I finished my Brighde mitts back in February before my brother’s wedding, took photos, then abandoned them on my camera (poor neglected electrons.)
But finally here they are! I really enjoyed this pattern. My only change was to removed a couple repeats of the ribbing because my gauge didn’t quite match the pattern.
I love the way the braid divides to go around the thumb gusset.
The yarn I used is Green Mountain Spinnery’s Lana which I love for it’s softness and durability. I get so little knitting time I’m becoming very picky about both my yarn and pattern and these were perfect!
Here’s something I haven’t done in a loooong while! It’s a new design! These fingerless mitts are called Zweigelt after a wine variety of grape (and because I didn’t have ANY patterns with a “Z” name yet!) As always the design is available through Ravelry.
These are fairly simple mitts. Undulating cables sprout from the ribbed cuff, decorating a cozy pair of winter weight mitts. They’re knit simply from wrist to fingers and they work up quickly in aran weight yarn to and keep the focus on the rhythmic cables.
The yarn is the incomparable Merino Aran from Periwinkle Sheep. This colorway is called “Any Port in a Storm” (see the wine reference?) but you really can’t go wrong with any of Karin’s colors. They’re all simply amazing! This yarn is wonderfully soft, as you’d expect from merino. But I will add that I’ve been wearing these mitts regularly (ahem, for 2.5 years) and they aren’t pilled. No pilling at all with a 100% merino is amazing!
So yeah, like I just said, these mitts have been finished for a looong time. Luckily I had the forethought to photograph them when they were new. Because it’s taken me quite a while to get the pattern written and laid out. I actually have a lot of designs that were photographed 2+ years ago. Hopefully I’ll get a couple more of them released this year!
If you’ve been paying any attention at this blog you’ll notice a couple things about these photos. My hair isn’t that long any more, it’s also not exactly that color. And I have new glasses. If you follow the Ravelry link at the top you’ll notice another thing has changed: my name. I’m living, and designing as, Becky Wilkins now. It’s the culmination of a different long process, one which certainly had an impact on my ability to design. I’ve been a single mom for over a year already, so this divorce is just putting on paper the truth that I’ve already been living.
My moonflower rug is finally finished! I love how squishy it is (as do my cats.) I love the colors and the feel of it makes me smile when I get out of bed in the morning. Which is helpful because getting out of bed is NOT my favorite part of my day.
It’s not perfect. The second two flowers are much more warped than the first two. I think if my first had come out that lumpy I’d have figured out something was wrong and I needed to be knitting 6 petals, not 5. But there’s no frogging a felted project, and also I won’t be trying again because this put a serious dent in my colorful fiber collection (which was part of the goal.)
So I have a slightly uneven bedside rug. Life goes on, but now with warmer feet! And maybe after a year of my cats sleeping on it some of the wrinkles will be smoothed out.
(And yes, I should have gotten out the good camera for this FO photo shoot. But when I can’t even get daylight photos I start to get lazy…)
I skipped knitting last weekend because I have a serious backlog of mending to catch up on.
First some leggings Windsor tore. There was no chance of making this seam invisible. So instead I used the catch stitch and some superwash yarn for stretch and durability.
And I added an embroidered daisy, because she’s 5, and I can get away with it.
Next up (not exactly mending) I broke out the crochet hook and added hair to her Elsa hat. Which is now her favorite hat ever. Yay for cool-mom points!
And finally, a little something for me. I hemmed these sparkly work pants so I can finally wear them!
Because they’re made of stretchy fabric I used the same stitch, just in a horizontal line, and hidden in the cuff. (a modification I don’t see online, but am sure I just unvented it.)
Basically invisible! And that’s why I prefer hand-sewing hems over breaking out the sewing machine for that job.
This was supposed to be FO Friday (because I like alliteration.) Better late than never!
I think that’s actually the motto of these mitts. I started them during the 2017 Gift-along. So they’ve been a whole year in the making. The pattern is Wishmaker mitts. And I had some very personal wishes I was knitting into these mitts.
Life doesn’t always go according to plans. And while my wishes didn’t work out, these mitts sure did. They’re gorgeous.
I finished knitting them in July but then they just sat, ends not woven in, for months and months. I was in an emotional rough spot and I think these poor mitts got caught in the crossfire.
I’m finally starting to feel like I’m really back on my feet now. And this year with the GAL happening again I decided to weave in these ends and move on from these mitts.
I might need to knit some Mayfield mitts in 2019, just so I have a gorgeous pair of mitts I can actually keep.
Pssst, wanna see something cool?
I finished a sweater! I really can’t believe it. I used to be the knitter who could whip out a sweater in a month. This one took a year and I feel like that was speedy!* This is Finlaggan by Kate Davies. (my project is on Ravelry) It’s impeccably written and fits just like it should.
