Knit Night: Finishes and Starts

The past two weeks marked a lot of knitting and two big finishes for me.

First I finished my my Banana Leaf Shawl by Yuki Ueda knit in Northbound Knitting BFL/Silk Lace in Metallurgy.  This knit was strange. I stalled out on it, but never stopped wanting to wear the finished object.  I finished it while I was in Chicago two weekends ago, and I can’t wait for the chill of fall so I can wear it.

Banana Leaf

Banana Leaf

I think this project was the perfect marriage of yarn and pattern.  The yarn itself is luminous and even though the metallic tones may not be the most flattering on me, it knit up so beautifully.  The pattern is simple; it doesn’t distract from the yarn, but there is enough texture to make it interesting to look at.

The second big project I finished is the blanket for my mom. I used the Memory Blanket by Georgie Nicolson as my inspiration, and then made it my own. This used scraps of worsted weight held singly and fingering weight held doubly. I knit a total of 121 squares and then did an applied i-cord edging to tie it all together. It’s now a decent lap-sized blanket (I confess I haven’t taken final measurements). It needs a good blocking and then I’ll send it off to my mom to enjoy. Thanks to any readers who contributed scraps to this blanket. While many of the blocks came from yarn from my stash, I also had a good amount of help from knitting friends.

Mom's Blanket

Mom's Blanket

With two big projects off the needles, it must be time to cast on for more! During my trip to Chicago I started a new shawl, Albuquerque Sunset by designer Casapinka. I’m using a sock blank that I dyed as a gradient, and a skein of Cascade Heritage sock in Italian Plum that was in the stash. I’ve just begun the third section and I’m loving the way this is knitting up. It’s bright and happy.

Albuquerque Sunset

I’ve also been swatching for sweaters. No photos, but I have a secret project I’ll be working on in the next few months as well as a sweater for Roxy. Also maybe some more socks for Sock it to Summer? Stay tuned!

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Episode 182: Two big finishes.

Welcome to episode 182! It’s been two weeks and I have finished two big projects. Which of course means it’s time for more cast ons. Spinning is taking a bit of a back seat, but I’m knitting up a storm.

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Review: Lazadas Multi-Purpose Project Caddy

When Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me and offered me a choice of accessories from Lazadas, I opted to try the Multi-Purpose Project Caddy.

Lazadas is an Israeli company, started by a knitter who wasn’t happy with the tools she was finding.  So she set out to design her own.

Lazadus Multi-purpose project caddy

The Multi-Purpose Project Caddy functions both as a project bag and a yarn bowl.  Opened, the caddy can hold several skeins of yarn (or just one big skein of yarn!) like a yarn bowl.

Lazadus Multi-purpose project caddy

When you’re ready to transport your project, or just stow it away for safe keeping, slip the handle through the slit on the opposite side and you have an easy carrying case for your knitting.

Lazadus Multi-purpose project caddy

The caddy comes in three jeweled tones: Electric Violet (shown here), Spring Teal and Hot Pink.  It is made out of lightweight flexible silicon.  A lot of attention has been show to detail – there are knitting graphics everywhere, and my favorite part are the holes on the sides that are super useful for any stranded knitting projects you might create.

Lazadus Multi-purpose project caddy

Lazadus Multi-purpose project caddy

Overall, I really like this tool and it will be sitting next to me on the couch for many of my upcoming projects.  Lazadas also sells flexible blocking wires, if you’re interested in additional accessories.  If you’re looking for retailers around the globe, you can find them here.

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Lazadas who sent me the Multi-Purpose Project Caddy (retail: $49) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

Episode 181: Close, but not quite.

Welcome to episode 181! This week was super busy so not as much knitting and spinning as I would have liked. I’m not quite going to make any more finishes for April is WIP month, but I’ve done some good work and should finish some things soon. So lots chat about current and upcoming knits, and a review of the Lazadas multi-purpose project caddy.

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Knit Night: Can I WIP it?

So I took April to work on projects that had been languishing by the wayside. I’m happy to report that I have been doing pretty well on that mission.  But…I still haven’t finished anything. And as the end of the month looms, I don’t know if I’m actually going to finish any WIPs this month.

I have been making great progress on my Banana Leaf Shawl by Yuki Ueda knit in Northbound Knitting BFL/Silk Lace in Metallurgy.  This one has been surprisingly enjoyable to knit and I’ve been using a progress keeper (detachable stitch marker) to track my weekly progress.  At last count I had about 40g left of yarn. I’ve decided that I need to start the end of the shawl when I hit about 18g or so left, so soon it will be time to do something different. I’m not sure I’ll have it done quite by the end of the month, but I’m hoping a car trip at the beginning of May will finish this one off.  Here’s where it was at as of last night:

Banana Leaf

I finished my Wolf River on Saturday, so I immediately picked up my mom’s memory blanket, which I showed you last week.  I have one more square left to finish the 10th set – meaning 100 squares on the blanket. I should be able to crank that one out when I get home tonight, which leaves me with 21 squares, a border, and weaving in ends. You see why this one is a squeaker?  Add to that the fact that I’m struggling to find new variegated yarns to incorporate. This week I’m breaking into new balls of yarn and winding off my 10g for a square here and there. I must be mad!  I do have the yarn for the border handy so I can start on that as soon as I finish my squares.

I did finish my Wolf River by Melissa Schaschwary, but I haven’t blocked it yet so I have no new photos.  Look at last week’s photo and imagine a second sleeve?

Then it’s time to consider new projects! Watch this space next week for my May knits; I have a shawl planned, a second sock, and a sweater for Roxy.  And maybe a few more WIPs?

Episode 180: Hanging with Franklin.

Welcome to episode 180! This week was super busy so not as much knitting and spinning as I would have liked. But I did finish my Wolf River sweater, and I attended a class with Franklin Habit at our local knitting conference, so I have some show and tell.

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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!

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