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21 04 2012

Haha, I love/hate Twilight, so I couldn’t help but go with the ridiculous New Moon reference, and the months almost even line up, but no I wasn’t mooning over some boy. Holy crap, did the shop take off for the holiday season (continuing into post-Christmas secondary sales for the device sleeves). I stopped sleeping so I could churn out item after item, and it was awesome. It also means that I did very little personal knitting for me or for other people, so for this four-month period, I have six projects.

I’ll always be a fan of giant, chunky self-gratification projects, so I was delighted to knit up this cowl for my bff Susan. She purchased the yarn on our annual pilgrimage to the DFW Fiber Fest with the express intent of dyeing it. It is Cascade Lana Grande, which is super bulky, and she dyed it in coffee. The pattern is from Malabrigo Book 3 (NOM!), specifically Rasta Neckwarmer by Breean Elyse Miller.

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My next knit was also Susan’s fault. She knew this lady who was having a baby who needed a sweater, so I knit up this delicious little baby sweater, which is Baby Kina by Muriela. The yarn is in the now defunct Sanguine Gryphon Bugga in Shelob (Point Mutation). I did the 3M size and used just under half a skein.

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My next project is a Christmas commission, but I’m listing it here because it predates the shop, and it’s for a dear friend. Bettye occasionally requests knits from me, and this year she asked for red mittens. After some digging, I found this amazing vintage pattern from 1953. The yarn is (of course?) Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Vermillion.

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Sofia’s birthday is in November, so that means that it was time for her annual sweater. She actually picked the same cardigan pattern as last year, but this time in pink. I had some trouble with the yoke stretching, so this year, I used non-superwash yarn, and knit it in the same size, and it fits perfectly. She wears it as often as I’ll let her. The yarn is Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Dusty, and the pattern is Tiny Tea Leaves by Melissa LaBarre.

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Whoa! Next up Christmas gift knitting! I did very, very little of this in 2011. Really there were two, this hat and some very late socks for my husband. I knit this one for my mother-in-law. The pattern is Crooked Paths, also by Melissa LaBarre. The yarn is Madelinetosh MCN Worsted in Fragrant.

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So I finished the hat on December 8, and my next piece of personal knitting was started…January 14, nice little gap there, and really the only thing that drew me out of shop knitting was that Rose needed a sample knit, so I didn’t even knit it for me. I knit the large version of her Stacked Columns Shawl in the utterly delightful The Plucky Knitter Superwash Merino Worsted in Honey Wilkes. I’ve wanted to use this colorway for a long time and it was everything I could have hoped for.

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And with that, we’ll pick up next at the end of February. The shop finally slowed down in the middle of February, and I took a knitting break for about a week, and then went on to a wonderful, reinvigorating bout of personal knitting. So believe me when I say the next post will be called Renaissance.


Feb Finished, Finally.

5 03 2011

I couldn’t resist the alliteration, but really two posts isn’t all that bad. Let’s see I finished off last time with a pattern from the talented Rebecca Danger, and that’s exactly where I intend to pick back up, because I can’t stay away from her patterns. She recently released Louie the Lovebot through Knit Picks’ IDP. I tried to resist, truly I did, but it was entirely futile, so I gave in and knit a happy little Valentine’s Day lovebot, which my daughter claimed before I had even finished the first part. The pattern calls for the heart to be done with intarsia in the round, but after two mangled attempts, I gave up and did it in duplicate stitch, and I like how it looks. My daughter named her Purple Glove.

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I also knit the iPad Sleeve for the giveaway in Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Red Mahogany per Susan’s request. It took me a little longer to get to her than I would have liked, but I’m happy to have been able to do it for her.

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The reason for the delay on her sleeve was that my father-in-law passed away on the 19th after being admitted to the hospital via the ER on the 14th. In this time of loss, it is truly a wonderful thing to see how many genuine and generous people I have in my life. There were casseroles and meals, people to watch my daughter while I sat with my husband at the hospital, and some truly special people who did nothing more than listen. While I will try to spread around my love and appreciation to everyone that was so supportive, I’d like to particularly thank Abbie right here, who in addition to putting up with and feeding my wild toddler, has gone out of her way to support me personally (notice all the times I thank her for her photography?), and how do knitter’s thank people? With knitting of course, so I made her a pair of SpillyJane‘s new mittens, Camilla. I actually selected the yarn for her pair based on how much she raved about the socks that came from the same skein, which is Dyed in the Wool Handmade Seasocks in Siren. The contrast color is Knit Picks Stroll in Cocoa.

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So what’s been missing here? Socks. Oh, sweet socks, victims of my lack of time. I love the Cookie A Knit. Sock. Love. KAL, but I failed in February. Fortunately, it’s a two month KAL, so I can redeem myself by completing them in March. The Feb selections were In and Out and Marlinda.

I finished one In and Out sock in See Jayne Knit Superwash Wool-Nylon Sock Yarn in Crushed Blackberries.

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And I knit part of a leg for my Marilinda in SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock in Riptide. The yarn, by the way, is fantastic. It’s the nicest merino/nylon blend I’ve ever worked with.

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Whew…I think that covers it.  I did a bit more knitting for the shop, but I think there were only two things that were notable. I knit a brown and pink baby blanket…

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And another chunk. Okay, so you would think that chunks at this point aren’t that impressive, but I have a special place in my heart this one. Introducing Miserable Mavis, the emo chunk.

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Here’s to a hopefully productive March.

Right Past February

3 03 2011

I think I said that I wasn’t going to post less than twice a month anymore, to prevent a build up of FOs, and while I did that last month, I cheated a bit with the whole giveaway thing. For good or ill though, this February (always my least favorite month of the year) was pretty slow for knitting. I started up the month by finishing up the knitting to stock my etsy shop. Most of it was pretty straightforward, but I was particularly liked the Elementary Cowl I made.

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After that, I worked on the Case of the Mondays pattern, knitting it twice while I tinkered with the pattern. I also knit a couple of items for my friend Syl as part of a swap. I have to admit that I think the swap was unfair because I got to knit her a Feather Duster by Susan Lawrence in utterly delicious madtosh pashmina in Molly Ringwald. It was dreamy, and I called it Pretty in Pink.

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Also, per her request, I threw in a Bonus Baby Hat.

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Oh, and while I’m thinking about knitting for other people, I can now share the shawl that was still under wraps in January.  I knit a sample for roseiarose for her Be Mine Collection, which is focused on pretty simplicity. I have to admit that this was a very relaxing knit. Violets are Blue was knit in Schaefer Yarn Company Anne in Bluebells.

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Rose likes to keep me busy, and by that I mean ears deep in knitting (and don’t think for a second I don’t love it!), so I also did a sample knit for her in February. This time on her pattern, Falling Water Slouchy Hat. My version was knit in Squoosh Ultra Worsted in Hazy Violets. The photos were provided by Abbie.

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She was also kind enough to patronize my shop, so I was delighted to make a Kindle sleeve for her in tosh merino and to make her a Daphne and Delilah out of MCN. It was my first time using yarn from Hermosa Fiber Company, so that was a real delight as well.

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While I was thinking that this had been a light month, it occurs to me now that I’m wrong, so very wrong, so I will need to wrap this up in a couple of days in a second post. Whoops.

Plan B

22 01 2011

I keep saying I’m going to catch up, and then I don’t, so I have a new plan. This time around I’m going to write the posts in advance, and then publish them every couple of days until I’m caught up. That means if you’re reading this, I have already blogged my projects through January. I considered just sort of skipping over some of my finished objects and doing a “best of” run and letting the rest go, but then I couldn’t decide what to cut, so hopefully this works.

The last time I properly shared FOs, I got through *ahem* mid-September. So here we go with the last of September, which really only consists of two projects, but one of them is a “let me jam all of these related items onto one project page” multi, so I have a few different photos to share.

For the first project, I actually began my relationship as a test/sample knitter for Rose Beck of roseisarose. I was surprised and delighted by her initial request, and I have really enjoyed knitting for her. The project I knit was a scarf released back in October called Into the Woods. I named my project Autumnal. It was knit on US 4/3.5mm with Saffron Dyeworks Wasabi Sock: SW Merino 2 ply in Dreaming of Autumn.

Both photos are courtesy of  Abbie of  The Green Wife; I really appreciate the time she has put into photography for Rose’s patterns!

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The second half of this post is a project I chose to call Baby Hat Party, which is several hats I knit for several babies. They were knit exclusively in Knit Picks yarn.

The first hat is Knotty Baby Hat by Amanda Schwabe. I knit it in Felici in Aquarium, which is a self-striping yarn. I didn’t get gauge on US1/2.25mm but rather than digging out the zeros, I altered the pattern to fit my gauge. I had some problems with how the pattern was written, but I addressed these when I knit it again later, so I’ll save that for a later post.

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Next I knit two of the wonderfully named Hat from Natural Nursery Knits by Erica Knight, a book I found at my local library. Hat was knit in Stroll in Carnation and Bare on US 2.5/3mm and US 3/3.25mm. The pattern was written to be knit flat than seamed; I chose to knit it in the round instead. Also pictured are another pair of Hunca Munca in Bare on US 1.5/2.5mm and yet another pair of Ysolda Teague‘s wonderful tiny shoes on 2.5/3mm.

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The last hats were for a pair of boy and girl twins, both knit in Comfy Fingering Weight on US 3/3.25mm in a sock-weight version of the rather classic umbilical hat, Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat from Knitty Gritty Thoughts.

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Whew! That wasn’t so hard, right? Just three and a half months to go.

Miss Berklie

1 10 2010

I spent all of September knitting wildly, which means things like updating got shuffled to the bottom of the list, and that I’m probably three posts of finished objects behind. I also have the conundrum of what to post. Is there a chance my sister will peak in before Christmas? I should hope so, thus it’s probably a poor idea to add her present. I suppose I can push aside anything that could spoil a surprise and do a post-Christmas update. I believe last time I promised to post the contents of my Miss Berklie project, which was a gift for expecting friends.

I love baby knitting, but it seemed like it had been absolutely ages since someone I knew was having one. Okay, so my sister had a baby just last December, but he’s a boy, which is not nearly as fun, so when we learned that our friends Camie and Matthew had a little girl on the way, I went baby knitting crazy. It was a great deal of fun.

So what did I knit? First, a hat. I knit a Swirl Hat from Sheepy Time Knits from Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop in Pink Cadillac. It’s a pretty pattern, and deceptively simple for such an interesting result. Also it’s written for a variety of sizes; I really like the pattern.
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Then I knit another hat, this time Simple newborn hat… from Small Things in Knit Picks Stroll in Bare.  This one is actually written for sport weight yarn so it required a little adjustment to use sock yarn. I also changed the rolled brim to seed stitch.

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I then moved on to tiny baby socks and found, what I think, is the perfect baby sock–tiny, detailed, and adorable. The sock in question is Hunca Munca (Rib & Twist) from Knitzi.com, also knit in KP Stroll in Bare.

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Tiny socks call for tiny shoes, so next I knit a pair of Saartje’s Bootees. This pattern is an enduring favorite on Ravelry for a reason. I knit it in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Multi in Devon and KP Stroll in Cocoa.
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At that point the yarn I had to order for the project had arrived, so I began the larger pieces. I started with a Baby Kina from Kids Tricots (Yes, the website is in French, but her patterns are also offered in English). I knit it in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in 016. I have to admit I was a little disappointed by the color, which is one of the dangers of internet yarn ordering; I was hoping for a turquoise and this toned a little more toward sage. The pattern was straight-forward, and I think the result is cute. I was particular pleased by finding shell flower buttons, which is exactly what I had in mind.

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I followed that with Ysolda Teague’s Sophie, a sweet bunny toy, out of the same Cashmerino yarn.

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I really only needed one more project to round out the gift, which was a blanket. I knit a simple garter strip car seat blanket in Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Carnation and Truffle using two balls of each and switching colors every two rows.

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That covers it and gives everyone an idea of what can happen if you have a crazed knitter as a friend. As for September, I knit socks, a hat, shawls, a tee, a scarf, and yes, more baby knits, all coming up soon. No, really this time.

What month is this?

24 07 2010

I’ll admit to going on vacation last month, and getting into other interesting activities, but I was startled to realize that I haven’t updated here since the beginning of June, and worse, that I have finished thirteen projects since then. I think I can clear up the backlog in about three posts, so here we go with the first half of June!

I’m starting with the projects I mentioned in the last update, in the order that they were completed, so here’s the baby gift I worked on with Susan. It’s out of two skeins of Knit Picks Felici Sport in Garden Gate.  The baby sack, which is mainly a photography prop, but can double as a kick bag later, was improvised. The hat is a sport-weight mod (details on the project page) of the SnB classic the Umbilical Cord Hat.

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Next up are my Rainbows, which are just simple stockinette, toe-up socks also using Knit Picks Felici, this time in the fingering weight.  I ordered the Rainbow colorway the day it became available, which turned out to be a good decision as this colorway is already sold out. I have enough leftover to make a pair for Sofia, but I’m not planning on making them until the fall since it seems like every time I turn around her feet have grown again. I used the Fleegle Symmetrical Short Row Heel on this, and I really liked it; it’s so much prettier than the gaps normally left by wraps.

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And now for my sister’s birthday present, which was apparently well-received (Yay!). My sister has a mild gnome obsession, so the first time I saw these I knew I had to knit them for her. They’re SpillyJane‘s Gnome Mittens. The only problem is that Mel absolutely cannot wear wool, so I had to find fingering weight cotton, and then in a bit of convenient timing, Knit Picks decided to offer their Comfy line in fingering weight (colorway details on the project page). I don’t think the yarn is springy enough to work for socks, but it certainly usable for colorwork, and I’m planning on making her a matching hat.

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And the last thing I mentioned was a red shawl, but that’s going to have to wait until next time, so I can make this post themed with non-snobby yarn. The last project I’m sharing is out of Cascade Eco Wool that I overdyed teal with Wilton’s icing. I made a Sideways Grande Cloche, which is a pattern that I’ve wanted to knit for a while, but hadn’t gotten around to yet. The gauge on the pattern was clearly off, but I muddled through, and I’m happy enough with the results.

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I hope to have the rest of June in a few days, and then start into July!