FO Friday: Twofer

I have two finished objects to share today which is pretty remarkable, given my inability to focus on projects lately.

Campside

The first FO is a large shawl I made for a coworker who wears lots of clothing on this color palette and loves scarves.

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The pattern is a free one, Campside by Alicia Plummer. It starts with a stockinette section that’s followed by four sets of eyelet sections, each with fewer stitches between the eyelets than the previous section. It ends with ribbing which I really like the look of on a simple shawl. I blocked it gently and it still wound up huge, 56″ across and 25″ tall. My poor coworker can get eaten by the thing!

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I could not get my phone to take a picture accurately of the color, which is a heathery purple with lots of red in it. Regardless, I really love how it turned out and will certainly be making something using this pattern again.

Vestigial

The second FO is a pair of socks in a pattern I’ve not used before, Vestigial by Beata Jezek. While it’s a simple enough pattern to memorize, I did mess up a few times. I did them toe-up with a short row heel as I didn’t want to have to do any complicated counting.

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As usual, these took a month to knit because I got bored after the first sock. Maybe I should have two pairs of socks in rotation?

I’ll be back on Sunday with a review of the week which will have some other knitting content.

FO Friday: Twofer

WIP Wednesday 12/7/16

I’ve been a little bit all over the place lately, when it comes to my knitting. I started and finished both a dress for Lizzie and a pair of socks for my mother-in-law since my last WIP Wednesday post. Then, I found myself with a sudden gap in knitting projects. I knew I could finally start my Grinchalong project but felt compelled to finish one of my older WIPs that would be quicker finishes. This meant restarting work on the socks which are now for my Aunt Tricia or that scarf I, well, have never showed here and only have an inch done on, so far.

I sort of started everything.

First was a basic hat for an unknown recipient. I started this on Monday night, when I suddenly found myself with nothing to knit. I just sort of grabbed the yarn from my stash, a semi-appropriate needle, and came back downstairs to start on it. It’s, well, very red. The pattern is The Favorite Knit Slouchy, the yarn good ‘ole Cascade 220.

Then, last night, I was in the mood to, well, not work on a bright red hat, so I got out the cotton for my Grinchalong. I bought all of the patterns – well, other than the free ones – that I’d posted about before and randomly chose to start Echo Strike. I got just past that first contrast stripe but am not sure I really like how it’s working out so far. I’m not sure if it’s the colors or the pattern or what.

So, yeah, that got put aside. And now I’m working on the Monkey socks again.

What are you guys working on this week?

WIP Wednesday 12/7/16

Grinchalong

The lovely ladies of the Knitmore Girls podcast have an annual contest they call the Grinchalong. The only requirement is that you knit something that brings you joy.

I don’t normally knit for myself, between the curse of sweaters that don’t work out and the fact I can’t wear wool against my skin because it makes me itch. (Yeah, I know, weird that I can work with it A-OK, but start itching the second it’s against my skin.) But, I finally got smart and bought myself three hanks of DK-weight cotton.

It’s Berroco’s Designer Cotton (I think that’s the name of it.). The idea is to make myself something that’s got stripes or colorwork and a cowl or a shawl. Something I can wear when it’s a bit chilly in the office or I want to pretend I’m cool when I go out shopping.

So I turned to our good friend Ravelry and did a search for cowls or shawls, made in DK or worsted, and typically made with 2 or 3 colors, and have a photo….which left me with 1,207 patterns. Less than 200 went away when I limited it to Free or Ravelry Download.

Over the course of a few days, I actually went through every.single one of those patterns and narrowed it down to four options. Pretty impressive, eh?

As I’m still working on gift-knitting, I still have a little while to choose, but could really use some help. Each of these really appealed to me but has the possibility of getting boring in the knitting. If ya’ll don’t help me, I’m probably going to pick a number out of a hat come time.

Option 1: Copenhagen Calling

Option 2: Echo Strike

Option 3: Safety Scarf

Option 4: Edison

 

Grinchalong

FO Friday: Coworker Knits

I’ve been making lots of knits for my coworkers since late last year. Here’s a quick round-up of the last few I completed. Doing these in reverse order of completion. Yet again, I neglected to take photos in daylight (and Matt was busy doing some work stuff), so you’ll have to excuse my selfies in my spare bedroom.

