Sunday, March 29, 2009

You happy now, Judith?

I got wind that some people were getting tired of seeing my last post. A threat of bodily harm might even have been uttered. But I'm not naming any names... Suffice it to say, it was motivation to get off my behind and take a few pics.

Storm Mittens

storm mittens
Yarn: 1 skein of Crown Mountain Farm Sock Hop, in "Riders on the Storm"
Needles: 2.75mm
Pattern: winged it

I was inspired by these, these, these, these and these. They're perfect "transition" mittens. Not heavy enough for a deep freeze, but great for these nippy Spring mornings. They're very soft, but with softness comes pilling. I was a bit surprised to see sock yarn fuzz up like that. I've cleaned them up (very carefully) with a razor, and they're fine now.

As I hinted in my last post, I couldn't resist picking up a little more handspun.

grellow handspun
Grellow, by Weaverknits.

I've already knitted it up into a very cute Shackleton, but my camera batteries pooped out on me, so I'll have to show you some other day.

Hope that's ok with you, Miss J.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


I think I'm going to have to learn to spin.
Either that, or sell my house and move to a van down by the river.



Expensive, but wow.

Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop Yarn, in "Riders on the Storm".

I'm knitting mittens, because unbelievably I actually need a pair (where have all my other ones gone???), and second of all, I do not want to cram this gorgeous stuff into shoes. I want to see it, on a daily basis. Well, at least till it becomes too warm to wear mitts, and even then....

The exciting thing is that I have more handspun on the way. A bit of Grellow to adorn my head.

Though I promise that after that, I will only shop from my stash "store". Which shouldn't be too difficult, as it's well stocked!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Mignonne Marysol

mignonne: qui dans son apparence menue, a de la grâce et de l'agrément
(who in its diminutive appearance, is graceful and agreeable)

Mignonne is the perfect word to describe my friend Marysol. Don't you just love her impish grin? And check out all the cool art behind her. Marysol is an amazing artist (as well as an incredible cook) and it's always a treat to go over to hers to feed the eyes and the stomach.


A little birthday gift to match her pretty blue eyes was needed. Porom fit the bill, in lovely Berrocco ultra Alpaca Light (I am so in LOVE with this yarn!)

Ravelry details are here.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hard-won success!

Did you ever have yarn in your stash that you thought was absolutely lovely, but try as you might, you could never knit a successful garment out of it?

Such was the case with this yarn. For years, it refused to turn itself into something worthy.

After failing miserably at being a Jane, a Clapotis, a Shorelines, and an Ene's, I felt like giving up on it. The thick and thin quality of the yarn makes for uneven-looking knitting (something I have "difficulty" with during the pre-blocked knitting stage). I finally decided that simpler was better and knit a very long and wide Garter Rib scarf. Even then, I had to stop every 4 inches or so and steam what I had knit to reassure myself that it was going to look decent. I couldn't stand how crumpled it looked.

But now, I'm quite happy.


The earrings are the second installment of my birthday goodies. Aren't they sweet? The talented Elizabeth Scott has pressed hydrangea flowers into silver. All her designs are truly sigh-worthy (oh, the birch bark ring...)

One more package to come, and this is some handspun goodness. Come on, hurry up Mrs. Postwoman!