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.

Raven Wing Socks – WIP

Raven Wing Socks WIP 2I finally started a Rockin’ Sock Club pattern from back in November 2013!  I needed a good airplane/travel project and found this ready to go.  Sadly back in 2013 I did not do the best job winding the yarn.  I have a very unequal split between the two socks.  Maybe with the size small I’ll have extra and not run out for either sock. The pattern isn’t written for two at a time but looking ahead it should be easy enough to accommodate with some minor needle adjustments after the heel.

I’m not sure if it’s the needles or the yarn but I am knitting this very very tightly.  I’ve even woken up with a sore thumb from it. My other (hibernating) Rockin’ Sock Club pattern didn’t have the same issue.  Maybe I’ll start working on those again after I finish the Raven Wing socks!

 

3rd Quarter Hue Shift Afghan Done!

Hue Shift Afghan Q1-3I’m sure everyone thinks that this poor project has been abandoned but it has not!  Since it’s such an easy project I’ve been working on it during my knitting group meetups.  However, unlike I anticipated back in August this has not made for faster progress.  This third quarter took six months!  My cat, Loki, did get sick and interrupt all knitting project for a few months. Unfortunately, it still would have taken at least four months anyway.

What’s worse is now that my sister is pregnant again I have my eye on this Reversible Celtic Baby Blanket.  That thing is insane and perhaps over sized for a “baby” blanket.  I would never abandon my poor hue shift afghan but there’s no doubt it’ll take more than a year to finish with my eye on other projects!

 

Acorn Teeth – WIP

Acorn Teeth WIP

 

Heating an office building is always a challenge and lately my office is overly warm in the mornings and then gets quite chilly in the afternoons.  I decided a new pair of fingerless mittens would be perfect while I wait for Spring.  I wanted to try at least three colors of fair isle this time and found the Acorn Teeth pattern.

Fortunately I know that fair isle blocks fairly nicely for my tension issues in the past so I’m just having fun with this one.  I’ve never tried the after thought thumb so that’ll be fun too!

 

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.