Rethinking Miranda

Another post about a past knit that doesn’t quite suit me and how I’ll figure out what to do with it!

I knit Miranda in the fall of 2013. I’d just moved back to Colorado from a short stint in Albuquerque and was starting work that I was super excited about. It’s knit out of Malabrigo Worsted and is one of the softest sweaters I own.

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Misgivings:

-the body of the sweater is a bit long for my torso which causes the kangaroo pocket and faux cable shaping to land in an area that I don’t want to make bigger

-there isn’t any waist or hip shaping so it doesn’t do my figure any favors

-the sleeves are a little short (well, one of them is….they aren’t the same length)

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I wish the whole sweater were over-sized – maybe the same length but more positive ease and longer, larger sleeves – or I wish the whole sweater were better fitting – shorter in the body and more flattering.

So the options I suppose are:

  1. Rip out the entire thing and re-use the yarn some other way
  2. Rip out the bottom half and re-knit with no kangaroo pocket and likely different texture shaping (ooh or maybe even make it a cropped sweater and avoid the lower abdomen area altogether?)

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What do you think is the best route? Give the sweater another chance or read the writing on the wall and rip out everything?

FO Friday: Fun with Faux

This is the first FO post of the new year and the last FO of last year!

This quick, simple beanie was a gift for my Team Lead and I mentioned it in my last WIP Wednesday post of 2016. It only took me 6 days to knit (and for at least 2 of those I didn’t pick up the needles at all) on size US 6 and 8 needles. I’ve written the basic formula for the hat in the notes on the project page, if you’re interested.img_4373_medium2

My favorite part of the hat is the adorable and super soft faux fur pom pom! This was my first experience with them after seeing them pop up on the knitting webs for the past few months and I can totally see where the obsession is coming from. I want my own little herd of pom poms following me around the house! I ordered mine from an Etsy seller and it arrived just when I needed it to – as I finished the hat and returned from my holiday travels. img_4372_medium2

Have you tried one of these poms yet? Where is your favorite place to buy them? If you haven’t tried them – do yourself a favor and get one!

2017 Plans-ish

We all know that plans can go awry and that life throws unexpected things in your path. I’m going to try to sort out some plans for the year anyway because I like planning.

To Knit:

  • Aidez – I’ve been wanting to knit this sweater since it was published, oh…six years ago?  Just the other day I purchased some yarn from another Raveler’s Destash (you should check out her destash, she’s got some good stuff in there!) and I’ll use it for this sweater. It’s likely to be my first cast on of 2017.

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  • A stocking for Nick – this poor guy doesn’t have a stocking and spending Christmas with my family and all our handmade stockings made my mom and me sad (we don’t know how he feels about being handmade stocking-less but that’s beside the point). He’ll get a new stocking by the next Christmas. Which means that at the pace I’m knitting, I should start it in February.
  • A double hat for Nick – this one is a project he actually asked for – an inside out-ish hat that’s extra warm. If the guy asks, I should probably make it because knitting for men can be tricky but when they specifically ask for something that means they’re more inclined to love it.
  • Crosscountry – this will be a KAL with my momma. Having knit a similar sweater by Alicia Plummer before, I know what sorts of mods I want to make – namely placing that horizontal texture line higher up on the body to be more flattering for me. The yarn for these has been ordered and should be arriving any day!

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I also want to blog more and do some video blogs – there will be a little one on Wednesday so be sure to come back and check that out!

Do you have any plans for your knitting in 2017?

2016: Year in Review

According to Ravelry I finished a measly 15 projects this year and published 3 patterns – both fewer than last year! My favorite finished object is my Cascades pullover though. It’s quickly becoming my most-worn handknit sweater!

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I only lived in 1 house (that’s a record!) and started 1 new career/business. There’s a very good chance that starting that new career path prevented me from finishing more projects but I’m so happy with my choice to become a Real Estate Agent and I know it’s the right addition to my designing and Tech Editing. All of these are flexible and I’m my own boss.

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2016 saw some fun travels including a backpacking trip in Yellowstone, lots of rock climbing around Colorado along with camping and exploring the city. I started experimenting with watercolor, picked up a new cross-stitch project and wrote a bunch about beer.

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I hope 2017 brings even more love and laughter – along with more knitting, designing and adventures!

WIP Wednesday: Something Old, Something New, Something Sparkly & Something Blue

The never-ending socks are still on the needles. You’re not surprised, are you?

I’m making progress on them, I’ve increased 4 stitches per sock so far to help accommodate my calves but I know I’ll need a few more if they keep getting longer. I’ve got my next pair of socks picked out and the yarn waiting but: 1) I want to finish these first and 2) I want to try a different set of needles for the next one – go down a size to a US 1 and get a set that doesn’t have such a bumpy cable-needle join so the stitches slide easier.

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I also got yarn for a new project the other day and cast on immediately! This is Berroco Folio Luxe in Aries and I’m using it to knit up a basic ribbed beanie for one of my Team Leads. While at our holiday dinner the other day she pulled out a picture of a cute hat she liked and was going to buy when her husband, my other Team Lead, commented that she should buy it locally and not from a mass-producing factory. Insert Your Friendly Neighborhood Knitter, a flurry of internet shopping and not-so-patient waiting and you’ve got yourself the start of a beanie.img_4857_medium2

I’m still waiting on the finishing piece – a faux fur pom pom – to arrive but the hat needs to be knit before that can be attached anyway so I might as well get started, right? I’m making the pattern up for this as I go and full details will be on my Ravelry page.

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And isn’t that little fishy stitch marker the cutest?! I picked that up with April when we went on our yarny/coffee date the other week and it makes me so happy to see it on my knitting!

What are you working on this week? New stuff? Old Stuff? Sparkles? Blue?

Rethinking Minetta

If you’ve been reading this blog for a little while you might remember my Minetta saga. I began this sweater as a casual KAL with my momma and although she flew through hers, it took me 3 months to finish mine.

In my FO post I mentioned some of the fit issues I had with the sweater but thought I could live with them at the time (and I did, for a while). I wore it a number of times but hung it up in my closet and haven’t worn it at all this entire year!

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That’s a problem folks.

I want to have clothes (knits included) in my wardrobe that I actually wear and love. I actually wear a lot of my knitted garments! And I do want a grey cardigan. I like the idea of this one but not the actual finished piece.

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I think I’m going to rip it out and re-knit it into something that suits my body and lifestyle a bit more. Plus, I do still love those buttons.

Have you ever frogged a knit? How did you make that tough decision? Did you re-use the yarn or leave it in time out? Any suggestions for grey cardigans in sport weight yarn?

WIP Wednesday: Socks & Shawls

This week certainly saw more sock knitting, no doubt in that! I thought that once I got to the cuffs that it’d virtually fly off the needles (spoiler alert: they didn’t). I do think, however, that these are getting tall enough that I’m going to have to consider some calf shaping. Small feet, short legs and big calves mean that a single skein of sock yarn goes that much further, I guess!

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I also pulled out an old, hibernating project – my Peony shawl by Kat Riddell. According to Ravelry, I started this back in February (when I was visiting with my mom on our excellent girls’ trip in Salida!). FEB.U.ARY. Folks, that is so long ago and I am so sorry to this shawl that it has been languishing that long.img_4226_medium2

I’ve started on the eyelet portion and am keeping an eye on my yarn so that I’ll have enough to do the cute picot bind off at the end.

What are you working on this week? Gift knitting? Selfish knitting?

Knit List #3

This is the third installment of what I’m calling the Knit List – an effort to reduce stash in a mindful way.

This version of the Knit List is based on my current non-obsession with socks. Seriously, I’m not obsessed. More….curious.

This bright bright skein of 45degrees North by Black Trillium Fibers (generously gifted to me by JanuaryYarns)

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would make a beautiful set of Brick Road Socks, don’t you think?

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And I’m completely in love with the Geek Socks

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do you think this skein of HauteKnit Yarn (from _miss_chievous) would be stripey enough to pull it off?

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And this skein of Fleet Street by Stranded Dyeworks hasn’t actually been put in stash yet – I’m keeping it on my desk as inspiration and petting yarn

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But I’m thinking it’d make a good pair of Whiskey and Rye socks

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Or maybe Hoar Frost?

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What do you think? What are your favorite sock patterns? What’s your favorite pair that you’ve ever made?

WIP Wednesday: So About Those Socks

So, yes. I’m knitting socks. And, just like my previous post about socks said, I’m doing them toe-up and two at a time. I’m kind of just doing it my own way rather than following a “conventional” method.

I cast on for the two at the same time using the magic loop method. I increased both toes and started down the feet but decided that magic loop is fiddly and I don’t like the ladders on the feet (for some reason, probably having to do with the increases, there weren’t noticeable ladders on the toes). So I went out and bought 9″ US 2 bamboo needles to work the feet and cuffs in the round on those.img_4824_medium2

I knit the first sock on the 9″ needles until I measured to see where I needed to start the gusset increases – which was a few rounds back. Ripped those few rounds out and put the first sock back on the magic loop and traded to put the other sock on the 9″ needles.

Now I’ve returned both feet to the magic loop so I can work the gusset and heel of both at the same time to ensure that I knit them the exact same way and, again, avoid second sock syndrome.img_4825_medium2

I’m doing stockinette for the bottom of the foot and 2×2 rib for the top because I wanted to give these first socks all the opportunities to fit properly and figured that having a stretchy rib couldn’t hurt. After the heel, the cuffs will be in 2×2 rib all around. To reduce the ladder between the knit and purl stitches and tighten it up, I’m purling the first purl through the back loop.

What are you working on this week? If you knit socks at all, what is your favorite method for doing them? Magic loop? tiny circs? dpns? one at a time? two at a time? cuff down? toe up? short? tall? textured? colorful? muted?