December 9, 2018

Marled Mania Cardigan

Marled Mania Cardigan

Marled Mania Cardigan

Marled Mania Cardigan

I finished the body of the Marled Mania Cardigan pattern by Stephen West months ago, but then hit a mental block with the sleeves. I wasn't sure if the project would be forever left lingering in WIP limbo. Then the other day I suddenly felt an unexpected urge to knit the sleeves, and I did, in just over a day. And I'm happy I did, because I really love how it turned out! Until after blocking I wasn't sure how the non-traditional shape would play out, but turns out I really like it!

At the time of the casting on I had no yarn resembling the Qing Fibre Melted Baby Suri recommended for the ribbing, so I combined three strands of yarn in hopes of achieving a similar fabric: Wollmeise Twin, The Fibre Co. Meadow and Rowan Kidsilk Haze. I quite like the fabric they prduce together, even if the ribbing turned out somewhat loose. For the marled sections I combined two strands of fingering or sport weight yarn, one black or grey and the other speckled or otherwise  multicolored. I think I'm getting slightly better at marling after the Colossal Stash-Busting Blanket.

November 11, 2018

Speckly Yarn Fillet

Speckly Yarn Fillet

Speckly Yarn Fillet

The previous pair of socks took me three months to finish, and now this one took four, so I haven't exactly been a speed demon with one of the faster projects out there. I mostly didn't use a pattern, but I took some pointers from the Smooth Operator sock pattern for the afterthought heel. The white and speckly yarn is some Qing Fiber Super Sock from last year's Westknits YAL; I love how soft it is! For the contrasting black I used Wollmeise Twin.

The most challenging part about knitting these very simple socks was that I used the Addi CraSy Trios for the entire project. When I first bought them earlier this year, I tried them briefly on another sock project, but switched to Magic Looping when they didn't feel comfortable. But I figured it was probably mostly about lack of practice, so I decided to give them another try. They kind of grew on me along the way, even though I think I still prefer Magic Looping with long-tipped circular needles, due to the way I like to hold my needles. I don't generally like short needle tips, because I like to have a longer to needle to rest my hand on, but I do prefer the CraSy Trios to DPNs, because there are fewer needle changes. I will likely use these again in the future!

November 1, 2018

Right Around the Corner

Right Around the Corner

Right Around the Corner

Having been going through some times of missing knitting inspiration lately, I felt test-knitting this garter stitch shawl for Lisa Hannes might be just what I needed. I've done some test knitting for her in the past, and her patterns have always been excellently written, and so was this one. I was also drawn to the relaxing simplicity of the garter stitch and a triangular shawl. As a bonus, I was able to put to use one of the skeins from TitiTyy's Feel It yarn club; the variegated yarn is Tough Sock by WalkCollection, paired with a matching skein of Knitlob's Lair Tuulen Tytär from older stash. The tassels are a nice touch; I like how they weigh down the tips of the triangle a bit.