Marching On

30 04 2011

So here we are with the second half of March. I’m beginning to feel like perhaps I was in a knitting rut, because the second half of March looks like the first half. That said, I shook things up a little in April, so it’s not an issue!

I started the second part of March with another hat. This wasn’t so much because I needed a break, but rather because I liked the hat and wanted to knit it, and I need a travel project that was heavy on the stockinette. While this hat has a creative design the part in the middle is just plain ol’ knitting. The pattern is Toorie by Carina Spence and was knitted in madelinetosh tosh merino in norway spruce. This color is fantastic on me. If I ever knit a sweater for myself, it will be in this colorway.

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I followed that up with another knit for Rose; this time a cowl. The pattern is Cocoon Me, which is also written for a long cowl and a shawlette, and was knit in Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Cognac. I chose not to block mine at all because I loved the texture and was worried about flattening it.

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I rounded out the month with mostly personal knitting. I finished up my lingering KAL project, Marilinda (see project details in this post). I don’t love the fit on these. The intricate design meant that they were less flexible than other socks I’ve knit. You can see on the right foot how the socks bag around my toes, which makes them lovely, but not too practical.

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After knitting on tiny needles, I wanted to switch things up, so I pulled out my US 15s (10 mm), and knit a giant scarf, an Instant Gratification Scarf by Cyn, and they are instant gratification; I’m knitting these for Christmas presents this year. That is to say that I knit half a giant scarf, depending on how you look at it. Gina and I each took one skein of Susan’s Malabrigo Aquarella in Paysandu, and knit different scarves, and then we grafted them together; the project is called Gemini. The result was surprisingly fun. You would really have to look at it to notice that it’s really two scarves. As of note, this picture is only my scarf.

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My last project of the month, I knit for no better reason than to please myself. It does happen from time to time. I first got this idea when I saw it on Wit’s project page. One of my main complaints about this generation (Spring 2010) of Knit Picks Felici is that there wasn’t enough variation between the stripes. On Positively Pink and Matador, they were nearly indistinguishable, but here was an idea that took that problem and ran with it. After experimenting, I decided to make my stripes even rather than have them change with the colorways, and I really like how it came out. I plan to do another version with Afternoon from the latest set (Spring 2011) of colorways.

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That’s another month finished out! I’ll cover April soon, as in I’m going to go write it now, and post it in a few days. 🙂

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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.





Kindle Sleeve (Pattern)

1 11 2010

Right, so I didn’t update again for the whole of October, even after I said I would, and I haven’t shared any projects that were knitted after August. What have I been up to then? Knitting! I’ve made a huge dent in my Christmas knitting, and I’m beginning to think, maybe too optimistically, that I could even be done before December rolls around. We’ll see.

I also purchased a Kindle, which I love, love, love. I ordered a pretty handmade case for it from etsy from an unfortunately backlogged seller, which left me with the question of how to cover it until my other case arrived. I was seriously looking around, trying to remember if I had a case on hand or a project bag that would work as a substitute, when I remembered that I am a knitter. Right. I made up a snug offset cable case knit out of some leftover Mal Worsted in Geranio.

The pattern is pretty straightforward, but I thought I’d share it if anyone else would like to make one!

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Cabled Kindle Sleeve

  • Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted, 70-90 yards (60-85 m). I used a little more than a third of a skein, I would recommend having at least a half skein available. The color shown is Geranio 044.
  • Needles: US 8 – 5.0 mm, 36″ or longer  for magic loop, or use your preferred circular knitting method.
  • Size: 8″ x 5″ (20 cm x 13 cm), 8.5″ x 3.5″ unstretched (21 cm x 9 cm)
  • Gauge: 20 stitches and 32 rows = 4″ (10cm) in stockinette.
  • Notions: cable needle (if preferred), stitch markers, one 3/4″ (19 mm) button, tapestry needle, sewing needle, thread to sew on button, crochet hook in H – 5.0 mm (optional).

I wanted a snug fit, so I calculated that in would be about for a unstretched fit it the case would need 44-48 sts, and cast on 40. If you wanted a less snug fit, you could add an 8 extra purl stitches, one more in each purl section, or an extra two knit stitch on each of the side panels. These instructions can also be used to adapt the pattern to the Nook which is .2″ wider and .2″ longer than the Kindle 3, and by also adding an additional .5″ of height on the sleeve.

Adaptations for the new Kindles: For the smaller no-keypad Kindle, subtract 1″ (2 cm) from the original total height of 8.5″ (21 cm) to 7.5″ (19 cm) and for the Kindle Touch, subtract .5″ (1 cm) to 8″ (20 cm) for the total length. The Kindle Fire is almost the exact same dimensions as the Kindle 3, and should fit in this pattern as written.

2 x 2 Left Cross:

With a cable needle: Slip two stitches purlwise onto cable needle, hold in front, knit next two stitches, knit the two stitches from the cable needle.

Without a cable needle: Slip two stitches, purlwise to the right-hand needle, knit next two stitches and transfer to RH needle. Slip LH needle into first two stitches from the front, slip RH needle out of stitches 3 and 4, and then back into these two stitches behind stitches 1 and 2, knit stitches 1 and 2. (I learned this technique here.)

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CO 40 stitches using Judy’s Magic Cast-On, which establishes knitting in the round.

Rows 1-3: *K2, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, K2* twice.
Row 4: *K2, P1, Cross 2 L , P1, K4, P1, Cross 2 L, P1, K2* twice.
Row 5-7: *K2, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, K2* twice.
Row 8: *K2, P1, K4, P1, Cross 2 L, P1, K4, P1, K2* twice.

Repeat Rows 1-8 until piece measures 8.5″ (21 cm) from cast-on edge, ending on an odd row.

Bind off 20 stitches and then continue in pattern across the back, now working flat with WS (odd rows) knit as: P2, K1, P4, K1, P4, K1, P4, K1, P2.

Continue for approximately 2.25″ (6 cm), and then work RS button-hole row as K2, P1, K4, P1, K2, YO, K2tog, P1, K4, P1, K2.   Mine happened to be on a row 6, which put the middle twist two rows above it, and it looks great, so you may want to aim for that.

Knit in pattern for another .5″ (1.5 cm), and then bind off. I chose to single-crochet around the flap to reinforce it, but that is optional. I did it without breaking the yarn by binding off on the RS, single crocheting down the left side, slip stitching back up, slip stitching across the top, single crocheting down the right side, slip stitching back to the top, and then finishing off on the top right side of the flap. You could so this in knitting by picking up and knitting the stitches, and then knitting across them for a couple of rows of garter.

I’ve decided to add a new note on how to block this pattern. Since the body is intended to stretch to fit, it does not need to be blocked, but the top really does look better if it’s been blocked, so what I do is slip the Kindle into the completed sleeve then place it flat on my blocking board and pin the flap so that it matches the dimensions of the case now that it’s stretched; the pins should be placed around the edges and will look like half of a square. I then carefully slip the Kindle out of the sleeve and use a spray bottle of water to saturate the flap and let it dry.

Happy knitting!

P.S. I basically knit this on the fly for my own entertainment, and hashed out the pattern after the fact, so if you find any errors please let me know!

The iPad version is available here.

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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.





Wast Side and Wool Leaves

11 05 2010

Right, so finishing up the April Finished Object Round-Up:

Finishing up my knitting for Sylvia, I knit a Wast Side Shawl. The pattern is by Gudrun Johnston, and is knit from the edging up, which I for some reason find feels more laborious than knitting top down, even though both types of shawls generally take the same amount of time. I really like the result and would be willing to knit myself one at some point in the future.

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I also knit Jared Flood’s Wool Leaves. I had always wanted to knit my daughter a proper baby blanket, but I really didn’t have the skill when I was pregnant with her, so it was fun to do one now. It’s also really satisfying to knit a worsted-yarn-held-doubled on giant needles project.

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Finally, I finished my Springtime Bandit, a.k.a. Sweet Melancholy, and I have to admit that I really feel that the pattern allowed the gorgeous yarn to shine.

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Next up, May WIPs, really this time.  Only problem is that I have five or six, so yes, that’s like a whole other post.





Wood Hollow Set

9 03 2010

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As promised, here’s my first finished object since starting this blog. I knit a very bright pink version of Kirsten Kapur’s Wood Hollow Set (Ravelry link), a hat and a pair of mittens. I’ve been making a serious effort lately to knit my stash in the order that I purchased it, and this yarn was very recently purchased in December, but decided that cold weather was fast disappearing and that I wanted to get some wear out of it this year. The yarn is Malabrigo Worsted in Geranio 044.

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I was worried that the yarn might be too bright, and I suppose I should have been, as my daughter calls this my princess hat.

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