I had to take a break from working on my temperatures scarf. February so far consists of grey (0-9), pink (10-19) and white (below 0). Knitting this project was just too depressing. There is about 10 feet of snow on the ground and it’s about -5 right now .The inefficiencies of the T aren’t helping either. This morning I waited 25 minutes in sub zero temperatures for an over crowded bus with a broken window. The scarf just reminds me how horrible this winter is.
So instead of knitting on the scarf of sadness I knit a hat instead.
It’s bright and has earflaps and looks a little ridiculous but it’s a great hat. I have enough leftover yarn to make a matching scarf or a pair of mittens.
New England is now in the middle of yet another winter storm. Outside looks like this:
We got about 2 feet last week and it seems like this storm is going to dump another 6-10 inches on top of the existing snow. Most of the snow banks are now taller then me.
All this crappy weather means I finished another project.
Took about a week to knit and lightly block. Pattern is Rising Sun and yarn is the hand spun I finished last week. I really liked this pattern – it was easy and suits a variety of yarn weights as it is super easy to scale up or down. It consists of two charts – I knit the first chart until the yarn starting turning grey and then switched to the second chart.
My first two finished projects of 2015 are a cowl and some yarn.
Attempts to get better photos were thwarted by a very adorable and very persistent cat so he got to model the cowl.
I am not sure who was more annoyed – me or the cat. Cowl is knit from Elsebeth Lavold silky wool. This was my first time using this yarn and I am really pleased how well it worked for this project. It has great drape and I think the leftovers might work well for some mitts. The only annoyance with the yarn is the slight amount of VM in it. It’s not as bad as some Noro yarns but it’s still a bit annoying. That said I do like the rustic look to this yarn and this cowl should be pretty warm without adding too much bulk.
After posing for the cowl picture Loki took a quick nap. The radiator is a good source of natural light this time of year and a great place for cat naps.
Yep, it’s another grey/black/pink/red item! I am very happy with how this yarn turned out. I split three batts from Heavenly Fibers into color groups and spun them up as a gradient. I then n plied the single to keep the color sequence. It’s about 240 yarns of sport weight yarn. This will probably end up knitted into a cowl or small shawl.
My fiber stash consists of a lot of stuff that I am a little reluctant to spin. I need more practice spinning and I part of me worries about ruining the fiber. I used to think that way about a lot of my yarn stash until I finally realized there will always be more yarn so if I do ruin it some how I can get. The sheep will keep making wool and there will always be indie dyers with great products. 2015 will be the year of spinning awesome fiber.
It is too cold out. Even my poor cats are cold. Loki has super thin shorthair and he looked a bit cold. Clearly I had to so something to keep him toasty.
Knitwear is almost always the answer. He wore his new sweater with pride. The only problem was the hood would sometimes fall and cover his eyes when he jumped down. Pattern is Cat’s Hoodie knit with 1.5 skeins of Knitpicks wool of the Andes superwash. I guess I could have turned the thermostat up, but this was the cuter solution.
Back in November my office was super cold. Like in 50’s cold. I started wearing my hat, fingerless mitts and a scarf while I worked. The scarf is a crescent shape and wraps quite nicely. One of my coworkers asked me if I was wearing a cape. The answer was sadly no but I thought it was a brilliant idea. Only I wanted something that looked goth and frumpy. I found a pattern for a hexagon shaped shawl that is very cape like.
I knit about 15 rows in November and then they fixed the heat. So it sat in the WIP pile until I picked it back up again in January and finished it. Pattern is Plume and the yarn used is Bluemoon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock lightweight.
After I completed that I cast on a new shawl.
Pattern is Lefie, yarn is the leftovers from a few other projects. BMFA Socks that Rock lightweight in Black Onyx, Deep Unrelenting Grey and “True Blood” Red. I hate weaving in ends, but I like how the pattern was designed with left overs in mind. It is very clever.
I am also halfway done with a scarf:
This is for a friend of mine to coordinate with a hat I already gave her. Pattern is Lovely Leaf Lace Scarf, yarn is knit picks palette doubled. I think I am going to end up using about 5 balls worth of yarn for this one.
I am also working on a pair of fingerless mitts.
I need to block the mitts, get buttons, sew on the buttons and weave in the ends. They need 28 tiny buttons. I don’t think I am going to finish these any time soon.
I knitted myself a Nessie! While technically not a sea monster, it still is rarely sighted and comes from the deep dark depths of my stash. I started in July and finished her this weekend while watching episodes of the X-Files.
She is a pretty good sized stash monster too. From nose to tip of the tail is a bit longer than a standard keyboard. I am think about sticking a pipe cleaner down the neck and tail so I can pose her better.
Pattern was a bit unclear and tricky in some places, but I am not too worried about having an anatomically incorrect knitted lake monster.
My first completed project of the year is a new hat:
Yarn is my handspun, pattern is a slightly modified Trivium. It was a quick easy knit. I knitted the entire thing while snowed in during the first blizzard of the year. It then sat in my knitting pile waiting for buttons for a few weeks. The buttons are supposed to be functional, but it’s been so cold out that I sewed the side of the hat shut, so at this point they are decorative. When it hit 0ºF outside warmth is more important than fashion.
December and most of January got away from me. I wish I took better pictures of the completed projects, but I rushed to finish them in time. This was one of the first Christmases in a while when I didn’t have to give anyone a half finished item or a ball of yarn with a picture and a promise.
I made a pile of knitting for Christmas:
Pile contains a hat, two cowls, and a dish cloth.
I sewed some gift bags:
And I finished this cross stitch project:
It was a busy month.
I finished three knitting projects and frogged a sock the week.
First project – sport weight socks. They are a little tight in the foot and the cast on edge should be a tad looser, but they are still wearable. I tried to match the stripes, but it didn’t quite work out. These were practice for a few techniques I haven’t tried so I am pretty happy that they are wearable. I was convinced I was going to end up with complicated knitted tangle that did not resemble wearable socks.
Second project – Nightlock Shawl in two of my favorite colors. I bought the pattern here. I am super happy with the finished item and really enjoyed knitting it. I like the designers aesthetic and will be making more of her patterns.
Third project – a scarf. I liked knitting this, but I am probably never going to wear it. If anyone wants it let me know! Otherwise it’s going to goodwill.
I also frogged a sock I started last year. I went to work on it, but couldn’t find my notes. I should really try to be more of a monogamous knitter to avoid situations like that.
Last summer, I participated in a mystery knit a long. Every few weeks a new “clue” was released. I know that pattern was for a shawl, I didn’t realize I was going to end up with something UGLY. So I finished knitting it, and it sat lingering in the WIPs pile until last Friday when I decided I would block it and weave in the ends.
Blocking is magic and can drastically improve the look of a project. It helps to even out stitches and makes lace look wonderful. Blocking didn’t help much. It just looked like a well knit shawl of ugly when I was done. Everyone I showed it to agreed that it was ugly and tried to make suggestions how to improve it. Most of the suggestions involved more knitting or killing it with fire. I am done knitting this project so in a last ditch effort to save the project I dumped it in the dye pot with a whole lot of kool aid.
Over dying helped, but the stupid thing is still ugly. Attempts to photograph the results were challenging. Loki felt like he was being ignored and he kept jumping on me.
Or maybe he was trying to censor me.