november knitcrate

Okay.  I'm going to move on to some of my finished objects (And yes!  I have some! 😊) but I really wanted to mention what was in November Knitcrate Artisan Crate first.  
It truly is a great day when I see this blue box in my mail delivery!  I was so excited to see the word cozy as soon as I opened the box.  That seems to be one of our favorite words in our house!  So the "cozy" theme is perfect.
The yarn:  Flying Goat Farm, Willow Green or Apricot.  70% Baby Alpaca, 20% Bobyx Silk, 10% Cashmere.  
The patterns:  For intermediate/advanced ::  Sage Cowl.
For the beginner ::  Fawn Hat & Mitts
The extras:  My very own first pair of ChiaoGoo needles!  I have heard a lot of people talk about these and love them.  I, quite honestly, love the name.  I'm super excited to give them a try.

I should have been telling you the retail value of these boxes.  I guess I'll start now!  The retail value of this crate is $75.00 (The cost for the Artisan Crate is $34.99) If interested in ordering, use the code FKW20 to receive 20% off your first Knitcrate.  (That code works for any crate!)

Happy weekend!

before november

Thank you so much for all of your prayers and friends on my last post.  Things are progressing with all of the boys and healing is happening.  Praise the Lord.  Andrew had the drain and all of the stitches removed and I gave him his last Lovenox shot!  (YIPPEE!)  He will start PT next Monday.
Because I love showing you what is in the Knitcrates, and documenting it for myself, it seems that I can't move forward with November's crate  (which arrived today!) until I show you October's crate.
October was good.  Very, very good.
The yarn:  A hundred Ravens, Raven's Wing, 100% Superwash merino wool.  I just love this gorgeous purple, especially appropriate for Halloween and the theme of Octobers crate... wicked!

The pattern:  Always two patterns.  One beginner, and one intermediate.  The beginner is a pair of Moonwalk Legwarmers. (I'm wondering if Libby would like these.)  The intermediate/advanced is a pair of aeronaut armwarmers and a hat.  I'm crazy about the arm warmers.
The extra:  An adorable magnetic bookmark by Crafted Van.  I forgot how much I love magnetic bookmarks!

As always, if you are interested in ordering, use the promo code FKW20 to receive 20% off your first knitcrate!

it's been three weeks

Three weeks ago, Steve and I headed to the Oregon Coast.  It's been on my list for a while.  We felt it was just what we needed after recuperating from my broken foot and ankle.  That all seems so silly now.
Our first morning there, I received a text that rocked my world more than anything I had ever been through before.  You see, my sweet Andrew had been in an auto accident.  The text came through in a group text that included the parents of Andrew's golf team.  Andrew and three other members of the golf team were involved in an auto accident.  Andrew was driving.  I crumbled to my knees.  The SUV hit a bank, flipped and hit a utility poll.  The utility poll fell on the car.  Three boys were rushed to the ER at Children's Hospital.  My son, Andrew, was pinned in the car.  It took the fire department two hours to get him out.  Once out, he was rushed to the trauma unit.
I was totally helpless on the other side of the country.
The next 20 hours are a complete blur.  Getting ourselves to Portland Airport.  We purchased tickets to Pittsburgh via San Francisco.  The San Francisco flights were cancelled due to the awful fires.  Rerouted through Newark, we finally made it home at 11am the next day.
Andrew had been through the first of 3 surgeries to repair his femur.  Three of the four boys had to be hospitalized.  Each sustaining injuries that will take care and time.
The accident has left scars on all of the boys.  Physical and emotional.  To say that I have been afraid has been an understatement.  I've worried non stop about all of the boys.  About their families.  I hate that they have all gone throw this extremely difficult time.  The love and support from our community along with the power of prayer from friends and family will never be forgotten.  God has answered our prayers and eventually all of our boys will be back to themselves.

The fragility of life is always present.  But has been even more so during these past few weeks.  Please, remind your people not to speed.  To pay attention.  To live life carefully.  It's beautiful and precious and by the grace of God they are all here to enjoy it.  Thank you God.

windswept

I haven't knit many shawls in my life.  Actually, maybe only a handful.  But, wow.  I can see why so many knitters love to knit them.  SO much versatility when you wear a shawl.  And it truly fits anyone.
This was a pattern that was in the March KNITCRATE.  (The monthly subscription where you receive yarn + pattern.) I saw the pattern on Ravely thinking it was the same one.  Which it is.  However, the pattern on Ravelry uses a worsted weight yarn.  And this one used a fingering weight yarn.
Knit out of Crock -O- Dye.  65% Superwash Wool, 20 Nylon and 15% silk.  Super soft.  Super airy.  Warmth without weight.  Gotta love that.

Happy Weekend friends!

such winners

Super excited to share my latest finished knit with you guys.  I truly am in love with it.
 The Gradient Poncho soaking up a little Vitamin D.  

But first... the winner of the Seed stitch K1 P1.  The random number generator chose #67.  Emjay in NE Montana.
Congrats Emjay! Please email me and I'll have the sweet peeps over at Sterling pop your new book into the mail.

Happy Thursday friends!

seed stitch. beyond k1, p1 giveaway

"Ribbing, moss, seed and garter are all balanced and combine the yin and yang of knitting" 
-Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee

Well, that is just so true.  In life, it's all about balance.  Even with/in our knitting.  
In this book Seed Stitch, Beyond knit 1, purl 1, Rosemary Drysdale uses seed stitch and incorporates it into color work, cabling, geometric patterns and more.    It's pretty amazing to think of all the combinations that can be made from using the two stitches we all know;  knit and purl.
There are over 60 swatches of show you what combining different textures and patterns can do for a project.
Drysdale has an introduction in the book that explains the beginning of our beloved passion.  I'm shocked I have never taken time to learn more about the history of my love!  I learned that until the early sixteenth century, the knit stitch was the only stitch used.  Working in the round with every round knitted produced the "stockinette stitch" pattern.  Purl stitches first appeared in the mid-sixteenth century and earned its name because their stitches represented beads, or "pearls".
Combining stitches Drysdale designed twenty-five gorgeous projects ranging from pillow and bags to cowls and sweaters.  I'm really thinking I want to add some knit pillows to our family room this winter!

The nice peeps over at Sterling would like to giveaway a copy to one of my readers.  If interested, please leave a comment here before Monday, October 2nd at 5pm EST, and I'll have the random number generator choose a number.

journey mitts

These mitts truly are journey mitts.  Journey Mitts are made from a cashmere that works perfectly with cables or any other interesting stitch combination you would want to work with.  The yarn begins it's journey in Kyrgyzstan where it is gathered from goats of small family farms goats.  It then travels to Britain where it is finely spun.  From there it lands in Maine at the Saco River Dye House.  What a wonderful Journey it has had before it even lands in the hands of those who love to work with yarn! To me, it wasn't the typical cashmere "feel".  So, I decided to check in with the fine folks over at June Cashmere so that I could understand what this yarn was all about.  I reached out through email and a phone call (a little stalking happened) and received the most wonderful reply from Amy.
Here is what she said:

I'm happy to tell you about the yarn. We have the yarn spun in England and Scotland where care is taken to mill the yarn as tightly as possible. Being a short haired fiber (like cotton), we gain strength and durability in the yarn by spinning it tightly. This, along with the plying, add firm stitch definition that pops in cabling, textured patterns, and lacework. The garments we have made from the yarn spun in this manner have not pilled. I have noticed that other, more loosely spun cashmere yarn begins to pill even before knit, so this is a choice on our part to create a yarn to make heirloom projects that will last and last.

For dyeing, we choose organic dyes at the Saco River Dyehouse in Maine. Because cashmere is a short fiber, the yarn will still have the short ends along the yarn that we may not see but can feel. What we do not choose - but have been offered - is to have the Dyehouse finish the yarn with a chemical that will in essence smooth and 'fill in' those short fibers so that the yarn feels softer. We are opting for a product that is the most 'natural' that it can be. 

To answer your question, yes--when you wash your finished garment, it should bloom and soften and you should be able to own your garment for a long time.

I wanted to share so that you, too, will know that this yarn is a cashmere that will show and hold the love and joy that went into each and every single stitch for many, many years.

Pattern:  Journey Mitts
Yarn:  1 skein  DK June Cashmere  in Slate.