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The Reveal

30 Jul

My parents visited this past weekend, and I was finally able to give them their birthday gifts. Allow me to present Quill for my mom, and Caldwell for my dad.

Quill, designed by Jared Flood, was published in the 2011 Brooklyn Tweed Spring Thaw collection.

Caldwell, designed by Stephen West, was published in Brooklyn Tweed Wool People Volume 1.

Both of these projects were knit with Knit Picks simply organic cotton – Quill in sport weight, and Caldwell in worsted weight. The colors suit my parents’ wardrobes and personalities, and I feel the patterns complement each other well. I hope they have wonderful knitwear date nights when the weather gets chilly.

Both of these projects were challenging for me in their own ways. Quill is a simple pattern, but it’s huge and requires a lot of time, patience, and blocking with wires. Caldwell is seamed and finished with an i-cord bind off all around. This was a new technique for me and took a lot of time.

I was so pleased that my parents loved their gifts. Their reaction made all of the hard work and long nights worth it. I unfortunately forgot to pull the beautiful photo of both of them wearing their gifts off my mom’s camera before they left, but perhaps I can get it on the blog later.

Additionally, my dad added a wonderful treat to my mom’s gift and bought her a silver shawl pin that features oak leaves, one of my mom’s favorite motifs. All in all, I think she had a beautiful 50th birthday, and my dad will have a great 62nd next weekend.

But you know, my parents weren’t the only ones who received gifts this weekend. I got some new toys, too! Most notably, my mom brought me some gorgeous rosewood Knitter’s Pride Cubic DPNs. These square needles are ergonomic, strong, and create more uniform stitches.

The GNP socks are still in progress. I’ve missed the deadline for the competition, but hopefully they can still make it up to Whitefish in time for the auction.

Because I just started a new job (which I love!) and had family visit, my lofty goals of completing my GNP socks and competing in the Ravellenic Games (formerly the Ravelympics) were not realized. I did, however, cast on a sweater with the yarn I had set aside for the competition.

Great things start with small beginnings. That’s what I’m going to keep telling myself.

This little sleeve will eventually be the Agnes Pullover from the latest issue of Knitscene. I don’t normally purchase that magazine, but just about every pattern in the fall issue is gorgeous, especially Agnes.

I had hoped to have some more impressive in-progress projects to share right now, but I am so happy I took time to relax and enjoy my family’s visit. My parents and aunt don’t get to come out here often, and the Ravellenic Games aren’t a good reason to ignore my family.

Notes

  • Quill is a traditional Shetland hap shawl.
  • The buttons featured on the Caldwell vest are apple wood and purchased from Woods of Narnia on Etsy.

Little things

5 Jul

My Rainbow Trout cowl was knit with hand-dyed and solid cotton.

Merit Badges are a quick and easy way to bust stash yarn and show your knitter pride.

Work continues on the super-secret birthday presents for my parents (only three weeks to go!) but I wanted to update the blog with a few little projects I recently completed. The first is my Rainbow Trout cowl, which I designed myself. The second is a Merit Badge, a great free pattern designed by Amanda Ochocki. I used some leftover hand-dyed sock yarn to make a cute stripey badge. (I did not knit the shrug)

To market

12 May

The Green Grocery Bag is a quick pattern from Ann Budd’s “Knitting Green”.

I’m continuing to work on a special present, which is by far the largest thing I’ve ever knit. Because of this I don’t have much to show right now, but this morning I did get to use something I knit last summer.

My Green Grocery Bag – from Ann Budd’s book Knitting Green – was a fast project that used up some extra bulky cotton yarn I had laying around. This bag stretches out beautifully, and is perfect for my favorite summer event: The farmer’s market!

This morning my bag brought home a haul of onions, fingerling potatoes, Swiss chard, yellow tomatoes, salad greens and handmade soap.

I’ll continue to knit away on my present, and sorry I can’t show it to you yet!

Clocks

26 Feb

"Clocks" are a 4-stich cable motif, included down the legs, heels and instep of this sock.

Sock No. 1 of my current project is complete. If I’ve been quiet this week, it’s because I’m having way too much fun knitting these cabled beauties.

Project Details

Clocks Socks

Pattern: Gansey Clock Socks, Ann Budd, Sockupied Fall 2011

Yarn: Berroco Comfort Sock, 50% nylon / 50% acrylic, 447 yds., colorway: Invercargill

Needles: US size 1, DPNs and 32″ circular for some magic-loop. The pattern recommended using US 2 needles for most of the leg, but I have slender ankles and lower legs, so I used US 1 for the whole sock and they fit great.

New Look, New Hat

30 Jan

This tam was the first project I've ever completed using beading.

This week I used a new knitting technique and gave my blog a makeover. I’m slow to accept change most of the time, but this is just refreshing.

The new knitting technique was part of my Garden Party Lights Tam, made from the Holiday Lights Tam pattern published in Interweave Knits Winter 2011.

