Friday, June 20, 2014

Stillwell Sweater


Fits well; more pictures to come. 


I modified so many things about this sweater that it will save time 
if you see it all summarized on my Ravelry Project's page


Pre-blocking and buttons...


My modified cowl & instructions can be found on Ravelry...
Knit on size 8 and size 10 needles, 
Patons Classic Wool Cream (1 skein), 
and Dark Grey (about 5 skeins, less than 10 yards left of the last ball)....

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Fleur de Lis Necklace...


Pretty necklace I made for a gift...
 


Saw this pretty jar and needle felted a soft bottom for the necklace to rest on....

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Flower Brigade...

Went on various trips to nurseries where I saw free range chickens : )















Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Madam Mim Finished!


Colors are a touch washed out from the direct sun...

872 yards of a 2 ply lace weight from 4 ounces : )


75% BFL, 25% Tussah Silk from Woolgatherings.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Wildflower Montage


Starting at the upper left moving right and down the flowers are as follows: Spring Beauty, White Trillium, Blue Phlox, Yellow Wood? Violet, Common Blue Violet, Spring Anemone, Foam Flower, and Jack-in-the-Pulpit. All of these bloom in early Spring (not now) but my camera and photo editing took time 

(New camera less than a year old, after being babied the entire time, decided to completely die. 
I'm back to using my surprise battery popping camera; any pressure on the battery lid/flap and the batteries spring out energetically from the bottom of my camera)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Lavender Feather Scarf


Epic knit in 10 days, feather & fan.


There were daily quotas of repeats....


Knit on size 7 needles, 
Knitpicks Stroll Tonal in the colorway Blue Violet.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Cowls...


Morning Glory Ribbed Cowl; knit on size 6 needles with 2? balls 
of left over yarn from my Morning Glory Sweater (Knitpicks City Tweed DK). 
My own pattern, lots of fun and a present to Mom for Christmas.


Teal Pretty Picot Cowl based on my shawl design (see tab above). 
Originally knit for Em but was rejected as too tight and now is for me : ) .
Knit on size 6 needles and used one skein of Knitpicks Gloss Fingering 
in the colorway Kenai.


Grape Garter Ribbed Cowl;  my own pattern knit for me out of 2 balls 
of Knitpicks Andean Treasure colorway Royal Heather on size 6 needles.
 I believe this was knit before my first Pretty Picot Cowl (above).


Pretty Pink Picot Cowl; knit on size 6 needles, a real theme for me apparently : ) , 
out of Knitpicks Shadow Tonal in colorway Summer Blooms; unfortunately this is discontinued.
Still have some of this left which needs to be knit up with another color to change up my use of this yarn...

Cowls are a true staple of my wardrobe because scarves are one of my least favorite things to knit.
The irony being I have about 14? repeats left of my Twin Leaf Scarf; 
maybe this  should be one of my Stash Dash 2014 goals...

Monday, May 19, 2014

WIP Update (While Uploading Photos)


Figured I give an update with what I'm working on while I work on the details of my finished objects like finding the correct links for the pattern. It occurs to me as I write out all of this that this may be why I'm not finishing anything...
  • Twin Leaf Scarf - It frustrates me that I have one 1/2 done and the other only requires something like 6 leaves (each leaf is 2 repeats and each repeat is 11 rows of no rest lace) before I have to figure out how to graft the ends together. I started this about 4? years ago and I want it off the needles.
  • Piper's Journey- I finished the garter section and I've finished about 3 repeats of the edging lace. I'm just now remembering the trick it was to make a semi-circle with pins while blocking my last.
  • Moonacre Affection Shawl- I'm in the 3rd? repeat of the tricolor section out of 12 so have a loong way to go yet but the colors are charming.
  • Granny Stripe Blanket- It will be done once I crochet my remaining balls of yarn (about 12?) into stripes. On the plus side it looks very pretty.
  • Stillwell Sweater- I am finishing the yoke colorwork after knitting both sleeves (turns out if you increase 2 stitches before you do the colorwork at the bottoms you can knit the pattern w/o funky counts; guess how many times I ripped out before I got them to work (3? times) ), figuring out how to attach them to the rest of the sweater (that was fun), knitting the soul sucking short rows across the 2 sleeves and back, and figuring out in each row and section of the yoke how to get the colorwork to line up correctly while factoring in the decreases (not sure if this is due to my chart reading skills but I have doubts due to the sleeve colorwork fussiness). I have also determined that I will have to lifeline above the garter bottom, rip the garter out and use any remaining yarn I have to knit 3+ inches of 2x2 ribbing because it is determined to flip up. Yay.
  • Spring Stripe Socks- Finished the first and am at the heel flap section of the second, these fly when I actually work on them.
  • Hermione's Everyday Sock/Gauntlets- The yarn continued to pool so I decided to use them as pretty long gauntlets and make more after this in grey to simulate armor. I have one completed and just need to wind the yarn into a ball as it decided to explode before making the second.
  • Shades of Purple Socks- So pretty, just into the stockinette. I still have lots of pretty stripes to knit before reaching the heel flap.
  • Purple Feather & Fan Scarf- Cast this on a couple of days ago for a gift, I'm trying to finish this within 2 weeks, we'll see how far I get : )
  • Blue Jeans Viajante- I'm midway through my second skein out of 4 and loving the simplicity of just knitting in endless circles and watching the yarn stripe.
  • Buckeye Stripe Cowl- Started this May 3rd and crocheted on it through May 4th and haven't touched it since although it promises to be very pretty.
  • Pink Picot Cowl- Just need to finish this stockinette section, do a picot row, and short stockinette/garter to finish up. The color pooled very fetchingly although the colrway is now discontinued.
  • Wooded Traveling Woman- Just finished the first repeat, need to move these off my addi turbo's. I really don't like their stickiness; but the yarn is absolutely gorgeous (Blue Moon Fiber Arts Waltzing Lobelia).
  • Once Upon A Time Sampler- Finished April and now need to start May. I've made changes to every month so far and I think I'll change the color of the cottage.
  • Spring Sampler- Finished 5 blocks out of 25 and 11? frames. Very pretty so far.
  • Strawberries, Cream and Chocolate Spinning- Just finished the first bobbin 5/15 and into the second bobbin. Very satisfying to spin, it's a 40% Merino, 40% superwash Merino, and 20% silk. (Woolgatherings)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Baby Knits




It's been so long since I last posted not because I haven't been knitting (it was one of the only things keeping me sane), but because free time, my camera, finished knitting, and no immediate deadlines couldn't seem to coincide. I think I've taken photos of most of my finished objects, (I just remembered I haven't blocked/woven in ends/photographed my Hungarian Horntail Shawl) and I have high hopes about photographing my WIPs.


This is actually a commission knit, the pattern is Purl Soho's Chevron Baby Blanket 
and knit on size 11 needles with Knitpicks Brave Worsted held double. 
It was fun to knit and I believe I finished it within 2 weeks?


The Leftovers were enough to make a 3 month size baby hat and baby booties. The patterns are the magic coffee baby hat by Tracey Kay and Eco Baby Booties by Jen Gontier, respectively. 
The hat was knit on size 7 needles and so were the booties.


I have a feeling these will be some of my go-to baby knits as they remained amusing through all the weaving of all the ends.

The colors of Knitpicks Brava Worsted I used are: Robin's Egg, Camel (I swear it looked lighter in the catalog), Dove, Sky, Mint, Canary, and White.