December 28, 2013
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 finished my 2nd sock in Claire Ellen's pattern club - An entrelac pattern - Nessa...
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...
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!
Christmas feast for chickens - a flat of wheat grass, alfalfa, broccoli, clover and radishes - yummmm.
December 17, 2013
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
carded on my Louet Junior into these cute battlings
then spun into 20 ounces (1091 yards) of thick soft cushy 3 ply yarn
and then it took me over a year to finally knit this highly wearable and beautiful open front cardigan...
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!)
Pattern: Metro by Connie Chang Chinchio
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!
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!
Anastasia likes it :)
Brrrrrr - brave northern chickens - it was -3 degrees this morning (no extra light or heat) and they seem just fine :))
December 6, 2013
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!
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.
Very versatile - When it's cold, I can pull it way down....
When warmer, it can be a slouchy hat
Pattern: Fairy Snowcap by Rosemary Hill
Only 126 yards including the pompom - perfect for leftovers!
and last, a view from the top...
Hi Gloria :)
Up next - A SWEATER! What? Me? A sweater?