Posts Tagged ‘Knitting’

WIP: Vine Yoke Cardigan

When I went to the Sticks and Stitches even last month I won a door prize of a free pattern from the Twist Collective.  After some deliberation, I decided to go go with the Vine Yoke Cardigan (Ravelry) by Ysolda Teague.  I’d recently stalled out working on my February Lady Pullover – I was having some serious gauge and size issues, so I decided to use the Galway Worsted that I got on sale at the Spinning Turtle in December.  I cast on for the Vine Yoke cardigan last weekend, but it took me several tries to get started due to my lack of ability to ready the directions for the one-row buttonhole.  Since then, however, it’s been smooth sailing.  The pattern is very original, using short rows to shape the collar and is a perfect combination of easy garter stitch and an easy-to-remember 8 row pattern.  The pictures below aren’t great, but the whole thing is kind of a blob right now.  I can’t wait to see it finished!

Vine Yoke Cardigan

The entire sweater, spread out on my desk

Vine Yoke Cardigan

A closeup of the yoke vine pattern.

Vine Yoke Cardigan

Closeup of the vine edging, which I love.

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FO: Ishbel

It’s a bit of a knitting blog cliche at this point to gush about how great the Ishbel pattern is, but I can’t help myself.  This is the most amazing looking thing that I’ve knit so far, and it was easy enough to be finished in a week.



Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague (Ravelry link for pattern)

Yarn: Marisol Tupa (50% wool, 50% silk) in color 801, Gold

Needle: size 3/3.25mm 24 inch Addi circs

This isn’t as lacy as most of the Ishbel’s that I’ve seen on Ravelry, since the yarn is a DK weight and I didn’t use a very large needle.  I wanted something that would be a bit warmer for wearing around my neck in the cold, since I’ve never really worn a shawl.

I love how this turned out, and I do hope to make another one soon, probably more like the lacier versions.  I have two weddings to attend next summer/fall, and something like this would be great over a summery dress.

I got the yarn in the sale bin at the Sow’s Ear, probably because the color is not for everyone.  I like the color, especially in contrast with my black winter coat, though now that I think about it, the color is dangerously close to one of the colors of my high school.  Blech. I’m just trying to forget that association and enjoy the bright colors.  We’re in the midst of a snowstorm now that has already caused mass panic in Southeastern Ohio.


I didn't want to actually go outside for the picture - we're in the midst of a snowpocalypse right now.


I don't see myself wearing it like this, but it surely does look amazing.

Many thanks to Jake for the photo shoot.  We had a bit of fun with Bunny and Walter who get very excited by the wrist cord that is attached to the camera:

Cat Photos 2/5/10

I'm not sure if she just got stuck in the cord or really wanted to hold onto it.

Cat Photos 2/5/10

Walter really enjoyed Ishbel too - she wanted to eat/claw it.

Cat Photos 2/5/10

I just love this expression.

Cat Photos 2/5/10

This expression, however, shows Walter at her angriest.

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It’s just over 90 minutes until the start of 2010, so I suppose it’s appropriate to post about my last FO of the year.

I’ve been wanting to knit a slouchy hat with a chunky yarn for a while since they seem to be so popular these days in the stores.  I finally got some chunky yarn at the Sow’s Ear in Verona during our last full day in Wisconsin.  I cast on that night and finished the hat early into our trip home.

Slouchy Hermione 2

Purple-y cable goodness

The pattern comes from JL Yarnworks’ Hermione’s Cable and Eyelet Hat. I cast on 60 stitches with a size 10 16 inch circular needle and did a K1P1 ribbing for an inch or so. Then I increased by knitting into the front and back of every other stitch except the first and last so I would have an appropriate number for the pattern. This didn’t really give me much slouch, so I’d definitely increase another two pattern repeats if I did this again.

I was running out of the yarn towards the end and didn’t have access in the car to the second skein that I’d bought, so I did the decreases a little quicker than called for, and ended up about one round before I would have preferred. As you can see from the picture below, that left a bit of a hole at the top of the hat, but it’s not a big deal.


Pay no attention to the hole at the top of the hat.

I think I’ll be wearing this hat a lot, until I knit something better. I love the color. The yarn is Harmony by Ironstone Yarns, not something I’ve ever knit with before.

Well, that officially wraps up 2009 for me. I’m off to go downstairs to ring in the new year with Jake. I think 2010 will be an exciting year for both of us, and I’m really looking forward to it. I wish you all the best for the upcoming year!

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2009 Knitting

Knitted in 2009

There it is, (almost) everything I finished knitting in 2009, in no particular order.  Unless otherwise noted, all links to go the Ravelry page for that project.

  1. Calorimetry
  2. Big Game Hat
  3. Cabled Clutch
  4. Australia Hat
  5. Michigan Baby Ear Flap Hat (blog link – I neglected to enter this one into Ravelry)
  6. Owlet Sweater
  7. Marigold Socks
  8. Charade Socks
  9. First Socks
  10. Honeycomb Cable Hat
  11. Pretty Thing Cowl
  12. OSU Baby Cardigan
  13. Red Cable Clutch
  14. Stay Home Sweater
  15. Lavender Cardigan
  16. Slouchy Hermione Hat (no Ravelry or blog link, just finished this on the way home from Wisconsin and need to capture the details still)
  17. Twists and Turns Hat
  18. Mesmerizing

I know that I finished at least one more project, a small clutch for Jake’s mom that I finished too close to a self-imposed deadline to get it photographed.

At first, I was a little disappointed to see the number of items I finished in 2009 at *only* 18.  I cast on for a lot more than that, but, as you know if you follow the blog, I can get bit by the startitis and second sock syndrome bugs pretty badly.

I’m also trying to remember that this was only my first full year of knitting.  I made my first pair of socks and my first adult-sized sweater.  That’s a pretty big deal, and I’m sure my 2010 in review will be much better.  Tomorrow, I’ll post about my knitting goals for 2010.

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Snowed In

It continues to snow here in Madison, albeit lightly at this point. Unfortunately, several days of snow and rain mean that the snow falling now is covering a layer of ice. The situation isn’t dire, but it’s bad enough that I don’t really want to go anywhere tonight. While I’m missing out on good Madison time, that does leave me lots of knitting time.

Earlier today, I finally finished my first scarf since last year. I made a “Noro” Striped Scarf using Crystal Palace’s Mini Mochi (in “Neptune Rainbow”) in place of the Noro, a ball of Brown Sheep’s Lanaloft and Jared Flood’s directions.

This is a super easy knit that shouldn’t have taken anywhere near as long as it did. I was nearly finished about a week ago, but became distracted by trying to finish my first raglan sweater in order to wear it on this trip.

I’m hoping to take a good picture outside tomorrow in contrast with the snow, but here’s an (over exposed) preview:

Mystery Swirl

Mini Mochi does not look good in this lighting.

I’ve also gotten a good start on the February Fitted Pullover. I’ve knit about two inches of the gull lace pattern, which is ridiculously easy to memorize.

February Pullover

More bad lighting - the yarn is a darker purple than this.

I really do like the pattern as it appears in the FO pictures, but I’m thinking about making it a vest instead, since I’d already be wearing it over a button-down shirt anyway. I’ve got some time yet to decide, even with the fast progress I’m making. It’s amazing how much knitting (and blogging) you can do when you’re not going to work every day!

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Yesterday, Jake and I drove from Ohio to Wisconsin. Or, as he would remind me, he drove and I knitted most of the way. It was dark when we left at 6:45, but I started knitting before 8.

I cast on for a hat based on an amazing cable pattern from 400 Knitting Stitches, a stitch dictionary I bought when we were home in Wisconsin for Thanksgiving. I finished the crown on the Beltway in Madison, so it was a close call, but I was able to finish the hat during the trip home.

Unfortunately, the numbers didn’t work out quite right. The hat is a bit small for an adult sized head, and the decreases were too quick. It does look great though, and would probably fit an older child quite well.


Isn't that an amazing cable pattern?

I’m thinking about ripping this back out since I really want a hat from this yarn and already used about two-thirds of the skein. The yarn is Galway Worsted Highland Heather, which I got on a great sale at my LYS since they wont be carrying it anymore.

I love the style of the hat. If it all ends up working out with the numbers I may write it up as a pattern. I’m not sure what the ethics are for writing patterns when you get the stitch from a dictionary though. Do I still get to call the hat pattern “mine” when the actual stitch pattern came from a book? I’ll give the dictionary author’s credit of course, and don’t plan to sell it or anything.

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I feel like there should be bells or a singing chorus.  Just in time for Christmas, I finished my first adult-sized garment.  I’m calling it the Stay Home Sweater, since it’s going to be perfect for warming up on chilly days, but it’s a bit bulky for work wear.


It's an actual, adult-sized sweater.

Pattern: Incredible, Custom-Fit Raglan Sweater (Ravelry), by Pamela Costello.
Yarn: Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool in Natural Brown.
Needles: Size 7 for the body, size 5 for the ribbing, button band and collar.
Modifications: The pattern is meant to make your own sweater and not a specific pattern.
Buttons: Light blue and brown, from JoAnn.


I love these buttons

While it’s certainly not perfect, I’m thrilled to have completed this sweater. I’ve never finished a project of this size before. The next time I make a sweater in this style, I’ll shorted up the raglan length and decrease more quickly on the sleeves since the upper body area is a little bulky. I’d also add some length to the body and the sleeves. Overall though, it’s pretty exciting to put on a sweater that I made myself. I feel like I’ve come really far in my knitting in the past year, but I’m looking forward to continuing to improve on my skills and make more sweaters.

I think my next garment project will be this February Fitted Pullover by Amy Herzog of Stash, Knit, Repeat. The sweater looks absolutely gorgeous and a great use of the gull lace pattern from the ubiquitous February Lady Sweater. I’m a bit surprised there aren’t more projects for this pattern in Ravelry. I’ll definitely be casting on for this soon.

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Knit Picks

Last weekend, I made my first order to Knit Picks and my order was delivered on Thursday.  I ordered several balls of the Palette yarn to use for Heather’s Mittens (Ravelry) by Spillyjane.  I’ve wanted to knit these since I first saw the pattern last winter, but I lacked the knitting talent and proper yarn until recently.  One of my co-workers asked if I’d make her green mittens and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.


My first Knit Picks order

Naturally, I had to start the mittens right away. I was a little worried that there wouldn’t be enough contrast between the two green colors, but the Edamame and Rainforest Heather colorways actually work really well together. I was a little surprised to see how much red/blue tint there is in the Rainforest Heather. It looks really neat though.


Closeup to show the colors in the Rainforest Heather colorway

It’s a little slow going to knit mittens with fingering weight yarn and size 0 needles, but they’re turning out really great so far. I can’t wait to see what they look like finished. I’ve struggled a bit with the double stranded color work, especially since there are sometimes ten stitches between colors. This is especially awkward when the color changes from one side of the mitten to the other. I think I’ve read there’s some sort of twist you can do to hold these strands down, but I don’t know how to do that. Any suggestions?


Progress about twenty rows into the color work

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Almost FO: Pretty Thing Cowl

This pattern (Ravelry) definitely lives up to its name.  It’s certainly a very pretty thing.  The pattern is gorgeous, but was actually a pretty easy knit.  Unfortunately, it seems that this yarn (Ravelry) + this pattern is not a great combination.  I’ve tried on the cowl and it just seems to flop over, completely.  I’m not sure if it’s the yarn, or it just the size of my neck.  Here’s a picture of the cowl pre-blocking.

Unblocked Pretty Thing Cowl

It certainly looks pretty

I’ve got it soaking right now and am hoping that will block out to stand up a little stronger, but that may be putting too much faith in the power of blocking.  Even more disappointing, the yarn, which feels great in the hands, actually feels a little scratchy on my neck.  Weird.  I’m hoping that someone else will want this since I don’t see myself wearing it much, and it’s just too pretty to frog.  I’ve still got about a skein and a half of the Buckingham yarn left.  I’m thinking of making some delicate hand warmer/mitts with the rest.

As a bonus, I’ve got another FO today.  I actually made this over two days back in October and didn’t even think to blog about it because it was such a quick project.  It’s the Calorimetry (Ravelry) pattern from Knitty, which is a sort of half hat/headband to wear on those days when you wear your hair up in a ponytail.  This one turned out great and I’ve been wearing it ever since.

For when it's cold

It's been a bit warm to need this lately

The yarn is Plymouth Galway Worsted in a gray color that has some amazing color when you look at it up closely.  I bought this a while ago at Spinning Turtle, and don’t have the band anymore, but I think it may be one of their Highland Heathers (Ravelry).  I’d like to make a sweater out of this stuff.

Just gray?

Look at those colors!

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Back From Monterey

I spent most of this last week in Monterey, California for the Internet Librarian conference.  An early flight out on Sunday morning meant that I was able to spend some time exploring the city on Sunday afternoon before I passed out from sheer exhaustion and time change insanity.  Here are few pictures from Monterey.  I’ve got a full set on Flickr.


This red boat really stood out among all the other bots in the harbor.


Doesn't this flower look like it's made of crumpled tissue paper?


I didn't stay in the conference center hotel, so I had a really nice walk through downtown Monterey each morning.


I'd never seen any sort of flower/plant like this before. They were sort of waxy looking.

Of course, I also had to check out a local yarn shop while I was there.  I found a few other librarians looking to make dinner plans on Monday evening and it turned out that one of them was a knitter.  She had met yet another knitter that day too, so the three of us went to Monarch Knitting in Pacific Grove on Tuesday. They had a lot of yarn brands that I’d never seen before in person like Rowan and Tree Frog.

I couldn’t purchase much, since I was limited to just what I could fit in my already overstuffed carry on bag.  (US Airways now charges $25 if you check a single bag at the airport!)  I bought two skeins of Buckingham, a alpaca/silk blend from Bristol Yarn Gallery (a Plymouth Company) in an blue/gray color.  I think this will be knitting into a Pretty Thing (Ravelry) very soon.  I also got one ball of Plymouth’s Sockin’ Sox, which is a superwash wool, bamboo and nylon blend, in a red/purple-y colorway.

Buckingham yarn

This will make a Pretty Thing

Sockin Sox

Not sure what sort of socks these will be yet.

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