there are days its just not worth having a large of a yarn stash...especially when you really want to start something and nothing matches what you envision.
there are days its just not worth having a large of a yarn stash...especially when you really want to start something and nothing matches what you envision.
February is a long, cold, dark month no matter where you live in the US, except maybe Hawaii and Florida. Its just cold. Again northern Texas had a brutal for them February. For me, used to Boston winters, it was a mild annoyance...okay maybe the ENTIRE WEEK they shut down because of 3 inches of ice was more than a mild annoyance, but it did allow for a lot of knitting to get done.
First off was a sweater that when I saw it online I just knew I had to make it and I already had the yarn in the house. The Effortless Cardigan by Knitbot. I fell in love with it just from the pictures.
My Effortless Crimson Tart. Made with Madelinetosh DK in Crimson Tart. I absolutely love this sweater. This took five full skeins and about 1/2 of the sixth skein. Easy to knit the construction is fun and easily customizable if you need to shorten or lengthen the arms or body.
If it was really cold I could actually pin the sweater closed. I believe this has become my new comfy go to the movies sweater. Its just a great casual sweater. Knitbot has lots of of great classic yet modern sweaters to choose from, I've got a few more in my Ravelry queue.
Next up were my February self imposed socks. A really needed bright spot while it was cold last month.
Spring Forward Socks, (Rav link) with Madelinetosh Sock in Plum Tree. Yes I do believe I've had a Madelinetosh kind of month for February. The sinuating lace pattern was fun and easy to memorize and while the yarn obscures the pattern to a certain extent it really doesn't bother me. I love the color puddles they have their own sinuating pattern going on. The other really cool thing about these socks...they match my current pedicure color!
I've grabbed the next sock project out of the bag, I'll be making some Monkeys! I need to cast them on this weekend (what's left of it).
Last up on the finished object list for February was a truly quick knit. The Starving Artist Beret. I saw Wendy's on her blog and thought about it, I had one skein of bulky yarn that I had no idea what I was going to do with and I saw this, and thought perfect. Hence the Bark Beret.
It really is quite cute. I generally dislike knitting with bulky yarn, mainly because it requires bulky needles and my hands just don't get along with them in general. The yarn is Quince & Co. Puffin in Bark. I used most of the skein up, there might be 10 yards left over that has become a toy for the cats.
But that is pretty much it for February for finished things. I did start a basic black henley for myself that there are no pictures of, but it is nearly done, I've got 1-1/2 sleeves left to go and I'm still working on the scarf. The cold last month sapped my lace skills out the window, hoping to get back to it this month.
So for those keeping track - February yarn in: 0, yarn out 1750.
March should have at least one sweater, the promenade shawl hopefully will be done and the socks. March is brighter and warmer for everyone, spring is just around the corner or here!
of learning....and knitting.
Just because I finished with Harvard doesn't mean that I still don't have plenty to learn. As the school year was winding down last December, I started looking at my stitch dictionaries. I began thinking of combining patterns together, thinking oh wouldn't that be nice together with this, this could make a nice scarf, this would be great for a sweater...one thing led to another and I realized I would have to the dreaded very necessary swatch process.
After jotting down some initial thoughts about what I was looking for (I decided on a lace scarf) I went into the yarn room and pulled out some good old plain 2 ply lace weight in white. Got comfy on the couch and started working on the motif to make sure I understood the chart.
For some reason I had in mind fall, leaves and acorns. Possibly because I was staring at squirrel ornament that a friend gave me that is holding an acorn....
A short time later I had these to work with
The acorn motif would be both on the edging and in the center of the scarf. I was pleased, I liked how substantial the patterns looked and doing the math for the width I wanted was pretty straight forward.
Keeping with the fall theme, I went back into the yarn room and stared at my lace stash (of which I still have to put most of on Ravelry) and found a color that said fall to me, a heathered red-orange lace alpaca.
The soft halo of the alpaca would add a nice warmth to the scarf. I was off and running, over the holidays I got several repeats done.
And then it sat...and sat, and sat in the bottom of the WIP bag. I finished other things, would look at pick it up, and put it back in the bag. Well then I went to VK LIve a few weeks ago and took some lace classes there. One with Anne Hanson from Knitspot, during which Anne talked briefly about the importance of the drape of the yarn and the weight of the yarn when creating patterns. She had swatches out for examples and then the lightbulb went off! I made a mental note to myself to look at my swatches WITH the start of the scarf when I got home.
After class I went down to the marketplace in search of what I then knew I needed to get to make it work..and I knew exactly where I was headed.
Upon inspection of the two together...I realized that what appealed to me about the swatch was the density of the leaves and acorns, and in this thinner laceweight, albeit 2 ply that was missing. I also took a look at the patterns and decided that on the scarf scale that I was working with, that maybe it was too lacy (yes I know unthinkable) for what i was trying to achieve.
Stitch dictionaires came back out, I still wanted to use the leaf pattern and I still wanted a fall-ish theme. I found what I wanted, recast on....
I am much happier with the results and since these pictures were taken the scarf has grown considerably more.
Lesson learned - when swatching for a design, pay attention to your yarn. The weight, the fiber, even the needle size all affect the end product. Just don't swatch in spare yarn to make sure you get the pattern directions. Swatch in yarn that you are going to use. Also, be ready to accept that your concept may not work the way you want and sometimes change is good.
As is much of the middle of the nation...24 states are being side swiped by this nasty storm stretching all the way from where I am down in northern Texas all the way to the tip of Maine. We had an ice storm Monday night into Tuesday....left somewhere around 2 inches of ice on the roads. Frigid temps in the teens and grey skies. This is why I left New England, right?? New England is getting hammered by yet another snow storm, heading for nearly 6' of snow for the year. Yes I'm glad I'm gone, but really folks I'm done with the teen temps and the ice. More importantly I'm done with watching people not know how to drive on ice.
While turning the heat up another notch and donning one of my warm shawls the past few days I finished up a pair of socks over the weekend....Which I should have called frozen lemon rose sherbert, but Lemon Rose will have to suffice.
These are based off of the pattern from knittyspin, Blackrose, found here. The lace pattern is designed to be on the outer side of your calves and is a really ease lace pattern to memorize. I used STR Lemongrass lightweight and did 7 repeats of the lace pattern on the leg. I tend to not do patterning past the legs on socks for me. I find the top of my feet get picky depending on whether I have on shoes or boots, so I generally just do a plain foot.
The bright coloring is definitely brightening my mood while we wade through the cold ick.
I had mentioned last time that I had some knitting resolutions thoughts for the year. One of them was to do a la Yarn Harlot, a pair of socks a month for myself. My sock drawer is pitiful and almost all of my handmade socks are years old and starting to wear thin. So I've made bag up of patterns paired with sock yarn, mostly randomly, there are 11 sets, 10 now left in there. The deal with myself is to make at least 10 pairs this year, but all 12 would be great.
Those cast off and ready to warm my frigid toes I pulled the next one out of the bag...
Madelinetosh Sock, Plum Tree. Pattern: Spring Forward, from Knitty, found here. More springy light colors to help keep the mood bright and light till it warms back up...which is hopefully on Saturday!
Off to defrost the fingers and toes a bit....
At the end of every year I take the week off between Christmas and New Year's as a time to sleep, re-energize and prepare for the next semester of school. Well this year there is no "next semester", its a very odd feeling around here. Classes started today for Harvard. I'm not registered...not even for an audit class.
So instead of ordering books, and preparing for the next onslaught, I took a look at my knitting projects. There were both old ones that needed to either be queued up to be finished or frogged and new ones that I've been wanting to do.
Several projects that were not old but just were not making me happy were frogged without remorse.
I have several ancient UFO's floating around...one of which is ultimately going to be ripped. Mainly because it has sat for six years and when I started it I was learning a technique and now I don't absolutely need to finish the sweater. The yarn will be frogged and go back into the stash. The other really long UFO is a Hanne Falkenberg shawl, Promenade that I started right before I started school...and I I've only got one side to go on it. So I will finish it.
This is the last known picture of the shawl...its ancient as well, probably four years old, at least three. Since this picture was taken the stitches have been picked up for the other side, the border done and the first color changes started. To make this manageable to finish, I decided to count how many garter ridges needed to be done to completion and divide it by a reasonable number. Not the most creative way to work through a project, but sometimes easier. So this should be a FO by the end of April.
