Knitting Nook

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OMGyouguys.

I forgot to tell you that since we moved in July, our new place has 4 bedrooms. This means that I now have a room completely dedicated to knitting. I love the space, and luckily for me, it was one of the rooms we didn’t even have to paint. Although, if I had been the one painting, the ceiling would have stayed white.

And also, I don’t knit in here, as we do have a family room with a TV and couch. I do, however, do all my knitting research up here, and keep all my stuff tucked away. Now I’ll be able to flesh out my stash.

PS: You can totally see the monkey mask from outside through the window and it appears to be looking down on the street. Kind of creepy if it catches you off guard!

My first test knit

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Pattern: Polly (to be released soon)

Designer: Elizabeth Brassard

Yarn: Ella Rae Classic Superwash in Deep Red, Vanilla, Light Grey, Deep Navy, Charcoal, Moody Blue

Hey. So I just completed my first test knit ever. Test knitting is when you team up with a designer in an agreement to basically knit their pre-published pattern and thoroughly go through the design for any errors/recommendations/suggestions. You may also be required to determine the amount of yarn you used and other important details, like what needle size you needed to obtain gauge, etc. At least, this is my impression. So far, I’m really into this test knitting thing, so I hope I have the opportunity to find some other designers who will let me test for them.

Polly is a wonderful beginner intarsia scarf, and probably the longest scarf I’ve ever knit. Polly is going to be very cozy come wintertime. I should probably get a new dark navy (or bright red?) winter coat to match, as my brown one is about 7 years old, albeit in great condition.

I had a ton of fun with this knit. It gets addicting, finishing each hexagon and thinking, OKAY, just 1 more tonight. If I happened to still be in school and unmarried, this would probably have kept me up more than a few nights. I’m beginning to think I’m a process knitter.

People who know me are probably wondering about my color choice. Well, let me explain. I’ve been completely enamored with the American Traditional style of tattooing lately. While I didn’t exactly incorporate the traditional colors, I made an effort to use some red-white-and-blue as a tribute. Also – these colors (in addition to some others) were on sale through yarn.com (WEBS), making this scarf a great deal (monetarily) given the amount of yarn it required.

One last thing – bonus pic of Nausicaa, who loves to get in my pictures. Isn’t she just the sweetest girl?

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soft mitts

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Pattern: Leydon by Alicia Plummer

Yarn: Acadia by The Fibre Company

These mitts were a remarkably quick knit. I started them on Sunday. The tweedy-ness of the Acadia gives them an almost rustic aesthetic, which really will be perfect for the autumn season approaching (even if it is a little much for my recent fling with minimalism). Despite the easy pattern, I still managed to learn 2 different techniques with this project. 1. Fisherman’s Rib. This is a super squishy rib with which I have fallen in love. I definitely will use it on a pattern in the future. 2. Tubular Bind-off – a very slick way to bind off a ribbed pattern when you don’t want to lose flexibility. Yay, progress!

If I were to knit these again, I’d probably use a yarn that had better stitch definition so the pattern stuck out more clearly. Really, though, I have no complaints. The Fibre Company’s Acadia yarn is 60% Merino, 20% Silk, and 20% Alpaca. This combination is super duper soft, light, and warm. I’m sure they’ll be perfect for my chilly computer hands at work.

Also, Tuesdays off are the BEST thing ever! I couldn’t ask for a better day off during the week.

PS: Did I mention I got a tattoo last February while I was in NY? I love it. I can’t wait to get another! I’ve been seriously obsessed with the show Ink Master lately.

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Hovineidon hienommat

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Summer knitting has turned into sock knitting for this lady. Above is a pair that I just finished that are blocking. I apologize for the SHITTY pictures. My nice camera has a scuffed lens and these were taken on my phone. The lens will be repaired when I have more money… haha.

Pattern: Hovineidon hienommat by Tiina Kuu Knitwear

I’m sorry to say that they will be too large for my feet. I am a size 6.5, and this pattern was written in only one size. They are a bit long for me. I should have omitted even more rows, but I didn’t. And I’m on to newer and better works, so I’m not re-doing them.  I guess the lesson is learned and I’ll ship them off as a gift for a friend. The pattern was excellent to work from, however.

I have the BEST idea for a sock pattern and a ton of knitting goals for the fall. So I should be posting more SOON!

Climb NYC

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Pattern: Climb by Jane Richmond

I absolutely love these socks. They are so vintage and simple. These socks are knit toe-up, starting with the Turkish cast on method. The yarn is basically three different colors of Koigu KPM (red and white) and KPPPM (gray/blue). I obtained it at Purl Soho while I was in New York this past February. Lovely shop. I frequent it every time I’m in New York.

Wouldn’t they be cuter photographed on a wood floor? I think so, too. My husband and I have been apartment shopping, and it seems every place we like either gets snatched up before we can see it or does not allow cats. Grr.

Bermuda II: Blackcat

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Yeah. I actually knit a pattern twice. I haven’t done that since I knit about 14 Knitted Babes (pattern by Clare Garland, warning: very addicting) when I was 18.  This one does look quite different from the first, though. I loved all the color changes in the yarn. I would get especially excited when I came upon the yellow/orange.

Anyway, this was made for and is modeled by my best friend. We’ve known each other for QUITE some time – 21 years –  and you may remember her from a previous post, when I knit hats for all of my bridesmaids! I planned to visit her at the end of February, and did, but had 4 more LONG rows to go when we met. So I promised it would be done and I would ship it to her in a week. Welp. I finished it on the way home, blocked, and mailed it. Alas, we couldn’t take ‘together’ pictures. We were able to get tattoos together during the trip, though. My first tattoo. No, they aren’t matching, haha. And we also ate at the most hipster restaurant I have ever happened upon. It was a very fun time.

Pattern: Bermuda Scarf by Ilga Leja

Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn

PS: Isn’t that lipstick perfect and fierce? GAH!

Short rows and Stout

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Yay – another post. I’ve been powering through this scarf pattern. It really is quite the lovely pattern. Why? Well, although it does it bigger and bigger as you go, the long rows are broken up by short rows! Right when you think you can’t possibly go on, you have several short rows that make you feel like you’ve made progress. It’s very hard to put down.

The yarn incorporates all of the colors of my cat, Melvin! It really does kind of look like him. I enjoy Noro’s colorways, and I just ordered two more skeins to make another one in more vibrant colors. This is a big deal for me because I hardly ever knit a pattern twice. To those who haven’t used Noro before, however, I did find a couple breaks in the yarn in each skein, and a few splinters, too.

Pattern: Bermuda Scarf by Ilga Leja

Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock

Modifications: (As per recommendations from my LYS)

CO 45 stitches, and knit the first 3 rows (Foundation Row, Row 1, Row 2) as written, but omitting the increases. Then start at knitting at Second Short Row Section. This omits the point at the bottom.