March Hat: Catacomb - FO

Catacomb

Designer

Pattern by Alexandra Tinsley

Yarn

Cascade 220 Superwash Aran – Maroon

Status

Finished

Modifications

None

Notes

For my March hat, I wanted to pick a stitch pattern with a nice texture. The last hat I knit was a little more veriegated than I’d like.

Mustard Farthing - FO

Mustard Farthing

Designer

Pattern by Jared Flood

Yarn

HiKoo by Skacel Collection, Inc. American B.R.A.N.D. – Yellowstone

Status

Finished

Modifications

None

Notes

I knit this project in size small, but I wish I could have been sure that I had enough yarn for the larger size. I have a decent amount of yarn leftover that would have been nice to use.

I was dumb and put the scarf in water to wet block it before double checking the edges. I forgot to fix one spot in the edge before blocking, so I had to handle it afterwards.

Growler Bag - FO

Growler Bag

Designer

Pattern by Lisa Gerber

Yarn

Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy

Status

Finished

Modifications

None

Notes

I’m really happy with how this turned out. I plan to make a couple

Cast on Bind Off

The instructions I’ve previously used for the Icelandic Bind Off came from an online preview of this book, so I decided to go ahead and buy it. I’ve heard the title recommended often enough to know that it’s a good reference, and it really is helpful. It shows you how to do each technique and advises when to use each one. I wish all my knitting books were spiral bound like this one.

Cast On, Bind Off

Finished Ravellenic Games 2014

Today is the last day for the games, and I know I won’t be finishing the scarf I’m working on now, so I submitted all the information needed for the events I completed. It was a little tedious to submit everything, but it was easy. Next year I need to remember to take note of the time I finished a project as well as the date. I was able to determine an approximate time for the projects I completed, but it would have been easier to record the time in my notes. It would also be better to enter an event immediately after finishing each project rather than waiting until the last minute. Next time I’ll be more organized.

I intended to complete

  • WIPs Dancing: Finish a pair of Thoroughbred fingerless gloves on my needles
  • Aerial Unwind: Frog my unfinished Color Craving
  • Hat Halfpipe: Varia
  • Cross Cowling: Volutissimo
  • Free Dancing: Undecided, but I could easily make another bear sweater

I actually completed

These projects allowed me to apply for eight medals.

I had trouble deciding which colors to use for the Varia hat, so I went with a different pattern. My Topographie project is also my hat for February.

I’m not sure if I really want to participate next year, but if I do, I ought to plan ahead and choose my projects as wisely as possible. I started working on a Farthing scarf, and I wasn’t able to knit it quickly enough. I could have finished something else, but I didn’t have a great plan for choosing projects. I just knit what I wanted to work on.

One Suitcase: Winter Vacation Wardrobe

You can view the original guide on Outfit Posts for this set here.

The idea is that with sixteen pieces of clothing, you can mix and match them to make forty different outfits.

This is one of the vacation set,s but it’s pretty close to my normal winter wardrobe for work.

Basics

  • Black long sleeved shirt – Found (Gap lightweight sweater)
  • White button down blouse – Found (Express blouse)
  • Chambray shirt – None
  • Cream cable knit sweater – None (Knit one??)
  • Black mini skirt – Found (Target skirt(
  • Cream lady day coat – None (Substitute a green parka?)
  • Denim skinny jeans – Found (Express jeans)
  • Black skinny jeans – Found (Express jeans)

Interest

  • Fair isle sweater dress – None
  • Green sweater – None
  • Grey boyfriend cardigan – Found (Gray cabled cardigan)
  • Red plaid shirt – None
  • Black and white striped shirt – Found (Loft tan and white striped sweater)
  • Faux leather jacket – Found (Express moto jacket)
  • White puffer vest – Found (Loft gold vest)
  • Mustard pencil skirt – Found (Blue H&M pencil skirt)

Accessories

Scarves

  • Cream and gold scarf – None
  • Black scarf – Found (Black sparkle)
  • Mustard scarf – None (Knit scarf planned!)

Shoes

  • Black ankle boot – Found (Bare Traps bootie)
  • Green “wellies” rain boots – None
  • Brown riding boots – Found (Steve Madden riding boots)

Jewelry

  • Gold link watch – Found (Silver watch)
  • Red bubble necklace – Uncertain
  • Gold stone necklace – Found (Silver necklace)

Notes

It looks like I need to knit a couple of items (a cable knit sweater and mustard scarf), and start looking to fill some of the other missing ones.

One of the main things I noticed is that my current closet lacks layering pieces. I prefer sweaters with little or no ease, but I need more diversity if I want to mix and match pieces more easily.

I need to spend some time thinking before I buy anything, but I’m looking forward to completing this set by next year.

One Suitcase Wardrobes

I was reminded of the “One Suitcase” series on outfitposts.com when I was looking at some other blog posts, and I realized this is a great guide to cleaning out my closets. Going through all of my clothes and reducing what I have is one of my goals for 2014, and honestly, I’ve been kind of overwhelmed by the process. I think having some structure to making decisions and identifying weak spots in my wardrobe will help me a lot.

Despite not being directly related to knitting, thinking about clothing and outfits is really important. Sometimes I forget to ask myself if I’m buying yarn that I will actually wear later, and even though I’m getting better at planning what I’ll wear, I don’t have a clear idea of what my wardrobe should be.

There are eight different suitcase collections on the Outfit Posts site, and I thought it would be easiest to start with the winter vacation set, and the beach vacation guide should be an excellent guide to choosing clothes for this summer.

I rarely wear business casual clothes, and my current collection is both outdated and lacking focus, so I’ll keep what I can and start building something better. If I build these three wardrobe areas, I should be much happier with my closet.

Ravellenic Games: Aerial Unwind - Color Craving

Color Craving – Frogged

Ravellenic Games Categories

Aerial Unwind

Designer

Pattern

Yarn

Madelintosh Tosh Tosh Merino Light – Antler
Madelintosh Tosh Tosh Merino Light – Molly Ringwald
Madelintosh Tosh Tosh Merino Light – Teddy Bear

Modifications

None

Notes

I had trouble with this project early on – it was a mysteral knit-a-long, and the amount of knitting per week was more than I was able to easily do. I got behind, and I didn’t really enjoy working on the project. I found it difficult to knit rows that bent at such an extreme angle, especially as the rows got longer and longer. After seeing pictures of the final design, I’m not sure I’d wear it anyway.

I thought about winding the used yarn back into the balls, but it was easier to just wind it up separately. I made small center pull balls using a size US 13 needle as a nostepinne.

WIP Color Craving before frogging

Ravellenic Games: Hat Halfpipe - Topographie

Topographie

Ravellenic Games Categories

Hat Halfpipe
Single-skein Speed Skate
Stash Skeleton

Designer

Pattern

Yarn

Malabrigo Yarn Rastita – Zarzamora

Modifications

None

Notes

I knit the larger size hat.

I’m not sure this is the best yarn for the project, but it turned out an interesting texture. I have to remind myself not to buy any more verigated yarn.

I actually bought this yarn for a Christmas project in 2012, but it didn’t work out because I didn’t want to have gauge issues. I decided to try using it for my monthly hat project because it’s one of the few DK yarns I had in my stash.

I planned to knit a Varia hat for this Ravellenic Games event, but I couldn’t decide on the colors. I’m pretty happy with my backup plan. I’d still like to knit Varia, but I won’t start it yet.

Ravellenic Games: WIPs Dancing - Thoroughbred

Thoroughbred

Ravellenic Games Categories

WIPs Dancing

Designer

Pattern

Yarn

Madelintosh Tosh DK – Betine

Modifications

Knit eight fewer stiches for the circumference of the hand

Notes

Eight fewer stitches may have been too many. I ought to have tried using four fewer instead. I’m still happier with these gloves than the first pair I knit. Those were way too big.

Ravellenic Games: Cross Cowling - Volutissimo

Volutissimo

Picture

Ravellenic Games Categories

Cross Cowling
Lace Luge
Stash Skeleton

Designer

Pattern

Yarn

Sweetgeorgia Yarns Superwash Worsted – Riptide

Purchased at Eat.Sleep.Knit

Modifications

None

Notes

I picked this project for several reasons. I was trying to find a project that fit the criteria for the EatSleepKnit Yarnathon event for the first quarter of 2014. The challenge was to knit something with ESK yarn that used a skill that’s new to you. I chose to use my lovely Sweetgeorgia Yarn to knit this cowl with dropped stitches. I’ve knit lace projects, but not dropped stitches. I was a little disappointed because I still want to try dropped stitches that require me to drop the stitch multiple rows, but this was still a good experience.

I also wanted to knit this for the Ravellenic Games. I picked a cowl because I didn’t have any plans for that category. I had a hard time choosing between a cowl with dropped stitches and a scarf with dropped stitches.

The only problem I had was caused by my brilliant idea of alternating skeins because the two skeins I bought looked pretty different. One had much more saturated colors. I foolishly tried to alternate past one of the dropped stich rows, and it looked really bad. When I got halfway done, I stopped alternating because I was tired of it. After binding off, I went back and did surgery on the first dropped stitch row. I was able to make it look much better by cutting the yarn that was too tight and zig-zagging some new yarn though that section.

Unblocked cowl

After blocking picture

Ravellenic Games 2014

I wasn’t planning to participate in this year’s Ravellenic Games. I really wasn’t. I’ve never paid attention to the games in previous years, so I wasn’t even sure what was involved other than people form teams for it. This year I ended up planning to earn a few medals at the very last minute.

Initially, I just wanted to give to a good cause. Alex Tinsley announced she was donating a portion of every colorwork purchase to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and I figured that since I wanted to buy some of these patterns anyway, today is the day to give her my money. I’m planning to knit more of her hats when I knit a hat each month, and I can probably knit only Dull Roar hats for the entire year. It’s very likely that will happen.

After lots of pondering and looking at pictures, I decided to add Varia, Zam Hat, Snoway, and Petoncle to my library.

I was very happy with my impulsive pattern purchases (as I always am), and I started planning which hat I want to knit for February. I settled on Varia for reasons that I’ll write about later, but Petoncle is similar enough that I may switch to it depending on the colors I have.

It occurred to me that surely there is something in the Ravellenic Games that requires me to knit a hat. I can knit hats all day. I went to the Ravellenic Games group on Ravelry and looked at the events. Not only was there a hat event, but there are quite a few events that fit projects I was planning to knit anyway! Of course there are more events I wish I had time to do as well, but I’m attempting to be reasonable.

The green events this year

  • Aerial Unwind
  • Alpine Abode Enhancement
  • Bag Jump
  • Cross Cowling
  • Flying Camel Spin
  • Free Dance
  • Giant Slalom-ghan
  • Hat Halfpipe
  • Mitten Moguls
  • Scarf Super-G
  • Short Track Shawls
  • Sidecountry Challenge
  • Sock Hockey
  • Sweaterboard Cross
  • Toy Tobogganing
  • WIPs Dancing

I intend to complete

  • WIPs Dancing: Finish a pair of Thoroughbred fingerless gloves on my needles
  • Aerial Unwind: Frog my unfinished Color Craving
  • Hat Halfpipe: Varia
  • Cross Cowling: Volutissimo
  • Free Dancing: Undecided, but I could easily make another bear sweater

If I have time, I’d also like to complete

  • Bag Jump: Design a growler carrier
  • Sidecountry Challenge: I ought to figure out what to do with my abandoned Sky Scarf
  • Mitten Moguls: Mittens!

The more I look at the list, the more events I want to do. I think I can accomplish what I want to do for the games, but I also need to continue working on my Lipsick sweater. I’m getting close to the section where I need to start the short rows for the back edge.

Also, I already feel guilty that none of my Ravellenic Games plans involve working on my Master Knitting packet. Maybe I should make some changes so I have Free Dancing or Sidecountry Challenge plans with specific progress goals for the program. I have my materials, but I haven’t started working on anything yet.

Feb 2014 Bear Project - FO

Beary Easy Sweater

Designer

Pattern by Diana Rishel

Yarn

Unknown thick and thin cotton blend – light blue Unknown cotton viscose or bamboo blend – yellow

Status

Finished

Modifications

Knit in stripes with two rows per stripe.

Notes

This sweater was made for the Trauma Bear Project (Knit it Forward progrom through Atlanta Knitting Guild).

I didn’t want to get in the habit of procrastinating and never finishing my bear projects, so I knit a second Beary Easy Sweater. I can add this to my ever growing pile of things to block.

Jan 2014 Bear Project - FO

Beary Easy Sweater

Designer

Pattern by Diana Rishel

Yarn

Cascade 220 Superwash – Sunset Orange

Purchased at Silver Threads and Golden Needles

Status

Finished

Modifications

I added a few rows of garter stitch at the bottom of the body to make it curl less.

Also, I attached a crochet chain ties to each side of the front.

Notes

This sweater was made for the Trauma Bear Project (Knit it Forward progrom through Atlanta Knitting Guild).

This sweater was supposed to be completed in January, so it’s already late, but I was able to knit it pretty quickly. I still need to block it, but there’s no rush. I don’t need to turn in my sweaters till the end of the year.

Lipstick - WIP

Pattern by Joji Locatelli

Notes

Next I need to do enough inches of stockinette to work on the short rows for the back.