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Knitting, knitting, and some more knitting

What’s in the works January 8, 2015

Haven’t done one of these in an age in a half.  I’ve been posting Work in Progress Wednesday pics on my Facebook page but I haven’t taken the time to write up what I’ve been doing.

Color Affection

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I started this way back on October 17th.  Started off with Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Oak, Nutmeg, and Golden Hickory.  Finished the first section only to find out that I had read the instructions wrong and had to frog the whole thing.  Got through the second section and started the third when I realized the Golden Hickory had too much green in it and blended in with the Oak, so I ordered a skein of Sequoia and that did the trick.  I finished the knitting on it about two weeks ago and am only now getting a chance to block it so I can gift it on Sunday.  Once I got into the rhythm of it it was a great watching/listening to TV knit.  Not super portable once you get to three colors, I had to arrange the balls around me in a certain way so I didn’t get tangles.  I have yarn to make myself one which I’ll most likely be starting next month.

 

No Purl Monkey Socks

 

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These were started about the same time as Color Affection, but they were finished on the Sunday before Christmas.  No real problems with these except for my needle bending which made them painful to knit.  The yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in Deep Sea Flower.  Despite the painful knitting, the yarn was a dream to work with.  I was worried that they would be too small for their intended recipient since the pattern called to start the toe 1.5″ from the length of foot and I’ve always done 2″, this was one of the first times I was working directly from a pattern and not just a lace chart and my own measurements.  I went with the 2″ and they fit her perfectly.

 

Snowmen

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These were the bane of my existence this holiday season.  The plan was to have the pattern go live the beginning of November with a stock of finished ornaments and kits to make them to sell in my Etsy Shop.  Illness got in the way and that launch date got pushed further and further back until I just decided it wasn’t happening this year and I’ll try for next year.  I managed to get 4 bodies done but only finished two of them to give as teacher gifts.

 

Neck Warmer

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This was a quick and dirty knit for my son who needed something to keep his neck and face warm.  I used my Neck Warmer pattern but instead of the pattern stitch I did 2×2 ribbing since it was for a child.  It does look nicer than this in person since the ends have been woven in and it’s been blocked.  Only problem is that Thing 1 declared that it’s too itchy so he hasn’t worn it.  This is some Patons Classic Wool I had in my stash so next time I’ll have to go with something softer since he does have sensitive skin.  It’ll be a good back up for my husband.

 

Pomatomus

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I call these my Earth and Sea socks.  They are knit from River City Yarn’s Adam & Eve, a merino, cashmere, and nylon blend in a color way called Walnut.  The yarn was a gift from a friend in Canada and the yarn made exclusively for the yarn shop.  I have always loved Pomatomus, but I was afraid that the sock would be too tight on my big feet so I used the advice in Cookie A’s Sock Innovation to alter the leg chart to a 14st repeat and altered the instep chart accordingly.  I was a bit nervous about the instep chart since it has those two bits on either side, but when it came time for me to do the second instep repeat it worked!  I probably could have done another half a repeat before starting the toe, but it still looks good.

 

Monkey Jacobus

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This is the head and neck of Monkey Jacobus.  The first snag came when the Knit Picks Bare Merino Fingering (which they don’t make any more) I was planning to use for the face was moth eaten, so I had to use Knit Picks Palette instead which is a different base from the Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted Sock in Carnival (a discontinued color) that I was using for the body.  Second snag is that knitting this pattern in fingering is a study in frustration.  I’m supposed to gift it on Sunday and I don’t have any real worries about finishing it on time but weaving in ends and using new techniques are that much harder when using US Size 2 (2.75mm) needles.  I’m sorely tempted to see what I have in stash to do this in worsted weight, but I’ve already come so far that I’m going to see it through to the end.

 

Gloves

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This is actually my third go round with this pattern.  The yarn in Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Sock in Kathmandu that I bought last January.  After some searching for a pattern for my larger than average hands, I settled on Ann Budd’s basic glove pattern from her book, The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns.  I decided to start out with a woman’s large at 8sts/inch.  Turns out that I get 7sts/inch on my US Size 2.5 (3.0mm) needles, so I frogged and decided to try the women’s large at the proper gauge.  When I got to the finger I knew that this wasn’t going to work since I could barely slide it on.  I’ve decided to go back to my original 8sts/inch women’s large (basically a men’s medium) knowing everything will be a bit larger because of the gauge difference but I’m sure I’ll get a better fit.

 

There’s a lot coming up – a sweater for me, a shawlette pattern that I need to do one more time before I have it tested and published, two shawls to finish and one to start, and stockings to make.  Due to illness, I didn’t get much knitting done in 2014, but 2015 will be different.  TTFN!

 

’tis the Season October 16, 2014

…for warm, wooly knitting.  Here are a few of my patterns available as free downloads from the Knitty Keen Ravelry Store that should help keep you warm in the coming months.

 

Knot Cap

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This is a simple knit hat with a unique design in that it’s knit from the top down.  It includes sizing from preemie to child with several brim options.  It’s a quick knit and the perfect thing to keep your little one’s head warm in the cold weather.

