Friday, May 15, 2015

Betwixt and Between

Flowering Tree

Temps soared into the high 80s for several days this week and the whole world burst into bloom. I decided it was high time to wash the fingerless mitts that got the most wear over the winter. (I wear them around the house a lot—helps keep the heating bill down.)

Won't be needing these again till fall (I hope!) #fingerlessmitts #knit #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram

Clockwise, from upper left, the patterns are: 1) My Fiery Searcher Mitts, 2) Chalice Mitts by Julia Trice (in yarn I dyed with hickory nuts), 3) no pattern—I made up these up on the fly using alpaca bought at a local farmers market, and 4) Toast by Leslie Friend (the dark grey is my very first handspun!).

Wouldn't you know, as soon as I put them away, the weather turned cool. We even had a danger of frost the past couple nights. So this morning I was wearing my Toast again.  

When it comes to projects, I'm as "in between" as the weather. My second Conklaree, which I'm knitting this time with two strands of laceweight yarn (Jaggerspun Zephyr) held together, is coming along but nowhere near being finished. 

Lifelines in my Conklaree. I rarely need them but use them anyway. Better safe than sorry! #bluepeninsula #knit #knitlace #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knitscarves #knitstagram #yokal2015

Even though these days I usually catch mistakes on the same or next row, I still use lifelines religiously on lace projects like this. You just never know. I like to use a laceweight wool—it's thin and it stays put. If you use lifelines, what do you use?

My next sock design is also "betwixt and between." I'd finished about five inches when I hit upon a much more interesting way of doing the ribbing and transitioning from that to the next stitch pattern. The more I considered it, the more I liked the new idea. So I started over completely! 

Next sock design is begun! What a surprise - it's got lace. 😀 #bluepeninsula #knitting #knit #knitsocks #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #periwinklesheep

Glad I did, though—I like the design even more now.

Got yarn, wifi, good coffee, and great light. All set for a productive morning of design work! #bluepeninsula #knit #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram

There've been beginning and endings on the embroidery front, too. I finished my "Abend" piece, the one with the silhouetted trees at dusk. Now I need to mount it and take better photos.

Day 91 of my "Abend" embroidery, which I began January 1. I think it might be done. #bonniesennott #embroidery #dailyembroidery

And I'm nearing the end on two wrinkle embroidery pieces. For a while I didn't work on these two at all, but now I'm motivated to finish so I can enter them in a show in June.

Snickers, stitching, and tree dust: spring! #bonniesennott #embroidery #stitch #dailyembroidery #cats #catsofinstagram #mykitty

Gonna take lots of French knots to make this red wedge as dramatic as I want it to be! #bonniesennott #embroidery #dailyembroidery

I've also been swatching and planning some fall designs, but can't show you anything much right now. Like I said, it's a very "betwixt and between" time!

No. 19 for My Year of Swatches. Plain ol' stockinette - Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair in Spice #bonniesennott #52weeksofswatches #greenmountainspinnery #knit #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram

It's a swatch blocking kind of morning. Love the smell of lavender Eucalan and wool. #bluepeninsula #knit #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #52weeksofswatches

How about you? Have you finished anything recently, or are you "betwixt and between," too?  Wherever you are, I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

P.S. Look for a new Fiber Conversations post soon, with Brenda Pirie of End of the Row Yarns.

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