WiP Wednesday

So I’m finally getting around to posting about my SAFF trip, and my current WiP!

SAFF this year was loads of fun (I didn’t make it last year).  A group of 8 of us from my weekly knit night group rented a house on a farm nearby and stayed there from Thursday through Sunday.  It was so much fun!  We all went to SAFF on Friday, and then scattered groups of us hit SAFF again and went off to do other exploring the other days.  We had loads of fun, and way too much food (and drink!) ;-)

I entered my Master Knitter sweater and hat into the garment competition, and my hat won a first place ribbon and judge’s choice, and my sweater won a first place ribbon as well!

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First Place ribbon AND Judge's Choice ribbon on my hat!

I didn’t spend too much money (I have plenty of yarn stash already, I don’t need more! That’s what I told myself…) – but I did buy a few things… and some yarn. Oops!

My Friday haul.  I was very good.

My Friday purchases.

Sunday SAFF purchases

My Sunday purchases

 

I bought three skeins of Verdant Gryphon Bugga to do a Hitofude with (I’ll show you that in a bit):

Bugga in 'Fierce Snake' from Verdant Gryphon.

‘Fierce Snake’ colorway.

And one skein of Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock in ‘Starry Night':

Starry Night in Djinni Sock from Dragonfly Fibers

Plus a SAFF tote bag and some Cherry Chocolate goat’s milk fudge. (YUM!)

Then I saw a few things my friends had bought when we got back to the house Friday night, and naturally determined that I needed to do some more shopping on Sunday when I went back to pick up my sweater and hat! ;-)

So I picked up some absolutely sumptuous alpaca/silk fiber from Copper Corgi:

Alpaca/silk fiber from Copper Corgi

And discovered that my ribbons came with cash prizes, so I splurged with my winnings and bought a skein of pure cashmere yarn:

100% Cashmere yarn!

Plus I got an oblong basket and a Big Bang Theory sock project bag. (That was a no brainer.)

That’s all I bought! :-)  And I didn’t come home with a fleece like I did two years ago, so that’s good – I showed some restraint. :-)

I wound up one skein of my Bugga on Saturday morning there at the house (several of us brought ball winders and swifts, of course) and swatched for my Hitofude right away.  Got gauge (yay!) and then casted on.

Here’s how far I am as of last night (it gets picked up here and there, but I have about two or three other designs I’m working on, so it’s not getting my full attention, sadly):

Hitofude in progress

Hitofude close up

Close up

I’m totally in love with the color of this.  It’s like a bark color from far away, but up close there are all these little flecks of bright colors that pop out at you – it’s amazing.

It’s a very interesting and fun knit!  I’m a bit worried I’m going to run out of yarn, even though I did buy plenty according to the pattern.  We’ll see.

So that’s what I’m working on (that I can show you) and what I bought at SAFF several weeks ago!

Also , there are still coupon codes left for my sock pattern, so check out my post from Sunday if you want a free copy of my ‘Not So Beginner’s Socks’!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

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Socks, socks and more socks!

Hello again!

I have some exciting news – my second third-party-published pattern (my first ever was my Lilah Shawl)  is out!  It also happens to be my very first print published pattern!  Check out page 24 in your copy of November 2014-January 2015 Cast On Magazine — see someone’s name there??  That’s my pattern!!  Squee!

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I’m really happy with these socks – they’re called Leaf &Trellis socks.  The yarn is Anzula Dreamy, and it sure was dreamy to work with!  These socks have a neat story.  They actually began several years ago, in 2008.  They were one of my very first designs – done during a ‘Design Your Own’ challenge month in the group Sock Knitter’s Anonymous on Ravelry.  The original design was a bit clunky and I wasn’t very happy with it.  I actually tried too hard and made them too complicated!)  So the design sat on the back burner for years and years.  I dug them out recently and refined the design and was just about to self publish them, when a Master Knitter friend of mine encouraged me to submit them to Cast On (this was just as I was finishing up level 3 myself.)  So I did, and they were accepted!  I was over the moon – and lots of lovely things were happening at the same time- like becoming a Master Knitter myself, and getting asked to serve on the committee, and they were all wrapped up in a lot of wonderful feelings. :-)  So, anyway, that’s the story behind these socks.  I hope you like them!

These aren’t quite as exciting, but I’ve also just self-published a pattern for some beginner’s socks.  These are called “Not So Beginner’s Socks” because they are meant to be a step up from my worsted weight Beginner’s Socks pattern.  The pattern is for a pair of plain cuff-down socks done in fingering weight yarn, with very helpful instructions and hand-holding as you knit them.

