Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WIP: Idlewood

And I'm back to sweaters! I started working on this sweater on January 1st this year and I'm over halfway done with it. The pattern is called Idlewood and it's a top-down tunic-length sweater with short sleeves and pockets. I will be altering the pattern so it has long sleeves because I couldn't see myself wearing a sweater this thick with short sleeves. It's just not practical in Wisconsin, ya know? I'm still debating putting pockets on the front.

I'm using 3 skeins of Cascade Eco Wool that I bought off a fellow Raveler for $15. That's right, $15 total. Just goes to show that mindlessly wandering the stash listings on Ravelry pays off sometimes. I originally wanted to make DownEast by Alicia Plummer, but my gauge wasn't even in the same ballpark as the pattern's. Oh well, it's definitely getting made at some point. I love that cable down the front!

My gauge for this was a little funky too. I swatched in the round and from that determined that I should make the largest size to have it work out to the actual size I needed. I cast on for the cowl section (which is thankfully the same for all sizes) in a needle one size larger than the main section. It was looser than the pattern gauge, so I decided that I'd actually be o.k. knitting the size closest to my measurements rather than having to adjust. Maybe I was super stressed when swatching so it was really tight?

The gauge on the main part of the section looks like I'll be pretty close to having a zero-ease sweater, which is what I was going for. My goal is to finish with this sweater in early February so I'm free to start a project for Ravellenics (a.k.a. the festival of craziness where you try to finish a project during the Olympic games along with a bunch of other knitters). I still need to decide what pattern I want to do- a lacy cardigan for me, or a vest for my husband. The vest is mostly seed stitch (which I loath), so I might have better luck finishing the cardigan, even if it's a lot more yardage. To be determined!

Monday, January 27, 2014

FO: De Morgan's Law Socks

One of my favorite stitches in knitting is twisted rib. I just love how tight and neat the stitches look. Cookie A. is one of my favorite sock designers because of this; she's all about the twisted rib. I've recently discovered another designer who shares our love of twisted rib- Rich Ensor, who blogs over at That Bald Guy Knits.

pattern: De Morgan's Laws by Rich Ensor
yarn: The Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga! in Adonis Butterfly
needles: 1s 
raveled:  De Morgan's Laws

I started knitting these socks in October of last year. I think my pattern and yarn choice worked perfectly together. I was also glad to use up this sock yarn because I've had it for a couple of years. The pattern is pretty easy if you know how to read charts. I did knit one chart too many on the first sock (even though the pattern warns you), so it sat for awhile until I could bring myself to rip it back. The second sock flew by quickly. The best part about these socks is that besides having such a cool pattern, the ribbing makes them fit really well. I'm definitely going to be knitting more of Rich's patterns in the future!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

2013 In Review

Wow, 2013 really flew by! So much so that I'm writing this at the end of January. I had a very busy year that included getting a new job and getting married. Sadly, I barely had time for knitting! I finally got around to updating my Knit Meter yesterday and the tally for the year is 1.7 miles. Not bad, but definitely not great when you compare it to my 2012 total of 8.01 miles! I had even less time for blogging (as you can tell my the complete absence of blog posts for the year). So I thought I'd make a quick post to show the projects I did complete in 2013.

pattern: Feather and Fan Scarf by Karen Caron
yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage
needles: 8s

pattern: Chuck by Andi Satterlund
yarn: Kimmet Croft Fibers Softi in Cardinal Red

needles: 8s
raveled: Chuck

pattern: Astrid by Astrid Ellingsen
yarn: Cascade Yarns 128 Wool in Natural, Grey, and Purple

needles: 8s and 10s
raveled: Purple Astrid

pattern: Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down
yarn: Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn! in Forest

needles: 8s

pattern: Hourglass by Bev Elicerio
yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy in Giant Peach

needles: 1.5s
raveled: Peach Hourglass

So there you have it! A scarf, three sweaters (more like two and a half) and a pair of socks. The socks were probably my favorite project. I just love that stitch pattern.

I've got a bit more catching up to do on projects for the blog, but I've definitely got a good start on knitting this year!