Tuesday, December 27, 2016

FO: Emergency Ear Warmers (Two Posts in One!)

After all these years, I lost my beloved Head Hugger Earwarmer.  RIP my dear friend!  I'm so sad.  I really hope someone found it and decided to use it.  I hate to think it just ended up all dirty on the street and got swept up....  no, Pepper, don't think that!!

Anyway, I tried to knit some replacements the weekend after I lost it.  Don't really love either candidate.  I'm going to be ordering more Lamb's Pride Bulky soon so I can replicate the original Head Hugger.

Anyway, here are the ones I knit. You can get more details on the Ravelry pages if you are dying to know the details.

The Parisian Twist Earwarmer:

This one is knit out of some acrylic yarn that I randomly bought recently.  It is nice and soft, but not very warm.  However, I am excited that I got to use this cute button on something!  {details on Ravelry}


Head Hugger:

This is the Head Hugger pattern, but without any embellishments.  I was going to embellish it, but after wearing it, it's not warm enough.  I used some lovely thick & thin yarn on it, but I think the thin parts are letting the wind in. {details on Ravelry}

Monday, December 26, 2016

FO: Office Retreat Socks

Every year the organization I work for goes on a lovely retreat in Santa Cruz which gives me a chance to knit on the beach, which is a fabulous experience.  (OK, to be fair, I knit from my balcony overlooking the beach.  You know, 'cuz of sand issues.)

This year I cast on a pair of 9 to 5 socks for the occasion...  get the irony?  Because I was knitting them while away from the 9 to 5?  I crack myself up.  Anyway, here are my Office Retreat Socks:

9 to 5 Socks

And here I am working the gusset while enjoying my lovely view...

Knitting on the Beach

yarn details
Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Blue-Violet
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 35709
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon/Polymide
Machine wash/Tumble dry low
$10.99 per 100 g /462 yd skein (purchased in Oct. 2013)

project details
pattern: "Nine to Five Socks" by Nicole Hindes; available as a free Ravelry download!
needles: size 1 (2.25mm) wood dpns
gauge: I didn't swatch, but at the end of the day, my gauge was 18 st and 24 rows over 2'' in stockinette
yarn used: 351 yards - 76% of the skein
size knit: medium (one size only)
finished size: length from back of heel to tip of toe: just shy of 9.5''; length from top of cuff to bottom of heel flap: 9''
duration: July 17, 2016 - October 1, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

FO: My So-Called Scarf

I've been meaning to knit this scarf since back before the days of Ravelry...  back when we all used to all hang out on Craftster.  (Which, BTW, I totally miss!)

In my efforts to stashbust last year, I decided to use up some funky yarn that I bought back in 2007... also Craftster days, so it was an appropriate choice.  Of course, then it took me a year to finish the scarf, but in the end, it turned out lovely, I used up all the yarn, and I crossed the pattern off my list.  Done and done!

My So Called Scarf

yarn details
Lion Brand Landscapes in Spring Desert
Super Bulky Weight
Dye Lot 5503
50% Wool 50% Acrylic
Hand Wash & Lay Flat to Dry or Dry Clean
$0.97 per 50 g /55 yd skein (purchased in July 2007)

project details
pattern: "My So Called Scarf" by Allison Isaacs of ImagiKnit; free download.
needles: size 13 straights
yarn used: 220 yards - 4 balls
size knit: medium (one size only)
size knit: CO 20 stitches
finished size: 72'' long x 4'' wide
duration: August 29, 2015 - August 27, 2016


  • Notes for cast off on wrong-side row: Purl two together. * Purl next two together, then pass the far right stitch on right needle over to bind off. Repeat from * to the end of the row.
  • After knitting a yard of this, I realized that I had been making a mistake in the pattern.  What mistake?  I don't really know. I just know that I picked it up several months later, started following the pattern, and realized it was drastically different.  Oops!  Had to frog.