June Energy

I disappeared and taught myself the bean stitch. Some of the best things in this photo (besides my thrifted sheet turned cult gown) are the Lego Bonsai and the lump of petrified turtle poop.

I used the Into Nature Scarf pattern to understand the bean stitch construction. It’s a lovely pattern, but I ended up not working the scarf as written, I worked it from the bottom up because I realized I wanted a true triangle shawl. The pattern as written has long narrow wings and is worked side to side.

Such a good woven look.

This is the stash yarn used (I think it might be discontinued though) it’s a aran weight acrylic, kinda splitty, but the color was fun. I don’t have a lot of worsted/aran in my stash so this was one of the very limited choices I had enough yardage of (4 balls). I think my next one will be fingering/sock weight wool, which the stash is is still bursting with and probably in some mellow cream color because that’s me.

Now that the studio is in summer mode (blistering hot) of course all I want to do is sew. Gah, all the patterns from the new Tauko Magazines are perfect, size inclusive and come in full size paper pattern sheets, it’s a good read too.

Forcing myself to use these hooks more, I’ve got to stop purchasing beautiful things and never using them.

Ok, I don’t know if the combination of the bean stitch, acrylic yarn and resin hook created some sort of dark energy, (well, a fast hot friction situation might be more accurate) but after I finished I felt a slight worn groove on my hook neck where the yarn wraped, it’s not super noticeable and it could’ve of been there before I started too? ..now is this a thing I need to worry about for cripes sake.

More dark energy.

It’s also peony season, oh and rhubarb season. ♡

This is the same Rhubarb Cream Cake I always make and you can find the recipe in this old blog post.

grey days

We’ve had a bit of spring weather with some lovely sunny days and warmish afternoons, but there are still more cloudy cold rain/snow filled ones than not. We even had a hail storm earlier this week ..oh poor car!

Feeling extra delicate lately, with these ghostly wools and foggy bag views.

I really wanted to make this shawl with thread weight, but I also wanted it to not take me 3 years to finish. I love fine crochet so much, and wish I had more tolerance for larger projects. Today, sport weight wins and while this crochet hook is incredibly gorgeous, I feel like I could snap it with my mind.

More than halfway,  for scale the hook is 6¾” long.

I don’t talk too much about these hooks, because I’ve had quality issues almost every time I’ve ordered them, and to get semi complete sets of semi perfect hooks took a lot of back a forth between myself and the company. Although the company was always really great about resolving any issues quickly and without fuss, it became frustrating to always expect there would be something wrong with my order, wrong size/kind sent, bad etching, surface bubbles, chips, resin defects. But dang, when they’re good, they’re just so good.

Cream Streamline Swirl: G/4.0 – G+/4.5 – H/5.0 – I/5.5 – L/7.0 – N/9.0

(Note: My hook collection is older, it’s been a few years since I ordered anything, so current experiences might be different.)

Everything I love about each one being absolutely unique, beautiful and one of a kind, is exactly what I hate when trying to have a uniform collection. Currently under the spell of functional art. It’s a weird relationship.

Cookie Streamline Swirl: G/4.0 – G+/4.5 – H/5.0 – I/5.5 – J/6.0 – M/8.0

There really isn’t a final border on this shawl, it finishes with just a simple row of dc, which is so nice because I wet block everything and pinning out shawl points and curves is miserable, and I’m not really a ornate edging kind of person ..but I couldn’t resist adding the tiniest baby scallop border (my standard move).

I also used up a chunk of stash wool, not quite all of it, but still feels good.

This dress, it’s one of my favorite sews and seeing this shawl layered up with it, has all the old timey “Ma up early on a chilly morning making griddle pancakes” mood that my wannabe prarie life requires.

Pattern: Minai Shawl by Jasmin Räsänen
Wool: Finull by Rauma in colorway 452

Closeup of that cutie scallop aka pie crust edging ♡

There, pair it with one of my favored functionally obsolete technologies and the look becomes somehow instantly modern.

Cotton Wool

To say I like colors to match is a little bit misleading, while I love a good contrast, a perfect match that’s beautifully coordinating, takes me to a whole other place. To prove it, I made a cute milky chocolate bag all in one fabric, in my usual style, just to see how it would look to be completely matched throughout. I used a standard weight cotton so it had to be interfaced, and yes I’m still terrible at iron on interfacing and yes it looks like elephant skin ..but I think it might have partly been my technique, because I’ve actually read the directions since and you are supposed to use a lot of steam! I should probably just stick with sew in interfacing, sturdy canvas/cotton duck for my structure. The handles are okish, slightly plump from using a fleece interfacing inside, but I’m rough on handles and like them to stay looking brand new even after hard use, and these will crumple, I mean they already are, but in a pinch and if I didn’t have spools of cotton webbing on hand, these would work perfectly fine, not to mention they match exactly. I like the drawstring, I might even like the look better than cord, but it’s not as smooth of a draw closed as cording, so that’s something.

..but I still really really love it..

l feel like I haven’t knit much, things are getting done but almost don’t count because they’ve mostly been repeat stuff, my favorite makes, my mindless knits, socks, hats, the same old same old comfort knitting.

I cast on a Tiny Tassels in my favorite Koigu wool because it was one of the oldest queued patterns in my library and one of the oldest yarns in my stash, and the combination felt boring enough to be thoroughly enjoyable.

I made a glow in the dark bottle of milk (stitch marker) for my new shawl and a funny little strawberry shaker for my new elephant bag.

Using a dk weight wool for a larger shawl.

A finished tassel-less Tiny Tassels, not sure if it will ever get tasseled either.

..but I still I really really love it..

It’s Friday and I hope you’re doing alright. 💕