Monday, January 21, 2013

Hello, Again!

Howdy! Long time, no chat. Did you miss me? Social media swept me away in 2012, but I'm better now and happy to be back blogging. I spent an afternoon last week redoing the sidebars and the layout of the blog and website. If you are reading this through an RSS reader, click through and check out the new layout. I think it looks much cleaner. I even added a "Follow Blog By Email" option in the upper right hand corner.

My knitting has picked up the pace since the calender turned to 2013. I feel like 2012 was a year of not knitting very much. I haven't finished my yearly wrap-up (yet), so I don't know what the actual numbers are. It feels like I knit less, but read more. I reached my goal of 38 books in 2012. I have set a new goal of 50 books in 2013. It sounds like a daunting number, but I figure at least 12 of those will be audiobooks, 10 book club books, 12 Kindle e-books that I can read while knitting, plus a few novellas and a stack of books recommended to me this past year by the staff at the, sadly now defunct, local book store.

Rachel's bookshelf: read

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore The Uncommon Reader The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband Waking Up in the Land of Glitter: A Crafty Chica Novel

More of Rachel's books »

Book recommendations, book reviews, quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists

I just finished a test knit for a secret pattern. I can't share the full design or the color it is knitted in, but let's just say that if you like sophisticated neutrals dyed by yours truly and clever design by a prolific and brilliant shawl designer, then you might want to check out the KnitCrate subscription service. Hint hint!
Bryndis a
I am also working on a cowl designed by my friend Sarah from Yarn Geek Fibers. It is called the Puff Rib Cowl. Somehow, I neglected to knit the 5th row of the 5-row repeat enough times that I decided that the missing row needed to be a feature and not a flaw.
Puff Rib cowl
The only other thing in active rotation are my purse socks from yarn that my husband dyed and a Piper's Journey shawl (no pictures yet).
Super Hero stripes
And finally, recently off the needles, is my favorite sweater ever. EVER. This thing fits so good I can't even believe it. When I first finished it, it fit ok. It didn't quite button, the sleeves were too long and the yoke was bigger than I planned, but I still received several compliments on the sweater. Overall, it still fit pretty well and I was happy. The pattern is from Ysolda's Little Red in the City and is called "Lauriel".
Lauriel front
The sweater before.
As soon as I finished the sweater, I decided to make a few changes. I reknit the cuffs by reducing the number of ribbing stitches and shortening the ribbing. The sweater is fairly heavy, so I decided to stabilize the neckline with a row of crochet just inside the neck edge. I successfully gathered the yoke before stabilizing the neck. By running a gathering stitch and cinching in the yoke, the whole body of the sweater laid much nicer. I can now wear it buttoned, unbuttoned, or partially buttoned and it looks great. This sweater also made me a convert to the grosgrain method of finishing a button band. It is much more stable and professional looking.
(The sleeve are the same length. I'm just standing crooked.)

What's on your needles?


  1. Wow! What a huge difference with a few small changes in that sweater!

  2. I agree that those few changes make a world of difference. It really shows off the weight loss you've been working hard at too. Congratulations on success on both fronts! You look fabulous! Thanks for trying out my cowl and blogging about it, I like it. Also, I spy with my little eye some yarn...if you know what I mean. ;)


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