Finished Objects 2009

These Kew socks are my first finished object of 2009.  I knit these in Louet Gems Fingering Weight yarn.  These socks were knit for the Friends Season 4 knit-along on Ravelry.

Kews Into The Map 1

This is the Banana Republic Knock-off hat that I made for my mother as a Christmas gift. Late, I know, but I’ve had my difficulties with the Christmas knitting this year. I made this hat with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn, the yarn recommended for the pattern. My mother really likes it!

I made the neck warmer Fourteen in the same yarn that I used for my mother’s Banana Republic Knock-off hat. The pattern makes such a squishy fabric. My mother’s been feeling really cold this winter so she loves it and the hat. Here’s the picture:
Moms Fourteen

I also made the Fourteen neck warmer for my sister, but because of the weight of the yarn I cast on 22 stitches instead of the Fourteen prescribed by the pattern. The yarn used was Manos del Uruguay 100% wool. My sister loves the neck warmer, and she picked it up while I was at work so I couldn’t get a picture of her modeling it.

Jens 22 2

Here is an example of how fabulous Ravelry is: I wanted to make my sister a Calorimetry to match her neck warmer. So I was able to look up the projects on Ravelry that had used Manos del Uruguay 100% Wool and learn how they modified the pattern for this yarn. So the finished object is a success and my sister loved it. I’m so glad, I really wanted to make her something to cover her head and/or ears, but she didn’t want a hat. Since she picked the set up while I was at work, I’ve got no modeled shots of the project.

Jens Calorimetry

So, I just had to make myself a Banana Republic Knockoff Hat in red. I got a compliment the first day I wore it! The person working the register at Cosi asked where I got my hat. I love it when they do that, because they’re always so excited when I tell them I make it myself. The picture is below.

My Banana Republic Hat 1

To make a neckwarmer to match my Banana Republic Hat I used the same yarn and the Cashmere Neckwarmer (Ravelry link) pattern by Kim K. Of course, I did not use cashmere, but the yarn weight is the right weight for the pattern. I like the way the pattern came out, though the details are a little difficult to see. Also, the fastening loop for the button I used was too loose. It does its job of keeping the neckwarmer around my neck, but it could be doing a better job. Here’s the picture:

My Neckwarmer

I’ve gone a long time without another finished object – it is now late June!  Earlier this month, I did finish a blanket for my sister and brother-in-law:  The Moderne Log Cabin Blanket from Mason-Dixon Knitting.  They both love it, and so do their dogs right now which is why the blanket is hidden behind the couch at their house instead of being on display.  Here are two pictures of the blanket (it was really difficult to get the whole blanket in one shot):

Moderne Log Cabin Blanket Finished 5Moderne Log Cabin Blanket Finished 3
After I finished the blanket, I needed to get to work on projects for my nephew, who was on the way!  But first I wanted to finish a scarf I’d been working on:  the Lace Ribbon Scarf, which I knit in Pear Tree 4-ply.

I cannot say enough good things about this yarn.  So soft you wouldn’t believe its “just” merino wool.  The yarn had little bits of tweed in it for some interest.  I just looked at the website for the LYS from which I purchased the yarn, but apparently they’re not carrying it anymore since it’s not listed on their site.  I’m glad to have purchased what I did, and I’m glad I used it for this project.

The first thing I started for my nephew (at the time we did not know that the baby was a boy) was a blanket:  the Hemlock Ring Blanket.  I had wanted to make this blanket for a while, and I was glad to have an excuse to make it.  I made the blanket out of Eco-wool, one of the recommended yarns for the pattern.

I ran out of yarn just before finishing the blanket!  I literally needed about 25 more yards of yarn to finish the blanket.  I knew I bought the last two skeins of this yarn from one of my LYS, so I just ordered another skein from Supercrafty.  Of course the dye lots did not match!  It was a pretty noticeable difference, too.  I decided not to sweat it and I used the yarn anyway – it was such a small part of the blanket.  I also had a hard time getting this to block out.  The blanket is really pretty, though.  And girly!  So I told my sister about how I made this before I knew the baby’s gender, and the this blanket had more of an heirloom quality, and maybe she could use it for the christening and then pack it away to same for the baby to have when he’s all grown up!

I made another blanket for the baby, something that was more of an everyday item.  I made the Big Bad Baby Blanket from the Stitch ‘n Bitch book.  Instead of using Koigu, though, I made a low rent version with Knit Picks Stroll Multi in the Lily Pad colorway.  I know my sister would not want the traditional pastel colors for the baby, so I think this yarn was a perfect choice.

