Posts categorized "Scarves"

No medal, but I have a snazzy new wrap!

Presenting All the Shades of Indigodragonfly (aka All the Shades of Truth)

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This was my Olympic project.  I finished it Tuesday, so it was a bit late, but I didn't knit anything else but this wrap since July 28th--it was that much fun.

See here I am having fun knitting on a break at work:

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The yarns are all Indigodragonfly.  Three were Smart Ass Knitters/World Domination Club yarns and the remaining two I ordered to fill in the gaps.  All but one had 20% cashmere meaning this is a soft, snuggly wrap.  It already did the trick in an overly air conditioned showing of Paranorman (which you should totally go see--it's great).

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I love colourful garter stitch knitting.  It was great fun.  See my Ravelry page for all the colour details etc.  I did fiddle with the colours a bit because I was a bit short on the yardage for a few colours.  I don't think it matters though--that was part of the fun.

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All the Shades of Crazy

I blame it on the kitchen reno and my completely failed attempt at participating in the Tour de Fleece (it was such a failure I didn't even mention it here or on Twitter)...I'm doing an O-y-p-c project (you know, that big event in London).

I decided to knit All the Shades of Truth because it's beautiful and I had almost enough yarn in my stash to knit it.  Well 3 out of 5 colours; all of which are club yarns from the Smartass Knitters/World Domination one skein club from Indigodragonfly.  I ordered two more colours to round things out, picked them up in person (and had a lovely visit at Indigodragonfly headquarters) and got started a day late.

It's been fun knitting.  I love me a good garter stitch project and 4 out of 5 yarns have cashmere in them...all good.

All the shades

Pretty eh?

On Monday I took stock.  I noticed the Olympics are half over (and I haven't watched anything more than what's on the restaurant tvs) and wondered how much more I had to do.

Oh, that's a lot.

Then the crazy set in.  I got out a calculator, opened my Evernote app and this is what I wrote:

Remaining rows:

Section 2: 30 @ 280sts 8400
Section 3: 78 @ 75 sts 5850
Section 4: 28 @ 319 sts 8932
Section 5: 110 @ 89sts 9790
Section 6: 124 @ 89sts 11036
Edging: 48 @ 431sts 10344
Total rows: 394
Total sts: 54352
6 days: 9108 sts per day
Average sts/row = 138
Tuesday
Finish section 2 plus 10 rows section 3
Wednesday 
Finish section 3 plus 13 rows section 4
Thursday
Finish section 4 plus 49 rows section 5
Friday 
Finish section 5 plus 41 rows section 6
Saturday
Finish section 6 plus 4 rows edging
Sunday
Finish 20 rows edging.  Weave in ends

First off, that's a lot of knitting to do for someone who doesn't have a kitchen and has a job and children (well one is away canoeing in Algonquin Park, but still). 

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Second, I must be going insane to have calculated a full plan based on an average row based on calculating all the remaining stitches in the project.
What have I become?

All the shades of crazy

Oh, and as of this morning I'm 46 rows behind. Crap.
Maybe this will also be a Paralympics project. 

 


Colourful Finishing

I've been on a bit of a finishing frenzy the last few weeks. 

Colour Affection is done!

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It's a beautiful shawl.  The colours are soft and subtle and the yarn is amazing!  After a nice bath in some Soak, everything softened and bloomed and it's all stretchy garter stitch goodness.

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I've only worn it once because we're in the middle of a heat wave but know Colour Affection will be in heavy rotation once the weather cools.

Kimuro Handspun Woven Scarf is done!

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I started the spinning Easter weekend and finished the scarf in June.  That's not too shabby. It's really pretty and soft, but I'm still not happy with my edges.   Untitled I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, but in some ways I don't care since the bumpy yarn compliments the bumpy edges (and may in fact be contributing to the bumpiness). 

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The scarf is a gift for Xander's super awesome teacher.  She's an appreciator of art and craft and I know she'll be pleased with it.

Pioneer is Done!

I haven't blogged much about this top.  I started it last summer, worked on it here and there and finally got around to finishing it last weekend.  I'm a bit meh about it.  The Artfibres Golden Chai silk yarn is AMAZING, but I'm not sure if I like the look of the top on me.  I haven't got any finished shots or modelled shots yet--here's a link to my out of date Ravelry page--(and it's too hot to try today).  I find the deep vee neck is complicated to wear and it grew a bit in length when I washed it. 

If I don't wear it, Emma will (she takes many of my knit cast-offs) and I'm happy to have it complete.

