Sheared Bliss

FO Friday: Ragg* and Bone**
February 28, 2014, 8:00 am
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Rag and bone man, picking up the tin can,
Throwin’ it all in his donkey wagon.
Rag and bone man, coming down the street,
Come around here ‘bout every other week.

~ “Rag and Bone,” Gaelic Storm

Pattern: Iced

Yarn: Pure Luxury Organic Peruvian Alpaca by Cottage Industry (discontinued) in color 1 (cream) and 5 (gray).  I bought this yarn years ago.  I was a newish knitter and a friend from my knitting group had stumbled across a yarn store that was going out of business and selling off their inventory (on Ebay, maybe?).  New knitter me though “Ooh, alpaca, fancy!” and bought two bags of each of the three colors on offer (cream, gray, and brown) and then proceeded to do not much with it.  I made an Aleita Shell with the cream, which I loved and was very proud of.  Sadly, I finally had to admit that I never wore it because it was too short waisted and made me do the Picard maneuver so I passed it on to a friend who could wear it.  And so, I still had a large amount of brown and gray and a slightly less large amount of cream kicking around the stash.  When I decided to do Iced I did some swatching and some math (crazy, right?) and figured out that I got gauge if I held three strands together and I would have enough yardage if I used one strand of cream and two strands of gray.  *Ragg is a yarn formed of two strands of dyed wool and one strand of undyed wool.

Notes: I started this several years ago (ah, yes, here we go, it was definitely in the WIP pile over three years ago), finished everything except one and a half sleeves, stalled out, had a baby, blah blah blah.  I finally picked it up and finished it this winter and I’m so glad I did.  It’s super warm and comfy and I’ve been wearing it a lot.  Unfortunately, given the lag time between starting and finishing, I don’t remember a whole lot of details.  I seem to have used the US size 11 needles the pattern calls for and knit the large size.  I worked the bottom edge of the sweater and the cuffs in garter stitch to match the shawl collar because I didn’t like the unfinished look of curled edges that the pattern calls for.  I think those are the only real changes I made.  **I finished it off with hand carved bone buttons from here.


One person’s FO . . .

. . . is another person’s WIP.  I just dropped this pile of freshly dyed blues and greens off at Wild Yarns, ready to go off into the world and be made into beautiful things.

And this has been sent off to the lovely Kim at Maru Designs to become part of a new pattern series she has in the works.

FO Friday
December 27, 2013, 8:00 am
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Pattern: Moura Headband

Yarn: Cascade Eco+ in 8511 Valentine (left over from SweetP’s Latte Baby Coat)

Notes: A nice little pattern for a very quick knit that uses a tiny amount of yarn.  I really love this headband and wear it multiple times a week.  I’m thinking I need to make some more like it because not everything in my wardrobe goes with red.  It’s great for disguising I-haven’t-showered-in-a-couple-of-days hair.  Also good for toddler silliness.

FO Friday
December 20, 2013, 8:00 am
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Pattern: Latte Baby Coat

Yarn: Cascade Eco+ in 8511 Valentine

Size: 2T-3T

Notes: This was a really nicely written pattern.  I learned Judy’s magic cast on for it, which is a pretty neat little trick.  It’s top down and seamless with raglan shaping – one of my favorite types of construction to knit.  The hood is adorable – seriously, I want to put hoods on everything I knit now.  The woven basket stitch on the button band it quite pretty.  The only thing I wish I had changed is the length.  SweetP is on the tall side and he’d be able to wear this longer if I had made it longer in the body.  Of course, he currently has zero interest in wearing it at all so it might be a moot point.  Toddlers, right?  Oh well.

FO Friday
December 6, 2013, 8:00 am
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Pattern: Cosy Toes

Yarn: Odds and ends of Patons Classic Wool/Merino/Worsted (as far as I can tell, they’re the same yarn that has been renamed and given a new label design)(77208 Jade Heather, 77307 Plum Heather, 77532 Congnac Heather, 00208 Burgundy) and Lion Wool (discontinued)(123 Sage) held double.

Notes: I started these almost exactly a year ago.  They were easy enough to knit, and would have been easier if I had actually used normal quantities of the weight of yarn that the pattern calls for instead of fiddling with odds and ends held double.  I got bogged down in the seaming though and stopped halfway through sewing up the first slipper.  Silly, considering that it only took me one afternoon to finish when I finally pulled them out again this year.  The verdict?  The construction is interesting, but I don’t love them.  They felted up sort of short and wide – a little too hobbit-foot-like for my taste.  Oh well.  They’re done now and they’ll do for keeping my feet warm.

FO Friday – Sock-Off
November 29, 2013, 9:49 pm
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I won!  The prize is . . .

. . . a pair of socks with slightly wonky toes (more on that later)!

Pattern: Woven Diamond Socks

Yarn: Berroco Pure Merino (discontinued) in Teal (8553) plus some scraps of Lana Grossa Cool Wool Merino Superfein in blue and green that I had kicking around in the stash.

Needles: US 5 double pointed needles

Notes: I knit these in a week for a sock-off and I’m very pleased about how quickly they went and how comfy they are.  I’m going to have to do more worsted weight socks.  I learned how to do a German twisted cast on for these and it’s my new favorite cast on.  These were also my first pair of top down socks unless you count the pair of Fuzzy Feet I made a billionty years ago.  So lots of learning going on here.  Overall I enjoyed the pattern.  The slip stitch diamond design was fun to knit and adds some visual interest to a solid colored yarn.  I just had a couple of slight issues.  First, the way the pattern is written for the heel flap is not super clear for someone who isn’t already familiar with knitting heel flaps (says the top down, heel flap knitting newbie).  Second, the pattern calls for 168 yards of yarn.  I had 184 yards and still had to do the last three inches or so of each toe in scrap yarn.  Oh well, it won’t show with shoes on.



FO Friday
April 26, 2013, 8:00 am
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Pattern: Montague Bulky Lace Vest

Yarn: 1 skein Cascade Ecological Wool in 8063 (Latte)

Size: 38

Notes: The pattern calls for knitting the vest in three parts (two fronts and a back), seaming them all together, picking up stitches around the bottom to knit a garter stitch edging, and finally picking up stitches around the fronts to knit the ribbed shawl collar.  I do not enjoy seaming that much so I knit the body of the vest in one piece starting with the garter stitch bottom edge.  I made the body slightly longer than the pattern calls for before splitting for the armholes in the interest of getting to the end of a pattern repeat in the lace.  Once the armholes were knit and the shoulders were seamed I picked up stitches around the front edges for the ribbing.  I picked up more stitches than the pattern calls for to account for the extra length in the body.  I also knit the first three stitches on each end in garter stitch to keep them from curling.  If I knit this again I would leave the garter stitch edging on the bottom until last then pick up and knit it around the bottom of the whole vest including the shawl collar.  Finally, I crocheted one round of crab stitch around the armholes to help stabilize them.