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.

American Girl Sized Ella Cardigan

AG Ella Combo

  • Yarn: 10 g (out of 25) Knit Pick’s Aloft  – Silver
  • Yarn Weight: Lace
  • Needles: US Size 1 dpns & 3 circular
  • Size: Approx. 30% of smallest size
  • Pattern:  Ella Cardigan
  • Time Spent: 8.5 hours
  • Dates: 12/12/2015 – 12/25/2015

I picked out this pattern during the Chicago Yarn Crawl in August.  I’m not confident I can successfully make a garment so I decided to make a smaller doll version first.  This way I’m familiar with the pattern and less likely to mess up the one I want to wear!

The cardigan turned out alright.  I took the pattern, kept the gauge, and then used about 30% of the stitches it said for the smallest size.  With just a couple tweaks the sizing worked out.  The portions aren’t perfect and I’m not a fan of the yarn itself but I accomplished my goal.  I know the pattern now and I know what I’m not good at.

Here’s my list of things to research so my cardigan turns out better:

  1. How to avoid holes in the underarm closures
  2. Picking up stitches more neatly (maybe I should have blocked first like the pattern said)
  3. Best way to increase/decrease while keeping the double seed stitch pattern intact

Next, the full sized Ella for me!

Meisi Gloves – Finished!

Meisi Gloves FO

  • Yarn: 53 g (half skein) of 2 Guys Signature Fingering, Black Cocoa Cream
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering
  • Needles: US Size 0 & 1 (2.0 & 2.5 mm) dpns
  • Size: Small
  • Pattern:  Meisi
  • Time Spent: 39.5 hours
  • Dates: 8/8/2015 – 11/24/2015

My goal was to finish the glove by the end of the weekend but I was so close that I finished it Tuesday night before leaving to visit family for Thanksgiving.  We had some freezing rain on the trip so I was happy to have these with me!

The second glove went better than the first, especially the fingers.  I picked up a lot more stitches between the fingers and then decreased in the following rounds to get back to the right count.  That eliminated the gaps between fingers really well.  The instructions for the thumb had similar extra stitches/decrease pattern but I think all the fingers need this.

The yarn is incredibly soft and feels amazing.  The downside is that it’s already got some fuzziness just from a long weekend of wearing and it does stretch out more than I’d like.  I haven’t picked out my next project yet but I’m thinking some fair isle gloves might be a good choice.  I really loved my first pair of knitted gloves so I’m going to look for something similar.

Percy Shawl Challenge Done!

Percy Shawl - Finished - Back Just shy of 6 months I’ve finally completed this shawl challenge!  Good thing there was no time limit.  It was a little bit more of a challenge than I expected.  I had to remember lace knitting.  I had to learn knitted lace. I had to learn nupps.  When I started I was expecting to  refresh my memory and be good to go.  Not quite.

This pattern was perhaps a bit ambitious after a 2+ year break from lace knitting.  After the first chart/pattern I needed all my concentration for this project or I would spent as much time tinking as knitting.  Probably why it took so long.

I have to admit when I finished this Saturday night and went to try it on in front of the mirror, I thought about keeping it. It’s gorgeous. I mean if my cat Loki attacked the shawl when I wasn’t looking and it just didn’t make it out alive everyone would understand right?  Nobody had to know what really happened to it.  Fortunately for Laura, this is not my color.  If this had been in purple or gray, maybe even blue, things may have turned out very differently.  I’m sure Laura is too smart to ever hand me purple lace and expect it back in any shape or form.

Anyway, the shawl is done.  Laura will get it as promised.  Here’s some stats on the project.  Now I’ll be sticking to smaller projects until the end of the year at least!

  • Yarn: Chinese Mink Yarn (the label is in Chinese so I can’t read any more than that)
  • Yarn Weight: Lace
  • Needles: US Size 4 (3.5 mm) circulars
  • Measurements: About 6′ wide across the shoulders and 3′ at it’s tallest point (blocked)
  • Pattern:  Percy Shawl
  • Time Spent: 60 hours
  • Dates: 5/19/2015 – 11/14/2015

Percy Shawl - Finished - Front

Percy Shawl - Finished - Side