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Kirkwood Scarf WIP

December 6, 2015

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I am knitting.   I have a lot going on, that’s for sure, with the holidays, December birthdays, the food blog and this new project.  But I am sneaking in some knitting, of course. So I just wanted to give you a little peak of my WIP.  It’s called Kirkwood and it’s by Julie Hoover for  Brooklyn Tweed.  I love Jared Flood, who started Brooklyn Tweed and I’ve been following him forever, before he got really well known, when he was writing this tiny little blog about his knitting life in NYC (if you have time, it’s fun to go back through his archives). And then I received a thank you gift from my son’s lovely and thoughtful girlfriend and guess what it was?  A Brooklyn Tweed pattern with five skeins of Shelter!  Squeeeee! And she purchased it from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, no less, on Bainbridge! Makes it even more special.

Hope you’re making something!
Elaine

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Mitered Squares Throw With a Fabric Lining

March 3, 2014

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This is one of my favorite projects ever.  This pattern has been around for a while and I was late to the game on it.  It is the Mitered Crosses Blanket that Kay Gardiner made for Japan tsunami relief a couple of years ago.  There are over 900 project pages for it on Ravelry.  I loved this pattern so much and really loved making it.  One of the best things about this pattern is that the project, up until the time that you assemble all the blocks, is very portable.  I took these squares everywhere with we while I worked on them.

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I changed quite a few things from the original pattern, though. The original called for mitered crosses, of course.  I decided I didn’t want to do the crosses and did squares instead.  I really like the way they turned out. The squares are super easy to make and after a short time, you don’t even need the pattern.  There’s no counting of rows – yay! – you just have to remember to do the decreases on the right side and none on the wrong side. Just make sure you have a stitch marker to mark your corner, where you do your decreases.

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I also did not use Noro Silk Garden for two reasons:  I feel it’s a little scratchy and it’s very expensive.  So I searched and found a striping yarn that substituted very nicely – Crystal Palace Mochi Plus.  The colors in Mochi Plus were stunning and it was a hard decision on what colorway to use.  I loved Lake Trail and Leaves & Sprouts but eventually settled on Autumn Rainbow because I started this in the fall and the yarn exactly matched the colors I was seeing all around me.  The  yarn stripes slowly, which I really liked for this.  It is a one-ply yarn so it could be a little felty.  For the background color, I used Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers in Doeskin Heather.

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I blocked all the squares first before I sewed them together.  And I did sew them together. I did not do the three needle bind off.  I just thought that sewing them together would be a lot faster.  If you want to do the three needle bind off, be sure to read Kay’s post about how she did it.

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The i-cord edging takes a while to do but it is SO worth it. It really finished the throw. I did the edging in the striping color instead of the background color, which the pattern called for, and I really think it adds something.  It took me several days to do it, just working a little bit on it every day.  Some people are intimidated by the thought of i-cord but it’s so easy.  Here is how you do it:

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you start out with three stitches on your needle (left).  With the left
needle, pick up a stitch (right). Knit that stitch.

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You now have four stitches on your needle.  Transfer all those stitches
over to your left needle (left).  Knit the first two stitches (right).

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Knit the last two stitches together, through the back loops (left).
Now you have three stitches again.  Repeat.  Easy!

After I finished the edging, I decided the “wrong” side of the throw was so unattractive I wanted to cover it up.  Plus, I  felt the throw needed a little bit more structure.  So I decided to add a flannel fabric lining.  I wasn’t sure how to do this – I knew I could cut the fabric, hem it on my sewing machine just fine but then I wasn’t sure how to attach it.  This post from TECHKnitting helped me a lot.  It’s about how to use an overcast stitch by hand so that the stitch gives a little, which is required because of the stretchy nature of the knitting.

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the overcast stitching shows but it is still
preferable to doing a blind stitch because

it gives ease to the knitting

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name labels from  
  Ananemone Etsy shop 

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The finished blanket is about 44″ x 33″.  Each block is about 11″ square. I did 12 blocks so it’s not a huge blanket, but rather just a nice throw to put over your lap. Between the 100% wool yarn and the flannel, it’s pretty toasty.

Pattern:  Mitered Crosses Blanket
Yarn: Crystal Palace Mochi Plus in Autumn Rainbow
Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers in Doeskin Heather
Needle:  #6 Circular Addi Lace
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Selfish Knitting

February 2, 2012

January was “Selfish Knitting Month” when knitters start projects for themselves after all the holiday knitting is finished.  That was so true for me, but I had to stop work on the Granny Stripes blanket because I ran out of one color. Everyone has it on backorder with no estimated delivery date from Cascade Yarns.  I even e-mailed Cascade and asked them and no answer.  Very nice.  So that project is on a little hold until I get some more Cascade 220 Superwash in Vinci.

No matter.  This gives me a chance to finally start a Guernsey Wrap from Jared Flood.   I’ve always wanted to knit that wrap. I love his patterns.  They are just so well written and full of beautiful texture.  I’m doing this up in super soft Madelinetosh Vintage worsted in Bark.  We are traveling to Italy in a few weeks and I hope to have it completed so I can take it with me and use it on those chilly nights on the Amalfi Coast!

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Tosh DK

June 7, 2011

Oh, lookie what came in the mail from Jimmy Beans!  My heart leaps when I get a package from that place.  Madelintosh DK in a beautiful green, Moorland.   I have so wanted to knit with this yarn.  It’s a superwash merino wool and everyone raves about it. I’m planning on making Julie’s Stockholm Scarf as soon as I get most of my Christmas knitting out of the way.  I can’t wait to get it on the needles!

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WIPs

April 18, 2011

Rae had a “Sock Hop” at her store and I couldn’t resist all the sock yarn.  I got some lovely hand dyed yarns from Pagewood Farms and Yarn Hollow.   There was a green colorway I loved and so I just had to start some socks.  I needed some mindless knitting anyway, because I finished the men’s hat.  There is no pattern, because I’m knitting them using the patternless method taught by Barbara in her Sock Class at Rae’s.  It’s really empowering, knowing you can knit something without a pattern. I used Judy’s Magic Cast-On, cast on 16 stitches, increased to 60 on size 0 needles and am working straight stockinette for the foot.  I’m going to put in an afterthought heel and then not sure how I want to knit the leg.

I’ve been working diligently on the Snowflake Socks for my SIL, but this project takes complete focus because it’s two stranded knitting and you have pay strict attention to the chart.

Look at what it’s doing here today:

A good day to get a little knitting in.  I’m starting a tiny project for Easter that I’ll let you in on later in the week:

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New Yarn and Blazing Needles

April 7, 2011

I just got back from a skiing trip out in Park City with my family but because my poor old knees don’t let me ski, I did a lot of knitting when I was out there.  I also drove to Salt Lake City to drop in at Blazing Needles, recommended to me by Susan Lawrence via Ravelry.  What a cute shop.  It’s in a residential district and I just loved the feel of the place.

 

Check out all the Koigu Yarn that they carry!  I had to hold myself back. Such a great selection:

And they had a lot of Malabrigo. Love.

Do you need buttons?  This is just a part of their incredible button selection:

I bought some Cascade 220 Superwash  along with a stripey Shibui Merino Worsted in order to make this hat by Jared Flood.

And I also bought this incredible silk yarn with glass beads by Tilli Tomas.  I just couldn’t help myself.  And guess what? It’s called Rock Star! How great is that?  I can’t wait to use it.  I bought a little cowl pattern at the store that I may use for it. Look how gorgeous this stuff is:

And here is a sneak peek at a project I’m working on that I just love:

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Flicker Wayfarer Scarf

March 25, 2011

When I first saw Berroco’s new yarn, Flicker, I knew I had to knit up a scarf with it. I had been thinking of  knitting a scarf, maybe with matching fingerless mitts, with a sparkly yarn and here it was!  The perfect yarn – super soft alpaca with a filament of sparkle running through it.

I’ve had Jared Flood’s “Wayfarer” scarf favorited on my Ravelry for a long time and I thought this would be the yarn to use for that scarf.  The pattern calls for a tubular cast-on, but I couldn’t bring myself to learn it.  I was too impatient to get started.  It’s a technique I would still like to learn at some point.  I did a regular cast-on, but with #10 needles, so it wouldn’t be super tight and then I switched to #8 circulars, and knitted the scarf on that.

The scarf is a favorite now.  So soft, and I love the length – plenty of scarf to wrap twice around my neck.  Unblocked, the scarf knitted up to 6″x86″.  After blocking, it grew to 103″ in length.  Whoa.

Pattern: Brooklyn Tweed “Wayfarer”
Yarn: Berroco Flicker (2 skeins)
Needles: 10″ to cast on.  8″ circular for scarf.
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