FO: North Plum Hat

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Yet another story of girl sees pattern, girl buys yarn for pattern, girl realizes she doesn’t like pattern, and girl wonders what she will do with the yarn for that specific pattern.  Thanks to the Sweet Georgia Pattern KAL I found a pattern that went nicely with Sweet Georgia Merino Silk Fine and I no longer had to feel guilty seeing it in my stash.

I’m finding I really quite like slouchy hats, I just need to figure out how to wear them properly so as not to look like too much of a doofus (which is a risk for most people and knitted hats). North Plum

– Details –

Project Name: North Plum Hat

Pattern: North Wind Hat by Felicia Lo of Sweet Georgia Yarns

Recipient: Me

Yarn: Sweet Georgia Yarn – Merino Silk Fine in Black Plum

Modifications:

  • None, but I should have gone down a needle size for the brim ribbing, after blocking (read: soaking and laying smaller) I found it a bit too large, but still quite comfortable.

New Skills:

  • None

Feedback:

  • Yarn: Merino Silk might not have been the ideal yarn for this project, it is warm and comfortable and I need to run some elastic through the band.
  • Pattern: Felicia has well written patterns with excellent layout (which doesn’t really affect the knitting pattern, but does make using the pattern more enjoyable).

Re-Knit?: Maybe, hats get lost so I expect to be remaking this hat some day.

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FO: Moonset

Mooncrest Shawl

On very rare occasions I see a pattern and actually make the effort to get the suggested yarn, this was one of those times.  I had the good fortune to test knit a pattern, Solaria Cowl, from The Stella Collection designed by Julie Crawford and Tanis Lavallee. Also, in that collection is the Suncrest shawl designed for TFA Red Label, a fantastic merino/cashmere/silk fingering/sport weight fingering.  When I was at the K-W Knitter’s Fair in September I had a chance to chat with Tanis and pick up a skein of Red Label in Dove, which is absolutely gorgeous.

Then in October, Julie announced on the Ravelry board about the November TFA KAL, it seemed like I should break my personal queue and knit it up.  And it was the right choice, it is a fantastic shawl and a beautiful yarn and so soft to wear.

– Details –

Project Name: Moonset 

Pattern: Suncrest Shawl by Tanis Lavallee

Recipient: ME!

Yarn: TFA Red Label in Dove

Modifications:

  • Somehow my body was narrower than called for so I did three extra lace repeats to max out the skein.

New Skills:

  • Not a whole lot, but this is the first time picking up just one of the loops on a shawl, it makes a really nice edge.

Feedback:

  • I love it when a pattern and yarn look as good together as the sample/pattern version 

Re-Knit?: Probably not, but I need to make others from The Stella Collection, and I’m looking forward to the 2013 TFA club as it will be one long Stella Collection as we will be getting different weight yarns and all the patterns will be designed by Tanis and Julie.

FO: Quiltatomus Socks

Pomatomus Socks

So back in the spring I acquired some fabric, with the noble intetion of learning to quilt, however as time passed (and I got my loom) it came clear that I was probably not going to quilt it.  Carla on the other hand had bought some sock yarn for socks and she was also convinced she was never going to actually make socks.  So, we swapped, I gave her two quilts worth of fabric and she gave me two skeins of sock yarns and we set deadlines, the simple quilt and these socks in October and the second set for Christmas. We made the first deadline but holiday commitments have us from finishing the other.

This pair also was a milestone, it was my 12th pair of socks for the year, meeting my Year of Socks goal for 2012.

– Details –

Project Name: Quiltatomus

Pattern: Pomatomus by Cookie A in Knitty, Winter 2005.

Recipient: Carla

Yarn: Sweet Georgia Yarns in Tough Love Sock in Big Blue Wave (an exclusive club colorway)

Modifications: Shortened the leg by a repeat, similar to the pair I made in January.

New Skills: Nope, but I do love this pattern.

Feedback: I like the stitch pattern, and Tough Love Sock is a great sock yarn.

Re-Knit?: Nope, twice is my limit, but I have a pair of mitts in my queue that utilizes the stitch pattern from these socks, which is really quite fun to knit.

FO: Blue Willow China Scarf

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Christmas knitting, its one of those knitting things … where knitters overcommit themselves to make items for someone who doesn’t appreciate the time and effort that went into making that item.  I’m not into the cult of Christmas knitting, I do make handmade items for family, however they are people who have idea of what they are getting and what it’s value is.  Also, often they are giving me back a handmade items so its all good!

Since getting a Cricket Rigid Heddle Loom I’ve mostly escaped the desire to knit last minute gifts for people, I can just weave them a scarf. When faced with my mostly unused KnitPicks Palette stash and the desire to make gifts for people, I started making these herringbone scarves, and this is another one.  This one however is for my Grannie, who has always been a fan of Blue Willow patterned china.

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So here it is one of the few handmade Christmas gifts that didn’t take much in the way of time or energy and make a very nice gift.

– Details –

Project Name: Blue Willow China Scarf

Draft: Herringbone Plain Weave, taken from Weaving Made Easy

Recipient: Grannie

Yarn: KnitPicks Palette in Cream and Bluebell

Modifications:

  • Shortened

New Skills:

  • Remembering not to leave my loom under tension for too long, well not for this project, but this was a

Feedback:

  • Yarn:
  • Draft:

Re-Weave?:

FO: Tower Hill Birthday Socks

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So, I love my mom.  And after last year’s disastrous pair of socks (which didn’t fit right and hurt her feet) I wanted to make it up for her.

So I made her a pair of stripey socks, because everyone needs stripey socks, no matter how old, or young they are.

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But, not only that, they were custom made for her.  I’m trying to design the perfect sock pattern for me, so this was a chance to try out the pattern I have been designing in Felici Sport as seen in my Kingpurse and Sunny Being a Kid socks.

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So, turns out I was able to solve all the problem, the bottoms are comfy, the legs are long enough and they are a fun, stripey pattern.

Happy Birthday Mom (back on October 12th), I might have been 7 days late out of the womb, and this post might be 2 months late, but I got your socks made in time this year!

– Details –

Project Name: Tower Hill Birthday Socks

Pattern: Mine!

Recipient: MummyAnne – my superawesome Mom

Yarn: KnitPicks Felici in Botany

Modifications:

  • Pattern is still in development, that way they are design features not mods.

New Skills:

  • Stockinette Short-Row Heel

Feedback:

  • Yarn: Felici is nice, but it is probably more of a light fingering than a standard fingering. I find myself preferring Felici Sport to Felici Fingering.
  • Pattern: It’s still not perfect. but I’m getting close to my perfect plain sock pattern.

Re-Knit?: Yes, becuase I will get my perfect plain sock, and Felici is my preferred plain sock yarn so I will be knitting these again, and again, and again.

FO: Spectra Woven

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So in old news, I have a HUGE backlog of FOs.  I finished the scarf back in September and photographed it back at Thanksgiving, and I mean Canadian Thanksgiving, in October.  Yeah, let’s  just move on from that and enjoy how pretty weaving is in the fall.

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I would talk more about the scarf but honestly, it’s been more than 2 months, and I so cannot remember all the details, but based on the pictures it does look like I need to iron the scarf flat.

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– Details –

Project Name: Spectra Woven

Draft: Plain Weave

Recipient: No idea

Yarn: Leftovers from Spectra-Scope

Modifications: None, what are the mods to plain weave?

New Skills: Measuring the warp properly to use up all my leftovers.

Feedback:

  • Yarn: Worked perfectly for the pattern, but not something I would go get again.
  • Draft: Plain weave is plain weave

Re-Weave?: Well yes, I do love a good plain weave.

Why did no one wake me up when November ended?

So, someone asked me for the date and I realized that it was December 5th and I had managed to go a month without looking at my blog.  Woah, I just don’t know where that month went.  However, it was a good month, lots of knitting and cooking.

First off, I managed to get through all my KAL chaos projects, but not much else.

Winter Bloom Shawl

 

I finished my Winter Bloom shawl, in Tanis Fiber Arts’s Orange Label (worsted weight merino/cashmere/silk) in Frost.  Not only did I get a totally awesome, amazing shawl, but I also won 3 skeins of Sweet Fiber Yarn’s Haven yarn (a new merino/silk aran-weight single) in Spanish Coin a gorgeous gold color.

Also I finished my Mooncrest Shawl in Tanis Red Label, another great base and awesome pattern. I wore it today and got lots of compliments.

Mooncrest Shawl

 

Oh and I finished a third item for the Tanis KAL, but it is a gift and the recepient is just too web savvy for me to share the pictures up here.  I will, after they are gifted for Christmas.

Also, I cooked up a storm from the new Smitten Kitchen cookbook a few weeks ago making the Apple Cider Salted Caramels.

Smitten Kitchen Carmels

 

I need to make a few mods when I make them again for Christmas.

Also, I made a batch of what I’m calling Slow Cooker Apple Sauce, or, Christina hates chopping apples Sauce. Where I stew apples in my slow cooker and then blend them with an immersion blender to make them into sauce. It means you get to keep all the nutrients of the skins and all you have to do is core and quarter the apples.

Apples before SauceSlow Cooker Apple Sauce

Of course November wasn’t all rainbows, apple sauce and pretty shawls, I also changed my first tire.

I woke up on a Monday morning, with an hour’s drive to work and I found this…

Flat Tire

 

Turns out I ran over a nail but I managed to get the tire changed all by myself, and end up only 2.5 hrs behind schedule.

So that was November, well plus all the work, and assorted chaos that make up my life.  I’m back into my knitting, although I did take last weekend off from knitting to try out a few different things I have let fall by the wayside, like Tunisian crochet, shuttle tatting, weaving and spinning. But if December even goes half as fast as November did, then I expect to resurface in January unsure of where December went.

I’ve got a fever …

but no, the only prescription is NOT more cowbell.*

I’ve caught the Color Infection/Affliction, this nasty disease traveled around the knitting community this past spring, being caught by notable names like the Yarn Harlot and then spread rapidly due to her blog and other internet means.  Initially I was unsure about making one, however after Carla finished hers (sorry Rav member only link), I started thinking about making one myself.

This, mixed with launch of this year’s indigodragonfly Giftapalooza, was a perfect storm in creating the picture I showed you yesterday.

In last year’s Giftapalooza (which was lots of fun and you should sign up, I have seen the bases and some of this year’s one of a kind colors and they are pretty awesome) I received my first skein of indigodragonfly yarn (MCS Sock no less!), the yellow one in the middle, and while I liked it, it wasn’t my usual color and so I let it marinate in my stash.  The pattern that came as part of the Giftapalooza parcel was nice enough, but never seemed to make it to the top of my queue.

Why yes the color is named “Failed Holiday Marketing Campaign 5A: Frozen Butterball Canary”

So yesterday when I was at the studio working with Kim and Ron, all the talk of Giftapalooza made me realize that the yellow skein in my stash would be perfect in a color affection shawl, and I was in the perfect spot to get two more colors to go with it.  With Kim’s help, I snagged two skeins of Ultra MCN (a 70/20/10 MCN, moar cashmere) in “Have Fun Storming the Castle” and “Bunnies, Bunnies, it must be Bunnies”.  We played around with a few other colors, and I left knowing I need to find a pattern that pairs Don’t Blink (a new color) with My Name is Indigo Montoya (possibly with Tweety of Versailles in there, it was used as a stand in as my skein was in Bracebridge).

According to Kim, the MCS and Ultra MCN play really nicely together so the shawl will have the same texture.  Although for my next shawl, I might have to try the new sock base, Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Sock (known as Lizard Sock or RPSLS) which is a soft, fuzzy, woolen spun MCN that made me want to hug it, and kiss it and call it George and is only available right now through Giftapalooza.

So now to wind and cast on, hopefully this is the cure to my fever, because I don’t own a cowbell.

*If you don’t know what I’m talking about, the full video is here.