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project :: all wound up

Early this summer, I was happy and delighted to be asked to knit some samples for my favourite yarn shop All Wound Up. I joke that’s my local LYS even though it’s in another country.

I had to keep these projects under wraps until the Christmas showcase that happened last weekend, and so now I’m going to highlight what I got to work on.

Brittania Toddler Sweater. The pattern is by Tin Can Knits and this pattern, as with all of their patterns I’ve worked with, was a delight to knit. The yarn is Berocco Vintage DK.

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A simple cable pattern up the centre with diagonal eyelets and garter stitch. It was interesting to knit and got me back into some cabling grooves.

Modular Christmas Stocking. This pattern is by Nona Davenport, one of the owners of the shop. In her pattern she offers many different design options for you to choose from to make your own stocking unique to you. The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash.

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It’s been awhile since I did colourwork and it was fun. I need to do more of it, although I had to research again how to hold the yarns to get the dominant colour knit. I can’t even remember which it is, but I did save a youtube tutorial for the next time!

Freeport Cardigan. Oh my, this was a bit of a challenge and got me to work on my cabling skills as well as other things that I haven’t done in a long time. With Nona’s suggestion of colour coding the cable charts, it actually went very smoothly and the yarn, an aran weight, made the project go quicker than I thought it would. The yarn is Berocco Remix.

Of course I decided to start this when we were having our hottest weather. I would situate myself at my dining room table so the sweater would rest on the table and not me and I then pointed the fans in my direction. Iced lattes helped as well.

Wussypillow Beret and Mitts. Actually I made only one mitt, and it was a long one! This had a very simple charted pattern and despite it being fingering weight, knit up pretty fast. The yarn is Anzula Nebula and it’s sparkly!

Tiny Window Cats. These little puffs of kittens were so fun to do! I was provided with four different colourways and tried to come up with some different combinations of kittens. A lesson learned however, don’t use wood DPNs as they might (will) break when trying to fiddle with the ears. Metal will do nicely.  The yarn is Berocco Vintage DK and it’s being sold as little kits at the shop.

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So that has kept me pretty busy the last few months, trying to make the deadline and get some of my own projects worked on. My hands have knitter’s fatigue right now, so I’m taking at least a week, maybe two, break before I cast on for a pullover sweater for myself.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t crochet! Moorland Blanket.

The blanket was inspired by the moors of England. From the green hills to the purple wildflowers to the blue skies. The pattern is by Lucy at Attic24 and the yarn is Stylecraft Special DK, sold as a package through the Wool Warehouse in the UK.

My goal was to get it finished and I did get it done! It’s amazingly big even though I made it smaller than the pattern. There will be lots of cuddling and cocooning under this blanket this winter.

Fall Shawls

Okay, I think I’m good with autumnal shawls this year. I’ve been on a craze lately finishing wips, starting new shawls, spontaneously buying yarn for another… With the cooler weather around here now, I find that I’m usually wrapped up in a shawl so they all are definitely being used!

For my watercolour mood: my HandPainted Eyelet Ridge Shawl.

 

The yarn is KnitPicks Stroll Bare Sock Blanks. My sister and our friend Julie and I spent a fun afternoon dyeing our blanks. I was going to make socks, but decided to make a shawl instead. I’ve made my pattern a few times for myself out of lace or handspun, but I didn’t have a shawl out of fingering weight yarn. Now I do.  Ravelry Link.

In the mornings when I wake up early, it’s cold in the house. Our furnace doesn’t kick in until 7 and I’m usually up at least an hour before that. My Mysteries, She Wrote shawl is what I wrap myself up in to keep cozy while I have my first coffee o’day.

 

I started this in May when the KAL started but set it aside to work on summer projects. I picked it up again to finish and voila, my cozy mornings shawl.  Ravelry Link.

Fresh off the needles is my Spice Market Shawl. The pattern is Sweet Shoppe Shawl, but given the colours I chose and the season, I’m spicing this up.

This was a totally spontaneous purchase. I was visiting my LYS, Urban Yarns here in North Vancouver, and I saw a sample made up in colours almost identical to these. It looked fun, (polka dots! stripes! picot edge!) and I really wanted to work with this yarn, Peppino by Rhichard Devrieze. It looks and feels very much like Koigu and lo and behold, Rhichard was a dyer for Koigu. The yarn is a superwash merino and it is gorgeous in colour, textural in feel and really soft to wear. I’ve got it on now and it’s keeping the chill off while making me feel a little like wonder woman. Ravelry Link.

 

So that is what I’ve been up to. There’s been other knitting happening as well. I did a lot of sample knitting for All Wound Up and I’ll write another post about what I made for them.

Next up for me, work continues on my Moorland Blanket. Crocheting is a very welcome change from knitting, as well as swatching for a new sweater for me. Happy October!

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finished : started

Finished: Diamond Rib Socks in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Hydrangea. Soft, cozy, scrumptious.

Size 2.25 magic loop needles.

Started: Peruvian Poncho. The pattern is Wrapped Up by Susanne Sommer (Sosu). The yarn is various skeins of baby alpaca that I bought on our trip to South America last year. These are from Lima, Peru. I’m not sure if I’m going to use all 7 skeins. They are all different colours and it might be a bit much, but then again it might work. I’m making up the colour progression as I go.

Yarn is 4 skeins of Indiecita Alpaca DK and 3 skeins of Inka Tradition DK, all 50 grams each. The needles are 4.5mm circulars. The garter stitch really makes this soft and cozy. That seems to be my requirements lately. Soft and Cozy.

I’m trying my hardest not to cast on another project. But I may slip up and do it anyway!

Silk Road Wrap

The long and winding road…

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This pattern was a long time in the making and lived many different lives. It was a long skinny scarf. It was two panels sewn together, it was a shoulder wrap and finally it is a poncho.

I started this as a light summery wrap to take to Italy, way back in 2014. It turned out longer and skinnier than I really wanted, but I do still wear it as a long scarf. Lace is such a nice thing to wear wrapped around your neck, especially clutching bowls of delicious gelato!

Gelato anyone?

Next I did two shorter but deeper panels and tried sewing them together to make a top/poncho type thing. But no… I didn’t like the way it draped. The panels weren’t long enough and I had wings. So…. I ripped that one out before I had a chance to even take a picture of it! This was something I knit on our trip to China and Southeast Asia last March 2015. (and played well into my idea of calling it Silk Road)

Versions Three and Four: a shorter shoulder wrap that I still like. I wear it with a shawl pin. I knit the 4th one (below) on our cruise this last March 2016 around South America. It was an epic trip and I got a lot of knitting done, and I was inspired to keep at it and get the pattern written by our fabulous knit group on the ship. Oh my, I miss our knitting sessions in the martini lounge!

But as soon as I finished this, I thought… Hmmm no, what I REALLY want is for it to be longer so I can sew it up along the top edge and wear it like a poncho.

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I reworked the numbers and repeats, braced myself for knitting it AGAIN  and voila, the fifth and final version!

I used about 900 yards of lace weight yarn. Warning: there are a lot of stitches in each row. For the Roman Stripe pattern, the stitches almost double for 2 rows…. a mind-boggling 520-ish stitches! But it goes fast, I promise!

This is lightweight, soft as only merino-lace can be. I’m looking forward to wearing it this summer as a cool cover up over a tank top.

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Right now I’m offering the pattern Free for the month of May. (It will be $4 starting June 1).  It’s my birthday today and I wanted to give you a treat and a thank you for supporting our little yarn business. The link is here to the Ravelry page.

Enjoy and happy knitting!

knitting along

I’m going to do it. And it starts today. I’ve got some yarn dyed and I just downloaded the pattern. My goal is to have it done when the KAL: Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along ends, so I can wear it at our Clendenin Family Reunion in June, in Ohio. I think it will be perfect (hope hope hope).

I’m going to knit the Bonny, a lovely sleeveless lace shell with a gorgeous detail in the bodice. It’s lightweight, it’s knit in the round and should (hope hope hope) take one skein of lace that I dyed last year.

Since it’s bottom up, I will do a provisional cast-on. That way I can add a bottom detail if I need it a little longer for my tall torso. And if I run out of my 880 yards, I have lots of lace leftover from other projects to add at the bottom. I think a little colour blocking would be interesting.

Time to start winding that yarn and pour more coffee!

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