FO Friday: Peony Shawl

This is a looonnngggg standing WIP that has finally joined the ranks of FO!

According to Ravelry, I started this on February 14th of last year and once I realized that, I kicked into high gear to have it finished before that 1 year mark. I made a quick little video showing how I blocked it and then a few extra words about how much I love it – I’m extra dorky and disorganized in this one so please forgive the goofiness.


The yarn is Entice MCN by Hazel Knits in the Hoppy Blonde colorway. This was a gift from my friend Freshy when she visited me a few years back in New Mexico (Girl, I owe you a visit!)! I really enjoyed using this yarn, the color is gorgeous, the yarn wasn’t splitty or difficult and it’s so so soft.

Peony, by Kat Riddell, is a great shawl to use up a single skein of fingering weight yarn in a solid, tonal or slightly variegated colorway. I think knitting this up in a crazy speckled yarn would be cool but it also might detract from the textural details in the pattern.

There’s no reason this shawl should’ve taken this long, the pattern is clear and the project only requires 1 skein. I did get myself mixed up somewhere in the pattern and my halves weren’t equal numbers but I fudged it and just kept going, no one can tell but me anyways, right?

When I first bound off the project I was grabbing coffee with a friend and she remarked on how small it was (she is not a knitter) but I knew it’d grow with blocking and boy did it! It’s at least twice the size (60″ wide and 27″ deep) now that it’s blocked than it was when freshly off the needles. I love that! Because it’s fingering weight yarn knit on a US 8/5 mm needle, it’s still lightweight but warm, this will be perfect for early spring and the chill that lingers in the mornings.

Have you finished anything this week? Have you knit a Kat Riddell pattern yet or used any Hazel Knits yarns?

FO Friday: Another Viking Helmet

I finally finished this puppy. Once I put my nose to the grindstone, it didn’t take too long to complete but it certainly took longer for me than the past few I’ve made. I wanted to use mostly stash yarns for this one and I accomplished the feat of not having to purchase more yarn! Woo! Stash busting!

This was made for a long-time friend of mine who travels between Antarctica and Alaska primarily but makes a few trips to Denver a year and we always make the time to see each other when we can. I’m excited to see the pictures of this helmet on it’s many adventures!IMG_1791 (1)

I released the Bearded Viking Helmet in 2012 and thought that it was finally time to revamp the pattern! I’m re-releasing it this month and if you use the code viking4life you can get it for 20% now through the end of the month (that’s a good headstart on your Halloween costume)!

What are you working on? Have you finished anything lately?

WIP Wednesday: Another Viking In The Making

This is….probably…the…fourth? fifth? Viking Helmet I’ve made and although it’s moving along slower than the others (thanks painful ulnar nerve) it *is* coming along.IMG_1855

This puppy has been put into high speed because the recipient of it will be visiting Denver in just a few days and I want to make sure that I can put the finishing touches on it while he’s here.

You see here the first horn and if you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen that I wrapped up the first horn while drinking delicious beer at Upslope Brewing on Monday (I love their Thai IPA). In an attempt to outsmart myself and the clock, I cast on the second horn right away and it’s moving along slowly but surely.

What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday: Something New

Happy Wednesday friends, how is your week going?

I’ve recently re-started (a few times, actually, trying to find the right yarn that I actually have enough of currently in my stash) another custom Viking Helmet for a long-time friend of mine.IMG_0112

The yarn I’m using this time around is a vintage Tweed from Tahki that I picked up in a large LARGE lot of bags full of yarn from the thrift store many moons ago. Obviously, this means I’m modifying the pattern just a tad to fit the gauge of this yarn but the end result should be just as awesome as the others.

What are you working on this week? Do you ever buy yarn from thrift stores?

Summer Fling Bag – Finally Actually Definitely Finished

Originally, I started this bag last year when my momma was visiting me in Fort Collins in May. I finished the knitting portion at that time but always knew that I wouldn’t be using it until I had a lining inside. IMG_0053

Fast forward to this year.