 

Neck Warmer Cowl

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Yet another fast and easy knit sure to bring warmth all winter long.  It’s a simple stitch pattern, just enough to keep it interesting and a perfect size for people who don’t like the bulk of scarves or larger cowls.

 

Joe Schmoe Men’s Fingerless Gloves

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For the man in your life who values the simple things, these fingerless mitts are a must.  Sized for a men’s medium/large and using fingering weight yarn, they’ll provide warmth without the bulk of worsted.  Instructions include a variation to have a longer finger cuff.

 

Thanks for looking.  Coming soon (at last) will be my snowman ornament pattern so keep an eye out.  TTFN!

 

And now in Amazing Techincolor… July 12, 2013

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and PDF format is my Joe Schmoe Fingerless Mitts pattern.  You can now download the PDF from my Ravelry Store or take a look at it and my other patterns on the Patterns page.

Thanks for looking!

 

Just in time for Easter March 6, 2013

Elegant Eggs

 

This is my knit egg pattern, Elegant Eggs, which is available as a free Ravelry download.  It’s worked in the round using either magic loop or a set of 5 dpns.  It uses Emily Ocker’s Cast On, so you’ll need a crochet hook as well.  For worsted weight, I suggest you use anywhere from a US size 4 (3.5mm) to a US size 6 (4.0mm) needle.  It can also be worked in fingering weight for smaller eggs using a US size 1 (2.25mm) or a US size 2 (2.75mm).  You can really use any yarn you’d like for the project, just pick a needle about 2 sizes smaller than what’s recommended on the ball band.  The pictured egg was worked using a US size 6 (4.0mm) needle and Malabrigo worsted.  Be careful not to over stuff so you don’t loose the egg shape.

 

Joe Schmoe Fingerless Mitts December 31, 2012

Finished Mitts

Finished Mitts

Size

  • Men’s medium/large

Difficulty

  • Medium – pick up stitches, small diameter circular knitting, paired increases

Materials

  • US Size 2.5 (3.0mm) 40″ Circular Needles, Double Pointed Needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Fingering Weight Yarn, about 200yds, Knitpicks Stroll in Fedora used in pictures
  • Waste Yarn
  • Tapestry Needle

Gauge

  • 8 stitches/inch, 10 rows/inch in the round

Abbreviations

Pattern Notes

  • The mitts shown have 5rnds of K1P1 rib at the top of the palm.  It works for the ones I made my father, but others might find it a bit skimpy so I’ve included alternate instructions to do 10rnds of K1P1 rib so the finished palm sits higher on the fingers.
mitts being worn, palm down

mitts being worn, palm down

Body of Mitt

  • CO 60 sts, join to knit in the round
  • Work 20 rnds of K1P1 rib
  • 1 – K
  • 2 – K29, PM, K2, PM, K29
  • 3 – K to marker, sl marker, M1L, K to marker, M1R, sl marker, K to end of round (32sts)
  • 4 – K
  • 5 – Rep rnds 3 and 4 until there are 22 sts between the markers (80sts)
  • 6 – K 15 rnds
  • 7 – K30, sl next 20 sts to waste yarn, K to end of rnd
  • 8 – K 9 rnds
  • 9 – work 5 (10) rnds of K1P1 rib
  • BO

Thumb

  • P/U 2 sts, K 20, P/U 2 sts (24sts)
  • K 5 rnds
  • Work 5 rnds of K1P1 rib
  • BO

Finishing

  • Weave in ends, wash and block
mitts being worn, palm up

mitts being worn, palm up

 

All the knitting December 21, 2012

Due to a couple of snafu’s with getting my order processed, the yarn for the socks I was going to make my dad didn’t get to me until this past Wednesday.  I started the first sock and got three inches into the leg before admitting to myself that it just wasn’t going to happen.  I’ve since changed my mind and started on fingerless mitts for him.  He does a lot of work on his 33 Plymouth and this way he can have warm hands while leaving his fingers free for delicate work.  I’m just about ready to separate the thumb stitches and finish the hand which should be done by tonight.

I’m still not sure if I’m going to be able to finish them in time for Christmas at this point because I just can’t spend every waking moment knitting, so he may be getting one mitt and an IOU for the second.  Once I’m done with them, I’ll post the pattern here and then eventually get around to making it pretty and putting it in my Ravelry store.

 

Finished Objects at long last! December 18, 2012

I started winding the yarn for this pair of socks back in March of 2011 and last night I kitchnered the toe on the second one and wove in all my ends and they are now on my feet.

ImageThey are made with Three Irish Girls yarn on size 2.5 needles.  Nothing fancy, just plain stockinette socks using my own pattern to fit my freakish feet.

This pair I also finished last night and are to be gifted to my mom for Christmas.

ImageThey are the No Purl Monkey socks done up in Knitpicks Stroll Tonal using a size 1.5 needle.  I actually cracked the needle knitting these and unlike addis, the kintpicks needles don’t bend.  I’m going to be calling customer service to see if I can get a replacement, but I don’t have high hopes of it holding up any better than the first one.

Right now, I’m swatching for a pair of plain stockinette socks for my dad, who even with his size 10 feet the socks will be smaller than the ones I make myself.  I have a ton of appointments this week so I’m going to have to really buckle down if I have any hope of finishing these by Christmas.