Monthly Archives: August 2016

Late summer

The corn in the field on my way to work is tall. So are the weeds. Everything looks green. You can smell the green as you walk. But the browns are there too.

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Plants going from bloom to seed. Leaves curling under. Squirrels collecting acorns. Wait. Acorns on the ground, that’s new.

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Burdock, aster, jewelweed, perrenial sunflower. I am learning the plants around me again. Like meeting old friends in a new location. We, plants and humans, are preparing for fall. It’s coming. And I can’t wait to get some more knitting time too.

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Designs in progress

I have some designs in progress and I think they’re finally going to see daylight!

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(Morning Walk – coming very soon)

I’ve mentioned a lot how busy life has been. That’s finally starting to slow down. There was a moving truck involved. Things are definitely looking up in the commuting department. I haven’t had much time for knitting, or design work. But that’s finally starting to change.

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(Multiflorous socks)

The things I have knit this year have been of my own imagining. And now I’m starting to revisit them. Write them up. Check my notes, my photos, dig out my samples.

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(unnamed bunny hat)

Fall is coming. And new patterns will be here soon too! Watch this space!

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(unnamed wine mitts)

All these items are potential new designs. Anything you’d especially love to see a pattern for? Consider signing up for my newsletter if you never want to miss a release!

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(there’s a whole sweater dress like this)

Fall Sweater Challenge

This post was supposed to go up hours ago. But Windsor is home sick which means no breaks for mama.

But I wanted to tell you about the Fall Sweater Challenge today because the first of many cool give aways is happening!

What is the fall sweater challenge? It’s a laid-back knit along started by Buffalo Wool Co. They’ve gotten some pretty awesome yarn folks to sponsor and we designers are stepping in with patterns too.

Today there’s a manic Monday give away featuring a sweaters’ worth of yarn from Bay Haven Short Tails! Follow the link to see how to enter!

And please join us on Facebook or Ravelry. I’m joining in with a WIP pullover. And I’ll be back with details on the KAL for a new design too!

Wine mitts

Here’s a project that has been languishing for months. I picked up this gorgeous skein or aran weight merino from Periwinkle Sheep at Rhinebeck last fall.

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I cast on for the mitts in late winter, and was probably done knitting them by March.

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So why, oh why, did I wait until August to weave in the ends?!? Who knows. But they’re done, finally. I squeezed in some photos yesterday afternoon while the light was good.

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Two mitts, long and cozy, with slightly offset cables. I love these little cables, the bigger twists are offset by little tight twists. The hands are designed long with twisted rib cuffs that can be folded back or up over the base of my fingers.

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I used almost the full skein of yarn. Fingerless mitts are my perfect one skein project.

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Rainy Knit Camp

We’ve been going to Knit Camp for years and years, and this weekend was the first time it was just off and on rainy all weekend (emphasis on the “on”)

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Everyone there was the sort of camper who knew how to adapt. And we had a good time, even when the rain was coming down hard enough that the people sitting at the edges of the tents got wet.

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It is slightly easier to camp in the rain when all your stuff is staying cozy. Maybe not quite dry (it was more than a little humid this weekend) but no puddles in the clean laundry is worth a lot!

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The fire sputtered, but only went out once – and that was after dinner. Hiking and canoeing happened between the showers. And I got some real knitting time!

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July

July was pretty crazy. But in a mostly fun sort of way.

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There was a little poking in tide pools. A lot of hiking.

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Plenty of seafood and salty air.

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More rocks.

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Lots of camping. Light houses.

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And family time.

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We weren’t on vacation the entire month. But trying to pick up all the pieces sure makes it feel that way…