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1.06.2010

FO: Shetland Triangle


Pattern: Shetland Triangle
For: me
Yarn: 207.4 yds Rowan Rowanspun 4 ply in Jade / 712
Needles: US 4
Timeline: started 01.01.2010; finished 01.05.2010

My friend, Erica, started the Lace is My Bitch group on ravelry, so I pretty much have to thank her for me finally knitting this pattern. I've always thought that the Shetland Triangle was pretty, but had never had a reason to knit it. It didn't help that I'm not much of a shawl person and really wanted to keep this for myself once I did knit it.

I cast on for this on New Year's Day and finished it in five days. Woot! I initially cast on with US 6s, but it seemed way too loose. The 4s worked out great, I think.

I wanted this to be a bit small and Ishbel-esque. It ended up being about 42" on the long side, which is perfect. It definitely isn't the warmest thing in the world, but I do think it's pretty.

1.05.2010

The Year in Review: 2009

I only knit up 8,362.9 yards this year. :( I knit up over 12,000 in 2008 and over 16,700 the year before. However, unlike 2008, my decrease in knitting had more to do with being distracted by good things. Oh, and having to rip stuff out a million times. Ha!

I did pretty badly on my knitting resolutions for this year.
1. Knit more sweaters. Well, I went from finishing 2 in 2008 to just barely finishing a single one in 2009. Fail.
2. Knit at least six pairs of socks. Another fail. I only finished 2 pairs, neither for myself. Needless to say, I didn't have one on the needless at all times like I'd hoped.
3. Knit with my handspun. I knit four things with my handspun: Boob, Morning Surf Scarf, Mustard Scarf, and Dashing. Woot.
4. Finish up my 5 UFOs: Wedding Capelet, a cowl from my Stitches Midwest 2008 class swatch, John's Smokin' Sweater, Dogwood Donna, Nantucket Jacket. Well, I finished John's sweater and frogged the Nantucket Jacket, but the other three are still sitting around. I'm hoping to have Meghan put in a zipper and lining for the Dogwood Donna pouch this year.
5. Knit challenging things. Nope. I was boring.
6. Buy less yarn. I went from just over 25,000 yards at the beginning of the year to about 26,850 right now. Not horrible. It doesn't help that I haven't been knitting sweaters.
7. Publish a pattern for sale. Nope.

For me: 12 projects

First Row: Womb, Gretel, Ishbel, Felicity
Second Row: Ogee Lace Skirt, Francis Revisited, Birthday Cowl, Tapestry Cowl
Third Row: Dish Cloth, Lace Capelet, Ishbel 2, Dashing

For others: 18 projects

First Row: Jaywalker Cowl, Little Pink Heart, Octopus, Boob
Second Row: Icing Swirl Hat, Smokin', Textured Rib Socks, Cap'n Crunch
Third Row: Nichole's Simple Fitted Cowl, Michelle's Legwarmers, Mustard Scarf, Morning Surf Scarf
Fourth Row: Milkweed, Gentleman's Fancy Sock, Log, Manatee
Fifth Row: Cabled Hat of Awesomeness, Marsan Watchcap

What do I want to do in 2010?
1. Knit at least 3 sweaters.
2. Knit at least two pairs of socks for myself.
3. Knit a pair of colorwork mittens. I have a TON in my queue.
4. Write another pattern.
5. Buy no yarn. I have more than enough to keep me very, very entertained for the upcoming year. I think the only exceptions I would have to make would be for gifts if there isn't anything suitable in my stash. Depending on how things are going in the Fall, I might make a small exception for Stitches Midwest.

1.04.2010

FO: Francis Revisited


Pattern: Francis Revisited
For: me
Inspiration: Lolly's version
Yarn: 909 yds Frog Tree Merino Melange in Teal/909
Size: knit the 39.5" bust size to end up with a 33" bust (to fit me at 36")
Needles: US 10 1/2; US 8 for first 4" of cowl; US 13s on cowl bind-off
Timeline: started 11.26.2008; finished the first time 01.25.2009; finished FOR REAL 12.31.2009

I initially knit this very, very quickly (for me). I finished it in 2 months, but it was way too small. I guess knitterly denial can even happen when knitting a sweater top-down. I eventually ripped back to where I split for the body and sleeves, but was at least able to leave the cowl on. I worked on it off and on throughout the last half of the year, but decided to get serious about it at the end of December. I really like how it fits and I'm glad I ripped back as many times as I did, which I wouldn't have done if I didn't love the yarn as much as I did.

As for changes, I didn't make too many. The pattern is well-written, and if I'd paid attention to my gauge and how it was fitting, I would have had a garment that fit the first time around. I did knit full-length sleeves, after harassment from my knitting buddies, and skipped the increases for the sleeves (I didn't want a belled look.). I also used Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off for the bottom and sleeves.

1.03.2010

FO: Textured Rib Socks


Pattern: Textured Rib
For: Baylie
Source: Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn: 306 yds Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints in Dark Sunset / 9928
Needles: US US 1 1/2 / 2.5 mm Knit Picks Harmony fixed 24" circ
Timeline: started 06.21.2009; finished 07.06.2009

Oh, socks...why do I not knit you more often? These took just over two weeks to knit, including making a stupid mistake (continuing the stockinette portion after the heel for the entire leg) and having to rip back quite a bit. I knit them toe-up, using the magic cast-on. I also decided to do an afterthought heel (Directions in the Cozy Armchair Socks in Weekend Knitting.), mostly because I didn't plan ahead enough to do a gusset and didn't feel like doing a short row heel.

All in all, I'd call these a success.

12.28.2009

FO: Gretel


Pattern: Gretel
For: me
Yarn: 182 yds Elsebeth Lavold Angora in Cherry Red
Size: Regular
Needles: US 3 (ribbing), US 6 (the rest) Knit Picks Options
Timeline: started 12.19.2009; finished 12.25.2009

I lost my first Gretel in March of this year and immediately went and bought the exact same yarn to make a replacement. I went ahead and knit a replacement in June, but it turned out insanely big. I finally got around to reknitting it (yet again) using smaller needles. I also knit the regular version instead of the slouchy one, but I'm wondering if the slouchy would have been better. I still have a full skein of yarn left, so I can always rip back if I want. I'm going to try it out as-is for a while. I do think that it's pretty cute and the tighter fabric should be even warmer than the original. I'm so glad I finally have a Gretel to wear again.

12.27.2009

FO: Dashing


Pattern: Dashing
For: me
Yarn: 160 yds of my handspun, 8 wpi, Navajo plied
Fiber: Illinois Green Pastures Montadale Top
Needles: US 6 Knit Picks Options
Timeline: started 11.22.2009; finished 12.18.2009

As you can see, handspun can definitely make things interesting. I knit these up exactly the same, but evidently I spun more thinly as I went along. I went and ripped out 6 rows on the longer one after these pictures were taken, so at least the hands are the same length. I left the rest because I didn't want to reknit it. I also used up pretty much all of the handspun, which I spun from local fiber. They're really warm, but I need to remember to put them on before putting my coat on, since they're pretty thick.

12.26.2009

Xmas Knitting

I knit a few Xmas gifts this year, so I thought I'd toss them all up here.


Pattern: Cap'n Crunch
For: Auntie Lottie
Yarn: 183 yds Valley Yarns Colrain in Chestnut (held double)
Needles: US 10 1/2 Knit Picks Options
Timeline: started 11.30.2009; finished 12.01.2009

Pretty self-explanatory. I'd originally planned on making 2-4 Xmas gifts besides this one, but gave up. This was the first one I made, so I ended up throwing it into this game we play and it went home with my Aunt Lottie. Oh, and the buttons are the ones I originally rejected for my Forecast and used for my Tilted Duster.


Pattern: Jaywalker Cowl
For: Mom
Yarn: 146 yds Noro Cotton Kureyon in 16
Needles: US 4 Knit Picks Options
Timeline: started 12.04.2009; finished 12.07.2009

I've had this yarn for a while and I've been wanting to make something for my mom with it, since she isn't much for lots of wool. I wasn't sure how it would knit up, but I am absolutely in love with the colors. I might actually try to make myself something similar out of different yarns at some point. Oh, and to knit this, I cast on 100 sts, worked in 2x2 ribbing for an inch, worked in the zig zag pattern until it was long enough, and then worked another inch in 2x2 ribbing. It's a bit tight to get around my head, but my mom can get in on easily and it fits her better.


Pattern: Marsan Watchcap
For: John
Yarn: 141 yds Cascade Yarns Rustic in 08
Needles: US 7 Knit Picks Options
Timeline: started 12.07.2009; finished 12.18.2009

I've wanted to make this hat for a while, so I was glad when my brother said he wanted a hat and like this pattern. The twisted rib was incredible boring to knit, but I love how how it looks. Plus, it fits my brother great.


Pattern: Cabled Hat of Awesomeness
For: Mom
Yarn: 101 yds Feza Iplik Opera Solid in Gray / 111
Needles: US 9 Knit Picks Options
Timeline: started 12.07.2009; finished 12.18.2009

I was worried about the size and floppiness of the Jaywalker Cowl, so I bought a skein of yarn to make this as a back-up. It was a great, fast knit, although I probably wouldn't knit this yarn as tightly in the future. It sure is warm, though. Obviously, it came out snug for me, but it fits my mom pretty much perfectly.