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Long FO Post

Hi there. Remember me? It’s been a little while, so this will be a long post.

First off, I did finish Wicked.

It’s not what I had hoped for, it’s too big around the hem, and the arms are also too big. But I didn’t want to frog and knit again.

Pattern: Wicked
Yarn: Rowan All Seasons Cotton in Mocha, 6 or 7 skeins (don’t remember)
Needles: US 7
Mods: Left out front pocket.

Next up, I finished my Noro socks.

I am so happy with these socks. The plain stockinette made for a simple, quick knit, and I really liked the different toe-up method – no short rows! The yarn was great, too. I know some people don’t like it a lot because it’s a little bit thick-and-thin, and it does break kind of easily, but in spite of that I really enjoyed working with it.

Pattern: Wendy’s Toe-Up Socks (has to be one of the easiest methods out there)
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock, 1 skein, color S164
Needles: US 1

And, I also finished a sweater I never blogged about, Green Gable.

This was very quick, easy and fun. I think I may be finished with short-sleeved top-down raglans, though. By the time I’ve reached the appropriate bust measurement, the sleeves are way too big, and flare out at the ends. I have made mid-to-long-sleeved top-down raglans that fit well, so I think I’ll just have to stick with those.

Pattern: Green Gable
Yarn: Cascade Sierra, 4 skeins in Color 403
Needles: US 6 (4mm) & US 4 (3.5 mm)
Mods: Added waist shaping, shortened lace section, lengthened body.

See you next time with some cowls!

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FO: Glee

Pattern: ZephyrStyle Glee
Yarn: Elsbeth Lavold Hempathy, 6 balls in color 021
Needles: US 4 & 2

She’s finished and I really like her. Even though these finer knits take a little more time, they are so much lighter for summer wear. And I couldn’t be more pleased with the color of this yarn.

I did make a few changes to the pattern. I did a few less raglan increases as I didn’t want the sleeves to turn out too big. I then kept increasing at the underarms a few more times. This did create a funny little ‘design element’. Because I kept increasing every other row after separating for the sleeves the sweater has about 1-1/2″ that juts out a bit under the arms. But, the sweater fits well and it is under the arms so I’m not going to worry to much about it 🙂 I also added waist shaping, shortened the sweater by a couple of inches, and make the neckline much less deep. I’m really happy with this sweater and look forward to wearing it this summer.

Next up, the Folded Cowl Tee.

Knitting & Baking

Hi everyone, I didn’t mean to be gone that long. There has been knitting going on, and some baking, too.

First, here’s Wicked.

It’s actually finished and blocking now. I’ll post finished photos when it’s dry. Top down raglans have to be the fastest knits ever – I think it took about two weeks to knit this sweater.

I finished the Embossed Leaves Socks.

Details here.

For quite a long time I didn’t really want to bake. I used to bake pretty much every weekend, and then my sisters started baking more and I wanted to do nothing but knit. But, I’ve been baking more the last few weeks, and I’m really enjoying it.

1. Grasshopper Cupcakes, 2. Cranberry Pumpkin Bread, 3. Giant Ginger Cookies, 4. Classic Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies, 5. Chocolate Cream Pie, 6. Thick Coconut Custard Pie

I’ll share my new projects, and hopefully more baking, next time. Have a great weekend everyone!

FO: Oak Ribbed Socks

I was able to finish them by the end of the month to keep up with my goal of knitting a pair of socks per month this year.
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Pattern: Oak Ribbed Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Trekking XXL, color 36, 1 skein
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
Mods: None
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A French Heel and Round Toe – I like both.
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Another great pair of socks from this book. I didn’t want to take them off after the photo shoot!
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I’ve now completed the four simple ribbed sock patterns in the beginning of the book.
L – R: Lichen Ribbed Socks, Madder Ribbed Socks, Yarrow Ribbed Socks, Oak Ribbed Socks. Next in the book are the Gentleman’s Shooting Stockings. I hope to purchase yarn for them soon. It’ll be my first time downsizing a sock pattern, and I hope it goes well.

