FO Friday: The Complicated Sweater

This one took a little while to figure out at the beginning (and the middle….and the end) but it’s done and I’m happy! (Granted…it didn’t take quite as long as that orange sweater that we’re not talking about…cough)IMG_3133

I used Elsbeth Lavold’s Silky Wool for this top even though the original design was knit in a chunkier weight.  I did this for a few reasons:

  1. I wanted to have a lighter weight summer-y sweater, not something too heavy
  2. I wanted it to have lots of movement and drape
  3. I had plenty of the Silky Wool on handIMG_4538

I did not match the color of this sweater to my other most-recently-finished sweater on purpose, that was an accident but I believe it shows that I’m consistent in some things.IMG_3134

This sweater was a test knit for Bo Balder (Boknits on Ravelry) and although it was complicated and there were many questions, Bo was a total champ at quickly and clearly answering them.  I really like ALL of the sample knits I’ve seen of this top!IMG_4542

One of the things that make this sweater so special (and challenging) is how many different and awesome textures are going on at the same time.IMG_3137

My “mods”:

  • I did 6 short-rows at the bottom to ensure the back was longer than the front (it already was, because of the construction, but I wanted just a touch more length)
  • I worked the rib on the sleeves immediately after picking them back up with no rows of the big hole lace, I wanted shorter cap sleeves

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What have you been knitting lately?  Have you tried any of Bo’s patterns?

 

FO Friday: Black Lace Slouch

I told you I’d finished something earlier in the week, and here it is!IMG_1152

This is the second black Lacy Slouch I’ve knit up, but the first was in a wool/mohair blend and the recipient wanted something that was more suited for warmer weather.  IMG_1162

I decided to work with Elsbeth Lavold’s Hempathy yarn and it knit up beautifully on needles that were slightly too large for it – the fabulous-ness of lace: getting even more out of your small amounts of yarn!   It took less than a single ball to knit up this version.IMG_1116

It felt good to finish something that I can actually show you, I came to the realization earlier that that sweater I was working on might not actually work…more to come on that next week, and a vote on what I should do with it!

What are you working on to wrap up this week?

Linking up with Tami as always!

Recent Project

Knitting content on a knitting blog?  No way!

After I finished fixing the fiasco from former fixations (I have a serious love in my heart for alliteration), I had a request come in for another Lacy Slouch.

This time around, she wanted something that was more fit for warmer weather but had the same nice drape and deep black color.  I chose to work with Elsbeth Lavold’s Hempathy – a hemp, linen and rayon blend that I’ve worked with before on this fun project:

The hat is a super quick knit that I never get tired of whipping up.  I’ve probably made at least 7 or 8 of these hats!IMG_1116

This newest version is all finished and blocked with the final touches already placed, but I’ll share those pictures on Friday!

More knitting to come this week and exciting news to be shared very soon!  Also, in relation to my exciting-news-to-be-shared-very-soon, I’ll be having a destash sale and pattern sale, so stay tuned for more info on that 🙂

WIP Wednesday: Blue Skies Ahead

I’ve been working on a new cardigan in seekrit lately, it’ll be perfect for those cool spring mornings, or crisp fall evenings.IMG_8022

I’m in love with the color of this shade of Elsbeth Lavold’s Silky Wool, and the drape is fabulous.IMG_8024

The little details of this design are what make it perfect, and I can’t wait to share more with you soon!IMG_8027

Linking up with Tami, as usual!  What are you working on this week?

 

WIP Wednesday: Silky Wool

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I’ve been working on this new design for a little while and although I did finish the knitting portion of it just yesterday, there are still things that need to happen before I can personally declare it an FO.

simple project, all in the details

Although it won’t be published for a little bit yet (still needs to be test-knit, etc) I can tell you a little about the design.  It’s knit out of Elsbeth Lavold’s Silky Wool, it’s a pullover and it has interesting construction as well a few charming details that you work on during the entire knitting process but can’t see too well until it’s all complete 😉

details and directional changes

What are you working on this week?  Share in the comments as well as over on Tami’s blog!

 

Something I’ve Never Tried Before

Now, remember when I said last week that I was looking for a yarn to go with my Paris yarn at the Stitches South marketplace?

My thought process was that if I had a goal-yarn in mind, it would help curb impulse spending, (being a broke college student also helps impulse spending, incidentally)   and for the most part, it did.  I bought 10 skeins of Silky Wool in a taupe color because I’ve been in love with the silky wool since my momma had me wind some for her last summer, not to mention it was 50% off in those quantities (you can be expecting another design coming this fall with that yarn).

so much yarn everywhere!

Back to my goal-yarn.

I searched and I searched and for a change of pace, I searched some more.  I knew sort-of what I was looking for, something to bring out the bits of yellow in the gray-ish alpaca I brought home.  I wanted something with a bit of a halo, since the alpaca itself has a bit of a halo.  I wanted it to be of a similar weight – about fingering or sock weight perhaps.

So many of the yellows I found were too rainy-day and some were too dandelion.  Some were too pastel and others were too mustard.

Finally, I found it.  I found my Paris-yarn soul mate.  The color was perfect, just rich enough to add interest, depth and dimension.  The yarn was thin with just a touch of halo, less than the alpaca but not perfectly smooth.

Meet Frank

I’ve never had the pleasure of using Malabrigo before, this was my first Malabrigo purchase and it was so worth it.  I picked up two skeins of the Malabrigo Lace in Frank Ochre.

I’m still sort of deciding what I want to do with it, I know I want it wrapped around my neck/face area because it is so devastatingly soft and I’m thinking I want fringies as well….a scarf, shawl, or cowl……..

And as a bit of added awesomeness to the weekend, I won some Malabrigo Worsted at the Student Fashion Show dinner they had Saturday night too 🙂

FO Friday: The Hemp Tie

So I may have actually finished this last Wednesday, but I haven’t blogged about it yet, so I feel like its appropriate to share with you 🙂

The Ever-So-Handsome Wes adjusting his new tie

The tie used maybe half of the ball of Hempathy I bought, so I have plenty more to make one for myself (and I think I will).  Oh, and I am going to take this time to brag that I figured out how to tie a tie for the first time, and on the first try no less, when I decided to try it on after casting off 🙂

Don't you think I could fit one of these into my day-to-day attire?

Ravelry Deets can be found here.

A pattern is in the works based on all of the responses I got about other knitters wanting to knit one for their significant others, so be on the lookout for that!  I plan on releasing it as a free Ravelry download and I’ll probably be looking for test knitters, so if you’re interested just let me know 😉

Want to see more FO Friday goodies? Check out Tami’s blog!

WIP Wednesday: Hempathy Necktie

Ok ok, so today’s the day.  The day you get to see pictures of the Hempathy Necktie that I’ve written about.

Here’s how it looked yesterday between job applications:

a seed stitch snake

So far so good, like I said, I had too many a few false starts but now that I’ve figured out the point and the proper angles its coming along smoothly.  I expect it to be done today or tomorrow, blocked and given to a very happy Wesley 🙂

its grown a leetle bit

Want to share your WIPs?  Skip on over to Tami’s blog to find out how!

2011 Knitting and a Necktie

I won’t be doing a massive recap of all of my 2010 knitting, and you know why?

Because I didn’t document it well enough.

So! You know what that means?

Yup, I’ll be documenting my 2011 knitting much better.  I’m going to Ravel everything, I may even revive my Flickr feed again.  (Probably not, that’s just another website that takes up a lot of time :/ but I can dream right?)

Empathy for the Hempathy, if at first you don't succeed...cast on again

In the mean time, I did eventually start that necktie I told you about.  I cast on for it yesterday and had oh, about 9 false starts trying to get the point perfect, and the texture, and the width and all that great stuff.  Now, its well on its way to being the perfect necktie for my friend Wesley.

Pictures? No, no, those’ll come tomorrow for WIP Wednesday 🙂

How do you document your knitting?  I need advice and ideas haha

The First CO of the New Year

I suppose this title is a little misleading because I haven’t actually cast on for this project just yet, but I will and it will be the first cast on of the new year when that happens.

The project?

A skinny tie for my friend Wesley.

The yarn?

I love the textures and the subtle color changes!

Hempathy by Elsbeth Lavold in a nice mustard-y yellow color.

I should be casting on tonight or tomorrow for this project and you can rest assured that I will inform all of you when this ever-important occurrence occurs.

What was your first project of 2011?