The tour is coming to San Francisco. I bought tickets. The Bill Murray Sweater officially has a deadline. December 8th. Time to get on it.
I think it’s really going to be more of a vest?!?
That said, instead of working on that particular project, I’m cast on with this:
I attempted to trade my Fade to Yellow skein for a Concrete & Tulips skein — aka the rainbow and grey colorway. It didn’t quite go down that way though. One enterprising Raveler talked me into trading her a skein of Miss Babs’ Yowza. It was a color I really wanted but…I wanted this more!
It’s can’t wait! It’s a self striping yarn but instead of consistent lengths of each color, the colors get progressively longer. Instead of a big fat stripe of red at the top and little tiny stripe of blue at the bottom, the stripes will all be the same height. It’s definitely a minor detail to the untrained eye but knitters have been geeking out over it for a while. This yarn was quite hard to get for a minute there.
I’m sure stripe magic will take over and it’ll be done in a jiffy!
Of course, the only reason I’m allowed to cast on anything at all, Marled Magic is almost completely finished. Just a bit of end weaving left. The braid & the tassel turned out just right. A bit fiddly at first but third time was the charm!
Marled Magic Clue 3 is done! I am still loving this so much. That big section of seed stitch made me happy. I think seed stitch is fun to do.
Now, I’m on to Clue 4. A 600+ stitch i-cord bind off. I also happen to think that is fun to do. Especially when it’s neon peach!
It’s not like I’m saving the neon peach for something special?!?! I think it’s just the thing to liven up some of the darker colors I used. I’m about halfway.
And then, finally, the whole reason I wanted to knit this pattern…braiding the ends into a design feature rather than weaving them in! Oh yeaaah!
And, I’ve already picked out yarn for the next one. This was too fun to only knit once.
I’ve got a lot of blue & blue adjacent fingering weight yarn.
Marled Magic #2 isn’t actually going to be marled though.
The marl is accomplished with two strands of yarn held together. The result is a very heavy shawl. I’ve only knit the medium size to keep the weight down. For #2, I’ll just use one strand of yarn and do stripes, maybe faded stripes. And definitely knit the large size!! It’s gonna so good! …eventually!
We’ve lost quite a few yarn shops in the bay area over the past couple years. We have been fortunate enough to get a whole bunch of new shops in that time though! I’m slowly getting around to visiting them all!
It’s a crafting consignment store! What a brilliant idea! The shop has ALLLLLLL the crafts. Yarn, beads, fabric, books, rubber stamps and notions of all kinds…you name it, they had it! All your crafting obsessions in one place!!
and the best part: Amazing prices on all of it!
Socks that Rock — $12. Sanguine Gryphon — $14. Koigu KPPPM — $7.50. I’m not sure how I managed it but somehow I did not buy yarn. I bought a couple embroidery hoops for my cross stitches instead.
And, I wanted to try out the consignment process so I took some of my yarn to be sold. So far, the process has been easy. I just filled out a sheet with contact information. Now we just wait for my yarn to be sold. I’ve got 90 days. After that, if it hasn’t sold I need to go collect it, or it will be donated. Fair enough.
I actually don’t think I’ll consign much yarn but I wanted to give it a try just to say I’d given it a try. Once a yarn has sold, the shop and the consigner split the money 50-50. With items being priced to sell, it’s not unreasonable to expect only 25% of retail value of items to be recouped.
I think I like my yarn more than 25% of retail value. It’s gonna take a while, but I will get to it all! I’m happy other people want to part with their yarn though!
I figure when I go back to pick up the proceeds of my consignment, I can spend that money on new yarn! I think I’ll probably get enough for 2-3 balls of new yarn, or at least new to me.
The book selection was great too! Lots of great books for $7.50. At that price, I don’t mind buying a book for just one pattern! You could even take it back for re-consignment when you’re done with it! Yay for crafty recycling!
My only complaint about the place…Alameda is too far away for me to stop in regularly. Weekend traffic meant it took an hour to drive 15 miles. Booo traffic. The way stock rotates means you never know what gems are in stock. If the ReCrafting Co was just down the street, I’d stop in all the time!
After being out of town last weekend, I was pretty stoked for a weekend at home. I hit the cross stitch hard.
A little ode to the Grateful Dead.
Followed by the realization that it’s already Sunday night.
Where does the time go?
There was plenty of knitting too. It hasn’t been digitally immortalized yet though. I continue to think about Cat Sweater #2, but that’s it, just thinking about it. Marled Magic is too much fun to put down. Pics soon! Clue 3 is nearly finished!!!
Once again, the stash has grown. I ventured north out of town last weekend.
North means Knitterly in Petaluma. It’s a really cute shop and the staff is lovely.
I stop whenever I can. I didn’t think I was having a yarn bonanza. I thought I was making one small stop.
I bought three skeins of Woolfolk Tynd. It’s amazing. It’s soooooooo soft. And, in all my time hanging around yarn shops, I’ve never used any Woolfolk. This seemed like a good excuse.
That was it. Just three skeins.
I honestly thought I was done buying yarn for the weekend.
Until. I. Remembered. This.
Really? Did I plan a trip to Mendocino without realizing it was the same weekend as the county fair which just so happens to include the California Wool Show?? Yes. Yes, I did.
As soon as I realized this, I was on my way. An hour drive out and an hour drive back, left me with two hours of county fair & yarn shopping time before I needed to be back for the wedding. You know, the reason I went north in the first place. Not the yarn. Yarn just happens. Who am I to say no?
I had time for knitting & curly fries. Not actually a great combination. Greasy fingers. Once I cleaned up, I did manage to find a little bit more yarn I liked at Sincere Sheep.
