Thursday, March 07, 2013

A Day in a Knitterly Life

Hi, Knitters,
First of all, a gigantic thank you is due for the Ebb Cowl love, my latest design that was released for Quince & Company. The Ebb Cowl has snuck its way onto the Ravelry Hot Right Now Top 20 Patterns two separate times already, climbing as high as number 4 on the list. There are over 100 people joined in the Ebb Cowl Knitalong as of now and the pattern was just released on March 5th. You can join in at anytime and the knitalong is staying open until April 30th, which is when I will shortly thereafter be drawing for prizes for those who finish a cowl. You can enter more than once if you finish more than one Ebb Cowl.

Don't forget that if you finish ANY of the projects before April 30th, 2013 from the Quince & Co. Scarves, Etc. 2013 ebook you can post with a photo in the Scarves, Etc. 2013 Finished Project thread on my Ravelry group to be entered to win prizes. Click here to see all of the designs in the ebook. It's that easy.

Other projects I am going to knit from the Scarves, Etc. 2013 ebook are: Gill's Rock (I already received my yarn for this from Quince, Finch in Winesap! Plus, Gill's Rock is inspired from one of my favorite, and Paula's, Wisconsin spots, Door County. Remember this and this and this?), Mainline, and the Aurora Shawl for starters. I wish I could knit through the entire collection...... 

Okay, on to other knitterly happenings now. In the first photo you can see that I have finally finished the first bobbin of singles I am working on for a 3-ply sock yarn. That lovely pink bobbin is from Corriedale roving in the Sweetheart colorway from Dyeabolical. I am spinning another bobbin of the Sweetheart and then the third bobbin is a lovely natural white wool roving that I picked up at the Dane County Farmers Market last summer. I love it all so far but it is a slow moving project due to my other knitting obligations right now. I just sneak in a bit here and there. 

I don't have an enormous collection of stitch markers like some do. I do have enough to get by though. The other day I filled my pepper grinder in the kitchen with more peppercorn. The peppercorn came in this little bottle, which I thought was very cute. I washed it out so it no longer smelled of pepper, although I am a pepper addict so that's not the worst thing. I then filled the clean bottle with stitch markers. I think it is really cute for some reason and I love to reuse/repurpose containers.

Those sheep stitch markers were given to me by pattytrish (rav id) in a swap a short while back on the Itty-Bitty Knits group. Click here to find out more about the stitch markers.

I've made some handspun sock knitting progress. I have two different handspun socks on the needles right now. I enjoy the way the barber pole handspun yarn knits up looking heathered or tweed-like. It's wonderful. This was spun from Moonshine Fiber Co. roving.

The second handspun sock I am knitting is yarn I made from 8oz. of Dyeabolical roving. This sock yarn I am keeping on my Yarn Buddy from Sun Valley Fibers (a great local to me yarn and fiber farm). You plop the yarn cake on and pull from the outside of the yarn cake and the yarn smoothly spins right off and onto your needles, a great and pretty invention. I bought mine in person at an event last year but you can order one from the Sun Valley website. The craftsmanship is beautiful. The wood, there are different choices, is rich. I use the Yarn Buddy all of the time. The spin is smooth as silk. You know, this would make such a great gift for any knitter if you are ever trying to think of something unique.

This is how I keep my Yarn Buddy and latest sock set up right in my living room. It's like a piece of artwork. Then when I am sitting in the living room I pick it up and knit a few rounds.

I did some colorful wash the other day! This is the other artwork in the living room.

I hang my old and worn sewn by me knitting bag (it's still my favorite bag) on a chair in my living room. The felted flower makes me so happy. Heather gave it to me as a gift a few years back at TNNA.  I put it right on my bag and have never taken it off since. Thank you, Heather!  It's so well made. Heather recycles wool sweaters to create these gorgeous flower pins. I dream of having a bunch more of these felted flowers to put one on every bag I own. It's so happy. 

Inside my worn bag? Peachy's GAP-tastic Cowl in progress. I'm making her cowl in 3 skeins of Quince & Co.'s Puffin in the Twig colorway. Fast and fun are words to describe this cowl. I've gotten Miss Molly to make one and now my sister and her daughter are making GAP-tastics, too. It's a free pattern on Ravelry.

I'm working mainly on workshop/teaching preparation right now. There is so much work to get done for my upcoming classes and I am working right up to the last minute, as always. I hope to see some of you at the Madison Knitters Guild Knit-In on Saturday. My classes are full and then some! I'll report back on this event next week.

Well, that was a link-filled post for you. What are you all working on this week? I'd love to hear.
best, susie
p.s. I have three new hat patterns is coming out soon! Here's a quick look at one of the new hats! I still have some work to do on these patterns but they are coming.....


redsoxgal5 said...

Loved this post,loved seeing your knitting life.... we all have one,fun to get a peak of yours. I loved the Yarn Buddy, just went to their site, so many beautiful woods to choose from,but I did. I think I may love it! Terrific idea! So I leearned something first off today!Snowing big time here in Boston...perfect k nitting weather!

Pam Johnson said...

Where will the patterns be revealed? Ravelry or in magazines? I can't wait to try my hand at your first one. So cute!

Susan B. Anderson said...

Hi, Pam,
The new hat patterns will be available for purchase in my Ravelry Pattern Shop - I don't know exactly when other than when I finish the patterns:).

The yarn for this first one is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Bulky. 1 skein.

Savannagal said...

I have a yarn buddy from Sun Valley Fibers too. I love it and use it all the time. The wood is gorgeous and the craftmanship outstanding. Plus they are simply the nicest people.

Kate (KnitsInClass) said...

I love seeing all the light and bright colors this morning - pink is a color I really need to do more with. So light and bright and springy!
I'm cracking open a fresh crate of a new base yarn to dye today - eagerly awaiting warmer weather so I can do my work outside.

Heather L. said...

Thank you Susan!!!! I'm so glad you enjoy the flower and I'm looking forward to sending you your new ones!!! Your work has always inspired me and I can't stop making those peapod hats!!! :)

GerryART said...

So many colorful, exciting projects.

Absolutely love your new stitch marker keeper. Jar of jewels !


Julia said...

SQUEEEEE!!!! New hat patterns! I love knitting your hats. Have a great time teaching your classes Susan! I hope one day you will visit Myrtle Beach, SC! :)

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for that hat pattern. My granddaughter and her Mom will love it!

Diane said...

Your blogs inspire me so much, Susan. I recently began work on my first sweater, the Annabel cardigan, in Osprey Pomegranate color. I ordered the pattern and yarn after reading your blog showing your cardigan :).

Terri Sue said...

loved your newsy post. It's nice to see what's going on.

Deb said...

Oh Oh Oh love new hat patterns!

julmurph said...

I have to tell you how much I look forward to and enjoy your posts. They are always full of imformation, inspiration and ideas. It is a pleasure to see an update in my inbox!

julmurph said...

I have to tell you how much I look forward to and enjoy your posts. They are always full of imformation, inspiration and ideas. It is a pleasure to see an update in my inbox!

Deborah said...

Love your blog Susan!
I am a l s o making that Gap-tastic cowl right now! I went to bind off mine and I was 20 stitches from the end and realized I ony had a few inches left of my yarn ;(
Now I have to wait to order another Spud & Chloe skein to finish it off.
I love it and it is a gift. I'd love to make more in neutral colors too...the one I made is in the colour Bayou.
Keep up the beautiful are such an inspiration to many!
Oh and I'm almost finished your "braided" is beautiful too!
I'll say it again, "Knitting..where have you been all my life?!" Lol
Have a wonderful week!

Deborah xo