Indoor Activities 😬

September 15, 2020

Indoor Activities Yarn Folk

View of smoke hovering over the Yakima River, taken on Hwy 10

On Sunday, I didn’t set foot outside my house. It’s not unusual for me to stick close to home on a day off, but not venturing outside at all was novel. And while I did have plenty of bookkeeping and website work to do, it was also a nice opportunity to curl up and work on a few projects. The Washington Smoke Blog has backed away from earlier projections of relief from the smoky conditions, and perhaps this is practice for the winter months when most of us spend more time on indoor pursuits.

If you’re ready for a new project, stop by! And while the new e-commerce options aren’t live just yet, I’m always happy to help via email, messaging, or phone if you’re trying to minimize your exposure to unhealthy conditions—we can provide curbside pick up or mail service any time.

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Stop motion gif of a knitted unicorn jumping over a knitted rainbow, and flying off with a knitted gnome

Stop motion gif of a knitted unicorn jumping over a knitted rainbow, and flying off with a knitted gnome

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…to learn (and do)


Social Stitching via Zoom


Wednesday, September 16, 12:00-1:00pm OR open Zoom and enter 883-5111-1252 for the meeting ID

Thursday, September 17, 4:00-6:00pm OR open Zoom and enter 981-942-707 for the meeting ID

Friday, September 18, 12:00-1:00pm OR open Zoom and enter 741-980-568 for the meeting ID FELIX KAL INCLUDED HERE!


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Schoppel Edition 3 yarn balls in a basket

Schoppel Edition 3 yarn balls in a basket

Many of designer Andrea Mowry’s patterns call for Spincycle yarns, which, while lovely, are available to a limited number of shops and reflect a price point that reflects the hand-dyeing and small scale spinning that goes into their production.

I recently ordered some Schoppel Edition 3 as a more affordable alternative. If you’re logged in to Ravelry, you can see a wide variety of projects that combine Drea Renee Knits patterns with Edition 3 yarns here—you’ll find dozens of interpretations of The Shift cowl and the Shiftalong hat, but you’ll also spot some nice sweater projects. I’ve got my eyes on the new pattern, Junction (but I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a little out over my skis when it comes to projects I’m eager to start vs. time available to work on them!).

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…to inspire

Screenshot from video of knitter showing the bound off top edge of a knitted yellow sock

Screenshot from video of knitter showing the bound off top edge of a knitted yellow sock

I was looking for something fun to share this week, and was thinking about wool socks—along with not venturing outside yesterday, I also wore a pair of handknit socks all day. (These, specifically.) While I knit my pair cuff-down, the Yorkville pattern is written for either cuff-down or toe-up knitting. And looking through my saved links, I came across Lori’s Twisty Bind Off for a stretchy bind-off that doesn’t flare too much at the top. There are videos for working it continental style or English style, and this tutorial adds the option of using a double pointed needle on the right hand side.

Give it a try, and see what you think! It may also be a useful option for a top down sweater—sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of extra give at the hem.

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Pro tip: always flip to the next page when you’re checking your stitch count! Or, like me, you can pull out eight rows of knitting when you realize that you missed a repeat of the increase section of your Felix Pullover. I’d like to blame the Seahawks game, but I had already made the crucial error when I sat down to watch. Ah, well, it’s just some extra knitting with a great yarn (Erika Knight Wild Wool), and on size 10 needles, it all goes pretty quickly! We’re knitting along on Fridays; if you’d like to join us, check out some yarn options here.

[photo: yoke of a green sweater, just after the body stitches have been separated from the sleeve stitches]


The Sharon Show

Even though I am still far behind the release of the clues for The Sharon Show Mystery Knitalong, and my time for knitting is far too compressed, I am really enjoying this project. The frequent changes of stitch pattern and color make it a really fun knit. The yarn combination I’m using is the last one listed here.

[photo: a rectangular wrap knit in pale shades of blue, green, and grey]

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