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Slow progress

I was home with a sick kiddo a couple of days last week. There was a lot of chicken soup and children’s TV and laundry and Tylenol…

part of a seawater draped on a chair

And a fair amount of knitting! This is my stripy cardi, which I started last August. I made good progress for a month or so, then got distracted.

part of a seawater draped on a chair

But now I’ve almost finished the body! I’m through the stockinette and the contrast stripe now. I just need to knit the hood, sleeves, and edging.

In my head I’m calling this my spring sweater. Will it be done for spring? I’m uncertain. But I also still have 12″ of snow in my backyard, so it’s not impossible!

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New FO!

I finished my Brighde mitts back in February before my brother’s wedding, took photos, then abandoned them on my camera (poor neglected electrons.)

two blue mitts with cables

But finally here they are! I really enjoyed this pattern. My only change was to removed a couple repeats of the ribbing because my gauge didn’t quite match the pattern.

close up shot of mitt thumb

I love the way the braid divides to go around the thumb gusset.

The yarn I used is Green Mountain Spinnery’s Lana which I love for it’s softness and durability. I get so little knitting time I’m becoming very picky about both my yarn and pattern and these were perfect!

Zweigelt

Here’s something I haven’t done in a loooong while! It’s a new design! These fingerless mitts are called Zweigelt after a wine variety of grape (and because I didn’t have ANY patterns with a “Z” name yet!) As always the design is available through Ravelry.

Zweigelt preview

These are fairly simple mitts. Undulating cables sprout from the ribbed cuff, decorating a cozy pair of winter weight mitts. They’re knit simply from wrist to fingers and they work up quickly in aran weight yarn to and keep the focus on the rhythmic cables.

woman drinking coffee wearing fingerless mitts

The yarn is the incomparable Merino Aran from Periwinkle Sheep. This colorway is called “Any Port in a Storm” (see the wine reference?) but you really can’t go wrong with any of Karin’s colors. They’re all simply amazing! This yarn is wonderfully soft, as you’d expect from merino. But I will add that I’ve been wearing these mitts regularly (ahem, for 2.5 years) and they aren’t pilled. No pilling at all with a 100% merino is amazing!

two fingerless mitts

So yeah, like I just said, these mitts have been finished for a looong time. Luckily I had the forethought to photograph them when they were new. Because it’s taken me quite a while to get the pattern written and laid out. I actually have a lot of designs that were photographed 2+ years ago. Hopefully I’ll get a couple more of them released this year!

woman looking thoughtfully at coffee mug wearing fingerless mitts

If you’ve been paying any attention at this blog you’ll notice a couple things about these photos. My hair isn’t that long any more, it’s also not exactly that color. And I have new glasses. If you follow the Ravelry link at the top you’ll notice another thing has changed: my name. I’m living, and designing as, Becky Wilkins now. It’s the culmination of a different long process, one which certainly had an impact on my ability to design. I’ve been a single mom for over a year already, so this divorce is just putting on paper the truth that I’ve already been living.

Finally finished!

My moonflower rug is finally finished! I love how squishy it is (as do my cats.) I love the colors and the feel of it makes me smile when I get out of bed in the morning. Which is helpful because getting out of bed is NOT my favorite part of my day.

felted wool bedside rug

It’s not perfect. The second two flowers are much more warped than the first two. I think if my first had come out that lumpy I’d have figured out something was wrong and I needed to be knitting 6 petals, not 5. But there’s no frogging a felted project, and also I won’t be trying again because this put a serious dent in my colorful fiber collection (which was part of the goal.)

felted wool bedside rug

So I have a slightly uneven bedside rug. Life goes on, but now with warmer feet! And maybe after a year of my cats sleeping on it some of the wrinkles will be smoothed out.

(And yes, I should have gotten out the good camera for this FO photo shoot. But when I can’t even get daylight photos I start to get lazy…)

Another WIP

I have big plans for fingerless mitts this winter. As in, I’m hoping to knit 4 or 5 sets… This mitt was my slow project from the GAL last month.

fingerless mitt with cable around thumb

The pattern is Brighde, by Liz Corke. I love the cable that wraps around the thumb. There’s another one that runs up the hand.

fingerless mitt with cable along back

The yarn is sock art lana from Green Mountain Spinnery.

Now the question is: can I bring myself to knit a second one?

More hats

When I finally finished my g’night cap I took those photos with my big fancy camera. As I uploaded them I made a promise to myself that I’d do all my FO photos with that camera, because they’re just so good.

