Nicole Cowl

I follow a LYS on Facebook, Fibre Space. It’s this cute little yarn store in Old Town. One day late last fall they posted a cute new cowl that I just immediately fell in love with.

On a rainy day in early December, Mike and I headed over there so I could check out the yarn and pick up the pattern. The yarn is a wonderful thick and thin by Rowan and the pattern was super simple.
I did find the triple wrapped elongated stitch to be only slightly irritating because once you wrap the yarn and it feeds onto the circular needle cable, the loop follows the width of the cable and not the needle. No big deal, until you have to start using those stitches again. But I got through it with no problem and I do love how the elongated stitch looks now.

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Feather and Fan

A few years back my friend Denise and I attended a four week knit and lit group at a small bookstore in the city. The place was Politics and Prose. The book was The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood. Denise and I were the youngest ladies there which was quite nice actually. We all sat around a big wooden table and discussed first the book and then knitting and yarn.
There were lots of different projects going on around the laps of these women and it was enjoyable seeing how advanced and skilled some of them of were.
I was still only starting and had really only just learned how to purl.
But I kept my eyes and ears open and learned a lot.
One of the first projects that I attempted in order to really stretch my skills was a stitch pattern from Barbara Walker’s “A Treasure of Knitting Patterns”, specifically the Feather and Fan stitch. Or “Old Shale”.
It was just unique enough to keep me interested and just simple enough to not intimidate me.

I worked on this scarf for quite a while before it was long enough to bind off. The color is lovely and rich. I’m such a sucker for teal blue. It’s soft and drapey and pretty enough for many different outfits.

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Little Leaves Lace Wrap

I started this knitting project last year sometime. Who can even recall at this point! I came across the scarf hanging in the Looped Yarn Works shop. (My favorite LYS!) One of the owners, Janie (a wonderful lady!), knitted this up previously and recommended it as a project.

I’m always skeptical of lace, but this pattern was pretty simple so I figured I’d give it a whirl.

If you’re on Ravelry, you can find it here.

I chose Blue Heron Rayon Metallic yarn for this scarf because I wanted something that lays softly and can be worn throughout the year. No wool please!

I decided to make the scarf wider AND longer than the pattern, so I needed to buy two skeins of this luxurious yarn. 80+ bucks for a scarf? Okay! I mean, it’s not my normal, but as a splurge, why not. Since I spent so much on the yarn, I didn’t want to only use half of the second skein. So I just kept knitting and knitting and knitting.

I think it’s the longest scarf ever?

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Closeup of pattern:

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Wearing:

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Being that it is so long, it gives me lots of versatility when I’m wearing it. Mostly I wear it wrapped twice. And then knotted sometimes. Truth be told, I can wear this thing wrapped around my neck at least 4 times!

I decided to add fringe to mine and just love how luxe and pretty it is.

My Learning Sweater

This knitting project started in early 2012. It was finished some time in 2013. I THINK! I’m not even sure at this point. I started it 3 or 4 different times and since it was my first knitted garment, I had troubles early on.

The pattern is a babydoll cardigan by Lisa Ellis. The ladies at my favorite LYS did it first and I just loved it. I picked out some Cascade 128 Superwash, which is so soft and snuggly!

As I became comfortable with the pattern and was cruising along, I loved seeing the creation of an actual sweater taking place. I would stop to admire my work frequently. At one point, I noticed something weird:

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See that subtle line? Eerrgghhh. Twisted stitches! Not even sure how it happened. But I couldn’t leave it. Which meant frogging about 5 inches. Not fun.

But I pressed on and months later (LOL) finally got the whole thing together. And then it sat in my closet because I was having issues picking up stitches for the ribbed v-neck finishing. It just wasn’t easy or enjoyable! I must have done that v-neck 6 times before deciding it looked okay.

But it is done. I wore it last spring, right before the heat set in. And now I can wear it more because we’re in the midst of a polar vortex. Despite the shorter sleeves, this is a ridiculously warm and cozy sweater. I wore it yesterday in fact!

Front:

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Back:

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Wearing!

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Knitty Mitty

So way back in January I took a mittens/magic loop knitting class and started on my own pair.

I used this wonderfully delicious merino wool in tones of pink. Self-striping yarn is the best!

So I started them up and everything was going well. I was following the pattern according to the larger size. But once I started finishing the first mitten, something was off. I didn’t really know what, but my mitten just didn’t look right.

I shrugged it off and decided to just continue on to mitten two.

Once I completed the pair, I was seriously side-eyeing the whole thing.

They, um, looked a little like oven mitts?

See:

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The proportions were just off. But I had followed the pattern exactly! The amount of increases was incorrect I suspect. My knitting pal Denise had finished her pair too and hers looked GREAT. Not at all like my oven mitts. And she had followed the pattern according the smaller size. I figured that was it. The pattern as written for the bigger version wasn’t fleshed out/tested properly. I tried on Denise’s mittens and they fit me great. I decided to make a new pair using the small size instructions. This time I used a heathered gray wool and vibrant blue. I had to knit the stripes myself. Tricky for a beginner like me, but once I got going I did great!

See:

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Love them! And the proportions were perfect.

Now what to do with those pink oven mitts?

I took some deep breaths and frogged ’em.
Pulled all of it out until I got to the ribbed cuff. So basically 90% of the each mitten.
Then I set out redoing them.
Because of other projects and well, it being so warm here (who needs mittens!?), they’ve been unfinished for a while. But I was tired of having so many WIPs so I decided to just go ahead and complete them finally. Am I the only girl knitting mittens when it’s 80 degrees outside? Maybe!

But so worth it:

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🙂

Legwarmers!

I spent some time looking around for a simple legwarmer pattern but eventually determined that I’m merely making an in-the-round tube and why would I need a pattern for that? I decided to just wing it! I started and stopped twice, just to get the right number of stitches cast on. I used Berroco Campus for these babies.

I LOVE these and wear them every cold day. They look super adorable peeking out from my boots!

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Striped Handwarmers

Awesome little fingerless mitts from the good folks at Looped Yarn Works. They offered this as a holiday project class.

http://loopedyarnworks.com/blog/holiday-project-5

I didn’t take the class, but Janie, the owner, was making them the last time I was there and I fell in love with them. The color is perfect for autumn and beyond. And the pattern was super easy. My first turn at a thumb hole! Who knew how simple it could be?

I used Zitron Nimbus yarn for these. You could do it with magic loop, but I used DPNs.

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