FO Friday – Pre-Christmas gifting

There’s a bit of an FO backlog here at the PoF headquarters.  I had saved up FOs to post for ya’ll while I was on vacation in Hawaii and then I totally ran out of time and then disappeared for October.  So please bear with me while I catch ya’ll up.  First let me distract you with a “poor” (at least in her mind) Doxie. Lexi’s Halloween Costume. The belt is ultra reflective. While in Hawaii, I knew I would not see my parents again until after Christmas so I presented them with their Christmas gifts plus sent Care Bears Birthday gift off as a boarded the plane. Pattern: A Hat fit for a Boyfriend by Stephanie Nicole Raveled Here Gifted to: My Dad (I forgot to photograph him in it – it was a bit hot in Hawaii for him to model) Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted Solid in special colorway Texas A&M – 1/2 skein Needles: US 8 (5.0mm) Knitpicks Harmony Interchangeable Needles – magic looped Mods:  None because this pattern rocks!! Facts to Remember: That sometimes its fun to just jump in without a gauge swatch and that reds bleed like no other color.  Don’t worry Dad, I made sure it would no longer bleed before I gave it to you. Things I Love:  My Dad’s Christmas Present in his school colors. I have never knit him anything before so I hoped he would like it, which he did. When I was in TX in April and saw his schools colors, I knew I had to get it for him since I am tired of buying him books about finance, health or star trek. Pattern: Custom toe-up with gusset US 10 women’s shoes Raveled Here Gifted to: Care Bear my BFF for her birthday/Halloween Yarn: Spunky Eclectic Super DK in Candy Corn – 1 entire skein Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm) & US 2 (3.0 mm) Knitpicks Harmony Fixed Circular Mods: The whole thing is a mod, but I like a squishy thick sole but it was pooling like nothing else so I switched up the needles when I got to the heel to encourage some barber pole action. Facts to Remember: To write down, your total foot stitch count so that the second sock looks the same. Things I Love:  That Care Bear loved her socks and has already worn them twice.  She has now dubbed me her sock knitter for life, which is fine because she will sew me project bags if asked nicely. 😉 Pattern: Custom toe-up short row heel US 6 1/2 Narrow Women’s Shoe Raveled Here Gifted to: My mom who is modeling them above Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock in Colorway 258 Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm) Knitpicks Harmony Fixed Circular Mods:  I started these for me but ended up giving them to my mom since my original present would not leave the needles. Facts to Remember: That spit felting works wonders and that noro has knots.  This skein had 2.  That’s why one sock looks like its knit from cuff to toe and the other toe to cuff based on the color directions. Things I Love:  I actually like the pink and purple in amongst the other colors even though they aren’t my fav colors.  I also adore how...

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WIP Wednesday – Almost done & Re-do

I finished the hem of Flair on Sunday evening, since then I have stalled on the sleeve.   Flair is coming out rather slim, its going to be more cardigan than jacket so I have decided to go with the blue buttons from the post last Wednesday. I am nervous but I seem to always be nervous before I block something. Since I’m trying to figure out cardigan/jacket, I will keep at this until I get it right. This sweater was finished and I have worn it at least twice in the last month, but I was just unhappy with it because of this: The band was lettuce-ing and driving me nuts. So I tried to create a button band reinforcement with grosgrain ribbon. It failed miserably since the buttonholes done by the machine ripped out. So I grudgingly ripped out the buttonhole side and re-knit it with a smaller needle. I am so happy that I went and ripped out the button band too. So I need to re-knit the band. It should only take me a short while but I have yet to do...

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FO Friday – Bead Around My Neck

Pattern: Faberge Cowl by Nina Machlin Dayton Raveled Here Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted – 3/4 skein in Polar Morn Needles: Knitpicks Harmony Interchangeables US 8 (5.0mm) Mods: None unless you consider shorter and less beads as a mod.  I bought 3 tubes of beads and ran out so I stopped.  It was 5″ tall. Facts to Remember:  When beading with a crochet hook, don’t hold the hook in your mouth with a bead attached, because the bead just might go down your throat.  I lost two or three that way.  You think I would learn my lesson but of course not.  Also don’t doubt your gauge unless you are on vacation, my gauge changed while I was on vacation.  This was done after vacation so I should have gone with the US 7 needle, so this turned out a little bigger than written. Things I Love: How easy it was and that my friend Nina (ravelry) gifted me this pattern.  I didn’t expect that kind of generosity nor do I expect it again, but it was nice.  It made me feel special.  The beading was super easy with 0/5 E beads and a tiny crochet...

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WIP Wednesday – I’m back!

I have been on vacation as you know. I tried to improve my photography skills. With the black volcanic rock of The Big Island and the pale blue of the ocean it proved a challenge. The above photo is one of my best pictures. I was only there for two weeks. It was fun but a bit too hot for me. I really love the Pacific NW and its moderate temperatures and the ability to wear wool most of the year. Since I got back a month ago, I have been working on designs and enjoying my time off. I have been feeling guilty that I have not knit Churchable a pair of socks since the 4th of July in 2007. He is over do for a pair of socks. I started the above socks quite a while ago but I disliked them with a passion and refused to work on them. So I frogged them and started over 2 weeks ago. I really trucked through the foot. Its the October Holiday Stockpile on the Malabrigo Junkie Ravelry Group. I have done a few designs and knit a new cowl using a technique that I have never done before. I decided that I really needed winter coats so I started Flair last Monday and split off the arms this weekend. I have come to a decision point. Which button looks...

