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FO Friday: Citron

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Citron

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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Cast On Monday: Citron

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I’ve done something silly. Several weeks ago, my father told me that my Aunt’s cancer seems to have returned. This is not good news; she’s been battling stomach cancer for a while, and we thought that, after almost a year of chemo, radiation, and surgery, things were looking up. Unfortunately, it turns out we were wrong. Of course, as soon as I heard the news, the urge to knit hit me. When she was first diagnosed, I made her a lace shawl using some Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock Yarn in Blues in the Night, a gorgeous colorway. I pretty much designed the whole shawl myself, although it was right when I had gotten started designing, so I did not write anything down. That was INCREADIBLY stupid of me, as it really turned out gorgeous. If I ever get the chance, I am definitely going to write that pattern out! Anyway, my Aunt loves the shawl and wears it all the time, which makes me pretty happy.

Citron

Flash forward to the silly thing that I did this weekend. I had just finished binding off the shoulders for my mom’s sweater (more news on that later, I promise) when I had the sudden urge to cast something on for my Aunt. I think most of us would realize that this is not at all a silly urge. I dug out a skein of Malabrigo Lace in Verde Esperanze, which reminds me of Evergreen Trees, out of my stash. I think this is on of the skeins that the wonderful Learner’s Per Knit gifted me with over the summer (thanks again!). I wound it all up and printed out the instructions for Citron. Just in case your head has been buried under a rock for the past few years, Citron is another of the incredibly popular patterns published in Knitty. It uses just one 50g skein of lace weight, size US 6 needles, and quite a bit of stitches to create a wonderful shawl.

Closer up

But what is the silly part? Although Hanukah does not start for another couple of weeks, we are celebrating this Friday, as the whole family will already be together for Thanksgiving. Not only does that mean that I have to block and seam a sweater in the next week, but I also have to knit 50g of lace weight and block that, too. Silly me! Luckily, it’s been speeding off the needles. I’m already half way through the fourth section, so I probably have about 40 rows to go. Of course, those 40 rows include 2 ruffles, which double the amount of stitches on the needle for 5 rows, plus 3 more increase rows. Wish me luck!

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!

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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!

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Wip Wed & Yarn!

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I’m chugging away on my Coquette Vest. The lace pattern is pretty intuitive, and I think it’s coming along nicely. My progress was somewhat impeded by the dog getting hold of the yarn and tangling it up a little while I was home last weekend, but I straightened that out pretty quickly. I’ve probably gotten another 3ish inches since last week, which is pretty impressive considering I’m using lace weight Filigran and haven’t had a whole lot of knitting time.

Coquette Vest

Unfortunately, it’s probably going to have to go on the shelf for a while in favor of Christmas Knits. I finally got the HUGE order that I put in at Webs a couple of weeks ago, so now it’s time to start working on that.

Berocco Vintage DK

First, there’s a single skein of Berocco Vintage DK (50% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 10% Nylon- 288yds/100g). It’s much more of a cranberry color than you can tell in the picture, I promise. This is destined to be a beret for a friend. Ok, it’s for her Birthday, which was a couple of months ago, but it still counts. Honestly, we were on opposite ends of the state, so I like to think that I’m doing ok.

Valley Yarns Superwash DK

Next, there’s about 9 skeins of Valley Yarns Superwash DK (100% Extrafine Merino- 137yards/50g) in a minty green color. This was more of a guilty purchase for me than anything else- I think I’m going to use it to make myself a sweater! It’s incredibly light and lofty, so I bet it will make a comfy cardigan.

Berocco Vintage DK

This is another 6ish skeins of Vintage DK in fuchsia (a little darker then this) for a Hanukah sweater for my mother. She picked out the color online, so this time she can’t say that she doesn’t like it!

Valley Yarns Northampton

Next, there’s a single skein of Valley Yarns Northampton (100% Wool- 247 yards/100g) in Lake Heather. It’s much greener than the picture! This will probably make someone a hat at some point in time- it’s a just-in-case yarn. Ok, so it will probably end up in my stash. What’s wrong with that?

Valley Yarns Huntington

Last but not least, there’s two skeins of Valley Yarns Huntington (75% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon- 218 yards/50g) for future socks. Yes, this is also stash, but let’s be honest- I make a lot of socks! They would go really well with one of my crazy-er yarns to make the Stitch Surfer socks from the new Knitty, wouldn’t they? Those socks are really cool, so if you haven’t seen them yet, check them out!

That’s about all for me on this WIP Wed. I know that I haven’t been blogging a lot recently, but life has been really hectic. I’m trying! Hopefully, I’ll have a long overdue blog WEEKS in review this weekend. Hopefully. If you want to see MORE WIP Wed. posts, check out Tami’s.

WIP Wed.: Coquette Tank

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This WIP Wed. post is brought to you by the Coquette Tank.

Right side= pretty

Believe it or not, a lace-weight tank is not the quickest project ever. Who would have thought? Still, I’m getting used to working with lace weight and enjoying the process along the way. I may have to abandon this project for holiday knitting, but I think that I will be happy to come back to it. Besides that, school has been a little bit insane, so I don’t have too much time to talk. I hope your week is going a little better!

Wrong side=ugly

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FO Friday: Zest Cardigan

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Front side

It’s finally, finally finished. I can’t believe it! It feels like I’ve been working on this cardigan forever. Ok, that’s not exactly true, but a lot has happened to me since I started the project on May 30, which is probably part of why it took so long 🙂

From the front, mostly unbuttoned

For the concrete details, this is the Zest Cardigan by Jennifer Thomas (Fern Knits). Jenn was gracious enough to gift this pattern in a contest, and I was lucky enough to win it! I immediately bought the requisite amount of yarn for the 38″ cardigan: 6 skeins of Knit Picks Palette in black. I ended up barely dipping into the 5th skein, but that could be because of my tight gauge. I don’t know 🙂

Back- over the shoulder!

As a yarn choice, Palette worked out OK. It is definitely a workhorse yarn (as the price suggests), but, occasionally, I would split the plies with my sharper needles as I was doing the lace or cables. And black was probably not the best color to choose, as it made it a lot harder to see.

Detail of the lace on the sleeve

There were a couple of different mods on the sweater. For the “purposeful” mods, I changed a couple of things. First, instead of doing seed stitch in between the front and back, I did a 1×1 ribbing. I was slightly afraid that going up to the 38″ would be too much for me, so that would pull it in a little. Turns out I didn’t need it! I changed a couple of other minor things, mainly shortening the sweater to make it fit my petite frame.

From the front, buttoned

Now for the not so on purpose mods. I didn’t realize until after I finished that I would probably like buttons running all the way down the front, and that there would probably be enough extra material (because I had gone up a size) to use the button band for this, instead of creating the loops called for in the pattern. I grabbed some cheap buttons from Hancock Fabric (and when I say cheap, I mean cheap) and tried my hand at afterthought buttons. I think they ended up OK, but I’m just slightly afraid that they will get bigger the more I wear the sweater. I guess we’ll see. Beyond that, the buttons aren’t exactly even (or placed well), so they gape. At this point, I would just rather wear it with only the top buttoned then do the math to fix this.

Detail of the cable on the back

The other accidental mod has to do with the cable detail on the back. I started this portion while on an airplane (only me), so I ended up totally messing up the chart. I didn’t figure it out until I had completely finished the cable and had done a couple of repeats of the lace. By that point, I was so tired of the cables (black fingering weight cables in airplane light? BAD IDEA) that I didn’t feel like frogging. It came out OK, I think. Besides, it’s not like I will see it very often.

Flat detail of the cables on the back

There’s not much more to talk about this sweater. I’m really excited to finally have a hand-knitted transitional sweater. I’m sure I’ll wear it a lot…as soon as the weather drops down from 89 degrees.

All folded up. C’mon, weather, don’t let it be this way for long!

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