Friday, February 3, 2017

FO Friday: Snowflake Hat



My knitting recently has been driven largely by practical (and selfish) reasons. I knew I wanted a hat with a pompom and I wanted colors that were pretty neutral (my warmest winter jacket is purple, so I try to keep my knits more muted in color). I only had one skein of the blue yarn, and it was so pretty I wanted to make sure I used it for the right item. So far, this hat has gotten plenty of use. 


Pattern: 
My own (I may write one up in the future)

Yarn:
Quince & Co. Owl in 'Cement'
& An unknown white wool

Needles:
US 8

I knit this with the both yarns held at once so it would look variegated. It also was a tight knit meaning extra warmth. 




The pompom came out much better than I thought it would at the beginning. I hardly make them so every time I do, I realize I lost my cardboard cut-outs, have to scrape up some recycled cardboard, relearn exactly how it's supposed to be done, and spend way too long trimming it. I'm still not completely satisfied with it (I wish it was fuller, for one). It works for now, but I'm thinking I may just give in and buy one of the fancy 'pompom makers.' It just seems silly when it's possible to make one without it. 



The wool is also a bit itchy. I'm not sure if it's the fault of the Quince & Co. yarn or the unknown skein. In the future, I think I will limit myself to just soft yarn for headwear. 




Wednesday, January 25, 2017

WIP Wednesday: Improvised Top-Down Raglan




While below-freezing temperatures and gray and cloudy days keep me indoors, I decided to start an improvised top-down raglan sweater.

I have one (store bought) cropped knit sweater that I get a lot of use out of. Loosely based off this and this pattern, I thought I could likely create my own. I decided of stockinette sleeves and moss stitch for the main body.

I have already nicknamed this sweater 'moss on a Mississippi tree stump' because 1. the color, 2. the stitch pattern, and 3. Michael Scott made that particular analogy in an episode of The Office I was watching when I was knitting this.

 I'm not sure yet if this is going to fall in the 'ugly sweater' category, but we'll see how it turns out.


Friday, January 20, 2017

FO Friday: Toronto Honey Cowl



It's done! This was a very enjoyable knit -- easy enough to knit while watching a movie or TV (or, in my case, while studying for a qualifying exam). 


Pattern: 
Yarn: 
Needles:
US7 




Malabrigo Rios is definitely one of my favorite yarns to work with and it is very soft. I've unfortunately lost the labels for the dye colors for this yarn, but if I do find them I will update this page. While knitting this I fondly referred to them as 'mermaid colors' because of the greens/blues/purples. 

The scarf is not too bulky and may actually be better for the late winter/early spring. Below freezing temperatures here in Western Mass still have me reaching for my bulky wool scarves. 







Friday, December 16, 2016

FO Friday: Garter Ear Flap Hat


The semester is finally winding down, but while I should be working on my term papers, putting the finishing touches on baby knits is the perfect procrastination opportunity (and blogging about it). 


Pattern:
Garter Ear Flap Hat from Purl Soho 
(Ravelry link here). 

Yarn: 

Needles:
US7


One of my friends from my economics program recently had a baby girl, and I love the chance to try out some of my favorite baby-sized patterns. I had finished this hat about a month ago, but had dragged my feet weaving in the ends and adding the tassel. It's been freezing here the last few days (temperatures here have been close to -16 F with the wind chill) so I was finally motivated to finish it up, and I hope this hat is up to the challenge.

Short rows kept this pattern interesting, and the small size makes this a quick knit. As with the case with most hats I knit, it came out a bit big -- thankfully she has a lot of growing to do! 






Thursday, December 1, 2016

WIP: Toronto Honey Cowl



While grad school has kept me almost 100% occupied (and this blog almost 100% quiet over the past year), I have had the chance to continue working on my Honey Cowl. While visiting my boyfriend's family in Toronto last March, I stopped by a knitting store named Yarns Untangled in Kensington Market. The shop was incredibly cute -- it was not too big but they had a nice, curated selection.

I always like to buy yarn when I visit a new city, and when I saw the Malabrigo Yarn Rios I immediately thought of this modification of the Honey Cowl. The two colors I chose are little closer together than the ones in the original modification, but together these two have a sort of seaside/mermaid-y theme with the blues/purples and then greens/light blues.

The pictures unfortunately do not do justice to these colorways.

The pattern itself has been easy -- good for knitting while watching Netflix or while traveling. I've decided to just knit until the yarn runs out. I hope to have it done before winter really sets in.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Free Pattern: Snow Scarf



In contrast to the pattern I posted last week, this one is for a scarf that is huge, super warm, and easy to completely wrap your neck/face in (thanks in part to some seriously awesome yarn). 

This a modified version of the infinity scarf I made last winter (read about it here). I decided to undo the seaming an make it a more traditional scarf. 

Pattern: Snow Scarf

Materials:


Pattern:

  • Cast on 17 stitches
  • Row 1: *K1, P1, K1 repeat from * to end of row
  • Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 60 inches from cast on edge
  • Bind off loosely, weave in ends





I may retroactively add some tassels.
Stay warm!


Friday, January 22, 2016

FO Friday: Mochimochi Land Snowpeople

*Disclaimer: I was sent a free Mochimochi Land kit to review on my blog by the people at YarnCanada.ca. All opinions are my own*

First of all, these are the cutest things I've ever knit and I can't get over them. I was never big into knitting or crocheting amigurumi or any of those small toy patterns, but these little guys may have changed my mind.

This kit comes from the people at Yarn Canada but the pattern and kit themselves are the creation of Anna at Mochimochi Land. While you can order directly from her, Yarn Canada is helping to bridge the shipping gap for those folks in Canada.



The kit comes in a small ziploc with pattern instructions, stuffing, and yarn. DPNs are not included. 
I did have minor issues with almost running out of some of the yarn (I always leave a long tail when casting on) but was able to finish both snowpeople without dipping in to my own stash. 


The pattern instructions were very easy to follow, and each one took me less than an hour. I found the embroidery aspect the most difficult, and I think the pattern assumes a certain familiarity with embroidery (that I definitely don't have), so the hands on one came out a little weird looking. It also led to more waste on my part of the black thread (and almost a crisis of running out). 

Took advantage of some fresh snowfall to put these lil' guys in their natural habitat

Overall, an incredibly enjoyable knit. At yarncanada.ca, they are selling them for CA$14.75, which may be a little steep for personal use, but would make an excellent gift for the knitter in your life.  I think I may turn them into ornaments for next year's Christmas tree :)