Tuesday, July 30, 2013

FO: Another Pair of Jaywalkers

I just can't get enough of these Jaywalker socks made with Knit Pick's Felici self-striping yarn!  So, here is yet another pair....



yarn details
Knit Picks Felici in Botany Fingering Weight 
Dye Lot 6160575% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon dye lot 51897 Machine wash/Tumble dry low
$4.49 per 50 g /218 yd ball

project details
pattern: "Jaywalker" by Grumperina, available as a free Ravelry download at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jaywalker# 

needles: size 2 bamboo dpns 
gauge: ??

yarn used:  1.6 balls (349 yards)
size knit: small
finished size: Pepper-sized
duration: November 2012 - May 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

FO: Duvino Headband

I made this gorgeous double knit headband as part of my Craftsy course, Adventures in Double Knitting.  I'm very happy with how the double-knit aspect of it turned out - it is absolutely gorgeous and I didn't make any mistakes!  Yay!  Unfortunately....  I had gauge issues and this thing turned out to be fit for a giant's head.  Boo!

yarn details
Knit Picks Gloss DK in Blackberry and Guava
Dye Lots 38908 and 38909 (respectively)
70% Merino 30% Silk
Hand Wash / Dry Flat
50 g /123 yds @ $5.99 per ball

project details
pattern: "Duvino" by Alasdair Post-Quinn, available as part of the Craftsy course, Adventures in Double Knitting
needles: size 5 nickle-plated circs in my smallest cable length
gauge: 18 st over 4''
yarn used: 78 yards of each color (that's 0.63 of a skein)
finished size: about 6 inches bigger than it should be...
duration: May 29 - July 1, 2013

notes
  • I totally failed at following the instructions for weaving in the ends, so they will probably pop out, but hopefully nothing will unravel or anything.
  • Going to have to do something drastic to fix the size-issue if I ever want to wear this thing.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

#KnittingFail

I finished up my lovely double-knit Duvino headwarmer at the beginning of the month, but I haven't shared it with you yet because.... it was a fail!  I'm so disappointed.  I swear I did a little swatch and checked gauge, but, alas, my gauge was off and the headwarmer is about six inches too big.  Boo!!!


It really is beautiful though, check it out:


It's too pretty to toss in the fail pile, so I'm going to have to do something drastic to save it.  Not sure what yet, but I think it's gonna have to involve scissors.....

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

(Long) Weekend Update

What a delightful long holiday weekend this was!  I had both Thursday and Friday off work, so it was a pretty sweet opportunity to get lots of knitting done... and I did!

I watched several lessons in my Craftsy toe-up socks course and I'm learning a lot through that.  I've also been swatching some sock yarns while I watch parts of it so I can design my own socks when I'm finished with the course.  In particular, I'd like to make a super simple pair with my Noro Kureyon sock yarn - just stockinette stitch, but I want to break the ball into two smaller balls and use them to make thin stripes on the socks... similar to this.

I also worked on my business casual socks and I'm proud to say that I am mastering that cable needle.  I finished the gusset, so I just need to knit the foot and toe, then on to the next sock!  I also worked on the shawl for my mystery knit along.  I'll write more about that later.....

Friday, July 5, 2013

My First Moccasin Toe!

I have been watching my Craftsy course on knitting toe up socks this morning.  I'm really loving it.  The first hour or so has a lot of great introductory material including some fun historical analysis of sock knitting and TONS of info about yarn.... I never knew there was so much to know about sock yarn!!

Anyway, I also did the first lesson on how to knit a moccasin toe.  Observe:


Pretty neat, huh?  You use a provisional cast on to make this toe, making this my first (successful) provisional cast on in addition to my first moccasin toe.

This was pretty easy to knit, but in the end, I'm not sure if it would be my first choice for my next pair of socks.  As you can see, there is like a little "ridge" on the top and bottom and I'm afraid it might rub if it works its way under the tips of the toes.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Maybe Monday: Pillow Talk....

I was browsing the great pattern selection on Craftsy again this morning and I found a plethora of great pillows that I would love to knit!

Here are just a few of my faves...

First, I like this one because it looks like a fast and easy project, knit up in super bulky yarn, and it is gorgeous!


Next up is some more cabling fun... not as easy looking, but still gorgeous...


And now, moving away from cables and on to color work... I love this gorgeous fair isle pillow... but a little freaked out by the idea that it involves steeking:


And now for my favorite... but, honestly, the one I am least likely to knit.... SHEEP!!


Aren't they all so much fun???  Which one do you think I should knit??