Project: Scarf

Drive by FOs, before all the Olympic knitting!!

A stash buster! This yarn should look familiar. I used it two years ago to make a Swallowtail shawl for my friend Elle. I had enough to make a pair of socks out of each yarn, but I could never find a pattern for either. I loved how this turned out, even if I ran out of the light blue yarn about six inches from the end, Luckily, I had enough to finish, and add tassels to the ends to make it fun. I’ve been wearing this in all the crazy weather we’ve been having lately. The only ‘mod’ I made was striping the two different yarns with one another.

Baktus |Farmhouse Yarns- Fannie’s Fingering Weight & Knit Picks Bare – Superwash Merino/Nylon Fingering Weight

| US 4  [3.5 mm] | 19 Jan – 30 Jan 2010
I was supposed to make my brother in law a cheesecake for his birthday, but due to our current living circumstances, finding a kitchen in which to bake is difficult. His feet were cold, and I offered to make him slippers instead. I cruised the Ravelry pages, and TA DA. I wanted to make these slippers anyways (and I have the pink and black yarn to make a striped pair), so this was the perfect opportunity for a dry run.
I had to run them through 1 1/2 cycles in the washing machine for them to fit my BiL’s feet. He loves them, and they fit perfectly. This pattern is really well written, and I can’t wait to make a pair for myself. I cast on for the largest size, using the green for the cuff, and then knit 12 inches before starting the toe. I’m really glad I did, as I barely had enough to finish the second foot. I think I had maybe 2 yards left over.
Elf Shoes | Patons Wool Classic in Bright Red & Bright Green | US 10.5 [6.5 mm] | 2 Feb – 3 Feb 2010
Another something for the BiL. He asked me for a scarf… oh… about 2 years ago. I finally got around to knitting one for him. This pattern was a good knit for being around people, as there are only two rows that have patterning. I love the knit on i-cord edging, which I’ve never done before. I plan on using it on the edge of a scarf I’m reknitting for Matt. It ended up being 7″ x 70″, and I only did 8″ of ribbing on either end.
Luke’s Toasty Scarf | Caron Simply Soft | US 8 [mm] | 15 Jan – 8 Feb 2010
Something for me!
This hat was infuriating.
Oh, don’t get me wrong, it was easy to knit, fun to knit, and the pattern, once I relearned how to read English, was well written.
The problem was that I knit it as written and it was too small.

I don’t know many grown adults that have 16″ heads. I ripped the hat out, screeched, and then cast on again. And then cast on again, since I forgot to make the 1×1 rib from the Italian cast on to a 2×2. Once that was all figured out, I sat down and finished this in one evening. The only real modification I made to this was to cast on stitches for an extra repeat around, and then knit enough repeats for the man hat.
It fits perfectly now, and I love it.
Koolhaas | Dream in Color Classy | US 5 [3.75] /US 8  [5] | 6 Jan – 11 Feb 2010

Making little lap quilts and things-to-put-on- leather-seats-in-the-car-to-keep-my-bum-from-freezing-off present nice stash busting and quilting technique opportunities.

Enter a zigzag quilt. I got the idea from Nettie at A Quilt is Nice. I loved the sea theme she had, and thought that I had something in the stash that would work as a prototype. The turquoise is leftover from the black and turquoise quilt I made for a friend for her birthday. I used that for the plain stripes, as well as for the backing. The 50s Coke fabric is left over from my brother’s eight grade home ec boxer shorts sewing project. He brought the leftovers home for me because he knew that I would use them. Seven years later, I have. It wasn’t nearly as tedious as I thought it would be, nor as hard.

I learned that I need to be more fussy about what size my squares are if I want nice points on a machine. The tape and glue method gave me a nice, wrinkle free back. I’m really happy with how it turned out, and am planning to make a large zigzag quilt for my brother when I have worked through my fabric stash.

Socks! If my sock yarn stash and fabric stash were to have a fight, I’m not sure who would win. The fabric is older and wiser, but there’s a LOT of sock yarn.

These are my basic sock recipe for this yarn, which is Elann Esprit Print. It’s the stuff I’ve been using for Matt’s feet, and I took a girly color way out of his stash to use for my own. I think I had maybe 6 yards left over, total. I like a sock that uses up almost every last inch. They are about an inch shorter than I would normally make them, but, being cotton, will make a nice edition to the spring/fall sock wearing months when I need socks, but not wool ones.

It seems I’m knitting quite a bit of cotton right now. The only active thing on my needles is a Lady Eleanor.

