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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
Check out LoBug‘s blog – she talks about this sock and her “LOTR Sock Pattern Booklet”!
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.
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.
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.
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!!