Finished in 2011

I’m late posting this, but I’d rather post late than not at all. Here’s all of 2011’s craftiness in one mega-photo mosaic:

1. Baby Llama cowl, 2. Clover Walk 2-ply, 3. Goodale Sweater, 4. Pua Kenikeni Block, 5. Kukui Block, 6. Cross-stitch Floppy, 7. Joe’s Floppy Disk, 8. Nini’s disk, 9. Susie’s disk, 10. Silk-tacular skein, 11. Skew Too, 12. Dainty Flower Embroidery, 13. A disk for me, 14. Handspun Fingerless Gloves, 15. Clumsy Beret, 16. Spriteling Mystery Shawl, 17. Personalised Cassette Tape, 18. Madeleine’s Quilt Folded, 19. Kyr’s Quilt Folded, 20. Entrelac Baby Blanket, 21. Instant Baby Sweater, 22. Handspun Stack, 23. Banana Split Singles, 24. Pea Vines Shawl, 25. Teddy Rhino, 26. Poignant Elephant (with a dress), 27. Charity Twig Gloves, 28. The Mock-up Fairy™, 29. Mom’s Thanksgiving Shawl, 30. Celes Shawl

So that’s 14 knitted projects (1 cowl, 2 sweaters – adult & baby, 1 pair of socks, 2 pairs of gloves, 1 hat, 4 shawls, 1 baby blanket and 2 toys), 2 Hawaiian Appliqué blocks, 5 cross-stitch diskettes, 1 cross-stitch cassette, 5 skeins of handspun, 2 baby quilts (group projects!), and one dress (FINALLY) finished.

Surprisingly productive for how busy a year it turned out to be. I really didn’t think I got that much crafting done.

Knitting Finished in 2010

It seems like there was a lot less knitting in 2010. But I think it’s more a matter of a lot less finishing of things. There are plenty of sleeping projects, awaiting projects and things in the works in various places around my living room. And there are some projects (like the tea leaves cardigan) that are basically finished but need final blocking or buttons and photographs to REALLY be declared done, but there’s time for that.

1. Dress for bébé chat, 2. Bunny front, 3. Dodecahedron, 4. Bunny for me, 5. Matching rainbows, 6. Rainbow dodecahedron, 7. Ta-da!, 8. The tea is brewing quickly, 9. Finished Oyster Pie Blanket, 10. Socks for Grumpy, 11. Shawl blocking, 12. Handspun Annis

Check it: knitting!

It’s been seamed. Buttons are on and it’s all done.

Amongst all the non-knitting crafting I’ve been blogging about, I have been knitting behind the scenes. And I’ve made my favourite sweater to date. It’s been a great success!

Generally I usually have much angst when it comes to knitting sweaters. I try to be good. Measure. Swatch. Gauge. Blocking. I have a sweater that taught me the importance of each. The hard way of course. Even as recently as November I had my heart broken by another sweater: the mis-behaving Girl Friday.

But (finger’s crossed) I think I’ve knit my way out of it. Like with jazz improv solos or abstract paintings, I have knit my share of bad sweaters so (knitting goddesses permitting) it should be smoother sailing from now on. And my most recently completed knitting project has me believing again that a wearable sweater is possible to make.

Originally I cast on with this yarn for a Lady February Sweater. After knitting the yoke and just about starting into the gull lace section, I decided a pattern change would be a good idea. The February Lady sweater is a great pattern which I really like, but it’s super boxy and as it’s based on a baby sweater, kind of a young, little girl in pink-pinafore kind of look. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but in my family, we all have super young looking faces (again, not necessarily a bad thing) so wearing young clothes perpetuates people thinking I’m in University or sometimes even high school. It’s only in the past year that I’ve stopped being carded everywhere I go. So I thought a more grown up sweater pattern was in order. Enter Oblique by Véronik Avery.

Now the Pingouin Grège that I was using is not the same gauge as the yarn used in the pattern. Pretty standard for my knitting, which is likely while I usually run into trouble. But I swatched. A few times. And blocked THOUROUGHLY. Then I did math. Yes, I did the math to figure out what number of stitches would correspond to the measurements I wanted. Oh yes! I also did lots of measuring of sweaters I already have, comparing them to figure out what measurements would give me the fit that I wanted. After all the measuring and the math, I was able to work out my plan for attack: use the stitch counts for a larger size to account for my smaller gauged yarn WHILE following the length measurements for the smallest size (I have a short torso). This worked out super well.

I cast on a started knitting. I usually try to take notes about what modifications/gauge things I come up with into a knitting notebook, but it never works out. It’s one extra thing to deal with so somehow I always loose track. Recently what I’ve started doing is making my notes on the actual printed pattern. I mostly work from patterns printed off the computer so this works out pretty well. I know I need my pattern, so I know I’ll always have my notes at hand. It’s only taken me 20 years of knitting to figure this out. Sometimes I’m just smart like that.

I worked on this sweater here and there in the evenings when tired of spinning/fighting working with my sewing machine and am watching tv. So while I wasn’t really paying attention, I finished a sweater! And then seamed it. And then bought buttons. Then it sat for a while as I figured out what to use on the inside to reinforce where they’d be attached. The weather turned quite cool and rainy again so I decided the universe (or knitting goddesses) were telling me to just be done already and I could actually wear it.

And I love it. It fits a little bigger than I planned, but close enough for me to call it a success. I can actually see myself wearing it (and I have) to work without feeling like the usual jeans + t-shirt sloppy self I’ve been for the past while. This sweater, while being big and cosy definitely isn’t in the sloppy category. It’s also super warm. Gotta love that alpaca content.

So TA-DA! I can knit a sweater! That I like! And that fits how I want! And isn’t a big silly hoodie!

Pattern: Oblique by Véronik Avery
Materials: Pingouin Grège
Modifications: Working larger size for gauge. Following length measurements for smallest size.
Start Date: November 23, 2009 as February Lady Sweater. Made pattern switch April 12, 2010.
End Date: May 21, 2010

Needless to say that immediately upon finishing this sweater, I promptly started another. More on that later.

Knitting Finished in 2009

Puffs Beret
Pattern: Qiviuk Webs Tam by Gayle Roehm in Interweave Knits Holiday 2007
Materials: 1/2 skein Filatura Di Crosa Superior 12 blue
Start Date: December 25, 2008
End Date: January 3, 2008

Mini Blanket
Pattern: Stripy Throw — Simple Crochet
Adaptations: Doubled all rows to create bigger stripes
Materials: Briggs & Little Heritage in Washed White, Scarlet, Navy Blue and Light Blue
Start Date: Fall 2004
Finished By: January 16, 2009.

Queen of January Socks
Pattern: Queen of Beads by Sivia Harding
Materials: ‘My Blue Heaven’ Socks That Rock lightweight, Rockin’ Sock Club for January
Start Date: January 30, 2009
End Date: February 5, 2009

Stripey Socks
Pattern: 4×2 Ribbed socks, Short row toe-up
Materials: Knit it Up! Silky Sock Yarn Cinema for December: Rudy
Start Date: January 14, 2009
End Date: February 7, 2009

Puffed Berry Scarf
Pattern: Scarf with fir cone lace border by Jane Sowerby from Victorian Lace Today
Materials: 1.3 skein Filatura Di Crosa Superior 12 blue
Start Date: January 22, 2009
End Date: March 8, 2009

Superstar potholders
Pattern: Daisy Hot Plate Mat & Pot Holders
Materials: Briggs & Little Heritage natural and BFL Handspun
Start Date: March 22, 2009
End Date: March 24, 2009

Pattern: Amelia by Laura Chau
Materials: Cascade 220 in 7803
Modifications: Moved waist panel for my measurments. Shortened sleeves and followed neckline decreases for smallest size. Grouped buttons all the way up the front.
Start Date: December 13, 2008
End Date: April 4, 2009

Golden Ticket Socks
Pattern: Marlene by Cookie A. from Knit.1 Fall/Winter 2008
Materials: Knit it Up! Silky, ‘Canary in a Coal mine’
Modifications: Twisted ribbing on the gussets.
Start Date: February 7, 2009
End Date: June 15, 2009

Rambling Roses Socks
Pattern: Rogue Roses
Materials: ‘Gertrude Skein’ Socks That Rock mediumweight, Rockin’ Sock Club for March
Start Date: March 29, 2009
End Date: June 24, 2009

Purple Squiggle Socks
Pattern: Fraggle Squiggle Socks
Materials: ‘Pepe La Plume’ Socks That Rock lightweight, Rockin’ Sock Club for June
Start Date: June 24, 2009
End Date: August 20, 2009

Pattern: Jaywalkers by Grumperina
Materials: Austermann Step colour 11
Start Date: August 20, 2009
End Date: August 31, 2009

September Shortie Harvest Socks
Pattern: In Season by Melissa Morgan-Oakes
Materials: ‘Garden Daze’ Socks that Rock lightweight Sock club for July
Start Date: September 6, 2009
End Date: September 13, 2009

Jaywalkers the Second
Pattern: Jaywalkers by Grumperina
Materials: Regia Crazy Color 5437
Start Date: September 16, 2009
End Date: September 24, 2009

Lace Leaf Scarf
Pattern: Haruha scarf by Mari Muinonen
Materials: Malabrigo Yarn Lace in Sealing Wax
Start Date: approx. September 30, 2009
End Date: October 24, 2009

Interlocking Leaves Sample Sock
Pattern: Interlocking Leaves by Kelly Porpiglia
Materials:Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering Weight
Modifications: Plugged the lace repeat into a 60 st top down sock
Start Date: October 31, 2009
End Date: November 6, 2009

Dad’s Christmas Socks
Pattern: Christmas socks based on Gentleman’s Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern by Nancy Bush from Knitting Vintage Socks
Materials: Zitron Trekking Pro Natura
Modifications: Plugged the pattern repeat into a top down sock with stockinette heel and wedge toe
Start Date: November 29, 2009
End Date: December 14, 2009

Mom’s Christmas Shawl
Pattern: Laminaria by Elizabeth Freeman
Materials:Malabrigo Yarn Lace
Modifications: Extra repeats of Blossom Chart and omitted last row of purls to maximise yarn usage.
Start Date: December 13, 2009
End Date: December 27, 2009

Sewing Finished in 2009

Reversible Blue Swing Bag
Pattern: Amy Butler Swing bag
Fabric: Amy Butler Lotus in Sky/Tree Peony and Amy Butler Belle in Pine/Coriander
Date: July 2009

The Yellow Bag
Pattern: Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag
Fabric: exterior – butter and white floral, handles and lining – Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Linen/Martini
Date: August 3rd 2009

Pattern: Amy Butler Stash and Dash bags
Fabric: exterior – butter and white floral, exterior contrast and lining – Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Linen/Martini
Date: August 11th 20099

The Pink Bag
Pattern: Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag
Fabric: exterior – Amy Butler Lotus in Pink/Tree Peony, handles – Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Brown/Trailing Cherry and lining – Amy Butler Belle in Duck Egg/Seeds
Date: August 7th 2009

Pattern: Amy Butler Stash and Dash bags
Fabric: exterior – Amy Butler Lotus in Pink/Tree Peony, exterior contrast – Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Brown/Trailing Cherry and lining – Amy Butler Belle in Duck Egg/Seeds
Date: August 12th 2009

The Cat Bag
Pattern: Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag
Fabric:Various cat fabrics
Date: August 31 2009

The Green Bag
Pattern: Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag
Fabric: exterior – Joel Dewberry Chestnut Hill in Black Eyed Susan-Forest, handles and lining – Joel Dewbery Chestnut Hill in Chestnut branches – Aqua
Date: September 3 2009

The Yellow and Mustard Bag
Pattern: Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag
Fabric: exterior – Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Linen/Optic Blossom, handles and lining – Amy Butler Midwest Modern in Mustard/Martini
Date: September 4th 2009

Finished in 2008

Pink Lopi Raglan
Pattern: Sweater no. 4 from Lopi no. 20
Modifications: Lots of adaptations for gauge (Létt Lopi instead of double stranding Alfoss Lopi)
Materials: Istex Létt-Lopi
Start Date: November 30, 2007
Finished By: April 20, 2008

Handspun Le’Slouch
Pattern: Le’ Slouch by Knit and Tonic
Adaptations: Um, handspun anyone? Started with 6 st i-cord and knit down from the top making increases every other row. Alternated the handspun with the Silk Dream every other row to maximise handspun slouchyness.
Materials: 1 skein Lang Silk Dream, 50 grams Handspun from Ozark Handspun 100% Silk roving
Start Date: March 23, 2008
End Date: April 12, 2008

Such Great Heights Socks
Pattern: No-brainer toe-up socks
Materials: Noro Kureyon Sock
Start Date: May 31, 2008.
End Date: July 10, 2008.

Unfortunate Crosswalkers
Pattern: Crosswalker Socks by Emily B. Miller
Materials: Trekking XXL 193 – Sad Charlie Brown stripes (lot 5396)
Start Date: August 26, 2008
End Date: September 25, 2008

Baby Girls are more Fun to Knit for

Raspberry Beret
Pattern: Gwen Slouchy Beret by Lauren Nell
Materials: Louet Gems Sport Wt. Burgundy
Start Date: November 8, 2008
End Date: November 10, 2008
Modifications: Added i-cord nipple to the top as requested

Random Sock Generator
Pattern: Um, boring toe-up socks but with colour changes?
Materials: 10 mini-cakes=1 ball of Opal sock yarn, but with crazier colours
Start Date: July 13, 2008.
End Date: December 6, 2008.

Jelly Bean Scarf
Pattern: Feather and Fan (4 stitch garter version)
Materials: Part of 8 skeins of mostly Alpaca yarns: Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Ultra Alpaca Light, Louet Gems Sport, Susan Andrews Collection Warani
Start Date: December 2, 2008
End Date: December 10, 2008
Modifications: Well, kind of my own invention really

Frogged in 2008

Adult Surprise Jacket
Pattern: Adult Surprise Jacket – Elizabeth Zimmerman
Inspiration: Brooklytweed and Hello Yarn, her BSJ and Mirah’s first orange garter stitch scarf
Materials: Noro Silk Garden
Start Date: May 31, 2007

Sideways Pullover
Pattern: Sideways Pullover by Mari Lynn Patrick from Interweave Knits Winter 2004
Modifications: For smaller gauge yarn.
Materials: Briggs & Little Regal in Fundy Fog
Start Date: November 17, 2007

Noro Wrap Cardigan

Finished in 2007

Mini Argyle Socks
Pattern: Jena’s Knee Socks
Source: Lang Sockology ‘Man’s Knee Socks’ with custom chart based on Eunny Jang’s Mini-Argyle Stockings
Materials: 2 balls Regia Superwash Sockwool (1 each color, plus some scrap Lang Jawoll for cuff) from local yarn store.
Sticks: 2.00 mm Innox double points for cuff and 2.75 mm Brittany double points for rest of sock.
Start Date: February 2, 2007
Finished By: Uh, end of March I think?

Endpaper Mitts
Pattern: Endpaper Mitts
Adaptations: Ten rows ribbing at beginning. One repeat of Chart A before starting thumb shaping and ribbing immediately after finished Chart B. Five rows ribbing over hands and three rows over thumb area
Materials: Donated yarn from my brother. I think Rowan dropspun 2 ply (the brown, unsure colour) and Alice Starmore Fair Isle yarn (pale blue, unsure yarn name and color).
Start Date: Mid Aprilish, a Wednesday
Finished By: Saturday (even with reknitting a bunch of times).

Icarus Shawl
Pattern: Icarus Shawl – Interweave Knits Summer 06
Adaptations: Three repeats of Chart 1 and reduced 2 rows of Chart 4 (for yarn conservation purposes).
Materials: 1 ball Cashmere Painted Yarns in French Lilacs by Virginia van Santen.
Start Date: Marchish? Began as Print ‘o’ the Wave stole but lack of yarn caused design change.
Finished By: May 27, 2007

Le’Slouch no. 1 & 2
Pattern: Le’ Slouch by Knit and Tonic
Adaptations: None.
Materials: 1.5 skeins Mission Falls Trading Colours Cotton – color 221 (from the stash)
Start Date: May 27, 2007
End Date: May 29, 2007 (two hats)

Stockings with form-fitted arch
Pattern: Grey and white stocking pattern, Meg Swansen’s Knitting
Adaptations: added striping to foot of sock, grafted toe on inside.
Materials: Tongue River Sock Yarn
Start Date: May 29, 2007
Finished By: June 19, 2007

Deep V Argyle Vest
Pattern: Deep V Argyle Vest
Materials: Rowan Tapestry and Diamond Luxury Alpaca Silk
Adaptations: Followed instructions for size 46" to adjust for gauge differences (really size 38")
Start Date: Juneish 2007
Finished By: August 13, 2007

Sock Blocker Key Chain
Pattern: Sock Blocker Key Chain
Materials: Koigu
Start Date: August 16, 2007
Finished By: August 16, 2007

Le’Slouch no. 3
Pattern:Le’ Slouch by Knit and Tonic
Adaptations: for finer gauge yarn and Italian Tubular Cast on
Materials: 2 skeins Zitron Samoa 42 Red
Start Date: August 12, 2007
End Date: August 19,2007

Secret Knitting Socks
Pattern: Secret Knitting Socks
Materials: 1/2 skein Fleece Artist Sea Wool
Start Date: September 4, 2007
End Date: September 24, 2007

Ravenclaw Knee High Toe-up Socks
Pattern: Striped Sports Socks
Materials: Briggs & Little Sport, Sheep’s Grey and Royal Blue
Start Date: Mid July 2007
End Date: October 1, 2007

Squirrely Swedish Mittens
Pattern: Squirrely Swedish Mittens by Elli Stubenrauch
Adaptations: Using Hello Yarn’s inclusion of Swedish Twisted Cast on. Working on 2.00 mm needles to create a smaller gauge to adapt for my hands.
Materials: Briggs & Little Sport in Washed White and Pink and Tongue River Sock Yarn in Sheep’s Brown
Start Date: June 17, 2007
Finished By: October 6, 2007

Teeny Tiny Socks
Pattern: Los Lobe Hose by Carol Breitner
Materials: Regia Superwash Sockwool (unsure about colors, I don’t read German) from local yarn store.
Start Date: October 9, 2007
Finished By: October 9, 2007

Interwoven Cable Hat
Pattern: Interwoven Cable Hat by Amy O’Dell
Modifications: For gauge. I kept the cable section the same.
Materials: 1/2 skein Fleece Artist Sea Wool
Start Date: October 5, 2007
Finished By: October 13, 2007

Latvian Mittens
Pattern: Mitten from the District of Kurzeme following chart 111. Latvian Mittens by Lizbeth Upitis
Materials:Briggs & Little Sport (in Scarlet, Sheep’s Grey, Gold, Rust), Various (Cream, Orange, Red Orange, Deep Red, Green and Brown)
Start Date: October 27, 2007
Finished By: November 20, 2007

Teeny Jingle Socks
Pattern: Los Lobe Hose by Carol Breitner
Materials: Various Festive donations of sock yarns from Sharon
Start Date: December 4, 2007
Finished By: December 4, 2007