Pattern: Inside-Out Scarf (Rav link) from Knit One Below by Elise Duvekot
Yarn: Approximately 204.6 yards (93 grams) of Noro Kureyon in colorway 207
Needle: US size 4
Timeline: 03.02.13 – 03.15.13
Opinions: The book is a great resource, but I think this is one of those techniques you really have to see to get. It’s also not immediately clear that this is a really short scarf, so keep that in mind if you live in a place like Vermont where you’re still wearing your handknits in April. If I made it again, I think I’d grab another 2 balls of yarn and knit longer.
Random Thoughts: I’ve never seen Noro Kureyon be so consistent! The first quarter of the scarf was variations on purple, and the entire second half is like a fraternal twin. (Don’t try to do the math on that.) I did have a knot in both skeins, so I’m sure that affected it. I’m proud of myself for using my stash, learning a new technique, using a pattern in a book I bought, AND it’s an IWTMT! (That blog post says I bought Silk Garden. Wonder what happened to that!) I would love to see this with a pale cream as one color and a pastel rainbow for the second. Hmm …
This is one of those things that the regular people will look at me and back away slowly. I finally wore my Loom Socks #2 yesterday, and they were pretty awesome. I’m not used to socks that fit me, since I have fairly small feet, so at first it was weird, but I adjusted.
When I got home, I was throwing a load of laundry in anyway, so in went the socks. I’ve washed socks before, but they were worsted weight and mostly acrylic, and I can’t remember if I’ve ever put them in the dryer. The loom socks are okay to be machine-dried, so in they went as well.
It’s a little terrifying washing and drying something for the first time, because even though you know you’ve done all you can to keep them together, you never know.
They came out fine, by the way. They fit well and I can put them in with the regular laundry? Rock on.
Seriously, I probably won’t post again until October.
Pattern: Koolhaas by Brooklyn Tweed
Yarn: Approximately 127.5 yards of Wonderfully Woolly by Green Mountain Spinnery in colorway Goldfinch
Needles: US size 2 and 4, because apparently I hate myself
Timeline: 2.11.13 – 2.21.13
Opinions: Yet another great Brooklyn Tweed pattern. I didn’t mind cabling with a cable needle, but I am apparently an anomaly on the internet. I am really surprised I had to go down four needle sizes to make it fit (I threw a hissy fit after my two-sizes-down swatch didn’t get gauge, so I winged it), but whatevs. I do feel like row gauge would have been helpful, as 4 pattern repeats was too tall for my head and I had to rip back and do 3 instead. (Edit: Of course the pattern has row gauge. I’m too dumb to find it, apparently.) Also, this yarn? I want to marry it and I’m sad it’s discontinued.
Random Thoughts: The forecast was threatening snow, but I swear it only snowed (and heavily) for the ten minute window I had for this photoshoot. Because of course. Also, I love that this yarn is so bright you basically can’t see any stitches in the top of my photo. I made an IWTMT, I made something from a pattern I bought, I made a hat that fit me — and it’s not green. Universe, you can stop laughing now.
Look at me, posting about another finished object just a week after my last post. No worries, the blog will soon fall back to sporadic posting.
Pattern: Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks by Morgen Dämmerung
Yarn: Approximately 349.6 yards of Three Irish Girls Springvale Worsted in colorway Hawk Ridge
Needles: US size 10
Timeline: 12.3.12 – 2.10.13
Opinions: Fun pattern! It was easy to memorize, and I’d actually planned to have this as social knitting. I alternated skeins, which I do recommend, but you can sort of see that the blue streaks had other plans. Oh well, it still gets lots of compliments. Also, the 3-stitch garter stitch border on either side does jack to keep it from curling, in case you were wondering.
Random Thoughts: I hate making and attaching fringe, and while you can’t see much of the fringe in that picture, it’s there and it was worth the effort. Hey, I used some of that yarn I won! I know I’m trying to use up stash in chronological order, but screw it, this was fun. Don’t know what I’m going to do with the remaining yarn — any suggestions?
Holy crap, people. It’s a blog post about a finished object that’s also an IWTMT and it uses yarn I bought two years ago. I’ll give you a second to pick yourself up off the floor.
