Knitting On The Run

Knitting and running in 30 minutes or less

Knitting and Running in 30 min or less.  Shownotes can be found at windsweptknits.com.  You can find me on IG and Ravelry as WindsweptMonique and on Facebook and Twitter as WindsweptKnits.

Ep 89 recorded 12/3/20

Segments this week include: FOs, Wips, Out and About Virtually, On the Run

Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such – if a link does not say Ravelry, it does not go to Ravelry.  Links to yarn are directly to manufacturer’s pages and should be safe for those still having rav accessibility issues. 

FOs

I ended up with lots of FOs this week because I finished my Christmas gift knitting!  

The Acadian Shawl (Ravelry), a Christmas gift for my mom in the approximate colors of the Acadian Flag (nous sommes fiere d’etre Acadienne!)  I’m using the Goldberry crochet pattern and working it in blue, white and red with accents of yellow.  I’ve put a photo of the Acadian flag in the shownotes so you can see it.

Star Wars scarf (Ravelry) for Thing 1 – One section left, plan to finish later today.  Still loving the new hexagonal needles from Indian Lake Artisans.  I’m using Truboo by Lion Brand, a 100% bamboo yarn in white and dark gray.  Pattern is a series of free charts by Jessica Goddard.

Thing 1 Dragon Blanket (Ravelry) – all the pieces are finished, I just need to assemble it.

 

WIPs

Tan House Brook Shawl (Ravelry) – this is a pattern by Jennifer Lassonde of Down Cellar Studios in the Sekhment base, an alpaca/silk/linen yarn from A Hundred Ravens in the Nevertheless She Persisted colorway that I bought during the virtual Maryland Sheep and Wool.  I’m doing a few rows each week

Wenlock (Ravelery) from Tin Can Knits.  I used a bunch of scraps in pink, white and yellow for the star pattern at the top, now I’m on to the body and I’ve using a variegated yarn, Cayenne by Feza Yarns, in cool-toned peach-pink-green variegated colorway.

Started a new winter tunic for myself, Galliatt (Ravelry) by JimiKnits – pattern also available on LoveCrafts

Started a new hat as part of the Fasten Off YAL (more on that a little later), the hat is The Opposite of Strict (Ravelry) by That Metzbower Girl Designs and it’s a ponytail hat designed to use scraps.  I’m using up the leftovers from the two RBG Dissent Cowls I made earlier this fall.

Out and About Virtually

Lots of fiber events happening online this winter

The first-ever Fasten Off YAL is going on right now.  It’s an inclusive yarn-a-long for anyone to join.  It is NOT being run on Ravelry so it’s safe to join for those of you having issues with the new site.  There’s a website, a Facebook group, a Discord server to chat on and you can post on IG with the hashtag #fastenoffyal  More than 90 knit and crochet designers from around the globe are participating.  All the included designs are 25% off through 12/5 using code FO2020 and the crafalong portion runs through 12/31/20. 

Pigskin Party now through the Superbowl Ravelry Group  I’m sponsoring for the 3rd year and also participating.

Vogue Knitting Live Upcoming Vogue Knitting Live @ Home events will be Dec 10-13, and Jan 14-17.  I will be attending the January VKL

Stitches At Home December 5,6,12,13.

GGKCS podcast is running their annual winter craftaong starting now through the end of Feb 2021, more details on their Facebook page.

If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me windsweptmonique@gmail.com

 

On the Run

I was doing really well then I tweaked my knee again last Saturday.  Meh.  Lots of icing and ibuprofen and I’m staying off it as much as possible.  It’s starting to be less cranky.

 

Knitting and Running in 30 min or less.  Shownotes can be found at windsweptknits.com.  You can find me on IG and Ravelry as WindsweptMonique and on Facebook and Twitter as WindsweptKnits.

Ep 88 recorded 11/20/20

Segments this week include: FOs, Wips, Spinning, Out and About, On the Run

Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such – if a link does not say Ravelry, it does not go to Ravelry.  Links to yarn are directly to manufacturer’s pages and should be safe for those still having rav accessibility issues. 

WIPs

The Acadian Shawl (Ravelry), a Christmas gift for my mom in the approximate colors of the Acadian Flag (nous sommes fiere d’etre Acadienne!)  I’m using the Goldberry crochet pattern and working it in blue, white and red with accents of yellow.  I’ve put a photo of the Acadian flag in the shownotes so you can see it.

