Christmas WIP!

It’s August… and you know what that means! Yup – time to start knitting Christmas gifts!

Since this is a gift, I will not be going into much detail (or posting many more pictures) until late December. I don’t think the recipient reads the blog, but just in case… All you’re getting for now is this picture.

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Happy Thursday, everyone!

FO Friday: Frilly Scarf

Once I discovered the joy of yarn that WASN’T RED HEART, I swore I would never go back. There was nothing that was going to get me to pick up that acrylic monster.

I guess I was wrong.

Frilly Scarf - finished - 2

Red Heart put out a yarn called Red Heart Boutique Sashay, and it was weird enough that I had to try it. I also decided that my niece would enjoy a scarf made from the stuff, so it was a relatively easy and cheap way to make her a present. I thought, “Perfect. How hard can it be to knit this scarf? It goes so quickly it practically knits itself.” And to be fair, it did go pretty quickly. But it was really strange to work with, and it also was semi-easy to mess up it you weren’t paying attention. (Luckily, it’s also a strange enough fabric that most mistakes aren’t noticeable.)

Between one thing and another, it was a pretty quick knit when I actually spent time on it. Also, the longest amount of time I between casting on and marking it completed in Ravelry was spent procrastinating sewing in the ends. Because you do have to ACTUALLY SEW THEM. WITH THREAD. It doesn’t quite seem possible to sink the ends in the normal fashion. Very annoying.

Frilly Scarf - finished - 1

The end result was worth it, though. I think my niece (who will then be 7) will love it. I’m planning to edge a pair of mitts for her in this stuff, so she can have a matched set. I think she’ll love that even more.

And I even found the perfect thing to package it in: a Brave lunch bag from Subway. (My niece is like many young girls – indeed, including what I would have been like at her age – and loves Merida. And green is her favorite color. Since the yarn didn’t come in green, this is the next best thing, right?)

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THE SPECS: (and a link to my Ravelry project page)

PATTERN: Frilly Knit Scarf
DESIGNER: Coats & Clark, for Red Heart
YARN: Red Heart Boutique Sashay
NEEDLES: US 10 1/2
START/END DATES: June 4, 2012 – August 5, 2012
MODS: None

WIP Weds ~ 6-6-12

Today we have something completely new for the WIP Weds! But first, older projects. Because JUST IN CASE family members are reading this, I would request that you don’t let my niece see the rest of this post. It has her birthday present in it.

Right. So first up in pictures today is Kitri!

Kitri 6-6-12

(HORRIBLE color quality in this photo. It’s here for progress only.)

This tsock has been in the WIP bag for a while, mostly because I put it down to work on Christmas presents, and then got distracted by frothy alpaca lace. But since Diantha’s done now, Kitri has been picked back up. I do enjoy knitting this, and I’m on the last repeat of the patten before I get to turn the heel.

Next up is a Break-It-Up sock!

Break it Up 6-6-12

This is a standard sock foot, but the cuff was designed by my friend Meg. It’s a great way to break up pooling (hence the name) or striping in a sock. My sock (made with KnitPicks Stroll Multi) is a perfect example of this. The place where the stripe reverses is where I turned the heel.

And now for the aforementioned present.

Sashay 1

A co-worker of mine told me about Red Heart Boutique Sashay yarn, and while I normally Will. Not. Buy. Red Heart, even if it was the last yarn in the world, this one intrigued me. The yarn makes a “Frilly Knit Scarf” (Ravelry link) with absolutely no effort on the knitter’s part. (Once you get the hang of knitting with only the top edge of what is already a mesh net.)

Sashay 2

It’s bizarre. And it’s worth trying once. Like, you know, fun fur. Or those ladder yarns. But will this become a staple in my knitting stash? No. I will finish this scarf, and I might knit a second if I find a reason to, but that’s about it.

One thing about it, this is a fast knit. The picture above? Probably about 15 minutes of knitting, if that.

Speaking of Starting Over…

Remember when I told you about frogging the alpaca mystery shawl and starting over? Well, there’s another project I’m starting over, too.

I decided after working a little bit on the scarf for my niece that I didn’t like it. The pattern was fine, don’t get me wrong. But it was a Serious Scarf, and not something fun that a six-year-old would truly appreciate. Plus, it was enough work (and not enough fun) to knit that by the time I finished it, she would be graduating high school.

Frog pond time!

And I’m going to start over with a fun ruffled scarf instead. Still in her favorite color, green. But this time, something that I should be able to finish quickly enough that she can wear it this year, not just this decade.

WIP Weds

It seems like I’m just starting one new project after another this year. The newest project is one that I won’t be sharing fully with you until it’s finished. Not because it’s a gift or stealth knitting, but because it’s a part of a mystery KAL and we’ve been asked not to post pictures of the WIP until after the last clue has been released.

Now, while I suspect that the main request meant “don’t post on Ravelry”, I’m going to be linking my blog posts to Rav, and so don’t want to show too much here. However, I can show you this much:

Mystery Shawl KAL

It’s the yarn and beads I’m using for the shawl. And the pattern is the Susanna IC January mystery shawl KAL.

I also started a scarf for my niece. It’s knit on US10.5 needles, so goes pretty quickly – when I work on it. But since I’ve gotten seduced by the lace alpaca and beads of the mystery shawl, I’m not working on the scarf as much as I could.

Scarf for niece

It’s a green scarf, though, which is her favorite color, so I think she’ll like it whenever I get it finished. And the reason for starting it when I did? She wanted to buy a scarf, but her grandma told her that “if you buy that scarf, your auntie will be sad.” Implying that I will be making her one. Um, thanks Mom. Warning would have been nice.

And then, something I didn’t just start but which is knitting up really nice and quickly (again, when I’m not being seduced by lacy alpaca goodness): the Waterfall socks.

Crazy Waterfall 1-8-12

It’s a fun pattern, and I love the way the yarn keeps surprising me with what the colors are doing. Zauberballs are fun like that. Every time I knit with one, I remember how much I love it and want to knit with more.

FO Friday: Mom’s Mesa Scarf

It’s been a while since I showed off an FO on the blog, hasn’t it? Though it hasn’t been that long since I finished something… the Mesa Scarf I made for my mom has been done for nearly 2 weeks now and I just haven’t blogged it.

Finished Mesa Scarf 1

I am thrilled with the way it turned out. Chroma is quite likely an even better yarn for this project than the Noro Silk Garden Lite was. (This is my second short row scarf, and I used Silk Garden for the first.) Especially since I know my mom, and she’ll be more likely to use a soft scarf than an even kinda scratchy one. And there’s no denying that, lovely though it is, and often though you wash it, Noro is at least a little scratchy.

Finished Mesa Scarf 4

The color repeats of this yarn worked beautifully with the pattern. There was one place where the yarn had been broken and knotted together, which caused an abrupt color jump. Had it been nearer the beginning of the scarf I would have cut the yarn and started over. Or had it been nearer the matching place in the color repeat I would have discarded everything in between. As it was, though, I left it in. It’s definitely noticeable it you look at it, but the overall impression isn’t bad. It flows in almost as a design element.

The length of each section is good for this pattern, too. The end result was short row triangles that don’t overlap much, color-wise. What I mean is, the color tended to change as I was nearly at the end of one triangle, so when I started back in the other direction, I was knitting with a new color. (Look at the pictures. You’ll see what I mean.)

Finished Mesa Scarf 2

I don’t knit multiple copies of many projects, but this one was worth it. Actually, I enjoyed it so much this second time, that I might end up knitting a third. Not soon, mind you. I have too many other things in the works or planned. But this is an addictive knit. It’s fast, it’s fun, and following the color changes makes me want to keep knitting “just a few more rows” to see if I can get to the new color, and how it will look.

But one note: if you decide to knit this scarf, I cannot recommend enough that you use the “alternate” ending, which results in a triangle. (The original ending is not at all symmetrical, and doesn’t look as nice. Not bad, just not as nice.)

Finished Mesa Scarf 3

Here are the specs:

PATTERN: Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf (Ravelry link) (link to the pattern)
DESIGNER: Karen Baumer
YARN: Knit Picks Chroma
NEEDLES: US 7 straights
START TO FINISH: 8/3/11 – 8/20/11
MODS: I used the alternate ending listed at the bottom of the pattern, so that the final section is a triangle the same size as the beginning section.