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So I finally got around to entering my projects from the last few months into KnitMeter…

There was also a little bit of weaving, but only one project, so I didn’t count it here.

It’s amazing how low my yardage is when I only knit one sweater during the year. I hope to remedy that in 2016.

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Highlights: Lots of hats, lots of socks, and several projects for work.
Lowlights: Only one sweater done. 😦 And I would have liked to do more spinning and weaving.

Here are some of my favorites:

Click any of the pictures above to enter the gallery and see captions.

Further details available (including links to patterns, where I used one) on my Ravelry projects 2015 tab. (You must be logged into Ravelry to view.)

I already have a good head start on 2016 with a bulky-gauge sweater on the needles. At 3.5 stitches per inch, it’s working up very quickly.

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I’m using the Seamless Yoke – Adult sweater pattern from Ann Budd’s Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters. The majority is knit in Cascade Yarns Eco Wool (Bovska undyed cream colorway), and the contrast color in the yoke is Targhee from Spunky Eclectic that I handspun (purchased at the NH Sheep & Wool Festival in May 2015 and spun the week after). At this point, most was done with one 200-gram skein of Eco Wool and 57 grams of the handspun. I just started the second skein of Eco Wool a few rows back, and I’m planning on using the rest of the handspun for a rolled reverse-stockinette edging on the cuffs, bottom hem, and neckline. Buttonbands will be done in Eco Wool in garter stitch. The whole sweater is garter stitch as well. Easy-peasy.

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Here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

Back around the end of September, I finished a pair of Trellis & Cable Socks (my own pattern) using yarn gifted to me by a yarn shop friend prior to moving to NH more than 6 years ago.

T&C2 Socks

In November, I finished up a design for a knitted dog leash (yes, a knitted dog leash). It’s currently only available from Patternworks as a kit in 4 color choices (kit includes the pattern, 1 skein of Peruvia Quick, and a swivel hook).

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Photo by Evelyn Lamprey.

Also in November, I knitted Craig a new Batman hat to match his new Batman sweatshirt with the modern bat logo. “But the greys don’t match,” he said. Tough.

batmanhat

And just today, I whipped up two mini-cup cozies to fit the teeny 8-oz. cappuccino to-go cups at the local coffee shop. (The standard cardboard coffee cup sleeves are too big!) These tiny cups are approximately 6.75″ circumference at the bottom.

Instructions for the one on the left:

Using #6 (4.00mm) needles and leftover bits of worsted-weight yarn… CO 32, join in round.
Knit 1 rnd.
Rnd 1: K2tog, (yo twice, ssk, k2tog) rep ( ) to last 2 sts, yo twice, ssk.
Rnd 2: Knit around, working double yo’s as knit in first yo, knit in back loop of second yo.
Rep Rnds 1 & 2 to desired height, ending with Rnd 2. Knit 1 rnd. Bind off loosely.
(Yes, pattern biases a bit.)

Instructions for the one on the right:

Using #6 (4.00mm) needles and leftover bits of worsted-weight yarn… CO 32, join in round.
Rnd 1: K1, (p2, k2) rep ( ) to last 3 sts, p2, k1.
Rep Rnd 1 until work measures 1” from CO.
Inc Rnd: K1, (pfb, p1, k2, p2, k2) rep ( ) to last 3 sts, p2, k1.
Next Rnd: K1, (p3, k2, p2, k2) rep ( ) to last 3 sts, p2, k1.
Rep last Rnd to desired height.
BO in ribbing.

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Wow, how did it get to be August already?!

Catching up from my last post… the kitty blanket was finished just a week later:

kittyblanket

And I picked up some Cascade Eco Wool to be used with the handspun targhee in a striped-yoke sweater:

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I also finished a Mohair Bias Loop (Churchmouse pattern) for a photo shoot for work.
Kits are available in six different colors from Patternworks.

Photo by Evelyn S. Lamprey

Photo by Evelyn S. Lamprey

I finished a pair of socks using Miss Babs Yummy superwash yarn – made up the pattern as I went.

