18 Feb

Knit Night

I had some technical difficulties knitting this Bubbles and Baubles shawl by Tori Gurbisz. No fault of the pattern designer — I was just twisting my stitches but didn’t realize it because I’m not quite there yet in my “reading” of my knitting. I’m better now and I may even knit this pattern again a la the Reversible Circles of Lace scarf.

Bubbles and Baubles Shawl

 

In the mean-time, I still like the shawl and wear it often — particularly with my favorite “I’m an Artist” tunic. As with my other cotton shawls, I seem to do better wearing them like scarves. Also, like so many of my knits, this is Wolle’s Color Changing Cotton yarn. Not scratchy. Love it!

Bubbles and Baubles scarf

11 Feb

Knit Night

Metalurgy Cowl

The purple and the green! What a nice bonus that the purple stripes on my T-shirt look great with my favorite cowl. I love the simple, but not too simple, cabled pattern of this Metallurgy Cowl by Nin Leavitt. I also love love love the hand dyed silk and alpaca yarn that I knit it with. It’s from my sort-of local yarn dyer Taylored Fibers and it’s divine.

28 Jan

Knit Night

When I posted about my new Aran sweater, I mentioned that it was to trade off with my other favorite winter sweater.

Sweatshirt Sweater

 

Behold the Sweatshirt Sweater by Purl Soho. Like a favorite sweatshirt, this is the coziest, easy to wear sweater — and perfect for the sweater-knitting initiate. I added a hood to mine just for fun. I wear it out with jeans and boots, but mostly I like to lounge around the house in it and a comfy pair of velour sweatpants.

PS: I’m knitting my first sock in this photo, and after three tries it’s coming out quite nicely.

21 Jan

Knit Night

How I wore it:

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I haven’t quite figured out how to wear shawls without looking frumpy, but I love knitting them, so I usually wear my shawls like scarves or kerchiefs. I love the colors on this one (color changing cotton yarn by Wolle’s of course). It’s Butterfly Forest and here’s my Ravelry link.

 

14 Jan

Knit Night

Meta Afghan

Sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed. Bed is warm and cozy. Right now I’m enjoying this combination of duvet, store-bought knit blanket, and the colorful afghan I crocheted a few years ago. It is an homage to an afghan my paternal great grandmother made. I had always admired it in my grandparents’ home and then in my dad’s but the last time I saw the afghan it was quickly disintegrating. It’s gone now, so I am pleased to have this version to carry on the tradition. All the yarn details are on my Ravelry page.

07 Jan

Knit Night

This week’s Knit Night is a do-over and a serendipitous pairing.

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The first time I knit this scarf (Reversible Circles of Lace) it was in the same yarn, but a different color way. Something wasn’t right though — the circles weren’t showing up. I got frustrated and frogged the thing and re-knit the yarn into a lovely cowl that I gave to my sister. About a year later, in the course of another project and with the help of a Knit Night friend, I realized that somewhere along the way I changed the way I was making my stitches and they were getting “twisted.”

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With my technique fixed, the clouds opened up and angels sang and I realized what had gone wrong not only on this project but another as well. So, I picked up the same color changing cotton yarn (made by said friend) in a new color way and started fresh. Voilá, circles!

Serendipity

The serendipitous part came when it came time to accessorize the sweater dress I got for Christmas. The colors aren’t exactly the same, but they are analogous and make such a nice ensemble. The boots help too!

31 Dec

Knit Night

I Heart Aran Sweater
Knit Night is on Wednesdays and now that I’ve amassed a pretty nice collection of hand knits, I think share them here “in situ.” I finished this I Heart Aran sweater just in time to wear during our coldest months. I was looking for something that I could swap out with the Sweatshirt Sweater I knit last year — and wore nearly every day from December through February. I admired this sweater on another Knit Night pal and with her assurance that it was a straightforward knit, I requested appropriate yarn last Christmas and started knitting in October. Yesterday’s maiden voyage proved this will be the perfect addition to my winter sweater wardrobe.

I Heart Aran Sweater
The sweater close up. Here’s the Ravelry link to my project, and to the pattern from Tanis Fiber Arts.

I Heart Aran Sweater
I loved knitting this neck. It was so satisfying to pick up all the stitches and see the pretty ribbing grow, and to have it all turn out so neatly. Sewing knitting used to scare me. Now it doesn’t. Kitchener stitch is another story.