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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).

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!

FO Friday: Pup Tent

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I’ve had a WIP come and go so quickly that I haven’t had a chance to blog about it! Now that’s an¬†achievement.

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One of my friends requested a floppy hat for the Holidays. Of course, then she refused to go through the list of patterns that I picked out on ravelry, which made life just that much easier for me. Eventually, I settled on the free Pup Tent pattern. I’m not completely crazy about how the stitch pattern looks, but it works. And it’s not like I’ll be the one wearing it!

Close up of the stitch pattern

I used about 80% of a skein of Valley Yarns Northampton (100% Wool), a crunchy, authentic, wooly worsted yarn. Yumm. After my friend requested a “cool teal,” she picked this skein out of my stash. It’s not exactly soft, and I’m not sure I would describe it as having any drape, but the finished hat is sure slouching pretty well!

From the side- slouch!

I did add an entire extra repeat of the stitch pattern to get that extra slouch. The hat looks funky laying flat, but I think it looks great on! Plus, she has a lot more hair than me, so this should fit nicely on her. I hope!

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

Oh, and by the way- my newest design, the Daniela Cowl, is finally up for purchase on the Knit Picks web site here. Knit Picks gives 100% of the profits to designers, plus they offer yarn support, which makes them a pretty awesome company in my book!