New Month

Well the month of WIP’s ended and then this happened:

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IMG_5060The first picture is the Grace cardigan by Jane Richmond. This is the second time I am making it, this time it is for a family friend. The yarn is Madelinetosh Merino Light colorway antique lace.

The second picture is the Lady Bat by Teresa Gregorio. The yarn is KnitPicks shine colorway robot.

The third picture is just a swatch of what will soon become a Trillian.

As you can probably guess I haven’t touched a WIP since I finished my last one in March, I still have a few left and I hope to get them off of the needles soon. The Grace needs to be finished because it is a gift. The Lady Bat was started because I am itching to start working on warm weather garments and the trillion is part of  a KAL that I will talk about in another post.

What have you been working on? Have you been neglecting any WIP’s?

End of the Month of WIP’s

Well March has come and gone and boy I am glad it is gone. The month of March was not very kind to me and well the amount of school work was ridiculous, but I know that this month will be worst. Well anyways the month of wip’s was decently productive, I finished 4 projects, 2 sweaters, 1 pair of socks, and a shawl; I still have two shawls, a pair of socks, a sweater left on the needles. I have decided now that I must have at least one but hopefully two of the leftover wip’s done by the end of the following months. Being that the sweater, socks, and one shawl are in the final stretch I don’t think it will be too bad.

So the finished wip’s round-up I guess will start with the one we already talked about, the dissent:

IMG_5018As I stated in the last post this is the dissent shawl by Lisa Mutch, and well I love it.

Now for the socks:

IMG_5034The socks are the Climb socks by Jane Richmond. They were first published in the Journey book, but they are up for individual sale (I do recommend the book though, it is just lovely and the other patterns in the book are beautiful). I think my favorite feature of the socks besides the stripes would have to be the heel. I adore the make-up of this heel, I think what made me like this heel so much was the fact that I didn’t have to worry about the gaping that happens when you turn the heel.

Now the sweaters, first up is the Eastwood Cardigan, and boy is this cardigan fun!

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This cardigan has tons of  fun details and an interesting construction that made working on it a treat! I mean there really isn’t anything bad i can say about this cardigan, I mean it has stripes, it has pockets, and it has a fun triangle pattern on the front panels. The Eastwood Cardigan is an Allyson Dykhuizen design that was published in Holla Knits. The yarn was enjoyable, but just like the Dissent shawl above is also discontinued, but if you are curious the yarn is Sheffield from Valley yarns, it is a merino, angora, silk base.

The final sweater is the Rolling Rock.

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The Rolling Rock is another Thea Coleman design and as usual it did not disappoint. It has all the features that I have come to expect which are: an enjoyable knit, a great and easy to read pattern, and fun design features. I just love this sweater, but I fear that I have ran out of weather to wear it in being that we have been in the upper 60′s and 70′s this week.

The yarn for this pattern was a treat to work with (I actually used the yarn the pattern calls for which is pretty rare for me), it is plucky traveler sport in the colorway November Skies. It is lovely and well this was my first experience with plucky and I was not disappointed. Plucky is pricey, but the quality of the yarn and the colors make it totally worth it. This yarn has a great depth of color to it that I don’t think any picture could do justice.

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Dissent

Well the month of the WIP’s is going, but I am starting to feel like a failure. I really don’t feel like knitting any of the things that I have on the needles right now, which is a problem. There are a ton of things I want to start  which is why I am forcing myself to get more things finished because if I don’t I fear they will never get finished.

I happily I do have one WIP finished, but that was the only one I wanted to work on which explains why it is finished. Okay so enough rambling, the finished WIP is  my dissent. It is a shawl designed by Lisa Mutch of Northbound Knitting and can I just say Lisa is brilliant and her patterns are really thorough and easy to understand (her yarn and fiber that she dyes is wonderful too, though this pattern wasn’t done in her yarn).

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The yarn which was a joy to work with is sadly about to no longer exist. The yarn is called solo sock and it was dyed up by the indie dyer Everything Old. She has decided to step away from dying yarn to pursue other things and I totally understand, but if you want to try this yarn you have about a month to do so, if you follow this link you can find out all the details and how you can go about getting the yarn.

Yarn: Solo Sock

Colorway: Bite me (burgundy) and Sweet spot (peach)

Pattern: Dissent

Project Page: here

Well to some it up this I love this shawl! I have worn it constantly, everything about it is great. The stripes, the colors, the way the stripes make the colors look. It is all wonderful. I highly suggest this pattern. The only thing I modified was the fact that I didn’t do one more stripe in the burgundy because I ran out of yarn.

What have you been up to? What’s on your needles?

The Month of WIP’s

I know I said I would post about my WIP’s on Saturday, but life got in the way so I’m just getting around to it now.

So I’m quite ashamed at the amount of WIP’s I have going right now. I try not to have more than three going at a time, with five being the max. The reason I like to have three to five WIP’s is because I like to have a shawl, a sweater, and a pair of socks on the needles at all times, if none of those are mindless then I will cast on something that is mindless. I have my reasons for starting so many at once, but there is no point to go into detail about why.

So first up I will post my sweaters, which there are three.

The Downeast sweater, which you heard about last post. Sorry for the poor quality Iphone picture again.

The Downeast sweater, which you heard about last post. Sorry for the poor quality Iphone picture again.

The rolling rock. I am almost finished with the body.

The rolling rock. I am almost finished with the body.

And this is the front panels to the Eastwood cardigan. I started this for the Holla Knits KAL.

And this is the front panels to the Eastwood cardigan. I started this for the Holla Knits KAL.

Now the socks.

The climb socks that I started because of the Journey KAL with Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook.

The climb socks that I started because of the Journey KAL with Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook. Another good thing about these socks is that they are my mindless knitting.

My inglenook socks that I started just because.

My inglenook socks that I started just because.

Now for the scarves and shawls.

The infamous helix scarf that I complain about from time to time which has been on the needles for I think three years now.

The infamous helix scarf that I complain about from time to time which has been on the needles for I think three years now.

My annis that has been on the needles since the spring of 2013.

My annis that has been on the needles since the spring of 2013.

My follow your arrow mystery KAL that got put to the side because of the Olypmics.

My follow your arrow mystery KAL that got put to the side because of the Olympics.

And my dissent shawl, which is actually finished now and I will post about it later.

And my dissent shawl, which is actually finished now and I will post about it later.

So I currently have 8 things on the needles since I finished my dissent on Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the games began

Well the Olympics started and before I knew it they were over. My goal for the Olympics was to start and finish two sweaters and as I stated in my last post I only got one finished because I didn’t get the right amount of yarn and when I realized it and ordered the yarn it was too late to get it in on time. So the yarn arrived this past Monday and because of my frustration of not meeting my goal the sweater is in time out.

The sweater I got finished is called the Sundottir (originally called Skydottir but due to copyright issues the name was changed). I thoroughly enjoyed this sweater. Even though my first time starting it I cast on for the wrong size and didn’t realize until I was about 5 inches in so I had to rip out and start all over. The second time around everything turned out perfectly, but during the body of the sweater I was incredibly sick so I don’t even remember working on most of it, but happily it turned out perfectly.

This is my first completed Brooklyntweed pattern, I have a pair of socks started and almost finished that was published through Brooklytweed, but it got put on the back burner during the Olympics.

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I really enjoyed the yarn I used. The yarn is Kenzi by Hikoo. It is a 50% Merino Wool/ 25% Nylon/ 10% Angora/ 10% Alpaca/ 5% Silk blend and it feels fabulous. It has a rustic tweedy look, but is soft and washes up beautifully. It was a great substitute for the Brooklyntweed yarn. I haven’t used Brooklyn tweed yet but as you saw in my last post I just got some so I don’t know if I like one more than the other, but Kenzi is a semi affordable yarn if you can’t afford to get Brooklyntweed yarn.

Pattern: Sundottir

My project page: here

Yarn: Kenzi

Mods: I lengthened the arms by about and inch and a half and I am sure glad I did. I have been told I have monkey arms, basically saying that I have really long arms and on average I should technically add length to the arms of any sweater I make. Other than that it was a perfect well written pattern that I would totally suggest to any one.

I knit it up to have no ease and in my opinion the sweater fits perfectly! The sweater also had some back short row shaping that was really nice and I think enhanced the fit of the sweater.

Now onto my shamefully unfinished sweater. It is the Downeast sweater by Alicia Plummer. Like I mentioned above I didn’t get the right amount of yarn so I had to order the yarn. With ordering new yarn I knew it would be a new dye lot so I waited to start the sleeves because I didn’t want any weird striping due to different dye lots. But actually with this sweater nothing seemed to go right. The yarn I ordered back in November was back-ordered until a week before the Olympics started, my local yarn store was out of the double pointed needle size I needed for the sweater so I had to borrow a friends who I luckily got to randomly see because of a class and then I ran out of yarn. It feels like I am not suppose to ever finish this sweater. But enough complaining. Here is my sad unfinished sweater that will be finished next month during the month of WIP’s.

Sorry for the poor quality Iphone picture.

Sorry for the poor quality Iphone picture.

The yarn is berroco vintage chunky which is a decent yarn, it has some acrylic in it and I’m not a fan of acrylic, but it worked for this sweater. I’m not sure if I would use this yarn again. I will post more about this sweater (no complaining promise as long no new obstacle pop up while making the sleeves) once I finish it.

How did your Olympic knitting go? Did you participate in the knitting Olympics? What are you knitting on?

WoW

Wow! It has been about a month since my last blog post! The month of February has just flown by, it started with travels then it turned into me being really sick, the Olympics starting, school, and more travels. Happily I am done with traveling for awhile. Though I have been silent on here my knitting needles have been moving at a feverish pace, I have all but two WIP’s from last year on the needles (both lace weight which in my opinion explains why they are on the needles) and lots of new WIP’s and finished objects.

I’m hoping to try and make my posts a little more regular so here’s hoping.

Over the next few posts I will have some finished posts (6 FO’s to be exact) some of which may be combined in one post and I have a ton of WIP’s (more than I wish to disclose, and the number will actually be growing tonight). I have a lot of WIP’s because it seems like it never fails that the knitting groups I am most active with happen to have a KAL’s going on all at the same time. Right now I am actively participating in 4 short term, 1 year long, and I just finished up with the Olympic knitting.

Sadly with my Olympic knitting I only got one sweater done. I tried to get two full sweaters done start to finish, but I ran out of yarn due to stupidity on my part (I read the amount of yarn wrong and only got enough yarn for the small instead of the medium) so sadly I have one languishing Olympic knit. The yarn came in yesterday and to be honest with all the mishaps I have had with this sweater I really don’t want to look at it.

I have deemed the month of March to be the month of WIP’s, so starting in March I won’t allow myself to start anything new until all my WIP’s are complete (except for the stupid helix scarf that has been in hibernation, I plan to make myself work on it, but I don’t have I hopes about forcing myself to get it done. So on this Saturday March 1st, I will do my blog post showing all of my WIP’s that will be worked on.

So for your viewing pleasure and to show you what I have been up to (I have been bad and bought more yarn) here are some of the new pretties I have acquired recently.

These beauty's are very special. The reason it is very special is because it is 100% mink. The yarn is called Mimi and the brand is Lotus and well I am in love it. I got it while in a little yarn store in Columbus, but you can find it at Webs. It will be the plover shawl!

These beauty’s are very special. The reason it is very special is because it is 100% mink. The yarn is called Mimi and the brand is Lotus and well I am in love it. I got it while in a little yarn store in Columbus, but you can find it at Webs. It will be the plover shawl!

I also got the Malabrigo Lace while in a different yarn store in Columbus OH. It will be the Wispy cardi.

I also got the Malabrigo Lace while in a different yarn store in Columbus OH. It will be the Wispy cardi.

This yarn is my first green mountain spinery yarn it is cotton comfort. It will be the Sunshine Crayon Tee from the most recent Interweave magazine.

This yarn is my first green mountain spinnery yarn it is cotton comfort. It will be the Sunshine Crayon Tee from the most recent Interweave magazine.

 

My first Brooklyntweed purchase (because they ran a very rare sale I think it was last week). It is going to be the Levenwick. The color is button jar.

My first Brooklyntweed purchase (because they ran a very rare sale I think it was last week). It is going to be the Levenwick. The color is button jar.

 

This is Homemade Jam in loft and it will be the Frida.

This is Homemade Jam in loft and it will be the Frida.

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These two (Post card and Old world pictured below) will mix with the left over homemade jam to make the Fethaland hat.

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This is the Manos del Uruguay Serena which is a half alpaca half cotton blend and will be the Bailiwick Pullover. This is also from the Latest Interweave issue.

This is the Manos del Uruguay Serena which is a half alpaca half cotton blend and will be the Bailiwick Pullover. This is also from the Latest Interweave issue.

And this yarn was actually purchase in December and was on Backorder. It going to be Mango Smoothie from Babycocktails.

And this yarn was actually purchase in December and was on Backorder. It going to be Mango Smoothie from Babycocktails.

And well I one this so one so I don't feel the slightest bit guilty about this purchase. It is Duck Duck Wools worsted weight yarn in down feather.

And well I one this so one so I don’t feel the slightest bit guilty about this purchase. It is Duck Duck Wools worsted weight yarn in down feather.

Well I hope you enjoyed all the pictures of yarn. Have a great day!

Scold

Well I haven’t wrote anything lately, but it is because I haven’t had much to say. I have been finishing up some of those sad WIP’s that have made it into the new year and I have begun some new things too! Probably the biggest reason I haven’t posted is because we have been having rather miserable weather so I haven’t had an opportunity to take really good finished object pictures. I have had the chance to get one done though.

This was another test knit, this time for Lisa Mutch.

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Pattern: Scold

Project Page: here

Yarn: Madelinetosh Merino Light

Colorways: Starting from the top triangle: antique lace, heuchera, and the bottom is vanilla bean

I really like this shawl, it has just enough garter for a somewhat mindless knit, but at the same time has just enough lace to keep it interesting. I have worn this shawl so much since I finished it. The pattern was super easy to read and follow and would totally suggest it to anyone. I could see myself making another one as a gift or maybe even for myself.

The yarn was to die for, I love the feel of it. I also love how well the colors go together, the vanilla bean has just a bit of periwinkle in it that just matched one of the shades of purple in the heuchera and then the brown and in the vanilla bean and the white of the antique lace really acts as a nice relief to the purples. I just love it!

Also I don’t know why but I have a major thing for single ply and when I saw that this shawl was done in a single ply yarn I couldn’t help but get excited. Granted Lisa used her own single ply yarn from her shop Northboundknitting, which is equally as nice as madelinetosh (I do own a skein of Lisa’s single ply), but I didn’t have the time/missed the update to have the option of getting her yarn for this project.