Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies

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We have been roaming around the PacNW this week. We drove all around the Olympic Pennisula and made stops at Forks*, Hoh Rainforest and Ruby Beach. I am such in awe at this part of our country that I burst out in song every time I caught a gilmpse the summit of Mt. Olympus. I'm very grateful to our rental car and it's thick glass windows for letting people only see how crazy I am rather than hear. My husband no fat chance but word on the street is that he actually likes my singing.

*oh you betcha I took a pic with the town sign and of the Twilight shops! Dazzling. HA.

FO: Wurm

Wurm!

Pattern: Wurm by katushika (ravelry link)
Needles: US 6 and 4s
Yarn: Sincere Sheep, Luminos, color – suerte 
{earrings} {similar shirt}

I know we're technically in July but I had to share with you my June Project Spectrum FO!

I initially fell in love with this hat when I saw it on Olga via Knitandtonic! (See the interwebs doing it's inspiration thing again – LOVE!) I thought it would be the perfect slouchy hat to fit my luscious curly hair. I knitted the smallest size and did only 7 repeats of the pattern and think mine came out even slouchier than expected but I love it. Thank goodness too because we all know how it started out!! 

Wurm

The yarn (Sincere Sheep!) softened up a ton after washing. Dyed with indigo, it bleeds while you work with it. As this was my first project working with indigo you can only imagine my happiness when I learned from the dyer, Brooke Sinnes, that that was all supposed to happen!

Wurm

The yarn is a perfect green, with hints of blues… which technically is SO the PS July color – so there it does work! 😉

I'm still thinking of what my true blue project will be but in the meantime I have an Adiez that's blocking, a shawl that's being knit and a few other projects up my knitted sleeves!

Flashback Friday

Leaf Lace Pullover

Made in January 2007
Leaf Lace Pullover by Teva Duhram (from Loop-D-Loop)
Sheep Shop 2 (now discontinued!)
US 11 (8.0mm)
Ravelry Link 

In reviewing Teva's new Loop-d-Loop book I started thinking about other things I've knit from her. Perfect for Flashback Friday, this was the sweater that made me fall in love with Teva Durham! It was also one of the quickest sweaters I've ever done.

What's so cool about this sweater is it's construction. You work the top and then the bottom seperately and graft them together in the middle. I was pretty proud that you couldn't *quite* see where it was seamed unless you really were looking for it. It amazed me so much how Teva could think outside of the box like that. Again, the pure artist in her.

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The yarn I made it in was Sheep Shop 2. When Patricia got her first shipment of Sheep Shop, I had immediately connected the yarn to this project. It's too bad that since then the yarn and company are now defunct.

I am excited to knit something from her new book, which is chock full of great designs like this one.

Happy Knitting!

Red Rock

Red Rock

Hello Gorgeous.

Pattern: Rock Island by Brooklyntweed
Yarn: Sundara Silk
Needles: US 6 
Raveled 

After knitting what seemed to be the longest edging EVA, this shawl moved along nicely. It helped that the knitting started out with the most amount of stitches. By the time I got to the garter stitch section it felt like I was running down a mountain.

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My only modification was doing the Island chart a few more times than written. After seeing the finished shawls on Ravelry I just felt it would look more balanced with a larger section. I ended up doing 9 repeats before the garter stitch section. I think it looks pretty damn good.

Red Rock

Oh and the silk is gorgeous.   

Red Rock

I'm so happy that Project Spectrum pushed me to make this! Bring on June!

Hi.

Vinya

I know you've been waiting impatiently for some Red Rock pics. My goodness it's a gorgeous shawl. I just need you to bear with me a little bit longer. I've been busy with a slew of friends who have made their way to SF to visit! There's simply not not enough time in the day for ALL the fun! 

To keep you from clicking away in a furor I give you my above stash enhancement.  Vinya from Artfibers. It's a soft bulky merino wool. 

Artfibers is a very cool shop in downtown SF. The studio space has all hand dyed yarns from their own supply. Everything from acrylic to silk to beautiful blends – they have something for everyone. They even encourage you to test the yarn by doing a "yarn tasting". It also a provides us knitters yarn in whatever yardage you want! How could I deny myself this gorgeous looking cone?

I haven't decided yet what I want to make with my new yarn but I'm thinking perhaps another- wait for it – infinity scarf. What can I say? I know what I like.

Off to more play time! Be back soon! 🙂

PS5: A look back

Project Spectrum - RED

Since I haven't done Project Spectrum before I thought it would be fun to dig up my other projects that fit the red theme of this month.  It looks like I am a fan of the color. Who knew?  Probably all the bottles of Pinot Noir and Cabernet I ever had.

Red Rock is blocking! 

Project Spectrum 5: Red Rock

Sundara 100% Silk

Do you know Sundara? Of course you do. She's that fabulous indie dyer who produces coveted skeins of yarn that go on sale and sell out immediately.

Well, back in 2006 (I feel weird that I have to say "back") I emailed Sundara to have her dye fire engine red yarn for a scarf I wanted to make my my dear brother, Drew.  It was a Shifting Sands scarf, too.

Andrew Shifting Sands

I also bought a skein of her pure silk while making that order. All 1000 yards of it. I don't quite know what I had in mind then. It was probably something Eunny was making (how I miss her blog!). Alas, mine did not work out and I put the precious skein away for another day.

Enter Project Spectrum!

PS: Red Rock

This is my first year actively particpating in Project Spectrum!  The amazing Lolly has brought it out of retirement and I cannot wait to see what everyone creates. While I know so many others have big plans to try other crafts I'm going to keep it to my one true love: Knitting. What's more – I am going to use this as a reason to use my stash.  Each month a different color – a different stashed yarn!

I'm about half way through the edging of my Rock Island shawl and can already tell this is gonna be one epic shawl.