Saturday, October 14, 2017

FO: Pioneer Cuff

Here is a cute little project I made in my Craftsy class Knit With Beads with Laura Nelkin (affiliate link).


You're supposed to attach a clasp to this and wear it as a cuff, but that's not really my style, so I'm not going to bother.  But here is what it would look like:


Such as a simple little project, I won't include all the nitty-gritty details.  Just made it with stuff I had laying around.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

FO: Sleeping Beauty Baby Blanket

I knit this blanket for the first granddaughter of my dear friend, Jill.  I love this yarn for baby blankets - it is so soft and it holds up really well.  (I know because I knit one out of this yarn a few years ago for my niece and it is still holding strong!)

This is my favorite photo and captures the gorgeous jewel-tone color:


And here is a close-up of the border - but I couldn't get the color adjusted quite right here:


yarn details
Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Fairy Tale
Worsted Weight
Dye Lot 7B5858
75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic
Machine wash/Tumble dry low
$2.99 per 50 g /109 yds ball (purchased in May 2017)

project details
pattern: "Sleeping Beauty Baby Blanket" by Diana Matthews, free to download here.
needles: size 6 (4.00 mm) nickel-plated circs
gauge: 18 st and 27 rows = 4'' in stockinette
yarn used: 800 yards - 7.4 balls
finished size: 34'' wide (center panel is 23'' wide); blanket is not quite a perfect square -- it is 32'' tall.
duration: May 13, 2017 - July 8, 2017

notes

  • After reading some notes on Ravelry, I decided to modify the shaping on the corners of the blanket.  I didn't follow those notes exactly, I just kind of felt it out.  Basically, you need to put a YO on either side of the decrease in the corner, which isn't written out in the pattern.  The trick is to just be careful to adjust the cable pattern on the rest of the border so you are starting/stopping it in the right place - it won't match up to the written instructions in the pattern.  Looking at the close-up pic of the corner that I posted may help. Hopefully!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

FO: Speckle Monkeys

I have wanted to try speckle dyed yarn for a while, so I picked up a skein of the Hawthorne Speckle from Knit Picks to give it a go.  It's better than a variegated yarn, which I just don't like, but still not my favorite.  Anyway, these socks turned out pretty cute.  They remind me of a funfetti birthday cake.


yarn details
Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering in Tie Dye Speckle
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 193314
80% Superwash Fine Highland Wool, 20% Polyamide (Nylon)
Machine wash/Tumble dry low
$10.99 per 100 g /357 yd skein (purchased in May 2017)

project details
pattern: "Monkey" by Cookie A, free in the Winter 2006 issue of Knitty
needles: size 2 (2.75mm) nickel-plated circ (magic loop)
gauge: 15 st and 22 rows = 2'' in stockinette
yarn used: 307 yards - 0.86 skeins
finished size: bottom of heel flap to top of cuff: 8.75"; heel flap: 2.25''; back of heel flap to tip of toe: 9.25"; leg circumference: ~7".
duration: June 7, 2017 - July 22, 2017

Sunday, August 27, 2017

FO: Nothing Says Screw You Like Rainbow Socks

I have long coveted White Birch Fiber Arts' self-striping sock yarn, but I've never bought it before because it's kind of pricey.  But then one day I was just like, "whatever, let's splurge!" and it was totally worth it.  Life is too short to get cheap with your yarn.  Just do it.  ;)

Now that I had some fantastic self-striping yarn, I obviously had to knit some sock surgeons!  (I'm so predictable.)

Here they are:


and, the obligatory heel shot:



yarn details
White Birch Fiber Arts 80/20 Self-Striping in Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow
Fingering Weight
80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon
Machine wash & lay flat to dry
$33.00per 100 g /400 yd ball

project details
pattern:" A Sock Surgeon's Afterthought Heel" by Emily B. Miller; available as a free Ravelry download!  And it has an accompanying YouTube video.
needles: size 1.5 wood dpns
gauge: 16.5 stitches 22.5 rows over 2'' in stockinette
yarn used: 324 yards - 81% of skein (81 grams)
size knit: CO 64 stitches
finished size: bottom of heel to top of sock: 11''; back of heel to tip of toe: 8.5''; circumference: ~7''
duration: April 6, 2017 - July 28, 2017

notes

  • Used a German twisted cast on - my first time with this one, I give it two thumbs up!
  • Although I love the fact that you can insert the heel anywhere on these socks, I wish I had planned ahead a bit so that it would have been inserted in the middle of a blue section, or at least in the center of a rainbow section, or at least I should have bumped it up so it started at the bottom of a blue stripe instead of at the very top of the rainbow stripe.  They still look nice, though!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

#KnittingProblems

I deeply regret selecting these dark needles for use with this dark yarn...  it's so hard to see the stitches!


There's not much to be done about it at this point.  It's always a bad idea to switch needles mid-project -  I don't want to risk it changing my gauge.  And I'm already on the heel gusset, so certainly not going to start over.  I guess I'm just stuck with this headache and must try to find some comfort in knowing that I have learned a valuable lesson!

Friday, August 4, 2017

FO: Berry Patch Socks

Time for yet another pair of Sock Surgeon's Afterthought Heel Socks in Knit Picks Felici.  Yes, I love this yarn and technique!  I always have a pair in progress.

One thing I especially love about these socks is that they are perfect for gift giving.  You can knit the whole base of the sock without knowing who they need to fit.  I had these ready for quite a while, knowing I wanted to gift them to someone, but not knowing who.  When I decided that I wanted to give them to my old college roomie, it was so easy to just get her shoe size and pop the heel in.  (Actually, I still remembered her shoe size... 13 years later. Now that's friendship, haha.)

Without further ado, here are the socks:

Socks with with self striping yarn.

I did a little mismatching on the heel:

Striped socks - knit picks felici.

And this part always amazes people... the big snip!

inserting an afterthought heel

yarn details
Knit Picks Felici in Blackberry Jam
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 46554
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Machine wash/Tumble dry low
$5.49 per 50 g /218 yd ball

project details
pattern:" A Sock Surgeon's Afterthought Heel" by Emily B. Miller; available as a free Ravelry download!  And it has an accompanying YouTube video.
needles: size 2 wood dpns
gauge: 16 stitches 19.5 rows over 2'' in stockinette
yarn used: 322.6 yards - about 75% of each ball
size knit: CO 64 stitches
finished size: bottom of heel to top of sock - 10.25''; back of heel to tip of toe: 10''
duration: January 10, 2017 - July 3, 2017

Saturday, July 8, 2017

FO: Nebula Socks

I had so much fun knitting the traveling twisted stitches in my Drachenschwingen socks that I decided to pick another really fun and complicated-ish pattern.  (Though, I did take a little break in between!)

I've been on a big Cookie A kick lately, so I decided to go with her awesome Nebula pattern.  The charts were fairly easy to memorize, but you do need to pay close attention to the pattern.  Can't completely zone out while you knit these.  Still, a very fun knit indeed!



yarn details
Knit Picks Stroll in Duchess Heather
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 174017
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon/Polymide
Machine wash/Tumble dry low
$4.69 per 50 g /231 yd skein (purchased in Nov. 2016)

project details
pattern: "Nebula" by Cookie A, available for $6.50 on Ravelry here.
needles: size 1 (2.25mm) nickel-plated circ (magic loop)
gauge: 19.5 st and 25 rows = 2'' in stockinette
yarn used: 374 yards - 1.62 skeins
size knit: medium
finished size: bottom of heel flap to top of cuff: 9"; heel flap: 2.25''; back of heel flap to tip of toe: 9"; toe: 1.5"; leg circumference: ~6.25".
duration: February 4, 2017 - June 14, 2017

notes

  • The only note I have is that I started knitting these on bamboo dpns and the tips were way too dull to manage the traveling twisted stitches.  I switched to my super pointy Knit Picks nickel plated circs and worked the pattern in magic loop.  Made all the difference in the world!