Posted by mtmom on May 23, 2010
Little baby aspen leaves mean spring is spring-ing here on the mountain!
I’ve mostly been working on the swatch for my Cast On pattern submission, but a few other recent completions somehow missed being documented here, so I think it’s time for some catch-up!
First, here’s the current state of the “real” swatch (vs my multi-colored swatch for trying out motifs and yarns):
3 wide and 3 narrow motifs to choose among
Due in Ohio by June 1, so I’ve got to finish it and pack it off very soon.
I have 2 ideas yet to try, one involves the lean of the twisted stitches, the other. . . is secret for now! 😉
Latest progress on Fair Isle sampler scarf, motifs from Philosopher’s Wool.
And here are some recent give-away projects:
"3-Color Spiral Cap"
"3-Color Spiral Cap", top view
trying out Red Heart "Soft" yarn, colorway "Embers"
trying out Noro "Silver Thaw"; hat and short scarf with buttons
Finally, some yarn “progressions” — groups of similar hue and saturation/purity, but a range of light/dark value:
Shetland blues, by value
Knit Picks greens, by value
Shetland oranges, by value
Shetland purples, by value
Posted in Cap/Hat, Color-work, Design, Knitting, scarf | Tagged: 3-color spiral, Austrian twisted stitch, Bavarian twisted stitch, cap, color theory, fair isle, hat, Noro, Noro Silver Thaw, swatch | 3 Comments »
Posted by mtmom on April 18, 2008
So sorry, gentle reader, to have let the silence grow so long. Not quite sure how it happened.
Teen-genius has just returned triumphant from a trip to Minneapolis where he and his LifeSmarts teammates represented Arizona in the national competition and won “the whole enchiliada”! They each received lots of prizes, including an iPhone and a $1200 Savings Bond. Plus, they had a Really Good Time (hooray!). I have personally benefited from his haul to the tune of one floral-designed totebag and several Band-Aids. [Long story, involving a cat, a dog, a fence, and a dermatologist.]
I have spent some time lately in adding a broad range of sizes to my 3-Color Spiral Cap pattern. The new version is not posted yet — still fine tuning and testing. I am working toward having kits to sell online. [That’s right — yes — for money! A first for Mt. Mom.] Teen-genius has been working on website design, and I’ve been winding yarns and assembling the kits for (so far) two colorways. Since each hat requires 3 yarns, I thought some knitters might appreciate the convenience of pre-measured mini-balls. One of the gals in my knitting circle is currently test knitting one of the larger sizes, checking the clarity of the instructions and the accuracy of the suggested measurements/stitch-counts. [Ah, the business of knitweat design!]
Here MiddleDD models the “maritime” colorway.
Chloe finds it interesting too.
But what she REALLY likes is. . .
Maybe you’d recognize that item in its pre-cat-toy state:
“Oops! Darn thing got away from me!” . . . “can’t . . . quite . . . reach . . . .”
Posted in Cap/Hat, Cat, Design, Knitting | Tagged: 3-color spiral, cat toy, Knitting, LifeSmarts, maritime cap | 2 Comments »
Posted by mtmom on March 28, 2008
Spring is proceeding. Remember the shot of daffodil leaves, a week or so ago? Well, here they are again, only bigger.
We also have tulips coming up.
I finished the 8-Trick Pocket Hat! Here it is, just before I grafted the top shut.
This hat has been FUN to knit! The back-join (see TECHknitting — link in sidebar)continued to give me problems, eventhough I had 4 yarn-changes to practice it on, so I varied it for the last stripe and it worked better for me that way. Went ahead and darned the ends in more securely than specified.
I, of course, immediately cast on for another project. This will be, I hope, a new colorway for my 3-Color Spiral Cap pattern (available free in PDF here and on Ravelry). I’ll try for truer colors in future photos; this is navy with medium green and light turquoise. “We’re in the Navy now…! La da da di dat ti dah.”
[BTW, see if you can spot signs of my Little Helper in each of these knitting photos!]
On the sock-design front, I have 2 sock-tops in progress: one as the beginning of a sampler to show Lord Scott some possibilities. . .
. . . and one for my next pair of knee socks — gotta beat the sag!
Posted in Cap/Hat, Cat, Design, Knitting, Socks | Tagged: 3-color spiral, 8-trick, cap, hat, kilt hose, knee socks, Knitting, sock top, Socks, turn-down cuff | 2 Comments »