Signs of “Fall”


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Most of you know by now that I live in California, which for us here fall is weather that is below 68 degrees.  It’s been ranging lately between 42 to 72 degrees, however it doesn’t feel like the high of 72.  Everyone here freaks out when there are clouds, rain (AKA. water from the sky), weather cooler then 68 degrees, or some trees changing colors.  They start bundling up in scarves, hats, winter coats, boots, you name it they’re wearing it.  For me I don’t do the bundle up, because I’m honorary Canadian, as I was told from one of my Canadian Knitting friends.  I am not completely impervious to cold weather, but I don’t feel cold like most. Which means I don’t get to wear my knits as much as I would like to, but I did pull something out of the archives earlier.


I wore for a little bit the Caldwell vest that I knit a few years ago knit out of Madelinetosh DK in Ink and Composition Book Grey.  It’s just enough to keep my torso warm, which is perfect.  I remembered that I had yarn to make another vest but I hadn’t really acted on it.  The yarn was in my stash for about 2-3 years, with this pattern in mind.  I lost all notes I had about the gauge swatch that I made, or so I thought.  My cleverness was at least still there at that time, because I put the number of knots on one of the ends to be the same as the needle size.  So I had 8 small knots, which meant I used a size 8 needle.  By the way, I recommend doing this because it will help later down the line, as it helped me, however this is not my technique, I can’t remember who talked about it.


With the needles (which are huge compared to what I usually use) I cast on, on Friday and set to work.  I don’t have a lot of time to knit and not a lot of bandwidth still, but I have managed to get past the armholes and into the upper chest on the back of the vest.  I’m really hoping that I bought enough yarn for this project, but I think once it’s done it’s going to be nice.  The yarn is Madelinetosh (of course) Tosh DK in Stargazing and Mooreland, the pattern is Strönd.  I’m still uncertain of how I’m going to do the clasps for the ending, but I think that will come once I’m ready to put them in.  Maybe I’ll still use the same kinds of toggles that was used in the pattern, maybe I’ll fashion one of my own that is similar, not sure yet. Still have to finish the back and the 2 fronts. Pictures to follow, want to get some good pictures for it since the color is pretty stunning, a little more of a darker stargazing. 


Back on Track


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You may or may not have read my last blog in which I had signs of knitting insanity, if you haven’t let me just quickly fill you in.  I had a weird notion that I could knit a Dwarven Battle Bonnet in 3 days in order to wear it on Saturday for Halloween.  That thought came to me when I was driving home from work late Tuesday night.  Wednesday I had more common sense then to start and finish something that fast so I let the thought die off. That is until Thursday…
Thursday I thought I could do it and from stash. Now I don’t have a lot of worsted weight yarn and that small amount I do is mainly sweater quantity. I remembered that I had some Cascade 220 in more then a sweater quantity, perfect for the hat since my hair would help keep the not super soft yarn from itching. Then I had to worry about the beard. I remembered I had some single worsted skeins of Madelinetosh in DK and Vintage. Yes I know it wouldn’t be the best use of the yarn but I figured the softest stuff should be on the face. I pulled out a skein of Dutchesd and Fjord (a great color, too bad it’s discontinued).  I then cast on that night. I had almost the whole brim done and headed to bed. 

The next day I knit like crazy, went to my knitting group and kept knitting. I finished the hat really quickly, then came the beard. I opted for the simpler beard due to time constraints.  I got the knitting done by that night but put it to the side since I did need to sleep. 
Time warp 

1.  Where did time go? I have no idea what day it is anymore or how long it’s been since I was here (oh wait it says 12 days). 

2.  The suke-suke cowl was given to its recipient with a warm reception. She loved it and she said she was getting tons of compliments on it, a successful knitting story. 

3.  I started the conflagration earlier last week, out of stash (surprise surprise) in some yarn from stitches 2014. I’m knitting it out of Miss Babs Yummy (I think that’s the base) and the color is Bats***crazy. It’s turning out really cool, I like the look. I think I’ll be glad when it’s done. 

4.  A semi mindless knit, but you do have to keep track of where you are on the chart at all times. By the way, the work that went into the charts is well worth the price of the pattern. 

5.  One of my knitting friends when I told her that it’s been since August since I bought yarn said, “I’m surprised you’re not going crazy climbing  the walls yet.” Which is true I’m starting to feel the withdrawal. 

6.  Then I just look at the stash and the feeling is gone. I may keep going past the beginning of the year and even past stitches 2016. 

7.  I think enabling others has helped me not go too crazy.

8.  I may have a case of startitis, I want to cast on a hat, shawl, sweater, design, and everything I have needles for. I’m not going to, trying to get things started and finished out of stash. 

9.  I want to turn one of the stash bind into a finished knits bin. But that will be a while. 

10.  Just keep knitting…. So much yarn to knit. 

To the point



I have not posted recently because again things became super complicated in my life, which I won’t get a resolution until sometime this week.  But lets put that aside for now and go into what I’ve been knitting.

  1.  I finally finished the Suke-Suke Cowl, it’s not as wide as the pattern states.  I only did 2 full repeats and the pattern asks for 3.  I just ran out of yarn and I had to make the call at that time.
  2. It is really pretty, even though it’s not blocked yet.  The ends are all in, just waiting for it’s bath.
  3. I’ve been doing some test knitting, which when that pattern goes live from the designer I’ll link it here.
  4. I have not bought any yarn since August.  I know that’s shocking, but I’m still resolute in my goal to not buy yarn until the new year.
  5. That’s not including the kit that I want to get, to make for stitches west 2016.
  6. That dyer is currently on hiatus, so that might not happen this year.  Unless I can get it and knit it really quickly
  7. Did I mention that the item I want to knit is double the size of Sari?
  8. I might be a little insane, but mainly just infatuated with the yarn and pattern.
  9. I haven’t forgotten my designs, I’ve just had little bandwidth lately.  But they are still there, in my mind or on my desk, begging for me to knit them.
  10. The new Stephen West mystery came up and I am just going to sit this one out and watch what happens.  If I like it after clue 3 then I might stash dive and knit it.  Otherwise I’ll just knit something else.
  11. Some of my friends came back from rhineback and showed off their hauls from the event.  Lets just say they did very well not going too crazy, but brought back a lot of good yarn/fiber.  I really want to go next year, but I don’t know if that will happen or not, more likely 2017, but that we will just have to see.
  12. If I did go or when I go, I know I’m going to have to back smartly and as light as possible to maximize the amount of yarny goodness that I can bring back.  But then again, there’s only so much you can fit in a carry on suitcase.
  13. I’ve been thinking about what I can knit out of stash that would have the most impact, which I figured out would be sweaters.  I have a coats quantity of super bulky rowan tweed, which I was planning on making a Elizabeth Zimmerman Aran Coat out of it.  Even though here in California, there would be no need for such a coat. But there is also a possibility that I will need it for Rhineback/wherever I move to after college (if the moving happens).
  14. I had the crazy notion to complete a dwarven battle bonnet before Halloween.  It’s possible my mind is now mush and any crazy notion sounds like a great idea.
  15. I’ll be in my stash.

Through the Worm Hole


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This knitter has successfully gone through the worm hole and is now done.  Ends woven in, blocked, and ready to go.  I really don’t know if I really want to make another one of these, but I’m going to have my mother try this one on and see if she actually likes it.  If she does then I will select another skein of Miss Babs and make one.  Otherwise I will be free from making a second one, which who knows maybe down the line I’ll make another because I’ll forget how long this one took and how exciting this one was.  She said that she likes the one that I made and will wear it.  So now I’m off the hook for making another one, unless I decide that I actually want one for myself.  Something that I highly doubt, but who knows what will happen.

Now it’s time to get going on some other things that I have my U.S. 4’s back.  So those were going to be allocated to the design that I need to get done, so then I pulled out the bag with the yarn.  I looked inside and saw a pair of U.S. 4’s with a cable already in there.  I guess I didn’t really need to complete the viajante to get the needles.  But that works out because now I have needles for another design that is so close to being done.  Yes I know that I keep talking about designs and not delivering, I really want at least 2 done before stitches west.  I think that’s a good goal and it’s a reasonable goal.  The only thing that would limit me from doing that is time, which has become limited as you all know.  But not to fear, more is on the way.

Time warped again…It’s been a while since I wrote for the blog, my schedule became really crazy, but I’m back at it.  What I’m currently knitting on is the Suke-Suke Cowl out of Sweet Georgia Worsted Trinity, which is a wonderful yarn.  The pattern looks a little funny right now, just because there are stitches that will be dropped at the end, but only being a little over half way through I have not dropped them yet.  I’m hoping this will be done by the end of the week so that I can give it to it’s recipient.

120g seems so far time warp


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I’m still working down the ball of the huge skein of Miss Babs Kilimanjaro, it’s last weigh in was 190g.  I need to get down to 120g in order to start the border and then finally be done with this project.  It just takes me a while, even with the speed that I can knit, I think the wormhole is really the proper term for this project.  Knitting a large tube, that has a beginning and and end that is (or seems to be) light years away.  I also think that at that end is a black hole which is where I’m at.  You knit and knit and think that you are getting somewhere but that’s the problem, it seems that you really aren’t getting anywhere.  70g may take me longer then I think, or it may zoom by because of the increasing that happens.  For sure I don’t know all I can really do is keep going and hope that I get to border and bind off soon.

This is another Time Warp so try not to get too confused, if you get nauseous please grab the paper bag in front of your seat and brace yourself.

Friday at my LYS I spent a while knitting on the tube, kept weighing it every few hours.  I was starting to go insane knitting, weighing, knitting, weighing.  One of my friends there had hers with her and so at the end of the night we measured up.  I was about 3-4″ away from where she started her edging.  The insanity was growing, I went home and knit more.  The rounds are very long now, which means it also consumers a lot of yarn per round.   Finally at the end of the night I weighed the skein again.  140g was the final weigh in for the night, I had to sleep.



The weekend provided little time for knitting, but a few rounds were completed.  Finally on monday night, the edging was started when 120g was reached.  I thought the edging would make this fly by, except it’s a mesh pattern and it takes forever.  Now 5 repeats of the lace mesh done, holly cow does this take a while.  It looks so good in the the color that I chose.  But there is no denying that the border is not that interesting still, however it just means that I’m almost done with this.  I’m hoping that by Friday that I can block this and get it into my finished yardage for the year.  Which I have been neglecting updating that, but I will be able to add more and more to it soon.

Time is not enough


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Does anyone else feel that they don’t have enough time in a day to get everything that you want to get done?  There is so much that we all have to do, things we want to get done, and we only have 24 hours in a day to do them.  For me I have school, work, all of the knitting, weaving, and spinning that I want to do, not to mention all of the designing as well.  There is just a finite amount of time that I have for all of it and it makes me a little crazy.  Should I weave today, or spin, or knit, or design, or something else?  Too many options, but I think that I will be ok.  The designs have a plan, I need needles out of projects that I’m almost done with so I need to finish them and then I can get those going again.

Just working on the Viajante still, it’s getting pretty big.  I am currently working up to the border, which is taking some time.  I’m not sure if the 100g that I allocated will be enough for it, but I’m going to see what others have done and take it from there.  Looking at one of my friends who made two already, noliegirl’s Do you Know the Way to Santa Fe?, she takes great notes especially when you have weights in there.  What she did was knit until about 118g and then started the netting.  I last weighed in around 200g, which means I need to knit about another 90 grams and then start the netting.  She and I similar in height, so I think that if I made one to around the same weight/length that would be good.  I don’t even know what the stitch count is, but I know it’s probably over 350 sts, I don’t think I want to count the stitches.

I am liking the change of the skein that I’m using.  The outside that I was starting from the lighter part of the giant skein, now it’s on the darker part of the skein.  My mother saw the Viajante and she wants one for her Christmas gift.  I think I will do it, but I have to find another Miss Babs Katadin or Kilimanjaro skein in a color she would wear.  She did like Shaken not Stirred, Deep Sea Jelly Fish, Coffee Break, and I bet there are others that she would like as well.  That is another exception to the no yarn till the end of the year (including the kit that I want to get and knit for stitches).  I’m going to be knitting a lot of stockinette in the round.
Now it’s on the weigh till you can edge game.

All the color!


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Done.  It’s completed, blocked, and ready for the 100 degree weather that we are having here.  That’s not the point though, my 3rd Color Craving is completed.  There were conflicting thoughts in my head whether I should use Color C for the border as written or if I should use Color A to make it more subtle.  I toyed with both ideas and one of my knitting friends (Bear-Ears) said to me, “well you already put edison bulb in, so you might as well.”  After that and looking at other projects that actually used that color in Color C I was convinced.  The results are perfect, bright, cheery, and I think I got another knitter to make another in bright colors like mine.  I’m hoping to see that done, because knowing her she will finish it within a few days.

So now that this project is done I have to choose something else to knit on.  Two projects were actually chosen, Banana Leaf and finishing my Viajante.  Banana Leaf needs a little more brain power, but not much.  Mainly it’s managing the ribbing, moving the markers around (which I don’t like markers, I don’t use them unless the pattern uses “repeat till the marker”), and because it’s kind of a slick yarn that was chosen.  Malabrigo Lace was the choice, in this stunning kind of royal purple, should be rather fetching when it’s done.  The worm hold to insanity (Viajante) just needs to be off the needles and it’s my just autopilot knitting, which some days you just need.  That has become my morning, sipping on my cup of coffee knitting, which is perfect while I’m waking up.

Now Stithces West 201q6 is comming up and I have to decide what I want to do for it.  Decide f I want to take a class, if I’m going to buy anything, anything I want to knit and show off there, etc…  Last time you remember I did not buy anything, didn’t take any classes, and I knit Sari to show off.  I think this year will be another similar, Bosphorus, which is in the same yarn, but not as intense.  I’m thinking this will be a good kit to get, at the end of the year after I knit through the stash a bit. Have to contain it, I think it tries to get me in my sleep and I need to get it back into their plastic bin prison.  My yarn inmates have been misbehaving and I’ve been a lazy knitting warden.  No more of that, they will be in their bins and contained, no yarn buying till the end of the year (except a kit at the end of the year).

Brighter then the sun


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I think we have established that I really like the bright colors, the ones that require you to wear sunglasses when you look at the final project.  Even if it’s not that much of it you still need sunglasses.  The 3rd color craving that I have been working on is just that, you might require sunglasses when you look at it.  I think it’s quite fantastic, but I did have to make a modification to the pattern just so that people don’t go blind when they see it.  The edging is either in the picot or icord, I always default to the icord, is supposed to be done in color c.  If I did it in edison bulb I don’t think it would have the right effect, so I am going ahead and replacing color c with color a.  Lets get one thing clear, I do not like actually knitting the icord, I just like the look of it.  I think it gives it a really nice finished detail, especially on this project.  Now that all sections are complete, I must make the journey around it, making icord and binding off, I’m not looking forward to it.  I’m still unsure if I should follow the pattern or make my modification.  It might not look right if I don’t use Color C, I’m thinking of the other pattern I used Edison bulb in Convergent, which I think looks good with the bright border.  Such a dilemma that I am facing, bright border, or more muted border, as written, not as written.  You know what, go bright or don’t finish it.  Done and Done.


Since I’m so close to the end of this project I am looking at what I should start next.  There is a test knit that I’m going to start regardless, but I mean something that these needles can go right into once I’m done.  I’m considering doing the hot pants, but then again I don’t know if I want to start those right now.  Banana Leaf crossed my mind and I think that could be a fairly auto pilot knitting project, which would be good for me.  There are a plethora of projects that I could start up, but I’m thinking of just using some of the newer yarn that I acquired first.  That would mean banana leaf and hot pants, lots of decisions I have to make soon.  Maybe I should just pick up the wormhole again (viajante) because it’s simple, straightforward, and doesn’t require much attention.  I think I should do that, just not right now when the ball is still big and it takes up a lot of room in my bag.

Just a quick note too, I’ve been doing a bit of editing of the photos that I took on my vacation and I’m quite pleased with them.  I can’t wait to see them printed, metal prints are in my future, which I think some will become gifts.

Lets get back to some knitting talk, which now will involve the stash.  I have not been keeping up with the social pressure experiment, which is not good.  I have decided that since it’s the beginning of September I will now be using only stash (unless a project needs another skein to be completed) until the end of the year.  I will buy a kit at the end of the year, but that will be the only thing that I buy.  I need to get the stash contained again, which means actually knitting with what I have.  I’m going to probably go through withdrawals, must be strong.

Shield your eyes


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This has been a long time coming, due to my forgetfulness, and how things are picking up again this post was delayed.  Now things are going to get even busier, school has started up which means my time went from available to deficit.  The good side is that it will only be for 3.5 months or so, time should fly. Knitting time will be limited, but I’m going to try to get through as much as I can in the time that I have.
I do have a finished Rockefeller to show off. I ran out of yarn twice. Once when I was on my way home from London, I ran it of the CC. Then when I was back I ran out of the main, both running out on the second wing. The main color ran out about 4 inches from the end, so I got some donated by a friend and it’s done. It’s blocked, not aggressively but it’s blocked. I didn’t want to block it too much because I know that the yarn that I used would grow quite a bit.  That yarn that I used is my new favorite yarn base, Madelinetosh Twist Light.  I can’t wax poetically enough about it, it’s the right thickness, takes the colors really well, feels really good to work with, and it’s a good price for yardage.

That ties into what happened a 2 Friday’s ago, my LYS got in a new shipment of that yarn in some striking colors.  I knew I have a lot of yarn, that I just got yarn on my trip (as restrained as I was), and that I need to work on cutting down the stash (social pressure and all).  But I found a combination that I just couldn’t pass up on, something that I think will make you all question my sanity, or that I can actually still see colors after it.  The sanity check had to happen especially after I figured out what pattern that I wanted to knit again with it.  I’m making another Rockefeller, yes this will be my third.  The colors that I chose are Vishnu, Cosmic Wonder Dust, and Edison Bulb.  Yes that is a bright combination and it seems like something Stephen West would have chosen, but I like it.  I wanted something really bright and I got it.  Right now I’m on the third section and I forgot how much garter this is.  But I need that with how little brain power I’m going to be having this semester.


And finally I had a birthday this month, which isn’t a big deal, but for my LYS they give you a special birthday discount, so I had to get something.  I looked every day that I was there, brought things back to the table to look at while knitting, putting them back when I left.  I kept pulling out the same things and I knew that this wasn’t just a quick infatuation with the yarn, it’s yarn that was destined to be mine.  Again you might question my sanity, but I think this will be fun to knit (and use).  I got 2 skeins of the Malabrigo Lace in this beautiful purple that I’m going to make a Banana Leaf out of (the color is great for me), 2 skeins of the Sweet Georgia Trinity in a nice grey that will be the Suke-Suke Cowl (wedding gift), and 3 skeins of Madelinetosh Sport.  Those 3 skeins are in a white (can’t remember the name right now) and Fluro Rose, which are destined to become a pair of sports hot pants (yes another Stephen West).  All of my knitting friends say I have to model them once they’re done and yes I will have photos of them on me when they’re done.  I think they are going to have a kick out of it, after their eyes are done burning from the intense color that I chose.

Picking Up

I just need to mention that  I have not forgotten this blog.  Things just picked right up when I got back, with work and now school has started for me.  I know that time will be tight but I will do my best to keep posting here in a timely manner.

Just a quick update I did finish something that I was knitting on the trip, won’t say what it is just yet.  I want to get some pictures done and then I can show you.  I started something new and it’s really turning out well.  And I bought my birthday yarn from my LYS and it’s bright.  I think that you all would approve.

More to come with yarn, colors, and finished objects.


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