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FO: Chevron Scarf

The Chevron Scarf is finished!
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This my favorite scarf ever!
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I enjoyed knitting this scarf tremendously. The yarn is wonderful! The colors, the softness – I can’t wait to work with it again.

I never would have thought to put these two colors together. But it was my favorite out of all the finished ones I’d seen out there in blogland. I was unsure about the colors when I was working the first few inches and considered frogging the scarf and starting again with different colors. I’m so glad I didn’t and kept knitting with these colors!
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And it even looks good on the wrong side!
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Project Specifications:
Pattern: Chevron Scarf from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, by Joelle Hoverson
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Mediumweight in Farmhouse and Watermelon Tourmaline, 1 skein each
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
Mods: None
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There is a medium-ish amount of yarn left of each color.
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I’m thinking about making a pair of toe-up ankle socks with the leftovers. I’ve got some navy Brown Sheep Wildfoote leftovers also, which I’m thinking of using for the toes and heels. I think I should have enough yarn. We’ll see.

So there you are – my favorite scarf ever. I’m thinking about the colors I’ll use for my next one!

Thanks to my sister Priscilla (who just started a great baking blog, A Peek Into Priscilla’s Kitchen) for modeling the scarf.

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Finished Project, Old Project, New Project

I did the finishing on the Central Park Hoodie this weekend and finished it last night. I was going to get modeled photos today, but the weather was not so good for an outdoor photo shoot. So here’s a photo of the buttons and buttonband for now.
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I also worked on the Babette Blanket this weekend.
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The four-round and six-round squares are finished. I’ve just got about four eight-round squares to do and I’ll start seaming the squares together. I’m really looking forward to finishing this project!

And here’s my newest project which has escaped blog attention since it was started last Saturday.
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This is the bottom ribbing of Woolen Cashmere Twinset Cardigan (that’s a mouthful!) from Knitting Classic Style by Veronik Avery in Rowan 4-Ply Soft. The back and fronts of the cardigan are knitted in one piece up to the armhole, and then you divide the knitting for the fronts and back. The ribbing is going slowly – at 342 stitches on size US 2 needles a row takes a little bit of time to complete. But I’m enjoying it so far, and the yarn is very soft and pleasant to work with.

Also, the Chevron Scarf is finished and blocking. I can’t wait for it to dry – I think it’s the prettiest scarf I’ve made yet!

FO: Phyllo Yoked Pullover

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The last few days we’ve had beautiful sunny weather – perfect for taking pictures of the Phyllo Yoked Pullover. Sorry about my squinting expressions – it really has been sunny!
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I love this sweater! It fits well and the yarn is nice and soft. My favorite things about the sweater are the belled sleeves and the yoke. The sweater was a lot of fun to knit, and it really went pretty quickly.
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The sleeves, front and back of the sweater are knit seperately, and then joined on a circular needle to knit the yoke. The yoke is a lot of fun to knit, and the rounds go faster as you decrease stitches.
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I made two modifications to the sweater.

First, I added waist shaping to the body (seen in the photo above). I do this with pretty much every pullover I make because boxy, straight down sweaters don’t fit me well. I usually add waist shaping by starting my decreases after I have about two or three inches of the body done. I decrease with two border stitches around the edges (k2, ssk at the beginning of the row or round; k2tog, k2 at the end of the row or round). I decrease every 5 or 6 rows or rounds about five times, knit 5 or 6 rows or rounds even, then start increasing back out for the bust in the same way with M1 increases.

The other modification was to the sleeves. When I started them, the pattern had you cast on 59 stitches for each sleeve. When I held it up on my arm, the bell on the sleeve was huge. I like belled sleeves, just not that big! So I started the sleeves again with 49 stitches instead. The bell is perfect now. I should have increased back up to 59 stitches when I was doing the sleeve shaping, but I didn’t. So when I came to the yoke, I had to increase stitches on the sleeves to have the correct stitch count. Instead of increasing my stitches gradually over the four rows of plain stockinette stitch at the beginning of the yoke, I decided it would be easier to increase all ten stitches over one round. Because of that, the sleeves puff slightly just befor the shoulder (you can see it in the first two photos I posted of the sweater and ini the photo below). It’s not very noticeable, but I’d increase the stitches differently if I made this again.

And, because it’s so pretty and it was a little obscured in my modeled photos, here’s a picture of the yoke.
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Pattern: Phyllo Yoked Pullover from Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan
Size Knitted: 40″
Yarn: Rowan Calmer, 8 balls in color 477
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)
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Thanks to my sister Priscilla for going out with me to take the photos in the cold!

FO: Yarrow Ribbed Socks

The Yarrow Ribbed Socks were finished by February 14th!
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Project Specs
Pattern: Yarrow Ribbed Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Plymouth Yarns Sockotta, 1 skein, color 5616
Needles: US 1 (2.5 mm), set of 5 double points
Mods: None
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These socks have a German Heel and French Toe. If I was to make these socks again, I’d change the toe. This toe does not fit me well, and because of the unusual way the decreases are made does not feel especially good, either.
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The toe is worked on three needles, one for each side of the foot and one for the instep stitches. With the French Toe, you decrease at the beginning and end of each needle. This means that you have decreases up the middle of the bottom side of the toe (I hope that made sense), which I’ve shown in the photo below.
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The heel, however, fits beautifully. When I did the heel for the first time, I thought there must have been a mistake in the pattern. You work over 39 stitches for the heel, and after I turned it, it looked huge and baggy. When I tried the sock on, though, it fit perfectly. I’d definitely make this heel again.
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And, because it’s always good to have a sock on the needles, I cast on for a new pair.
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These are the Oak Ribbed Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks in Trekking XXL.