Star Wars scarf (Ravelry) for Thing 1 – One section left, plan to finish later today.  Still loving the new hexagonal needles from Indian Lake Artisans.  I’m using Truboo by Lion Brand, a 100% bamboo yarn in white and dark gray.  Pattern is a series of free charts by Jessica Goddard.

Tan House Brook Shawl (Ravelry) -  in the Sekhment base, an alpaca/silk/linen yarn from A Hundred Ravens in the Nevertheless She Persisted colorway that I bought during the virtual Maryland Sheep and Wool.  I’m doing a few rows each week

Thing 1 Dragon Blanket (Ravelry) – all the pieces are finished, I just need to assemble it.

Ankle socks (Ravelry) – just about to the heel turn.  Knitting in CoBaSi by Hikoo.

New WIP, Wenlock (Ravelery) from Tin Can Knits.  I used a bunch of scraps in pink, white and yellow for the star pattern at the top, now I’m on to the body and I’ve using a variegated yarn, Cayenne by Feza Yarns, in cool-toned peach-pink-green variegated colorway.

Spinning

Continuing on the last color of my gradient spin so I can count it towards the Pigskin party.  I’m spinning 5 minutes a day, or every other day.  Slow and steady getting back to using the injured leg.

 

Out and About

Lots of fiber events happening online this fall

Pigskin Party now through the Superbowl Ravelry Group  I’m sponsoring for the 3rd year and also participating.

Vogue Knitting Live Upcoming Vogue Knitting Live events will be Dec 10-13, and Jan 14-17.  I almost always attend Vogue Live NYC every January, it’s usually a birthday present from my family as it’s often right around my birthday weekend.  This year it’s the weekend after so I’ll probably attend the January event.

Stitches At Home December 5,6,12,13.

If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me windsweptmonique@gmail.com

 

On the Run

Still not running, but I am biking regularly! 

Knitting and Running in 30 min or less.  Shownotes can be found at windsweptknits.com.  You can find me on IG and Ravelry as WindsweptMonique and on Facebook and Twitter as WindsweptKnits.

Ep 87 recorded 11/13/20

Segments this week include: FOs, Wips, Spinning, Out and About, On the Run

Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such – if a link does not say Ravelry, it does not go to Ravelry.  Links to yarn are directly to manufacturer’s pages and should be safe for those still having rav accessibility issues. 

Lots of stress knitting the last week, so I have MULTIPLE FOs!

FOs

Dumpster Fire ornament 1 (Ravelry) & ornament 2 (Ravelry) both made in CoBaSi by Hikoo, a blend of cotton, silk, bamboo and nylon.  It’s arguably my favorite fingering weight yarn – makes great socks and tank tops.  Pattern by Mary Hull of Kino Knits.

Thing 2 hitchiker (Ravelry) – a DK hitchhiker scarf for Thing 2, out of big box store cotton yarn from Michaels.  It’s done and blocked and I accidentally left it out after photographing it and Thing 2 told me how much he LOVED the yarn lol.  Good kid, it’s for you!

Dissent Cowl 2 (Ravelry) – this is a Christmas gift for a very knitworthy friend.  I’m using some ancient stash and I’ve about halfway through the necklace portion of the cowl.

WIPs

New WIP, what I am calling the Acadian Shawl (Ravelry), a Christmas gift for my mom in the approximate colors of the Acadian Flag (nous sommes fiere d’etre Acadienne!)  I’m using the Goldberry crochet pattern and working it in blue, white and red with accents of yellow.  I’ve put a photo of the Acadian flag in the shownotes so you can see it.

Star Wars scarf (Ravelry) for Thing 1 – more than halfway through the last chart!  I’m about 7/8 of the way through.  Still loving the new hexagonal needles from Indian Lake Artisans.  I’m using Truboo by Lion Brand, a 100% bamboo yarn in white and dark gray.  Pattern is a series of free charts by Jessica Goddard.

Tan House Brook Shawl (Ravelry) -  in the Sekhment base, an alpaca/silk/linen yarn from A Hundred Ravens in the Nevertheless She Persisted colorway that I bought during the virtual Maryland Sheep and Wool.  I’m on the 2nd set of eyelet rows, almost to the 2nd set of textured stitches.

