Knitables

Seattle: The Aftermath

I had a lot of fun running around Seattle during my Christmas vacation.

Upon coming home I realized the majority of the damage I had done when I took inventory of the yarn I had bought.

Lets just say me in a yarn shop is a very dangerous combination. I spent a little too much money but I’m so excited to start knitting.

At Stitches, I didn’t find a ton of yarn because it was mostly for fabric, but I did find four skeins and beautiful Cascade 220 and 120. I plan on making some striped scarves with the two colors I’ve chosen (two shades of orange and two shades on red). She even wound the yarn for me, thus spurring my strong desire to buy a swift and ball winder… I’m very excited to get started knitting though!

A few days later I went to another yarn shop near Westlake Mall. My brother was shopping around so Mom and I drove down the road to Pacific Yarns. I tried to stay relatively frugal at this place but they had this beautiful plum colored tweed and some yarn that I got my friend Rachel for Christmas. I also found some really pretty rainbow colored and ocean colored yarns but I have to suck it up and buy a pair of 2s for that knitting. I hope I’m up for the challenge.

That same day we went to a yarn shop relatively close to my brother’s apartment. He and mom stayed in the car, expecting to be there for quite some time but little do they know that I’m a super yarn shopper! I found more tweed (red this time), some cashmere and wool blend yarn, some baby Alpca, and more Cascade Yarns (The factory is in northern Seattle so Cascade is super cheap and it’s everywhere… sadly I didn’t make it up there before leaving for home).

I finally took some pictures and will upload them as soon as I can, but let me tell you, I am set for yarn for a very long time. I’m thinking of taking over the dresser in our spare room for all my yarn!

Until then it’s on to finishing the Christmas presents for my two best friends before Monday…

Knitables

Isn’t in Knit-Tacular!

I went on a knitting marathon a few weekends ago (before I got bombarded by massive amounts of homework, that is). I found my first skein of Merino Wool which I found at a yarn shop in Brookfield. It was poorly crocheted into a hat but it was still all one skein… so I never finished it. I frogged out the soft yarn and decided to make a neckwarmer.

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I was browsing through Ravelry/BrooklynTweed and saw The Morningside Neckwarmer and decided to try to duplicate it but do my own pattern. Jared Flood uses the Brioche Stitch. Since I don’t know what the Brioche Stitch is or how to make it, I thought I’d go with something I know.

I never usually go into making something like this with a plan. I knew I wanted it to stretch to fit over my head and I wanted it to look pretty, obviously. I decided to guess-timate the length and did the whole length of the nylon on my 10 1/2 Circular needles. I did a simple rib stitch of k1p1 and did not knit in the round. While I could have knit on straight needles, I enjoy working with the flexible nylon. There’s also more space to work with so the piece doesn’t look cramped and unlike what I want.

The yarn looks beautiful and I expect it’ll help keep me warm in the fall and winter months. I’ve already gotten some work out of it and I wear it a lot more than I thought I would. It’s perfect to fit over a sweatshirt or under a jacket and it’s long enough to even get up to my ears so a hat isn’t necessary a lot of times.

I next found an old skein of blue/green Alpaca that I loved the feel of while browsing around Loop Yarn Shop in Milwaukee.

After wrestling it away from my cat, I was planning on making a scarf.
After wrestling it away from my cat, I was planning on making a scarf.

Instead, I found that I enjoyed the neckwarmer idea and I started the pattern again. Though it was with the same needles, I found the knit to be a lot tighter and smaller than the more chunky thread. While on the larger needles, the ribbing is still very soft and comfortable.

Alpaca is made from a variation of Llama and is super soft and sits very nicely on the body after it’s been knit. It can get a little stretched out but I haven’t blocked it yet so I’m expecting it to do that. In any case, it adds a great level of accessory to any outfit I’m wearing- especially mixed with my black shirts and jacket.

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My third neckwarmer kind of happened by accident. I started with a wool/cashmere mix which I had previously made a scarf from and started making another neckwarmer. I quickly realized I was running out of yarn and had to come up with an alternate way of finishing. I had bought some green wool/acrylic yarn as a present to myself for my birthday and had never figured out what to do with it so I decided to finish the scarf with this.

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The neckwarmer conforms nicely to the neck and keeps me nice and toasty. I have yet to wear this one, mostly because it’s very snug on my neck and I need to stretch it out. Rib stitch is notorious for keeping its shape regardless of what you do to it, so I’ll hopefully be able to get it to be as lovable as my other two projects.

Make up courtesy of Maxwell John
Pictures taken at Hartbrook Park in Hartland, WI