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July 5, 2015

From Susan — Sure Bet

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 5:05 pm

Are any of you infatuated with the new mini-skein gradient sets that are popping up all over?  I love them!  What a clever marketing idea!

I recently went for a dip in the gradient pool.  I saw the Beacon Shawl somewhere (I thought in Interweave Knits) so I quickly bought the kit from Pigeonroof Studios.  But, the pattern wasn’t in my copy of Interweave Knits.  It was in KnitScene…so off I went to find the magazine.

I loved the Sherbet (Sure Bet, get it???) colorway contrasted with the tonal charcoal.  The angular look and Tequila Sunrise colors called my name.

The knitting of the large triangle seemed to take forever.  I did add a couple of repeats in case my gauge was tight.  Plus, I had a ton of yarn so I figured I should use more of it.  Once the triangle was done, the colorful strips were fast.  I changed mine to get rid of the little “jog” at the color changes.


Beacon Shawl from KnitScene

Here is my Beacon Shawl — still on the blocking table!

I love it!  The colors are wonderful!!

Now I have to hunker down and get ready for Sally’s arrival and preparations for Knitting Camp.  Woo Hoo!!!

June 25, 2015

From Susan — He Knows He’s Cute…Don’t Encourage Him!

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 7:55 am

We are co-parenting our daughter’s Shiba Inu, Yuki. Shibas are described perfectly in this article: more cat than dog, smart, and “independent” (read: he’s a stinker).  Too cute for his own good and totally aware of the effect he has on humans.


Yuki Loves his Care Bears!

PS – In answer to your questions, Yuki is fully grown and will not change color.  He is creamy all over except for the back of his legs and his ears.  Most Shibas are stockier than Yuki and a darker gold.

His tail “unfurls” when he relaxes and the recoil process is a sight to behold…that thing has a life of its own!  He is a tiny bit chubbier right now because John shares bagels with Yuki and Molly (our yellow lab) every morning.

They love their bagels with Daddy.  I know.  Bad for dogs!

June 22, 2015

From Sally — Splashes of Color

Filed under: Updates — surly @ 5:43 pm

Generally speaking, I prefer to knit with wools and cashmere — warm, winter/fall yarns. But the one advantage of more summery yarns is color. I just finished (almost) one project and have launched another based on the beautiful eye popping colors of the yarns.

My new project — just started yesterday — is Colina designed by Elizabeth Doherty. It’s designed to be knit out of Quince & Co.’s Sparrow, which is a sport weight organic linen. (Given the way this linen changes when wet blocked, you should be careful if you knit it out of a different yarn.)

I chose the color Citron. It positively glows.

The (almost) finished project is Purl Soho’s Silken Straw shell. This yarn is a thin pure silk tape. It feels almost like raffia before it’s blocked. I can’t say it’s a joy to knit with; it splits and if you drop a stitch it will just keep on going. But the colors are gorgeous and once it is wet blocked, the yarn softens and changes. I’ve finished the knitting and blocked my shell, but I haven’t woven in all the ends.

Because I’m leaving for an unexpected quick trip out of town, I thought I’d share it anyway. My color is called Geronimo. It’s tricky to photograph; I’ll take more once it’s wearable.


Finally, speaking of splashes of color, I thought I’d share pictures of my new “pet.” Froggy. He lives in our back pond and I think he’s adorable. I’m not sure the adoration is mutual.



June 15, 2015

From Sally: Shhhhh

Filed under: Updates — surly @ 8:37 am

It’s someone’s birthday.  I’m not at liberty to say whose birthday we’re celebrating today. A few clues: she’s the best sister ever, she’s my partner in crime, she’s my best friend.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUSAN!!!!

Remember, you didn’t hear it from me.

PS from Susan — I don’t know who she could possibly mean! ;) I did take today off so I could go see Jurassic World but that may not happen.  We will go out to eat because I want to order and walk away from all of the dirty dishes.

June 14, 2015

From Both of Us: Sherlock Rainey

Filed under: Updates — Both Sisters @ 1:08 pm

The Sherlock Rainey Sisters spent the better part of this morning attempting to de-construct a link to the past that Surly was interested in.  She wanted to knit a poncho like the following Eileen Fisher Devale Linen Tunic from three years ago:

This color might be more accurate:

BUT – we had no picture (it was way back in emails), no product name, no hope.  With searching Google and trailing after Pinterest photos, we finally found both the correct name AND the exact item for sale on Ebay.

Susan to Sally, “Just buy it!  It’s not worth your knitting time and the cost of yarn to make it!!”

Sally to Susan, “I already did!”

Yep, Sherlock Rainey and Watson in perfect harmony.

ETA from Sally:  I found it, or rather Susan found it, on ebay.

June 10, 2015

From Susan — Buh Bye

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 8:07 am

Remember this?

It is Buh Bye.  Did not like it.  Did not want it.  Took it back.  When I went to Unwind Yarn Shop the first time, I saw a yarn I loved.  I did not buy it because I needed two skeins of the above and did not want to spend the money.  So I went back and exchanged my extra skein of pink&brown for a bright little summer skein that I love:

It is a specially dyed color for the shop from Dream in Color.  I love it and should have bought it the first time around.  They were so kind when I came in to exchange my yarn.  Great shop!

