Fingerless Gloves

mittsI’ve gotten several emails asking about the fingerless gloves pattern I’m making – and how these rectangles become gloves.

The pattern I’ve used is here on Ravelry and it’s a free pattern.

They are super simple and a great beginning knitter project (or quick project for someone more experienced) since it’s all garter stitch and then you just seam the sides, leaving a thumb hole open.   I’ve changed stitch count on some of them I’ve made, depending in what weight yarn I’ve used (from sport to bulky) and now long a cuff/how far up the palm I wanted them to go..  And they would be quick and easy gifts.  I have these in my gifting pile so far

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Ella Bonnet

I made some good progress on the Ella Bonnet last night.  The Icord didn’t take nearly as long as I had thought it would.  I’m using DK yarn (the pattern called for sport) but I kept the same size needles as called for in the pattern so it would make a slightly denser hat (all the more warmer) and hopefully won’t be too big.  But even if it turns out too big, I’m using yarn that I could felt if I need to shrink it up a bit.

I got past the front lacy section – which doesn’t look as lacy due to my tighter gauge and not being blocked but again – all the warmer if it’s not as lacy.   And I just finished row 8 of 25 of the colorwork section.

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Crispy cool fall Saturday

That’s what it is today. It’s about 40 degrees outside now (noon) so Fall has really arrived.  Good thing the new furnace is nearly ready.

They have been working on taking out the old furnace, tearing out back wall of coat closet to take a foot or two from my sewing room closet to accommodate the new furnace, drywalling the ceiling where the old furnace was, reframing and drywalling the sewing room closet end in its new position, painting the bathroom ceiling.  WHEW!  They are nearly done — I think they just need to come back Monday for the finishing touches which include shelving units installed in the sewing room closet.   It was just a regular closet with one shelf across the top above a clothes changing rod but  the apt manager knows I’m a quilter and knitter and asked if I wanted shelving.  YES!   I have been wanting to get rid of one shelving unit sitting out in my sewing room and a half unit but wasn’t able to but now with several shelves the whole width of the closet, the storage space will be great. So these are sitting in the sewing room waiting to be installed.

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(ignore the mess behind the shelves – that’s a chair and stuff taken out of the closet under plastic tarps and drop cloths to keep the drywall dust off).  So I haven’t been doing much other than knitting in the evenings because no sense in cleaning anything until the drywall dust floating about is finished (although I have wiped down the kitchen a couple times).  I’m itching to get back to being able to work in my sewing room.

A day or two ago I grabbed a scarf I had started a while ago for my bus knitting since my other project was getting too large and unruly to work on during my bus ride.  Yes – something other than that gold project I’ve been showing the past few blog posts! (although I do have a new progress photo of that too).

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This had been put aside for a while and I think I started out doing the stitch pattern wrong at the bottom – things are twisted a bit differently that the upper section which looks more open.   But I’m just going to carry on.  I decided other than a scarf, I’m going to make this into a cowl so that bit at the bottom will be in the back of my neck and scrunched up so it won’t be noticeable that it’s different.  It’s going to be a soft, airy light weight cowl which will be so cozy to wear and add a nice pop of color to some plain top or sweater.

I also finally finished knitting the second rectangle for my last of 12 pairs of fingerless gloves.  I just need to seam them up which I will do later today.

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The 4th quarterly KAL challenge for ESK is called Charted Waters and you have to use a pattern that has charts.  I wasn’t going to do the 4th quarter KAL but then remembered that I have been wanting to make an adult sized Ella.  The pattern sizes range from baby to adult and I love these bonnet type hats — regular hats with ribbing bottoms don’t stay in place or me – my ears get cold as they sort of scoot up my head but I have a bonnet or two style hat that tie on and are so warm.  And heck I think they are just cute on no matter what your age.

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A bit of colorwork and a bit of lace – I think it will be a fun project.

And yes – here’s the progress on that gold thing. 🙂  Just have to get the let front the same length as the right and I’ll be ready to join fronts and back all together  under the underarms.  That will make for some long rows but it will be much easier to wrangle with all pieces on the needles rather than in held sections.