I’m knitting it out of Noro Matsuri. It’s about an 80/20 cotton wool blend, so it’s a lot softer than other Noro yarn I’ve felt, and it’s a cabled construction, something I’ve never used before. It does have a lot of knots, two or three in a ball of yarn, but I’ve learned that it’s to be expected with Noro.

About a third of the way done, and I’m loving the color changes. There’s a neon pink down at the bottom, and I thought it would look horrible, along with that blue, but the other colors mute the brightness. I can’t wait to get this done- it’s going to look great with my black coat.

The yarn for this didn’t come from the stash. Webs was having their annual year end close outs, and I was able to get the yarn for a reasonable price. Happy Christmas to me.

Are you knitting/sewing/crafting/updating only from your stash this year? How do you balance stash knitting and casting on with what you’ve just brought home [from the store or from the post office]?

That whole “blog more” thing isn’t working out as well as I would like it. School hit like a barge full of rather large, smelly things and it’s taking up more time than I thought possible. But that has not kept me from knitting. Actually, the amount of reading/writing/procrastinating I am supposed to be doing makes me knit more and faster. I think it’s because my fingers and the Yarn know that I have a limited amount of time, so I have to get as much in when I can.

It’s amazing to me how fast Eunny Jang’s Endpaper Mitts knit up. They went from this:

Endpaper Mitts

To this:

In no time at all. I think it took me about 2 weeks to finish them, but that was working on them only when I had a spare moment. I can knit 3 repeats a day of stranded knitting before my hands start to get tired, so I think I could whip out a pair of these in a week, no problem. I am thinking of making a pair of Endpaper Mittens- I cooked up a chart in Excel, did some Math [Math here meaning I guessed and measured and guessed some more] and am hoping to start those soon. I’ve been wearing these mitts every day! They keep my hands warm and I could make 90 milliony.

The weather has been cold and I have been wearing a lot of my hand knits. There is something so satisfying knowing that you’ve made something pretty and practical. I’ve received a lot of compliments on the hand knits I’ve been wearing- mostly from other knitters! I am taking a history class this semester [Burial/Ritual in Medieval Europe. The teacher looks like Professor Trelawney- I’m not kidding] and at the end of the first class I overheard someone saying “I can’t possibly buy MORE fibre!” To which I responded “There is NEVER too much.” There are actually a group of us fibre folks in my history class and one of them is Lisa from Ravelry [Hi Lisa!].

Pine Cone Scarf

This is my little Pine Cone Scarf, knitted from left overs from my Wyvern Socks. It’s light and just right when I need a little something around my neck.

I’m also working on my first honest to goodness lace shawl. I have been browsing all over Ravelry and blogs and am amazed at all of the lovely shawl and stole patterns available. The people who knit them seem to get through them so quickly, and they always looks so light and airy that I just had to try one. I had originally thought of doing Anne Hanson’s Cluaranach– but the yarn wasn’t right and I think I’ll wait until I get my graduation silk to knit that one.

I read that the Icarus Shawl was simple and good for people who “only want a little bit of lace.” Since it is my first shaw, that sounds good to me.

So instead of reading for school, of course, I cast on for Icarus:

Icarus Shawl

This is actually a practice for me; I am going to knit another one for my mother-in-law out of yarn salvaged from a sweater my father-in-law gave her that had holes in it. This one has weird pooling, but I don’t mind. I LOVE the colours. This is two repeats in three days, but those purled rest rows are getting long and longer.

Lastly, this is my travel project. I always have a pair of socks on the needles:

Striped Valentine's Day Socks

Love Day is soon, in two weeks, and it’s important to the husband that we celebrate it. We try to show love for one another everyday, but we also like to set aside the time to something really nice. It’s an excuse to get dolled up all fancy and enjoy each other’s company. We are a fairly low key and casual couple, preferring jeans and sneakers to skirts and high heels, so we take the chance when we can. I’m knitting Matt the socks above because they are obnoxiously colourful and I know he’ll love them. I have about three more repeats to knit on the leg and I’m done. I should finish them today.

Ugh, there is no sun today, and I’m never home when there is, so I’ll try to get better pictures soon.



It looks like the picture on the top today, I’d rather it look like the picture on the bottom.

Have a great weekend!

EDITED TO ADD: Stitch Marker Sale This is the etsy shop of the blogger Aija at sockpr0n. I LOVE her stitch markers- she uses semi-precious stones and pearls [haha, I almost wrote purls !!]. They are really well made- the jump rings are CLOSED and the stones don’t shift around on the head pin. I love using them even when I don’t really need a stitch marker- they are that nice. They are pretty enough just to wear alone as pendants or jewelry. I have two sets, one on the way, and am always looking to see when she updates. Go! See! Buy!
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