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A cavalcade of FOs

This past weekend was Crafty Mom weekend at the beach. This was the 10th year for some of us, and it was highly productive for me.

I finished my Heather Hoodie. It’s not blocked yet, but I love it already. It’s big, squishy and warm. And it weighs a ton. It has 9.5 skeins of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky, which means 950 grams, or 33.25 ounces, or nearly two pounds…

hoodie back

…but it doesn’t feel that heavy when I put it on. Working on the button bands was making my hands tired, with all the hood and front stitches crammed on a 26 inch needle.

hoodie

I started the button band with a full skein of yarn, and this is all I had left when the bands (including around the hood) were done.

ribbing remnant

This sweater was supposed to be a vest, but I wanted sleeves. I changed the straight armholes for a modified drop shoulder, indenting about 2 inches at the underarm. After seaming the shoulders, I picked up stitches at the sleeve cap for no-sew set-in sleeves and knit them flat to the wrist. I’m happy with the result.

What else did I work on? I finished my Athena with my leftover Chroma Worsted. I think this one is for me…finally!

chromathena fo

I finished a cowl in Dream in Color Classy, the color is Deep Sea Flower. I can’t really show it to you yet; I was re-knitting a new design that’s going…somewhere.

blue DIC

I took pictures of an FO in this pretty Pico Accuardi Dyeworks Worsted; the color is Rodgie’s Midnight Dancing. I can’t show you the FO of that, either, but here’s the wrong side so you can admire the yarn.

ws rocky

And I started a new project for Sock Summit, but there’s no picture yet. Mostly I was just trying to get it started. I’m using Knitted Wit‘s Bling yarn, the bluer one on the left.

bling2

But enough about me. Carole made a necklace that everyone wanted, so she made a bunch!

tiles

And of course the view was spectacular. I woke up on Saturday morning, and where the sun had set the night before, there was a pink orb over the horizon. It was a perfect moon set.

moonset gull

moonset saturday

Twin Rocks was pretty as always. They remind me of a sea serpent.

twinrocks

Although it’s trying to be spring here, there was snow on the hills, and it’s snowing tonight, too.

snowgulls

I could watch the sea and the sky forever. Always changing, but constantly lovely.

halo

How was your weekend?

Athena, redux

I’m scheduled to teach a class on my Athena entrelac neck warmer next Wednesday evening at Twisted. I designed this cowl as a Christmas gift for my friend Carole in 2008.

The original was knit with Crystal Palace Taos, a lofty worsted weight wool with a very gradual color shift. Perfect for entrelac! And it’s like wearing a cloud. Twisted isn’t going to be carrying Taos any more (although it still exists out there), so I knit up a shop sample in Crystal Palace Mochi Plus, an aran weight 80/20 merino/nylon blend.

Mochi Plus also has a very gradual color shift. It’s a single ply yarn. It feels different than the Taos in that it denser and heavier. It’s also very soft. And it knits up gorgeously in entrelac, too.

If you’re local and interested in the class, contact Twisted to register!

Another cool thing going on at Twisted? The new Socks are for Suckers Club. This club will feature patterns for shawlettes, scarves and cowls made from sock yarn. It pairs an indie dyer with a Pacific Northwest designer six times over the course of a year, beginning in March next year. Perfect! I love sock yarns, but don’t knit socks with fingering weight yarn because I have to go down to size zero needles to get gauge, and that doesn’t make me happy. I’ll be interested to see what fun things come out of this club.

New on the needles…classy knitting

Or class knitting, at least.

mochi 1

I’ll be teaching entrelac in the round at Twisted using my Athena pattern in November. I’m knitting a new shop sample because Twisted won’t be carrying Crystal Palace Taos, the original yarn I used when designing Athena. The new sample is in Crystal Palace Mochi Plus, and it’s really lovely.

mochi 2

The colors are very rich. The yarn is 80% merino wool, 20% nylon, single spun. It has long color runs with gradual color changes, which is great for entrelac. It doesn’t have areas of two color tweediness the way the Taos does. It’s a great substitute. And it’s sooooo soft.

cp mochi

There was one odd section where two colors were joined; you can see it at the top of the ball. The yarn was pretty thick and unspun there (like a bad spinning join). I tried thinning it out, giving it more twist and knitting it in, but it was still distorting my knitting, so I decided to omit this bit of yarn. But I like the yarn well enough to forgive it this little indiscretion. It’s going to be lovely.

The class is on November 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Your Athena won't be done by the end of the evening, but you'll know everything you need to know to finish!

To register for this class, contact Twisted.

Last of the last of the last minute!

Lorajean thinks she’s last of the last minute, but I’m posting after her…

I’m teaching at a fiber fun day at Pico Accuardi Dyeworks here in Portland tomorrow. There will be classes in spinning, plying, dyeing, and knitting, as well as some shopping opportunities (Lantern Moon, Knitted Wit, Pico Accuardi, of course!).

I’m teaching entrelac in the round, specifically Athena.

athena 4

And hoping to take a drop spindle class with Deb.

Deets on the day are here.