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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. ūüôā¬† (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 ‚Äėno stitch‚Äô 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‚Äôre supposed to be knitting in the round‚Ķit 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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WiPs, a FO, and an Interview!

So, I’ve been killing time as best I can while waiting for my Master Knitter Level 2 binder to come back to me. ¬†The waiting is the hardest part, I think! ¬†What will I have to re-do? Is my vest up to snuff? Did my sock pass? … and so on and so forth.

BUT, I found a project that is doing a pretty good job of taking my mind off of it. ¬†I’ve started a Celestarium! ¬†If you haven’t seen this pattern – you have to take a gander at it.¬† It’s the night sky in a shawl – how cool is that??!!

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I’m doing mine in Dream in Color Everlasting Sock in the colorway ‘Nebula’, and I’m using several different beads including ¬†two sizes of silver lined crystal, a size 4 bead for the higher magnitude stars and a size 6 for most of the rest. ¬†I have some orange/red beads for the red giant stars like¬†Betelgeuse, and some silver lined pale blue stars for non-constellation¬†stars that I’m adding in just for kicks.

I’m past Row 57 already:

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It just looks like a blob right now. But there are constellations in there!

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This is a Pi shawl, where you start in the center and double the stitch count every so often to get a circle – which means it starts off fast, but eventually gets to be a HUGE number of stitches. ¬†I’m at the section after the 5th increase – and I have 288 stitches on the needle. ¬†I have quite a few rows until the next increase, but it will then have 576 stitches – those rows will be LONG. ¬†Other than paying attention to the¬†chart¬†to know where to put the beads and the yarnovers, it is not a difficult pattern – but it sure is fun!!

I finished a pair of socks on Tuesday, too:

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These had been on my needles for a while, and I decided it was time to finish them up. (And I needed my smaller needles for another pair of socks I’m designing!)

Pattern: Rattlesnake Creek Socks by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: ¬†Black Trillium Fibre Studios Merilon Sock in colorway ‘Galen’
Needles:  US 2.5 and US 0
Started:  June 15, 2012
Finished:  Feb 19, 2013

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I used the smaller needles on the heel and the sole of the sock – since I didn’t like the loose density of the fabric there on the larger needles. ¬†I love this yarn – it’s so soft! ¬†And the color was perfect for these, I think.

I have another shawl on my needles now, too – a Faberge shawl. ¬†I’m doing this as a KAL with my Thursday night knit night group – so I’m anxious to see everyone’s shawls-in-progress tonight! ¬†I’m just into the slip stitch and bead portion:

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I’m doing mine in DragonFly Fibers Djinni Sock (pink) and Sanguine Gryphon Bugga (green). ¬†I’m really liking the color combo so far.

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In other news – I’ve been interviewed by¬†Deb Buckingham a.k.a.¬†Dishcloth Diva! ¬†Check out her website to see my interview. ¬†She knitted my Beginner’s Socks recently and liked the pattern – so she approached me to do an interview. ūüôā ¬†I was so flattered to be asked!

So, that’s what been going on with me! ¬†Guess I’ll go back to trying to not stalk my mailbox… ¬†ūüėČ

Happy Knitting! ¬†(and waiting…….)

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Anxiously Awaiting

…my Master Knitter Level 2 submission results! ¬†It’s been about 3 weeks now, so I have about 3 to 5 weeks wait left. ¬†I’ve been trying to keep my mind off of it as best as I can. ¬†I started a lace shawl right away, and I finished it about a week ago:

Finished Swallowtail Shawl

Pattern:  Swallowtail
Yarn: ¬†Nightfall Fingering shawl ball in Robin’s Egg
Needles:  US 4
Started:  Jan 17, 2013
Finished:  Feb 2, 2013
Finished size:  24 inches high and 51 inches wide

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I did the called for 14 repeats of the budding lace chart, but wanted more of the lily of the valley than just two repeats, so I did 4 total repeats of that.  I worked the first and second chart, and then repeated the first and second chart (starting the first chart at row 3).  It meant that I had the wrong number of stitches for starting the edging chart РI was off by 4 too many stitches on each side. I added a decrease on each side of the triangles on the first row of the edging, and in between the paired yarnovers on row 3 at the edges of the triangles- this made my stitch counts work for the edging.

I ended up running out of yarn with just 2 rows and the bind off left (oops!), so I doubled up some black cobweb lace yarn I had for those few rows.

