A couple of smaller projects in preparation of autumn, because I wasn't quite ready to start another big sweater project. :)
baa baa black sheep for my hands - Lambing Mitts by Veronika Jobe. The one thing I haven't been able to accomplish in acclimating to the cold here is keeping my hands warm. I haven't given up on the idea of fair isle warm woolen mittens for winter temps., but I also wanted something to ward of the chill of autumn. I love, love these mitts with their extra long length. The garter stitch band at the top can be folded down (as seen above) or folded out to cover the fingers. Super quick project made with some of my favorite leftover Quince & Co. Osprey from my stash.
Rose Toes for her feet - Rye by tincanknits. So I have had this mental block of intimidation when it came to sock knitting. I was afraid it would take to long. I was afraid of Second Sock Syndrome. I was afraid of heels and gussets and turns. Oh, my! But my daughter REALLY wanted a pair of hand knit socks, and I couldn't refuse her. I found this pattern using worsted weight yarn and size 5 needles. Yay! The verdict??? It was fun! Really fun! And of course, now I feel that I should make myself a pair. :)
Here's a yarn question for all of you experienced sock knitters...I used Berroco Comfort (a nice acrylic yarn) for these socks. Emma loved, loved the variations of color, and the socks are very soft. I know that wool would be the "go to" choice for socks, but my skin can be a little cranky when it comes to certain wool yarns next to my skin. Any sock yarn suggestions in a worsted weight, soft wool or otherwise??? I am eying all the gorgeous colors of Malabrigo Rios and thinking it might not be scratchy? Any thoughts would be very much appreciated!
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Yet again, life marches to a beat more chaotic than one I would want. My days are spoken for, but thankfully, my nights are relatively quiet: yarn, needles, tea, television, puppy at my feet. And so, yet again, a "catch-up" Yarn Along post...
Bing - Pattern Cape Cod by Thea Colman. I love this sweater. What I love most about it are the details. I opted to go with a cotton yarn (Berroco Weekend) so that I could enjoy wearing a sweater on cool summer nights. I chose the colorway Garnet, which is a little deeper than the pictures show. The red made me think of Bing cherries in the summertime. The lace panels made this an interesting and fun project. That boat neck is my favorite.
Ponchetta - Pattern Ponchetta by Elizabeth Smith of The Brown Stitch. Somewhere during my second dry, extreme winter living here, my skin decided to fight back. Eczema. Oh, my. Too cold? Problem. Sweating on the ski mountain? Problem. 100% wool cowl/scarf in direct contact with the skin on my neck? BIG problem. So I am now starting a process of knitting myself new neck warmers with acrylic yarn. Berroco makes a nice one called Comfort, and I was happy to find that it comes in solid colors and heathered colors. I ordered the colorway Hackberry Heather for this pattern. Once again, this color is deeper and richer in person.
Ponchetta is a cross between a cowl, a shawl, and a poncho. The drape of Berroco Comfort caused my Ponchetta to hang more like a full-length poncho, but I really, really like the way it turned out. And it is super soft against my neck! The pattern was easy to read, and the project was a fast, enjoyable knit.
Autumn Margo - Pattern Margo Poncho by Elizabeth Smith of The Brown Stitch. It's quite possible that I could play a game of Eenie Meenie Miney Mo with Elizabeth Smith's designs and be happy no matter what pattern I ended up landing on. This one is a favorite! The pattern, as with all Brown Stitch patterns, was simple and straightforward. The stitch designs are actually made with slipped stitches instead of cables, which made this a quick and easy knit.
The yarn is Osprey from Quince & Co. (still my favorite) and the colorway is Malbec. It is really making me look forward to autumn.
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Criss Cross - Criss Cross by Isabell Kraemer. This was my second Isabell-designed project. Another beautiful, clean-lined, and wearable pattern! I have worn this a few times already, and it is just the best go-to sweater to grab on the way out the door. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this. The colorway "Ireland" is the perfect green for spring. It was a simple cardigan to knit, but the little details throughout made it fun, especially the charted pattern on the back. Will definitely knit more Isabell!
So here's a question for fellow knitters...this was my first project using Cascade 220 Heathers (NOT Superwash). I wet blocked as usual, and oh my goodness...the stink. The entire room smelled like,...well, let's just say "sulfur", (shall we?), for 3 days. Now, I know that wet wool smells funky, but this was by far the worst ever. I googled the issue and found an actual scientific explanation for the offending odor that has to do with chemical bonds breaking during wet blocking. (Seriously, wet wool sweaters have gas!) But anyway, upon drying, the smell went COMPLETELY away, and I aired my room out. No harm, no foul (no pun intended), BUT I really don't want that to happen again if there is anything I can do to stop it.
I have never had that happen before, and I knit another project (see below) without the odor, so I am left wondering, was it the specific yarn? Have any of you ever noticed the Cascade 220 yarns behaving this way? Or is this knitting's dirty smelly little secret???
Enough unpleasantries. Now on to pretty fringe.
Farmhouse - Farmhouse by cabinfour. I am not a shawl person, really. But I do have a childhood memory of someone (I can't remember who) owning a shawl. I thought is was so cool. No one in my family had one, so it was such a novelty to me. So many knitters like to knit shawls, but I love sweaters and didn't ever see myself using a shawl. But then I stumbled upon a fellow Raveler's Farmhouse. It was love at first sight. I was so drawn to it, but that didn't make any sense to me, because...I am not a shawl person. I looked and looked at pictures of Farmhouse for months and months. Why did I want that shawl so much???
Christmas was coming, and my kids asked me what I wanted as a gift from them. I asked for yarn. Which one, how much...they needed details. I chose 3 projects from my Favorites list on Ravelry. I showed them to my kids and told them that I wanted THEM to choose which project they wanted to give me. They held secret yarn meetings. I had no idea what they wanted me to have, but on Christmas morning I opened a gift of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, and I realized in that moment that I had been hoping it would be their choice all along. They wanted to give me Farmhouse.
This pattern was so simple to knit. Quiet, peaceful, television knitting. I learned a couple of new skills and linked to instruction videos in my Ravelry notes found here.
This was my first project to use Shelter. I love it, love it. Watching the fabric change during wet blocking was like magic! So fluffy and light and, oh I love it. (Sorry. I already said that.) My favorite is the fringe. Drippy, drapey, flowy, dreamy. I think this might be my favorite knit.
And I use it! Right now, it is the perfect layer to ward off the chill of early morning in the mountains. I really don't see myself knitting a lot of shawls, (I have another sweater on the needles now.) but I am so very glad I knit this one. Thank you, Babies! Your mama feels loved!
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Mailin for her - Mailin by Isabell Kraemer. What a happy mistake! After finishing this sweater up, I think it was she who was meant to have it all along. It's big and over-sized for her, with its too-long cuffed sleeves. I really like the pattern, and still think I might make one for myself at some point. Her only request is that I choose a different color, so that we aren't Twinkies. ;)
Quince & Co. Lark is the yarn, and it works really well with this pattern, I think. She's been wearing it a lot around the house, and should have plenty more time to wear it this season...we woke up to snow again this morning.
Now on to a spring cardigan. Green!!!
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Good News: Mailin. This pattern! Beautiful, well-written, perfect. I love this sweater. Cables, neckline, thick bottom ribbing, and that sleeve cuff...just the best!
Bad News: I goofed. After getting gauge with a smaller needle than the pattern suggested, I proceeded to knit the sweater a 1/2 stitch smaller than gauge. How did this happen??? I thought the sweater looked small, but I tried it on as I went, and it was workable. I thought I would do some aggressive blocking at the end. Then I finished one sleeve. It's too small. Such.a.bummer. All the while, every time my daughter would walk into the room and see me knitting it, she would say things like, "If you don't want that sweater, I'll take it!" and "I really like that sweater!". Point taken, Emma.
Good News: So I let Emma try it on. And she's adorable in this big, over-sized (for her) cabled sweater that I was knitting for myself. "The sleeves are way too long, Emma," I say to her. "Maybe I should just rip it out and start the whole thing over." She pulls her arm up into the sleeve further and says, "I love long, cozy sleeves! They keep my hands warm!" How am I supposed to say "no" to that?! So, Emma's getting a Mailin. I tell her that I will buy more of the exact same yarn in the exact same color so that I can have my own Mailin. Then it dawns on me..."Emma! We'll have matching sweaters!!! We'll be twinkies!!!"
A look of horror comes over her face. And I have decided not to take it personally.
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How is it already the end of January??? And how is it already Yarn Along day again??? I have tried to put this post up for a month of Wednesdays, but life has had other plans. So, without further ado, here is my "What I Knit for Christmas" Yarn Along post, a full one month late.
Gramps - gramps pattern by tin can knits. A little sweater for my precious nephew Connor. Malabrigo Rios yarn in Azul Profundo was the starting point. That color! Rich and blue-y and so happy to my eyes. (I couldn't really capture a good likeness in my photos.) I bought two skeins online from Twist, a great source for Malabrigo yarns. I decided to knit the sweater in one color rather than the two that the pattern calls for, and because I misread the yardage needed for the size I was making, I had to leave off the front pockets and elbow patches. Bummer. I would have loved adding those pockets. Next time.
All in all, I loved the pattern, and I L.O.V.E.D. the Rios yarn. My sister was sweet and sent me a photo of Connor in his blue sweater. Oh, my heart!
And now I am busy with the sleeves on a little something for me...
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Pumpkin Spice - Kindling Season by Alicia Plummer. All finished up! This sweater knit up pretty quickly (aran weight!), and the fun chevron pattern on the sweater's back kept the project interesting. Emma requested toggles, but no pockets. You can open the collar out, but Emma seems to prefer it closed. We both love the orange "Nasturtium" colorway of the Osprey yarn! It is not quite as bright as it shows in the pictures above. The color reminds me of the orange of a baked pumpkin pie. She told me, "It just seems even more cozier all orange." I could eat her up sometimes.
If you are thinking of knitting this one, it might be helpful to read some project notes. There a couple of items in the pattern to be aware of. It is an easy knit, however, it is not a good first sweater pattern for a beginner. My Ravelry notes are here.
I love the end result, esp. those chevrons! Now, on to Christmas knitting. For real, this time!
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