Over the next few weeks, I will be releasing a series of videos on YouTube, showcasing how to knit a new, soon-to-be released knitting pattern of mine, COWLBOII. Get your goodies together & join me in casting on my third version of this KAL. As I knit and demonstrate each portion of this pattern, I will release a video. I hope to include answers to your questions & demonstrating anything that you'd like clarified.
Don't hesitate to ask questions throughout this KAL. I am here to help you learn or finesse your brioche knitting.
Let's get prepared to cast on for our brioche knit-a-long.
I don’t even know how many years ago I cast on this crocheted blanket.
I’ve had this blanket with me now in two different states!! In Florida I felt like the humidity and heat really kept me away from being able to work on this project for long periods of time because my hands would get sweaty and the hairy alpaca fuzz didn't mix well (gross, I know). Now that I live in a cold climate, it’s just a simple forgetfulness because this is such a fun and easy craft to pick up and down.
As I finish one new project, I try to look backwards and pull out older projects as I am trying to get much better organized with my works in progresses, either pulling them out and putting the yarn away for later or picking up and working on the project, while still creating some more current patterns.
I’ve been enjoying Sizz shawl which I believe has been on the needles for about three years. That’s definitely a pattern that takes a lot of focus because you don’t wanna mess up on brioche unless you want to take it back or be leave very visible mistakes. I am excited to work on this more popcorn-y, older project, crochet clouds blanket.
I have always had people ask me what the pattern is for this blanket and I figured that I would get up the courage to type out a crochet pattern one of these days. Today is not that day. Why not? I need some help with developing a crochet pattern. Even though I started out as a crocheter, I never really used a lot of patterns or became well versed in reading them.
I can say that I am alternating granny stripe rows of different colored sock yarns with an undyed alpaca & silk yarn. My granny clusters are in increments of 4.
I am trying to figure out what I plan to do with the border of this. What would you do? There are sooooo many ends!!
I am not certain why it took me so long to FINALLY do the voice over for this particular video. Maybe I needed to find my voice.
June's Yarn Oracle card was The Hermit and, boy, was that like looking in the mirror. Watch the video above and see my dyeing process & hear my bizarre thinking process.
Inverted Yarn Oracles’ Tarot Yarn Club… today, i dye this yarn club for the first time. How exciting?! A new yarn club always holds hopes and dreams & I am so excited to have a partner in crime with this yarn club. Brittany, of Machete Shoppe, is the other half of the Yarn Oracles. 🧶 For this video, I am taking you through some of the steps to achieve this month’s colorway, nine of cups, inverted. This is one of two colorways that will be in this sock set (and each one, hereafter). You’ll have to wait for Brittany to flash her sock yarns. These yarns are already fully accounted for but watch out for the new moon & out instagram accounts will be abuzz with our energies, as we pick the next card. Each card is a reflection for me. I love to sit on the idea of the card chosen for a couple days before i read the inverted iteration. At that point, I allow my inner workings to fire off while I explore the second version of each card. It may not seem like much but it is a very simple and lovely therapy & moment to remind me that I am a human. Join me while I dye yarn, layer after layer. Variegated, speckled & doted over…. Sheena
I woke up well before anyone else in the house & i took that as a sign to quietly record my morning. Today I dyed Fire Light. I dyed multiple batches of my plush sock, dk & cozy yarn bases in this colorway & it will be listed in the shop in the next few days. This colorway takes multiple steps, first applying stocks that I had mixed to create the variegated base and then a second time into the dye pots, where I focus on speckling the yarns. This colorway ends up being a bit time extensive but it is totally worth every second. You get a very quickly and simple version of the colorway, here, whereas multiple layers of dye & speckles are applied to every batch. A big part of my morning went towards organizing all of my in stock (or on hold) yarns that I have in my shop. Each tupperware holds different yarn bases and I really enjoyed the process of just organizing the colorways, as I had made a bit of a mess when shipping orders yesterday. I did get a moment, earlier, to sit and knit a few rows on my Briochevron Wrap by Stephen West of West Knits. This is a cozy wrap that I am making out of leftover yarn from other projects and such a sweet & simple potato chip-y (for me) knit. Something about the sound of knitting needles… Listen in & you can hear my parakeet singing his hellos! Sheena
What a beautiful day to dye yarn! The sun has been so warm and the temperature has been rising above freezing! So very exciting!!
We still have a couple feet of snow on the ground and it will take quite a while before we can see the grass or begin to garden outside, though I have inside plans.
Today I took the opportunity to spend time on some one of a kind snow dyed yarn. Tonals & variegated yarn were in and out of the pots today. Watch through to see all of the beautiful colors & yarn dyeing techniques that I used!
Tell me which colorway is your favorite in the comments!!
I hope you enjoy this dose of nature and snow. It will be melted before we know it so I want to savor it while I can.
Is there still snow where you live?
We took a drive over to Black River Harbor, yesterday. The drive was beautiful from the snow that is still sticking around. Winter just refuses to go away.
No matter the conditions of the trail, we still headed out to enjoy the views. There was a lot of bypassing super icy spots & the kids would purposely slip and slide on any ice they could find. The forest still appears to be hibernating.
The river & waterfall, on the other hand, were not. All of the recent rain and snow melt has made the rivers rage. The amount of energy coming off of Rainbow Falls was breathtaking. The spray was hitting my face while I filmed and it felt so lovely.
I would definitely recommend a hike that culminates in a frozen waterfall! Always & forever. Every year, the waterfalls freeze into a new sculpture & they are always evolving.
Lake Superior is melting!! We found patches of sand, driftwood & a few pretty stones. I look forward to further melting & the possibilities for rockhounding!