Holla Knits!

You guys know how I love a good Knit-A-Long, right?  I’ve been keeping myself busy with the KAL going on in the Holla Knits group on Ravelry.  I own one issue of this online magazine and have bought a few individual patterns.  The group is doing a KAL that lasts three months.  If you finish any of the Holla Knits pattern, you will be gifted another Holla Knits pattern or a pattern by one of their contributors!  The only thing better than knitting is getting free stuff for knitting.

The first project that I finished was the Bombshell shorts.

My Rav page here.

Pattern: Bombshell by Katie Canavan

Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Superwash DK in Med. Grey Heather, 4.7 skeins

Needles: US3

Start Date: Feb 2, 2015

Finish Date: Feb 22, 2015

Mods: None.  In hindsight I would have tried to figure out how to do short rows for the backside.  To get the shorts up over my butt, I had to make them kind of high in the front.  They are total Ed Grimley shorts, at least in the front.

(Panty liiinnneees!)

I didn’t put on belt loops because I don’t think I’ll ever wear them with a belt or even with a shirt tucked in.

The pictures are taken at the top of Runyon Canyon.  I felt comfortable enough wearing them as hiking shorts, but I need to work on confidence to wear them out as dress shorts.  You know, dress shorts.

My new obligatory crazy pose:

And here’s my second project for the KAL:

My Rav page here.

Pattern: New Girl by Allyson Dykhuizen

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport in Dove Heather and Sprinkle Heather, 5 skeins MC, 2 skeins CC

Needles: US4 and US5

Start Date: March 1, 2015

Finish Date: March 23, 2015

Love it!  After I knit the waistband, I folded it over and knit the live stitches with the cast on stitches, almost all the way around, just leaving a gap to put the elastic in.  This is so I didn’t have to sew it all down later.  I knit the rest of it according to the pattern.

This was a lot of knitting!  There were a lot of stitches in each round and it was mostly mindless stockinette.  Well, where the pockets are you have to knit back and forth so not as pleasurable as just knitting in the round endlessly.  I love how the Daisy stitch sections look.  My hands weren’t totally pleased with that stitch, but it was worth it.  There were a lot of K3tog,yo, k3tog in the same three stitches.  The pockets are about 4″ deep.  Deep enough to hold a phone, but don’t know if they would make the skirt droop down.  Pockets!

When I first tried it on, with just a loose t-shirt, it looked pretty silly.  I felt like a costume skirt.  But after blocking and trying it on with a different top, my mind was totally changed!  I love it!  I don’t think the blocking really did it, I assume it was changing out of the pajama shirt that made the difference.  Well it might be less poufy after blocking.

I had to snug up the elastic quite a bit.  There were elastic waistbands in both of these projects.  I started with elastic about the size of my waist.  And then I kept tightening it up by an inch (safety pinned together), and then another inch, etc. until it was about four inches less than my waist.

Crazy picture!:

And the icing on the cake?  I got to pick two patterns.  I “won” the Inspired Sweater by Boadicea Binnerts and the Kitefish Shawlette by Leah Coccari-Swift.  Those were both patterns that I have loved since they came out a long time ago, so now maybe I will actually make them!

I could potentially do one more project for the KAL, but I am probably done.  I do have the pattern for the Stoney Brook Top…  But I’m currently working on a different fingering weight yarn, so unlikely.


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