22 Apr

Knit Night

Not all my knits turn out well. The really bad ones get “frogged,” and no one is the wiser as the yarn gets a second (or third) chance at becoming something I’ll wear or can be happy gifting to someone else. However, my attempt at Purl Soho’s White Caps Cowl falls somewhere in between. I finished it, and I’ll probably wear it, but I just don’t love it.

 

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I didn’t want to spend the big bucks for the kit, so I looked around for suitable substitution yarns. My mom gave me a lovely shiny yarn and super soft alpaca, but together they lacked the subtle undulation that a thick-thin yarn gives.

 

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I also received this pretty teal yarn from my kids, and while it’s also got the shiny/soft contrast I liked, since both are thick-thin, the cowl again lacked contrast. (My Blue Waves cowl on Ravelry)

 

White Caps Cowl, variation

I finally made the cowl with the shiny yarn from my mom and the recommended slubby cotton from the original pattern, but the shiny yarn is just too heavy and the whole project hangs limply. It lacks the frothy lightness of Purl’s version. (My White Caps cowl on Ravelry) Sometimes you can substitute yarns and sometimes you just can’t. This was one of those times.

08 Apr

Knit Night

I promised the airplane knitting that I changed halfway through, and here it is.

Elfe Tee

This was definitely worth re-doing. I like the more subtle striping better with this one, and the thick to thin design works well with those stripes too.

 

Elfe Tee

I used the same gradated yarn (Wolle’s Color Changing Cotton) as in the shawls in the previous Knit Night post. This Elfe tee used two skeins: the first is the Mystique color way, which gradates from navy to grey to chocolate brown. The second skein is called Tardis and goes from the same grey, to medium blue, to navy. the stripes get a little funky in the middle where the greys switch places, but that’s part of what I like about this.

 

Elfe Tee detail

I was very curious to see how two graduated yarns would work together, so this was lots of fun. Next up is a shawl that will use the black to brown to grey that I jettisoned from this project, paired with a grey/purple that should be subtle but nice. Slightly more technical Elfe details are on my Ravelry post here.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.