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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

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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.

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Pretty!

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.

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

Ishbel

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:

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

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

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I just love this expression.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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