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Yeah, it’s been quite a while since my last knitting blog post. I’ve been blogging much more about hiking. But I’ve still been knitting! (Just not writing about it.) There are a couple new things I can’t reveal just yet, but here are some highlights of 2016 and early 2017. First, let’s catch up with 2016:

For further details on these projects, see my Ravelry page (login required to see the page, but the specific projects below are set for public viewing).

Next, here’s what I’ve completed so far this year (except for the stuff I can’t share yet):

Further details on these are on my Ravelry page – direct public links to the projects appear below.

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Just off the needles, a Double Heelix double feature!

Double Heelix socks, first pair

  • Pattern: Double Heelix by Jeny Staiman (from Knitty, First Fall 2011)
  • Yarn: Alpaca with a Twist Socrates, color #1019 & #3018
  • Needles: U.S. 1.5 (2.5mm), used magic loop technique
  • Size made: Medium (64-stitch circumference after instep decreases)
  • Started 7/9/11, finished 7/22/11
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

As you can tell by looking at the photo, these came out too loose. Not surprised, since 64-stitch socks on 2.5mm needles always come out too big for me. But I took a chance since the heel is a unique construction and I was expecting these to be tighter around the ankle (but for me, they weren’t). I alternated the two colors in single-row stripes on the toes, and the last inch before the cuff. Each cuff is a different color. Also switched up the foot and leg colors from one sock to the other. (Yeah, it will look like I’m wearing mis-matched socks. Heh.)

Double Heelix Socks, second pair

  • Pattern, yarn, needles same as above.
  • Size made: Small (60-stitch circumference after instep decreases)
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

Even though I scaled down to the small size for the second pair, these are still a little too loose. But not unwearable by any means. Hard to tell in the photo, but I alternated each color in single-row stripes on the foot and leg. Each cuff is a different color.

I really enjoyed knitting this pattern (obviously, since I did it twice). It can get a bit fiddly at the beginning when you’re working the heel, since there are 4 strands of yarn going. But just pause once in a while to detangle, and you’ll be fine.

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So, this isn’t a new FO, but I finally got around to taking a photo of it.

I Drank The Kool-Aid

I’m referring to this one as “I Drank The Kool-Aid” because there were no less than five of my coworkers knitting it at the same time as me. It had definitely become a mini-trend at the office. A couple of my coworkers have even knit more than one in different yarns! For some silly reason, it took me more than three months to weave in two little yarn ends and wash/block it. For yet another silly unknown reason, it took me nearly a year after finishing the knitting to snap a photo of the thing. (Well, I did make a miserably failed attempt at taking a pic of myself with the cell phone one day when I wore it to work last fall.) If you do knit this project with the Firefly yarn, be aware that it takes every last bit of the two balls of yarn called for. I had about a six- to eight-inch tail at my cast-on edge, and the same after binding off. In fact, I have heard of several Patternworks customers needing to dip into a third ball of yarn in order to finish – so be safe and get a third ball, especially if you typically end up using more yardage than a pattern calls for.

And now, we move on down to the feet…

Jaytrekkers

  • Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina
  • Yarn: Trekking XXL, color #80 (faux-isle self patterning yarn with pinks, purples, grays and browns)
  • Needle: U.S. 1 (2.25mm), Clover Takumi 5″ long DPNs (AKA overgrown toothpicks)
  • Started 2/14/11, finished 7/3/11
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

The pattern may look sort of familiar – you’ve seen it on here twice before. This is the pattern I used for my second-ever pair of socks and also for a pair of socks made for my cousin Jill. They turned out to be a little snug over the ankles as Jadee reminded me on Plurk, but I can still get them on my feet. If I do knit these yet again (which I just might, I love the pattern) I will probably use U.S. 1.5 (2.5mm) needles just to have a wee bit extra room in the ankle. It wasn’t a problem with the first pair I made, since they’re (duh) anklets. (And damn, now I’m really hoping that Jill’s weren’t too tight! She does have smaller feet than me, so hopefully hers were OK.) It took me a while to finish these, since I knit the first sock and about half of the second sock almost exclusively on breaks at work (the rest was mostly done during long car rides). Cast-ons and kitchenering the toes were also done at home.

