Archive for the ‘2013 Finished Objects’ Category

Now that the gifts have been gifted, they can be shared here.DSC_0192_72Beaded Bias Scarf knit from my handspun alpaca yarn, for my cousin Lisa.DSC_0188_72Also for Lisa, a quilted wall hanging – my first quilting FO! (Disappearing 9-Patch)DSC_0198_72For my Mom, a Mica Tam – modified with 3 extra pattern repeats for extra slouchiness, and beads on every other repeat since I didn’t have enough.DSC_0215cropAnd for Dad, a hat of my own design. “It looks like confetti,” he said.DSC_0193_72And just before Christmas, but too late to mail out, I finished a project out of this ginormous 400-gram ball of yarn. I may consider that the first gift finished for Christmas 2014…

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I hadn’t planned to participate in NaKniSweMo (National Knit a Sweater Month), but I just happened to cast on an adult-sized sweater on November 10th, and figured I would try to finish by the end of the month. At a total of 48,396 stitches, my sweater falls a little short of the NaKniSweMo requirement of 50,000 stitches; however, it’s an adult-sized sweater, and it counts as far as I’m concerned. The sweater is my prize! And I’m especially proud and a little surprised that I finished it in two weeks.

Hiro72dpiMy “FrankenHiro

  • Pattern: Hiro by Julia Farwell-Clay
  • Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Company Galway Worsted, colors 704, 763, 718, 748 (bottom to top in sweater)
  • Needles: U.S. 6 (4.00mm) for sleeve and neck ribbing; U.S. 7 (4.50mm) for body and yoke; U.S. 8 (5.00mm) for sleeves
  • Started: 11/10/13
  • Finished: 11/23/13
  • Notes: This is my “FrankenHiro” because I combined elements of four different sizes. Fourth size for cast-on almost to underarms; second size for sleeves; third size for yoke; and smallest size for length of body from bottom to armholes. I also knit the sleeves 1″ shorter than the length for the smallest size. To transition from fourth to third size before the underarms, I decreased a total of 10 stitches in the span of 17 rows above full bust. I used larger needles for the sleeves since my gauge tends to be tighter when working magic loop, and the sleeves already seemed kind of narrow at the bottom.

After knitting Couronne and now Hiro, I want to knit more colorwork sweaters… which is something I never thought I would say! Still not interested in using more than two colors in a single row, though. My next mission in colorwork is to recreate a “modern retro” version of a sweater I had in tenth grade:


Yearbook photo of me in chorus practice, wearing the aforementioned sweater.

In my updated version, I would move the hearts up onto the yoke. Running them across the bust just would not be a good look for me at my 44-year-old bust size. Until I pulled the photo out today, I had forgotten there were little dots between the hearts. (I believe the technical term is “lice”. Ew.) Definitely want to incorporate those, though, to avoid long floats.

You can probably see in the photo that the original sweater had set-in sleeves; mine will be a seamless round-yoke. I may also incorporate a slightly rolled neckline, cuffs and bottom hem as on Couronne, instead of the traditional ribbing. Due to the smallish size of the hearts, I’ll probably be knitting this one in sport-weight yarn, most likely Classic Elite Liberty Wool Light. There are other sweaters (well, at least one) that I want to knit before taking on the retro heart sweater, so it will probably be a while before I post any more about it.

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I recently took a week off work, and spent a bit of time knitting several hats for the Patternworks hat drive for Halos of Hope.

First up is the Seeded Rib Hat – my own design, available in three sizes (Small – child/teen; Medium – ladies’ average; Large – men’s average) and uses worsted- to heavy-worsted-weight yarn.


Top: Medium size, shown in Plymouth Yarn Jeannee Worsted, #35 Teal
Middle: Large size, shown in Plymouth Yarn Jeannee Worsted, #34 Blue Jeans
Bottom: Medium size, shown in Knit One, Crochet Too Ty-Dy Wool, #3559 Antique Garden
(the top and middle ones will be donated – the bottom one I’m keeping)

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I also knit a simple 2×2 ribbed hat, which I’ll be donating. This one was again knit in Plymouth Yarn Jeannee Worsted, #35 Teal.


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Catching up

Things have been pretty hectic with getting the next catalog together at work. Here’s what’s been going on in my fibery world lately.

Following up on some earlier posts, the green sparkly fiber has been knit into a cowl, and the violet alpaca fiber has been plied. But I’ve been lax in taking photos of them, so no visual proof just yet!

The Niche sweater has been finished for several months now. All the details are on the Patternworks Blog and on Ravelry.


I also finished the socks I started on the flight to TNNA back in January:


And I finally finished the second sock in the pair of cuff-down Leaves & Climbing Vines socks:


And then there’s the pair of Koigu Fingerless Gloves I finally got around to knitting (these were a very quick knit!):


TV Tray Socks make a good “knitting palate cleanser”. And I needed some extras.


I finished my June TNNA plane-knitting socks on the drive to PA for July 4th:


And then I got on a bit of a doily kick:


 I finished a couple of hats for the catalog (to show them knit up in alternate colorways):


 And on top of all that, I’ve started quilting. Here’s my first quilt top, approx. 44″ x 44″ or so.


WHEW! It’s been a busy summer.

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…or something to that effect!

Work has definitely interfered with my personal blogging. Since I’m doing a lot of writing for work now, I tend to avoid it on my time off (which I’d rather spend knitting, anyway). But 2013 is looking like it will be a sweater year. Back in January, I finished Vivian…

Vivian HoodieI love my Vivian hoodie! Thanks to photographer extraordinaire, Evelyn Lamprey, for the pic!

  • Pattern: Vivian by Ysolda Teague
  • Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Taria Tweed (color #2761)
  • Needles: U.S. 7 (4.5mm) for body and hood; U.S. 8 (5.0mm) for sleeves
  • Started: 8/28/11, then ripped out and restarted 12/24/12 after I noticed 3 errors I couldn’t live with
  • Finished: 1/19/13 (yeah, I can’t believe I finished all that cabling in less than a month either!)
  • Notes: My gauge was off (I’m a loose knitter, heh.) so I followed the instructions for size 38 to come out to roughly a size 42 with very little ease. I also had to seriously modify the sleeve length. Further details are on my Ravelry project page. I still need to buy some clasps (not doing the zipper as the pattern calls for), but for now I’m fastening it with a shawl pin.

Immediately after finishing Vivian, I cast on for a February Lady Sweater. I bought the yarn well over 3 years ago, it was about time! (Heck, I still have a sweater’s worth of yarn from before we moved nearly 4 years ago that needs to be knit up.) Finished knitting that on 3/1/13, but I still need to sew on the buttons. Why does it always take so long to get around to that one last little step?!

I’ve now started my third adult-sized sweater for the year, Niche from Norah Gaughan Vol. 12. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it, and we have a knitalong going on at Patternworks right now using Maya yarn. Yellow is totally not my color, though, so I’m using #5630, Lagoon. Once again, I’ve had to go down two needle sizes to get the correct stitch gauge (measured after washing and blocking a swatch, thankyouverymuch), so my row gauge is tighter than the pattern specifies, thus I’m making some modifications. Fingers crossed!

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