The Knitterly Hooker

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On a mission

In community challenges, finished projects, knitting, portfolio on June 25, 2015 at 8:19 am

Since the start of ESK KAL, I have been as involved as I can be. With life happening, there has been very little knitting. I knit in the mainframe of my mind…planning and calculating. There’s loads of ideas! They say when you visualize something you want to do it will get done…so that’s what I’m doing. I’m saving that energy to jump start my knitting dreams, projects and goals. The in between time is frustrating…to not externally express my internal creativity.

I’ve mainly been making hats; specifically Sand Bank. One every couple months it seems like, but it’s something. It’s simple and relatively quick. I made this particular one from Dream in Color in Lipstick Lava. I used 2 balls, alternating a ball every row. I’ve never done that before, but I saw that there was minimal pooling and whatever else yarn does. It was gentle graduated blending of the colors. I had restart the cast on literally a million times…I counted. I swear! Lol I’m glad I was watching Marvels Daredevil…well, maybe that’s why I had trouble casting on! Even though it’s hot, I’ve managed to finish it for my Chunky Knits KAL achievement.

I’ve also managed to gain more badges and just requested 3 more, as well as submitted for 1 KAL. My badge patches are coming along and I couldn’t be prouder of myself!

So what’s my mission?
1. Try and get all the badges I set out to get.
2. Finish my knit t-shirt.
3. Make more knit time.

More to come.


Dream In Color Groovy

In knitting, stash busting on February 16, 2015 at 10:46 am


Dream In Color is a dream come true, but that was not my initial impression. I started another hat with it and when I frogged it, the ripped yarn looked worn out. I didn’t like it and I felt uncomfortable casting on and re-casting on for Sand Banks. But when it was all said and done, when the ribbing had formed, the yarn came to life. It was better than a dream. What I love is the subtle tonal striped effects that beautifully formed in the cable. It was an unexpected, yet pleasant surprise. I have 3 more skeins of this yarn; 1 blue and 2 orange. My only regret is that I didn’t buy more as it is, unfortunately, discontinued. I can only hope my Ravelry brethren will be willing to give it up when the call comes. Groovy is a work horse and it’s awesome!

Update: Skeins available here.


In finished projects, knitting, portfolio, stash busting on January 3, 2015 at 8:25 am

Windschief by Steven West using Rowan Lima

Created during seemingly impossible circumstances, and time is but a dream, Invictus reigns. My focus is on my blessings, not my defeats. This project was completed around Thanksgiving 2014.

The pattern is Windschief, designed by Steven West, and though not particularly challenging, was an interesting bit of knitting. During this knit, I discovered that my favorite yarn is Rowan Lima (or any yarn consisting of chains as a base). I’m not a fan of repeat projects, but this may be the exception.

One UFO down…

In finished projects, knitting, portfolio on July 25, 2013 at 9:37 pm


I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like having unfinished objects just hanging around. It’s eating valuable yarn stash space, and I just can’t have that! But I’m sure like me, you have several! I’m making a diligent effort to getting that almost double digit amount down.

I decided to start here. It’s been laying around for a good 4 months. Here’s the back story….

Back in January of this year, I entered a contest that Knitting Fever held on Facebook and I won! I actually won! Yipee! I’m still excited because I don’t typically win ANYTHING!

What I won was the Ella Rae Booklet 120 Lace Merino Chunky. Looking through the book, I was just beaming; grinning from ear to ear, because everything is so beautiful and so practical. What I need to knit must not only be cute, but also practical. This fits the bill.

Imagine…It’s the dead of winter. It’s cold. And I had been rocking scalp all winter! My head was exposed and I’m surprised I didn’t get sick.

I have big hair. Really BIG, curly, afro hair and I needed a hat. No hats I have seen in stores come even close to satisfying my need. I have been looking on Ravelry also for slouch hats, and found a few, but I wanted something quick aka bulky yarn. And to be truthful, some weren’t me.

Of course, I went to my LYS, La Casita, and I bought Malabrigo Chunky in Verde Esperenza. This was actually meant for another hat I thought might work, but ultimately, did not. So I had to use it right? So by default, I guess, back to the simple project from Ella Rae.

I started this project and in the same day, in a matter of hours, the skein was done. I had no more and my darling shop had no more. So I scoured near and far and I finally found it at, of course- Eat, Sleep, Knit (I swear they have everything I need at all times! I love them!) You guys saw the order I placed the other day. It was for this hat. I noticed that the dye lots weren’t the same, but I didn’t worry about that. It would still work regardless.


It was only yesterday, I worked up the nerve to break out my swift and cake that skein. It.was.a.disaster! You hear me? Utter disaster. It kept coming off the swift and becoming a big tangled mess! I ended up winding it by hand. I brought it to work today and I cranked out the final few rows I needed to complete this UFO. I had some minor set backs, but it was corrected and hat complete in my apartment.

Working with Malabrigo Chunky was like a dream! OMG! So soft and sqooshy! Although it had some variagated qualities to it, it did not pool. It’s really the first time I’ve used such a luxurious yarn. I always touch them and I know how they feel, but to work with it is a whole other experience. I love it! Where had this yarn been all my life!?!?! That’s the snobbery rearing its head! Sorry! LOL

Here’s the completed hat that I have decided to name … b r o o k l y n .