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That’s how many projects I have in my Ravelry projects page. Can you believe that??? The stats are as follows:

6 are WIPs
10 are hibernating
15 are frogged

That means I have 322 FINISHED OBJECTS somewhere. I mean, I know where SOME of them are or might have gone. But, wow. 322. I’m even surprising myself.  The first dozen or so listed on Rav date back to 2005.

Let’s talk about what’s occupying my attention at the moment, the 6 WIPs.

Mitts

First up, are the Fiore di Notte Armwarmers by Yarnissima.  I’m using some Sundara yarn I got as a trade at my Staten Island knit night one evening.  It’s a very pretty deep purple color.  Don’t mind the craptastic pic.  I took it with my cell phone.  If you’re not familiar with Yarnissima’s patterns, you should be.  She designs some gorgeous socks!  I love twisted stitches and she incorporates them into most of her designs.   I’m done with one of the mitts (except for the thumb) and I started the second mitt already.

Tano's scarf

The next pattern is one I got from Brooks Farm on a slip of paper as a free pattern with purchase at Rhinebeck.  I can’t find it on Ravelry but it’s called the Marching Columns Scarf.  It’s brioche mixed with garter stitch.  It’s VERY pretty as you can see.  The yarn is Brooks Farm Solo Silk.   I’ve used this yarn before when I designed my D’Lado Hat & Cowl Set (one skein was enough to knit both items).   It’s a BEAUTIFUL wool and silk base that is dyed in gorgeous colors.  I fell in love with the scarf when I saw it hanging as a display at the Brooks Farm booth at Rhinebeck and decided to make it.  I think they used a different yarn for their sample though.  This scarf is supposed to be for Tano (hubby).  Not sure if that’s gonna make it into his hands.  HEHEHE  (Oh, before you ask, scarves are about the only thing I pull out one of my two sets of single point ebony Lantern Moon needles to knit with.   Otherwise, I stick to my Colonial Rosewood or my KA Switch interchangeables.)

Simple Socks

Another Rhinebeck purchase was a skein of Holiday Yarns FlockSock self-striping yarn.  I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up.  It’s a rich Cafe au Lait color that called my name.  I am writing up a Simple Socks pattern (soon to be a Rav freebie) so I can teach a sock knitting class at work.  Taking pictures of each step as I go along so it will be easier for people to follow.  I am LOVING this yarn, lemmetellya.  It’s a tight twist and is knitting up into a nicely thick fabric that I know is going to make a fantastic pair of socks.

EZ's Green Sweater

This project.  MMMM This.  Project.   What you are seeing on that screen is the start of a sweater knit with wool and POSSUM yarn.  Yes, Possum.  And it’s OMIGOSH so soft.  10 skeins of this lovely came to me as a gift from Genny (Granny G of Crafternoon Tea with Granny G) who came to visit from New Zealand in time for Rhinebeck.  Isn’t she a doll??  I squeezed these balls (heh) until I finally decided to cast on for Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Green Sweater.  You all know I love me some EZ, right?  This is a very simple sweater.  Or so I thought. It’s actually steeked in both center front and sleeves, plus sewing down a bunch of facings so we’ll see how this all works out.  In the meantime, I’m so enjoying knitting this loveliness.  I’m glad I chose to knit stockinette with this yarn so I can just enjoy it as it glides through my fingers.

[IMAGINE A PICTURE OF A BLACK CARDIGAN INSERTED HERE]

I wanted a simple black cardi to wear to the office.  I chose to knit Audrey in Unst in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool.  The sweater is almost done.  I just have to finish the top-down sleeves.

Last year, Brittany from Knit Witch Yarn contacted me to ask me to design for her first sock club.  Her club is in collaboration with Dragonfly Fibers.  I was honored and gladly said yes — in exchange for a spot in the club.  Hee hee.  That worked out very nicely as there have been some gorgeous yarns and patterns coming my way.  I had to design for the month of October — if you’re in the club, here comes a spoiler pic, although the shipments went out and were mostly received already last week.

Drop 1 socks 1

So, the 6th WIP is the 2nd sock of my Drop 1 sock pattern, exclusive to the club.  The base is Brittany’s Spellcast Yarn in the All Hallows Eve colorway.  50% silk, 50% superwash merino.  When I got the yarn in the mail, I thought it would be a shame to only knit socks with such lush yarn so I also designed a cowl to go with the shipment — the Autumn Swirls cowl.   Neither of these two patterns will be available for the time being – sorry folks!!!  😉

Autumn Swirls Cowl 1

Expect a whirlwind of FO posts from me because I know I haven’t blogged 322 of them!  LOL!