Indigo & natural dyed gradient on Cormo grown in Wyoming! And it’s not superwash! Sign me the heck up!!
Cormo is awesome. It’s a Corriedale – Merino cross. We all know the softness of Merino! Corriedale has a long staple length which brings in a sturdy, hardwearing quality. The result is a soft, springy yarn that wears wells.
That made this, entirely irresistable:
It’s a kit for the Andrea Mowry shawl, Briochealicious. It’s a crescent shaped shawl with alternating bands of brioche and garter stitch. It’s going to be mega squish heaven! The squish of the brioche compounded by the squish of the yarn! I can’t wait.
I have to though. Because there’s this.
An amazing blue & grey colorway from Nerd Girl Yarns called My Internet Friends are Real, from an internet friend, naturally. It’s even more gorgeous than it looks. I’m thinking a hat, from Woolly Wormhead, Sumner. I like the structure of it.
We’ll see…so much knitting. I need to do some finishing first! I think cat sweater #2 should be next. It’s time. I’m ready to be wearing a cat sweater. Obviously. Must. Knit. Faster!
And I love it! I dunno if it’s the colors or the textures or the construction or the stash busting…
But I want to make about six more of these! I love everything about it! The construction is so unique. The marled effect from double stranding is so fun! Mixing colors and fading stripes are so satisfying! This is a lot of fun to knit!
Clue 3 picks up the free edge of the mesh section. Contrast is recommended. I think I’m going for purples.
It’s been a while, life happens. Last weekend in particular. After doing nothing but crafting in August. September has roared to life! There were many parties, all with libations but only one with YARN!
My knitting group had a big yarn swap! We’ve done small white elephant style yarn swaps in the past but frankly, I’ve got enough of my own white elephant yarn. I don’t need anyone else’s. And, I knit with a group that is very experienced. More importantly, they have VERY NICE STASHES! I wanted a piece of that action. On the day of our last white elephant swap, I casually suggested we do a bigger, more open swap.
Apparently, they wanted a piece of MY STASH too! In no time, we had organized ourselves a party.
This is just a sampling of what I took for swapping. There comes a time, if it’s been in the stash untouched for years, let someone else have a crack at it! And, if I’m being honest, I still kept the best stuff for myself. This was only the stuff I could bare to part with.
I’m pleased to say, I came home with a lot of great stuff! I’m impressed with what I managed to pry away from them. I can’t wait to use it all. So far though, I’m stuck in the chaos of it.
There’s a desk under there somewhere, I swear! So what’s in this pile? I have spent a fair amount of time putting in piles and then rearranging the piles. And, taking pictures of piles, of course.
I have put two of the new yarns into my Marled Magic shawl so far. I started with that skinny purple mohair. It was hard to ignore that ball in the swap pile, when I had crazy purple brioche on my needles, at that exact moment.
The second yarn is a skein of MadTosh Twist Light, which I’ve never actually used before. It’s grey and pastel variegated, so it’s perfect to tone down some of the neons I’ve got. Right now, a highlighter yellow color, up next will be some neon peach!
I walked away from the swap with not one but TWO skeins of Caterpillar Green striping shawl skeins. Not my favorite colors but this yarn is fun! I think the Fade to Black color is going to become a Dotted Rays. Not sure about the Fade to Yellow, suggestions anyone?
This beauty…a Koigu dye job on Buffalo Wool Co.’s bison and silk laceweight. It’s 400 yards, that is something amazing and lightweight. I almost think I should do lace?!?
And then, there’s this…
The Bill Murray Sweater really needs to happen. I’ll never match his original dye lot, so rather than try, I’m collecting a mish-mash of white and off white yarns. It’s going to be a simple vest I think. It’s very much a work in progress. Calling it a work is even a stretch. It’s still mostly an idea but now I’ve got 7 balls of Jojoland Baritone to add to the pile. It should be the perfect base. I’ll fill in with my other oddments as it progresses and it’s going to be charming and perfect…eventually. (which just got a little sooner!)
And now, let the weekend begin. First Stop: The Knitterly in Petaluma. It’s Friday, I’m driving by. I should probably just buy yarn!
Back in the day, when I was doing a lot of yarn bombing, I had two rules: No Trees and Nothing Politics. Well, needless to say, given the political strife of late, I’ve relaxed one of those rules.
Last week’s bike rack cozy was my first political yarn bomb. It went on the bike rack just outside my local watering hole. This is the same pub that hosts my weekly knitting group. I’ve yarn bombed this particular corner quite a few times. Both of these lasted more than a year:
So imagine my surprise when my hot pink political statement was gone in 4 days!
I wasn’t particularly happy with the lettering. It’s duplicate stitch turned on it’s side. It was weird. It stretched funny. I don’t mind that it’s no longer on display.
I’m not even that mad it got taken down so quickly. Knowing I pushed someone’s button enough to see it and then return later with scissors to cut it off, I enjoy that bit. Especially because I already had another yarn bomb ready to go.
I tried a lot of different methods for the lettering. Ultimately I decided on this free hand, skewed back stitch. I didn’t follow a chart so it went fast. I just kinda winged it, making sure all my lines had a slant to them. I did this to keep the letters from falling into the ditch between stitches. They would get completely lost so this was an attempt to fix that.
Not only did I fix the problem, I improved the situation, if I do say so myself. I really like it. It’s accidentally punk! It’s got a bit of edge. It’s not just cutesy and soft. It’s an homage to the graffiti ancestors that inspired it.
So, Random Neighborhood Trump Lover, thanks for cleaning up my trash! This second one is even better! Now, lets see how long it lasts.
I have a feeling the third one (let’s face it, there IS going to be a third one.) will be even better because, nevertheless, I persist.