Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Late Fall-slash-Early Winter of Big Knits

My knitting the past three months has been all about instant-gratification. It was a very stressful fall as I worked to get everything ready to apply to graduate school, and I needed the type of knitting that I could just zone out to.



US Size 50 needles definitely helped


It tried to put on as many I could before my head disappeared completely :) I know, I'm hilarious.


Most of these were part of Christmas-knitting and I was not able to take a picture of all of the scarves before I gave them away. I was able to document a few, though, and if you're up for some instant gratification yourself, definitely give these patterns a try!



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Pattern:
Holding two yarns together, cast on 17
Row 1: k1tbl, p1tbl, repeat until end of row
Row 2: p1tbl, k1tbl, repeat until end of row
Repeat these two rows until desired length, sew two ends together
Needles: US Size 50, 25 mm


Made this one for my mom for Christmas!

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Pattern: Blue Brambles 
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
Needles: US Size 15, 10mm

So fun I made two!

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Pattern:
Cast on 17
Row 1: k1tbl, p1tbl, repeat until end of row
Row 2: p1tbl, k1tbl, repeat until end of row
Repeat these two rows until desired length, sew two ends together
Yarn: Premier Yarns Mega Tweed
Needles: US size 15, 10mm



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Quick Update with a New FO

In what may have been a personal record, I knit this scarf in the time it took me to watch one episode of Walking Dead with my roommate.


Using US size 50 needles probably helped.

Ravelry pattern link: here
Project page link: here
Yarn link: here


The pattern by Ravelry user Pollyfoofoo is based off a knit seen in the show Outlander:

(Honestly, every knit from this show is amazing)

If you have not watched the show, I highly recommend it (as well as the books). For more convincing, see this piece from buzzfeed here.


A real post with real project photos coming soon!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Works-In-Progress

Seven months later I am finally giving this blog some much-needed attention. After completing my senior thesis and graduating this past May, I now have much more time to knit (yay!) even while working a normal adult schedule.

One WIP is something you have all seen before as it has been on the needles for months now: Walpole.




While I love the look of this sweater and the yarn is super soft and I'm sure the end product will be amazing, I may be officially turned off fingering or laceweight knits for a while now. Just straight stockinette for rows and rows on end leaves me feeling pretty bored. With any luck maybe I'll start knocking off two or three inches week and get it done before the fall.

someday.......

The other WIP is a newer one. My friend's boyfriend's mom gave me a bag full of yarn she wasn't using and I am so grateful! In it there was a bunch of skeins of a great cotton/silk blend perfect for a summer top. I chose Berroco's free Espenson pattern.



This one is going a lot faster is much nicer to knit than wool on a hot summer day. The color is a very nice purple-blue.



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Friday, January 10, 2014

FO Friday: Modified Aidez


Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday season! I'm on the last few days of my winter break from school and am getting ready to head back to Boston.

Below is my last FO from December, but I didn't get around to taking pictures until very recently. I have finally finished my Aidez cardigan! I followed MariaOlson's mods to the T and I love it. While I love the cables of the original (and will probably make another using the original pattern before too long), I wanted to try the collar cables and center back cable of MariaOlson's version.


I had a lot of fun knitting this, and it really only took me two months (which is pretty good for me when I'm in school). I used Cascade Ecological Wool as many others have, but unfortunately needed a little over 2 skeins. My cardigan is a little too long for my taste, and I wish I had made it a bit shorter as it also would have saved me from having to buy a whole other skein just for a little bit of yarn.



This is my first raglan-style sweater and it is the style I definitely prefer. I learned a lot from knitting this and I am looking forward to knitting another one. This is also a sweater I know I'll wear (which doesn't often happen). Though it's not perfect, its coziness makes up for it. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Two Sweaters

School has been pretty hectic this semester and I am not getting nearly as much knitting done as I had hoped. I have been slowly knitting away at two sweaters. The first I've already talked about: my Walpole:





This sweater I knit purely when I'm on the bus or while watching a movie. It's repetitive stockinette is perfect for those situations. It is incredibly slow-moving, though, so I started another project so I would not get too bored.





This is the first sleeve of my Aidez cardigan which I've talked about the most on this blog. I've finally started knitting one of my very own and it is very gratifying to knit. It is also going much more quickly than the Walpole.



Do you have and WIPs?




Friday, October 18, 2013

FO Friday: Cozy Scarf (also a free pattern!)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was able to knit myself (and others) a few things while in Spain. One of my most favorite scarves while I was there was a dreamy silk/wool-blend cozy infinity. I didn't cheap out on the yarn this time as I really wanted to make this to not only stay warm during their unusually cool winter, but to remember my time in Granada.



This is a VERY simply scarf using only twisted rib and kitchener's stitch.



In case any of you out there wanted to make something like this, here are some simple instructions to get you started:

The scarf is twisted rib.

Materials:
Size 10 (6mm) straight needles
Any bulky weight yarn of your choice. 300-400yds
(I recommend a soft, single-ply yarn. I chose a super-soft silk blend)

Cast on 35 stitches (or provisionally cast on 35 stitches - tutorial here)
Row 1: K1tbl, P1tbl
Row 2: P1tbl, K1tbl

(Don't know how to knit or purl through the back loop? Check out this video)

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until scarf measures 54 inches long.

Graft two ends together.

(If you provisionally cast on, use the 3-needle bind-off)



Happy Friday!



Sunday, October 13, 2013

Back in Boston

I'm all moved back in for my final year of undergrad. I cannot believe how quickly these last three years have flown by. It's going to be a busy year and I'm already well aware of how little knitting and crafting time I have now. One thing I am very proud of: my tiny windowsill garden:



After a failed crop of green beans when I was 12, I never developed an interest in flowers/plants/growing things in general. This little windowsill, however, is making me so happy:



I did learn of some unfortunate news when I got back. Two of my go-to yarn stores in Boston had closed while I was away in Spain. A Good Yarn (the latter for me was more about the tiny dog that greeted you at the door than the yarn collection) and the Windsor Button both closed last year and now I am on a search for a yarn store in Boston. I'm looking to get some skeins of Cascade Ecological Wool to finally tackle the Aidez sweater. I hate the idea of all these LYS closing up, and I'd rather walk into a store than order on-line in certain cases.


My current work in progress is my Walpole. I'm am one to almost NEVER purchase a pattern or nice yarn (which is super cheap of me), but I've decided to step it up in the knitting world. If I'm going to spend a bunch of time knitting something, I want to love it and wear it. I also always love Hannah Fettig's patterns, so Walpole was an easy choice. I am using Berroco Ultra Alpaca.


It's slow going as it's fingering weight (even that is an understatement), but it's definitely a relaxing knit. I've started watching Lost (about five years too late) and it's perfect for knitting during a mini-marathon.



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