Knit Night: Wipping along.

Have I mentioned April is WIP month? I decided I was sick of projects languishing on the needles so I set out to do something about it.

The first project I’m plowing through is my Wolf River by Melissa Schaschwary, knit out of Cloudborn Fibers Bulky Wool Twist in Slate Heather.  Bulky yarn is perfect for the (instant) gratification knit.  As of Sunday, when I took the last photo, I was almost done with the first sleeve. I’ve since finished it and knit about half of the second sleeve.  I’m confident this one will be off the needles this week.  Sadly, there may be occasion to wear it again before we get some actual spring/summer weather!

So close! #onesleevetogo #projectsweaterchest #sleeveisland #bulkyyarn

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Next up on the needles is a WIP that has been lingering for far too long: my Banana Leaf Shawl by Yuki Ueda knit in Northbound Knitting BFL/Silk Lace in Metallurgy. My records show that I cast this on in October, when I knit a few inches and then moved on to something else.  This is the kind of scarf/shawl that I want to wear, but I find tedious to knit.  But the yarn is amazing and I want the finished object.  It’s amazing how much progress you make when you actually work on it?  In just two weeks, I’ve already put close to a foot of knitting on it. Can I finish it this month? We’ll see.

It’s amazing. I keep knitting and my WIP keeps growing! #nbkyarn #wipalong

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Next up is Mom’s blanket. When I last left off, it had 81 squares. My goal is 121. Let’s do this!

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Episode 179: Where is Spring?

Welcome to episode 179! Lots of knitting this week – I’m almost to the second sleeve of my sweater and I made a lot of progress on an old WIP for April is WIP Month. Come join us in the Ravelry group and get those WIPS done!

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Episode 178: April is WIP Month

Welcome to episode 178! Lots of knitting this week and I dug out an old WIP to work on for April is WIP Month. Come join us in the Ravelry group and get those WIPS done!

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Knit Night: Still in the sweaters.

At this point I’m really only working on two projects.

I’ve made quite a bit of progress on the sweater for my nephew. I will finish the first sleeve cuff today, and then cast on for the second sleeve, which I will work on tonight.  I’m loving how this one is coming out – it’s such a simple knit with just a few textural details.

Again this is Simon and Simona by Elena Nodel knit out of Miss Babs Yowza in Shaken, Not Stirred.

Miles' 2nd year

The second sweater is one for me. Bulky yarn is making this one knit up fairly quickly, even if I only get through one lace repeat a night. As of last count I was about 11 or 12″ into the body so I have a few more lace repeats before I divide for front and back and things get interesting.

Again this is Wolf River by Melissa Schaschwary, knit from a kit I purchased from Craftsy including their house yarn, Cloudborn Fibers Bulky Wool Twist in Slate Heather.

Wolf River

Finally, I did finish that first sock I was working on. I’m hoping to cast on and make decent progress on the second one this weekend.

Cherry Blossom

I’ve decided to devote the rest of April to finishing some WIPs. I have mom’s blanket, a scarf, and another sweater that has been in hibernation. I’m not going to let myself cast on anything new with one exception: once the current socks are done I’m going to cast on a new pair with this fabulous yarn from Northbound Knitting that I could not resist.

NBK Rumpus and Oleander

Episode 177: Ply Away recap

Welcome to episode 177! I didn’t get much done this week so there’s just a bit of progress to show on WIPs. I also didn’t spin, but I did go to Ply Away so I report back on my classes and purchases. I’m also contemplating making April a WIP month. Would anyone like to “along” with me?

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  • On deck: Hello Yarn Targhee/Bamboo/Silk in Squeaky Clean

Episode 176: Armpits, hahah!

Welcome to episode 176! This week is all about sweaters – one for me and one for my nephew. Also a few spins and some discussion about upcoming events. If you’re going to Ply Away next weekend please say hi!

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  • Finished: Hello Yarn Polwarth/Silk in Whisper
  • On deck: Hello Yarn Targhee/Bamboo/Silk in Squeaky Clean

Knit Night: All the sweaters

So even though yesterday was the first day of spring, I’m still in sweater mode. This week I had hankerings to cast on sweaters.  I thought I could tide myself over by casting on a sweater for my nephew.  I was somewhat successful in that I did cast on the sweater, and I actually just separated the sleeves from the body today. I ended up going with Simon and Simona by Elena Nodel.  The yarn is a skein of Miss Babs Yowza that I got when I went to Maryland Sheep and Wool in 2014!

Miles 2 year sweater

I was somewhat unsuccessful in that last night I cast on for a sweater for myself! In the fall, Craftsy had a super sale on its yarns and kits and I picked up a kit to knit Wolf River by Melissa Schaschwary. I selected a Slate Grey color because I don’t have any sweaters that color. I’m modifying the pattern a bit (knitting the body in one piece rather than as front and back pieces) and managed to get through about an inch of the hem ribbing last night. There isn’t much to show, so I’ll pop in a photo from the Ravelry pattern page.

Wolf River by Melissa Schaschwary, pattern available for purchase on Ravelry

I’ve also made a bit of progress on a pair of socks for myself.  I’m using David’s Toe up Sock Recipe by David Schulz and a new to me yarn, H&W Comfort Sockenwolle in Cherry Blossom.  So far I’ve got the toe, gusset and heel down. Now it’s just the leg to go! (oh and the second sock…)

Cherry Blossom

Finally, I’ve been getting some work done on the blanket I’m knitting for my parents. After she saw mine, my mom wanted her own memory blanket. I’m using the same pattern I used for my blanket: Memory Blanket by Georgie Nicholson. And, as I did with mine, I’m adapting it for worsted weight yarns or fingering weight held doubled.  As of this week I’m somewhere between 81 and 100 squares (I don’t really count between the square numbers), but this photo was taken two weekends ago at 81.

Mom's Blanket 3-11-18

I did finish my secret knitting this week, a shawl for a friend. I’m giving it to her as a surprise tomorrow, so I’ll include a picture of it in next week’s round up.

Enjoy your week!

Knit Me: Be Sweet Yarns, Vinni’s Colours

About a month ago, Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying some South African yarn, Vinni’s Colours Bambi, from Be Sweet Yarns.  I knew I had a baby gift to knit, and was excited to try a new to me yarn.  Vinni’s Colours is owned by Vinni Nielsen, a Denmark native who has lived in South Africa for over a decade.  There she started creating hand-dyed yarns in her kitchen and now employs many people in two factory buildings in Cape Town.  Her Bambi yarn base is a 70% cotton slub and 30% bamboo yarn in a DK/light worsted weight. Skeins are 50g and approximately 96 yards (88 meters).  I had my choice of her colors ranging from pastels to vibrants, and I chose 2 skeins of the Indigo colorway.

Vinni's Colors Indigo

I knew I wanted to make a baby gift for a little boy due in April, so I settled on Milo by Georgie Nicholson. This sweet vest comes in a variety of sizes and you can choose-your-own cable pattern to make it your own.

Milo

Right away, I was very pleased with my choice of yarn and pattern. The yarn was lovely to knit with. It is lightweight and a bit textured and slubby, which was fun to work with. The yarn itself is quite soft (even more so after washing) and it knit up beautifully.

Of course, I haven’t had a mishap in a while, so I might have gotten a little cocky. When using hand-dyed yarns the cardinal rule is to alternate skeins so any subtle color differences are blended together. Do as I say, and apparently not as I do.

For some reason I can’t fathom, I didn’t alternate skeins. And this wasn’t immediately apparent to me until yesterday, when I washed and dried my baby gift and popped it into the light box to grab a few photos, and what should appear but an extremely distinct line right where I changed skeins. I want to stress that this is absolutely no fault of the yarn dyer; this was my mismanagement of the skeins. However it took a bit of the wind out of my sails. I suspect I’ll probably rip and re-knit part of this vest this week.

Milo

That said the yarn was lovely to work with and the perfect yarn for a summer baby and this cute little pattern. I also think it would make a great summer top if you live somewhere where the heat index hits the triple digits. I may have to try that this summer!

Milo

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Be Sweet Yarns who sent me 2 skeins of Vinni’s Colours Bambi (retail: $21.98) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

Episode 175: Empty needles.

Welcome to episode 175! This week I finished a Milo, a shawl and a spin, and except for socks my needles are empty. I guess I’d better cast on.

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Knit Night: Lowbrow and Milo

Another Wednesday! I’m always excited when Wednesday rolls around because I tend to measure my weeks in knit nights. After knit night it’s all down hill…. Thursday (Friday eve) and Friday into weekend.

I actually managed to finish my Lowbrow Cowl late last week. This was a fun knit. It took me a bit longer than usual, since I had other knits I slipped into the rotation, but I finished it in time for a cold snap this past Sunday and Monday and enjoyed wearing it. I can recommend the pattern, and I’m sort of chuffed to report I had around the right amount of yarn so I guessed the length of that mystery skein correctly.  I had to stop the edging few rows early, but I don’t think it makes that much difference.

Lowbrow

Lowbrow

Next up on my needles is a sweet Milo vest by Georgie Nicholson. I’ve knit this one before. This time I’m using some review yarn, Vinni’s Colours cotton bamboo in Indigo, that was generously sent to me by Be Sweet Yarns for review.

Vinni's Colors Indigo

Next week, hopefully I’ll have Milo finished and maybe another secret knit I’m working on!