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Snap!

I am in love. Sooo in love. Sometimes when you knit something you manage to get the pattern and yarn combo just right. I think that I managed it with this project. I teamed the gorgeous Madelinetosh Vintage yarn in Baltic with the stunning Snapdragon Tam pattern by the ever clever Ysolda. And, snap! A winning combination.

This is no easy knit. In fact I might go so far as to say it’s a pattern for at least an intermediate or experienced knitter. Nothing is difficult, just that it’s an intense knit, with travelling stitches, cables and increases and decreasing happening in practically every row once the ribbing is done. The result is a densely knit hat that will be cosy and warm. The work shows too – you can see lots happening in this hat and I think it looks like an impressive knit.  It is a well balanced, well designed pattern.

Like the previous beret pattern I knit by Ysolda, this is an incredibly well written pattern. It is an easy to follow pattern.  There is a choice between written and charted instructions. I used the written instructions, and it was simple to follow. It is the kind of pattern that is logical and you can see instantly if you have gone wrong and spot the mistake and it’s fix immediately.  Add to that the fact that it is beautifully presented and you get a huge recommendation from me. I bought the pattern as part of the book Whimsical Little Knits 2, which is available in both hard copy and as an e-book. Mine is an electronic copy, and I love several more of the patterns. There is a pair of mittens to match this hat, although I don’t intend knitting them – I’m more of a fingerless gloves kinda girl.

I used just over one skein of yarn to knit this. I knit the middle size in the pattern, and it is too big – so I should really have knit the smaller size. I threaded some shirring elastic through the ribbing and it has made the fit perfect. But it was a good reminder that I should remember to measure rather than guess in the future!

So, what more can I say than  if you grab yourself this pattern then you’ve got the perfect excuse buy this stunning yarn. 🙂

Christmas Roundup

I hope that you all have enjoyed a blessed Christmas with family and friends. We have been very lucky this Christmas, spending it our wee family, and both sets of grandparents. The children have had an amazing day, too many sweets, many treats and been given lots of lovely toys and awesome activities too. And so now I sit inside alone but for sleeping children whilst Dh and my PIL enjoy an amazing calm night outdoors, still 22 degrees at 10pm. I tried joining them, but the wee bitey bugs found out I was there and came around for their Christmas feast too. Hmph.

Before I show you some of my Christmas knitting, I thought I would share this lovely picture of my girls in the car coming back from lunch with the grandparents. Needless to say, they were a *little* worn out from a morning’s excitement.

 You will be well aware I’ve been holding back on you on the knitting front of late. Here are some FO’s from the last few months – I’ll show you some today and some tomorrow. My sister in the States won’t have opened her pressies yet so I don’t want to spoil her surprise!

For my SIL, I knit this cowl.

The pattern is the Crofter’s Cowl, and it was a simple and enjoyable knit. Well, I say that now – but the first night I started knitting it, I just could not make it work out. The second attempt was a breeze. Lesson? Remember to sleep, it helps with knitting comprehension. This is knit in two pieces and grafted together, which did take a whole hour – am I a slow grafter or what? The yarn is Malabrigo Worsted in Vermillion. I wanted something super soft, and this fit the bill admirably. I’d been given a list of preferred colours, and it was nearly impossible to find any 10 ply locally in any of these colours, so I ended up ordering this from overseas. I used only around half a skein so there is plenty for a second one or another small project. SIL has deemed the colour ‘perfect’. Yay!

Another gift I got to give in person today was these socks for Mum These are Daphne by Vintage Purls – from the last Summer Sock Club – both the yarn and pattern.

Yesterday I was not sure these would be wrapped and gifted today. I had decided to leave the gifts to be given in person until last, as you do. Since I had knitted one sock of this pair way back in July, I thought it would be easy to finish the pair by Christmas Day. But on Tuesday I discovered, when putting the socks up against each other, I had made a fatal error in the heel of the first sock. I had to rip back the sock right to the beginning of the heel flap and reknit it. Gulp. So, in order to complete these in time I knit the leg a little shorter than I would have otherwise, and switched out the cuff in the pattern for 1×1 rib which was faster. I think that they will suit Mum’s tastes nicely at the length they are – thank goodness! I seriously contemplated wrapping up one sock only, but I got both done and blocked in time, and they dried super fast thanks to great weather on Christmas Eve.

And while I’m on a green theme, I’ll show you the lovely Rose Red beret I knit for my eldest sister. She is the token non-knitter in the family, so I asked her if there was anything I could knit for her, and she asked for a hat like mine. So after a colour conference I selected some yummy Malabrigo Silky Merino in Dill. The end result in a much less dense knit than the Worsted version I knit for myself, but I hope it will keep her warm during winters nonetheless. I have to confess I enjoyed knitting this pattern every bit as much the second time around, it is a super pattern and I would not hesitate to recommend it to any knitter who can follow very well written patterns.

And this is where I’ll leave you for today – tomorrow’s instalment will be more socks 🙂

Something Rushed

Picture this. It’s around 5pm on Sunday afternoon when DH turns on his computer. He has a diary function on it which prewarns him of upcoming events. He announces it’s his mother’s birthday on Friday.  I think in future it would be nice if he set his computer alarm function for a couple of weeks in advance! I take no responsibility for not remembering her birthday, we’ve only been married five years.

I would be lying if I said he asked me to knit her a gift. But I had been intending to knit her something – probably socks, so I figured that this gave me just 4 knitting nights to pick a pattern and make it from start to finish. Socks seemed like a bit of a push in 4 days.  MIL is the kind of person who likes to accessorise, so I thought that she might like a scarf. After a bit of Raverly-ing, I decided to go with the flow (or rather a great tide) and cast on an Ishbel.  This is the third Ysolda Teague pattern I’ve knit this year and I am a fan of her patterns – they are so clearly written, despite them being among the more challenging knits I’ve undertaken this year. (Read, lacey and needing to have a pattern to hand. I am, after all, a lazy knitter at heart.)

I fossicked in my stash and came up with some 4ply Touch Yarn, variegated in a selection of delicious dark plum, rust, grey and greens. After a bit of help winding from my friendly local toddlers, I was ready to go. The first part of the pattern is stocking stitch and it just flew by. I can’t say I enjoyed the second part as much. For some reason the lace sections did not click with me and I did a lot of pattern following.  I might be the only person in the knitting universe not in love with Ishbel.  Don’t get me wrong, she is cute, but it was not an intuitive knit for me, which is something I love.

Anyway, my self imposed deadline of Wednesday night was stretched out a bit and by 10am Thursday morning, Ishbel was blocking in the sunshine. (Gosh, I love blocking shawls!)

By 1pm she was ready for a quick bit of modelling and then ready for wrapping.

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It feels good to have it finished, but alas there is no hope it will make it to her in time for her birthday. I deputised DH to take it to the postoffice, and he forgot the crucial bit – fast post! So, the lovely Ishbel is making her way s-l-o-w-l-y to the South Island.

Meanwhile, I have been busy studying and getting ready for another weekend block course at University. This has been my week:

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Well, actually I’ve been writing an assignment and preparing a seminar too, but they don’t take very good photos 🙂

A Rose by any other name

Sorry, couldn’t miss my chance for a Shakespearean reference there, could I? Anyone other than me know which play (and character!) these lines are from without cheating? Yes, Google is cheating people!

 

In this case, I’d be refering to my new beret, knit to Rose Red by Ysolda Teague. And, the pun comes to life for me a bit because the yarn I used is another rose – Damask Rose Malabrigo Worsted.  My last yarn purchase before my self imposed ban was an order of Malabrigo, and I was gutted to recieve an email from the retailer saying that between me ordering and her packing the order, the last skein of damask rose had been sold. However,  I scored just over a skein (prewound into balls even!) from someone destashing on Ravelry, so that eased the pain. Even if the arrival of the parcel did evoke a “Not more yarn” from my husband when it arrived. 

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I knew that I wanted to knit myself a hat with this gorgeous yarn. I wasn’t sure which hat though. See, the thing is, I’m not much of a hat person. I’m not sure if it comes from having to wear a hideous woolly school hat complete with pompom in my childhood, from having to wear hats to church in childhood, or the fact that a girl with straight hair and a fringe struggles to look good in a hat, however attractive. I’m just not sure. But I am all grown up, fringe grown out, and in need of something to ease the cold at a Saturday morning soccer match. And this isn’t unflattering, it’s just my hat complex that stops me from gushing.

