Summer knitting, had me a blast….

I keep hearing people say that summer is “over”. Presumably because Labor Day is coming up this weekend and, indeed, here in the US,  that is the unofficial mark of the end of summer.

Labor Day weekend is usually the last weekend kids have before they go back to school. It’s usually the last bar-b-que or road trip, the last hurrah of summer, but let’s not be hasty here. Technically summer doesn’t end until September 22nd and I need every bit of summer I can get. Not just because I want to spend time outside, sitting in a deck chair, knitting and drinking Shandys (although I do want to continue doing that, make no mistake) but also because I’m not quite finished with my summer knitting.

My summer projects started back in May with a full month to get something finished. Project number one? Leger by Espace Tricot

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I ordered some knitpicks cotlin just for this and I was so excited. I loved the way the colors looked together and the fabric was soft and drapey and then one day………………… I held my work up for the Hubs to take a gander and what do you think he said?

“It’s nice. I looks just like the one you’re wearing”

cotton linen sweaterNot exactly the same but close enough, I’d say. Especially since I also have a very similar sweater in cashmere, the same colors, slightly wider stripes. You can’t say I’m fickle.

So…in spite of my original happiness with the project, I ripped it out. I spent the next one hundred days trying to figure out what to do with the yarn that would not include it’s being added to my already overwhelmed stash bins.

Then I moved on. I made a cute little crochet top called the “Summer Road Trip Top” by Kraftling. I used some cotton dk yarn in white that had been in my stash for a good long while. I figured something open and lacy and easy for summer.

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This pattern fit the bill to a T. Once you get the hang of the stitch pattern it’s really just worked in two rectangles and then connected at the shoulders by continuing the stitch pattern for a couple of more inches. That’s not to say I didn’t make any mistakes but the ones I caught were easy to conceal or repair and I’m pretty darn happy with the outcome. Plus it didn’t take much time to come together and I used up some stash yarn-double YAY!

Riding high on the success of my “road-trip” I headed back to my stash bin and came out with some “Haze” by Queensland Collection. This is a cotton/corn fiber blend that my mom bought me for my birthday a few years ago. It’s one of those yarns you like so much you hate to actually use it but, when Chiaki Hayashi of Chiaki Knit released a new cardigan pattern called “Relax” I thought it might just be the perfect project for my coveted yarn.

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I love the easy, modern look of this cardigan. And the idea of something with simple lines and easy drape seemed perfect for a yarn that had a lot going on color-wise. Alas, it was not to be. The original “Relax” is knit in a bamboo (Be Sweet Bamboo) yarn which has a lot of give. It’s notorious for growing and Ms. Hayashi used that factor to her advantage in this design. My yarn, being almost half cotton,  was much more stable than the bamboo. The unfortunate result being that I was getting the proper gauge in the knitting but no “growth” in the completed project. This was compounded by the fact that I probably chose a size too small in the first place given that I wanted a relaxed cardi with lots of ease.

Looking at a designers image on a computer screen makes it difficult sometimes to determine how much ease is built into the pattern and how much is the size the model is wearing. In any case this was another project destined for the frog pond. This yarn will be repurposed into something else at some point and I’m going to a big yarn sale next weekend in search of some good bamboo so I can make another “Relax”.

This pattern, by the way, was written very well and easy to follow and I really like Ms. Hayashi’s other patterns, particularly the Taki cardigan and the March Nautical Fair Isle hat, both of which are on my knitting “to-do” list.

After the “Relax” incident, which I did not find relaxing btw, I set my eyes on Norah Gaughan’s volume 12 from Berroco yarns. I started with Pause in captiva but had my eyes on several other designs as well. (I’m in love with Trifle  and trying to decide if I should bother attempting it this late in the season).

I almost never use the recommended yarn for a particular project and, to be honest, I’m not sure why because, if you look at my finished “Pause” (below) you’ll see that it came out pretty darn well. In fact, I’m so pleased with the outcome I might try this more often.

