Monday, August 25, 2014

Just Go Ahead And Sing The Heat Miser Song

It's been ugly hot and humid around here. I'm so beyond grateful for AC, let me tell you. Listen, I adore my central air and my dishwasher pretty much equally on any given day, but if push came to shove, the dishwasher would get the heave-ho.

So bless the AC gods for the bountiful amount of cool, low humid air in my home.

Now, to the good stuff: a wrap for a friend.


*ALERT: some of the photos are crap.*


I've been searching for six months for a good pattern. This friend is a better dresser than I am. Seriously, I'm good with a button-down oxford or sleeveless shell and a pair of slacks, she's easily two steps above me. So it couldn't be just some run-of-the-mill stockinette stitch cardi. I settled on a wrap with the drop-stitch pattern and minimal, yet effective, garter stitch to give it some substance.

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What's nice about this particular wrap and pattern is that it can collapse down into decent-sized scarf for when winter makes its inevitable return bringing snow up to our asses and temps in the deep freeze zone.

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Tank approved of it being napping material, too.
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Needle
US 8 - 5.0 mm

Yarn
Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino

How much?
4 skeins = 600.0 yards (548.6 meters), 200 grams

Colorway
Ankara green

Purchased at
Knit & Knot in Bettendorf, Iowa


Notes
Cast on 90 sts.
Knit 6 rows.
K1, wrap stitch continue to end.
Knit next row, dropping wrapped yarn between sts.
Knit 4 rows.

Repeat pattern to desired size.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Word.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Updating and Frogging

For a while now (over two years) I've thought about adding a collar to the Peacock Shrug I knit eons ago. This thought would flit around my brain every time I wore it during the fall or spring, but then forgot about it when it was washed and packed away for a season.

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Today I needed a break from boards review, and decided to once-and-for-all pull out the items I had marked to frog, reskein the yarn, wash it, and then pack it away for future use of the yarn. I came across a "shoulder shawl" I had made from some acrylic sky-blue yarn and some of the leftover Peackcock hand-spun yarn from said shrug.

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I couldn't decide on the color for the stitching together, so chose some leftover Malabrigo Silky Merino in turquoise and the Handmaiden Sea Silk in the pumpkin (bronze) I had knit the baby sweater.

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Tank was of no help...

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I'm quite pleased with the results!

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Tank was her usual snoozy self.

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"Dude, it's Malabrigo. I'm supposed to resist napping on it?"



And for your viewing pleasure, one of my roses from the garden...

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Timmy was suffering an existential crisis from the bottom of the well.

Right, these are the things I think about while I'm knitting.

What have I been knitting? A variation of the Tulips sweater for Miss Ruby Fantastic who belongs to one my favorite people.

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Down & Dirty Details:

Needle:
US 6 - 4.0 mm

Yarn
Handmaiden Fine Yarn Sea Silk

How much?
0.75 skeins = 327.8 yards (299.7 meters), 75 grams

Colorway - Pumpkin

Purchased at Knitty Noddy


Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino

How much?
0.5 skeins = 75.0 yards (68.6 meters), 25 grams

Colorway - Turquoise

Purchased at
Knit & Knot in Bettendorf, Iowa

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Six Weeks Later...

I finally finished two projects in six weeks that should have only taken a week each, but you know, life gets in the way.

And as cold as this spring has been, the mittens and head/ear warmer will come in handy for the friends I knit for...

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Details:
Needle
US 7 - 4.5 mm

Yarn
Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash

How much?
220 yards, 100 grams 1 skein = 220.0 yards (201.2m)

Colorway
Blue Velvet (aka Tardis blue)

Purchased at
Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada

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Details:
US 8 - 5.0 mm

Yarn
Malabrigo Yarn Rios

How much?
105 yards, 50 grams 0.5 skeins = 105.0 yards (96.0m)

Colorway
lettuce

Purchased at
Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada


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And there was some spinning going on, the Spindolyn that I'm getting friendly with in order to spin the gorgeous yak fiber that I received as gifts.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Bling!

The last Dead Fish Hat I'll knit. It's not difficult, and uses up any leftovers in a stash. It's just time to move on to the next funky hat...

This is the most shiny of any DFH I've knit, and appropriately named it "Bling."

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The cousin loves it!

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Needle
US 7 - 4.5 mm

Yarn
Bella Soft Yarns Star

How much?
17.8 yards, 16 grams 0.33 skeins = 17.8 yards (16.3m)

Purchased at
Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada


Yarn
Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun Worsted

How much?
200 yards, 100 grams .5 skein = 100.0 yards (182.9m)

Colorway
blues

Purchased at
Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada


Yarn
Rozetti Yarns Polaris

How much?
143.3 yards, 37 grams 0.75 skeins = 143.3 yards (131.0m)

Colorway
silver

Purchased at
Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Twisted

This is a reknit of a plain hat that was too small for the person I gifted it to... I call it Twisted Carrot. I love this pattern. Directions written out clearly. Charting is clear. If you're comfortable with the basics of knitting and easy cable patterns, you'd enjoy this hat.

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Needle
US 7 - 4.5 mm

Yarn
Malabrigo Yarn Rios

How much?
262.5 yards, 125 grams 1.25 skeins = 262.5 yards (240.0m)


Colorway
glazed carrots

Purchased at
Knit & Knot in Bettendorf, Iowa