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So, my inital plan was to use something from my stash to knit up a plain beret to see if it suited, but my lovely yarn was calling to me. After some time browsing patterns on Ravelry, I decided upon Rose Red. I enjoyed my last Ysolda knit, and she has some seriously cute beret patterns. I love being able to look up other people’s projects on Rav and see how yarns look knit up in them, and so I decided that even though the pattern called for 8ply, I would likely get away with the worsted weight.

And I did! I love this beret, not sure how much I love hats, but OMG, if you want a stunning pattern, this has got to go on your list. The detail on the pattern is incredible – each row is written out as well as charted, so even though it is a challenging knit, you’d have to be even more of a moron with lace than I am to stuff this up.

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Knit in the round from the centre outwards, you start with a stunning petal pattern, working your way outward to cables. Ysolda is one seriously talented designer – all the increases are incorporated into the petal pattern, and it just flows so easily. If having to watch your pattern constantly is easy anyway!

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I actually think this is my first lace knit that I know is 100% correct -that’s right, I’m not aware of a single error or anything I ‘fudged’ to make my stitch count right – it really was intuitive, on the couple of occasions I had made an error, I was able to quickly see where it was an fix it. Yay me!

Have I gushed enough? I did some serious knitting on this puppy, and am so pleased that I did.  I’ll tell you more about my blocking adventures on this tomorrow, but suffice to say, I am rather pleased with this knit all in all! Even if the self-portrait hat photos are a little serious 🙂

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FO: Liesl

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I’ve had my eye on Ysolda’s pattern Liesl for some time now. Knit in 12 ply yarn, it was always going to be a quick knit – I think that lots of NaKniSweMoDo participants will make at least one Liesl this year 🙂  Of course I wasn’t motivated by the speed of the project (much!) But it is an extremely economical knit, my version knit for the 46 inch bust size took just 750m of yarn – a tiny bit over 10 balls of Shepherd 12 Ply 100% Lambswool Felted. The shade ‘106’ was one of two on sale at Knitworld in January and I bought 14 balls, intending to knit another Shalom. However the fact that I could knit the Liesl with sleeves meant that I changed plans for the yarn, and I’m glad I did. Another cardigan is going to be perfect for this autumn and beyond. And at $3 a ball, this meant a 100% wool cardigan finished for under $35.

Now, you would think that since I wasn’t trying to get DH to take photos in a public space, he could do an okay job, right? Wrong! Every single shot is on a funny angle… Can’t wait until my usual photographer (DS 11) is back home… at least he can point and shoot straight! And next time I’ll not wear a patterned t-shirt underneath either (Doh!)

 

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That aside, I hope that you can see the beauty in this project. I adore the undulating line that the feather and fan lace pattern creates at the hemline. The pattern is great, giving lots of options: a high neckline, or the lower one I chose, button hole options  ( I am thinking of buying a fourth button though, it’s a wee bit gapey… and I think the garter stitch band will stretch to admit a button), and lots of different lengths.  It is knit top down in one piece, so no seaming is required – this has got to be my favourite sweater construction method! I chose to make mine with long sleeves, but I can see myself knitting another one later on with short sleeves. For the record, there are 20 lace repeats on the sleeve, just in case you’re knitting one and want to know how many you might need.

I was impressed with the pattern too. Ysolda is a young, independent designer who self-publishes her patterns. The layout and accuracy of her pattern was fantastic, and the photographs to illustrate the pattern were fabulous, I found that they were clear and helped me when I was struggling with the inital rows (silly me – obviously I should just read the pattern!). It was great to see the garment modelled in a size other than the smallest size too – very inspirational.  This particular pattern was cleverly designed with minimal counting and easy increases. No stitch markers or head scratching required (once I had the pattern sorted out). From cast on to cast off, it took 8 days – including time to knit and assemble a teddy bear and knit a sleeve and half a back of the Whisper cardigan. I think the fact I got gauge on 8mm needles might have had something to do with that though!


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