But then I finished a winter bonnet for Willow. And she barely holds still long enough for cell phone snaps.

baby in red bonnet stares left

After that I whipped out a quickie hat in super soft leftovers for a friend. My friend is going through chemo and has no winter hat. That couldn’t be allowed:

woman in colorful hat looking down

I was in a rush to get it into the mail, so I only got cell phone snaps of this one too.

Some promises are too hard to keep.

Cast Iron, Cast On

Over the weekend I re-released my book! Cast Iron, Cast On was originally published through Cooperative Press. But in 2017 the rights reverted back to Calley and myself, and the book went out of print.

book cover with woman carrying basket of apples

My plan was to make it available again ASAP. But of course life has other ideas. My computer died. And while CP had sent us all the layout files I had no way to edit them without a full computer. And getting the replacement took a back seat to having a baby and dealing with a whole lot of life changes. I finally got my new computer last spring (with the help of a good friend and a pattern sale) and then I needed to find the time to update the layout.

layout in progress

I needed to change the body font, and that meant I needed to put my eyes on every page, check the text box cutoffs, the white space, the overlaps. Everything. It was a much bigger project than I expected. Since I was in there checking the pattern page by page I also updated all errata and other known mistakes. But finally it is done!

You can purchase the whole book as a PDF on Ravelry (link and button above).

An equally exciting second announcement is that the individual knitting patterns are now available as well! If you just want one design you can purchase that through its Ravelry page.

Please be aware that these PDFs are created straight from the book. The most noticeable result will be the page numbers (each single PDF still has the footer information from the full book). Each single PDF stands alone and will contain all directions, photos, charts, keys, and abbreviations you’ll need. It will not include any of the corresponding recipes.

I hope you enjoy these, there’s been a lot going on behind the scenes to get them released!

Rhinebeck

I managed to get myself to the NY Sheep and Wool festival this year – and it was pretty munch perfect.

Nana took the girls so I could have a restorative, grown up, weekend with fiber people. (if by “grown up” you understand that I ate pizza for dinner two nights in a row, pop tarts for breakfast two mornings in a row, and I was a role model for NO ONE.)

The sheep (and goats, and llamas, and alpacas) were adorable.

(that’s an angora goat, they grow mohair fiber. But I’m pretty sure it’s actually a Muppet come to life)

The fleece fumes were so powerful that I picked up a turkish spindle and some fiber, even though fiber was the ONE THING I wasn’t supposed to buy last weekend)

I regret nothing.

There was also an unexpected sweater quantity of yarn. (also an unplanned purchase)

And its enough for a colorwork sweater, no less.

But I didn’t get one of these:

No thanks, I don’t need to ask. I’m pretty sure this sign tells me everything I need to know.

I did drop my new spindle, twice, and from fairly high up in the train station:

Luckily it’s made of wood.

Rhinebeck is full of amazing knitterly people; old friends, and friends I just haven’t met yet. So thank you all for just being you.

(and no, I didn’t finish my Rhinebeck hat in time)

Autumn leaves

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a UFO?!? No! Wait! It’s an actual FO!

This is my second Morning Walk vest, this time knit in vibrant red! If you can remember back two years I cast on as part of the knit along for this pattern back in October 2016 (according to Ravelry)

The problem was that I tried to add length. I knit the green sample out of one skein with a little yarn left over. But apparently not enough to add length below and above the button hole.

So I knit up into the yoke, ran out of yarn, and frogged back to the underarms to remove the extra above the button hole. Ran out of yarn again, and frogged back to below the button hole to remove all the extra length.

Then I ran out of yarn AGAIN when I was working the seed stitch at the top of the yoke. I shouldn’t have, but either my gauge, or the skein, or both were off slightly. These things happen.

I frogged back one last time, worked less of the leaf lace in the yoke and no short rows. This vest has a completely different neckline from the first. But it worked!

Then it sat for a couple months. Then I wove in ends and blocked it. Then is sat for a couple MORE months. Then I finally added the button.

Given how many times I had to frog, it’s a miracle the thing ever got finished at all…

Knit camp

Vermont’s longest running* fiber-related camping event happened once again this year! The forecast called for rain, but we were prepared.

And with all that Saturday was dry! I have to admit I don’t know about Friday or Sunday as I was a day camper this year. I decided against trying to fit myself, the girls, and everything you need to go camping with a one year old into my little red LEAF. The car is surprisingly roomy. But maybe not quite that big.

The girls and I arrived mid morning and stayed through suppertime. I love slow cooking ham and bean meals, and nothing is classic like doing them in the dutch oven by the fire (even if the cast iron plus a touch of ash makes the a little blackened.)

And I started my stripy shawl hoodie cardi! So far, so good…

*this claim is completely made up. But may in fact still be true.