what’s on the needles?

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Time for a little knitting accountability.

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Kikusui Cardigan. I started this earlier this year and set it aside for other projects, travelling, getting ready for the market season. But it’s getting close to Fall and I’m determined to wear it! The cardigan is an easy fit. I made a few modifications as I’ve been knitting it. I made the collar a bit bigger. I eliminated the waist shaping and I went for an elongated rib at the bottom. I’m working on the sleeves right now and I can see the end in sight!

Yarn: Madeline Tosh Merino DK in Tart.

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Daybreak Shawl. I recently bought this yarn at All Wound Up this summer and started it on a trip to WashDC in July/August. It’s a fun, easy pattern. But after I started the striping section, I realized I didn’t want the variegated as the main section. I wanted the solid. So I ripped it all out two days ago and started it again with the dark solid as the main colour and the bright variegated as the striped section. I love it this way.

Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in Eggplant and Manos del Uruguay Alegria in Botanico.

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Parakeet Tube Socks. Melissa dyed a few new colourways for our fingering weight yarn this summer and Parakeet was one of them. I’m making the pattern she wrote up for tube socks. I’m really looking forward to wearing some bright socks in my shoes this Fall.

Yarn: Emerald Lotus Fingering in Parakeet.

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Through The Loops Mystery Shawl. Eek, I forgot about this one! I’m almost done. I need to complete the last clue and then block it. I just did a check on Ravelry to see if it’s been named yet, and it has. The Liz Christy Shawl. This is taken from the pattern page on Ravelry:

Liz Christy after the founder of the community garden in Manhattan. Liz Christy would toss seed grenades–balloons filled with wildflower seeds and fertilizer– into New York City’s garbage-strewn vacant lots to see what would grow. She was a founder of the Green Guerillas.

Yarn: KnitPicks handdyed in Cypress and Gerbera.

How many things do you have going at once? This actually isn’t as bad as I thought it would be ;)

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hi!

Yes, well that took a while! It’s been a busy, hot, interesting summer so far. Lots of activity happening with the family, all good, many changes happening, but it’s all good. The next few weeks look to be just as busy so I’m just popping in for a quick update.

Melissa and I had 3 market dates this summer at the Edmonds Summer Market. They all were tons of fun and we sold lots of yarn and patterns, including Missy’s new colourway: Game Day. It caught the eye of many local Seahawk Fans, knitters and non-knitters.

We have a 4th date scheduled for September 5th, but we are cancelling that for a couple of reasons. My daughter is moving that weekend to Toronto that weekend and I want to be here to have every last second to stare at her before she zooms off to fun and adventure in her new job.

The second reason we are cancelling is that we now have our yarn in a shop in Edmonds, WA!!! We are beyond excited and so happy to be working with them: All Wound Up, run by a mom and daughter, Leslie and Nona. They are so fun and welcoming, and supportive of local dyers. It’s a dream to be there.

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Map and directions to get to their shop, if you’re visiting or live in the area, are in the sidebar. Lots of excitement and squealing on our parts!

I’ve been busy spinning some gorgeous fibres that we purchased at a local mill… lovely blends such as merino, alpaca, kid mohair, BFL, angora, just to name a few. They practically spin themselves!

I made another pair of our Ripple Wave Fingerless Mitts, just because… it’s been a while since I knit a pair and it was fun to do.

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I’ve started on Stephen West’s Daybreak Shawl with some gorgeous yarn I bought at All Wound Up.

And I’m finishing up on my Kikusui Cardigan that I started earlier this year. I made a solemn vow in front of my knitter friends that I will finish it to wear this Fall and they will hold me to it! I’m just working down the sleeves right now and then I’ll be done. Look for a finished photo soon-ish!

Rather than repeat photos here, most are posted on my Instagram account and on our Emerald Lotus Instagram as well.

I hope you’ve been having a good summer :)  It’s hard to jump back into the blog world, but I really, really am going to try to keep going here.

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summertime

I’m having trouble motivating myself to update this blog. Life has been busy and full of family, adventure, fluting and lots of crafting. It’s hard to discipline myself to sit down and write, edit photos… etc. I guess that’s why more and more I’m relying on Instagram to tell my story… So quick and easy to update and then carry on!

But today it’s hot and I’m parked in front of my fan. It’s a good excuse not to move (and move my fan along with me). The two of us will be heading over to my spinning wheel in a bit.

My sister and I visited a local mill a few weeks ago and came upon the most lovely bucolic scene of sheep, llamas and rooms full of fibre! So of course we bought lots and are busy spinning for Room6 this fall. Lovely blends of alpaca, merino, mohair, angora… natural, undyed, delicious and wonderfully prepared for spinning. We feel so lucky to have found this farm and that it’s a local source.

While I spin, I listen to podcasts. I know there are many many crafting/spinning/wooly podcasts out there and I do listen to them occasionally, but for me I like something a little different. My two favourites are StarTalk with Neil Degrasse Tyson. Fun and informative and gets me thinking of things I never imagined! I also love Here’s The Thing, hosted by Alec Baldwin. He is a very good interviewer who doesn’t talk all over his guests. That’s something that is a “no thanks” for me. I’ve never been disappointed by his podcasts. Listening while I spin is a perfect way to spend an afternoon, imo. Of course, silence is golden too and is a good meditation time for me.

I’m knitting Through The Loops’ latest Mystery Shawl. I love her patterns… and knew that it would be a winner without seeing or knowing anything about it. I’m using some handdyed KnitPicks fingering weight and having fun. It’s addicting!

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In less than 2 weeks we have our first of four market booths. I think we’re mostly ready, but still have a little more dyeing to do and labels to print, etc. I hope this warm dry weather holds but regardless, we’ll be there under our newly purchased tent, with yarn and project bags and patterns and smiling faces, ready to have fun!

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summer market season

The weather is feeling very summer-like lately, even though we have a month left of spring.

The garden is blooming, the kale is planted and thriving and the windows are open and letting in some nice fresh air into the house. It’s also getting closer to the summer market season!

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Melissa and I will be setting up our booth (in a tent, not under the hood of a Corvair ;) ), filled with yarn and patterns, mitt kits and project bags.

A sneak peak of what I’ve been working on… a pattern for a lace wrap that I’m writing up right now, modelled by my daughter…

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We are also sewing up lots of project bags to sell at the market too. I made myself one earlier this year and carried it all over Southeast Asia and it held up like a dream. I’ve made four so far and three have sold already!

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I’ll put a link to the market and a map in the sidebar. I really hope we get a chance to see everyone again this year!

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may day: bits and pieces

It was a gorgeous spring day down in the cove. I ran down to Room6 bring in our latest baby ELF hats. These are mostly cotton, a few wool and a few cotton/wool blends.

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I’m knitting on a lace stole that I hope to have a pattern written for. I had a minor glitch (ran out of yarn!) and had to rip back unfortunately, but I’m back on track and I think it’s going to look pretty great. I feel like I’ve been knitting this lace forever, but trial and error does take awhile!

Our handspun mostly sold out in the shop. I brought the last couple of skeins home a few weeks ago and will be making some warm wooly baby hats for next Fall and Winter with the yarn, and then dyeing and spinning up some new skeins for the Fall.

We are getting our act together for the summer market season. A few patterns to write, yarn to dye and dates to be confirmed. As soon as they are, we’ll be posting them here and on our Facebook page.

Our Etsy shop is on hiatus right now. Not sure what we’re going to do with it, but for now it’s just in a holding pattern.

Okay… back to knitting!

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