5/08/2016

farmhouse shawl with a little of this & that

Its off the needles and wrapped around my shoulders at the moment. 
Its my farmhouse shawl and its finished! YAY! Worsted weight yarn is great to knit with 
because it grows fast. I worked on this shawl with all the little free moments I had since
the pattern is the kind of pattern really easy to remember so it was great for picking up here and there. This is a very vanilla type of project to work on, doesn't require concentration which is perfect for watching tv, in my case the "the sixties and "the seventies" on netflix, soooo good!
I used The Petite Wool  and the lovely color is Lavender. I couldn't be happier with the color. Its exactly my kind of purple and since lavender is my favorite, its perfect. The wool was soft and it blocked amazingly, really bloomed and kept its shape. There's nothing I dislike more than a when a project shrinks up after blocking... I used every inch of my 5 balls, not a bit to spare after the fringe was added. I am so pleased with this shawl! I long for the cool fall nights when I can wrap this around myself while I knit!



While my Farmhouse Shawl blocked I took the time to do some reorganizing of my stash. Fell down the rabbit hole that is Ravelry while I thought about what I wanted to knit next. 
I decided it was time to try knitting with some lace. I have knit lace yarn in the past but held double. 
I'm not that far into the project yet where I might feel like I bit off more than I can chew, we'll see. There's still time. I casted on for the Elizabeth Shawl with some Elsawool
Not sure how my hands feel about knitting with lace weight. I feel a little tense and I'm still trying to decide at what point should I or if I will use life lines.We'll see because so far so good. This is definitely the opposite of my farmhouse shawl, tiny stitches and charts require more attention. 
Hopefully I will get a chance to make more progress this week. 
Sock knitting is on hold at the moment. I have so many sock projects on the go at the moment I think I overdosed, if that is such a thing. 


I wanted to share with you all lovely things that have crossed my path in the last couple weeks.
I got some rustic woolly yarn in the mail from a new to me etsy shop called Shakey Ground Farm
Its 100% Icelandic Lambswool Lite Lopi and its wonderful and rustic. I got 2 skeins, no plans as of yet what I will use them for but in the mean time they will be gently loved and petted!

Two patterns have really caught my eye this past week,
Little Women by NCL knits
and 
Margaretha by Herrlene
(who has a lovely instagram btw)

I have been listening to the NNK podcast for quite some time, I really love Alana and her creativity but did you know she has an online shop now. I love this sheep, super cute! I'm so glad that I had a chance to stop buy her little shop before we moved from CA, also I am kicking myself for not purchasing her latest kit which was all about wildflowers. Its not secret around here how much I love wildflowers!

Speaking of flowers, I'm over the moon excited for the first issue of Making. I enjoy Carries blog and all of her patterns. If you haven't subscribed for the first issue, I'm telling you all do it now! My favorite blogger ever has a beautiful cross stitch pattern in the first issue which I can't wait to do!

I have not kept up with many video podcasts lately, audio is so much easier for me to keep up with because I can listen while I do housework or work out but I hardly have time to watch except for Nicole's, I will always make time for her podcast whenever they come out. Go and watch if you haven't. It makes me so happy, I love all that she does and its so cool to see and hear her talk about knitting since I've been following her blog for what seems like forever. 
Lastly, just want to share a couple of embroidery pieces that I sent out into the world this past week.




Well thats all for now Hope you all have a wonderful week!

5/02/2016

Larch Shawl and Mountain Meadow Wool review

My Larch shawlette is fresh off the blocking mats and I'm in love! Its a simple sweet shawl that literally took no time to knit especially when I got to the lace portion of the shawlette. 
Mostly the joy of knitting this shawl was due to the wool I used. 
Mountain Meadow Wool Dubois fingering in the natural cream color.
I first received this yarn a couple months ago to review and I have to admit I hoarded it for awhile.
This yarn is pretty special for a few reasons. One it is American made. The label says so and you can learn the story behind the wonderful women behind Mountain Meadow Wool here and here.
It feels like in the past few years, knitters all over the world have shown more interest in where the wool comes from and hows its made. I am one of them. 
There is something about knitting with yarn where you know exactly where its from and how its processed and being able to support locally made and spun wool.
My first thought when I first touched this yarn was its springy. Its very springy yet soft. Not super soft not like cashmere but just from first look it seemed like it would be more rustic feeling. Especially given that I could see flecks of veg matter sprinkled throughout when I first unwound it. I don't know why but I love that! I find it endearing.
As I started to knit with the yarn I enjoyed the wool more and more. There were bits of veg matter, thick and thin spots but that doesn't bother me. It felt a bit like handspun and since I don't spin I quite liked that. I know not all would appreciate those thick/thin bits as much as I do but after blocking my shawl its not noticeable and it didn't seem to make a difference in the overall look of the shawl. In fact after blocking the shawl kept its shape, I was half expecting the shawl to shrink a bit but shrink it did not and the little scallops at the bottom of the shawl really held their shape well. Pleasantly surprised. After using some wool wash the yarn itself really softened up quite a bit more and its not at all scratchy against my skin. 
While I think this shawl pattern was perfect for this yarn, I probably wouldn't have used it for more complicated lace. It would definitely be great for cables and the wool is definitely soft enough for mittens or a hat. I'm saving my other skein for the fall when the weather gets cool again around here,
I really enjoyed knitting this shawl in this wool and I wholeheartedly recommend giving this yarn company a try.





The yarn was sent for review and I want to thank MMW & stitchcraft marketing for sending it. The oppinion is all my own.