Tell me, what is it you plan to do
The last few months have been a blur of moving boxes. The arduous journey from Connecticut to Washington was exhausting and exhilarating, and now that I've had some more time to adjust to my new surroundings, I've been sure to make time for one of my favorite pastimes: adventure knitting.
It seems basic, and it is—but it is wonderfully freeing. Simply take whatever knitting you are working on and go out into the world. Some knitters refer to this act as "knitting in public" but I like my version better.
This weekend, I volunteered to help with some illustrations for my online knitting group, which is holding a knitting competition to coincide with the Winter Olympic Games.
I haven't drawn in years, let alone painted, but I figured there was no time like the present, so in I jumped. Part of what I want for myself this year is to attempt new and challenging things.
And with event titles like "Caribou Charity Curling" and "Squirrel Toss," my task was set before me.
After a while, it was only logical that a raccoon would wear a sweater, or that a bobcat might be hiding underneath your blanket.
The inspiration it gave me and the creation I gave in return.
I've started knitting my first Icelandic lopi sweater! I am beyond thrilled, even if I'm just in the beginning stages.
The pattern I'm knitting is Lopi Affection, designed by Hélène Magnússon. She's also included a free tutorial to demonstrate her short row method used on the yoke of the sweater, which results in a sweet little pouch for your glasses or coins.
The wool of Icelandic sheep has two components- an outer, long fiber (tog) which is wet-resistant and an inner, short, insulating fiber (Þel). When these two fibers are spun together into a single yarn, it is called lopi. This results in a wool that is very warm with a slight halo.
Little ray cap and cowl set! Here are two patterns I've been working on, now available for you to knit!
downloads available via ravelry
little ray (cap)
little ray (cowl)
I spin wool into finished yarn. When I first started, my perfectionist tendencies reigned supreme attempting the thinnest, smoothest wool. Sometimes, this worked out for me surprisingly well, floating on a high of beginner's luck.
But sometimes it didn't, as the Great Plying Disaster of 2012 showed. Many tears were spent. My father who is a knot enthusiast could not even untangle this mess, although he tried by gracefully draping the freed wool around the apartment, making my small apartment into a jungle.
So I put it aside for a few months, and when I started spinning with my wheel, I was anxious to try and save what I could of this braid. I took what was left and combined it with an ecru Blue Faced Leicester wool- to extend the yardage and add some simple variety to the colorway. The result was beautiful. It is a thick and thin wool but in the majority of places, it is a sport weight.
I named it Lake Crescent for its colors, similar to the place of the same name on the Olympic Peninsula. I often find myself wishing I was here, falling asleep in the bottom of a canoe.
This yarn lived in my stash for a while, and then was started into a shawl, only to languish there a few more months. Finally, something called to me to finish this project this autumn. The pattern was based off of Kate Ray's Multnomah.
I'm so happy with the final product. It is really a gratifying experience to have a complete mess turned into a lovely, soft, warm shawl. Now whenever I feel like canoeing on a crystal clear lake in the moutains, I'll just wear this instead and it'll hold me for a while.
Olivia Rose Muzzy
Works in progress, works in retrospect.