Thursday, December 26, 2013

FO: Yoga Monkeys

My amazing cousin Kristin recently opened her own yoga studio (something which, incidentally, has always been an idle dream of mine...)  Anyway, since I have had so much time on my hands lately she suggested that I could make some yoga socks to sell in the boutique in the studio.  Well, it turns out that I didn't have quite that much time on my hands, but I did make a special pair for Kristin herself:

Super cute, huh?  I bought this yarn on clearance several years ago and have been waiting for a good project for it.  It's 55% nylon and 45% acrylic so I've always sort of avoided using it for regular socks since I prefer a warmer wool blend.  But, you don't really want wool in a pair of socks that you are going to be working out in, so, huzzah!, the acrylic yarn was perfect! (And it appears that Kristin owns an awesome pair of peacock pants that match the socks perfectly!)

yarn details
Cascade Cherub Collection 4 Ply in Jade
dye lot 2336
55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic
Machine Wash/Tumble Dry Low
50 g / 240 yds purchased on sale @ $1.99 per ball

project details
pattern: "Yoga Monkeys" by BacoKnitter Designs, available as a free Ravelry download.
needles: size 2 bamboo dpns
gauge: nope
yarn used:  0.76 skeins, apprx 183 yards
finished size: forgot to measure before I gifted these... oops!
duration: October 23 - December 5, 2013

  • On Ravelry the pattern says to use the no-purl Monkey stitch pattern, but I used the purl version because I like it. :)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Maybe Monday: Knitting the Nativity

I was browsing around on etsy this morning and I discovered this delightful knitting pattern for a nativity scene:

That's right!  A knitted nativity! (Knitivity?) I am so in love with this idea!  I rushed over to Ravelry to add it to my queue, only to discover a whole slew of knitted nativities!  (And some adorable crocheted nativities too).

I have to say, I think my favorite is Sarah Gasson's set below (see it on Ravelry here).  I mostly love this set because of the gorgeous wise men dolls!

So, I think next year I may have to knit myself a nativity set!  Here's hoping I will remember!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Unlucky on Friday the 13th

I went to the doctor this morning to get a weird bump on my finger checked out and it turns out that it is a cyst, most likely caused by the repetitive motion of all the excessive knitting I have been doing lately.  It doesn't hurt, luckily, but if it doesn't go away on its own, I'm going to have to get it surgically removed, which is no fun.

In conclusion: I am banned from knitting for three to four weeks until this heals.


Monday, December 9, 2013

My 500th Post!

Guess what?  This is the 500th post on my blog!  Pretty cool, huh?

To celebrate, I thought I would share my progress on one of my long-held knitting goals: learning to knit continental style.  After taking the Craftsy class and practicing on tons of swatches, I finally decided to try making a project entirely knit continental, so I am doing a wavy ribbed scarf that they recommend in the Craftsy class.

Here is a progress shot:

Pretty yarn, huh?  It's from my stash.  I sincerely hope there will be enough of it to finish the scarf!  If not, I'll have to hunt down someone on Ravelry who has it because it's been discontinued.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Gettin' Knitty With It

Yay!  The new issue of Knitty is out!  I love browsing the patterns in Knitty, but I rarely read the articles.... shame on me because they are actually very good!  Anyhow, I just wanted to take a moment to share my favorite pattern from this issue: The Lempster Pullover.

PRETTY, HUH???  Of course, I can't imagine that I would ever knit it because I'm far too lazy for all those cables.  Also, I don't really knit sweaters anymore. (Mostly because I am depressed about the size I am now required to knit them in).

I also like these socks by Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario:

I'm in love with the sweet picot detail on the cuff!  The only problem for me is that these are pretty lacey, as in, they have largish holes, which I don't really like because I don't think they are as warm.  Still, they might be nice for a spring sock.  I'm thinking about casting on....

Finally, there are egg cosies that look like cats.  Nuff said.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

FO: Vancouver Fog

I went on an awesome vacation to Vermont this summer where we visited Shelburne Farms for the Cheesemaker's Festival (mmm.... cheese....)  While we were there, we met some lovely sheep and I found this great yarn spun from their wool.  For some reason, I instantly imagined the yarn all knit up as a pretty pair of cabled arm warmers, and that's what they became!  Aren't they lovely?

yarn details
Wool from the Sheep of Shelburne Farms, VT (undyed)
100% wool
worsted weight, two-ply
hand wash, dry flat
280 yds / 113 g @ $14 per skein

project details
pattern: Vancouver Fog, by Jen Balfour, free pattern available here.
needles: size 7 nickle plated circs (knit using magic loop) and size 6 straight needles for cast on
gauge: 10.5 st x 14 rows over 2'' in stockinette
yarn used: 0.66 skeins, apprx 185 yards
finished size: 11.75'' long, about 6'' in circumference (measured laying flat)
duration: October 22-31, 2013

  • Cast on using size six straight needles using this tubular cast on method.
  • Worked one extra cable repeat before starting on thumb gusset for a longer glove.
  • Only worked four rows of ribbing instead of eight before binding off for hand and thumb.
  • Cast off using Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Cast Off (in the future, I probably won't use this cast off because it ended up looking a bit messy).