Making progress…

So, it’s been a little while since I blogged last! I haven’t gotten my Master Knitter package back in the mail yet, but I am waiting very patiently to find out my results. 🙂

I haven’t finished much lately – a pair of socks, a charity washcloth, and something else that I’ll blog about later. (shhh, it’s a surprise!) 😉 But I’m chugging away on lots of things.

Here’s one of my FOs: a pair of socks that I started last year, and had hoped to have done by Inauguration Day – oh well, better late than never! My Audacity Socks:

Pattern: BFF socks by Cookie A.
Yarn: Black Bunny Fibers Merino in the color ‘Audacity’ (check out this blog post about the yarn)
Needles: US 2
Modifications: Just one – I made them a shorter length.
Since the yarn had a special significance, and I wanted to use a pattern that incorporated cables to signify our interconnections. I thought the pattern name was fitting as well.

And the charity washrag:

Pattern: Garterlac Dishcloth
Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Creme in ‘Naturals’
Needles: US 7
No modifications. I initially tried to do the variation with no cast on edge, but got frustrated and gave up. (I got the hang of the technique, but it was late at night and I kept making mistakes! I’ll give the technique a try sometime again later.)

The Charlotte Knitting Guild is collecting washrags to donate to Florence Crittenton Services in Charlotte.

Oh, and I did end up re-doing the zipper on my CPH:

(Ignore the cat hair!)

I’m much happier with it now. I just couldn’t live with it all wavy and such – I had to do it over. Now if only the cool weather would get here so I can wear it!!

So, the LSG group on Ravelry had prizes for WiPs Wrestlemania a couple months ago, and I won a prize! A custom made project bag by Maddox! And here it is:

I absolutely love it! It’s beautifully sewn – I immediately put some socks in progress in it! (And isn’t the skunk card cute?? It says “I stink you’re sweet!”) It made my day when it arrived yesterday in the mail.

I’m still working on a few WiPs, but the number is dwindling, and I’m resisting casting on too many new projects! I did recently cast on a new pair of illusion knit socks that are way cool, but I’ll blog about those when they’re done!

Happy Knitting everyone!


It’s in the mail!!!

Well, WIPs Wrestlemania got me motivated to finally finish my Master Knitter Level I notebook! I mailed it out this last week. Now it’s simply anxiously waiting for 4 to 8 weeks for the results!

(All 16 Swatches)
(Project: Striped Hat)

(That’s one thick notebook!)

I’m so very happy that I finally finished it. I learned an enormous amount in the 1.5 years that I’ve been working on it. I can’t wait to pass so that I can start on Level II!!

For those that maybe aren’t familiar with it, the Master Knitter program is through The Knitting Guild Association, and there are three levels. Each level requires knitting swatches demonstrating different techniques, knitting one or more projects (Level I is a hat, Level II is a sweater-vest and an argyle sock, Level III is a self-designed hat and sweater), answering several questions, and writing one or more multi-page reports. All items need to be researched, and provided with full references. Once you pass all three levels, you’re a certified Master Knitter!

Keep your fingers crossed for me! I’ll let you know as soon as I get my results!! (I’m biting my nails over here!)


FO: Central Park Hoodie!

I finally finished my Central Park Hoodie!

Pattern: Central Park Hoodie (from Knitscene, Fall 2006)
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Royal Silk Merino in Black (12 skeins)
Needles: size US 6 and 8
Size made: 36

I started this way back in February, and got side-tracked on other things before I could finish it. Now with WIPs Wrestlemania I’ve gotten motivated to finish it!

I wasn’t really planning on doing it in black, but I got the yarn on sale. It was fate – I love the black! (Even though it shows my white kitty cat’s fur awfully!) It was a tad difficult to see what I was doing at times – but the extra trouble was worth it in the end, I think!

I made several modifications. I worked the body about 1/2 inch longer than the pattern called for. Also, I knit the arms about 1 inch longer than the pattern called for.

My hood is modified quite a bit from the pattern. I really hate the pointy top you get in hoods when they’re constructed straight up and seamed at the top. I was inspired by TurtleGirl’s CPH, and wanted to incorporate short rows and a bit more room in the hood. I didn’t want mine to be quite as blousy and cape-like as hers, though. I was going for a more fitted look, since the body of my cardigan is quite fitted.

Here’s a detailed description of what I did for the hood:

  • I worked the hood straight for 4 inches, then used stitch markers to mark the center 18 stitches.
  • I then worked paired increases on each side of these 18 stitches about every inch. I worked the hood in this way for 11 total inches. (I ended up with 88 stitches on the needle.)
  • Then I knit to 5 sts before the center, and started working short rows. (w&t and purl back). Then I did 7 more evenly spaced short rows on the right side.
  • Once those were done, I knit all the way back to the left side (knitting the wraps together with the wrapped stitches as I went) and worked the same number of short rows for the left side – purling till 5 sts from the center and w&t. etc, etc. Working 8 total short rows on the left. I purled all the way back to the right (purling the wraps together with the wrapped stitches as I went) and then knit 1 row in pattern before grafting (in pattern) the top of the hood together.

