Friday FO ~ WendyKnits Summer 2013 Mystery Shawl

Here’s another Finished Object post! (I’ve been on a bit of what the Yarn Harlot calls a “finishing jag” lately. There’s at least one more FO post in the works after this one, but that’s for the Super Sekrit Mitts, and you’ll have to wait until after Christmas to see that post.

Finished Mystery Shawl 1

This one is for WendyKnits Summer 2013 Mystery Shawl! It was a KAL (knit-a-long) that I kept up with for most of the month, and then got behind on the second-to-last clue because I was too busy with getting THE GRAND DUKE onstage to knit lace. Granted, that meant I got some great progress on stockinette socks, but knitting lace backstage in the dark? Hah. Not me.

Finished Mystery Shawl 3

That’s okay, though, because I still got this one finished pretty close to a month after I started it. Not bad! Usually I fall much further behind when I do mystery KALs.

Finished Mystery Shawl 4

My biggest concern when starting this knit was that I wouldn’t have enough yarn for the bigger size, so I knit the smallest size. I had TONS leftover, and needn’t have worried. Of course, the clue I fell behind on was the one most impacted by the extra knitting on the bigger sizes, so when it comes to prompt finishing I guess it was a good thing that I knit the smallest size. Besides, I was getting sick of the yarn by the time I was done.

Finished Mystery Shawl 5

Speaking of the yarn… Patons Lace was not at all bad for knitting a mostly acrylic yarn. It is not my new favorite, but it’s not bad. Especially if I want to knit something laceweight (for a gift, most likely) that I do not want to have hand-wash instructions. It also blocked out a lot better than I thought. The ladies of my stitch-n-bitch will no doubt be surprised to see the final result, too. None of us expected it to hold the blocking.

Finished Mystery Shawl 2

I did a wet blocking on it, pinned the shawl out pretty aggressively, and then sprayed it damper with a water bottle. I wanted to give it as much chance to hold its shape as I could, and it seems like it worked. Now to see if it holds its shape long-term… I’m also trying to decide what to do with this one in the long run. I’m thinking it will be a gift, but I’m not sure who it will be for yet. Oh well! It’s August, so I’ll have plenty of time to think about it before Christmas.

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

PATTERN: WendyKnits Summer Mystery Shawl 2013 KAL
DESIGNER: Wendy D. Johnson (aka WendyKnits)
YARN: Patons Lace in the Sachet color
NEEDLE: US 4 (3.5 mm)
START/END DATES: June 1, 2013 – July 7, 2013

MODS: None.

WIP Weds 7.3.13

Happy belated Canada Day and Happy Early (American) Independence Day to all my blog readers to whom that applies! I forgot to mention the one and will be too busy relaxing to mention the other, so I’ll say them both at once.

Also, happy hump day! Let’s start things off with the Summery Mystery Shawl 2013 from Wendy Johnson.

WIP Weds 7-3-13

It’s not so much a mystery now that the last clue has been released, but that’s okay. And I fell behind on the last two clues due to being unable to knit this while backstage at THE GRAND DUKE (put on stage by Lyric Theatre of San Jose), so I haven’t finished yet and it’s already July. Oh well. I did finish a pair of socks you’ve seen around here before, but you’ll have to wait until they’ve had their bath to see them.

WIP Weds 7-3-13

I took these photos with my BIL’s DSLR, and they’re not the greatest photos. I’m still learning the tricks of his camera. I borrowed the camera for a little while, because I want a DSLR myself and don’t know what features I  can’t live without and which I don’t care about. My BIL’s is different from my parents (which I am familiar with) so hopefully this way I can get more acquainted with what I want and what I don’t.

I also spent some time knitting on a pair of socks that you haven’t seen in a while:

WIP Weds 7-3-13

… the Starflower socks. These are still fun socks, and I’m looking forward to having them finished so I can wear them. (Well, once the weather cools off a bit.) I’m using Miriam Felton’s Better Fitting Toe-Up Heel Flap, and I’m curious to see if they will feel as comfortable over the long run as they did when I tried the sock on for length.

WIP Weds 7-3-13

I do like the way the pattern breaks up the stripes, but there is still some pooling that these pictures make very obvious. Oh well. I don’t think it looks bad, but it *IS* obvious pooling.

And for anyone who is wondering, yes I will be doing ROW80 this time around. I have even been working on my goals, but I prefer to post about it on Sundays, so you’ll have to wait until this weekend to read about it.

Friday FO: Waterfall Socks

I have actually finished Wrenna, the sweater on chunky yarn I started earlier this month. (It took me less than a week to finish it, believe it or not.) However, since Wrenna hasn’t had her photo-shoot yet, I’m going to show you a Finished Object that’s been done longer than Wrenna has. Maybe I’ll have Wrenna pictures for you next week.

In the meantime, here are the finished Waterfall socks!

Finished Waterfall Socks

These were a fun knit, and I loved making them in a Crazy Zauberball. Such amazing yarn. Fun to knit, soft yet sturdy, and the colors! Love the colors.

I have actually worn them for a whole day, not just these pictures, and I think that these will be a well-wearing pair of socks. I managed to get the fit spot-on as well, which is not always a given for me. Even with toe-up socks, I sometimes get impatient to get to the “fun” part (aka the shaping) and start too soon. Or I’ll get carried away on the foot and start too late. Either way, I didn’t with these. They’re a perfect fit. (So no, my sister doesn’t get these socks!)

Finished Waterfall Socks

Here are the specs: (from my Ravelry project page)

PATTERN: Waterfall Socks (Ravelry) (PDF)
DESIGNER: Wendy D. Johnson
YARN: Crazy Zauberball by Schoppel-Wolle
NEEDLES: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
START/END DATES: 12/23/2011 – 3/30/2012
MODS: none? I don’t think I made any…

WiP It: the Weird Edition

Why is is weird, you ask? Well, besides the fact that it’s my blog post, my knitting, and I am weird?

Here’s the thing: since I’ve last checked in, I’ve done a lot of knitting. Only, since I have FINISHED the TWO projects that I was knitting on, it doesn’t look like there’s been much progress. So, I’ll do the best I can, but you’ll have to wait to see what I’ve really been working on until I can show off the FOs. (One of them was the February Fetchings, but the other hasn’t shown up on the blog or at my S&B at all. Weird.)

I’ve been working on my Waterfall socks, and since I had about half of a road-trip in which to knit (the other half was me driving or not great lighting) I’ve managed to get a fair bit done on these. I’m past the heel turn now, and into the leg patterning. Now I just have to get it to the same length as the first one – I really have no idea how much longer that is right now, just that it’s significant – and then I’ll have a new pair of socks. Yay!

Waterfall Sock 3/13/12

I really love this yarn. It works well in this pattern, too, which is enough to be interesting and yet not anything like overpowering.

I haven’t knit much on the Diantha Shawl (which was the Susana IC Mystery Shawl) but here’s it’s current progress:

Diantha

And I am about to cast something on to test out for a friend. She’s used it for a sock pattern, but I think I’m going to make the cuff of a pair of mitts instead. They’ll go faster, and also help show the different ways you can use the pattern. Once she’s got it finalized and such, I’ll link to it plenty, but for now, here’s what I’ll be casting on:

New Break It Up yarn

Sock leftovers can be great for lots of things, and I’ve always wanted to make a matched pair of socks and mitts. (Okay, in this case the pattern won’t be matched, but the yarn will.) Of course, I might need to use a different yarn once I pass the cuff, it depends on how long I make these mitts.

Hope you’re having a great Wednesday!

WIP it: Fetchings in February

A chance comment on Mrs. Pao’s blog the other day gave me the urge to cast on a new knitting project. (I know. It doesn’t always take much.) She mentioned Fetchings for February, and well, I had to knit some. You know how it goes.

So I pulled some yarn out of the stash, and cast on. A few days later, and I’m nearly done with mitt #1:

February Fetchings 2

The yarn is Nashua Handknits Ivy, and it’s leftover from a Central Park Hoodie sweater I made myself a little while back.

And of course I’m still working on the Waterfall socks made from a Crazy Zauberball:

Crazy Waterfalls 2/6/12

I’m on to the second toe now. I finished the first sock when I did because of the color combination. It just seemed right to start the second sock with a light color toe like the first one, regardless of the fact that they’re not at the same point in the color repeat. Actually, I’m beginning to wonder if this yarn DOES ACTUALLY HAVE a color repeat. It seems to keep going with no discernible pattern. Ah well. It’s still tons of fun to watch the  color change.

Have a great hump day everyone!

WiP Weds ~ 1.25.12

Here is a WiP post, since it’s Wednesday! I’m trying to stick to a semblance of a blogging schedule, but so far this year it hasn’t turned out so great. But there’s a post today, and there will almost certainly be a post on Friday, so that’s a start.

First off, the WIP closest to becoming an FO:

Sky pirates - last WIP pic

The Last of the Sky Pirates mitts!

These are a really fun knit, as long as I can ignore the way the pattern is worded. It’s a good pattern, in that I didn’t find any errors and the design is nice. However, I think it’s the designer’s first published pattern, and it reads that way. You know how beginner knitters will often want everything spelled out for them? Knit this many stitches, and then do that, and then purl these stitches, and end by knitting this many more stitches. And they want that for every single row? Well, they would love the way this pattern is written.

However, I would much prefer a simpler wording — something like, “On WS rows, K1, continue in pattern until last stitch, K1.” That right there would remove half of the directions. And there are more things that could be done to make this a more advanced-knitter-friendly pattern.

But I digress.

The next (and last) WiP I will show off today is the first Waterfall sock!

Waterfall socks 1-24-12 (1)

The yarn is a Crazy Zauberball, and I love it. I want more! It’s so much fun watching how the yarn changes colors.

I love my Chiaogoo needles, too. But I have a confession to make. It seems I can’t read needle packages.

You see, when I bought these needles, I went to the rack holding size US 1 (2.25mm) needles, and got two 16″ circulars. And bought them, and put the sock on them, and knit away. And knit, and knit, and knit, and only when I’d gotten about 2-3 inches past the heel turn did I notice that one needle is a 2.25mm, while the other is a 2.5mm. (AKA US1 and US1.5) Um. Not a matched pair of needles, after all. Oops.

Waterfall socks 1-24-12 (2)

I suppose it doesn’t matter all that much. It’s just .25mm difference. On the other hand…

So, guess where I went yesterday? Yup. Back to the store to buy needles that actually MATCH in size.

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.