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Vine Bolero

I think I’ve said just about everything I have to say about this sweater. All that’s left now is the parade of finished photos!

Pattern: Vine Bolero by Emily Johnson

Yarn: Malabrigo Silky Merino in Bobby Blue

Needles: US7/4.5mm

I’m pretty happy with how this came out. It is a bit bigger than I usually wear my sweaters, but I don’t think it looks too bad or sloppy. I’m still on the fence about whether or not to add a stabilizing ribbon to the bottom hem. When I put it on to take some pictures it looked better than I thought it would, so I’m going to wait a while and wear it a few times before I make my final decision. I should be able to put it to good use soon – it’s gotten up in the 90s the past couple days, so I’m going to be breaking out my summer dresses sooner than later!

And now for some modeled (by me instead of my dress form (do people name their dress forms like they name their spinning wheels?)) pictures. I didn’t have J cut my head off on all these on purpose, it just somehow ended up that way.

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Good-bye 2009!

For my final post of the year, I think it’s fitting to show off my final FO of the year:

Pattern: Hesperia Stole by Alison Green Will

Yarn: Suri Blue by Fleece Artist in Blackberry

Needles: US3/3.25mm

This is a great pattern, although I’m not sure my yarn choice was the best. I really like the yarn itself, but I’m not wild about variegation in lace. I hope it doesn’t obscure the pattern too much!  There were a couple moments when I severely questioned my choice, and considered scrapping the project, but now I’m glad I didn’t.  Sure, a solid yarn would have shown the lace better but I’m happy with how mine turned out.

I found the pattern to be extremely well-written, and I particularly liked the charts. There are quite a few sections that involve straight knitting, and rather than having to count all the little boxes yourself, the count is noted in the chart itself. Maybe I’m easily excited, but I loved this, and I felt like it saved me some time.

Gratuitous closeup of the lace-y goodness!

I followed the pattern as written, but I think I could have stood to do a few more pattern repeats. Blocked it measures 62” x 19”, which is a little shorter than may be totally functional. I’ve heard that a general rule of thumb is for these things (scarves, stoles, etc.) to be at least as tall as the wearer.  I fell short of this mark by a couple inches.  However, since I tend to knit lace more because I enjoy the process than to wear the finished item, I’m fine with it.

In fact, while playing around with different ways to wrap it when taking some pictures, I found a way that I really like.  I’m excited about the prospect of this being the first lace stole I knit that I actually wear too!

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Sly Knitting Revealed

Back in October I did some sly knitting, but now that I’ve gifted it to the recipient I can reveal all.

In a matter of  about 5 days, I knit a little something as a birthday present for my wonderful sister-in-law.  My brother said she likes pink, and I’m glad that turned out to be true because it is Pink.

Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague

Yarn: Araucania Ranco Solid in 116 Fuschia

Needles: US6/4.0mm

It turned out a little bit smaller than I had intended, but I imagined my sister-in-law would wear it as a scarf rather than a shawl, so I was ok with that.  I didn’t make any modifications, so I don’t really have much to say about the pattern that hasn’t already been said.  It’s a great pattern.  Enough said!

After finally making one, I can definitely see the appeal in “shawlettes”, and I see many more in my future.  My Ravelry queue can attest to this.  I created a new folder in my queue just for these shawlettes, and have started it off with 6 patterns.  They are another great use for sock yarn, and, if only in my mind, a great excuse to go shopping for new sock yarn.

I cannot wait until my self-imposed ban on new yarn expires at the end of next month…

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Laziness doesn’t pay.

Can you see how big that sock was turning out?  Part of it was laziness; I quit with the slipped stitch ribbing after the leg.  I don’t know if J just has slim feet for a man, but it quickly became clear that some ribbing is needed to draw the fabric in.  I could just do a ton of decreases to get down to a wearable sock size, but ripping back and following the pattern sounds like the better option at this point.   See?  Laziness!  But in my defense, this was supposed to be my auto-pilot project.  The one I don’t have to think too hard about.  And I want that right now.  Nay, I need that right now.  So following the pattern as written it is!  But the above picture shows the wideness of the sole of the sock, which to me still looks awfully wide for his narrow foot.  I hope the ribbing pulls the whole thing in a lot.  If it comes out too big again, I’m tossing it.  So there.

In happier news, I rounded the first corner on Hesperia, and I think it turned out fairly well.  My interest in this project has been revived, but I’ve relegated it to weekend knitting since it’s getting awkward shifting it around as I’m working on it.  Also, for some reason I just cannot get the edging chart memorized.  I have to refer to it on every pattern row.  Nevertheless, I’m really enjoying the edging now that I’ve gotten through the dreaded first corner.  Forgive the badly lit picture, sunlight is at a premium around here these days.

At this point I’m trying to finish some of the things currently on the needles before starting anything new.  But striped knee-high socks and owl-y cardigans are still on my mind…

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So fickle…

Less than a week ago I was all about the colorwork.  These days I’m all about the lace:

Please excuse the shoddy pinning and picture taking.  I was in a hurry.

Please excuse the shoddy pinning and picture taking. It's tough work, pinning and picture taking, all the while fending off three curious dogs!

I think it’s because the progress-making is so much more measurable on this project.  I’m (already) daunted by how long it takes to complete a round on that vest.  This doesn’t bode well, does it?

As for Hesperia, I’m on the ninth repeat of eleven, but I think I’m going to do twelve before starting the edging.  I want it to be plenty long, and I have more than the yardage called for.  I think I’m still on the fence about the variegated yarn.  Does it obscure the pattern too much?

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Underwhelmed

I received the Summer ’09 issue of Interweave Knits when I got home from work this evening, and was decidedly underwhelmed.  I haven’t read any of the articles yet, just thumbed through the patterns so maybe I’m just in a funk; it’s been a really bad week.  But I can usually find many somethings to add to my ever-lengthening queue on Ravelry, but this issue is decidedly “meh” for me.  I guess summer knits don’t really do it for me.

The other disappointment comes in the shape of the Autumn Arbor Stole.  I finally finished knitting the two halves, but my first attempt at kitchenering them together has been a dismal failure, and a real pain in the ass to undo.  Ho hum.  I will persevere and I will finish it this weekend.

On a cheery note, this beauty is one of several becoming the Garter Yoke Cardigan:

I’ve just divided the sleeves from the body and so will hopefully soon have proof in the form of pics to show for it, as well as the finished Autumn Arbor Stole.

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Autumn Arbor Stole

After making the comment that I don’t knit much for other people, I of course have to prove myself wrong in my very next post!  I started the Autumn Arbor Stole a few weeks ago for one of my co-workers.  It’s a design by Anne Hanson, who I think is probably one of my favorite lace designers although this is the first of her designs I’m knitting.  I think I have just about every one of her designs queued, so it’s just a matter of working my way through them!  I’ve completed 2.5 repeats of the first half:

In the beginning I didn’t find the pattern to be very intuitive, but somewhere in the second repeat it clicked and now I’m humming right along.  I’m using Knit Pick’s Shadow in Midnight, which is actually black with a hint of green, although it looks more navy both here and on their website.   I’m loving the way the leaf motifs seem to swirl in and out of each other:

And lastly, here’s a close up of the ladybug stitch markers I’m using.  They’re so cute!  I love using pretty stitch markers.  They’re like jewelry for knitting!

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