Grashus

(C) Larissa Brown

(C) Larissa Brown

That up there is Grashus. A new pattern by Larissa Brown. She is currently wrapping up a book, Beautiful Wreck: A Viking Love Story. In conjunction with the book she has released a series of patterns that are themed with the book. This one is Grashus, Icelandic for grass house. Larissa asked me to test the pattern for her and knit the sample you see above.

It was a delight to knit this project. It is always easier when helping a friend. It did take a bit longer than I anticipated. The bottom part is done in double-garter. This was a new technique for me. I found that it wasn’t one that you could speed through. It took quite a bit of paying attention, hence the slowness. The stitch is intricate enough that you can’t really make a mistake. Partly because they are hard to hide and partly because it is relatively difficult to rip out. Although, after a good three feet I ended up learning a few tricks of the double-garter. Here is a link to the pattern.

Mondays of Making

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This is a new segment called Mondays of Making or MOM. There is always something happening with these hands of mine. It will highlight either a work in progress or a recently completed project (like todays). I will also talk about successes and failures or any issues that may have come up with each project.

Today focus will be about my third Girasole by Jared Flood. You can see the project page here. I really love this pattern. I love that it offers different enough patterns to keep me engaged and excited about the project. The hardest part for me is the edging. Oh, the edging. The shawl has been done for approximately a year, all it needed was the edging. But, the edging alone takes about 6-8 hours depending on speed. So, knowing that I had a retreat coming up I knew this was going to be my opportunity to just ‘get ‘er done.’ Even still, I had about an hours worth of work when I got home. But, at long last, it is done. People often ask about blocking. I has blocked all three the same. First I soak it about 15 minutes then I put down a sheet in the middle of my living room. When I pin it the pin goes directly into the carpet and I pin each and every point. A little over 200. For those that have hardwood this can also be done on your bed, preferably in a spare room where it can be left overnight. I typically turn on the ceiling fan overnight to help with air flow.

After blocking the shawl is an instant fave! I am so happy with my choice of yarn. It is Cascade Yarns Heritage. It is so light and has a beautiful drape to it.

Next Monday: Aviendha Update

Be well. Create. Inspire.

Finito

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Here are some of the projects that have been on my plate. The first is the Boardwalk vest by Heidi Kirrmaier. I recently joined with Knit Purl in downtown Portland to work making some samples for them. This was this first, but the process was such a breeze I am already working on a second. In the second picture you can see the WIP for Aviendha by Melanie Berg, the next sample for Knit Purl. This one is a very basic knit, done completely in garter stitch with an easy decrease pattern.

Recently I did some work with Larissa Brown, a local knitwear designer and author. The first (#3) was a new pattern for her titled Pterodactyl. You can read about it on her blog here and here. It was with Malabrigo worsted which is such a wonderful yarn to work with. Soft and squishy, perfect. The next project was also with Larissa, I can give little details as it will be published in the fall. When it is released I will endeavor to put it up here for all to see. The picture above (#4) is the yarn involved, Madelinetosh Prairie.

There is definitely more in the works.

Be well. Create. Inspire.

As of late…

Sorry for the lack of presence on here. There has been a lot of change in my home and therefore schedule. I aim to improve my presence on this site. Hang in there please. I thought at the very least I could post a collage of what I have accomplished recently. There are several other projects recently completed or still in the works. So, stay tuned for those! I WILL POST THEM HERE! See that! I put it in caps that means I will totally do it!

Projects

1. Pembroke Wrap
2. Bilberry Shawl
3. Elise Shawl
3. Icy Cowl (my pattern)

Many blessings to you for a wonderful 2013! I feel like there is a lot in store for RainMomma. Keep watching!

Be well. Create. Inspire.

Something to aspire to

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I aspire to make the sweater pattern for Lyric Tree by Stricken on Ravelry. I love the tree of life look of this design.  I also love the detail on the hood. So, detailed, aran-type cable work is what I aspire to master. I am still fairly new at cables.  But, when searching for some projects on Ravelry I came across this pattern and new it was an instant fave.  I wish I had more patience to do sweaters and larger projects.  But, I like semi-instant gratification.  I much prefer projects that I can finish in a few days.  I think I may stash this project away for the next retreat I attend in November where I could give it the concentrated time it deserves.
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Where are they now?

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There are two projects that come to mind when I think of “Where are they now?”  The first is a felted backpack.  I got this wild idea several years ago.  It is about 85% finished.  All that remains is a flap for the closure and the straps.  I even have the yarn to complete this.  All I need now is the time.  It has made it’s way to the top of my to-do’s.  Now, I just need to do it.  I am not sure what it’s use will end up being anymore.  I think that is why it has stalled so long.  I am certain if I don’t use it, Claire will certainly find something to do with it.  Here is what it looks like now.

The other project that is always floating around my mind is the Doherty Sweater.  When my mom and I went to Ireland in 2005 she and I bought a kit to make a Clan Aran sweater.  This project has been taped up in it’s box for 2 moves and a LOT of shuffling.  Yet, when I wanted it I seemed to know exactly where is was…in my garage.  The kit include a rough sketch of the pattern and some very loose instructions.  I think this is why I hesitate so much.  But, it did include all the yarn, so I am ahead of the game there.  I would not look for this project from me for a while. I think before I even think about starting it I have to take the pattern and rewrite it, which is intimidating enough.  But, someday I will have them both done and out of my queue.

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Tidy Mind, Tidy Stitches

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This is the post for yesterday.  I got a little tied up.  The post for today will go up a little later. 

The subject is organization.  At the right you will see some of how I keep my yarn organized.  I have 2 of these 8-cube shelves.  The yarn is very generally organized by color.  I spent some time a few weeks back to photograph my entire stash and catalog it online at Ravelry.  This is particularly handy because I can access it online most anywhere with my phone.  But, I also have a pretty certain idea of what I have/need in my head. 

Projects for me are easy to find.  I have managed to only have between 1-3 projects going at a time and they stay in my knitting basket.  I will occassionally use the gallon ziplock back concept for keeping the yarn from getting crazy.  Up above on this same shelf are my knitting and crochet books.  Unlike all of my other book that are of course organized by subject in alphabetical order, these are by size because that is how I got them to stay upright.  So many of them are really big and then really small.  But all are gems and also logged in the library section of my Ravelry.

Be well. Create.  Inspire.