Sunday, August 21, 2011

What I Did Over The Summer, Camp Edition

Okay, it's true, I'm a Joiner. When Sheri at The Loopy Ewe announced they were sponsoring Camp Loopy, I totally joined in. This was, after all, camp without bugs, camp without uncomfortable beds.

Camp Session One: Knit a shawl or scarf that is two-coloured.

I immediately ordered two skeins of Bugga!, ready to camp.

Well, make that 3 skeins. The one on the left, Smiley Face Spider, just leaped into the cart, along with the Autumn Tiger Beetle (centre skein) and Mr. Nancy (on the right).

Autumn Tiger Beetle + Mr. Nancy = Camp Loopy Clockwork!

Clockwork is a steampunk-inspired pattern by Stephen West designed specifically for The Sanguine Gryphon, the dyers of Bugga! yarn.

Camp Session Two: Knit socks, mittens, or gloves with cables.

For this, I returned to a classic favourite dyer, Dream in Color, but a new sock base, Everlasting, colourway Nebula. I knit the Yarnissima pattern Appunto.

(This was my primary project during the Alaska voyage.)

Camp Session Three: Use at least 800 yards of yarn.

With this challenge, I'm embarking on a new project: my first adult-sized garment. I'm using the Kollage yarn Riveting, which is made from recycled blue jeans.

I'm making the pattern Tabitha, designed specifically for this yarn. I purchased the pattern last spring, and this was incentive to finally use the pattern. Session Three officially  started Monday, but I continued struggling with swatching throughout the week.  Last night I cast on 308 stitches, then had to rip them out again. This morning, I cast on 308 stitches again, and I'm working my way steadily through the edging.

I've got a lot to do in the next 3 weeks!!!


Randi K Design said...

Wow! You have been working hard!

Rebecca S. said...

Hi Val,
It's great to catch up on your blog and see all you've been up to for the summer. An Alaskan cruise? Wow!
You are a supreme knitter and I can see there is a real knitter's culture out there...and it's keeping up with the times :) Yarn made from recycled jeans is uber cool.