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New Etsy Favorite: More Woodlanders Oddball Pouch by GirlCaveBags

New Etsy Favorite: More Woodlanders Oddball Pouch by GirlCaveBags

New Etsy Favorite: Sushi Stitch Markers (Set of 8) food stitch marker polymer clay charm by beadpassion ($12.00)

New Etsy Favorite: Sushi Stitch Markers (Set of 8) food stitch marker polymer clay charm by beadpassion ($12.00)

Right, back to last year’s knits again!

Last time I posted about 13 Sweaters in 2013, it was November and I was working on my NaKniSweMo cardigan. I did finish the knitting on time but sewed on buttons the first of December.

There are a few mistakes in the pattern but no errata on the Twist Collective website. ddboots’ project notes on Ravelry were extremely helpful.

My mods for the yoke made the neckband quite tight but it is like that in the original photo as well. I can see why the cardigan is modeled as a v-neck in the pattern photos. If I could change something in the cardigan, I’d start the front neck sooner and add more short-row shaping to the back.

The pockets are constructed in a very clever way! They’re deep and comfortable, and the cable detail is beautiful.

Overall, not flawless but I like it a lot!

New Etsy Favorite: Vintage red enamel teapot by ANTIQUEcountry ($65.00)

New Etsy Favorite: Vintage red enamel teapot by ANTIQUEcountry ($65.00)

It’s been a month since Startitis Week — time for a progress report. Winter Blood (or Bloom) shawl is up to the beaded lace border.

Thao Thao is a block away from finishing. Ignore the cat hairs in the pic. :D

The cuffs for Fireberry Mitts are done, going to start on the thumb gussets next.

Time Warp Spirals are up to the gusset increases on sock 1. These are looking very seventies-tastic.

And Grrrrellow Strrrripes are a few stripes in. The only thing that’s really finished and blocked is the Ravellenic Dream Stripes shawl. Phew!

It’s been a month since Startitis Week — time for a progress report. Winter Blood (or Bloom) shawl is up to the beaded lace border.

Thao Thao is a block away from finishing. Ignore the cat hairs in the pic. :D

The cuffs for Fireberry Mitts are done, going to start on the thumb gussets next.

Time Warp Spirals are up to the gusset increases on sock 1. These are looking very seventies-tastic.

And Grrrrellow Strrrripes are a few stripes in. The only thing that’s really finished and blocked is the Ravellenic Dream Stripes shawl. Phew!

I’m completely in love with these bird stitch markers from TheKnittingManatee. So cute!
Ode to Spring

And Sing to Me Little Birds!

I’m completely in love with these bird stitch markers from TheKnittingManatee. So cute!

Ode to Spring

And Sing to Me Little Birds!

asker

Anonymous asked:

Hey, I had a question about your Ravellenic shawl that you made. How did you make the lace border? I was curious because I didn't see how in the pattern and I think that yours looks really great :3

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Thanks for your comments! :)

After completing the lace chart and knitting a purl-back row with white, I switched to red. Then worked five more rows of lace to “complete” the chart so that the left and right leaning decreases could meet. Here’s a chart!

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After five rows of lace, one row of garter (= knit on the wrong side, Row 28 in the chart) and then cast off on a right-side row using the Russian bind-off (k2, transfer sts back to left-hand needle, k2tog tbl).

I added my mods in the projects notes on Ravelry as well.

New Etsy Favorite: Heartland DK: Deep Lake by heartlandyarnco ($14.00)

New Etsy Favorite: Heartland DK: Deep Lake by heartlandyarnco ($14.00)

reblogged from stitch-please

larkinknits:

Fuego Hat by Justyna Lorkowska

This is a great pattern, I’m almost done knitting mine!

larkinknits:

Fuego Hat by Justyna Lorkowska

This is a great pattern, I’m almost done knitting mine!

These project bags were made back last summer. The pattern is the same one as in the Fox bagLined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by Jeni from In Color Order.

The blue one was made with:

And the brown one:

  • Exterior: Green apples on brown, unknown designer
  • Accent: Snow Stripe from Snow Flower by Dena Designs, Westminster Fabrics
  • Interior/lining: white satin
More Christmas gift knitting… These legwarmers were a completely ex tempore idea. Knit in a couple of days in manly colors, these went to warm my dad’s ankles. I didn’t even have to ask him to try them on to see if they fit — he quickly put them on and wore them for the rest of the Christmas Eve evening! Kainuu Grey is a rare sheep breed, related to Finn.
On Ravelry: Kainuu Grey Legwarmers
Yarn: Reinforced Kainuu Grey sock yarn (85% wool, 15% nylon, worsted weight) from a local farm, undyed in grey and dark brown
Needles: 4.5 mm
Improvised! 60 sts in 2x2 rib, 4-row stripes

More Christmas gift knitting… These legwarmers were a completely ex tempore idea. Knit in a couple of days in manly colors, these went to warm my dad’s ankles. I didn’t even have to ask him to try them on to see if they fit — he quickly put them on and wore them for the rest of the Christmas Eve evening! Kainuu Grey is a rare sheep breed, related to Finn.

New Etsy Favorite: Superwash BFL / sparkle Jungle run 101g by KeesiIndustries (15.00 EUR)

New Etsy Favorite: Superwash BFL / sparkle Jungle run 101g by KeesiIndustries (15.00 EUR)

One more time about the swap and then I can move on! This was a small last-minute addition, so last minute that I completely forgot to take pics of the FO. :D
On Ravelry: Catnip Squid
Pattern: Catnip Squids by Kristen Stevenson, free pattern on Ravelry
Yarn: about 21 yds (20 m) of Novita Isoveli in color #270 (dark teal)
Hook: 4.0 mm
Stuffed with lots of catnip, small amount of polyfill :)

One more time about the swap and then I can move on! This was a small last-minute addition, so last minute that I completely forgot to take pics of the FO. :D

  • On Ravelry: Catnip Squid
  • Pattern: Catnip Squids by Kristen Stevenson, free pattern on Ravelry
  • Yarn: about 21 yds (20 m) of Novita Isoveli in color #270 (dark teal)
  • Hook: 4.0 mm
  • Stuffed with lots of catnip, small amount of polyfill :)

Holy stashbusting, Batman! My Ravellenic shawl is duh-duh-duh-done.

  • On Ravelry: Peppermint Dreams
  • Pattern: Dream Stripes by Cailliau Berangere, free pattern on Ravelry
  • Yarn: Novita Bambino (deep stash), MC: 160 yd/146 m white, CC: 115 yd/105 m of red
  • Needles: 4.5 mm
  • Mods: Increased to 233 sts = 13 repeats of the lace border (the pattern specifies 17). After the charted border in white, switched to red and worked 5 extra rows, then 1 row in garter, then BO.

This yarn has been in my stash for over ten years and now I’m glad to get rid of it. I only had two 50 g balls and that wasn’t quite enough according to the pattern. Maximizing the size of shawl while minimizing the amount of the leftover yarn involved a few nights poring over complex spreadsheets and obsessively weighing the shawl at various points… but it paid off! All of the white is gone and only 12 grams of red remaining.

Originally, I wanted to add beads to the white lace section, but the seed beads I had weren’t co-operating. Instead, I knitted a few extra rows to add a red border. In the original, the lace section is done on one color.

That’s first of the Startitis Week projects finished!

My Startitis Week projects are in various stages of in-progress and — dare I confess — some haven’t been touched since casting on. I’ve been mostly working on the Ravellenic shawl (which is nearly done) but here’s a photo of the striped vanilla socks. I’ve been wanting to try carbon-fiber needles for a long time and finally bought one just for working socks in magic loop. They feel quite “sticky” after using metallic ones but so far I’m liking it.

My Startitis Week projects are in various stages of in-progress and — dare I confess — some haven’t been touched since casting on. I’ve been mostly working on the Ravellenic shawl (which is nearly done) but here’s a photo of the striped vanilla socks. I’ve been wanting to try carbon-fiber needles for a long time and finally bought one just for working socks in magic loop. They feel quite “sticky” after using metallic ones but so far I’m liking it.