Monday, December 4, 2017

Free Yarn for a Good Cause!

Hello fellow knitters and crocheters! The folks at yarncanada.ca have reached out to me to help spread the word about their initiative to give yarn to groups knitting or crocheting for a cause.

So whether you're crocheting octopuses for preemie babies ...



knitting sweaters for penguins affected by oil spills...



knitting jumpers for chilly chickens...



or anything in between, please consider applying!

Friday, December 1, 2017

FO Friday: Moss Cropped Sweater


Pattern: A heavily modified version of Ariana by Novel Reed
Yarn: Cascade Yarn Pacific in Moss, held double
Needles: US Size 7

Unfortunately, the Ariana pattern is no longer available, but it was an invaluable jumping off point for my initial measurements and stitch counts.



My goal right now is to knit things that I'll actually wear (most of my handknits end up gathering dust in my closet). I figured the best place to start for inspiration was my own wardrobe. I have a favorite navy blue cropped sweater that I purchased a couple of years ago that I used as a rough template for this sweater. 



I used a top-down seamless construction (I avoid seams at all costs). I may rip the cast off edge out and redo it using Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off as there's not as much give as I would like on the bottom hem.  I was too excited to be finished so for now I'll leave it as is :)

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.