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23 July 14

Hitofude Cardigan

This cardigan has been pretty popular on Ravelry lately. I can see why! It was really easy to knit even though it had an unusual construction. The pattern was clearly written, you just have to trust the instructions. It took me a week and a half to make.

I made it exactly as written. If I made it again, though, I would want to make the back less wide. Maybe do a couple of repeats without increasing the lace pattern. I do have a 7 more balls of this yarn in purple.

I used the new yarn from Knitpicks called LIndy Chain which is 70% percent linen and 30% cotton. All the other sweaters I’ve made have been wool, so it’s nice to have something I can wear that isn’t so warm.
hitofude swatch

Hitofude Cardigan

Hitofude Cardigan

HItofude Cardigan

19 June 14

Mind the Gap Stripes

Mind the Gap Stripes

I used the Fish Lips Kiss Heel again. I found a tip by the designer to use the outside strand of yarn to knit the heel. This way you can keep the stripes on the main part of the sock in order. It worked out really well.

Tags: knitting socks
8 June 14

All Stripes, All the Time

Yarn: Mind the Gap
Pattern: Vanilla Bean Striped socks
Needles: 2.00mm, 2 circs

Mind the Gap socks

This yarn is inspired by the London Tube map colors! I love it.

Tags: knitting socks
7 June 14

Ice Palace Socks

Yarn: Fibernymph Bounce
Color: Ice Palace
Pattern: Wendy’s Fingering Weight Toe-Up Socks
Heel: Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Needles: 2.00mm, 2 circulars

Ice Palace Socks

I did try the new Fish Lips Kiss Heel (I really really hate this name). It was easy to knit and seems to fit well. I’m going to be using it on my next pair of socks.

Tags: knitting socks
24 May 14

Another Loop! Bump

This one is 5.2 ounces of bright, fun colors.
loop bump intense

The whole thing fit on one bobbin with plenty of space left. I could probably fit 10 ounces of fiber on one of these.
intense single on the akerworks bobbin.

Here it is chain-plied.
loop bump intense plied

All done.
Loop Intense

456 yards.
Loop Intense

6 May 14

3rd Beaded Project in a Row

Pattern: Glitz at the Ritz
Yarn: Tosh Merino Light, Color: Ultramarine Violet
Needles: Size 5 - 3.75mm
Beads: Toho 6/0 Silver-lined Crystal. Approximately 650.

This is a great free pattern. It’s very easy and very fun to knit! I would definitely knit it again. I followed the pattern exactly until I got to the picot bind off. I put the beads on the tip of the picots, not between them.

glitz at the ritz beginning

Glitz at the Ritz done

glitz blocking

glitz at the ritz finished

glitz close-up

Ultraviolet Glitz at the Ritz

Time: April 27 - May 4
Size: 22.5” x 58”

27 April 14

Plying on my new minispinner

I got these neat 3D printed bobbins! They are from Akerworks. You can get them in a rainbow of colors and 4 different designs. I considered getting different colors, but in the end I decided on all purple.
3D printed bobbins by akerworks

I tried one out by plying some fiber that was half spun on my Ladybug and half spun on the minispinner. It took a minute to get the tension right on the bobbin, but I plied it all quite quickly.
1st plied yarn on my minispinner

I love this shot of the yarn on the bobbin.
plied yarn on 3D printed bobbin

Tags: spinning
22 April 14

Happy Earth Day

But also Happy Birthday to me!

I asked for 2 things.

1. A cake with a Unicorn on it.
unicorn birthday cake

2. A Hansen Minispinner with WooLee Winder. I’ve wanted the minispinner for awhile. I love my Ladybug, but I can’t spin for too long because I get pain in my left knee. Now, I don’t have to worry about that. I still plan to keep my Ladybug and spin on it sometimes, though.
Hansen minispinner with woolee winder

It’s so small! Only weighs about 4 pounds.
Hansen minispinner with woolee winder

This thing is so cool. It’s very well made. I love the hinge on the back. Makes it super easy to change the bobbins.
Hansen minispinner with woolee winder

I’m waiting for some more bobbins to get here, and then I will be able to ply the yarn I’ve been working on.

Tags: spinning
21 April 14

Moonstone Shawl

Pattern: Moonstone Shawl
Needles: Size 3 (3.25mm)
Yarn: Madelinetosh Praire Lace, Color: Iris
Beads: Toho 8/0 Light Gray. Approximately 400.

prairie lace

When it came off the needles it looked like this.
Moonstone Shawl off the needles

But blocking is magic!
Moonstone Shawl blocked

Moonstone Shawl sideways

Moonstone Shawl closeup

Knit from March 1 to April 19.
Finished size is 66” x 33”. I wore it all day yesterday, and it stayed in place nicely. The beads give it a good weight.

3 March 14

Handspun Forest Ridge Shawl

loop pastel palette

Spun in to yarn
Pastel Palette

handspun forest ridge off the needles

handspun forest ridge blocking

handspun forest ridge blocked

handspun forest ridge closeup

I changed the border from the pattern to a simple scalloped edging. I also added 315 crystal silver-lined beads to the edging.

24 February 14

More Socks, Another Shawl

Yarn: Fibernymph Bounce
Color: Ice Palace
Pattern: Wendy’s Fingering Weight Toe-Up Socks
Needles: 2.00mm, 2 circulars

I love knitting with this sock yarn base. I downloaded the Fish Lips Kiss Heel pattern (annoying name!) that I might try on this pair. Everyone says nice things about how the heel fits.

ice palace socks

I wanted to cast on with my handspun Loop! right away. I decided to make the Forest Ridge Shawl because I haven’t knit this shawl shape before, and it is easy to make bigger to use all of my yarn.

pastel forest ridge

15 February 14

Just a bit of yarn

I’m sad that Knitpicks is discontinuing their Felici sock yarn. It’s one of my favorites. I love it because it’s soft, wears well, and STRIPES!

I couldn’t not buy some before it’s gone.

Felici and Gloss

From left to right: Splash, Maple Leaves, Foxglove, Sweetheart, and Jellybean. Oh, and 2 skeins of Gloss Lace in Lilac and 2 in Marina just because.

Tags: yarn
14 February 14

Only 10 days for this pair!

I do still like knitting socks, I guess.

Yarn: Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts
Color: Calico Cat
Pattern: Wendy’s Fingering Weight Toe-Up Socks with Gusset Heel. This is my standard sock pattern. I love her gusset heel.

Calico Cat Socks

Kisa isn’t sure why I threw my socks on the floor. She ran away as soon as I took the picture.
Kisa and the socks

12 February 14

Reminds me of Easter eggs

Fiber: Loop! Pastel Palette with Sparkle. 5 ounces.
loop pastel palette

I originally planned to chain ply this, but I decided to leave it as a single. It was a little over twisted, so I fulled it very lightly by soaking it in hot and then cold water a couple of times. I also thwacked it several times to even out the twist. It does have some kinks in it, but they won’t be noticeable once it’s knit.

Pastel Palette

Pastel Palette

Pastel Palette

It’s 910 yards of lace weight.

7 February 14

1st Projects of 2014

I started the Willow Cowl in December and finished it in January. The yarn is Tosh Merino Light in the Spectrum colorway. This is the 3rd project I’ve made with this color. I’m still in love with it.

Willow Cowl

It’s a fun project to knit. I love the picot hem on the top and bottom. When you wear it, the stockinette and lace sections fold down into rings that fit nicely around your neck.
Willow Cowl

I have also finished a pair of socks that I started in November 2011! The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Solemate. It’s supposed to have some sort of temperature regulating properties. I don’t know. I didn’t really like knitting with it.
Solemate Socks

I used to knit socks all the time, but this is the 1st pair I’ve finished in 2 years. I might be back in the sock zone, since I immediately cast on another pair.

This is yarn I bought in Austin. It’s Ancient Fibre Arts Superwash BFL - Calico Cat.
Calico Cat Socks
I’m just going to embrace whatever sort of pooling the yarn does.

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh