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Finished Object – Chomatic Cowl

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I actually finished my first brioche knitting project.  I’ve had learning brioche as a goal for about two years now and tried learning via YouTube with no success.  So, when a brioche class was offered the day before the Knitting Pipeline retreat started, I jumped at chance.  Once I got the rhythm of brioche down it was actually an easy and fun knit.  Only reason it took two months was because I had to stop in between and work on knitting for classes.  But it’s done!

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My Rav project page is here.

Pattern – Chromatic Cowl (Ravelry pattern here) by Amy Detjen (who taught the class).  It’s worked in the round with two colors.  I think its important to note that the pattern itself doesn’t teach you how to do brioche – it assumes you know this.  You use a solid color to start and end with a curled border.  Normally I dislike edges curling as an intended border but on this it works out well.  Pattern is free on Ravelry.

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Yarn –  I bought a kit at the start of the brioche class that was designed specifically for the cowl.  The yarn is Greatest of Ease from KnitCircus Yarns and is a fingering weight 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon blend.  The kit included two 50 gram cakes, one in a solid (cream in my case) and another in a gradient (I bought the Over the Rainbow colorway).  I really liked the feel of the yarn (squishy and soft) but I did have some spots where the yarn had frayed a bit (as in it was becoming unplied).  The rainbow colors are very vibrant and it became “potato chip knitting” to get to the next color. 

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Finished Objects – Kittens

A little finished project – knitted knittens!

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Tell me those aren’t the cutest? My boss in Colorado is a cat person but they don’t have any cats at the present time (multitude of reasons).  So, I knit these kittens with the rationale that they don’t require feeding or litterboxes, don’t shed, are soft to pet, and don’t require care when she’s out of town.  I sent them off to her with some brownies and muffins.  The gray and white kitten is intended to resemble a cat named Jasper she had as a child.  The pattern is for a solid colored cat so I knit the black cat first, then did some experimenting to get the white on the feet, belly (can’t see in the pictures) and face.

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Moving on to the details.

Needle – US 2 or 3 straight needles

Pattern – Kitten Knit Pattern (Ravelry pattern here) from Amy Gaines (AmyGaines on Ravelry). I looked at a couple different knitted cat patterns and liked this one the best.  There are a fair number of pieces (six) – I think the seaming and assembly takes more time than the knitting.  However, it does sit up on its own and the knitting itself is pretty easy.  Pattern is $3.00 US on Ravelry.

Yarn – I knit the black one out of Knit Picks Swish Worsted (merino wool), using the serrano color for the collar.  I knit the gray one out of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (blend of corriedale and merino wool), I think in the Lace Ice Heather color, but I’m not positive.  Personally, I don’t think the Wool of the Andes very soft and wouldn’t use it for next to the skin, although the Swish was amazingly soft.  A 50 gram ball of either yarn is 110 yards. I used the following colors: Cloud, Brass Heather, Chestnut, Bittersweet Heather, Firecracker Heather, Pink Posy Heather and Rouge .

I stuffed the kittens with poly-fil and attached the safety eyes and bell.  My project page on Rav is here.

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Finished Object – Twilight Necklace

A little finished project!

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Well, the finished object is little and it did take less than a day to knit.  But, I’m not a fan of stringing lots of beads and the finished project isn’t exactly what I was hoping for.  But, still wearable and still (somewhat pretty).

Moving on to the details.

Needle – US 0 Chiaogoo Red Lace

Pattern – Twilight (Ravelry pattern here) from Betsy Hershberg’s book Confessions of a Left Brained Knitter. It’s basically a long rectangle with beads prestrung and slid up between stitches.  The pattern instructions for the knitting and beading portions are excellent and easy to follow.  The only part I wasn’t crazy about was the directions for seeming up the rectangle.  No matter how consistent and even I tried to be the seam was very noticeable.  Book is Pattern is $19.97 US on Amazon.

Yarn –  Knit Picks Stroll in fingering.  It’s a super soft merino and nylon blend. I used black as the base for the necklace.  I didnt use much (about 50 yards).

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Beads – I used 6/0 beads in two colors – silver lined garnet and silver lined gray.  Since I cast on extra stitches I used more beads than the pattern called for.  I mixed 30 grams of the gray and 10 grams of the red in a random order, with some left.  Beads were prestrung – which was painfully time consuming.  I’m more of an add as you go type of girl.

My project page on Rav is here.

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Finished Object – Mansion House Shawl

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So happy for finishitis – the opposite of startitis for knitters.  I saw a sample of this shawl knit up in the Verdant Gryphon booth at Stitches Midwest last year and loved the shape and design.  Grinning Gargoyle yarns had some luxury yarn on sale in the needed weight and quantity.  A perfect match up.  I actually started this around Thanksgiving but set it down multiple times to work on some of my designs.  I feel like it was a close friend throughout the winter months and was almost sad to see the shawl end.   Enough about the backstory and onto the good details!

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My Rav project page is here.

