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Back in the Great Mitten Swap of ’08 in Boston, Julia Vesper made Maritza the most divine pair of handspun, hand-dyed, hand knit (and lined) chevron mittens. No one could leave them alone! We were all so very jealous of that lucky Maritza! You can imagine how excited I was to test knit her beautiful Chevron Love Mitten pattern last month! When she told me to pick any eight colors of the Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport line, I floundered. I think it’s safe to say that I have a problem with this yarn. Did I not recently write about this large Nature Spun remnant stash consisting only of reds/oranges and blues? What colors do you think I picked for my mittens?
As if I could resist…
Needles: US 2.5 (3.0 mm)
Aren’t the chevrons just lovely? The mittens and the free matching hat pattern also warm my stashbusting heart. This is a fantastic way to use up scraps. I would recommend Julia’s clear, straightforward patterns to anyone. Also, the color pairings she put together in her kits are truly inspired.
Although I have yet to block my mittens, I am thrilled with how they turned out. I should say, I had intended to soak these in a large wool wash this weekend to pack away my winter woolens, but then it snowed. Lesson learned. Never pack away wool before summer.
Another season, another knitterly meetup! This weekend, I met some dear friends in Boston for a knitting reunion, of sorts. We knit cowls like mad for our weekend in Philadelphia last spring but this time around, it was all about mittens. Sarah, Minty, Jennie, Megan, Julia V, Pam, Julia F, Nova, Ashley and I descended upon Boston knitters Maritza, Diana and Caro. Sadly, Staci, Meg and Christy couldn’t make it. However, Christy sent us happy and sad faces of herself so we carried her pictures around with us and photographed her doing peculiar things. Many local Boston area knitters came out to join the fun too! It was great to see Kathy, Maryse, Danielle, Femiknitmafia, Amy, Stitchy, Melissa, Kellee Adrian and Jess. I am sure I missed someone because so many people came! Of course, a knitblogger meetup of this size required a trip to WEBS, the overwhelming warehouse of yarn in Northampton. I exercised great restraint and managed to leave only $25 poorer.
On Thursday, I will post photos of the beautiful mittens Pam made me! As it is, I cannot seem to get the raw images off my camera so it will have to wait until I get home. But trust me on this one, Pam outdid herself on this pattern!
I designed some very simple argyle mittens for Julia Vesper. Let us call them Vespergyle mittens, shall we?
Yarn: Harrisville New England Shetland
Needles: US 1.5
You guys are great for moral support! With test day approaching in two weeks, I’m a mess. I feel confident and prepared one minute and nervous and stupid the next. One thing that should help is that Aaron will be taking Beatrix to visit his mom and stepfather in Montana for the week before the exam. I will be alone for an entire week, a prospect that both relieves and sickens me. I’m trying hard not to think about it.
All of this reviewing, studying and preparation has resulted in a lightning fast pair of near knee socks!
Pam and I traded some yarn back in Philadelphia and this is what I received. I thought lacy and/or cabled patterns would be too much for such a pastel so I found a neutral Nancy Bush pattern for the yarn. I’m slowly making my way through Knitting Vintage Socks and with this pair, I can cross off another pattern on my list.
The texture comes almost exclusively from different alignments of 2×2 ribbing, which makes for an easy yet still interesting pattern. I always knit my own heels and wedge toes so those were the only modifications I made to the pattern.
Isn’t the texture great? I could not be more pleased. However, let me tell you that this was by far the ugliest WIP I have ever had. The ribbing pulls the sock in at funny places when it is not modeled on an actual foot. Consequently, the WIP looks like this:
It was beyond ugly; it was truly hideous, actually. And since I was knitting mostly at the coffee shop where I study, I spent altogether too much time answering the question, “WHAT are you knitting?” and explaining to non-knitters that no, really, it will be a lovely pair of socks. I almost cast on for a second, more appealing looking pair just to avoid having to talk to people about my fugly knitting. But see? A lovely pair of socks!
I already have my next pair of knee socks going, Gentleman’s Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern, also from Knitting Vintage Socks:
Actually, I just turned the heel on this sock so perhaps I’ll have another finished pair by the end of the weekend.
Alright, that’s enough fun for now, exam prep calls.
Thanks for your sweet comments about my remaining five weeks of dread MCAT preparation. I’ll let you know how it goes! Until then, there will be little in the way of knitting, sadly.
We celebrated my grandfather’s 90th birthday in Cincinnati last weekend and rather than take the increasingly heavy aran sweater in progress, I decided to finally finish the Drunken Bee socks that Stella started for me so many months ago. No wonder we travel with socks – they’re so portable! I finished the second sock on the way there!
Pattern: Drunken Bees
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock in “Pondscum”
Needles: US 1.5 and 2
While this was a relatively clear pattern, I must say that I loathed knitting the honeycombs. I could not keep track of the twisted stitch rows. I think this is the most intricate pair of socks I’ve ever knit (by “intricate” I mean, of course, there was no ‘knit every other row’ business). Since socks are usually my mindless projects, it took me a while to devote the time to finishing these.
The beautiful pattern/yarn combination was what kept me going through all that honeycombing! I had never used STR before and now I understand the hype! It’s just marvelous to knit! We’ll see how it holds up to regular wear!
Next up is some baby sewing I’ve been promising for too long. This is one last version of the Butterick B4712 pattern. I say last because I hate working with this pattern. The layouts don’t work at all with one-way prints, the armholes are too shallow in every size and the interfacing does not fit inside the dress in any of the sizes. After the first few versions of this, I just traced out my own interfacing.
Pattern: Butterick B4712
Overall, I’m pleased with the result but I most certainly would not recommend the pattern to anyone. Baby tank dress patterns are so easy to find – you should look for a better one than this!
As I mentioned yesterday, I made two other cowls last month.
Pattern: Aspen Neck Cowl
Needles: US 4
I thoroughly enjoyed knitting with this yarn! It is so luxurious – soft, warm and shiny! I would most certainly call it bling for knitters.
The Aspen Neck Cowl is supposed to have the purl side out but I rather prefer it with the knit side out. I love those purl ridges. They were, in fact, the inspiration for the second cowl.
For lack of a better name, I’m calling this the Ridged Lace Cowl and you can find the free pattern here. The stitch pattern is so simple that I am not even going to bother with a pdf. If you decide to knit it, please let me know what you think!
Pattern: Ridged Lace Cowl
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Angora
Needles: US 8
Here is a closer view of the stitch pattern, although the color is a bit washed out. Bright orange is difficult to capture! The photos above are better representations of the color.
Stay tuned for some Nancy Bush socks!