Sunday, April 12, 2015

"Beyond The Yellow Brick Road"

And speaking of gradients, I finished spinning nine bumps (nearly 36 ounces) of Southern Cross Fibre's "Beyond The Yellow Brick Road" on Organic Merino.







I measured a total of 1637 yards (based on niddy-noddy wraps), all colors combined. At an average of about 180 yards per bump in aran, it is about what I've gotten in previous aran weight yarns (such as "Tempest" and "Seraglio").

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Free Association

I decided I wanted to make a Noro Silk Garden sweater in one long gradient, which meant combining balls of yarn by breaking them at the color changes. It was an interesting experiment...

Here's what four balls of yarn, split into colors with all like-colors piled together, looks like:



Overall, I split apart 10.5 balls of yarn, and I had less than one (of pieces) left over when I was done. I made up a pattern, explained more on the Ravelry project page.





The chevrons transition into the Carillon pattern nicely... centers and edges of the chevrons lining up with the "bell ropes."



Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

We started the day with an egg hunt.



I'm not sure he'll humor me in this for very many more Easters... So we enjoy it while it lasts!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cinnamon and Ginger

We lost Pancake a couple of weeks ago, due to breast cancer. I was a little surprised that a hamster would be diagnosed with such a thing, but the vet said it is a frequent problem in the critters. Very sad.

Mitchell did not wait long to be asking to get another hamster, and I have to admit that the wee hours were eerily quiet without our nocturnal exerciser running on the wheel. We went to several pet shops over a week, and we were thinking of getting another Russian Dwarf due to what a nice pet Pancake was. When we ran across the "Sunfire" color variety, we were surprised how bright and lovely they were, and these two baby sisters stole our hearts. We took them both!



They were seven weeks old when we got them, now about eight. They're growing really fast, and they keep their cheeks full of seeds, so they look even bigger. They're incredibly active, and it's hard to get photos of them that aren't blurred, especially showing both of them together.

We talked about naming them Biscuit and Crescent, to sort of go with the name Pancake, and because of their coloring. In the end, Mitchell decided he liked the names Cinnamon and Ginger.

Ginger is the slightly lighter one, which you can tell only when they're side by side. We can also tell when we have a hold of Cinnamon-- she bites.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, March 16, 2015

Winter Basketball

Mitchell played winter basketball, and he just played his last game this past weekend. They had one practice and one game per week. It is fun to see how quickly the kids improve when they are just starting out.


Onward to Spring!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Nanook

I finished Nanook, by Heidi Kirrmaier, a couple of weeks ago, and I have been waiting for a day with enough light to take pictures.

I modified the pattern with the pattern edging at the bottom of the back and sleeves... ribbed in the pattern. Since the pattern edging, intended only for the collar of this top-down sweater, is directional (knitted starting at the edge, going inward), I had to work the cuff and hem first, and then graft to the sleeves and body.



The yarn is Hedgehog Fibres' Silk/Cashmere Worsted in the colorway "Opalite," which I special ordered, along with a matching skein of sock yarn. I've started the socks, with the same lace edging at the top.

Ravelry Project Page.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay