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!
I’ve been sick for much of the summer and the beginning of fall so knitting just has not been happening. I am now ready to start my holiday knitting and pray I have enough time to get what I want done. Here’s what’s been doing.
Here’s a picture of the finished object from the pattern page on Ravelry. There are several and definitely worth a look.
I was supposed to be a tester for this pattern and while I gave input, I misread the instructions and did it the wrong way, then I did it the wrong way again, and finally I got it right. Here’s my meager shawl.
I’m still going to be plugging away at it but Christmas knitting is on the horizon so it may take a back seat for a while along with my sleeping Hitchhiker and Desolation of Smaug Mystery Knit-a-long.
Magic Yarn Ball Swap
I was treated very kindly as always and got some marvelous yarns. Two skeins of Malabrigo Lace in Sealing Wax, A skein of Tosh Sock in Gossamer, mini skeins for my sock yarn blanket, and some other goodies as well.
As usual I have probably bitten off more than I can chew and some of these will be new year’s presents, but who is keeping count?
Color Affection for someone. Here’s the finished object.
Here are the colors I’m using in Tosh Merino Light – Nutmeg, Golden Hickory, and Oak.
And two mystery projects because I don’t know if their intended recipients read here or not.
I also have matching sweaters I want to make my kids and a sock yarn monkey I want to make for my nephew. We’ll see how much I can get done. I’ll be knitting a gauge swatch for one of the mystery gifts tomorrow. If you haven’t already, like my page on Facebook and keep up with what’s on the needles. 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’ve been working on school and house stuff so I haven’t been making the time to knit. Here’s what’s in the works. For those following me on Facebook some of this is old news but there’s something new at the end.
Rainbow Sock Yarn Baby Blanket of DOOM action shot
It took me a while to muster up the courage to try and patch the blanket again, but I finally did it and it doesn’t look too bad. The back is going to be messy after it’s washed because of the way I wove in the ends but it shouldn’t be too bad.
Rainbow Baby Surprise Jacket
I did the pattern as written and didn’t extend the arms although in hindsight I wish I had (truth be told I forgot how I did it with the last BSJ I mad e for my now five year-old). I did an I-cord bind off and I should have gone up a needle size so the fit is a bit better. I’ll remember for next time.
Snowmen! I’ve been sitting on this pattern for five years now and it’s finally going to go public next week. Here’s an in progress shot.
School is almost over and I’ll be plugging away this weekend so I can get good pictures and put up some finished ornaments in my Etsy shop. I’m also planning on selling this as a kit to make two snowmen including fiber fill so keep a look out for that as well.
That’s all that’s doing at the moment. I’ll be posting more as Christmas knitting kicks into high gear.
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!