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Capture the Moment Progress

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I’ve made a lot of progress since the last photo I posted of this of just the back collar section.   This is the back of the project, back collar at top.  And it’s knit down to below the armholes.  The stitches along the bottom are on hold right now – spare piece of yarn threaded through them.

It’s an interesting construction.  Lots of provisional cast ons which are easy, working in sections and then working from the opposite side of the provisional cast ons.  So far it has been easy knitting.

My needle is through that curved area on the right side in this photo – which is the right front shoulder area and collar.  The shoulder stitches were provisionally cast on so I pulled out the cast on chain and put those live stitches back on the needle and then put the right collar stitches back on the needle and am now doing short rows to create front shoulder shaping.

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The photo above shows  how the collar will curve around to the front and that little bit of stockinette  shown to the left of the collar is where the short rows start to make the top of the front shoulder.  Lot more short rows to go to get that shoulder finished but I’m enjoying them since it’s a different type of short row than any of the ones I’ve done before – shadow wrapped short rows – and so very easy to do.

You’ll be tired of seeing photos of gold knitting before I’m done with this but it’s a whole lot of yarn to knit and I’m pretty much exclusively knitting on this because I want to be able to wear it soon.

They start on my old furnace rip out, closet wall tear out to make space for new furnace, new furnace installation, and then redoing closet wall drywall, etc. on Monday and will likely take until Thurs. or Fri. before all is finished so my sewing room is out of commission for a while.  Today I need to finish tossing some plastic drop clothes over the fabric shelves and other things to keep the drywall dust etc off of them so sitting and knitting will be my main entertainment while all this work goes on next week since I decided not to have them put me up in a hotel or leave town.

Now to go take down a few quilts from the walls to protect them from any drywall dust next week and I need to move a bit of furniture about and then, on this totally cloudy, gloomy, damp, cool fall day,  a bit of knitting is called for.  My major chores were completed this morning — going to get a new ID card (an hour standing in line at the DMV to get that and we were there 15 minutes after their doors opened), then off for breakfast and much needed coffee, and then to the grocery store for a few things.  So now to make sure everything in the sewing room is underwraps before the mess starts next week.

 

 

Capture the Moment – the beginning

I made a bit of a good start last night on Capture the Moment.   I think this will be a great knit item to throw on when a bit of added warmth is needed.  And the relaxed shape and simple texture can be dressed up or down.

It has an interesting construction which has been very easy to follow so far.  You start with the back neck/collar area.  I really like the look of the textured stitches and it’s easy to knit.    And luckily, when the cord pulled out of my needle (rats! so much for that one – into the trash it went and luckily I had a different type in the same size), I noticed something wasn’t right and was able to scoop all the stitches onto another needle without incident.

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Now I put this aside and move on to casing on a different section with provisional cast on so it will be interesting to see how this all gets pulled together into one piece down the road.

 

Flohmarkt Finished

I got some final photos of this shawl today.  The pattern is Flohmarkt by Mary-Ann Lammers and it’s a great knit.    It’s a somewhat crispy fall day outside today so finished this one just in time to start wearing it.  The leaves along the fence line did not cooperating by having turned to really pretty fall colors, but due to the overcast day it is, at least I was able to get true color shots of the yarn.

Now that the test knit is done, Mary-Ann is having a KAL starting October 1 in her Ravelry group.  You can find all the info about the KAL here.  And yes there are prizes – like a hank of Wollmeise lace for instance. 🙂  Who doesn’t love Wollmeise?  🙂  And there’s a great group of knitters in her group to chat with and share progress too.

The pattern is written specifically to make use of the larger put ups per hank of Wollmeise Pure so be sure you have enough yardage if you are substituting yarn.  I’ve been checking out the KAL thread and the color combinations knitters are planning to use are lovely – so many choices and combinations. 

