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Bitterroot, revisited, and charming socks!* January 24, 2012

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As promised, here are a few additional pictures of the Bitterroot shawl I detailed in the previous post. It does seem to have relaxed a bit post-blocking and I will block it more aggressively next time to allow for this.

This one is the truest representation of the color. It is definitely more purple than blue.

A close-up of the beading:

I am now knitting the second of a pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks (free pattern available here). I love this pattern. It is simple, easily memorizable, and looks great. It reminds me of a waffle knit which, to me, is the most comfortable garment IN LIFE and I am actually wearing a waffle knit pajama top AT THIS VERY MOMENT. The pattern is written to be knit with 2 circular needles but I don’t know how to do that and prefer to knit on DPNs so I have just adapted it to that and things have been fine thus far. I am about midway through the gusset decreases and should have a finished pair to show off later this week, if all goes well.

Knit happy!

*Get it? ‘Charming’ socks? Hermione? Harry Potter? Spells and charms? Heh.


Jaywalking (and tree pics!). December 21, 2009

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I don’t have much knitting to show. I haven’t been doing much. This month my schedule is really terrible, I’ve been working a lot of long, consecutive shifts and that doesn’t leave much time for knitting. I am still working on the first sock, past the gusset decreases and am now working on the foot.

I also finally managed to decorate our little tree:

I have a couple of knitting-related ornaments. A snowy sheep:

And this one:

And of course every knitter needs a sock monkey:

That is all. Hoping for more knitting content next time. Happy holidays!


FO: 198 yards of heaven (and socks!) December 14, 2009

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I completed this small shawl/triangular scarf on Saturday but by the time it was blocked and dried it was too dark for any good quality pics. Yesterday was spent in the wind and cold of Baltimore cheering on the Ravens (who drove Detroit into the ground YAY) and then cheering on the Redskins from the relative warmth of the Greene Turtle Edgewater. It worked out well, though, because today is bright and clear and even the pics indoors turned out fairly well.
To recap:
Pattern: 198 yards of heaven (this link will take you to the ravelry pattern page where you can click for the free download).
Yarn: Cascade heathers, colorway 2449 (heathered pink)
Needles: Size 8 circs
Cast on December 2, cast off December 12. This is a quick project. I’m a slow knitter and I did it in 10 days even with ignoring it for the better part of a week while I worked a brutal 50 hours in 4 days.
This would be an ideal first shawl for someone. I knit it as written but I’d do a garter stitch tab if I were to do it again. There is a new version of the pattern out now but I knit it from the original pattern with the modifications to line up the yarnovers of the border. I used a lifeline but it wasn’t necessary. With worsted weight the stitches are so large that one can easily see a mistake and the pattern is both intuitive and repetitive, making referring to the chart largely unnecessary after the first repeat.
Draped over a chair on my front porch:

A close up of the stitch detail:

And a modeled pic (a bit blurry, I’ve had too much coffee today, my apologies):

And there you have it. I’ve cast on for a new pair of socks. They are Jaywalkers, and here is the start:


Owls and socks. August 20, 2009

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First up: the baby owl vest knit for one of the bartenders at The Greene Turtle who is expecting next month. I was looking for a nice, easy gift that wouldn’t stretch on forever (like a blanket, I hate knitting those) or have a billion seams to sew up. This was a nice compromise.
Pattern: Owl baby vest, free, you can find it here or in PDF format on ravelry.
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease in avocado, I think it took about a skein of it.
Needles: Size 6 and 7 circulars; size 6 double points for the armhole ribbing.
Dates: Cast on 07/28/2009, cast off 08/10/2009.
Mods: None, really. I kept the stitches at the neck and armholes live but still had to pick up a lot of stitches for the ribbing.

And a pic of the stockinette back:

Notes: This was a super easy, no sew pattern. It was knit in the round from bottom up, past the owl pattern and then divided for fronts. The shoulders join with a 3 needle bind off and stitches are picked up and knit in a k2p2 rib for the edging. I’d definitely make another one and am thinking of modifying it into an adult-sized pattern.

Next: Hedera socks by the always fantastic Cookie A.
Pattern: Hedera, found here.
Yarn: Malabrigo sock in violeta africana
Needles: KP harmony DPNs in size 2.5 (3.0 mm), set of 4
Dates: Cast on 07/06/2009, cast off 08/17/2009

Notes: This was a fun, sort of mindless knit. The first one took a long time because I was splitting my attention between a few different projects but the second one flew off the needles. This pattern was published in 2006 and there’s a significant error once you get to the heel flap (number of stitches held for front is incorrect). I would think in the 3 years since it has been published the folks over at Knitty could have corrected that or added errata to the pattern page. In the end I went with what I thought was correct and it worked out beautifully (no fussing around with stitches when it came time to graft the toe, either).
On deck: more socks and a bigger project knitted as a sample for the local fiber festival in October.


WIP round up. July 29, 2009

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It is nearing the end of July and I’m still working on the July KAL with the BLK group on ravelry (the finest group of ravelers one will ever have the pleasure of interacting with, incidentally). This is, of course, the Percy shawlette. I had a moment of near-histrionics yesterday when I couldn’t figure out the nuts and bolts of chart C but they talked me off the ledge and now I’m back to grooving along. I’ve completed row 6 of the 31 row chart. I’m considering ordering some proper blocking supplies. I probably will, along with a sweater’s worth of yarn. More on that later.
The blob shawlette isn’t much to look at but it is getting bigger:

In other news, I’ve cast on for the baby owl vest for Keri’s little bambino. This is following the disaster that was the ribbed jacket. That was the only Debbie Bliss pattern I’ve ever knit and I wouldn’t do it again. It was the seaming that killed me. The cast on and off created stair step increases and decreases along the sleeves and it was impossible to seam them neatly. If I were to do it again — and I’m not saying I would — I’d leave those stitches live and do a three needle bind off for the seams. Anyway, this is knit in the round which means minimal seaming, the owls are a cable pattern. I’m about 3 inches into the body here:

Another inch or so of stockinette and then I’ll start the owling. So to speak.

Oh, and remember the socks I was working on? Oh, you’d forgotten? Apparently I had too. I got past the gusset decreases yesterday and am working on the instep. This is still the first one.

I’m still in love with the malabrigo sock yarn but I can’t help but think it’s almost too soft for socks. I wonder how durable they will be. I guess we’ll find out in the near future!

On deck is something with this yarn, hand-dyed by Terri. I’ve gone through a few patterns but haven’t settled on anything yet:

Suggestions? It is fingering weight, 400+ yards.


Lace lace everywhere. July 8, 2009

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My Percy shawlette is still in the same state. I’ve completed chart A and am moving on the chart B today. Here’s a pic of where I am so far:

And here is a close up of the lace:

I’m also working on the first of a pair of socks. I chose to go with Hedera, another Cookie A. pattern. I’m using malabrigo sock in a dark purple colorway. So far it is going well. The yarn is unbelievably smooshy soft and I can’t wait to wear them. This is 8 lace repeats in:

On deck: Liesel (is it really wise to have 3 lace projects going at once?) and maybe some baby items for a friend of ours who is expecting.


FO: Monkeys, or the 6 month socks. June 30, 2009

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I will make a quick apology for the hiatus and then we shall not speak of it again. Sorry. I was in a bit of a funk this winter due to some situational stressors that JUST WOULD NOT RESOLVE and didn’t feel much like knitting. I think my knitting mojo is back now, though, and I will make every effort to update regularly with suitable content.

Now that THAT is over with, I present to you my first FO of the summer. I find it only mildly amusing that I began knitting these socks on January 3. HA. I finished kitchenering the toe just before midnight so I’m going to count my finishing date as June 29.

Pattern: Monkeys, by Cookie A.
Yarn: Knit Picks essential tweed in ‘trooper’, the better part of 2 skeins
Needles: Harmony DPNs (love these) in size US 2

They are currently blocking.

For now, though, we’re off for crabs and beer. We are Marylanders, after all.