Pre-knitting days, when I thought of the word woolly, certain colours came to mind.
Current knitting days, the colours that come to mind are all of them.
I used to make vows of solitary love to certain colours...
dismissing others, without giving them a chance.
Today as I glance at my basket of knits in progress, all the wonderful colours of wool are
Thank goodness woolly love has come into my life. Allowing me to know that all colors, yarns and fibers have a home with me. All loved equally.
“Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands, and slightly below-average intelligence. Of course superior intelligence, such as yours and mine, is an advantage.” ― Elizabeth Zimmermann
Thank you to Annie of Knitsofacto for the wonderful opportunity to guest post on the Colour Collaborative.
Hello. First loves post of the year 2014, how fun is that?
How has this new year been treating you? Are you still on track with resolutions or goals you made?
I think I am still on track. Not that my resolutions were any big deal, they were more changes in habits. One of them was to knit more from my stash. Can I tell you, it is rather fun? I found this lovely small skein of Angora-Tweed yarn in the deep stash. Where it came from, I am not sure. I thought it would make some sweet little coasters. So there you go.
My first socks of 2014 have been cast on. Again this yarn is from deep stash. I am by no means on a yarn diet, just trying to take adantage of the yarn I have.
Also, trying to be more compassionate in my day to day dealings. I love how I was reminded of this by my tea. Thank you tea!
Enough about my happenings, how about we settle in and get to the loves? Do you have a nice cup of tea or coffee? Here we go, enjoy!
You know me, and you know I love knitting podcasts. A new to me podcast is Knit-n-Things. Heather has the talent to keep you entertained with many projects and stories.
Many of my love posts have included Kate and her beautiful weaving and knits. Now Kate and her sister have gone and started a beautiful Etsy shop. Someone needs to hold me back, I am in love.
Oh, Lori, Lori, Lori. How is it possible that you can always find the perfect pattern and the perfect yarn every time? It takes me a couple tries (at least). This stole is amazing.
Speaking of amazing, Amanda has designed what is quite possibly the most adorable bear. I was gifted the pattern and plan to make myself one. I also, have a friend who is expecting a wee one this month, so mine will probably come second.
Just when I think that C, has reached the top of the mountain of talent, she stitches this beautiful selfie.
I have an addiction to beautiful photography. Who doesn't? All I know is that I can spend hours (for real), looking at images on Flickr. Could be the reason why Mandarine's images make me happy.
Did you have a good time? Now I will share with you a lovely video that explains why we create.
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Happy Sunday! I have been excited for this Sunday to come so that I can share with you some lovely new to me yarn.
Do you remember that I talked about upcoming yarn and product reviews in 2014? First up for the New Year is Mountain Meadow Wool. Can I just say, what a way to start?
Since I have been in the mood to knit with grey lately, that is the skein I decided to test out.
Folks, this yarn is beautifully rustic. I have always been drawn to rustic yarn because of how it feels when you knit with it. A rather "being one with nature kind of feeling", that one gets. Make sense?
This may not be a word, but I am sure that most of you will understand when I say that the "sproing" factor in this yarn is off the charts. This made up word leads to fantastic stitch definition. I wanted to knit something simple so that I could tell how the yarn would show of the stitches, therefore I knit the Lovely Ribbed Cowl pattern from Purl Soho. Now that I can see how the yarn takes to pattern, I would bet cables would really work.
While knitting with wooly yarns is a therapy for me, wearing them next to my skin is not always. Except in this case. After a long soak, this yarn bloomed into what feels very close to a baby's bum. Can you tell from the picture how soft it is, maybe not, but trust me.
Or don't trust me and judge for yourself. As I am offerring up a skein to one lucky person. The winner gets to choose from a lovely pink or saffron skein of Mountain Meadow Wool's Jackson DK weight. Each skein has a rather robust amount of yardage at 262 yards.
All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you would like to knit with this beautiful yarn and your color preference. Please make sure that when my comments prompt you for an email address that you leave one. This giveaway is open to international readers as well.
Entries will need to be received before midnight (PST) on February 1st. A winner will be selected via random number generator on February 2nd, and be announced via a blog post.
If you would like more information about Mountain Meadow Wool and their yarns, check out this video.
Hello! We made it to another Sunday, Hoorah. Life is good like that. :)
Any fun events or happenings going on for you this weekend? For me, after a crazy long week of work, I was happy to just knit. I fell behind working on squares for Sam's blanket. The perfect project for using up the sock yarn scraps. I made it my goal to work on them this weekend.
More progress was made this week on my Pomme de Pin. Somehow, other than the squares for Sam's blanket, I have found myself in a monogamous relationship with this knit. Must be the magic of the pattern? Erin, started a cardigan knitalong in the Ravelry group. She also is posting a start to finish Pomme de Pin on her blog.
One thing I noticed when writing this blog post is the lack of sock knitting. A complete random thought I know.
As monogamy with my Pomme has made for a lack of knitting progress pics, I will show off my tool box.
How do you organize your knitting tools? I had a fun little chocolate tin and found it to be the perfect size. Now if I would just remember to throw it in my project bag when knitting out and about.
It was a lovely mail day this week. Will you look at these beautful cards, Julie created for me? Each one is it's own work of art. I am thinking about framing them rather than ever using them. I don't think I could bare to write on them and send them out.
Leaving you now with a fun video. Enjoy and have the best day today!
Happy Sunday. Have you recovered from all the holiday hooplahs?
The last bits and treats from the holidays are still be nibbled on. While at the same time I am trying to eat better, but hey there are almonds under that fun candy shell. Does that count?
Before I get too off topic with candy, I do have some tips and tricks that I would like to share you with you. I sometimes post random questions on the Ravelry group, this week I asked if anyone had any knitting tricks or tips they would like to share.
First off, I will share my favorite way to join yarn. This tutorial is thanks to the brilliant Jane Richmond:
I recently had a large sample knit that I used this technique and it is flawless. I plan to incorprate it in the new cardigan I cast on.
Pomme de Pin in Beaverslide Dry Goods yarn
My friend Jody shared Jeny's Stretchy Slip knot cast-on:
And lovely Katie shared that she really like the German twisted cast-on:
Did you learn anything new? I know I did. I have never tried the German twisted cast on, but will give it a go with my next pair of socks. See, you can teach an old dog new tricks. :)
Sometimes i get stuck in my ways. Ahem, my love of using DPNs for sock knitting, is not likely something I will ever give up. But for this new year I would like to test out new techniques in my knitting and crochet. I say often say in real life, what do I have to lose?
Do you have some new tips to share? Or maybe you have a tried and true technique that you will use till your dying days. Share with me, you know how much I love hearing from you. If you have no tips or tricks to share, just say hi.
For fellow football lover, the Wild Card games are happening this weekend. Football makes for perfect knitting time. Unless your team is loosing, then I offer you this tip: Put down your knitting! Stress can results in uneven gauge, dropped stitches, and possible needle injuries.
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson