Saturday, February 28, 2015

FO: Revontuli (Northern Lights)

A very popular free pattern on Ravelry, this shows off beautifully yarns with very long color repeats, like Zauberball. I have few items in neutral colors so a few years ago I picked up this cream to dark brown lovely. The yardage wasn't quite enough for what the pattern called for, although others have opted for the same yarn choice and had some success. I knew it would be close!

So I cast on with another brown yarn (pure bamboo from Halcyon Yarns) and worked the beginning, knowing the color repeats wouldn't come into play at the start in any case. I put in a lifeline when I decided to switch to the main color. A good decision as it turned out! I didn't have enough yarn to quite fit in all the chart repeats, so I cast off as I got near the end of the supply. I had thought I might edge it in the bamboo as a counterpoint to the starting edge but the brown just did not match and I didn't love the look. So I went back, picked up the lifeline, and took out the starting bamboo portion. I then bound off those live stitches with the very last bit of the Zauberball. No problem that the part work near the neck has a bound off edge instead of the start of the pattern.

Blocking brought out the stitch pattern beautifully. Of course it did! Very pleased with my new neutral accessory. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

FO: Baby Sophisticate & Button Decisions

A quick baby knit in Lion Brand wool on bamboo size 9 needles.

I had a little bit of a decision to make - the day before the baby shower - about buttons!
The dinosaurs were super cute but likely to get snagged in the yarn and make it harder for the parents to get baby dressed.

So the strawberries won out. They're cute - half a dark pink and half a pinkish red, with gold seeds and a gold back.

This was a quick satisfying knit in a bulky yarn. I knit almost all of it during my breaks at work. It had almost no finishing, just weaving in a few ends and adding the buttons. I would absolutely knit it again! Baby is due in November so I hope he or she can get lots of use out of it this winter, and then it can go to another bitty baby!

Monday, August 4, 2014

WIP: Swallowtail Shawl - chart 2

Making good progress on this lovely little piece, a great exercise in understanding your chart pattern so you don't have to pay much attention to the chart except at the start, middle, and end of each row. 

Nearing the end of the 14 repeats of chart 2 & looking toward to starting the border!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WIP: Swallowtail Shawl

The tiny beginning of a nice manageable shawl in Sundara super wash sock, "Slip Slidin' Away". Nice to have the chart or written instructions options. I'm so glad I'm comfortable with the charts!

Monday, July 21, 2014

What knitters do when home alone

First thing I did when faced with three days home alone, no boys, no children:

Feels great. My hand knits don't get nearly enough gentle washing tlc.