Project Christmas Sweater

The fall crocuses have started to appear and that means I’ve got sweaters on the brain. Having finished up a vest in less than two weeks, I’m keeping my garment-knitting momentum up by diving directly into a sweater project. Some friends of mine knit Holiday sweaters last year and I just didn’t have the time or foresight to plan ahead. Not this year!

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I’ve swatched for Colourful Winter Sports Outfit by Susan Crawford in some sport-weight yarn from my stash. The pattern calls for a fingering-weight yarn so I did a nice big swatch in my yarn and worked out the math for my size.  Due to the difference in gauge and needle size my sweater is moving along at a nice clip and I’ll definitely have it done by the holidays. Maybe I should knit two?

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Stranded Magazine: Mild Weather 2016

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The Mild Weather Issue of Stranded Magazine launched last Thursday and I’m so proud of our second issue! Fall is my favorite time of year and I love planning projects for the cooler months. Sitting down with a hot cup of herbal tea, new knitting projects on my needles, and something good to watch on tv is just about a perfect evening in my book. The Mild Weather Issue has sweaters and accessories, tutorials, articles, and a recipe. You can take a look on Ravelry if you want to see all the patterns together. This issue is an homage to the Pacific Northwest, my home of almost 15 years (I can’t really believe that!).

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My design contribution to the issue is Tupshin. Tupshin is a pair of wool socks knit from the cuff down with classic sock construction. What makes knitting these socks fun is the wee bit of colorwork at the top of the leg, which is great for practicing colorwork techniques, and the simple eyelet lace pattern, which is great if you’re new to knitting lace. Tupshin is inspired by the look of traditional hiking socks with their contrasting cuffs, heels, and toes. They’re a lovely little knit and a great project if you want to expand your knitting repertoire to include stranded knitting or lace.

WIP: Rainbow Hap

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The world is a stressful place these days. When things get tough, I take to knitting to help my thoughts run their course and to de-stress. I started this Rainbow Hap at the beginning of June when a friend of mine gifted me the remains of her stash (she had really good taste in yarn). After I sorted out all the partial balls and did a wee bit of untangling I realized I had quite a gorgeous rainbow of yarn.

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The gray yarn in the center is a skein of BMFA STR in one of the Spirit colorways from my stash. The Rainbow Hap is based on Gudrun Johnston’s Hansel, a traditional Shetland-style shawl. I used every last inch of the gray yarn for the center square and am slowly working my way through the rainbow of yarn and ignoring the stripe sequences listed in the pattern. This is simple knitting at its finest: garter stitch with a little pattern to memorize, lovely yarn, and size US 8 needles.

 

WIP: Zinone

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We just returned from family vacation this afternoon and I was able to squeeze in non-secret knitting time! June went by so quickly that I didn’t really have much to share on the blog that wasn’t super secret. I’m working slowly and steadily on Zinone by Andi Satterlund as part of the OAL. The yarn is Quince & Co Sparrow, a fingering-weight linen yarn, that is great for summer garments. I used a smaller needle than called for in order to get the gauge for the lace portion, but I forgot to bring my larger needle on vacation so I could start the stockinette; hence the scrap yarn in the picture. If I can get the fronts and back joined to work in the round I should be in fine form to finish the OAL on time…maybe.

FO: Father Cables

A couple of things: I’m working on updating pictures and Ravelry information for projects from last year so bear with me, it’s a slow process, and I’m cross-posting between my old blog and here until I can get everything migrated over to this new shiny space. On to knitting!

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This hat hails from December when I knit it as a gift but decided to keep it for myself. It’s seen some abuse since I keep it in my tote bag for whenever I need a hat; often right now as it’s been super blustery and cold lately.

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I can’t say enough good things about this yarn – YOTH Father in the Caviar color. It’s 100% domestic Rambouillet in a worsted weight and is lovely to knit with and cozy to wear. And look at that stitch definition! Amazing stuff. Father is currently available in the 12 Raw palette colors and comes in 220 yd skeins. I knit this hat with one skein and had a bit left over – I’m considering adding a pompom.

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Pattern: Father Cables by Veronica Jobe (free)

Yarn: YOTH Father in Caviar

Needles: US #5 (3.75mm) and US #7 (4.5mm) needles

Mods: None. I knit the size small and it fits great with a teeny bit of slouch.