Friday, August 15, 2014

chevron cowl delight

Chevron delight is exactly right! My other major piece of vacation knitting was knitting the second half of this cowl. I used exactly two skeins of sport weight yarn from my favorite self-striping indie dyer, String Theory Colorworks. I love how most of her colorways alternate longer stripes with smaller ones, making fun patterns. It's sooo hard to accurately photograph this colorway. The modeled pic is closer to accurate--the pink is more raspberry (my favorite!). Between this and my fine tune cowl, I'm totally set for winter now!

Pattern: Chevron Delight Infinity Scarf, a freebie! (link to my Ravelry project page)
Yarn: String Theory Colorworks Orbit in the Muon colorway (used two skeins)
Needles: Size 4 Addi Turbo's
Mods: Used three-needle bind-off instead of kitchener.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

little georgia peach socks


We just got back from the gorgeous Georgia city of Savannah. We drove, which meant I had an amazing amount of knitting time to enjoy--nine hours one way! So I have some great vacay knitting to update everyone on.  The picture above is of the famous fountain in Forsyth Park. We walked and walked and walked on this trip--honestly, it's the best way to see Savannah and soak up the old south feeling of the city. I didn't appreciate Savannah until we walked it! The many squares and the amazing live oak trees were my favorite part. Along with tons and tons of beautiful but creepy Spanish moss, that really set the mood:


With two little kiddos we didn't take any of the many ghost tours, but I'm not surprised there are plenty of ghost sightseeing spots. The whole city felt old and had a little bit of a creepy vibe (in a good way). It reminded me a lot of New Orleans--but much more family friendly and less seedy (and much safer!). I was ready for something instant gratification, so I made my first-ever toe-up and short-row heel socks for my daughter. So. much. fun! I think I may have finally stumbled unto my version of sock knitting nirvana. I love the Turkish cast on, so I can avoid kitchener-ing the toes, and with Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn bind-off the top of the socks are plenty stretchy! I'm really excited to dig into the toe-up sock patterns already in my pattern library now.

Pattern: Super Sock Calculator, free! (link to my Ravelry project page), knit the size 5-9 year-old sock size
Needles: Size 2s, magic loop
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici, in the Peachy colorway (used less than one skein)
Mods: None! But I just did regular short-row heels, not the shadow short-row heels the sock calculator author uses.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

blocking is magic, part four

Blocking was essential on this one! Pre-blocking, this kerchief/shawlette was super tiny. Super, super tiny. And then, voila! Magic as usual! 

Pattern: 198 yards of Heaven (another freebie!), link to my Ravelry project page
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted (colorway: Apricot, used up .90 of the skein)
Needles: size 10 Addi Turbo's
Mods: Luckily I'd read other knitter's project notes before starting. This pattern is deceptive, because as written there are very few repeats. You keep thinking, "surely I could add a repeat--look at how much yarn I have left!" But alas, you really don't have enough. So I followed the pattern as written, and still ended up casting off early (around row 6 or so of the pattern).  The pattern also calls for a garter lace edge, but I wasn't feeling it so stuck with the same pattern of stockinette and purl columns. My bindoff wasn't loose enough, so I wasn't able to achieve the points others have. Next time!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

dragon love

Well, every unicorn needs a dragon friend right? I spotted this free pattern when looking at unicorn patterns, and just had to make it next. I love, love, love how this one came out! I like how the pattern instructs you to stuff and sew the legs, etc. on as you go--you really feel like you are making progress and aren't left with an overwhelming pile of limbs to sew on when you're done knitting.

Pattern: Tarragon the Gentle Dragon (free pattern!), link to my Rav project page
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted  (used a little less than 1/2 a skein of the red, and less than 10 yards of "Orange You Glad")
Needles: size 6 dpn's for the body and legs, and size 5 dpn's for the spikes and wings
Mods: smaller wings! I cast on 22 instead of the 30 the pattern calls for, and started the decreases at that point in the pattern. Then I knitted five rows in stockinette after the last double-decrease row. Decreased two stitches by p2tog at each edge on the next row, and then decreased another two stitches with a ssk and k2tog at the each edge of the next row (six stitches left on needle). Stopped, keeping needles live on the dpn and made second wing. Then was able to three-needle bind off to connect the bottom edge and sewed the rest together. Next time I'll stick with smaller spikes too, as the large spikes roll quite a bit.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

cupcake factory

Last week was a flurry of birthday celebrations, so cupcakes were in order! I'm always drawn to those awesome decorated cupcakes but I totally lack piped frosting skills. Utter failure. So I was super excited to see a picture of these owl cupcakes on Pinterest, as it was something my abilities could handle!  

Let me break it down: eyes are regular Oreos with the top taken off. Mini Oreos (the grab 'n go snack bags) for the iris of the eyes. Split the removed top of the Oreo in half to make the eyebrows. And add an M&M on its side. That's it! They were a big hit at the party, and super easy to make--I would definitely do these again!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

unicorn in a day

After my frustrations with my Multnomah shawlette and false start making a starfish spa cloth, I needed an immediate win. Rebecca Danger's 50 Yards of Fun to the rescue! Now I will be the first to admit that the body shape of this unicorn is a bit ... nontraditional. It reminds me of a "splat the cat" version of a unicorn! But my daughter loved it immediately upon first sight. And it was literally finished in one day. More like one morning, if I hadn't been interrupted so many times mid-progress. Total win in my book! You'll probably see more of these in the future as the "baby unicorn" needs some friends, according to my daughter ...

Pattern: Undersized unicorn by Rebecca Danger (link to my Ravelry project page)
Needles: Size 5 Knit Picks Harmony interchangeables, plus DPNs
Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Worsted (white, less than 1/2 skein), Knit Picks Swish Worsted (Lotus, used 5 yards max), Horn made with a yard or so of Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton
Mods: Did a three-needle bindoff at the back end of the unicorn instead of kitchenering. Love this pattern! Fun, fast! Love the shape of the ears and the little details! Didn't need to insert a pipe cleaner to keep the horn standing up.