Is anyone else compiling a list of projects they'd like to knit over the New Year? I doubt I'll be able to get to all these beauties but here's a little preview of what I'd like to create this year;
#1.) Illas Cies by Anne Hanson:
Photo by David Whitfield
I plan to make this lovely sweater as a gift for a friend. I have the perfect yarn in mind for this guy; a Sport Weight Baby Alpaca in the colorway Aurora Heather.
#2.) #205 Two Way Wrap Cardigan by SweaterBabe:
Photo by SweaterBabe
I'm obsessed with this Sweater! KnitPicks just came out with this delightful natural Alpaca yarn and I had to find the coziest pattern ever to try it out on. I got the yarn in a magical snowy white and I can't wait to cast this puppy on. (PS. I love SweaterBabe patterns, they're well written and great to work with.)
#3.) Moonlight Garden by Melody Hoffmann:
Photo by allidaniele on Ravelry
I've been eyeing this half circle shawl since it popped up on Melody Hoffmann's Instagram. It just looks so cozy. I love the combination of textures and the generous size. I don't have a yarn set aside for this project yet but I'm sure I'll know the right yarn when I see it.
#4.) Zinone by Andi Satterlund:
Photo by Andi Satterlund
I think this lovely top (the one on the Left) will be my porch knitting project this Summer. I've got a few skeins of fingering weight yarn squirreled away that could be perfect for this top.
#5.) Mae by Andrea Mowry:
Photo by Andrea Mowry
I love the shape of this top. It's a V-neck in the front and the back and just long enough to wear with leggings. I think this guy will be a perfect transitional garment. (Plus the broken stockinette takes me back to my first couple years of knitting when I thought that broken and regular stockinette were the same thing. Whoops!)
#6.) Fair Isle Flower Sock by Candice DeWitt:
Photo by KatieB663 on Ravelry
I picked out this pattern about 3 years ago and still haven't gotten around to it! I have the perfect glitter yarns picked out; Knitpicks Stroll Glimmer (which it looks like they no longer carry!) in white and turquoise. I don't have a lot of experience with Fair Isle so we'll see how it goes! My plan is to work on these around Christmas time because festive glitter times+festive glitter socks seems like a fitting combination.
#7.) Gillam by Kate Gagnon Osborn:
Photo by Kelbourne Woolens+Amanda Stevenson Lupke
As soon as I finished the Mazzy Cardigan last year for a friend, I totally fell in love with KnitPicks Swish yarn. It's Superwash Merino Wool and it's ridiculously soft. I picked up a dozen skeins of pumpkin orange at the last KnitPicks sale and it's destined to turn into this cabled sweater.
#8.) Paraphernalia by Taina Anttila
Photo by Taina Anttila
This cabled sock pattern is too cozy not to make! I'm thinking a fuzzy tweed or one of the magical Fierce Fibers yarns I got for my Birthday last year.
#9.) Iris by Melody Hoffman;
Photo by Melody Hoffman
This kimono is so simple and elegant, I want a whole closet full of them. This is another project I don't have yarn picked out for yet but I'm thinking of going full on goth with some black sparkle yarn!
In all honesty, I probably won't get to most of these because personal knitting always takes a back burner to commissioned knitting, but I can dream! I already have commissions piling up and a big 'ol batch of yarn to dye up for the Etsy Shop! It's gonna be another busy, crafty year!
Make sure to add your projects to the #makenine2018 hashtag on Instagram so everyone can follow along on your craftastic journeys too!
I hope I've filled you with knitting inspiration!
Thanks for reading!
I hope y'all had a fantastic holiday season!
We had a quiet Christmas at home with our kitties. Alex got me a waffle press so I'm pretty sure we'll be having some form of waffles with every meal for the next few months. Heh.
I hope you have been knitting your heart out like I have, it has been a busy month!
I've been working hard on Kecia's Sweater. I finally finished the front and back panel, sewed the shoulder seams and added a ribbed collar. Now all I have to do is create the sleeves and sew the side seams! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
I'm still working on my Pennant Socks. I'm doing an afterthought heel for the first time. It's more challenging than I expected! I tried picking up the heel stitches with double pointed needles while using the heel tutorial from Socktacular! but ended up with gaps on either side of the sock heel. I transferred the heel stitches back to magic loop and now I'm using this tutorial from Jane Richmond to guide me on my way.
(Ps. you can find this gorgeous yarn bowl HERE. See more Frank Philipps Pottery HERE.)
I gave up on my Kiela Mittens. I just kept messing them up over and over again! Then, when I thought they were done, I finished the thumbs and realized I had put them in the wrong places! Whoops. I had too much Christmas knitting to start over on a project with no intended recipient!