Shoru

I have wanted to design a triangular shawl knit from side to side for a while now.  I knew I wanted the edging to be knit along with the rest of the shawl to make it nice and simple.

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After various messages back and forth with Anne of Alpha B Yarn, we decided to pair up her yarn with one of my designs.  She dyes the most beautiful, saturated colors.  Her base yarn is of very good quality.   It washes well and blooms beautifully.

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Doesn’t Tawana have a beautiful smile??

This shōru design is inspired by Japanese stitches and the rich colors in Japanese culture. You knit it by starting in one corner, increase towards center-back and then decrease towards the opposite corner. With this method, you can estimate (or weigh the skein) when you are halfway through your yarn before you start knitting the other side of the shawl, ensuring that you have enough yarn to complete it. Make it as large or as small as you want by knitting more repeats.

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My favorite aspect of Shōru’s design is the three wraps.  This adds a pretty simple detail without needing to make nupps where you have to p9tog or something crazy like that.

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The Alpha B Yarn is the BFF B line, a hand-dyed, 100% superwash merino, fingering weight base which comes in a wide array of rich colors. I’ve never worked with a fingering-weight yarn that blocked so beautifully and had such gorgeous drape afterwards.

Shoru

So run and buy your own skein of Alpha B, knit your own Shoru and wrap yourself up in elegant comfort.

Shoru

  • Source: Rosi G. Designs
  • Sizes: Small [Large]
  • Finished Measurements: Small: 62″ wingspan x 22″ long; Large: 96″ wingspan x 30″ long
  • Yarn: Alpha B Yarn BFF B [100% Superwash Merino; 400 yd/366 m per 100g skein]; 1 [2] skeins
  • Color: Yanagi (yellow-green); Momiji (deep red); Ayame (dark purple)
  • Needles: 24 or 32 inch-length US 6/4.0 mm circular needle
  • Gauge: 24 sts/32 rows = 4 inches in pattern stitch
  • Started: April 20, 2010
  • Finished: April 30, 2010
  • Photo credit: models and photographers: Rosi Garmendia, Tawana Hutchinson (Carmelnap), and Weezalana

A head-start

I have so many ideas running through my head as far as designing and knitting OPP’s (Other People’s Patterns).  My mojo is in overdrive right now.  I thought I’d take advantage of that and get a head start on Holiday knitting!  If any of you know me at all, you know that I knit for very few others.  Most of my handknits are for me.  Somewhat selfish but it’s hard to find appreciative people!  But I digress…

The minute I saw this Through the Woods pattern I knew it would be perfect as a gift for my friend Lauren.  She is having had a baby this month and will probably be out strolling around Central Park with him this fall and winter.  (She had the baby while this post was still in draft form!  YAAAY!  Congrats, L & R!)   She hates wearing hats since she thinks they don’t look right on her so she usually freezes instead.   This hood and cowl combo seems like a perfect solution to me.through the woods cowl and hood 02

The pattern is a very simple knit (I can hear you all groan out there saying that I ALWAYS say that!).  But I SWEAR that it is!!  The main cable part is knit back and forth in rows; you seam the hood; pick up sts around hood and knit that ribbing; pick up sts along bottom edge and knit that part; then pick up and knit for button bands.  See??  EASY PEASY!through the woods cowl and hood 07

In my humble opinion, the hood is a bit small.  Esmie is 12 and you can see that it fits her almost just right.  Lauren is petite so it will fit her, too.  I did get gauge.  So if I were to knit this for myself, I would probably have to knit the hood larger, probably just by making the main piece longer by a few inches and adding a repeat or two to the cable pattern.

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After taking these pictures of Esmie modeling for me, I think she needs one for herself this winter, too.  I’m probably biased but my girl is rocking that hood with her orange tank top!

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Through the Woods

  • Source: on Knit Picks and on Ravelry
  • Size: one size fits all (I would say most)
  • Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Creme, 60% wool, 40% silk; used 6 skeins (744 yds of yarn held doubled = 372 total yds)
  • Color: Natural
  • Needles: US 10.5 for main hood, US 3 for button bands (yes, you CAN knit bulky weight on size 3 needles)
  • Cost: yarn was a gift; 5 buttons @ 75c each.
  • Started: August 5, 2010
  • Finished: August 14, 2010
  • Mods: used double stranded yarn.