FO – The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief

Hi All! I’ve got another finished object! This one is for my #1year12skeins12projects KAL that I’m working on throughout the year, along with Stef and her subscribers at the Milkshed Podcast. BTW, if you haven’t checked out her podcast, you should stop reading now, go to YouTube, and Subscribe! She talks about all kinds of yarn goodness and I always feel like I’m sitting down knitting with a friend when I watch her.

The premise of the KAL is that you use one skein of yarn (and goodness knows, we all have those one skeins of yarn we just couldn’t resist) to make one project each month of the year. My March offering is detailed below.

Ravelled Here: The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief

Started 3/9/2016 – Finished 3/23/2016

Needles Used: US 8 – 5.0 mm

Yarn Used: Malabrigo Yarn Rastita in the color Dewberry

I added almost a full extra stockinette section and an extra eyelet/garter section. This made it into a shawlette, versus a kerchief. I could have added the full section if my ball of yarn had weighed the full 100 grams. Instead, it hovered between 94-95 grams when I started. This was a very quick and mindless kind of knit…very enjoyable for watching tv or talking to your friends, and the result is truly stunning!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

Hi All! It’s time for another sock post…yeah, I know. It’s shocking for me too. I didn’t think I’d have anything to post about today; however after reading my dear friend Hannah’s sock post (I’ll link below), I was reminded that even a little progress is progress.

You may (or not) remember my Hermione’s EveryDay Socks. They have been languishing for FOREVER. I started the first sock in September of last year; so yes, that was 6 months ago. Eek! I was finally able to pick up my first sock today and start working on it. When we last spoke of these socks, I was 10 pattern repeats into the foot. I needed to knit to the end of my foot, stopping right before my big toe. I am proud to say that I have now reached that point with 17 pattern repeats (of four rows)! So, yes, I’m finally starting the toe! Are you as excited as I am? Let’s have a party 🙂

I’m excited to learn the Kitchener Stitch and have lined up some YouTube videos to help. Once all that’s finished, I need to still knit the next one…boo, hiss. The next pair I make are going to either be made in tandem or TAAT (Two At A Time).

I know that Maggie and Alex are currently taking a break from blogging; however Hannah is kicking butt on her beautiful, striped socks! If you want to join us in knitting socks, link up and check out what Maggie, Hannah and Alex are doing over on their blogs!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

FO – 3 Color Cashmere Cowl & WIP

I recently shared a post talking about my 3 Color Cashmere Cowl designed by Joji Locatelli, which was at that time a WIP. It’s now finished and I’m excited to share the results! This was an absolute dream to work on and I really enjoyed seeing everyone’s color combinations and creativity with the pattern. The KAL is still going on and if you’d like to join in, head over to Stef or Julie’s Ravelry Group and cast on! The due date is 3/31 and this is a cowl that can easily be completed in that timeframe.

The yarn was so soft and luxurious and a pleasure to knit up! I know this is going to keep me super warm on cold California nights.

Ravelled Here: 3 Color Cashmere Cowl

Started 2/19/16 – Finished 3/8/16

Needles Used: US 5 – 3.75mm Circulars

Yarn Used: Color A = Curiosity (Madelinetosh DK), Color B = Sugar Plum (Madelinetosh Merino DK), Color C = Mourning Dove (Madelinetosh DK)

This was my first time using more than one color in a knit project and I learned how to create jogless stripes by using this video from Knit Purl Hunter.

My current WIP is The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief, which is a free pattern on Ravelry. This is part of my #1year12skeins12projects for the month of March. I’ve never worked with Malabrigo Rastita before and I must say I am in love with the color saturation and the softness of the yarn. The color I’m using is called Dewberry and is a rich, deep purple with lighter hints here and there. This is going to be another well loved project and it’s so easy to knit up.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

FO – Miramar Shawlette

Hi All!

I can finally share the test project I worked on recently, as the pattern is now live! You might remember me mentioning it as the shawlette of forever 🙂 That’s only because of the hand issues I was going through at the time. It’s actually a beautiful cable and lace shawlette designed for a Canadian yarn company.

One thing that I love about Linda Browning‘s patterns is the ability to increase or decrease the size to what you want. I followed the pattern exactly due to my Cubital Tunnel Syndrome; however would have loved to make this larger. It’s that beautiful. If you check out the project page for the pattern, you’ll see that some testers did make it in varying sizes. This is my fourth test knit for her and I have loved every single pattern/design.

Ravelled Here: Miramar Shawlette

Started 12/28/15 – Completed 1/26/16 (would have been faster; however I was sick for a week and couldn’t knit, in addition to my CTS)

Needles: US 5 – 3.75 mm circular HiyaHiya Sharps; started with the 24″ cable and switched out to the 36″ cable when it got too long

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Mechita in the color Teal Feather (70 grams)

Made For: Me, Me, Me!!!!

With this project, I learned how to tink cables, tink S2KP, and how to read a chart. I think you’ll agree that the effort was well worth it!

I’ve got another FO; however it’s in the process of blocking…more on that soon!

Until next time, Happy Knitting! (P.S. You can click on the images to make them larger.)