Tag Archives: shawl

FINE. YOU CAN HAVE WHAT YOU WANT.

14 May

For fuck’s sake. OK. YOU WANT PICTURES? YOU CAN HAVE PICTURES!

A tub full of commissioned socks for men. 100% alpaca wool.

A tub full of commissioned socks for men. 100% alpaca wool.

And I hated knitting them. I really like the person I knitted  them FOR. Just not the yarn I was asked to use.

Plain Jane sock

Plain Jane sock

Plain Jane sock using Northbound Knitting Fingering in Nautical.

IMG_5459Plain Jane socks using Knit Picks in Minty.

IMG_5627Socks for KristiLynn using Knit Picks.

Yarn for cup cozies!

Yarn for cup cozies!

The grey yarn was dyed by Lisa of Northbound Knitting and the orange was dyed by Knitted Wit.

IMG_5650 IMG_5648 IMG_5636These three are examples of cup cozies that I’m knitting as wedding favors for my wedding!

More plain jane socks from a local yarn dyer whose name I can't remember and if I recall, can't be found online anyway.

More plain jane socks from a local yarn dyer whose name I can’t remember and if I recall, can’t be found online anyway.

IMG_5725A work in progress pic of Drizzle by Meghan Jackson using Berry Colorful Yarnings in Cheshire Cat.

LAST ONE.

LAST ONE.

This was a last minute Mother’s Day gift for my momma. She’s allergic to wool and most other things so I knit her this Storm Fir shawl by Fiddle Knits in Sprout (100% Organic Cotton) by Classic Elite Yarns. The colorway is Steel Blue which you really can’t tell from this picture but I swear, it is.

 

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Has It REALLY Been A Month?

25 Sep

Has it really been a month since I last blogged?

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Zzyzx says “Why yes, yes it has.”

And what have I been working on?

Well, I’ve been taking on as much commission knitting as my little fingers can handle. A couple of days after my birthday I finished a sample for Cherry Tree Hill Yarns. It’s a lace weight scarf called Gypsy Rose.

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It was an absolute delight to knit! And then I did some work for Miss Donna Druchunas which just got mailed out to her yesterday! Here are some pictures from that –

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And now I’m taking a tiny break and knitting a Vanadium by Lisa Mutch (aka Northbound Knitting) for my Momma!

What’s been on your needles, darlings? Have you tackled any big projects? Oh, and have you thought about the fact that Christmas is only a few months away?

REVIEW: RicRac by Meghan Jackson

11 Jul

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Sometimes when people write reviews, they ooh and aah over something but don’t give me the details I really want. Like, can this pattern be modified? What are some obstacles I might come across? Can you use another descriptor for the pattern other than “lovely”?

So while I test-knit (remember I said I was working on some top secret knits?) RicRac for Meghan Jackson, I took notes. I wrote down things I came across or things I thought my readers might like to know about the pattern. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a lot of the time when I knit, I think I know better than the designer. “Oh, I can do THIS instead of what they asked for!” And a lot of the time it works… and sometimes it doesn’t. In this particular case, the pattern can easily be modified.

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RicRac calls for 500 yards of fingering weight yarn and for the pattern to be knit with US size 6 needles. What did I do? I used 463 yards of fingering weight yarn (At Knit’s End ‘Tip It Ewe Lush’) and US size 5s. I didn’t want to use a skein and just a little bit of a second so I figured if I went down a needle size, then the lack of yardage would be ok. And you know what? It was. I scraped by with a little bit of yarn left over. Although, knitting RicRac the way I did produces a smaller shawl (yeah, it’s kind of a shawlette.) And the pattern calls for beads. I didn’t do the beads. I’ve never done beadwork in any of my knitting and for a test knit, I wasn’t willing to potentially eff things up trying something ELSE entirely new.

RicRac is knit top down and has a garter body. Then it is turned to knit a short row lace border (something I’d never done before.) There are written AND chart instructions, both are super easy (if you have down the basic knitting skills) & fun to follow. Plus, the entire knit took me 8 days to finish. I worked on it inconsistently but dedicated some serious hours to it.

I’ll admit, by the time I was halfway through the garter body, I was pushing myself to finish. It got a little monotonous. BUT the lace section was fun! And I know I’ve said before that I don’t like knitting in pattern on the wrong side of lace work, I’d rather just purl, but even following a pattern on the wrong side didn’t bother me.

Seriously, if you’re looking for an interesting knit, I HIGHLY suggest this one. It’s zen with the garter body, but interesting with the lace border.

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AMAZING Doesn’t Even Begin To Describe It…

11 Jun

You remember how I’ve been complaining about being in a knitting funk? NOT ANYMORE!

That’s why I’ve been so quiet; I’ve been too busy knitting! So what have I been knitting? Well, I finished knitting Atmospheric by Meghan Jackson.

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I absolutely could not put it down! Every moment I had some free time I picked it up and knit until I couldn’t knit anymore. And you know how I hate knitting anything other than purl on the wrong side rows? This pattern asks you to knit the pattern on the wrong side and it absolutely didn’t bother me. This pattern is out of this world! I HIGHLY recommend it for anyone looking for a little something different to knit.

Oh, and FYI, I used Northbound Knitting’s fingering weight yarn in Chanterelle. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this yarn. The base is SUPER soft (and for the life of me I can’t remember what it is… BFL maybe?) and the color isn’t normally something I’d choose to knit with but it came out looking ABSOLUTELY delicious! Atmospheric was knit for my good friend, Lisa, and I cannot WAIT to see how it looks on her!

And since the end of May, I’ve been test knitting Heliophysics (also by Meghan Jackson) This knit was designed for Wrapped Up in Yummy Yarn Club and the pattern is available through the club or will be available for individual download in October.

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Before Heliophysics, I’d never knit a circular shawl before. So I had to learn a new cast on method and get used to the idea that this shawl was going to be ginormous! I decided to not knit with lace weight (like the pattern calls for) but instead use this very nice cone (900 yards bitches!) of Harrisville Shetland Fingering in Blackberry which had been recommended to me by my lovely friend, Miss Kim. I’ve got to admit, the yarn is kinda scratchy but I have a feeling that with a good washing, the shawl will soften up.

Anyway, this design is ALSO amazing. You knit a row in pattern and then the next row you knit all the way across. It’s nice because I feel like I’m being challenged but then I also get to knit a mindless row after the challenge! I’ve been knitting this non-stop and cannot wait to knit something else by Meghan. What an AMAZING designer. (Have I said she’s amazing? No? SHE IS AMAZING!)

Enough about my knitting. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been toting around my very own POKI! bag by Moonfire Handknits. What’s a POKI!? Well, it’s this wonderful little notions bag, created by my wonderful sponsor (and good friend) Vicki. Here’s a picture of my POKI!:

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Inside there are many pockets for those squirrelly stitch markers that like to get lost or you can put row counters or safety pins or even little bottles of booze! (You know, for those times when your project becomes just a little bit more than a pain in the ass.) You can cinch your bag closed, throw it in your purse (or project bag) and away you go! I’ve been carrying mine around for the past couple of weeks to see if I loved it enough to recommend it to you. And guess what? I DO!

Moonfire Handknits and I teamed up to create a Miss Vicious Knits edition of the POKI! On Wednesday, you’ll be able to enter in and one lucky reader will win their own POKI! How exciting is that?

See? I promised you guys exciting things. I don’t back out on my promises.

So, my wonderful darlings, what projects have gotten you all in a tizzy? Oh, and did you participate in World Knit In Public Day this past Saturday? Where did you knit?

Knitting Funk… AGAIN.

30 May

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I know I’ve been awfully quiet lately. For those that follow me on Twitter, you already know that I had a biopsy on my hand a couple weeks ago and so I was nursing that. And it was in a really awkward place which made it hard to type and to knit. Also, I really didn’t have anything to write about.

I’ve been working on knitting socks a lot lately. And the picture at the top of this post is a finished Anna shawl by Franklin Habit that I completed for Kim’s KAL. After all the frustration (pattern and personal frustration) with that shawl, I was feeling sort of like I was in a knitting funk again.

I’m the kind of person who likes to give people things. Giving people things gives me extreme joy. And unfortunately, like most people, I don’t have a lot of money. So I knit gifts for people. I had promised socks for Kim and socks for Lisa and there’s always knitting going on for Project: Knit for Erron. But after finishing that shawl I was very blah-tastic. After consulting some trusty knitter friends, I decided to take a small break from the gift knitting and knit myself some socks. I’m currently working on some plain socks for myself knit with Crazy Zauberball. And besides some small errors that I’m making, I’m REALLY loving working with the yarn.

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There’s nothing quite like working with yarn like this. It’s been super nice because I never know what color is coming next or how it’ll look knit up.

After these socks, it’s back to gift knitting. I find that it is super hard for me to knit for other knitters because I’m afraid that they’ll think my work isn’t good enough or that the yarn I used is crappy. I’ve been very careful which of my knitter friends I’ve promised gifts to because of that.

Do you get wickedly paranoid about knitting for other knitters? What knits do you knit for other knitters? How many times can I use a variation of “knit” in a sentence?

Review: Anna Shawl by Franklin Habit (Part One)

22 May

I’ve got a real problem with snobby knit wear designers. I’ve also got a real problem with knit wear designers who write overly wordy patterns.

I was super excited to knit Franklin Habit’s Anna shawl as part of a Knit a Long being hosted by my good friend, Kim. I’d never knit one of his patterns before, and as he is well known in the knitting community, I figured that his pattern would be a delight to knit.

I came across my first problem somewhere in the collar section where the pattern says:
Rows 4-8: Knit row 3 5x.

Wouldn’t it have just been simpler to write “Rows 4-8: knit row 3”? Why make it wordy and complicated sounding? Making a pattern sound more complicated than it is does NOT make it an advanced pattern. It makes it a pain in the ass to knit. And that is why I’ve nick-named my Anna shawl “Pain in the ass”. Because unfortunately, that is exactly what this pattern is.

KNITSPIRATION: Torrent by Lisa Mutch

16 Apr

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Today’s Knitspiration is all over the place. I started knitting Torrent by Lisa Mutch (which will be released soon!) after I finished doing my special bat shawl for Miss Kim from At Knits End Yarns using her beautiful Sheena Ewe Punk Rocker (did you know that Kim is giving a skein of it away? Check the last blog post!)

The bat shawl aggravated me. I kept making stupid simple mistakes and my best friend, Kristi, said to me “I know why you’re making so many mistakes and unraveling so much work lately. It’s because you’re not challenging yourself! Do what challenges you and what you’re good at… knit super complex lace shawls!” And she’s right, I was boring myself. I’d been doing so much mindless stockinette with the Bat Shawl and Lenore that I was just downright bored. The most exciting thing I’d done was the Nightlock and the only reason that challenged me was because of the color work!

So I decided to knit Torrent because Lisa’s Nightlock was very zen-filled and I needed some zen. Plus, Torrent is a little challenging because of the color changes.

ANYWAY, so the knitspiration explanation…

– CANADA! (Lisa’s from Canada. I’m using Lisa’s yarn for the Torrent PLUS Torrent is her design.)
– Zig Zags
– Lotus (The lotus flower is very zen to me. And as this is a zen knit, I immediately thought of the lovely flower!)
– 30 Rock & Supernatural (I’ve been watching these shows a lot while knitting.)
– Chinchilla Blanket (I have a faux chinchilla fur blanket from Target that I wrapped myself up in this weekend while knitting)
-Alice in Wonderland Playing Cards
– Coffee and Smoothies (Things that gave me energy this weekend while knitting!)

What’s been inspiring you while you’ve been knitting? Or what’s been inspiring you to knit?