Archive for January, 2013

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.

Barton Cottage Shrug

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

A long time in the making, my Barton Cottage Shrug has been finished since just before our cruise and yet I haven’t found time to show it to you! I have this thing about sweater sized garments – I’m always afraid I’ll put all the work into knitting them, only to not be happy with the end result. My initial reaction to this one is “I love it”. I can hear you asking, “my initial reaction?”. Well. It looks awesome on my dress form, but on me I think it looks too small.

I’m contemplating sweater surgery to add 2-3 inches in length, though I haven’t wrapped my head around how to add that same length to the ribbon casing. I suppose I could also block the heck out of it as the first blocking I was careful not to stretch out the fabric. (Yeah, I’m going to try this. Throwing it in the sink now.)

Barton Cottage Shrug

Barton Cottage Shrug

Barton Cottage Shrug

Barton Cottage Shrug

Pattern: Barton Cottage Shrug by Kristi Schueler
Yarn: Knit Picks Shadow in colorway Spring Green Heather.
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm)
Notes: I knit the 34.75 inch size after reading comments that the sizing stated in the magazine ran large compared to how Kristi designed it to fit. Normally I would go with a size closer to 38 inches. I don’t think this was necessarily the wrong size for me to knit – the jury is still out until I try re-blocking it.

One of the things I always wonder about sweaters knit in lace weight yarn is ‘how much yarn do the really take?’ as the patterns always seem to use huge hanks of yarn and they don’t really tell you how much yarn was ACTUALLY used. My first skein of yarn (440 yards) made it from the cast on at the neck, all the way through 5.5 inches below the armpits. A second skein finished the whole sweater. I used 836 yards, 95 grams. Now if I add 3 inches I’ll probably be closer to 1000 yards.

Orbspinner Stole

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Anne Podlesak has a new pattern release for the new year – Orbspinner Stole, based on her Orbspinner Scarf pattern. It is knit in laceweight and can be worn as a stole or folded up and worn more like a scarf. Very versatile!

Orbspinner Stole

Orbspinner Stole

Orbspinner Stole

Orbspinner Stole

Orbspinner Stole

Pattern: Orbspinner Stole by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Arianrhod Lace in colorway Winterfell.
Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)
Notes: The yarn that Anne sent me to knit this in is her Arianrhod Lace. It is stunning – with a hint of sparkle that is impossible for me to capture in the photos. Like all stoles, the center panel pattern repeat can get repetitive, but I find if you get in a rhythm the repeats go by fairly quickly.

I used 1020 yards, 116.5 grams for a finished size of 21 inches by 70 inches.

Orbspinner Stole

2012 Recap

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Happy New Year! What a change from last year when my post said that the weather was sunny and a high of 50 degrees. This year we have crunchy, crusty snow on the ground and freezing temps. I’m really glad New Year’s eve is over. The horses are never thrilled with fireworks and with frozen ground I was worried about them getting hurt if they ran around.

This year I knit less total projects, but a higher amount of yardage (not by much though). To think, I still have 6 projects I haven’t even shown you on the blog yet – my Barton Cottage Shrug, Orbspinner Stole, a test knit scarf that cannot be revealed for another month, and my Mom’s Christmas gifts.

2012 Projects

14 total projects:
– 6 pairs of socks (nearly 7)
– 2 pair of fingerless mitts/wristwarmers
– 1 scarf (test knit to be revealed later)
– 2 shawlettes
– 2 shawls
– 1 cardigan

for a total of 6,648 yards.

Let’s get one project that I haven’t shown you off the list right now. Noro Mitts, much like the ones I have made in the past.

Noro Mitts

Noro Mitts