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Knitting Retreat fun

I was very excited to be able to go to the Alta knitting retreat for the first time. My knitting buddies have been going to this for years and I’ve always wanted to go but never managed to block off the time before. It has been a long time since I’ve had a solo vacation, and I came back from the retreat feeling very refreshed and relaxed!

I came up on Friday with Cheryl! A ton of knitters come up on Friday to check in and get lunch, but other folks arrive later. Here’s a view from the deck of the Alta Lodge where I was knitting, check out the aspens!

deckCheck out those aspens!

Thai influenced salad with chicken and peanut dressing with rice!


I went on a hike to Cecret Lake. Here’s one photo taken partway along the trail.

20150926_105004Here is Cecret Lake! It exists!

20150926_110349It was a nice hike, and great to get out and walk around a little bit after spending most of Friday sitting and knitting.

I worked on one old project and started a new one, even though I brought around 4 potential projects with me just in case. You never know what you’re going to be in the mood to knit! It was just great to hang out and knit, and drink some wine, and hang out and knit some more. The rooms in the Alta Lodge don’t have TVs in them, but I brought along my iPad and got caught up on a few season premieres (How to Get Away With Murder & Scandal) and got a bit further along in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer rewatch marathon I just started recently.

I got a substantial amount done on my 3 colorway koigu entrelac scarf of doom. You can see the three colorways mixing together below. Should finally be done with this soon!


I started a new project, an easy hat called Wurm. It uses a folded brim, which I haven’t done before. I was worried I would accidentally pick up the stitches unevenly, but it has turned out great so far. I’m finding the pattern very entertaining, and I’ve knit several more bands since the photo below. I think it will be done very soon.


It would be somewhat impossible to go on a knitting retreat. I brought 5 skeins of Woolmeise, which I ended up selling before the actual stash sale, which was partly stashed yarns from knitting retreat attendees along with some great indie dyers like Intrepid Tulips and Marianated Yarns. Then I turned around and bought some new yarn with the money I made selling my old yarn, my photo does not do it justice:

marianatedyarnThe purple yarn is called Amethyst, so of course I had to get it. I’m going to see about making Joker and the Thief, although I will need to fudge a little bit with the gradient pattern for the darker colors.

It was a great three day weekend, and I’m already looking forward to going back next year!

Summer Knitting Action

I have been knitting here and there this summer, although I’ve been mega busy.

I made a berry baby hat for a co-worker who is going to have a baby soon!


When I was getting the yarn for the hat, I bought some extra yarn to take advantage of Webs’ crazy discounts.



I got some Madelinetosh yarn in the colorway Steam Age, which I have been wanting for some time.

I might actually finish this endless entrelac koigu scarf soon, I think I started it last fall. This is a mix of 6 skeins of koigu, with 3 of one colorway, 2 of another, and a lone skein to finish up the scarf. It will all look very ombre yet crazy when I am done with it.


In other long-term projects, I am still working on a throw for my youngest sister, but I haven’t been able to knit on it very much in the summer because I don’t often feel like sitting with a blanket in progress on my lap when it is 90+ degrees outside. I predict there will be more progress with that project once the temperatures drop.

I’m going to knitting retreat in September! I am excited, because most of my knitting buddies go every year and this is the first time I’m going. I need to strategize carefully about which knitting projects to bring.

Cowls and some things that are not cowls

I made another cowl! This was for my Stitch and Bitch group’s annual party and swap.

It is the Irisa Cowl, out of some Fleece Artist yarn I got from Margene when she was destashing!


I was super lucky and got some grey mitts that Cheryl knit:


I have been wanting to make some grey mitts for myself, and now I don’t have to! I only wish it was cold enough in Utah that I could actually wear them!

I finished the other cowl I was working on, which does look a little blobby since the yarn is so dark. It doesn’t photograph well.


This is my third time making the Mira’s Cowl pattern, and I am probably ready to move on from it! It is super great tv knitting though! It is a very flexible simple pattern that also works well with different weights of yarn if you vary how many stitches you cast on accordingly.

I cast on for another Clockwork! Pictures soon.

Recent Knitting Endeavors

I have been knitting! I have now made almost 3 versions of this simple but nice Mira’s Cowl Pattern. It is a perfect knitting project for watching tv, because it is so easy.

Here’s one version I made in Madelinetosh light:


I have a second one I finished that is a gift, so I won’t post it yet! Here is the third one I am making for myself out of some old Jo Sharp Silkroad DK tweed that I reclaimed from my first (failed) sweater project.


I got some yarn for the holidays from my husband! This is Rhichard Devrieze yarn in the Hot Flushes colorway:

I spent today on a super secret cross stitch I will be posting about later :)

Yes, I have been knitting

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I got yarn for Christmas!

Some Madelinetosh Merino Light:



And some Brooklyn Tweed Shelter:



I’m working on a secret project for my Stitch N Bitch group’s anniversary party. We all knit something and swap projects! I’ve gotten an awesome cowl and some great slippers in previous swaps.

My kids both requested scarves, so I’m working on finishing up one. Just a very simple striped scarf. I have a bit more to do with this, then one more to go!


Recent adventures in crafting

I finished a scarf/shawl thing. It is too bad it is going to be too hot to wear it for many many weeks.


It is a Color Affection made of Wollmeise, and it is awesome! I love that yarn.

I love it so much I bought some more!


These are We’re Different skeins – slightly off standard versions of the Suzanne and Verhext und Verratzt. The Verhext und Verratzt WD might be my favorite skein of Wollmeise yet. I love the purples!

Speaking of purple things, I’ve been cheating on my knitting by working on an Amethyst Princess of Gemworld cross stitch project. Here you can see Prince Topaz and Lady Turquoise, along with a headless, bisected Prince Garnet:


Super Mega Update Knitting Post

I keep meaning to document more of my knitting and I always end up forgetting to take pictures and update Ravelry. Here’s a summary of some of my recent knitting projects.

Big Boy Blankets – I made my kids some baby blankets out of some “superwash” wool that ended up felting so much I threw one away and have one nice felted wool bathmat. So I made them some new blankets, out of some acrylic/wool blend yarn that will hopefully not have the felting issue:


And here is the other one:


I can’t get a full shot of these as I don’t feel like standing on a chair. They aren’t super-big, definitely enough for a throw for a five year old but too small to actually use as a bedspread on a twin size bed. I could have made them larger, but the people I was making them for requested that I stop because they wanted their blankets done :)

I made a hat! Margene gifted me with the nice yarn (which I think was a nifty manos silk/wool blend) in a destash! This was the free Mairead hat pattern and it was quick and fun to knit.


Some projects in progress:

I’m going to finally be done with my Color Affection fairly soon.


This is made with some of the Wollmeise from my stash, it is always nice to find a great pattern to highlight some lovely yarn.

And because Cheryl spent some time contemplating and discussing Entrelac before making this scarf, I started thinking about another Entrelac project too.


I have 3 skeins of this semi-crazy Koigu colorway, and am going to slowly stripe in some slightly more subtle Koigu once I get beyond the halfway point. We’ll see how that turns out. This is my lighter-weight mindless at home knitting project, now that those blankets are done. I should learn how to knit backwards with this project, but I don’t really mind turning all that much.

Yarny Pursuits

I’ve been meaning to post more about knitting projects here, but I tend to be so busy that I rarely remember to document what I’ve done. But here is some holiday related knitting!

Recent Knitting Projects

What we have here are a couple simple mistake rib scarves for my kids, the orange and blue objects. This is yarn that they picked out at my LYS when they announced that they wanted to knit. I figured they would try it out a little bit and lose interest and I would just end up making something for them with the yarn that they chose, and that is exactly what happened. Unfortunately I wasn’t paying attention to the yarn they were grabbing and they ended up picking out a wool mohair blend. I’m slightly allergic to mohair, but I managed to tough it out and make the scarves.

There’s also a grey slouchy hat that is a gift for someone in a Secret Santa exchange. The red wrap in the background is a project that I’m trying to finish in the next few days.

My husband was nice and took me yarn shopping on the last day of Hanukkah to Fine Points here in Ohio. There is a bunch of yarn crammed into a small space in the store. There were some novelty yarns, but also habu kits, Rowan, Jo Sharp, Noro, Madelinetosh, Debbie Bliss, Alchemy, and a ton of Claudia Hand Painted yarn. This is what I got:


A couple skeins of Tosh Chunky in Black Current. I have some sort of problem with Madelinetosh and purples, in that I have a hard time not buying it. One Zauberball in a mix of greens and black. Also, a couple skeins of Koigu. Overall a very nice unexpected last day of Hanukkah present!

It is hard to believe, but I have been knitting

Before summer I finished this Pop Block (pattern from Knitty) out of some great Madelinetosh yarn.

I was even able to wear it a bit in the spring when we had some unseasonably cold weather. Now it is well into the 90s in Utah.

I started Stripe Study in the winter and put it aside. But I recently finished it and am happy with how it came out too. I had to crop this image somewhat because of all the little boy socks that were on the floor, but you get the general idea.

The short rows in this pattern end up creating an interesting asymmetrical shawl. I am planning on making color affection next, but I think I need a break from interesting garter stitch projects by Veera Välimäki, since I’ve knit two projects from her in a row.

So I have decided that considering all the sock yarn I have, I should actually make a second pair of socks. I’m going to knit the infamous Monkey socks by Cookie A. I’m going to knit them using some Dream in Color Smooshy yarn I happened to have on hand, in the Pansy Go Lightly colorway, which is a nice mix of blues, purples, and a tiny bit of green.

I’ve also been working on some very simple log cabin blankets at home. These are my brain dead TV watching knitting projects.

And I bought a bit more Wollmeise:

Recent Knitting

I made a 3 hats (one each for my husband and kids)

I couldn’t find the red one I made, so imagine that is there :)

This was a simple ribbed hat pattern from Ravelry.

When knitting for myself, I am going through a Madelinetosh/Veera Välimäki phase right now.

I started Different Lines a little while ago, but it is on a bit of a hiatus because I’ve been a bit sick and brain dead and can’t seem to manage the very simple amount of counting necessary for this shawl.

Will get back to it when my brain fog has lifted though.

Yarn for this is Tosh Sock in Byzantine and Tern.

As soon as I saw Pop Block in the Winter Knitty I knew I would make it. I scored a bunch of Tosh DK in Duchess (a nice variegated purple) from Webs recently. I’m almost finished with the first section of pleats.

If you happen to be sitting around your house lacking energy to do much but knit garter stitch and marathon Vampire Diaries, I highly recommend this pattern. This wrap is ridiculously easy to make, but I think the asymmetric pleating will look very cool and it is the type of thing that I can picture myself wearing all the time when it is done. Now that I see how easy it is to make these garter stitch pleats, I might experiment with them on some other type of garment.

Now I’m going to spend the rest of the afternoon winding yarn and finding out how Stefan and Damon are going to prevent Elena from being killed again.

There are so many Snarky Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, and dying campers in Mystic Falls, I’m not sure how any normal humans manage to live there.