Though “Holiday Lights” was a very fitting name for the golden hat featured in the magazine, I felt that my green-and-blue version, knit on the cusp of spring, better represents a sort of garden-party, crocus-bud kind of feeling.

Using the beading technique for the first time was interesting, but very easy to get the hang of. This technique involved stringing beads onto your yarn before knitting, then placing the beads on certain stitches for the pattern. This particular hat highlights the beads using a slipped-stitch bow pattern, which to me makes the beads look like little droplets of water sliding down a green bulb.

The yarn is Cascade Ultra Pima (DK / 220 yards) in the Olive colorway, and has been hanging around my stash for nearly a year now. I purchased it at Loopy Knit/Crochet in Missoula, but haven’t been pleased with any particular pattern I tried for it. I knew I wanted to use it for a beret or tam, an after several non-starts, this pattern seemed like the perfect fit. The yardage was also perfect for this project, and I have a little chunk left over that will go into my hexipuff stash.

The beads were purchased at my local Jo-Ann Fabrics and are Blue Moon 6/0 seed beads in a blue/turquoise color. For less than $3 I was able to buy enough beads for two hats, with each hat requiring 360 beads.

This hat will not be staying with me, although I hope to knit one for myself in colors more to my taste. This particular hat will be arriving in the mailbox of some lucky lady within the next week, and I hope she loves it.

As far as the new look for my blog, I wanted to spice things up a bit and draw more attention to some of the extra links I provide. I hope to add more original designs to my Patterns page, and the links under More Blogs are my favorite source of humor and inspiration.

I hope you all like the new look! Coming up: The Scent of Lavender.

Christmas comes but once a year

26 Dec

And thank god for that.

I love my family very much. I was excited to give them handknits this Christmas and know that my gifts would not only wrap them in warmth, but love. However, If I had to constantly knit at such a fever pitch with a bright shiny deadline looming ahead, my nerves would be absolutely shot.

Now, you could contend that I knew Christmas was coming. In fact, it’s the same day every year. There’s no way I could have been blindsided by a holiday with unavoidable reminders from October on. That’s true. I knew it was coming. I even had a plan in place to not get down to the wire with my gift knitting. To prove I was committed to this plan, I even knit a sock this summer. One sock.

This is when the trouble began. As I’m sure all you knitters are aware, not only is one sock NOT a pair, but it’s a dangerous presumption of a pair of socks. You say to yourself, “Look how quickly I knit that one sock. And Christmas is months away. I have so much time to knit the other one, why don’t I knit myself a sweater right now instead? I can always come back to that other little sock.”

Then, BAM, the next thing you know it’s November. Not only is that other sock not knit, but the sweater you’ve decided to knit for your dad also needs finishing, and you never knew how slowly stockinette stitch could come together into a men’s size large sweater. (Side note: You know what knits up quickly? Lace. Why don’t men wear more lace?)

So there I was, mid-November, hastily trying to finish up a sweater for dad and that other sock for mom, and then even another project for mom! I was doomed. I really was. I had to make some tough choices. Other gift socks for extended family members – and even for my husband – had to take the back burner and be abandoned as Christmas gifts.

I knuckled down and knit until my little fingers cramped and couldn’t move any more. And you know what? I won. Just in the knick of time to get my gifts wrapped and in the mail in time to arrive for Christmas, I was finally finished.

Hand-painted yarn and a simple pattern knit up quickly into mom's socks.

Dad's Cobblestone Sweater took up the bulk of my Christmas knitting time.

Despite my ill-fated attempts at creating a “plan” to avoid that last-minute rush, I really did come in just under the wire. But it wouldn’t be Christmas without panic, would it? And it all worked out in the end. Mom loves her green and gold socks, knit with sport-weight Blue Moon Fiber Arts Handpainted Sock Candy (96% cotton, 4% elite elastic).

Dad’ sweater – Cobblestone by the talented Jared Flood – is knit with warm, soft Berroco Comfort Heathers in the Honeyberry colorway. Dad has socks knit from the fingering weight version of this yarn and he really loves them, so the yarn choice was a no-brainer.

My only issue with dad’s sweater, despite the long stretches of stockinette stitch, is how the decreases in the yolk pull two purl stitches together to make a little bump. However, when the yarn is stretched during wear, this issue pretty much disappears.

Mom loves her socks, and unsurprisingly, she also loves the label they came in.

This simple label was made using Apple Pages and printed on cardstock paper.

I had seen a simple printable sock label on the Knitmore Girls website awhile ago, and I stored the idea away for Christmas. This label was easy to make and you get a lot of bang for your buck. It really makes the presentation of handknit socks a treat for the receiver. For this label, I found the Christmas image online and using Apple Pages (like Microsoft Word) I added the text on top. The label is designed longways down letter-sized, cardstock paper, and taped together at the back. I also included the name of the yarn, fiber content, and washing instructions on the back.

I still owe my husband a hat, and I have some socks on my needles for an aunt, but Christmas has passed, and it amazes me that after all that, all I really want to do right now is sit down and knit.