I finally actually sewed in that lining (by hand, badly) and now the bag is usable. It’s small, which has pros and cons, but it’s cute and different and made by me so dammit I’m gonna use it. On the weekends. And when I don’t have to carry many things.IMG_0058

The cotton yarn we used is soft and inexpensive but it also pills a little too easily for my preference, little pink tufts were all over my black tank this weekend (they probably blended in with all the dog hair, I’m glam like that). So if I knit this again in the future I’d use a hardier yarn that also might not sag so much in the strap.IMG_0017

Also, it was this pretty girl’s 7th birthday this past Saturday.

Have you made any knitted bags? Do you use them?

New Pattern: The Polar Bear Pullover

I showed you pictures of the finished project the other week and the pattern is now ready for download!unnamed

I kept the details fairly simple with this design because I wanted it to be approachable by newer sweater knitters. This sweater is worked in pieces from the bottom up.  The polar bear motif is worked using intarsia and is charted.  The drop shoulder and generous fit make the finished garment easy to wear, style and cozy up into. IMG_6909

It is meant to be worn with a few inches of positive ease.  These photos are of the second size on two different body types to show versatility. Be sure to leave the 2″ of ribbing unseamed when putting the sweater together to allow for a more flattering fit around the hips!IMG_6905

 

This was my first time working with Mrs. Crosby’s yarn and I totally loved it!  The fiber content (merino, silk and cashmere) is perfect and the yarn has beautiful drape and stitch definition.  As with other tonal and hand-dyed yarns, be sure to alternate skeins as you work so that the colors blend evenly.unnamed (2)

Sizes:

35 (40, 45, 50)”/89 (101.5, 114.5, 127) cm bust circumference

Gauge:

24 sts x 31 rows = 4″ in St st on larger needle

Needles:

US 3 (3.25 mm) straights and 16″ circs

US 6 (4 mm) straights

Yarn:

Mrs. Crosby Plays Hat Box – 5 (6, 6, 7) skeins of Squid Ink, 1 skein Creme Fraiche

Notions:

Darning Needle

Stitch Markers

You can now find the pattern on Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy! Don’t forget to share your finished versions in this thread in my Ravelry group.

FO: Grandma’s Hat

I finished this hat a week or so ago and hadn’t been able to get photos until just now!  With temperatures being so high lately, I’ve been lucky enough to walk to and from work and these hats have been great companions on those walks.IMG_0540

I shipped both this and the hat for my Grandpa this week and I really hope they fit and are well-loved 🙂  Isn’t that all knitters really hope for when they send off things? We just wanna show our love and yarn is the best way for some of us to do it.  IMG_7083

Aaaaannnndddd for the outtake:IMG_7087

Miss Lisa decided that she wanted to be a part of the fun happening on the couch.  Can you say ‘Princess’?

What have you finished lately?

FO Friday: Stocking for Leland

The latest stocking project has been finished and shipped off to it’s new home and so I can share it here with you!IMG_6063

This is the third stocking I’ve knit and the first for someone I’m not related to (that last bit put more pressure on me for some reason – family can love the quirks that come with handmade things, but can strangers?).IMG_6055

Knit with a variety of worsted weight yarns – white acrylic, red and green KnitPicks Swish and some tweedy brown – it was a fairly quick knit even though the stocking measures about 20″ long.  The recipient/gift giver requested something classic and clean, she likes deer, trees and wanted the kiddo’s name on it but other than that gave me creative license.IMG_6056

I really like the stripey garter bits at the cuff, heel and toe combined with the crisp white and simple colorwork.  I added the name with duplicate stitch on the way to and from snowboarding on Thanksgiving.IMG_6057

Have you finished anything lately? Are you working on holiday stuff?

FO Friday: I Finished A Thing!

Sorry for the radio silence this week, I meant to blog – I really did! I have things I want to tell you and show you and I just haven’t had made the time to blog about them.

The other day I finished a thing, the first thing I’ve finished in what seems like forever. This cowl was started YEARS ago to use up leftover yarns, have something simple on the go all the time and make something one of a kind.IMG_5730

I started another one immediately after binding off for the same reasons – using up leftover yarns, having something simple (squooshy garter stitch!!) on the go all the time and having a one of a kind result when it’s finally completed.  Hopefully this one doesn’t take me a few years.IMG_5727

What are you working on this week?  Do you have fun weekend plans?