Yes, I started another project. Hey, I only have three going right now so it’s not that bad. I got my Sock Innovation: Knitting Techniques & Patterns for One-of-a-Kind Socks which I had pre-ordered from Amazon. I had to start one right away.
This is Kai-Mei (Rav link). It’s a very simple sock to knit. I was attracted to this pattern right away because of the unique lace panel going across the top of the foot. It’s knit top down and simply a 3×3 rib for quite a while. The lace panel is done along the gusset shaping after you have turned the heel. I had a tiny bit of trouble getting the edge of the panel right and I’m sure it’s still not right but I’m happy with how it’s turning out anyway. I’ll keep y’all posted.
This is my time to frog. My Old Shale Smoke Ring (Rav link) is going the way of the frog pond. Not because I don’t like it or I made a mistake, but because I want it in a little tighter lace pattern. I am knitting these in a light fingering (very light) weight yarn and using a size 7 needle as the pattern calls for. However, I don’t think I want such a loose fabric. I think my yarn (Aspen Love Rav link) is lighter than required and the gauge is wrong. I didn’t knit a swatch for this puppy because I think it doesn’t matter so much for a project of this type. I love knitting this and I will continue to love knitting it but on smaller needles. I think I am going to try US 5 for this. Here is a close up from before I am frogging.
I love these colors and I want to see this project finished. I am much further than this already and it knits really fast. I’ll keep y’all posted!
Well I finished the scarf. I fixed the part where I knitted it backwards for 12 rows. That was sooooooo much fun! I love how it turned out but it is a bit short. It reaches the top of my hips without wrapping it around my neck. I love it and the blocked scarf looks beautiful. I love the colors and the pattern. I would love to knit one of these again in some other handspun that I will spin in the future. It was mindless (unless you are drugged) and easy. The pattern really allows for the color changes to go through each row separately (if you know what I mean). The waves really give this scarf movement and life. I can’t wait to wear it.
Next I am knitting a new project. This is called the Old Shale Smoke Ring (Ravelry link) and I am knitting it with my Aspen Love yarn I finished last week. This is also very mindless knitting but it will end up being a beautiful lacey cowl. It looks delicate and charming but so easy to knit. I can’t wait to finish it and wear it also. Here is my progress so far. I love how the colors are working.
I put the names into a hat. That wasn’t big enough cause I couldn’t shake it up and mix them up so I put them all in a basket I bought at BSG this summer. I shook them up for quite a while, ok a minute, and put my hand in.
Thanks to everyone for playing. I really had a good time this week. I will sure do it again. I will be contacting you to get your addresses for shipping yor prizes. And for the outcome of the goodies in the shots, the scarf is finished and I fixed it. That was surely something I couldn’t live with. The Bon was the first person to actually pick the correct error. I had actually starting knitting backwards. That is, I switched sides on the scarf making the right side the wrong side and vice versa. It wasn’t actually reverse stockinette. The second error was pointed out by everyone correctly in that I started the cable early missing one of the yarn overs in the center part. I can live with that and I love wearing these gloves. Not only that, but the designer asked to use my photo on Ravelry for the pattern page! Yippee!
Tomorrow I will do the FO post for the scarf as it is just now dry from the blocking. Have a great weekend and Congratulations to the winners!
Last night I went over to my mother-in-law’s house for dinner. There were some out of town cousins in town to go to Disneyland today so we all went over and had dinner. It was a nice time. I took my Morning Surf Scarf (Ravelry link) over to knit while I was sitting around and chatting with everyone. I did, however, have significant pain in my back yesterday that wasn’t controlled with my normal dailly medications so I was popping heavy narcotics like candy. Now, let’s see if you all can figure out the problem with this combination. I didn’t realize until this morning when I was taking this picture.
Now let’s discuss the reason I was taking this picture. I had to frog the previous scarf because I wasn’t going to have enough yarn to make my scarf as long as I wanted. Therefore, I had to frog and I made the scarf 10 stitches shorter. I love this pattern and I love knitting with this yarn. It’s so fresh and happy to knit with these colors. Here is a better shot of the full width for now.
Next I wanted to talk about my freezing hands. My hands are always cold in the winter, especially while I’m knitting. So I dove into my stash of yarn and found this lovely (favorite) shade of green that I had completely forgotten about. I waded through several pages of patterns on Ravelry for fingerless gloves and picked a lovely pattern called Nunt’s Cabled Wristwarmers (Ravelry link). It was super quick to knit and now the temperature has risen and it’s not winter anymore. Go figure! My fireplace works and I have gloves for my cold hands. Maybe I should break my heater so it will get cold again! Here are my finished object shots for these beautiful wristwarmers. I have errors here too. For double points, can you tell me where the error is in these gloves.
I have never had a contest here but I thought this one might be fun. I have lovely sock yarn in my stash that I will send to the winner.
The contest starts today and ends one week from today at midnight. I will post the winner here on Friday, February 6. The first person to correctly guess the problem with the surf scarf will receive 5 points. To receive an additional point, please point out the error in the gloves. Obviously, if the errors are stated in the comments, the rest of the game is just to leave a comment to get your name in the drawing. I will pull three names from a hat to select the winners. First prize gets their choice of sock yarn as listed below. Please choose your favorite and list the letter that corresponds to that choice in your comment. If you receive second prize and your choice was chosen by the first place person, I will contact you for your second choice and so on. Each point gets your name in the hat. For example, if you are first and correctly state both errors, you will have your name in the hat six times. Yes, you can win first and second prizes, especially if you are the only contestant! Good luck all and have fun!
I have finished spinning Sunshine of Your Love from Crown Mountain Farms. I joined a group on Ravelry called Ply by Night. The purpose of the group is to see how individual spinners can spin and knit up the same fiber. We all ordered the Superwash Merino fiber from Crown Mountain Farms in Sunshine of Your Love colorway. We spin in any manor we want and knit the same pattern. The pattern will be Morning Surf Scarf.
The method of fiber prep I decided on was to split the fiber into three definite color groups. Dark and saturated red, bright orange, and yellow and white. This would provide a well contrasted yarn in the end. I was able to accomplish this for the most part. The darkest color ended up with the least amount of fiber. I had to add some of the yellow and white into this color to make the weight of the other two groups. Even with this adjustment, I ran out of this color on the bobbin during plying. It wasn’t a huge difference so I just plied the remaining two bobbins into a two ply yarn.
The finished yarn is a three ply at 330 yards and16 wraps per inch. I am in love with how this yarn looks. I really enjoyed this technique and only used it one other time. I really enjoyed the outcome of that other yarn as well. Here is a picture of that other colorway where I used this technique.
I never posted specifically about the things I knitted for gifts so I thought I would do that here and now. It seems to me quite extensive but I am sure it wasn’t as bad as I thought. All gifts were very well received and the requests for next year have already started. Where possible, I have linked these projects to my Ravelry project pages. If you aren’t a member of Ravelry, these links won’t work. I apologize if that’s the case. Ravelry is very helpful in cataloging my projects.
|This is a pair Fiber Trends Clogs made for Brad (nephew). I wrapped them up unfelted and they all had a great chuckle about it thinking they were snow shoe covers. I promised him they would fit and I was right. Perfect fit and the soles are different colors so he can tell the right from the left. Brad has been asking me for about two years for a pair of slippers and it took me this long to get them to him.|
|This will be a multi-directional scarf for Christine (niece) who isn’t home from her holiday yet so I still have a few days to finish it up. It will look pretty close to the one I made for Charlotte (another niece) also pictured here. They are the same age so I always get them presents that are similar. I bought this fiber at the end of last year from Spunky Eclectic and it’s called Grinch. I had two 2 eight ounce hanks of the fiber and I made a scarf out of each hank. The yarn ended up about worsted weight for each.|
|This is a beanie I knit from some handspun I spun specifically for Louis and Laurent. These beanies are matching father and son beanies for these two men. I even had enough yarn left over from these beanies to make another beanie for David. That one is in the works. This yarn is beautiful and has many many colors in it. You can kind of see in the picture over here the reds and blues and greens in the yarn. I just loved spinning this fiber.|
|This beanie is not knit with handspun. My nephew (Steven) asked me to remake a beanie he had that he loved. He rides dirt bikes every weekend whenever he can and he rides a Yamaha. The beanie he really likes has a KTM patch on it and he feels funny wearing it. He loved the fit of the beanie and it had a bill in it. I had to disect the beanie to figure out how to knit it. It was a doubled over beanie with a seam at the crown of the head. I tried making it that way but it just didn’t work and had too much fabric up there. David suggested making it like a top hat with a piece of knitted fabric over the top. This worked and I made quite a few of them after I finished his. His was black with a bill. Since then, I made a pink, blue, green, and another black one. I also wrote a pattern up for it and posted it here.|
|I was looking for a hooded cowl for my sister in Portland. I really liked the sideways hooded cowl I found on Ravelry and decided to use that pattern. I spun this yarn quite a while a go and it always reminded me of her because she lived in the Burgundy (or Borgogne) region of France for 15 years. It was my first yarn I was very proud of spinning and I am really proud of her so it fit. When I left Portland, she still hadn’t taken the cowl off. She never took it off the entire time I was in Portland.|
|Another two year long request for a pair of socks from my nephew (Brian). These are Dove socks from Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways book. The design can be for a man or a woman or at least that’s what I’m telling myself. They were quite fun and easy to knit. I love how they turned out and I can’t wait to knit more socks from this book. What a way to go! Awesome patterns and methods in this book.|
|This is the only beanie that was up in the air. I didn’t use a pattern or anything and I didn’t have a request. it thought it would end up being a big big but it fit him very well. This was made for my nephew (Nick) who didn’t request anything. He said his favorite color was blue so I picked this Dodger blue color for him. He loved it and it was knit with two strands held together of Red Heart worsted weight.|
|Specifically spun and knit for my niece (Amanda) in the color she requested. It doesn’t fit her very well cause I ran out of yarn. The bind off edge is quite tight too so I am making her a replacement gift of a beanie with ear flaps and braids down the side. I don’t have a pattern for that one either so it should be fun. She has requested it in the Caron Simply Soft Brites pink. Amanda’s brother requested a beanie in this same color with black stripes on it. I didn’t get to photograph that one but I finished it as well. I had to go and get more of that fiber from Denwar Studios in Newport Beach. Lucky for me, he had that fiber and I was able to make Jeremy his beanie. His fits!|
There were other things knitted for Christmas gifts but they are either duplicated by another project or I didn’t get a picture of them. I have never knitted so many things in such a short period of time. I am proud of myself because I got them all done and didn’t have to change my plans at all for anyone. It was a great Christmas and well worth the effort. I think I will start earlier this year!
This beanie was so popular when Bella wore it that I had to make several more before I left Portland this Christmas Holiday. It’s very simply and quite warm. Initially, my nephew asked me to duplicate a hat he had that was worn out and had a competing patch on it (KTM). I found a Yamaha patch, did a few test beanies and came up with this pattern. I have knit 5 of these so far. 2 black, one pink, one turquoise, and one green.
One skein (should make two beanies) Caron Simply Soft brites
Size 6 (US) circulars 16″.
Plastic bill (I cut bill from plastic folder at Staples and hot glued two together for strength)
Bill= 8 inches tip to tip, width at crest 2 inches, arch is 3.5 inches.
Bill modifications care of amandajewls on Ravelry. Thanks Amandajewls! To draw the bill: Draw a straight line and mark two points 8 inches apart. Do another mark half way between these points. Now draw a line perpendicular at the half way mark. On the perpendicular line mark 2 inches AND 3.5 inches. These mark the arch points for the bill. Mark 2 is the forehead. 3.5 is away from the head.
Cast on 80 stitches. Place marker, join (careful not to twist).
Row 1: K2, P2, *K2, P2* to end.
Row 2: Repeat row one making 2 x 2 rib for 1/2 inch.