I also got around to blocking my sock scrap blankie that I finished oh so long ago:

Finally blocked the blankie

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It blocked out to a really nice size!  (And in blocking I discovered a hole made by Gracie the yarn-fiend kitty!  Ack!  I was able to repair it, but I am not a proficient crocheter, so it was a difficult thing!)

My current WiP is a pair of socks that had been hibernating for a while:

Rattlesnake Creek socks in progress

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They are now almost done.  I think I might pull out my Nightingale socks to finish next.

Happy Knitting! (And waiting…)

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FO Friday

Sorry for being MIA for so long! ¬†I’ve been busy, busy with house remodeling (it’s done now!) and holiday goings on, and getting back into the homeschool swing.

I actually have a couple of things to show you today!

First, I finished my Spectra:

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Pattern:  Spectra by Stephen West
Yarn: ¬†Knit Picks Capretta in Platinum for the outer edge, and¬†my own handspun for the inner wedges (handspun is a BBFL from Gale’s Art)
Needles:  US 4 (I think!)
Started:  September 16, 2012
Finished:  January 16, 2013
Finished size – about 64 inches long (before¬†blocking, we’ll see how long it is once it’s been blocked!)

It still needs to be blocked. ¬†I evidently casted on much more tightly than I bound off, because the starting edge is much smaller than the finished end! ¬†Oh well. ¬†A good blocking will add to the drape anyway. ¬†Once I frogged it back (since I was forgetting to do the short rows in between the blocks) it went much better! ¬†I’m very happy with it.

And now, to show you my BIG FO for this week:

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That’s right, I’m ready to mail in my Master Knitter Level 2 binder!!!!!!!

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My oldest son modeling the level 2 vest I designed.
Swatches for Level 2
All the swatches for Level 2
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That’s one stuffed binder!!

I just have to finish up the history report (it’s almost done as I type this!) and get it proof-read, and then I’ll mail it off tomorrow morning! ¬†It feel so very, very good to be at the finish line of this level!! ¬†I’m beside myself!!

So, keep your fingers¬†crossed¬†for me that I won’t have many re-dos, and that I pass Level 2 soon! ūüôā

Happy Knitting!! ¬†(I almost don’t know what to do with myself now that it’s done…)

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This really should be a Masters Monday post, but I finished this yesterday, so why not post it today!

I finally finished my argyle sock for Master Knitter Level 2!  This was my second attempt, and it looks much better than my first!

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Pattern: ¬†Top Down Argyle Socks by Jennifer Donze (Cast On magazine Nov ’12-Jan ’13)
Yarn:  Regia Angora Merino in 4 colors Рwhite, light blue, navy blue and purple
Needles:  US 2 (2.75mm)
Started:  Nov 15
Finished:  Nov 29

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Side seam on leg has to be left unsewn, so the committee members can see inside the sock to see my work.

I made no modifications to the pattern whatsoever. ¬†It fits my foot, but I’m unsure as to whether it will fit my ankle – but that doesn’t matter because this sock will never be worn anyhow – it’s going to stay in my Master Knitter notebook. ¬†And I did not enjoy knitting it – intarsia is not my thing! – so I highly doubt it will ever get a partner, anyhow. ¬†Besides, I ran out of yarn (since this was my second attempt) so I’d need to buy more of this not-inexpensive-yarn to knit a matching mate. ¬†I may tackle another pair of argyle socks sometime in the future – but not anytime in the near future!

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Side seam on foot – my seaming technique will be reviewed as well as my ability to work intarsia correctly, and construct a sock correctly.
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Diamonds over top of foot.

Here was my first attempt:

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I had gotten even father than this with it – I had finished the instep intarsia as well – and while in the process of weaving in my ends at the color changes I noticed that I didn’t twist at a color change towards the end of the sock! ¬†Ugh! ¬†But it all worked out well, anyhow, ¬†because I like the newer pattern much better (a side seam makes so much more sense!) and I prefer my second color combination as well. ¬†This one was going to have navy lines.

So now all I have left to tackle is the vest and the written report! I’m going to start on the report today, since I’ve been procrastinating starting that. I figure the vest will be a fun way to end my master knitter level 2 work, so I’ll reward myself with the vest after getting the written work done. ūüôā

Hopefully I’ll be ready to mail my portfolio in soon!!

Happy Knitting!  (And report writing!!?)