The wait is over, Spring Iris is live. I’m so pleased with how this one turned out. Knit out of Abstract Fiber SuperSock in Chartreuse and Huckleberry. Special thank you to my model and one of my best friends.
Well you haven’t seen anything yet. Yes my second spice market is pretty and it’s bright, but my next plain knitting is bright. They’re the sports by Stephen West and in Fluro Rose. You should be able to see me from space when I knit them or wear them.
I’m still chugging along on the design, still can’t tell you what it is. It’s going to be smell I me before it’s ready for prime time. But another design is almost ready for release. Stay tuned for that.
My needles are just on fire lately. I just finished my second On the Spice Market this week, took about 2 weeks to do, but not bad at all. When I finished it I sat there thinking, what am I going to work on next. I remembered I had been neglecting the deal with my design knitting, having a simple project along with having a design. I felt a little guilty, but not that much. I had a lot of fun knitting both of them, for different reasons. The first was a great scraps project while the other has a special meaning. Not to mention it’s bright and colorful, which is my thing. I haven’t blocked the second On the Spice Market just yet, actually getting ready to do it right now.
I am back to the design I was working on before my obsession with the 7 colored knitting happened. That design is coming along, slowly but surely. I’m still very happy with how it’s coming out, I just need to get a bit further along and then I can get things really going. But until then I will have to just have a secondary autopilot knitting project going. I thought maybe I should pull out some of the cotton yarn that I have (which isn’t that much in my stash) and make a tank for me. I pulled out my swatch notebook and looked t the needles I would need. I don’t have any spare and ready to go. So I thought about something else that I could make instead. I browsed through my queue in Revelry and stumbled apron something, something that I bought very bright yarn for. So those got switched and cast on. I won’t tell you what they are just yet, lets just say the Main Color is Fluro Rose from Madelinetosh.
Here’s a picture of the blocking Pride Market, I really like it.
That is what has been going through my mind as I have been working on my second on the spice market. I’ve been calling it The pride market, but it also kind of looks like confetti cake. Don’t get me wrong I like confetti cake, but it’s not my absolute favorite. So it’s a little weird that I’m seeing both names in my head while knitting on it. And speaking of knitting on it, it’s been a rather slow knit on it, due to the weather here. It’s been hitting the low 90s, which yes for some of you is pretty tame, but for me it’s way too hot. It is even worse that now it is long enough that it can sit on my lap, making me warmer. You know I must be a little sadistic, knitting with wool during the summer, and not only that. But I’m knitting with wool and making things that would fall into my lap as it grows. I think once this is finished I’m going to need to have a more summer related knitting project to work on while focusing on designs. Speaking of those, I haven’t really been working on my current design. I just haven’t gotten out of the garter funk I’ve been in, until today. Where I feel like I can work on designing fantastic patterns again. That and I have a design for 3 colors of silk I kind of want to have for the summer.
Pretty isn’t it? Of course it’s out of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock and Twist Light, and Fiber Seed Seedlings. I’m very happy with how it’s turning out and how squishy the Fiber Seed yarn is. I think I might need to get more of their yarn in bigger skeins, but once I get the stash more manageable.
I do have one pattern out to some test knitters right now (can’t remember if I mentioned that). I’m waiting for them to finish to see what else needs to be changed in the pattern. Not only that but I’m coordinating with the model and I want to make sure it’s a day that isn’t too warm, because modeling wool in the summer evening can be really uncomfortable. But we will have to see what happens, it’s just going to take me some time to get all of this together. Thorough I think it will be a great summer accessory if done in a silk. I think I’m in a silk mood right now, even though I love wool, just hot weather and wool don’t mix. I’m not looking forward to some of the photoshoots I have to model for that are going to be in wool. I think I will do that, once I finish this knitting I’m going to pick something silk to work on. Probably not the silk design just yet, maybe something out of Tosh Silk Lace. I guess we will have to wait and see.
It still amazes me how fast a week can go by. Feels like like a day or two ago I was posting here. This is going to be a fast update, so let’s get going. I finished my first on the spice market. It’s stunning if I do say so myself. Just need to get pictures of it. And I immediately cast on for the next one, which is in a nice, bright rainbow.
Nice right? I’ll have more pictures soon, but in the mean time that should do. And if you’re on Instagram, follow me @tygerknits if you’re so inclined.
Well it’s been a little while again and I will say I was going to post earlier this week knowing that it was a little more overdue. However with the events that happened early in the week I couldn’t get myself to write about anything. I needed to take a few days and let the shock and horror subside a little bit. I can’t say too much more about it without getting too emotional, but I will say my thoughts are with all those close to the victims. And my town that I live in had a vigil early in the week too, which was nice to see, and thank you to Stephanie Pearl McPhee for your kind words too.
