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February FO’s!

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a month since I last blogged! Where has the time gone? I haven’t felt like I’ve been that busy, but I haven’t been great about taking in-progress shots of my current projects which seems to result in me not blogging.

Since I last posted, I’ve finished 4 things! The first thing I finished was the Wurm hat I was working on.<p.

Wurm (Front)
Wurm

Pattern: Wurm by katushika – Rav link to pattern (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: February 11, 2011
Completed: February 20, 2011
Yarn: Brooks Farm Solo Silk in a light purple, about 1/2 a skein.
Needles: US 2.5 (3.0 mm) Addi Turbo circular, US 4 (3.5 mm) bamboo circular and DPNs
Notes: I did the brim a bit different. I did a provisional cast on to do a turned hem for the hat rather then casting on and knitting the cast on edge with your working row as the pattern states. I think this makes for a brim with more stretch. I started with the US 2.5 needles working the first stockinette portion and the purl row, then switched to US 4’s for the rest of the hat. I did 10 purl sections as the pattern called for, which gave me just the right amount of slouch. If you like really slouchy hats, I’d recommend doing more then that. After that last purl section, the hat gets pulled in VERY fast. Overall, I’m happy with how this hat turned out and it’ll be nice for cold days to help protect my ears.

Wurm (Side)
Wurm – Side

Wurm (Back)
Wurm – Back/Top

Next up is a cute little bunneh made out of my own handspun. I kept seeing these little guys around on Ravelry and got the urge to knit one OMGRIGHTNOW a few weekends ago. I had this handspun sitting at my desk along with needles and I cast on right away. Worked on him only while sitting at my desk, so he took a few days to complete, but I think it would have gone a lot faster had I worked on him more then just at my desk.

Bunny Nugget
Bunny Nugget

Pattern: Bunny Nuggets by Rebecca Danger (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: February 19, 2011
Completed: February 21, 2011
Yarn: Zarzuela’s Fibers Targhee in the Emeralds colorway, handspun by me to fingering weight
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) Knit Picks DPNs
Notes: I only used a small amount of yarn. If I had to guess, I’d say roughly 40 or so yards. The pom pom was too big at first, but I cut it down to be smaller. Still a bit big, though I think it adds to the cuteness!

For the pom pom, I tried a new tool, which may now be my favorite knitting related tool ever. I first bought this Clover small pom pom maker from my local Hobby Lobby. I quickly discovered that the smaller one in the package that makes a pom pom 1 3/8 inches big was as big as my bunny nugget! I trimmed it down to size and used it anyway because I was too impatient to wait for the extra small pom pom maker from Clover to arrive. These pom pom makers are FANTASTIC! It makes making pom poms almost painless compared to every other tutorial on how to make them that I’ve ever seen. Totally worth the investment if you make make pom poms at all.

After finishing up Wurm and knitting a Bunny Nugget, I focused on getting Matt’s socks done. With some focus, they were finished pretty quickly!

Matt's Camo Socks
Matt’s Camo Socks

Pattern: Plain Vanilla Top-Down Socks (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: January 1, 2011
Completed: February 23, 2011
Yarn: Zarzuela’s Fibers Merino Sock in the Camo colorway, just over 1/2 a skein (approx. 250 yards)
Needles: US 0 (2.0 mm) Knit Picks circular
Notes: Used my own plain top-down sock pattern for a 68 stitch sock. I really liked working with this yarn and Matt seems to like the finished socks! :)

My final FO for February is Seneca. I absolutely LOVE this sweater. It’s probably my favorite of all the sweaters I’ve knit and other then the minor freak out over the skeins not matching (which turns out isn’t an issue at all), I had no problems with the pattern or fit or… well anything! This is my second sweater of the year, so I’m still on track for knitting 12 this year.

Seneca (Front)
Seneca

Pattern: Seneca by Jared Flood (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: February 1, 2011
Completed: February 26, 2011
Yarn: MadelineTosh DK, 5.5 skeins (1231 yards)
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) HiyaHiya stainless steel circular
Notes: My gauge was off for this sweater, but I really liked the gage I got with the US 7 needle, so I did some math and decided to knit the 40″ size instead of the 44″ size that I would have knit if I had got the pattern gauge. By my math, I would end up with a 44″ sweater knitting the 40″ size based on my gauge and I did! I did make some notes in my Ravelry project page about some missing information/errors in the pattern. There’s no errata for it that I could find, though these are noted in the comments of the pattern on Ravelry (which I didn’t check until after I’d finished the sweater). I made a mistake in Chart A and added an additional knit row where one shouldn’t be. I don’t think it’s noticeable at all and if I didn’t mention it, I doubt anyone else would notice either! I realized it when I’d reached the cables on the yoke and I knew there was no way I wanted to basically start my entire sweater over to correct it, so I made the decision to keep going and include the error I’d made. I did make the same error through every instance of Chart A that I knit and I even did it for Chart B as well so that at least the mistake is consistent. Overall, even with the error I made, I’m totally in love with this sweater! It fits great, the yarn was fantastic to work with, I love the color, it can be dressed up or down…. what’s not to love? :)

Senca (Back)
Seneca – Back

Seneca (Top Cables)
Seneca – Yoke

Seneca (Sleeve Cables)
Seneca – Sleeve Detail

I need to get some updated pictures on the current projects I have going since the two main ones I’ve been working on don’t have ANY in-progress shots yet. Hopefully I can do that today or tomorrow and share what’s on the needles for me later this week!

Projects In Progress

Has it really been almost two weeks since I’ve updated on my projects? This month has been going by pretty quickly!

Since the last time I posted, I’ve been working away on Seneca and I’m even further then this picture from last week shows. I’ve finished the second sleeve, joined both sleeves to the body, and have just started the first chart on the yoke.

Seneca
Seneca

Yes, the sleeve is a bit lighter in color then the body is, but it’s not too noticeable when you see the whole sweater together. After taking the above picture and realizing how it looked lighter then the body, I had a brief moment of panic and wanted to frog the whole thing, start over and alternate skeins. Thankfully that was only for a brief moment. After giving it more consideration, I decided I could live with it. Seeing the whole thing together now, I’m glad I made that choice. The color difference is just one of those things you run into with hand dyed yarns like the MadelineTosh DK I’m using. It’s such a pretty yarn, though, and one I would definitely use again.

I have knit maybe 2 rows on the Textured Shawl since I mentioned it last, but here’s an updated picture of my progress. I’m about halfway through the first skein of yarn.

Textured Shawl
Textured Shawl

After I had the minor freak out about the sweater color issue, I had to put it aside and think about what to do. Nothing currently on the needles was calling to me to work on while Seneca sat in the corner. I was feeling rather “meh” about everything I had in progress, but had a strong urge to cast on something new, so last weekend I started Wurm (Ravelry link). I’d been wanting to knit this for a while and I also wanted to use up the rest of this Brooks Farm Solo Silk I had in the stash. I cast on and within a day and a half I had a lot of progress. I haven’t worked on it much since I cast on for it on Feb. 11th, but it sits on my desk at home and I’ve been working a row or two here and there.

Wurm
Wurm

I’ve been working primarily on Seneca after deciding to keep going with it. Didn’t take long to finish the second sleeve, but now that I’m on the yoke, it’s a little slow going with all those stitches on the needle. It’s also not that portable anymore considering it’s size, so I’ve been alternating between Seneca and Matt’s Camo Socks. The socks are coming along. I finally finished the gusset and heel turn of the second sock, picked up the stitches along the gusset and have started the decreases. Getting to that point made me excited to get them done. Since I have a 3 day weekend coming up, I think I’ll focus on those so I have an FO to share soon! :)

Happy knitting all!

Two FO’s and 2010 Year End Wrap Up

This New Year’s Eve definitely hasn’t gone as expected, but I think that it’s turning out to be a good one anyhow! We originally had plans to go hang out with Matt’s friend just outside of Louisville, KY. He had been having some issues with the network at his work which ultimately lead to a part being shipped early this afternoon, arriving this evening, and currently being installed so that everything is up and running by Monday. I’m bummed that we aren’t able to make it, but Matt is a rock star at his job and has to play Super IT Guy instead. Just life how life goes sometimes!

Much to my surprise, I was able to get two more projects done just before the end of the year.

The first thing I finished was the Picot Edge Hat. I saw this on Grmperina’s blog earlier this week and knew immediately I needed to make it. I’ve been trying to figure out just the right project for this yarn and I finally found it!

Picot Edge Hat (Front)
Picot Edge Hat

Pattern: Picot Edge Hat (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: December 28, 2010
Completed: December 31, 2010
Yarn: Squoosh Fiber Arts Merinio Cashmere Sport, colorway Seaside, approx 3/4 of a skein
Needles: US 4 bamboo circular and DPNs
Notes: No modifications. Followed the pattern for the medium size, though I think my gauge was a bit off. Love the way it fits and it comes over my ears and is just what I need for winter.