Don’t mind the uneaven hems, I was paying attention to something else and didn’t straighten them before the shutter snapped. It’s been ages since the last WIP post for this beauty. But that’s because it got so unwieldy as it grew. It’s hard to take pictures of 3/4’s of a sweater on the needles without them all just looking like a lump of fabric posed in different locations.
But I whittled away at it all spring. Took a break for most of the summer. And worked on the yoke on and off during the fall. Then in November I started planning my gift-along knitting, finished Willow’s hat, and couldn’t start any of the things I was excited about (because gift-along projects all had to start after 8pm on the first day.)
So I picked up this sweater and realized I was 6 yoke rows and a shawl collar away from done. I got it all wrapped up before thanksgiving, and then wove in the ends and did the blocking last weekend. Now I have a cozy new sweater! Which is great because winter arrived early and shows no signs of leaving us before spring.
Bring on the sweater weather.
*of course I was knitting other things too. I’m just not able to stick with one big project for that long.
Can I show you my recent knitting? (of course I can!)
When the gift-along started at 8pm on the 23rd I cast on for a pair of the Mine slippers.
These softies are FAST since they’re knit with a super bulky yarn. Except me being me I decided to use a bulky yarn from my deep stash (it’s a skein of Lopi from someone’s grandmother’s stash. I literally have no idea how old this yarn is)
And I think my row gauge was way off, because the toes looked far too short. So I added short rows and increases to make them more toe-shaped. Then I added decreases on the soles.
I added thrums on the soles too. A thrum is the technical term for wrapping a little bit of unspun fiber around the needle along with the yarn. It makes the insides of these slippers very very soft. I’m hoping to put leather soles on the bottoms too. But I’m already wearing them non-stop so we’ll see if I get around to that…
When the slippers were done I moved on immediately to The New Kid sweater. This cutie will be going to a baby shower on Saturday. That’s assuming I finish it today. Don’t worry. I’m already done with the body. I just have the sleeves and the cable left. Easy-peasey. Right?
When I finally finished my g’night cap I took those photos with my big fancy camera. As I uploaded them I made a promise to myself that I’d do all my FO photos with that camera, because they’re just so good.
But then I finished a winter bonnet for Willow. And she barely holds still long enough for cell phone snaps.
After that I whipped out a quickie hat in super soft leftovers for a friend. My friend is going through chemo and has no winter hat. That couldn’t be allowed:
I was in a rush to get it into the mail, so I only got cell phone snaps of this one too.
Some promises are too hard to keep.
Well well well, here’s something you don’t see every day on this blog. A new knitting pattern!
This is my Schuyler Socks pattern, which of course you can find on Ravelry. Except that they were released over a year ago, and you couldn’t find them on Ravelry until yesterday evening.
See, the Schuyler Socks were designed for the BMFA Rockin’ Socks club. As a club exclusive I didn’t post photos and couldn’t upload the pattern right off the bat. But now it’s available for the whole world to download! Since I haven’t released anything else in (ahem) two years – this is a cause for celebration!
And these socks are the life of the party. The classic rhythm of ribbed socks gets a new look by mixing in slipped stitch patterns. The slipped stitches blend the colors of this highly variegated yarn to prevent pooling. This pattern was inspired by the toe-tapping tempos and the irresistible pulse of Broadway show-tunes.
Seriously though, see how the colors are pooling on the bottom of the foot? These slipped stitches are magic. They mix up those colors so the whole cuff and even the instep don’t show any pooling.
Of course this colorway (Revival) was also a sock club exclusive. But that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. The pattern will happily handle any of BMFA’s fabulous colorways with nary a hint of pooling. You know you want to give it a try!
(And yes, I did take these photos on my kitchen table with my phone. I had a 4 week old the day this sock sample was finished and shipped out. It’s not like I had a lot of time for foot photo-shoots.)
Lookit me! I finished a project in a totally reasonable amount of time!
This is my G’night Cap by Sarah Schira knit out of Peace Fleece using their amaranth colorway.
This hat is loooong. You may remember that my gauge was looser than the pattern called for, so I worked a size smaller than usual. Well, I assume my row gauge was off too, because I worked on fewer length repeats than that size called for.
And it’s long even with the brim folded up and the hat pulled right down to my eyebrows. This hat will easily keep my ears warm. And it’s striking too!
(and I don’t think I’m bored of the pattern yet, so there might be versions for the girls. Although I’m totally distracted and knitting a different hat for Willow next.)
((and yes, my hair is purple and red right now))
See all the project details on ravelry, as usual.