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What’s going on in my knitting world…

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Usually, I’m (gasp!) a pretty monogamous knitter. Maybe it’s my attention span- if I don’t love a project enough to work on it right away, I probably don’t love it enough to come back and knit it. After about a month, I generally have to admit that any project that I haven’t worked on is probably never getting finished. Usually, I’m OK with that. At this point, though, I have a bunch of different things happening in my life and my knitting, but that doesn’t mean I love any of them any less.

Freedom! And finally a sunny day to take somewhat good pictures.

First, the hat out of Freedom Spirit. I was kind of winging the pattern. I felt like plain stockinette would get the best effect out of the pretty busy yarn, and I was right. It looks self-striping and awesome. Still, I have a couple of grams of yarn left, so I’m probably going to rip out the decreases, add a couple of rows, and then re-knit them. Of course, this is going on the backburner until I can get some of my other WIP’s finished.

Mostly, mostly finished.

Second, we have the design for Knit Picks Independent Designer Program. It’s coming along really well, but, as I’m pretty much writing the pattern as I go, it’s taking longer than I’d like. I’m just using Wool of the Andes Sport (100% Wool) in Sagebrush, so the yarn is just a simple, satisfying wool with no fancy-ness. It’ll really show off the stitch pattern well, and I’m excited to get some test-knitters on it to see how it’ll look in different sizes. I’m thinking I’ll range it from baby to adult, because it would be really, really cute on some adorable children!

Although I’m not knitting anything else, there’s a bunch of other things taking up attention that COULD be spent on knitting. One of my design projects is in the test-knitting stage now. All of my testers are being SUPER understanding around my struggles. See, the stitch pattern is extremely intuitive, but not, as it turns out, very easy to write. I think, after three or four different versions of the pattern, I’ve found a way of presenting the decreases, which continue the stitch pattern, a lot more easily. Still, it’s taken time and a whole lot of effort to get here. Hopefully, this will be shown in the finished pattern.

And then, of course, there’s all the projects that I’ve planned to do with my new yarn delivery. After these two hats are finished I’m FORCING myself to work on the mittens. It’s getting pretty cold here, and stuffing my hands in my pockets while I wait for the bus or walk from the far reaches of campus isn’t going to cut it anymore. The sweater-making urge that’s been taking over me in the wake of finishing Livingstone will just have to wait. And I think I might get a chance to hit the yarn store this weekend…

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WIP Wed: waiting

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Right now, I’m pretty much waiting for an order to come in from Knit Picks. And it’s not like I’m JUST waiting for a skein of yarn: I’m waiting for supplies for three separate projects that I have in mind. So, just to pass the time, I’ve cast on a quick hat in my Freedom Spirit. I know I’ve talked about doing the Spoked Hat from last year’s Interweave Knits winter, but after obsessively browsing the project pages, I think the bobbles are just too big for me to actually wear the hat…at all. I’ve already done about an inch of ribbing, but I think I’m going to convert to stockinette. The yarn is just so busy that only stockinette can do it real justice.

the yarn is a bit lighter, but you can how tell all over the place it is here

Besides working on the hat, I’ve been covertly planning the projects I’m going to work on when that package FINALLY comes in. To start, we can talk about this old cardigan.

slightly, you know, tiny

It was a Garter Yoke Cardigan from the now-dead Knit.1 Magazine. I made it within months of getting the magazine, so that dates it to 2008. Let me tell you, it was pretty small three years ago, and I’ve only gotten bigger (don’t judge- Freshman 15. Completely legit.). It’s always been too short. You can’t tell, but the grey T-Shirt I’m wearing underneath it goes for about another four inches, and I usually like my sweaters longggggg. I made it before I really knew anything about ease, or swatching, so it’s pretty much too tight all around. I had to use a bunch of buttons to keep it from gaping, and they just look a little big. I probably could’ve used some smaller ones for a bit of balance. And then there’s the neck. It’s way too big. I don’t know if it’s because it is a raglan or what, but it has the hugest neck I have ever seen. It would be find if I work collared shirts that kind of peaked out, but I don’t, and it just looks strange.

the yarn is definitely more red than how it looks in this picture...it's like in between this one and the one of the old cardgian

Anyway, judging from the fact that it’s been sitting in the drawer for about two years, I decided it was time to frog. So now I have about 350g of Plymouth Yarns Galway Highland Heather in colorway 746. It’s just a bit pinker than it looks in the picture- almost like a lipstick that’s between pink and red. I don’t know how to describe it. Anyway, I’m adding a skein of the same yarn in a light brown for a little bit of contrast. It’s going to become one of the sweaters in a book that is hopefully coming in the Knit Picks order (all books 40% off- who can beat that?), and I’m really, really excited to make it!

Bobsled Mittens, picture courtesy of ravelry (link below)

My other WIP plans include a new pair of mittens. I’m not a huge fan of knitting mittens, which is probably why I’ve been using the same pair for the past four years. It’s time for a change. Some of you might remember that I won a copy of Judy Becker’s Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures with Judy’s Magic Cast On. I was pretty entranced by the Bobsled Mittens, and I’m happy to say that I also grabbed some yarn that I’m pretty hopeful will work with these. It’s luscious and warm, but simple enough to show of the interesting construction. Excitement!

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

Parade of Finished Objects Part 1: Edge of Lace Hat and Dishcloth

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I vaguely remember talking about this pattern a couple of times last week, and then forgetting about it after I laid it out to block. Well, this is the Edge of Lace Hat, from 101 Designer One Skein Wonders. I made it using Patons Classic Wool– a hardy, 100% no-frills wool, in an electric green. Hey, I’m pretty short. I need to set myself apart from the crowd.

sorry for the crazy eyes...I was concentrating on the camera screen. I swear!

I ended up making a bunch of mods. The accidental one was that I forgot the garter stitch band…which doesn’t seem to have changed the hat at all. In fact I kind of like it. I also did away with the whole ‘just 3 needle BO your stitches, it’ll be fine’ thing that the pattern called for and improvised a standard twisty crown decrease. I made sure to write down exactly what I did on my ravelry project page, in case anyone is interested.

it puckers a little off, but fits REALLY well on

I also went in a different direction for my weekend knitting. Because I was trying/anticipating/vaguely thinking about packing some of my stash up for transport, I didn’t really want to start on a big project. Plus, I’m waiting for a shipment from Knit Picks, and I can’t wait to get started on what will be in there. Still, I needed something for to keep my hands busy while watching TV (NBC Comedy is BACK!!!!). My first thought was a quick hat, but the skein I immediately went for- Freedom Spirit in a marled (is that even the right word?) light blue- is DK. In keeping with my new year’s resolution, I wanted a pattern that would come from a source that I already own. A ravelry pattern search for DK hat patterns from my library (love that function) showed me the perfect pattern- the Spoked Hat from Interweave Knits Winter 2010. Of course, the magazine is sitting on my shelf at school…of course.

it doesn't lay flat...is it supposed to?

To tide me over until I can get my hands on that pattern, decided to knock out a dishcloth. Let me tell you, I am not a huge cotton fan. In fact, I pretty much hate cotton. Why won’t it stretch???? Still, I noticed that Tink over on Master of a Thousand Things had made some dishcloths, and I guiltily thought of that violet cotton that was way WAY in the back of my stash. Thus, a Grandmother’s Favorite dishcloth was formed. Maybe if I start using it I MIGHT make another one, just to, you know, use up the yarn. It’s not like it was addictively quick to knit or anything, right?