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I’ve also been working on a couple of scarves over the summer. I have to admit, I’m not a big scarf knitter. I prefer garments like sweaters, T’s and tunics but every once in a while I get the urge to do a scarf. Such was the case with Kieran Foley’s Merlin. (I actually love all of his designs but, I’m not a big lace knitter either and it’s possible that I’m a little intimidated. Not likely, but possible.)

Merlin(I feel obligated to inform you all that Kieran Foley’s webshop, Knit/lab (link above) as well as his Ravelry shop (link HERE) apparently give you a 25% discount when you purchase three patterns or more. Seriously? I don’t even really knit lace or scarves and I own two of his patterns, so if you happen to like knitting these things you’re going to find a lot more than three. Check out this notice.)

I started this scarf back in May with the idea I’d be giving it to my sister-in-law who happens to look really beautiful in that blue color (that’s Juniper moon farm’s “Findley Dappled” by the way). I’m only about half way finished with it but, thankfully, her birthday isn’t until October so, I figure, if I don’t get further distracted, I might actually be able to finish in time!

By the end of June I was getting a little knit-weary and decided I needed a project I couldn’t screw up or get overwhelmed by. I stumbled across the “double striped cowl” by Joy McMillan of Goddess knits  while trolling around the internet one day. It’s a free Ravelry download and, since I have a membership in one of her sock yarn clubs ,and I knit about as many socks as scarves, I have a huge stash of beautiful, hand-dyed, sock yarn. I figured this would be the perfect project and it’d make a great Christmas gift for my BFF since she’s always been crazy for stripes. Killing two birds with one stone, perfect!

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This is really just a long tube of knitting and, while you’d think all that knit stitch would get boring, it really didn’t, or not often anyway. The color changes in the hand dyed yarn kept me interested and it was great for sitting on the deck talking with the Hubs or watching TV. It’s been waiting for me to kitchner its ends together for about two months now so I figure, what’s another week or two? I have until Christmas to finish this one.

…..and lastly I started Sarah Punderson’s “Drop Stitch Cardigan”  (ravelry link) just a week ago or so. I’m using a Habu yarn called “viscose sizing” which has great texture and drape but is about as easy to wind into a ball as a piece of wet spaghetti. Never mind that though, I really couldn’t care less as the result is amazing. I’m using this with two strands held together and I’m knitting the size large so it, hopefully, won’t end up like my “relax” cardigan.

Drop Stitch Cardi

I’m currently in love with anything that looks a bit weathered. It might be that I live in Detroit, where everything looks a bit weathered,  or it might be that I’m only two weeks away from my 49th birthday and feeling a bit weathered myself, either way feel seems to be speaking to me lately. The drop stitches mixed with this funky yarn give it an oddly beautiful look. Like an older woman who’s not afraid of showing a laugh line or a crinkly eye. I’m sure such a person exists, even if I haven’t met her.

That’s the big catch up. I have lots of knitting planned for the fall so stay tuned.

Cables and Contiguous Continued

Last week I finished my cablel-icious “Constant Carving” cardigan, designed by Annamaria Otvos ( that name should have all kinds of punctuation in it but, alas, my computer only understands English punctuation so, my apologies to Anamaria). Here it is fresh off the needles: no blocking or buttons yet.DSCN6925

This sweater features an innovative top-down set in sleeve in which one needle holds the bottom stitches while a different needle is used for the working stitches. You then knit one stitch from the “holding needle” at the end of each row with a SSK. The genius of this is that it requires no “wraps”: great for me since my wraps always look like crap anyway!

Here’s a close up of the sleeve:

DSCN6941It’s hard to see because it’s been super-sunny here lately and, well, the ultra bright coral-y pink color isn’t making it any easier to photograph.

The sleeve stitches make a nice, neat seam around the arms. This method was so easy and I love the results.

As for the “contiguous” sleeves I tried on an ill-fated “Rhinia” a while back, I have now made a second attempt. This time it’s a pretty basic sweater: “Same same but different (contiguous Walnus)” by the uber talented “Ankestrick” (Ravelry user name: fallmasche). This sweater is a birthday present for the BFF so I’ve been knitting like mad to get it finished in time (a week from tomorrow!) and I’m using the “Brooklyn Tweed” “Loft” that I wrote about in this post.

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The contiguous method employed in this pattern is the one developed by Susie Myers but this is a saddle shoulder version. Look how clean and neat and fabulous it is!

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I don’t know why I thought this was going to be difficult. It’s really, really, really easy and, I have to say, I think the results are pretty awesome.

 

As for non-knitish news: Brodie turned “Mike Tyson” a few days back and took a hunk out of Susie’s ear!  Yikes!

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A Most Prized Possession

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This is a picture of my most prized possession. If you asked people who know me they would be surprised to know I have a prized possession. Not that I don’t like my stuff, I’m just not a very sentimental person by nature.

This sweater, however, is one of very few exceptions. I happen to be quite sentimental about this.

My dad was the first owner of this sweater. I remember him wearing it for years.  It was repossessed from an old boyfriend in a fit of teen-aged anger in the early 80’s and My BFF wore it as a coat all through college. I have even worn it myself on occasion. So this sweater holds a lot of memories for me.

The reason I most love this sweater, however, is that this is the sweater my mother was knitting, in the fall of 1969, when she took a break to put me on her lap and teach me to knit.

I was five years old at the time and my mom was not yet thirty. I didn’t know back then how very important that moment would be and I doubt my mom did either. My younger sister was napping and my older sister was at school and, I suspect, my mother was trying to teach me something that would occupy my time while she got a much needed break.

What she ended up teaching me was a craft that would, in turn, teach me many things about life and about myself.

Thanks mom, and happy belated Mothers’ Day!

(I hope you package gets there soon I swear I sent it in plenty of time!)

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Camelot

Apparently there is a blog culture out there that hadn’t known about until recently. A big fat community of bloggers that like to do things en mass and today I’m going to jump on their bandwagon. On the first Tuesday of each month these bloggers from all around the world pick a topic to post about and today it’s a topic that I love: Camelot.

Yes knights of the round table, King Arthur, the Kennedy’s and anything else you can think of. And I can think of a lot. My contribution will be strictly knitting related, of course.

Most recently I stumbled across Angela Hahn’s Dragon lace pullover which is “camelot-ish” in the “King Arthur” way that all things dragon related tend to be.

If unicorns are more your thing, “MiLady’s Dream” from Crazy lace lady over on ETSY is pretty freakin’ awesome!

MiLady's Dream - PDF Pattern
Although you might be tempted by some of here other patterns, as there are plenty of dragons to be had here too.
If you want to be really literal you could go for Cute Crafty Crochet’s “Sir Knight Helmet” which is about as cute as a knight can get.
Instant Download PDF - Sir Knight Helmet Crochet Pattern
For those of you who prefer the more modern Camelot of the Kennedy’s I recommend Heidi and Anna Pickle’s adorable Betty Sweater:
Actually, I love their designs so I recommend them all, even the ones that don’t apply to today’s Camelot theme. (Pickle’s website!)
Or Jennifer Tallapaneni’s “Dose Pillbox Hat” certainly fills the Kennedy/Camelot bill.
I like my references to be a bit less obvious myself, like the version of Annie Watts’ Reptile’s Dream I made for my Step-Mom last year.
So that’s my take on “Camelot”. Maybe I’ll play along again next  month ’cause this was kinda fun!

American Wool-Man…

Contrary to a previous post where I claimed to dislike knitting “on demand” I am actually making a cardi for the BFF’s birthday this year. This isn’t technically “on demand” since she didn’t actually request a knitted item for her birthday and, in fact, will probably not even want anything wool by the time her birthday arrives over memorial day weekend. To assure myself that I wouldn’t be doing any knitting I wasn’t really into, I didn’t give her much say in the project. I know her pretty well so I’m confident I can pick a style that will suit both her personality and her wardrobe. I did, however, let her pick the fiber and the color. I had to give the girl something.

Of the options presented to her she chose this:

Brooklyn Tweed's "Loft" in Almanac

Brooklyn Tweed’s “Loft” in Almanac

 

This is “Loft” by Brooklyn Tweed (brainchild of famed designer Jared Flood) and the color is “Almanac“. I’m really glad she chose this because I’ve wanted an excuse to try Brooklyn Tweed’s yarn and I’m having a hard time justifying yarn purchases these days, but hey, it’s a birthday present, who am I to argue?

Brooklyn Tweed produces two yarn weights:

Fingering: Loft

Worsted: Shelter

They are both made from American sourced wool and spun in historic Harrissville, New Hampshire.  I haven’t knit this up yet (no, not even a swatch!), but I can tell you it’s a nice soft wool. I can lay it against the “oh-so-sensitive” skin on my neck with nary a prickle! (Spell-check really wants that to be “pickle”) The color-ways are all sophisticated and subtle and I’ve heard nothing but good things about the quality. It’s not cheap but not outrageous either and their patterns? The best IMO. You can read more about them here.

Quince and Co. also uses American sourced and spun wool and I’ve wanted to try theirs as well but, as yet, I have resisted the urge. Although I’m very tempted, as I love their soft, sophisticated and whimsical color palette, their price-points are quite good, they have awesome patterns and they’re very “carbon footprint” conscious. You can read their story here.

To make them even more tempting they have a wider selection of weights (and even fibers!)

Fingering: Finch (wool), Tern (wool/silk) and Sparrow (linen)

Sort:  Chickadee (wool)

Worsted: Lark (wool) and Owl (wool/alpaca)

Aran: Osprey (wool)

Puffin: Bulky (wool)

I have been lusting after Chickadee in “Apricot” for ages and will, eventually, have to break down and get some, for a review, of course! I certainly wouldn’t be buying any unnecessary yarn…..

The other American wool I love is Stonehedge Fiber Mill’s  “Shepherd’s wool”. This company isn’t just American it’s also a Michigan company with a working farm, wool processing and even a line of equipment for fiber mills should you be interested in starting your own!

Stonehedge Fiber Mill does have an online “shop” but it is considerably less sophisticated than the two mentioned above in that, you can see what’s available on-line but then must either e-mail or call to place an order. Not a big deal but not exactly instant gratification either. Nonetheless, Shepherd’s wool has become my “go-to” worsted weight wool. Because It’s a Michigan wool it is available at almost every LYS near me in some form or other and often available as special order. Shepherd’s wool comes in a nice variety of colors, is soft (no detectable itch factor), wears well, is a pleasure to knit with (good stitch definition), priced well and comes in three weights:

Worsted, DK and Fingering, aptly named “Worsted” “DK” and “Fingering” (It’s a working farm, they’re very practical!).

Stonehedge has a small selection of patterns and kits available as well.

So what’s with the “American Wool-Man” title of this post?

When my Brooklyn Tweed package arrived the other day I had the song “American Woman” going through my head. (That’s the Lenny Kravitz version, which I’m partial to but, for the benefit of any musical purists out there, I’ll include the original Guess Who’s version too.) I immediately changed the words to “American wool-man…..” finding my own self quite amusing. This got me to thinking about songs pertaining to wool and/or knitting (again). There aren’t many. I love Weezer’s “Undone”, which is really about unravelling – a common theme around here. But my personal favorite is, most assuredly, Meryn Cadell’s “The Sweater Song”. If you haven’t heard either of these songs in a while (or ever) take a listen. I promise they’ll make you smile.

It’s a good day to be Knitish!

Second time around?

Today’s daily prompt from “WordPress” is “second time around: Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?

I don’t usually participate in the daily prompt because it isn’t relevant to knitting but, in this case, I think it is, if you pose it like this:

“Second time around: tell us about a knit you could make again and again without getting bored-what is it that speaks to you?

While I can’t honestly say there is anything I’d like to knit again and again, there are certainly things I have made in the past that I would like to have the time to knit once more. Not necessarily a do-over but an additional one.

The first thing that comes to mind is my: “Everyday Spring Cardi” A.K.A. “Brompton” by Alice Bell:

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This is an old, and relatively lame, photo I took back in 2009 but I had already been wearing this a good two years before that.  I made it out of Lion Brand wool-ease in the most hideous granny colored, greyish-green (apparently one of my favorites, BTW). This sweater was my standard go-to, “I have to walk the dogs/take out the trash”, cardigan until one of the dogs chewed a hole in the elbow. Even then, I continued wearing this for another year and only gave it up after realizing it wasn’t really keeping me all that warm anymore. I don’t remember much about knitting this cardigan but I do remember that it was a pretty easy knit, it had enough stitch diversity to keep it interesting and it fit well when it was finished.

Then there’s my “Nehru” AKA “Nehru Revisited” by Lori Versaci:

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Yes, it’s the same color of green but this time I think I used Cascade yarns Cherub dk whick, I’m almost certain, I got on sale as a full bag. This is the sweater I made to fill the hole left in my wardrobe by “Brompton” and it’s been doing exactly that for the last two years but I’d love to have a nicer version, one in cotton maybe for the spring/summer and possibly in a color that isn’t vomitrocious?

My “Pink Boatneck” (#2911 Neckdown Boat Neck Pullover by Diane Soucy) will almost certainly get a redo because the first one came out really big. I was actually going for “really big” when I made it but now I want one that fits and isn’t mohair!

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My “Wrapigan” gets worn almost as much as the “Nehru” only this one sometimes even makes it out of the house:

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This was made from Emma Fassio’s “Wrapigan” pattern only I used a heavier weight yarn than called for. I don’t remember what yarn it is but it has some alpaca in it and it’s warm. I’d like to make another one maybe in Elizabeth Lavold’s “Hempathy” for warmer weather.

My “Malabrigo Ephemera” mittens will have to be made again. I loved these mittens but, alas, after a full year of service they have gone the way of all mittens: lost, left on the counter at Starbucks or the library or some other place where, I hope, someone has picked them up and will wear them until they too leave them behind.

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I don’t make a lot of mittens but these (Ephemera by Amy Christoffers of Savory Knitting) were really perfect. They were quick and easy to make and turned out cozy, warm and just the right length up the arm.

I would love to have another “Reverse Sunflower Bag of Pure Joy” (Sunflower Satchel by Diane Bertolatti) because it’s so cool but I can honestly say I will never make another one of these.

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The knitting was easy and the result was awesome but it’s felted and daaaamn that’s a lot of knitting!

So why don’t I just remake these things if I liked them so much? The same reason I rarely read a book a second time, there just isn’t enough time!

Ravelry’s database of patterns grows bigger everyday and the list of ones I’d really like to make grows with it. Not to mention, these days, every sweater I make takes about three tries to get right,so I’m essentially making them all more than once anyway.

Leibster Award!

Last week maureen15 of Neoteric Wool nominated me for a “Liebster” award, for which I am very grateful. Being nominated for this award means A) someone likes my blog and B) someone other than the Hubbs and my mother actually reads it!

Please do me a favor and check out Neoteric Wool if you haven’t already.

What is a “Leibster” award? The research I’ve done so far (not extensive mind you) has turned up relatively little that the lovely maureen15 hadn’t already posted on her blog so I’ll just reiterate her definition for you:

This is an award given to bloggers with fewer than 200 followers by fellow bloggers and it’s really a way to highlight and expand the reach of smaller blogs you like. It’s really pretty cool and, I have to say, I’m extremely flattering to be included. The rules as stated over at Neoteric Wool are:

1. Post eleven facts about myself

2. Answer the questions given to me by the person who nominated me

3. Invent eleven questions to ask people whom I wish to nominate for the award

4. Choose eleven people (with fewer than 200 followers) to give this award to and link to them in my post.

Seems pretty straight forward so let’s just get down to it.

Eleven facts about myself:

1) I lie about my height-always.

2) I hate dusting.

3) I let my dogs eat off my plate when the Hubbs isn’t looking.

4) snow makes me giddy.

5) I really love a good micro-brew.

6) I like to hang out at the library.

7) I like to iron.

8) If the Hubbs isn’t around I watch educational cartoons on PBS.

9) I prefer knitting and walking the dogs to more strenuous workouts.

10) I get up ridiculously early.

11) I’m almost 50!

2. Answer the questions given to me by the person who nominated me

Questions For My Nominees

1. What is your typical Wednesday night like? 

Walk the dogs, make dinner, eat dinner, watch TV with the Hubbs and knit until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer.

2. Where would you like to travel to?

Australia and Ireland

3. What is smell that reminds you of your childhood?

Cherry pipe tobacco

4. What snack do most often reach for?

Oranges or salt licorice

5. What is your favorite store?

any of them that sell yarn

6. If you could have any occupation besides the one you have now, what would it be?

Musician

7. What is your favorite book?

Anything by Henry James

8. Cats or dogs?

Dogs 100%

9. What action or moment in your life are you most proud of?

“Most” proud is hard but I’m pretty proud of the first sweater I made for my mom and learning two of the three Japanese alphabets.

10. Who is the main person you lean on in life?

It’s a tie between the Hubbs and my BFF.

11. What is your favorite article of clothing?

A really cool coat the Hubbs gave me for Christmas last year.

Questions For My Nominees

1) What inspired you to start your blog?

2) What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

3) Who do you most aspire to be like?

4) What is your favorite city?

5) You prefer to spend your vacation time mostly on beaches or in museums?

6) What is your favorite dessert?

7) What’s your astrological sign?

8) What possession do you most prize?

9) How old is your oldest living relative?

10) If you had the time and resources to develop any new skill, what would it be?

11) How often do you check your e-mail?

Blogs I Nominate

Hknits

A Tangled Yarn

reWolluzza

The Knit Enabler

Chameleon in Boots

This Rosy Life

That Hooking Blog

From the Purl Side

AndreSue Knits

aHandKnitLife

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Wrap and Turn

I’m currently working on a new cardigan, “Constant Carving” by Annamaria Otvos. I love this cardigan. It’s a top-down, set in sleeve cardigan with short-row shoulders and picked up collar and button bands, which means there is some wrapping and turning involved.

The traditional “wrap and turn” short row is the one I come across most often  and, consequently, the one I’m most familiar with. I’m not entirely happy with how my wraps look on this though:

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I’m not sure why they are showing so much since I know I picked up the wraps and knit/purled them with their respective stitches but they are visible. After I did these I remembered another method for doing the “wrap and turn”. This is known as the “Japanese” method and I first came across it in Anne Hanssen‘s “Grey Impression” pattern. With this method you use a bit of scrap yarn (or stitch marker/safety-pin) to mark your wrap and then pull it up over the needle on the next round like this:

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The result is a much nicer looking, almost invisible, short row and I wish I’d remembered it before I started this sweater. As it is, I’ve ripped this poor thing out three or four times already and I’m not up for doing it again.

For a full tutorial on doing this type of short row check out Carol Feller’s free craftsy class on short rows. She goes over the traditional wrap and turn method first then this “Japanese” method plus some different wrap and turn methods for shoulders and bust darts. The whole thing runs about 45 minutes and, did I say this already? It’s FREE!

The other thing I’ve learned with this pattern has to do with the shoulder seams. Usually, in a top-down sweater like this, I would have used a provisional cast on allowing for “live” stitches to knit on both the fronts and the back. However, this pattern calls for a regular cast on and then “pick up and knit” for the fronts. I wasn’t too sure about this when I started but decided to give it a try. I have to say I like this method because it gives a really nice stable shoulder seam. I know this won’t get pulled out of shape in the finished sweater like the provisional cast on has a tendency to do. The difficulty, of course, is that you have to be really meticulous with your picked up stitches so that the “seam” doesn’t look wonky. To make clean and even pick-ups I use a crochet hook in a slightly smaller gauge than my knitting needles to pull up loops and then transfer them to my knitting needle. I’m really happy with the way they look.

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But those short row wraps are screaming at me!!!

Yarn Saver

A while back I posted about wanting to knit “Rinia”, a sweater with contiguous sleeves but I got side tracked. The yarn I originally chose for this project just wasn’t working for me and this pattern, with multiple cables, proved to be more than I could keep track of while learning a new technique.  I haven’t given up on the contiguous sleeve though and Astrid Schramm, the woman who designed Rinia has a much more simple pattern that might be more appropriate for my first try at this new method but…..of course there is always a “but”.

This sweater requires fingering weight yarn, in fact, it seems all of the contiguous-sleeved sweaters I want to knit require fingering weight yarn, and I have some in my stash (of course I do). I have some beautiful Madeline Tosh merino light in “Steam Age” which is, possibly, the most awesome color-way of all time. And that’s the problem.

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I think I like this yarn too much to use it. Is that possible? It’s happened before. I had yarn I thought was so lovely I couldn’t bear to make it into something, paralyzed by the idea I would finish the project and then find something that would have been better.

The fact is, that original “to lovely to use” yarn has now been in my stash for five years. I’m “saving” that yarn for something special, is what I tell myself, but will there ever be a project that is “special” enough for yarn too precious to knit?

Years ago, when I was rooming with my BFF, we were doing a bit of spring cleaning when we found a chocolate bunny in her dresser. No. We found what was left of a chocolate bunny. The previous year she had shoved it in there to “save” it for another time and then forgot about it. Sometime during the next twelve months a small village of bugs found the chocolate bunny and ate the whole thing leaving behind a hallow foil shell and a mass of dried bug carcasses. They might have died of chocolate overdose, who knows? The point is she didn’t actually “save” that chocolate bunny at all, in fact, she wasted it.

That’s how I see this yarn. I must make it into something before it turns into a bug infested chocolate bunny. At least, with yarn, I can always rip it out and start over. Not so with the chocolate bunnies.

 

Friday’s are for Finishing

It’s Friday and for the first time in ages I have finished objects. That’s right, I finally put down my WIPs, picked up a tapestry needle and did some finishing. My “Sylvane” cardigan is currently drying out (I wet blocked it this morning) so I still don’t have any pictures of that but I do have:

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 Pink Peony Beret

I purchased this pattern ages ago (two years?) and I got the yarn (“Saucon” by Kreamer) shortly thereafter but I just never got around to making this one. The pattern (by Irina Dmitrieva) comes as a group of three.  The lace pattern was really fun and I love the hat. It’s maybe a little more slouchy than I would normally wear and, to be honest, I love the color but it’s not great on me. I need to make another one.

I’m still working on my crocheted bag obsession:

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This one is by Bobwilson123 (I blogged about her last week) and it was really fun to make. The original is all one color but I switched it up a bit by making the base square out of red, then changed to alternating black and off-white (two rows each) then I ended it with two more rounds of the red and red handles. I love this bag. Unfortunately I’m giving it away. My BFF was enamored of my last crochet string bag so I told her she could have the next one. How did I know it would be so cute?  

I used Tahki Cotton Classic for this and it was perfect. I love that it’s mercerized so it has a little sheen to it. It’s really my “go to” cotton yarn.

But that’s not all….I also used up some Noro “Taiyo” yarn I had lying about to make:Image

this cool granny scarf. I haven’t blocked it yet so It will probably be a little more “open” after that but I had to take pics ASAP because it’s been raining non-stop for three days and I didn’t know when I’d get another glimpse of the sun!

This is really just a half-granny-square. I’m not all that familiar with granny-squares so I used this pattern as a guide. I used three double crochets instead of four and I did a double crochet border around the whole thing.

This yarn is beautiful but it’s a pain in the ass to work with because of the high twist it rolls up on itself all the time. It’s well worth the effort in the end.

 

As I said, it’s been raining for three days straight which means, not only am I limited on photo opps but…..Image

I think Susie is a little depressed.