25 Jan

Knit Night

Socks are a staple of many knitters’ project lists. They’re relatively small and therefore quick to knit, they’re practical, and most people love to get hand knit socks. My feet are always cold, so once I learned how to knot socks, I was pretty much hooked. I’ve knit three pair for me, one pair for my daughter, one pair for my son, and I’m working on a pair with a friend’s son in exchange for a handmade yarn bowl!

Sweater Socks

Sock yarn comes in a wide variety of colors and styles. My first three sock knits were hand dyed yarn and are all about the color (green for me, purple and gold for the daughter, blue and orange for the son, and PDX Carpet for me). The socks above though, are about the magic of self-striping. They look like complicated Faire Isle color work, but it’s just one yarn that changes color at planned intervals. I was intrigued by Regia’s Design Line and specifically these ones by Arne and Carlos. I love the way it looks like a little ski sweater for your feet. The skeins seemed small, so I got two. Not wanting to waste yarn, I just kept knitting until I got close to the end of each skein — which meant I had to shape the calf. It was a good exercise, but the socks slump down, so I think I’ll stick to the usual, same as the length of the foot, height for future projects.

Quirky pop culture reference: I was watching Amazon’s show Lilyhammer, about gangsters in Norway. At one point, one of the guys is knitting a sweater for the baby his girlfriend is expecting, and the other guys tease him. He retorts that plenty of men knit, and hadn’t they heard of Arne and Carlos? I happily chimed in, “yeah, even I know about Arne and Carlos!” It’s the little things.

 

18 Jan

Knit Night

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a Knit Night post. Knitting has taken a back seat to home improvement projects, and then to sewing samples for work. It hasn’t disappeared though. Looking back, I see that I’ve actually missed posting knit projects. I think they ended up on Facebook and Instagram. I’ll catch up with a few of the more recent projects in upcoming weeks.

Most recently, like many others, I knit a pink “Pussy Hat” to wear at the Women’s March on Washington (or more specifically, it’s sister march in Portland). It ends up that I’ll be working that day, but a friend of a friend plans to march so I’ll give her the hat. That works just as well!

Pussy Hat

My hat is made from leftovers in my stash. The only pink I had was some vintage mohair given to me by a friend who was thinning her stash. To make gauge, I paired it with Northampton wool leftover from one of the crocheted blankets I made years ago. It ended up that the mohair wasn’t quite enough, but luckily I had a second small skein. It was paler, but did the job. The result is a fuzzy, thick, warm hat that will keep any head warm on a winter day outdoors.

Pussy Hat WIP

 

09 Mar

Knit Night

After all the girlfriend scarves, I forgot to blog about one last Christmas knit.

Erins cowl inspira

My sister came to visit last October and we hit a few fun shops, to include Close Knit. She saw a sample there and immediately said “I want this.” Hint taken.

 

Erins cowl WIP 1

However, when I returned to the shop they didn’t have any more of the colors in the sample. I chose two skeins I thought looked like my sister and started knitting. However, I wash’t getting the same effect of the colors alternating lights and darks and moving in and out from each other. Also, there was a green that seemed like it was bringing everything down.

 

Erin Cowl WIP

So, I ripped it all out and started over. This time I made sure that when I added the second yarn it wasn’t in the same spot on the value scale as the first yarn and when I got to the green I took it out.  I also learned how to do an icord bind-off—very cool!

Erin Cowl

In the end, it wasn’t quite what I had hoped for, but I think it did turn out quite nicely, and my sister likes it. Ravelry specs are here.

 

 

Erin Cowl 2

 

27 Jan

Knit Night

Robin’s Friend Shawl was the hardest to choose. She’s a quiet, searching spirit. Her quilts are warm, rich colors that glow, and her personal style seems a bit bohemian. A simple color gradient didn’t feel right. One day when I was working at a fiber festival for Elisabeth, I spotted a unique Mega Skein that had more colors than usual and a natural warmth that reminded me of Robin. I snatched it up as part of my payment, happy that not only were the colors interesting, but it would give me the chance to make something with a new (to me) sized skein.

Robin Scarf 2

I knit this scarf as we drove across country from Virginia to our new home in Oregon. It pleased me to no end to see the colors of the yarn reflect the scenery as we drove — from the lush blues and greens of the Blue Ridge, through scrubby high desert, and then to red mesas and finally reddish pines and a blue river.

 

Robin Scarf 1

The pattern is The Way From Brighton. I chose it because of the funky bobble fringe and the simple striped ridges that would show off the color changes.

 

Robin Scarf 3

I had to guesstimate the size and cast-on because I had more yardage than the pattern called for and a thinner yarn. As I knit, I feared that I would get to the end before making it through all of the colors in the yarn, so I cut out sections as I went. Of course, as Murphy’s Law would have it, I ran out of yarn before I got to the end, so I ended up splicing back in some of the yarn I took out. I like how it turned out though because it gave me the chance to bring the blue to both ends of the scarf and give it a sort of symetry.

 

Robin Scarf 4

My Ravelry notes are here.

20 Jan

Knit Night

My third friend scarf was for Deborah.

Deborah loves green and purple together (who doesn’t?), so of course I had to use these colors for her scarf. That meant I had to wait for Elisabeth to make a purple and green combination. Luckily, I didn’t have to wait very long as her May color combo fit the bill.

Deb Scarf 2

For Deborah, I wanted a fresh and light scarf. Lacey but not too sweet. Brickless had the right amount of texture and variation and, to me looks great casually wrapped around the neck.

 

Deb Scarf 3  I knit this project to and from our family reunion trip to California, on planes and in our hotel lobby accompanied by a school of koi.

 

Deb Scarf 1

My Ravelry project page for this is here.

13 Jan

Knit Night

Friend Scarf number two was for Vivien.

Vivien’s style strikes me as classic simplicity. She wears plenty of color, but they never look childish or cheap. They look summery and happy. For her, I needed a neutral with a pop of fun color. Vivien is a dog person, but Feline and Saphire seemed like a good color combination for her.

I knit this scarf through many, many of my daughter’s bass lessons. It also went with me to North Carolina to install my Homefront & Downrange show.Knitting bass

 

As for patterns, I loved knitting Leftie for my mom and was itching to make another in new colors. (The original pattern calls for a plain background and different colored leaves, but I think it looks fantastic with an ombre background and contrasting leaves.) Simple but fun, I thought it would match Vivien’s style well.

Viv Scarf 1

 

My project notes are here on Ravelry.

Viv Scarf 2

06 Jan

Knit Night

It’s been a while since I wrote a Knit Night post. One, I haven’t been posting much of anything. Two, I don’t yet have a knit group I’m attending in Portland. And three, pretty much everything I’ve been knitting was a holiday gift so it had to be kind of secret.

But now the gifts have been given and I can share. And in honor of my wonderful Charlottesville Knit Night, I’ll keep posting knits on Wednesdays.

Last summer I got the idea to knit a scarf for each one of my close girlfriends. They would all be knit in my friend Elisabeth’s wonderful color changing cotton yarn, both because I had been collecting skeins while working with her, and because it’s wonderfully versatile and can be worn year-round.

Technically not a knit since it’s crocheted, but I still teased on social media with a #placesyoucanknit tag. This one went to the beach with us and had a great time.

Natalya Scarf 2

I started with something for Natalya since I had a black to grey skein that didn’t work for the top I made for myself (here’s where it got frogged from the project), but became a very Natalya combination when paired with a purple to grey. Natalya lives in New York and while she doesn’t wear all black, solid neutrals and plenty of black and grey do seem to dominate her wardrobe.

 

Natalya Scarf 1

The pattern is Ribbon Afghan, which seemed boldly architectural and therefore suitable for Natalya. I found it because it had similarities with two blankets I had crocheted, but along the way, I saw that someone else had used Wolle’s yarn and made a thinner version to wear as a shawl. The way the lights and darks of the ombre yarn played with the thick and thin stripes intrigued me and I was “hooked.”

The specifics are in my Ravelry projects here.

 

 

10 Jun

Knit Night

On Instagram I’ve been posting places you can knit — just for fun (#placesyoucanknit). I enjoy knitting as bring along hobby to keep my hands busy. Here’s a few fun places I’ve been knitting recently:

Knitting beach

At the beach (yes, I know that’s crochet, not knitting, but it still counts)

 

knitting car

In the car.

 

Knitting with cat

With the cat (especially nice when the colors match)

 

knitting Weymouth

In my room at the historic Weymouth Center where I stayed while setting up my Homefront & Downrange show.

 

Knitting bassAt my daughter’s bass lesson.

Where do you knit (or sew, or crochet, or doodle)?