Knitting Daily posted the first of their galleries for the Spring 2008 issue of Interweave Knits. The sweater I wanted to knit immediately after viewing the galleries was the Printed Silk Cardigan – it looks so good on the women modeling it with negative ease!
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Now to just find a good substitute for the Fiesta La Luz used in the pattern!

New Knits

After finishing three projects, two of which had been in progress for a few months, I cast on for two new projects.
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 This is the bottom ribbing of the back of the Central Park Hoodie.  I finished the sleeves over the weekend, and they’re blocking now.  This project is going very quickly!

I, like every other sock knitter out there, love Nancy Bush’s patterns.  I’ve made two patterns from Knitting Vintage Socks, the Lichen Ribbed Socks and the Madder Ribbed Socks.  Yesterday, I cast on for my next pair, the Yarrow Ribbed Socks.  I’m making them in Plymouth Yarns Sockotta.
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 The colors of this skein are making me think about Valentine’s Day.  So, in an effort to keep this pair from staying on the needles for as long as the Madder Ribbed Socks did, I’ve decided to try to finish these by February 14th.  I hope I can take time from the other projects I’ve got going to finish by then! 

You may have noticed that the Leftovers Vest disappeared from my Current Projects list in the sidebar.  After looking at the leftover yarns I had that coordinated well with each other a second time, I decided I probably didn’t have enough for the vest. Shortly afterward, Knitting Daily released the Babette Blanket available for purchase at their Pattern Store. I learned to crochet before I learned to knit, and I’m enjoying crocheting again. Not as much as I enjoy knitting, but enough to keep on making squares. Using up that leftover yarn feels good, too. I hope to have some photos of the squares this week.

And here’s part of the baking I did over the weekend:
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Apple Pie with Oatmeal Crumb Topping. Yum! The Apple Pie recipe is one that was given to us by a friend. The topping recipe comes from the book Pie, by Ken Headrich. The recipe is for a Golden Delicious Apple Pie with Oatmeal Crumb Topping. We didn’t like the actual pie very much, but the topping was delicious! There’s lots of other great recipies in this book. The All-Peach Pie with Coconut Almond Crumb Topping, Thick Coconut Custard Pie, Cherry Cheesecake Pie, and many others. This book is definitely worth buying if you like making pie!

The link for the Spring 2008 Issue of Interweave Knits is working again! You can see it here. Interweave has once again put out a fabulous Spring Issue. Here’s a few of my favorites:
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Printed Silk Cardigan by Connie Chang Chinchio

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Aleita Shell by Bonnie Marie Burns

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Auburn Camp Shirt by Chrissy Gardiner

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Mirabella Cardigan by Jennifer Tallapaneni

I think I need to start knitting much faster;) I just ordered eleven skeins of Reynolds Soft Linen for the Dollar-and-a-Half Cardigan from last year’s Spring issue!

And, I was going to take modelled photos of the Phyllo Yoked Pullover today. The temperature this morning was 45oF, but by around 2:30 this afternoon it was 12oF and windy. So, until the weather is a little more friendly to outdoor photo sessions, here is a little peek at the sweater with the waist shaping I added.
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FO: Elegant Ribbed Stockings

The Elegant Ribbed Stockings are finished!
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Pattern: Elegant Ribbed Stockings by Ann Budd from Favorite Socks, published by Interweave Press.
Yarn: Dale of Norway Heilo, 4 skeins purchased from my LYS, Crazy Girl Yarn Shop
Needles: US 5, 6, & 7
Mods: I cast on for the women’s size, but when I got to the heel flap, it was way to big. So I did the child’s size heel flap, and picked up stitches on the flap for the child’s size. However, I only did the gusset decreases down to the women’s size. The socks fit perfectly!

I think I started these sometime in October. I finished the first sock pretty quickly, but I waited about two months to cast on for the second sock. It’s great to have this project done!
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I can’t wait to make my next knee high socks, most likely the Spiral Boot Socks from Interweave Knits Summer 2007.

See you next week with photos of the finished Phyllo Yoked Pullover!

P.S. The Interweave Knits Spring 2008 Preview is up! Looks like it’s got lots of great new patterns.

FO: Madder Ribbed Socks

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The Madder Ribbed Socks are finished! I’m still surprised at how quickly I was able to finish them.
Pattern: Madder Ribbed Socks by Nancy Bush from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Southwest Trading Company Tofutsies, color 723, 1 skein
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
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These socks have a Pointed Toe (shown in the above photo) and a Dutch or Horseshoe Heel (shown below). I like the Pointed Toe because it fits me well, and you start the decreases 3-1/2″ less than the desired length. This shortens knitting time quite a bit.
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The Tofutsies was nice to work with, very soft and silky. And look at how much yarn was left over!
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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
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