Friday, March 10, 2017

Sample Knit: Atlas

Yesss! Brooklyn Tweed just released their new collection, BT Yokes, and it is full of hand knit goodness. I just so happened to knit a sample for this collection, Atlas for women, designed by Jared Flood.

This was a fun sample to knit and I love how a fair isle yoked sweater comes together. The body is knit in the round to the underarms and then set aside while the arms are knit and then they are all knit together to form the yoke, which is where the fair isle knitting starts. The stranded knitting on this yoke is visually stunning but it can get complicated - some of the rounds require the use of three colors - but the end result is worth the work.

I love the color combination that Jared chose for this sample, Hayloft, Old World, and Fossil, but it would be really fun to play with other colors to knit your own unique Atlas. This sweater was knit in Brooklyn Tweed's yarn Shelter, which has an array of beautiful colors.

All photos in this post are used courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Finished: Aidez

Catching up here.... I realized I hadn't ever blogged about the Aidez sweater I knit - 5 years ago!!! I wouldn't have believed it had been that long if I didn't look up the information on my Ravelry page. I seem to have finished this in March of 2012 - when the twins were 5 months old - so that explains everything right there.

I am glad I had enough sense to enter the details into Ravelry or I would not have remembered any of the information. The pattern is Aidez by Cirilia Rose. I knit this in Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky in the color Natural on size US 10 1/2 needles.

I am pretty sure I started knitting this when I was pregnant. I thought it would be a good sweater to wear because it was open in the front. I think because I was so big and uncomfortable being pregnant with twins, I didn't get very much knitting done and scrapped it until after they were born. I know it was a relatively quick knit because of the bulky yarn.

I really love the cables on this sweater - especially the seed wishbone cable and the ear of corn cable. They are very interesting and not your run-of-the-mill cables. I did switch out the two cables that ran on either side of the trellis cable on the back for the ear of corn cables. I felt like there were just too many different types of cables going on on this sweater. I also wanted to tie the front to the back so that the cables were consistent. Otherwise, it seemed like the front belonged to an entirely different sweater than the back.

I really like this sweater but I don't 100% love this sweater. The sleeves are an inch or two too short and the front panels aren't wide enough so that they meet in the front - which I think is part of the design. It is nice and warm but it is way too bulky to fit under a coat. So if I am wearing it in the house and it is freezing cold outside and I need to go out, I have to take it off and find another sweater to wear. It is perfect to wear as an outerwear piece on chilly days. All in all it has been a good sweater and I have gotten a lot of wear out of it.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Because I Have to Knit Something...

I just finished up a few projects and I have a few more I want to start next. The only problem is I didn't have the yarn for these projects and I didn't think to order any until I was sitting here empty handed. Sometimes I try to take a little break and maybe clean the house or organize a closet that got out of control but I can't go for too long without knitting anything. I know. It's just so hard. So while I am waiting for my new yarn to arrive, I cast on for the Sakura shawl because I have had the pattern and the yarn ready to go for some time now.

I just finished chart A (there are 4 charts) and the easiest part of the shawl - because it starts with 7 stitches and grows on either side of a center stitch ending with 367 stitches. So far so good.

I looked up the name "Sakura" and it means cherry blossom in Japanese. I think it is looking more like peacock feathers. Either way, the pattern is very pretty.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Finished: Mittens

As the cold weather rolled around in December, I needed a new pair of mittens to keep my hands warm - and look cute in some hand knits. I was working on a pair but kind of realized that they weren't going to match my coat or ski jacket, both of which are black. So I started over with a new pair.

The pattern is The World's Simplest Mittens by Tin Can Knits. It is a free download. Yay! I added the stripes myself because I wanted some interest and not a boring solid black mitten. I used Paton's Classic Wool in colors black and white and I used sizes US 6 and 8 needles.

I love these. They were super easy to make (hence the name) and knit up pretty quickly. Check mittens off my list of winter accessories to knit.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy New Year!

This post comes a little bit late but I have been trying to play catch up from the holidays. Also, every member of our family has been sick at one point or another over the last three weeks. I must say, I am glad it is all behind me and things are back to normal around here. I completed zero of my end of year goals (from a couple of posts ago) but my knitting has moved into a new direction so I am not so upset about that. I always forget, too, that the month of December is always a wash as far as my knitting goes. I have so much else going on to get ready for Christmas that my knitting gets put on the back burner. I did complete a small project for myself so all was not lost.

It is always at this time of year that I look forward to the warmer weather and sunnier days and my knitting tends to follow suit. There is a particular sweater that I have had my eye on and that I have actually knit that I would love to re-knit.

This is the Yoke Detail Sweater by Debbie Bliss and it was published in the Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine, Spring/Summer 2009. I knit this about three years ago. There were warnings on Ravelry on knitters' project pages that this was turning out on the large side. I did the math and figured I would knit the smallest size and it would give me a little bit of ease and it would turn out ok. It is way bigger than my math and my gauge swatch (and the dimensions given in the pattern) suggested. It kind of swallows me up.

I still really love this sweater so I am thinking I will re-knit this in a smaller weight yarn on smaller needles and do the math to get the increases/decreases right and hopefully that will work.

Another thing that really bothers me about this sweater that I knit is the fact that one of the lace leaves right on the front is completely messed up. As I was knitting this one evening on the couch, I got up for a few minutes and when I came back my cute little dog, that was then a puppy, decided to make a nest of my sweater. He was curled up right on top of it. Stitches had come off the needle and because I was knitting the lace part, stitches got dropped and it was just unfixable. I tried the best I could but I just couldn't repair it.

All in all, I think this deserves a second go. If done right, I think it would be a great spring addition to my wardrobe. I better start soon!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Sample Knit: Proof Scarf

Exciting News! Brooklyn Tweed released its Winter 17 collection this week and all of the designs are stellar! I knit a sample for this collection - the beautiful Proof Scarf.
Proof is designed by Jared Flood and it is worked up in Brooklyn Tweed's newest offering of yarn, Arbor, in the color Vintner. I was lucky enough to get a whole box full of this yarn to work up the scarf before it was even released. Arbor is a DK weight and it strays away from BT's signature type of tweedy yarn like Shelter and Loft. I loved knitting with this yarn. It is a wonderful wool that knits up a smooth fabric with crisp stitch definition. And this deep wine-colored red is lovely.
This scarf has a lot going on - forked ribs, cables, and cartridge rib - but they all come together to make a harmonious design. The beginning and end have a tubular cast-on and cast-off which give it a professional look. It is really long as well. Great for bundling up on cold winter days.
I really liked knitting this sample. It definitely kept my interest and I loved watching all of those cables get worked up!
All photos in this post are used courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Rethinking a Sweater

Last week I had the good intentions of knitting sweaters for the twins. I thought I needed something easy and fast. When I have to knit 2 of the same thing, the quicker the better. What could be easier and faster than a top down sweater? Everything gets knit at the same time and there aren't and seams and the finishing touches are minimal. So I started the top down sweater and everything was going along fine. After I got past the armholes and started knitting the body, I tried it on one of the boys. It fit well but something about it just wasn't right. I looked at it and tried to put my finger on what wasn't right about it. It was just so... boring. Too easy and too quick maybe.
It was then that I decided to scrap that project. I had a different idea for the yarn. Looking around Ravelry to see if I could find exactly what I was looking for, I came up with nothing. So now I'm designing something. Not so easy or so quick but I think I will be a lot happier with the results. I started swatching to get gauge. I am excited to see how this goes.