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Legendary Knits volume 1

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Have you all seen Legendary Knits volume 1 by Anne Podlesak? It is a collection of 8 patterns inspired by fairy tales, myths and legends. It is available as an e-book and also as a gorgeous print book. Last year I knit the Scheherazade Stole sample for this book. Later in the year I went on to knit 2 other projects from the collection.

Scheherazade Stole

The next 2 photos are copyright Kristen Brooks Photography.

Stole, photo copyright Kristen Brooks Photography

Stole, photo copyright Kristen Brooks Photography

Scheherazade Stole

Pattern: Scheherazade Stole by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Nimue Sock in colorway Brocade and Black Dahlia
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
Notes: This stole is knit using slip-stitch colorwork, meaning that you are only ever knitting with 1 color at a time in your hand, though you will use 2 colors to complete the row. It is not difficult so don’t shy away from giving it a try if you haven’t ever done it before. The place to take the most care is when you switch from purple to yellow – here you need to twist the yarn together to prevent holes between the purple border and center panel.

Take care with the center panel that you knit it loosely enough. Before blocking the center will be highly textured, after blocking it flattens out and drapes nicely.

Icarus Socks

Legendary Knits v1: Icarus Socks

Legendary Knits v1: Icarus Socks

Pattern: Icarus Socks by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Ceridwen Sock in colorway Brocade
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
Notes: Love how these turned out! They are pure luxury knit up in Anne’s Ceridwen Sock yarn. I thought I might gift them, but after trying them on for photos there is no way I’m giving these up.

The motif is easy to memorize and the socks are knitting up quickly since I keep telling myself, ”I’ll just do one more motif before I set these down.”

I started these using the M/L size and then ended up ripping them all the way back to re-knit in the S/M size. They have plenty of stretchiness for me in the smaller size and were really too large before (I must have given up my death grip on sock needles because I used to be able to knit socks for myself at 80 stitches around).

Sleeping Beauty Cowl

Sleeping Beauty Cowl

Sleeping Beauty Cowl

Pattern: Sleeping Beauty Cowl by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: Elemental Affects Natural Shetland Fingering in colorways Old Gold, Ochre, Lime Juice, Mustard Field, Purple, Teal, Berry, and Cranberry.
Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)
Notes: Finished size 8.5 inches tall by 24.5 circumference. Maybe I should have gone down a needle size. This was my first time knitting with Shetland and the sticky yarn took some getting used to.

This was a great learning experience. I’m very happy with the finished cowl and looking forward to improving my Fair Isle technique going forward. One mistake I made with this one is that I held the background color in my left hand throughout and the foreground color in my right hand. If I had held them the other way it may have made the bright colors show up more.

And, coming up in a few weeks…
Anne has started to release the patterns from volume 2, in which I knit 3 of the samples. If you want a sneak peak some of the patterns have been released on Ravelry.

Drip Candles Socks

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Gosh, it’s been so long I hardly know how to do a finished object post anymore. These socks though – they are so colorful and fun that I felt they deserved a post of their own, rather than only appearing in my recap of 2013 knitting. I like them so much I know a 3rd pair is in my future.

Drip Candles Socks

Drip Candles Socks

Drip Candles Socks 2

Drip Candles Socks 2

Drip Candles Socks 2

Pattern: Drip Candles by Kirsten Hall
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, full details on the blue socks and the orange socks
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Notes: Love this pattern. You can’t put it down as you want to see how the colors play out since they are ever shifting. It is great for using up leftover yarn, but do note that due to the stranded nature you will use more yarn than a normal pair of socks.

Ok, notes on the actual construction. I knit both pairs of mine top down, only because I have top down cast-ons and heel turns memorized. Also, if you notice on Ravelry many knitters have foregone the ribbed pattern on the leg in favor of making the leg like the foot. I would not recommend this. Sure, it is pretty, but the stranded pattern on the foot doesn’t have any stretch to it and won’t fit the leg as well as the ribbed pattern. Both patterns do fun things with the yarn colors.

I wanted to knit these a year sooner than I actually did. I was intimidated by the stranded pattern, worried about gauge. As it turns out I did knit the foot pattern too tightly (the leg is actually not stranded, it is slip stitch so only 1 yarn at a time) and had to rip back about an inch and start again. Part of the learning curve of stranded knitting.

