WIP Wednesday

March 21st WIP Wednesday

I’ve put Alyeska on hold for now until I finish Penguono. I feel like this thing has taken over! It’s crazy huge and colorful. I actually increased its size by adding about twice as many garter rows to make the front pointy.

This has a been a fun knit and I’ve only used yarn in my stash for it. I think Stephen West’s patterns are superb for stash-busting.

I’m so close to being done. I just need to finish the band around the neck, I cord around the band, and weave in ends (or be like Stephen and let some ends hang out as fringe!)


Popsicle Hat

Popsicle Hat is designed to use up small amounts of hand dyed fingering weight yarn you have lying around.  This hat knits up fast for those last minute baby gifts.  Use as little as 3 colors or use a different color for each stripe for 9+ colors.

Hat Size: 0-6 month 15″ Finished Unstretched

Yarn: Fingering weight yarn in at least 3 colors. Less than 50 yards of Main Color (MC) and Color 2 (C2). Less than 25 yards of all other colors.

Needle Sizes: US #4 & US #2

Gauge: 28 stitches and 36 rows = 4″ in stockinette

  • Cast on 108 stitches in MC with circular needle #2. Place marker (M) and join in the round being careful not to twist the cast on.
  • Work in knit 2 purl 2 for 1″.
  • Change to larger needles and knit 3 rounds plain.
  • Start popsicle chart.
  • After chart is complete knit 3 rounds even in MC.
  • Start stripe patternKnit 2 rows in alternate color
    • Knit 3 rows in MC
  • Repeat stripe pattern 2 times
  • Start crown shaping (Continue stripe pattern at the same time)Knit 3, Knit 2 together. Repeat until end of round. (27 stitches decreased)
    • Repeat decrease round every 5th round.
    • Knit 1 round even.
    • Knit 2 together around until last stitch, Knit 1.
    • Knit 1 round even.
    • Knit 2 together until end of round.
  • Cut yarn and draw through remaining stitches.  Pull tight and secure.
  • Weave in ends.
  • Block.
FO Friday

FO Friday!

After going back and looking at some of my previous blog posts I realized that I hadn’t shown the finished Ashland sweater (along with several others I finished). I’m going to try (remember) to do a finished object Friday once a month from now on.

First up Ashland (Julie Hoover). This was knit in Harrisville Shetland in Cream, Lime, and BlackBerry. This was finished toward the end of October. It is really a perfect fall sweater as it’s nice and long and perfect with leggings and boots.

Next, we have Camero (Tanis Lavallee) in Cascade 220. This was a sample knit for a yarn shop and finished in November.

During the same time I was making the sample knit above Tin Can Knits was having a KAL for Strange Brew (this was finished 5 days after Camero). I couldn’t help but jump in and join along for a design for your own color-work sweater. The design on the yoke is my interpretation of snowflakes and icicles. This is a really great pattern/formula for jumping off into the world of design. I used Blue Sky Woolfolk in Gray and Natural. I really love this yarn as it’s soft enough to wear next to the skin, but it does pull a bit in high friction areas.

Having 2 sweaters on needles wasn’t quite enough for me. During this time I was also working on Sunset Highway (Caitlin Hunter). Honestly, I LOVE all her designs and plan to knit them all at some point (Alyeska is on my needles as I type). The sleeves with the long floats were kind of a pain, but I trudged through them. This is my favorite sweater right now for the following reasons

  1. This pattern is beautiful and fun
  2. I hand dyed all the yarn
  3. These are my colors!
  4. The fit. It’s lightweight and flowy. I’ll be able to wear this sweater way into May.

After finishing up Sunset Highway I needed an easy mindless pattern to work on. My brain can only handle so much color-work! Stephen West is my go to for fun, funky fairly easy patterns. My daughter turned 10 January 2nd and I thought his newly released Marled Mania leggings would be perfect for her. I was not wrong. She would live in them if I let her! The great thing about these is they used up a ton of partial skeins of sock yarn and they only took a week to knit!

After giving my brain a little time to decompress I jumped right back in and started Cruden (Ysolda Teague). I had made Bruntsfield in the spring of 2017. I wear that vest probably more than I should, but it’s such a nice piece for days that are cool and I need a little something extra, but would be hot in a sweater or coat. I used Harrisville Shetland (my go to stranded knitting yarn) in Blue Green, Gold, Evergreen, Natural, Blue, and Purple. This took me about 7 weeks to make.

Bonus pic of the inside before weaving in ALL the ends.

WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday

Currently I have 3 WIP’s (works in progress) going on.

I am about 80% done with Stephen West’s Penguono sweater which has been a blast to knit. I had lots of time to work on it over the last weekend when a few friends and I drive up to Chicago for Vogue Knitting Live.

I started this once before last year and stopped because I though “surely, this can’t be right”. After talking to a friend in the knitting community who had finished one she assured me to just keep going. So I cast it back on it Februrary using lots of my handspun yarns and partial skeins I had left over from previous projects. I did make alterations to the pattern. First I added 2x as many rows on the body for more positive ease (seriously, this thing is HUGE) and I decreased the front down to 4 sts for more angular fronts.

My 2nd wip (Alyeska by Caitlin Hunter)hasn’t been touched for a few weeks and I need to get back to working on it. I am using 2 skeins of MCN I hand dyed, some yarn I handspun, and knitpicks Gloss.

I loved making Sunset Highway (even though the long floats drove me crazy). I wore it the first day I was at VKL Chicago and got so many compliments on it (and the yarn which I hand dyed!). I’ve decided I need all of Caitlin Hunter’s patterns in my life.

My 3rd WIP is a pattern I’m working on. I’ve wanted to publish some designs for a while now, but never had the courage. After taking some design and design inspiration classes over the weekend (again at VKL) I’ve decided to jump in and do it!! I’m not going to go into much detail, but it is a children’s pattern that can be made as a pullover or a cardigan. I can’t wait to show you all!


A Sleeve is Born

I started on the Ashland sweater Sunday 8/13. I had never done or taken the time to learn a tubular cast on before, but I always like to learn new things so I decided to try it.  If you have never done a tubular cast on you should. It’s amazing and I’m pretty sure there is some sort of witchcraft in doing it. I thought for sure when I cut out the waste yarn it would fall apart, but Alakazam! it turned into a beautiful cuff.

It took me 1 week exactly to finish the sleeve. I think it turned out beautiful even if it is slightly different from the pattern.  My row gauge was a little off so I have larger bands of white and less color work bands.

I did cast on the body which also called for a tubular cast on, but alas I am lazy and didn’t feel like doing it for 256 stitches. So I just did a long tail cast on.



St. Louis Yarn Crawl

2 weekends ago I had the luxury of going on

the St. Louis yarn crawl with 3 great friends. You printed out a passport that you turned in at the end and they drew names for door prizes! With each stop they stamped the passport and gave out a free pattern.

Our first stop was Weaving Department/Myers House.  As soon as we pulled up I was in love! The house was built in 1867 and has amazing charm.  If you want to learn more about it you can click here.  The yarn store has the whole bottom floor of this house and room upon room of yarn, spinning wheels, roving, and weaving materials.  I had no idea this little jewel existed and it goes on my list to stop at when I am out that way. I purchased a set of Knitters Pride double pointed needles and a skein of sock yarn while I was there.

Next we went to Kirkwood Knittery. This was a small store with a nice button assortment and some super cute locally made stitch markers.  While the yarn selection was sparse I did snatch up some very cute elephant stitch markers.  

After our stop there it was time for lunch. We decided to go to Mellow Mushroom. The one in Kirkwood has a great outdoor space where we ate and even found a sculpture of "yarn balls".  

After lunch we made our way to Knitorious (one of my favorite places!) and they were giving away free Ted Drewes to all the "crawlers".  I only picked up a skein of the yarn I needed to swatch the Ashland pullover since they didn't have my order in yet.

We still had 2 more places to hit before our day was over and we went to HearthStone Knits next.  I found some amazingly soft chenille yarn (Sirdar Smudge) in a gorgeous cream color that I picked up to make a baby blanket with.  I have 4 babies to knit for and 2 have already been born! The last place we went was The Bead Place. They have a bead store in front and a yarn room in back.  I found some scrumptious Frabjous Fibers roving there that went home with me.

This was my first time doing a yarn crawl and had an amazing time doing it.  I will definitely be attending next years! Oh, and the little blonde in the blue (who always wins something wherever we go!) won one of the prizes from The Bead Place!



Ashland Sweater

My favorite  local yarn shop (Knitorious)  is having a class for the Ashland Sweater by Brooklyn Tweed. I love taking classes there as I get to learn new things and knit with amazing people.  The class I took in the spring I did my first ever steeks! Having someone hold your hand as you cut through umpteen hours of fair isle makes it a lot less scary.

Ashland is a classic piece that I will be able to wear for years to come.  I had 2 full skeins of Harrisville Shetland wool (in grey and green) leftover from the Bruntsfield Vest (Ysolda Teague) I made in the spring that would work great for the contrasting colors in this sweater.  I chose a cream for the main color.  Unfortunately, the yarn shop only had 3 when I went in 2 weeks ago and put me on a special order list.  I went back last weekend and picked up 1 skein of the cream so I could start swatching.

I really need to start swatching as I can never get the correct gauge on what the pattern calls for.  I am a tight knitter and normally have to go up a needle size or 2.  For the Bruntsfield vest I ended up making 4 swatches and never got the exact gauge, but did some math and worked out measurements to fit me.  Ashland calls for 4 different needle sizes to be used over the project and row gauge is somewhat critical so I am sure it will take quite a few swatches to figure out which needles sizes will work best for me.