I also finished another Thirty Eight Cowl commission. (I love this pattern!) I made this one in KnitPicks Biggo in the colorway Aurora Heather. You can find the pattern HERE.
I finished a cute, clay, State themed Christmas ornament commission.
And started a baby hat and bootie Commission.
Alex and I also hand poured tons of scented soy wax candles for our family members for Christmas;
It's been a busy month!!!
I've got more awesome stuff coming up soon too!
I've gotta finish up my Canvas Commissions. I'm also knitting some yoga socks, starting some felt coasters, and I'll be writing a pattern for this cowl.
Not even into 2018 yet and I'm already swamped!
I'll keep you updated as more projects jump off my needles. Plus I'd like to do a round up of patterns I've got my eye on, especially sweaters!
I'll be back soon!
Thanks for reading!
Happy Thanksgiving week!
I've been impatiently waiting to share this wonderful blanket with you! It took me approximately 100 years to make! (6 months!) I created it as a wedding gift for my friends Jen and Josh who got married recently in Las Vegas.
The pattern I used is Twisted Taffy Throw by Julie Hines. It's a free pattern distributed through the Red Heart website. It's an Intermediate level pattern that is well written and easy to follow.
I used Mighty Stitch Super Bulky from KnitPicks which is 80% Acrylic and 20% Superwash Wool. I wanted to make sure a blanket of this size and weight could be tossed in the washer and dryer (especially since they have two stinky doggos!)
I ordered a custom label from a super cute shop on Etsy called Border City Quilts. I emailed them the specific details and they shot me back a mock up in no time. Shipping was quick and inexpensive and the work is top notch. I'd definitely recommend them.
The blanket turned out giant and squishy and wonderful. My only complaint is that it didn't stretch out a lot after the first washing, I almost feel like the cables would be looser and softer if I'd used a size 17 needles instead of 15's. I'm sure it will "bloom" with many more washes over time.
I hope Jen and Josh love their new heirloom and it brings them joy for many years to come!
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Hi guys! Long time no see!
Today I'm working on a set of merino/silk blend socks. I'm knitting these guys up in a beautiful orange color called Masala. The yarn I'm using is KnitPicks Gloss Fingering which is 70% Merino Wool, 30% Silk.
The Pattern is from KnitPicks' book Socktacular which is a "Choose Your Own Adventure" in sock knitting. The book helps you create custom socks in a variety of patterns. It even talks you through knitting them toe up or cuff down! This is my first toe up pair of socks.
I'm using the Standard Toe method and the "Pennants" stitch pattern. I think I'll be trying out an Afterthought or Mitered Heel and using a Ribbed Cuff. This book is so much fun to use, the instructions are clear and the stitch patterns are elegant, I definitely recommend it.
These silky socks will be hopping into my Etsy shop sometime in November so keep your eyes peeled!
Don't worry, I'm still working like crazy on Kecia's sweater. I would be working on my Tegna top but I ran out of yarn!
I'll be back with more updates soon!
Thanks for stopping by!
This week I'm working on something a little different from my usual fiber projects.
I've been asked by a friend to create a custom set of paintings for him using some of his favorite quotes. I've decided to approach this project from a fantastical perspective. I'm creating a set of pseudo-medieval shield paintings with nonsensical heraldry.
Here are the quotes I've been given;
"Ordinary effort, ordinary result."- Ethan Hawke
"What is to give light must endure burning."-Victor Frankl
"Happiness is not mostly pleasure, it is mostly victory."-Harry Emerson Fosdick
So far I've been doing lots of sketches and research. I'm trying to take a little sprinkle from various eras and traditional styles. So far I'm working on creating black canvases with bright shields and bold heraldry. I'm using mostly primary colors with silver and gold. The quotes will be displayed on banners below the shields.
On to some super sloppy sketches;
At this point canvas #1 (crossed swords) is set in stone since it's almost done. We're almost set on the design for canvas #2 as a chess piece with holly leaves.
I'm in the process of creating the third piece which will most likely be a compass rose featuring a shield with a torch or crossed torches emblazoned on it.
The first piece is almost done, it just needs the quote lettering on the banner.
This one will most likely say; "Ordinary effort, ordinary result." In my dreams the banner would be large enough to fit the entire quote; "Ordinary effort, ordinary result. Luck is the residue of design. Be steadfast. The anvil outlasts the hammer." I doubt it'll fit though since these are pretty small canvases (12"x 9") and I still don't know how I'll be tackling the lettering since you can see from the sketches above, I have terrible handwriting!
