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Yarn Along – 11/30/16

November 30, 2016

Fiber Optic Yarns - Black Coffee

It’s been some lovely fiber times around here. I spun up some sock yarn from Fiber Optic Yarns. It is a blend of 55% superwash merino, 20% Alpaca, 20% Nylon, 5% Tussah Silk. I got a heavy fingering 3-ply.

Fiber Optic Yarns - Black Coffee

I immediately cast on some more socks for my husband. He is extremely knit-worthy and appreciative and doesn’t have nearly enough handmade socks.

Fiber Optic Yarns - Black Coffee

I am using my usual toe-up sock recipe with an afterthought heel. The texture is the waffle weave from the Blueberry Waffle Sock pattern.

As for reading, I am partway into a new audio book: The Chemistry of Tears, by Peter Carey.

I am not sure how I feel about it. The readers are excellent, and the story is compelling: After a tragic loss,  museum curator, Catherine, becomes enthralled with the story of a museum piece she is restoring. But the characters and not entirely likable, which generally gives me a problem. I am REALLY hoping they redeem themselves or I fear this will be a terrible waste of a good story. Holding out hope!

It’s British, so I am plunging forward! Wishing you happy reading and knitting!

So happy to be back joining Ginny in the Yarn Along!

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Black Friday Sale – 2016

November 24, 2016

Just popping in to let you know there is a SALE AT MY ETSY STORE this weekend on the wedge zipper pouches!

Both the Eiffel Tower and Cherry Blossom bags are $5 off any size. No coupon needed! Happy holiday shopping!

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Void Shawl

November 22, 2016

This is a very exciting finish. This is the first project I have knit from my handspun after getting my spinning wheel!

The pattern is Void by Melanie Berg. The yarn is worsted weight handspun from Fiber Optic Yarns. It is a dreamy merino/silk blend that spun up in a wonderful heathered gray.

The lattice pattern is fairly complex. The use of stitch markers was critical for me. But with all complicated patterns, It got easier the more repeats I knit. I reduced the length of the shawl – it is designed extremely long and I am fairly short so I knew the proportions would be off if I made if full size.

I did add extra rows of garter edging to made the shawl deeper. I wanted full coverage across the back.

Very happy with this one. The yarn is very squishy and super warm.

I am inspired to do a sweater spin, but I will need to wait until the budget allows that kind of investment. For now I will be knitting a couple of sock yarn projects I have begun spinning for.

Much more affordable to spin for socks!

Men’s Socks

November 15, 2016

I got some long-coveted sock blockers so I no longer have to wait for sock models to do my photographs! Hooray!

This pair is a basic, toe-up pattern I have developed that fits my husband well. I use a 4-Knit, 2-Purl rib over 60 stitches with an afterthought heel. I will be added 2 x 2 ribbing in the future at the top to prevent sock-sag.

Yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in 25386 Thunderhead. Great, affordable sock yarn. And the leftovers are perfect in my sock yarn blanket so it is a win for everyone!

I have a number of other finishes to share! Gotta get some photos taken and then I can share!

Etsy Clearance Sale

November 12, 2016

My Etsy Shop

Hi folks! To clear some space in my shop prior to the holiday season I am have a little clearance sale! I have a few Mason Jars with Cozy and Drink Lid available at discounted prices.

There are also a few cozies available on their own, and even a few Cuppow lids at a DEEP discount.

These are great for smoothies (the lid fits a standard straw) or hot tea or coffee. Get ‘em while they are hot!

Summer Sweater

August 5, 2016

I was looking to do a light sweater for warmer weather. I decided on just a basic shape and a pattern I knit a while back as one of my first sweaters. The first one didn’t have a very nice fit, but the basic shape was good. I decided to put math to work for me and come up with the perfect gauge. The pattern is the Weekend Retreat Cardi by Lion Brand Yarn. 

I chose the yarn on vacation – very affordable Cascade Avalon in color 35. The yarn is a cotton/acrylic blend and feels quite nice. It was easy to work with and not at all hard on my hands like a 100% cotton can be.

I only have one other cropped sweater so I thought this would be a nice addition, layered over a tank for warm weather.

I cast on for size medium and tried it on as I went. I could tell it was a good size before I even increased to the stitch count for the small size. Details on the math can be found on my Ravelry project page.

I finished it up with a single button I had in my stash. I made a closure using a crocheted loop. Link to instructions for that are on my Ravelry project page.

I am super happy with the way this turned out. The fit is just right – not too loose or tight. I now see the appeal of cropped sweaters. They knit up so fast in a worsted weight!

Kind of thinking it would be nice to have another in a fingering weight with three-quarter sleeves. It would take some more math, but I enjoy a challenge!

Yarn Along – 8/3/16

August 3, 2016

Knitting: Finished my sweater. (Post on that is soon to come!) So I finally could cast on my handspun for the Void shawl by Melanie Berg. 

I love the look of it, but the pattern is on the challenging side with fiddly twisted stitches and some bundled stitches.

The yarn is a handspun worsted weight in a merino/silk blend from Fiber Optic Yarns. Gorgeous stuff.

The yarn is a little challenging in this pattern because it is so fluffy and soft and the pattern has some more complicated twisted stitches, but as long as I keep my tension loose enough it is going pretty easily now that I am on the third pattern repeat. The stitches have a lovely texture and form a triangle pattern.

I plan to shorten the length and will play that by ear as I go. I am not very tall and the shawl in the pattern photos seems a bit too long for me. This will be a long-term knit, so I am settling in for a leisurely pace.

Reading: I started Louise Penny’s A Trick of the Light, which is Inspector Gamache #7. The story is very focused on the art world and I am loving her descriptions of the paintings. I feel like I can really see them! Great summer read. I am also listening to a post apocalyptic dystopian audio book (WHY?). The jury is out, so I will refrain from sharing just yet. It is keeping me entertained as I drive my daughter to and from work, so I guess I will keep plugging away.

It is countdown to college drop-off around here, so we’ll see how much brain space I have for knitting a complicated pattern. Progress may be spotty for a few weeks!

Joining Ginny and friends for the Yarn Along.

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