What will I do with it?  Probably look at it from time to time until I die.

June 4, 2015

From Susan — Who Woulda Thunk?

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 1:33 pm

Certainly not my favorite FO, or best-knit FO, but perhaps now my most seen FO??!!??  Sally (and others) alerted me to the fact that my Alchemy Blocks Ponchini (aka “Color Blind“) appeared on the Ravelry blog this morning!!  My ponchette is famous!!

June 3, 2015

From Susan — I’m a Wanderer

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 7:58 am

Last weekend I did a little field trip with a couple of fellow knitting enthusiasts to check out two new shops in the southern metro (we live more north by northwest, so we don’t get that way very often).

The shops were both wonderful.  We first stopped at Unwind in Burnsville. So cute, very well stocked and the owner (?) extremely welcoming and helpful.

Next up: The Twisted Loop, located in the Prior Lake Library. Again, the shop was beautiful, well stocked and the staff could not have been nicer.

We went to lunch at The Artisan Bistro because that is the place that everyone mentioned whenever we asked where we should eat.  They were absolutely correct!! I had Mahi Mahi tacos and they were fabulous.

So, what did I buy.  Not much and too much.  I have been looking for yarn for a shawl called Strandwanderer for months.  You need yarn dyed in sections with specific spacing.  Friend Kim is my “yarn whisperer” so I texted her a picture and asked, “Will this work?”

The good news: yes.  :)   The bad news: Buy two.  :(


Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in Boheme

The reason the yarn is so specific is the way the shawl is knit.  When you knit with these hand dyed yarns, as the item gets wider (like a shawl) the pooling continually changes.  With this pattern, you knit plain rows that do that, but you also knit sideways sections with a fixed number of sts.  The sideway sections pool identically throughout the piece because the stitch count never varies.

What you should see are little repeating boxes in the sideway sections.  I have the little repeating boxes.  What I don’t have is a color that I like.  The brown-pink combo just isn’t doing it for me!  Oh well.  I may continue my quest for the perfect yarn for this project.

PS to my Commenters: Wollmeise is the yarn used in the pattern itself, but it is not always easy to come by nor easy to judge the colors from a picture.  I did try that route but thought I would be better off seeing the yarn in person.  Maybe my mistake!!

PS to Kathy: according to the pattern I am about 22% done, not even close to being finished!!  This project is a slog on size 2 needles, and all the sideways rows are much slower than normal rows.  I don’t know when I will get this thing done.  I may make it smaller and just use one skein.

May 26, 2015

From Sally: It’s About Time

Filed under: Updates — surly @ 4:48 pm

I love poetry. (I know — this isn’t a poetry blog, but I will make a connection.) One poem I’ve always been fond of is Calmly We Walk Through this April Day by Delmore Schwartz. I especially love the last few lines:


May memory restore again and again
The smallest color of the smallest day:
Time is the school in which we learn,
Time is the fire in which we burn.

Which brings me to my latest project, Timetable, designed by Andrea Sanchez. It was published in the Spring 2015 issue of Interweave. It’s a clever design. The pattern that follows the raglan lines on the front continues down the side and then, through short rows, wraps to the back for a shirt tail hem. (It’s then grafted in the middle.)

It was a fun knit, if a little slow. There is an error in the pattern, which affects the number of repeats one does across the back. You get to do fewer — the numbers and directions work out if you just realize that you do 1 or 2 fewer repeats. The designer is aware of the problem, so I suspect that there will be an errata available in the future.

I knit this out of Hazel Knits Entice, which is a merino/cashmere/nylon blend fingering weight. Very nice to work with. The color I chose is Cinnabar, a glowing ember of a color. Timetable. Red. You see how I’m linking this to the poem, right?

My sweater fits me perfectly — always a nice surprise. I wore it today with some kick ass red sandals and black linen cropped pants and felt very stylish. Don’t disabuse me.





May 16, 2015

From Susan — Ain’t Much

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 11:05 am

My knitting has been a series of little fluff projects lately.  Sometimes you need a break from the big, overwhelming, never ended slogs!!

This necklace is called Knotty Knitted Necklace.  Mine was knit in the Schachenmayr Couture yarn I bought at Yarnover.  It only took about half the skein.  I made one for Sally but a huge portion of the yarn had no seed pearls.  Looked naked, but I kept knitting anyway.  I doubt anyone will notice.  I have actually worn it already and it is cute for a summer accessory!

Remember Monkey Face?  I made a Teddy Bear version for a work friend.  Her son is expecting a baby boy at the end of summer.  I made a smaller size (obviously!!) for a newborn.

I am excited that I will be out tonight with family celebrating my nephew’s graduation from law school.  He still needs to pass the bar, but I know he will.  Great kid with a bright future!!

I received the latest issue of Interweave Knits and there are a couple of sweaters (Chesapeake and Magic City Henley specifically) that are perfect for the Invisible Stranding technique I describe in my It’s Not About the Hat pattern.  It would make them turn out beautifully!!

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