FO Friday: Fisherman’s Rib Beanie

It feels like I finished this hat ages ago! In the past few weeks I’ve finished a thing or two and wanting to share them separately means that they get posted a little late from time to time and I apologize.

The Fisherman’s Rib beanie was my “desk” project at work for a while and now that’s done, I know it’s going to be a favorite cozy, soft beanie this winter (and even this summer, I wore it during our hike last weekend). I’d never made anything with the Fisherman Rib pattern before but I do love the squooshy resulting fabric!

I knit this out of some Hikoo Simplinatural in a charcoal grey with a little poppy stripe of some super pretty turquoise dk yarn held double (not sure what it was, the label has mysterious disappeared!).

What have you been knitting lately?  Have you ever tried Fisherman’s Rib?

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: A Quick Knit

After spending so much time on my other knitting projects, I just wanted something that was an instant-gratification project.

Luckily, that need surfaced around the time I had an inquiry come in about a custom version of my Shift Knob Cover pattern! (The photo below is my roommate trying to figure out what the heck this thing is)IMG_4552

This little guy knit up super quick and the pattern was easily modified to fit a more spherical knob. I added an extra increase and decrease round and I worked the decreases at the top at a slightly quicker pace to round off the top quicker.

Have you been slogging away on long-term projects?  Or are you into the instant gratification knits too?

FO Friday: Gotta Keep The Legs Warm

Last weekend my roomie went climbing at Indian Creek and was worried about the cold weather and being able to stay warm.  I told her that I could make up some quick legwarmers for her to take and climb in, it was Wednesday afterall and she wasn’t leaving until Friday.  I had plenty of time.

Except that it was Thursday and not Wednesday.

Had it actually been Wednesday like I was originally thinking when I offered, the warmers would have been done in plenty of time and on her legs whilst crag climbing in the desert.

Regardless, they were completed last weekend and will be traveling to other climbing destinations in the future!Quick, but not quite quick enough

I used some label-less stash yarn in the colors of rocks on size 9 needles in a k2p2 pattern.

Do you have an FO to share or want to read more?  Check out Tami’s blog for the details!

FO Friday: The Leetlest FO

Welcome to another FO Friday!  I know I haven’t posted an FO in ages and that’s because I haven’t actually had an FO in ages.  But today I have one for you, and even though its the leetlest FO, its still an FO and so it counts 🙂

Noro Tube

I can’t say too much about it right now as its on its way to its new home, but I can say that  it was knit up in some Noro Silk Garden that I had hanging around and finished up with a spiffy button.

Skip on over to Tami’s blog to see more FOs and maybe share your own!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!

FO Friday: Quilliam

Yay!  Finally I have not-secret FO to share with you!

The other day (Friday to be exact) I was sitting at my desk, looking for any excuse to avoid doing my homework.  I was perusing Pinterest (here’s mine), looking at food and yarn porn, trying to be inspired and then I saw this cute little picture.

Pattern by Little Cotton Rabbits

And I was insta-inspired to create my own version for my friend Wesley (remember the tie?) who recently adopted an albino hedgie he’s named Quilliam.

Wes and Quilliam, the O-riginal

I didn’t follow the recipepattern, but rather looked at the picture and generated my own version, making it up as I went.  I used stash yarn, mostly from a big bag of random, vintage yarns from the thrift store (I’m pretty sure the white was handspun…) and I’m very pleased with the result 🙂  Especially how seamless and clean the little feetsies are.

Meet Quilliam the Stuffed

I gave him to my friend as a surprise and was excited when he was instantly excited about it (its always such a warm fuzzy in your belly when your knitting is appreciated, isn’t it?).  We took the two Quilliams out this weekend for them to bond and enjoy the sunshine, one was considerably more mobile than the other.

playtime!

Ravelry deets here.

Want to join in and share your own FO links?  See Tami’s Blog!

FO Friday: A Scrappy Earflap Beanie

Welcome back for another FO Friday!  Want to join in and read more FO tales?  Tami’s blog has all of the details 🙂

This week I’m sharing with you a hat I featured here for a WIP and had actually finished a few weeks ago (on April 1st, no less).

love the colors!

The yarns were all stash yarns, many of them vintage, found at my local thrift store, or have been hopping around my stash for ages.  There is a variety of colors and materials; wool, acrylic, mohair, cashmere, merino, and more.  The pattern was made up on the fly, based on a multitude of other beanies that have been knit throughout my knitting career.

scrappy, textured, colorful, warm and oh-so-cool

I finished it off by crocheting a blue border around the edge and adding some braided tassels.  I’m lovin’ it and I hope my customers do too!