My latest selfish knit has been the Bedford sweater designed by Michelle Wang. I liked the simplicity of the raglan pullover, the texture of the reverse stockinette sleeves, and the right twist stitch pattern coupled with the tweed yields an interesting fabric.
I used the Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn in Stormcloud. The sweater grew by ~20% post-blocking; I’m not happy with the size of the jumper post-blocking since it is now baggy on me (and fit perfectly before blocking). I suppose I have finally learned to not only knit gauge swatches, but to ALSO block the swatch before calculating gauge. With my OCD tendencies, I may end up deconstructing the sweater entirely and re-knitting it so that it fits me perfectly, or the sweater will be resigned as my weekend yoga/errand sweater since it is rather comfy as it is.
Guess I’ll have to put my needles away for a while… I doubt I’ll have much time for knitting next month.
One of the friends I’ve met here in Portland is an avid snowboarder. Inspired by the winter Olympics, and a desire to visit the mountain I borrowed Lena’s skiing attire and convinced my friend to teach me how to snowboard. We spent the day at Government Camp atop of Mt. Hood. Once we rented our gear, I learned how to strap into the snowboard (without falling) and we hopped on the ski lift for adventures!
I had a blast, and I was surprised at how easy snowboarding was to learn. I did eat snow quite a bit, but by the end of the day my skills had improved substantially and I fell much less.
Ski/snowboarding season is almost over, but I will definitely try to make it to a mountain next season (and maybe have a go at skiing)!
We spent the day travelling along the coast, soaking up one of the few gorgeous coastal sunny weekends, and tromping on beaches. Oregon coasts are unlike any other I’ve seen, the water is sparkling blue, and the topography is majestic!
We started our adventures in Oceanside where we ducked and tiptoed through a tunnel formed by fallen rocks that brought us to spectacular views. I loved seeing mussels, sea anemones, dogs playing on the beach and the feel of my hair blowing in the wind
After hanging out in Oceanside, we made a slight detour to check out Camp Meares were we hiked a bit to find a 300 year old octopus sitka tree, a lighthouse and spectacular views.
Apparently, no trip to the coast is finished without a bite of Tillamook cheese. We stopped by the cheese factory and learned how cheese is made while eating Tillamook ice cream
For a pick-me-up, we stopped by and espresso bar near the train on our way to Cannon beach.
Hello sweets, I hope you’re having good laughs today and that you have a great weekend.
This morning I found out that I’m going on a surprise weekend getaway to the coast. I haven’t yet checked out the Oregon beaches, so I’m excited to breathe in the scent of the Pacific Ocean…and spend the weekend in a yurt!
Yesterday evening, I finished sewing up some softies made of actual woolen felt and stuffed with wool batting. My friend Rose owns a natural fiber shop a few blocks from my apartment and I decided to take the plunge and get myself involved with yet another crafty hobby. I love the colorful and playful look of the toys, and the fact that they are made of wool fiber adds a touch of warmth to them.
During the snowstorm last week, nearly everything on the block was closed. Fortunately, the local yarn shop was open. I lingered in the shop longer than usual and found myself drawn to a luscious chunky alpaca. The fiber feels like butter in my hands and when knit up, yields an incredibly drapey fabric. I picked up a skein of sunny yellow as well as a skein in ombre grey. I made a cowl by casting on 30 stitches and used a basic fishermans rib/brioche stitch the entirety of the scarf, alternating the two colors every couple of rows and used a kitchener stitch to graft the ends together to form the cowl.
We’ve had a massive downpour of snow (10 inches) which is very uncharacteristic for Portland. The city has shut down. The roads are impossible to drive on, and salt trucks/plows are non-existent. I decided to hibernate over at Lena, Aly, and Karen’s house for the weekend as a means of preemptively avoiding cabin fever.
We tromped about in the snow, built snowmen, made snow angels, and slid down hills on make-shift sleds!
The weatherman predicts temperatures to rise to the 40’s, hopefully the mess clears away soon!
The first weeks of January can sometimes be difficult; the holidays have passed, and along with them, the romance of early winter. The weather is cold and dark, and we feel cultural pressure to make resolutions in an effort to craft better versions of ourselves.
This year, I decided to do a bit of selfish knitting. I’d been seeing the gorgeous owls sweater designed by Katie Davies and decided to kick off January by knitting the classic yoke pullover. The garment is knit circularly with no seams from hem to underarm (on both body and sleeves), then the sleeves are joined to the body and worked in the round for the remainder of the sweater. Finishing involves using the kitchener stitch to join the underarms to the body. I like this construction method because it allows for both the ease and convenience of circular knitting as well as the structure of seams in areas where they are very much needed (armholes — regular stress points for the fabric). I would traditionally have used the DPN method to make the sleeves individually, however a friend from my knitting group graciously taught me the two-at a time on two circulars method which I enjoyed.
I used Jamieson & Smith Aran in gingersnap. I love the woolly and rustic nature of the Shetland fiber.
Now, to move on from the mindless stockinette pullover…
In January of 2009 I started a blog called The Feisty Chemist as a means of documenting my thoughts and theories on life through my early twenties. Lots has happened in the last 5 years, and since that time my thoughts on life have changed substantially. I’m sure there are cached versions of that old site floating around somewhere, suspended in time and space. Good luck accessing that.
I’ve decided to continue this site with a clean slate, using this space more as a means of showcasing my thoughts and the things I create. Hopefully I can retain a childlike wonder as I grow wiser.