WIP Wedensday – A little sockiness

I have been working really hard lately with the Ravelympics. I was so busy that I totally missed out on casting on my sock the day the Olympics started. Instead I got it on the needles the next morning. So far, I feel on track to finish on time. I would really like to finish before the Portland to the Coast Walking Relay that I am participating in the next week. I had many variables that went into my Ravelympics project. I wanted something that went with Project Spectrum 3: Water. I wanted something Malabrigo. I wanted something that challenged me, since sweaters at the most are finished in 10-14 days. I thought and thought and then realized that all of these factors fit into one project. A sock. I knit them but I am not entirely fast with the knitting. I also had a sample skein of Malabrigo sock yarn in my stash that I won in March for Malabrigo March. So I finally settled on a Malabrigo sock yarn which just happened to fit into the PS3 triad and a Cookie A pattern – Mingus. My progress as of last night: I love the yarn and I love pattern. I had it memorized about a quarter of the way through the first repeat. Since this yarn is not released yet, let me share my thoughts. Just a bit on my sock knitting preferences. I adore 2.50mm needles for socks. I feel they aren’t too small or too big and I am a loose knitter so it just feels right to use a 2.50mm. I also like to have a firm gauge for several reasons. 1) It allows pure merino socks to wear for longer and 2) it does not hurt the soles of my feet (I hated the first 3 pairs of socks I made. They were easy enough to make but I hated to walk in them). The pattern I am knitting requires a 32st to 4” gauge in Stockinette St. I started out with my 2.50mm needles and I was surprised at how thin the yarn was, but I knit on hoping to learn something. I did the 2.50mm needles are the perfect sock gauge. They produce a gauge of 36st to 4” (9st per inch) in Stockinette St. The Mmmmalsock yarn created a firm thin fabric with a super soft feel when squished and unsquished unlike any other sock yarn. It has the yarn circumference of Lorna’s Laces, which I dislike knitting with because it feels like rough string. The softness at this point is incomparable. One problem with that swatch was that it might be my perfect sock gauge for Mmmmalsock but I needed about a stitch less per inch to do the pattern and have it fit my foot. So I went up a needle size to my 2.75mm needle, My swatch is almost perfect with a gauge of 33-34st to 4” in st st. This gauge is a bit too loose to have on the sole of my foot, it would be painful to wear but I got almost pattern gauge. I decided not to go up another needle because I felt I would really dislike the fabric produced. So I will be knitting the sock with 2.75mm needles, except on...

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FO Saturday: New Pattern Postponed by the Ravelympics

Pattern: Cattrack Cowl by Chris Church Raveled Here Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino 1 skein of Smoke Needles: Knitpicks Harmony Interchangeables US 4 (3.50mm) Mods: I created a second size to the pattern I created back in April Facts to Remember: That twining can be slow but so worth it plus pattern development can take longer than you expect. Things I love: My favorite winter lightweight fleece jacket matches this cowl...

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Thursday – yarn tasting

Grapefruit EUCALAN NO RINSE WASH BY EUCALAN This weeks yarn tasting is actually a product to wash your swatches and projects in.  Eucalan is a lanolin natural wool wash.  It comes in 4 scents, eucalyptus, grapefruit, lavendar and natural.  The grapefruit was sent as a test and I had a small bottle that I had purchased from Woolgirl a while back to try out. I use wool washes but I don’t have much to say about their functionality.  I will leave that up to you.  This sample had a lite citrus smell to it with an undertone of sheep.  The sheep was not as overpowering as other wool washes that I have tried.  The citrus smell was pleasant. If you would like to try a free sample for yourself, check out the company...

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WIP Wednesday – almost all new

Last week, I had nothing to on the needles so I skipped. This week, I have many new cast ons and the Ravelympics (scroll down a bit) is just around the corner. First up the second sock that was cast on this weekend, CareBears sock has progress to movie knitting length. We will be going to see Indiana Jones soon at the pub theater and I intend to knit on this while there. Any more thoughts CareBear on the colors? The Sexy Knitters Club has nominated Joan McGowan-Michael for the 3rd Quarter KAL. I have yarn for at least 5 patterns that I love but I doubt I will be able to knit all of those with Ravelympics and a vacation to Hawaii during August and September. I am knitting the Chocolate Creme Square-Neck Top from Knitting Lingerie Style. I am using Knitpicks newest yarn Comfy with trim in Nashua Cilantro. I am enamored with both yarns. I started my mom’s Christmas present. I need to have it done by the time I leave for Hawaii or at least have it almost done when I board the plane on September 7th. I am knitting her a pattern that she picked out of Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan. If you are interested in what pattern check out my ravelry...

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FO Friday – Truly Airy

Pattern: Bubble Pullover by Norah Gaughan in Knitting Nature Raveled Here Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted 5 skeins of Polar Morn Needles: Knitpicks Harmony Interchangeables US 8 (5.0mm) Mods: 1) Knit to pattern gauge but reduced each pentagon segment to 28 stitches 2) Provisional Cast-on for all the pentagons 3) Picked up hip band and increase to small size 4) Knit sleeves top down with short rows according to Barbara Walker Knitting from the Top. I cast on 3″ across the top of the sleeve to take into account the smaller pentagon circumference. 5) Instead of decreasing the sleeves right before the ribbing starts, I started the ribbing as 2×2 and decreased it to 2×1 ribbing after 2 rounds. 6) Each sleeve was a skein of yarn which gave the ribbing a 5″ deep cuff. 7) The collar was knit with the remaining yarn with 3 button holes spaces 6 rows apart. 8 ) Switched to smaller needles after one inch at the collar. Facts to remember: That pre-blocked sweater bodies do grow and the sleeve tops might not need to be as large as they need to be. Plus I need to remember what I did from one sleeve to the next. I did not think that my button holes would be too small until after I was trying to shove buttons through the holes. Things I love: My first wool long sleeve sweater!!! What else is there to love! It is Malabrigo so it is a super cozy sweater. The weather was perfectly cool in July for a long sleeve sweater at sunset. My Project Spectrum 3 Project: Air Element theme of bubbles has turned out perfectly. And lastly I think this sweater has received the most complements I have ever received on...

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Thursday – a yarn tasting

FYI: There were no projects on the needles yesterday. Panda Silk by Crystal Palace Yarns 7.5 sts/inch on US 2s 52% Bamboo, 47% Superwash Merino, 5% Combed Silk 204 yards. Color: 4008 Panda Silk Print on Ravelry I am in love with this yarn. I want an entire sweater of this in a solid color which is available. I am sure since I love this one so much I would probably adore the DK weight of this yarn. Me need more silk yarn choices. I have 2 skeins of this waiting to become socks. I am interested to see what pattern I come up with. I am not sure the above gauge would make good comfortable socks at that gauge but it is lovely for a garment. Things I love about this yarn: Drape, Shine, Plump stitches, Spoing, and Easy to Knit. I used a US 2 (3.0 mm) needles and got gauge. This is a reasonable price at $8-9 per skein and 204 yards for a silk yarn. A typical long sleeve sweater would be 8-12 skeins of yarn. I don’t think I have gushed more with a yarn but I can tell you that as soon as I swatched with this yarn I started thinking what I could knit with...

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FO Friday – a little something special

Lexi not sure why something is on her head Pattern: Kids Crown by Vicki Mikulak Raveled Here Yarn: Noro Transitions 0.34 of a skein in color 2 Needles: US 10 (2 crowns) & 11 (1 crown) Lexi finally relaxed enough to get this modeling gig down Facts to remember: That scraps can make huge impacts and go a lot longer than you thought they would. This is the last of the yarn from a hat for Memo, a pair of fingerless mitts & last weeks FO the Puget Sound Urchin. Things I love: That I will be able to gift these to a little girl for her 4th birthday, a princess party. Frankie decided to get in on the...

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Thursday – Yarn Tastings

Yukon by Pagewood Farm 7.5 sts/ inch on US 2 1/2 (3.0mm) 70% Merino, 20% Bamboo, 10% Nylon 450 yards. Color: Misty Yukon on Ravelry This yarn is lovely.  I had to laugh when I received this months yarn offering because I was just finishing my BILs Christmas socks(ravelry).  I had won this yarn in a contest much earlier in the year and earmarked it for my annual Camo Christmas socks (swatch below).  This yarn was a joy to knit with even in a simple stockinette stitch.  When the yarn arrived and recommended a US 2 needle, I decided to experiment and see how I liked the fabric at a larger gauge.  I got 7.5 stitches to the inch while 8 were recommended.  I actually did not mind the fabric at 7.5 it was still squishy and I would assume that it would not hurt the soles of my feet. For a hard wearing sock, I for sure would go with the 9stitches per inch that I got on BILs socks.  It is a super flexible but still stretchy fabric.  Also the bamboo is great for a super active guy because it cools the feet while wicking and can fit the stink. I am curious to knit this yarn up into a garment.  I think it would create a lovely background.  This yarn amazes me because it doesn’t really pool.  I was prepared for pooling.  No in fact I was trying to encourage it, but it flat refused.  I am still happy with my non-pooling outcome, just a little shocked at the result. 9sts/inch on US 1 1/2s (2.50mm) 70% Merino, 20% Bamboo, 10% Nylon 450 yards. Color:...

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WIP Wednesday – went into a Bubble and came out on Thursday

I have been a bit over obsessed with a certain project in my rotation. It refused to let go of my attentions until last night (Wednesday) past midnight. I used every scrap of 5 skeins. Phew. It took a trip to show off at Twisted for my month yarn shop stop. Now it is waiting for a nice bath. I was in a bit of Ennui with this sock, but I picked it up Saturday night and I fell back in love with it.  It grew quickly under my distracted attention.  The yarn was springy and nice.  I don’t know if my gauge changed or if I just have a different view of the yarn today.  It will probably flow past this weekend as I contemplate its special bits. Care Bear’s socks are progressing and like I said she has been checking up on their progress, hoping to see the colors and look of these special prezzies.  No worries Care Bear, I know you too well and will be keeping things in the down low. Needless to say this weekend will probably involve a rash of...

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FO Friday – 1 Goal down

Pattern: Urchin by Ysolda Teague M size Raveled Here Yarn: Noro Transitions (discontinued) 3/4th of a skein in color 2 Needles: US 11 Brittany DPNs Mods: None. Facts to Remember: Just because you get gauge and it will fit on your head does not mean that it will look good. I should have followed the size I made for the cast on and used the wedge instructions for the next larger hat so that I would have a floppier more me hat. Oh well Bub just might get another hat. Things I love: That this hat resembles the Puget Sound on a foggy morning. See if you can imagine it in the picture below. This also crossed something off my summer list, which makes 6 items done out of...

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