When I started this shawl last June, I never imagined all that would happen in the year it would take me to finish knitting it up. There was a big move cross-country, old friends to say goodbye to and new friends to meet, a baby who would learn how to crawl, walk, and talk…
The bulk of the knitting happened in the last month and a half or so, as I envisioned the gardens, barefoot babes, yarn festivals and backyard shenanigans of summer 2012. There are a lot of light, happy thoughts knit into this scarf, and I have already been enjoying wrapping myself up in them.
Despite the length of time this was on the needles, I had a great time knitting it. It took me a while to fall in love with the chart, yet once I spent some solid time getting to know it, the knitting flew by. Kirsten Kapur never ceases to amaze me with her designs, and I’m already thinking about knitting another of her shawls.
What can I say about the yarn that hasn’t already been said? Madelinetosh is known for its beautiful colorways and deliciously soft yarn. I knit my first Ishbel in the Lettuce colorway a while back, and was thrilled to get more on the needles. One drag I feel compelled to mention: there were 2 knots in the yarn that turned out to be ends. That made me hulk-angry mad. Okay, maybe not turning green and splitting my pants mad, but irritated enough to think about sending an email to Madelinetosh and Webs. I briefly thought about teaching myself how to do a Russian join, but in the end I just made doubly sure to weave in those extra 4 ends nice and securely.
With this shawl off the needles, I am in search of The Next Big Knit. Suggestions?
You’ve heard of Christmas in July, right? How about Socktoberfest in April?
- Pattern: TTL Mystery Sock 2010 by Kirsten Kapur, Ravelled here
- Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Semisolids in Mango, 1 skein
- Needles: US size 1 / 2.5mm
- Mods: I knit the size Large, using a size Medium heel flap
This was my first time participating in a mystery knit along, and it had its pros and cons to be sure. The main asset of this type of knitting is the anticipation and excitement, particularly when knitting along in a group. As each clue was released, a flurry of knitting and chatter would erupt on Ravelry, and it really kept me motivated to push on through knitting that week’s clue on both socks. The clues were released roughly as the pictures flow below:
Then, once all the clues were released and I was left with two half-knit socks, I felt discouraged. I was tired from all the excitement, and the now-garish orange yarn was irritating to look at. Naturally, they got set aside for new projects and would get worked on in fits and starts for the next several months.
It’s funny how finishing up a long-lingering project can feel so great! My creative workload has been lightened a bit, and any ill feelings I had toward these socks have vanished. Instead, I feel excited that I have these new, vibrant orange socks to wear as the weather warms and colors outside brighten. Taking six months to knit a pair of socks also has me feeling (in a misplaced way) that they were very little work. Strange, that.
In any case, I get to cast on a new pair of socks now! Hopefully they will get knit up at a slightly quicker pace. Or maybe I should pull out that shawl I started in a knit along last July…
This was a project I decided to make for my nephew last fall, well in advance of his first birthday. I printed out the pattern right away, even went out and bought the yarn. Then it sat all winter and spring. I suppose I was waiting to see what size I should make, and for the knitting deck to be clear, so to speak. About two weeks before my nephew’s birthday I cast on for this sophisticated cabled baby vest.
- Pattern: Pembroke Vest by Kirsten Kapur for Petite Purls. 18 month size (Ravelled here)
- Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 wool, 3 balls + a few yards of a 4th
- Needles: US size 5 for ribbing, 7 for body
- Mods: I changed the cable crosses so that they are mirrored.
This was such a fun pattern to knit. The cables are simply delicious, all plump and twisty in this wool. I would definitely choose this yarn again for its great stitch definition and bounce. Plus, it comes in a gorgeous range of colors. Kapur’s pattern and chart are well written and easy to follow, which was a pleasure. I could pick this up and put it down several times a day and have no problem finding my place and knitting on. It’s knit in two pieces, seamed together, and then you knit up the ribbing around the arms and neck. I knit the 18 month size which does not call for a split neck opening with buttons. If only I could go back and add them…
When I finished this vest up, I was so excited to pop it onto PB and take some photos. Can you just picture it: a cute blue-eyed baby in a blue knit vest? unfortunately the only picture that exists is in my mind, because it wouldn’t fit over her head! I picked out the bind-off edge, pulled out 3 rows of ribbing, and bound off again very l o o s e l y. Then I crossed my fingers, made a wish, and sent it off to my nephew.
It still doesn’t fit over his head.
I guess I’ll be attempting some sort of sweater vest surgery next time I visit! Oh well.