Sunday, December 21, 2014

Warm fuzzy yummy mittens

I am still battling the big blue blob.  I've knit about halfway through the second sleeve, so it won't be ready for Christmas, but it should be done not long after.  I have packed another present in the box and will send the sweater by and by.

In the meantime, you get another finished object post!  How lucky are you.

The Common Reader will remember that I bought a new-to-me spinning wheel.  A few weeks later, the lady I purchased it from, Nena, called me up and asked if I would like some fiber she'd found while cleaning.  Would I ever!

Among this fiber was some angora/alpaca roving that she'd purchased at Estes in 1996 (!!).  It was perfectly lovely.  I had promised Malia, one of our wedding attendants, that I would knit her anything she liked--within reason--and she requested mittens.  When I saw the alpaca/angora, the wheels in my head and my living room* began turning immediately.

The roving became this:

About 120 yards of bulky-weight yarn
which in turn became these:

Some pretty fucking fabulous mittens
Aren't they pretty?  I could not resist putting them on myself.

I also knit a matching earwarmer
And they got to Malia just in time for the snow to start where she lives.  A success all around.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Animal Crackers

in my soup, monkeys and rabbits loop-de-loop . . .


As you may have guessed, I finished the Animal Crackers socks!

PATTERN: Animal Crackers by Don Yarman.  Interesting and enjoyable to knit.  I made the smallest size minus four stitches to account for my gauge in the thickish yarn. 

YARN: Wollmeise Twin (80/20 merino/nylon, 510 yds/150g skein) in colorway WD Himbeere.  A note about Wollmeise colors--Claudia, the dyer, has what you might call exacting color standards, and skeins that don't meet them are pulled out and labeled "We're Different."  She sells them in grab bags on her website, and sometimes regular skeins are pressed into service.  So WD skeins can be very close to a named colorway, or they can be radically different.  Either way, they're still lovely.

As always, it's a pleasure to knit with WM, and it makes wonderful socks.  I used just under 100g.

NEEDLES: US 0/2mm.  Knitter's Pride Karbonz have lately become my favorites, more so even than wood.  I don't like the metal tips, which seem a bit sleazy, but I do like the carbon.  I have a pair of knockoff Blackthorns, but I haven't tried them yet.

NOTES: Gozer approves!

I am still knitting on the big blue blob, incidentally.  It has gained a ribbing and about 8 inches of sleeve.  Send chocolate.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

In progress

Oh good heavens, I blinked again, and here it is December.

I have been knitting a great deal, mostly on this:

"This," you may say, "looks an awful lot like a giant blue blob."  Well, you'd be right about that. In theory it will grow up to be a "# 255 Henley neck down pullover for men" (how's that for euphony?), which is intended as a Christmas present for my little brother.  I've been working mostly on that because, as the astute will note, Christmas is only about three weeks away, and the blob is still in blob form.  It is several inches longer now than in the photo but not THAT much longer.

My other project of late, when I can't take anymore of the Blob, is a sock.  It is also intended as a gift, but I don't think it will be a Christmas gift.  More like a vernal equinox gift.

I do have lots and lots of finished objects to show you, but those will have to wait for another day, as I am back to blob knitting.  Later, gators!

Monday, November 10, 2014


Oh my goodness, what happened to October?!  I blinked and there it went.

I have been knitting, but don't have anything suitable to show you today . . . so let's go once more to the archives.  I see I have reached Camp Loopy 2013

These were my first project, a pair of Charybdis socks.  (And coincidentally I'm wearing them as I type.)

PATTERN: Charybdis by Fiona Bennett.  I used my favorite toe and heel and pretty much butchered her very nice pattern.  My apologies. 

YARN: Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock (80/10/10 merino/cashmere/nylon, 420 yds per 113g skein).  I would classify it as a heavier fingering.  I haven't been best pleased with the wear on this yarn--it has a ton of pills after just a little over a year of wear.  But in fairness, the dyer does note "technically, you can machine wash, but I wouldn’t," and I do.  I also throw them in the dryer occasionally.  On the other hand, they are very soft and comfortable to wear.

NEEDLES: US 1/2.25mm.  I usually knit socks on 2.0mms, hence the classification as a heavier fingering.

