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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!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

FO: Steve the Stitchosaurus

I was super excited when FreshStitches released the pattern for Spikey the Stegosaurus and I bought it right away, but then it took me forever to actually make this cutie.  I can't make any more amigurumi friends for myself because I have too many, so I was waiting for an occasion to make this guy for someone else - and then a friend got preggo!  Yay!

She named him Steve the Stitchosaurus, how cute is that?  Meet Steve:




yarn details
Red Heart Soft in Turquoise, Tangerine, and White
worsted weight
100% acrylic
256 yards/141 grams per ball
about $3.50 per ball, depending on where you buy it

findings
black felt for eyes
polyfill stuffing

project details
pattern: Spikey the Stegosaurus by Stacey Trock, available on Ravlery for $5
hook: I (5.5mm) - wood
yarn used: not sure, probably less than half of the blue and only a little of the orange
finished size: yeah, I forgot to measure that...
duration: March 15 - June 14, 2016

notes

  • Frogged this guy several times because I kept messing up on the asymetrical increases; then when I was almost finished with the body, I decided that the stripes were jogging too much and  hated it, so I frogged again and reworked it with joined rounds instead of spiral style.  It's still not a totally invisible color change, but it's much better.
  • Since this is for a baby, I did black felt circles for eyes instead of plastic eyes.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

FO: Christmas Socks

I'm super excited about my latest pair of socks!  Aren't they gorgeous?  I really wish I had finished them in time for Christmas, but now I have them ready for next year.


The reason I love these socks so much is the fabulous afterthought heel that doesn't interrupt the stripe pattern on the sock.  I love working with self-striping yarn, but I have always hated how it gets messed up at the heel and gusset of the sock.  I've seen afterthought heels done in some Craftsy classes, but I never thought it would be for me.  I was wrong!  I'm hooked.

This particular heel is a little scary because instead of using waste yarn to set up the heel opening when you are knitting the sock, you knit the whole sock and then go back and snip a hole in it where you want your heel.  So cool!


After you snip the stitch, you just unravel and pick up the stitches from there!


This afterthought heel is worked exactly the same as the toe of the sock.  No short rows!  Yay!  And it fits like a glove.  Can't wait until next Christmas!

yarn details
Knit Picks Felici in Jingle
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 27940
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: 32 stitches 44 rows over 4'' in stockinette
yarn used: 324.8 yards - about 75% of each ball
size knit: CO 64 stitches
finished size: bottom of heel to top of sock - 9.5''; back of heel to tip of toe: 9.5''; circumference: 8''
duration: October 11, 2015 - February 28, 2015

Saturday, March 5, 2016

FO: TicTac Toes Socks

I was so excited the first time I saw these socks advertised on Knit Picks, so I bought the yarn and pattern immediately!  Then....  the supplies lingered in my stash for longer than I care to admit before I finally got the courage to start them.  I have never done a fair isle project quite this extensive before and I kept putting it off.  Anyway, in the end, it wasn't that hard at all and I love the result!  Yay!


I love how these have so many colors in them, but I only had to use two yarns: one solid and one variegated.  It looks so much more impressive and difficult then it really is.  (At least to non-knitters).  I usually don't like short row heels, but these ones didn't turn out bad.  Maybe I am getting better at them.  Usually mine are bumpy and holey and no fun.

yarn details
Knit Picks Stroll in Black
dye lot 51529
fingering weight 
75% Merino 25% Nylon 
machine wash & dry 
231 yards / 50 grams @ $4.69 each

Knit Picks Stroll Hand-Painted in Cartoons
dye lot 33511
fingering weight 
75% Merino 25% Nylon 
machine wash & dry 
462 yards / 100 grams @ $10.99 each

project details

pattern: "TicTac Toes"by Camille Chang, available for $1.99 on Knit Picks (great deal!)
needles: size 2 nickle-plated circs
yarn used: 101.6 yards Cartoons (0.22 skein), 272.6 yards Black (1.18 balls)
duration: August 1, 2015 - January 24, 2016

notes

  • I did these using the magic loop technique which was much easier than dpns when doing the fair isle because you don't have to let go and re-hold the yarn as often.
  • Only used one size needle throughout pattern, not larger needle on cuff as called for in the pattern
  • 2x2 rib in cuff - and made it 1.5'' instead of 3''
  • FYI: held black yarn in right hand and colored yarn in left

Sunday, February 21, 2016

My First Batch of Hexis

In my quest to shrink my stash, I have started a project to use up all my leftover sock yarn: the Beekeeper's Quilt. It is a blanket made out of a ton of little puffy pieces called hexipuffs.  They are so addicting to knit!  Here are my first twenty hexis.  Squee!  So cute!!


Sunday, February 14, 2016

FO: Rainbow Steps Baby Booties

I logged into facebook one day to see a "Surprise! I'm 8.5 months pregnant!" post from my old college roomie and one-time bestie, Erica.  I was super happy for her, but the knitter in me panicked because there was clearly no time to knit a baby blanket!  This surprise was a blessing and a curse: on the one hand, I don't exactly love knitting baby blankets, but, on the other hand, I like giving them to special people and Erica is definitely one of those people.  But I digress...  the point is, I had about two weeks to knit something fabulous for this baby.

I have had Saartje's Bootees in my queue for a long time and I figured I would make those, but when I started envisioning the project with yarn and buttons I had in my stash, I just wasn't happy with what I had available.  So I searched for more ideas and happened upon these Blue Steps Baby Booties by Regina Willer. A lot of people said they found Willer's original pattern hard to follow, so I used the re-written version by hellahelen on Ravelry.

I saw a few versions of these booties on Ravelry that were knitted in self-striping yarn and I fell in love with those... and I'm always happy any time I get a chance to pull out the Felici!  The Rainbow Baby Blanket I recently made my niece was such a hit that I thought I'd go with rainbows again.  How cute are these??


yarn details
Knit Picks Felici in Rainbow (24194)
dye lot 46549
fingering weight
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Machine Wash, Tumble Dry Low
218 yards / 50 grams @ $5.49 each

project details
pattern: "Blue Steps - Baby Booties" by Regina Willer (free on her blog); used the rewritten version by hellahelan  (on her project page on Ravelry)
needles: size 1.5 (2.5mm) wood dpns
yarn used: 0.34 balls (actually, 0.17 each of two balls - exactly one stripe sequence) -- total 74.1 yards used
gauge: in half brioche, about 4 ribs per inch
finished size: 3.25'' long, 1.75'' wide, 2.25'' tall (leg opening about 1.25'' diameter)
duration: December 21 2015 - January 24, 2016

notes
  • To add the bows, knit a 7'' 2 stitch i-cord, tie in a bow and stitch to front of bootie -- I added the bows to cover up the section in one of the booties where the color change looked weird in the garter stitch: