Misc Monday ~ in which there is a surprise FO

I have another knitting project that I haven’t mentioned on the blog yet. Since I forgot a WIP Wednesday in there, and this was a very fast knit, this particular project was an FO already by the time last week’s WIP post came around. Instead of adding it to that post, I decided to give it its own blog.

Without further ado, I present to you:

the Manly Mitts

Yeah, okay, the name is a bit silly. But that’s what the pattern is called, so there you go. The plan for these is to give them as a Christmas gift, but I might get too attached to them in the meantime. We’ll have to see.

I used Knit Picks Capra in Burnished for these. I didn’t knit the cuff ribbing as long as I could have, because I was concerned about running out of yarn, but I ended up with plenty leftover and should have knit the full 2 inches of cuff ribbing that was called for. Oh well. It doesn’t bother me enough to rip them out and start over. (Besides, the knitting gods being the way they are, doing that would guarantee that I’d run out of yarn on the second attempt.)

This was a really easy pattern, so I might make another pair. Regardless of the pattern name calling them “manly” mitts, I didn’t see anything about them that specifies a gender. I was looking for a good unisex pattern, and I think this is one of them. As long as you can get past the pattern name.

Capra is a lovely yarn. I can’t get over how much I love this yarn every time I knit something from it. And yet I haven’t ever made something for ME from it. I think it’s time to fix that. (Which is another reason why I might keep these mitts.)


Misc Monday ~ in which I finish a shawl for ME

Last week I mentioned that I was working on the East of the Sun, West of the Moon shawl again after it had hibernated for a while. Well, I finished it over the weekend!

East of the Sun, West of the Moon beaded shawl

It was not without some concern, though. I thought I was going to run out of yarn. I DID run out of yarn. But I had another yarn left over from another project which is essentially indistinguishable from the Freia. Luckily, I had worked the shawl so that the white was at the end, and the other yarn was KnitPicks Bare lace yarn, so it was also white.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon beaded shawl

This is the replacement yarn, which I used for the last few rows, but if I didn’t know where I switched I’m not sure I’d be able to tell (except by looking at the back for where the yarn is doubled).

Blocking this thing was CRAZY. I have never knit a shawl this large. (This may be the largest ANYTHING I have knit. It might count as larger than the afghans I’ve crocheted, too, depending on how you measure it. I think this shawl’s wingspan is larger than the longest side of any of my afghans.)

East of the Sun, West of the Moon beaded shawl

But it’s done! So I will get to wear it this fall and winter! Yay! I must say, though, this is not going to be a casual-wear item. It’s big! I’ll need to be aware of it when I wear it.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon beaded shawl

PATTERN: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
DESIGNER: Nim Teasdale
YARN: Freia Ombré Lace (with a smidge of Knit Picks Bare Shadow Lace)
START DATE: 5/31/2015
END DATE: 9/30/2017

Misc Monday ~ in which Reyna is done

I have another FO post for you today!

Finished Reyna

This one is the Reyna shawl, which I’ll be giving to a family member as a gift this holiday season. (Remember, I haven’t decided if it’s birthday or Christmas but it will be in December, therefore “holiday season”.)

(For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 7 gift knits complete so far for this year. I have one more in progress, and a couple that haven’t made it past the “thinking about it” stage, so I’m in good shape for this year’s knitted gifts.)

Finished Reyna

I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. For me, I think this would be more along the lines of a shawlette, but since the recipient is more petite than I am, it should be a larger shawl on her than it would have been on me. And the colors will be great for her, I think. Hopefully she’ll like it. I think she will.

Finished Reyna

I haven’t determined if I’ll be making another one of these shawls. The pattern was easy enough to work, and yet also simple enough that it was easy to memorize. It didn’t even get mindless to the point of boring, so it was pretty easy to finish, too. However, there are so many shawl patterns out there that I want to make, so this one may be one of a kind for me. We’ll have to see – I guess I’ve determined that I won’t be making another one soon, but I might make another down the road when I need a fairly quick (or easy to memorize) shawl knit. It certainly looks like the mesh will keep the fabric lightweight enough for California weather.

Finished Reyna

However, for now I’m not going to think about whether or not to make more, and I’m just going to be happy that I’ve made this one. I like how it turned out, and I didn’t make any modifications to it, so I give this pattern two thumbs up!

The pattern is here (and free!) if you want to make your own.

FO: Hyrule Socks

We’re not going to have a WIP Wednesday post today either. (I know, that makes 2 weeks in a row.) Instead, here’s a FO post for the Hyrule socks! I finished these earlier in the month, and never found a good time to show them off, so here they are now.

Finished Hyrule socks

I enjoyed knitting these socks. The start and end dates might not reflect that as much, because there was a large chunk of time in the middle where I realized I wasn’t going to have enough yarn and was debating what to do. What I ended up doing was knitting the pattern section of both socks and then doing the ribbing in a different yarn. I think having the cuff in that lovely nearly-white yarn looks good. You can kinda tell I didn’t plan for it, though, because if this had been the plan all along, I would have made the toes in the same contrasting yarn. Oh well.

Finished Hyrule socks

I loved the construction of the socks. The heel especially amused me. I’m not entirely sure why: I can’t point to any one part of the heel pattern that “made it” for me. But it was really enjoyable, and it looks really cool, and I wish the socks fit me because it looks really comfortable. (I will be making another pair for myself, but out of yarn that I have a larger amount of so that I don’t run out again.)

Finished Hyrule socks

In fact, I don’t think the socks will even fit the initial person I was making them for. Instead, I think I will be gifting them to a family member with even smaller feet. (The sizing problem I had in that case was almost certainly due to either the change in yarn or the panic that set in when I realized I was going to run out of yarn. I tried very hard to keep my tension even, but I don’t think I did as good a job of that I hoped to.)

Finished Hyrule socks

No, Suzy, you are not the family member with smaller feet that I am going to give them to.

Anyway, kudos to Lattes and Llamas for a fun pattern and beautiful yarn! I really enjoyed this one.

Pattern: Hyrule Socks by Megan-Anne Llama
Start date: 4 April 2017
End date: 1 September 2017

FO: Babette Blanket!!!

Okay, there has been knitting, and there has been crocheting, but I am not going to show you the progress on any of my current projects because I CAN’T WAIT TO SHOW OFF THE BABETTE BLANKET!

Sorry for shouting. But this project has been a WIP for over 7 years, and it is so (pick one or more) exciting / freeing / wonderful / much of a relief to have it done. So here it is!

Finished Babette!

This picture was taken pretty much as soon as I finished the edging and sewed in the final end. It hasn’t been blocked or even washed in these pics. I’m not 100% sure I am going to wash it, since I don’t know if any of these yarns will bleed and I’m more interested in keeping the colors crisp than in getting the edges straight.

Finished Babette!

If I was to make another one of these — which I am NOT — I would probably block it as I went so that the squares were all the same size before I started joining them. However, I don’t think it’s too big a deal that they were a bit off. Given how many different yarns I used for this project, I think it’s cool that the squares were all as close as they were.

Finished Babette!
cat included for scale

Well, okay. There was one square that I crocheted, noticed was a bit large, and ignored. And I kept ignoring it all the way up until it was time to join it into the blanket. And then I had to look at it and admit that no matter what I did, it wasn’t going to fit. (I think that square was made out of Kauni yarn.) So, I had to get rid of that square and make one more. It was the smallest size square – which meant both that it was fast to make the replacement, and that there was no room in which to ease in the too-big square. (Some of the larger squares have irregular yarn thicknesses in them, but because they’re that much bigger I could get away with it.)

Finished Babette!

