Sunday, December 28, 2008

Pi Shawl

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this is my favorite knit of the year. It's an Elizabeth Zimmerman Pi Shawl, with yok2tog rows every six rows, knit out of a bunch of scraps that I have from various dye projects. I love the way it looks after being blocked - it has been awhile since I've done a lace project, and I forgot about the magic that comes with blocking. It's hard to tell with this lighting, but it's mostly dark purples, blues, etc., but it has all the colors of the rainbow in it. It took a very long time, and measures about 6' in diameter. It ended up being a Christmas present for my mother. I also just finished a merino/silk Clapotis that I meant to keep for myself, but my grandmother liked it, so it went to her as a gift. That just means I get to treat myself to more of that yarn and dye it up. I'm currently in California and stopped by a yarn shop with a wall full of Schaefer yarns, and realized that I can pretty much replicate any of their colorways, if I really put my mind to it. That's pretty cool.

Friday, December 19, 2008

winter break plans

So, I have 16 days of vacation! Some of them will be taken up by traveling, but a fair amount of the traveling also allows for knitting. I spent a good hour staring at my boxes of yarn and shelves of patterns. Here's what I think I'll try to work on:

Japanese Vines in a Louet that I dyed awhile ago and haven't found a use for.
Turn a Square Hat - Cascade and Berocco Jasper
a pair of wristers for the sister in law - maybe swirling gauntlets (rav link)?
A red-friendly scarf for a Red Sox Traveling Scarf project...

Basically, I'm just shoving a bunch of yarn, all my double points and size 5-8 circs in my bag. Luckily, there's a yarn store nearby when I'm home in case I need extra supplies, plus the sister has knitting stuff I can steal from.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Cash Island Wristers

These were a fabulously rewarding quick knit. First off, I love this new Noro, because it's super soft. I wish the other Noros were equally soft, because the colors make me so happy. I knit the first wrister of this pair on a weekend visit to friends - most of it was knit at a bowling alley on a Sunday morning (doesn't every bowl on Sunday mornings?) The second was knit today while waiting for the power to come back on in Maine - I started it at a coffeeshop, and finished it bundled up in bed, trying to maximize the last few minutes of daylight. Happily, the power kicked back on soon after.

The mitts are just taken from the Anne Budd 'handy book of patterns' - my go-to when I want to knit thumb gussets without having to calculate anything. I started them on sixes and went down to fives to make the finger area nice and snug (a few more details on ravelry here). They took almost exactly a skein, and are fraternal twins, thanks to Noro's long color stripes - there were no real color repeats in the skein. I still have ends to weave in, but I tucked them all in and took a picture -- this is one of the few projects I can share, since so many of them are xmas gifts that have to remain under wraps for a couple more weeks.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

ready for next weekend

My yarns are labelled and inventoried, including the merino/sea cell pictured here. All the rest are also previewed in my flickr photostream. Come visit - Sunday at the Castle in Boston!

Monday, November 17, 2008

back to the dye bench

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It's good to be dyeing again. All of this will be for sale at Bazaar Bizarre. I'm about 20 skeins into my dyeing, with about 30 to go. I missed it a lot and am glad to be back to the dyepot. The new setup is also making it so much easier to get stuff done. Yay!

Sunday, November 09, 2008


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Among other things, since i last updated, I:
-- sold a house, bought a house, moved to Maine
-- started a new job at the U of NH
-- broke the top 100 in competitive Scrabble
-- was accepted to Bazaar Bizarre

That last one has finally motivated me to get my dyeing back in action. We moved into the new house about 2 months ago now, and today, I finally had things more or less in order to get to work. We bought a kit to build a work bench from Home Depot, and refitted it with longer legs, which means I can do all of my dyeing without bending over and straining my back. I worked for about 2 hours today, with no soreness. This is almost a miracle.

I threw out all of my old dye storage containers at the old house, but found some perfect tupperware-esque containers in town. I now have six stock solutions to dilute and combine to my heart's content. I'm trying to be a little more scientific so that I might be able to actually recreate colors once in awhile, but I admit that my last two skeins of the evening involved dumping small remnants of all the other colors into each other to finish things up.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Pi Progress

Originally uploaded by kismet09
This shawl is great for baseball and Olympics watching - I barely have to look down. With all the tiny remnants of yarn I'm using, though, I do have to join in yarns every few rows. I'm knitting the old and new yarn together for 4-5 stitches, and then knitting the rest of the round. When I come back to the spot with the join, I pick up one of the stray ends and knit it together with the active strand for another few. Hopefully, this will save me from weaving in too many ends by hand. the colors look kind of weird next to each other here, but I think it'll all blend okay by the time it's completely done.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

a shawl to be

Originally uploaded by kismet09
I found my tupperware of remnants! These are little bits of almost all of the fingering to sport weight yarns that I've dyed for woolarina. They will become a pi shawl. I started yesterday, and it took me about 45 minutes to finally give up trying to start it in the round on dpns. Instead, I knitted the first couple rounds, including the first increase round, on two needles, then moved to the double points. I can fuss with it to make it look like it was joined from the beginning later. This should be a good, mindless knitting project to keep me occupied during our move. Due to timing of buying and selling, we'll be in a rental for a month, with no cable or wireless. I'm going to guess that I'll get a lot of knitting done, or possibly go crazy.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

even further north

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As it turns out, we'll be moving about a mile north of New Hampshire, to Kittery, Maine, in less than a month! This is the view from a restaurant on Badger Island, between Portsmouth and Kittery, where we ate freshly caught seafood on one of our house hunting excursions.

Sunday, June 01, 2008


Originally uploaded by kismet09
So, we're moving again -- Woolarina North is heading further north, this time to New Hampshire! Since it's summer, and since we're moving, all of the scarves, hats and mittens have been packed away in preparation. I'm in the process of packing my stash as well, and am glad to report that it hasn't grown in commercial yarn since my move from MD to MA three years ago - I have one new Tupperware full, but it's all stuff that I've spun or knit.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Spring means...

No leaves on the trees yet, but nice weather, sun and a breeze - perfect conditions for hanging newly-finished handspun yarns out to dry. All of these guys - plus lots of Woolarina Handpaints - will be for sale at the Cloverhill Yarn Shop booth at Maryland Sheep & Wool next month.
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Sunday, March 09, 2008

dye day - march 08

This is the first bunch of dyeing I've done in the new year, and I took advantage of hauling out the supplies by getting a dozen skeins and three bunches of roving dyed up. I tried to do some spring-friendly colors, but as always, things tended toward the deeper, darker colors most of the time. Included in this batch of dyeing was about 700 yards of merino/silk, destined to become my next Clapotis.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008


malabrigo metro mittens complete. The inspiration was Subway Knitter, but I made the pattern up from scratch with the help of Ann Budd's pattern template. My actual pattern details can be found on Ravelry. The malabrigo worsted was fantastic to work with. next up: an iPod cozy that I can connect to my timbuk2 strap. stay tuned!