It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a UFO?!? No! Wait! It’s an actual FO!
This is my second Morning Walk vest, this time knit in vibrant red! If you can remember back two years I cast on as part of the knit along for this pattern back in October 2016 (according to Ravelry)
The problem was that I tried to add length. I knit the green sample out of one skein with a little yarn left over. But apparently not enough to add length below and above the button hole.
So I knit up into the yoke, ran out of yarn, and frogged back to the underarms to remove the extra above the button hole. Ran out of yarn again, and frogged back to below the button hole to remove all the extra length.
Then I ran out of yarn AGAIN when I was working the seed stitch at the top of the yoke. I shouldn’t have, but either my gauge, or the skein, or both were off slightly. These things happen.
I frogged back one last time, worked less of the leaf lace in the yoke and no short rows. This vest has a completely different neckline from the first. But it worked!
Then it sat for a couple months. Then I wove in ends and blocked it. Then is sat for a couple MORE months. Then I finally added the button.
Given how many times I had to frog, it’s a miracle the thing ever got finished at all…
I have a slow burning case of startitis. I’ve been giving the side eye to the hoodie shawl cardigan since January. But knitting moves slowly these days.
(c) Susanne Sommer
But seriously, look how cute! And I love the idea of knitting garments out of crazy sock yarn. And I have many crazy sock yarns in my stash.
The olive green won for color A based on yardage. This is the only stashed skein I have with over 550yds. It will replace the gray in the striped yoke/hood and at the bottom. The blue/purple will be starring as color B in the yoke/hood and sleeves.
I did the black and white test, and it looks like they’ll contrast well enough:
The blue is a touch darker (while the green has exactly value as the grass!)
But which yarn should be the body?
I love the red against the green, and I love reds in general. But will there be too many colors? Will it be a technicolor dream cardi?
Against the blue I think the gray wins. Although the brown is a good neutral color too, and not quite as dark.
Which do you prefer? I’ll be over here knitting a green and blue striped triangle while I decide.
Knitting goes slowly, and finishing even more so.
Especially when there are so many ends. I don’t mind weaving in ends. It feels slow, but it’s faster than knitting. I still struggle to make the time.
It doesn’t help that naps when I could be knitting are spent picking black currants instead.
But they will be worth the effort. You can knit all winter. You cannot pick berries in January.
I knit these socks in, May? I think… Maybe I started them even earlier. Clearly I photographed them when the bleeding heart in my garden ran rampant.
The yarn is some Mountain Colors that I’ve had stashed, possibly for a decade. The pattern, well, I didn’t really have one. Just some ribbing, some stockinette, a heel flap, foot, and my favorite toe decreases.
The point of these socks was to have something to knit at the movies. And in a conference. Both places where I don’t want to be reading a pattern. And they fit that bill perfectly.
Sadly, they are not my favorite socks. I mean, they’re my only pair of hand knit socks currently. So in that way they’re my favorites. But they don’t fit quite right.
For plain socks I usually knit 2×2 ribbing, or a slip stitch pattern. But so many knitters knit plain stockinette socks. I figured, how bad could they be?
Well maybe my calf is too wide, or my heel too pointy, but whatever the cause these things slip down my legs and wad up in my boots if I walk very much. They’re lazy socks. So I mostly just wear them to bed. Or when I know my whole day will be spent sitting at my desk in the office.
I suppose even lazy socks have their uses.
(lookit that, a Ravelry page. Socks were knit in April and May. Yarn has been in my stash since 2011.)
The olive roots sweater is no longer the greenest thing around, nature has taken over!
The cables are my constant friends. Cables forever. (I’m starting to get tired of them)
At least both sleeves are finished! But these yoke rows are long. Looooong. I’ve been making slow progress:
But now? I have a sweater design due later this summer. So I’ve got to tuck this aside and power through that!
The big, green sweater continues to be big and green. Pretty boring to photograph, and honestly pretty boring to knit right now. What I needed was a palette cleanser.
I found and awesome garter stitch hat featuring a cool block of CC yarn. The problem was, I found it on a baby’s head at daycare. But I snapped a quick photo of the hat and posed my quest on Instagram. I needed to find the pattern.
Lucky for me knitters have good memory for this sort of thing and someone figured out it was the bicolor hat before I had a chance to search Ravelry myself. I bought that pattern and learned the whole thing is actually knit flat! Very cool construction.
The infant hat needed 45 and 16 yards of yarn. So I pulled some good choices from stash, and with a little help
I got the whole thing knit up over the weekend. It really was a perfect palette cleanser.
Now I’m back on the big green sweater, and making great progress.
It feels like this sweater has been a WIP forever. Which is kind of ironic since I started it in 2018 and I totally have at least one sweater that’s been “in progress” for a decade.
But I’m finally finished with the body and have started on the sleeve! It’s just a tiny cuff right now, but at 48sts around it goes so much faster than the body did. Once I knit both sleeves they get joined to the body and I will just have the yoke and the collar.
Slow progress, but I’m getting there.
This was my official project of the ravellenics, and I completed on time!
It’s another Quinnifer hat, this time knit out of some unlabeled yarn from the deep stash. It’s cozy, quick, and pretty.
Me being me, I didn’t swatch with my substitute yarn. And so a hat meant for Windsor fits me nicely. But she likes it too.
So what if it has room to grow?
To start, here’s the very important good news: I’m having a pattern sale! This is a good one: buy one, get one free! Just put “upgradetime” in the coupon code box of your Ravelry cart.
So what’s the bad news? The rights have reverted from the publisher back to me on my book. This means Cast Iron, Cast On is currently out of print. And to make matters worse, my computer died.
Wait, why are these two things related? Because I can’t release the ebook back onto Ravelry, or make single PDFs available, until I get a new computer. So, that’s what the sale is all about. I need to fund this new computer. So buy patterns! Spread the word!
The final good news is that I have FIVE new designs that have been knit and photographed. Once I have my new computer I can get rolling on the layout and you should be seeing some brand new patterns from me this year! And I do plan on releasing all those book patterns in single PDF format as well. So 2018 should be a fun one, designwise. If I can just get past this broken-computer-hump.
The sale applies to any of the patterns in my store – including the ebooks. (It will always be the less expensive pattern that is free.) You can use the code more than once – but you’ll need to check out more than once. If you put four patterns in your cart at the same time the system will only give you one free. The sale runs from today through March 8th.
Thanks for sticking around!
The knitting of teeny tiny things continues unabated:
I. Can. Not. Even. Can you also not even?
I mean, they’re so cute. They kinda broke all my words.
Here’s my Ravelry project. The pattern is the classic Saartje’s Bootees. I stitched down one strap and added actual buttons to the second. I’m deluded and think this will help keep them on baby feet (don’t try to argue that with me.)
The yarn is from Fireweed Dyeworks. I’d never heard of it before this, but I spent a lot of time scouring Etsy for short-repeat rainbow yarn and this stuff looked perfect (look her up: Alaskan Nancy on Etsy). The colors in Russian Rainbow are also perfect. And in a moment of pure synchronicity the booties knit up using EXACTLY one repeat of color. Which is to say, I didn’t actually try to make identical booties. I just got really REALLY lucky.
But the knitting of tiny things is shifting already. Next on my needles? An Iona blanket. I (of course) am making some changes and working the pattern in DK yarn. We’ll see what that does to my gauge. I do not have a great track record for actually finishing baby blankets. But I’m hopeful, because this one is knit in squares, and because each square can use different colors, that I have a fighting chance. Also, just check out the cables. How is this NOT already an FO? It’s so ME.
© Lucy Hague