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CSY Goodness

I caught up with Lorajean of Knitted Wit this week. The last time I saw her, we were in a mad dash to get our Rose City Yarn Crawl project done for the prize baskets. (Don’t forget to get your free copy of my Daffy Taffy Twists pattern!) After we got that done, I went to Hawaii and she went to TNNA. We’re both back now, so I took the opportunity to catch up with her, and I also picked up *two* months worth of CSY:Fingering Edition yarn. Here’s the January skein:

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This variegated makes me think of chocolate and berries. I’ll be looking for a stellar stitch pattern that does it justice. The yarn is Corriedale Socked, 75% super wash Corriedale and 25% nylon, 4 ounces/445 yards. Corriedale is a new breed fiber for me; I’m looking forward to knitting with it. Not sure it will be socks, although the yarn feels like it would make a sturdy but soft and long lasting pair.

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This blue-green is Cashy Light, a 80/10/10 blend of superwash merino, cashmere,and nylon. It has tons of yardage, 496 yards in 4 ounces. I think it would make a generous one skein shawl. The color reminds me of the ocean, way out in the depths.

I have a lot of knitting lined up for this weekend. I need to finish a design, start a new one, and I still want to knit myself a sweater. Remember that January was supposed to be selfish knitting month? I never got it done, too much work knitting. But last week I bought some clearance yarn at Twisted, worsted in pinot noir, enough for a sweater. I’m thinking it will be Veera Välimäki’s Honey Cardigan. Click the link and tell me what you think! I like that the neckline is less relaxed than on the Tea Leaves Cardigan. I want something top-down so I don’t have to commit to the length until the bitter end. And I decided that I didn’t want the big borders on Serra or Rocky Coast right now.

What are you going to knit this weekend?

Support your local indie dyer

Remember last year, when I joined Knitted Wit’s Community Supported Yarn club? I received five unique yarns, and helped enable Lorajean to play with new fibers and dyeing techniques. I grew my tiny stash, and she grew her business. And now she’s doing it again! Five skeins of yarn over five months, beginning in September. Signups are going on now.

Let’s review what I got last year:

A beautiful raspberry pink Rambouillet single, which I used for my Zen Rain knitalong.

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It was perfect! I wore this a lot last winter with a grey sweater dress. So cute! LJ is now dyeing a Rambouillet 2 ply on a regular basis.

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This sea green Silky ‘n’ Single worsted weight is cool and serene.

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I haven’t decided what it wants to be yet, but I take it out and admire it on a regular basis. LJ now has a plied version of this in her lineup, Silky ‘n’ Plied.

I also received this apple green merino/cashmere/nylon blend, fingering weight.

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It’s on the needles as a shawl design project, waiting for me to come back to it. I love how it knits up. (The reason I’m a monogamous knitter is that I tend to go on to the next thing and not come back, so it’s better if I just finish before moving on. But this one is calling my name loudly enough that I WILL go back to it.) I can’t show you a picture, because it’s a secret!

Some sparkly Bling in Huckleberry, which was almost a finished sock, but I, um, got distracted! Now that I look at it, I think I actually want to finish these. I’m not loving the fit of this heel variation (gusset decreases under the heel instead of along the sides) so I’m going to rip back and go back to my standard heel.

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And my favorite yarn of all: DK weight Polwarth/silk. It was a fabulous orchid color, but I traded it back to her for Beaujolais, and knit my OXO mitts with it.

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I also had a chance to design my Pointer Mitts and Hats with it for the {Among Friends} club.

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This is one of my all-time favorite yarns to knit with, and it all started with Knitted Wit’s chance to experiment with this yarn base through her community supported yarn program. It’s a big win for all of us. Being part of a CSY is extra thrilling, because you never know what you’re going to get. Beautiful yarn just shows up on your doorstep. Unlike vegetables, it doesn’t go bad before you can use it. That’s good news for me!

I wonder what this year’s CSY will bring?

TNNA bound!

I’ve made a last minute decision to go to the TNNA show in Columbus. TNNA is the National Needlearts Association, and this is the their big summer trade show. Why go? I have two designs featured in Sample It, the shopping feeding frenzy for LYS owners the evening before the show opens. Yay, me!

Knitted Wit (Lorajean Kelley) is featuring my Thrumbelina Thrummed Slipper pattern in a kit with her worsted yarn and roving. This would be a great project for a class. I know; I’ve taught it a few times!