FO: Stained Glass Scarf

It’s finally finished!
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Pattern: Stained Glass Scarf from Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick.
Yarn: Karabella Aurora 8, color 6 (brown) 4 balls & Artyarns Ultramerino 4, color 127, 2 skeins
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
Mods: None
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This scarf seemed to go on and on forever while I was knitting it, and I didn’t think I’d end up liking it a whole lot. I’m so glad I didn’t frog it, because this is a great scarf!
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It was my first time knitting with both of these yarns, and I hope to use them again. The Aurora 8 is sooooo soft and smooth. It was great to work with, and it makes a very soft scarf.
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The Ultramerino 4 is very soft, also. I didn’t know before knitting with it that it is a sock yarn. Because it is so thin, it keeps this double-sided scarf from being to bulky.
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After pinning the scarf out to block, I noticed that the pink in the Ultramerino had pooled to make a zig-zag pattern on the scarf.
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This is one time I like the pooling!

I’ve also finished the Oak Ribbed Socks. FO report coming soon!

FO: Mitered Square Blanket

The Mitered Square Blanket is finished!
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Pattern: Plymouth Pattern 1063
Yarn: Noro Kureyon, 20 skeins of various colors, Auracania Nature Wool and Nature Wool Chunky (leftovers), Malabrigo Worsted (leftovers)
Needles: US 8 (5 mm)
Finished Size: 48″ Wide x 60″ Long
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Mods: Several. First of all, I substitued Noro Kureyon and some yarns from my stash in place of the Plymouth Boku. I used size US 8 needles for the entire blanket instead of using sizes 7, 8 & 10.
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I also added an extra row of squares to the width and height of the afghan, and worked two extra rows on the edging.
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I really like the red and pink in this square.
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I’m a bit fascinated and pleased with how the lines from the center mitered stitch on each square make diagonal lines across the blanket.
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The wrong side of the blanket. I’m very glad I wove in the ends as I went along and didn’t wait until the blanket was completed. I’m sure it would have been quite a bit longer before it would have made it to finished object status!
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A great pattern, great yarn and a fun knit – I’m very pleased with it!

FO: Central Park Hoodie

The Central Park Hoodie is finished!
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Pattern: Central Park Hoodie by Heather Lodinsky
Yarn: Cascade 200 Tweed, 7 skeins, color 7637 (I have one skein leftover. If anyone’s interested in it please let me know and I’ll be glad to send it to you.) ETA: The skein has been taken.
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) & US 5 (3.75 mm)
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I made a few modifications to this cardigan. I lengthened the body by about one inch, and also unintentionally lengthened the sleeves (I did increases every 10 rows instead of every 8 rows as specified by the pattern). I also dropped down one needle size for the body and ribbing for a more fitted look. I’m not sure that mod worked, though. If I were to make this sweater again, I’d add waist shaping to it.
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I knitted the buttonband too loosely, and the buttonholes are a bit loose. I also wish I would have done six buttons instead of five – the gapping between buttons is bothering me a bit.
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This sweater doesn’t look as nice as some others I’ve knitted, but it’s warm, comfortable and very wearable. The pattern is very easy and enjoyable, also.

This is the last winter sweater for this season – spring/summer sweaters, here I come!


Ron Paul 2008

Current Projects

  • Babette Blanket
  • Toe-Up Socks
  • Meida's Socks
  • Bird-In-Hand Mittens
  • Josephine Top
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Future Projects

Sweaters
-Tangled Yoke Cardigan
-Refined Aran Jacket
-Demi
-Salina
-Swan Lake Cardigan
-Cable Down Raglan
-Dollar and a Half Cardigan
-Henley Perfected
-Venezia Pullover
-Ivy League Vest
-Autumn Rose Pullover
-Tilted Duster
-Equinox Yoke Pullover
-Ariann
-Cobblestone Pullover
-Hourglass Sweater
-ZephyrStyle Tree Jacket
-Enid Cardigan
-Union Square Market Pullover
-Top-Down Arwen Cardigan
-Counterpane Pullover
-Colette Pullover
-El Sol Pullover
-Tweedy Aran Cardigan
-Gathered Pullover
-Printed Silk Cardigan
Accessories
-Hemlock Ring Blanket
-Flower Basket Shawl
-Noro Striped Scarf
-Arctic Diamonds Stole
Socks
-Entrelac Socks
-Roza's Socks