Saturday, February 07, 2015

A Day Late, A Donut Short.

I finished my leg warmers (aka as the renamed "boot toppers") on a day we hit 42F degrees. After a week where we had two days of -10F temps with the windchill.

Go figure.

But I'm ready for the next blast, should we get one this late in the winter. And with it being the Midwest, it's not out of the realm of possibility.

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I adore these cables.

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And if the snow is too high, reverse the cuff and bring the warmer up past the knee.

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US 13 - 9.0 mm (for the cable piece)
US 11 - 8.0 mm (for the leg shaft)

Yarn
Plymouth Yarn De Aire

How much?
4 skeins = 436.0 yards (398.7 meters), 400 grams

Colorway
Manhattan

Purchased at
Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada



Notes
The cabled band is sewn together with mattress stitch for a sturdier seam.

Stitches picked up around the edge - 70 total, adjust to 68 stitches.

Shaft of the leg is 2x2 ribbing, size 11US dpns. Knit to 6” in length.

Cable pattern used:
Cast on 28 stitches

Borders
Odd rows: K2, P2
Even rows: P2, K2

Knit Stitch – K
Purl-P
Reverse Stockinette Stitch-St st

Cable 8 Back (C8B)- slip next 4 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next 4 sts from left hand needle, then knit sts from cable needle.

Cable 8 Front (C8F)- slip next 4 sts onto cable needle and hold at front of work, knit next 4 sts from left hand needle, then knit sts from cable needle

Skill: Intermediate
Cast On: Panel of 20 sts on a background of reverse St st.

Row 1
(Right side): k20.

Row 2
P20.

Row 3
k4, C8F twice.

Row 4
P20.

Row 5
k20.

Row 6
p20.

Row 7
k20.

Row 8
P20.

Row 9
C8B twice, k4.

Row 10
P20.

Row 11
k20.

Row 12
P20.

Repeat rows 1-12 until you have reached your desired length.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Cozy Kick

We've been under a Winter Storm Warning since yesterday 7 pm, and it doesn't look like it will lift until tonight around 9 pm. Seriously big snow this time, prediction is between 10" to 12"+. We'll see what happens...

Meanwhile, I have been on a bit of a cozy kick lately. It helps use up the half skeins of lovely wool I've had in my stash for a while now. The latest mug cozy/cover is for a friend. I made it to match the fingerless mitts I knit her early last year. It's based on several different hat patterns I've used in the past few yars.


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Needles
US 8 - 5.0 mm double-points

Yarn
Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted

How much?
0.25 skeins = 52.5 yards (48.0 meters), 25 grams

Colorway
Loro barranquero

Purchased at
Knit & Knot in Bettendorf, Iowa

Sunday, January 25, 2015

So Hot!

First, the teapot cozy works marvelously well! Tea stays piping hot for at least 45 minutes after brewing.

I also finished up the tea mug I wanted for my mug at work. Leftover bits of a sequined yarn and some sock yarn.

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The fabric can be folded over for a small mug, and unfolded for a larger mug.

I rather like the stitch holder and will use that instead of a button.

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Needle
US 7 - 4.0 mm

Yarn
Rozetti Yarns Polaris
Handpainted sock yarn




Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hot Tea, No Iced Tea

After knitting a variety of teapot cozies and cup/mug cozies, I decided to make myself a cozy after a pot of tea went cold while I was reading last weekend. I grabbed some leftover cotton and wool yarns and whipped up a kind of shiny cozy for my two cup mini teapot. It photographed like crap, but it's quite cute in person.

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Needle
US 5 - 3.75 mm

Yarn
various leftovers in blue

Weight
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Love In A Cold Climate

I'm going to make some thrummed mittens next month, so I went in search of the perfectly dyed roving. After several false starts, I came across this luscious bit of wool. And the fiber artist couldn't have been nicer! I even received treats with my roving.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

What To Do... What To Do...

While 2014 was fairly decent for projects, I've decided I've too many "I want" projects listed. I also have many friend gifts that I want to knit.

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Time to organize!
January:
Redwood Cabled Boot Toppers - me
Shark Hat - Rose

February:
Thrummed Cloisonne Mittens - Kimmie
Steelers Top Knot Hat - Karen

March:
Sunshine Wrap - Jolene
Scrunchie Hat III - Veg

April:
Two scarves for Two Girls
Winter Gloves - me

May:
Princess Plaid Scarf - me
Cloisonne Mittens - Doreen

June:
Manly Man socks - Tom
Silken Scarf - Ruth M.

July:
Fingerless Mitts - Diana
Bacon socks - mine

August:
Duotone Scarf - Matt
Magic Square Hot Pad - me

September:
Fingerless Mitts - Bonehead
Comfy - Elle

October:
Tardis Scarf - Bryan
Surprise! - Erika

November:
Jade Fantasy Wrap - me

December:
Holiday Knitting



Of course, at any point and time, this schedule could be completely derailed. I'm willing to give it a shot!

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Last And First - All In One Post

First post of 2015, the last knit project of 2014. This is a holiday gift for a dear friend. Easy stitch - half of the bee stitch pattern:

Odd number of stitches
Row 1: knit all
Row 2: *K1, SL1 - *repeat to end, K1

And that's it. I like the texture knitting that results.

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Details

US 7 - 4.5 mm
Yarn used
245 yards, 5 skeins

Yarn
Plymouth Yarn Angora
How much?
2 skeins = 98.0 yards (89.6 meters), 20 grams
Colorway
Baby Blue

Yarn
Plymouth Yarn Angora
How much?
3 skeins = 147.0 yards (134.4 meters), 30 grams
Colorway
fawn