2013 Knitting Recap (a little late)

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

So we’re over a month into the New Year…better late than never.

The top row, left 2 projects are from Legendary Knits volume 2 by Anne Podlesak of Wooly Wonka Fibers. These two patterns are part of an 8 pattern book that is in the process of being released as you read this. Top row, right project, are the Dragon’s Egg Socks also by Anne Podlesak. These socks (yes, these actual socks) are the ones that are photographed in the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits magazine as I had the pleasure of knitting the sample pair.

In the second row are 3 projects from Legendary Knits volume 1. The left two are projects I knit for myself and on the right is the Scheherazade Stole that was a sample knit for the book. With the exception of the Sleeping Beauty Cowl, all of the yarn shown in the top 2 rows was hand dyed by Wooly Wonka Fibers.

Third row features my Rainbow Harvest Moon in which I discovered a new pattern designer, Heidi Kirrmaier. Love the finishing details in her patterns. Then we have 2 more patterns with yarn by Wooly Wonka Fibers. Unsinkable which was a special collaboration between Anne and Kirsten Kapur for the anniversary of the Titanic sinking and Alexia which was a Shakespeare in Lace Club pattern.

Finally, 3 colorful pairs of socks. For more details about any of these projects please see them on my Ravelry projects page.

2013 Knitting Recap

13 15 total projects:
– 5 pairs of socks
– 1 pair of fingerless mitts
– 1 scarf (sample knit to be revealed later)
– 1 shawlette
– 2 shawls
– 1 cardigan
1 3 cowls

for a total of 6,920 7,378 yards.

ETA: Oh my gosh, how could I forget two more cowls? I had not marked either of them as complete on Ravelry. Will update with photos and yardage later today.

Ruffly Neck Warmer and Blenheim Cowl, neither of which I marked complete on Ravelry because I never uploaded the final photos of them.

2013 Knitting Recap

Also, I wanted to say that I accomplished two knitting goals last year: to knit something with my handspun (Blenheim Cowl – the red/purple yarn is my handspun) and to get comfortable with stranded colorwork.

Unsinkable

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Unsinkable

Unsinkable

Unsinkable

Pattern: Unsinkable by Kirsten Kapur, Through the Loops
Yarn:
Wooly Wonka Fibers Arianrhod Sock in colorway Iceberg.
Needles: US 8 (5 mm)
Notes: This yarn/pattern combo are absolutely stunning. The pattern, though a small shawl, is quite intense to knit in the beginning since it is cast on from the long edge and then most of the patterned section is knit/purl/knit/purl.

Finished size (while pinned on blocking board) = 80 inches long by 13.5 inches at the center point. 6 inches tall at the ends.

Only had THREE yards remaining. Yikes. My gauge was odd though, 17 sts & 27 rows in 4 inches. The pattern called for 15 sts & 27 rows.

Unsinkable

WIP Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Unsinkable is off the needles and ready to be blocked. No pictures until it is finished.

Day 12 of Tour de Fleece. I have continued to spin each day. The purple mixed fiber is finished. It amounted to about 200 yards and may be worsted weight at 11 WPI. This is the first time I’ve tried to measure gauge using WPI so it’s really anyone’s guess. For sure I’ll need to knit a swatch to get a better idea.

Purple Fiber

Next up is Wooly Wonka Fibers Polwarth in colorway Provence. This is spinning up so quickly! After just a couple days of spinning here and there I’m almost halfway done with the 4 ounces.

Provence

My goal now (besides to keep spinning each day of Tour de Fleece) is to pick a pattern and knit something with one of my handspun yarns.

WIP Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

This week I am working on Unsinkable. One more row and I’ll be into the stockinette portion of this shawlette. Yay for that! The patterned portion is intensely ribbed, constant back and forth with the yarn. I’m ready for some plain knitting.

Unsinkable

It’s also day 5 of Tour de Fleece. I have been able to spin at least a little bit each day, even if all I can fit in is 5 mins at lunch and 10 mins in the evening. Tonight I am ready to ply.

Tour de Fleece Day 4

Cruise Socks

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Finally done! These socks were my travel knitting when we went on our Panama Canal cruise last year. When we returned from the cruise I set them aside to do Christmas gift knitting followed by test knitting. Imagine my surprise when I picked them up last week to find that only the toes remained to be knit. Instant gratification.

Do you like my little helpers? They must have thought the bright colors resembled carrots.

Pattern: Pomatomus by Cookie A
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in colorway Bittersweet
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
Notes: Love this pattern. The first time I knit it I was really pushing my skills in terms of socks and knitting from a chart. I had to pay very close attention to every single row. Now, several years of experience later, the pattern is a breeze in which I only have to refer to the chart when the motif changes.

For fun, here is the first pair of socks I knit from this pattern (also knit with Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock).

Pomatomus Socks

Alexia Shawl

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Yes, I know I’ve been missing in action. Today is my birthday and as good day as any to start blogging again. This year I’ve knit 4 projects, this is the 2nd one that I can reveal. The other two are test knits for patterns that have yet to be released and those will be revealed in due time.

For now though, here is Alexia! Seeing these photos really makes me want to find a pretty summery dress to pair this shawl with. Not that it does a bad job of dressing up jeans!

Alexia Shawl

Alexia Shawl

Alexia Shawl

Alexia Shawl

Alexia Shawl

Alexia Shawl

Alexia Shawl

Pattern: Alexia Shawl by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Artio Lace in colorway Heartsease.
Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)
Notes:What a fun shawl! This shape was a new one for me and I was so excited to try it. I love how the detailed vertical panels separate the motifs and divide up the shawl. Once finished, the shawl seems to sit very nicely on the shoulders too.

The picot cast on may seem a little bit fiddly in laceweight yarn, but give it a try. Once you’ve done a dozen rows it gets easier.

I used 835 yards, 4.7 grams remaining. Finished size of from the neck down the back is 18.5 inches, down the vertical ivy lace pattern is 20 inches (I took these measurements today; the shawl has been off the blocking board for a month at least). This shawl was released as part of Anne’s Heroine’s Shawl Club. As such it will not be available outside of the club for a couple more months.

Don’t miss the gorgeous photos of this shawl that Anne’s photographer took. You can find them on here on Ravelry.

Just for fun – I was playing around with these photos in the free Photoshop application on my Surface tablet.

Alexia Shawl

Harvest Moon

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

My crazy cardie is finished! I love it. I will be doing a stay stitch around the collar where it joins to the yoke, but I’m still considering it finished.

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon

Pattern: Harvest Moon by Heidi Kirrmaier
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Tweed in 12 colorways
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)
Notes: I knit size L1 using 12 different colors of Tweed. This yarn is discontinued, but if you really want to know what colorway number any of these are, I can tell you. The garter stitch collar took 105 yards. The rest of the yoke took 200 yards. After that, each one of the color stripes used as close to a full skein (109 yards) as I could get while ending on a WS row. If you look at the photo of my remainders below, the lightest pink ball is 5 yards. In total I used 1260 yards.

This pattern has great details. All of the edges are well thought out and the pockets are really amazing. It was a slight bit challenging to knit this in stripes. If you do it, my recommendation would be to buy extra knitting needles so you don’t have to put stitches on holders constantly. Because I had a limited amount of yarn and I wanted to maximize my stripes, I had to knit the body and the sleeves at the same time which meant switching back and forth between the body knitting, to the a sleeve, to the other sleeve.

Harvest Moon

Crazy Cool or Just Plain Crazy

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

I have a new cardigan on the needles. This is Harvest Moon by Heidi Kirrmaier; the yarn is Plymouth Yarn Tweed (discontinued). The idea to match yarn and pattern came to me in mid-December, right when I was working on Christmas and birthday gifts. After the idea marinated for a couple weeks I was still anxious to cast on, so cast on I did…

Rainbow Harvest Moon

Rainbow Harvest Moon

Rainbow Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon, 3 colors

Rainbow Harvest Moon

When I had finished the 3rd color I had my doubts. I thought the stripes were too bold and your eye would get stuck in one place. After putting it on my dressmaking form for a day and running my thoughts past Anne, I came back to it and liked how it looked. Knitting continued to the point you see now. With each new color it looks a bit different. So far I like it more and more, but I’m not going to lie – it’s the kind of thing that will either be brilliant or hideous in the end, and which one may all depend on the eye of the beholder.