Note: This beanie is doubled up as a tube
Row 6 (approximately): *K1, M1, K1, P2* to end. Making K3, P2 rib.
Row 7: *K3, P2*, to end.
Continue to 14 inches or desired size. To check size, place doubled tube on desired head and make sure you have a good size. There should only be a small uncovered circle at the top.
Decrease until you have 80 stitches again.
Begin at marker, *K1, K2tog, p2* repeat to end.
Repeat this row 4 times.
Bind off loosely.
Top: Cast on 13 stitches with double strand of yarn on Size 6.
Row 1: K1, YO, Knit to last stitch, YO, K1.
Row 2: K1, Knit through back loop of YO, Knit to 2 stitches before end, Knit through back loop of YO, K1.
Row 3: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 three more times.
Row 9: Knit
Row 10: Knit
Row 11: Knit
Row 12: K1, K2tog, Knit to 3 stitches before end, K2tog, K1.
Row 13: Knit
Row 14: Repeat Row 12.
I ended up with about 26 rows for my top but you may find you need more or less. I wrote this part of the pattern backwards and my top was done when I wrote this up. As you are knitting, hold the top up to your opening for the top and make sure the size you have will fit into the opening you have.
Continue until you have thirteen stitches left.
Bind of loosely. Cut yarn about 36 inches (for stitching top to hat).
Place bill inside tube down to the bottom and turn out so it’s a bill.
Stitch with thread in place across the bill. Make sure the tube has the cast on edge and bind off edges together before stitching bill in place. If they don’t match up, cut the stitches and replace the bill. (I had to do this a few times before I figured it out).
Thread tapestry needle with double strand of cut yarn from the top of the hat. Using desired stitch, stitch top to bind off and cast on edges together.
Weave in ends nicely and you can have a completely reversible hat with a bill.
M1 = Lift bar between two knit stitches onto left needle and knit through the back of this loop.
I just realized I almost forgot to blog again today. Here’s the poop: I finished the next triangle for my baby blanket today and it’s too big again! What the Hell? I am going to read the pattern carefully again and try to figure out why I keep screwing these up. I can’t believe it’s true but it is. I don’t get it! Very irritating.
I haven’t knit socks in quite a long time.Â I could probably look on Ravelry to see how long it’s been but I don’t think that’s really an important part of this story.Â The pattern I chose for my Christmas Knitting Socks is Dove Socks (Ravelry link).Â The pattern calls for a specific toe and cast on for these toe-up socks.Â I had done research and a lot of test knitting for toe-up socks and landed on a figure 8 cast on way back when I was obsessed with knitting toe up socks.Â This was the toe that I wanted to use so I will modify the pattern to accomodate this change. However, if you don’t knit socks for a while, you forget how to do things.Â My beautiful figure 8 toe-up cast on and rounded toe that results ended up looking a little triangular.Â However, it just took me a few moments to get it back to the beautiful rounded toe that I know and love.Â Can you tell which is which?
I don’t even know! I have been busy and sick and having all kinds of fun. I haven’t blogged in a while so I thought I would write it all down so I didn’t feel so bad about being missing.
After finishing my Susie I had to concentrate on my baby blanket for my dear friend, Victoria. She is Isabella’s Godmother and I am her baby’s Godmother. Of course, I didn’t finish. I’ll get back to that. This baby blanket I am making in Berroco Comfort DK. It’s very soft and I don’t mind it at all for acrylic. It’s really soft and most importantly, washable. I can’t find a photo of the finished blanket anywhere but it’s six large triangles knit in garter stitch and then stitched together to make a circle. I am enjoying it and it’s going quickly. I am using a dark pink, pale pink, and brown to match the baby’s room. It’s 100% a girl baby which is awesome and Bella’s thrilled about this.
This last weekend was the baby shower for Baby Brown. I catered it! I love to cook and the food went over very well. However, this led to a busy weekend of cooking and working on my birthday, which was Friday. This is yet another excuse for not finishing the blanket.