NOTES: A quick and enjoyable knit.  I had to unpick the cast-off on one sock and keep knitting in order to use the required amount for Camp Loopy.  I have this problem with socks frequently, as I like them on the shorter side (read: am lazy) and my loose knitting means I tend to use less yarn when I do so.

These pictures were taken by my wonderful friend Amanda.  Thanks, Amanda!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Matchless Matchless

Has it really been a week since I posted last?  My apologies!  The week was consumed by duplicate stitch.  But now that is done, and as soon as the body of the sweater dries, I can set in the sleeves and the snaps and it will be done!  But for now, it is drying.  As is a swatch for another sweater, and a hat I knit for the Irishman.  And I finished the Animal Crackers socks, which haven't even been washed yet because I wore them immediately.  (It was chilly.)

In fact, I don't have anything on the needles but the mindless socks for my mom and my perpetual raglan sweater.  It is a very odd feeling.  Right now I am virtuously persisting on the raglan rather than casting on something knew, but I can't promise this will last.

In lieu of knitting content, let me tell you about my new spinning wheel.  Oh, that's right, I bought a wheel about six weeks ago.


I had no intention of doing so!  It was Aspen's fault! 

You see, on Labor Day we went to Paradise Fibers.  Aspen was actively shopping for a wheel, so she was trying out this, that, and the other thing all over the place.  I spun on a few, but as I wasn't looking for one, I didn't really put any through their paces.  I did come away thinking that if I were ever to get another wheel, a Schacht Matchless would really be the wheel for me.  But the cost is rather prohibitive, and I wasn't in the market.

The next weekend, I went to my LYS for knit group, and, lo and behold, there was a flyer up from someone selling her Matchless.  For just about half the price of a new one.


So I bought the wheel, of course.  Isn't she pretty?

And I will never need another wheel again, as she does everything one would ever want to do.  Now I just need to get to spinning . . .

Friday, October 10, 2014

Shetland Sale

My friend Kate Heppell (best known for Love in a Cold Climate) has two promos going on at the moment!

First, her ebook, Shetland Story, is 25% off with the code SHETLAND25.

And second, her newly self-published Insight: a Reversible Sweater is half-price until October 17, making it about $4 USD--a steal!

© and courtesy Kate Heppell

Thursday, October 9, 2014


So far, this has been a rather frustrating week.  Remember the baby sweater?

A very bad picture by way of reminder

All the pieces are knit, and all the extant ends woven in.  Next is the duplicate stitch to form the plaid pattern.  At first, I thought this would be a doddle, as I could use the crochet hook method (explained very nicely here), but it turned out not to be workable.  (The crochet stitches spread the knitting too far and make it look funny.)  So now I am duplicate stitching, stitch by tedious stitch.  It is customary at this junction to request that others send alcohol, or chocolate, or whatever the knitter's personal vice may be, but in this case I don't think that legal stimulants will cut it.  Send methamphetamine.

Next, my mindless sock-in-progress went from this (plus about two inches, since I worked on it at the movies the other day):

to this:

as I finally accepted that it was going to be too big to fit the intended recipient.  The good news, I suppose, is that eight fewer stitches will be that much quicker to knit.  But!!

And finally, I have hauled out a UFO that is positively ancient, by my standards--it was begun in March 2012.   It's a top-down raglan sweater (read: boring), and I don't really like it?  I think I will like the finished product, but the knitting of it is tedious, and I didn't do a very good job with the pattern.

Or this photo.

I feel like casting on something very easy and bulky, just so I'll have the satisfaction of finishing it.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Exercises in Procrastination

Now here is an olllllllllllllllllld project.  I started this shawl in July 2011.  You may behold the cast on photo here.  It was just a diversion while I waited for more yarn to finish my Birthday Pi, so I abandoned it.  Then the next winter I picked it up while waiting on more yarn for Maplewing.  Then the next summer I picked it up after finishing my Aeolian and then dropped it to work on my Ravelympics project.

Sensing a theme?

Anyway, I finally took it up seriously last spring (that would be 2013, for those who have completely lost the plot) and knit until I got bored.  But this time I decided it was big enough and bound it off.  Yay.

PATTERN:  Dorothy, designed by my good friend Jane.  But I made it in laceweight instead of fingering because I am insane.

