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FO Friday

Hi again!

I just finished an item, and it’s not even blocked yet, but I have to show it to you!

Pattern: Pincha Shawl by Pinpilan Wangsai
Yarn: Yarn Love Juliet in color ‘Bayfield Apple’
Needles: US 5
Started: October 7th
Finished: October 31
Modifications: None. I ended up doing 22 feathers, and had about 1 yard of yarn left!! Using markers helped immensely. After the first feather is complete, you place a marker after the first stitch at the tip of the feather, then after the next 5, then after the next 10, then after the next 15. You then do the sets of short rows until you wrap a stitch after the next marker. This project has helpful notes for placing and using the markers. I slipped the first stitch in the bind off sections purlwise, and I used Jeny’s SSBO for all of my bind off stitches. I think this will allow it to block out really nice, I’ll be sure to post a photo of me wearing it after I block it!

I’m in the middle of another pair of plain socks. (I always have a pair on the needles!) I’m loving the pooling stripes I’m getting on the cuff! I think I may try to do a solid color heel and toe, but I need to do some stash diving to find a good solid color to pair with it. The yarn here is Twisted Owl 2-ply Sock in colorway ‘Midnight at the Oasis’.

I’ve got a really busy Fall/Winter lined up. Two articles (with accompanying patterns) to write for the next issue of Cast On, and I’m doing the TKGA Teacher Certification program, and I’ve got class ideas lined up for teaching at Cheers To Ewe that need to be turned into actual classes, as well as retreats and conferences to plan for! I guess my November/December/January is just destined to be my super busy time! This time last year I was crazy busy as well. Ah well. I have a great planner system that I use now that is keeping me on track, so I’m stressing out a lot less this time around, thankfully. 🙂 (Maybe I’ll show you that in a post? Any interest in seeing a Designer/Teacher/Tech Editor’s planner system?)

That’s it from me for now! Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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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!