Monday, April 06, 2015

Tidal Pool Cabled Headband

My sister asks for very little, so when she texted me with a knitting request, I was right on it. After a few questions back and forth to figure out what she was looking for, I ended up with this result. Unfortunately I didn't manage to finish this up before the end of the season, but I am very pleased with how it came out.

The color is fabulous, and this yarn is from fairly deep stash. I had acquired it at the Somerville Yarn Swap that we ran in 2010. Yikes 5 years ago! This was a great use for a single 50g skein, with some left over.

Pattern: Knotwork Cabled Headband (free Ravelry download) by Lucy Liebenstein
Yarn: Knit Picks Merino Style in Tide Pool (discontinued)
Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm

Mostly I followed the pattern, except for performing a provisional cast on so that I could graft the stitches in the end rather than sewing the cast-on and bind-off. Not only did it make me feel very clever, but the grafting produced a much stretchier and comfortable headband, with no seam.


Monday, February 09, 2015

Something Bright Amid the Snow

Another Monday in Boston, and so it it time for another major snow storm. I had cast on a bright pair of Water for Elephants socks (free Ravelry download) to offset the world of white and gray outside.

Not only did the MBTA close down rail service at 7pm today, but it will also be down tomorrow Tuesday 2/10/15.

Stay warm and safe out there New Englanders. Are you making anything particularly awesome to lift your spirits this week?

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Resistance Mitten One

Like much of New England, we have had many days indoors recently due to snow. This was great motivation to work on a pair of colorwork mittens. One is done and I a started on the second.

The pattern is Ingress Resistance Mittens by Alysania (free Ravelry download). Ingress is a mobile phone game that gets you out walking around. We have been playing for over a year, and it has been a great excuse to move more, see new places, and meet some great people.

I will be glad to get out and playing again, but in the meantime, the next best is making something to keep my hands warm. Stay safe out there!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Teal Jaywalkers

In other news, I knit something not just in garter stitch. Hooray! Once the blanket was getting annoying to carry around, I started a pair of socks. These are mine! It has been forever since I have knit a pair for me. How did this go for more than 2.5 years?

Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina (free Ravelry download)
Yarn: Regia Design Line Ombre Stripe (discontinued) in color 4483
Needles: US 1 / 2.25 mm
Size: small

Salvbard and I bought this yarn last spring break at a little yarn shop in Quebec while on vacation, but unfortunately I can not find the name of it. The yarn is a Kaffe Fassett designed one, that is sadly discontinued. I love this the colorway, which is totally me.

As mentioned previously with my Clapotis, I seem to avoid the super popular patterns for some reason. I can see why these became so popular, as well as why some people had so much trouble getting them to fit properly. After making this pair, I would not make these for someone who I couldn't have them try them on to make sure they could get them to stretch over the heel to put them on.

In general though, it is a great pattern. Grumperina does great work as always, and I made no modifications. I did make these two-at-time magic loop, however, and started the stripe repeat at the same point so that they would match.

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Sunday, December 07, 2014

How much kitchener in garter stich?!

In a stroke of unprecedented luck, it turns out that the (ridge) row gauge for the rainbow pieces exactly matches the stitch gauge for the white in garter stitch. So I can pick up one stitch per ridge, and it is perfect. I find that I love how the alternating horizontal and vertical garter stitch gives it just a little bit of extra structure, avoiding weird stretching.

After knitting the first horizontal panel, I discovered that it really is much, much nicer if I pick up on the second vertical panel and then kitchener in garter stitch rather than another seaming method. It is beautiful, invisible, and not irritating to the touch on the back side.

Remind me again that this is worth it?

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Miles of Rainbow Garter Stitch

These days I feel like my brain is falling right out of my head. So I have been knitting a great deal of garter stitch recently, ultimately it will be a blanket amount. It is just about the right speed for me these days. Cast on, knit for 200 garter ridges (which is almost exactly one skein).

Bernat Mosaic has some really lovely color graduations, so that is very entertaining. To preserve the gradual color change and prevent muddiness, I am knitting this at only a few inches wide. Then the strips will be seamed together with neutral colored borders between them.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Blue Hat

A while ago, my community began to rally when a member was diagnosed with breast cancer. As a story, it is perhaps unremarkable, but there is something powerful whenever you get a chance to see a community come together like that. At the time I did not know E very well, but she has many ties to people who are my chosen-family.

So I joined the knitting campaign to provide her with soft, beautiful hats for her chemo. Since then I have gotten to know her more, and she is a really strong, beautiful person. I hope that this hat served her well both then and continues to do so in the future.

Yarn: Reynolds Odyssey in colors 409 and 410
Yarn Suppliers: Windsor Button (closed) the Wool Basket (closed)
Needles: US 9 / 5.5 mm

I didn't use a pattern, as this was just a quick, simple hat.

The yarn I chose was something special. Odyssey is one of my favorite yarns for color interest, softness, and nice ply-structure, and both of these balls were from closed yarn stores I had been fond of. The ball of blue was unused, but the teal was from both the blue spiral hat and a DNA hat that I made for my sister, both well loved hats.

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