Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Like Today Didn't Even Happen

AKA Lifeline #2 -- Happy Leap Day!  Did you spend your day throwing candy at crying children?  I kinda did, if by "throwing candy" I meant ripping out several rows, and by "at crying children" I meant of my grandma's lace shawl.  Yeah.  But since I've regained traction and I am now at precisely the same point I was last night, I'll call it a sign from the universe that today was supposed to be a knitting black hole.

I leave you with a treat from this week's postal delivery:

Friday, February 24, 2012


Everything looks fine, right?
Everything was fine.
Is that supposed to be off by a stitch?
Whoa.  That's not right.  Do you see it?  I do.  It's all messed up.
This feels wrong.
I can't believe I completely removed my needles from a live row of lace.
Hey, it worked!
Back to the beginning of Chart 2, I guess

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

FO: Deco-ration

My good friend S was all "I like hats, but I can never find them to fit my head" and I was all "that's why you should have one custom made!" and she was all "sounds good to me" so I said "here are seventeen pictures of hats, pick a thing."

Regina [Rav link] by Carina Spencer; 
knit with less than a skein total of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool 
in colorways 80 Vintage Denim and 87 Neptune Blue

This was the hat of choice, going for a retro vibe, possibly influenced by the obsession that is Downton Abbey? (All signs point to yes.)

I was promised no seaming and a minimum of purling, "size as you go" and "no gauge swatches allowed!" -- Carina Spencer speaks my language.

It's the largest size available using the lightest-weight yarn possible...  yet it knit up so quickly, I was almost disappointed to have to bind off.  Plus the pattern is free, and even though I had to do math, it was easy math, if I do say so myself.

Combine all that with a beautiful outdoor photo shoot, and I have only good things to say about the entire process. 
Thanks for the knit memories, S -- I will make you anything always!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

I've been quietly knitting on my purply cardigan, last seen in January, and I wish I liked knitting it more than I do.  There's lots of ribbing and it's not boring...   it's just not a lace shawl.  Here's a pic of everything I've done...
And here's a pic of the first front panel...

...right before I ripped it all out.  Blerg.  The stitch count was off and there was lots of re-reading this one line and I needed the needles for something else.

Something else!

I'm embarking on a gift shawl trifecta, starting now!

Shawl 1, pictured above, is Lang Yarns Jawoll Solid Superwash in a cool diamond pattern; it will be for my grandma who doesn't have a computer or internet SO JUST NOBODY TELL HER KTHXBY!

Shawls 2 and 3 will be for special mystery ladies who probably don't read this blog, but I can't be too sure.  Yarn on its way...  I'll try to show glimpses as they progress.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Knitwear at the Movies: Waitress

SO GOOD.  I love this movie muchly.  Extremely well written and well acted -- the world lost an awesome talent with the loss of Adrienne Shelly.

This movie surprises me with questions I don't often ponder, like...
what would I do if Nathan Fillion was all-of-a-sudden my OBGYN?
I, for one, would make this face.
Anyway.  That's enough of that.

There's really only one sweater of which to speak, but what a sweater it is:
Look at those cables!  Look at 'em!

I found a possible name for this cable pattern -- Criss Cross Cable With Twists?  AND I found Unintentional Holiday [Rav link], designed by Kathleen Gill-Slee; it's only $6.00 USD for a gorgeous doppelganger.  In fact, I like Gill-Slee's design better -- she goes with only one crazy cable traveling down each sleeve, removing a lot of sweater bulk without losing sweater coziness.  Love.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pattern Roundup: Knitwear of Anne Shirley's PEI

Let's try to recreate the worlds of Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea, shall we?  Lotsa knits = lotsa patterns.

Screen Grab: Mrs Hammond's Shawl
Not so much a shawl pattern, as a stitch pattern...
free!  December 1: Chain Link Fence [Rav link] by Lindsey Melvin

Screen Grab: Lovely Lady's Lace Gloves
A search for a knit pattern proved futile, but there are some free crochet patterns that have the right mesh quality.
Crochet Lace Gloves [Rav link] by
Smart Crocheted Gloves [Rav link] by American Thread Company

Screen Grab: Mr Phillip's Cabled Cardigan
Shawl collars, profuse cabling, and decidedly masculine styling -- who knew Mr. P would be such a trend setter?  Jane Pearlmutter's pattern even has pockets!
Classic Oak Cardigan [Rav link] by Alexandra Dafoe; $7.00 CAD
free!  Aran cardigan [Rav link] by Jane Pearlmutter

Screen Grab: Anne's Bobble Cardigan
Glide [Rav link] by Kim Hargreaves; Rowan Cotton Tape Collection
free!  130-14 Jacket with bobbles and lace edges [Rav link] by DROPS

Screen Grab: Anne's Striped Cardi
Sophisticate [Rav link] by Lindsay Pekny; $6.00 USD
Rozmital [Rav link] by Cirilia Rose; in Berroco #315, Bohemian Mix
child  Lazy Daisy Fun [Rav link] by Patons; free regis for site

Screen Grab: Gil's Textured Vest
I found a great pattern, in Japanese, with standard charts... for those with a sense of adventure!
free!  Japanese Yuttari Vest [Rav link] by Pierrot (Gosyo Co., Ltd)

Screen Grab: Fancy Comforter
free!  Knitted Chevron Blanket [Rav link] by Danielle Albrecht
knit  Umaro [Rav link] by Jared Flood; $5.50 USD
cro  Textured Mesh Blanket [Rav link] by Lisa van Klaveren; $5 USD
knit  Twist Afghan [Rav link] by Cathy Westrich; $3.00 USD

Screen Grab: Matthew's Shawl-Collared Cardigan
Cable Cardigan [Rav link] by Erika Knight
Empathy [Rav link] by Sue Hanmore; £3.00 GBP
Melbourne [Rav link] by Elsebeth Lavold
Carlito Cardigan [Rav link] by Mathew Gnagy; $6.00 USD

Screen Grab: Matthew's Cardivest
free!  29-210-49 Sweater Vest [Rav link] by Pierrot (Gosyo Co.) 

Screen Grab: Gil's Cabled Vest
free!  28-29-45 Men's Cabled Vest [Rav link] by Pierrot (Gosyo Co.)
British School Slipover [Rav link] by Cheryl Oberle; in book Folk Vests

Screen Grab: Anne's Clambake Cardigan
Kinda Remindy Patterns
Drape Cardi [Rav] by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby; in Knit Magazine 32
Nidden [Rav] by Norah Gaughan; in booklet Norah Gaughan vol 8

Screen Grab: Anne's Teacher Sweater
Slip Stitch Jacket [Rav] by Teva Durham; in Loop-d-Loop vol 1

Screen Grab: Anne's Textured Waistcoat
free!  118-39 Short waistcoat [Rav link] by DROPS design
Curve [Rav] by Elsebeth Lavold; in Elsebeth Lavold Book 1

Screen Grab: Mrs Harris's Lap Blanket
There are soooo many of these, I'm only featuring two free patterns, each with a contrasting-color border between squares.
cro  Granny's Attic Afghan [Rav link] by Sharon Phillips
knit  Stained Glass Mitered Afghan [Rav link] by Joan L. Hamer 

Screen Grab: Emmeline's Brown Waistcoat
The closest pattern I could find is a pullover, but it is free and quite pretty -- so here it is anyway!
Honeycomb [Rav link] by Sarah Castor

Screen Grab: Rachel's Mourning Shawl
Belladonna Took [Rav link] by Melanie Gibbons; $6.00 USD
** bonus geek points: pattern named after Bilbo Baggins's mother!

Screen Grab: Katherine Brooke's Coat
free!  75-23 Long or short coat [Rav link] by DROPS design
Riding Coat [Rav link] by Debbie Bliss; $6.00 USD

Inspiration: the Lady of Shalott
Lady of Shalott Purse [Rav link] by Vanessa Ewing; $7.00 USD
Lady of Shalott [Rav link] by Jennifer Benson; $7.00 USD

Even More Inspiration
Marilla's Very Practical Shawl [Rav link] by Rachel Henry; $2.50 USD
free!  Anne Shirley [Rav link] by Sabine Riefler

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Piecing Together a Winter

Winter usually hits like a Mack truck and lays me low for four solid months -- there's lots of cold, lots of dark, lots of bundling and hiding behind my knitting -- but this season has been sporadic.  First it's cold, then it's super unseasonably warm, then it snows... which happened today.  As if the weather wasn't enough to throw me off, my schedule is different every day; each Tuesday is the same as every other Tuesday BUT different from Monday, Wednesday, etc.  I'm sure other people would be more than fine with that, but I tend to thrive on monotony...  so every. single. day, I feel constantly overwhelmed, like I can't get my -ahem- stuff together.  Because I can't get into a groove.  Because I have mommyface.  Because flying by the seat of my pants is not a good look for me.

SO!  It's nice to have a little piece of stockinette in-the-round waiting for me at the end of the day:

To be precise: it's reverse stockinette in-the-round inside out, all part of designer Carina Spencer's brilliant plan for her free! Regina [Rav link] hat pattern. I can't wait to block this at the end and see the brim fan in its final glory!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Moving Right Along

* I haven't blogged in a while, but I'm still totally here and knitting.  Yay for that!

* There will be an Anne pattern post.  There will. 
Note to self: do the Anne pattern post.

* I finished that hat I started, but the results were so lackluster, I'm not even going to do an FO post for it.  I knit it as homework for the Harry Potter Knitting & Crochet House Cup on Ravelry.  It was my intention to “transfigure” this sock yarn into a hat: a slouchy hat that would use up as much of this yarn as possible, that would in turn “transfigure” my head into a warmer, more stylish entity. (Sadly, the only thing this hat succeeds at is not being a sock.)
Pleh.  AND I need a haircut.

Sockhead Hat [Rav link] by Kelly McClure; knit with three-quarters of a skein of Lion Brand Sock-Ease in colorway 200 Toffee

It's a good pattern and fine yarn.  Hats just don't look good on me -- even worse than cowls!

* Good news: commission knitting!  And more yarn!
It's going to be a hat for someone-not-me who looks awesome in hats.