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Back To Fairisle

I picked up my Sjølingstadkofta sweater last night, after a long hiatus.  And, I immediately fell in love again.  I’ve now finished the second (and shortest) of the three charts that make up the fairisle body of the sweater, Roses.  Next up is Oak Leaves, a 60 row chart that repeats over 198 body stitches — a nice little step down from the 300+ stitches in Roses, because I’ve now separated the sleeve stitches from the body, and won’t be working them until I go back to knit the sleeves.  The yarn, Plucky’s Oxford, is a dream to knit with.  And I love fairisle.  Absolutely love it.  I can’t wait to set up for Oak Leaves and get to work!

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The Cashmere is Mine

I’ve had to fend off attacks from various cats to maintain a claim to my blue cashmere mitts.

kitty with knitting

But, they are mine.  All mine.  I love them, and I love knitting with this fine Mongolian Cashmere.  It’s über soft, even for cashmere.  Although I am bad to get a case of second sock (or in this case, second mitt) syndrome, I cast on for the second one as soon as I finished – minus the thumb – the first one.

Second mitt in progress

I’m hoping to finish them up today.  They’re just right for some late winter hiking over the weekend if the weather cooperates, and the cats keep their distance.

another kitty with the blue mitts

[Mitts knit with one skein of Elliebelly Coventry Cashmere in “Lady Mary.”  Available here.]

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Luxury Knitting: Cashmere Fingerless Mitts

I’ve been meaning to get started on this project for some time now, and finally picked up the yarn to cast on over the weekend.

This is Tin Can Knits Paddle Fingerless Mitts.  The yarn is Elliebelly Coventry Cashmere.  After going back and forth over what color to stripe it with, I decided to use some Melted Crayon, also in Coventry, but a lighter weight, that came out much more muted than this colorway typically does (it’s a cashmere thing).  This is the second time I’ve knit Paddle, and it’s a well-written, straightforward knit, perfect for the whiny knitter who is in bed with the flu.  It’s just right for knitting and napping.  So I did.

The ribbing looks a little bit wonky – I’m not sure what caused that, but I’m hopeful a nice, gentle steam block will do the trick.  Here’s a closer look at the pretty stripe.  I’ve been a fan of mixing my Paint Brush and other variegated colorways with solids ever since knitting this quirky little hat for one of my kids, almost a decade ago.  Admittedly, the look is a lot more elegant here, because, cashmere. As pretty as the solids are alone (and the multicolored yarns alone as well), there’s something lovely and fun about mixing them up.  I think the hat I knit last earlier this month inspired me to variegated stripe again with these mitts.  Hope you’ve got something in your stash to inspire you to try it!

P.S.: I’ve added a bit of this yarn on Etsy in case you’d like to knit your own pair.  I’ll even add in some yarn for stripes if you would like!

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More Than Halfway There

The only good thing about the flu is all of the knitting time once you get to the point where you can hold your head up and watch bad tv for a couple of hours in between naps.

The whole deal on this sweater is knitting miles of stockinette. The front and back on each side grow out from the side seam.  Each piece needs to measure 12.5″ from the side seam to the end, so a total of 25″ for each piece, before I can start the necklines.  After a day of on and off sick person knitting, I’m at 14″ & 16″ and I figure I’ve knit about 8″ today, so I’m hoping the whole sick but able to knit thing holds up and I can make progress on this sweater over the next few days.

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It’s All About The Sleeves

 

I’ve been devoting most of my knitting time to Two Track, a sweater with an unusual construction.  Although it looks like one piece up above, I’m actually knitting two separate pieces.  You start at the cuff edge of the sleeves and knit in.  And, you’re knitting both the front and back at the same time (there was a bit of excitement in the cast on).  I’ve got miles of stockinette to go, and then there is a bit of magic to put in a neckline before using a three needle bind off to connect the two fronts down the middle and then do the same for the backside.

I’m knitting with The Plucky Knitter’s Lodge Worsted: 60% Merino, 20% Cotton, 10% Silk, 10% Linen / Flax.  It’s a very lovely yarn, and the dye uptake with this particular fiber mix makes for soft, heathered colors.  Although this is my coffee shop knitting at the moment, because I can knit stockinette and talk, I am really looking forward to wearing the finished sweater.  It gets ribbing on the bottom and a nice full cowl on the top, so it will definitely be a while, but it’s so lovely!  I really love both the yarn and the pattern.

 

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A Long Suffering Work In Progress

Grannie Annie

This is my Grannie Annie, a relatively simple shawl with garter ridges and feather and fan lace patterning.  It should have been a quick and simple project, but since I cast on for it in late August of last year, I’ve started and finished nine other projects and finished one other outstanding WIP.  Grannie Annie has gotten a little love here and there along the way, but I haven’t worked on it consistently.

Now, it’s my next project in line for finishing.  I’m adding a few pattern repeats to take advantage of the scrumptious Plucky Cachet.  I have about 12 rows left.  At 300+ stitches each, that may take a little doing, but I’m very excited about finishing and wearing this shawl.  Having knit most of the pattern now, I have immense appreciation for it.  It would be lovely knit in a solid color.  Since you can easily add in a repeat or two as well as additional stitches for length, this pattern would be suitable for virtually any weight of yarn.  And, I think a silk version would be amazing.  It’s a very enjoyable knit and a versatile pattern.  I’m so glad it’s almost done!

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Knitting in the Alabama Snow

It snowed in Birmingham!  We started with ice last night.

porch Swing

By the time we woke up this morning, there was a dusting of snow on the ground. It was just right for putting on all the knitted things and going for a walk, which I did. I managed to snap this picture of my Pussy Hat in progress, although I practically lost a couple of fingers to frostbite. It’s that cold here this morning! The yarn looks über-pink against the snow.  I’m worried I may have overdone it a little bit.

Pussy Hat in the Snow

The snow makes everything beautiful. Especially my rosemary, which is blooming.

Blooming Rosemary in the Snow

The big winner in all of this is Bella, our 8 week old German Shepard puppy. She loves the cold and loves the snow. I think she has a lot of growing to do if those ears are going to fit her, though.

Bella's Ears

I hope it’s warm and cozy wherever you are.  I’m going to snuggle up with my knitting and a book, and tuck my self in on my window seat where I can look up periodically and enjoy the unusual site of snow in Alabama.  Stay warm!

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