YARN: Jojoland Harmony (100% merino, 880 yds/50g skein) in the brilliantly-named colorway HC08.

NEEDLES: US 2/2.75mm

NOTES: I think I made eight repeats, but I'm really not sure.  Whatever.  It was big enough (about 60x32").  It has since gone to live with Aspen because orange is so not my color.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wedding Shawl, Complete

PATTERN: Tru Wuv, designed by my friend Jane

© Kat Canfield

YARN: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Marine Silk Lace (51/29/20 silk/merino/tencel, 868 yds/100g skein), color "Branwen."  I used an entire skein with a comfortable several-gram margin.

© Kat Canfield

NEEDLES: US 4/3.5mm

It was absolutely perfect.  Thanks, Jane!  Thanks, Kat!  Thanks, everybody!  (More pictures here . . .)

© Kat Canfield

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Done done done done done and I never have to look at the loathsome thing again.

Tomorrow I am mailing it to Australia.

YARN: Handmaiden Mini Maiden (50/50 wool/silk, 546 yds/100g skein), in colorways Peach Blossom and Jade.  I used all of the Jade and about 60% of the Peach Blossom, so about 850 yards total.

PATTERN: Daybreak by Stephen West.  With . . . modifications, shall we say?  I worked 27 stripes instead of the 20 called for in the pattern, only 5 garter ridges instead of 7, and worked the border in the main color instead of the contrast.

NEEDLES: US 1/2.25mm (pattern calls for US 4/3.5 mm).

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Not Quite So Speedy

After last week's hectic productivity (I finally finished the Daybreak!), this week has been more sedate.  I've worked more on the sweater for my little cousin . . .

(almost done with the back)

. . . and launched the second Animal Crackers sock.  

My brain is teeming with many ideas for this and that, but I am resolved to remain semi-monogamous until these are done.  Maybe.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Land Speed Record

In just a week, I went from this:

to this:

YARN: Wollmeise Pure (100% superwash merino, 575 yds/150g skein), colorway WD Sabrina.  I used about 115g.

PATTERN: Golden Orchids by Aino Haikala.

NEEDLES: US 4/3.5mm (down from the US 6/4.0mm suggested by the pattern)

BEADS: Random ones given me by my friend Brittany.  Glass with foil lining, no idea about the size.

NOTES: An easy and straightforward knit.  I wouldn't recommend it for the absolute lace beginner, but otherwise have at it. This is going to live with my friend Wendy as thanks for making my wedding dress!

Monday, September 15, 2014

This and That

So I didn't end up finishing my third Camp Loopy project.  *sadface*  Which meant, of course, that come September first I dropped it like a rock in order to finish up the big version of Lapstrake.  (Which is live, now, by the way!  Go buy it!  50% off until September 30!)

Having finished Lapstrake, I immediately cast on for two NEW things, instead of working on one of my languishing WIPs.  Because that's how I roll.

The first is a Golden Orchids shawl for Wollmeise Withdrawal Madness Month, in my very oldest skein of Wollmeise.  (It's not that old.  I'm a late bloomer.)  Here, Gozer assists me by modeling for you (and looking very confused).

The second is a Plaid Jacket for a baby cousin of mine.  (I realize that the link is wholly useless, since it has no pictures and the only project listed is mine, but I will try to take good notes and pictures.)

And now, if you'll excuse me, it's back to Golden Orchids I go.

Friday, September 12, 2014


I am pleased to announce that after months (and months and months) Lapstrake is finally available!

You'll remember the teaser shots from the contest I held to name the thing, and here it is in all its glory:

This design came about as a result of a Ravelry meeting--Heather posted about a potential blog swap, and I suggested that we collaborate on a project.  She dyed the yarn--in a custom colorway, no less!--and I designed this little shawl.  This project has been great fun from start to finish, and Heather is a great collaboratrix.  I hope we can work together again in the future!

If you'd like to use Heather's yarn to knit your own Lapstrake, go to her website and use coupon code LANA2014 for 20% off!  Even better, mention in your order that you are knitting a Lapstrake, and she will provide you with a coupon code to get a copy free.

If you're too impatient for that, it's available on Ravelry here for 4.50 USD, and until September 30, you can take 50% off with coupon code CLINKER.  Some details:

YARN: T&H Fiber Works Heather's Favorite Sock (80/20 merino/nylon, 400 yds/100g skein) in colorway “Lana” (small version) and Wollmeise Pure (100% superwash merino, 575 yds/150g) in colorway “Krauterbeet” (large version).   Any fingering weight yarn will work well for this pattern.

NEEDLES: 3.25/3.5mm needle or size to obtain gauge.

GAUGE: 20 stitches and 40 rows (20 garter ridges) = 4” in garter stitch, washed and blocked.

SIZE: Small (pink): Approximately 42.5” wingspan and 16.5” top to tip, washed and blocked.
Large (purple): Approximately 56” wingspan and 20” top to tip, washed and blocked.

Huge thanks to Heather for donating her yarn (and time) and to Allison for sending me the Wollmeise that became the large version as a wedding gift.  Thanks are due to my models, Aspen Davidoff, Mickey the cat, Biscuit the dog, and “Touch the Sky" the bronze sculpture.  Also to Pat Harding, who takes pictures for me even when he doesn't want to.  The name Lapstrake was suggested by Ravelry user Tianaeve.  Thanks, Tianaeve!

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Little Yarn Pr0n for Your Amusement

Still knitting away on my Daybreak (and the big version of the green-and-pink-shawl for Heather and the Animal Crackers socks and the mindless socks for my mom . . .), so in lieu of a knitting update, I though I would show some recently acquired pretties.

I have a pretty hardcore Wollmeise addiction and must feed the beast every so often or risk ending up in a yarn store shouting "RIGHT THERE IN THE VEIN!"  A month or so ago, I fed the beast with sock yarn:

From left to right (for some reason the picture is upside-down, but that hardly matters), colorways Holly, Pfauenauge, Tosca, Rubin, and Poison Nr. 5.

Om nom nom nom!  (I especially like the Poison Nr. 5.  It is the dark version of the colorway.  Yummy.)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I'm Back!

I have returned.  We got married.  It was great.  I will post pictures when I have them, including pictures of my fabbo wedding shawl.

On an administrative note, I still haven't heard from Karen B., winner of the blog contest.  Karen, please get in touch!

Update: Karen has been located, and the yarn will soon be making its way to her by postal shark.  Woot!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

And We're Off

Tomorrow, we're heading up to north Idaho to prepare for our wedding on Saturday.

So I won't be posting for a week or so, probably.  I'm sure you'll be bereft.

Gozer sez, don't cry.  I'll be back soon.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Drumroll, Please!

ETA: Karen, I don't have your contact info!  Please email me at

And the winner is . . . Karen B, who wrote "I like "clinker" or "lapstrake" because the lines remind me of viking-style ships."

She was spot on in her comparison, don't you think?

Gokstadskipet, Vikingskipmuseet, Oslo, 2005, Karamell

Lapstrake it is!

Honorable mentions include:

Hotline from Terri D

Lines of Lloyd from Tivity

Take Offs and Landings from Kaitlin (perhaps she is also a Rilo Kiley fan?)

Matrix from Joy

Vector from OneTwistedStitch

Electrical Alternans from Wendy

Thank you all so much for your participation--I totally know where I'm coming the next time I'm stuck on a pattern name.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Wherein You Do My Work for Me

So here's the deal, my darlings.  I need to name this:

(The shawl, not the dog.  The dog has a name already.)
It's a fingering-weight shawl, made with one skein of Heather's Favorite Sock Yarn.

Here are some more pictures, for your reference:

I simply can't think of what to call it, which is where you come in.

Leave a comment with your naming suggestion on this post, and the person whose name I choose will receive a skein of Wollmeise.

Specifically this skein:

This is a skein of Wollmeise Pure (100% superwash merino, 150g), in the colorway "Gluckstag" ("Lucky Day.")  (Not incidentally, it would work wonderfully to knit the pattern above.)


1) Eligible comments must be submitted by no later than midnight PST Thursday, August 21.

2) Multiple entries are welcome, but only one skein of yarn will be awarded.

3) Anyone may enter, but an international winner will not permitted to bitch about how slow the mail is.

4) I like pithy names that suit the item in question.  No profanity or lewdness, please.  (Subtle innuendo is okay.)

Go ye forth and name!

And have one more gratuitous Gozer photo: