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FO and a new Pattern!

Hi all!

I have a new pattern out! Zick Zack Fingerless Mitts . These were released in the newest issue of Cast On magazine. I had a lot of fun designing them! The fabric on these is nice and dense, which should come in handy when the temps start to drop (hopefully we’ll get cooler weather soon?? Pretty please??)

So, I also finally have a FO to show you on this Wednesday. 🙂  (It’s too hot for a modeled FO photo – when it cools down I’ll have to post an update with a photo of it being worn! It looks even better being worn – it has some negative ease so it fits snugly.)


Pattern:  Ryrau by Steinunn Birna Gudjonsdottir
Yarn:  Copper Corgi Jones Street Sport in colors Natural and Dark Teal
Needles:  US4 and US5
Start Date:  April 18, 2017
Finish Date:  August 5, 2017

Modifications:  I made quite a few modifications. I knit the sweater flat instead of steeking the opening. I added one stitch at each side as a purl stitch for a fake ‘seam’ line. I casted on one extra st at the opening edge once I got to the colorwork section (Just to give me two sts for the selvedge there.) Knitted the size large, since I went down a needle size for better drape on my fabric.  I adjusted the chart so that it is symmetrical on the fronts (I decreased one stitch) – and started chart on column 2 instead, and then ended on column 34. (The non-symmetry really bothered me!) I added two sets of short rows at the back after the colorwork section to raise the back neckline a bit. (As it is I should have done even more.) Also the decrease rows (19 and 21) on chart are incorrect as written! There should be ‘no stitch’ next to each decrease symbol for the chart to work correctly – I adjusted where I decreased to make it work out correctly. (Also, technically the row #s should all be on the right hand side of the chart since you’re supposed to be knitting in the round…it worked well for me though since I was knitting flat.)

Overall I’m somewhat happy with it. I really love the colors. BUT… the armscye opening is way too shallow – I really don’t like that much negative ease at the armholes. And I’m unhappy with the top neckline. When I wear it I just won’t button the top two buttons, but the top edge comes up too high for my comfort, while the back sits lower. I suspected that the armholes would be too shallow, but I thought blocking might remedy it enough. Blocking helped a good bit, but not quite enough.  I might wear this come winter (with a snug tee on underneath) or I might not. :-/  So – lesson learned. From now on I’ll just knit my own designs since I know they will fit me. LOL!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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WiP Wednesday – Buttons!

Hi all!  I finally found some buttons for my sweater, so progress is being made!  I found two different buttons, and not having my sweater with me when I went shopping, I bought both. (You can never have too many buttons, right?)


I’m going to go with the darker grey ones. I think they blend better with the yarn and don’t stand out as much against the blue.
So, having made my choice I was able to plan out the spacing and finish the buttonhole band!

Buttonhole band done, started on buttonband.

I’m using twelve 7/8″ buttons, and I used the ‘tulips’ buttonhole – I really like how that buttonhole looks on ribbing. I can’t wait to get this done and blocked. I used a ‘fake seam’ stitch on the sides – I’ll decide whether to actually seam it up after I block it. I want to see how drapey the alpaca makes the sweater first. Whether or not I actually seam it up, I’ll do a blog post on the technique soon, it’s pretty nifty!

In other knitting news, I finished up my ‘Neon’ socks!  They are super bright!  But I do love them. 🙂

Yarn: Cozy Color Works Fingering SW in colorway ‘Galaxy’
Needles: US 0
Pattern: My own.
Started: June 26th, 2017
Finished: July 16th, 2017

So, that’s it from me for now!

Oh, I’m teaching a Beginner’s Fair Isle class this coming August 12th at Cheers To Ewe!  (Located in Huntersville, NC.)  If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to knit Fair Isle, this is the class for you!  Go here to sign up!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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FO Friday

I have a finished object to show you! My Dr Who socks are done!  I’m pretty happy with them (I matched the start of the stripes up perfectly!)  The heel could fit better, but they’re good enough. 🙂

And I’m working on my cardigan still. Both sleeves are done and I’ve started on the body!

I’m not sure if I’ll do waist shaping or not, we’ll see. I’m doing the non-colorwork portion flat, and might do the colorwork portion flat as well, I’ll decide when I get to it. I’ve added ‘faux’ side seam purl stitches on each side – I added those after the ribbing portion. I have a couple other mods as well, I’ll list those in detail in a later post.  BTW, this yarn is heavenly to work with! The Copper Corgi Jones Street Sport yarn. Scrumptious!

I had a ball teaching this past weekend at Unwind Getaway in Blowing Rock. My classes were fun to teach and full of lovely people that it was a pleasure to get to know!  A weekend I won’t forget!

I’ll be teaching at the Georgia Fiber Fest this coming September in Columbus, GA. Maybe I’ll see some of you there?

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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FO Friday

I actually have a FO to show you on a Friday!  How about that!

I finished my Sacre Coeur shawl the other day, and just in the nick of time, too.  My design yarn came the day I finished the shawl, otherwise I would have had to set the shawl down and finish it later.  I didn’t get around to blocking it until yesterday, though.

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Pattern: Sacre Coeur by Nim Teasdale
Yarn: Crochet the Winter Hunter Yarns: Sparkle Sock in colorway ‘Frozen Icicles’
Needles: US 6 and 7
Started: Feb 2, 2017
Finished:
Feb 18, 2017

Finished Measurements: 18″ deep at center, and 70″ wide.  This sucker is long.  More like a scarf than a shawl.  I’m not sure how I feel about the shape- I’ll have to wear it sometime and see what I think about it.  The subtle sparkle in the yarn is great though.  I definitely need an Elsa-esque outfit to wear with it. 😉

Pattern was good, pretty easy to follow.  I did 6 repeats of chart 2 and 2 full repeats of the edging chart before binding off.  I bound off VERY loosely so I could get decent points.  As it is they are still pretty shallow.

So, now I’m deep into design knitting!  My socks should be done in the next couple days hopefully, and then it’ll be lace shawl design time and article writing time.  Oh, and class prep time too!  I have 2 new teaching appearances to announce!

I’ll be teaching at the Carolina Fiber Fest in Raleigh, NC – March 24 -25th. (I’ll be there the 25th.  Classes will be posted soon!)

I’ll also be teaching a ‘Sweater Basics’ class here in Charlotte at Baskets of Yarn!  Six hour class – two 3 hr sessions: April 22 and May 6 from 11-2pm.  Join me there to learn about knitting sweaters!

(And I believe there are still spots available for the Unwind Getaway: April 28-May 1 in Blowing Rock, NC.)

I have a very busy Spring!  I hope to get to see you at one or more of these events!

For now, Happy Knitting!

 

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Look – I have actual knitting!

Hi again!

January was great, because I did some actual ‘me’ knitting for a change!  I squeezed it in among my design submission call swatching and whatnot.  And I finished a couple things, too!

First up: I had these socks on the needles, and had completely forgotten about them until I went looking for my needles to knit another pair of socks! lol!  So – those got finished first (just the one sock was done to start).

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Pair of Socks #1

Yarn:  Great Adirondack Yarn Co. Silky Sock in color Beach House
Pattern:  none: Generic plain socks. 72 sts and short row heels. Cuff down.
Needles: Size 0

Then, I knit up a second pair of socks.  I used some of the oldest yarn in my stash (so that I could play along with the TKGA KAL prompts for the month – check it out on Ravelry if you want to play along too – there are new prompts each month!)  These are just another pair of plain socks with short row heels.  I did wrap and turn short rows and didn’t bother to hide the wraps at all – I love how they turned out!

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Pair of Socks #2

I was knitting merrily along on the first sock and ran out of yarn before I got to the toe!!  The skein was woefully short of yardage – ugh.  (It’s in 50g put-ups, so you need one skein per sock.) So I rummaged and found some leftover blue to knit the toe.  Then on the second sock I would have had enough yarn to finish, but of course I had to make it match, so I used the blue again at the toe. 🙂

Yarn: Claudia Handpaint Yarns Fingering yarn in color Toast
Pattern: none: Generic plain socks. 72 sts and short row heels.  Cuff down.
Needles: Size 0

Short Row heels
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‘Frozen Icicles’

Anyway….  And wonder of wonders – I have casted on another ‘me’ project!  This will be a lace shawl using some new yarn I got as an xmas present from my secret santa.  She knows me well, and got me a very ‘Frozen’ looking yarn. ❤ 🙂 The yarn has silver sparkle running through it!

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Yarn:   CTW Hunter Yarns Sparkle Sock in color Frozen Icicles
Pattern:  Sacre Coeur
Needles: Size 6

I’m knitting this to fit one of February’s TKGA KAL themes, but I really don’t know if I’ll get this done by the end of February.  I’m busy swatching madly for a couple new calls that have deadlines mid-February, and I have to get working on two patterns (and samples) and an article as well.  So, sadly my ‘me’ knitting time is going to dwindle again in February and into March. 😦  Oh well.  I do tend to love my design knitting as well, so it’s not that much of a hardship!

Happy Knitting!