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FO Friday: That Garter/Cable Thing

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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.

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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.

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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!

P1010006I 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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For more FO Friday posts, check out Tami’s.

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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!

WIP Wed: Daniela

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Eternity Scarf!

For those of you just tuning in, I’m working on a new design, the Daniela Eternity Scarf. New designs always take a little bit longer to knit, so it’s pretty slow going. Two days ago, I got to what I thought was half way through the pattern, decided that I didn’t like it, and ripped. Woops. I’m almost back  to where I was before, and I think that I’ll like the finished effect a lot better. Basically, I got rid of the border, and now just do the stitch pattern twice. I think this will provide more flowy-ness, making the ribbing a little less jerky. I guess we will see after I block the finished object 🙂

Close up of the first half of the stitch pattern on the outside.

But, besides that, the project is going really, really well. The yarn, Knit Picks City Tweed DK, is so light and fluffy, with just a little bit of a halo, that I was afraid that there would be problems ripping. There weren’t, and I was even able to pick up the stitches on the second row instead of ripping all the way back to the begging. Trust me, I was avoiding having to cast on over 190 stitches. Such a pain.

Close up of the stitch pattern on the reverse side.

That’s about all that’s going on in my knitting world. My attention has been stolen (just a wee bit) by classes starting up. I had my first this morning, and it was so nice to see some of the people in my program (education) again! I ended up having lunch and spending most of the afternoon with them, which severely cut into my knitting time. Still, if I’m almost half way down with the eternity scarf, I think that I’m doing quite well. But if you want to read any other (cough, longer, cough) WIP posts, check out Tami’s!

Cast On Monday: New Design!

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I’ve started working on a new design. My sister is a self-proclaimed scarf whore, so I thought I would work on a signature pattern just for her. I’m calling it Daniela. She’s fairly fashion-forward, so I decided on doing an infinity scarf instead of a plain old rectangle. From there, I submitted a proposal to Knit Picks’ Independent Designer Program (which is officially the coolest thing in the world), and they sent me back 2 skeins of City Tweed DK (55% Merino, 25% Alpaca, 20% Acrylic) in Basil, a nice light green, to work with.

The swatch in what I swear is GREEN

It really is a lovely yarn, perfect for a scarf. It’s going to be light and drapey, but the fiber contents will probably give it plenty of warmth, which is completely perfect for my sister, as she is currently attending school out in the mountains, and I’m pretty sure she has no intentions of moving to a tropical climate anytime soon. The stitch pattern is a lacey rib that I’m pretty sure is from my own head (that is, it didn’t come from another pattern or a stitch dictionary). In the final product there will be a slight difference from the swatch (the decreases on the top knitted rib section will come from the outside), but it will match a little bit more with the wrong side. While it’s not identical on both sides, it is pretty reversible, which is always nice in a scarf.

I have a whole inch to show for myself!

My biggest problem has been coming to a decision about the sizing. Eternity Scarves are such a new fad that there doesn’t seem to be any standard sizes floating around out there. As of now, I’m including three options: a 22″ cowl, 45″ medium (what the sample is going to be), and an extra cozy 68″ large size. They’ll all be 7.5″ from top to bottom. If any of you have knitted anything like this, do those sound like standard sizes? Don’t be afraid to let me know if they seem strange- I’m perfectly happy to rip!

A Year in Knitting Review, Part 1

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As the year comes to a close, I thought it would be nice to go through some of my favorite projects from the past year. Looking back, I’ve noticed that there are some major trends seasonally. As a result, I’m going to go give summaries of about a dozen of my favorite projects, organized by season.

Winter

Almost exclusively, winter was my season of socks. I vaguely remember doing a lot of Christmas knitting in 2010, and I was probably exhausted out of my mind. I ended up putting in a big order at Knit Picks (free shipping!) and enjoying the spoils: some funky sock yarns.

Trilo Socks- sorry about the bad picture! I couldn't find my old sock ones, and it is rainy and grey outside today (rhyme!)

First up, we have my Trilo Socks. Using my ever-favorite Socks from the Toe Up, I picked out the Trilobite Socks to match with some Knit Picks Stroll Multi in the Aloha colorway. I did toes and heels in a contrasting leftover navy blue, and these babies came out pretty quickly. The little bits of lace gave the pattern something extra, and the ribbing ensures that these will pretty much always fit, no matter how many times they run through the wash.

plain vanilla socks. again, I apologize for the crappy pictures!

Continuing my sock knitting trend, I knit up two pairs of socks from some more Knit Picks yarn, this time Stroll Hand-Painted. The first pair were plain vanilla socks from Socks from the Toe Up. I used the last little bits of the Aloha from the last pair for toes and heels. They came out simple and cool, exactly what I wanted. You can really see every different shade of blue and brown, and I think they have every different shade that Knit Picks makes in them. In the other pair, I added a little bit of patterning. I used the stitch pattern from the Copper Penny Socks by Nancy Bush from Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn to give them a little extra va-va-voom. The lacey rib breaks up the colorway a little bit, contrasting nicely with the other pair.

Copper Penny Socks

Spring

In Spring, I think I switched tracks a little bit. School picked up a lot, leaving less time for knitting. As a result, I definitely got fewer projects finished, leaving me with only one project to showcase.

Sunrise Scarf

Here is the Sunrise Scarf. A precursor to my Flying Home Scarf pattern, I used the Sunrise stitch pattern from Vogue Knitting Volume 1 with no modifications. I only added a garter stitch border to the sides, and a couple of rows of garter on each end to keep it from curling up. I used some Newbury Yarns Handpainted, which was really really beautiful. It actually came as a souvenir from my mother’s trip to Boston, and she could not have picked something better!

Mostly FO: Green Scarf and Hat

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So, I’ve finished the knitting part of the green scarf. As you can tell, it still looks like a mess of green yarn. Like it’s sister, the as-yet-unblocked mini-scarf hopefully, the blocking will stretch it out and make it bloom PERFECTLY. I have high, high hopes.

it's probably about 3 1/2 feet long, completely unblocked

Remember when I was babbling about making Christmas hats last time? Well, now I’ve decided to ACTUALLY do it. I have a friend who I’ve never knitted for, but she’s studying abroad next semester and I’m sure she’ll need something to keep her warm. I I’m going to use two little bits of leftover yarn and try a top-down hat. I’ve never really done one before, but I just cast on a few stitches, and then increased in the same way I would decrease on a regular hat, and I think it worked out well. For the top part, I used leftover Valley Yarns Stockbridge (50% wool, 50% alpaca) from my Military Cardigan for the top part. I was trying to stop when I had enough left for about an inch on the bottom, but that didn’t really work out very well. Anyway, the other yarn is Cascade Dolce (55% Alpaca, 23% silk, 22% wool) in a silver color. I don’t remember what happened to the rest of the skein- it must have been some sort of gift, but there was about 10g left for a nice band around the center of the hat. The Dolce is just a little bit heavier than the Valley Yarns, but you can’t tell very much. Anyway, here it is..it’s almost finished!

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The luscious fiber mixture should keep my friend warm during the freezing England winter! I’m probably going to quickly write up the pattern and post it on ravelry, just as a top-down hat recipe. Keep your eyes open for that- I promise it’ll be a free pattern. And speaking of patterns, my Slightly Skewed hat and scarf set has just hit 50 free downloads, so I think I’ll probably change it to pay soon (as in within the week- if you haven’t downloaded it yet, but would like to, you should do it soon!). I like the idea that the first 50 downloads are free. It makes me feel like I’m rewarding my readers…Any thoughts?

After reading all of your comments about how much you pay for patterns, I’ve settled on charging $2.50 for the lot. This charge will (probably) mostly go to my yarn fund, with occasional dips for necessities like…food. Anyway, if you’re desperate to knit this pattern and really can’t afford the charge, please get in contact with me and we’ll work something out.

Scarf Bonanza

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Predictably, I finished the mini-scarf (50g of Plymouth Happy Feet Sport weight) for mom while I was at home. Also predictably, most of my blocking supplies are at school, except for the wires, which I keep at home. So, long story short, it won’t get blocked for another week and a half, when I come home for winter break. So, for now, it’s just gonna look like a jumbled mesh of bright colors in a vaguely scarf-like shape. When it blocks out it’ll probably be at least four feet long and somewhere between six and eight inches across. Hopefully, most of the gain will be lengthwise and not width-wise. Fingers crossed.

I know it doesn't look like much, but I'll block it hard...and hopefully that'll help!

Because I’m designing this project as I go, I really wanted another version of the scarf in a more solid yarn as a sample. Luckily, I have these socks that I made a long time ago out of Frog Tree Alpaca Sportweight that really are too small. I think they’re Serpentine Socks from Wendy Johnson’s Socks from the Toe Up. In any case, they’re one of the first pairs that I’ve ever made, and I don’t think I checked my gauge AT ALL on them. Additionally, when I can squeeze my feet into them, I find the Alpaca oppressively itchy- I guess I just can’t stomach it against my skin.

that's the leg, but I promise that if they're too small for MY feet, they're too small

So, I frogged. Of course, I’d forgotten how tricky unpicking a sewn bind-off is, but eventually I got it. Now I have 100g of sport-weight pure Alpaca in a nice teal-ish green color to make into a scarf. I think it’s going to be a winter birthday/Christmas present for one of my best friends. She’s a quilter/sewer, so she’d honestly appreciate something handmade. And I don’t think she’s as allergic to alpaca as I am…always a win! I cast on this weekend, and I’ve already done a couple of pattern repeats. I don’t know why they’re so addictive. I guess it’s  a great combo- the pattern is intuitive enough to be easily memorize-able, but it takes enough rows that it keeps your attention. For me, each repeat (10 rows) takes about 10 minutes, so ‘just another repeat’  really isn’t that bad!

Just the beginnings- hopefully it'll block out wonderfully!