Let The Games Begin!

The Olympics have begun!!  Wooo!  I’m excited!  Before I dive into all things Olympic (or Ravellenic) though, there’s a few loose ends to tie up.

Specifically, these loose ends…

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Striped Asymmetry is off the needles and ready for a blocking.   That little circle is the key feature of this little wrap.  It’s a keyhole to feed the other end through.  Perfect if you’re prone to losing shawl pins!

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It needs to be blocked.  It really did not want to cooperate for pictures.  The alternating garter & stockinette stripes, combined with the cinch of the keyhole really encouraged it to bunch and curl.

I couldn’t even get my usual fence shot because a big ass spider decided it was her fence.

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I politely asked her to move on.  She pretended like she didn’t hear me.  She, finally, started to see things my way after I took down half her web.  I didn’t want it to be too traumatic though so I left her alone after that.  I’ll go back tomorrow, to check her progress.  It’s a 30 foot fence.  She can have any of the other sections.  She’s a cool spider so hopefully she will stick around.

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With that tangent finally over, I can get down to the real business.  Olympic business!  The opening ceremony isn’t until prime time but I’ve started my people watching already!

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Looks at all those people in HATS!! Yes…I’m ready!  I am going on a major hat binge! The goal I’ve set for the Ravellenic games is a baker’s dozen…13 hats.

I’ve scoured Ravelry for inspiration.  I’ve sorted my yarn.  I think I’m ready!  I just need to pick a bag…

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The sorting was a few weeks back so it’s a random grab at this point!  Some bags contain single skeins that are brand new and ear marked for a project.  Some bags contain a heap of scraps for the mixing.  Some bags have patterns in them.  Some bags have enough yarn for six hats.  Anything could happen…

Your guess is as good as mine!  Stay tuned, the Parade of Hats is about to start…


 

 

WIP Wednesday

 

This week’s work-in-progress is a baby!!  I have recently learned, I am an aunt-to-be!

Not being one for suspense, my sister has dispensed with the waiting.  She’s announced, already, it’s a boy!  His name is Marcus.  We can expect him in July!

Naturally, the first thing I did was cast on a little pair of socks.

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Wee little baby socks are so fun to knit and I had just the right yarn.  Cascade Fixation, 98.3% cotton, 1.7% spandex.  The most amazing yarn blend ever.  The amount of stretch that can be introduced into cotton with less than 2% spandex is phenomenal!  Perfect for baby stuff.  And cotton…exactly what a summer baby needs!

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These little socks are the definition of instant gratification knitting!  Done in under 24 hours.  The pattern came from the wayback machine, you can find it here!  Super easy, top down with a heel flap.

Now, with baby’s first knitwear out of the way, I can start planning all the fun stuff.  Goes without saying, I’ll definitely be buying yarn again this year!  (I’ll take any excuse I can get.)

I’ve got so many thoughts.

I’m actually anti-baby blanket.  It’s a lot of boring repetitive work.  You get so much more bang for your knitting buck with a sweater.   But, I only have one sister and she’s only having one baby (they checked…it’s not twins!), so I’ll definitely be making a blanket exception here.  One with a pocket for a stuffie friend, I think.

Then, I’ll have to knit the stuffie friend.  And, of course, a sweater with another pocket for the stuffie friend.   and the stuffie friend might need a friend.  You see where this is going, yes?  It’s just going to keep snowballing.

And that’s before we even get to the whole Auntie Em thing.  Flying monkeys definitely need to happen.  I’m thinking about combining the ‘quiet book’ idea with a knit block in the Wizard of Oz theme.    I want to knit a house, with ruby slippers sticking out from under it.  Each side of the house, will have a little activity, like a quiet book.  The front door might open with a zipper.  Maybe the side of the house will have windows that attach with buttons.  Snaps are another idea.  More pockets to stuff things in.  Maybe an abacus sort of thing with beads that slide around.

Baby’s first ugly christmas sweater?  A baby gramps sweater…complete with elbow patches.  So many fun hats…animal hats and dinosaur hats.  Photo prop diaper covers.  Loveys with stuffie heads.  Yes, I want to knit all the baby things.  All of them!  ALL OF THEM!!!


 

Happy Birthday, MOM!

Here we are…another February 6th has rolled around!  There’s lots to celebrate today!  First, it’s Mom’s birthday!  Happy Birthday, Mom!   Here’s Mom with all the knits…

Appropriate because it’s also the FogKnits third anniversary, here at the blog and over on Etsy.

In honor of today’s special occasions, I’m pleased to announce a new collaboration with Mom and some new products in the FogKnits Etsy shop!  Without a doubt, all of my creativity comes from my Mother.  She’s got an impressive array of creative skills, from cake decorating to yarn dying.  Today, we’re showcasing her skills as a seamstress!

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The FogKnits Etsy shop now has a variety of large, cotton, drawstring project bags.  All handmade by Mom!  She’s got a great selection of fabrics and she really took it to heart when I suggested a LARGE size!   In addition to just being big, each bag has a gusset bottom so it expands into a very roomy project bag, easily accommodating sweaters and even afghans in progress!  I kinda wanna keep them all!

Find all the details in the shop at www.FogKnits.etsy.com.

I’ve added some new knits as well so check those out too!   Thanks for 3 great years of knitting chat and inspiration.  I appreciate all the comments and suggestions!  I can’t wait to see what the next chapter brings!  (HINT:  Knitting for Baby)  Stay tuned for all the details!


 

FO Friday – Dotted Grays

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My Dotted Grays is done!

This shawl flew off the needles!  The pattern is Stephen West’s Dotted Rays, one of my favorites.  I think this is my fourth one (and it won’t be the last).

