A cowl, an owl and cables! FO Friday!

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It’s been a good week! This cowl was my first crochet test project! Crystal wore hers a few weeks back to our knitting group and I was absolutely taken with it. I was rather forward in telling her that I was very interested in the pattern – I am feeling a lot more comfortable with a crochet hook and really enjoy the process. Crocheting makes me feel like I am using my brain in a different way, if that makes sense, probably because I still need to stop and think frequently, unlike knitting (usually!). Anyway, the Miss Adler pattern is wonderful for a beginner like me. Once I got through the first set of rows I was flying. Crystal has a great knack for explaining the details and her style is very clear. I can also vouch for her dedication to a pattern – I have seen her work through designs to be published at our knitting group and she doesn’t do anything half-way. She is having a trunk show this weekend and I am really looking forward to checking it out! I used Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend for my version in the Wildflowers colorway. So many lovely colors poking through, very appropriate for spring. I did dip into a second skein, and as my gauge is different, my cowl is bigger, so I will probably wear it folded over as you can see in my Ravelry notebook.

Little Crochet Owl

Continuing with the crochet theme, this is Nel, the tiny owl, that I made for a swap on Ravelry.  He is another Fresh Stitches design and a lot of fun to make. I used Cotton Classic from the stash, and he turned out to be around 5 inches tall.  I hope he is loved when he gets to his destination!

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And finally, the Sweet Fern Mitts, from The Knitter’s Book of Wool.  These are also for a swap and I am very sad to see them go, but I will certainly make myself a pair.  They are just snug enough, and I made them with less than one skein of Berroco’s Blackstone Tweed. I struggled for a while with that yarn, trying to decide what to make with the lonely skein, but I would seek it out again – I loved working with it.

Have a great weekend!

Charleston Tea, finished!

Just today, I put the Charleston Tea in the mail, to return home at Good Karma Farm up in Maine. I know that I have said it here before but it is worth repeating: I love this yarn! It is a new blend and weight for them, and I am hoping to purchase more at Rhinebeck in a few weeks.
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This colorway, which I believe is “Artichoke”, was left to do its own thing. I did not bother to alternate the skeins and there was no instances of flashing. The cable and lace portion probably helped to break that up. There is a little bit of striping activity on the hood, but it still looks good.
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I am considering knitting this again, for me. Now that’s saying something! If I do decide to do that, I will be lengthening the body and sleeves and losing the hood. And those are rather minor modifications. I would also wear a more appropriate shirt underneath.
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I love this photo. I can’t put my finger on why, because it doesn’t show the sweater very well, but something about it works, I think.

Knitting In Advance

Last summer, I test and sample knit a sock for The Unique Sheep‘s Lord of the Strings club. Frequently, my test / sock knitting projects are done under a rather tight deadline (most recent record holder? A sock for Cookie A’s new book in 5 days!) – but this project was for the June 2010 installment. And, since now we are in July of 2010, I can finally share!

Dunedain Socks by LoBug
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This was my first time to knit such a large sock (on purpose!) – I knit the largest size, and two yarns are held together. Isn’t that cable something? I worked really hard on that – learned a lot about cables and reading charts. Side note: If it wasn’t for this project with the charts and cables and working my way through it with LoBug’s help, I would not have tried to get the cookieA sock gig – something totally clicked with me on this project!

The color is best in the first picture (or even the ravelry link) – the yarns were very pretty.
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As I knit the largest size (Size 11, the “Big Foot” option), obviously the socks didn’t fit too well on my foot (I wear a US9, women’s) or my sock blockers:
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Dunedain Sock
Check out LoBug‘s blog – she talks about this sock and her “LOTR Sock Pattern Booklet”!

So Close!

Almost done!!!

I’ve got 6 rows to do on the right sleeve. About 40 or so rows to do on the left sleeve. Weave in the ends. Block a little. And then I’ll have my sweater. !!!!!

I’ve been planning what I want to try for the finished object shots – they will be much better than the low-quality iPhone photos. This is not an example of what I learned in Gale’s class.

Something is not right.

Figures. I profess my love for cables and they turn on me (pun intended. Groan.)

After yesterday I was a bit at a standstill with my projects. I need to block the pieces of the Central Park Hoodie (hopefully today), I finished one mitten and it’s a pay attention sort of pattern (not the best for SnB), I’m waiting for Feb.1 & the LimeNViolet sock marathon to start before doing anything with sock yarn (though it would be no surprise to anyone who knows me that I have a HUGE list of socks I want to knit, plus the ipod mitts that were on the Chum. It was almost time for SnB and I needed a project.

I rediscovered some cashmere Dan gave me and thought it would be a treat for me to knit up an Evangeline Cowl – I have long admired the fingerless mitts and think the cowl is gorgeous. Plus, cashmere makes everything better – and the pattern (even with the pay-attention-cables) with the yarn at SnB would be ok.

In the hours I was at SnB I made it through 10 rows. And it’s not good.
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It’s all me, it’s no fault of the pattern or the yarn. I’m a lefty. When I knit cables, I know I need to hold the needle in back when instructed to hold in front and vice versa. Big Cables apparently are ok.

(Cable Close-Up)
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It’s the little cables in the middle that throw me. Some of these were one stitch on the cable needle / hold in front or back and purled. That’s where it’s not working. I suppose I could just do a little swatch and play with it. I should do that. I had started a sweater for Lorelai (Ziggy – ravelry link) back in June and stopped because the same thing happened. The cables were not looking right. There are too many cables I want to knit!!