FO Friday – What is real here?

Pattern: Beet by Norah Gaughan Raveled hereYarn: Berroco Comfort DK – Lovage 2761-61yds, Rabe 2754 -50yds, Teaberry 2730-29yds, Beetroot 2760-25yds Needles: US 4 (3.5mm) & US 6 (4.0mm) knit pick’s harmony interchangables. Mods: I did not do anything different unless you consider threading pipe cleaners through the stems of the leaves. Facts to remember: That the pattern might suggest something not possible like stuffing the body of the beet with stuffing and a squeaker after finishing the body. I placed the squeaker in the beet after the straight knitting portion. It might have been nice to have a casing that leads from the stems up the leaf so that pipe cleaners can be threaded through so that they have the stiffness of an actual beet with leaves. Things I Love: How little yarn this takes. The fun photos that i can take with this piece and what pictures will be taken by our zany friends when they get this gift. Reaction of the recipient: This is to be determined. We are giving this as a baby present to our wedding photographer and his wife who is a chef. The baby is due in June so we might have to wait till the baby is...

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Thursday – Yarn Tastings

Manipur by Karabella Yarns7.5 sts/inch on US 3s100% silk190 yards color: 150 Being not a big ribbon yarn fan, I expected to dislike these yarns this month. This yarn surprised me. I loved the feel as it flowed through my hands as I knit on it. This is definitely a yarn that would create lovely texture within a stockinette fabric. It is not difficult to knit with. The ribbon bits do not get snagged by the needle. My gauge was almost spot on the recommendation at 7.6 sts/inch. In hand it has a crunchy feel that is delightful. The patterns to support this yarn are all lace stoles. Since I did not have more, I was not able to try out what it would look like in lace. I think this yarn might enter my stash as a single skein to be swatched with...

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WIP Wednesday – a bit late

This week has been hard. I have barely knit. Maybe a few stolen stitches here and there, but not many since I got back from our anniversary weekend. I have finished a WIP from last week but mostly I have only touched a few things so I will just show you what has changed since last week. These socks have progressed since last week simply because they were plan stockinette stitch and that was something easy to pick up and put down when I had the chance. This is the last of my popcorn knits. I really wanted to work on it over the weekend but it was so hot. Malabrigo might be yummy and all but it feels yucky in 90 degree temps without air conditioning. I hope to have this finished soon. I should since we have alot of driving this weekend when we go to visit our friend in Bend. Lastly I have gathered my yarn for the Labyrinth pattern which is one of the Sexy Knitters Club patterns this time around. I am so excited. We have moved to ravelry and I was asked to be an administrator. It is super exciting but right now in the transition period as we set up the new group site there is a bit more to be...

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FO Friday – The End of the endpaper

Pattern: Endpaper Mitts by Eunny Jang Raveled hereYarn: Knit picks Gloss in (3/4th skein) Woodland Sage & (2/3rds skein) SerengetiNeedles: US 3 (3.25mm) knit pick’s harmony fixed circular for the body & US 2 (2.75mm) knit pick’s harmony fixed circular for the ribbing. One bottom ribbing was done in US 0 (2.0mm). Mods: I used a different tubular cast-on because I could not figure out the suggested one. Otherwise I think I knit these according to the pattern. There was not much to mess with. Facts to remember: That I need to remember which hand has what color. I knit my color work with the main color in my right and the contrasting color in the left so that I can knit faster. I have done this since my first project. I did not know this was not standard. I did noticed that there is one row at the palm of one mitten which was knit with the strands switched. Most likely me knitting in the car in the dark. Also if increases are made at the edges, a lifted bar increase or a L-rink looks better. One mitt used lifted bar increases and the other I could not remember what I used since it had been 5 months since I did the first mitt, so I used a backwards loop M1. The backwards loop M1 is messier looking than the other mitt. Things I Love: They fit like a dream. The silk /wool blend which is not too warm or heavy but allows me to do a lot with them on. If I fold the top ribbing inside, I can knit without snagging the mitts. Which is perfect because I knit these so that I would have mitts to wear in the house when it was cold. I like to keep the heat down because we have central air and when I am designing all day I tend to sit in one spot. I find it a bit silly to heat the whole house when I am only using a small corner. Bobbie: Do you recognize your...

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Thursday – Yarn Tastings

Bamboo splash by Wisdom yarns5.5 sts/inch on US 6s100% Bamboo87 yards. Color 106 This is a machine created variegated yarn. You can tell by the regularity in the pooling. I love bamboo and hoped that I would like this yarn. It was a disappointment. It was too heavy. The gauge I got on US 6s was a bit smaller than the stated gauge and as you can see I ran out of yarn before my swatch was done. I got a gauge of 5.75 sts/inch. Maybe at this gauge it will not drag too much. The recommended patterns for this yarn are cabled sweaters. I could see that the stitch definition would definitely show with the smooth thick...

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WIP Wednesday – a big day

Today is churchable & I’s 3rd Anniversary today. This is a WIP that I hope to have for my whole life.I love you sweetheart and here is to many more years! I have been busy making upgrades to the blog and making things work again. We found the archives so those should work again and a google search box will soon be living on the blog sidebar so that you can find useful stuff within the blog. I also have been getting submissions ready for Interweave. See they are all done and packed up to go early. Now to my actually knitting WIPs, I don’t have many far along because I have really been into popcorn knits. I am getting really high off all the FOs that are flying off the needles. You will see them soon. First up the Beet that made turtlegirl be interested. I am pretty sure I am in love with this pattern, I just can’t seem to take it every where since there are several balls of yarn to use. Next up: This is the second sock for my BIL. He asked for Camo socks last year and loved them so I decided I would make them again. Well basically I will keep making them till he is sick and tired of camo socks. Lastly I have been working on a Firebrick Mitten. I am doing this so that I can answer questions for my test knitters if they ask one where I can’t remember what I did and I don’t say in the...

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We have moved

Welcome folks, Pursuit of Fiber the blog has officially moved to its new place on my website. I am checking to see if the RSS is working. There is a little rerouting issue that will take you from the website to blogger and then back to the blog. That is being sorted out. If you experience any problems please let me know in the comments. And yes I know the comments are missing. I am on top of that one. One way or the other comments will come through. Right now we are back to the blogger comments. The construction might be a bit busy for the time being but hopefully Matt will be done soon. All hail the great Matt, which reminds me I owe him another hat. So I am off to knit the mighty web designer a...

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FO Friday – Monkeying around

Pattern: Monkey socks by Cookie A Raveled hereYarn: Butternut Woolens Super Sock Yarn (this yarn is being discontinued so no extra facts)Needles: US 2 (2.75mm) knitpicks harmony fixed circular Mods: I knit a short row heel with the pattern flowing down into the heel. Since I took my FO pics this week, I was unable to get my heel in the picture. I also allowed the pattern to descend into the toe a bit more. I really had fun working the decreases in the toe along with the pattern. Facts to remember: You might “know” the pattern but do you really. I somehow forgot half the pattern and made the repeat about half as many rows. I kept wondering why the pattern was flowing so fast and stiffly. Then I figured it out and groaned as I ripped out 2 repeats of the first sock. My DPN gauge and magic loop gauge are just a bit off, enough that one sock pooled and the other barber poled. Also I need to remember there is a too tight sock gauge. I first tried this on US 1 (2.5mm) needles and was confused at the cardboard texture. I think it did not help that I was knitting a woolie wool in Houston as the weather begins to heat up. The yarn was more enjoyable to knit once I was back in the NW. Things I Love: Doing a simple easy pattern that allows me to design while knitting and that flew off my needles when I neglected it so much. Reaction of the recipient: I don’t know yet, but these and a whole mess of packages are being shipped out on...

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Thursday – Yarn Tastings

This months yarn tasting is ribbon yarns. At the end of the month, I will be putting up a drag report. All the swatches are hanging on my bulletin board in the studio to determine if they will grow from the gravity. Tiziana by GGH yarns4.25 sts/inch on US 7s75% rayon, 15% silk, 10% nylon132 yards. color: 006 This ribbon yarn was pleasant to touch. I loved the texture created, but it is not a yarn to sit back and zone out with while knitting. The looseness of the ribbon weave causes the needles to poke through and pick up the stitch in the wrong place. I definitely think this will jazz up a plain stockinette pattern by adding texture. All the patterns, I have seen have been lace. These are the patterns GGH decided would best display the yarn. I would like to say that was a poor use of a lovely lofty yarn. Part of me feels that this could be a great lightweight yarn for worsted weight garments. I might even go up to a US 8 needle since the 7 gave me about .5 stitch more per inch. This is something I could see designing with. I just am not sure if it will survive the season with such poor pattern...

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WIP Wednesday – UFOs

Well I have not had too much time to knit away but I have been plugging along on my endpaper mitts. I really want to finish these since I want to wear them. The pattern is so easy to follow and understand. I hope to be finished with these by next week. Then I can cast on for some new projects. Hopefully my skirt and a giant Beet. I hope your week is going well, I am plugging along on some swatches. I think it is interesting that I don’t mind knitting a project with tiny stitches if I am making progress but a large square swatch makes me want to hurt myself. The pains of...

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