I've got some more messing around to do with the last image to get it all cleaned up and as polished as the first two designs are then I can get to painting!
Drop by soon for more updates!
Thanks for reading!
I've been knitting away on my Tegna Top and Kecia's Sweater but they're seemingly never ending! In order to not get completely burnt out, I've thrown in a quick, fun project to keep myself entertained.
The pattern is Kiela Mittens by Meiju K-P on Ravelry.
Photo by Meiju K-P/Tanu Kallio
So far this is an easy to follow pattern with a cable chart and written out instructions.
The yarn I'm using is Tuskenknits DK in the colorway Doune. It's a Wool/Cashmere/Nylon blend. It's absolutely magical to work with, it's super soft and has a lovely spring to it from the Nylon.
So far I'm almost done with mitten #1! I'm having a little trouble picking up the thumb stitches without making them look all sloppy-like but I'm sure I'll figure it out.
This pattern has a "do not sell items that are knitted with this pattern" disclaimer so, unfortunately, these mitts will not end up in my shop. Most likely, these puppies will end up under someone's Christmas tree!
I'll have more updates soon!
Thanks for checking out my current WIP! Let me know what you think!
Thought I'd give you a quick update on my current WIP's (works in progress.)
I've got a few things going at the moment; still working on my Tegna top. (I know, it's been months!) I started it a size too large, then ripped it out, I started it a size smaller and it was too small so I ripped it out again. Then, I started it in the larger size but at a smaller gauge and I think it's gonna stick this time!
I'm about halfway done with the front panel at this point.
I also started the Dagmar Sweater but after the short row shaping nothing made sense anymore so I had to throw in the towel. I'm a very proficient knitter and this pattern threw me for a loop! It was crazy difficult to understand. Going through other peoples posts on Ravelry was frustrating too since most notes said "and then I just had to improvise" or, "this is a list of the modifications I had to make," not a good sign! Paying 6.50$ for a pattern, then having to practically write it yourself=not worth it.
Photo by HandyKitty
In the yarn dyeing department I've been trying some super sweet Kettle Dyeing techniques. Guided by this tutorial. I tried a blue to green combo first;
Then I tried a lovely pink purple combo.
I dyed both skeins at the same time and somehow one turned out a little darker than the other!
I also finished a cute pair of stripey socks using the Rose City Rollers pattern and KnitPicks Felici yarn,
and a purple, twisty headband in KnitPicks Mighty Stitch Super Bulky yarn.
The yarns will be popping up in my Etsy shop soon. I'm undecided on whether I'll list the socks and headband or give them as gifts. We'll see!
I just got another batch of naked yarn to dye so I'll be working on that soon. I'm also on the lookout for the perfect, worsted weight sweater pattern for the upcoming chilly Fall weather. I've got the perfect, orange merino yarn just waiting to turn into my dream sweater!
Stay tuned for more exciting hand dyed yarns, and updates on both my knitted tops!
Thanks for stopping by!
Shop update today!
I've listed all my hand-painted yarns in my Etsy Shop! I've never sold painted yarns before and I'm really pumped to share them all with you!
Let's see what's happening!
There's a Wool/Silk blend;
A set of Wool/Angora twins;
And two beautiful, hand painted 100% Peruvian Wool skeins;
You guys have been so wonderful and supportive on the Instagram and FB page. I'm totally grateful for all the feedback. I'm definitely still learning something new with each and every skein of yarn!
I'm excited to see what these yarns grow up to be. Feel free to tag me on Instagram as #ashweather_fibre_arts if you do end up scoring one of these beauties.
Thanks for stopping by!
I'm starting on a new sweater journey!
My cousin Kecia has a very favorite blue sweater that has seen better days. My mission is to re-create a NEW very favorite blue sweater!
The sweater in question is 55% Ramie and 45% Acrylic. It's an oversized sweater in a fingering weight yarn. It's really big y'all; bust is 50" and length is 26.5" from shoulder to hem. It's going to keep me busy for quite a while!
I picked out two, light fingering weight yarns to knit up some swatches for this project. I chose KnitPicks Lindy Chain (70% Linen, 30% Pima Cotton) and KnitPicks Comfy (75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic.)
I checked in with my customer and it turns out she prefers the machine washable yarn over the linen. Kecia also liked the seafoam Comfy swatch so much she decided to go with the seafoam blue instead of another navy sweater.
Now that we figured out which yarn to use, I took lots of measurements of the original sweater to create a template for the new and improved sweater.
I used my test swatch to determine how many stitches I would need for each panel and got knitting!
