Windows Wrap Test update

Great progress has been made since my last photo.   I was up to the very wee hour  of the morning knitting happily along on this test knit – finally stopped at 3AM when I ran out of the first hank of my background color.  I’m  4-1/2 rows beyond the half way mark – they eyelet row at the top is the half way point – so need to wind some more yarn before continuing on.  This is a very easy knit – the mosaic sections and change up of colors and garter stitch versus stockinette keep it interesting but not at all difficult.   I think it would be fun to also make one where each group of rows/section of contrast color is a separate  color.   After I finish this, I may try making a cowl using that idea.

 

Testing

Yarn arrived earlier this week for a test knit I’m doing thru Miss Babs yarn for a wrap designed by Michael Harrigan. It’s a simple to knit pattern with mosaic stitching. The original yarn I ordered had a couple issues (not the fault of Miss Babs of course since I love all her yarns). The Dark Pegasus looked like a dark gray on my computer but was in fact a dark brown. So the Celebration, which is a variegated and can vary from hank to hank, had too much dark brown and dark green sections which seemed to disappear into the background colored yarn. I tired them together but it just was not going to work well – what’s the point of using two colors if you can’t see part of them in the pattern. Well that’s not good – so I ended up switching the variegated for a different Miss Babs yarn I had here which shows up much better against the brown background.

The photo is what I finished last night after restarting it all with the new color. It’s knit lengthwise so it’s a long cast on but if you’ve never tried mosaic, it’s one of the easiest ways to work with a second color since you only use one color per row. If you can knit, purl and slip stitches, you an do mosaic work. I’m about twice as far along.

While waiting for this yarn to arrive I was able to finish the second pair of socks I was working on, as well as a second mitten (tho I may rip back the edge of the mitten because I think I knit one a few rows shorter than the other but that will wait for another day). I also cast on a new pair of mittens and got the cuff done before starting on this wrap. I need to get photos of those finished projects yet.

November 1, 2020

I made one crocheted pumpkin for the Eat.Sleep.Knit yarnathon Flash KAL/CAL that ended at midnight last night. I’m not a huge fan of knit or crocheted stuffies but this one is the perfect place for my little scarecrow to sit. It was fun to see all the different styles of knit and crocheted pumpkins that were made and every color of the rainbow. Some of my favorites were very dark blue pumpkins – so fun.

I stepped out the door this morning to take a progress shot of this scarf and dang! it is definitely a very blustery day out there and currently 32 degrees. There’s a wind warning and I can see why – my apartment is sort of nestled in an area protected from the wind but not today. Anyway, here’s my progress on my current scarf — I guess it is apt that I call it my “Windy Day” scarf. It has pinwheel designs in the mosaic sections. The colors are showing up more grayish in my photos but the single photos of the yarns used are the true colors – three shades of brown which are very pretty together. The yarn is Woolfolk Tynd which is a lovey soft 100% Merino. I’m hoping to get the section I’m working on currently finished – those two darker brown colors together make it harder to see during nighttime knitting but I just remembered a new lamp I had gotten but not taken out of the box yet that has a separate reading light attached to the torche lamp so I may need to break that out of the box and put it together.

I also just signed up for a test knit in the Miss Babs Ravelry group for a mosaic wrap by designer Michael Harrigan. I’m looking forward to getting started on that but need to wait for the yarn to arrive – it’s Miss Babs’ Caroline which is wool/cashmere/nylon blend and I can’t wait to try it – I haven’t used that base of her yarn before. The colors I will be using are Dark Pegasus and Celebration. I’ve got two Dark Pegasus coming and one Celebration. In the mean time, before this yarn arrives I may try to get that half (or three-quarters, can’t remember where I left off) sock done that I’m making as a gift so I can cross all the gift knitting I need to do off my list for the holidays.

One Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty-one Beads!

This is the Oscillo cowl pattern I started last week with a few additions – like for instance 711 more beads than the pattern called for. I started out following the pattern with the bottom border rows of beading.

Each one of those scalloped sections as 15 beads – 540 beads in the bottom border alone. But then I went a bit rogue and decided to add stockinette, garter, elongated stitches at will and of course add more rows of beads.

The pashmina gives it a lovely drape and I like the weight the beads add to it. It needs a light block but I love the way this turned out.

October 17, 2020 – A windy day

Goodness – I went outside to take a photo of a cowl I’m working on and nearly got blow over in the cold wind. And I see from my computer that we have “high wind warnings.” Yep, definitely windy and only 48 at the moment with some rain drizzling. A very good day to be inside (not that I’m outside most days!) :-) But I managed to snap a quick photo of the cowl start before it threatened to blow away.

It’s got several rows of beads added to dropped stitches so makes a wavy pattern. It’s rather fun to do. The pattern is Oscillo by Laura Nelkin which just came out earlier this week. I gathered up all the bead tubes and boxes to see what I had because it takes a lot of them. I don’t have a large selection of beads since I rarely use them but found enough I think to maybe even add a couple more rows of the beading which is just along the bottom edge of the cowl.

The first two rows of beads I’ve added are different colors since I don’t have enough of any one color but so far I’ve emptied two tubes with just about a dozen beads left over. I’m just using various pink/purple/blueish iridescent beads so hopefully will have enough to do each row a different color. And in light of today’s weather, maybe its a good thing that earlier this week I started a new pair of mittens for me.

Just a very basic pattern – The World’s Simplest Mittens by Tin Can Knits – and if you’ve never made a pair of mittens in the round before, I highly recommend this pattern and its free!

Crooked Path Scarf a/k/a Tinbridge

My Crooked Path scarf is finished. The pattern is Tinbridge by Laura Aylor (FogboundKnits) and I love it. Garter squish, simple zigzag pattern – what’s not to love. Plus it’s in my favorite shade of green – Malabrigo Rios in Lettuce colorway. And with this pattern you don’t have to worry about the edges of your scarf rolling. That is the one thing I hate about knitting scarfs – rolling edges as you wear it. I can see myself making this one for many gifts. I decided to add a bit of fringe to this one because I love using my fringe twister.

October 11, 2020

I had the door open a bit this morning and heard a ruckus in the leaves. When I looked out there was a turkey about 10 feet in front of my door just on the other side of the fence. It was a speedy devil tho because by the time I grabbed the camera, it had gone into some dense shrubs. We’ve seen lots of turkeys this week on the ride to and from work. They must know its hunting season and coming in to the City to safety for a while. :-) Actually we see them year round in the places we’ve been seeing them so they are city-dwellers.

Finished off one sock last night. Instead of starting the other one, which I will do today, I picked up the scarf I had started not long ago and got another couple of zig-zags done on that.

October 10 already!

Goodness the past couple weeks have flown by. Not that I’m doing anything terribly exciting – going to the office a couple days a week, working at home a couple days aweek and staying home all the rest of the time since Wisconsin’s covid numbers horrible.

I’m so grateful for the great friend who drives me to and from work on the days I work at the office — getting on a bus right now is not something I would like to do. So we mask up for the drive, everyone in the office is masked up all day and only about a third of the employees are in on any given day (hence the alternating work days each week. ) I do miss our weekend breakfasts out but it will be a long time before we venture into a restaurant again.

I’m on vacation all this next week – not that I’ll be going anywhere – but hope to get some projects done around the apartment and it sounds like the weather will be very nice – a bit of a warm up from our cooler fall temps of last week so that will be nice.

On the knitting front – the pink sweater I showed in the last block post — it just wasn’t looking the correct size compared to my prior sweaters I had knit and I realized I had picked up the wrong needle – not the one I had swatched with – to start knitting the sweater. So that has been ripped back to restart but I may decided on a different sweater design for that yarn – maybe a pullover – since I remembered I have a pink cardi already in the works that I need to finish. On the greenish sweater I had pulled out of hibernation and also showed last time – the front is now finished and I’m working on the sleeves.

In the meantime I started on some boot/hiking socks as a gift – they are made from worsted weight yarn so knit up really quickly and will be squishy and warm and I know the recipient will like them. First pair started and finished in less than a week – actually about 5 days. Wish I would make all my socks for me in worsted weight but I wouldn’t be able to get my shoes on!

They are in Lorna’s Laces worsted; and the second pair was started late Thursday night (so not much knitting time that night). But I’ve turned the heel on the first sock of that pair and am on the foot straight-away section after the gusset.

Since today is the weekend and the start of my vacation, I didn’t set the alarm and was up late knitting last night so slept in a bit today. Time to get busy on a few things. And it’s that time of year to pull out my favorite large Fall wall hanging for the living room!

Positively Pink

After making a second swatch for my Wollmeise yarn (I showed you the first in the last post) I decided not to use either of those stitch patterns too. I found a Broken Rib stitch that has traveling twisted stitches across six stitches so am using that, along with a twisted rib for all the ribbing. The Broken Rib will go up either side of the button band on the fronts. I’m still debating if I will add any of it to the sleeve or back but for now I’m working on the right front.

I also picked up a sweater that has been hibernating for a long time – lots of stockinette in this plain a-line pullover. The yarn is Hand Maiden Mini Maiden — lovely single ply of 50/50 wool and silk so has a wonderful drape. When I put it aside I had the back done and about 8″ of the front done. After 4 or 5 days working on it (amongst working on the pink sweater) I’ve just started the deep vee-neck shaping, and have just a handful of rows before I start the armhole shaping, so it’s moving right along. It’s a CustomFit version of Sanderling.

A new swatch

I knit a new swatch last night and it is now blocked and dried.

I pulled some Wollmeise DK out of the stash – this color is called Nichts. It is pink – a color I don’t wear alot of – but a darker shade so I think I will like it. Wollmeise has great stitch definition. I wanted to see how this grid stitch looked. I’m thinking cardigan (because yes I want to use these buttons on it) with a panel of texture stitches between the button bands and where the waist shaping is and the rest stockinette. I like this stitch pattern but I’m not totally sure it is what I want so I’ll be flipping thru my stitch dictionaries again to see if anything else strikes my fancy. I still need to figure out the specifics of the style of cardigan I want to put the info into CustomFit to generate my pattern.

I also finished off the lacy vee scarf last night and added some fringe to it but want to use my fringe twister on it before I block it and take some photos. It turned out very pretty.