In any case, the blanket is finished! I couldn’t tell you what all the yarns that went into it are, though. I started tracking yarn on Ravelry, so that I’d have a record of it. And then my knitting friends heard that I was making a scrap sock yarn blanket, and some of them brought me THEIR sock yarn scraps to include. While I am grateful for the addition — it’s made my Babette much more colorful and special than if it was just my own yarn scraps — it also means I have no idea what some of the yarns were that went into the blanket.

Finished Babette!

This is going to live on my desk chair, so that I always have something warm to pull onto my lap while I’m working. It’s not really big enough to be a sofa lap blanket, much less something that goes on the bed. And since I want to keep it instead of giving it to a child (since I think it would be large enough for a child to wrap-up in) I have limited options on how to use it. But I think desk chair is a great option.

Finished Babette!

Here are the specs, since this has been such a long-term project:

Babette Blanket by Kathy Merrick
Started: 27 April 2010
Finished: 3 September 2017
(my Ravelry project)

Misc Monday ~ in which there are socks

Wow, I guess I’m still catching up from my blog vacation of a couple weeks ago. Because just at the end of that vacation I finished a pair of socks and I haven’t shown them off yet!

FO: Vanilla is the New Black socks

These are the Vanilla is the New Black socks by Anneh Fletcher, and I love the pattern. SO EASY. They’re vanilla socks (as the pattern name implies) but the heel has a bit more interest to it. Really easy to make, and quite enjoyable to look at as well. I will be making more of these. It looks to me like this is a unisex pattern, too, so depending on the yarn choice and size you could make these for anyone.

And they were a pretty fast knit, too. (They would have been a faster knit if I wasn’t distracted by other projects while working on them.) I’m not one to think that socks are EVER a quick gift knit (“quick” and “socks” don’t go together for me), but if that’s your thing, this would be a good pattern choice.

FO: Vanilla is the New Black socks

This particular pair is going to my sister, either for Christmas or her next birthday. Fortunately, both are in cold weather, so she’ll be able to wear them right away.

They were supposed to be for me, but I made the foot too short. Oh well. My own fault for guessing when to start the toe instead of actually trying the thing on.

FO: Vanilla is the New Black socks

I’m just glad that getting them to fully match wasn’t very difficult at all. This yarn made finding the stripe pattern quite easy.

Speaking of the yarn: this is ONline Supersocke 100 Wellness Color that I got from a friend’s destash. I’d never used it before, but I won’t hesitate to buy it again if I come across it. It was a pleasure to work with and feels like it will wear well as socks.

WIP Weds ~ in which there’s another FO, too

Knitting has been happening! You saw some proof of it on Monday, with the FO post for the 22 Leaves Shawl. Well, here’s another FO as proof of knitting:

Finished Caffeine Molecule GAL square

This, of course, is the caffeine molecule square for the Geek-A-Long blanket. (It’s a 2014 square, which knit in 2017, and which I’m including on my 2016 blanket. Yes. It’s complicated.)

Finished Caffeine Molecule GAL square

I love both sides. I’m not sure which one I like better.

And of course, when you cast off one GAL square, you cast on another.

Star Wars GAL Square

That is the Star Wars square (also from 2014), and I’m using the black yarn that is one of the colors for all my 2016 GAL Blanket squares along with SPARKLY WHITE YARN. Because sparkles.

There has been knitting on other things as well. I’m in the middle of the heel turn for the second Vanilla is the New Black sock, and I’m excited to see this pair finished and added to the gift box.

And while I haven’t made any noticeable progress on the Hyrule socks, I have discovered that I don’t have another US 2.5 (3mm) needle option for socks. (I thought I did. It was US 2 (2.75mm).) So, since I like this pattern and want to make another pair (though perhaps with a variation of making it a taller sock), I purchased a ChiaoGoo lace US 2.5 needle that I can magic loop. That way I can knit on both of the socks together and use up every last bit of yarn. Also, IT’S A LACE NEEDLE. AKA the tips are pointy. (No current picture of the Hyrule socks, though.)

Happy Wednesday!