After working on longer projects, I decided to visit the yarn stash and make some quick projects for the fall Arts Festival stockpile. I found some great yarn that I hadn’t used and some remnants from projects that would coordinate to create something unique.
Wine & Pink
I started with pairing a big ball of wine color yarn with some color changing roving in pinks and purples that was left over from smaller projects. I made a pair of herringbone fingerless gloves and liked the result. I still had a good amount left and decided to make an extra roomy version of my Meringue hat pattern. I especially like the way the alternating rows of yarn work in this pattern.
Orange & Silver
I found a bunch of bright orange roving that a friend gave me a while back and thought it went perfectly with the silver and gray yarn left over from a hat request. It makes a great hiking hat with the bright orange! The roving shows off stitches so beautifully I couldn’t resist continuing on with some chunky cabled fingerless gloves.
Smoky Jewel Tones
After that, I decided to make something on the delicate side with some beautiful handspun silk and merino yarn. It was thinner than expected, so I paired it with a charcoal gray sock weight yarn that let the beautiful color variations of the specialty yarn shine.
I have a few book club prize knits on the list to complete next. What are you working on?
I was so pleased to finish this blanket in time for a friend who is expecting in the next month or so. I have given her the blanket, so now I can post it! I created similar blanket for a friend in the past, and was so pleased with how this one turned out. We picked out the yarn together to make sure we found the perfect combination for this reversible brioche stitch blanket. Since one yarn was worsted weight and the other was sport weight, I knit two strands of the sport weight at the same time and it evened out perfectly.
The thickness and stretchiness of the fabric created is perfect for a snuggly baby blanket. You can find information on this stitch in the book Knitting Brioche by Nancy Marchant. This is the book I used to teach myself the technique and it includes the how-to on the cables as well. Happy knitting!
After the holidays I slowed down on knitting projects and circled back to a little item I have wanted to make for a while: a thick cowl for winter. I was gifted two beautiful skeins of Knitting Fever KFI Luxury Roving in blues and thought this would be a perfect project for them. I also received the book Harmony Guides: Lace & Eyelets for Christmas. I am planning to use it as inspiration for a shawl. As I flipped through, I found a bunch of beautiful patterns and settled on the Pillar Openwork Lace stitch.
Notes on the Cowl:
Knit like a regular scarf and bind off and then sew ends together after blocking
Needle size: US9
Pattern repeats: 16
I used both skeins a left a bit at the end to sew together the edges after blocking. This pattern is very easy and creates a nice thick fabric that has a bulky feel. It made cowl that can be worn as a single or double loop.
One of my screenprints has found a new home out on the west coast. As you can see, she’s made herself comfortable right there in the stairway of a fab duplex in SF and pairs quite nicely with a chair in the living room.
Over the holiday break, I finally got around to knitting a pair of socks for my husband and had enough time left over to make a pair for myself! I bought a skein of Schoppel-Wolle Zauberwolle in a combination of navy, orange and purple to make something for him and decided to pair it with a skein of Lionbrand Sock-ease in orange to make the color transition throughout the pair more subtle. I alternated the yarns every other row and really like how it turned out.
I also experimented with some self-striping Patons Kroy Socks 4 Ply in Rust stripes for a pair of socks for myself. Instead of using it as-is, I knit the socks with two skeins, switching the yarn every row. I also started the skeins at different points in the repeat with the striping order reversed in one skein to create as much variety as possible. It created a more textural stripe that I really like.
I went out on a limb and created my own simple pattern for these which I will probably release as a pattern. It includes a subtle basket weave texture over the ribs using an alternating 6-row garter stitch on every other rib. I’ll have to knit a solid pair of socks to make it more visible, but I like the little extra texture it adds to the socks.
I’m down to the wire this year finishing up my Christmas knitting. Part of the reason is that I keep adding projects! I’ve got two in the works that I plan to finish in the next few days, but I thought I’d share a few gifts that have already been given.
I was invited to my first cookie exchange party this year, which was a lot of fun! I still have a bunch of cookies around the house. We also did an ornament exchange and I decided that it would be a good time to create one of those cute ornament projects I’ve been eyeing on knitting blogs, pinterest and Ravelry. After perusing the options, I went with Owl Ornaments by Emily Kintigh – a free pattern on Ravelry. I liked the options for stitch patterns and the opportunity to play with color.
I made one for the exchange and enjoyed it so much I made a grouping to give as a present to a friend. The types of buttons you choose can really add personality to these little guys!
Have you made any ornaments for the holidays? Feel free to share any of your favorite patterns in the comments
We just can’t get enough of the video for Jessy Lanza’s recent “Kathy Lee”. The video features mundane street scenes of Hamilton, Ontario as a backdrop for the mysterious Dancing Guy, Jed, to do his thing. As you’ll see, the location is as much the star as the dancing man appears to be. You continually anticipate something remarkable happening only to be offered more scenes of Jed dancing with himself. Spoiler alert: nothing does happen. The video is totally anticlimactic, but somehow still hypnotic and irresistible.
Taken from her recent Hyperdub release, “Pull My Hair Back” —a collaboration with Junior Boys’ Jeremy Greenspan—the track is essentially the product of an IDM/techno nerd’s fascination with R&B. We mean that in the best possible way, of course, but it’s true—the songs can be both awkward and smooth, glitchy but still funky. If you’re familiar with Junior Boys, then you’ll surely appreciate this weird mix of chilly electronics and warm R&B grooves. It’s a combination that seems odd on paper but meshes really quite well in execution—Lanza’s sultry coo and lonely synth smoothing out the glitchy edges that click, pop and hiss.
If your average Tiger-Cat fan is this cool and dudes dance in the streets at random, then we’re booking our flights to YHM tomorrow. For a springtime visit, of course.
A few weeks ago we participated in our local Annual Arts Festival and had a great turnout! A lot of the knits made over the last year found new homes as well as some of the new prints created this fall. My favorite experience of the day was when a woman came up to the booth a pulled out a fingerless glove from her purse. She’d bought the pair from me at the festival a few years ago but had lost one. She liked them so much she wanted to see if I could make her another one and I was happy to accommodate the request–the gloves picture above are the result. It was fun to knit up one of the old patterns and I was even able to use a few new tricks I’ve learned since then to make them a bit better.
In addition the the gloves, the great sock race continues. Another two pairs are complete with another on the needles. The pair on the right is another pair of Cadence Socks by Very Busy Monkey, this time in the festive Vanna’s Glamour in onyx. The other pair is the pattern Brigit by Monkey Toes in Premier Yarns Serenity Sock in Woodsy Green. This pattern is simple but with twist that makes it special and the color turned out to be a nice match for the pattern.
Not much time left, but I have a few more pairs of socks I am hoping to finish by mid-December, then I plan to start working on some new patterns of my own in the new year.
Just in time for the Cherokee Heights Arts Festival this weekend—where Knits & Prints will be representing once again—I finished up a new four-color piece printed up on chipboard. I was curious to see how a crisp, geometric design would look on a raw, natural-looking substrate. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it holds up quite well. A nice little print, it is.