Monthly Archives: February 2018

Knit Night: Potawatomi and Handspun Sock

This was a week for finishing things!

After I posted on Wednesday of last week, I went to knit night and finished the body of the poncho and picked up stitches for the ribbed collar.  Thursday turned out to be icy so I worked from home and, in the lulls between tasks and emails, I was able to knit through the collar.  That evening I wove in my ends and did some light blocking and I was done! (Ok, technically I still need to add buttons to the collar, but I’m calling it a podium finish.)

Potawatomi

Potawatomi

Once my poncho was off the needles, I was eager to start new projects but instead made myself pick up a project that had fallen by the wayside, some handspun socks. These socks were my Christmas Eve cast-on (oops!), but got brushed aside for some January and February knits. My goal was to finish them before the end of the month.

These were knit out of my handspun from Hello Yarn Corriedale fiber in the Poisoned Apples colorway.

Jul Sea Bird

I used David Schulz’s Toe-Up Sock Cookbook which is a great pattern, especially if you’re working with handspun.

I finished these last night before bed!

Poisoned Apples

So what’s next? I have another project waiting in the wings. (Technically it is waiting with a friend – I accidentally left it at knit night last week and a wonderful knitting buddy held it for me until tonight!). This is going to be a Lowbrow Cowl using some yarn that my boss brought me from his trip to Australia a few years ago.

Finally, since the sock needles are empty, I need to cast on again. I picked up a skein of a new-to-me yarn, H&W Comfort Sockenwolle in the Cherry Blossom colorway, and I’m going to knit some vanilla socks in super pretty stripes.

Comfort Sockenwolle Cherry Blossom

The most interesting part about this new cast on is that I purchased some Addi FlexiFlips needles to test out. More about those next week!

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Episode 172: Gold medal!

Welcome to episode 172! This week I finished my Olympic/Ravellenic project in time to medal. I also put some work in on handspun socks and on dreaming about next knits. I also do a little recap on my trip last weekend, my spin for the week and, of course, a tea.

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as Fluffyk, Twitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Spinsters Crazy Batts 2018
  • On deck: Hello Yarn BFL in Freeze & Thaw

 

Knit Night: Ravellenic Games 2018

For the past 10 years (and for several years before that) I have met with a group of friends for knit night.  In Los Angeles it was at my local yarn store, and in the beginning in Kansas it was at a local yarn store, but sadly both stores have closed.  Now my closest friends and I get together once a week and knit and talk and laugh.  I decided that since every Wednesday is knit night, I’m going to start a Wednesday Knit Night post tradition to talk about what’s on my needles.

Ever since the Yarn Harlot started it, I’ve been participating in the Ravellenic Games.  Basically, any time there are Olympics (winter or summer), I select a project to complete while watching the Olympic Games. This year I decided to pull some yarn out of stash and knit a  Potawatomi by Carol Sunday.  I’m using Sunday Yarns Nirvana 5-ply, a 90% superfine merino and 10% cashmere yarn, in a beautiful mauve color called Berry.

My goal is this:

Potawatomi by Carol Sunday, Pattern available on Ravelry for $6.00.

I purchased my kit a few years ago already, but was anxious to get started for this year.

The last official picture that I took was when I was partway through the front section:

At this point I’m almost done with the body, and ready to cast on for that cozy ribbed collar.  I hope to get the collar started, if not finished, tonight at knit night.  Then all that’s left will be to unravel that column of stitches to the right of the cable, and knot it into fringe.

Bring on knit night!

I think the color is probably most accurate in the middle photo.

Episode 171: All about the poncho.

Welcome to episode 171! I have two FO’s today and one I’ve been working on for a while so I’m super happy to have it done. I also talk about my Olympic project and upcoming travels. I hope you have a lovely week!

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as Fluffyk, Twitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • In Progress: Spinsters Crazy Batts 2018

Extras

  • I’ve started a team for the Ravellenic Games! Please come join Team CKT!

Knit Me: Delicious Yarns, Sweets Chunky

Before Christmas, Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying some bulky yarn, Sweets Chunky, from Delicious Yarns.  At that time the temperatures hovered around zero and a squishy, thick hat sounded fabulous. Sweets Chunky is a 100% superwash merino base and comes in 105 yard skeins. I selected 2 skeins of the Raspberry Fudge colorway.

When the yarn arrived I loved the bright pink colors and set about searching for the perfect chunky weight hat.  Given that the yarn was variegated, I wanted a garter stitch pattern that would show the beautiful colors off to perfection.  I settled on Capucine, a hat I have had in my queue for ages.

Delicious Yarns

Almost as soon as I started knitting, I knew I had made the right choice.

This hat was a super quick knit – just two nights worth of work – but it was a joy to knit. The yarn is quite a bit thicker than I am used to, but it is squishy and bouncy and it was so much fun to see how the colors played together. Given that the stitch count changes quite a bit through the pattern, I didn’t have trouble with too much pooling and overall I love the effect.

Capucine

I had a bit of trouble with the hat pattern. Sweets Chunky is classified as a Bulky Weight yarn so I followed the pattern for that weight yarn. What I found is that I had to improvise a bit or the hat would have been ridiculously large (and it’s still big). I ended up using a little over 1 1/2 skeins to knit the hat and then add all the trimmings. I opted to do braids and a pom pom rather than the tassels that the pattern called for.

Capucine

The end result is so much fun! The hat is a little big on me so it may go to another loving home, but I’m ready to order more yarn to make my own. Delicious Yarns offers a variety of other yarn weights and dyeing techniques, all in bright, fun colors.

Capucine

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Delicious Yarns who sent me 2 skeins of Sweets Chunky (retail: $68.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

Episode 170: Ravellenics Prep

Welcome to episode 170! I only got a small FO done this week, but I’m ready to cast on all the things. Also, I’m preparing to wind yarn so that I can cast on my Olympics project on Friday. Come join our team if you haven’t already done so!

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as Fluffyk, Twitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Hello Yarn Polwarth in Folklore
  • On deck: Spinsters Crazy Batts 2018

Extras

  • I’ve started a team for the Ravellenic Games! Please come join Team CKT!