Sunday, April 30, 2017

Trillian: Complete


I am so very happy with this project.  This is another design by Martina Behm.  The Trillian pattern link is HERE.  This is not a free pattern but I am sure I will knit this a few more times. In fact, I am currently working on a blue Trillian.

Many of Martina Behm's patterns call for about 150 grams of sock yarn; much of the sock yarn I have is just 100 grams.  As a result, my Trillian is slightly smaller.  The pattern specifies that you continue to increase until you have a certain percentage of your yarn remaining and then you start the final border.  In the pattern, Martina specifies she increased to 191 stitches before beginning the border.  In my project, I was only able to increase to 157 stitches before I began the border. I ended up with very little yarn left over.  At first I was concerned my project was a little small when I tried it on, but this project grew significantly larger when I wet blocked it. 

I just love wearing this garment.  The yarn was a gift from my friend Belinda.  She got this yarn while on vacation in New York.  The Yarn is Liberty Fibers Merino Superwash Sock yarn and the colorway is called "Chinese Lacquer".  It's so soft and the color is beautiful. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Norah's Vintage Afghan: Block #10

Norah's Vintage Afghan:  Block #10

Lately I have actually been working on one project at a time.  This is a bit out of the ordinary for me. I tend to work on lots of different projects, a little work here and there on each project.  Since I am focusing on just one project at a time, I am enjoying the sense that I am actually finishing things.  This week, I have been working on Norah's Vintage Afghan Block #10.  This has been a very enjoyable knit.  I am using Berroco Vintage Worsted Weight yarn for this project and the color used in this square is "Cracked Pepper".  I'll have this done very soon and I'll be sure to share some more photos when it's all complete.

My labradoodles, Sandy and Brutus, are my constant companions. They love it when I sit and knit.  I looked up from my knitting the other day and this is what I found...

"Well, hello there BruBru!  Whatcha need, sweet boy?"

I never did figure out what he wanted or needed.  Maybe he was just checking on me.  He decided to hop up and join me on the couch.  And, just to ensure I did not leave, he plopped his sweet head over my legs to hold me down.  Sweet boy!


Friday, April 28, 2017

Market Flowers Hitchhiker (Hitchhiker #2)


This is the second time I've made a Hitchhiker.  This is a great pattern by Martina Behm.  For this Hitchhiker, I used yarn I purchased at a yarn shop near Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.  The yarn is hand dyed and the color inspiration was the beautiful fresh flowers you find at the market. 

My friend, Marilyn, also bought a ball of this yarn. She did not use all of her yarn in her project so she gave the remained of her yarn.  What we found interesting is that her ball of yarn was brighter and the dominate color was yellow.  My yarn was a bit more muted and I would say the dominate color is purple.  You can see the color variation in the photos. I started the Hitchhiker with Marilyn's yarn and, when that ran out, I added my ball of yarn. This definitely makes my Hitchhiker one of a kind.

Many of Martina Behm's patterns call for 150 gram skeins of sock weight yarn.  Specifically, she uses a German yarn called Wollmeise.  It was nice to add Marilyn's yarn to my project so my Hitchhiker is a generous size. I sure love wearing this garment!  It's surprising how much warmth just a little wrap adds when you wear it about your neck and shoulder.

On Ravelry, there are nearly 27,000 Hitchhiker projects.  It is not a free pattern, but it's a very popular pattern.  It's also very fun to knit.  Here are a few more photos for you to see.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Nubby Cowl

Believe it or not... I've had this project done for an entire year and realized I never posted it.  I bought this yarn at the Interweave Yarnfest in Loveland, Colorado, in April 2016. I knit this up project up right away. 

Here is a little more information about this project... long overdue!


Lovely wool, eh?  

A special treat from Yarn Fest. I could not resist diving into my new yarn. This yarn is from Greenwood Fiberworks; the lady in this booth was terrific. I noticed Greenwood Fiberworks is from Utah. The yarn is called Wooly Mammoth and the colorway is "Earthen Hues". 

I saw the photo below on Facebook; the photo reminds me of some of the terrain I've seen in Utah and it reminds me of the colors in the yarn. Just beautiful!

Belinda and I both purchased this yarn; we received a pattern called "Möbius Cowl"
along with the yarn. It's a very simple pattern. 

Cast on 77 stitches on US Size 15 needles. You know how patterns say "join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches"?  Well, to make the möbius flip, you twist the stitches one full twist on purpose and then knit in seed stitch until you almost run out of yarn. You don't need to mark the end/beginning of the round since there is no beginning and no end.  When you are nearly out of yarn, bind off. Easy Peasy. 

Here is a link on Etsy where you can see more Greenwood Fiberworks yarn:

Here are a few photos of the completed cowl.  I love this project and it was definitely quick and easy!

I have a number of other projects I've finished recently and will be posting about them all very soon!

Happy Knitting!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Building in Color: Panel #3 Complete

Building in Color: Panel #3
Short Rows

I have completed Panel #3 of my Building in Color afghan project.  The new skill in this panel is "short rows".  In this panel, we were also given guidance as to how to carry two colors of yarn up the side of your work in a tidy way so that you don't have long strands of yarn along the edge.

The designer of the "Building in Color" afghan is Michelle Hunter.  Her video tutorials are really great. If you are ever struggling with a knitting technique, you might want go to Michelle's blog to see if you might find a video that will give you some guidance.  Here is a link to her video tutorials:

Video Tips:

I have a number of other completed projects to share. I just need to take some nice photos to share.

Happy Knitting!