Lets get to something a little more upbeat, knitting. Yes I have been knitting, still part of the morning routine, make coffee, watch youtube and knit for an hour. I’ve been working on a large design project and that’s going very well actually, I think I already have two test knitters lined up for it. It’s just an idea and part of it is knit, but I think that will give you an idea of how awesome it might be. But I am working on my On the Spice Market, it’s going well. I’m on the final stretch now, the final section, just finished the first contract color block this morning, ready to start the next. I think that I might need to get some of the small skeins of Lorna’s Laces Sock yarn and make another one.
Gotta get back to knitting, I’m so close to finishing. That and with the main color I’m kind of playing a bit of yarn chicken with it. Finishing the last color of the second section I saw that my ball of yarn was getting quite low. I started to panic, so I did what every other sane knitter would do. I checked on my LYS’s website to see if they had more of this color in stock. They do, will it be an exact match? Extremely unlikely, but it should be a close enough match. For now I just have to see how long this ball lasts me, hopefully to the end of the project. Not looking forward to sewing in those ends, maybe I’ll do that after lunch.
I have to admit that I have not been using the sock machine that much. I did pull it out about a week ago to dust it off, give it a little oil, and see how well it’s working. Working well still, with all of the idiosyncrasies that I remember. But that’s not what Ive been working on, I’ve been weaving. I have not forgotten my loom, but it’s been a while since I picked it up. So I folded it open yesterday, got aquatinted with the pattern again, and started cruising. It’s not a hard pattern to follow, it’s a pick up stick pattern. So every 6 throws I have to change the pick up stick. Which can be the most time consuming part, but I’ve gotten into the rhythm of it (for the life of me I couldn’t spell rhythm, I spell better in French, go figure). Side note yes English is my first language, but it’s not my best sometimes.
Let’s not get too sidetracked, back to the loom. It’s going pretty well, I was able to do about 12 inches yesterday, in between breaks and trying to stay cool. It’s been pretty warm this week, in the 90s but then it drops to the 60s the next day. This weather is strange and makes fiber crafting harder for me. But I persevere and keep going, but weaving isn’t the only thing I’ve been working on. I’ve been knitting on my On the Spice Market. I’m in the second section where you have little blips of the contrast colors. The contrast rows are a little slow in comparison to the main color rows, but it’s going along. I started the third contrast color two nights ago and am about 3/4 the way through with this color. Then I get to keep going with the next 3 colors in the same section and the final section with all seven colors. Yes this project is going to have a lot of ends to weave in, I think I better get a head start on that.
And just a quick design update, the new pattern is to my test knitters right now. I am excited to see what they come up with. I know one of them is knitting it in silk, which I think will be perfect. So that is going along quite smoothly, I’m hoping to have it ready for mid summer launch, but we will have to wait and see how things go. And the brand new design I’m still working on, has a lot of math. Let me just say this is making my mind melt a little bit. I don’t know if most people know how much work designers put into making sure they think of every last detail of a pattern. Ensuring this line up, you have the right numbers, and everything is as perfect as they can humanly get it. Or maybe that just how I like to make my patterns. In any case, this is going to take me some time to get all of the math out of the way, but I will say that it’s going to be awesome. I might have said that already, but I’ll say it again, it’s going to be awesome!
Lets start off by saying monogamous knitting has been a great way for me to get through projects that may have been lamenting. I’m able to get WIPs done that I might not have previously. No I still have not finished weaving in the ends or blocked the Adonis pullover, it takes me a bit of time to weave in the individual plies of the yarn. Since it’s a finer weight of yarn, I wanted to make the ends really disappear. It’s only a 2-ply yarn, but still it takes me a while to get them all woven in. Maybe I’ll continue to do that this week. In any case, I did finish the Snare hat out of Plucky Bello Worsted in Strut Your Stuff. I will say I love this yarn, it feels really nice to work with, creates a nice fabric, but it’s a light worsted, not a standard worsted. Even still I’m very happy with the end product and the recipient is happy with it as well. I was told that their friends are jealous that they got something hand knit. In any case, it’s done and I have pictures to prove it.
Now that it’s done I can work on something else I’ve been looking forward to starting. Yes this is another design, no I haven’t forgotten about the one that I just finished. That one is being finalized in the written before it goes out to the test knitters. Then the coordinating with the model is also happening, so don’t worry you’ll see the pattern soon enough.
