Oh, yeah. My obsession with fair isle. I’ve done plenty of work on the Ivy League Vest and I’ve done traded off a bunch of my stash for a massive amount of Cascade 220. I had an entire post ready about what’s caught my eye in fair isle, but I was a bit distracted by these pictures:
He fills out that sweater quite well doesn’t he? Sigh….My better half lovingly wearing a sweater I made for him – makes me fall in love all over again!
85-6 Pullover in Alaska and Silke-Tweed (geesh what a long name! I like to call it “Tano’s Cabled Turtleneck”)
- Source: Drops Design
- Size: XXL
- Yarn: Queensland Collection Uruguay Chunky (17.6 skeins, ~1285 yds)
- Color: Sandy Beige #111
- Needles: US 10
- Gauge: 4 sts = 1”, 28 rows = 12 cm
- Cost: $45.40
- Started: October 26, 2008
- Finished: February 16, 2008
- Mods: None really except for using the same size needle throughout the entire sweater (instead of doing the ribbing with a smaller size).
Well, THAT was a fast knit!!
I finally knit my first Shetland Triangle. It was such an easy pattern to memorize. I always recommend reading your knitting once you learn the chart so that your knitting flows.
This yarn worked extremely well with the Lantern Moon ebony needles. It glided along easily. The shawl bloomed nicely when washed. It blocked beautifully and dried quickly.
The only thing is that when the shawl is near my skin, the yarn has a few prickly hairs that poke me sometimes. I don’t know which of the fibers in the blend does this (the blend is cashmere, merino, silk and camel). I’m thinking the camel but not sure. It feels like the stubble from a man’s 5 o’clock shadow. Doesn’t HURT but it can be itchy to wear – I have to move the shawl away from my face sometimes. I tend to wear my shawls like bandanas in the winter, like a bandido. So when the hairs start to poke me, I just loosen the ties (I tie the ends under the flap you see there, under my chin.)
Otherwise my shawl is nice and cozy. I had so much fun knitting this one that I immediately cast on for another: Anne Hanson’s new Caricia. I’m using some stash yarn, Dizzy Blonde Studio’s Superwash Sock in a BRIGHT yellow color named Doris Summer Orchard. I think it will be very lovely for Spring. I’m into the 7th repeat of the pattern and I started this on Saturday. The pattern takes some time to get used to. I posted some tips to make it easier on my Rav project page.
- Source: Wrap Style
- Size: 11 repeats. After blocking, it seems to have shrunk a tad. It measures 50” wingspan x 30” long. This is so weird! I thought it was going to be at least 60” wingspan… Oh well, it’s still nice.
- Yarn: The Fiber Company Road to China Light (2.8 skeins, 445 yds total)
- Color: A Rosi Rose :o) (well, the ball band says Ruby)
- Needles: US 7 (I used US 9 for the bind-off)
- Cost: $33.60
- Started: January 25, 2009
- Finished: January 31, 2009
- Mods: I did 11 repeats instead of the 8 the pattern calls for.
Hiya. Thank you for all the birthday wishes to hubs. He had fun reading them. 😀
So remember how at the end of last year I started loving dpns again? The love intensified when I found Lantern Moon Sox Stix. I bought my first two sets from Cristi who was destashing; and, that’s it. I’m officially HOOKED on them. The ones I got from Cristi are ebony wood. I then went and purchased a rosewood set from The Loopy Ewe but I don’t love them as much as I do the ebony. They’re ok, just sharper and I don’t really like sharp needles (as you’ll soon find out). I prefer my needles blunt and rounded. Like me. 😉
As my last FO of 2008, I made a pair of Knotty Gloves on the Sox Stix. These are my first gloves. With fingers, that is. I have always made mittens or fingerless or wristwarmers. Never full-fingered gloves. Can you say LOVE?? And, WARMTH??
I used some gorgeous STR Mediumweight that I got from Cristi a couple of years ago in one of our Bday swaps. The colorway is Backstabber. No, she wasn’t trying to tell me something. I hope. LOL Ain’t it gorgeous though??
- Source: Free pattern on Rav
- Yarn: Socks that Rock, Mediumweight (0.7 of the skein; about 266 yds)
- Color: Backstabber
- Cost: This yarn was a gift but since it usually costs around $21, the gloves come out to about $14.70.
- Needles: US 2.5
- Started: December 10, 2008
- Finished: December 30, 2008
- Mods: I used larger needles and a heavier yarn to fit my large hands.
During my holiday vacay, I cast on for a pair of New England socks (from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush). I used some Koigu yarn I’d gotten from the Yarn Tree when they had all of their Koigu on sale because they will not be carrying it anymore.
Koigu never has enough yardage for my size 11 feet, so I did the heels and toes in a solid-colored Louet.
I love the star-shaped toe on these socks so much that I’m using it on all of my top-down socks from now on. It’s so easy to do (you just k2tog at 4 even points every other row until you have half the sts left, then dec every row until you have about 8 sts left – no grafting!) plus it fits my feet better than a square toe.
These are my first 2009 FO. I could’ve probably finished them in 2008 but I was too busy reading (yah, I got roped in). 😉
New England Socks
- Source: Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush
- Yarn: Koigu KPPPM (2 skeins) in a speckled blue and Louet Gems Pearl in Neptune (.15 skeins)
- Needles: Used US 1.5 ndls for the leg and US 1 ndls for the heel and foot
- Cost: Koigu = $9.75 * 2 = $19.50; Louet = $8 * .15 = $1.20; Total cost: $20.70
- Started: December 25, 2008
- Finished: January 4, 2009
- Mods: None really except for the two different sized needles.