Recently off the needles – but not finished – is a cowl design for work. Not finished yet because it needs buttons, so I will be shopping for some this week. More on that later. Still on the needles – but finally more than halfway done – is a super secret project for a friend. My motivation to finish that (besides finishing a project for a friend) within the next month is the KnitGirllls 5K Stash Dash. (I’m at 2,692 meters knit… just a little over halfway there! Not sure if I’ll hit 5K by the deadline, but hopefully I will be close.) A perpetual item on the needles is my sock yarn blankie – I really should pick that up again, especially considering I recently received a little care package in the mail from my Pennsylvania knitting peeps, Cathy and Denise.

Sock Yarn Scraps from Cathy & Denise (miss you both too!)

And considering I haven’t had any socks on the needles since I finished the Jaywalkers on July 3rd (gasp!), I shall be casting on the Double Heelix socks from Knitty shortly. Tonight, in fact. I have two skeins of Socrates (#1019 denim and #3018 berry) and my ball winder sitting a few feet away on the sofa, beckoning me.

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I’ve been busy since my last post a little over a month ago! Find yourself a good spot on the sidewalk, the FO parade is coming through town…

Ennoble (Nelkin Designs Mystery KAL)
Quite an unglamorous photo… will probably replace later when I take a better one.

  • Pattern: Ennoble by Laura Nelkin
  • Yarn: Schaefer Yarns Heather, colorway Tatiana Proskuriakoff (T.P. for short!)
  • Needle: U.S. 6 (4.0mm)
  • Started 4/8/11, finished 5/28/11
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

Father’s Day Socks

  • Pattern: my own Father’s Day Socks pattern (garter rib panels on front and back flanked by small cables)
  • Yarn: Austermann Step Zodiac, Capricorn colorway (even though Dad is a Virgo…)
  • Needles: U.S. 0 (2.0mm) Addi Turbo, 40″ circular (magic loop, one at a time)
  • Started 5/5/11, finished 5/28/11
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

Preemie hats for Sweet Caroline Project

  • Pattern: Preemie Baby Beanies by Karen Everitt (basic construction, used stitches from sock patterns on them)
  • Yarns: (L-R) Southwest Trading TOFUtsies, Zitron Trekking Maxima, Plymouth Sockotta (all leftovers from socks – left and center – and baby sweater – right)
  • Needle: U.S. 2 (2.75mm)
  • First one started 6/5/11, third one finished 6/10/11 (each one took 2 evenings of knitting)
  • Link to my Ravelry project pages: #1, #2, #3 (login required)

Mysteriously Sublime Shawlette

Deep V Sweater Monstrosity!

  • Pattern: Deep V Sweater from Classic Knits by Erika Knight
  • Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed
  • Needles: U.S. 3 (3.25mm) and 5 (3.75mm)
  • Started 1/5/09 (yes, that’s 2009), finished 6/18/11 (yes, that’s 2011)
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (do I really need to tell you again that login is required?)

This one requires some commentary… After nearly two-and-a-half years on the needles, I’m really disappointed that this turned out to be a waaaaay huge hot mess of a monstrosity. That’s the problem with an adult sweater knit in pieces and seamed together after all the hours, days, months, YEARS of knitting has been completed. (At least with baby sweaters, if they’re too big, the baby will eventually grow into it.) Holding the individual pieces up on my body, I thought for sure the sweater would be too small, if anything. Well, it’s freakin’ bigger-than-plus sized. It’s linebacker sized. Might even be too big for a linebacker. Sheesh. I knit a generously-sized swatch, which I’ve run through the washer (cold water, frontloader) and dryer (on regular, not even low heat or air fluff… REGULAR HOT DRYER) and the swatch didn’t even shrink at all (which is not at all what I expected). However, the swatch did come out extremely soft after washing and drying. So the sweater wasn’t a total waste of time — at the very least, it will make a great lounging around the house in wintertime sweater. A note about the v-neck: Yes, it’s supposed to be a very deep v-neck… though not quite THAT deep. I’m short. I had the foresight to alter the sleeves so they wouldn’t be gorilla-length (like the rest of the sweater, though, still too big), but I didn’t think to alter the body so the V wouldn’t be quite so low. Duh.

