28 February 2014

FO Friday: Ravellenics edition

Uniform! -

So I was pretty amped to finish this up on time to win a gold - i.e. complete my knitting goal (in this case, starting and finishing this sweater) while the Olympics were running. I didn't do a whole lot of Olympics watching while I worked (we don't have cable, so it was NBC coverage or nothing).

I was pretty uncertain about yardage up until I'd worked about half of the yoke. To stretch my 9.5 skeins of O-Wool Legacy DK in the main color, Clay, I added two-tone green stripes in the same base. I saved my sleeve cuffs for the very end for yardage insurance, but that was about it for changes. Oh - I also knit the garter hem and sleeves one needle size down from specified. Even so, I think the hem could stand to draw in a little more - it's got a couple inches of positive ease at the hip which I find unflattering. To be clear, I knit a size larger than I usually would for positive ease everywhere else - this was my own problem/mistake and nothing to do with the pattern. My excessive height exacerbates the issue, as it hits me at a higher/narrower place on the hip than it would on a more average sized person.

Anyway, I found the pattern to be generally excellent. I did find a small error which was promptly addressed and I don't feel made much of an impact on the finished garment. It includes different options for body shaping and length, sleeve shaping, patch/inset pockets, a belt, and a plain vs shawl collar. Here's my longer body, fitted waist, no-pocket/no belt, straight sleeve, plain button-band version:


...Aaaaand, you can't see it at all, right? Sorry - didn't have time for proper self-portraiture... the closing ceremonies were mere hours away when I photographed it.

13 February 2014

new pattern - Hipster Cred

Godawful weather got you down? How about a superwarm, superfun colorwork hat for everyone in the family? (You might enjoy it even if your view of the road, unlike ours, isn't currently obscured by snow.)

We managed some more pro photos, with open eyes and everything, but I think this one's the most fun.
Here are the particulars:
Hipster Cred is an easy stranded colorwork hat sized from newborn to extra large adult. Every size includes beanie instructions; adult sizes include a slouch option as well. Samples shown are the Adult Med/Lg slouch, and the Toddler beanie. The sample yarns make for a dense and warm hat; consider using a lighter weight dk if you’d like a bit more drape in your finished product. As with any stranded colorwork project, be sure to keep your floats relaxed!
The stranded colorwork pattern is given in charted format only.
Gauge 
Colorwork pattern, larger needles: 22 sts and 23 rnds = 4˝/10cm
Sizes 
Newborn, (Baby, Toddler, Kid Sm/Med, Kid Lg/Adult Sm, Adult Med/Lg, Adult XL): 12.75 (14.5, 16.25, 18.25, 20, 21.75, 23.75)˝/32.5 (37, 41.5, 46.5, 51, 55, 60.5)cm circumference at brim, unstretched. Baby/kids’ sizes are for beanie only; largest 3 sizes include instructions for beanie and slouch.
Yarn 
Beanie: 40 (60, 70, 80, 95, 105, 115)yd/37 (55, 64, 73, 87, 96, 105)m MC; 25 (40, 45, 55, 70, 85, 95)yd/23 (37, 41, 50, 64, 78, 87)m CC. 
Slouch: - (-, -, -, 105, 115, 120)yd/- (-, -, -, 96, 105, 110)m MC; - (-, -, -, 85, 95, 100)yd/- (-, -, -, 78, 87, 91)m CC. 
Sample yarns: 
MC: O-Wool Legacy DK - 100% Organic Merino Wool - 130yd/119m/50g skein; Colors - Clay (Toddler), Charcoal (Adult Lg). 
CC: Cascade Yarns Casablanca - 59% Wool, 24% Silk, 17% Mohair - 220yd/201m/100g skein; Colors - 15/Southwest Desert (Toddler), 6/Teals (Adult Lg).
Additional Materials 
- Set of US 4/3.5mm DPNs or circ (your preferred length for given circumference) 
- Set of US 7/4.5mm DPNs and/or circ (your preferred length for given circumference) or size needed to obtain gauge 
- Stitch marker 
- Darning needle
Available as a Ravelry download for $4.90

