Category: knitting

WIP Wednesday: Sweater catch-up

Yes, that is a box of half-knit sweaters. How many can you count? I think there’s six in there (+ one more in my travel knitting bag). Things may have gotten a wee bit out of hand.

But I’m trying to make progress. This week I have dedicated to lowering the number of sweaters in this basket and increasing the number in my closet. Even if it’s just a few rows at a time, it’s an accomplishment.

Knitting: sweaters, sweaters, and sweaters. Making some decent progress on my pink striped cardigan and my spring colorslide pullover. I’ve also been working on my April SKA challenge socks, but we had a bit of a fight earlier in the week that severely set back my progress (toe-up socks aren’t my friends).
Reading: I finished up Cinder last week. I was so apathetic about it in the end, I didn’t even write a review for it on GoodReads. I was in desperate need of a sure-thing book, so I turned to one of my current favorite authors, Catherynne Valente, and loaded The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There onto my iPad. Catherynne has a beautiful, poetic writing style and creates fantastic, complex worlds and characters. I have yet to read a piece by her that didn’t make my heart flutter. I’m looking forward to this book very much. And the gorgeous illustrations with each chapter doesn’t hurt things, either.

Linking up with Tami’s Ami’s and KCCO.

FO Friday: Golden Abalone

Pattern: Abalone by Beata Jezek
Yarn: Malabrigo worsted (Sunset)
Completion Date: March 31, 2014
Ravelry Project Page

Remember that Malabrigo worsted I shared a few weeks ago? Ta-da! Here it is. This sweater kind of snuck up on me – it was a super fast knit. I made it my “on-the-go” project, mainly working on it while commuting to/from school until poof! a sweater was suddenly there.

The pattern is, for the most part, a nice, simple knit. The pattern is not very detailed, but if you have a general knowledge of knitting and sweaters, it’s not too difficult to figure out as you go. I only ran into a problem when working the garter stitch edging of the body, which I had to completely redo before it worked out to my satisfaction.

But I’m pleased with how this sweater came out. And I really love the yarn which is so soft and smooshy. I’m totally jumping on the Malabrigo fan-wagon. When the budget permits, I would love to try out some of their other yarn weights. 

This sweater will get lots of wear now that spring finally seems to have arrived in my corner of the world. Happy spring, everyone! 
Linking up with Tami’s Amis.

WIP Wednesday: Calico shawlette

I always seem to find myself drawn to the leaf/petal lace motif. I’ve made probably three projects involving lace, and I think they all involved some variant of this motif. It’s a leaf lace addiction. It’s just so pretty.

So while browsing through the Summer 2013 Knitscene, I, of course, was immediately drawn to the Calico shawl. I can be quite predictable, sometimes. So, I selected skein of hand dyed merino wool from Toil and Trouble yarns in a lovely dusty shade of pink to cast on this weekend.

I got off to a little bit of a rocky start, having to completely redo the first chart when I realized I had done one less repeat of the motif than I was supposed to. Oops. Let’s just say this pattern does not have the most descriptive instructions, so it really requires some careful chart reading and stitch counting. But after a re-start, I was making decent progress. Until…

Until I realized Sunday night that the pattern called for 800 yards, and I only had 400. Again, me demonstrating my amazing pattern reading skills. Double oops. And, of course, this colorway is no longer available in the Toil and Trouble Etsy shop.

But it is just looking so pretty already. I can’t bring myself to rip it out again. So for now, I’ve convinced myself that it is entirely possible for me to make this in a shawlette, rather than a full shawl. I think the only aspect of the pattern this adjustment that will really take some tweaking is figuring out the border.

But it should work, right? Adjusting full shawls into half the size is totally plausible, right? This decision won’t bring me tears or waste hours of work, right?

Thanks, that’s what I thought. I feel better about this whole thing already.

Linking up with Tami’s Amis.

FO Friday: Rainbow Broken Seed Stitch Socks

They’re finished! And they are just so bright and cheerful. I managed to finish my rainbow broken seed stitch socks Wednesday night. I was treating myself to some well-earned knitting time after a marathon grading session earlier in the day (10 lab reports in 8 hours, phew!). 

I am quite pleased with how the have turned out, so of course I wore a skirt to work on Thursday to show them off. (What good are hand knit socks if you can’t show them off ever once in awhile?) On a rather gloomy day, they were just the shot of color I needed.

I think my next pair of socks to cast on will be part of the Ravelry Sock Knitter’s Anonymous 
monthly challenges. For April it is stranded knitting or another culturally traditional knitting technique (such as Celtic cables). I’ve had the Circle socks by Fnugg on my queue for awhile, so this is a great excuse to finally give them a go. 
New, socky adventures await. Happy Friday!
Linking up with Tami’s Amis and KCCO

WIP Wednesday: Spring colorslide

Remember when I got a lovely delivery of yarn for Knit Picks and said I wouldn’t start on the projects until I finished off one of my other WIPs? Yeaah… about that. I gave in. I succumbed. I couldn’t resist the lure of the new yarn. It. was. too. powerful.

And so here we are – knitting a new sweater. The pattern is Colorslide by Nichole Nehrig, and it’s actually written more like a formula for the sweater. You basically do your swatch to figure out your gauge and then use that to figure out the number of stitches and rows you need to complete the sweater to your very own personal measurements. It’s great for someone who has a basic idea of what goes into knitting a sweater, but wanted to have a bit more freedom in the sweater measurements. I love it because it is really teaching me a lot about how to customize a sweater as you go. 

And although this is worked on relatively small needles (2.75mm), it is actually working up really quickly. The stockinette body makes for great tv knitting, but the charted color change keeps my interest and gives me something to look forward to. 
With its light weight and spring colors, I think this will be a perfect pull-over for cool spring mornings and evenings. 
Are you working on a fun project this week? Join the fun and share it with everyone over at Tami’s Amis

Rainbows and sunshine

Spring has to be coming soon, right? Right?! Since the skies over Toronto are still a bit on the grey side, I’ve tried to bring some colors to my knitting. 
My rainbow broken seed stitch socks are coming along. The heel is now finished and I’m decreasing for the gusset. With any luck, they will be finished by the end of the week. 

I also picked up some new yarn this past week. I couldn’t pass up this Malabrigo worsted in this lovely yellow-orange (colorway Sunset). I have never worked with Malabrigo worsted before as it’s a little out of my usual price range for any decent sized project, but I found it on discount at my local yarn store (which is sadly being forced out of its lease), so I decided it was the time to give it a go. It is just so soft and fluffy. I can’t wait to work with it and I have just the pattern in mind – Abalone will make a perfect cardigan for spring and fall.

Here’s to sunnier days ahead and some fun knitting.

Brandy’s Everyday Socks

Pattern: Hermione’s Everyday Socks
Yarn: Merino and Nylon Sock by Toil and Trouble (Charybdis in Sea Green and Brown)
Ravelry Project Page

I meant to get this project posted on Friday, but as you can see that didn’t happen. The latter half of last week was a little busy, to say the least. Better late than never, right?

These socks are the first pair I completed using the two-at-at-time (TAAT) magic loop method. As I said before, I really love this method because it ensures both socks come out exactly the same and at exactly the same time. This means instant sock gratification – you have a pair ready to wear without having to knit a whole other sock. Yippee!

I have had the pattern on my favorites list for awhile now, and I thought it was finally time to give it a go. It’s an interesting enough pattern worked in a variation (sort of) of the seed stitch. It was was interesting enough to keep my attention (boo for boring stockinette socks) and also worked up quickly. I think it’s a great pattern for someone just starting out with socks who wants something besides the regular, vanilla sock pattern. I think this may become one of my go-to patterns for any gift socks I make in the future.

I have to give a special note to the yarn as well, which was hand-dyed by Toil and Trouble. I just couldn’t stop ogling this yarn online. There was something about the gray-blue with just hints of purple that lured me in. This was my first time working with yarn purchased from Etsy, but I was really happy with the quality. The colors are very rich in real life, plus it’s soft, has lovely subtle variegation, and held up perfectly through a machine washing and drying. (I will fully admit that every time I wash a hand knit object, I get nervous, even though I know it’s meant to be machine washed/dried.)

I have another skein from Toil and Trouble (this colorway) that I am envisioning as a shawl for this summer. I can’t wait to work with her yarn again. (There’s already new listings on Etsy I’m drooling over…)

Friday Favorites: Geek Chic

Happy Pi Day! In honor of this gloriously nerdy holiday, I’m dedicated my very first Friday Favorites to geeky knitting. Here are some of my favorite geek-chic knitting projects from Ravelry.

© elaysee

Elaysee’s Amber Mutation
Pattern: Denature

© wattsolak
© NoTailKit

Wattsolak’s Octopus Fingers
Pattern: Kraken Knuckles

NoTailKit’s Trilobite Cloche
Pattern: Trilobite

© wooling

    wooling’s Robot’s need love, too
    Pattern: Love Bytes

© snoedrago

    snoedragon’s 9 3/4 owls
    Pattern: Hogwart’s Express

If you’d like to join in on the Friday Favorites fun, let me know, and I will gladly share a link to your blog featuring some of your favorite crafty projects.