Stash Flash: North Ronaldsday Wool

My dear friend Joan was in Scotland visiting friends this year, and went to the Orkney Islands, which are right at the northern most tip of Scotland.

Scotland is well-known for its wool and sheep.  The one of the Orkneys that Joan visited, had it’s own sort of wool.  North Ronaldsday Wool.  She brought back a skein of their Aran weight yarn for me to play with.  I am quite grateful that she did!

IMG_3330It’s beautiful yarn, I must say.  Lovey and sheepy.  And I have a pattern picked out for it on Ravelry called bramble leaf.  It seems perfect.

You can order this yarn online and can learn more about, too, while you are there. 

And, if you are interested in seeing this yarn in my Ravelry stash, take a look here.

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Tatting: Working Chains

Every now and again I start tatting.  I work on it, learn a new technique or two, then give up.  Right now, I’m on a tatting binge, and am working on chains.

I tatted the little piece above using this chain tutorial.  I had to figure out the alligator join aspect of creating this little flourish, but I eventually worked it out.

I’m still working on chains, and am using Easy Tatting by Rozella Linden as my go-to book.  It’s a little difficult to understand at times, but, strangely, I’ve learned a lot from it, and am working on one of the chain projects contained in its pages.

Here I am babbling about tatting, and I assume that many of you know what that is.  Tatting is a way of making lace, usually with a shuttle or a needle.  Here’s a good place to get started if interested or just want to learn more.  There are plenty of patterns and resources online to help you get started, too.  Just do a search like “beginner tatting tutorials” and you should get a plethora of places to start.  Marilee Rockley, aka Yarnplayer also is a good person to get to know when it comes to tatting.  Check out her website and Craftsy class on tatting.  She’s also got a ton of cool free patterns on her site, too.

So, perhaps I will have a few more fun tatted things to show you in the near future, depending on how long I can keep up with it.

Purple Socks, Pt. 2: Knitting The Gusset

Since my last post about these socks, the first sock has come along quite a bit!

I’m currently working on knitting the gusset of the sock.  I have to admit, I find knitting the gusset the most tedious part of sock knitting.  It’s just me. I just want to get on to the foot and toe and be done with it.

Still, I am having a nice time knitting this sock, and I’m almost done with the gusset, anyway.  And following the pattern on the second needle is simpler than it looked at first.  The pattern has mostly been a nice, relaxing pattern.

I have a few more notes about my latest update on the Ravelry page for my purple socks.

In other crafty news, I ran out of yarn on the scarf project I work on at work during breaks, but I did have a tatting shuttle and thread in my bag, so I decided to tat a little bit.  I don’t know much about tatting, but I did figure out how to tat a chain.  I guess you can learn a lot of your lunch break!

Purple Socks: Casting on

I cast on my socks last night!  Yay!  I had forgotten how much it takes to knit with tiny yarn on tiny needles.  I’m telling myself that I should enjoy the process of knitting socks, but still look forward to the outcome, which isn’t probably going to be for about a month or so.

If you care to see the details and follow the progress of my socks, you may do so on Ravelry.

The photo above doesn’t do it justice, but I love the stitch definition in the Stroll yarn I’m using from KnitPicks.  It’s really quite nice.

It feels good to knit something other than scarves now, too.  I do love knitting them for charity, but it’s nice to take a break from them and knit something for myself.  And these socks are definitely for me!

So, my sock itch is on its way to being scratched.

The Sock Itch

Socks are of those those knit items that I get the itch to knit every now and again.  And I have to scratch that itch by knitting a pair.  I have that itch now, and I’m getting ready to cast on a pair.

First, I need yarn,  I chose this yarn from KnitPicks.  I generally like their products, and since this yarn is washable, I’m all for it.  The color is called Sprinkle Heather, which a blue/violet.

Next, I need a pattern.  I love the look of cables on socks, but I am not a fan of constantly struggling with a cable needle on a project this delicate.  So, I found the Faux Cable Socks pattern by Jen Lucas on Ravelry.  It looks like my sort of pattern, and that solid color of yarn I chose should be lovely.

As soon as that yarn gets here, I’ll print out the pattern and start knitting. Hopefully, I won’t get “second sock syndrome” and have a nice new pair of socks to show off in a month or so.

Kickoff Party

The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project has its kickoff party on Sunday, September 7, 2015 at The Arch in Lancaster, PA.  We had a nice time!  It turned in a good time of conversation, knitting and crocheting, and noshing.

I took two paper ream boxes full of scarves and and a few hats along to drop off.  I knit a total of 41 scarves and five hats.  Not bad for a summer’s worth of knitting.

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My co-worker Heather got me a lot of the yarn from yard sales, some of which was a TON of frogged Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.  That made knitting scarves pretty fast.  There’s a whole variety of patterns and yarn types in that big pile above.

See, the reason why I knit so many scarves is that if I didn’t know what to knit, I knit a scarf.  Since summer usually isn’t a big time to wear hand knit garments, always having something on my needles was easy since I wasn’t knitting sweaters.

For more information about The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project, go to the Facebook page, and we would love if you would donate some cash over on the GoFundMe page for the project.

The Two-ish Year Gap

You may notice a gap of about two years in blog posts.  Here’s why.

I started off with Ludicraft back in 2011(?) I believe, and the switched from Blogger to IndieMade’s platform in 2013.  I was recently on IndieMade until August 2015.  I then jumped over here to WordPress.  I like it here.

While I still had my old XML file from the Ludicraft days, as of now, IndieMade can’t get me a file that would export nicely to here, so, sadly, those posts are gone.  I’m a little ticked, but it wasn’t my best work, and I didn’t lose most of what I already had.

I know I was going to start from scratch, and I essentially am, but I couldn’t resist some of that old content.  Read back through it.  There’s some cool stuff in there.

So, here’s to new beginnings, and learning from the past.