Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Steotchalong 4: Clue #2

Thanks (?) to some sort of allergic reaction, I haven't been moving much, but I have been stitching! Here's the second clue, in all its gold and brown glory:


I obviously forgo to iron the fabric before stitching, and the iron is with the rest of the household halfway across the country. Sigh.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Steotchalong #4: Clue 1

This summer's Steotch Mystery Stitchalong is underway! It started over a month ago, and I got everything together and put it all together into a bag, ready to begin when the first clue started. I couldn't start right away due to my dissertation, and brought the bag to a conference in New Orleans. I brought it back untouched.


I took it to move my household across the country, and brought it back untouched to sell the house. Clue #7 came out this morning, and I finally got around to Clue #1.


Not much so far, but here it is. Clue #1. Wooo!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Clapotis KAL

Last month I defended my dissertation. In thanks to my committee, I knit them all a Clapotis, five scarves in five different colors, and with the leftovers, I made myself a dissertation blanket. I wasn't sure I'd get it all done in time, but between dissertation delays, conference knitting, and a final KAL, I got the scarves done and enough of the blanket done for a picture.


Pattern: Clapotis (Ravelry mine 2 3 4 5)
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Paints in Sunset, Peacock Feather, Spring Brook, Rose Garden, and Oceana
Needles: US8/5.0 mm
Timeframe: January 9 - June 9, 2016
Mods: None!
Problems: None!

For the blanket, the stripe order was decided by how much yarn I had left of each. I wanted to be able to continue until I was out of yarn, even if that meant doing a partial repeat of the colors. I do wish the blanket were a bit longer, but it's a good lap blanket (cat approved!) and will probably stretch out with use. 


Pattern: Eco Throw (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Paints in Sunset, Peacock Feather, Spring Brook, Rose Garden, and Oceana and Caron Simply Soft in Black
Hook: USI/5.5 mm
Timeframe: June 8 - July 18, 2016
Mods: Worked until the colors were gone, used six colors not three.
Problems: None!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Gorgeous Commission Shawl

I recently had the opportunity to knit a sample shawl for White Birch Fiber Arts, a lovely dyer whose work can be found on etsy and at fiber festivals. I had a 600 yard sparkle gradient cake and I used up every last inch:


The shawl is a large crocheted piece of art, the kind I was sad to give up but happy because it will be displayed and in my opinion shows off the yarn beautifully.


Pattern: Taivas (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: White Birch Fiber Arts Sparkle Gradient, Shawl Style, Natural to Russet
Hook: USH/5.0mm
Timeframe: June 1 - July 14, 2016
Mods: Did four additional repeats of rows 31 & 32 to use up all of the yarn.
Problems: My final row didn't quite match what the pattern said it should be, so I fudged the center point.


I finished this one twice, once after three repeats of the lattice pattern, and again when I realized I had 13 grams of yarn left and could get another repeat in. Completely worth it, showing off all of the yarn is very much a win for this project!
 
 
It is a very large shawl, as you can see, and I hope the dyer enjoys displaying it as much as I enjoyed making it!



Sunday, July 3, 2016

June

At least I broke the exponential climb:



It's not exactly going down yet, but it's not shooting up either!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

And Yet, More Hand Coverings

Quite a bit more recently, I knit a pair of mittens for my mother. The colorwork seems a bit lost in person, but they are pretty impressive mittens if I do say so myself:


Yarn: The Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Black and Colinette Jitterbug in Mint Julep
Needles: US2/2.75mm and US2.5/3.0mm
Timeframe: May 26 - 31, 2016
Mods: Used a variegated yarn instead of bands of color.
Problems: It was originally a bit small, so I went up a couple needle sizes. The Jitterbug also had some black in the pattern which would have obscured the pattern, so on the palm I let it be and on the front (back of the hand?) I knotted off black segments and ran the loops under the floats to secure them.
 
 
They came out quite nicely, and should fit well. I had enough yarn for a matching pair of socks too!
 

Pattern: Jeck (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: The Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Black and Colinette Jitterbug in Mint Julep
Needles: US1.5/2.5mm
Timeframe: May 19 - 26, 2016
Mods: Contrast cuff, heel, and toe.
Problems: There was a knot in the yarn with an obvious change in dyelot. I was too far in to go back, so the socks are quite fraternal.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Speaking of Hands

Here's a pair of gloves I knit awhile back, but never posted. They were a gift, a nice, simple pair of gloves with cuff details that made them special.


Pattern: Knotty Gloves (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: The YoYo String and Fluff in Kentucky Porch Swing
Needles: US1.5/2.5mm
Timeframe: October 12 - December 15, 2009
Mods: Mirrored the cable crossings on the Left glove.
Problems: None!
 

I enjoyed knitting these, though the fingers always take longer than you'd think. I hope the recipient enjoys wearing them as much as I enjoyed making them!