Knitables · Stashbust 2014

Start and Finish

Here’s where we start a lot of things on top of finishing a lot of things.

Started thing 1: A pair of boot socks for Boyfriend. 

Shepherd’s Wool in Christmas Red and Garnet. Have I mentioned how much I hate that red never photographs well? I also took this picture while waiting for the worlds longest and slowest train ever. Boyfriend didn’t approve, but my car was in PARK and I finished three rows in the time it took for the train to finally pass through. I viewed it as a win. 

I started these socks on the 4th while hanging out with boyfriends’ family and got this far by the time lunch and such were done. It’s a 60-stitch sock on size 2 needles. The yarn is a little light, but I’m hopeful that it’ll bloom nicely when washed. I have to finish these by the time we leave for LaCrosse for another family event where we’ll be camping all weekend. Boot socks are necessary for a healthy foot. He only has one pair of socks and will definitely need another pair for the weekend.

Thing Finished 1: Line Break shawl. 

Shelridge Farms SoftTouch Heather Fingering weight in colorway Sand. This is from the Cone and I haven’t weighed it yet for total yardage used.

I cannot wait for the weather to cool off enough for me to wear this shawl. It is so beautiful it hurts a little and it blocked amazingly. I even used blocking wires for this one! It’s so light and airy and it’ll be perfect for the wedding we’re attending in August.  Did I mention that I was so obsessed with this that I finished it in 8 days?

Thing Continued 1: Not-So-Color-Tipped-Scarf

I don’t have an image of this but I was working on it for a while on Friday night. It’s slowly coming along and I’m about 2/3 done with the second skein of Tahki Donegal Tweed I got for my birthday. I’ll get partially through the third skein before finishing it off.

Thing finished 2: The Puerperium Cardigan

Yarn is Handspun Fairy Yarn Mother in colorway BlueBell. It bled like a MOFO when I washed it. Buttons TBD.

I finished this guy on Thursday and he laid in the living room for a good long while to block properly. He’s now sitting on the button box waiting for buttons. I haven’t decided on the color of the buttons yet.

Thing started 2: The Baleshare cardigan

Yarn: Fishermen’s Wool. Size 9 needles.

We got a new KnitScene at the store this past week and I instantly purchased it because there were about 6 sweaters I wanted to knit and will definitely BE knitting these this season. This one struck me immediately and I started figuring out how much yardage I’d need. Boyfriend took my measurements and I fell between the second-to-largest and the largest, so I went with the largest in the thoughts that a bit of ease would make it really cushy and comfy so I set to finding an economical way to get 2500 yards of yarn in my possession.

A trip to Joann Fabrics on Sunday morning and I had five skeins of Fishermen’s Wool and I figured out my gauge. Size 9 needles and I was set. I cast on and started the ribbing pattern and by bedtime, I was half a row away from finishing the ribbing pattern. From now on it’s just the stockinette until it measures a bajillion inches.

I’m short by about 75 yards per the pattern, but I have a great skein of handspun I inherited from Lynn at  knit-night in a deep chocolate brown (just slightly darker than what I’m working with) so I’ll be able to add that to the sleeves and it’ll look intentional. I hope to have this sweater done by the time the season changes and it cools down enough to wear it immediately when it’s done!

Thing continued 2: The Sincere cowl

Sincere Sheep in Vitamin C and Deepest Desire. Size 4 needles. Knits in orange. Purls in purple.

This has been languishing in my stash for I don’t even know how long. I purchased the yarn back in 2012 in Seattle, started the cowl in march or something and have been very slowly working on it since then. Keywords being VERY and SLOWLY.

The skeins are 330 yards each and I’m doing it in the dumbest way possible. GARTERSTITCH. Really? What was I thinking?

So that’s what I’ve been doing lately. Nothing much else to report other than I guess it’s time to start looking for a new contract job. My current one is ending soon, sadly. Such is the life of a contractor!

