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.


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.

FO Friday
March 11, 2011, 11:09 pm
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Pattern: Shalom from Involving the Senses

Yarn: Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed in colorway 420 Eden (4 balls) and Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed in colorway 142 Taffeta (3 balls)

Modifications: I bought the yarn from Wooden Spools and they only had three balls of the aran in taffeta.  Now, the pattern doesn’t actually give yarn requirements, just gauge.  The Ravelry page for the pattern calls for 425 – 475 yards of bulky yarn.  The tips page by the designer says you can also use 880 yards of DK or light worsted doubled.  However, the projects posted on Ravelry of this pattern seem to be all over the map in terms of yardage.  Therefore, I convinced myself that 312 yards of aran held doubled with 441 yards of DK would work.  What actually ended up happening was that, in an effort to conserve the aran, I knit the garter stitch collar with two strands of the DK thinking I could do the same on the bottom edge of the sweater if I ran out of the aran before it was long enough.  Then I switched to one strand of DK and one strand of aran for the body of the sweater.  Unfortunately, I ran out of both yarns before the sweater was really long enough to call it finished.  Luckily, Wooden Spools still had the DK in stock so I got two more balls of that and ended up using half of each knitting a garter stitch hem to finish the bottom of the sweater.

Comments: Apart from the minor yarn panic, this was a really enjoyable knit.  The deceptively simple pattern has a few clever tricks up its sleeve including the through-the-back-loop ribbing in the yoke and the easy but effective shaping.

FO Friday

Hey, remember the stripey, amorphous blob I was knitting a while ago?  It’s done!

What?  It still doesn’t look like anything?  Oh yeah, let me fix that.

Ta-da!  It’s a baby sweater!

Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Baby Surprise Jacket

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in 880 and 905

I used up the entire skein of the purple with just enough left over for seaming.  There’s just about enough of the green left over for a baby hat.

Needles: US 8 circular

Modifications: Not too much really.  I did the stripes by changing colors every other row.  I did a wider stripe of the purple at both the cast on edge (6 rows, I think) and the cast off edge (8, maybe).  After it was finished, I picked up stitches along each cuff and knit some additional length (16-ish rows) on each sleeve because I’ve heard that the sleeves can get a little short before the rest of the sweater is outgrown.  I also did a little single crochet edging in purple around the neck so that it would match the rest of the edges.

This was an entertaining knit.  The totally bizarre construction added interest while the fact that it’s done in garter stitch made it easy enough to be fairly portable.

FO Friday
April 2, 2010, 11:06 pm
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This may just be the quickest sweater to knit ever.  I finished it in just a few days.  It’s taken me longer to get around to blogging about it than it did to make it.

Pattern: Anthropologie-Inspired Capelet by Julia Allen on Peony Knits

Yarn: SunKissed Hand-Dyed Yarn from One Sheep Hill

Modifications: The ribbing on the bottom ended up being a little shorter than the pattern calls for because I ran out of yarn.

I really enjoyed this project.  The pattern is well written and simple without being boring.  It was the perfect use for this single skein of hand dyed, organic cotton that has been sitting in my stash for about two years waiting for me to figure out what to do with it.  The finished product is cute and fits well.  I foresee wearing it a lot to make tank-tops more work-appropriate or when I go dancing to keep the chill off before I’ve warmed up.

My only issue with this sweater is the name and that’s really Anthropologie’s fault.  They apparently have an incomplete grasp of the English language and insist on calling things with sleeves “capelets.”

Pronunciation: \ˈkāp-lət\
Function: noun
Date: 1912
a small cape usually covering the shoulders.


Function: noun
Etymology: probably from Spanish capa cloak, from Late Latin cappa head covering, cloak
Date: 1758
a sleeveless outer garment or part of a garment that fits closely at the neck and hangs loosely over the shoulders.

Ahem.  Sleeveless.  Therefore, this garment will henceforth be referred to as a shrug.

Function: noun
Date: 1594
a woman’s small waist-length or shorter jacket.

Yes, that seems more likely.

Anywho, one of my favorite things about this shrug is the closure.  I couldn’t find a button I liked for it so I started looking at vintage brooches on Etsy.  I found just the right one, don’t you think?