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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

FO: Ellie

In love with this adorable elephant that I made for my boss's granddaughter.  This pattern isn't exactly for the feint of heart... it involves some painful stitch-picking-up and you need to knit in some very tight spaces - but in the end it is totally worth the adorable result!

yarn details
Bernat Softee Baby in Flannel
DK weight
Dye Lot: 15 10 148754
100% Acrylic
machine wash & tumble dry low

362 yards / 140 grams @ $3.24 per ball

Bits of black and pink yarn for bow and eyes

polyfill stuffing

project details
pattern: "Elijah" by Ysolda Teague, available for purchase on Ravelry (£4.50 GBP)
finished size: sitting (seat to top of head) - 7.5''
needles: size 3 nickle-plated dpns
yarn used: 225 yards (about 40% of one ball)
duration: August 31  - September 18, 2016


  • Please save yourself a lot of pain and suffering by using a crochet hook to pick up the stitches for the limbs! I didn’t figure this out until the second arm. Don’t make my mistake!
  • Used these instructions for eyes
  • Followed pattern in Bshain’s Ravelry notes for the bow.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

FO: Skywalker Shawl

This post contains affiliate links...  more yarn money for me!

Who is in love with my gorgeous Skywalker shawl??  I knit this as a project in Laura Nelkin's Craftsy class, Mastering Lace Shawls.  It is a really fun class -- Laura is a joy to knit along with and I love this shawl - you get a chance to practice a lot of different techniques.

Here is the shawl on the blocking board:

And Roxy helping me block it:

And, finally, me wearing it:

yarn details
Knit Picks Capretta in Turmeric
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 149564
80% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere
Hand Wash/Dry Flat
$7.79 per 50 g /230 yd ball

project details
pattern: "Skywalker" by Laura Nelkin - available in the Craftsy Class, "Mastering Lace Shawls"
needles: size 6 nickle plated circs
yarn used: 420 yards  (about 1.8 balls)
duration: January 30, 2016 - Match 20, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

FO: Drachenschwingen

I'm freaking in love with these socks!!  First: glittery!  Second: amazing traveling twisted stitch pattern that is reminiscent of dragon scales!  What's not to love?

At first I thought this pattern was so hard and it gave me massive headaches.  But once you get used to it, it's not bad at all.  You just need to get in the rhythm of it all.  Also, the Craftsy class Bavarian Twisted Stitches helped a lot (affiliate link).  I heart Donna Druchunas!

yarn details
Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer in Peacock
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 157817
70% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 5% Metallic
Machine wash/Tumble dry low
$2.95 per 50 g /231 yd ball (purchased in Nov. 2014)

project details
pattern: "Drachenschwingen by Scarlet Plume; available as a free Ravelry download!
needles: size 1.5 wood dpns
gauge: honestly, I didn't swatch it... sorry, knitting gods
yarn used: 314.2 yards - a little less than 70% of each ball
size knit: small
finished size: bottom of heel to top of cuff - 8.75''; back of heel to tip of toe: 8.75''
duration: January 30, 2016 - July 24, 2016

  • If I were to make these again I would arrange the dpns so there isn't a needle change right in the middle of the center motif. A bit of a ladder appears there, which is hard to avoid in the reverse stockinette background.
  • Did two full pattern repeats on leg; only worked 23 rows on the heel flap.w

Sunday, August 28, 2016

UFO Sighting!

It felt so good to pick up My So Called Scarf recently and give it new life, that I decided to resurrect another UFO... the Hue Shift Afghan.  I had three panels finished...  I don't know why I stopped??

Hoping to finish this one by the end of the year!  Wish me luck!

Friday, August 12, 2016

FO: Salad Socks

I'm so in love with the Sock Surgeon's Afterthought Heel sock pattern - after I used it to knit my Christmas Socks I was hooked.  It's no secret that I adore self-striping yarn and this is hands-down the best pattern I have found for showing it off!  (Specifically, I adore the elusive Knit Picks Felici, of which I have accrued a massive stash).

So, here are my salad socks!  I made these really tall, they are super fun.

And there is the sock surgery madness:

yarn details
Knit Picks Felici in Spring Mix
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 26812
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: 35 stitches 44 rows over 4'' in stockinette
yarn used: 348.8 yards - about 80% of each ball
size knit: CO 64 stitches
finished size: bottom of heel to top of sock - 12''; back of heel to tip of toe: 9''; circumference: 7.5''
duration: January 7, 2016 - August 7, 2016


  • I screwed up the toe decreases on these socks and continued to decrease every other row for the whole toe instead of speeding up the decreases at 40 stitches.  So, they have kind of a pointy toe.  Not a big deal, because I remembered to make them match.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Uh oh...

Oh man, I've got a serious problem here....  I picked up my "My So Called Scarf" for the first time since September and knitted a few rows and, well....  there has been a bit of a gauge change.  A pretty darn drastic one, actually...  Observe:

And the back....

I really have no idea how this happened...  no way my gauge could have changed this drastically in 10 months.  I mean, it could, but I pick up UFOs often and don't have this problem.  I'm almost wondering if I was making a mistake in the pattern when I was working on it before?

The sad thing is, I think I like my new gauge/correct pattern much better than the old one.  I think I may have to unravel....  I've already knitted over a yard!  Boo!!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

FO: Brooklyn Mitts

I had seen the Brooklyn Mitts pattern on Ravelry and added it to my queue, but didn't ever do anything with it.  Then one day I was browsing Craftsy and the pattern was offered as a kit* for a great price, so I decided to buy it.  Still...  the supplies sat in my stash for a while before I cast on (what else is new?)

This was a fun pattern with lots of cool techniques and I'm glad that I made these mitts.  Of course, I'll probably never wear them!  I just don't ever seem to wear the other pairs of mitts I've made.  There is a local knitting group that collects knitted items for an auction every Fall and they donate the proceeds to support the homeless.  Perhaps I'll donate these to that cause when the time rolls around?

Anyway, here are the mitts!

And, just for fun... the insane blocking process:

yarn details
Cascade 220 Superwash Sport Yarn in Summer Sky Heather and Silver Grey
dye lots 138027 & 140150, respectively
sport weight
100% Superwash Merino Wool 
50 g/ 136.7 yds @ about $3 per skein (purchased as part of a kit*)
machine wash cool; tumble dry low

project details
pattern: Brooklyn Boot Liners & Mitts by Pam Powers (available to download on Craftsy* or Ravelry for $7; kit with pattern and yarn* is currently available on Craftsy for $12.25)
needles: size 3 nickle plated dpns and size 4 nickle plated circs
gauge:  28 st and 36 rows over 4'' in stockinette (blocked)
yarn used: 130 yards of the blue (78% of skein) and 63 yards of the grey (38% of skein)
finished size: 7.5'' tall; 6.5'' circumference at ribbing on wrist
duration: August 21, 2015 - March 5, 2016

*Heads up!  All the links to Craftsy are affiliate links.  Gotta bring in the yarn money somehow!