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December 28, 2013
Nessa Socks

Nessa Socks

I realized this Christmas that my family LOVES handknit socks better than any other knitted items. I love variety knitting - socks, mittens, hats, shawls, scarves and even sweaters, but they all want socks (and I also realize, they don't care whether the yarn is handspun or not) SO I'm making more socks this year - MINE will be handspun - haha :)
I just bought Op-Art Socks by Stephanie van der Linden - lots of fun optical illusion socks that work for men and women. There is an Op-Art Ravelry Group (of course) that is having a KAL working right through the book - prizes and everything :)
I'll be starting with Fibonacci on January 1.
Here are my previous Stephanie van der Linden socks - some of my favorites - Binsenkorbchen, Florenz and Nordic Inspiration.

I just finished my 2nd sock in Claire Ellen's pattern club - An entrelac pattern - Nessa...
I've knit entrelac socks before, but this took it to a whole new level - continuing right down the heel flap and instep.

Nessa Socks

The construction of this sock was different than anything I've ever knit, so I learned many new techniques which was fun. Here it is right after turning the toe...

Nessa Socks

Nessa Socks

Pattern: Nessa by Claire Ellen
Size: Medium - 64 stitches
Yarn: 3.1 ounces (88 grams) of Knit Picks Chroma in Roller Skate colorway.
Needles: 2.25 mm circular

After working the 1st set of rectangles, I realized the runs of color were going to be too long for my imagined outcome, so I decided to knit from both ends of the skein for more of a basketweave look and I LOVE it!

Nessa Socks
Nessa Socks

Mods: None, but if I were to do it again, I'd change the construction order though...I'd knit through to the toe, then instead of turning the toe and working back up to the heel, I'd put the toe stitches on hold, pick up the heel and work from the gusset to the toe - kitchenering the toes. This would be better for several reasons - 1) easier to determine correct length of socks 2) easer to kitchener a few toe stitches than over 100 heel/gusset stitches 3) I think the picked up stitches along the edge would look better going in the other direction - maybe.

Here they are off - love the 3 dimensional poof of the entrelac!

Nessa Socks

Trying to finish 2 hats and a pair of mittens by January 1 so I can start on my Torirot Mystery Mittens, Fibonacci Socks and Claire Ellen Club socks that day.

Christmas feast for chickens - a flat of wheat grass, alfalfa, broccoli, clover and radishes - yummmm.

Chicken Feast

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)

December 17, 2013
Handspun Metro Cardigan

Handspun Metro

I started drumcarding and spinning this fiber WAYYYYY back during the 2012 Tour de Fleece - here is a quick recap of that process... (more details here)

the ingredients for each little battling

batt baggies

carded on my Louet Junior into these cute battlings

sweater batts

then spun into 20 ounces (1091 yards) of thick soft cushy 3 ply yarn

Handspun batts

and then it took me over a year to finally knit this highly wearable and beautiful open front cardigan...

Handspun Metro

I never button cardigans, so this open front pattern is perfect for me - I've been wearing it in the house all day for the past week (our house is quite cool!)

Handspun Metro

Pattern: Metro by Connie Chang Chinchio
Yarn: 12.6 ounces (700 yards) handspun from homemade batts (my own hand combed corriedale fleece, Merino, BFL, Polworth, Louet 50/50 Cashmere/Silk, Bast Bamboo, 50/50 ASU merino/silk, and BMH Magenta Silk, FatCatKnits Falkland wool in Lavendal, FatCat Batts (Romney, bfl, falkland, mohair, firestar) FatCat corriedale fleece)
Needles: US 8 and US7
Size: Small
Mods: none - knit exactly as written - excellent pattern!

I love the construction of this sweater - the body is knit from the bottom up in one piece (with a fake slip-stitched seam) and then the sleeves are picked up and worked down from the top using short-rows to shape the sleeve cap - no need to set in the sleeves at the end - when the sleeves are done the sweater is done - well, not quite - then you knit the left and right collar bands (which are shaped with short-rows at the back of the neck) and kitchener them together before attaching the very cool collar - DONE!

Handspun Metro

Such a beautiful collar transforms from the front cable/rib bands - her patterns are flawless. Can you see the grafting? It was a challenge to kitchener the ribbing!

Handspun Metro

Anastasia likes it :)

Handspun Metro

My upcycled chicken feed reusable grocery bag - I LOVE THIS! (loosely based on this tutorial from Fresh Eggs Daily)

chicken feed market bag

Brrrrrr - brave northern chickens - it was -3 degrees this morning (no extra light or heat) and they seem just fine :))

brrrr chickens in snow

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)

December 6, 2013
Handspun Fairy Snowcap

I joined Romi's Great Oddments Knitdown since I certainly have plenty of oddments! 1st up is a Fairy Snowcap - this hat only took me 2 days to knit (working very sporadically) - instant gratification!

Fairy Snowcap

I had spun yarn from this batt pack from FatCatKnits (actually I think this one was from her Etsy Shop (added honey tussah silk and wool/mohair of my own to extend it a bit) in July and it was just sitting there waiting for the perfect pattern.

batt pack


Very versatile - When it's cold, I can pull it way down....

Fairy Snowcap

When warmer, it can be a slouchy hat

Fairy Snowcap

Pattern: Fairy Snowcap by Rosemary Hill
Yarn: 2.2 ounces (64 grams) - approx 126 yards of handspun from homemade batt - 3 ply worsted weight.
Needles: US 4 circular
Size: adult
Mods: None - followed this exceptionally detailed pattern to the T!
Learned a few new techniques too - I'd never done a belly-button center-start cast-on and also learned a new bind off - Sewn Kitchener bind-off in the round - perfect stretchy edging for the ribbed cuff - pattern included a tutorial for this technique.

Only 126 yards including the pompom - perfect for leftovers!

Fairy Snowcap

and last, a view from the top...

Fairy Snowcap

Hi Gloria :)


Up next - A SWEATER! What? Me? A sweater?

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