There have been a couple of projects that I’ve all but finished while you guys weren’t paying attention. One of which was this:
Wanderer was a pretty easy but engaging pattern to knit. The cables kept my attention, but the garter rib was pretty mindless, too. For some reason, the combination worked! The only mod I did was to knit another couple of rows for a slouchy-er hat. No stress there!
Photo Courtesy of Ravelry- Just picture a longer version in lime green with a pom-pom!
I cast on for this pattern when I knew that I needed some portable stress knitting the weekend before I began student teaching (I began on a Wed.). I was casting off during my second to last undergraduate class, three days later. I even had time (ok, I was so bored, we were all doing 10 min. presentations and it was HORRIBLE) to make my first pom-pom in class to use up those last little bits of yarn. I think it came out pretty well!
The yarn is a little limey-er, too.
Although the FO is pretty cute, I think I’m giving it away to a friend who has been waiting for a Birthday present for, oh, three months. Woops! I used up an entire 100g stash skein of Spud and Chloe Sweater (55% wool, 45% cotton). I’m not kidding- the whole skein. No leftovers! I was afraid that the cotton content would make it harder on my hands to knit, but that didn’t really happen. Still, it is too cotton-y for me to want to steal it for myself, so I’m perfectly happy passing it on.
Unfortunately, it seems that I have temporarily misplaced my camera at my parents’ house. Sorry about that! Hopefully I can find a substitute until I get that back from them (along with my heavy coat, which I also seem to have left there).
Normally, I would reserve a Wed. post for a WIP. To be honest, though, my entire life feels like a WIP right now. But I don’t want to get into that right now! Instead, I’m just going to come out and show off my newest pattern, the eclectic shawl.
Eclectic is a shawl pattern very close to my heart. The idea originated several years ago when I put together a quick shawl pattern for my Aunt, who had just been diagnosed with cancer and needed something to keep her warm. I hadn’t even been planning on writing this pattern up, but a couple of months ago her disease, which had been in remission, came back. We all knew the end was near, and I wanted a more tangible connection to her.
And that is when I started thinking about putting together the pattern. Since I gave her the original Eclectic, she wore it almost every time I’ve seen her. My Aunt’s personality is nothing if not eclectic so I hope you enjoy this interesting combination of different stitch patterns.
This shawl includes two different stitch patterns. Each pattern includes both charted and written instructions, so we all get to do our own thing 😉 To make the shawl, you need 100g of fingering weight yarn (the sample is knitted in Knit Picks Imagination Hand Painted Sock, which creates a lovely halo), US6 needles, and an assortment of stitch markers. In order to thank my lovely blog readers, I’m offering this pattern for free just for this coming week (until 2/20/13), and then it will go up to $1.99. Of course, you can always just add it to your ravelry library here and download it later! I highly suggest that you check out the project pages of my test knitters- they’ve come up with some beautiful FO’s. The pattern is also part of the Knit Picks Independent Designer Program, and will, eventually, be up on their site as well.
I finished the first sock! Sorry about the crappy picture- the colorway is hard enough to photograph at the best of times, but the light is horrible. On the up side, we’re expecting snow in a couple of hours!
For those of you just turning in, this is a Mock Cable Sock (although there’s not much mock about it) in Candy Skein Yummy. There’s a whole lot more information in Wed.’s WIP post, here. This sock went very, very quickly, and I’ll hopefully have his twin soon! I have a ton of work to get to, but for more detailed posts, check out Tami’s.
I finished it! Well, sorta. I cast off my design sample (so far known as garter stitch+cables+Malabrigo) yesterday evening. It’s one of those projects that I had really, really high hopes for. In fact, I’m not sure that I could have ever met those hopes, even if everything went perfectly and it was a breeze. In any case, it’s not exactly what I was expecting, but I think I’m coming to terms with what I ended up with.
I mean, it’s Malabrigo, so it just feels like heaven around my neck. Heaven, I tell you! And the texture has made it so thick and warm that I bet I could wear it in the arctic and still be comfortable.
The whole plan was to hit on the “sweet spot” so that the colors from a very, very variegated skein of Malabrigo Worsted would make up and down stripes. In the end, I’m pretty sure that perfect stripes are pretty impossible. I still think the pooling effect that I ended up with is pretty nice!
I don’t think this pattern will come out anytime soon. It still needs to be written and tested (and I already have 2 tests going on right now) before it gets released. I’m thinking of saving it for that collection that’s been ruminating in my head. We’ll see what happens.
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I finally finished my Autumn Gold Hat! I am really, really happy with how it came out. In the end, I made mine with just a bit of slouch. Honestly, I probably could have kept going, but I liked how it looked. It’s such a light hat that I didn’t want too much extra fabric. Now it fits really easily into my pocket!
Besides the length, the only other mod I did was the needle sizes. I didn’t swatch or anything (yes, bad me, I know), but I’m usually a tight knitter, especially with smaller needles, so I went up a size. Of course, this didn’t have anything to do with the fact that I didn’t have needles in the rights size AT ALL 😉 Still, it created a delightfully drapey hat, plus the size was pretty much spot on, so it looks like it was a pretty good decision!
I used some gorgeous Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering (80% Merino, 20% Nylon) in the truffle colorway. I got it in a give-away from the generous Leaner’s Per-Knit, so I’m so glad that I can finally put it to use! It’s not quite as bright as the photos make it look to be. I was afraid that the busyness of the variegation would clash with the stitch pattern, but I think it was subdued enough so that everything worked together.
I’m kinda sorta testing this pattern for Buttons and Beeswax, and I’m really glad that I took her up on the offer. It was really fun to knit! The stitch patterns were just exciting enough to keep me busy, but I could easily do them while watching TV- a perfect combination in my opinion! I didn’t find any problems with the pattern. I highly recommend it, and I’m sure her others are just as well done. Check out her ravelry store!
For more FO Friday posts, check out Tami’s. Oh- and, before I forget, the contest! It was a trick question. That’s an original stitch pattern I’m putting together. But don’t worry, I’m giving you all full credit for trying. If you suggested an answer, I’ll email you a coupon code for one free pattern from my ravelry shop. Check it in a bit!
Yesterday I finally had enough time to finish my River Seine Socks! Ok, so it was during the student presentations in one of my History classes, but at this point I’m going to take advantage of anything I can get.
For those of you keeping score at home, these are By the Seine River socks. I really enjoyed this pattern! The lace was pretty mindless and easy, but it had a great effect. It was the perfect pattern for how crazy my life is right now. Oh, and, as per usual, I modded them to make them toe-up.
I ended up using exactly half of a 100g skein of Candy Skein Yummy (75% Merino, 25% Nylon) in the Butter Mints colorway. I will admit that this stuff isn’t exactly the softest yarn to knit with, although I’ve noticed that it does soften a little with washing. Still, it makes some hard-wearing fabric, which is EXACTLY what most of us are looking for in a sock yarn. Tami has outdone herself, as per usual, with the colorway. I’m usually not a huge pastel fan, but something about these colors are a little bit more grown up then the usual baby pinks and blues. I actually won this skein in a give-away, and I’m so so so so so thankful- it made some beautiful socks!
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I am successful! Not only was I able to complete my Citron Shawl yesterday, but I had a couple of minutes after all of the guests were gone to lay it down to block. I probably had enough yarn to do another couple of rows, and in a perfect world I would have done it. With my time constrictions, though, I didn’t want to fiddle around with that. I basically did the pattern as is, which may be a first for me.
This morning, quite to my surprise, it was bone dry. I quickly got it off the board, sewed in my ends, and wrapped it up. My pile of presents for tonight’s early Hanukah is growing by leaps and bounds. Of course, the sweater is still a little damp. I have the fan blowing on it (as per Audry’s recommendation), so hopefully it will be dry enough for me to sew up the sleeves and weave in the ends in a couple of hours.
Quick recap: I started this Citron last Sunday with 1 50g skein of Malabrigo Lace in Verde Esperanze. Now, less than a week later, it’s a whole shawl. Yeah me! Hopefully, I’ll be able to snap a couple of picks of all of my presents on their intended recipients tonight.
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