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FO – Claire Bear’s Mittens

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Happy Autumn everyone! Thought I’d start this, my most favorite of seasons, with a Finished Object for chillier weather :-D

I have a friend I met actually in high school. We went to rival schools. :-) Her name is Megan and we would see each other from time to time when the area Catholic high school bands would get together for the Honors Band program. Then SURPRISE we went to the same college!Anyway thanks to Facebook we’ve been able to keep in touch. This past summer I was able to meet her adorable children and I fell in love with her lil one Claire. I mean how can you not?

So when the new Twist Collective came out I wanted to make her something. The Horatio and Oren mittens were perfect!

Pattern: Horatio and Oren by Barbara Gregory from The Fall 2012 Twist Collective
My Ravelry Page
Yarns(s): The Loopy Ewe Solid Series
Colorway(s): Indigo & Ice
Needles(s): US 2½ – 3.0 mm
Casted On:
August 16, 2012
Casted Off: September 3, 2012
Modifications: None. But might I make a suggestion? This pattern is knit with 44 stitches. That’s pretty small so please please keep gauge in mind as you knit this. I k is these mittens will fit Claire just fine but if I were to do this pattern all over again I think I might have selected a more sport-weight yarn or maybe even a DK weight. With the stranded knitting, it can make for a tight pair making the mittens even tighter so keep that in mind when you got to select yarns ;-)

Super cute pair of mittens. I can’t wait to see lil Claire in them!

I’ve opened Santa’s workshop quite early this year starting four pairs of socks for loved ones of late so expect more socks in future knitting posts!


I’m switching events….

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

On the day, I finally return to work, I finished my Snowcopolypse Shawl. Here it is pre-blocking:

DSCF1023 This color is a little difficult to capture so I might take ten minutes out of my day tomorrow to photograph it. More details on this project will come later with better pictures.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Ravelympics project I picked, Seneca, by Jared Flood:

365.44 I’m enjoying the hell out of this project. The yarn is scrumptious and I have a lot of faith in Mr. Flood’s pattern. I just dont want to knit this sweater competitively. Sure this is a personal competition for me that I’m doing with a bunch of fantastic ladies and gents but I want to enjoy this project a little more and, ya know, I’m getting in touch with my inner process knitter. I don’t want something hanging over my head as I try to enjoy knitting this.

So what’s a gal to do? GET RID OF SOME WORKS IN PROGRESS

WIP Dancing Jermaine doesn’t ask for much. He doesn’t. So when he asked for another pair of fingerless gloves, I said sure. That said, knitting five finger holes…..weelllllllll I’m sure many would agree it’s nothing that keeps you up at night. And, truth be told, this is the third pair I’m making him. There was his first pair, then I tried to surprise him and made him a pair and epically failed so working on fingers 21-39….head/desk. But he’s my pookie and deserves double knit gloves so, Laura, tackle ’em!

Secondly is a scarf for a doctor if you can believe it. After a conference in Philadelphia in August, I strained/sprained my shoulder. (I honestly don’t remember the exact diagnosis but the doc used those two words. Whatever….it hurt). Anywho, I decided to make him a scarf because he’s good people.

Thirdly, this GORGEOUS cardigan just needs half a sleeve done and some finishing components. Seriously, if I don’t finish this within a week, you have my permission to come kick my ass. Cuz I would need it.

2009 in Review!

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Happy New Year!!

I hope you had a great New Year celebration. J and I welcomed two friends to our apartment we haven’t seen in a while. It was a great new years.

In the idea of nostalgia, here is what I completed knitting-wise in 2009

FOs for 2009 So, in review:

1 Cowl
2 Baby Sweaters
3 Pairs of Gloves
9 Pairs of Socks
2 Shawls
1 Hat
2 Cardigans

There is a part of me that is a little disappointed. Last year, I made 29 items and this year, it was 22. That said, I made more sweaters and cardigans and I’ve learned a ton. See…lookie. This year I also:


Learned how to knit fair isle on two hands

Learned Double knitting for a future finished object for Jermaine

So yes, I wasn’t popping out finished objects as I used to in previous years but I’m still proud of myself and what I did in 2009.

As far as goals for 2010, I want to concentrate on sweaters, pullovers, cardigans. I seem to be in a huge sweater kick. I joined the IntSweMoDo2010 group on Ravelry. Sure, working on a wool sweater in July in DC won’t feel that fantastic but that’s where lace sweaters might come in :D

I have some sweaters in mind for this KAL but I’m still getting my thoughts together for it. But I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a KAL with very little rules as that is up to the individual knitter, which is nice, seeing as how I have work deadlines, not knitting ones :-)

Happy new year, everyone! Stay warm and happy knitting.

Another FO!

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

I finished Darsana’s mittens


Pattern: NHM #6 by Terri Shea from Selbuvotter: Biography of a Knitting Tradition
My Ravelry Page
Yarn(s): KnitPicks Palette
Colorway(s): Lavendar and Grey
Needle(s): US 0 / 2.0 mm
US 1½ / 2.5 mm
Casted On: March 15th, 2009
Casted Off: July 13th, 2009
Modifications: I did an alternating sequence on the sides of the gloves because I didn’t want the lines on the sides to be too long and to start pushing in the glove. (if that made any sense)

I made these for my buddy Darsana because she participated in a glove swap in her stitch n bitch in Brooklyn and let’s just say she got the raw end of the deal. I know I can’t nor do I want to fix everyone’s issues but when mah knitting buddy gets screwed over in a knitterly way, I just can’t have that. I’ve always known she’s been incredibly curious about stranded projects so I thought this would be a good opportunity to make her a pair.

DSCF5626 This was the first time I made something with size 0 needles. I can’t honestly say that I am a big fan. The fabric is dense. Darsana has small hands though and I didn’t want to make them too big for her. They’ll keep her hands nice and warm and that’s the whole point, right? :-) I guess I don’t think I’ll be making more things with size 0s though. It’s just too tight.

Baby Bendall, a coworker’s baby was born on July 12th and I hope to finish his vest soon. I think I’ll wait though till winter to give it to Jackie. She’s going to be a lil busy this summer :-P

Finish or die…

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Ok so I’m not going to be that adament but I want to finish stuff before I start to go batty.

These are Jermaine’s socks. It took me about five months to finish the first one and it doesn’t look like it’ll take me five days to finish the second


and yes, those are actually dpns I’m working with. (I was using the 32in size 4s for something else at the time this photograph was taken. )

I guess it’s just been a little frustrating for me to just start start start. I mean you start something then think about it till it’s complete and well….it can get exhausting. I’m incredibly tempted to start something with my MDSW loot but even more than that, I want to finish what I started months ago. I started another shawl, yes, but for the time being, I just want to work on some remaining socks and a pair of gloves so I can start anew. There is something to be said for starting with a clean set…without thinking about projects started months ago

My creation The first glove in picture #1 is complete and I’m on the cuff of the second one. I’m halfway through the leg portion of the third sock as well. So tell me why it’s taken me so long to wrap up the ends? I have no idea why but the projects themselves are flirting with being just plain annoying because I’m draggin’ on them. So, as I knit them, I try to think about the finished product and remind myself how fun it is to do fair isle or how comfly these VA Tech Socks will be. The middle sock are my Bauldelaires and the yarn, Fleece Artist Sea Wool just feels so heavenly. It just unfortunately been pushed to the back burner.

Finish Laura Finish!

What is it about…

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

stranded knitting I find so fun??


People look at this and instantly assume it’s hard. For me, it isn’t. I started fair isle knitting with a yarn guide but then developed my own way of knitting, continentally, with the two strands so that the tension is even.

I guess what I love about it so much that the pattern starts randomly–“two greys, four lavendars, three greys”

Then you can build from your foundation– “knit lavendars till there is one more grey on the left needle, then greys till the end

Finally you say “knit the top of the flower and start the branch” (or whatever it is taht you’re making)

It’s always thrilling for me to see this pattern develope as I knit a pair of gloves. I like having a stranded project going because its very stimulating for me and it certainly is never boring! I got this book, Selbuvotter, Biography of a Knitting Tradition, from Jermaine for my birthday and I am absolutely in love with the patterns. One of these days I’m going to have to knit and steak a sweater but until then, there are still plenty of gloves and hats to make :-)

Before I got Sick…..

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

I finished my second WIP


Pattern: NHM #9 by Terry Shea from Selbuvotter: Biography of a Knitting Tradition

Yarn: Brooks Farm Solo (variegated) & Classic Elite Wool Bam Boo (white/cream)

Size: US 3 / 3.25 mm

Casted On: January 25, 2009

Casted Off: February 25, 2009

I got this terrible headcold on Friday. I’m still not a hundred percent yet but I can do a quick blog about these wonderful mittens. They’re so warm. (I wore them yesterday as I got the chills)


I have to say—I was hesitant about such “pointy” gloves. I thought they looked a little bit funny. Still think that in fact. I tried on a pair that a friend knitted and realized they were quite comfortable still. So farbeit from me to literally judge something by how it looks. :-P They’re warm and comfy so its “pointieness” means little to me.


Seeing as how it is snowing as I type this, I’m sure I’ll be able to use these even if there is little winter left. :-D

Mittens! Very Warm Ones too!

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Well my Loopy Ewe Swap spoilee, Anita, received her package and now I can show off  her mittens:


Pattern: Egyptian Mittens by Tuulia Salmela  from her blog
Yarn(s): Knit Picks Palette
Colorway(s): Ivory & Sky
Needle(s): US 3 / 3.25 mm
Casted On: January 11, 2009
Casted Off: January 25, 2009
Modifications: The pattern called for sportweight yarn and if I were to do this pattern again, I’d likely use that weight. My partner’s hands are fairly small, in comparison so I choose Palette and included a few stitches on the side of the glove. The pattern was written in Finnish but she provides a chart so that’s really all you need, right? I was trying to figure out what a thumb gore is and I was letting it intimadate me so I simplified the thumb pattern. Oh well. Thumb gores aren’t difficult…AT ALL but when you’re trying to read a pattern in another language…


I absolutely love Knit Picks Palette. Great stitch definition and very stranded knitting friendly. As I venture out into different stranded garments, I will definifely be thinking of this yarn for it, especially as the number of colors increase. Palette gets:


…I’m so corny. I know

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