The next excuse is my cold/infection. I got it a few weeks back and lost my voice almost completely for two weeks. At this point, I am a walking pharmaceutical experiment! I am taking antibiotics, pain medications for my sciatica, and my daily old lady crap for blood pressure, menopausal stuff, etc. It’s ridiculous! The good news is I am feeling TONS better now and almost 100% cold/infection wise. My sciatica is another story though but improving. I have a bulging disc (semi-normal) and arthritis which the doctor says is very normal. I feel like I am completely falling apart and aging way faster than anyone else. Ok so my medical complaining is now out of the way.
I intend to finish the baby blanket this week. I have 1.5 triangles left to complete and then the stitching together. It’s going to be big and soft and pink and sweet. I am thrilled. Here is a hint or two about how it will look.
Here it is! It’s done! I love it! The sleeves are longer than I thought they would be. I am very happy about that though. I am a litt
le tall so long sleeves aren’t usually a problem for me. I love to have longer sleeves to keep me warm and toasty but I don’t normally get that because of my height. There are a few errors in my cabling but I am not at all upset about it. They are minor and I can surely live with them.Â If you want to see where they are specifically, have a look at my photostream on Flickr (unless you can spot them here).
Other than some confusion in the pattern, I loved knitting this.Â It really knit up quicker than I thought and turned out really nicely.Â Some people over on the Susie Hoodie Knit Along on Ravelry have said that they wouldn’t knit such a large project with Lion Brand Wool Ease as I have done here.Â I disagree for the simple reason that I want to wear this sweater.Â I want to wear it and wash it and dry it.Â I want to use it often and wash it frequently.Â This way, I can surely do this.Â I want this project to be durable and not fragile.Â I don’t want to have to worry about it felting or my husband accidentally drying it or anything like that.Â I love this sweater and I can wear it today.Â I am wearing it today!
I have been very busy trying to forget about my sciatica pain. Knitting really helps me get lost in the work and the cables. I am loving knitting this pattern.
On Ravelry, there is a knit along beginning today for this cardigan. I started way back in June so I am ahead but thought I would post my progress to help those just starting. I am using Lion Brand Wool Ease in Oxford Grey. I finished the lower body and left off on row 133. The pattern says to leave the work on the needles and start the sleeves. The pattern also states to start the cuffs on double pointed needles. I am not a fan of the double points for stuff like this so I used two circulars like I would for socks. When knitting the cables, you could easily just use straight needles but I prefer the cable needles.
I finished the cuff for sleeve one and picked up the stitches for the sleeve as stated. The pattern tells me that I will have 52 stitches when I pick up around the slipped stitches. I didn’t. I had something like 47. I took them out and tried again and again. Each time I came up short and couldn’t seem to get the correct stitch count. So I took it out and picked them up one last time. Instead of picking up in each of the slipped stitches, I just picked up two in some until I arrived at the stated 52 stitches. I can’t explain how this might have happened but I didn’t cry about it. I started the stockinette of the sleeves and everything ended up looking just fine. The proper length for me ended up being 89 rows. Coincidentally, it took exactly one skein to complete this number of rows. I bound off and slipped the four appropriate stitches to the waste yarn. I then took the sleeve off the working needles and placed them on the spare set as instructed.
Sleeve two worked out the same stinkin way! I couldn’t get to the 52 stitches so I did the same thing. However, either Lion doesn’t measure their yarn properly for the skeins or my knitting is terribly uneven. Here is where I am on the second sleeve at the end of the skein in the picture at right. The first photo doesn’t truly show how uneven they are. I attempted to show it better and hopefully you can see the difference in the shot on the left. I am only at row 84 so I think the extra 5 rows might actually make them about right. I just hate to have to start another skein just for that little bit of sleeve.
Another problem I had actually happened on both cuffs. On the fourth repeat of each cuff, I went the wrong way with the cables. It is just too funny to me that I made this mistake in the same place and the same repeat of the cuff. Too funny!
