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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Changing Gears

I was working on my Clair de Lune cardigan and thinking about whether or not I would actually wear it (probably should have thought that through before I started), when I noticed that I had somehow gotten off of the pattern.  I decided to take it as a sign and frogged it.  It's a beautiful cardigan but I'm not sure how much I would actually wear it in my real life.
Naturally, I cast on a new sweater almost immediately.  This is the Relax pullover which is similar to the Boxy, but slightly less boxy.  I'm knitting it in Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Dragonfly which is just an amazing colorway and I might currently have it stashed in three different bases.  This is my second sweater this year in a multicolored, varigated colorway and I really have no explanation for my actions.  Right now it's curling like crazy, so you only get a peek at what it looks like, but if you imagine a long, narrow rectangle, you've got a pretty good idea of what's going on.  This sweater is knit in pieces and I can't tell you the last time I knit a sweater that had to be seamed.  I didn't mind doing it years ago, so I'm not worried about it now.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

A Tiny Narwhal

Narwhal for Narwools 
Last week was Team Spirit Week for the Eat.Sleep.Knit Yarnathon and they offered a half star for every person who made a mascot.  (The team with the most stars at the end of the year wins.)  As a Narwool, I needed to make a narwhal, so I grabbed my trusty narwhal amigurmi pattern and decided to make a fingering weight one.  Normally this would have been a single evening's work, but I have to be very careful with crochet so I don't make my arm worse.  It took all week.  I did discover that working at a tiny gauge is easier than the bigger gauge of my giant granny square blanket, but I still had to limit my time spent crocheting.
I used some Dream in Color Jilly in Dream On for the body and some Malabrigo Mechita in Natural for the horn.  Just in case you were curious about the size difference between a fingering weight narwhal and a worsted weight narwhal, here's a picture with the new narwhal and the Emotionally Ambiguous Narwhal I made a couple of months ago.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

One Sock Done

Francie socks 
I've finished the first of my Francie socks and I'm ready to start the heel flap on the second one.  Because of the ribbing, when this sock is not on a foot it looks weirdly long and skinny.  On a foot, you can see the stitch pattern clearly.  This is why I'm making these socks.  I saw a picture of the sole on Pinterest and had to track down the pattern.  I love the look of the sole in this design.


Monday, July 09, 2018

More Fire Breathing Unicorn

Fire Breathing Unicorn 
I'm into the main repeat sections that will give the scarf it's length.  Each repeat is taking me about an hour, and other than lots of counting, it's easy knitting.  This photo, moving away from the knitting more than Friday's photo, makes the project look like an oil slick.  I'm loving watching the colors change along the short rows.  It makes the knitting more interesting.  For such a simple project (it's really just garter stitch with short rows), it's fascinating to knit!


Friday, July 06, 2018

A Fire Breathing Unicorn

Fire breathing unicorn 
I started something new.  It's been ages since I knit an actual scarf (versus a wrap or shawl), but as soon as I saw the Optical Delusion: Conflagration pattern, I knew I had to make it.  The pattern is recommended for varigated or multicolored yarns with short lengths of color (three to five inches).  I know it's meant to represent flames and I could see it as leaves knit in greens, but I decided to try something else.  I had a skein of Sweet Georgia Yarns Tough Love Sock in Sunken Treasure so I thought I'd see how it worked.  Obviously, it's not conventional flames, but I realized as I watched the yellow, pink, and turquoise dance with the dark gray, I was knitting a fire breathing unicorn.

I'm still giggling about it.


Thursday, July 05, 2018

The Finished Cowl

Jessica Jones cowl 
I have finished my Jessica Jones cowl!  The bind off took three days.  I'm not kidding.  It was a sewn bind off (which I've never done before), and it took three days to get finished.  It looks nice but I'm not entirely sold on it looking three days worth of work nice.
Jessica Jones cowl
The cowl is finished though, and blocked.  It blended the two skeins of yarn well (much better than the original project that had a very obvious skein change line), and its very soft and drapey.  I've also got no urge to knit linen stitch at the moment, but since I really like the way it looks, I know I'll knit the stitch pattern again in the future.

Just in case you were curious, the top photo is more accurate colorwise.


Thursday, June 28, 2018


After double checking the fit of the dress pattern I made from the store bought dress, I made it up in some fancier fabrics!
The first version is a Riley Blake knit, navy with cream colored feathers.
The second dress was made with Art Gallery Fabrics knit, from the Mediterraneo line.  This is the same print I used to make a Wiksten tank earlier this spring, only that was the rayon, this is the knit.  I had originally planned to use it to make a short sleeved Moneta but decided to use this pattern instead.  I purposely placed the lemons on the front bodice piece, being the PinkLemon and all!  (There aren't as many lemons in the print as the photos appear to have.)
I don't think I showed the back view before, but here it is.  There's a reverse box pleat right at the center back of the skirt.  It's hard to see in photos of the darker colors, but this print shows it pretty well.

I used navy thread for both of these so I sewed them up together.  Since I don't have enough cone thread to have the serger and the coverstitch machine threaded at the same time, this made it faster only having to move thread once.  I'm really enjoying having the coverstitch machine and while it's not essential, I love the way I can finish my knits with it.