Friday, March 31, 2017

FO: Meandering Rib Scarf

I knit this project to practice my continental knitting.  Same pattern as my wave rib scarf.  I think I did a little better with it this time around, still not so sure about continental though....



yarn details
Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Black
dye lot 75579
worsted weight
100% Superwash Merino Wool

machine wash gentle cold, dry flat
110 yards / 50 grams @ $4.69 each

project details
pattern:  Meandering Rib Scarf by Lion Brand Yarn available for free here
needles: size 6 (circs)
yarn used: 3.8 skeins (418 yards)
finished size: 82'' x 5.5'' (unblocked)
duration: November 1, 2015 - January 23, 2016

notes
  • Knit continental style.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

FO: Blue Skies Head Hugger

Sadly, I lost my  beloved Head Hugger.  It was probably the most-used item I have ever knit and I was so sad to realize I lost it.  Luckily, it was fairly easy to replace... just knit a new one!

I switched up the colors a bit from last time:



yarn details
Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky in Aqua Inlet and Cranberry Swirl
85% wool, 15% mohair
bulky weight
handwash cold and dry flat
113 grams/125 yds @ $8.40 each (purchased 1/2017 online from WEBS)

notions
embroidery floss to sew on flowers

project details
pattern: "Head Huggers" by M.K. Carroll, from Stitch 'n Bitch Nation, pg 59.
size: earwarmer, blocked out slightly longer to tie at back instead of chin
needles: size 8 DPNs and size 5 dpns (for leaves)
yarn used: 70 yards blue (0.56 skeins), 15 yards red (0.12 skeins)
duration: January 21 - 29, 2017

notes
  • see my Ravelry project page for some notes on trying to make the decreases a little more attractive
  • Shhh... don't tell, but I actually embroidered the flowers to the wrong side of the headband!  You really can't tell, but I will always know that I made this error.  Now you will too.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

FO: Girl on Fire Socks

Found these socks while browsing Ravelry last Spring.  I think I may have been in the middle of watching the Hunger Games movies, so the name attracted me to stop and look at the pattern.  It took me a while to get it on the needles, but when I added this glittery red yarn to my stash, I knew it would be perfect.

Unfortunately, I was well into the leg of the sock when I realized that the cast on was a little snug on my calf (I'm the girl who has to buy those special wide boots...)  I decided to give these to my lovely friend Jill, who has normal sized calves.

Fun socks to knit and a fun gift for a friend.  Done, and done!


yarn details
Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer in Pomegranate
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 74780
70% Merino, 25% Nylon, 5% Metallic
machine wash, lay flat to dry
$5.89 per 231 yard / 50 gram ball (minus a Black Friday discount) (purchased in November 2016)

project details
pattern: "Girl on Fire" by Cookie A; available to purchase for $6.50 on Ravelry
needles: size 1.5 (2.5mm) wood dpns
yarn used: 1.36 skeins (314 yards)
size knit: medium (CO 63 st)
finished size: 9'' from top of cuff to bottom of heel flap; 9'' from back of heel to tip of toe; 7.5'' in circumference around leg.
duration: December 24, 2016 - February 4, 2017

notes
  • I didn't like how square the toe ended up by following the directions in the pattern... so I unpicked my graft (a very not-fun process!!!) and modified toe as follows: follow directions until 38 stitches remain, then work round 2 until 22 stitches remain.