Tuesday, November 19, 2013

My fair lady

Look who is trying fair isle!  Have to say, I think I'm rocking it!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

FO: Leaf Beret

Does anyone else really miss Knit.1 magazine??  I do!  This beret is from the Spring/Summer 2009 issue, which was a totally awesome issue, by the way.  I've been meaning to knit it for several years, but I finally got around to it this fall.  I love the yarn I chose, it is so soft and shiny!

Here is a not-as-cute pic of me, but a nice look at the leaf panel on the hat:

yarn details
Knit Picks Galileo in Luster
dye lot 9979
sport weight
50% Merino, 50% Bamboo
hand wash, dry flat
131 yds / 50 g @ $4.99 per ball

project details
pattern: "Leaf Beret" by Melissa LaBarre in Knit.1 magazine, Spring/Summer 2009 (you can also download it from the Vogue Knitting store for $6)
needles: size 4 nickle-plated circs (magic loop style)
gauge: 23st and 36 rows over 4'' in stockinette (after blocking)
yarn used: 1.3 balls, about 170 yards
finished size: band size: about 22''; height: 7'' (after blocking)
duration: September 14 - September 22, 2013


  • I followed the directions to block this over a dinner plate and I'm not very happy with the results - it is way too big now and the band lost all its elasticity.  The crazy thing is that it said to block over a 12'' plate and I only had an 11'' one, so it really would have been stretched out if I had truly followed the blocking directions.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


I know I owe you some FO posts, but I'm struggling with getting pictures of my recently finished items: the hexacomb cardigan, my vancouver fog mitts, and my leaf beret.  They are all kind of difficult selfie shots, and I don't really have anyone else to help me with my photography at the moment.... so, just know they are coming!  I promise!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Knitting School

One of my knitting goals for a long time has been to learn how to knit continental style, that is, holding the yarn in your left hand and "picking" at the yarn to create the stitches.  I have tried multiple times and it's always a big fail.  That's why I was so excited to see Craftsy's newest course, Improve Your Knitting: Alternative Methods and Styles [affiliate link]. I have learned so much from Craftsy in the past, I decided this is probably my best shot at learning how to pick.

I'm doin' it!!  Here is my practice swatch....

In the past, my biggest struggle has been mastering the purl stitch in continental style.  If nothing else, this class has made me feel better because the instructor admits that this is the hardest part of continental knitting and even seasoned continental knitters still have trouble with it.  So, at least I know it's not just me.  Anyway, her directions were very clear and helpful and I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.  I still need lots of practice because my tension is all over the place, but at least I am to the point where I am able to form the stitch the correct way - which is a good thing!

The course teaches a lot more than continental knitting, but I haven't really explored the other lessons yet - though they sound interesting.  I'm sure I will go back to them at some point, but for now, I just want to focus on mastering this one skill.  Wish me luck!!