Monday, January 28, 2013

I'll be dashing through the snow!

We’re heading to Yellowstone Park soon. It can get COLD there! So cold that I bought a down jacket but wanted some new mitts too. A quick dig in the stash, and search for a pattern and I was good to go! A fast knit...
Pattern: Dashing
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool
Color: Ecru
Amount: Less than a skein
Needle Size:

Saturday, January 26, 2013

And the winner is, ME!

I was happily spinning one Monday evening not long ago, listening to the KnitGirllls podcast when I heard Leslie say that I had won a skein of yarn! Wow! This is the third skein that I've won from a podcast and I couldn't be happier! Lucky me! What a bonus for listening and doing something I love!
This yarn is from Friday Studios and is a self striping super-wash wool/,polyamide yarn called Fireworks. Currently there are many sock/self striping KALS going on in the ravelry world but I'm not sure that I'll put this yarn on the needles until I have the current par off the needles.

I only want one pair of socks going at a time! (also a sweater and two pairs of mitts, remember my vow of monogamy? Hmmmm!)

Monday, January 21, 2013

A full set of antlers

I've been wanting to knit this sweater since before Christmas. It is knit from the bottom up and has a lovely set of cables all around the yoke. The pattern is written for a wide range of sizes, 6 months to a 54 inch bust! I think this sweater would be great for toddler boys but older fellas may put their foot down about wearing it.
I started the first of three antler cardigans in a size I think will fit my eldest granddaughter.  I had some stash yarn that worked well. My dear daughter, known in my circle of knitting friends as The Sweater Killer, and I came to terms a long time ago about yarn content, if the sweater was not to shrink, then it had to be knit in acrylic! Because of the acrylic content, I was a little worried about the yoke of this sweater, it seemed to have no shoulders! However, I used Plymouth Encore which contains some wool and everything fell into place once I blocked it.
Pattern: Antler Cardigan
Yarn: Plymouth Encore
Colorway: Ecru
Amount: 5 skeins
Needles: US Size 6 and US Size 8

It is a fast knit, this woman's x-small took ten days. I'm now knitting mine, I started two days ago and almost have two sleeves done!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

2013 Goal

I haven't made a New Year's Resolution for years and really don't want to start down that slippery slope now! Most resolutions come and go without being achieved and I really want to accomplish a skill I've longed to do for thirty years. So this year I've decided to set a goal, to become a spinner.

In October of 2011, I took a class on spinning and bought a spinning wheel the same day. Since then I've spun off and on but not consistently or well. I've begun to get a pretty nice single thread of yarn but the plying has always been disaster. Last Saturday I went to a refresher course provided by the Prairie Spinners Guild. I learned several things, beginning spinners should not use merino roving and a few tips on plying.  Now, my plying of yarn is much better and I'm very encouraged.
I've signed up for a workshop on February 2nd. Jane Fournier is a native of New Zealand and author of In Sheep's Clothing, A Handspinner's Guide to Wool. We will be working on various ways of plying!

So, with the New Year I'm hoping to work on my spinning at least 15 minutes a day and soon my brother will be sporting a new hat!
 
Nikko approves of the sleeve for the sweater I'm knitting, Antler Cardigan!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Intersecting Mittens

The last few days I've been quickly test knitting a pair of mittens. The pattern is now for sale on Ravelry and is called Intersecting Mittens by Stephanie Apps.  These mittens were designed to go with the Intersection Breaks Hat by Mel of Single Handed Knits. The cables are a beautiful feature with one cable going along either side of the thumb gusset. I like the long, close fit. This pattern is clearly written and would be a great pattern for someone wanting to learn to do cables.

I should be able to wear them soon! (Forecast: 10" of snow by Saturday!!)
Pattern: Intersection Mittens
Yarn:Cascade 220
Colorway: Mallard
Amount: less than a skein
Needle size: US Needle size 6

Thursday, January 3, 2013

First completed knitted project of 2013

These are a pair of sock I knit on the fly. I had taken measurements of The Pirate's foot while I was visiting before Christmas and on the plane back to Montana I began knitting what I thought would fit the boy. I was delighted last week when Sadie Lou tried them on and they fit her. She loves them and I hope The Pirate will too.
Pattern: The Pirate's Socks
(For an 8 inch foot)

TOE:
Cast on 20 stitches using Judy's Magic Cast On, split half on each needle (I use magic loop method)
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: (1st needle) K 1, KF&B, K to last 2 sts, KF&B, K
(2nd needle) K 1, KF&B, K to last 2 sts, KF&B, K
Repeat until there are 30 stitches on each needle (60 total)

FOOT:
Knit on the 60 sts until the piece measures 7 inches

GUSSET:
Round 1: On needle 1: K.
                On needle 2, K1, KF&B, K to last 2 sts, KF&B, K1
Round 2: K all sts
Continue these two rounds until there are 48 sts on needle 2

TURNING THE HEEL:
Work back and forth on needle 2 only.
Row 1: (RS) K27, SSK, K1, turn
Row 2: (WS) Slip 1, P7, P2tog, P1 turn
Row 3: Slip 1, K 8, SSK, K1, turn
Row 4: Slip 1, P 9, P2tog, P1 turn
Continue in this manner until all the sts are worked and there is once again 30 sts on needle 2.

LEG:
Work in the round until the leg is 3.5 inches or 1 inch short of desired length

CUFF:
Work in rib for 1 inch. Bind off in rib pattern.

I used a modified Stashbuster spiral pattern with the yarn. One round the slid flax and one round the Crazy Ball.

Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks 4 Ply and Schoppe;-Wolle Crazy Zauberball
Colorway: Flax and crazy town colors!
Amount: Less that a skein of each
Needles: US Size 1

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The surprises just keep coming!

Happy New Year!

What a great way to begin the New Year. Late last fall I joined the Fellowship of the Traveling Socks sponsored by Mel, Singled Handed Knits podcaster. The idea was to receive socks that are not complete, knit a little bit and send them on to the next destination. My package arrived yesterday but I'd just sent the last of the holiday families on their way and so I nested ALL day. (Knitting, and rewatching Downton Abbey under a warm and cozy afghan.) I didn't even walk up the hill for the mail!

Hubby brought it to me this morning with the comment, "It's the Christmas that just keeps giving!" He was absolutely right. The Traveling Sock package had arrived all the was from Australia! I believe that Kiki, of Yarn versus Zombies fame sent the package on the 12th of December. The package took a bit of time but was worth the wait! 
(The package arrived at just the right time, as you can see I have less than 1/2inch to knit before my monogamous project is done!) I will begin my bit on the Traveling Socks this afternoon.

It’s a good thing that I didn’t receive them before the Holidays. Hubby always accuses me of peaking before Christmas…
 I didn’t this time, I promise!

There are other things in this package but I'm sworn to secrecy. (I'm enjoying putting the bits and bobs together and LOVE that they are supposed to be from around the house!)

So, I'll be expecting an address to send the socks on to someone soon. I should have the heels done by the weekend if not sooner....