Picot Edge Hat (Side)
Picot Edge Hat – Side

Craig, who runs Great Northern Yarns, was kind enough to offer to send me a skein of the mink/cashmere DK yarn that I need. I thanked him repeatedly, but I am just so blown away by his kind offer! The fiber community is such a great one and I’m so happy that I get to be a part of it. :)

The yarn arrived today and in a short amount of time I had my Juneberry Triangle finished! I didn’t think I’d get this one done before the end of the year. I’m glad I was able to, though. It’s officially off the needles and currently blocking. I’m waiting to do the full FO post once it’s dry and I have more pictures of it, but here’s a little peek!

Juneberry
Juneberry Triangle

It’s that time of year again! Time to recap the projects I’ve completed this year. I have less projects then I did last year, but last year I had a month off work after having surgery to do all the knitting I wanted and I did smaller projects last year compared to this year.

Project breakdown for 2010:

- Eight pairs of socks
– Seven sweaters (which includes the baby sweater I knit)
– Six hats
– Five shawls
– Three scarves
– Two pairs of fingerless gloves
– One iPhone cober
– One chicken bag
– One toy alien
– One pair of baby booties
– One tree

Completed Projects in 2010
Projects Completed in 2010

Overall, I’m happy with the projects I’ve completed this year. Less then last year, but last year I had a whole month of recovery after having surgery that I spent knitting. I knit more sweaters and more shawls, but less socks. The things I like to work on are always changing and I notice it most when I do this review each year!

I had a few goals for this year. I have to make a confession… I kinda forgot about those completely! I met my goal of knitting five shawls this year, just barely. I decided I didn’t want to knit Little Birds, so I didn’t meet that goal. I didn’t get around to the exercising goal until late in the year (around September), so there’s another miss. Eat Clean diet was a miss as well (life, it gets in the way!). I think my goal of “knitting with more luxury fibers” was a bit lofty, but I think I did alright there with my sea silk shawl, my mink cashmere shawl, and my Bugga sweater. I’m sure I could have met some of these better had I not forgot about them. I guess I just wasn’t as committed as I thought I was!

For the new year I have some knitting specific goals and some other ones, but I’ll share that in the new year. :)

2010 has been pretty good overall. There were a few down spots, like my dear beta fish, Fred, passing away (who I had for 5 years and was a surprisingly attentive, playful and a fish with his own personality), but life is pretty good. I know that some of my friends have had a rough year and I hope that 2011 brings better things for everyone.

Happy New Year!! May the new year be great for all! :)

Finishing Things, Starting Things

December has arrived and so has the cold weather! Not so bad of a thing when you’re a knitter, though. Been getting out the scarves and mittens to keep me warm this week. Since my last post, I’ve finished two things.

First thing I finished was the Mystery KAL hat from Woolly Wormhead. Didn’t take long since I was so close to being done. I made this my Thanksgiving Day knitting since it took less concentration then the baby sweater I was working on.

Limpetiole (Brim)
Limpetiole

Pattern: Limpetiole aka Woolly Wormhead Mystery KAL Hat B (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: November 1, 2010
Completed: November 25, 2010
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in color 81, one skein
Needles: US 6 bamboo circular and DPNs
Notes: No mods, followed pattern as written. Well written pattern that makes a lovely hat.

Limpetiole (Top)
Limpetiole

Here’s the thing about hats/berets and me: I don’t really wear them. I don’t know why I keep insisting on knitting yet another hat I end up feeling like I look stupid in. Might be time to either quit it or knit them with an intended recipient in mind. For now I’ll stash this in the “maybe I’ll give this away” pile (which isn’t really as big as my saying this might make it out to be).

The second FO I have to share is something I’m very happy to have done. I swear this felt like it took a lot longer then it did! At least it is done, I’m happy with how it turned out, it will be given to the person who requested I knit it early next week since it is currently drying, and I can get back to the other projects that I put on hold so I could work on this.

Trellis
Trellis

Pattern: Trellis (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: November 22, 2010
Completed: December 6, 2010
Yarn: Plymouth Dreambaby DK in brown, 2.5 skiens
Needles: US 6 bamboo straight needles
Notes: I found this pattern to be a bit fiddly and complicated for a baby sweater. Definitely not for someone who doesn’t like seaming. This sweater felt like it too a lot longer then 2 weeks to knit… I swear it felt like it took a month. I’m sure it didn’t help that I was kind of over the excitement of a new project (I’d never knit a baby sweater prior to this) shortly after starting! Mostly knit as written. I did change how the collar was worked. I worked it as a knit on boarder rather then having to knit it and sew it down. For right side collar: on right side row, work in seed stitch to 1 stitch from end, slip last stitch, pick up one stitch from edge, work as ssk. Work wrong side row in pattern. Repeat until the border is at the middle back of the neck. For left side collar: on wrong side row, work in seed stitch to 1 stitch from end, slip last stitch, pick up one stitch from edge, work as ssk. Work right side row in pattern. Repeat until the border is at the middle back of the neck.

Trellis
Trellis

As soon as I had the last button sewn on Trellis, I started a new stripy sock. I received this not too long ago and couldn’t wait to start a sock with it. The yarn is Perfect Day Yarns self-striping in the “Shew Woos Me” colorway. The picture below doesn’t do it justice, since I took it with my iPhone, but it’s really beautiful and I’m really enjoying knitting with this yarn. My stash definitely needs more of Sarah’s yarns! :D

PDY Stripey Sock
Perfect Day Yarns Stripey Sock

I’m still working on my Opposites Attract Mystery Socks. Close to being done with both! Finished up clue 3 and now working on the last clue. Currently trying to figure out what to work on finishing up after those are done, but right now just enjoying knitting on the OA and Stripey socks.

Now it’s off to the gym with Matt to get our butts kicked by our personal trainer. It’s been about a month since our last appointment, so I have a feeling I’m going to be sore tomorrow! In a good way, of course. ;)

Current Projects and Projects Calling Me

Before I got sidetracked with all the commissioned knitting, I was moving right along with the mystery knitting.

I finished through clue 2 on Pattern B of the Woolly Wormhead Mystery KAL. I started working on clue 3 this past week, but I’ve only done a row or two here and there when I’m sitting at my computer at home since I have it sitting on my desk.

Pattern B
Woolly Wormhead, Pattern B

I started working clue 2 on Pattern A of the Woolly Wormhead Mystery KAL, but then decided my yarn was too variegated for the cabled pattern, so it has been frogged. I’m sure I’ll try it again at a later date. The finished hat is really pretty! You can see the finished version on Ravelry here.

Pattern A
Woolly Wormhead, Pattern A

I got quite a way on my Opposites Attract Mystery Sock, too. I managed to finish through clue 3 on the second sock and just start clue 3 on the first sock. Love the yarn and pattern! I’ve seen the finished socks from a few folks and I can’t wait to get mine done so I can wear them.

OA Mystery KAL (Clue 3)
OA Mystery Sock

OA Mystery KAL (Clue 3)
OA Mystery Sock – Side

Featherweight has been set aside for the moment, but I plan on getting back to it and finishing it before I start another sweater. The Sock Knitters Anonymous Mystery KAL hasn’t been touched since finishing clue 1. There’s something about the yarn I just feel eh about. It’s not colorful or exciting and I just can’t seem to bring myself to knit it. I do want to finish it since I like the finished socks, but I probably won’t get back to them until I finish the OA Mystery socks. As usual, my queue keeps building up and there’s not enough time in the day to knit it all! There’s a number of projects that I want to make that are really calling me.

Projects Calling to Me
Left to right: Volna, Zaubertote, and Boteh Scarf

The only one I don’t have yarn at the ready for is Volna, but one of the local yarn shops carry the Noro Kirameki, so when I’m ready to start, I’ll go pick some up. I have yarn and patterns for Zaubertote and Boteh Scarf sitting on my desk waiting for me to start! Just trying to clear a few things off the needles (and finish the baby sweater) before starting any of them. Are there any projects that are calling to you lately?

Tomorrow, here in the US, it’s Thanksgiving. We’ll be having meals with Matt’s family early in the day and my family late in the day. Now I must go bake pies in preparation for tomorrow! Happy Thanksgiving everyone :)

Commission Knitting and Two FO’s

Where has November gone? I swear this month was just starting last week! I can’t say this month has been particularly busy, but I haven’t been taking pictures nearly enough to make regular posts now that it’s dark when I leave for work and dark by the time I arrive home. Definitely need a better light set up for the winter months.

A few days after I posted last, I was asked to knit some baby things for someone I work with. Booties, a hat, and a sweater. This put all my current knitting on hold since I found out shortly after starting that there was a sort-of deadline of ASAP because the recipient would likely be home for Thanksgiving to receive these items. (Turns out they won’t be and likely won’t be gifted until late December.) Patterns were decided on, yarn was purchased that weekend, and off I went.

Warning… I go off a bit on a rant here about commission knitting.

