I Might Have To Revoke My Knitter Card

So all this week I have been fighting with my Westport Blanket and having all kinds of trouble. As I was knitting last night it really started to sink in that my work didn’t really look anything like the pattern picture. I think I have found the source of my problem….I PRINTED THE WRONG PATTERN FROM MY LIBRARY! I also own the Brookside Blanket also by Fifty Four Ten Studio and accidentally printed that from Ravelry. 

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As you can see, this pattern photo looks MUCH more like what was I was knitting than what I showed in my post on Tuesday.

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Now, this pattern and blanket are lovely. But they just aren’t what I intended. And since the border edge is already messed up on one side I’m just going to frog the entire thing and start over WITH THE CORRECT PATTERN this time. Man, I can be really silly sometimes but I might have to turn my knitter card in over this one though.

Off to the frog pond I go!

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Westport Blanket Blunder

I picked up my Westport Blanket last night to continue progress and listen to some podcasts. Well, I *thought* had the pattern sequence in my brain and was only half looking at my pattern. I might have also consumed an ice cold alcoholic beverage after dinner because work has been less than pleasant lately. And I was knitting along and laughing at my podcast just so pleased with myself! Then a blunder hit me smack dab in the forehead!

See my two borders of the blanket? Yeah…one is a sort of broken stitch and one is a weird ribbing. I mis-read (or didn’t read at all) one of the border row instructions and just blithely knit along. I’m putting this in time out until I have the fortitude to ladder down and fix the three columns that are wrong.

I really should know better by now. But I guess this is just another opportunity to learn! Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: Westport Blanket

I have conquered the annoying yarn vomit and managed to start my baby blanket! With my Mighty Stitch held double I just over 600 yards for a blanket. So I did a quick search of my queue and favorites and found the Westport Blanket by Fifty Four Ten Studio.

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So after the kids went to bed I managed to get a good start on the blanket. I have enough yarn for the Small size. It’s supposed to be crib or lap sized. I didn’t check gauge (bad knitter, I know) so I don’t know if I’ll end up with the pattern dimensions. Ask me if I care? 🙂

You just gotta love bulky yarn on big needles right? Even with my limited knitting time I feel like I accomplished something decent!

Happy Knitting!!

I Just Wanted To Knit

I have been Wishful Knitting some sort of easy baby project. I have some Knit Picks Mighty Stitch kicking around in my stash. I had 1,248 of Celestial blue hanging out. It’s 80% acrylic/20% wool and good for baby knits. I made a Mighty Rainbow blanket for PB and while it’s very snuggley it does pill and shed a tiny bit. So it’s definitely not great for garments so I decided to go with a blanket. And to expedite the blanket making I decided to hold this worsted double to make bulky/super bulky.

Well…then yarn vomit jumped up and bit me. I am TERRIBLE at finding the ends in these pre-wound skeins. I dug around to find the ends and pulled out yarn tangles. So now instead of knitting….I get to untangle yarn. Sigh!

I just wanted to knit!!

FO Friday: Faded Fingerless Mitts

My Faded Fingerless Gloves are finished! They practically flew off the needles!

Pattern: Fingerless Gloves by Cheryl Goyer

Needles: US 5s

Yarn: One Twisted Lavish DK in Chaotic Nuetral and Anzula Ava in Raspberry

Mods: added a fading sequence from Andrea Mowry’s Free Your fade Shawl

I didn’t get my yarn measured exactly in half. So in the second glove I did not have enough grey to make the full cuff and complete the full fade sequence. I knew I was in yarn chicken territory so I altered it on the fly. They definitely don’t match but I honestly don’t care. I used 90 yards of the Lavish (grey) and 73 yards of the Anzula (pink). This used up every last inch of the grey and left a small ball of the pink to put in my memory blanket.

I didn’t manage to snag a photo of the gloves with the coordinating shawl. Perhaps when Spring gets into full swing around here I can get some decent outdoor photos? This project just made me super happy to both have a matching peice and to use up some golden skeins of yarn to the very last bit!

Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: Faded Fingerless Mitts

I may have fade on the brain lately. I finished my Free Your Fade last week and I was over the moon. But I still had a decent chunk of the grey and raspberry left and I decided to make a matching accessory to go with the shawl.

I cast on some DK weight fingerless mitts. Our house has had too many germs for relying on my brain to make a pattern so I found a great free pattern on Ravelry. I’m using Fingerless Mitts by Cheryl Goyer as a base and then just adding an Andrea Mowry fade.

I just flew by the seat of my pants with the grey yarn and JUST managed to eek out the perfect fade sequence in the first mitt right as I ran out of grey yarn. This one is done except for the afterthought thumb. Now I need to cross my fingers and start the second mitt to see if I can recreate this yarn usage and size…fingers crossed!?

Happy Knitting!!

FO Friday: Free Your Fade

I made it you guys! My Free Your Fade is done and I’M IN LOVE!! I just wish it was still cold enough to wear it this week. 

Pattern: Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry

Yarn: Anzula Ava in Raspberry, Leon Alexander Yarns Duke DK in Oh La La and One Twisted Tree Lavish in Chaotic Nuetral.

Needles: US 7

Mods: Omitted the picot bind of in favor of a suspended bind off instead.

This thing is sooooo squishy and lovely. The DK (and sport) yarn just give this a nice heft that I haven’t felt with my fingering weight shawls. It is also MASSIVE. I used approximately 260 grams of yarn or 673 yards of yarn. And I used the middle variagated skein down to the last little nub!

My fade isn’t super duper subtle as it would be with a more graduated set of colors. But I love it and pretty proud of myself for my first fade! I do wish my larger yarn overs were a little neater. But I was too far in when I noticed and I decided that consistent yarn overs made my brain happier than neat ones would.

Oh my gosh…I need to wear this soon! Happy Knitting!!

Fading To The Finish

The winter germs are hanging on REAL hard this spring. And Jellybean, PB and I have all been sick this week. Between soothing kids and trying to sleep I have done like almost ZERO knitting. You know I’m sick when I can’t knit.

But I’m sooooo close to finishing my fade!

I have one eyelet row and one garter section to finish before the bind off. The pattern calls for a picot bind off. Truth time, I sorta don’t love the look of picots. So I’m considering using a suspended bind off instead. But for the immediate time…I’m going to drag my butt to work and cross my fingers for an early bedtime for all humans in this house tonight!

Happy Knitting!!

Sunshine and Knitting

Spring might have finally sprung around here and I hope it’s not an April fools joke! I managed to squeeze in some Vitamin D and knitting while Jellybean hunted down storm troopers in the backyard.

My dad’s socks are still growing little by little. I love an easy stockinette project to just have to grab and go. And it’s nice to be able to set it down and it doesn’t matter where I stop.

Now we just need some more green around here! Happy Knitting!!

FO Friday: Charlotte Winter

I finished an EPIC thing and I’m so thrilled I can’t stop smiling you guys. My Charlotte Winter is done and it fits like a dream! This is my first garment for myself in a long time. Having babies has been hard on my body and I haven’t always loved what I see in the mirror. But I for sure love me in this!

Pattern: Charlotte Winter by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Yarn: Berroco Chunky in Grey, Purple and Teal

Needles: US 13s

Mods: I added reverse garter stripes across the yoke to simulate color-work. I worked at a tighter gauge than the pattern and had to math out the size I needed.

It’s the most perfect tunic length and even in bulky yarn it is pretty darn flattering. I so love that I was able to get some finished photos with snow still on the ground. The rest of Kansas might not agree with me. But I’m happy for one last snow!

You can kind of see some extra fabric under the arms ala a dolman adjacent sleeve. My yoke stretched a little more than I had planned so my armpits aren’t in the armpits. That’s what happens with wet/heavy bulky yarn. But the fit feels good and I can always tighten this up a bit in the dryer. I LOVE how far the sleeves come down on my hand. It is so cozy! Plus I can always fold the cuffs up while cooking or typing. I always opt for cozy though…

I do see in this photo one stretched out stitch. It was easy to snag the garter bumps as I was turning this sweater around while knitting. I need to go back and pull the surrounding stitches back into place to close up that hole. If that doesn’t work I’ll duplicate stitch over it with some teal yarn.

I plan to give this an inaugural wearing and decide if I need to sew some grosgrain ribbon on the wrong side of the button bands. My top button is ceramic and very pretty but also very heavy. The bottom buttons are just plastic. I’ll see how it lasts during wear. Ooooo….I remembered when I was sewing the buttons down to leave room under the button for the fabric to slide under. Kind of like having a button shank under there. I usually just sew them down to within an inch of their life. But I feel like a proper knitter now!

Boy do I love this sweater…I gotta stop smiling!

Happy Knitting!!