I've started working on the front panel from the bottom up. I'm still undecided about the neck shaping, but with fingering weight yarn and another 23" of knitting to go, I'll have plenty of time for collar math.
I'll check back in with updates soon.
In the meantime I have been working on designing labels for my custom dyed yarn so I can get some of it listed in my Etsy shop. This is what I've come up with so far. They're a touch too large and I'm still undecided on what kind of paper I should print them on once they're finished. Any suggestions?
Hopefully I'll have some hand dyed yarn for sale in the Etsy as soon as next week!
Thanks for stopping by to hear about my adventures in yarn!
Have a happy Thursday!
I've spent the last week and a half dyeing all the yarn!
I'm learning lots of stuff. It has definitely been a fun/messy experience. After hank #2 I realized I needed to move my dye situation outdoors because I was going to have a rainbow kitchen if I kept it up. I set up a little Crock Pot and table outdoors so I can dye my yarns without painting my kitchen! So far so good!
"In the case of acid dyeing, a low pH helps to form the hydrogen bonds that attach acid dyes to protein fibers, such as silk and wool, as well as nylon."-Paula Birch. I'm experimenting with using Vinegar or Citric Acid to lower the PH balance of my water for dyeing. So far I'm on team Vinegar, but I'm not done experimenting!
On to the the yarns;
For my first hank I used Wool of the Andes Sport Bare yarn from KnitPicks (100% wool.) I started out with a hand painting technique. I soaked my yarn in a vinegar/water mixture for 30 minutes before getting started. I then got out my very brightest colors (so I could see all the mistakes) and got to work. I started by filling up squirt bottles with Red, Orange and Yellow. I squirted/painted half my hank Yellow, then blended the Yellow into Orange dye and finished it off with a good patch of Red on the other end.
He turned out alright for a first try! I did end up getting some unintentional smudges of Orange in my Yellow and my Red turned out a little splotchy but I'm pretty happy with it. I totally don't dig these colors so I don't know what's gonna happen to this guy but I'm learning stuff!
For skein #2 I used Bare Stroll Sock yarn (Wool/Nylon) from KnitPicks and an immersion dyeing technique. I used Citric Acid to soak this batch. I mixed a little Turquoise with a bit of Navy and immersed my entire hank in the Crock Pot. I didn't realize that I needed to move my yarn around in the pot while it was dyeing, so all the spots that had ties on them ended up staying white! That would have been great if I was Tye Dyeing but I wasn't!
I moved the ties and dip dyed the hank in a darker Navy blue. It covered up the white patches brilliantly and left the yarn with a fantastic variation of colors.
Unfortunately I didn't use enough Citric Acid so the skein did not rinse true at the end of dyeing. Then it got into a big 'ol tangle because I didn't tie my hank up correctly, so I got to spend an entire evening untangling it while my hands turned blue! Whoops!
I ended up giving it another vinegar soak and another steam session to set the yarn then all was well.
For hank #3 I used Bare Gloss yarn from KnitPicks (Wool/Silk.) I used a hand dyeing technique for this hank too. I started with mixing a Light Pink, Light Purple and Light Turquoise in separate cups. I laid the yarn out then splashed and squished the dye into random areas of the yarn. Then, chaos struck! I opened the purple dye pot to add more color to my dye and purple powder flew everywhere! (Don't worry, I had my mask and gloves on) but my yarn was covered! My only recourse was to sprinkle more purple dye powder over the yarn to even out the damage. But then my yarn was drenched in dark purple, purple everywhere! I wrapped it up quickly and steamed it before it could get completely immersed and hoped for the best.
Luckily, it turned out alright!
Plus I got to see a really cool process called "color breaking."
If you know anything about the color wheel you know that Secondary Colors (Purple/Green/Orange) are made up of Primary Colors (Red/Blue/Yellow.) When you dye with vibrant Secondary Colors, especially a powder or food dye, you can sometimes get them to break down to their pure components; in my case Blue and Red. You can see here that the Purple powder dye broke down in places to show Blue and Red. How cool is that!?
I am happy with how this skein turned out. It's most likely sloppier than anything I will make in the future but it looks like this will be the first finished skein of yarn for sale in my Etsy shop! I still need to design some labels before I can list him but that shouldn't take much time since I've already got my sweet logo to use.
I'm definitely enjoying the messy, unpredictable world of yarn dyeing and I've already ordered more naked yarn to play with. I haven't yet decided if this is the direction I want my Etsy shop to head in but I'm having fun for the time being.
What do y'all think of my latest dyes? Which technique is your favorite!?
Thanks for reading all about my trial and error yarn dyeing fun!
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