Hue Shift Afghan – Finally Done!!

Hue Shift FO Small

  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Sport
    • Color A: Sky (114 grams = 1.14 skeins)
    • Color B: White (114 grams = 1.14 skeins)
    • Color C: Dove Heather (114 grams = 1.14 skeins)
    • Color D: Cobblestone Heather (118 grams = 1.18 skeins)
    • Color E: Black (114 grams = 1.14 skeins)
    • Color F: Umber Heather (116 grams = 1.16 skeins)
    • Color G: Sienna (108 grams = 1.08 skeins)
    • Color H: Camel Heather (114 grams = 1.14 skeins)
    • Color I: Cream (114 grams = 1.14 skeins)
    • Color J: Tranquil (117 grams = 1.17 skeins)
    • Color K: Solstice Heather (200 grams = 2 skeins)
  • Yarn Weight: Sport
  • Needles: US Size 5 ( 3.75 mm) circular
  • Pattern:  Hue Shift Afghan – Decor Colorway
  • Time Spent: 140 – 150 hours
  • Dates: 3/28/2015 – 7/26/2016

It’s done!  My first “real” sized blanket and I finished it.  The mitered squares are done, the border is done, all the ends are weaved in, and pictures have been taken.  I’m done.  It may have taken over a year and around 150 hours of work, but I’m done.  Plus, I accomplished my original goal to regain some knitting ground!  I’ve regained most, if not all, of the skill I had before my knitting break.

I’ll be honest, this blanket has a lot of character.  By which I mean flaws, mistakes, or intended uniqueness.  Whatever you’d like to call them.  My gauge is all over the place on different parts of this blanket.  I ran out of yarn and have a few mismatching dye lots in there.  Two sides of the border are one dye lot and the other two are another, and yes you can tell!  One entire quarter I cast on with the wrong set of colors so that quarters didn’t line up with the rest as they should.  This was my first time doing mattress stitch and some places are a bit questionable.  But you know what, I like my blankets with character!

Raven Wing Socks – Done!

Raven Wing FO side

  • Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight – Winter Jewel (Nov 2013)
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering
  • Needles: US Size 1 circulars (two at a time)
  • Pattern:  Raven Wing Socks
  • Size: Women’s Small
  • Time Spent: 33 hours
  • Dates: 3/5/2016 – 4/5/2016

First 2013 Rockin’ Sock Club pattern done!  I started backwards; this is the last pattern for that year.  I know the first pattern was my least favorite so I’ll probably end at the beginning.  Everything in between is up for grabs!

I liked a lot of things about this pattern.  The twisted cable and ribbing works well for me and looks much neater than the standard rib & cable.  It might be “cheating” because I know this is a tension problem but the results are so much nicer that I’ll stick with it.   I’m also quite happy with the colors and over all look.

Unfortunately I doubt I’ll wear these much.   Once the sock is on it’s comfortable but there is a non-stretchy point that makes it hard to get on & off over the heel/ankle.  The foot fits perfectly.  The heel is a bit too long and the ankle/leg is too small.  The heel flap is purposefully longer to accommodate the twisted stitches but I didn’t need that extra length. I did need more room at the ankle and leg and that wasn’t accommodated enough for me.  I know I have fat calves so maybe that was it.  I’ll watch that in the rest of the patterns!

Woobie Monkey – Baby Gift #1

Woobie Monkey FO

  • Yarn: Hikoo by skacel Simplicity (3.5 skeins Turkish Coffee, 0.33 skeins Sahara Sand)
  • Yarn Weight: DK
  • Needles: US Size 3 circular & DPN
  • Pattern:  Woobie Monkey
  • Time Spent: 21.5 hours
  • Dates: 3/8/2016 – 4/9/2016

Nephew #3 is on the way and of course some knitted baby gifts are a must!  My sister lives in Florida so I couldn’t quite convince myself to try for the  Reversible Celtic Baby Blanket.  I found this pattern at a local yarn shop while down in Florida and figured it was the perfect compromise.  It’s not a blanket but still something to snuggle against and who can resist a monkey head?

I did run into a couple of issues. I ran out of brown yarn and couldn’t find an exact match which I’m sad about.  Plus my face making skills are seriously lacking.  I figure it’s endearing and the baby won’t judge too much if the eyes don’t match.  It adds character right?  I just need to make sure it will survive the washing machine.  Otherwise baby toy will become cat toy!

Happy Easter & Acorn Teeth FO!

Acorn Teeth

  • Yarn: Knit Pick’s Palette: (12g) Whirlpool, (8g) Eggplant, (6g) White
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering
  • Needles: US Size 1 DPN
  • Pattern:  Acorn Teeth
  • Time Spent: 17 hours
  • Dates: 2/11/2016 – 3/4/2016

Happy Easter everyone!  The weather was perfect today to photograph my latest finished project (and I finally remembered to bring them home).  These are exactly what I was looking for as the Chicago weather goes wonky for the next month or two.

I’m not a huge fan of the afterthought thumb so I will probably avoid that in the future.  It’s easy to knit but not as comfortable to wear.  The biggest surprise was the Vikkel Braid.  I’m in love with this technique.  I will be keeping this in mind on new projects to give them a little extra something.

The photo is actually of my second glove after I made some tweaks. I decreased 4 stitches immediately after the Vikkel Braid for a better fit on the finger ribbing.  I also kept the same color for the entire thumb instead of casting off with a contrast color.  Lastly, you can’t see it well but I did end up cutting & re-starting more ends instead of carrying the yarn up for a neater beginning/end of round transition.

P.S. The tea in my mug is Argo Tea’s green tea ginger twist.  Yummy, and all gone now.

Ella Cardigan – Done!

Ella Finished

  • Yarn: 90g Quince & Co. Piper – San Angelo
  • Yarn Weight: Lace
  • Needles: US Size 3 & 5 circulars
  • Size: 38″
  • Pattern:  Ella Cardigan
  • Time Spent: 37 hours
  • Dates: 12/25/2015 – 2/6/2016

Sorry for the late post!  I finished this almost a month ago but I really did get caught up playing Pillars of Eternity for most of February. Over 150 game hours logged. I should be embarrassed but I’m really not. I do feel bad about being so late posting pictures! Overall I am very happy with my cardigan and how it fits.  I’m excited to pick my next garment pattern but for now maybe some smaller projects first.