I can’t wait to block this when it’s done.Â I can’t wait to see it all smooth and lovely and even.Â It’s beautiful and I am thrilled with how it’s looking. I am totally enjoying this knit and I think I might finish before the weather turns here in California!
After finishing Charlotte’s Web I was very enthusiastic about knitting and finishing projects. I love to knit and really got pumped up by finishing my project and thought about all the other projects I could start and finish. Next in line, my Susie Hoodie from More Big Girl Knits. I thought I could finish this very quickly since it knits so quickly. After picking it up again, I got some e-mails regarding a knit along for the Susie Hoodie in the Big Girl Knits group on Ravelry. I joined the group and starting posting in the discussion group. I think most of the people in the group haven’t started knitting their Susies yet so I am way ahead of them at this point.
In the discussion regarding which yarn to use, I posted about the yarn I am using, Lion Brand Wool Ease.Â I received a message from a nice lady asking about my gauge so I thought I would post a picture of my progress with my knit gauge on it.Â Of course, this isn’t blocked but the idea is to show how the Wool Ease is knitting up with this pattern.Â If you count the stockinette stitches, there are 17 in the 4″ section showing here.Â That’s pretty darn close but as we all know, blocked it will turn out differently.Â I am happy with these results at this point and I think the size will be perfect as far as the knitting goes.Â Whether it fits or not remains to be seen.
The cables for this sweater have caused me some frogging.Â I was 55 rows in and had to frog cause the cables were messed up.Â I am not very experienced with cables so I didn’t know how to fix them without frogging.Â I have overcome that fear but I haven’t had any more problems.Â In fact, I am getting to know them pretty well and I almost don’t have to look at the chart when I get to the cable section.
I think my love for knitting is growing with this sweater.Â This sweater is a lot of fun to knit and I am finding myself getting happier and happier as I knit.Â It’s really helping me keep motivated and finish projects.Â I will also focus on one project at a time from now on (don’t quote me).Â I find my enthusiasm and interest at a peak for each project while I’m knitting it.Â I am hoping to finish this sweater by the end of the month and then I can wear it in the fall.Â I am very thrilled about it and will continue to post progress as needed.
I have a cold.Â I haven’t been blogging.Â I have sciatica.Â But I never stopped knitting on Charlotte’s Web.Â One month from when I started I am done and it’s blocking in the yard.Â I must be silly to think I could block this in the house anywhere.Â It’s gigantic!Â Â I was inspired by the version made by Turtlegirl and wanted to try it.Â I thought the size of it and the color variations she chose really made it look like a fun knit.Â I had quite a few problems at first but I really had plenty of time to work them out.
Any of you mom’s out there might understand this, but I was so frustrated in the beginning while knitting this.Â It reminded me of when Bella was a baby and I was exhausted but she wouldn’t nap or sleep.Â Remember that feeling?Â Nothing you can do but you know she NEEDS to sleep and so do you but neither is happening?Â Well once I remember this, I would frog back without frustration or anger and just reknit.Â It was completely worth it.Â There was nothing I could do anyway so I might as well get it right, right?Â Do you want a huge glaring error in your beautiful first shawl?Â I sure don’t!Â Once I stopped being upset and frustrated, it all went really well.Â I knit like a fiend and I loved every minute of it.Â I will do it again and I have some ideas for colors already in my head.Â It’s just a matter of collecting them appropriately.
I really love how the colors look together.Â My friends and family were all concerned with the pink and it’s stark nature next to the other colors.Â I really liked that part of the color play.Â I thought since the top had a stark contrast with the wasabi color that I should finish off in a similar contrast and stark nature.Â I think it works.Â I can’t wait to wear this somewhere.Â I never realized before how perfect California is for shawls because the temperature always dips down when the sun goes down.
I don’t see any glaring errors yet.Â I didn’t do the edging the way the pattern says but I did go pretty close.Â My crocheting is very weak so I kinda faked it.Â I like how it looks though and I won’t add fringe.Â I used the same chart as Turtlegirl and the size is quite similar but I will measure and edit this post with the information.Â I will post this Charlotte’s Web in my personal record books as a success and a blast!