Tied In Knots

It’s been awhile since I’ve released any sort of knitting anything, so I’m fixing that today!  I’ve had a few things sitting around, totally finished, tested, and proofed, ready to be published, except that I was missing something – pictures!  When I went home to Wisconsin last month for the funeral, I set aside some time for a photo shoot with Dark Moon Photography, one of my favorite people to work with behind a lens.

We have a few things we’re working on to be released soon.  I’ve also got a couple more patterns in the works that need to be tested before I can do anything more with them.  I’m so excited to be releasing this one, since it’s been sitting on the back burner, lonely, dusty, forgotten for the past 8 months or so (yikes….)  I’m wearing it right now as I write this post.

DSC_6733It’s like being wrapped in a hug all day.  I first saw a rib warmer in my lyra class a few years ago.  It seemed like the strangest thing to me.  The one my instructor was wearing was white, and looked more like a medical bandage than anything.  She wore it every class.  After a few classes, I had one mapped out in my head and immediately put it on the needles.

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I wanted something a little more interesting though – twisted and intricate.  Thus, the Silk Knot rib warmer was devised.  I called it Silk Knot because the cables reminded me of the knots I would tie in the silks I was teaching with.  Since this was the first of my circus-inspired patterns, I felt it very appropriate.

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This is the second of many circus and dance inspired patterns (the first released was the Lyra Legwarmers).  There are more in the works, and I finally have some space here to take pictures in, so hopefully it’s not months between releases.

Find the Silk Knot Ribwarmer by going to the Patterns page of this blog, or by going to Ravelry directly.  Remember to link your project to the pattern page so we can see how it goes!

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NaKniSweMo Day 2 (And Other Things)

National Knit a Sweater Month began yesterday, and I did so much as to cast on and knit an inch before calling it a night.  A weird allergic reaction caused me to spend the evening in discomfort and day 2 dawned with me feeling worn and super sensitive to everything.  Today was my first day completely free of obligation – no work, no school, nothing.  I had wanted to spend it exploring, and instead spent it watching tv reruns and knitting.  I must admit though, it was relieving to not think of circus or dance for a little while.

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I ended up choosing Stephen West’s Enchanted Mesa design before of it’s stash busting qualities.  I had a selection of yarn selected for the pattern, and after the first short row section I nixed my original plans and grabbed different yarn from the stash.  This new option is much more colorful and fun to knit.

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Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll in Fedora, Cascade Sport in “849”, Malabrigo sock (from previous project, lost tag), Haute Knit Yarn, and Pingouin in “520”

Total Stitches: 12,876 (25% of total goal)

The Right Motivation

Week 7 started (I think it’s week 7, but time is kind of blurred because it’s going so fast).  Also, session 2 of the program, which means that some of our classes have changed.  Technique changed from slings to rope and harness, nutrition to kinesiology, pilates to modern dance, and contact improv to handstands.  I’m still putting in extra training, dealing with sore muscles and stiff joints, and wanting to cry at least once a day.  I never thought I would call my life ordinary, but what I’ve been working on has reached such a point of familiarity that I forget there are others who might be interested in hearing about it.

Recent highlights and realizations?  In no particular order:

* Last week, ballet did not bring me to tears.  This is a huge accomplishment.

* It has been amazingly easy for me to make friends – I can’t even tell you.  I am full of gratitude, love and awe for the people I’ve been meeting since arriving in Boulder.  I have honestly never felt this integrated in a community.  Not only integrated, but a part of the community that helps it thrive, and a part that is missed when it is absent.

* I know our final performance is still 7 months away, but I found my song.  It’s still a secret, but I’m excited about choreographing for it.  I’m stuck between static trapeze and chains for my showcase.

* I have to do an assignment involving “space” (i.e. spacial awareness, movement through a space, etc.) and I have no idea how to show my interpretation of space.

This will all be elaborated on later.

My desire to feel like I am good at something, to feel accomplished at something, created an interesting case of finishing-itis.  That is, taking all of my knitting projects and trying to finish them.  I have had no desire to start anything new, just wrap up what’s been left on the needles for who knows how long.  This is partly spurred by the desire for a clean and organized house (nevermind the fact that all that is happening is a project is getting moved out of one box and into another location – nothing is actually freeing up more space).

