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FO: Wanderer

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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!

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.

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).

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WIP Wed: Designing

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Without any sort of push from me, this break has become swallowed up by designs. That might be part of why I’ve been feeling a little stressed: there’s this sensation when I’m designing that it has to be perfect, which seems to lead to a lot of ripping. Let’s not even talk about the stress from writing patterns. Anyway, I think I’ve come up with some great ideas. There’s the stitch pattern that I showed you guys a while ago. I guess it’s time to admit that it is becoming a hat! I don’t think I’ll release this pattern too soon: I’m envisioning it as part of a collection. We’ll see ūüėČ

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And then there’s this shawl, which is currently blocking on my floor. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish getting this pattern written up in the next couple of days before I start looking for test knitters. This is a Knit Picks design in their Imagination Sock Yarn, and I’m actually very pleased with how it is turning out.

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Last but not least, there’s this little garter stitch-cable number. I’m not even going to say what it is, except something that is DRIVING ME CRAZY. I know that it will be amazing when it is complete, but let’s be honest- that’s a far way off. A far, far way off.

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Well, that’s my current WIP’s. I’m going to enjoy our strangely amazing weather! For more inspiration, check out Tami’s.

FO Friday: Autumn Gold

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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!

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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 ūüėČ 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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

WIP Wed: Autumn Lace

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Just a quick update on my Autumn Gold Beanie/Slouch Hat. For those of you just tuning in, I’m using a wonderful, fantastic, sent from the angels skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering (80% Merino, 20% Nylon) in the Truffle Colorway. I know, I know, it’s kind of dark and busy for this pattern, so it’s hard to see anything in the pictures. At this point in time, I just don’t care- it’s that beautiful and great to work with.

About 2" past the ribbing- yeah!

About 2″ past the ribbing- yeah!

I had to go up a needle size, not because my swatch was off. Oh no. I just don’t have the US 3’s the pattern calls for and am too cheap to buy them when I have a perfectly usable set of 4’s. It’s an experiment to see how this hat looks with a bit more openwork, and it’s working so far. I’m hoping that most of the irregularities (like the times that I miscrossed 3 cables twice and had to drop those stitches and re-work them- Oh, god. Never again.) in my tension will block out. Hopefully I’ll have more to show soon!

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For more WIP Wed’s, check out Tami’s.

Blog Week in Review 12/10- 12/17 and Cast On Monday!

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Once again, my Blog Week in Review is a little heavy on the accessories. I guess it’s probably because it is the gift-giving season!

First, we have the perfect gift. All Knit and No Sheep’s Snowman toy is perfectly adorable. I’ve never had the patience for knitted toys, so kudos to her for making on that is just so pefect.

Audry’s finished two projects that are pretty great, two. She’s made a headband out of silk hankies (I don’t even know what that even means, but it sure is gorgeous) and an electric blue Rock Island shawl. I really love the contrast on the shawl between the openwork and the denser stitch sections. It’s a wonderful pattern!

There’s also Knitted Bliss’s Nashira Shawl. It’s a lacey rectangular shawl that is supposed to be knitted in lace weight, but she had the genius idea of switching to worsted. It came out looking like an extra-wide scarf that’s perfect for when it is REALLY cold out. I’m thinking I might try something like that, as I really “need” a new scarf.

Finally, there’s All She Wants to Do is Knit’s Cupido Cowl. This looks like a relatively simple textured cowl until you read that it was the first project she’s made out of her own hand-spun. I’ve never even tried to spin, so I’m still enchanted by the magic of turning wool into yarn. Kudos to her!

Now, moving on to Cast On Monday. I was working on a slouchy hat for a friend, but I was silly enough to leave the extra yarn at my apartment when I went home for break. It works out pretty well- I won’t even see her until after I get back from break, so I can just put that project on the back burner for now. Instead, I’m going to work on something just a little bit selfish.

Yesterday, I spent over an hour hand-winding my skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering Weight (80% Merino, 20% Nylon; 420 yds/115g) into a ball. Trust me– that was a challenge! By the way, this skein was a wonderful gift. It is completely soft and warm, plus I love the colorway. It’s called truffle, and it’s made of purples and browns and greens. Wonderful!

Anyway, I decided to cast on the Autumn Gold Beanie by Buttons and¬†Beeswax. I have been wearing my one slouchy hat all over the place, so I figured it might be nice to have a lighter version for once it gets a little warmer. Of course, I don’t have any of the needle sizes required with me. Instead of doing the sensible thing, I’m just going to go up one size. Hopefully, it will just make an extra slouchy hat (fingers crossed!). We’ll see what happens- I will definitely keep you guys posted!

WIP Wed: Comfort Hat

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To be honest, I’ve done a miserably small amount of knitting since ¬†I finished my socks almost a week ago. All I have to show for it is just the very, very beginning of a hat.

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You can’t really tell right now, but it’s the beginning of an Aberdeen Ave. hat, a delightfully cabled beanie from Glenna C.’s Urban Collection¬†(oh yeah, the same Urban Collection my Locke St. Cardigan came from. I’m sure this will be a good one!). I’m using Knit Picks City Tweed HW¬†(55% Merino, 25% Alpaca, 20% Rayon), which is much more of an Aran/Heavy Worsted, so I ended up going up a needle size. I had a friend who’s rather late Christmas request was a slouchy hat. She isn’t exactly adventurous in her style, so I’m hoping this extra bit of width and length, coupled with the fiber content of the yarn, will make her happy. We’ll see how it turns out!

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Well, I’m off to get some more studying done. I’ve done an¬†embarrassingly¬†small amount of work for my final this afternoon, so I should probably take care of that. For more WIP Wed. posts, check out Tami’s.

Thanksgiving Knitting

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This thanksgiving, I am absolutely thankful for knitting. It is perhaps the only thing keeping me sane. Unfortunately, my deadlines are actually driving me crazy. Hanukah is really, really early this year, and we decided to celebrate it tomorrow while the whole family is in town. So, let’s go through the list of knitted presents.

Daniela Cowl

First, my Daniela Cowl. This is the sample for my newest design. It was inspired and named for my sister, so it’s no accident that it is going to her this Hanukah. I used just less than 2 skeins of Knit Picks City Tweed DK to make the medium size. I don’t know if she’s ever had an eternity scarf before, so I hope she likes it. If you would like to check the pattern out, I suggest here on the Knit Picks site.

Windscheif

I made my father a Windscheif in some wonderful Windswept Farms Knitter’s Choice. It’s luscious and warm, so if my father doesn’t like it, I will definitely steal it. The good news is that I have over 60g left, so I’m definitely making myself something!

Turn of the Glass

My mother’s Turn of the Glass Cardigan is currently blocking. It is almost entirely dry. I may have to take it off while it is still slightly damp, but I didn’t really have to do much tugging to get it to the right dimensions, so I am OK with this. I used a little less than 4 skeins of Berocco Vintage DK, which is a perfect gift yarn: hard wearing but comfortably soft. All I have left to do is seam the arms and sew in the ends. Lets hope that I have enough time for that!

Citron

Finally, there’s my Aunt’s Citron. I have been marathon knitting this since I cast on Sunday. I’m on the final ruffle of the pattern. So close! Of course, there are only 540 stitches in each row, and I still have at least 5 to go. Depending on how this afternoon goes, I might try to add another couple of rows for just a little more length. But I’m still going to have to get it on the blocking board by this evening if I want it dry to give. Luckily, Malabrigo Lace won’t take anywhere near as long as DK weight!