I was home with a sick kiddo a couple of days last week. There was a lot of chicken soup and children’s TV and laundry and Tylenol…
And a fair amount of knitting! This is my stripy cardi, which I started last August. I made good progress for a month or so, then got distracted.
But now I’ve almost finished the body! I’m through the stockinette and the contrast stripe now. I just need to knit the hood, sleeves, and edging.
In my head I’m calling this my spring sweater. Will it be done for spring? I’m uncertain. But I also still have 12″ of snow in my backyard, so it’s not impossible!
I’ve been knitting away slowly on my moonflower rug, and I thought for sure I’d have a new Finished Object to share this week. I finished knitting the 4th flower, I even added a diamond to the edge of one petal to fill the gap in the center. While it was felting I admitted to myself that if I planned a 5th the rug might never be finished. I’ve also used up most of the colored fibers I chose for this project and was left with mostly brown and white.
So that just leave the seaming, right?
I got this far into seaming before I admitted the last petal overlaps badly with one of the other flowers. I can manage a great deal of denial when it comes to floppy felted sewing.
So I had to rip all that out, and detach the flower tile before it, as well. I figured I must’ve attached it in the wrong spot to have everything line up that poorly.
But now I that might not be the problem either. I think that flowers with 5 petals instead of 6 just don’t tesselate properly. So if you’re planning to work this pattern please knit 6 petals per flower like the directions tell you to!
Me? I’m going to fudge things. I can’t exactly frog now that everything is felted. And I don’t want all that gorgeous fiber going to waste. The rug is pinned now, and it mostly works. Some of those petals will never lie flat. But it’s a rug, not a sweater. I’ll survive.
(also? Yes, the 4th flower is significantly smaller than the first. Felting is never consistent for me.)
I have big plans for fingerless mitts this winter. As in, I’m hoping to knit 4 or 5 sets… This mitt was my slow project from the GAL last month.
The pattern is Brighde, by Liz Corke. I love the cable that wraps around the thumb. There’s another one that runs up the hand.
The yarn is sock art lana from Green Mountain Spinnery.
Now the question is: can I bring myself to knit a second one?
During the gift-along I absolutely fell in love with the moonflower mosaic by Valérie Miller:
I just want to move into that photo and sit down with a cup of tea. But I do not live the kind of live that includes knitted table covers (unless I really WANT to encourage my cats to sleep on the table.)
Instead I hatched a plan. My plan involves my very large stash of spinning fiber:
And some very large needles. I’m knitting this pattern out of roving, and felting down each tile as I finish it to make a bedside rug!
The first tile shows that the different types of fiber are felting at different rates. I could probably have predicted that. It’s the equivalent of knitting with different types of yarn and expecting the same result.
However I’ve been able to pair up some of the smaller petals with the larger ones upon seaming to balance everything out. This is about when I realized that the original pattern uses SIX petals per tile. And for reasons of gauge My mosaic tiles are working best with only 5 petals. So far that seems to be going ok, right?
I’m showing here, with the third tile, how much these things shrink down with felting! They’re somewhere between 50-60% of the pre-felted size. They’re super thick and cozy too, which makes sewing them together tricky but the resulting rug is going to be very cushy and soft! (it will make an excellent cat bed.)
Here are the three tiles sewn together. See that gap between the blue and red petals in the center where all three tiles meet? I’m pretty sure this is because I’m knitting 5 petal flowers instead of 6. Oops. I’m going to have to come up with a plan for filling in that gap. Right now I’m considering knitting a diamond and sewing it in. Or just needle felting a filler.
Oh right, because this project is letting me mix my crafts further! Along with using spinning fiber, knitting, and wet felting the fabric. I’m also needle felting extra fiber onto the joins to reinforce the sewing:
I’ve only drawn blood with those needle felting needles once so far! I think that’s a pretty good track record…
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?
November has finally brought cold weather, and that means it’s hat season! Since I’m a knitter there’s always a basket full of hats by the door. But I do believe the girls deserve new hats in the fall.
This will hopefully be a copy of Anna’s hat. (The sister in Frozen.) Its based off a bonnet pattern and I trimmed it in burgundy and white just like the movie. It’s actually done by now and just needs some braids which will be the ties for this bonnet. Willow (being the little sister) will get the Anna bonnet.
Of course that means an Elsa hat is planning for Windsor. But first I’m distracted by this beauty:
This is the Mira hat from Berroco. I’m knitting my version in a variety of very VERY soft leftovers. Cashmere, silk, merino, alpaca. This hat will be going to live with a friend whose hair is thinning. I can’t let my friends have cold heads!
I recently fell in love with the G’night cap by Sarah Schira and almost immediately cast on for one in this gorgeous red Peace Fleece.
When I say “immediately” of course I mean I did not swatch first. Sadly this hat was measuring a full inch bigger than my head (aka 3″ too large.)
Also? Take a good look at that middle cable. I clearly wasn’t paying attention. So I frogged the whole thing.
I cast on the next day, one size down, and I’m almost back up to where I left off.
Plus, I’ve been paying attention to the cable crossings this time around.
*to be honest, I love the gnome as well and I desperately want to knit three hats and a gnome in time for themed family holiday photos. But I doubt I’ll stick with it that long.
My hoodie cardi is still growing slowly but steadily. At this rate I’ll have a lovely fingering weight cardi just in time for winter weather (did you hear the irony there?)
I’m half way through the stripe pattern, so if I’m really lucky (aka if my row gauge and math agree) then I’m half way through the body. If my math or gauge is way off I suspect I’ll ball the whole thing up and stuff it in a corner…
The construction of this cardi is a lot of fun. After the shawl-like raglan yoke there are short rows to make the body level again, and the decreases along the back add visual interest, especially as they interact with my added stripes:
I keep thinking that with only sleeves left I could have this done for Rhinebeck. Then I remember that it has sleeves AND a hood…
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.
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!