Sheared Bliss

WIP Wednesday
November 27, 2013, 8:00 am
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Not much blogging, but a fair amount of knitting going on around here lately.  I’m going to try to do a bunch of FO Friday posts to wrap things up before the end of the year.  In the meantime, it’s a sock-off!  A completely pointless and arbitrary race to knit a pair of socks in a week?  Yes please!  The deadline is Friday and I’m halfway there.  Knit knit knit!

PS: Ignore the toe.  I had more yarn than the pattern called for.  The pattern lied.


WIP Wednesday
October 2, 2013, 8:00 am
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Hey, remember these?

Which, way back in January, I kept insisting were not a scarf.  Well, warmer weather came faster than my motivation for seaming them and I never got around to finishing them.  I found my motivation again on our cold kitchen floor during these chilly fall mornings we’ve been having recently and finally finished the seaming.

Now for felting, which is always an adventure in my front loading washing machine.

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.

FO Friday – Toasty Toddler

At 15 months Wiggles is well and truly a toddler.  He walks nearly all the time now (although only where he wants to go still) and can say five words (assuming we’re counting animal noises as words).  He’s so much more than just a wiggly little baby lump that I think it’s time he graduated to a new blog name – SweetP.  He’s also graduated to a new sweater.  I want to make it a tradition that SweetP gets a new hand knit sweater every year.  There should be some perks to being the child of a knitter, right?  Last year I made him a Baby Sophisticate, which I inexplicably have no pictures of him wearing.  Maybe CodeMonkey has some – I’ll bug him and update later.  This year I went for a whole ensemble to keep SweetP warm while he’s playing outside.


Pattern: Why yes, it is another Aviatrix

Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca in 6243 Navy

Size: Worsted weight version in the 18 month size

Notes: I accidentally knit one extra wedge section and decided to leave it instead of ripping it out.  It worked out ok.  It makes the hat a little more prone to slipping down over SweetP’s eyes, but mostly it keeps his forehead and the back of his neck warmer.


Pattern: Dulaan Easy-On Mittens

Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca in 6207 Salt and Pepper

Notes: So far SweetP doesn’t use the thumbs much, but they should fit him for a while so I imagine they’ll come in handy later.  Thanks to the I-cord we haven’t lost a mitten yet.


Pattern: Gramps

Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca in 6243 Navy and 6207 Salt and Pepper

Size: 12-24 months

Notes: I left off the pockets and elbow patches in the interest of getting it finished and worn.

WiP Wednesday – Still Not A Scarf
January 16, 2013, 8:00 am
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FO Friday
January 4, 2013, 8:00 am
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Pattern: First Frost

Yarn: Rowan Creative Focus Worsted in colorway 00402 Charcoal Heather

Knit for: MommaBliss

Size: I used the “in between” sizing instructions to knit a M/L with a 40″ bust and made further small tweaks to custom fit it to MommaBliss’ measurements.

Notes: I actually started knitting this about a year ago when MommaBliss realized that the shawl I’m working on* for her is not imminently forthcoming and suggested that I could perhaps make her a vest in the meantime.  We perused patterns and finally settled on one that she would wear and that looked like a pleasant knit that I might actually finish in the foreseeable future.  Then came the trip to the yarn store wherein I described all of the black and gray worsted weight yarns to MommaBliss over the phone and gave lists of pros and cons of each so that she could pick one.  Then I started knitting it, but stalled out sometime in the spring because I got to a hard part like picking up stitches or doing math or something.  I picked it back up again on our trip to Cortez in August and finished it except for blocking, sewing two tiny seams, and knitting the arm holes and button band.  I finally finished it up while visiting MommaBliss in September so I was able to deliver it in person and then managed to procrastinate on blogging about it for four months.

*And by “working on” I mean “totally ignoring the fact that it’s sitting in my WiP basket mocking me with its trinity stitch and insanely long rows.”

Merry Fishmas!
December 25, 2012, 8:00 am
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Christmas Fishies

Pattern: Fishies

Yarn: Caron Country in Claret and Loden Forest

Notes: I made these as the tag for a fish themed (long story, don’t ask) secret Santa gift exchange that I participated in. Since I knit them in a non-feltable yarn I used a size 1 needle to get a tighter gauge (we wouldn’t want a floppy fish, now would we?).  I also chose not to stuff them (they needed to fit inside of a package that was already quite full so flat seemed like a virtue) so I simply did a three needle bind off when I got to the end of the tails.

Merry Fishmas