Butin Collar

  • Pattern: Butin Collar by Laura Nelkin
  • Yarn: Schaefer Yarns Audrey, Clare Booth Luce colorway
  • Needle: U.S. 2.5 (3.0mm)
  • Started & finished 6/22/11 (well, clasp was sewn on 6/23/11 before I went to work, so I could wear it that day)
  • Link to my Ravelry project page

This requires a little commentary as well. After the disaster that was the sweater above, this project was an absolute delight. Amy brought a kit back from TNNA (trade show) for me to try out. She gave it to me at work on 6/22/11. I knitted the whole thing that night, in about 3 hours, including the time it took to tediously thread the beads onto the yarn in a specific sequence. It would have taken me a bit less time had I not miscounted the size 8 beads at one spot and had to perform surgery on the yarn to thread on one more bead and do a Russian join to avoid too much bulk in the yarn. This is a GREAT kit — seriously, it includes everything you need except for the knitting needles. There’s even a dental floss threader included for threading the beads onto the yarn. This was also the first time I’ve used Audrey yarn — it’s a wool/silk single that’s absolutely beautiful. I think I really need to pick some up at the shop and make a shawl with it.

But wait… there’s been spinning!

Yes, I’ve been spinning! This is Highland Handmades hand-dyed bluefaced  leicester (that’s a breed of sheep) top in the Maritime colorway. It came with the drop spindle you see in the photo above as part of a beginner spinning kit. The stuff on the spindle has been spun; the fluffy stuff at the top of the photo is the fiber that I’ve pre-drafted (pulled apart to thin out the fibers before spinning). This was from my second session of spinning this fiber (trust me, you do NOT want to see the results of the first session). I’ve since gotten better, more consistent, with a little more practice. I’m a little more than halfway through spinning the whole four ounces of fiber. Not sure what I’ll do with the finished yarn yet. We’ll see what it decides it wants to be.

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So, now that our new niece, Cora, has arrived and the gifts have been given, I can share them with the rest of the world…

Cora’s Blanket & Sweater

  • Patterns: Cradle Me (blanket) and Inky Dinky (jacket) by Anne Hanson
  • Yarn: Plymouth Encore DK, color #233 (lavender)
  • Needles: U.S. 5 (3.75mm) & U.S. 6 (4.0mm) for Cradle Me; U.S. 3 (3.25mm) & U.S. 4 (3.5mm) for Inky Dinky
  • Cradle Me started February 9, finished April 6, 2011; Inky Dinky started April 7, finished April 19, 2011
  • Links to my Ravelry project pages: Cradle Me, Inky Dinky (login required)

Of course, any time there is a new baby arriving in the family, I’m going to be making something. Traditionally, I’ve made handwoven baby blankets. Unfortunately, I don’t have a space to set up my loom right now with all the remodeling going on in our house — it’s still folded up under a blanket in the unfinished dining room. So this time, I opted for knitting. These patterns by Anne Hanson feature a matching lace motif. The jacket pattern offers a wide range of sizes and also includes a matching hat, which I did not make. The blanket was a very easy knit — obviously, since there’s no construction, just a big square. And the jacket was surprisingly easy, too; it’s knit in one piece from the bottom up to the armpits, then the sleeves are knitted separately and joined to knit the yoke in the round.