Thing 1 Dragon Blanket (Ravelry) – the second Christmas Snap The Dragon Blanket, this one from my older son.  Using deep stash acrylic.

Knitting Fail

I still have a hard time reading crochet. 

Spinning

Still no success at a distaff, but I have spun a little more of the Tussah Silk from Pinestar Studios in Maine on my Akerworks drop spindle.

Started the last color of my gradient spin so I can count it towards the Pigskin party

Out and About

Lots of fiber events happening online this fall

Pigskin Party now through the Superbowl Ravelry Group  I’m sponsoring for the 3rd year and also participating.

Vogue Knitting Live Upcoming Vogue Knitting Live events will be Nov 12-15, Dec 10-13, and Jan 14-17.  I almost always attend Vogue Live NYC every January, it’s usually a birthday present from my family as it’s often right around my birthday weekend.  This year it’s the weekend after so I’ll probably attend the January event.

Stitches At Home December 5,6,12,13.

If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me windsweptmonique@gmail.com

 

On the Run

Still not running, but I’m biking! 

Knitting and Running in 30 min or less.  Shownotes can be found at windsweptknits.com.  You can find me on IG and Ravelry as WindsweptMonique and on Facebook and Twitter as WindsweptKnits.

Ep 85 recorded 10/23/20

Segments this week include: Be a Helper Craft-a-long prep, Wips, Spinning, Stash, Out and About, On the Run

Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such – if a link does not say Ravelry, it does not go to Ravelry.  Links to yarn are directly to manufacturer’s pages and should be safe for those still having rav accessibility issues. 

Be a Helper Craftalong

For those of you who are new to the podcast, every winter I run the Be A Helper Craftalong, inspired by famous quote from Mister Rogers, that in times of troubles to look for the helpers.  This charity-focused craftalong urges people to BE the helper.  The rules are very simple:

  • Anything you make for any charity counts, doesn’t have to be knit/crochet. ANYthing you make for ANY charity.
  • One entry per FO
  • Donating blood counts too - post a photo of your bandaid or of you drinking OJ afterwards, something like that.
  • Wips are welcome

First up I’d like to talk to you all quickly about the schedule for this year’s craftalong.  

Secondly, I will have to adjust how I run the event and track FOs since Ravelry is not safe for everyone to use.  

WIPs

Star Wars scarf (Ravelry) for Thing 1 – finished the Death Star and all of Chart 2!  Still loving the new hexagonal needles from Indian Lake Artisans.  I’m using Truboo by Lion Brand, a 100% bamboo yarn in white and dark gray.

Thing 2 hitchiker (Ravelry) – a DK hitchhiker scarf for Thing 2, out of big box store cotton yarn from Michaels.  It’s still my car knitting and knitting a row or 2 most days.

Ankle socks (Ravelry) – Still on the 2nd sock getting closer to the heel.  I’m in physical therapy and have been working on it a little before each appointment.

Tan House Brook Shawl (Ravelry) -  in the Sekhment base, an alpaca/silk/linen yarn from A Hundred Ravens in the Nevertheless She Persisted colorway that I bought during the virtual Maryland Sheep and Wool.  I’m on the 2nd set of eyelet rows, almost to the 2nd set of textured stitches.

Willowbrook Shawl (Ravelry) – by Brenda Castiel in my own handspun cotton. I spun this yarn with fiber from fiber from Hipstrings with this shawl in mind last June during Pride month. I’ve finished the pinks and am on the red in the rainbow handspun.

Dissent Cowl 2 (Ravelry) – this is a Christmas gift for a very knitworthy friend.  I’m using some ancient stash and I’ve finished the first dots section and have reached the color band.

Spinning

Still no success at a distaff, but I have spun a little more of the Tussah Silk from Pinestar Studios in Maine

Out and About

Virtual Rhinebeck – this past weekend. 

Lots of fiber events happening online this fall

Pigskin Party now through the Superbowl Ravelry Group  I’m sponsoring for the 3rd year and also participating.

Vogue Knitting Live Upcoming Vogue Knitting Live eve nts will be Nov 12-15, Dec 10-13, and Jan 14-17.  I almost always attend Vogue Live NYC every January, it’s usually a birthday present from my family as it’s often right around my birthday weekend.  This year it’s the weekend after so I’ll probably attend the January event.

Stitches Expo at Home – Nov 6-8

If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me windsweptmonique@gmail.com

 

On the Run

Had an MRI, fun times.   Stress fracture is healing though the knee itself is still swollen and sore.  No walking for quite a while yet.  But once I’m back on my feet I will continue the 100 Mile challenge I was part of.

Ep 84 Knitting and injuries in 30 minutes or less because even in a pandemic we’re all still busy

Segments this week include: FOs, Wips, Stash, Out and About, On the Run

Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such – if a link does not say Ravelry, it does not go to Ravelry.  Links to yarn are directly to manufacturer’s pages and should be safe for those still having rav accessibility issues. 

FO

Dissent Cowl (Ravelry) – my homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pattern by Carissa Browning and together we’ve raised over 30,000 through this pattern for the ACLU.  Nice work knitters!  I’m using ancient stash yarn.  Over halfway through the necklace portion

Thing 2 Dragon Blanket (Ravelry)  - I assembled it yesterday while my kids were at school.  I modeled it and posted some silly photos on FB/Insta because how often do you get to wear a dragon blanket, complete with spines?!?  Thing 2 is going to LOVE it

WIPs

Star Wars scarf (Ravelry) for Thing 1 – started the Millennium Flacon and the Death Star, then it’ll be the Dark Side and some weird alien writing, then the Dark Side is the last third.  I’m trying to work 5 rows a day so it’ll be done in time for Christmas.  Still loving the new hexagonal needles from Indian Lake Artisans.  I’m using Truboo by Lion Brand, a 100% bamboo yarn.

Thing 2 hitchiker (Ravelry) – a DK hitchhiker scarf for Thing 2, out of big box store cotton yarn from Michaels.  It’s still my car knitting and knitting a row or 2 most days.

Ankle socks (Ravelry) – Still on the 2nd sock.  It lives in my purse so I’ve worked on this a few times waiting in lines.

Pigskin Party Castons:

Tan House Brook Shawl (Ravelry) -  in the Sekhment base, an alpaca/silk/linen yarn from A Hundred Ravens in the Nevertheless She Persisted colorway that I bought during the virtual Maryland Sheep and Wool.  I;ve started section 3.

Willowbrook Shawl (Ravelry) – by Brenda Castiel in my own handspun cotton. I spun this yarn with fiber from fiber from Hipstrings with this shawl in mind last June during Pride month. 

Spinning

New Akerworks lightweight drop spindle – started spinning silk singles again.  Won’t be wheel-spinning again for a while, I have a leg injury and am currently awaiting an MRI next week.  This is my first spindle from Akerworks.  I love their wheel bobbins soooo much, and I had a feeling I’d like their spindles and so far I really do.

Out and About

Lots of fiber events happening online this fall

Pigskin Party now through the Superbowl Ravelry Group  I’m sponsoring for the 3rd year and also participating.

Stitches @ Home – put on by the folks XRX the folks who to Stitches East/West/South etc.  Continuing Oct 10 and 11.

Virtual Rhinebeck – Oct 15-18  I’ve signed up for 2 classes on crochet to improve my skills and learn how to read a pattern better because the charts are definitely harder to read than knitting charts.

Indie Untangled Everywhere – the popular Rhinebeck-adjacent event for independent dyers is also going digital this year, more than 40 vendors plus access to zoom calls with designers.

Vogue Knitting Live Upcoming Vogue Knitting Live eve nts will be Nov 12-15, Dec 10-13, and Jan 14-17.  I almost always attend Vogue Live NYC every January, it’s usually a birthday present from my family as it’s often right around my birthday weekend.  This year it’s the weekend after so I’ll probably attend the January event.

If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me windsweptmonique@gmail.com

 

On the Run

I need an MRI.  Damn.

Ep 83 Knitting and running in 30 minutes or less because even in a pandemic we’re all still busy

I’m titling this one “Will Wonders Never Cease?” because I have actually recorded 2 weeks in a row!  Once upon a time I had a regular recording schedule, but then my youngest son stopped napping and it’s been chaos ever since lol

Note on Ravelry – all links to Ravelry are clearly labelled as such – if a link does not say Ravelry, it does not go to Ravelry.  Links to yarn are directly to manufacturer’s pages and should be safe for those still having rav accessibility issues. 