Mini Fiar

When I was coming back from Germany, I didn’t really want to start another pair of socks and had with me a skein of dark gray Miss Babs DK and three colors of a Neighborhood Fibre Company gradient kit. After lots of Ravelry searches that morning, I chose to make a mini version of Fiar, a pattern from Irishgirlieknits. Because I had, oh, 15 hours of travel between the subway, trains, and airplanes, I was able to finish it before we landed in DC. I’ve got a darker shade of the same color that may turn into the same thing to use up the gray leftovers.

Trillian (the red one)

This is my second Trillian, a very easy pattern with that little bit of lace to keep you entertained. I used Miss Babs Yowza that I’d picked up a few months ago and knew I wanted to do something special with. Due to the much thicker yarn, this is a bit wider and much, much longer than the original. (No photos of my wearing it turned out, so here’s a photo of the edging I may have to re-block to open it up better.)

Close to You

This was the perfect combination of a great free pattern (thanks to the designer, Justyna Lorkowska!) and some cheap yarn. I picked up five balls of each of two different colorways of Lousia Harding’s Cassia Prints at Tuesday Morning. It’s really quite soft and comes in fun colors. Of course, it’s available at TM means it’s probably discontinued and/or hard to come by. I knit this up really quickly back in August, mostly because how nice the yarn felt in my hands.

Summer Camp

I knew I wanted to make this shawl as soon as possible after the pattern popped up in my “Patterns You May Like” section on Ravelry (okay, it’s techincally “your pattern highlights”). Laura Aylor designed this fun pattern that I’m certainly to make again. I’m likely to knit this again.

FO Friday: Coworker Knits

FO: Clapotis KAL

I finally had a chance to get a few FO photos tonight, as Matt works on well, work and Lizzie sleeps upstairs. You can’t hear it from there, but I’m singing along to a playlist of show tunes and blues standards (thanks to Pandora letting me combine two stations).

As you know, I did this as a KAL with my buddy Ana (who isn’t quite done but, again, she’s busy prepping for her thesis defense). I had a pretty chill couple of days when we first started, so I made rather quick progressed and finished in less than a week.

That’s after the first day.

This one, well, it’s only three days later.

The colors turned out wonderfully. I switched colors when I ran out of the previous one, with the exception of starting the final (bright yellow) ball when I was ready to start the decrease section.

This KAL reminded me while this was such a popular project for all those years. It’s easy to knit so not terrifying for beginners and just interesting enough to keep an experienced knitter from falling asleep. Perfect TV knitting, as they say.

I may just make another, this time in the shades of aqua I got on my trip to the NFC studios in early May.

(All of the project details are on my Ravelry.)

FO: Clapotis KAL

Mini Fun

I’m trying to be good and wait to actually start my Clapotis for the KAL on the start date, but I faced a problem last week. I quickly bored of making coasters. This left me with over a week of having nothing to knit that was calling me.

When we headed off to Shenandoah, I grabbed the first two colors in one of the gradient kits I picked up at NFC with no real idea as to what I wanted to do with it. On the way out, I racked Ravelry to look for ideas. Eventually, I decided to make a gradient version of Brickless, one of my absolutely favorite patterns.

But I miscalculated. At my gauge, I ran out of yarn after 4 of the required 6 repeats. While I did consider going in pattern until I completed the second ball – a deep orange – it just didn’t seem right.

An idea was born. Make little shawls for the little girls in my life. What little girl wouldn’t want a fun little thing to throw around their neck? Plus, they’re so small they won’t take much time but large enough to feel like an accomplishment.

Okay, so it wasn’t totally my idea. I’d already made one for a coworker’s daughter at her request, using the Imagine When pattern but stopping affter the third triangle.

I have no great FO photos of this one yet as Lizzie is currently in bed, sick and showing it on me just winds up looking silly. I do, however, have a few WIP photos and a silly car-wearing FO shot.

An earlier shot of the knit in progress. A later WIP – but still taken on the dashboard view – was in my BRB post last Saturday.

Yeah, the crazy person in the reflection is me. I had a nice, lovely field of grass I could have used but was being rushed by a certain tiny blonde human.

Up next: Using leftovers to make a tiny version of Sakura or maybe Imagine When or maybe….

Mini Fun