Archive for the 'Finished Objects' Category

Harvest Sock

Behold. For it is plied and it is good.

harvest sock
This skein comes in at 4.5 ounces and 390 yards. I will not divulge exactly how many days it took to ply it (several), how much was left on the bobbins (a lot), and what I told Myles D. Kitty I would do to him if I caught him playing with it (a noose may of been mentioned).

Sisters

sisters jumper

Pattern: Sister’s Jumper, available from Fiber Trends
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash, colour #822
Needles: 24″ and 16″ Addi Turbo Circulars

This was a quick knit for Lamb’s Ear Yarns in Tacoma. It was also the first time I have ever followed a pattern without changing it several times. The models in the pattern were knit originally with Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece which produced some minor gauge issues but they were easily overcome.

Phoenix Socks

phoenix socks

Diamante by Deb Barnhill, Fall ’06
Needles 32″ Addi Turbo Lace needle, 2.5mm (1 US)

I changed the pattern from a gusset heel to a short row heel and used every last bit of yarn I had. When I bound off the second sock (for the third time, le sigh) I was left with just over a yard of yarn. These socks were my first experience with the Addi lace needles and I love them in a way that is both and unnatural and illegal in 13 states. Since these were finished I snagged a 47″ version of the same needle I can use the Magic Loop method to do two toe-up socks at once.

The Birthday Scarf

finished pink clapotis

Yarn: My own hand dyed pink silk in Bubble Gum
Needles: Lantern Moon size 8 US straights
Pattern: A modified version of Kate Gilbert’s Clapotis

I modified Kate’s shawl pattern into a scarf and then knit about 4587245987 repeats to get the length. I used roughly 210 yards of the yarn I had. I did not block it because I don’t think between the drap and the natural urge to curl it would of done any good. Happy birthday, Bethany! I hope you like your gift.

Sockapa-WOOHOO!

finished socks

Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in Fred Flinstone
Needles: 2.75mm (US 2) 6″ Crystal Palace DPNs
Pattern: My own toe-up blend

For once I managed to finished and mail a pair of Sockapalooza socks before the deadline! These went to Bev in Philly. She requested fall or winter colours, line burnt reds or ambers. I think Fred Flinstone fits that request prefectly. I did these toe up with a magic cast on and afterthought heel. I then did a picot edge before binding off with a needle six sizes larger (all while my knitting group made comments about me being anal and uptight). My only hopes now are that Bev likes her socks and that they fit. My feet are considerably larger than hers, and while I knitted them to the measurements she provided, Murphy’s Law states that they will be the most ill-fitting socks she will ever own.

Baby Surprise Jacket

finished

Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann, out of The Opinionated Knitter
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in Rolling Stone, heavyweight
Needles: Size 4 US 24″ Addi Turbo Circulars

I snagged the button from a local yarn shop that I practically have to be dying to go into, I dislike the place that much. Thankfully it is a PERFECT match to the blue and green in the yarn.

This is being gifted to Melinda and April who are expecting a son next month. Melinda is the Director of Religious Education at the local UU church and an all around kick-ass person.

Lizard Ridge

lizard ridge

Pattern: Lizard Ridge by Laura Aylor
Yarn: Noro Kureyon in the following colourways; 102 (four), 154 (three), 153 (two), 170 (two), 180 (two), 92, 134, 138, 159, 164, 165, 166, 182. Cascade 220 in black (for seaming) and teal (for edging).
Needles: US 8 (5.0mm) 24″ Addi Turbo Circular

Six weeks of marathon knitting, seaming, and crochetting later, the blanket is done.

A few notes on the project. I alternated skeins in each block, rather than the ends of one skein. I mattress stitched the entire thing together. When it came to the edging I dropped a hook size so I could single crochet around the edge and not have to guess where I put the hook. This resulted in a slight ruffle that went away when the blanket was blocked. There are plans to back the afghan this fall. Despite the pretty looks it has, it is made out of Kureyon and is bloody uncomfortable to cuddle with.

What’s The Story, Morning Glory?

I don’t have a lot of time to spin. Between things like taking care of the beast kidlet, school, and making sure I remember to both brush my teeth and my hair, I’m not left with huge amounts of time left over. And when I do, I do things like sleep. Or knit. Or dream about knitting. You get the idea.

This is why it is rather amazing I actually got something finished.

morning glory

This is 250 yards of 2-ply, fingering weight, silk and merino. I bought the roving back in July at Stitch N Pitch from Spin Alpaca (the fact there was no alpaca involved was not lost on me). It was a wee two ounce sliver of 50% merino, 50% bombyx silk in Morning Glory from Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks. And into the stash it went, for fear that I would horrible fuck it up when I spun it.

Fast forward to mid-December of last year. I finally gathered up my cajones and pulled the roving out, split it into two, one ounce balls, and set to work. I had figured I could knock out the spinning before class went back into session at the start of the year. I was wrong. So wrong, in fact, that I only had spun about 1/4th of an ounce in that two week period. So I slogged through what I had, finally finishing the first half in February.

About two weeks ago I finally got the second half of the roving done. It sat on the bobbins for that time while I contemplated how badly I would fuck it up while plying it (sense a theme here?). While Misterpants was hanging out at Chez Grandmum this week and I had a couple hours of down time I sucked it up and went to work. A couple hours, two sore legs, and one niddy noddy later, I had a balanced skein that I had not fucked up. The twist was promptly set, yarn was wacked against the wall, and then was hung to dry in the shower.

And well, now I have the above. This puts me on the hunt for a small lace project, preferably one that is not Branching Out. After all, if I haven’t hosed the roving or yarn yet, there is always time for me to royally screw it up while knitting.

Lupine Lace

lupine lace

Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in Lupine Lace
Pattern: Evenlyn Clark’s Lupine Lace, available from Fiber Trends
Needles: US1 needles dug from the back of my stash

I’ve been on a finishing streak lately. These socks serve one purpose, to make my feet look neato during my spinning classes at the Madrona Winter Retreat next week. They also reminded me why I don’t knit socks for myself all that often. When you wear a size 42 euro shoe the last thing you can call socks knit at 8.5 stitches to the inch is quick.

Diamond Fantasy Scarf

diamond fantasy shawl

Yarn: Koigu KPPPM, colourway P335
Needles: Size five KnitPicks Options, 24″ length
Pattern: Sivia Harding’s Diamond Fantasy Scarf or Shawl

Look, I finished something!

A few notes. I did the pattern as written with the exception of the last two points. The pattern calls for 350 yards of yarn for the scarf size, I used under that. I probably have about 1/4 of a skein of the KPPPM left. The needles worked like a dream, the sharp tip on the Options needles is great for working the double decreases in the pattern. The icord bind off along the top edge works great for stabilizing the lace when worn and gives you a nice edge when blocking.

I have a skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts lightweight Socks That Rock in a gold colour for this pattern again. It was dead simple to do and what isn’t there to like in a pattern that includes the directions “block severely.”