Normally I don’t do commissions. The biggest reason is that people really don’t understand the work, time, effort and skill that goes into knitting and greatly devalue it. The thinking is generally that “it can’t possibly take that much time or be worth that much.” I know every knitter/crocheter/crafter out there understands and gets this! Sadly, those that don’t make things by hand don’t always understand this. I’m not really sure I ever will take on a commission again, but I’ve at least learned a few things from it.

I thought that the person who asked for these items appreciated the work that went into them since we’d had discussions at length about how long knit items take, how much work goes into them, and the real cost of labor and yarn. I didn’t set a price up front because I wasn’t sure how long any of it would take considering the last time I made a pair of booties and a baby hat was over 6 years ago when I first learned to knit and the last time I knit a baby sweater was…. never. I wasn’t sure on yarn cost, either. Big mistake. It was a comment about how much she owed me for the hat and booties that made me realize that what I thought she understood about the time and work and cost that truly goes into a knit item wasn’t understood at all.

The comment was something about $6 for the booties, which was said while I was saying that we’d discuss price when I finish the sweater. Needless to say my jaw dropped at that, but I kept my cool and didn’t say anything about it. The yarn alone cost $8, plus another $5.99 for the pattern I had to purchase. At least the hat and sweater pattern are free, but she insisted on this particular bootie pattern. I didn’t use all of the yarn and could still use leftovers for some other project (no idea what since I don’t knit baby things often), but that doesn’t even begin to cover the time spent making them or the supplies. Took me a week of after work knitting time to finish the two booties (6-8 hours) and a day and a half of weekend knitting time to do the hat (4-5 hours). That doesn’t even count the time I spent making a bootie that ended up the wrong size and helped me figure out a way to not knit it flat and have that ugly seem in the back. Even if I estimate the lowest amount of time since I didn’t time myself, 6 hours at minimum wage (in Ohio that’s currently $7.30), that’s $43.80 and that’s JUST for the booties, not even counting supplies. I wouldn’t feel comfortable charging her that “real” amount at minimum wage. Alternately, you can figure it by yardage used – somewhere between $0.15 and $0.30 per yard, depending on difficulty of the pattern. Based on that, it would be $21 for the booties since I used approximately 140 yards. Not sure what will happen at this point or what I’ll charge.

Lesson learned, courtesy of this experience and wise words from Leslie: always decide on a cost before purchasing yarn or starting anything and if it’s something large, it’s a good idea to get a 50% deposit up front.

Anyhow… the booties and hat are done, which means I have two FO’s to share!

Moc-a-Soc (Front
Baby Moc-a-Soc

Pattern: Baby Moc-a-Soc (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: November 14, 2010
Completed: November 20, 2010
Yarn: Plymouth Dreambaby DK in brown, approx. 92 yards, and Plymouth Dreambaby 4ply in off white, approx. 48 yards
Needles: US 1.5 (2.50 mm) for the brown bootie part and US 1 (2.25 mm) for the off white sock part
Notes: I made changes to the pattern because I didn’t like the seam in the back or the fact that where they split in the front, there was knits on one side and purls on the other. Shoe: Starting flat, I knit the garter stitch portion as written through row 15. On row 16, I joined in the round and knit one round (instead of purling). On odd rows 17, 19, 21 and 23, knit as written. On even rows 18, 20, 22, and 24, knit (instead of purling since you are working in the round). Cuff: Starting where you joined (where the seam would be): k1, “p2, k2” repeat from ” to 1 stitch before the end of the round, k1. Repeat for 2 more rounds. This is where you split the center. K1, “p2, k2” repeat from ” 4 times more, k1. 20 stitches have been worked. Turn. Keep in ribbing pattern for 5 more rows. Knit 3 rows. BO all 40 stitches. Seam the bottom of the shoe. Since the sock is worked after seaming, I did not change that portion.

Moc-a-Soc (Heel)
Baby Moc-a-Soc – No seam on the back!

Baby Hat
Baby Hat

Pattern: DROPS Hat in “Extra Fine Merino” (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: November 20, 2010
Completed: November 21, 2010
Yarn: Plymouth Dreambaby DK in light blue, approx. 74 yards
Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm) for the brim and US 4 (3.5 mm) for the hat
Notes: Heavily modified version of the hat. Used smaller weight yarn and needles. Left out the purl row after finishing the brim. Used the 18.5″ size to get a 16″ hat with the gauge difference. DROPS patterns aren’t my favorite since they don’t always seem very organized or specific (doesn’t tell you what kind of decrease to use, says things like “decrease evenly” etc), but for free patterns, they aren’t too bad to follow if you know what you’re doing.

