Monday, March 29, 2010

WIPs: Spiral Scarf / Petrie tank

Here's a pretty WIP photo of my spiral scarf, just so you know I've been working on it:

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Three hexagons down!

The new Knitty is up, and even though it's super simple I was attracted to the Petrie tank with its mature boat neck shaping at the top, so I swatched with some Elann Nilo I ordered last year with thoughts of summery tops.

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I'm using 4s instead of 6s, which makes sense since I usually need to go down two needle sizes. Also instead of working this in two pieces I'm knitting it in the round and thinking about purling a st on each side to create a faux side seam. Also I find that when I knit a 36 bust size if there's no waist shaping the lower hem isn't comfortable around my hips, so I cast on for the 40 inch size at the hip and will decrease a bit into the waist. Yay, mods. This yarn is lovely because it is olive green with a strand of a subtle bronzy thread wrapped around the cotton. I think it'll hold up well and be a bit dressy in this simple pattern.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

FO: BasicSimpleLazy hats. 2.

These beanies got knit up so fast I never even posted a WIP note.

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In February I visited the Loop and had my reasons for picking up some new yarn. I've been doing very little stash enhancing lately, which has been great, but in this case I needed something charcoal gray-ish that would knit into a cozy hat for a friend who has decided to move to northern Manitoba later this year for a job.

He actually requested a hat way back when he could have gotten some real use out of it this winter, but I just never got around to it with other projects that took priority. So I found some yarn, bought plenty (Berocco ultra alpaca light), looked at some basic hat patterns online, wanting something simple, swatched, cast on for something like Yarn Ball Boogie's BasicSimpleLazy hat.

My first effort turned out to fit me perfectly!

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Oops, that was not the goal.

So I now have a lovely fitted warm alpaca beanie hat, wore it out last night, it just covers my ears so I love it (Quincy is wonderful and stylish, but not well fitted and therefore not that warm) but the original goal was a hat for someone other than me.

My gauge after blocking was 20.5 sts/4 inches on 4s, so the original hat had 92 sts. I rejigged the bigger size hat with 100 sts. Finished it up, had my friend try it on. Fit well enough around, but it was too short, even though I knit an extra inch, thinking five inches before decreases didn't sound like quite enough. Yesterday I ripped out the decreases, knit an extra almost 2 inches, and instead of doing half the decreases on every other row I decreased on every row because I noticed when my friend tried it on it looked kind of puffy on the top. Even though I did the decreases the same exact way on my hat and it fits perfectly. Everyone's head is shaped differently, I suppose! I hope I've got it right this time.

ETA: Gave the larger hat to my friend last night, I think it's a winner. Definitely long enough now, yay! (29 March 2010)

Monday, March 22, 2010

WIP: Spiral Scarf

Today I finished the second hexagon and picked up for the third.

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This is a lovely little project and the yarn is delicious.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

FO: Lazy Day Lace shawl

Just blocking this now.

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I was just determined to get this off the needles today. I don't have a lot of time for knitting right now because of pesky term papers but I just knew that if I could spend an hour or so on this I could start blocking it and that would be exciting.

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And it is.

I used up all but a few yards of the Noro kureyon sock. I managed about 17 repeats where the pattern calls for 14; I wanted to use all the yarn if possible and it worked out fine. Size 6 needles. A nice quick knit.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

new Rav frontpage

Just linked through to Ravelry from someone else's blog and a pattern they mentioned...

And the new front page is looking very good.

It's all business around here at the moment, little time for knitting. Hope your weekend is more relaxed than mine!

Monday, March 15, 2010

WIP: Lazy Day Lace Shawl

This is a great class project - in fact it's likely to be finished up soon as my Noro yarn is running out...

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What a difference compared to the first drop st scarf I started with this yarn. This pattern is so much better suited for it. I had lots of time to work on it this week, what with one thing and another.

Can't wait to block it out either. I'm very curious about how big it will end up being. I'll be looking for another simple class project soon - though in only a few weeks my classes will have come to an end and then we'll see if my knitting habits change.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

WIP: Spiral Scarf

A couple of weeks ago I was having a bit of a brain meltdown following a particularly bad computer class, and I just couldn't focus on any of my academic commitments.

Subliminalrabbit gave me a delicious skein of Dream in Color Smooshy over the holidays, and I've been keeping its beauty in the back of my mind as I've been scheming what to make with it. I might have had to borrow CK's ball winder while I was home and wind it up right away even though I didn't know when I would cast on for anything. It's just so pretty.

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Deep tropical-ly blues with hints of purple, it's awesome. In need of some new crafty trickiness and beautiful yarn in my hands to focus on, to take my brain off of XML issues, I pulled out Norah Gaughn's Knitting Nature and flipped through. I decided to try the Spiral Scarf. It's designed to be knit with two strands of laceweight. Using an appropriate dpn size (2s) I figured it was worth a try with fingering weight.

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Just finished the first hexagon. Decided to block it as it was curving like a shallow dish, and I wanted to see how the points turned out, as I'd like this to look fairly geometric.

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I think we have a winner. This hexagon stretched out easily when blocked, of course, so it's bigger now than when I started - 6 inches across exactly. I had thought it would be better to start with a smaller hexagon and then keep making them larger till I run out of yarn or like the length of the whole thing (you attach hexagons as you go. However, it's written that you knit the largest one first, then attach incrementally smaller ones) and this should work fine, especially since this first one turned out larger than I expected. And I can always attach larger ones later if I want.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

WIP: Rosamund's Cardigan... edging

I can't do that many rows of my edging in one sitting, but I've turned the corner and it is looking good...

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I picked up 12 sts at first and then kfb into each of them across - and learned from an oversight when I was continuing the cable from the front edge down for three inches to connect to the bottom hem cable... I should have left an extra st along the edge of that extended cable so that I could pick up my 12 sts to go the other direction with the new length of cable, and not lose a st on the edge of the existing cable. Oops. Lesson learned. I am working from 25 sts for the bottom cable, 24 for the three cables and one extra that I will use to attach this thing to those live sts.

I thought I'd try to attach it as I go to the live body sts but I had another think and reasoned that it would make more sense to block everything first in case the cables act strangely when blocked, either pulling or stretch out too long. So I'll have to put the live sts on some yarn after I've knit a length of the cable for the bottom hem, and block everything before attached the cabled hem to the second front. I also have not done the armhole ribbing, but that's ok. I think this is going to be a neat piece.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

FO: Z. blanket

Hooray! Yesterday I got a nice email saying that a baby blanket I knit for a friend living in the Netherlands arrived safely. Little Z also arrived safely in January, so my gift was a little late...but I've done worse. My friend loves it. I didn't blog about it before, just in case! I'm not sure if N. reads this.

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When I was home over the holidays I decided I needed to get started with something to send over. I wanted it to be textured, and brightly colored. I had a random amount of KP Shine Sport hanging out in a bin and thought I'd see if it would work. Four or five skeins, divided up into balls.

I wasn't really sure how big I'd be able to make the blanket, and swatched a little, double stranded on 6's, and then guessed at the number of sts to cast on. I used a modified basketweave stitch pattern.

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The turquoise didn't take me far enough in terms of length considering how wide the piece was, so I added in the River blue I also had, same yarn.

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It looks kind of random, and is way more of a rectangle than a square, but I ended up thinking of it as a good piece to cover Z. in a baby stroller, longer than wide, and brightly colored for the most part.

I am very happy with how the texture turned out, and can picture little baby hands gripping the thick fabric happily.

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The entire thing ended up at about 20 inches x 30 inches I think. So not huge, but that's ok.

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And it is weighty, with all that cotton, so I think it'll make a good spring covering for Z. And little girls should have some blue in their life to balance out all the pink!

Monday, March 1, 2010

WIP roundup

I've been on a total finishing kick, which has been exhilarating. I also have two large projects that are getting very close to being finished.

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Rosamund's Cardigan. As I mentioned before, I am going to try to modify this by knitting a length of the reversible triple cable and attaching it at the bottom hem for a thicker finished edge, and a nice design feature around the bottom of the body. I'm currently trying to decide whether to knit it separately or to knit it on as I go. I've done some measuring... and more stalling.

Then we have Bridgewater:

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I only have two rows of the lace repeat remaining after working a few rounds over the weekend. It takes a really long time to get around, but it's so easy to read this lace, I love it. I almost never have to tink back because everything lines up so nicely. I'm fairly sure I won't have enough yarn left to work the second knitted on edging, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. I'll definitely be finished the horseshoe lace chart very soon.

And you know a girl needs a more mindless, steady sort of pattern to take along when she goes places where conversation is happening alongside the knitting ;) Last summer I started the #13 Drop Stitch Scarf from Vogue Knitting, while traveling down the east coast. I used a great skein of Noro Kureyon Sock I picked up in the Denver area last Christmas. Charcoal, lavender, purple, olive, green, fuchsia.

I wasn't too impressed with how it was coming out, so I finally frogged it to start the Lazy Day Shawl. I don't even have a decent picture of the Drop St Scarf. But here is the LDS:

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I think the yarn is going to be a good match for this pattern, though no one else has used it yet. And that's the rainy Monday morning WIP roundup! Have a good one.