Amazingly with my flurry of finishing stuff in November and December last year, that was it for the old UFOs. There are two other WIP floating around that are sort of old, but one is barely started so its hard to call it anything other than a cast on. The other is a lovely Heirloom-Knitting shawl that I started and then I'm willing to bet I set aside because of school but I know once the weather warms up a little I will pull it out and start working on it again.
Once that business was out of the way, I looked at my more recent WIP...and found my cute little purple shawlette sitting off to the side. I looked at it and realized that I wasn't that far off from finishing it. Spent the time last week doing the final section and blocking.
My apologies for the brightness...it was a cloudy day yesterday when I took pictures and just as I get ready to snap, a ray of sunlight comes in. This picture is closer to the true colors.
This is Citron (Ravelry Link, Knitty Link). I used some left over laceweight yarn from a shawl I did many years ago. This was a nice quick easy knit and will make a nice little cover up when I'm in the movies and the AC starts blasting! A few other pics of it can be seen here on my Ravelry page.
My other finished object is something new. I had gone to an end of the year sale at my LYS and found some really yummy Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk. Soft, warm, glowing even. The kind of yarn you just rest your hand on and feel the warmth of. I decided I wanted something snuggly with this yarn. I may live in Texas now, but winters are still cooler...it can get down into the 20s at night and definitely the low 30s. So I decided a cowl was in order. Enter the Burberry Inspired Cowl. Another wonderful knitter did the work of figuring out the pattern and there are many nice examples of this cowl in Ravelry...mine included now.
Speaking of quick knits....size 10 needles, 3 episodes of Cashmere Mafia on Netflix later. We have one cowl. (4 episodes if you count the episode I watched kitchnering and kept stopping). A yummy cowl, with easy directions, perfect winter knitting. It is slouchy and open, drapes nicely on your neck and the warmth just radiates. Perfect for what I needed.
I have some knitting goals in mind for the year....but next time. Off for some more coffee before work gets rolling!
This year is nearly come and gone, less than 12 hours left in the year. Where did it go?? Oh wait, I know what happened, I was buried behind books for most of it.
Well I am happy to say, that I finished my degree program at Harvard! Now the only books I'll be buried under are those related to knitting, spinning, quilting, and just some good old fun reading. Its been a a very long 4-1/2 years since I decided to go back to school and many things have changed, some good, some bad, but that's what life is about, right?
As of right now I am not planning on continuing onto a master or graduate degree program. I am planning on taking most of 2011 to assess things and see what opportunities open up.
For those of you who have been thru the rollercoaster of school with me, thanks for all the support over the years! It means the world to me.
During this last semester of school I did manage to do some knitting, mainly gifts for the godchildren for Christmas. Instead of doing a detailed bit on all of them I'll just do photos. If you'd like to see more pics or what the patterns are, please go to my Ravelry page and you can see more of them here.
The past few weeks since I got the socks done I've been seeing a lot of red. Red nail polish, red flowers, red yarn, lots of red yarn.
One of the sweaters that got picked for the Christmas knitting was a design by AS, Western Seas (Rav Link). I happen to love Starmore's designs, I respect her integrity and grit and admit I am one of those people who actually own all of her old design books, even charts and the Scottish Collection. I am also one of those people who are waiting for the exchange rates to get reasonable again so I can buy kits from her website, Virtual Yarns without wincing. Course then it doesn't help that she's put the Banin line back into production and it happens to be one of my all time favorite yarns to work with for aran knitting (and yes I have preordered a copy of the new edition of Aran knitting), hmm I think I see a Christmas prezzie for myself...
but back to seeing red -
The last two pictures are closer to the true red. The sunlight is not always our friend when we are photographing!
Western Seas is a relatively "easy" AS to knit. If you have never done a traditional gurnsey sweater with gussets, this is a good one to learn how to do it since the patterning is very minimal in the body. The other nice thing about this sweater pattern is that once the bottom patterning is done you knit the body in the round to the gussets and then do the front and back separately, which isn't too bad either, cuts down on the amount of seaming necessary. That and the sleeves are worked from the top down, so there is no seaming involved there either. Just cleaning up of ends! Gotta love that!
