Monthly Archives: October 2012

WIP Wed: Hurricane Progress

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Over my extra long weekend I got a ton of progress done on my Turn of the Glass Cardigan. How much progress? Well, last week I had my inch of seed stitch. Now, I have this:

About 10 inches of the bottom on the fronts and back

It’s been a really fun, intuitive knit! I’ve been modding the heck out of this pattern, although it hasn’t always been on purpose. I wanted to add length, so I extended the start of the cable pattern and added a couple of inches of stockinette. I probably could have just started the cable pattern earlier, because the pattern calls for you to extend the ribbing across the whole back of the sweater. Did I explain that ok? I have no idea. I accidently didn’t do that, anyway.

Side detail

I’ve really enjoyed the stitch pattern. It’s very intuitive- one of those that, as soon as you memorize the actual stitches, you can apply the overall pattern to it. As I was watching the patterns appear, I was a little scared that the fake cable pattern would look really messy next to the real cables. The yarn (Berocco Vintage DK) is 60% acrylic, so the stitch definition isn’t amazing, too. Zooming out, though, I like the contrast. It looks really good!

Really, really close up. I don’t know what happened to the color here.

For more WIP Wed posts, check out Tami’s.

Hurrication in Review

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For those of you with your heads buried in the sand, the hurricane of the century is about to hit one of the most populated areas in the US. Of course, it is already hovering over my hometown. I’ve lucked out in that we still have power, but there’s not much to do. Classes are canceled, so it’s day two of huddle-inside-around-the-TV weather, and I’ve already watched 2 Resident Evil movies, 2 James Bond movies, almost an entire series of a strange British TV show. I also managed to put in 2.5 miles on the treadmill. That’s a real achievement for me, because I absolutely HATE the treadmill. I’m much happier when walking to a location, with pretty things to look at as I go by. Well, that’s enough rambling. I have a long, long overdue Blog Week(s) in Review, plus an award to share!

First, for the blogs. In the amazing brightly-colored, skillfully knitted, and magnificently huge category, there’s Snapdragon Crafts’ Many Hearts Blanket. Seriously, this thing is amazing. You guys HAVE to see it. Eventually, when I ever get around to making another bed-sized blanket, I will never be able to achieve something half as awesome as this.

Only on a slightly smaller scale, there are the garments. Gynx’s Holla Back Tank is fantastic. I would never have thought to mix a variegated yarn and that pattern, but her’s came out wonderfully. I love the lace on the back- very sexy!

Smoking Hot Needles has busted out another fantastic shawl. It’s not very often that you see something like this pattern. It has cables and a smidge of lace, but the drape makes me think that it is knitted on a lace gauge.

For a real lace experience, check out Remily’s Aeolian Shawl. It’s the epitome of a traditional lace shawl!

Finally, there are the socks. I have three pairs to share with you guys today. First, I love how Bethany inversed the stripes on these socks. It’s something different, plus it helped her even out the stash-busting. Cloudberry’s Zig Zag Socks are just an awesome combination of yarn and pattern. Knit the Hell Out’s Birthday Bell Flower Boogies used a solid yarn to highlight the more intricate pattern, which is a decision I respect immensely. It can be so hard to drop the variegated yarn when it is just so beautiful!

The second part of this post makes me so happy! Almost two weeks ago, Feel Good Knitting did me the honor of nominating me for a Reader Appreciation Award. Thanks so so so so so much. Without further ado, here’s the rules:

The rules:

FIRST:  Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award. (Done – see above!)

SECOND:  Answer 10 questions.

  1. Your favourite colour?  Green and Purple. Sometimes together…sometimes not.
  2. Your favourite animal?  PUPPY
  3. Your favourite non-alcoholic drink? It depends on the weather. When it’s hot out, I love iced coffee. When it’s cold, though, I could guzzle hot coffee and tea all day 🙂
  4. Facebook or Twitter? Ravelry? Facebook
  5. Your favourite pattern? I don’t know if I’ll ever have just one. Probably whatever I’m working on, though.
  6. Getting or giving presents? Definitely giving.
  7. Your favourite number? I’m not sure I have one. Maybe 3?
  8. Your favourite day of the week? Thursday, I think.
  9. Your favourite flower?  Not sure I have one…
  10. What is your passion?  Whatever I’m doing at the time!

THIRD:  Nominate other bloggers for the award.  This was a really hard list to put together. I read A LOT of blogs, but these are some that stuck out to me as particularly enjoyable.

Although it’s a podcast, I love Playful Day. Listening just makes me warm and fuzzy inside!

Audry over at Bear Ears is a great knitter, and I love hearing about the trials of writing a (gasp!) book.

Fern Knits is also a great read. She regularly comes out with awesome patterns, plus I’ve enjoyed hearing about her forays into other hobbies.

Kiwi Yarns is a glimpse of the other side of the world. Hearing about her wooly winter in the middle of my hot summer gave me hope that there would be a time when I could touch my stash without breaking into a sweat.

Knitting to Stay Sane is another one of my knitting/designing idols. I’ve been salivating over her new design, a delightfully cabled cardigan, although I will probably have to wait until after the Holidays to have the excess cash to get the yarn and pattern, much less the time to make them! Also, her url is Crazy Knitting Lady. I mean, what’s better than that?

Another favorite is Ramblings of a Fiber Obsessed Transplant Vermonter. The title says it all!

There are so many things that Redshirt Knitting writes about that I enjoy. Of course, there’s the knitting, but there’s also chickens, puppies, drawings, Sim recaps. A little bit of everything!

Finally, there’s Tami’s Amis. I love popping by her weekly WIP and FO recaps, finding all sorts of new blogs. She’s one of the staples of my knitting community!

FO Friday: Pup Tent

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I’ve had a WIP come and go so quickly that I haven’t had a chance to blog about it! Now that’s an achievement.

From the front

 

One of my friends requested a floppy hat for the Holidays. Of course, then she refused to go through the list of patterns that I picked out on ravelry, which made life just that much easier for me. Eventually, I settled on the free Pup Tent pattern. I’m not completely crazy about how the stitch pattern looks, but it works. And it’s not like I’ll be the one wearing it!

Close up of the stitch pattern

I used about 80% of a skein of Valley Yarns Northampton (100% Wool), a crunchy, authentic, wooly worsted yarn. Yumm. After my friend requested a “cool teal,” she picked this skein out of my stash. It’s not exactly soft, and I’m not sure I would describe it as having any drape, but the finished hat is sure slouching pretty well!

From the side- slouch!

I did add an entire extra repeat of the stitch pattern to get that extra slouch. The hat looks funky laying flat, but I think it looks great on! Plus, she has a lot more hair than me, so this should fit nicely on her. I hope!

For more FO Friday posts, check out Tami’s.

Oh, and by the way- my newest design, the Daniela Cowl, is finally up for purchase on the Knit Picks web site here. Knit Picks gives 100% of the profits to designers, plus they offer yarn support, which makes them a pretty awesome company in my book!

WIP Wed: Mom’s Cardigan, Part 1

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I finally got the chance to cast on a new cardigan over the weekend. My mother requested a sweater for Hanukah this year. I’ve tried this in the past with some not-so-awesome results. I think my main problem has been gauge and fit; she likes a looser sweater, which requires that magic animal, EASE. My skills have improved since then, so hopefully we’ll have a better result this time.

Turn of Glass, sniped from ravelry

She picked this sweater. It’s Turn of Glass from the Winter 2011 Knitty. She already asked me to mod it for a little more length, plus my gauge swatch was a little short (I got 3.5″ instead of 4″), so I’m adding a couple extra inches to the bottom. That’s 2 rows of extra seed stitch, plus two inches of stockinette, and I’m extending the chart. At least, that’s the plan. I ordered PLENTY of extra yarn (that’s Berrocco Vintage DK). I hadn’t even noticed that the pattern is written for 50g skeins, and my yarn is 100g. I’m pretty sure I’ll have 2 extras, even after the mods. Fuschia scarf, anyone?

My very, very limited progress

So far, I’ve done about 10 rows of seed stitch. This is definitely the boring part- I have 208 stitches on the needles (I know because I tried to get that number twice before it actually worked out. That was a struggle!). You knit all the way across the bottom, plus I haven’t started the fun cable rib chart yet. I’m excited to get there!

For more WIP Wed. posts, check out Tami’s!

FO Friday: Coquette

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It is finally, finally finished. Yesterday, after a long, long day of classes, I managed to dredge up the energy required to unpin it from my blocking mats, sew up the armholes, and sew in all of the ends (well, most of the ends. I promise that you cannot see the little one I missed around the armhole). So I can introduce you to a finished version of Coquette.

Everything about this pattern was pretty much a surprise, mostly in a good way. I don’t usually enjoy summer patterns, but Interweave Knits Summer 2012 was pretty good, and I ended up falling in love with this vest/tank top by Adrienne Larson. By complete accident, I ended up purchasing the required yarn, Zitron Filigran (100% wool). This may be the first time that ever happened!

As for mods, I did shorten the pattern considerably. Even though I did a guage swatch, I think my tension must have changed while I knitted. I blocked almost entirely for length, and the tank is overall looser than I expected. This was actually a happy surprise, as I was expecting something very fitted, and now I may even be able to wear this while working! Besides that, the pattern did call for an icord finishing, but I’m scrapping that. The selvage along the edges is plenty even, and I really, really do not feel like making lace weight icord for a year.

Also surprisingly, I have over 3/4 of a 100g skein left, which is pretty impressive considering the next size up requires you to buy an extra skein. I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with it, but it might make a very pretty summer shawlette. That is, if I ever feel like working with lace weight again!

For more FO Friday posts, check out Tami’s.

Now that I’m finally finished with the vest, I’m really excited to move on to some other long-term projects. My mom wants a sweater for the Holidays, so I should probably get seriously started on that. I have the yarn, and I’ve even make a swatch- I just need to block it. Plus there’s the short-term hat on my needles (another present).

And I can’t stop thinking about a design collection that I’ve got stuck in my head. Now is probably not the time to start thinking about something this long term, but it’s an idea that I really, really like. I’m considering approaching Knit Picks about an ebook, although I have no idea what that process looks like. The other option would be self-publishing on ravelry, and I also don’t have much of an idea how that would go, either. Do any of you have any advice for more about that?

WIP Wed.: Almost Finished

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The end is finally in sight for my Coquette vest/tank/thing. On Sunday I finished the knitting, binding off on the final arm strap. I wasn’t able to block until Monday, but it was totally worth it.

Seeing it on the floor, I love how this is coming out…I think. I do think it might be a bit big for the fitted look that I wanted, and I didn’t even have to stretch the lace that much. If this were a lace shawl or scarf, I would have stretched it a lot more to open those eyelets up. Still, the fabric is a bit more dense this way, which is probably what you want for a top.

It’s only lace-weight, so I should be able to pick it up tomorrow. All I have left is sewing the straps and my ends. If all goes well, I should be able to get some FO shots for Friday. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

For more WIP Wed., check out Tami’s.

FO Friday: Reddery?

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“Reddery” Beret

Remember this hat? I mentioned that it was basically finished, and had just ended up being way too small. Well, I finally got the chance to take another crack at it. All I did was rip back the decreases, add another repeat of the stitch pattern, and re-do those decreases. The blocking was a bit iffy as I didn’t really have a plate big enough to stretch it out and open up the lace (I’m in college. My plate options are limited). Still, I think I managed it pretty well. After all, the recipient sure likes it!

On the recipient. The color is much better here!

For those of you wondering, this is the Greenery Beret (get it?) from Weekend Hats. I used about half of a skein of Berocco Vintage DK (60% Acrylic, 40% Wool), which was suprisingly yummy. I mean, I definitely knew it wasn’t a 100% wool, but it wasn’t any of those textures that acrylic can be. Plus, the colorway was deep and superb- you should definitely check it out! I am not regretting my decision to order a whole sweater’s worth of this yarn AT ALL, which was slightly surprising!

For more FO Friday posts, check out Tami’s.