Inky Dinky, a closer view

And a Mother’s Day gift…

Finishing things up seems to happen in threes. Here’s the third item — a scarf I started last fall which became a Mother’s Day gift for my Mom. It’s a circular scarf that can be worn as-is and longer, or doubled up as a cowl. Heck, you can even double it up and have half around your neck and the other half over your head if it’s cold. Mom doesn’t like things up close to her neck so much, so she’ll probably be wearing it long most of the time. This is my own design which was “homework” for work — it was included in a sheet of free patterns that Patternworks sent out with the purchase of certain limited-edition yarns (which are sold out now, unfortunately).

Circular Scarf for Mom

  • Pattern: my own unnamed design
  • Yarn: Fiesta Yarns Baby Boom, Surf colorway
  • Needles: U.S. 5 (3.75mm)
  • Started September 4, 2010; finished April 19, 2011
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

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So, my camera hadn’t been cooperating very well lately. Rather, it wasn’t cooperating at all. But now that we have a new camera, I can catch up with some FOs that needed photographing.

Mad Color Weave Socks in Araucania Ranco

  • Pattern: Mad Color Weave by Tina Lorin
  • Yarn: Araucania Ranco, color #303
  • Needles: Crystal Palace bamboo DPNs, size U.S. 1 (2.25mm)
  • Started 7/5/10, finished 8/15/10
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

I lovelovelove these socks. First of all, the pattern is gorgeous – looks way more complicated than it really is. The slip-stitch pattern works really well with handpainted, hand-dyed, and variegated yarns. I also really love this yarn. My former LYS (when I lived in PA) carried lots of this yarn for a while. It was all so beautiful, so I ended up buying several hanks in multiple colors (and even bought the same colorway twice, unintentionally). The yarn is especially beautiful with this pattern.

Hermione’s Everyday Socks – in Kollage Sock-A-Licious

  • Pattern: Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder
  • Yarn: Kollage Sock-A-Licious, colorway Blue Mist
  • Needles: Addi Turbo 40″ Circular, size U.S. 1.5 (2.5mm) – magic loop 2-at-a-time
  • Started 9/3/10, finished 10/23/10
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

This was the second time I knit socks using this pattern. However, this time I switched to knitting them toe-up instead of cuff-down (I followed Wendy D. Johnson’s Toe-Up Socks with Slip-Stitch Heel pattern for the sole and heel). And, since I knit them 2-at-a-time on magic loop, I used my Addi circs, which are exactly .25mm larger than the size U.S. 1 DPNs I used the first time. Which means these came out huuuuuge. Plus, the yarn is part silk. Makes it feel really, really nice… but the socks stretch out and don’t snap back as well after washing as wool socks with no silk in them. But they’re great for winter when I need to wear two pairs of socks to shovel snow. I still love them, though.

Seeded Rib Socks – in Zitron Trekking Maxima

  • Pattern: Toe-up Socks with Slip-Stitch Heel by Wendy D. Johnson; added my own seeded rib pattern made up on the fly.
  • Yarn: Zitron Trekking Maxima, color #902
  • Needles: Addi Turbo 40″ Circular, size U.S. 0 (2.0mm) – magic loop but one at a time
  • Started 10/27/10, finished 2/12/11
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

After finishing up the second pair of Hermione socks, I needed a new pair on the needles for a travel project. I wasn’t sure which socks I wanted to knit next from my Ravelry queue, so I just started something plain and winged it. Ended up with a very nice seeded rib. This pattern would be great for men’s socks – actually, this yarn would be great for men’s socks as well. Like other Trekking yarns, it’s a good workhorse yarn with some nylon content for sturdiness. Very comfortable, and the seeded ribbing is very stretchy.

I’m knitting on several other things right now, but nothing I can share yet since they’re gifts.

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Wow. So I had a bit of Christmas knitting that looked very promising for completion in time for the big day… until this past Tuesday, when I finally ended my denial about the sizing by undoing the entire two weeks’ worth of knitting. Now that I’ve restarted it, I’m progressing quickly — but not quickly enough, I’m afraid. (But more on that later… much later. Like after it’s actually done and been gifted.) That’s not the only thing I’m behind on, either! I’m way behind on taking FO photos and updating the blog! Let’s see… I did manage to get photos of two recent projects (well, technically, four — but three are a package deal) since the last update.

First up, something a little silly. My friend Katie and I went to the Stitches East show in Hartford, CT over Halloween weekend, and crashed at her former college roommate’s house for the night. As a thank-you, we decided to present her with a lovely little beret for her cat, Luke (who is surprisingly tolerant of such things). Amanda convinced Luke to model the hat for us and texted Katie a picture while we enjoyed our 2nd day at the show:

Le Mieux – graciously modeled by Luke (aka “Jean-Luc”)

  • Project: International Cat Hat: France, Le Mieux by Stacy Mar
  • Yarn: Tahki Cotton Classic, navy and khaki (leftover from handwoven placemats I made for Mom in early 2009)
  • Needles: U.S. 7 (4.5mm), Addi Turbo circular (magic-looped, of course)
  • Started 10/3/10, finished 10/5/10
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

Next, a bit of gift knitting that’s generally considered more useful than a cat hat: baby stuff! My friends Diane and Randy recently adopted a baby boy, RJ. It was a surprise to many of us, including Diane and Randy — they hadn’t expected it to all go through so quickly! So, I needed to knit up something just as quickly. This may look sort of familiar — I made the same baby set for my friend Carey earlier this year, in a different color of Sockotta yarn.

RJ’s Baby Cardi & Hat

  • Pattern: Sock It To Me Baby by Beth Anne Paustian
  • Yarn: Plymouth Sockotta, color #6056 (white, gray, green, blue, yellow, pink stripes)
  • Needles: U.S. 1.5 (2.5mm) and 2.5 (3.0mm), Addi Turbo circulars
  • Cardi started 11/2/10, finished 11/7/10 except for buttons (completed with buttons 11/21/10); hat started 11/8/10, finished 11/10/10.
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)
  • Modifications: Unlike last time, when I knit the cardi in separate pieces and seamed it, I decided to knit the body of this one in a single piece up to the armholes, then knit the two fronts and the back separately up from the armholes (starting at the same point in the color repeat for each section). I then finished the shoulder seams with a three-needle bindoff on the inside and knit the sleeves in the round from the top down by picking up stitches around the armhole (again, starting at the same point in the color repeat so each sleeve would be pretty much the same striping). The only thing I’m not completely happy with in this approach is that the striping sequence was a little too short for the body of the sweater below the armholes — you can see on the front that the stripes really don’t match. But it’s still damn cute and I appreciate the time I saved by not having to do any seaming. If I were to make another one of these cardigans, I’d combine my two approaches: knitting the fronts and back as three separate pieces (matching the striping on the fronts, not caring if the back matches — because it’s pretty much impossible except maybe if you use two balls of yarn and alternate them every row so that the striping sequence is doubled), still using the three-needle bindoff for the shoulders, seaming up the sides to the armhole, and knitting the armholes from the top down. I don’t mind seaming side-to-side or top-to-bottom along a straight edge, but seaming stepped shoulders and set-in sleeves/armholes is a bit of torture I’d prefer to avoid. Oh — also, on the hat, I knit it in the round instead of flat (really, why bother knitting a hat flat?! I honestly can’t think of a good reason, at least not for this particular hat).

RJ’s Baby Booties

I just counted, and there are seven other finished projects that I have yet to photograph and blog about, including that fringed scarf I mentioned in the last post which finally got its ends woven in and a good wash and block the last week of October. Heck, I’ve even worn it to work twice! I attempted a cell-phone pic while I was having trouble with my regular digital camera (problem solved — battery no longer recharging) but it turned out way too blurry. Besides the scarf, I have two hats and four (!!) pairs of socks to photograph and blog. Oh yeah, and finish that Christmas-gift sweater… which means I should stop typing and get the needles clicking.

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