Pattern – Mansion House (Ravelry pattern here) by Toby Roxane Designs.  Its worked top-down with a center triangle flanked by two longer, shallower triangles.  The lace pattern was a good level of challenging and the stockinette stitch in the long, shallow triangle provided a nice break.  The only thing I didn’t love about this pattern was the lack of border at the end. You finish a repeat of the chart and immediately bind off which means the bind off edge curls.  A seed stitch border might be nice?

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Yarn –  Grinning Gargoyle Primo.  Primo is a heavy DK weight blend of 80% merino, 10% cashmere  and 10% nylon. One skein is 4 ounces and 230 yards.  Super squishy  and soft with a medium amount of twist.  These stuff just feels like luxury and held up well.  The colorway for this is Signature Red, a deep, dark red color.  It bled a little bit when washed, which isn’t totally unexpected with a red.  One of the factors that drew me to the yarn from Grinning Gargoyle was the subtle tonal nature of the yarn.  I used three skeins and the resulting shawl is larger and perfect to snuggle up in.

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Knitting Pattern Release: Sydney Fireworks Hat

I’m pleased to announce that I just released my third for sale knitting pattern!  It uses less than one total 100 gram skein of worsted weight yarn and is called Sydney Fireworks Hat.  It features a two color slipped stitch pattern.

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Model: Susan Mussatt

You can buy it and read more about it on Ravelry (you don’t have to be a member!).  Click here!

The Sydney Fireworks Hat is knit with a repeating slipped stitch pattern and alternating two colors to create a unique texture and squishy warm fabric.  Knitting starts at the brim with elastic 2×2 ribbing then the body of the hat is worked with stripes of color and slipped stitches before decreasing in pattern towards the crown.  The hat is available in four different hat sizes and the pattern has been test knitted and tech edited.

  • Sizing

X-Small (Small, Medium, Large)

Fits head 18 (20, 22, 24) inches around

  • Finished Measurements

Stretched

18 (20, 22, 24)” circumference

6½ (7½, 9, 9)” height

  •  Yarn

55 (70, 90, 120) yards of Color 1 (C1)

35 (45, 60, 75) yards of Color 2 (C2)

All yardages are approximate.

Pattern is designed for worsted weight yarn. Shown in Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine (40% wool, 40% alpaca, 20% silk), a softly spun single ply yarn. Each skein contains 197 yards. Sample colors used are Swimming Pool (09) and Campfire (07).  Other suggested yarns include Madelinetosh Tosh Merino, Manos Del Uruguay Maxima or another worsted weight yarn.

  • Needles

Size US 5 (3.75 mm) for ribbed brim and US 7 (4.50 mm) for body of the hat, or size needed to obtain gauge.

 You can use a 16” circular needle, double pointed needles or a long circular needle (for magic loop) to knit in the round.

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  •  Other Materials

1 stitch marker

Tapestry needle

  •  Gauge (over 4 inches)

Ribbing (unstretched): 26 stitches & 34 rounds

Pattern (unstretched): 24 stitches & 53 rounds

Pattern (stretched): 16 stitches & 48 rounds

 Not meeting gauge may affect finished size.  Stretched is the fit over a head.

 

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Finished Handspun – Fiber Fancy Deep Thoughts

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Bamboo blends.  I keep trying to love them – I really do – but they don’t love me back.  I stuck with it though and finished this braid.

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The Process (Ravelry page)

  • 50% merino wool, 25% bamboo, 25% silk combed commercial top
  • Combed top from Fiber Fancy (it appears her Etsy store has been closed)
  • 4.1 ounces unspun; 3.8 ounces spun
  • 494 yards / 2080 yards per pound
  • 19 wraps per inch (light fingering)
  • Spun on my Hansen miniSpinner on the lace flyer, plied on the Woolee Winder

I tore the top into strips for predrafting, mostly because I prefer predrafting and wanted to make sure the bamboo and silk were opened up.  Also, some of the bamboo and silk bits were short and didn’t draft out smoothly.  I spun the singles together as a two ply.

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What Will it Grow Up to Be

Hmm.  I liked the fall colors initially but did not expect so much orange.  I’d like to tone it down a bit but I’m not looking to overdye this one.  Instead, I think I’m going to knit this yarn in stripes or block with an olive green yarn.  I think that combination would make a nice fall shawl or cowl.

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Finished Object – Milo Baby Vest

Milo Baby Vest in Christmas Red

More gift knitting.  A good friend of mine is expecting a baby in early January so of course I wanted to knit something.  I like knitting baby stuff because it goes to quick.  I finished this in less than a week although the Thanksgiving holiday weekend helped with getting some quality knitting time in.  Please pardon the indoor lighting on the pictures – Indiana didn’t get much in the way of sun in between when I finished and when I had to wrap the present.

Milo Baby Vest in Christmas Red

My Rav project page is here.

Pattern – Milo (Ravelry pattern here) by Georgie Hallam aka Tikki.  I like a lot her stuff because its clean and doesn’t try to be “cutesy.”  Several items I would knit for myself if they came in adult sizes.  Milo is a baby vest knit in the round top down with a super easy construction for the arm straps.  The body has a simple cable down the front and the pattern provides several different cable options.  I used the Horseshoe pattern since it was gender neutral and simple.  Pattern was clear and easy to understand. I knit the three month size (pattern contains newborn up to 6 years) to have some wiggle room.  Pattern is $6 on Ravelry.

Yarn –  Universal Deluxe DK Superwash.  As the name implies, this is a DK weight superwash merino yarn.   One ball (how it comes) is 3.53 ounces and 284 yards.  It’s very squishy but not very tightly plied.  I actually had a lot of problems with the yarn splitting, as well as finding uneven spots.  The colorway for this is Christmas Red, a bright red color.  The gender of the baby is not yet known so this was a good gender-neutral choice.  I used about 165 yards.  I might use this yarn again for baby stuff because it is superwash but probably not for adult items.
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Finished Object – Gridelin Shawl

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Gift knitting.  Of course, now I want one for me too.  I’ve actually had this done for about a week but wanted to wait until I gave it to the recipient to post (although I don’t think she reads my blog).  Her birthday was an extra special occasion this year for two reasons – one, it was a milestone birthday, two, I actually got to see her on her birthday!  She’s one of the most knit-worthy people I know which means I enjoy knitting for her.  I gave it to her last night and I think she liked it.  Enough about the backstory and onto the good details! I won’t be going into great detail about the pattern as I plan to write a review next week about the book the pattern was in.

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Pattern – Gridelin (Ravelry pattern here) from the Curls book by Hunter Hammersen.  Curls are unusual shaped shawls that I can best describe as half a crescent shawl.  It’s an eight row repeat that uses increases more similar to a triangular shawl.  Like I mentioned, I’ll discuss the book and yarn usage next week in my review.

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Yarn –  Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere.  Smooshy with Cashmere is a fingering weight blend of 70% merino, 20% cashmere  and 10% nylon. One skein is 4 ounces and 400 yards.  Super squishy  and soft but not very tightly plied.  The colorway for this is Amber Glass, a rich gold color.  I held the yarn double (so it was about DK weight)  and used 784 yards.  I’ve used this yarn before and would use it again just because it is so soft. I was worried that by holding the yarn double I would have issues with splitty-ness but it was fine.

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Finished Object – Big Chunky Comfy Hat

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Sometimes you just need a quick knit to give you that feeling of accomplishment.  And I needed that.

I purposefully knit the hat long so it would cover my ears fully.  Ended up a little longer than I intended but oh-well. Moving on.  My Rav project page is here.

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Pattern – Big Chunky Comfy Hat (Ravelry pattern here) from Erica Kempf-Broughton of Nomad Yarns (which is actually my local yarn shop).  This is a beanie style hat worked using reversed ribbing.   The pattern calls for super-bulky weight yarn and US size 11 needles.  I actually used US size 9 needles because I always have loose gauge and wanted a tightly knitted fabric. Pattern is free on Ravelry.

Yarn –  Malabrigo Rasta (Rav link).  This yarn is a super-bulky weight yarn of 100% merino.  A 150 gram skein is 90 yards and the two-ply yarn is loosely plied.  I used just shy of 90 yards.  I love how soft this yarn is but, as expected with a single ply, it is already fuzzing.  I’ve also learned that super-bulky yarn is a challenge to knit with because it is so bulky.  I’m more of a worsted weight gal.

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Shawls in Review

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For something a little different (and I’ve been a bit pressed for time this week), I thought it would be fun to do a picture heavy post of shawls I knit before I started blogging.  Shawls have been my favorite since I started knitting and tend to be the first place I try something new.  If there’s one you’d like me to talk more about and provide a review of the yarn/pattern please comment which one below and I’ll write a full blog post! Also, please be understanding that I have improved my photography skills since I took most of these!

#1 – Bascilica Shawl
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Yarn is Have You Any Wool Luxe Lace in the colorway Perfect Storm. Pattern is Basilica Shawl by Liz Capik. Lots and lots of beads.

#2 – Purple Dashwood Shawl

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Yarn is Cascade Yarns Pure Alpaca in color 3038 (aka, purple) and the pattern is Margaret Dashwood Shawl by Joanna Johnson from Jane Austen Knits 2012.

#3 – Green Magpie Shawl

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Yarn is handspun and the fiber was from WishFox Dyeworks in an alpaca/angora blend in the colorway Clover.  Pattern is Magpie by Valerie Johnson.  First time putting beads on handspun.

#4 – Snow White Alpaca Shawl

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Yarn is handspun and the fiber was from Tomorrow Farm for the Once Upon a Time spin-a-long.  Pattern was something I wrote and so wish I still had the notes for!

#5 – Black Polaris Shawl
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Yarn is Knit Picks Gloss Fingering in black.  Pattern is Polaris by Susanna IC.

#6 – Tart Damson Shawl

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Yarn is Madelintosh Tosh Merino Light in the colorway Tart.  Pattern is Damson by Ysolda Teague.

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