FO’s – Neck Wear

Hi All,

Can you believe it’s already New Years Eve? I am absolutely amazed at how fast this year has flown! I have three final projects to end the year with you. I’ll try to write up a recap tomorrow as I reflect on this last year of crafting. It’s been a pretty good year for that with lots of big and little projects.

First up, a crochet project. This one was gifted to my dear friend Emmah for Christmas this year. I happened to be scrolling through the Free Testers Group on Ravelry and saw this test request. I knew I had yarn that would suit it perfectly and I wanted to make something for my friend to put in with her presents. This is a beginner pattern and would be perfect as a first project. It took me an hour for the original pattern, and then I decided to finish up my skein and it took me another 40 minutes.

Ravelled Here: Wintergreen Cowl by Rachel Counts

Started / Finished: 12/15/17

Hook: US K (6.5 mm)

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Metallics in the colorway Poinsettia

A couple of days before Christmas, the Designer reached out again for another crochet test. I would classify this one as an Intermediate level. This was my first time using the Foundation Single Crochet (FSC) and the stitch patterns were more than a beginner would know what to do with. The pattern has a 6 row repeat and it definitely takes some concentration at the beginning. After the first section, it’s kind of easy to see what you are doing and moves a little quicker.

It took me about 8 hours to complete this one, over two days; however another tester took 4 hours total and another said it only took her a couple of hours. They both classified it as an Advanced Beginner pattern. I guess it depends on your skill level and I thought I was pretty advanced. This one hasn’t been published as of yet, but will be soon. As soon as it is, I will link up my project. I just finished blocking it and blocking really opened up the pattern.

Ravelled Here: Autumn Leaves Cowl (Test)  by Rachel Counts

Started / Finished: 12/26/17 ~ 12/27/17

Hook: US F (3.75 mm)

Yarn: Knit Picks Chroma Fingering in the colorway Weather Vane

Techniques Learned: Foundation Single Crochet (FSC)

Last, but not least, is a project that’s been on my needles for quite some time! Everyone knows the Hitchhiker pattern from the designer, Martina Behm. She sells that pattern, along with three others in an ebook called Hitchhiker – A Trilogy of Four Patterns. I chose Trillian as my first knit out of this collection.

It all started with one of my fellow knitters in the group I attend every Thursday showing off a shawl she knit in Miss Babs Yowza yarn. I went home that day and purchased two skeins, Morticia and Beachglass. A couple of weeks later, one of my other fellow knitters was talking about the Trillian pattern. We decided to start it at the same time. She finished hers within a few weeks.

Unfortunately, I wound up with some hand issues and then some emotional issues and this got put away for quite awhile. I’m so happy to have it finally completed, blocked and final pics taken.

Ravelled Here: Trillian by Martina Behm

Started / Finished: 8/5/16 ~ 12/9/17

Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) and US 10 (6.0 mm)

Yarn: Miss Babs Yowza in the colorway Beachglass

I want to wish all of you a safe and Happy New Year! We are going to a dinner party and then playing games with friends, while sipping on delightful champagne. I hope your evening is just as fun, no matter where you are or what you do. Happy New Year!!!!

Until next time, Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

 

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30 Day Knitting Challenge – Days 7 & 8

I actually made it 48 hours without being on the computer. Let me tell you…it really helped a lot! I went and got a pedicure on Tuesday and relaxed the rest of the day; catching up on some shows on my DVR. Yesterday my husband and I went on an afternoon date to see Star Trek Beyond and grab a bite to eat. It was his last day of vacation and we wanted to do something outside of the house. The movie was great but the company was even better.

Day 7’s question piggy-backed off of day 6 and asks:

Your least favorite? (as in your least favorite project you’ve knit)

Melinda Cloth by Norma Wampler

I think if I were to knit this again, it might be enjoyable. I was only a couple of months into knitting and wanted something that was quick and easy…instant knitting gratification. The only reason why I did not enjoy knitting this was because of the yarn. It was my first time knitting with 100% cotton and I decided at that point that I would never knit with it again. It hurt my hands. Or so I thought. Now I know that I probably had too tight of a gauge and that was what was causing my hands to cramp up. I am happy to report that I am knitting with cotton again and may even attempt this pattern again at some point.

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Peaches & Creme Solids in the color Orchid

Day 8: What’s your most challenging project?

Stepping Stones Kit by Iris Schreier

If you click on that link, you will see copious notes on my Ravelry page for this project. I don’t know why I thought I was ready for short rows and lace just a few months into my knitting journey…I was being brave and adventurous, I guess. I frogged so many times that I think I could have made three of these shawls in that amount of time now. Just reading back through them makes me shudder. I still have the shawl and have only worn it a couple of times. Maybe it needs to go in my gift pile? Or maybe I should keep it for the memories? I do remember it was the first time I was ever featured as a photo on a project page and that made it really special to me and worth all the hard work.

I blogged about the project here and here.

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I had a request by Bekki from The Dartmoor Yarn Company to show my 3 Color Cashmere Cowl worn properly instead of pulled up as a tube over my head (as shown in Day 6 of the blogging challenge, so here’s your pic Bekki!

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The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

And since Thursdays are usually about the socks, here’s my list of fellow sock knitters. I desperately hope to be rejoining them soon!

Check out Maggie at Project(s) in Progress and Katherine at fiber and sustenance and see what they are up to this week!

Also on our Thursday Sock Buddy list, however away on break are:

Alex – alexandknits

Hannah – unsophisticated+jejune

Jennifer – a creative yarn

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

 

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 6

What is your favorite piece that you’ve knit?

This question is a hard one because I’ve loved almost everything that I’ve knit. I wouldn’t go into a project without first loving the pattern itself, or at least thinking I love it. I have knit with some yarn that I didn’t love; however that’s a question for another day. If I had to go by what do I personally wear the most?

3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli

I love this thing and get so many compliments when I wear it. I seriously need to knit a hat to go with it so I have something that matches a bit better than what I normally wear. I have yarn leftover from all three skeins and could easily knit a hat to match. I adore the colors I chose and the pattern was extremely well written. Just when you think you’re getting bored with one color, you switch it up. I did make a few modifications, which I listed on my Ravelry page. Also, using DK weight yarn instead of fingering really made this project fly off the needles!

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How gorgeous is this?

The second piece that I wear constantly is my very first Sock Head Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure. I love the color (Partie) in this so much and dearly wish this yarn had not been discontinued. I’ve looked everywhere for it and can no longer find it…believe me, I’ve tried! It’s my go to hat, which doesn’t match my cowl whatsoever. I do have yarn that would coordinate…maybe the skein of Neon Peach from Madelinetosh Tosh Sock that I recently won? See why I need a new hat and a new cowl? I would like to match at least a little 🙂 This is another one that gets a lot of compliments and is a ton of fun to wear and style.

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It’s like a party on my head!

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

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, WIP and Other Ramblings

Hello All! Once again, it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve blogged. I’ve been slowly healing from my Cubital Tunnel Syndrome issues and am at about 90% right now. I haven’t been working on my socks because of the tiny needles; however I have been working with DK weight and larger needles…slowly, ever so slowly.

I’ve been listening to a lot of knitting podcasts on YouTube lately and one that I’ve come to adore is Milk Shed Blog. It’s like listening to your best friend talk for about an hour or so about topics you adore. I’ve joined in for an annual project where you use 1 skein of yarn for one project each month throughout 2016. I have a ton of single skeins and this project is perfect for digging into my stash! I’ve been using the hashtag #1year12skeins12projects on Instagram and Twitter.

I shared the January project, which were my Quick Socks. February’s FO is the Honeycomb fingerless gloves / mitts pattern from Tin Can Knits. I received the pattern for free when they were doing their 12 days of Christmas giveaways. Can I tell you? I am in love with this pattern! I’ve never knitted mitts before…I always thought they were too scary. However, when you find the perfect yarn to go with the perfect pattern, it’s easy, peasy! Thumb gusset? Check! M1R, M1L? Check! I love learning techniques that are new to me.

Ravelled Here: Honeycomb

Started and Finished: 2/9/2016-2/18/2016 (Would have been easily a quick project; however I was going slowly due to my nerve issues)

Yarn Used: Malabrigo Yarn Rios in the color Arco Iris

Needles Used: US 5 (3.75mm) and US 7 (4.5mm) using Magic Loop

Each mitt used 26 grams of yarn and I think they turned out beautiful! Take a look and let me know if you agree 🙂 You can click on each picture to make them larger.

While waiting for March to roll around, I decided to join in on a KAL that Stef from Milk Shed Blog and Jules from Diary of a Yarn Snob Podcast are hosting. BTW, I love Julie too 🙂 It is called the 3 Color Cowl Along and runs through March 31, 2016. You have plenty of time to join in if you wish! Just go to their Group pages in Ravelry (I’ve linked with their names) and join in the chatter.

The pattern is called 3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli and is for purchase. Instead of fingering weight yarn, I’m using Madeline Tosh DK and Madeleine Tosh Merino DK. Color A = Curiosity, Color B = Sugar Plum, Color C = Mourning Dove. I’m documenting my progress on Ravelry and you can see the notes about changes I’ve made here. It’s a lot of fun and super easy. It’s my first time using more than one color in a project and I love the way they are coming together. Here’s my progress!

Here are links out to Stef and Julie podcasts. Show them some love by subscribing. I’ve gotten into so many lately that I think it deserves it’s own post, so stay tuned for that!

Hopefully I will be back to my sock knitting soon and I still have a couple more WIP’s that have been languishing since last year that I need to get back to.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

FO – Christmas Gifts Revealed

Now that everyone has received their Christmas gifts, I can finally blog about them! I knit for nine of my in-laws…three sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, three nieces and one nephew. The sisters-in-law all received cowls and I made hats for everyone else. I love the width of each cowl, as they can be pulled up around the head to keep both the neck and head warm. I knit everything in acrylic, so it would be machine wash and dry. Instead of giving all the specifics for each pattern here, I’ll post a link to my Ravelry notes for each family unit. You can click on any of the pictures to make them larger.

Youngest SIL and Niece

GAP-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigly

Azalea Hat by Snapdragon Crafts (This was my second time using this pattern. I used the same yarn to make a scarf for this niece earlier last year.)

Middle SIL, BIL and Niece

Sugar Plum Cowl by Michelle Krause

Jason’s Tweed Hat by Melissa Thomson

Family Hats (Child-Woman-Man) by Bernat Design Studio

Oldest SIL, BIL, Niece and Nephew

Basket Weave Cowl by Stacey Kietzer (This was my second cowl made with this pattern.)

The Big Hat by Davina Choy (This was my sixth hat made with this pattern.)

Janis by Berroco Design Team

Bulky Single Ribbed Beanie by Cathy Thompson

FYI…there was no sock post yesterday because I am desperately trying to finish the test knit I am working on. I’m almost finished…so watch out for next Thursday!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!