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!

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

Finally a FO – My Anklet Socks

Grey-Purple Anklet FO

  • Yarn: Lisa Souza Sock! (gray & purple left overs)
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering
  • Needles: US Size 2 (3.0 mm) circulars
  • Measurements: US Shoe Size 7
  • Pattern:  Basic Knee High Sock (modified to anklet)
  • Time Spent: 9 hours
  • Dates: 12/31/2015 – 6/21/2015

I’m getting behind in my knitting and needed some motivation this weekend.  I picked up the closest to done WIP I had sitting around and decided to finish it off.  It was very satisfying to finish something!  Nothing too special here with the socks.  I made a bunch of them for Christmas last year; six months later and my pair is finally done.

I still have left over yarn from the Color Affection Shawl so more socks to come!.  Next pair will be with gray toes and the rest purple.  I might go a bit tighter around the ankle but I’ll have to wear these for a few weeks before I know for sure.

I Did Knit Last Year

It turns out I did finish some knitting projects last year.  All of them were gifts.  I made a baby blanket for my nephew, Malcolm, and some Christmas presents.  Sadly it doesn’t look like I have pictures of the baby blanket but here are the Christmas presents.

First, the Color Affection shawl for my sister-in-law, Susan.

Color Affection Front Wrap

Then because I didn’t want the other women in my family feeling left out a whole bunch of anklet socks.

Xmas 2015 Socks LG

I’m not sure who got which pair. I would guess Mom got the green pair, Cindy got the blue/gray pair, Lisa got the pink striped pair, and Sara got the pink/yellow pair.  Hopefully I didn’t stash any of these away for myself and now I’ve let someone know I stole their intended pair of socks!  I might just have an abandoned anklet sock project for myself somewhere.  Probably a purple/gray pair like the blue one if I know myself.

Art Deco Socks – Code Name: Falcon

Art Deco

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Fingering

  • Black (22/50 g)
  • Guava (22/50 g)
Yarn Weight: Fingering
Needles: US Size 2 (3.0 mm) DPNs
Measurements: US Shoe Size 7
Pattern Location: Knit Picks’s Art Deco Socks (heavily modified)
Time Spent: 12 hours
Dates: 12/23/2012 – 12/24/2012

Finally here’s the last 2012 Christmas present, code name “Falcon.” This was my penance project for all of my procrastination.  It was the very first pattern I picked out and I knew I would make it for my sister Lisa, code name Tiger Snake. I was even procrastinating two days before I had to have all the gifts done.  This left me with a pair of socks to complete in one day.  Now, I’d planned on it taking 8 hours so it wasn’t too bad but the 12 hours it actually took did start to get a bit rough.

The pattern is very heavily modified.  I wanted toe up instead of cuff down socks, I wanted to try anklet socks, and I wanted to use my favorite heel technique (Fleegle’s heel).  Sadly I don’t think Fleegle’s heel was the best choice with the pattern.  My original hope was to continue the main pattern on the gusset stitches but I quickly realized this was not working with the location of my increases.  I may have been able to pull it off but not without more planning time than I had left myself with.  The original heel style would have worked better but I’m still happy with how they turned out.

This was the first time I made one sock at a time instead of my usual two socks at once on circular needles.  I decided since I was doing them individuality I wanted them to be a bit different.  I alternated the main and contrast colors on the second sock and made the heel mismatch the toe/cuff on each sock.

This backfired a little bit.  After I realized I had enough yarn for two pairs I wanted to make another pair so that my sister could choose if she wanted the matched or mismatched socks each time she wore them.  I guess it paid off to procrastinate because I definitely did not have enough time for two pairs in one day!