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On The Needles – May 2016

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What’s on my needles right now!

The good news is I have finish-itis right now.  Don’t worry, never lasts long.  I just finished my next shawl design (actually a stole with beads) and am going to primarily work on two other projects before starting the sample knitting for my next design.

  • Diadem– I’m hoping to return to focusing on this next.  Unfortunately, I need to knit it at home, in good light, with minimal distraction. Brief reminder – this is the shawl I’m knitting for my friend Patty in exchange for a pair of handknit socks.  And she’s making good progress on the socks so I better hurry this up! Yarn is from Zen Garden (I think Serenity Silk – the light fingering weight one) and the pattern is Diadem by Ruth Greenwald.

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  • Starry Whovian Socks – I am still loving knitting on this tiny circular needle.  I was actually farther along but really didn’t like where I’d started the ribbing I out ripped back a bit and started that ribbing earlier.  It’s become my current “brainless knitting” project that I can do anywhere, anytime.  These are plain socks with ribbing across the top, knit toe-up with an after-thought heel.  I’m using Quaere Fibre Sparkle Sock in the colorway Dr. Who Vincent and the Doctor.

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  • Radiance Shawl– If you follow me on Instagram you know this was one of the three contenders for my next shawl.  I like the pattern, love the feel and color of the yarn but its just so darn splitty.  And I just finished another large lace project so would like to knit something a little heavier next.  Yarn is from Skeindulous Ursula in the color Little Ray of Happiness and the pattern is Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade.

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  • Caprica Socks – More socks.  This has gone into hibernation.  I might pull them out after my Whovian socks and keep knitting or I might rip them out.  Yarn is Knit Picks Felici, a super soft merino/nylon blend, in the colorway Caprica.

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  • Scarlet Capelet -Remember I said I was thinking of ripping this out? I did.  I’m going to knit another cape but one without a hood and with cables.  The yarn is Miss Babs Northumbria Aran in Vlads.

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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.

Sydney Fireworks Hat

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

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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

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  •  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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On The Needles – January 2016

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What’s on my needles right now!

Back into the swing of my regular blog schedule!  It’s funny – when I travel I feel the need to take multiple projects (just in case something goes haywire) but I usually only work on one or two.  I seem to do that, focus on a singular project until I’m either done or bored.  Then I move on.  So on to my current projects.

  • Mansion House – My current shawl. At first I didn’t love it but its grown on me.  Pattern is Mansion House by Toby Roxane Designs, and is a DK weight shawl with twisted stitches.  I’m using Grinning Gargoyle Primo in Signature Red.

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  • Starry Whovian Socks – I am still loving knitting on this tiny circular needle. It’s become my current “brainless knitting” project that I can do anywhere, anytime.  These are plain socks with ribbing across the top, knit toe-up with an after-thought heel.  I’m using Quaere Fibre Sparkle Sock in the colorway Dr. Who Vincent and the Doctor.

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  • Caprica Socks – More socks.  This has gone into hibernation.  I might pull them out after my Whovian socks and keep knitting or I might rip them out.  Yarn is Knit Picks Felici, a super soft merino/nylon blend, in the colorway Caprica.

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  • Diadem– I’m hoping to return to focusing on this next.  Unfortunately, I need to knit it at home, in good light, with minimal distraction. Brief reminder – this is the shawl I’m knitting for my friend Patty in exchange for a pair of handknit socks.  And she’s making good progress on the socks so I better hurry this up! Yarn is from Zen Garden (I think Serenity Silk – the light fingering weight one) and the pattern is Diadem by Ruth Greenwald.

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  • Crossroads Hat – I made a little progress on this but am still not sure on the sizing.  So, more tweaking might be yet to come.  I actually started this one time before too but didn’t like the gauge so frogged to restart with smaller needles.  Now I think its going to be small.  This yarn for this colorwork hat is alpaca so I want it at a tight gauge to prevent it from growing.

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  • Scarlet Capelet – This is hanging on the back burner, like way back there.  So far back I’m actually considering ripping it out.  Why? I’m not sure I like the hood because its a very big and wide hood.  This pattern (Scarlet Capelet) is also by Heather Zoppetti.  The yarn is Miss Babs Northumbria Aran in Vlads.

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  • Starshower Cowl – I got a little ways into this and then frogged.  I need good light because the handspun is so dark.  I selected this to use my blue/purple handspun from Spinner’s Cottage.  The pattern is Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis.  It looks like it will be a cool knit – a cowl with a twist.  It is designed to be able to be worn around the shoulders.

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  • Color Affection Shawl – Frogged but haven’t started over yet.  I still want to knit it (at a tighter gauge) but other things are more interesting right now.

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On The Needles – November 2015

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What’s on my needles right now!

Skipped this post last month (again) but now I’ve actually got new things on the needles!  I worked on the Gridelin for most of October so barely anything else was worked on.  So much so I didn’t both updating some of the pictures.

  • Starry Whovian Socks – I think I’ve tried knitting socks every which way.  I didn’t like magic loop and I really don’t like double points (see the Caprica socks).  So now I’m trying a nine inch circular needle.  Yep, tiny little needle (actually eight inch would be better but can’t find that).  I love it soooo much better than the other two methods.  These are plain socks, knit toe-up with an after-thought heel.

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  • Caprica Socks – Back to knitting socks.  This has gone cold.  I’ve put maybe 2-3 inches on them since July? Just not something I’m loving right now and I think its because I really don’t like little dpns.  I might frog these in favor of knitting with the bitty circular.  These are toe-up but I’m not following a pattern, per se.  It’s slow going but I have some more self-striping sock yarn I want to use, which is motivating me.  Yarn is Knit Picks Felici, a super soft merino/nylon blend, in the colorway Caprica.

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  • Diadem– Post new cowl, this one is now back on the front burner. Brief reminder – this is the shawl I’m knitting for my friend Patty in exchange for a pair of handknit socks.  And she’s making good progress on the socks so I better hurry this up! Yarn is from Zen Garden (I think Serenity Silk – the light fingering weight one) and the pattern is Diadem by Ruth Greenwald.

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  • Crossroads Hat – another new project! I actually started it but didn’t like the gauge so frogged to restart with smaller needles.  This yarn for this colorwork hat is alpaca so I want it at a tight gauge to prevent it from growing.

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  • Scarlet Capelet – This is hanging on the back burner, like way back there.  I picked it up briefly and did get gauge still so that’s a plus.  I like it well enough but its hit the point where its large and cumbersome.  This pattern (Scarlet Capelet) is also by Heather Zoppetti.  The yarn is Miss Babs Northumbria Aran in Vlads.

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  • Starshower Cowl – I got a little ways into this and then frogged.  I need good light because the handspun is so dark.  I selected this to use my blue/purple handspun from Spinner’s Cottage.  The pattern is Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis.  It looks like it will be a cool knit – a cowl with a twist.  It is designed to be able to be worn around the shoulders.

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  • Color Affection Shawl – Frogged but haven’t started over yet.  I still want to knit it (at a tighter gauge) but other things are more interesting right now.

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On The Needles – May 2015

What’s on my needles right now!

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As part of my new blog schedule I expect to write this post once a month.  As I get better about getting stuff done I hope the items in this post will change more frequently.

  • Diadem– I’m loving this knitting. As a bit of backstory, I dislike knitting socks and my friend Patty doesn’t always get along with lace (would be hard for you too with 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 bunnies and 2 kids).  So we decided to swap skills.  We each bought our own yarn and I am knitting her a lace shawl and she is knitting me socks.  I actually started another shawl but got real worried I would run out of yarn.  So switched over to this pattern which I’m loving.  Yarn is from Zen Garden (I think Serenity Silk – the light fingering weight one) and the pattern is Diadem by Ruth Greenwald.

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  • Self-Designed Cowl – I’m keeping the details under wraps but this is certainly something I’m focusing on this month.  Fingering weight cowl – all I’m sharing right now. As of today I’m about 25% of the way done.
  • Scarlet Capelet – Yep, still working on this.  I picked it up briefly and did get gauge still so that’s a plus.  I like it well enough but its hit the point where its large and cumbersome.  This pattern (Scarlet Capelet) is also by Heather Zoppetti.  The yarn is Miss Babs Northumbria Aran in Vlads.

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  • Starshower Cowl – I got a little ways into this.  I need good light because the handspun is so dark.  I selected this to use my blue/purple handspun from Spinner’s Cottage.  The pattern is Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis.  It looks like it will be a cool knit – a cowl with a twist.  It is designed to be able to be worn around the shoulders.

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On The Needles – March 2015

What’s on my needles right now!

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Between #projectfiberroom, family stuff and busy season at work, my knitting and spinning has suffered.  But, looking back to the last time I did an “On the Needles,” I have some updating to do.

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  • Starshower Cowl – I got a little ways into this.  I need good light because the handspun is so dark.  I selected this to use my blue/purple handspun from Spinner’s Cottage.  The pattern is Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis.  It looks like it will be a cool knit – a cowl with a twist.  It is designed to be able to be worn around the shoulders.

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  • Close Knit Waffle Hat – So I lost my hat that went with my cowl.  This is my everyday, matches my winter coat cowl and hat.  I got *really* lucky and found the same yarn, in the same dyelot, from my LYS (where I bought two skeins a year ago).  I’m knitting a different pattern but with the same number of cast on stitches and the same needle size.  I hope to be done tonight or tomorrow. Pattern is Close Knit Waffle Hat by Leah Bandstra of Close Knit Blog. Yarn is Misti Alpaca Tonos Chunky in Teal.

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  • Diadem– Squeal! So excited to knit this.  As a bit of backstory, I dislike knitting socks and my friend Patty doesn’t always get along with lace (would be hard for you too with 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 bunnies and 2 kids).  So we decided to swap skills.  We each bought our own yarn and I am knitting her a lace shawl and she is knitting me socks.  I actually started another shawl but got real worried I would run out of yarn.  So Patty found this one which I had in my queue and am excited to start knitting.  So off I go.  Yarn is from Zen Garden (I think Serenity Silk – the light fingering weight one) and the pattern is Diadem by Ruth Greenwald.

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Finished Object – Up & Away Hat

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Hey looky! I started and finished something and it *didn’t* take three months.  I started this week before last knowing it would be an easy travel project for a work conference in Orlando.  I actually cast on and knit up to where the silver started at home so it would pre-started and I wouldn’t have to worry about changing needles.  I flew down on to Orlando on a Satruday (6:20am flight – what fun) and finished up the green as I was waiting for my bag at baggage claim.  I really enjoyed the colorwork pattern – it was so much fun to watch the design develop.

Moving on.  My Rav project page is here.

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Pattern – Up . . .up & Away (Ravelry pattern here) from Grace Akhrem (website here).  This is a beanie style hat worked in two colors with some rows using both colors..   The second color is carried up the rows so only four ends total to weave in.  I love stranded color knitting for its simplicity and the fun of seeing what happens next.  DK weight yarn in two solid colors that contrast would look best – you want the colors to pop against each other. Pattern is $7.00 on Ravelry.

Yarn –  Sublime Yarns’ Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK (Rav link)(Company website).  Sublime is a line from the English yarn company Sirdar which was distributed in the US by Knitting Fever (it appears Knitting Fever no longer distributes Sublime since I can’t find it on their website).  This particular yarn is a DK weight blend of 75% merino, 20% silk and 5% cashmere.  A 50 gram ball is 127 yards and the yarn is tightly plied.  I used 89 yards of the green and 51 yards of the gray for the whole hat (so you couldn’t quite get two hats out of two 50 gram balls).  The green colorway is number 0336 and the gray is 0276.  I would buy this yarn 100 times over – its durable and squishy soft.

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Pattern Mods

1. Circumference – the pattern indicates the body circumference is 20.5” at a gauge of 5.5 sts/inch. On size 4s I came out to 5.75 sts/inch and 7 rounds/inch. Going up to a size 5 needle resulted in too loose of a fabric and was under 5 sts/inch. So I stuck with my size 4s, knowing I’d need to do a little tweaking for height. I did not adjust the circumference (number of stitches around) since I have a small-ish head and wanted it to fit tight. The finished result was pretty tight but it fits and I expect it will stretch out. I could have gone with it a bit longer at the end.

2. Cast on 112 and just did a 3×1 rib over 11 rounds for the brim – none of the decreasing in the pattern. This was two more rounds than the pattern to add length (see next note).

3. The first step on the body is to knit 5 rounds – I knit 8 total, again to add length. Here’s about where math went wonky. Based on the row gauge and the number of rows per the pattern I should have had about 2.2 inches knit so far. I knew my row gauge was off a bit but only by about 1.5 rounds per inch. I was no where near the 2.2 inches (mine was more like 1.5 inches). So, fuzzy math aside, I added 5 rows to the pattern between the brim and body.

4. I did the same round exercise when I got to the crown shaping and now my hat was too tall! So I needed to eliminate rounds. In the crown shaping section I only knit one round between the decrease rounds (6-8, 10-11 and 13-14). This eliminated 4 rounds.

5. In the grand scheme I only added one round and could have possibly knit the pattern without any mods. But, I actually would have preferred the hat to be longer (I ended up 1/4 of an inch longer than the pattern length). I think a 9 inch beanie would be better for me.

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Finished Object – Firehawk Shawl

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I started this back in March on a plane ride to Omaha, Nebraska for work.  Then put it on the back-burner to work on the felted tote and do some spinning.  I felt like the border took forever and I think that slowed down my progress on it mentally.  Now that it is done I will say I really enjoyed knitting it, especially the two color section.  It was so much fun to watch the pattern.  Since I don’t wear much that goes with gold I don’t know how much I’ll actually wear it but I will try!

Moving on.  My Rav project page is here.

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Pattern – Firehawk Shawl (Ravelry pattern here) from Heather Zoppetti of Heather Zoppetti Designs and Stitch Sprouts.  This is a half circle shawl with a colorwork pattern made by slipping stitches.  You need the border back and forth (perpendicular to the direction you knit the body of the shawl), then pick up all the edge stitches to form the base of the body of the shawl.  The slipped stitch pattern starts almost immediately and you decrease as you knit, eventually reaching the center of the long edge.  In addition to the slipped stitches there is a small cable that goes up the body of the shawl.  I blocked, focusing on the points, but they don’t appear to be holding very well but that may be because of the nylon in the yarn. Fingering weight yarn in two solid colors that contrast would look best – you want the colors to pop against each other. Pattern is $6.00 on Ravelry.

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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. A 113 gram ball is 400 yards.  I used 251 yards of the gold and 296 yards of the teal for the whole shawl.  The teal colorway is called Blue Lagoon (number 160) and the gold is Amber Glass (number 45).  PS – Their blog here has a number of giveaways.

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On The Needles – May 20, 2014

What’s on my needles right now!

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More later about vacation and traveling with your knitting.  Or your spinning. Or your angora bunny.  Ok, not the bunny.  Back to my needles.  Here’s what is in progress.  I have one other scarf/shawl barely started but don’t even have a Ravelry page set up for it.  So I’ll catch it next time.  Obviously I need to catch finishitis sometime soon.

  • Firehawk Shawl – So this is still in process.  This two color shawl has an interesting construction.  You knit the long lace border edge then pick up stitches along it to knit the body of the shawl.  I’m still working on border (see photo above) but love this shawl and the yarn. The pattern is Firehawk Shawl by Heather Zoppetti and the yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in Amber Glass and Blue Lagoon.
  • Scarlet Capelet – I’ve been working on this poor thing for over a year.  I started it, put it aside, picked it up, put it down – you get the idea. This pattern appeared in the 2011 Jane Austen Knits and is a hooded cape.  I’m unfortunately not as excited about it now as I was but I do plan to continue working on it.  This pattern (Scarlet Capelet) is also by Heather Zoppetti.  The yarn is Miss Babs Northumbria Aran in Vlads.
  • Alluvia Felted Tote – A felted bag/tote out of different colors.  It’s worked from the bottom um and I’m on the third color (just finished the second pleat).  The pattern (Alluvia) is from Allison Haas.  The yarn is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in the colors listed on my Rav page.

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  • Mysterious May KAL – My local yarn shop (Nomad Yarns) is doing a a knit-a-long with a mystery shawl.  All we know is it will be a semi-circle and it involves self-striping worsted weight yarn.  I got behind from being on vacation and then decided to re-start to clean up my starting edge.  So, long story short, I’m just now finishing clue 1 and clue 4 gets released Thursday.  So I need to seriously catch up!  The pattern is here and I’m using Ella Rae Classic Superwash as my solid and Knitting Fever Painted Sky as my stripe.  Rav page showing what colors are here.

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