Monday, February 8, 2016

On a Snowy Morning

There's a snow storm outside. Everything is closed, no one is on the roads, and the cats are snuggled into blankets to fit the cold. It's a perfect quiet moment, so here I am on the blog.

Icy Shores

It's hard to believe that my first chance to catch up is February. January was a blur, with multiple deadlines and 14 hour work days. I dyed and shipped a trunk show to the The Fibre Collective, to be displayed at Stitches West in a couple of weeks. I also dyed piles and piles of yarn for the Sleeping Bear Yarn Club. They asked me to dye a special colorway for them inspired by an icy Michigan sunset. There have also been pattern deadlines and submissions which I can't share just yet. And in stolen moments here and there, I've snuck in some knitting.

Ana Maritana

My friend Meghan of New England Knitting recently designed Maritana. It will be the official knit shawl for this year's Knit North Yarn Crawl, so I carved out some time to test knit it for her. I love the play of proportions and texture! Now it just needs a good blocking.


Now I'm off to take advantage of the snow day and spend a little time with my Tinder cardigan, for the Circle of Stitches Sweater Challenge. I am using Malabrigo Rios, and the sweater is worked in pieces. To disguise differences between skeins and try to get consistency in all the separate pieces, I have been knitting the back and two front pieces simultaneously and alternating 4 skeins throughout. Excessive? Probably. But it pleases my obsessive-compulsive tendencies.