What's next?  Socks.  I started a pair of toe-up socks using my handspun from a few years ago.  They're turning out well and sometimes it's nice to have some unchallenging socks on the needles.  

Handspun sock

Once it's a bit cooler out I'll plot my next big project.

 


so maybe I started that shawl everyone is knitting...

And maybe, I just about have it finished.  

Colour affection

Yep, a Colour Affliction Affection Shawl.  In Madeline Tosh Merino Light.  I've never used the yarn before and there were buckets of it at the Needle Emporium booth at the Spring Knitter's Frolic and well, I fell down. 

And it's all garter stitch.  I LOVE garter stitch and colour and easy knitting and pretty yarn.  So you can totally see how it might happen that I would be knitting this shawl every chance I had.

It also goes to show that while I'm still a good knitter, I'm a rather poor blogger.  Late April and May was consumed with work and Colour Affection was the perfect diversion after a long day (or even during the evening work sessions where I had downtime waiting for the computer to do it's thing--I was system testing).

I'm at the bind off now and it's taking some time.  I also forgot to count at some point and ended up doing an extra repeat in the 3 colour section.  Not that I mind, the shawl is a bit bigger and it's been a fun knit so it doesn't matter.

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The colours are Manor (blue), Thyme (green and impossible to photograph) and Cathedral (reds, pinks, greens and blues and GORGEOUS).  I tried to move out of my usual colour selections, and didn't do very well, but I did choose something more subtle than is normal for me.

Today, I'm taking an actual lunch break and will go visit Lettuce Knit and hopefully bind this shawl off.  I haven't been to my LYS in a long time because of work and ball hockey so it'll be nice to breathe some yarn fumes.  

 

 


Flavia

I am **THIS** close to finishing my Ella coat.  I just need to sew down the buttonhole facing one more time (I don't want to discuss it).  Since I don't have a spiffy new coat to show off today I will show off a gorgeous new shawl instead.

Meet Flavia

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The pattern by the awesome GlennaC was the December yummy Indigodragonfly Smartass Knitters/World Domination package this year.  700 metres of lucisious polwarth silk blend, dk weight, super skein of fantasticness.

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I started the shawl in late February, knit on it like crazy, then Ella and her ruffles muscled her way into my life.  After I triumphed over the ruffles I went for the easy win and finished the shawl this weekend.

Lovely, squooshy moss stitch, a pointy pretty border.  Perfect for my chilly morning bike ride to work.

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Skirting Ella

Nora gave us a big, 3 week assignment for the Ella Reinvented KAL and the deadline is Sunday (not that it's a hard deadline since this is knitting and fun and all that, but I like to stay on top of things). The task is to pick up from the high waist of the Ella bolero and knit down to the length desired.

I can totally do that.  Easy.  Pretty on the pick-up.

My random stripe pattern (for which I have a cheat sheet to keep it random--I know, but I migrate naturally to patterns so I have to plan my randomness), is chugging along and is quite fetching.

Oooooh, what's that?  New yarn for Xander's sweater.  I can work on that for a bit to make him happy.  I have three weeks to knit my Ella skirt.

Flavia?  What a pretty shawl.  I started you at my girls'n'yarn weekend and I'm on the border so I'm practically finished.  I should work on that in the car trip to drop the kids at Grandma's for March break.  Tons of time to work on Ella and she's not that portable anymore (I carry her in a big Lululemon shopping bag).

Aw crap, it's 4 days to deadline time and I have 6 inches of knitting for a knee length Ella. I better get going.


Since I last blogged...

I caught a craptastically craptastic cold (I actually had it in the pictures of my finished Amused--hence the hat and pale face) and spent most of last week sick at home.

That wasn't all bad because a) I re-watched the complete two seasons and Christmas special of Downton Abbey (which I ADORE) and b) I knit a whole big bunch.

For example, I completed weeks 5and  6 of my Ella Reinvented coat, the cuffs and the collar.  I'm loving these ruffles! -even if they take FOREVER to bind off.  (It's a picot bind off, cast on 2, bind off 3, on a ruffle of a gabillion sts).

Ella with collar

And I finished my Grand Central Cowl (sorry about the crappy photos, sickness makes me lazy). 

 

The yarn is super squooshy Briar Rose Pilgrim. I love the deep jeweled colours.  Natalie's pattern is easy and fun and fast. I want to make another one.

 

I also got started on something new, Flavia from the Indigodragonfly Smartass Knitters/World Domination Club. The yarn is extra yummy Polwarth Silk. This stuff could become my desert island yarn. The pattern is a whole lot of moss stitch which suits me fine--I wanted some easy couch knitting.

This is my progress as of this morning. I got a whole lot of knitting done this weekend, but that's another post.


End of 2011 Knitting Frenzy

I don't have a lot of unfinished knitted things taking up space in my yarn credenza (yep, I have my own yarn storage furniture), but there are a few things I want to get off the needles by the end of the year.  I like the idea of knocking down my stash a few kilometres (I love the downloadable excel spreadsheet on Ravelry!) and also having a relatively clean slate for the new year so I can cast on a whole bunch of new things.

I also don't do a lot of Christmas knitting, but always cave at the last minute and decide to make a few things.

This year I wove a scarf for my brother Mike.  He made a request on his birthday, went through the stash with me and well, said it would complement his rather expensive hipster coat--how can a big sister refuse?

I didn't get good photos as I finished it a few hours before we had our Christmas celebration.  But here's Mike happy with his scarf.

The warp was Indigodragonfly sock in Shadows and Fog and leftovers of Bugga and Tanis.  Yum.

I also decided to knit both kids socks for Christmas.  My children have size 9 feet.  Not my best plan.  I realized I wouldn't finish Emma's so I'll shoot for her birthday in January.  The pattern is Tiara from Indigodragonfly and the yarn is MCN in Now accepting applications for Minions.  It was a Smart-Ass/World Domination One Skein club offering in 2010.  Here's the first sock.  Not bad being 50% of the way there.

I did manage to finish Xander's sock.  I used the Velodrome pattern by Natalie Selles and Socks that Rock Lightweight in a one-off colourway.  It was a tight timeline--I finished them December 24th at 8pm.  The funniest part was him not noticing while I knit them in the car on the way to Mom's!

They were put on the second after he opened them--the finest compliment one can give a knitter.

With all that Christmas knitting out of the way, I decided something for me was in order. I went with the easy win: Momentum Cowl in vintage stash Colinette Point 5. Started at lunch on Christmas, was done before bed. Emma is stealing borrowing it for now.

Now that those things are out of the way, my plan is to finish that Tiara sock and finally finish the Hanami Stole I started in 2009. Probably not doable in the next 2 days, but it's good to have goals!


Knitalongs and Scheming

This summer I started Cliffs of Insanity for the Indigodragonfly Summer Knitalong.  I loved this scarf and loved the idea of knitting laceweight but not knitting lace and of trying Habu Silk Stainless.  My colour combo was You Punched the Highlights Out of Her Hair! and a lovely plum.  

Of course, I got sidetracked and as the knitalong was coming to a close I frantically tried to finish.  When I realized that wasn't going to happen.  I cheated came up with a cunning plan.

The scarf pattern is a nifty one--there is lots of places to customize and add in random cables.  So I just decided to customize a little more as you can see from the fabulous photos modelled by Emma:

Emma Super Silly Model

The yarn became part of the design, adding texture and depth to the scarf.  And the lovely grey circulars work as an industrial-styled shawl pin holding the scarf in place.  

Emma Super Silly Model

The live stitches are another fascinating design detail.

Emma Super Silly Model

It didn't work in the Indigodragonfly forums either... (but it was fun to do all the scheming!)

So I got knitting and got this scarf finished!  

 

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It is a pile of squooshy wool silk goodness. The stainless steel gives it a scrunch-ability (I know, not a word, but you get the picture) that is fun to play with and the random cables made the knitting interesting. IMG_0919

I'm already contemplating another one. Get the pattern and some yummy yarns at Indigodragonfly!


Vacation weaving

I spent the last week at home, off work, being deliciously lazy with the kids. I felt a bit bad about not getting a lot accomplished but cut myself some slack; it's a holiday, and I don't need to be productive every. Minute. Of. The. Day. And yet, I did get something done. On a whim, I took out my neglected rigid heddle loom, pulled out some yarn and got it warped. A couple of days later, with minimal effort, I had a nice little scarf. Sparkle Handspun scarf

The warp: Dream in Colour Shiny (it has sparkles). The weft: handspun given to me by my pal Laura.

Sparkle Handspun scarf

I tried a float pattern for the first time. I don't think I did the right thing on the edges though. But I bet you can't see it.

Sparkle Handspun scarf

I think it's a bit bright for me, but Emma is already eyeing it.  Or I could say I was very productive this vacation and put it aside for a Christmas present.