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You can find them on Ravelry, (and also listed here under my patterns for purchase page) they are $4.00 for the pdf download.  As a thank you to my readers, I’m going to give away 25 copies of the pattern!  Use the coupon Code ‘EasySocks’ during checkout via Ravelry and get it free! (Or click this link to go directly to the purchase page!)
(Coupon is good until end of day November 22nd, or until 25 have been used.)

 

 

I’ll post again soon to show you my current WiP – a Hitofude cardigan – I’m in love with it and can’t wait until it’s done!

Happy Knitting!!

 

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FO Friday: Baby Blanket

I finally have a FO I can show you!  I finished this a few weeks ago, but couldn’t show you right away since it was a gift.  :-)  Well, my new nephew Cole was born a little over a week ago, and I can show you his blanket now!

 

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Pattern:  Sweetie Baby Blanket by Terry Morris
Yarn:  Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in color #9875 (4 skeins)
Needles: US 7
Started:  August 25, 2014
Finished: October 16, 2014
Modifications: none.

This was a very nicely written pattern.  It used short rows on the garter stitch sides to keep the blanket square and offset the different row gauge of the lace.  I thought that was a very nice touch.  The yarn was some yarn I won a couple of years ago during the Charlotte Yarn Crawl – and it was perfect for this pattern!  The perfect colors, and superwash to boot!  I hope it keeps baby Cole warm during this winter. :-)

So, that’s what I have to show you today!  I do have a new WiP to show you, and my SAFF purchases as well, so I’ll post about those soon.  I also hope to be able to post about another secret item in the next week or so, so keep an eye out for that as well! :-)

Until then, Happy Knitting!

 

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Picot Cast Ons

Today I’m going to talk about a cast on technique – the Picot Cast On!  You may or may not have heard of this one, or maybe you’ve heard of it and haven’t done it before.  Or maybe you use it all the time – in which case I’ll bore you with this post. :-D  It’s one of those ‘specialty’ cast ons  that can be used in certain situations to really add that perfect finishing touch to a knitted item.

I’ve used it at the cast on edges of socks, that are knit cuff down of course , when I wanted a really pretty ‘frilly’ edge.  (Note: there is a corresponding bind off if you’re knitting them toe up – but that’s a topic for another blog post!)  I have a sock pattern coming out in the Spring that this cast on was perfect for, so I figured I’d do a quick blog post demonstrating the technique.

You’ll need to know how to do the ‘knitted cast on’ for this.  To do the knitted cast on, you make a slip knot, and then knit into it.  You then slip the stitch just made back onto the left needle.  That’s it – keep going for the required number of cast on stitches.  This is used in the Picot cast on, because for it you cast on a certain number of stitches and then bind off a certain number.

Here’s a video I made demonstrating:

 

You can do any number of cast on stitches and any number of bind off stitches.  Fewer cast on stitches before binding off will give you smaller picots, and more cast on stitches (and bind off stitches) will give you larger picots.  It all depends on your weight of yarn, and the desired look you are going for.

(Also, in the video I mention the fact that you get an odd number of stitches, but that may change based on your ratio of casted on stitches to bound off stitches.)

This edge has a good bit of stretch to it, and it looks very pretty on hems of baby sweaters, cuffs of lacy socks, and anywhere you want a pretty frilly edge (that has some stretch).

I hope this post was helpful – and that you’ll maybe try out a Picot Cast On sometime!

Happy Knitting!

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Sorry for the radio silence!

I’m still here, I promise!  Life has been busy, but I’m still knitting away.  Right now I’m working on a gift knit, so I can’t show you that until it’s done and gifted.  And as soon as that’s done I have another magazine design – so I won’t be able to show you that either!  I have lots of ‘secret’ stuff I’m working on.  Sorry – I know that makes things less than interesting here!

We just got back from a trip to Walt Disney World – we stayed for 10 days – that’s the longest we’ve ever stayed!  It was so much fun, but very tiring.

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

And I got very little knitting done while we were gone!!

Back on a fiber related note – I’m teaching a Fiber Arts class for my homeschooling group – I’m planning on covering spinning, weaving, crochet and knitting.  I already had the first class, and the kids really seemed to enjoy learning how to spin on a drop spindle!  I’m looking forward to the rest of the classes. :-)  The moms keep asking me for a class for them, so I need to try to set one up. :-)

Anyway, not much else going on here!  I’m enjoying reviewing Master Knitting notebooks – (got one right after we got back from Disney!) – and I’m learning a lot while doing so!  I’ll get my first level 2 notebook to review this week – I’m really excited about that!

I’ll try to do a bit better about posting, but it’s hard when there really isn’t anything to show you! ;-)

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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