I used Miss Babbs Kiera yarn which is 560 yards per hank/ Wollmeise pure is 574.   I did leave off the last two garter ridges of the lightest color on the top of the shawl because I knew I might run out before binding off but otherwise I had enough of the other colors for  my gauge, which was slightly different what that the pattern called for.  

The colors I ended up using are Midnight Stroll – the variegated in the left photo center, Topaz – the green on the right which has some dark blueish tints to it in the right light.   Originally I was going to use the gray but decided it was too dark and not enough contrast for my third color, so ordered the Oregon Mist – the light green with bluish tone in the right photo.  It was the perfect choice in my opinion.

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I totally enjoyed knitting this and especially love these three squares that are knit in the round.  I will admit you need to pay a bit of attention to get them started but once you get past the first few rows it’s smooth sailing and it’s fun to see how the variegated yarn knits up in those squares – each one a bit different.   I got a lot of binge watching of favorite mystery series done on Prime TV while knitting on this.  Its going to get a lot of wear.

 

 

 

Nearly finished

I’m made good progress if you compare the last image of this test knit shawl to this image from today.

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Variegated section had been finished and I had just barely started that light section.  I’m on the final garter stitch rows to finish it off – about 14 more rows to knit which does take a while with the large stitch count on the needles but I’m looking forward to getting this one off the needles and blocked so I can see it in a “not scrunched up” form. 🙂

A cleaning weekend

Ugh – I have spent most of this weekend cleaning (between many coffee breaks).  My furnace needs to be replaced.  They don’t make parts for the old one any more and the new one can’t go in the space in my bathroom ceiling where the old one was.   It needs to go in my coat closet – which means I lose a coat closet (one of the spaces I’ve been cleaning out — I had a whole lot of “stuff” crammed in that closet).  And also, they need to open the wall at the back of the closet, which leads to the closet in my sewing room, to take a  bit of the sewing room closet also.  Which means I’ve been cleaning out the sewing room closet too!

Emptying both those closets — definitely not fun — but I’m nearly done (just stopped for a coffee refill).  And I’ve been cleaning out a few things and tidying as I went along.

I have been knitting along on my test knit of a shawl — on to the last color/section and about 35 or so rows left to go.

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Just a bit smaller

Yep – there’s that quilt again – and yep, there’s been a few more changes.  I had two sections colored wrong – easy fix – but then I was thinking do I really want to make a 105″ quilt.  Well, yes, I do, but for me to keep because of the thick mattresses, height of bed etc that would be a great size for my bed.  But most of my wedding gift quilts are usually somewhere in the 85″ to 95″ size.  Since I don’t know the size/type of bed the recipients have, they are still nice big quilts.

So I did some final – yes really final this time – tweaks to the border sections and went from 14″ blocks to 12″ blocks  (remember the stars as you see them are not the actual “block patter” per se – I previously posted what the block looks like) but each large star section is made up of four blocks.

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Here’s the reworked quilt – this one finishes at 91″.  In addition to making the blocks smaller, I changed the white outer border size and in order to get the math to work correctly (because I’d simply prefer to cut in quarter inch increments) I added the skinny inner purple border.

I’ve also been busy working on the test knit shawl.  Here’s a progress photo – not a great photo since it is raining raining raining yet again outside.  So tired of rain!

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One More Time

Yep – you keep seeing basically the same thing over and over again – although each one is a bit different.  I have made my final tweaks to the border, switched some color placements (although the colors may not be exactly the colors I use in the end they will be similar).

 

FINAL GRUNGEDOTTYSTARS

It’s a big quilt – 105″ square – but I hate quilts that don’t hang down far enough on the bed.   Picnic Under the Stars is what I think I will call this.   The colors remind me of happy carefree summer days which also reminds me of so many family picnics — grilling out under a shady tree near the beach, and spending the better part of the day swimming at a state park near home while we were growing up.

I have ordered the background fabric and just a couple more fabrics to add to the Moda Grunge collection I have — I wanted to add in some Grunge dots and Grunge Stars (which are just what they sound like – tone on tone dot prints and star prints) so am looking forward to starting on this soon.