24 January 2014

sort-of-new pattern: Crystallize

I actually released this last week, right before Ike came down with a stomach flu that steamrolled its way through the rest of the family. We're all back to eating food now, and he's attempting an actual nap in his actual crib at the moment (rather than fussing himself into few a minutes of fitful sleep in my arms), so without further ado:





Crystallize is a lovely use for a single small skein of lace or light fingering weight yarn. Choose a base with elasticity to ensure a lasting fit. This slouchy beret is worked from the crown down to the brim. It features fun and unusual start that looks clean and professional. A counterpane lace motif grows outward from the cast on, and is given in charted format.
Gauge 
St st, larger needles: 31 sts and 50 rnds = 4˝/10cm 
1x1 Rib, smaller needles: 40 sts and 60 rnds = 4˝/10cm 

Sizes 
Adult Small (Large): 23.25 (25)˝/59 (63.5)cm circumference at widest point; 16.5 (18)˝/42 (45.5)cm circumference at brim, unstretched; 9 (10)˝/23 (25.5)cm deep. 
Yarn 
Isager Strik Alpaka 2 - 50% Alpaca, 50% Wool - 270yd/244m/50g skein, 1 skein, or about 230yd/210m (270yd/247m) of another lace to light fingering weight yarn. 
Additional Materials 
- Set of 5 US 2/2.75mm* DPNs and circ (your preferred length for given circumference); 
- US 0/2.0mm* circ (your preferred length for given circumference), 
or size needed to obtain gauge 
- 4 Stitch markers; 3 of one color and 1 of another; 
- Darning needle

The original version of this pattern appeared as the “Flyaway Beret” in Knitscene’s Winter 2012 issue. Crystallize includes updated charts, extended sizing, and an adjusted gauge.

Available as a PDF Ravelry download for $5.50
(no account required)

13 December 2013

One!

The wee babe turned one last weekend.

Having already celebrated thoroughly the previous weekend...


...we opted to skip the (more) cake and (more) presents, and head into town instead.

We were a bit skeptical about the tyke's ability to hold still long enough to make the train ride in, but he did a great job (note the nerdy matching hats).


We met with some lovely friends in the North End for pasta (no documentation of this portion of the festivities; all were too covered in garlic butter and/or bolongese to handle the camera), then we took a brisk walk to the aquarium.

staring at penguins


staring at fish


definitely not staring at dada

The little man was very into the seals and penguins and fish and turtles, and had a ball until we had to jam him back into warm clothes to hustle and catch our train. It helped that it was relatively quiet and that the aquarium is set up as one long series of ramps, so he basically got to run around like a madman all afternoon... his very favorite thing to do, and a very fitting birthday gift, I happen to think.

05 December 2013

new! shiny! Winter 2013

I somehow missed Twist Collective's Winter issue rollout this year. Guessing it happened December 1st? Anyway, as usual, no disappointment here. Lots I'd love to be knitting if I had a minute. I'm not going to lie; it takes something special to make me look twice at a two-color shawl(ette) these days, but Cypri by Amanda Scheuzger does the job. Amy Christoffers kills it yet again with her gracefully cabled funnel-neck pullover Calabash, and new-to-me Thayer Preece Parker contributes a lovely pullover called Tarian with allover Gansey/Guernsey style texture patterning.

The new Knitty is out as well, and I hate to be predictable but superstars Norah Gaughan and Franklin Habit are topping my fantasy-space-time-continuum-aberration knitting list with Lempster (cabley-goodness pullover) and  Princess Franklin (badass plaid "collar"/cowl), respectively.

09 November 2013

Fiber. Art.

Ike and I went to the deCordova museum and sculpture park a couple weekends ago with some friends. There were yarny things inside...


...and yarny (rope-y, really) things outside.


This huge installation piece was super cool. "The work is comprised of 1.4 million feet of rope collected from the Eastern seaboard", according to the website. Hand knotted. Really puts those cabled sweaters into perspective. It was a perfectly crisp New England autumn day, the leaves were at their peak, the babies were agreeable. Successful all around, I'd say. I do wish I'd done a better job taking pictures, but with the tyke running (not figuratively) everywhere and doing his best to climb the artwork and eat the leaves, I'll count it as a win that I got a handful of usable ones.