 

CrossFit Games Knitalong · Knitables

A Long Time Coming

OK. So I suck.

I didn’t post like I was going to a while back. And I didn’t post regularly.

Work has been crazy. When I’m not at my proposal writing gig, I’m selling the yarn. I can’t even say I’ve been knitting all that much.

I’ve been obsessed with the Thistle cap, though.

So let’s start from the beginning: when we last met I was working on, I’m sure, a blanket for Boyfriends’ college friends’ wedding which was yesterday. Hey look, we forgot. We didn’t get the official invite until Boyfriend went to the bachelor party and we both had to work. Whatevs. Because we never actually got a real invite to the wedding, I decided to give it to my boss, as her little one is due any time now.

This blanket was not without its issues. I cast on 600 stitches, for the first issue. But it trucked along pretty well until I got to work one day a few weeks ago and kept knitting on it. I was onto the first part of the red and I was holding two strands of Cascade 220 Superwash together. A customer came into the store, I picked up the pile of yarn on my lap and felt something weird with it. When I returned, I looked at this:

Yeah. That’s about 360 stitches OFF the needles. The cable literally BROKE at the join. I grabbed another needle in a smaller size and quickly ran them through the stitches and didn’t do anything with it out of pure anger until that night when I got home and traded out the cables. I emailed KnitPicks and they send me a new set right away, which was nice.

I kept merrily knitting along, being really careful so I wouldn’t break yet another pair of needles, and finally finished it.

 

I finished it while at work last weekend and immediately sent this to my boss.

She thought it was hilarious.

I put it in the washer on cold and in the dryer for a regular cycle and it only felted a little bit on the edged, but the center softened up like nobody’s business. I loved it. It’s also larger than it should be, but I expect the little girl to grow up into a sophisticated young lady with a gorgeous hand-knit blanket that her mother was presented only a month after meeting the knitter. I love stories like that.

I also included a puerperium cardigan to keep her warm this season.

It got rid of the pink. It was worth it to me.

She immediately held it up to her belly as if the babe could see it. I find baby knits so charming. And fast. I love it.

It was after this point that I wanted to knit for myself. So thus began the obsession with the Thistle Cap.

Business in the front
Party in the back!

I didn’t have anything to knit while at work so I picked up a couple skeins of Quince & Co. in Lupine and Frost. The Frost is so pure white/grey/blue that I can’t get enough of it. I had hope that I’d be able to finish this one in one skein, but I ran out just as I was starting the crown, so I picked up the Frost so I could do a snowy cap. It went in the pile of hats to go to soldiers this season. Did I mention I made this in a day?

Next, I picked up my Plucky Knitter in Flying Atlas and wound it the next day at work.

Blue really shows off the cables!

This one took a while longer to finish because I was busy and not terribly dedicated to it, but this pattern is so simple that it’s easy to put it down for a week and pick up and know exactly where you are.

So. Coming up.

Tonight I cast on a cowl for the CrossFit Games Knit/Crochet-along. A bunch of us CrossFitting Knitters decided it would be cool to knit during the 6 days of the CrossFit Games this year. We’re all doing small projects that will be done in 6 days. I’ve picked up skein of Malabrigo Rios to mix with the Wintry Mix Plucky Knitter that was going into the overbust corset shrug but I hated so I ripped and now it will go around my neck.

So Monday morning while my car gets fixed, I’m casting on 200 stitches and knitting at random when I want to change colors. Wednesday we fly to California. Thursday we’ll probably go see the Masters division finals. Then Friday we’ll be at the StubHub center with 25,000 other CrossFitters to watch the 90 fittest men, women and teams compete in the toughest CrossFit competition in the world. Have you guessed that I’m a little excited?

Until then, I’m working on a purple Tam out of Rios. I’m in love.

Hope your weekends were all wonderful. I’m off to my apartment to ice my sore back from picking up countless boxes. Then I get to go unload them in the new apartment.