I did not go for the full blown traditional yarn, see note above about exchange rates, but instead opted to go stash diving! I am using Cherry Tree Supersock in the Cherry Red! Works up at the same gauge and will be a little softer for the little guy who this is going to....
At this point I am on schedule for having this sweater done and checked off by the end of the month, which is great news, because this allowed me to indulge in casting on some socks that I've been wanting to start all month!
These are the Karira socks that are part of the Dragon KAL on Ravelry. I got so caught up in the book that the luscious yarn I had bought from BMFA just sat languishing away, waiting for me to notice it again. I have not finished the book yet, but I am very close! I am generally not a mystery-thriller reader but this one got me, so much so the other two books from the author are on the way from Amazon as we speak. Shannon Okey/Knitgrrl is hosting KAL sock projects to go along with those two books as well, I've got yarn set aside for those two already! She has two more indie dyers as well lined up to dye sock yarn to match the covers of those books too! Should be lots of fun.
The little sock isn't far along but I love the squishiness of the STR yarn, I've used it before and it always makes me happy. I have to say that my favorite part of the sock is actually the linen stitch that is used, don't ask me why, but it is just making me me smile. It could be the way the colors are dancing in that stitch.
I am hoping to have the first sock done by the end of the month, knitting it along side with the sweater. I do know I am modifying the pattern a tiny bit. I will not be doing the pattern down the foot, I really don't like patterning on the top of my foot, with some of my shoes and boots it will press in and its not comfortable so I generally stop the patterning once I do the heel gusset, although the cute little patterning at the toe, the "dragon toe" I will be doing, that tiny bit shouldn't bother me!
Okay work is coming in for the day...time to pay attention to that other computer.
Weekends are meant for not sitting at the computer all the time and working with my hands in other ways besides typing. At least for a few more weeks...then my weekends are shaped around the question "how many pages do I need to read before next Wednesday (Friday)?" Which happens to be the night that both of my classes are on, and 48 hours later the lecture videos will be up and I really have to have it done by.
But this past weekend I spent doing some leisurely reading both of a book and going through stitch dictionaries but not before I completed the next pair of socks for M's daughter!
I swear these are like popping your favorite gummy candy (spearmint leaves or orange slices in my case), one is just not enough! The yarn is actually from her M's dye pot. A color she had made for me for my birthday a few years ago and I had enough left over from a project to be able to use them for C's second pair of socks this year. There's just enough left over for lengthening the toes when needed. The pattern is Grow With Me Ravelry link. After her funky bright colored pair that I did first this year I thought she might like a pretty purple pair... I will be returning to the pattern again later in the fall when I make her brother's socks, but for now I'm taking a break from wee sock knitting. Although I am hoping I can get those Karira socks cast on today! I'm about halfway through the book for the KAL, so now I need to catchup on these socks!
Once I finished those socks up I pulled out the stitch dictionaries...the pattern I had wanted to use for another quick knit baby blanket wasn't working up in the yarns I had chosen.
The pattern I chose was a nice easy lace pattern, one that would be easy for memorization, look nice for a baby blanket and held just enough design interest to not get too mind numbing while crunching the numbers. My first swatch was in a cotton/angora worsted weight blend. While i could see the pattern it felt bulky in my hand and the decreases felt bulky. Wasn't making me happy. So I pulled out some DK weight dyed yarn. As you can see it got wrapped back up. I didn't even get past a few rows the pattern in the swatch before I could see that the variation in the hand dye was not going to work for this type of pattern. The loft was right, lighter, bouncier, but the coloring wasn't going to do it.
While the pictures aren't here, I went through several other yarns and yarn weights to see if I could find something that made me happy. Some yarn was slightly abused over the weekend in the form of being flung back into the yarn room where I couldn't see it. When I went in there this morning I picked them up and put them back on their shelf...letting them know it wasn't them, it was the pattern/me.
But after my lil yarn temper tantrum and a break with a few episodes of Le Femme Nikita on Netflix and letting my mind wander while I worked on another project that doesn't require brain processing power the light bulb went off.
So I tried again the pattern I had originally in mind. While the stitches looked much better, I still wasn't happy with what I was seeing. I came to the conclusion that particular stitch pattern just wasn't going to work in a heavier weight yarn for me. So I grabbed the dictionaries again to see what else I had marked up.
Hmm, there are lots of stickies in here, some for later, some for rambling thoughts, ....now this one caught my eye and I liked the undulating wave the stitch caused in the fabric.
Thank you everyone for the great response to the Elven Pixie Blanket! I've had a huge smile for the past several days seeing all the great comments you've left.
Over the weekend I was able to finish the first of the projects for the munchkins Xmas gifts - Socks for Caterina!
She has such tiny little feet these are a quick easy knit for her! Bright and colorful too. The pattern is her mother's Grow With Me socks, which is a great little pattern for growing feet. The pattern is easily adjustable for those growing toes, as the socks get snug, you rip back to the toe add a few rows for length and reknit the toe either in the same yarn from leftovers if you have it handy or in another fun funky color! The ones we have made in the past have lasted each child at least thru two winters using this method, Caterina's may get three winters since she is such a tiny princess.
The pattern is available on Ravelry for Free!
I am going to cast on the second pair for the year this morning for her, as well I've started her brother's first Xmas sweater...see the mess yarn and books on my desk...
Underneath all that are my stitch dictionaries, they are out because what you don't see is Tall Gal is also doing a bit of swatching (heaven forbid) in between socks and sweaters for something else...something I hope to share with everyone before the end of the month if all goes well :-)
As well this weekend a new addition joined the Tall Gal Stash of fiber-y goodness (yes some yarn came too but that's a different post), but this is something that will be just as much of a welcome addition to the menagerie -
Tall Gal now has a model for her finished objects other than herself! A lovely little dressform, handy for draping shawls, sweaters, scarves, baby blankets for show and tell. I've named her Millicent or Milli for short. She's pinnable and height adjustable so I believe she and I will be great friends over the coming months and years!
Work beckons...see you soon!
I am pleased to introduce you to my next design, the Elven Pixie Baby Blanket -
The design for this arose when a friend of mine said her DIL was about to have her first baby girl, after having had two boys in a row. I wanted to do something special for her, something quick and snuggly that would be different from what little baby boys got.
On my recent trip back east I was at one of my favorite LYS and was petting yarn, trying to decide what to do about the gift. The yarn, Sirdar Snuggly Bamboo DK, just spoke to me. The light spring green color was perfect. It has a tiny bit of a sheen to it and it really is snuggly! I bought the yarn without a stitch in mind and knew I would figure something out when I got home.
I flipped through my stitch dictionaries and saw Barbara Walker's Elfin Lace and smiled. A little pixie blanket for a new little girl sounded just right.
The blanket is a quick knit on #7 needles, and could be easily enlarged to be a bigger blanket or smaller shawl if one wants by adding or subtracting repeats.
I choose two edging options, either a crochet picot for the top and bottom borders or if you really don't like to crochet you could do a garter stitch trim instead and I offered both options in the pattern.
Here are some basic pattern details:
Size: One size fits all
Length: 34x36 steam blocked
Needles: 4.5 mm/#7 and size G crochet hook for optional edging
Yarn: Dk weight, 725-800 yards depending on edging option, Used: Sirdar Snuggly Bamboo DK, 7 skeins.
Gauge: 20 st and 24 rows to 4" after steam blocking
The blanket is available here on Ravelry. For Free! This one was such a delight to do I wanted to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy a bit of snuggly goodness.
No not really, but it is that time of year where I start looking at what I will be doing for Christmas gifts for the godchildren.
This fall my class reading schedule is looking particularly hairy at 24 books between the two, no really. So I've had to do a little bit of preventive planning to avoid the madness, insanity, full blown breakdown, panic that may occur if I am swamped with reading and its November 15th and I still have what to knit??
This is the picture of the shelf currently designated for knitting gifts for the children
That would be 4 sweaters and 4 pairs of socks worth of yarn sitting up there. Two sweaters for each child and two pairs of socks for each child. The schedule is one sweater and one pair of socks per month between August 1st and Nov 30th. That leaves me a few weeks in December for uh-oh!
This doesn't include the possible quilt for my godson for Xmas. (By the way M that might become his birthday gift for next year depending on school ick).
Technically that shelf is supposed to be for my school books when they arrive. But I believe I will be setting those some place else, unless of course I decide to move all the yarn to a bin and just set it at me feet :)
The first pair of socks, the Grow With Me Pattern (Rav link) by the mom herself is on the needles now for the girl. The pattern is quick and easy to do, made so that you just need to change out the toes for a few shoe sizes when your little ones start to grow. Several pairs that we have made for the kids have lasted through 2-3 shoe sizes doing it this way.
I'm ahead of schedule slightly on when they got cast on, because the baby blanket is nearly done!
After finishing the body of the blanket I started playing with edgings, and let me tell you how many cobwebs I had to pull out of my brain to remember how to do some crochet stitches, but I think I found an edging that I like that won't overwhelm the blanket, as well as be nice and firm for those little tugging baby fingers.
A light press, a few pictures and we may have a baby blanket pattern for everyone for a quick knit holiday gift.
Two months?? Two Months?? Oh my!
Somehow time slipped away from me again...more to the point the after school let down hit and I just went into an early summer haze/relaxation period. The realization that I only have one more semester to go hit and the light is at the end of the tunnel. Not that it has been a bad thing to finish my degree, but its been a very long nearly six years.
I did some traveling at the end of June and went to visit friends back on the East Coast, some of my favorite pictures from the trip
Since the end of May I have been doing "fun" reading, I love to read a good book. I've gone through five so far since the end of school including Tony Bourdain's new book Medium Raw. I have always liked Tony since day one when he wrote Gone with Bamboo and Bone in the Throat. Tony has mellowed out much since those days and admits that he has gone through hell and back again several times. While I am not cut out for serious kitchen life, I appreciate his cynicism and lack of political correctness at times.
Right now I'm working on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The book has a slow start, but is very promising. I have to thank my wonderful friend Thomas for recommending the book to me. He also happens to be a wonderful stylist. If you are in Cambridge, MA and need one, call Alfred's and ask for Thomas.
Coincidentally, Knitgrrl will be doing a Dragon-Toe KAL on Ravelry in August, using the Karira Pattern. The colorway that matches the cover of the book comes from BMFA, Lemongrass. I happen to have a skein of it in Heavyweight so the current debate with myself is whether I go digging in the stash for something of the right weight or I indulge and grab a skein of the lightweight from Blue Moon. Now the problem is...who can just buy one skein from Blue Moon?
Join in the fun, they are planning on doing two more KAL for Steig's other books with colorways to match the covers. I do need to write up the wristlet pattern and I've been puttering around with a few other things too while I've been lounging around the past few months...
and this too...
Thank you everyone who has looked at The Handsome Seaman Scarf! All the people who have favorited or queued it on Ravelry Thank you too! Tall Gal has been smiling for a few days now...Finishing the pattern gave me a small case of startitis ....and instead of choosing something ginormous, even though I was sorely tempted to... I flipped through my sock books..
This little toe is from Wendy Johnson's new sock book. Socks are something that I enjoy making and I perused the sock drawer the other day and realized that I hadn't made myself any new socks in nearly a year, and second, because of that my comfy sock supply was kind of low. This is the Serpentine Sock pattern, I'm using sport weight yarn to give them the comfy around the house feel. I took the opportunity to learn a new toe up cast on, Judy's Magic Cast On. Traditionally I have used the waste yarn and crochet hook, but I decided to be adventurous. While it took me a few tries to get the rhythm down, I think I like! Definitely gives a slightly stronger toe, which considering that is the one place I almost always blow out my socks...this may be a keeper!
I am not doing the patterning on the foot, just on the leg itself. I generally don't run patterns on my feet when making the socks, both because no one sees them as a rule, and also if I am wearing shoes/boots often time the pattern presses into my feet and I don't like that...(yes I am picky on occasion)
Before I released the pattern I was in the middle of evaluating some UFOs that have been laying around here and debating on whether they were going to the frog pond or staying. One did actually go to the frog pond. A sweater pattern I had started two years ago, bought as a kit and I decided that given the geographic relocation Tall Gal underwent the yarn chosen for i was no longer appropriate. I still like the pattern so at some point in the future I will choose a more appropriate yarn for the significantly milder and less obnoxious winters here in the southern part of the US.
Several other UFO projects are lace shawls in various stages and I really have to think several times before ripping lace out...
