18 Mar

Knit Night

Apparently selfies of your feet on airport carpet (Portland, OR in particular) are a thing. My Facebook friends got to chart the progress of my knitting as well, while I traveled to Portland and back. Here’s the round up:

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A Roxborough Dolman Tee started at home. I’m looking forward to seeing how my two similar but different Color changing yarns will interact in the striping.

 

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Colors are starting to change at the Charlottesville airport!

 

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More stripes in Atlanta, though I’m beginning to suspect that my gauge is different enough that this will be too small.

 

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In Portland on our return trip, I’ve made lots of progress in the last five days, but I can also see that the stripes aren’t dancing the way I had hoped, the sweater seems too small, and the construction will mess with my gradients.

 

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On our first flight I realize it’s a losing battle — I’m just not loving it.

 

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Frogged before the drink cart made it to our aisle.

 

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In Minneapolis I download a new pattern. Now it’s an Elfe and I’ve swapped out the black/grey yarn for another blue/grey.

 

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By New York I have a neckline. BTW, La Guardia has the most boring of the airport carpets.

04 Mar

Knit Night

It’s an ensemble!

 

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I dyed this yarn myself at a workshop through our local fiber arts guild. I blogged about it here a few years go. I did indeed make fingerless mitts out of it using the pattern that Sherri Lynn suggested in her comment on my blog post. My Ravelry post is here. I like these a lot and get a ton of wear out of them. I still had lots of yarn left over, so I decided to make a hat. The Sockhead hat fit the bill. Turns out I’m not a big hat wearer, but we were Downtown a few weeks ago in crappy weather, and it sure was nice to have a simple toasty hat.

25 Feb

Knit Night

I finished my first pair of socks! And it took less than two months.

My First Socks!

All the construction details are on my Ravelry page. I basically asked my knight night friends what their favorite sock construction methods were and then used them. It probably would have been easier to just choose a pattern and follow it, but there are so many options that I really had no idea where to start in looking for a suitable pattern.

What I found out is that I like the Turkish cast-on, toe-up method because it gives a nice smooth toe and there’s no picking up stitches or grafting stitches together later. I tried a short row heel which was quick and easy, but not great for my high instep. So, when knitting for me, a gusset is the way to go. So, now I know some things I like and will look for in my next sock project. The kids have already put in requests!

Also, the socks look great with my fiber in resin earrings, so I can build an outfit based on the accessories. Ha!

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.

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.

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

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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.