Saturday, November 8, 2014

hope it don't fall into the sea


 It's been much too long since I've visited these parts.  I've still been knitting, but somehow lost blogging inspiration.  To ease myself back in, I'm going to try to write a few short blogs about knit-goods finished a long time ago.

First up: a Rocky Coast Cardigan that I finished in February 2013.  This was one of the projects that came across the country with me, rather than in the Pod, but I didn't really start working on it until late fall 2012.  It was a pretty fast knit, partially because I decided to ignore the places where I messed up the cabling and to just keep knitting.

The yarn is Plucky Knitter Rustic in Gray Goose, and I'm quite fond of the color.  It's held up well, too, despite frequent wear when it's cold enough.  (The cardigan had its first debut on a trip to Montreal when it was, for sure, cold enough.)






More details here on Ravelry.

I've missed you all, and the blog!  Hope to see some of you around here in 2015.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Knitting Frenzy

I knit these two shawls for a silent auction for Choralis, the auditioned chorus I sing with. They both sold, though of course not for what I thought they were worth! I bought this yarn (Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter, in Fossil) on one of my June expeditions looking for judges for the fair. I used the gift certificates my office mates gave me on my retirement. The pattern (Currant Cardigan) was from the cover of Interweave's Spring 2013 issue. My current project is a sweater dress from the Vogue Holiday 2012 issue, of Madelientosh Pashmina in a purple called Flashdance. We'll see about that!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Three button cardigan

Finished one of my four open projects - a three button cardigan from yarn I bought at Frivolous Fibers during a weekend at St. Michaael's, Maryland, where John ran a 1/2 marathon in May. I had bought yarn there when we visited ten years ago or so. I altered the Drops pattern by adding a garter ridge at bottom, shortening the sleeves, and removing the flare at the cuffs. I like the way it subtly fitted with decreases and increases, but if I had it to do over I might pick the next size up, even though it knit true to guage it is very close fitted. The color is more deep teal than it appears in the pictures. See on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/projects/mmchurchman/97-18-tailored-cardigan (still trying to figure out how to insert the Ravelry link - sorry)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

2012 finally on Ravelry

After much procrastinating, I finally posted four 2012 projects on Ravelry this morning http://www.ravelry.com/projects/mmchurchman - Original Design, Cozy Green Cables, Necktie Christmas, and Pashmina Sweater. Some of those might really have been 2011. Not that being mother-of-the-bride took any of my time or emotional energy in recent months. It was great to see you all at the wedding. I also posted one of my four projects in progress - Three Button Cardigan. I really thought I would spend more time knitting after I retired, but it didn't work out that way. For the first six months I hardly knit at all. But now I'm going gangbusters. It doesn't help that I agreed to be superintendant of the Art Needlework and Wearing Apparel department of the competitive exhibits at the Arlington County Fair, which has required me to visit yarn and fabric and needlepoint stores in search of leads for qualified judges. The only judge last year was in advanced stages of Alzheimers - except for brief flashes of lucidity when she could spot the microscopic flaws in only my entries. I love handpainted yarn. Have you all discovered Freia? I haven't tried the ombre colorways yet, but they look like fun for self striping.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

half of me is sky

 I think I basically got the size right on this little sweater, for once.  It was a remarkably fast knit, which I should remember.  It's the Child's Placket Neck Pullover from Last Minute Gifts, knit in Spud and Chloe Sweater, billiard and beluga colors.  Because the yarn is a heavier gauge than the pattern, and because I was aiming for the newborn size, I did a little math to adjust the pattern.  (Details on Ravelry.)
 I like how the stripes turned out but will probably stick to single colors in the future for this sweater.  Because the sleeves are shorter than the body, it's hard to get the stripe pattern to match exactly.  (To address this, I just knit the sleeves to the body length and rolled the cuff up.)  I kept the placket entirely green which also required a little intarsia.
And this sweater has encouraged me to try a little harder to knit children things that fit properly, since it is fun to watch them grow into them but it is probably more fun to see a knit in use right away.  Here's hoping that your start of 2013 is full of well-fitting and warm knits!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

where the moon sits low

(fair warning: This post is mostly stuff that you've seen before.)

I was delighted to learn in the last few days that last winter's oversized sweater now fits much better (and even more delighted since its recipient is still quite delighted by "hop hops" even if she does call them bunnies now).  (H: M, what are you thankful for?  M: Bunnies!  But you cannot pet a bunny.  You can only watch them go hippity hop.)
While obtaining photographic proof of this, I felt vaguely reminiscent.  Where had I seen that same expression in a handknit before?   
Well, I suppose they are siblings, and in this picture, he's only a few months older than she is currently.

 And here's the only new addition: a cocoon for someone who may someday sport the same smile:
I was a little skeptical of this cocoon, and its associated pod (pattern at same link), but they were incredibly quick knits so I was happy to oblige my sister-in-law's request for them.  And they do actually seem like they have been super useful for a little one who likes to be cozy and warm.  They also gave me a chance to try out Plucky Bulky, which was pretty great.

Since I have actually been knitting quite a bit, I hope to have time to blog about more of it in the near future.  (I suppose it would help too if I finished a few things, since I've had a lot of knitting go into two still-unfinished objects.)  Anyone have brilliant knitting plans before the New Year?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Qiviuk

I used part of my retirement gift from my coworkers to treat myself to one ball of Qiviuk at a gift shop in the Banff resort hotel in the Canadian Rockies this summer. Two years ago we had visited the musk ox farm where the Alaska native cooperative that controls the North American supply produces the luxurious fiber - softer than cashmere. In Alaska I couldn't find the yarn, only finished products. At Banff they had a broader range of colors and both a blend, and the 100% Qiviuk at $85 for 217 yeards. One ball was just enough for a smallish scarf. I picked a simple lace pattern and it was a joy to knit - but all too quickly done. My main project lately has been neckties! I made one for David for his birthday in diagonal stripes (the skinny model below isn't David), and am just finishing a straight tie with a diamond pattern (one color) for John, both from my stache of a sport weight heather leftover from a sweater vest. I plan to knit another striped one for John (the diagonal shaping was fun.) I bought some new colorway merino silk blend yarn for a a pointed tie (not knitted on the diagonal)for a Christmas present for Emily's fiance. Then I will have exhausted my interest in ties, I think, and I doubt many men would want more than one hand knit wool tie.