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I retooled my TV Tray Socks to have a double-thick bottom – so hopefully they last longer and I won’t have to knit new ones as frequently:

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I went on a bit of a Footie Socks kick (this was the fourth pair in about a month’s time):

footies

Most recently, I finished a Ribbed Beanie and Handwarmers (another Churchmouse pattern) for yet another photo shoot for work:

beanie handwarmers

I’ve also been working on a Random-Stripe Boxy sweater. I used the Random Stripe Generator to determine the striping sequence, and I’m using four different colorways of String Theory Caper Sock. (I originally purchased them to knit shawls… but realized I just don’t wear shawls. But I wear sweaters.) At first, I tried to knit jogless stripes, but it just wasn’t working. I was also trying to carry the unused colors up the side, and that wasn’t working either. So with each color change I’m cutting the yarn, and weaving in ends after every few color changes.

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(left – jogless stripes, which didn’t turn out jogless; right – cutting yarn with each color change and weaving in ends, not jogless either, but much neater!)

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(inside of the sweater, weaving in ends as I go)

And just this past weekend, I found myself in need of a sock project to work on while riding in the car. So I frogged half a sock I started way back in January 2014 and never got back to – and I didn’t feel like trying to figure out where I was (since I was in the process of designing it at the time and not following an existing pattern). Instead, I cast on my Trellis and Cable Socks pattern from the opposite end of the skein. (Pattern is available on Ravelry.)

trelliscable

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I got so excited about NHSW that I forgot to blog about finishing my Heart Cardigan!

This was the inspiration:

heartsweater72dpiBack in 10th grade, I had this pullover. Can’t really say it was my favorite garment or anything, but I did like it. And there’s a photo in a yearbook to remind me. I even still have the original photo (with crop marks drawn on it and everything) that was given to me by our yearbook advisor as a memento in my senior year. There are many garments I’ve probably forgotten about over the years – and having been a teenager in the 80’s, that’s probably a good thing – but certain more memorable ones that have found their way into photos have stuck with me.

I don’t remember where this one came from; it may have been a Christmas gift from my cousin. It could very well have come from Boscov’s. It’s also long gone, having been stuffed into a garbage bag and deposited in a clothing donation bin somewhere, many years ago.

What I do remember, even though the only photo of it is black-and-white, is that it was dark blue, and each row of colorwork hearts was in a different pastel color (it was 1984-85, after all – colors were either pastel or neon!).

Super-intricate colorwork is not my thing. So when I set out to knit a cardigan with stranded colorwork, I chose to create a 2015 version of my very 80’s sweater. Starting with the seamless yoke cardigan, adult version from Ann Budd’s The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters, I drafted a chart of hearts to insert into the yoke. I managed to just barely squeeze them in between the last yoke increase and the division of the sleeves from the body, so I didn’t have to deal with any increases within the colorwork section.

As usual, I made a bit of a Frankensweater, combining the sleeve stitch count from one size with the body stitch count from another size. I also increased on just the fronts at the bustline (I need about 2″ more on the front of a sweater than on the back) and added some visible waist shaping (that is, not hidden in the sides) because I like how it looks.

In my job, I get to meet with yarn manufacturers and knitting and crochet designers several times a year, and sometimes I manage to wear one of their designs or yarns that I’ve knit into a garment for our meetings (like wearing my Niche to TNNA to show it to Norah Gaughan, or wearing my Couronne or Pathways pullovers for a meeting with Hélène and Joyce from Knit One, Crochet Too). So, when I realized I would be able to finish my Heart Cardigan the night before a meeting with Classic Elite Yarns (it’s knit in their Liberty Wool Light yarn), that’s what I set out to do. I bought buttons over my lunch break the day before the meeting, and sewed them on that night while the sweater was still slightly damp!

HeartCardiFOSo here it is! The finished Heart Cardigan. I love it! It fits me well, and it’s very comfortable and not too heavy, thanks to the sport-weight yarn. Snapped the obligatory mirror selfie shortly before heading out to my meeting. (The sweater even came in handy when looking at color swatches printed on a color copier that came out a little dark. In reference to the Aubergine swatch, I could just point at a sleeve and say, “It’s this.”)

  • Pattern: Seamless yoke cardigan – adult from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters by Ann Budd
  • Yarn: Liberty Wool Light (#6695 Aubergine, and hearts top to bottom, #6617 Brick, #6694 Jade, #6656 Hydrangea)
  • Needles: #4 (3.5mm) for most of it; #3 (3.75mm) for cuffs and buttonbands
  • Started 12/18/14, finished 4/29/15 (technically 4/30/15 when I sewed on the buttons)
  • Ravelry project page here.

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