I picked up my buttonband stitches along the entire front, instead of picking them up on each side, as indicated in the directions. I knit my buttonband for 2 inches, and then sewed in an 18 inch separating zipper instead of using buttons. (I didn’t want to get the buttonband ‘gap’ that fitted knit sweaters can get – which ruins the look!!)

Overall, I am very happy with it, and I can’t wait to wear it when the weather turns cooler! The yarn is a yummy 50/50 Merino/Silk blend, which feels just scrumptious against the skin. I’m a tad bit upset with my zipper job, since it’s a bit wavy, but I can live with it. (Well, and if I can’t then I’ll rip it out and do it over again! Now that I’m thinking about it, I may do that tomorrow. 😉 )

My Purl friend (and former New Yorker) Donna says it’s a very ‘New York’ sweater, especially in the black! I’ve yet to visit New York (hopefully I will someday!), but it certainly seems that way to me too.

One more WIP down by the Ivory Ninja! 10 more to go, and only 12 more days to do it in! Yikes!


FO: Moody Blues Shawl

My Moody Blues Shawl is done!

Pattern: Inspired by the Charlotte’s Web shawl. My own design, with a borrowed lace pattern.
Yarn: Claudia Handpainted Yarn Fingering in Natural and Ocean Depths (1 skein each)
and Koigu KPPPM in 404 (2 skeins), 405 (2 skeins) and 818 (1 skein)

Needles: started with size US 2.5, then moved up in steps to US 3 and US 4
Finished Size: 64 inches (wingspan) and 34 inches top to point.

I used the Yucca lace pattern from the Aeolian Shawl throughout the entire shawl (except for the lace edging).
Because I knew I wanted to do a reverse transition on the edging, I wound up small balls (about 50 yards worth) of 4 of my colors to set aside for working the edging.
To transition the colors in the body of the shawl I worked the following:
I worked color A till ready to transition. I then worked 2 rows color B, 2 rows color A. And I repeated this 3 more times. (4 rounds of alternating.)
Then I continued in color B until ready to transition again, and repeated the same process.
The peaked edging lace was then worked as follows:
Row 1: Work selvedge stitches (I did a 2 stitch garter edge with the first stitch of each row slipped), then yo, K1, yo, s2kp, K5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, (skp, k5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo) repeat to last leaf repeat (11 sts) on first side – skp, k5, k3tog, yo, k1, yo. Knit center stitch and then repeat on other side.
Rows 2 and all even rows: knit selvedge sts and purl all other sts.
Row 3: work selvedge, then (yo, k3, yo, skp, k3, k2tog) repeat to last 3 sts on side, yo, k3, yo and knit center stitch. Then repeat on second side of triangle.
Row 5: work selvedge, then (yo, k5, yo, skp, k1, k2tog) repeat to last 5 sts on side, yo, k5, yo and knit center stitch. Then repeat on second side of triangle.
Row 7: worl selvedge, then (yo, k7, yo, sk2p) repeat to last 7 sts on side, yo, k7, yo and knit center stitch. Then repeat on second side.
Rows 9, 11, 13: work selvedge, then (yo, k3, sk2p, k3, yo, k1) repeat to last 9 sts on side, yo, k3, sk2p, k3, yo, then knit center stitch. Then repeat on second side.
Row 14 – knit selvedge sts and purl all other stitches.
Bind off.
During the lace edging, I transitioned the colors as follows:
Beginning the lace edging, with the body of the shawl in color E, work one row color C (I ran out of color D!), one row color E, one row color C, one row color E, two rows color C, one row color B, one row color C, two rows color B, one row color A, one row color B, last two rows color A and bind off with A.

I’m very happy with this shawl! It’s a nice weight, since I used sock-weight yarn, and it turned out a very nice size. It’ll come in quite handy in keeping the chill off in the fall and winter. And it’s some of my favorite colors!

One WIP knocked down by the Ivory Ninja!


Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!

It’s almost here! WIPs WrestleMania!! Tomorrow, July 1st, it begins!!!

This is a Ravelry based event – for the whole month of July we’re going to tackle those wips (works in progress) and get them done once and for all!! We’ve formed teams, picked wrestling names (mine is The Ivory Ninja!) and classified our wips by weight, division, and events. I have, get this, 12 wips to tackle! I hope I’m up to the challenge!! Here they are in all their glory:

They are in varying degrees of completion, so some will be more difficult to finish in time than others. I told my teammates, though, that I absolutely have to finish the Master Knitter Level 1 assignment (a couple of the MK swatches are pictured in the middle). I’m hoping this gives me the motivation to finish it!!

I’m in two teams: Team Charlotte Purls (I’m team captain!) and Team LSG. Go Teams!!

It’ll be nice to have just one or two wips left by the end of July! And in August I pledge to be a more monogamous knitter (well, to try to be anyway!)

The Smackdown begins tomorrow!!!