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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!


WIP Wednesday

The Katharine Vest failure took the wind out of my sweater-knitting sails, so to speak.

It’s been good for sock knitting, though.

And for the Babette Blanket.

I did finally cast on for a sweater last night, though.

The beginning of Wicked, in Rowan All Seasons Cotton.

Knitting Update

Well, I did finish (or nearly finish) the Katharine Vest last weekend.

All it needs is the neckline edging. But, I decided to try it on before knitting the edging. And it doesn’t fit. I overlapped the front edges by about 6″ instead of the 2″ specified in the pattern, but it still fits much like the photo in the magazine. I was after a much more closed look, and I really don’t want to knit this pattern again, so it will be frogged and turned into a shawl.

I also need to frog this:

Yes, that’s about 7″ of the Woolen Twinset Cardigan on size 3 needles. I put it onto two circular needles and tried it on – it’s about 2″ – 3″ too big. I will be making this again, but I’ll wait a few months until it’s closer to fall. At least I’ll have less stitches per row next time!

So, I’ve been working on my toe-up socks:

They’re ready for the heel turning now.

And more Babette Squares:

For Project Spectrum, Phase 1: Fire

For Project Spectrum, Phase 2: Earth.

The blanket’s coming along really well, and I’m looking forward to it being finished. I’m getting nervous about whether I have enough yarn for it, though.

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.
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
A French Heel and Round Toe – I like both.
Another great pair of socks from this book. I didn’t want to take them off after the photo shoot!
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
This is one time I like the pooling!

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

Knitting Plans

Looking at knitting patterns, browsing knitting blogs, planning future knits, always lots of fun! So here’s what I’m looking forward to knitting this spring/summer.

L – R: 1. Auburn Camp Shirt, 2. Swan Lake Cardigan, 3. Josephine Top
4. Essential Stripe, 5. Glee, 6. Georgia
(Please excuse some of the squished photos in that collage.)

1. Entrelac Socks, 2. Roza’s Socks
3. Spiral Boot Socks, 4. Embossed Leaves Socks

1. Swallowtail Shawl, 2. Cobweb Lace Stole, 3. Icarus Shawl
4. Arctic Diamonds Stole, 5. Print O’ the Wave Stole

Then, I’ve got these:
These are three of the summer sweaters I knit last year. I’ve lost some weight since then, and now these sweaters are too big. I’ll be frogging and re-knitting the first two, Wicked and Cherry, but I won’t do the last one, Tomato.

So there’s the plan for spring/summer knitting. Of course, plans change, and new patterns will come out, and then there’s time. I don’t think I have time to knit all of those patterns, but at least I’ve got lots to choose from!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

New Projects and Yarn

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend.  We had a very nice one.  It snowed on Sunday, but none of it stayed, and we’re having beautiful weather so far this week.

I finished the Stained Glass Scarf last week and it’s blocking now. Because it’s double sided it’s taking a loooong time to dry. I hope to have the FO post this week.

After finishing the scarf, I started seaming up the Babette Blanket. It was a lot of fun, but I wasn’t making any progress on my knitting.
But then I remembered that I wanted to have the Katharine Vest done for a trip we’re taking to Chicago, so I cast on last Thursday.
What you can’t see in the progress photo is that this is my third attempt at the vest. I got about five rows into the pattern the first time, was making mistakes and ripped. I was up to the point shown in the photo above and was making multiple mistakes so I ripped a second time. Things are going much smoother this time. The actual lace pattern is very easy, but because of the decreases and two selvedge stitches kept on each edge, you have to read the pattern and count your stitches constantly. It’s been a long time since I knit lace and I’m enjoying it quite a bit.

You probably could guess what I got in yesterday’s mail. Yup, you’re right – yarn.
Two skeins of Louet Gems Fingering Weight in Aqua for some socks.
And four skeins of Peace Fleece DK in Olive for Cherie, from Rowan Vintage Knits.

Even though I did purchase yarn for a wool sweater at the beginning of spring, I do have plans for several spring/summer knits. See you next time with those plans!

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

-Tangled Yoke Cardigan
-Refined Aran Jacket
-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
-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
-Hemlock Ring Blanket
-Flower Basket Shawl
-Noro Striped Scarf
-Arctic Diamonds Stole
-Entrelac Socks
-Roza's Socks