Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Photo progress of Elk Tooth

Hi loves! I had five of the last seven days off from work, so I have been knitting quite a bit! I cast on Elk Tooth by Caitlin ffrench on Valentine's Day and have made some great progress with it, even though I had to rip it back a few times. I have already knit through the first 65 grams of the yarn.

I have been knitting with Louet Gems Sport Weight in Fern Green.  I cannot wait to wear this piece!

I have been searching for the best yarn for my new project: All About Love by Sylvia Bo Bilvia. Sylvia used Cashmerino Worsted by Sweet Fiber Yarns for the original piece and I have been having fun being faithful with my fiber. The person who owns SFY works at a yarn store on the other side of the Fraser River from me and I have arranged for a friend to pick up some yarn for me. The only problem is that SFY is out of town for a fair and has most of their stock with them! So I am going to be patient and call back at the end of the month. Sweet Fiber Yarns was the Cashmere sponsor for Knit City last year and I would love to play with their fiber. This is going to happen.

I did knit up the All About Love shawl last year using some Galway Worsted and I really want this one to be special.

That is all for me this week! Hopefully I will be finished knitting Elk Tooth by my next blog update and finally pick up those blocking pads.
xo tash

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Finally photos!

Here is a photo of The Lace Mess Shawl by Sylvia Bo Bilvia unblocked and knit in Teal Baby Alpaca Sport by Diamond Yarn Luxury Collection.

And here is a photo of my in-progress Some Sort of Scarf by Caitlin ffrench knit in Royal Purple Galway Worsted and Berry Tart Tough Love Sock from SweetGeorgia. I still have 44 grams of the worsted to work through, but I am taking a break from it to practice more lace. Also, airport security mixed up the interchangeable needle set in my checked luggage (fuckers) so I was knitting this with 5mm needles instead of 5.5mm needles by mistake.

And for an bonus photo, here is the throw pillow case that I sewed in my beginners sewing course last month.

I had purchased a hank of Fern Green Sport Weight by Louet Gems last month at a sale and had it wound tonight. I am going to start knitting Elk Tooth by Caitlin ffrench tomorrow as I am on a mini-staycation/gaycation until Tuesday.


Monday, February 11, 2013

Hi everyone!

So I am still alive -- a horrible cold/flu hit my neighbourhood last month and knocked me on my bum. I missed too much work, slept too many hours (which was good for getting better), and realized (again) how horrible of an experience codeine can be. But I did keep crafting, even though I had not updated in weeks.

I finished up The Lace Mess Shawl by Sylvia Bo Bilvia and it was a fun project. I am going to be gifting it to a friend in a colder city in the Fall as she will be needing it more than I will (the West Coast does not get cold at all in comparison to other cities.) Pictures to come tomorrow!

Also, I started Some Sort of Scarf by Caitlin ffrench; using Royal Purple Galway worsted and some refurbished Berry Tart fingering weight from SweetGeorgia Yarns's Tough Love Sock collection. I am halfway through the 100 grams of worsted and am going to put the project on hold for a bit as I want to knit though the skein and make the scarf all happy and long, but...

I am aching to try out some more lace. I have loved alternating between seed and stockinette stitches while I have been recovering, but I need more of a challenge. And it will be a beautiful scarf that I am already getting compliments on (pictures tomorrow as well!)

Tomorrow, I am going to cast on Elk Tooth by Caitlin ffrench and will give a rad update with photos and yarn types on Wednesday when I return to my regular blogging schedule.

Also, two other notes:

1) I am scratching two projects off my list (The Country Roving Cowl by Baaad Anna's Yarn Store and Lovely Legwarmers for Tall Boots by Caitlin ffrench) because roving and warm weather are not working for this lady! Instead, I will be adding All About Love by Sylvia Bo Bilvia, which I aim to cast on by the beginning of March and complete by Spring Equinox.

2) I took a beginner's sewing class at Spool of Thread and crafted rad throw pillow covers. My wife enrolled me in the course as one of my Solstice presents and it was a great experience, despite having a fever and forgetting my medicine at home. My wife was impressed with my beginner's skills (and they are so great at sewing!)

I will post pictures of the throw pillows tomorrow as well, since it is a holiday from work and I need to fall asleep soon. But I felt that I needed to update! I hope that you are all doing fabulously!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Lace Mess Shawl (in progress)

This week has been a slow knitting week for me as my wife and I had to re-home our dog this weekend (sadness) as he was not getting along with our cat. The cat and I have been together for nine years and we had the dog for less than four months. We were hoping to hang onto his heart for a while until we could find him the perfect home, but that perfect home crept up on us. So instead of knitting this weekend, I drank chardonnay. And then (unrelated to the chardonnay), I had the flu for two days. I am still recovering from the flu, but I went to work today and spent my evening knitting and watching Parks and Recreation! Also, on Saturday, I went to a sale at Baaad Anna's and picked up many treats for Winter which I will be knitting up projects from over the next two months.

As promised last week, I started knitting The Snowstorm Shawl (aka The Lace Mess Shawl) by Sylvia Bo Bilvia, but it has become less of a snowstorm because of the teal colour (I had really hoped for white!) and is less messy than I had hoped (I really like math and counting and patterns) -- but it has provided the experience with lace play that I had hoped for. I am trying to add in some random yo though! I am most of the way though the first hank and am aiming to finish with the hank by Sunday afternoon.

Also, baby alpaca is SO FUCKING SOFT!

So that is all for my blog post this week. But I am wanted to leave you with a photo of my kitten because she is adorable and was loving the baby alpaca almost as much as me (maybe even more!)


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Sunlight Shawl for Sad People (now waiting to be blocked!)

Tonight, I finished knitting The Sunlight Shawl for Sad People by Sylvia Bo Bilvia! I used Violeta Africana from the Malabrigo Sock line and knit it with 3.75mm needles. I started the project on December 19th while I was visiting my in-laws in Michigan (where I also found the yarn). Now I just need to block it.

Next up is The Snowstorm Shawl (aka The Lace Mess Shawl) by Sylvia Bo Bilvia which I will be knitting with this Teal from the Diamond Luxury Collection Baby Alpaca Sport line!

xo tash

Monday, January 7, 2013

Winter crafting goals

Here are the patterns that I will be attempting for my Winter crafting goals:

1. The Sunlight Shawl for Sad People by Sylvia Bo Bilvia

2. Some Sort of Scarf by Caitlin ffrench

3. The Snowstorm Shawl (aka The Lace Mess Shawl) by Sylvia Bo Bilvia

4. The Country Roving Cowl by Baaad Anna's Yarn Store

5. Elk Tooth by Caitlin ffrench

Bonus Pattern Lovely Legwarmers for Tall Boots by Caitlin ffrench (which I might not get to as I do not own a pair of boots -- yet)

xo tash

Crafting goals for 2013

My wife, M, started up a blog to keep track of and motivated them through sewing projects over the next year. Considering that I have many crafting goals myself, I figured that I would start a blog as well. I need all of the motivation that I can get.

Rules for the blog:

1. My blog will be updated every Wednesday evening with an image and write-up about my current project.
2. Each Wednesday night, I will weigh the yarn that I have left to get an idea of where I might be on the project. If weight is not relevant, than I will attempt to monitor my progress another way.
3. Each Wednesday night, I will also update my ravelry account (jewellerytears) with any progress.
4. I will attempt to get through the goals set out in the blog, by season.

Goals for the blog:
I have four rad artisans in my life and I am smitten by their designs. So I want to knit through them. The artisans are Sylvia, Caitlin, Nicola, and Anna, who all work at Baaad Anna's Yarn Store in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territories. I will be excluding a few patterns from my goal (sweaters, blankets, and finished objects that have already been knitted for me) and will be including many of the patterns that these four artisans release during the year.
In my next entry, I will be posting a list of my Winter patterns.