But the new design is going to take a lot of time and math, it’s out of one of my favorite yarns, but I still need to do my do diligence first. That means lots of swatches and math to ensure I have the right gauge before I start making the pattern. What that pattern is going to be you’ll just have to wait and see. But for now just know it’s going to be amazing, or at least I hope so. But since I’m working on a design that needs a lot of math and time spent before making the pattern (which is not my normal design work flow) I needed something to work on while doing this. I know it’s not sticking with the monogamous knitting, but another designer friend of mine mentioned it might be good to have one while working on the pattern. So I took her recommendation and weighed out some leftover yarn that I have and cast on for a On the Spice Market. I’m using 7 colors of Madelinetosh, one that is a full skein and the other left over from other projects. I’m liking the colors so far, but still a little unsure of how they’re all working together. I guess we will wait and see, unless anyone here has any opinions of what they think?
In any case, I have to do one more swatch before the math all begins and I can start designing and knitting the new design. In the mean time I’ll be working my spice market while I mull over the math and maybe have to put it down for a bit while I figure out any road bumps.
Everyone is going to be so shocked that I still can’t read a pattern. Don’t get me wrong I can read just fine. I can write a pattern just fine, but for he life of me sometimes I just can’t read a pattern. After the design project that I finished I needed something that was a quick knit in the interim between this design and the next. I decided to knit on a hat, nothing too fancy, just something out of worsted weight. I also needed a gift so I timed everything just right, or as right as I could. I browsed through Ravelry and looked at all of the hats in my queue that met the criteria and found some Brooklyn Tweed patterns. Crag was in that list, was the right style, weight of yarn, complexity. It just seemed like it was meant to be.
So I cast on, but no this is not the I can’t read pattern. For some reason I could read this pattern too well. I saw that the ribbing wasn’t matching up with the stitch pattern, which is how it’s written. I’m not a fan of that kind of thing and some math later I decided I’ll make that hat for me, but adjust the numbers to make it more OCD friendly. Then I did the search again and found another pattern. I checked the pattern before casting on, yes the ribbing would match up rather well with the main pattern. I cast on my stitches, dutifully did my 2.5″ of half twisted ribbing (not the most enjoyable thing) and put it on. It felt a little snug but not bad, I like having a semi snug hat. So I pressed on and then came a warning sign. I noticed that my patterning was off, so I checked and the stitch pattern was in multiples of 6. I had not cast on the right number, so I counted and checked the pattern. I stared at the page for a bit and had to put my face down onto the table. This was at knit night mind you, so I was very much surrounded by the right people. The kinds of people that would feel your pain. I wasn’t just 2 stitches off, oh no add a 0 to the end of it. 20, yes I was off by 20 stitches.
Then came denial, I told myself that I’m not going to rip this hat attempt out again for the 3rd time (2x were for the first pattern, when I thought it was me). So I pressed on knitting and knitting, thinking blocking would take care of everything. I was about 0.5″ away from the crown decreases, put the hat on, and I knew I made a mistake. Yes I know I made the mistake before when I didn’t cast on the right number of stitches. I mean my deliberate decision to ignore better judgement and rip out 6 days ago. So that’s exactly what I did, Tuesday I ripped out the hat, rewound the ball, and put it into its bag. It wasn’t until the next morning that I decided that I should pick it up again, so I cast on and it’s going very smoothly now. I’m at the same point I was a few days ago, but with the right number of stitches this time. I might be able to finish it tonight, to get it to block tonight too. Oh I almost forgot this yarn I’m using, it’s Plucky Bello Worsted, color is Strut Your Stuff. Photos to come soon.
On a different note, I’m 3/4 of the way done with my final exams. One more tomorrow and I’ll be done. I might write up that new pattern that I finished last week, get some of it done at least tonight. Or maybe not, I’m thinking I just want to sleep. I wonder if I can knit cables and sleep at the same time. Wouldn’t that be a great skill…
I keep loosing track of days, find seems to be speeding by right now. I have been lagging behind here on the blog. It is hard to talk about knitting that you are working on that isn’t ready to be shown. What I can say is as follows:
- This is a new design
- The yarn is Abstract Fibers
- It is a 2 color design
- I recently took it off of the needles to block to see if I liked how it was progressing
- I’m pretty sure that I do.
- I only have a little bit more to go on the knitting.
- With that said I have to work on the write up for the pattern
- Once those things are done then I can get it test knit.
- Then a photoshoot will be happening very soon, location, and model are chosen. Just coordinate our schedules.
- I still have not finished weaving in the ends of Adonis or blocked it.
- That’s something for another day.
- I have to get back to knitting…
- Oh and finals are next week. One semester remaining.