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So, since Friday, I have been adding the last little details, weaving in ends, and blocking projects.  Last night, I finished an afghan I’ve been working on for nearly two years, and I can’t tell you how proud it made me.  I had been gifted a lot of a mystery yarn by a friend, and had no idea what to do with it, and it slowly became a blanket.  A rather large blanket, that ate up some of my scraps as I went.  Ellette loves it and doesn’t want to snuggle with any other blanket.

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I also realized that I have given away most of my hats – so I need to cast on for one, but can’t decide which.  And, October is almost over, which means NaKniSweMo will be starting soon (National Knit a Sweater Month), and I want to participate but don’t know which sweater to chose.  I’m stuck between Enchanted Mesa and Belle.  Thoughts?

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No finished things to show you just yet.  I have a few more ends to weave in before we photograph, and I was hoping to take some awesome aerial photos of them, so I’ll have to wait until I have studio time again.

In the meantime, while in search of mindless knitting, I wound some hanks of yarn and made some swatches, which were finally set up to block this morning.  I took the measurements necessary and now I simply have to hammer out the math, type up the pattern, and take it for a test drive.  I say simply, like math was ever simple for me.  Ha!

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Also, this lovely number has just been sent to test knitters, and I think I may keep it secret until it is released next month.  This article of clothing has been bouncing around in my head for awhile, and I’m going to work out another one in a fingering weight yarn – most likely this summer while traveling so it packs up nicely.

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I’m in love with the cables.

All of this fiber, combined with the above-freezing temperatures, is putting me in a good mood.  Spring has to be close.

A Blob of Yarn

Some of my projects, when photographed, just look like blobs of yarn – like I unwound an entire ball, wrapped them around my needles, and photographed them.  Then, I post them here and ask ‘What do you think?” as though I’m testing your ability to discern the stitches and lace amongst the fibery chaos.

This is no test, but it is one of those pictures.  Esjan is flowing off the needles, I just have to remember to work on a lot of other things while I’m trying to complete this before it gets too cold.

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I’m kind of in love with it though.  I wasn’t sure how I would like the colors when I started, since everything has been pulled from my stash and I have a million shades of green, but not much (or enough) of other colors.  I actually unraveled another WIP that I wasn’t happy with to get the variegated garter stitch start to this project.  I may not have enough of this particular shade of green (although, according to the amounts Mr. West says are necessary, I should have more than enough).  I’m thinking I might do the next lace section in the same variegated as the top, and the last lace section in the remainder of the green.  It will all be edged by that delicious chocolate brown for a stark division of the sections.  Thoughts?

I Am A Well-Oiled Knitting Machine

With my inspirational dry-spell being cleared up by disappointing news earlier this week, I have charted and started more projects than I can remember.  I’ve sketched, written, and swatched enough new patterns to last me through to April.  Granted, my holiday knitting went swiftly to the back burner, where I somehow manage to do a single row each day (not nearly enough to finish in time, I’m delusional, but that isn’t new).

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I’m hoping to have this fun, colorful item charted by the end of the weekend so I can begin construction on Monday.  I know exactly which yarn from my stash to use for it.  It’s a yarn that I have worked with many times before so the gauge is solid and I can anticipate how the yarn will react to the pattern.  Of course, when has gauge ever been predictable??

Any guesses as to the inspiration for this one?

Introducing: Checkmate!

I am happy to finally introduce a new pattern to you, one that has been under construction and scrutiny and testing for quite some time now (I will refrain from stating how long exactly).  The point is, it’s done!  It’s been knit, tested, revised, photographed, written up and has just been uploaded to Ravelry.

 

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The Checkmate Chess Board is a 3 dimensional game for the whole family to enjoy.  It’s knit on US size 1 needles using fingering weight yarn, so it is small and portable, but will become a stunning family heirloom.

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Each piece was carefully mapped out so that the size and shape would be consistent, interesting, yet not so complicated as to seem impossible.  The knight pictured above was the hardest one of all!

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There are more pictures on the Ravelry Pattern Page Here along with a link to purchase the pattern and get to work.  Join the Little Green Pixie Knits Rav group to join other LGP fans.  I’m excited to see it completed and released.  I hope you enjoy!

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