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Is this thing on?

Um ……. :: waves at the world:: Sorry guys,  I got back from vacation and got sucked into some design ideas and I am chasing them down.  You can find me a bit more on ravelry.  I need to nail down Churchable for some FO post photography because they are just stacking up like cordwood here. I love ya’ll and I know a few of ya’ll miss me since I haven’t posted in over a month and a half. No promises but I will try to get a FO post up late tonight.  ::kisses all around::

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FO Friday – A new pattern

Pursuit of Fiber will be on a break for the month of September.  From Sept 6-21, I will be away from my computer sunning myself in the mythical state of Hawaii.  Hopefully I can catch a volcanoe and make my inner pyro happy. I have released my Firebrick Mittens for your pleasure while I am away.  They are a blast to knit and much simplier than they look.  Above are the mittens that I and my test knitters created this summer on a burned out tree stump near the...

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Thursday – yarn tasting

Kid Mohair Blend by Sublime buy 4.75sts/inch on US 8s 60% Kid Mohair, 35% Nylon, 5% Merino 122 yards. Color: 0070 Kid Mohair Blend by Sublime on Ravelry So I am not a fan of mohair so I’m not sure I can give a fair review of this yarn.  People keep saying that Rowan Kid Silk is the best so I will still reserve complete judgement on the entire fiber, but I just don’t like my sweater poking back when I wear it.  I don’t mind knitting with the stuff, just wearing it bugs me even with a t-shirt on underneath. This one also knitted true to the stated gauge on size 8s, but Mohair is a fickle friend in that it can mimic many gauges before you actually get too small or too big.  It was a fairly easy knit without too much snagging for a mohair. The feeling of the swatch on my face and neck aren’t bad but not soft enough for me. Let me apologize for the swatch color and picture quality.  I shot about 8 pics and that above was the best.  The color hates me and would not let the camera focus.  I got a special high powered light yesterday to help with photographing so we will see if things...

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WIP Wednesday – knitstoned & David Paul Boreanaz

I have been knitting my little heart out for the Ravelympics. I had a 24 hour late start and I had a few days of no knitting. I finished first sock Sunday night. Monday I cast on and knit my daily need to finish by the end of the race, but had to rip it all out since my cast on was too tight on the second sock. I caught up yesterday but have had little time today to knit. Most of my knitting has not been to the olympics but rather David Paul Boreanaz movies and tv shows. All spring Churchable would ask me how angel was doing and I would stare at him funny cause I had only been watching episodes of Bones. Well silly me did not realize that the male lead of Bones was Angel. So far this summer I have watched Buffy season 1 & 2 plus Angel season 1. I am a bit smitten with his acting abilities. Ames probably will be happy that I have finally fallen for a male actor. Her current obsession is the guy from Supernatural, which is off her norm since she loves the bald dudes especially Vin Diesel. So I might not be knitting for Ames but CareBear almost has a pair of socks, I am sure she is getting antsy to have them on her feet. My goal is to ship them off before I fly off to Hawaii. Hey CareBear our art school adviser says hey. She is getting a masters in counseling right...

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FO Friday – Christmas in July

I finished these in July. They are BILs Christmas socks for this year. Pattern: Personal Toe-up pattern for US Men’s 8W Raveled Here Yarn: Pagewood Farm Yukon Hand Dyed Bamboo Sock Yarn – 3/4 skein in Camo Needles: Knitpicks Harmony Fixed Circular US 1.5 (2.50mm) Mods: You could say this is entirely a mod. I used Judy’s Magic Cast-on for a toe-up start. Knit in the round with a short row heel and 4×4 ribbing. Facts to Remember: That I might need to check my increases that I have an equal number on top and bottom. My first sock seemed to be right until I got to the start of 4×4 ribbing and I was 4 stitches off. Things I love: The yarn. I am totally in love with this yarn. I got to review this yarn a little while ago. The colors are fabulous. They don’t seem to pool or stripe very easily. I think this year.s pair of socks is more successful than last year. I also enjoyed the plain stockinette stitch section on the foot. I knit many of these areas during movies. A nice mindless...

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Thursday – yarn tasting

Cashsoft DK by RYC 5.5 sts/inch on US 6s 57% Merino, 33% Microfiber, 10% Cashmere 142 yards. Color: 512 Cashsoft DK on Ravelry This yarn is a dream to knit with.  I just enjoyed the swatch making process.  I don’t normally, but this time it flew past.  I was also surprised since I got the suggest gauge above with the correct needle size. This yarn is prominently featured in Grumperina’ Odessa pattern and Ysolda’s Elijah pattern.  I can imagine that Elijah would be a cuddle must for little kids that receive him since the yarn is so soft. The stitch definition was beautiful.  I enjoyed the tight but soft twist.  I assume this yarn is woolen spun since is squishes nicely.  I had no bleeding what so ever.  Bonus this yarn is machine washable and air dry.  I think a machine washing might have evened out the stitches a bit more but I am happy with the occasional funny stitch leg. If anyone has used this yarn, could you share the wearablity issues?  How does it wear?  Does it still look great a year...

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