The blanket, as you can see from the picture, ended up being on the thin side.  No matter, though!  It is washable, and it is bigger than the original pattern so it can be doubled over, anyway.  And my sister loved it!

I also made a little jacket and hat set for the baby – the Pea Pod baby set.

I used Sublime Organic Merino Wool DK for this set.  It was a good substitution.  The finished object was really soft!  Everyone ooohed and aaahed over this one at the baby shower.  The set is strictly for special occasions, though!

At some point I decided I needed to have another project on the needles last summer.  Actually, I think I just needed one that was a little more mindless and more portable than some of the other projects I was working on, since it seemed as though I was going to the shore every other weekend!  Then I saw the many “Textured Shawl Recipe” projects in Ravelry (Rav link) and I knew that I had to have it.  Using another cream-colored yarn for the project nearly drove me out of my mind!  (I was working on this project while I was working on the Hemlock Ring Blanket and the Baby Pea Pod Set at the same time.)  However, I was determined to use stash yarn for the project.  I knew that the amount of the yarn I used was probably a little light on yardage, but I knitted on anyway.

I’m really happy with this shawl.  I adapted the pattern by inserting lacier pattern sequences into the pattern in order to stretch the yarn a bit.  Then I blocked the shawl to within an inch of its life in order to get a larger shawl, and to bring out the stitch patterns.  The yarn I used is a now-discontinued yarn I picked up as AC Moore.  It is called Euro Yarns Peru DK Luxury, and it was composed of  70% Merino wool, 10% silk, and 20% “alpaka”.  I have no idea if this is just a misspelling of the word alpaca, or if it is some other fiber type which was designed to have the properties and/or feel of alpaca.  Not a bad yarn at all for an AC Moore find!

The next project I finished was the Hemlock Ring Blanket, another gift for my nephew.   This project, as much as I liked it, turned out to be a mini-disaster just as I finished knitting.  I completely ran out of yarn just at the end of the bind-off row – I think I might have needed another 10 yards of yarn, if that!  I ordered another skein of yarn, and the dyelots of course were different.  For many reasons, I decided to go ahead with it, and I don’t think that it’s so noticeable unless of course you are me looking at the blanket!  Plus, I did sort of rush the blocking and I think that the feather and fan areas of the blanket could have been stretched out a bit more.

I had decided to make this blanket for my nephew before I found out that he was going to be a nephew.  I figured that it could be used at his Christening and then maybe put away and passed on within the family.  After I finished this blanket, the Pea Pod Baby set and the Textured Shawl Recipe, I’d sort of had it with off-white colors and I was looking to knit something with color!

I made a quick little scarf, the Scaruffle from The Knitter’s Book of Yarn.  I made this out of Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze in the Blushes color.  (The color is my favorite color!)  It is a fast and easy knit, unless you have problems working with mohair.  Otherwise, maybe this project is good for a fast knitted gift.  Here it is:

The only thing I can say about it is that I wish I’d modified it to make the scarf a bit longer.  I’m not petite at all, and I think a scarf modified to be about 20% or 25% longer and slightly wider would “hang” nicer on me.

I then got sucked into my first knit-along:  the Through The Loops Mystery Sock 2009 knit-along.  I wanted to make socks for Socktoberfest and I was intrigued by the idea of the knit-along and the pattern itself:

I knit the pair at the same time, using 2 sets of Susan Bates size 2 DPNs.  First, I have to say that I love knitting socks on DPNs.  I am not a huge fan of the magic loop technique in general, and the coordination (or, um, patience) required to knit 2 socks at a time on 2 circular needles is not for me.  The good thing about knitting two socks at the same time with the Susan Bates DPNs is the fact that you have two sets of needles!  Susan Bates DPNs have 4 needles in each set and many sock patterns are written to be knitted on a set with 5 needles.  I have no problem keeping the stitches distributed on 3 needles while knitting with the fourth needle. . .until I get to the gusset.  Then I find it is generally much less of a hassle to have a 5th needle (4 needles for the stitches, 1 working needle) until the gusset is complete.  When working two socks in tandem, you can just take the working needle from the sock that’s on hold and use it until the gusset is complete, redistribute the stitches for the sock with the completed gusset on 3 needles, and then work the gusset on the second sock.  Then for the foot (or leg, if you’re working the toe-up technique) I resume knitting each sock with the 4-needle set.  Whew!  Did you get all that?  Anyhow, these socks were knit with Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Cotton Print in the Misty Greens colorway (color now discontinued).  I chose this yarn because it was the only one in my stash which had a muted colorway.  I think it’s safest to pick a colorway without drastic colorways when knitting a pattern from these mystery knit-alongs; you don’t want the yarn to obscure the pattern or for the pattern to obscure the yarn.

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