Fiber · knitting

Yarn & Fibre Diet

Yesterday on my Instagram TV channel, I officially announced that I was going on a yarn diet. Saying it out loud keeps me mindful and (I hope) will hold me accountable. From now until at least December, I am only knitting from my stash and trying to knit mostly for others. I don’t like having too much of anything. I feel its wasteful, disrespectful and unappreciative. In the world of essential oils we are taught to respect how much work it takes to get one drop of oil from a plant. Because of that, we are mindful in the use of it. I don’t buy a ton of oil that may sit and rancid. I don’t run my diffuser for hours on end, so I don’t even smell it anymore. Thirty minutes at a time is sufficient to get the effects of the oil(s). I don’t want yarn to just sit and look pretty. I want to use it, appreciate it and share it with someone. I will be sharing photos along the journey here and on Instagram as Nyknits.

Is anyone else feeling the need to downsize? To not have too much of anything? Tell me about it. How are you doing it?

Until next time…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crochet · Fiber · knitting

Free All you Can Watch Craftsy! 

Monday, September 4th Craftsy is having an all day all you can stream extravaganza. All free! If you’re not akready a Craftsy member, this should convince you to join. Learn to knit, crochet, quilt sew…Have fun!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

My third pair of socks this year will be a new technique for me. Last night at an impromptu knitting circle, one of the women taught me how to knit with two circular needles.

The plan is to start the toe with two circs, increase to sixty stitches total, then switch to my nine inch circs for the rest of the sock. I’m not sure which heel I will use. I’m thinking I may go with a gusset and German short row heel.

The yarns I intend to use are Knit Picks Stroll, Manos Del Uruguy AlegriaIMG_1365 ( just luscious) and Holda fiber by a local dyer.

The Knit Picks stroll is 75%superwash merino and 25% nylon. The Manos Alegria is 75% superwash merino and 25% polyamide. I no longer have the label for the Holda yarn. I believe it is also 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon

Enjoy the weekend and knit, knit, knit.

Hand knit socks · knitting

My First Pair Of Socks in 2017

This is my first pair of socks for 2017. My goal is to knit at least 17 pairs in 2017. I also want to learn to knit socks cuff down and to learn two additional heel patterns. The fish lips kiss (I love the sound of that) and the sweet tomato heel.

The yarn I used for this project is Debbie Macomber Blossom Street in the Plum colorway. I love this yarn. Wool, angora and nylon. Ahhh, ❤💙💚

The pattern is Lamaisonrililie’s toe up version of Hermione’s Everyday Sock.

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Knitting Workshop with Elizabeth Zimmermann

I borrowed the Knitting Workshop with Elizabeth Zimmermann DVD from my local library. Twice. I haven’t seen it all yet. There are two discs, divided into three parts with four half hour lessons in each part. 

I started watching and taking notes. However, watching her knit gave me the urge to knit, so I watched and knit along with EZ. Now, it’s an after the holidays purchase for myself. I am loving it! What a personality this woman was. 

What’s included in the DVD 


The website has patterns, books and videos. Enjoy!

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Three Free Bulky Cowl Patterns

My all time favorite cowl pattern is The GAP-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley. It’s the first one I knit and also the easiest. It’s a simple seed stitch (my favorite) and always looks great. Comfy and cozy.

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Another goody is The Cozy Ribbed Scarf by Lady By The Bay. The ribbing gives this cowl a wonderful, stretchy feel. This one says “weekend and jeans” to me.

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Next is The Squishy Soft Cowl by Jill June. This one has an interesting and pretty diagonal line.

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All three of these cowls are on the hot right now list on Ravelry. They are quick knits due to the bulky yarn and large needles. Give one, two or all three a try. Enjoy!