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Monday, July 25, 2016

Another Finished Pink Sweater!

Featherweight cardigan in Pop Rocks 
This is the Featherweight Cardigan, knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in the (sadly, now discontinued) Pop Rocks colorway.  I followed the pattern exactly for the smallest size*, except for the edgings.  I used a K3, P1 rib for the lower edge, the sleeve cuffs and the front sections of the front/neck bands.  The back neck section was worked as K2, P2 so it would draw in more and fit properly.  The change in rib is not noticeable unless I point it out, which I'm only doing here on the blog.  The general public will never know.

This is the fourth time I've knit this pattern.  Not only is it a fun pattern to knit, but the cardigan goes with everything.  It can dress up or down, looks good with jeans or a skirt and generally just works in any situation.

This is the third pink sweater I've knit this year, for those of you who are counting.

*It looks like there's an updated version of the pattern with a smaller size now, but the version I knit was for about a finished 36 inch bust measurement.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

I Don't Even Know What This Is

This was the other project I took on our trip, and while I had a well defined plan when we left town, I completely changed that plan before lunchtime on the first day.

The yarn is Handmaiden Mini Maiden in Ruby Red.  It's a fingering weight singles yarn, similar to Madelinetosh TML or Malabrigo Mechita, but the Mini Maiden is 50% silk, so it has more shine and drape than the other two.  The original plan was to knit Brickless and I looked on Ravelry to find other Brickless projects knit in this yarn.  I grabbed my US 5's (3.75mm) because that seemed like the right size, printed out the pattern and tossed the whole thing in the car.  Once I got started, I changed my mind.

Brickless has three sections: lace, ribbing, and garter stitch (I think, it might be stockinette, I'm not looking at the pattern right this second).  I was loving the lace (it's a simple mesh type lace), and I was fine with the garter stitch/stockinette section as well.  I wasn't loving the ribbing.  It just wasn't working for me on those needles with the singles yarn.  I think if I'd had a plied yarn or smaller needles, everything might have been OK, but I had the one yarn and the one pair of needles with me.  I thought about it for a bit and tried to decide what to do.  I knew I was enjoying the lace stitch pattern, so I wondered if I could plug it into the Hitchhiker shaping.  Never mind that I have Dropbox on my phone, so I could have pulled up the Hitchhiker pattern to double check, I just went by memory.  There was some scribbling on the back of the Brickless pattern and a chart of questionable usefulness was drawn, but then I was off!

The best way I know to explain this is that it's the lace stitch pattern of Brickless combined with what I think is the shaping of Hitchhiker.  I still have no idea how accurate the Hitchhiker memory is, I've been too lazy to look it up.  So this might be what I think it is, or it might be something completely different altogether.  I just don't know.  I'm calling it Ruby Hybrid on Ravelry.

(I don't want to give too many specific details because Martina Behm has written so many variations of Hitchhiker, that it's possible that this is one of her patterns.  In addition to being too lazy to look up Hitchhiker, I've been too lazy to look through her designs and see if I reverse engineered one of them accidentally.)


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Featherweight Cardigan

Featherweight cardigan in pop rocks 
This little cardigan has been a great project to work on while I've been sick.  There's nothing like stockinette for simplicity!  I've finished the body of the cardi and I tried something new with the ribbing.
Featherweight cardigan in pop rocks
On the lower edge, I did a K3, P1 rib because I wanted enough ribbing to keep the edge from curling (once it's blocked), but not so much that it drew in.  For the front/neck band I did the same K3, P1 rib for the fronts, but I switched to K2, P2 for the back neck area.  I've knit this cardigan several times before and know from experience that the back neck and shoulder section of the band needs to draw in so it lays right at the back neck.  If it's just knit straight, it flops around.  The K2, P2 compresses enough that it lies right for the shaping.  I don't think it's super obvious that I changed the ribbing and I figured with my long hair, it probably won't show anyway, but it solved the fit problem!


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Pink Lemon is Back! Now With Even More Antibiotics!

Simple SKYP socks 
I'm back!  At least to blogging.  I'm still taking naps, but I've got a new, shinier, improved antibiotic so soon I should be able to leap tall buildings with a single bound, or something.

Anyway, there has been some knitting.  I've finished my first Simple Skyp sock.  This is definitely a pattern I would use for man socks as well as my own*.  It's simple (like the name says!) and knits up quickly.  Since it's a rib based stitch pattern, it also gives you a little bit of leeway sizing wise, which is always nice when you're knitting for other people.

I took this project with me on our trip and I can also vouch for the fact that it's an easy pattern to knit in the car.  So, if you're looking for a sock pattern to knit in the car, at Disney World during the hottest part of the afternoon, or in bed while watching Netflix with a sinus infection; take a look at this one!

*Any pattern used for man socks must be easy to work and not drive me crazy since there's so much more acreage to man socks than my own. 


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Drive By Blogging!

Just wanted to pop in a say a quick "Hi!" to the blog.  We had a last minute vacation to Disney World last week (yay!), but we're back and I have a sinus infection.  Not a huge deal, but there is just no knitting happening around here.  I'll be back when I feel better, but wanted to let you guys know I didn't get eaten by a sea monster or fall into a volcano or anything.

Hope you're all having a great summer!  (Unless you're having winter, and then I hope that's great too!)


Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Thursday Surprise!

Today, I give you Frog Dog!  He was stretching and grumpling this morning, flopped over his bed, and one of his favorite stretches is Frog Dog.  This pose always cracks me up, so I thought I'd share it with the blog today!

Happy Thursday!


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A New Pair of Socks

Birch skyp sock 
This past spring, one of the Loopy Academy requirements was to knit a pair of socks.  I chose a pattern but paid attention to the pattern chatter on the Loopy Groupies board on Ravelry, because you never know when you'll find a new sock pattern.  Several of the other knitters knit the Simple Skyp pattern and seemed very happy with it.  One of the things I'm trying to watch for is patterns I can use for Mickael (and Caleb once his feet stop growing), but I've learned the hard way that I prefer simple patterns for a such a large sock.  The Simple Skyp pattern looked like it would fit the bill, but I decided to give it a test drive on a pair of socks for me, before I commit to knitting acres and acres of sock.

I'm using Madelinetosh Twist Light in Birch Gray and I've just barely gotten started on the main pattern.  I'm pretty sure this will definitely work for man socks.  It is an easy pattern - easy to memorize and easy to knit - and the couple of repeats I've worked, I've enjoyed.  I'll finish my socks before I cast on for a pair of manly socks, but I think this is going to work!

Also, I realize that you can't see the pattern at all on my photo because I just haven't gotten far enough.  If you click on the link to the pattern in the first paragraph, there are pictures of finished socks.  Sorry, just realized I'm babbling on and on about a pattern and my own photo shows you nothing about it.  Once the sock is bigger, it will be easier to see.