Tag: <span>knitting</span>

February wrap-up

Still working on the  knitting resolutions!
1.  Clear the WIP queue from last year by the end of the month.
February is gone and I haven’t really made any headway there.  I managed to start way too many new projects at once and not make any real progress on any of the big ones.  I did knit three hats though this month, so that counts for something!  This means that I’m officially dedicating March to clearing the WIP queue completely.  Once that’s done, I’m going to start a sweater.

3. Knit one pair of socks per month
So close on this one!  But, I think I’m still on track for 12 pairs for the year, so this shouldn’t be a big deal that I’m 4 days over budget.  February is short anyway, right?  Just finished up the socks tonight, so I’ll have photos of them hopefully tomorrow.

4.  Spin four ounces of roving per month.
Boy did I ever make this one!  There were the four ounces of superwash BFL for Thorpe  and then a whopping eight ounces of superwash Merino from Crown Mountain Farms for my Sunshine Surf Scarf.   I’ll post something more on that project later.

5.  Dye more yarn and roving.
Got this one already too, though I hope to do this again throughout the year.  I attended a class at a local art center with the wonderful Pam Pawl who took us through the process she uses for dyeing.  It really made a lot of sense and I loved her method and great organization of the process.  I got to dye two skeins of yarn that the class provided (not great quality and really scratchy, but they’ll be wonderful for a felted project!).  With the leftover dye, I was able to dye some merino roving I had brought along.  Photographic evidence:
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Naughty Deer

A friend of mine wanted a knit hat.  Jokingly, I suggested using this specific chart to make him a hilarious hat and then offered a few other options for hats that were more tame.  He decided on the original joke idea and I went ahead and knit it for him.  Here’s the finished result!

Pattern: Basic hat, no real pattern, used Fornicating Deer Chart
Designer: Anne Rutten
Needles: US #7 (4.5mm)
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted, Jade and Gold
Ravelry Project Link

This was super easy to knit and it was a ton of fun to watch the chart shape up and turn into a pair of naughty deer. I did modify the chart to make the deer on the bottom antler-less.  Cast on 96 sts for three repeats.  The recipient loves it and said that he got a bunch of compliments on it while he was out over the weekend.  I find it completely hilarious and have already gotten a request to make another one for another friend!

EDIT 02March2009:
Recipient of the hat made a video about the joy his hat has brought him.. I nearly fell off my chair laughing.
Myspace Video

EDIT 19April2009:
I had gotten a bunch of hits from a UK knitting forum.. linking back to the post for posterity   🙂     *waves  to visitors from the Knitting Forum*

EDIT 02November2009:
This post was linked again and I noticed a HUGE jump in visitors to the site today from an Icelandic website.  While I don’t speak or read Icelandic, Hello there to you all!

Thorped

There’s this great thread on Ravelry that shows a project from roving to spun yarn and the finished object.   It’s without question my favorite thread on Ravelry and is really inspiring for a spinner to see what people spin with what fiber and what patterns they’ve adapted to their handspun.   REALLY creative people   there.  

Sometimes, you get a batch of fiber and you just know what it’s going to be – like Michelangelo said about his sculpture, “I saw the angel in the marble, and I carved until I set him free.”   This may sound a bit strange (if it does, then Michelangelo was strange and that’s a club I don’t mind being a part of), but you knitters know what I’m talking about.. The  times  when the yarn speaks to you and tells you precisely what it  wants to be.   It’s just like that with roving and spinning fibers.   The finished article is in there somewhere, waiting to be let out.   Sometimes it just wants to be yarn.   Sometimes it wants to be a finished object and you just KNOW it the second you lay eyes on the colorway and the texture of the fiber.

So, here’s my most recent Spun-to-Finished entry  and the first one for the blog.

Fiber:
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Superwash Blue Faced Leicester (BFL) from dkKnits – January installment of the fiber club.
Colorway: Burnt Blueberry Baa’Hill (baa’hill.. baaagggellll.. get it? :-P)

Yarn:
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8wpi, Heavy Worsted, 167 yards, navajo plied, spun on my Spinolution Mach 1 wheel.

Finished Object:
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Pattern: Thorpe
Needles: US #8 (5mm)
Trimmed with a bit of leftover Cascade 220 Superwash.   I have NO idea of how to  crochet, so I used a helpful video on YouTube.

In other news, a family friend sold her sheep farm and moved recently, bringing with her A LOT of fleece.   I graciously offered to take some off her hands and came home with just about five pounds of raw wool from Border Leicester mix sheep.   There was about 1.5 lbs of black fleece and  about  3.5  lbs was white.   I decided to mix them together to save on processing and shipped it off to Zeilinger’s for cleaning and to be drawn into roving.   I hadn’t heard anything back in a few weeks, but sure enough, today, a box showed up on the doorstep containing my roving.   Dog for scale, but there’s a ton of it.   I believe this roving is begging to be a sweater.   It hasn’t decided on a color yet though, but I’m sure it will let me know once it’s ready. (The dogs are North American Standard Mutts by the way, weighing in at about 50 lbs each)
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Project updates

January end-of-month update:
The knitting resolutions  haven’t all been met (already, I know!).
1.  Clear the WIP queue from last year by the end of the month.
Didn’t happen!  I did clear out a bunch of things, but there are still two open WIPs from last year.  Not bad though..

3. Knit one pair of socks per month
Got that one!  One pair of socks per month is definitely manageable and I still have time to knit other things.
Pattern:  Little Child’s Sock
Designer:  Nancy Bush
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Yarn:  Knit Picks Imagination
 in colorway “Wicked Witch”
Ravelry Project Link–  
 

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Nancy Bush can write a pattern like nobody’s business.  It was so well written out, line by line, you just can’t but help be in awe of the time that must’ve been spent writing it out.  The book, Knitting Vintage Socks,  is becoming a fast favorite.  The yarn is super soft and fun to knit with although the variegation obscures the pattern mostly.  And see all that color pooling?  I know it’s something knitters strive to fight against, but I just love it.  It almost looks like tye dye on the stockinette part of the leg.

4.  Spin four ounces of roving per month.
Didn’t quite make this one either.  I got about an ounce of this superwash merion from Crown Mountain Farms (colorway “Sunshine of your Love”) done for the spin and knit along at Ply by Night on Ravelry.  I’ve really gotta spend more time with the wheel in the evenings and maybe alternate nights between knitting and spinning.  Plus, there’s a fun project coming up for next month with roving from dkKnits that I’m pretty antsy to get started on!

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Clapotis and resolutions

First, I have an FO for you.  Meg, the dyer at Twisted Fiber Art, does such an incredible job dyeing striping yarns and her colorways are so gorgeous.  Plus, the Clapotis pattern is such a great all-purpose scarf pattern and is so easy to adapt to any type of yarn.  This one took a little while to finish since I kept it on the needles as my mindless knitting project.  I tend to try and keep one easy project on the needles as a travel project to take with me everywhere that I don’t really have to think about or need to refer to a pattern much.

Pattern:  Clapotis
Designer:  Kate Gilbert
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
Yarn:  Twisted Fiber Art Shiny  in colorway “Portal”
Ravelry Project Link

Now, onto knitting resolutions!  The Selfish knitters group on Ravelry have a thread for New Year’s Resolution knitting and Atomic posted some knitting resolutions on her blog too.    I decided to post a few resolutions since I’ve had them in my head anyway.  I kept it simple on the thread and posted just the first three, but thought about expanding it here and expanding it to include spinning as well.

  1. Clear the WIP queue from last year by the end of the month.
  2. Knit two sweaters this year.
  3. Knit one pair of socks per month – I had thought about doing the 52 pair challenge, but I think that’s a touch too ambitious, especially if I want to work on other projects too.
  4. Spin four ounces of roving per month.
  5. Dye more yarn and roving.
  6. Knit at least one pair of stranded socks.
  7. Finish holiday gift knitting throughout the year instead of all at once in December!
  8. Participate in another test knit.
  9. Work on an original pattern.

I think that gives me plenty to work on.  I also want to be a little more careful with my stash acquisitions and either buy on sale, something unique that cannot be found elsewhere, at festivals, or with a specific project in mind.  When I started knitting this past may I sort of got out of control and bought everything in sight.  It’s time to get a handle on it and knit more, buy less!

Beauty in Repetition

Arguably the easiest knit I’ve ever done and SO beautiful.   This took me a whole two days to knit since I could not put it down.   I didn’t find one knot in any of the four skeins although there was plenty of vegetable matter throughout.   I suppose that’s the big problem I have with Noro – it costs enough that you’d think it would be a quality yarn with no VM.   I’m tempted to go and spin up something similar and make another scarf like this since it’s SO gorgeous and so easy to do.   The ‘base’ skeins I used were mostly black with some dark blue and green mixed in.. I suppose I could’ve picked better companion skeins or maybe started at different points so that I didn’t get the one really dark patch and the one really light patch, but the beauty of the project is that you never know what’s going to happen with Noro colors.   Also, no two scarves can ever EVER be the same since no two skeins of Noro that I’ve ever seen start and end at the same color.   That makes these Noro striped scarves like snowflakes, right?   😉

Pattern: Noro Striped Scarf
Designer: Jared Flood
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm)
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden  in 264, 246, and 252
Ravelry Project Link

Socks!

The first two finished objects for the new year!

First, meet a test knit that I was working on for knottygnome.   The pattern is called “Coin Toss“.   This was my first test knit and I am really proud to have been part of testing out such a great pattern – it’s just enough to keep me engaged without being too complicated and was super fun to knit.   The yarn is a new favorite and is delightfully squishy, and that colorway!   It’s like purple chocolate.   Gorgeous.   Specs:
Pattern: Coin Toss
Designer: Knottygnome  – Sara Peterson
Needles: US 2.5 (3.0mm)
Yarn: dkKnits technicolor dream toes  in colorway “Wilder Wonka”
Ravelry Project Link
Eye Candy:

Next project!   Handspun socks.   This is the first project that I dyed the roving, spun the yarn and then knit the yarn.   I wasn’t entirely happy with how the colors came out, but it’s a learning process I suppose and maybe next time everything will comply with my will.   Specs for you..
Pattern: Generic top-down sock, from my head
Designer:  none
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm)
Yarn: Handspun superwash merino
Ravelry Project Link

I suppose I should say here that I’ve been bitten by the Noro Striped Scarf bug having seen it all over the blogosphere including the Yarn Harlot‘s blog.   I had seen it a while ago in a yarn store and bought the supplies right then and there to make it.   They’ve been sitting in the stash quietly, but decided to go off and get noisy on me this week.   I know I said I wasn’t going to start any new projects until I cleared out the UFO queue a bit, but two finished socks counts as cleaning house, right?!   Besides, it’s winter and winter means scarves.   Yep.   This is me, hunting for justification to cast on a new project  when I already have  a bunch of UFOs.   🙂