The yarn is from Gauge Dye Works.  It’s a self striping yarn that employs ‘shawl striping’ which means the stripes are different lengths rather than a classic stripe where the stripes are all the same length.   Check out my recent Hydrogen Shawl to see another example of shawl stripes.

Unfortunately, I thought this was classic stripes when I started knitting, meaning it doesn’t matter which end you start from.  Turns out, it was shawl stripes and I essentially knit it ‘backwards’.   Whatever, I like it this way, especially because it’s different.

I’m not even upset by the lack of color.   I’ve got one more skein from Gauge Dye Works.  It’s called Fade to Yellow.

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I’m not sure what to do with it just yet.  It’s gotta be something I can knit in the dark though.  I need a new movie theater project stat!  Bill Murray and I are going to see Groundhogs Day this afternoon!!  Talk about FriYAY! Woooo!


 

Knittus Interruptus

I made it all the way to January 31st before I broke down and bought yarn.  Despite my ardent claims, we all knew it was going to happen.  I really did mean it though.  I thought I’d make it into February before I came up with an excuse.  And, I do think I’ve got a good excuse…

 

This is the Striped Asymmetry wrap.  I was supposed to have the exact right yarn for this project.  Woolfolk Tynd, the yarn the pattern calls for.

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Turns out, I didn’t.  And, I’m so far off, I can’t even call this a yarn chicken fail.  The stripe pattern needs to continue on, consuming the grey tail up top, as the stripes continue.  That’s still a lot of tail stitches to use up.   I must’ve misread the pattern.  Losing the pattern page with those details on it probably didn’t help.

So you can see where this is going.  I bought this yarn back in September at the Knitterly, in Petaluma.  I figured it couldn’t hurt to call and see if they still had it.  And sure enough, they had a dye lot match!  My lucky day!

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How could I not buy that?  It’s the rest of the pile I probably didn’t need…

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Neon green acrylic…going to be part of the bike project I’m working on.  I didn’t need the yardage but the project is missing some green pops.  It’s sort of justified.  Also, only $6.

Price is my justification for the other two skeins as well.  YOTH Little Brother, from the clearance section.  It was 70% off, only $8/skein.  It’s a little fuzzy from being kicked around but that’s what cashmere does.  At $8/skein, it’s irresistible.  I had to buy it.  HAD TO.

Plus, look at all this yarn I didn’t buy…

I resisted a lot!  I have no regrets!  NONE!  Not only that, I’m glad about it!  It was a beautiful day to be traipsing across the bridge!

I stopped for bridge pics coming and going and I even managed a little trip to the beach and some knitting time.

Nope, not one single complaint about it.

I really mean it this time though…I’m not buying any yarn for the next three weeks.  Then it’s Stitches.  Of course I’ll buy yarn at Stitches.  I’ve got a justification for that too (details to follow).  Maybe a more reasonable goal is to only buy yarn once a month??  I think I could do that?!

Maybe.


 

Blocking Matters

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While I did knit this weekend, none of my knitting looks any different today than it did last week.   The curse of solid color knitting.  I did manage to block my Hydrogen shawl though!

And it grew!  Yay!

Pre-blocking, with a couple inches to spare on either side of the fence:

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Post-blocking, overhanging the fence panel by a couple inches!

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It’s a great size now and I went up in needle size so it’s a loose, drapey, lovely fabric.

Also, Rainbow!!  I’m looking forward to wearing it a lot.

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Now, back to my sweater.  Next time you hear from me, I want to have the body bound off!


 

 

Knitting + Olympics

Any other Olympic fans out there?  I love the Olympics…especially in the Winter!  The outdoor events are a knitters dream!  A huge sea of people in hats & scarves…no better people (or knitwear) watching than that!

And of course, it’s not just watching.  The athletic games have inspired many knock-off competitions (and many cease and desist orders!)   Never fear…the IOC may have taken the original name but the re-branded, Ravellenic Games are set and ready for cast on!

If you don’t know about the Ravellenic Games, you can find the group with all the details HERE!  The idea is simple, pick your event (anything from cowl curling to scarf skating), cast on during the opening ceremony, aiming to finish by the closing ceremony.  Complete your goal and you get a medal!

I’m a highly decorated knitter!  Here’s a sampling of my medals…

The medal is a jpg blog badge.  Unlike the real Olympics, there’s no drug testing here and it’s easy to cheat.  Obviously, winning isn’t the point of these games.  The Ravellenic Games are really about fostering community and challenging yourself.

Knitting groups – virtual and in real life – form teams to support and cheer each other on (and often award prizes!  If you don’t have a team and you’re interested, check out your favorite indie dyer…those groups get the best prizes!)

After giving it deep thought, I’ve decided to enter the Hat Halfpipe, thirteen times.  I had a minor hat binge back in December but it didn’t come even close to scratching my hat knitting itch.  The games span 19 days, certainly enough time to knit several hats.  In the interest of setting a stretch goal, a baker’s dozen it is!

I’ve certainly got the yarn for it.  Now to come up with that many patterns.  I could easily bang out 13 striped hats from the oddment bin.  That might be too easy though.

I think I should create some guidelines for example, at least 5 hats should be fingering weight, 3 hats should have bills, 2 hats should have cables, 4 hats should have non-stripe colorwork, 3 hats should be from Wooly Wormhead patterns, etc.   I need to think on it a bit before I make decisions!

I’m open to suggestions…got a favorite pattern or some other crazy idea?  Lay it on me!  I’m ready for a big showing in the Hat Halfpipe!  Who else is participating?  I’d love to hear your goals!