Friday, October 14, 2016

Fall Knitting

 Pattern:  Baa-ble Hat
Yarns:  Queensland Collection Kathmandu Aran in Mustard
 Sublime Yarns Luxurious Aran Tweed in Fauve
Lana Gatto Class in White Cream
Needles: sizes 6 & 7

I'm calling this fall knitting even though our temperature yesterday was 82 degrees. And the leaves on the trees are all still green. The mornings are cooler and maybe we will see a little leaf color soon. It can't stay summer forever. Can it?

Tucked in amid all the cooking, the hosting our visitors last weekend, and before that, the vacation at the beach, there was knitting. Often it's in spurts. A few minutes here and there. And occasionally there is the long stretch, maybe while a football game or a Hallmark movie is on television.

All of those stitches add up, quicker than you might think. And today I'm posting my latest finished projects. Jessica gets the Baable Hat pictured above. (Modeled here by her dad. Can't wait to see it on her.) She had asked for one last year, but there was about a one year delay in getting me to make it. It's too cute. The colorwork pattern wasn't as hard as it looks.


Pattern: Rewind Wrap (written for our retreat)
Yarn:  Dream In Color Smooshy, in Callous Pink
Needles:  size 6

One of my fall get-aways was the knitting retreat at the lake, where we learned about beaded knitting. I love learning new things. And knitting is a HUGE craft to explore. So many yarns to choose from, so many design challenges, that I'll never see the end. Really, there is no end. The Rewind Wrap (pictured above, worn two ways) was my first beaded knitting project. One more skill to add to my list. I've made socks. I've tackled lace shawls. I've learned to read charts. I've made baby sweaters. I've done some colorwork. I can knit cables and plackets and buttonholes. I know about left-leaning vs right-leaning decreases. I am learning about the properties of different yarns and the advantages of different needles. 

 Pattern:  Easy Folded Poncho, from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas
Yarn:  Rowan Tweed in Keld colorway
Needles:  size 6

And after all the effort to improve my skill, I'm realizing that it's hard to beat simple. There is an elegance to simple. This new poncho might be my most worn knit this season. And this is something I could have made with my high school knitting skills. When I am asked, almost in disbelief, "You made this?," I try hard not to explain how easy it is, but to just smile and simply answer, "Yes." It is the plainest knitting of all. Less complicated than the dishcloths I make. Don't overlook the simple. Sometimes that is all you need.


goodnightgram said...

Even though I am a knitter and get the beaded knitting and the colorwork of the Baa-blenHat, I do like the Easy Folded Poncho. It looks classy and you showed it off very well in the photo. I like the colors you've used in your work! You've done a lot despite being so busy. Thanks for showing your work.

Granny J said...

You've become a knitting machine, Dianne. Love the hat for Jess.

Mimi said...

Well, this represents weeks and weeks of knitting. But, yes, I do knit more than I used to. Can't wait to see the hat on Jec.

Mimi said...

I love the poncho, too. Almost done with a second one for my daughter. In an almost black yarn. You know about black yarn. I'd only knit that for someone I love very much!

Barb said...

May I say I love them all? That lacy shawl is so beautiful (and the color divine). The simple elegance of the poncho appeals to me. I have a simple gray shawl that I wear a lot and love. I didn't make it though! That Baa hat is too cute.

Mimi said...

Thanks, Barb. I should put down the knitting (as much as I love doing it) and go take a hike. I am always in awe of your outdoor life.

Carol Z said...

Everything you made is lovely. Especially admire the hat and the sweet sheep. Loved your comment. Bubble gum dust was totally new to me, too.

Mimi said...

Awww. Carol, thank you. It's the knitting that has kept me sane during this election season. I am delivering the sheep hat and a second poncho this weekend. Yes, I've already made another one. The more the candidates yell at each other, the fast I know!

Angela said...

Every time I see such gorgeous knitted work I lament the fact that I don't know how to knit. I can do some crochet. The colors are also very pretty.

Mimi said...

Well, it's never to late to learn! And there are some gorgeous crochet patterns out there now. Let me know if you decide to give knitting a try. Yarn shops often have classes. And there are a multitude of how-to videos now.