Monday, September 20, 2010

K'done: Wildflower Socks

More catchup blogging of knits that were finished before September.

Pattern: Wildflower Socks, by Fawn Pea
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, in Earth (Potluck colourway)
Needles: 2.75 mm / US 2

I really, really enjoyed knitting these socks. The little wildflower purls were fun, and after having two sock attempts go south on me, I really wanted to churn out a pair of socks, and these worked out nicely. While I do like the little wildflower purls, which turned out quite nicely in this colourway, I think, it has been suggested to me that rather than resembling little wee flowers, they resemble something decidedly less charming - Someone Else remarked that my new sock had warts. Most of the time, I don't see warts - but, every once in a while, with the right angle, I do. Which means that while I enjoyed knitting these, and am mostly enthralled with how they turned out, I'm not sure I'll make any more.

These socks also represent my first successful attempt at top-down sock construction, my first attempt at a picot cuff, and an attempt at a purled gusset worked in the round with the heel flap in the hopes of avoiding the need to pick up stitches after working the flap - I have a rather strong dislike of picking up stitches to form the gusset, and this is probably why I have until this point insisted somewhat stubbornly on knitting my socks toe up. My winging worked out, happily, but now I don't know what I like best for my socks.

Now that winter's coming - truthfully, it feels as though it's already here in Alberta - I'm starting to feel some sock panic again. I need more socks! Too bad I still have a pretty bad sweater bug too. And less time to knit, since the new term has started up, which means more hours outside of the home, which means no easy access to my stuff, and also the return of that sense that I really shouldn't be knitting as I work on other things in my (shared) office.

It's early in the term yet. We shall see how things go.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

K'done: Coquille Shawl(ette)

The things I do for my sister.

Pattern: Coquille, by Mary Lou Egan
Yarn: Fleece Artist Sea Wool, in Paris
Needles: 4 mm / US 6 and 5.5 mm / US 9

My sister fell in love with this colourway while I was browsing the various Fleece Artist colours at Knitty Noddy. I was looking for sock yarn at the time, and there was none available in Paris in Merino 2/6, so none got ordered. Later, however, I noticed that some was available in the Sea Wool, and decided it would make a nice gift for her. I bought it, kept it hidden, then presented it to her for her 28th birthday this year, along with the suggestion that it could become a scarf or shawlette instead of socks. She liked that idea.

It started out with a different pattern, but we didn't like the way the colours were working up, so that got ripped out, and then I saw Coquille in Knitty, and thought that might work. I showed the pictures to my sister, and she started to get excited. And thus the yarn became the shawlette you see today.

Though the colour repeats aren't the long ones in the recommended Mini Mochi, I think this turned out pretty well - sis is pleased, at any rate.

I particularly enjoy the ruffly effect on the edge.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

K'done: Asymmetrical Cabled Cardi

Er, finished a while ago, but knitblogging was put on hold to prioritize some work stuff.

Pattern: Asymmetrical Cabled Cardi, by Yahaira Ferreira
Yarn: KnitPicks City Tweed HW, in Cottontail (3.5 skeins)
Needles: 5.5 mm / US 9

This was a fun quick knit - I was done in a week! The joys of cap sleeves.

I made a few modifications to the pattern - rather than ribbing at the hems, I used the ridge pattern from the collar. This required some adjusting of stitch counts at cast on - I started with eight fewer stitches for each cable panel, then increased them back in after finishing the bottom hem. I probably could have knit more on the sleeve cap hems, but I changed the way these were knit - instead of knitting them in the round, I knit them flat, later attaching the side edges to where the body stitches were bound off for the sleeves at the underarms, and I was worried about having more sleeve cap than would fit in that gap. I also bound off then picked up again for the collar, only knit two inches of collar, and put in eyelet button holes on both sides so that I could use cufflinks to close the sweater instead of sewing on buttons. Someone Else has an impressive collection of cufflinks that I can borrow.

Should make for a good work-appropriate layering piece, right?

And now my sister wants one.