Pattern: Sweet Fern Mitts from The Knitter’s Book of Wool
Yarn: Approximately 130 yards of Wonderfully Woolly by Green Mountain Spinnery in colorway Fiddlehead
Needles: US Size 3
Timeline: 11.10.12 – 11.22.12
Opinions: Love this pattern, love this yarn. I got gauge when I swatched, but the finished mitts are a bit baggy on me, so I would cut out some of the ribbing if I remade them.
Random Thoughts: I can’t believe I actually made an IWTMT. From a book pattern. In stash yarn. Go me! Also, this was the best picture from our photoshoot, and it’s currently my profile pic on Facebook, because I’m that big of a dork.
I need some frame loom help! A few entries ago, I posted that I purchased a frame/lap loom at VT Sheep & Wool (you can see a picture at the link). I finished the sample and started a coaster or whatever it’s going to be — but I’m not really sure what to do to take it off the loom. I can’t find the written instructions and I haven’t found any videos that show that part.
I think for the sample I used some crochet cotton and did a few passes like I would with the weft yarn, and then wove in that end, cut the loops and tied them together, but a) I don’t know if that’s right and b) I don’t know if that will hold up to the washing machine. Can anyone help me?
Pattern: Loosely based on the pattern that came with the DVD, but I made up my own cuff and leg measurements based on the last pair of socks I made and how I wanted to modify them.
Yarn: 168.3 yards of Lion Brand Magic Stripes in Purple Pattern. Just a little over half, so if I wanted to use up the whole skein I’d have to make the next pair yoga socks.
Loom: The Authentic Knitting Board Adjustable Sock Loom, 52 pegs
Timeline: 6.17.12 – 11.6.12 (It would have taken less time, but I hate taking it off the loom to Kitchener.)
Opinions: I’d love to give you some, but I split my toenail cutting it and so I’m afraid to wear these and rip the yarn.
Random Thoughts: It was fun guesstimating the leg and cuff portions to make a sock I’m more likely to wear. Also, I had to climb on on my radiator to find a relatively cat-free zone for taking pictures. I’m daring like that.
Well, it has been ridiculously quiet here, for good reason. Swallowtail has stalled. My loom sock is done, except I need to put it on needles and Kitchener it.
I went to VT Sheep & Wool. I didn’t take any pictures — it was rainy and this was the first year having my iPad as my primary camera. I also didn’t buy any yarn! Are you shocked? I bought a crochet hook keychain (purchased from Ball & Skein, but the one from KnitPicks), which means I can finally cross that off my Christmas wishlist.
Then I bought a lap loom/frame loom from Millpoint Emporium. I’ve been waffling on a loom for a while, and the frame loom fit my budget (and seemed like a good way to decide if I like weaving). I finally pulled it out and started playing with it today. I’m not done, but it’s very meditative and easy to get lost in.
We took our eldest cat to the vet a few days before the festival because she wasn’t eating. The vet diagnosed her with kidney failure, and we made the incredibly difficult decision to put her down. Sheep & Wool helped give me a distraction, and I seem to pick up new skills when dealing with the death of a loved one. I’ll always think of my older brother when I remember learning to crochet, and now weaving will be tied to the loss of Phoebe. But I consider it to be something positive — I am still creating, even in loss, even amidst death. I am still learning and growing. The sadness still hits me like a tidal wave sometimes, but it will lessen, and I’ll keep going.
Here’s a quick & dirty update! I’ve recently started taking some belly dancing classes. I’m not very good, but when I found out about a free costume workshop, I was in. After all, it called for yarn.
It was really more of an accessories workshop, but I still had fun and learned how to make a hair fall. It ought to look impressive when I’m actually dancing! Also, it’s a great way to use up scraps, of which I have plenty.
I’ve already started another one that’s much longer. Fun!
You guys, I just saw the most awesome thing on KnitsByHeather. Are you ready for this? You might want to sit down.
It’s a sock yarn granny square blanket.
Why is this so amazing, you may ask? Well, I have lots of sock yarn, and I also have — as everyone probably does — lots of sock yarn scraps. I keep thinking I’ll make the mitered square blanket, but let’s be honest. That hasn’t happened yet and it probably won’t happen. I am already making a scrapghan out of worsted weight yarn — why not crochet one in sock yarn too?
Brilliant, I tell you, brilliant. Thanks for the idea, Heather!