Archive for April, 2010

Purple Stripe Socks

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Here are the first pair of socks I’ve knit entirely in 2010. This is unusual for me as I normally knit about a pair a month all year long.

Purple Stripe Socks

Purple Stripe Socks

Purple Stripe Socks

Pattern: Yarrow Ribbed Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Jo-Ann Sensations Bamboo & Ewe Pattern
Needles: 2.5 mm circulars
Notes: My criteria for this yarn was a simple pattern and ribbing for stretchiness since this pair is a gift. Since I’ve knit several of the other simple ribbed patterns from Nancy Bush’s Knitting Vintage Socks book I selected one I hadn’t knit before (not that they’re much different). My modifications were to add an extra 6 stitches for a total of 72 stitches around, to knit my standard slip stitch heel, and to use that rounder toe where you decrease 6 stitches every round instead of 4. I guess I should find out what that’s called so I can refer to it properly!

Anyway, they’re basic socks that fit the bill of letting the yarn be the focus.

WIP Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Sock mojo has returned! These two pairs are the only socks I’ve knit so far this year (I did finish a pair in January, but it was only the toes).The past couple of years I’ve come very close to a pair per month so this is unusual for me.

1. Purple Stripe Socks – only an inch or two left before starting the toes.

Purple Stripe Socks

2. Clover Socks – this is a free pattern I found on Ravelry. I was looking for a pattern/yarn combination for socks to give to a friend and this one jumped out at me as the right one. 🙂

Clover Socks

10 Shawls in 2010: Shakespeare in Lace – Rosalind

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

This is my SIXTH shawl for the 10 Shawls in 2010 Challenge. It also happens to be the most intricate shawl I’ve knit so far this year which was somewhat of an adjustment after all the instantly rewarding smaller projects I had been knitting.

Rosalind

Rosalind

Rosalind

Rosalind

Pattern: Rosalind by Sivia Harding
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Shetland Wool in colorway Ganymede
Needles: US 4 Circulars
Notes: Rosalind was the last shipment of Shakespeare in Lace for the 2009 membership. It arrived last December when I was busy working on gift knitting so I set it aside until April 1 of this year.

I’m really happy with how it turned out! It’s quite heavy in this yarn so I’m sure it will be warm and cozy. Plus the yarn is rustic which, to me, means I can wear it with nice jeans.

The only modification I made was to omit the beads. I also knit this pretty tightly on these needles because I didn’t want the shawl to be enormous. As it turns out, it is only a couple inches smaller than the finished size stated in the pattern.

My finished size is 72 inches wide by 30.5 inches deep. By weight I estimate I used 1019 yards.

Rosalind

WIP Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

I’m feeling sick and have stayed home from work so I’ll keep today’s WIP post short.

1. Rosalind – off the needles! It will be a day or two before I can block it due to being sick.

Rosalind

2. Purple Stripe Socks – moving along.

Purple Stripe Socks

Shakespeare in Lace: Cleopatra

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Would you like to see something different than my 2 purple works in progress? It’s about time I showed you the first shipment of Shakespeare in Lace for this year. I never like to show it right when the kit arrives as there may be people who haven’t received it yet; I’d hate to spoil the surprise. I’ve had the kit for a month now so I know it’s safe.

The pattern is Cleopatra (Rav link) by Lori Law of Oceanwind Knits. Of course, the yarn is dyed by Anne of Wooly Wonka Fibers. Isn’t it gorgeous and rich looking? It also has beads that I forgot to photograph.

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

I have the yarn wound and ready to go, but I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll start this immediately after Rosalind or take a break from large, complex shawls for a few weeks.

One thing I did know is that I wasn’t going to let myself start Cleopatra until I had knit Rosalind! When Rosalind is finished I’ll have a complete set of the Shakespeare in Lace 2009 shawls.

WIP Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

This week I bring you more of the same. Both my projects are progressing nicely and after the first couple of days I settled into the rhythm of working on projects that stick around for a while.

1. Rosalind – at this time last week I had 3/6 repeats of Chart B finished. Today I have 5.4/6 done. I’m getting excited to start Chart C which is only 20 rows and after that the Border pattern is 20 more rows (I think those are the numbers, I don’t have the pattern in front of me). However, it is taking me almost half an hour to complete two rows so I doubt I’ll be done by next Wednesday. I should be close though.

Rosalind

2. Purple Stripe Socks – cast on and carried along with me everywhere I go! It’s nice to have an easy pair of socks on the needles again. They are so perfect to work on when only a few minutes are available or when disruptions are going to happen.

Purple Stripe Socks

That’s all for now! I’ll forewarn you now that next week might be more of the same. 🙂

WIP Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Finally I have started a project that will stick around for more than one WIP Wednesday. 🙂 The smaller projects I’ve been knitting have been very enjoyable. To be honest I had a bit of a mental hurdle to get over at the thought of going back to a complex project.

1. Rosalind – this was the last shipment of Shakespeare in Lace 2009. I received the kit in December, but because I was busy with Christmas knitting I set it aside. Now that we’re into 2010 far enough that I’ve received the first kit for this year I thought it was high time I get going on Rosalind. I cast on April 1st and currently have finished 3/6 repeats of Chart B.

Rosalind

2. Purple Stripe Socks – I’ll be casting on for these today since the rows on Rosalind are getting too long for me to knit on it outside the house.

Purple Stripe Socks

10 Shawls in 2010: Yellow Cloud Ishbel

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

This is my fifth shawl for the 10 Shawls in 2010 Challenge. For such an easy and quick shawl the results are great!

Ishbel

Ishbel

Ishbel

Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Jaeger Mohair Art in yellow (yarn is discontinued)
Needles: US 8 Circulars
Notes: Knit exactly per pattern for the small size. I did use a larger needle as I wanted the shawl to be open, airy, and light in this yarn. It took 2 skeins with only 8 yards to spare which means I used 316 yards. Finished measurements are 60 inches wide by 22.5 inches deep.

Ishbel

March Madness: Red/Black Mrs. Beeton’s

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

My first project for March Madness was a pair of Mrs. Beeton wristwarmers and so was my last.

Mrs. Beeton

Mrs. Beeton

Mrs. Beeton

Pattern: Mrs. Beeton by Brenda Dayne
Yarn: Jaeger Mohair Art, Cascade 220 Superwash in black, Elann Peruvian Highland Silk in red, and Lamb’s Pride Superwash in black
Needles: US 6 Circulars
Notes: These were true stashbusters. I had to scrounge for enough yarn to complete the wrist sections as the black Cascade 220 ran out more quickly than I expected. I like how they turned out though! On all my past pairs I held the mohair together through the wrist section. This pair I didn’t do that because I used mostly worsted weight for the wrist.