I’ll do a proper blog post after the holidays, but I just wanted to get this out there. TTFN!
I’ll do a proper blog post after the holidays, but I just wanted to get this out there. TTFN!
Well it’s not all bad news. I’ve been working on the Flirty Shawl this past week and discovered that my numbers were off from the scant notes I took for the first one. My gauge is off too, because even with sevens and adding 5 more short rows on each side it looks like I’m using less yarn than I did for the one I did on sixes with fewer short rows, my knitting is that tight. Good news is that I found the perfect spacing for the short rows, so it wasn’t a completely wasted effort. I’m frogging it this morning and will be using it for a bit of transit knitting while we meet up with some family. I’m also going to switch up to eights and try a little bit not to knit so tightly (if I try too hard it looks awful). I should definitely have an in progress pic up by mid week and maybe even have it blocked by the weekend.
In other news, the sock monkey that just wont die only needs another leg to be finished. The finished object is really cute, don’t get me wrong, but I have not had luck with the pattern, it just not logical for me. I have several holes I have to repair, there really should have been a wrap and turn when doing the mouth, and some parts are just plain messy. I of course missed yet another deadline for finishing it (was supposed to be gifted yesterday), but I’ll carve out a day to finish it up and get it mailed out to my nephew. I made a comment to my husband that the only toys I’ll be knitting from now on are ones that I have designed myself, which isn’t really true but it would be easier. Some of the problems are in the design but I think a lot is the fact that it was written in German and I’m working off an English translation. I think there are some things that may be common in German knitting (like the messiness of the pattern in places) that just don’t translate well into American knitting. I want it done and out of my house so I can chalk up the whole thing to experience.
Never got around to taking pictures this week for WIP Wednesday on my Facebook page, but I’ve worked on Monkey Jacobus, Grass and Bubblegum Shawl (Color Affection) got a few rows done, almost finished the second repeat of my Earth and Sea socks (Pomatomus), and of course the Flirty Shawl. I’ll take pictures this week, but that’s what’s been doing ’round here. TTFN!
…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.
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.
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.
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!
It has indeed been a while since I’ve posted anything. I have actually been knitting, but not nearly as much as I’d like to be. I have two shawls waiting to be blocked, another one on the needles, a sock that I’ve barely started and as soon as I get my replacement size 6 needle, I’m going to be casting on for Color Affection.
The first shawl that is waiting to be blocked is an original design called Flirty. My husband got me a beautiful skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Coquette for Christmas. I had made a little shawlette out of some Noro Silk Garden Sock (surprisingly in the colorway that comes up when you click the link) years ago. I played yardage chicken with it and finished it with only six inches to spare. I always intended to do something with it but I never actually wrote down a pattern. When I opened my Christmas present I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it.
Flirty is a wide but short shawl with a ruffled edge, just long enough to tie at your throat to keep your neck warm. I’m planning on getting some blocking done in the beginning of next week so I’ll post pics then.
The second shawl I’ve been working on is Follow Your Arrow Mystery Knit-a-long. A Mystery knit-a-long is one where you get individual “clues” or pieces of the pattern and you have no idea how the pattern is actually going to turn out. My knitting board was doing it as a knit-a-long so I decided to jump in. I was worried about making gauge for some reason so I knit it on US Size 5 (4.25mm) needles instead of the recommended US Size 6 (4.5mm) needles. I went to my LYS and found the most wonderful color of Tosh Merino Light, Whiskey Barrel. Here’s an in progress shot.
I actually ordered blocking wires which just came this week to block this one since I really want it to come out looking right.
The third shawl which is currently on the needles is the Desolation of Smaug Mystery Knit-a-long. Well, it was The Desolation of Smaug Mystery Knit-a-long. I was getting ready to link the project page on Ravelry and the first thing I noticed is that the price was only $3.00 and I was a bit miffed because I paid $7.00 since the knit-a-long had already started when I jumped in. There’s a lengthy explanation and I don’t know if my original pattern is any good any more. I’m going to have to do some digging on the Ravelry forums to find out what is going on. I bought the new pattern, but I don’t know if I want to do it any more. This is incredibly annoying. Here’s the in-progress shot (and this week’s WIP Wednesday) from the original pattern. I’m going to have to do a lot of thinking about this*(see update below).
The yarn is Tosh Merino Light in the Envy colorway — my birthday present from my husband. He’s done a great job picking out yarn colors for me this year. Interesting story about the yarn. I told him I wanted sock yarn for my birthday. He went to one of the LYS’s in the area and asked the clerk to show him some sock yarn. The clerk went on to tell him that sock yarn wasn’t really for socks and steered him towards the Tosh Merino Light. Now, I love Tosh Merino Light, but sock yarn it isn’t. Who ever this person was she has no business working in a yarn store. I’ve told him to go to the other LYS from now on since their staff seems more knowledgeable.
There’s the sock, but that’s really waiting room and bus knitting so it’ll get done when it gets done. The next big thing on the agenda is Color Affection.
In these colors…
This is my, “I quit smoking for a month.” (it’s now two!) present to myself. I love the colors and as soon as I get my replacement needle for Knit Picks, I’m going to cast on. It’s all done in garter stitch so it’s perfect for doing at night when the kids are in bed and I’m watching TV with my husband.
That’s about it for now. I should have two finished objects the beginning of next week so keep an eye out for the next post. TTFN!
UPDATE: It turns out there are TWO Desolation of Smaug Mystery Knit-a-longs. Here’s the link to the one I’m doing — The Desolation of Smaug. So now I own both patterns and I don’t have to frog again.
I’m still hard at work with sooper seekrit projects and an update on that will probably come next week. In the meantime, I’ve been working on my Oaklet Shawl. Thing Two wanted in on the progress pic so here he is…
But the big news is my swap package came in the mail today and it’s fantastic! The due date isn’t until the end of the month so getting this early is super cool. It’s everything I could have dreamed of and more.
The purple is from Julie Spins, the colorway is Sweet Caroline and it’s 50/50 Wool/Silk fingering weight. I think I’m going to do Rainstorm Shawl with it since the drape will be perfect for it. The other skein is Spinner’s Candy La Grande Fingering yarn, 100% superwash wool in Dierdre of the Sorrows. I love the color — it’s a lot like the vanilla bean Tosh Merino Light I’m doing the Oaklet Shawl in. Both are so soft and squishable. But it doesn’t end there!
Those are Dr. Who stitch markers with the project bag. Chocolate, patterns, and a project bag. I sure could get used to this kind of treatment.
I’ve been sitting on this pattern for going on seven years now and have yet to get it into shape so I can publish it. It was one of the first things I ever designed. If I can pull it off, I’ll be publishing it this fall and offering kits to make it up in my Etsy shop. Here’s what I got for the frogs for my pattern pictures.
Clockwise from the top, I have Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in Bittersweet, Manos del Uruguay Wool Cassica Multis in Cornucopia, Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Plaid Blanket and, Malabrigo Rastita in Archangel. For fingering weight I plan to do up a set of rainbow ones with left over yarn from the sooper seekrit project.
Speaking of sooper seekrit projects, I’m about to put the finishing touches on it this afternoon. In the interim, I started a second sooper seekrit project. Here’s the swatch.
You can see the final product on my Facebook page. The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK in Terra. I’m not entirely sold on the yarn. It has absolutely no give which was a bit of a pain. I’m using some Tosh Merino Light in a shawl but that’s using a fine yarn on bigger needles so stretch really isn’t a factor. I bought it because it was the perfect color, but I may choose differently the next time I need a DK weight yarn. There are still two more parts of the project that I want to get done this week, it just depends on the kids and my school schedule.
To break the tedium of the sooper seekrit project, I joined a knit along on one of my knitting boards and started the Oaklet Shawl. I’m using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Vanilla Bean (which I love) on US Size 6 (4.0mm) needles. I’m kind of meh on the pattern — I usually like my shawls to be more lacy, but it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Besides, all of that stockinette really shows off the colors in the Vanilla Bean.
I’m ordered most of this yarn from Eat.Sleep.Knit with the $50.00 store credit I won when I ordered that sweater’s worth of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Golden Hickory. Some of their prices are a little bit more than my LYS but their stock is good and shipping is super fast.
Look for pics of the sooper seekrit project next Sunday. Happy knitting!