WIPs

Dissent Cowl (Ravelry) – my homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pattern by Carissa Browning and together we’ve raised over 30,000 through this pattern for the ACLU.  Nice work knitters!  I’m using ancient stash yarn.  Over halfway through the necklace portion

Star Wars scarf (Ravelry) for Thing 1 – started the center panel – the center section has weird alien fonts, the Millenium Flacon and the Death Star, then it’ll be the Dark Side.  Still loving the new hexagonal needles from Indian Lake Artisans.  I’m using Truboo by Lion Brand, a 100% bamboo yarn.

Thing 2 hitchiker (Ravelry) – a DK hitchhiker scarf for Thing 2, out of big box store cotton yarn from Michaels.  It’s not my favorite yarn, but it’s machine washable and Thing 2 is 5.  It’s still my car knitting and getting a little love most days.

Thing 2 Dragon Blanket (Ravelry) – almost done with this crochet blanket in purple (his favorite color) and green.  I literally just need to assemble it. 

Ankle socks (Ravelry) – Still on the 2nd sock.  It lives in my purse so I’ve worked on this a few times waiting in lines.

Pigskin Party Castons:

Tan House Brook Shawl (Ravelry) -  in the Sekhment base, an alpaca/silk/linen yarn from A Hundred Ravens in the Nevertheless She Persisted colorway that I bought during the virtual Maryland Sheep and Wool.  I first knit the Tan House Brook shawl a few years back and really enjoyed it, but the shawl disappeared a few months later 😩 so I’m now finally getting around to making another.

Willowbrook Shawl (Ravelry) – by Brenda Castiel in my own handspun cotton. I spun this yarn with fiber from fiber from Hipstrings with this shawl in mind last June during Pride month. It’s my very first chain ply, so I could maintain the rainbow gradient. Since it’s my first chainply, it’s definitely not my best yarn but this shawl is in garter stitch which should hide the worst of my mistakes!

Stash

I attended the virtual FiberWorld festival and made a few purchases

Nomad Yarns Gelato hand dyed  cotton/rayon blend in pastel icecream-inspired colorways – sooooo gorgeous!  Planning to make a lace crochet top with this.. 

Watermelon Shawl Ball – Brenda and Heather Yarns - You may be asking, what on earth is a shawl ball? It’s a gradient skein that’s purposely dyed so each color looks visually as large as the others. BaH Yarns shawl balls have more of the outer color so that your shawl will visually balance!  I think I’m going to save this skein for my annual Christmas or Birthday caston and a knit a shawl as special treat for myself once the gift knitting is done.   I bought their bamboo base, but Brenda and Heather dye both wool and plant fibers and their colorways are FNATASTIC!

Needles from Indian Lake Artisans – these needles are hexagonal wood and I find them very easy to grip – which is great since I have arthritis in 2 fingers.  And one awesome thing on their interchangeables is, the cable join swivels on the cord so when you twist your needles, they don’t come unscrewed!

A Great Yarn in Chatham closing, then sold

6 skeins of Universal Yarns Universe Cotton 41%/Linen 42%/Polyamide 8%/Glitter 9%  laceweight.  I got 3 skeins of Tin, a  charcoal gray and 3 skeins of Paper which is a burgundy/Cabernet color.  Also picked up a prize for the Be A Helper Craftalong.

 

Out and About

Lots of fiber events happening online this fall

Pigskin Party now through the Superbowl Ravelry Group  I’m sponsoring for the 3rd year and also participating.

Stitches @ Home – put on by the folks XRX the folks who to Stitches East/West/South etc.  Oct 3,4, 10 and 11.

Virtual Rhinebeck – Oct 15-18  I’ve signed up for 2 classes on crochet to improve my skills and learn how to read a pattern better because the charts are definitely harder to read than knitting charts.

Indie Untangled Everywhere – the popular Rhinebeck-adjacent event for independent dyers is also going digital this year, more than 40 vendors plus access to zoom calls with designers.

Vogue Knitting Live, Oct 8-11 now open for registration.  Upcoming Vogue Knitting Live events will be Nov 12-15, Dec 10-13, and Jan 14-17.  I almost always attend Vogue Live NYC every January, it’s usually a birthday present from my family as it’s often right around my birthday weekend.  This year it’s the weekend after so I’ll probably attend the January event.

If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me windsweptmonique@gmail.com

 

On the Run

Knee injury.  Lovely.

I'm back!!!  I have a new laptop so now I can record!!!

Ep 82 Knitting and running in 30 minutes or less

Segments this week include: FOs, Wips, Out and About, On the Run

Shownotes originally written in early August when my laptop died!  I just got a new laptop and so the podcast is back!  Not sure if it will be weekly or bi-weekly, it depends on my kid’s school schedules.  They are both hybrid at the moment but if things go sideways that could change at a moment’s notice.  I live outside Boston and after getting hit hard at first we’ve kept our numbers down.  Most people are behaving sensibly, wearing masks, staying 6 feet apart and trying hard to prevent the spread of COVID.

 

Note on Ravelry – all rav project links in the show notes are labelled.   Links to yarn are directly to manufacturer’s pages and should be safe for those still having rav accessibility issues.  Now that I have a laptop I can start getting my patterns on PayHip – they are already available on LoveCrafts so there is already a Ravelry alternative.

FO

empower People (Ravelry) cowl/handband – I knit my purple cowl/handband to encourage folks to vote.  I used a discontinued bamboo yarn that was dyed in South Africa by women paid a fair wage.

Goldberry (Ravelry)  - first crochet shawl is complete!  I’m about to start a 2nd lol  both will/are crocheted in Feza Baby Handdyed

WIPs

Laceweight Boxy (Ravelry) – I split for the shoulders!  So excited.  Haven’t worked on it in at least a month so it won’t be ready to wear this fall, but it will be for Spring.  Using handdyed lace-weight bamboo yarn from Spinnaway Farms that I bought at Rhinebeck years ago.

Papillon (Ravelry) – About 1/3 way through 2nd section.  Using Berroco Medina that I bought at The Yarn Patch in Crossville, TN last year and a gold Tencel yarn from Artisinal Yarns that I bought at Rhinebeck 2 years ago.

Triyang (Ravelry) – an old WIP that I started as SSK in 2017, I tend to keep this pattern for travelling and since we have 2 small kids we don’t travel much anymore.  Now with COVID19 we’re not traveling at all, so I’m pulling this project back into rotation because I really enjoy this pattern.  I’m knitting it up in Araucania Yumbrel, a discontinued lace-weight cotton variegated yarn.  When done it’ll have around 2000 yards, probably won’t finish until next year.

Star Wars scarf (Ravelry) for Thing 1 – Just finished the Light Side, which is /3 of the shawl.  Center section has Millenium Flacon and Death Star, then it’ll be the Dark Side.  I’ve switched to new hexagonal needles I ordered from Indian Lake Artisans and I find it much easier on my hands so I can knit more rows on it.  For some reason with double knitting, my left had has a death grip on the needles, but the wooden hex needles hold the slippery bamboo better.  I’m using Truboo by Lion Brand, a 100% bamboo yarn.

Thing 2 hitchiker (Ravelry) – a DK hitchhiker scarf for Thing 2, since I;m knitting a scarf for Thing 1.  It’s in a variegated yarn from a big box store in purple, yellow, green and tan.  This is now my car knitting.  It’s getting a little love daily at school drop off and pick up, because of course my kid’s schedules are different.

Thing 2 Dragon Blanket (Ravelry) – almost done with this crochet blanket in purple (his favorite color) and green.  I literally just need to assemble it.  It’s for Thing 2 for Christmas, it’s a blanket with a hood, spines and claws that you can wear.  Yes I’ll be making one in red for Thing 1 too.  These blankets are/will be in deep acrylic stash, some much older than my kids!

Ankle socks (Ravelry) – I’m now on the 2nd sock.  It’s living in my purse but since we rarely leave the house it doesn’t see a lot of love.  Socks knit in CoBaSi by Hikoo, a wool-free sock yarn made of cotton, bamboo, silk and nylon, in a variegated turquoise and blue colorway.  I started these on the cruise back before the pandemic started because this yarn reminded me of beautiful Caribbean waters.