There are also a few long term ones that I just can't bring myself to rip out for whatever reason...silly sentimental tall gal.
That left me with one sweater that I have the back done that I started last year. Anya. I need more kick around sweaters..even in the south. So I've put it back in my knitting bag that lives next to the desk to work on while work is slow during the day or when I'm just too tired to think. The other project that made it to the next to the desk bag when I know I have a long break coming is Anne Hanson's Bee Fields. I had started it last winter in a yummy spring green Alpaca Lace from Classic Elite. I had hoped to have it done well before now, but that didn't quite happen..... I love Anne's patterns and I have worked on a few. I am hoping to finish it this summer.
I did finish off one other thing this week....well at least the knitting portion of it anyway.
For now, its back to Friday's work load...have a great weekend everyone!
The pattern is based on a traditional seaman scarf construction, worked from the middle tail to the end with a provisional cast on and then the stitches are picked up for the ribbed neck and worked to the other end so both ends match.
The cable is worked on a background of reverse stockinette. The width of the scarf can be easily changed by changing the amount of stockinette around the cable.
Worked in a DK weight yarn, light enough to be a pleasure but warm enough when needed on cold days. The scarf blocked is approximately 12 x 55 and takes approximately 500 yards. Worked at a gauge of 20 st x 24 rows in the cable pattern.
The idea came to me when a friend was huddled into their coat and the wind was beating down the back of their neck. I decided a seaman scarf was just what was needed. The ribbed neck keeping the back of the neck warm while the cable is attractive to look at. Simple and elegant.I really enjoyed doing this pattern up and Tall Gal has a few more patterns in the works for the summer...
The pattern is for sale on Ravelry for $3.00 and can be found here.
There is also a link at the top of my blog to my Tall Gal Knits pattern page here showing all my patterns currently available with links to Ravelry for downloading.
I have survived yet another semester! Spring has sprung, the weather is warm flowers are blooming and its time for Tallgal to try to catch up a bit.
One of the things I did this spring while watching lectures is I made this simple, yet classic, sweater and spiced it up a it with some funky buttons. Buttony by Katie Marcus. An easy knit, done as a top down raglan, easy to work on while watching lecture videos.
My absolute favorite of this sweater are the funky buttons I picked out for it.
I had a chance to go to the DFW Fiber Fest in april and I came across a lovely blow glass button vendor, Bonny Beads. These buttons just popped out at me and said Buy Me Now! Bonnie had lots of beautiful buttons to choose from along with shawl pins, these won my heart.
The picture above on the sweater blocker is closer to the true color of yarn. I used yarn out of my stash! Yes believe it or not, Tallgal used up some of her voluminous stash. This is Jaeger's Extra Fine Merino Chunky, perfect for this sweater. This sweater is destined to be my fall run out the door sweater when it gets cool in the evenings.
I also in the depths of a week of really unpleasant wet and rainy weather decided to sparkle up my life a bit with a new scarf...
Last you saw this I was working on Kant...and working and working and working. (Yes I am glad I got thru the ethics class and may I never ever have to sit through another metaethics semester again!) Just the Easy Drop Stitch Scarf, spiced up in Artyarns Beaded Rhapsody and sequins. Every girl needs a little spring sparkle...
When I finished up these two I saw another candidate for lecture watching...Citron.
this little gem is being set aside until fall most likely, until lecture watching time occurs again..
I did spend a bit of time catching up some of my stash listings on Ravelry, as well I shamelessly enhanced my stash, added a few things this spring, some yummy Rowan, Madelinetosh and Sundara yarns to my collection, as well as some good sturdy basic Cascade 220 for some upcoming projects. If you want to take a peek, you can look here. My goal for the summer...GULP is to fess up to my entire yarn stash before classes starts again (yes I must be insane).
I did a few other things this spring as well...but we'll save those for another day. Right now I'm off to contemplate while working which project that languished this past school year I am going to pick up again, will it be Knit Spot's Bee Fields, Ella Rae's Anya, or possibly will it be Bad Cat's Snow Queen...., there are a few other UFOs floating around as well but those are the more current ones not needing to be pulled out of the dark recesses of the yarn room (cough cough promenade shawl, FLAK to name a few), or will I give in to late spring startitis and start something new??
Which do you think I'll do?