Sunday, September 7, 2014

feeling ducky

It's been awhile since I've finished a project that utilized my ever-growing and typically ignored pattern library (remember the Love Your Library challenge?), but for once I opened one of my books and knit something! These are some duck feet baby booties for one of my expecting knitting friends--I've been dying to knit them forever so it was fun to finally get to. This is the second pattern I've knit from the book Cute Knits for Baby Feet (the other: my snake socksss). Such a fun book! And now I'm officially caught up on all my August knitting progress.

Pattern: Quack! (link to my Ravelry project page)
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted ("sunshine," used about half a skein)
Needles: Size 6 dpn's
Mods: None!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

nalu mitts

  
Another late August finish!
 
Pattern: Nalu Mitts, another freebie! (link to my Ravelry project page)
Yarn: String Theory Merino DK (in the Radiant Orchid colorway, less than half a skein)
Needles: Size 3s
Mods: NONE! Super super fast knit. Would be perfect for last minute gift knitting. The traveling twisted stitches keep it interesting, and the rest is easy peasy. Ended up using a locking stitch marker for my "cable needle" and that worked out perfectly!


Friday, September 5, 2014

rainbow brite mitts

I was knitting faster than blogging last month, so I've got a bunch of finished projects to show off! Fingerless mittens have become one of my favorite ways to use a treasured skein of sock yarn. Who wants to hide this awesome rainbow goodness under shoes and pants? At first I wasn't totally in love with the light blue "sky" portions of this self-striper, but now I can see that it really helps set off the rainbow and make the rainbow "pop." Totally in love with these ... so comfy and slouchy! Now I have to wait for cooler temps to put them to use!

Pattern: Graffiti on the Metro, a freebie! (link to my Ravelry project page)
Yarn: White Birch Fiber Arts "Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow"
Needles: Size 2.5s
Mods:  Didn’t switch to smaller needles at the gusset. Instead, followed instructions and then decreased three stitches after putting the thumb stitches on waste yarn.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

knit night KAL

 Monday morning

Monday was a flurry of garter stitch ... I signed up for another knit-a-long this month, and made some super speedy progress over the holiday weekend. The pattern is "knit night" by Louise Zass-Bangham.You may recognize this yarn ... if you read this blog three years ago! That's right, this is the Claudia Handpainted that I picked up from a trip to St. Louis back in 2011. (so far I've knit up the Malabrigo, but the Colinette Jitterbug still remains in stash as well ... eep!) I've loved this yarn (colorway: turquoise jeans) since I laid eyes on it. But it lingered in my stash since I routinely fall in and out of love with knitting socks ... and I am not a huge fan of crazy variegated yarns for socks ... and only this year have I really got into making other stuff with my fingering weight stash like cowls, shawlettes, and fingerless mitts. Soo .... long story short, I'm really excited to finally be using this super yummy yarn! Garter stitch is always a favorite of mine, but especially for crazy variegated yarns like this. This pattern truly is perfect for working on during knit nights with your friends, too. You make a picot by casting on some, then casting off some at the beginning of each row, then knit across. No counting! Easy peasy! This is knit on size 5 needles, so it has a nice squishy drapey feel. Sooo in love! This one is already half done, so don't be surprised to see a finished object post soon!

Monday evening!

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.