Thursday, February 28, 2013

Jewelled Diverse Crittery Foe

Amy King of Spunky Eclectic recently published a great sweater pattern, Less is More in Knitty.com. The pattern alternates yarns, intending to use yarns spun from "one bump" (four ounce) fiber purchases. What a clever idea!

 I've been spinning up some single-dose fibers (and I split one two-bump fiber into two 4-ounce color batches) to get yarn to make a "Less is More." I ended up with five Falkland wool yarns.

Foe and Friends

Yarn group shot, top left to right, bottom left to right:

Southern Cross Fibre Diversity: 178 yards
Southern Cross Fibre Jewelled Seas: 154 yards
Hello Yarn Critter: 214 yards
Hello Yarn Foe (pink): 182 yards
Hello Yarn Foe (blue): 111 yards

So, you can probably see where I came up with the sweater name!

I'm in the middle of the second color, and ready to separate the sleeves and the body...

Jewelled Diverse Crittery Foe - yoke

Happy Knitting, Lisa Kay

Cutie

... and a couple pictures of Mitchell...

Mitchell

Mitchell

.... just because I can't help myself!

Happy Knitting, Lisa

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Purple Boreal

I finished my Boreal sweater, just in time for the end of the spin-along, tomorrow. Because of the snow/ice, today, lots of folks were leaving work, early, and I got out of there and came home... and took some pictures of the sweater!

Boreal

Boreal

Ravelry Project Page
Previous posts: Spinning and Yoke Progress

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, February 18, 2013

Feeding The Ducks

We took some stale crackers and cereal to the lake to feed the ducks. It was a pretty day, but quite cold.

feeding the ducks

feeding the ducks

feeding the ducks

feeding the ducks

Somebody needed to prep the bread before throwing it... A duck had to duck.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Boreal

The Accent Pack #14 yarn has begun to turn into a Boreal sweater. I cast on the first weekend in February. I'm working it top down (even though the pattern is bottom up), mainly because I know I'll be tight on yarn... I can always make it shorter in the body and/or sleeves, or use the contrasting yarn for bands. Here's a picture of the yoke down to the armholes.

Boreal

I'm on a bit of a timeline, because the Semi-Solid SAL/KAL ends February 23rd. I'd better get knitting!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Spunky and Funky

I finished the raglan sweater I started while "waiting" for my Boreal yarn to be ready to knit. I used the same "Forever Tweed" pattern that I used for Grevillea Gradient, except I changed it to a plain neck instead of turtleneck. I named this sweater for the yarn, which is a combination of two bumps of Spunky Eclectic "Twilight" plied with two bumps of Funky Carolina "Some Simple Song."

I cast on 16 fewer sts than the instructions (two raglan increase rows worth of stitches, raising the yoke up four rows. I worked eight rows of the k3 p1 rib (except on the RS instead of the WS, since I won’t be folding over this collar). Then, I went right into the raglan shaping, adding short rows in the first three raglan increase rows, then working raglan shaping until the pattern-directed number of stitches for the underarm separation.

 I had to stop the sleeves at 3/4 length due to running out of yarn. This yarn was four bumps of fiber, where the Grevillea Gradient had five. That extra bump was enough to do the turtleneck and the long sleeves. I worked the body of this sweater the same length, 13 inches, but I added three decrease rows, starting three inches after the underarms, six rows apart. I did not increase again after the waist.

Funky and Spunky

Spunky and Funky

Funky and Spunky

My Ravelry project page.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Everlasting Socks

I keep socks as a traveling project. My sock "knitting bag" is a cosmetics bag that was a giveaway at a makeup counter at Macy's, and it holds two half balls of yarn and my sock needles very nicely, as well as fitting inside the top of my purse.

I started these socks last June, and they have been languishing away while I had a hiatus from traveling. I even finished two other pairs handspun socks in the mean time. I had worked on these on a couple of different trips in 2012, and I realized at some point that I had counted my rows a little differently on the foot of the first sock (after the gusset) than I had on a previous trip, and the cables were all one row shorter. Rather than frogging about a third of a finished sock, I decided to just make the second sock to match... which added a bit of anxiety to working the second sock, on top of it having hibernated most of the last half of 2012.

So, another trip came up, and I dutifully took my sock knitting bag out of hiding and slogged through the rest of the second sock. I managed to count my cables the same as the first sock, and so at least the two match.

I find it ironic (or perhaps just appropriate) that the yarn is called "Everlasting Sock," by Dream in Color. It is a subtle semi-solid and hard to see in the photographs, but I think I will wear these socks a lot... because they will go with just about anything. I also have the Everlasting Sock in a bright violet ("Amethyst"), which will be fun (someday). The yarn is eight-ply, a type of yarn I was told makes stitch patterns pop... and is like the much-sought-after Wollmeise.

Everlasting Sock

Everlasting Sock

Everlasting Sock

The pattern is "BFF" from CookieA's "Knit. Sock. Love." I've made the pattern a couple of times before (socks #48 and #49), and so the fact that I ended up with trouble counting the cables can only be attributed to complacency, I suppose.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay