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KNIT : Atkins

Introducing the Atkins! 

The Atkins is a simple textured cowl featuring a series of slipped stitches that create a lovely zig-zag texture. It’s worked flat with super bulky yarn so it knits up quickly and is sure to keep the wearer warm. Two buttons allow for a lot of customization with styling. (Pattern also includes directions for a five button option, making the cowl fully closable.) 
The yarn I used was hand dyed and purchased locally from a woman named Hope. The midnight blues and purples reminded me of the album covers of one of my favorite artists, Nicole Atkins.

Download here and cast on!

Monthly Sock Challenge : 4 of 12

I originally planned on knitting these socks in December, as they are a holiday gift for someone. But I bumped these up to November since I knew I could complete them rather quickly and gain some extra time for other projects. (Thank you, bulky yarn!)

Since I have eight pairs left to make in this year-long challenge, I have a feeling these Woodsman's Socks might make another appearance. (Maybe a pair in a worsted weight for myself.) They are perfect for the intended recipient---a classic design, simple design that is thick and warm. They were knit in a superwash wool since ease of laundering was a necessity. Back in the summer, while researching various yarn bases for my dyeing, I learned a little more about what exactly superwash wool is. (Ashley did a post on superwash recently that is very informative.) Since then, I've been avoiding it for myself because I have a sincere love for pure, natural materials and because I feel a difference when knitting. But, unfortunately, most people prefer the ease of caring for a synthetic material. So, either I find a secondhand synthetic or compromise with superwash when it comes to knitting for others. Anyone else have similar trouble when knitting gifts?

More details about my November socks on Ravelry. What did you knit? What are you planning to knit in December?

Yarn Along - Knitting and Reading

I’m joining in Yarn Along this week hosted by Ginny of Small Things. It’s the chance for those of us who love knitting and reading to share what project is currently on our needles and which book we have our noses buried in. And I personally add what music I’ve been listening to as well.

Knitting: I'm making great progress on my October socks! The pattern is a free one called Kalajoki. I'm really excited to see so many of you joining me in this challenge. There will be a lot of toasty warm toes by the time we're done!

Reading: Flipping through Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs, The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals (particularly the section on goats as that might be the next step in my farm adventure) and The Spinner's Book of Fleece.

Listening: A mix of things but "Love's on Fire" by Nikki Lane, "Heaven Knows" by First Aid Kit and "Half as Much" by Marisa Nadler have been near the top of the list.

What are YOU knitting/crocheting, reading or listening to this week?

Dyeing with Black Walnuts

I've found that black walnuts are an excellent go-to dye. I can always count on them. They are easily foraged for, don't require any mordant and will always give me some shade of brown, from dark chocolate to caramel. The skeins shown above were dyed the same day I did the marigold and red cabbage.

The dark skeins are a merino/silk blend while the lighter skeins are an alpaca/wool blend. The lighter ones were unmordanted, a bit of an afterthought I threw in the pot later. As you can see the one didn't take up the color as evenly as the other. I love these variegated results I've been getting and am looking forward to seeing how it knits up this winter.

PS: Thank you all for following me over to this new space and taking the time to comment! I'm having some trouble getting Bloglovin' to recognize my RSS so I apologize to those of you who follow that way. (Any tips on how to fix it?) As I said earlier, I can only carve out short periods of time for "blog work." Have a great weekend!

Yarn Along - Knitting and Reading

I’m joining in Yarn Along this week hosted by Ginny of Small Things. It’s the chance for those of us who love knitting and reading to share what project is currently on our needles and which book we have our noses buried in. And I personally add what music I’ve been listening to as well.

Liesl Made : Sock Knitting

Knitting: I’m thinking of starting up a sock-a-month type of challenge to help me knit more socks. I’m working on the same socks I mentioned last time, which I started on the 5th of July. If I can complete them in the next week or so (in the height of summer), that proves making a pair of socks every four weeks should be doable. Plus a bit of structure and a deadline with my knitting always helps motivate me. If you feel like joining me, let me know in the comments below. If you want, maybe I’ll set it up as a real thing with graphics and a link up each month, etc. I’ll be starting officially with my first pair in August and will probably aim for a whole year (12 pairs of socks) but feel free to join in just here and there or only for a few months.

Reading: Finding Planetary Planting rather interesting.

Listening: The new album, Wild Animals by Trampled by Turtles. As well as some older favorites by Basia Bulat and Andrew Bird.

What are YOU knitting/crocheting, reading or listening to this week?

EDIT: I posted this without first checking the Small Things blog. After reading the most recent post I will be keeping Sarah’s family and Ginny in my thoughts and hope you will too. If you’d like to do more than that, there has been a fundraiser set up to help her children.

Yarn Along - Knitting and Reading

I’m joining in Yarn Along this week hosted by Ginny of Small Things. It’s the chance for those of us who love knitting and reading to share what project is currently on our needles and which book we have our noses buried in. And I personally add what music I’ve been listening to as well.

Knitting: Right after I mentioned I wasn’t knitting much last week, I started up again in earnest. Most of my current projects were at a standstill because I was at a point where I need to tackle a technique I find intimidating or tedious. Or I needed to make a decision: Some small (Should I add some extra rows here?) while others big (Should I frog and start over? Should I abandon this pattern all together?) I figured I needed to cast on something new, preferably something small, something to offer instant gratification (well, as instant as you can get with knitting.) Turns out a couple small projects are just what I needed to fill the time in between the bigger ones. Apart from adding some buttons, one project is complete and now I’m working on a pair of socks with some yarn gifted to me. I’m determined to have a lot of hand knits socks this winter, for myself and others.

Reading: The Beekeeper’s Bible. What a beautiful book.

Listening:This Empty Northern Hemisphereby Gregory Alan Isakov. Check out “That Moon Song,” “Evelyn“ and “If I Go I’m Goin‘.” And keep an ear out for Brandi Carlile on many of the tracks.

What are YOU knitting/crocheting, reading or listening to this week?