Reconnecting and a New Tool

Back in town this month for our monthly gathering of Knitted Knockers of Silicon Valley. I love these gals, they are fun, but care about the world, and they have gotten to know me and all my idiosyncrasies.

I turned in some Knitted Knockers (38 knit for this year so far):

got some new yarn, and had fun with our group:

 

I’ve been working on the Phobos scarf, and like most simple knits, I managed to screw up somewhere and have to rip out several inches. Despite this, it is coming along well:

One item that I decided to get (even though the Revknits budget has been blown by unexpected vet bills, my vacation, and tax stuff), is something simple but really useful. It’s a square swatch gauge by Akerworks:

 

The gauge has little teeth at the corners to help it stay on knitted fabric, and having it clearly helps orient it. Measurements are in both metric and english systems. I think this is going to get a lot of use!

Weather-wise, it has been a great season to wear my knits, and I’m working on a small hat for little Lu – but whether he will get to wear before fall is questionable – the weather is expected to reach 70 today!

Our rain has done wonderful things here in the Bay Area, and having beautiful camellias in bloom around our apartment complex is one of them:

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No Stitches West for Me

This year, I had intended to go to Stitches West for the day to hang out in the marketplace and see some knitters and vendors. Unfortunately, unlike past years, it was not to be. I had gotten sick, and then my cat Brandy got pretty sick, so I had to use my energy and funds to help her recover (she has!).

Before Stitches, I had heard Jasmin from the Knitmore Girls podcast say, “I really don’t need anything,” and that’s how I feel right now about all my yarn – I have a LOT of yarn, pretty much all the necessary tools – although I may order some swatch-measuring tools that look useful. I have over 2,000 patterns in my Ravelry library, a shelf of stitch dictionaries.

So in the end, missing Stitches this year was about not getting to socialize with the knitters and see what was new and fun. Given the circumstances, it was the right call, and my knitting has not stopped because of it.

So what is cooking in Chez Revknits, you ask? Well, let me tell you.

First, I saw that @Ysolda had put out a new scarf pattern that was from one of her clubs last year, called Phobos. As I looked at it more closely, I realized that the custom yarn that Ysolda had made for it was very similar to a yarn from the 2015 shawl club (the Crockern Tor shawl) I had participated in, and for which I had purchased an extra skein because I really liked the yarn so much. It’s a British yarn with wool and Zwarbles, and it’s woolen spun lace and just so lofty. I think it is very similar to the newer Ysolda yarn, and the same yardage.

Praying I could find it:

And then I just purchased the pattern online, and away we go!

The beginning is a bit fiddly and complicated, but soon the pattern emerges, and there is a satisfying long stretch of “cruise” knitting where you don’t have to think very hard.

I am also wanting to get back to my idea of a very cute vest for the very cute little boy in our family. There’s yarn colors to use and some basic swatching. Time to dig deep and figure this little garment out!

Finally, last night I was texting with my friend Nhien about making plans for getting together, and she mentioned that she had just finished the wash, and had six pairs of handknit socks that I had knit for her husband Curtiss. Sweety that she is, she sent me a photo of the stack:

Curtiss is most appreciative of the hand knit socks, they are his favorite ones to wear! By my projects page, I’ve knit 8 pairs, one each year, and it’s pretty impressive that 6 are still ok to wear!

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Lost knits: to replace or not?

It happens to every knitter – a hand-knit item goes astray.

Sometimes a lost knit is a heartbreaking one, like the scrap shawl I made from all the fingering weight yarns I had used:

But other times it’s not a big deal. I lost a hat at the very beginning of my last trip (I blame having to get up at 5 am in the morning). There’s no good photo of it because was knitted in the pre-Ravelry days. It was a VERY warm hat – it was doubled Cascade heather yarns, with a fun decorative yarn for the edge of the brim.  I live in Northern California, and there’s very little need for amazingly warm hats. So I’m letting that go.

A few days after I came back I went up to visit my cousin Marie, who was a little ashamed to admit that she’d been on a walk with her daughter and grandson, and they had put a cowl into the stroller, but it had fallen out and gotten lost. It was this one:

Now this was indeed a lovely cowl made out of Lux Adorna Fun Size Bundle – cashmere! She wears it a lot too. Fortunately for Marie, I happen to have bought another bundle about a year or two back while I dipped into Imagiknit as I was passing through – as one does, right? When I got back home, I found it, and started to think about how this one might be designed.

The original one that I knitted for Marie added more stripes to the chevrons, because I could see how the contrast would get punched up by doing so. This little bundle has softer colors and less contrast,

so I did the Lila pattern just as printed

and I think it turned out great!

The replacement cowl got knitted very quickly because I got sick – a bad cold that kept me out of the office for a few days, and the cowl was about as much knitting as I was able to contemplate. In addition, poor Brandy was down with a kidney infection:

at the vets and not happy

She was so weak that I took an improvised kitty bed in the living room and snuck a heating pad into it so she could sleep and be warm, but apparently Izzie had other ideas about who this bed was for!

What, you mean this wasn’t for me?

Having now knit another Lila out of the Fun Size Bundle, I decided it was time for me to get one too – and all the color ways have changed over the intervening years, of course. So I decided to go on Ravelry and find an older color way that someone was willing to sell, and I did!

Which was a lovely thing. Even though Stitches West was a light-rail ride away, I was too sick and accumulating vet bills, so that was not in the cards this year. Fear not, the stash is there and I have plenty to knit with, as I’ll explain in the next post!

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