Monthly Archives: November 2014

FO: Lyra shawl

I’ve been holding on to this one for a while.  Last year I was the recipient of a random drawing prize from the Indie Design Gift-a-Long.  It was two skeins of Yarn Sisters Black Pearl yarn.  It is made of 50% pearl / 50% Tencel.  Yes, actual pearls!  Pearl dust (?) is bonded to the Tencel fibers.  It makes for a lustrous yarn with a slight crunchy feel while knitting.

My Rav page here.

Pattern: Lyra by Herbert Niebling

Yarn: The Yarn Sisters Black Pearl, laceweight in Crystal White, a little less than one “skein”.

Needles: 2.75mm and 3.25mm

Start Date: April 19, 2014

Finish Date: July 10, 2014

I had been wanting to knit a Niebling pattern for a long time.  I love the look of these lace pieces, even if they are a little doily-like.  The initial plan was to knit this as a wedding veil.  Now I am just calling it a shawl.  Maybe eventually it will have another use.

There are several different shapes in the pattern: a pentagon, a circle or an octagon.  Well, technically the pattern doesn’t say how to make the octagon, but it is pictured on the pattern available from LACIS.  Mine is the circle.  I thought about doing the octagon, but thought I was going to run out of yarn.  And then I had a ton of yarn left over!

I mostly followed the pattern, but another Raveller (who used to translate Niebling patterns for the LACIS museum) posted a modified chart that avoids some of the binding that can happen at parts of the shawl.  The new chart adds extra stitches so the pattern isn’t stretched as much when blocked out into a circle.

I also added some beads on to the edge.  They are TOHO size 6/0 seed beads in Colonial grey/blue.  The edging is made with a crochet hook, so I added a bead onto the single crochet stitch that connects the chain to the live stitches and onto the 6th chain of the loop.

Partway through the bind-off I ran out of beads.  And then no suppliers carried the same color!  I got kind of frantic but then eventually found some at a random store online.  It felt so urgent at the time, but then I just put it away for five months anyway!

I want to get some more pictures but that will have to wait for another time.  I haven’t measured it, but it probably has a diameter of 5 feet.  Now I have to decide what to make with the other half of the yarn!

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2014 Gift-a-Long!

The Indie Designer Gift-a-Long is afoot!  Hundreds of patterns are 25% off until Thursday.  And the best part is all of the knit-a-longs and prizes!  I bought a few patterns this year, but am not sure how many I will get around to during the gift-a-long time frame.  I thought I would recap what I made from my purchases last year!  And all of these patterns are on sale again this year!

This is the Camden by Kristen Fanning.  My Rav page here.

These are the Medusa Mittens by Annie Watts.  My Rav page here.

By the same designer, I also made the Waneka cowl.  My Rav page here.

I actually had thought I had made more items.  I did buy quite a few sweater patterns that I just haven’t gotten to yet!  And this year, I bought the Persian Curled Toe Slipper pattern, a shawl pattern, Amille, and a sweater pattern, Antrorse.  I am hoping to get to the slippers this holiday season.  And also finally knit up a few of those patterns I bought last year!

Next post I am going to show you what I won last year, and what I did with it!

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2014 Dishcloth Swap

I’m still catching up on old things.  I participated in the 2014 Dishcloth Swap again this year.  I always say that I am not going to, but then I give in.  I am so tempted by all the cool dish/wash cloths that people send in!

The way the swap works, is that you make 5 of the same cloths in different colors.  You send them in to swap headquarters, and you receive 5 different cloths back!  And if you are lucky (like me!) you get to help out and then you get some choice in which ones you take home.  It’s the best kind of swap because you don’t have to worry about people flaking out.  There are no sign-ups beforehand, so if you get them in on time, you are participating in the swap.

I ended using the Sinkmates pattern for my dishcloths.  It is a fairly simple pattern, but I was happy to buy it, as all proceeds go to the Special Olympics.

My Rav project here.

Yarn: Knit Picks Dishie in assorted colors, and Sugar ‘n’ Cream for the white.

Needles: US 7 and US 9

Start Date: August 10, 2014

Finish Date: August 18, 2014

The striped ones kind of ended up looking like the dishcloth incarnation of an 80s rugby shirt.  Not intentional.  It was very easy to stripe.  I carried the yarn up along the side.  There is a slip stitch edging on the side, so I just changed the yarn inside of that slip stitch and you can’t see the carries at all.

Now get this.  I even blocked these washcloths before sending them out.  Crazy.  I guess there is a first time for everything.  The main reason is that I did not get an actual square with these.  Mine are more diamond shape, and tend to want to tent up a little down that center spine.

The best part?  The cloths that I got back in return!

I love them all!  Of course I probably won’t use any.  They’ll just go into the pile with the rest that are too pretty to use. 🙂

I am super behind in sharing these with you.  But it is almost timely.  Because… you are just in time to participate in the Winter Scrubbies swap!  This is done by the same group as the dishcloths, but it is even easy.  You just need to send in three (just 3!) scrubbies in, and get three back.  I am not sure if I will participate this time around.  Read all the details here and then send in your scrubbies by Dec. 19.

Another fun thing going on on Ravelry right now is the Indie Design Gift-a-long!  It kicks off this evening.  There are about 300 designers participating, and you can get 25% off of many of their patterns for the next week.  Then just knit up projects by those designers until the end of this year and play along in the K/CALs and win prizes!  I knit along with them last year and I totally hit the jackpot.  I won two skeins of merino/pearl yarn and a free pattern.  I also got a discount on a bunch of patterns (many that I haven’t knit up yet…) and knit up a few gifts.  You don’t want to miss it!  I have a few patterns in mind, and will go shopping in a few hours!

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FO: On the Road Again

Hi all,

I feel like my life kind of went crazy for awhile, but it is calming down.  I have been knitting but somehow not being as prolific as I would prefer.  My office went through a huge move.  And then I took some random furniture home from work so I have been rearranging my apartment and stash instead of actually knitting.

I finished this one a little bit ago.

My Rav page here.

Pattern: On the Road Again by Joji Locatelli

Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in Piedras, a little more than 5 skeins.

Needles: 3.5mm and 5.0mm

Start Date: August 18, 2014

Finish Date: September 17, 2014

It has a detachable cowl, but I didn’t manage to get any pictures without the cowl.  And I really only got a few photos.  I wanted to get more taken at a later date, but never got the chance.  I alternated skeins throughout the whole thing.  The length feels more like tunic length, though it seems to look shorter in the photos.  I don’t think I made any alterations to the pattern at all!

I worried about how variegated the yarn was, but I think I like it anyway.  The fabric takes on a different appearance in all environments.

A month ago I went up to visit my family, and my Mom and I went to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival.  We didn’t take any classes this time, just shopped.  I bought a few items, but was pretty restrained.  We also visited with the sheep and angora bunnies.

It was a nice weekend home.  I also went because my high school volleyball team was being honored by our town’s sports hall of fame.  I had kind of dreaded it because of all my anxiety about high school.  But it ended up just being a really pleasant time seeing my old teammates.  Kind of a mini reunion.

Well, that was my little toe-dip back into blogging.  I’ve got more to show you!  In fact I need to take some FO photos this afternoon!

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