Baby Hat (Top)
Baby Hat – Top

I started the sweater yesterday, but I don’t have any progress photos of it yet. Most of my other projects have been put on hold for these projects and some have even been frogged. I’ll update on those next time! :)

Mystery KAL’s Aplenty This Month

This month, I decided to join in on some mystery knit-a-longs. I usually start these, then drop out, but so far I’ve been able to stick with it. I’m doing the Sock Knitter’s Anonymous November Mystery KAL, Barking Dog Yarns Opposites Attract Mystery KAL, and the Woolly Wormhead Mystery Hat KAL (two patterns A and B). I figured that since I didn’t have much on the needles and not a lot was really calling me, why not give some mystery patterns a go? So far I’m through clue one on all patterns, have clue 2 for the Opposites Attract and SKA socks, and clue 2 will be out for the two hats will be out today.

I’m not sure how I feel about the SKA Mystery Sock. I think it’s the yarn that’s making me re-consider it. The yarn is a bit on the bright, eye searing side. I’m using Yarntini merino/nylon sock in Strawberry Frenzy, which was part of the Semi-Solid Sock Club from last year. It’s not very “semi” to me, but a very solid bright red. It’s even just a bit brighter then the picture shows. Definitely going to finish them. They may end up as a gift, though.

November MOCK
SKA November Mystery Sock KAL

The Barking Dog Yarns Opposites Attract Mystery KAL is going well. The clues are coming out faster, so I started on clue 2 on Saturday. The yarn is a fun concept. Two skeins that go together, but are different. You’ll see what I mean when I start the second sock. I took pictures just after finishing clue 1. Definitely want to get more of this yarn!

OA Mystery Sock
BDY Opposites Attract Mystery KAL

OA Mystery Sock
BDY Opposites Attract Mystery KAL

I was a little hesitant to join the Woolly Wormhead Mystery Hat KAL since I don’t wear a lot of hats. I looked through my stash and found that I had yarn for both hats on hand, so I figured I’d give it a go. If I don’t care for the hats, I’m sure someone I know would love and wear them. For Pattern A, I’m using Wollmeise 80/20 Twin in Lowenzahn. For Pattern B, I’m using Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in a lovely orange color (color 81). I finished clue 1 for Pattern B the same day the clue came out. Not the case for Pattern A, though! I was working Pattern A on US 1.5, 40″ circular and something about it was hurting my hands. Probably the twisted stitches, which I’ve found is a different motion then knits or purls. That combined with fiddling with the big cable likely wasn’t helping much. I did do the brim shorter then the clue said to for a few reasons. It was difficult to work on without pain in my hands and wrists after a short time, I’m not a fan of 3″ brims on hats (2″ is about my maximum), and I am just a tad worried I might not have enough yarn (I’m using about half of a leftover skein of Wollmeise). The picture below doesn’t show it, but I am finished with clue 1 on Pattern A and the brim is 2″.

Pattern A
Pattern A

Pattern B
Pattern B

Do you do mystery knit-a-longs? Why/why not? I’m always curious what other people think about knit-a-longs where you don’t know what the pattern will be like other then what the finished item itself will be (ie a sock or a hat).

Skew, Snapdragon FO and Sweater Knitting

I know I’ve said before that magic loop really isn’t my thing and that I’m 100% a DPN lover, especially when it comes to socks, but I might be changing my mind! I started Skew this past Saturday after finishing up Matt’s socks (pics coming soon). The pattern notes said this was better worked magic loop or with two circulars because you get up to just over 100 stitches at the heel, so I decided I’d give this magic loop thing another go. I swear this sock is going much faster then on DPN’s, though I’m not really sure how since I feel like I spent a fair amount of time untangling the cable and yarn before I got a semi-decent flow going. I certainly don’t hate the magic looping now, but I’m also not sure that I’m a total convert yet. We’ll see how I feel after finishing both socks!

Skew - Top of sock
Skew Sock

My TLE swap buddy received package number 2 a while back and I was waiting for her to post pictures of the package before posting the FO (so I could get a picture of the whole box because I forgot to take a picture of everything), but it’s been a few weeks since it was received, so I’ll go ahead and share the hat I knit for her.

Pattern: Snapdragon (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: January 20, 2010
Completed: January 24, 2010
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted, colorway Verde Esperenza, a little less then 1 skein
Needles: US 6 bamboo circular (ribbing), US 7 bamboo circular and DPNs
Notes: Followed pattern as written. As always, Ysolda’s patterns are very well written and I found this to be an easy knit for me. I liked how the hat turned out and hope my swap partner likes it and gets a lot of use out of it. :)

Gretel
Snapdragon – Flat

Gretel
Snapdragon – Crown

As I suspected, I didn’t get the spinning done for the Ravelympics. Ah well, I didn’t really think I would anyhow. I didn’t even spin all weekend! Stupid back/hip was giving me some problems, so I decided it would be best to just let my body rest. Still plan on having it done by April 1st for the SAL/KAL, though! Considering keeping it as a single for more yardage, but I’ll decide once I’ve got it spun up.