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And Sincere Sheep (Brooke Sinnes) is featuring my Pointer Mitts and Hats pattern with her DK weight Luminous yarn. (These pictures are not the kit yarns, which I haven’t seen yet…)

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I said to LJ, “I want to go!” And she said, “Come along!” How could I not? I’m really lucky to be working with such wonderful talented independent dyers, and to have a chance to go to the summer show. I’ll show you all the fun as we go.

I made another last minute decision on Saturday. I bought an iPad! My very slow laptop is making me crazy, and I’ve been coveting DH’s iPad. I bought my iPad to have an easy way to have a portfolio of my work with me, and also to blog from. I bought a little Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard/cover for it, and it’s pretty comfortable to type on. Most of this post is being typed on it. The only issue I’m having with this post is that I haven’t figured out the best/easiest way to insert pictures yet.

In other news, my Raspberry Vodka Lemonade is moving right along. It will be take-along knitting; I don’t think it will be done by Thursday. Too many things to get done before I leave!

Oh, the joy…

of a new project on the needles! I’ve felt overwhelmed by choices lately; those empty needles saying, “Pick me! Pick me!” How to decide what to cast on? I really need something fairly mindless as take-along knitting, but the siren song of a new design project is calling more loudly than anything else. So here’s the yarn…

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I love the grayed green that plays so nicely with the rose. Luscious!

How about you? Do you need a new project? Something for Mom, perhaps? Lorajean (Knitted Wit) has some really cute pedicure sock kits in her Etsy shop, Falkland sport yarn and pattern and nail polish, lots of different colors to choose from. There’s still time to knit them, or just give your knitting mom the kit!

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Not into pedi socks? There’s enough yarn to make regular socks instead, if that’s your way. The best part is that it’s my pattern, ZigZag Lace Pedi (or not!) Socks. They look like this:

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Here are a crop of Falkland sport socks, including (l to r) Seafoam Sock, ZigZag Lace Pedi Sock, Entrelac Sock.

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Come cast on with me! What will your new project be?

Pointer!

The first {Among Friends} club shipment has gone out, and now I can show you what I’ve been working on. If you’re waiting for your shipment and don’t want to see, come back later.

This is Pointer, a fingerless mitts and hat set worked in DK weight yarn.

The design began with the mitts. I knew I wanted to use this sweet loop stitch that I learned in Gayle Roehm’s “Designing with Japanese Stitch Dictionaries” class at Sock Summit. But straightforward columns of loop stitch would be boring, so I graduated the columns to echo the fingers on a pointing hand. I tried a couple different thumb treatments, and this is the one I liked best.

I still had a lot of yarn left after the mitts were done, so I decided to add a hat. I’ve been eyeing berets for a while; it seems like they’re more wearable than other hat styles for me. I don’t like to hide all my hair; it makes me look like an egg! Berets solve this problem by sitting back a bit.

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Isn’t it amazing what a good blocking will do? Here are two berets, one before and one after blocking.

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For those of you who like a more traditional hat, that option is here, too. I love the loop stitch, so I featured it on the hat band as well as the body of the hat.

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I’m really pleased with this pattern, and pleased to be the designer for the launching of the {Among Friends} Yarn and Fiber Club. This club is the collaboration project of Lorajean Kelley (Knitted Wit) and Brooke Sinnes (Sincere Sheep). You can find more information on the pattern on the Pointer Mitts and Hats pattern page. Thank you to my friend Bobbi for modeling!

In the excitement of the launch, I forgot that I had signed up for the club, too. My package came yesterday. Brooke is the dyer for the first club shipment. Her DK weight yarn, Luminous, is 85% Polwarth Wool, 15% Tussah Silk. The color this month is Damson Plum, and it is luscious.

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Because I signed up early for the club, there was a special treat included. These stitch markers are lovely!

And clearly, I already have the pattern for this month. I’m currently finishing a pair of mitts in Orchid to match the beanie hat. I have my Azulite and Beaujolais beret and mitts sets in Lorajean’s DK already (same yarn base). What should I knit with Brooke’s yarn? I’m not sure I need another set, but I do love knitting with this yarn base!

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Sorry for the radio silence; I’ve been knitting! I just finished a little something.

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This is Sakura, a cowl and wristlet set. It was inspired by the lovely yarns that Lorajean (Knitted Wit) dyed as a fundraiser for Japan earthquake relief. When I saw the luminous Silky n Single (60/40 wool/silk single ply worsted weight), I knew just what it should be. It took a few tries to get it right, though.

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Knitting with this yarn is like knitting with a cloud. It’s light, and airy, and sturdy and delicate at the same time. Sturdy to knit with, but it doesn’t particularly like being frogged! So I’ve done all the experimenting with it so you don’t have to. You can knit this set with other worsted weight yarns, but it’s so pretty in this pink, and if you buy this particular yarn from Knitted Wit, $10 from the skein goes to Mercy Corps.

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Pattern will be up next week, I think. I’m sending a few copies with Lorajean to the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival today, along with the sample cowl and wristlets, but I’m waiting for the gorgeous weeping cherry at the school across the street to bloom so I can use it as a backdrop for better photos. We’ll see if the weather cooperates, and if they chase me off the lawn. Crazy knitting lady is out there draping hand-knits in the trees, and taking pictures!

Collaborating with Lorajean is fun, and a pleasure. I have another knit to show you soon…

Rain, and community supported yarn

I forgot to show you; these are the buttons I bought for the Heather Hoodie cardigan.

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I think they’re called Steampunk. I scooped five of them up at Twisted on my way out of town before Crafty Mom weekend, and hoped they would work. They are a perfect fit.

Still haven’t blocked the hoodie. The thought of 2+ pounds of wet wool isn’t exciting me right now, and I’d have to wait for it to dry. It’s been raining and blowing like crazy here, yuck. But I do have new rain gear. I bought these at the local high school auction on Saturday. I saw them when I was helping set up on Friday, and I knew they had to be mine.

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Perfect for this week! A big thank you to The Arrangement (my go-to shop for gifts) for donating these lovelies to the Grant High School auction.

And here are the shoes I didn’t buy. NBA Portland Trail Blazer Greg Oden’s signed size 19’s (at least), next to my 6.5. Yikes.

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Here’s my yarny spotlight of the day:

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My friend Lorajean (Knitted Wit) has a cool idea. You’ve heard of CSA farms, where you buy a share and then get produce all through the growing season? She’s proposing CSY/F: Community Supported Yarn/Fiber. If you buy a share, you’ll get 5 deliveries of either hand-dyed yarn or hand-dyed fiber (your choice), at a discount. This is a way for her to get capital to invest in new yarns and fibers to dye for her customers. Her products are gorgeous! You can read more about it here. For me, this works better than CSA produce, because my yarn won’t go bad before I get to it. I’m in!

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Lorajean (Knitted Wit) is expecting her second baby in June. The knit nite group wants to knit a blankie for Bubba-to-be. Our first group project was a blanket for Little e, two years ago. I learned some valuable lessons about group projects and gauge back then!

We were stymied when it came to color, though. We asked Lorajean for input, and she said that she’d love to dye the yarn.

I love these.

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There’s one more color, but it’s already in Cathy’s capable hands. It’s like the limeade green in the picture, but darker, and semi-solid.

We’re planning to knit garter stripes like the blanket at the end of this Yarn Harlot post. It’s quick (bulky yarn, 14 sts), easy, and gauge will not be an issue. We’ll have two stripes of each of seven colors. Yarn gets distributed at knit nite tomorrow. Perfect! And you can see that I’ve already started…

I’ve got the blues…

And I love them! Blue is my favorite color. I’m still plugging away on the blue Ishbel and the blue Ruffle Tank. And now I’ve won some beautiful blue yarn from Lorajean at Knitted Wit.

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It’s 400 yards of fingering weight sock yarn, colorway Blue Sky. Lorajean noted that I don’t knit socks, but that’s not completely true. What’s true is that I don’t knit socks with fingering weight yarn! Someday I may. But wouldn’t this blue make a gorgeous scarf or shawl?

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I also harvested the first of the blueberries on Sunday when I got home from Carmel. I made blueberry cobbler, and we had it with vanilla ice cream for Father’s Day dessert. It was delicious! While I was picking the berries, I noticed a blue jay on the corner of my roof, with a big fat blueberry in his beak. I think there’s enough for all of us, but that was pretty cheeky of him!