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.

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A time to Reap

So I realized today that I forgot to blog about one of my test knits since it has been released.

So here it is, A Time to Reap

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Rav project page here.

Pattern: A Time to Reap

Designer: Melissa Schaschwary, also know as dandiliongrl

Yarn: Zitron Trekking Undyed

I adore this pattern! It is very clearly written and is a fun knit. There is just enough detail to make in fun and interesting, but the pattern is very easy to memorize. Then it has a nice stockinette section to break of the pattern, but it doesn’t stay too long in stockinette to get boring. When I finished I had about 50 grams of yarn left over so it only took half a ball of yarn to make these beauties.

As you can see in the title this yarn was originally undyed. I dyed this yarn up and I couldn’t be happier with it, I hit just the right shade of purple (luckily), because I wanted something that was light enough to look delicate and elegant like the mitts, but just dark enough not to show too much dirt too easily.

And for your viewing pleasure one more picture. There are more pictures on my ravelry project page.

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Also an update on Christmas knitting, I have gotten my dad’s slippers done, the sock monkey booties just need the final details sewn on, I have a hat done for one of the little girls I babysit (one more to go), i have started my mom’s slippers and my sisters shawl, and I have dyed my other sisters yarn for her scarf. I also had the meeting with the family friend instead of one sweater it is three shawls, should be four, but she loved one of mine so much I went ahead and gave it to her and she gave me the money to buy the yarn to make myself a new one.

Trowbridge

So the Trowbridge was another test knit for Alicia Plummer and as usual it was perfect. I am so happy with this sweater, it is one of the best fitted pullover’s I have made. It is a simple Raglan construction, but the little added embellishments on the collar and sleeves are what really makes it a beautiful sweater.

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I love the yarn I used! It is  Cascade 220 sport and well I love cascade, it is a great go to that isn’t to expensive and makes beautiful projects. The color of the yarn is just lovely, it is called pumpkin spice.

yarn: cascade 220 sport

colorway: pumpkin spice

pattern: trowbridge

designer: Alicia Plummer

My rav project page: here

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The buttons I used are from AddVintage and they are black Czech glass from the 1930’s with a silver overlay. They are gorgeous!

I know I have said it before and I will say it again if you want unique antique buttons, or just unique buttons that happen to be antique this is a great etsy shop to check out and the women who run the shop are awesome and super helpful.

Now back to the sweater, everything about this sweater is great, so there really isn’t much more I can say about it. Alicia is just one of those designers that creates a beautiful design that is also simple and comfortable. She just recently published a new hat and she has many more patterns up her sleeve, you should totally check her out!

Taking Care of Business

Wow, it has been a while since I last wrote and honestly I really didn’t think it had been that long. I have been super busy recently with school and I have been going out of town quite frequently, but I have also been finishing up a lot of stuff my WIP’s pile only has 4 items in it instead of 7.  My ease, pontos, annis, and helix scarf are the only things left on needles and my plan is to get the pontos and ease off very soon. I’m not allowing myself to do anything else until my pontos comes off, which means it really needs to fly off of the needles because I have two test knits and Christmas knitting to work on.

Okay so over the next week or so (hopefully) I will be showing you all of my recent finished objects and to kick it off I will start with my Themisto. It was a test knit for Tori Gurbisz.

So the pattern is really well written and well the finished hat is just wonderful. I’m really happy with this hat and how everything turned out.

Pattern: Themisto

Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes superwash Merlot heather and Oyster heather

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The yarn is nice, it is new to Knitpicks so I got a ball free due to a promotion which is why I used this yarn. It is a great work horse yarn and it has nice coloring.

What have you been working on? Have you started your Christmas knitting yet? Do you have a to of WIP’s or have you been busting out finished objects?

Thoroughbred

Recently I have been doing quite a bit of test knitting and one of those patterns just got released on ravelry yesterday.  That pattern is called  thoroughbred by Alicia Plummer.

The pattern is such a beautiful, fun, and simple design, with an added bonus of knitting up really quickly. I absolutely loved working on it and the yarn, well it was delicious, and I will totally work with it again! Here’s my project page.

The yarn is from Swans Island and the colorway is called verdigris. The special thing about this yarn is  that it is an ecowash wool, but not the ecowash we all know, it’s different. It is so much softer and more luxurious to work with and the colors are gorgeous. Swans Island uses this new process that coats the fiber with an organic compound instead of stripping the scales off of the fiber with harsh chemicals. The yarn is also made in the US which in my opinion is an added bonus.

 

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I didn’t modify anything the only thing I did do was add an extra repeat in the body to make them a little longer because I like my fingerless gloves to go more down my arm, by adding the extra length I basically used up all the yarn there was only a little ball left over that isn’t enough to do anything with.

Palate cleanse

Well as you saw in my last post I just finished a orange/copper wrap and as you have seen from work in progress pictures I have been working on a lot of things in browns and dark oranges, so though I may need another on going work in progress as much as a I need a hole in the foot I decided to start the Westknits mystery shawl KAL called color craving. For this project I am using a grey which is a neutral but I’m also using a vibrant blue and a vibrant green.

The blue is trekking XXL and the green is springtime tonal and the grey is thunderhead tonal from Knitpicks.

The blue is trekking XXL and the green is springtime tonal and the grey is thunderhead tonal from Knitpicks.

Along with the KAL I still have my ease, pontos, chocolate stout, and a test knit for Alicia plummer going on. Here is a picture of all of my projects that I’m working on.

This picture also shows a hat, the hat just recently got finished and was a test knit that I will post about later.

This picture also shows a hat, the hat just recently got finished and was a test knit that I will post about later.

As you can see a lot of brown and orange and if you remember besides finishing my orange Bradbury I also finished my grey grace, so basically a lot of neutrals. Doesn’t the blue and green stick out? I am still confused by the pattern so it is a good mystery, but the color change does make for a nice palate cleanser.

Do you ever find that you get in a color slump? What colors do you knit most? Are you hooked on neutrals?

Back to School

So the kids are back to school which means that I’m only watching them after school, but I’m also back to school. This semester is going to be a tough one so I’m going ahead and guessing that there will be even more absences when it comes to the blog, which I hate, but that’s life. To give you an idea of the work load here is a picture of my books for my 3 classes.

 

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It’s a tad bit blurry, but what I’m holding next to the books is an 8 in double pointed needle to give you an idea of how high the stack of books is.

    In other news that is way more fun and interesting than my schooling I finished my grace.

I love the madelintosh yarn it is fabulous and I love the buttons. I will have more about this cardigan and what I did with the button band in a later post.

I love the madelintosh yarn it is fabulous and I love the buttons. I will have more about this cardigan and what I did with the button band in a later post.

Also I just finished a test knit for Alicia Plummer that I will talk more about on a later post.

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And yes it may be an addiction, but I got more yarn, all of it has plans and you will see what the plans are for the various yarns over the next couple months, some of them are secrets, some of them are for test knits, some of them are Christmas presents, and some of them are just for me.

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I’m hoping that by breaking down all of my individual finished projects into posts I will be able to keep up with the blog more easily, but I have lots of test knits, project plans, and gifts to knit and even more homework to go along with it.