Week 30 2020.07.26

FOs: Since I haven’t posted in a year, I’m going to be doing some catch up in this section. I finished Xanthe forever ago and Castiel is my most recent FO.

Xanthe

Xanthe by Ambah 

Yarns:  

MC1: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Fathom (navy)

MC2: Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in Teacup (speckles on off white)

CC1: Countess Ablaze Tia Merino in Prohibition (pinky lace)

Needles: 4 mm (US 6)

Mods: None that I’m aware of. I didn’t aggressively block the shawl, so the lace portion is not as open as it could be. 

Yardage: 1134 yards

Date Completed: 25 July 2019

Castiel

Castiel Hat by Woolly Wormhead

Yarn: Sugarplum Circus Merino DK in Starling

Needles: 3.5 mm and 3.75 mm Dyak Darn Pretty 3.5” interchangeables 

Mods: I would have like to make it larger, but I ran out of yarn. Ideally it would have had 2 or 3 more pattern repeats, but lace is stretchy so I can wear it if my hair is down.

Yardage: 117 yards

Date Completed: 18 July 2019 

WIPs:

Bixbite

Bixbite by Veera Välimäki (Knit Stars 2.0 pattern)

Yarns:

C1: Sugarplum Circus Sock in December 2019 (Grey with speckles)

C2: Sugarplum Circus Smooth Sock in February 2019 (Pink with speckles)

C3: Gynx Yarns Strong Sock in Royal (Indigo) (Gynx Yarns is no longer dyeing)

Needles: 4.25 mm Dyak Darn Pretty 5” interchangeables

Breathing Space

Breathing Space by Veera Välimäki (links to Ravelry)

Yarn: The Knitting Goddess Wensleydale & Shetland 4 ply in Red (MC) and Navy (CC)

Needles: 3.25 mm and 3.5 mm Tulip 3.5” interchangeables

Log Cabin Blanket

Log Cabin Blanket

Yarn: Scraps, 4 ply held double 

Needles: 5 mm Tulip 3.5” interchangeables

Spinning:

I have recently being learning how to spin. This is my third spin and my first on a supported spindle.

Planning:

3 in 1 Experiment

I’m working on a full size sweater swatch. The colours are a little crazy, especially for a garment. It’s not just a gauge swatch that’s required, but a colour swatch too. Might as well begin the sweater fully prepared to have to frog it all. The pattern is 3 in 1 by Atelier Alfa, the blue yarns are Madelinetosh Merino Light and the speckled colours are Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles.

FOs 2016-01-26

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FO Report: Insulate! Hat

Pattern: Insulate! Hat by Amy van de Laar (Baroque Purls)
Yarn: madeleinetosh tosh dk 56 yards Spectrum (blue) and 84 yards Maple Leaf (yellow)
Needles: 4 mm
Yardage: 68.5 g / 140 yards

I knit this for my Whovian 10 year old son, who loves it. It was really tight around his head before blocking, but thankfully, blocking did the trick. The yarn is just lovely, silky 100% merino with just a perfect barely there amount of drape.

I knit the medium size, and I followed the pattern, though I did use the It’s not About the Hat pattern‘s colour-work technique. The standard Fair Isle technique of carrying yarn behind the work has never worked out for me, my tension is too uneven, and not even blocking can save the FO. I really love this new-to-me colour-work technique; it’s actually very simple, though there are very detailed instructions in the It’s not About the Hat pattern. I may even use it to substitute intarsia one day.

Next time I knit this hat, I would do about twice as many rounds of ribbing at the beginning, as there is barely enough ear coverage for truly cold days (say, -25C and below).

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FO Report: Insulate! Mittens

Pattern: Insulate! Mittens by Amy van de Laar (Baroque Purls)
Yarn: madeleinetosh tosh dk 97 yards Spectrum (blue) and 49 yards Maple Leaf (yellow)
Needles: 3.75 mm & 4 mm
Yardage: 70 g / 146 yards

I made these to match the Dalek hat above (actually, I made the mittens first then the hat). I inverted the colours to make sure that I would have enough to make the entire hat/mittens set.

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As you can see in the photo, these mittens are getting a lot of use, especially being snow-covered, jammed into coat pockets while soaking wet, a lot of friction while damp, etc.. etc… And they are holding up really well. I am very impressed. Tosh DK is not the princess-y kind of expensive yarn I was worried it might be. They also dry very fast; my son hasn’t had to deal with trying to keep warm by pulling on wet, soggy, somehow-even-colder-than-outside slush blocks (aka ‘mittens’).

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Insulate! Mittens

I didn’t quite follow the pattern. I changed the patterning on the palm – the yellow just completely overpowered the blue, it was very unbalanced (with my colour selections). So I just did the simplest pattern I could think of – y,b to end, next round b,y to end, repeat these 2 rounds. The thumbs are knit in the background colour, then the contrast colour is duplicate stitched in. I didn’t quite finish the duplicate stitch chart; I did just enough so that pattern flowed from the hand. Duplicate stitch is just not my thing, but it’s a good idea for the thumbs, obviously.

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All in all, I loved knitting the hat and mittens, and I am so happy my son loves them too!