Magnolia Border

Magnolia Border

One of the good things about being opinionated is you get to change your mind. Or at least I think so. Last week I was despairing about the autumnal colors and sent a picture to my sister who drooled over the orange and rust. She was all excited until I told her the finished circumference. This sweater is meant to have 13-7″ of ease going by the for chest measurement vs sweater measurement. Very Boxy. Anyway between the drooling and the OMG I cannot wear something that large I was fired up to knit and made good headway. Right around the the pivot point I decided I loved the hand of the fabric, the colors were fab and all that good stuff. Her ugh turned into my hurray a sweater for me. Here is hoping The Sweater for Me doesn’t result in the typical 2 years to complete.

Yarny days and knitterly evenings

~Elka


Magnolia

Magnolia

 

My current work in progress is Magnolia.  This design is by Marie Wallin and is her Fair Isle Club 4 {FIC4} offering.  I hopped on this design because I had major regrets about missing last year’s garment and the only way to get previous patterns is to join ‘The Club’. This is knit in Rowan’s Felted Tweed yarn which I have not used previously. I am unsure if I like either the colors, which are much earthier and warmer than my usual fare*, or the yarn.  I think the viscose content is bothering me since I have used wool and alpaca and wool/alpaca blends in my knitting extensively over the decades.  Either way it is feeling very synthetic and cheap plus, in my opinionated opinion, is already looking worn just from being pushed along my needles.  I did not notice this during swatching so I will be rechecking gauge in bit and hope for the best post washing. I may be particularly soured on the yarn because I apparently lost 3 balls during my holiday travels and I hate the thought of having to purchase more!

 

In the non Debbie Downer front, even tho the colors are not my usual fare, the interplay of colors and the slight heatheriness/tweediness of yarn is pleasing.  Also looking at the blown up image on my PDF the collar portion is really lovely.  I also find the overall construction rather intriguing with the over arm strip. And of course I am excited to try the construction and garment shape prior to starting FIC3.  Both garments are wickedly oversized, short, open fronted ala kimono cardigans. I am gifting myself the pattern for the third garment as a  belated Christmas and requested the invoice last week.

 

yarny days and knitterly evenings,

~elka

 

*when I expressed doubts about the colors to my children they said I wear muted colors all the time anyway.  In my head I wear bright jewel tones but come to think of it the bright jewel tones happened when I was younger.  Recently, and this is turning into a long asterisk, I decided to do a style board to help me narrow down my knitting palette and it was full of burgundies and eggpanty purples and blues.  So even tho my children are used to seeing me in black, grey and navy my heart still leans towards cool tones even tho they are more blackened.

Lichen 3.0

Nancy Bush, as I am sure any knitter would agree, is a sock knitting queen.  I was lucky enough to take a class with her at Stitches Midwest over a decade ago and she is a real delight.  Her Folk Socks book was the first sock knitting book I ever purchased about 22 years ago now.  One would think all this fan girl talk would result in copious socks but any blog reader of mine will know I do not consider myself a sock knitter.  Tho I do knit socks.  Probably a lot more than I think I do considering my husband and myself plus my child all have socks.  It just doesn’t seem as if I am knitting them! Case in point Lichen from Knitting Vintage Socks:

Lichen

 Ignore the couch.

This is a basic 3/1 ribbed sock with an unusual heal and toe-or at least unusual for me since I usually work a short row heal and toe ala my other favorite sock pattern-Michelle’s Basic Socks.  Michelle’s are a 4/1 rib and was my go to sock pattern for a long time.  Lichen I knit twice in the span of a week way back when.  I knit myself a pair out of gray yarn and a pair that was made out of self striping yarn.  The self striping was for a gal who admired the first pair while I was at a women’s retreat so I whipped them out super super fast.  Plus retreat is code for lots of knitting time and no cooking, cleaning, children etc.  At the time {2006? 2007?} I posted about what a difference yarn choice can make and this will be another example.  I made this set out of Alpaca with a Twist yarn and I can already tell they are not going to last nearly as long as my Regia-ish {you know the Regia type of yarn} gray pair which is looking worn.  But they are cozy warm and I love them already.

More fun details.  I *believe* I started these when I finished Strokkur so Nov 2017.  I finished these yesterday so Thanksgiving 2018.  I am starting to think I should stop calling myself a knitter given that I so rarely knit.  But it was such a large part of my identity for so long I am struggling.  Ah well

Yarny days and knitterly evenings

Braided Pulse Warmers

Finished Pulse Warmers

 

Well it has been a long time and so it should come as no surprise that I completed my Braided Pulse Warmers.    In fact I finished them on the 16th of last month so a while ago.  Today I found a spot of sun and had my kid take pictures.  As you may be able to tell the pulse warmer goes up a good bit on my forearm.  The Braid is just at my wrist juncture.  It was a fun easy knit taking only a few days to complete although I spread this out.  I actually was worried about running out of my main color since I was using remnants.  I ended up with loads of yarn.  Okay not really:

Yarn Chicken…

 

I am currently working on a pair of socks for myself.  I came across a singleton while unpacking boxes so decided to finish up the pair.  As usual I left no notes for myself about what I was doing in regards to cast on, gusset stitches picked up and other niceties.  As always I had my handy dandy pins there counting rows and my needles were stuck in ball of yarn.  As long as my tension didn’t go too off since last winter we should be fine.  Lichen Ribbed Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks.  I have made this particular pattern at least twice that I can recall.  This version is being made in gray alpaca blend which means silky and super warm.  I hope to be finished with those this weekend so am mulling over knitting options.

yarny days and knitterly evenings to you all

~Elka