Matt’s socks are finally done and he likes them! I haven’t taken pictures yet, but he’s been wearing them to bed the last few nights and he’s been bragging about how I knit socks for him to people. :)

Once these Skew socks stop hogging up all my knitting attention, I’ll be getting back to Rogue, which I started just before the Ravelympics (and don’t have pictures of yet). I really liked knitting the February Lady Sweater and I’m itching to make another one now!

Ravelympics Brings Two FO’s and Spinning

It’s been two weeks since I blogged, but it feels like months. Funny how time does that to you – some days or weeks or months feel incredibly long and others fly by faster then you can blink.

I’ve been busily knitting on my February Lady Sweater for the Ravelympics and I’m proud to say that last night I finished it! :)

Ravelympics 2010
FLS from start to finish!

Matt was kind enough to be my model last night. This one is definitely my favorite!

56/365: Matt the Model
February Lady Sweater (on my man! haha)

Pattern: February Lady Sweater (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: February 12, 2010
Completed: February 25, 2010
Yarn: Brooks Farm Mas-Acero, 2.75 skeins (approx 1,100 yards)
Needles: US 8’s
Notes: The only thing I changed was the YO’s in the yoke. I left them out because somehow my stitch count got screwed up twice, so instead of the YO increases, I just did knit front and back increases to get to the stitch count I needed. I love how this turned out and have a feeling that I’ll be wearing it a lot!

About halfway through this sweater, I decided to cast on a hat as a portable project (and because I needed a warm hat for the snow and cold weather). Turns out it went a lot faster then I expected and I had it done within a day. I like how it turned out and it keeps my head nice and warm.

One Day Handspun Hat
Handspun Hat

Pattern: Handspun Hat (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: February 20, 2010
Completed: February 20, 2010
Yarn: Handspun (Twisted Stitches BFL), about 76 yards
Needles: US 10.5
Notes: I made up my own pattern for this after not being able to find a free one I wanted. My head is about 21.5 inches around, so this should fit most adults. Cast on 72 stitches, worked in k2, p2 rib for 6 rounds, then in stockinette until it measured 5 inches from the cast on edge. For the decreases, knit 12, k2tog, repeat around (there will be two “leftover” sts). Every round after knit 1 stitch less, k2tog (ie next round k11, k2tog), until you are down to k2, k2tog for the last round. Break yarn and thread through remaining stitches to close. Pretty simple hat. Next time I’d probably cast on 68 stitches, then increase to 70 the first round of stockinette.

53/365: One Day Handspun Hat
Me and my Handspun Hat

I decided last minute that I’d try to get in an Ravelympic spinning project, but I’m not sure it’s going to get done by Saturday. It’s been slow going because my hip and lower back have been giving me some grief (along with my knees each time I spin! :( ), so I haven’t got very far. We’ll see how much I get done this weekend. It’s for the Spin-and-Knit-a-Long over on the Zarzuela’s Fiber Junkies group on Ravelry. The SAL/KAL goes until May 1st and the deadline for spinning is April 1st, so at least I still have time to get it done for that! I’m loving spinning this up – it’s very nice to work with. It’s a merino, silk, mohair blend and I like the colors. Spinning from a batt has taken some getting used to, but I think I’ve got it all figured out now.

54/365: Olympic Spinning
First Bobbin of Zarzuela’s Fibers Luxury Sock Batt

Since the Olympics (and thus the Ravelympics) are almost over, it’s time to get back to my “regular” knitting. I’ve now picked up Matt’s socks again and should have them finished this weekend. I’ve already turned the heel on sock number two and the leg should go pretty quickly. Now… what to knit next?

Have a good weekend everyone! :)

One More 2009 FO, Two 2010 FO’s, and Current Projects

I realized about a week ago that I still have one FO from 2009 that I never properly photographed or blogged! Whoops. I thought Liesl was the last FO of 2009 that I hadn’t blogged, but I guess I thought I’d blogged about it and never actually did.

Multnomah - Back
Multnomah

Pattern: Multnomah (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: November 4, 2009
Completed: November 26, 2009
Yarn: 1 skein Cupcake Sock from Little Red Bicycle in “Princess Whatever”
Needles: US 4 Addi Lace circular
Notes: I had a little less yardage then the pattern requirements, so I decided ahead of time that I’d just do however many feather and fan repeats I could before binding off. I ended up being able to work a total of 8 feather and fan repeats before doing the bind off. I think I could have done a 9th repeat, but decided against it because I didn’t want to run out of yarn. I absolutely love this yarn! It feels so soft to work with. Pattern was easy enough to modify to less repeats (or more if you wanted) and was a pretty quick knit.

Multnomah - Front
Multnomah – Front

Multnomah - Top Edge
Multnomah – Top Edge (points)

Multnomah - Bottom Edge
Multnomah – Bottom Edge (center)

There’s also another FO for 2009 I didn’t post because of the swap I did and now that package is lost in the mail. I won’t be re-knitting the same pattern or using the same yarn, but I’m undecided on if I should go ahead and post about it now (while I’m working on a replacement package and item) or wait. Thoughts anyone?

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve finished three projects. The shawl for my grandma has a LOT of notes. I had a fair amount of trouble with it, plus changes and other thoughts. I’ve been putting off writing about it because it seems like a huge task and definitely needs it’s own blog post. So, while you wait for that post to come, I’ll share the other two projects I’ve finished this month.

Porom
Porom

Pattern: Porom (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: December 24, 2009
Completed: January 9, 2010
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, color 63, just under one skein
Needles: US 4 bamboo circular and US 6 bamboo circular and DPN’s
Notes: This was a pretty easy knit until the decreases. You really had to pay attention because you have to move the marker a lot at the end. I like how it turned out and the pattern was a fairly quick knit. I think it would have been done a lot sooner, but I had to put it down to work on my grandma’s shawl. I love this yarn and the pattern.

17/365: Porom
Porom – Front

Porom
Porom – Side

Porom
Porom – Back

After I finished Porom, I started this little scarf and finished it with a quickness!

Criss-Cross Lace Scarf
Criss-Cross Lace Scarf

Pattern: Criss-Cross Lace Scarf (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: January 9, 2010
Completed: January 10, 2010
Yarn: Berroco Lustra, just under one skein
Needles: US 7 metal straights
Notes: Very quick and easy knit. The yarn was really soft, nice to work with, and has a lovely sheen and drape to it. I’d definitely buy it again. Added a few extra feather and fan repeats to the ends to use up more yarn. (Did a total of 10 feather and fan repeats.)

Criss-Cross Lace Scarf
Criss-Cross Lace Scarf (open)

I’ve been working on Matt’s socks, but not without a lot of bumps along the way! First sock I knit was too big. It was just a little too long and the ribbing around the ankle was far too loose.

Matt's Fail Sock
Matt’s Sock, Attempt #1

The first one was knit toe-up with a slip stitch heel. I should have just gone with a short-row heel, but I thought this might fit better. Turns out I’m not so great at estimating when to start it! Plus, I think the gauge overall was a bit too loose. So, back to the drawing board I went. Started a new sock, cuff-down this time, on smaller needles, with more ribbing around the ankle and a short-row heel. I finished that one up last night, but don’t have pictures yet. It does fit a lot better, but I think it needs more ribbing. When I asked Matt for feedback on it, he said he did like it more and it fit better overall, but he did say that he liked the toe better on the toe-up sock (which you just can’t replicate top down) and it needed more ribbing on the ankle. I think part of the problem is the yarn. I’m using Berroco Comfort DK, which is a nice yarn, but really isn’t great for socks. It’s a 50/50 acrylic/nylon blend, so it doesn’t stretch well. It makes the foot fine, but the ribbing just doesn’t stay tight. For now, Matt will just have to live with one sock that’s a little too big and one that fits well, but doesn’t have enough ribbing while I make another pair out of wool!

After I finished the first sock, I took a break and cast on Haruni with Wollmeise 80/20 in Campari Piccolo. So far I like how it’s turning out and can’t wait to get to the edging, which is probably my favorite part of the pattern. I just love how the edging looks!

15/365: Haruni
Haruni

At the end of December, I realized that I didn’t have any socks on the needles, so I cast on a toe-up sock (with a slip stitch heel – changing it up!) with a Vesper sock club colorway, Summer Breeze. I’m loving this colorway. It seems so cheery since it’s been rather dreary out lately.

Summer Breeze Sock
Summer Breeze Sock

I think that brings all my knitting up to date (finally – I’ve been such a slacker!) aside from the shawl that needs it’s own blog post. Happy Wednesday! Tonight is knit night and after the crazy, thrown off week I’ve been having, I’m really looking forward to it. :)