. However, I have already made that shawl a couple times using different yarns and I am a bit tired of it. When I stumbled upon Evelyn, I was sold. Granted, I will need a couple more skeins, but I have enough to tide me over until after Yarn Scout’s spring break. ūüôā

Clockwise starting in the upper left – Mesh Scarf, Not a Noro Scarf, Evelyn Shawl.

This morning is a perfect morning for knitting – overcast, raining, and a bit nippy. It is also a perfect morning for trying new a new coffee. I picked up come huckleberry coffee a while back, but forgot about it in my freezer (sacrilege, I know). After unearthing it this morning, I ground some up and put it through my stove top espresso kettle thing – a little bit of cream and honey later, deliciousness. Highly recommended.

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Morning Musings . . .

I went to the Thursday open knit night at Yarn Scout for the first time last night, and it was nice being able to knit with other women, and ask questions. Or, at least have the option to ask questions. We talked about doing a KAL that Kristine Campbell is putting out towards the end of the month, or maybe it is the beginning of December. From what I gathered, it would be a KAL where you would have the pattern before hand, knitting only 4 rows of pattern a day. However, you would receive an email every day on something you can do about peace in your life. I want to do this.

Another thing I want to do is give my Not A Noro scarf another try. I was inspired by the post over at¬†Brooklyn Tweed¬†to make a Noro scarf, only I couldn’t find any Noro I really wanted to use at the time, but I had a couple skeins of Painted Sky ready in my stash. I ended up frogging the whole thing due to curling. IF I had read the post more closely, I do not think I would have had the same issue, as they used a 1×1 ribbing that LOOKS like Stockinette, and I used Stockinette, thus curling.

So, here is to hopefully learning form one’s mistakes and giving it another go.

Chickadee Cowl in Araucania Mataquito

So, my sister-in-law reminded me last week of this yarn my husband bought me on a trip to Great Falls earlier this year. This is only significant because my husband actually bought the yarn, ergo he was in the store when my total was rung up for once. It wasn’t the most expense yarn in my stash, but it was awfully close, and to say he was shocked doesn’t exactly do it justice. Ahem, so . . .. I have finally decided what I am going to do with it.

I found this pattern on Ravelry, however, at the time, I had difficulties figuring out her directions. Here is a video on YouTube on how to do the Linen Stitch, though ignore the bit about how to do it when you are purling as in the pattern I linked, you do not purl.

I started this pattern with the recommended gauge for the yarn – 6.5mm, but that ended up being an extraordinarily tight weave and a little tight around as well. 24 inches fits over my head, but only just barely. Actually, I had to go and get needles for this as all I had were 8mm in 32 inch circular, and I did not want quite that large. However, since I could not wait until my favorite yarn shop was open, I settled for Micheal’s 29 inch ¬†9mm circular. Not EXACTLY what I was looking for, but, oh well.

Obligatory yarn therapy and coffee picture. I WAS at

a coffee shop after all. ;P

A closer look at the cowl, note I am still early in progress.

5 Days, 5 Mini Shawls – Day 1

{football spike my knitting needles} At least, that is how I feel. I learned a couple new things today – how to Garter cast on, and how to place and use stitch markers. Though you are only supposed to knit for 30 minutes, it took me about 45 to learn the cast on method properly . . . and find my stitch markers. I never did find my bloody markers, so I ended up raiding my jewelry making supplies and found some round bits of appropriate size. Ish. Then realized that they were too big, so changed them out for the smaller ones I already grabbed. Just in case. Quite frankly, after I FINALLY got going, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I memorized the pattern after a couple rows. Though I am not completely convinced that I cast on correctly, (as my mini shawl is a bit more rounded at the bottom rather than pointed), but it turned out alright. I can see me making this again, quite possible for a gift too.

The smaller ones near the end I actually liked better.

Gratuitous Rose Goblin Picture. She flopped onto my lap

for cuddles and attention in the middle of the project.

Of course.

I used Carron Simply Soft and 5mm bamboo needles.

End project, blocked.

Not a Noro Scarf

I have been inspired by The Noro Scarf I have been seeing around the blogosphere, however, I do not feel like using Noro. Instead, I decided to use Painted Sky Рanother nice multicolored yarn. I think I have Steel Blue and Green.

Tea this afternoon is Half and Half – an Arnold Palmer thing – while I

wind one skein, and frog and then wind the other.

Gratuitous Rose Goblin picture – cuddling with the Green ball.

Listening to a podcast while enjoying the sun, and knitting, of course.

The project so far. I really like how it looks mildly oceanic, the green and slightly teal strips

going on. You can almost see it changing colors up top to purple and tan.

Almost.

Works in Progress, and Better Sock Experiments

Current sock experiment. I am using this pattern, and am having a lot of success with it. So far.I think I may just need to do cuff down (what I’m doing now) instead of toe up like the last great sock experiment.

After frogging this cowl-to-be a few times, I finally settled on a pattern. This is the first pattern I bought via Ravelry – Imprint of Autumn Scarf. Once you get the counting your stitches down, and using a chainless starting double crochet, you’re good to go.

Pattern I found at Yarn Scout – after it is blocked, you will see more of a lace pattern. Simple, but pretty. This will be for a friend.

Another simple but pretty pattern, another scarf I am making for a friend. This one I can actually post! All you do is cast on a multiple of 4. plus 2. Knit two. Knit one using the back of the loop, purl one. repeat until last two stitches, knit 2. Turn, repeat.