I went to a conference and came home with a cowl


Well, I didn’t get much work-work done while I was away at my conference, but I did do a lot of knitting. (Turns out that I get motion sick enough on planes that I can’t read papers, and get brain-fried enough from 3 straight days filled with workshops and presentations and meeting awesome people that knitting is about ALL I could manage!)

So here, I present: My CCCC 2018 Cowl!

Finished Willow Cowl #3

Ravelry Project Page
Pattern: Willow Cowl
Yarn: Mystery deep blue sock yarn – it came in a GMDS package awhile back, that much I know, but I lost the label so I don’t know anything more about it!
Needles: Size 5 rosewood circulars (these have become my “Willow Cowl Needles”)
Time to knit: 5 days!

I cast on while on the flight to the conference, and then ended up knitting during several sessions (stopping to take notes when I wanted/needed to, but I tend to be an “absorb with my ears and then process later” sort of person for the most part):

Knitting during a panel presentation.

I made a new knitting friend – one of my fellow presenters for the workshop I was part of is also a knitter so we became Ravelry buddies during the conference!

Showing off the construction

I just adore how this cowl looks, and I find it so fascinating the way the long tube folds on itself with those eyelet mesh bands.

From above

I stepped out on our deck to take Real Camera pictures of the cowl today – we have a deck! It’s so lovely! I’m still getting used to New House, but it’s a really great house…we just have to get Old House sold now, and keep unpacking. It’s no fun at all to be in the middle of a move while also in the middle of a very busy semester, but hopefully I can keep on hanging on and not deprive my students TOO much.

Snuggled up

I hope all of my fellow Northern folks are staying warm while we wait for Spring to actually arrive! Have a lovely Equinox this week, everyone!


Octopus Yoke goes to Knitting Guild, and I start a new sweater


I’m about to head out to Kansas City for the 2018 CCCC Convention, presenting in one of the Wednesday afternoon workshops (AW.12, if anyone reading this is also headed to 4C’s!) and this year the weather isn’t going to thwart me! (Oh hey, I should actually weave in the ends and sew a zipper on that sweater I was wearing in that post last year!). Last night, as our last mama-daughter activity before I’m away for 5 days, M came with me to Knitting Guild so that she could Show & Tell her Octopus Yoke sweater.

She came to Knitting Guild with me tonight to do Show&Tell with her sweater. I can’t find her in-progress scarf (MOVING SUCKS, Y’ALL!), so I hastily cast on a new one on the only empty circulars I could find using yarn that was in a desk drawer. She’s onl

Because everything is still a crazy mess due to the move, I couldn’t find her knitting bag (of course, I found it first thing after we got home!), so I hastily cast on a new project for her using a lighter color green of the same yarn (which I found in a desk drawer) and the only set of unoccupied needles I could find, which were circulars. She’d never knit on circulars before, only straights, but she took to it like a champ, and knit 6 full rows of garter stitch!

She didn’t even want to stop knitting while we waited in line for Show&Tell, so I held her yarn for her!

She was so into her knitting that she didn’t even want to stop when it was time to stand in line for Show & Tell, so I held her yarn for her so she could knit standing up. She’s such a little pro!

Knitting together at Guild. She knit 6 rows of garter stitch and is getting quite good!

It was really nice to get to spend a little bit of time knitting together with M and my friends before I head out of town for a few days. That project I’m working on is my new sweater, by the way…a Winter Traveller in brown and hot pink Cascade Eco Wool. When I finished M’s sweater, I wanted to cast on for something new for me, and I decided I would knit the sweater in my queue whose yarn I could find first, and my Eco Wool bin was the first bin I found, so here we go! It’s my first intarsia project since I first started knitting, and I had to rip and reknit a couple of times when I started the “intarsia in the round” section because it looked like a hot mess, but I’ve got it working now and I’m so excited about it!

Progress on Winter Traveler. I’m loving the hot pink + brown combo!

It’s actually quite a bit further along now than in this picture (I’ve got the sleeve stitches on waste yarn and am knitting down the body now), but you can get a good sense of how the pink and brown work together from this shot. I’m loving it so much!

The pink of the intarsia snowflake matches the pink of my cowl. I’m consistent - it’s pretty much the only “pink” color I like!

I got a kick out of the fact that the pink of the Nordic Star perfectly matched the pink cowl I was wearing one day when I was knitting it…I’m consistent! It’s pretty much the only pink I’ll wear, but I wear it quite a lot these days.

So many ends! Intarsia is crazy but this sweater is gonna be awesome.

Intarsia means having SO MANY bits of working yarn, but I’m trying to just roll with it instead of letting it drive me crazy. I’m not bringing this project with me to Kansas City, alas – just too big and bulky to be a good travel knit, so I’ve got yarn and needles packed to make another Willow Cowl if I get any time for knitting while I’m away. (I may not – I have an absolutely ridiculous amount of feedback to be giving on student work while I’m away!)

things I make for Maddy: Octopus Yoke!


Hi! I’m back from the other side of our move with a finished project!

Octopus Yoke closeup!

Not finished by the end of January like I planned (moving is hard, it turns out!) but at least while it’s still chilly enough for a sweater to be useful. And it’s a good thing, because due to a combination of tighter-than-swatch gauge (hi, moving stress!) and bigger-than-measured kiddo (hi, growth spurt!) the sweater is a bit on the snug side. But it fits for now, and it looks adorable on her.

Project Details:
Ravelry Project Page
Pattern: From my brain!
Yarn: Cascade 220 from stash
Needles: Size 7
Time to knit: About 2 months, total (and there was a move in the middle of that!)

Octopus Yoke, full length

This kiddo has a LONG torso! (Just like her daddy.) I swear, the body of her sweater is only about an inch shorter than I knit for my own sweaters. She is going to tower over me by the time she’s 10, I think!

Octopus Yoke, over the shoulder

I love the way the contrast tips of the ribbing turned out – that detail was a request that M made, and she’s got good design sense!

Octopus Yoke, back view

Here it is from the back. Trying to get those mirrored octopuses was a bit of a brain-twister, design-wise, and I had to add those “bubbles” because the float situation was just too crazy otherwise. I think that the top two tentacles could be a little more distinct – they kind of blur together when they get close to the mantle in a weird way. Ah well, it looks pretty darned good, and M is delighted with it, so we’ll call it a win!

I’ll close with this shot of my little model! Isn’t she lovely?

Octopus Yoke with M as model