Out and About

Pigskin Party 6:05 Saturday – Down Cellar Studio website, Ravelry Group

FiberWorld back in August, so much fun!

Tour de Fleece just ended,  2 Sat, Aug 29, 2020 – Sun, Sep 20, 2020

Vogue Knitting Live, Oct 8-11 – I think this is the 3rd online vogue live?  I have not attended personally but know several who have and loved it.  I might get tickets to this one as obviously January in NYC is not going to happen.

If you have any events you’d like me to share please email me windsweptmonique@gmail.com

 

On the Run

Well, I’ve definitely put on the COVID 19 so I’m trying to get back in shape

Episode 81 - Recorded Thursday, June 26th 2020

New pattern, end of be-a-helper kal, wips, knitting fail, spinning, wearables, out and about and if we have time I’ll do an on the run segment.

New Pattern alert!

As of the time you’re hearing this, I have a new pattern available through Knotions Magazine!  The pattern is named For Spacious Skies and is knit using a gorgeous muted red, blue and white colorway from Birdies Knits named Old Glory and a small amount of white yarn for the star.

I found this yarn and this indie dyer at the very first Stitches United in Hartford, CT several years ago. I was so excited – I’d never met a hand-dyer who worked in anything other than wool. Being highly allergic to sheep, wool is not an option for me. This colorway reminded me of 4th of July parades with my grandparents and great-grandmother, of summer beach days and Friday night band concerts at the local park all summer with my family.

The star is worked first, from the center out, then short rows make the circle into a square. The remainder of the top is worked top-down – the bust area is worked back-and forth to the underarm, then the whole piece is joined in the round.

Recommend -1 to -3 inches of ease (negative ease). This means if you’re targeting a 38 bust, that you should choose a 36 (38-2). Bust: 32 - 60” , [81.5 - 152.5) cm]

Be-A-Helper KAL

Last 2 prize winners announced!

WIPs

Laceweight Boxy – Now about 16” long

Papillon – Started 2nd section.  Using Berroco Medina that I bought at The Yarn Patch in Crossville, TN last year and a gold Tencel yarn from Artisinal Yarns that I bought at Rhinebeck 2 years ago.

Goldberry – I started a new crochet pattern this week.  

Triyang – an old WIP that I started as SSK in 2017, I tend to keep this pattern for travelling and since we have 2 small kids we don’t travel much anymore.  

Star Wars scarf for Thing 2 – I’m still working on the Blasters section of the Light Side section. 

Ozone Sweater – worked a little on the Ozone Sweater, a crochet sweater, which leads me to…

Knitting Fail

I tried to work on this last Thursday during my stitching group, but apparently I cannot join crochet and talk at the same time.  The medallions are linked in 5 places along one side, and I screwed it up 3 times.  At the end of 1:45 I had completed (and successfully joined) 1 medallion and started the center of a second.  That’s all.  In nearly 2 hours. 

Spinning

I finished my Pride Month spin!  I pulled apart 2 braids from Hipstring’s cotton club from 2019, and spun them color by color to make a rainbow.  Then two nights ago I started to learn to chain ply, which I finished yesterday.  It’s not my best yarn ever, since it’s my first-ever chain ply, but I’m proud nonetheless.

Wearbles

It’s tank top season finally here in MA so I’ve recently wore my Out Tonight pattern, which is a sleeveless top inspired by the musical Rent.  We had a cold windy day last weekend and I wore the Taking Flight shawl, a pattern by Katherine Belisle and inspired by Captain Marvel.

I recently wore my Strawberry Blossoms top, which I still love, but I’ve noticed after washing that the CoBaSi yarn tends to stretch more sideways than vertically when knit in garments.  I have an extra skein of the yellow left, so I’m considering pulling out the turned hem, knitting a few extra inches, then re-doing the hem.  I’ll let you know if I decide to go ahead with it.

On the Run

No exercise this week, poison ivy sucks

Out and About

Tour de Fleece 1 Sat Jun 27 – Sun Jul 19

Tour de Fleece 2 Sat, Aug 29, 2020 – Sun, Sep 20, 2020

Here in MA we’re slowly opening back up while keeping our new cases of COVID19 low, and  I went to a yarn shop! This is my first visit to a LYS since January. I visited @agreatyarn in Chatham, MA, a store I love to visit.

Recorded Wednesday 6/10/20

Let’s start with the basics:  black live matter.  Black people should matter just as much as any other person but the fact is, in American society, they do not.

If you have any doubts about that I am including a link to an old video of Jane Elliot that you should watch.  I think all white folks should watch it, it’s only 1 minute and I wager a few of you have seen the clip before.  But it speaks volumes.

The fight is not over.  We still have work to.  Vote, support businesses, make donations if you can, write to your lawmakers, sign petitions.  Not all of us are able to attend protests but there’s a lot we can do.  Most importantly educate yourself.  Listen.  I will be donating 50% of the profits from my self-published patterns for the month of June to the Southern Poverty Law Center who work to combat racism across the country.  I also personally donated to Black Girls Code, a group who supports black women in computer science.  Many of you may know that my background is in computer science, I have a BS in computer science from St Michael’s College and a MSc in Computing and Internet Studies from King’s College London, UK.  My field really, really needs diversification.  For undergrad I was one of two girls in my grade in my major and there were no black folks at all.  I know it’s changed some in the past 15 years, but our field needs to change more, so I’m putting my money where my mouth is.

Also you may have noticed sound quality has changed.  My husband surprised me with a new podcast mic for mother’s day, it arrived a few weeks after and I am finally recording with it today.  Also Cally the deaf cat is here.

FOs

South Woods  - pattern by River Road Knits.  First handspun sweater complete!  So proud of it.  Great fit.  I want to make a sleeveless version of this.

Aggregate 2 – Pattern by JimiKnits.  Knit in Tencel yarn by Artisinal yarns.  Kinda want to start another already.  Love this pattern.

Go With the Flo shawl – pattern by Jennifer Lassonde Designs, knit in handspun.

 

WIPs

Sassy Wrapitude – Part of the Wrapitude collection by Megan Williams, Just Run Knit.  Using yellow CoBaSi by Hikoo and bamboo/cotton blend dyed in peachy oranges with speckles of pink and yellow from Great Adirondack Yarn that I bought at Rhinebeck.  On section 8, lace.

Laceweight Boxy – Now about 14” long

Papillon – Started 2nd section.  Using Berroco Medina that I bought at The Yarn Patch in Crossville, TN last year and a gold Tencel yarn from Artisinal Yarns that I bought at Rhinebeck 2 years ago.

Ankle socks – using Fish Lips Kiss heel and 52 sts, finished the first sock, just finished toe of second sock.

 

Out and About

Rhinebeck officially cancelled for 2020.

“After much deliberation, the DCSWGA board and festival planning committee have decided to cancel the in-person 2020 NYS Sheep & Wool Festival. In its place, we will host a virtual festival online. More details on that to come.

If you have any questions, please contact our Festival Manager, Nena Johnson at festivalinfo at sheepandwool dot com”

 

Be a Helper Craftalong

I will close the FO thread on June 20th.  Thank you SOOOOO much for your participation.

Episode 79 – recorded 5/14/20

Wips

South Woods – I’ve finished the sleeves!  Only a collar left; on hold for Stash Dash

Sassy Wrapitude – Part of the Wrapitude collection by Megan Williams

Laceweight Boxy – Now about 13” long

Aggregate 2 – on last time through Right Hand Wedge

Papillon – I started the butterfly/papillon shawl using Berroco Medina that I bought at The Yarn Patch in Crossville, TN last year and a gold Tencel yarn from Artisinal Yarns that I bought at Rhinebeck 2 years ago.

Go With the Flo shawl – still in the center section.  

Spinning

Finished the first color of the gradient, 2oz of malachite green.  Started 2nd shade of green.

On the Run

I’ve been struggling to incorporate fitness since I tweaked my back a month ago. But I'm trying to plan to make success easier

Out and About – Virtually

Vogue Knitting Live happening RIGHT NOW through the 18th.  I don’t know if any classes still have openinigs

MDSW was fun 2 weeks ago.  It was all virtual and the interest was so great, the server crashed! Luckily someone stepped in with a PDF with links to the vendors.  I ordered silk from Tess’ Designer Yarns which arrived last weekend and is soooooo soft and squishy!  Also ordered a skein of alpaca/silk/linen from A Hundred Ravens, still waiting for that to ship.

 

 

 

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