Wee Flax

My mom asked for a donation to her church’s silent auction.  I didn’t feel like donating a hat or anything like that, so I made a size 2T Flax sweater.  Such a great pattern!  I really love the Flax I made for myself a few years ago (and I intend to make myself another one soon).

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Tin Can Knits “Flax” sweater

Ravelry project page is here.  I used an easy-care acrylic (Lion Brand Pound of Love), but it’s very soft.  I hope some little kid is warm!

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Cabled Hat

I had this yarn for a while – Sweet Georgia Yarns superwash worsted.  I tried making a scarf, I tried making a hooded cowl, but nothing really wowed me.

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Lucky 7 hat

I’ve made this hat before and used the same mods.  Ravelry project page is here.  I did buy a big fluffy white pom pon, but it’s too heavy and pulls the hat weirdly.  I need to find one that doesn’t have a solid core.

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The yarn is great – nice hand to it and the stitch definition is lovely.  I have another couple of skeins of this yarn in different colourways, so I will most likely use them for hats.

 

Orange Surprise Sweater

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“Pink Memories” pattern

I added this project to my Ravelry page when I didn’t have the pattern in front of me.  I knew it was some odd name, in my mind it came up as “Orange Surprise”.  The actual pattern is called “Pink Memories”. 😀

I had this Madelinetosh Tosh DK that I had bought years ago to make a short sleeved sweater.  I decided I wanted to use it for this, so I had to source come other yarn so I would have enough.  I found some at Hawthorne and Wool and love how it complements the orange.

I made my usual modifications to the sweater (longer in the torso, longer in the sleeves).  Instead of doing the colourblock option that the pattern has, I decided to add some contrast colour stripes/bands.  I like how it turned out.

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Back

I also did my preferred method of waist shaping.  The original pattern calls for an A-line shaped body, but I didn’t want that.  It also has garter stitch sections, and a pocket.  I ignored all of those.

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Waist shaping

Again, I was off with my measurements and it’s a bit roomier than I had anticipated.  I washed the sweater when I got back from my trip to Vancouver, and it became quite loose and drapey.  I put it in the dryer for a while and that tightened things up a bit.

The colour of the yarns is most like the second photo.

The yarn was nice to work with, but the orange bled a lot onto my hands and needles.  It certainly is different after washing.  I am starting a new project with another colourway of this same yarn, so I did my gauge swatch and then washed it and dried flat.  It bloomed and softened.

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perfect for under my rain coat in Vancouver!

So Faded Sweater

I’d seen this sweater a lot on Instagram.  Most of the projects were made with speckled yarns, but I have a lot of solids, striped and tonal sock yarns, and I’m trying to use them up.  So I chose five balls of Sweet Georgia Yarn Tough Love Sock yarn.

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Finished! Great pattern.

As usual, I added length to the torso and sleeves.  The pattern is a top-down raglan, with some front neck shaping, which I like.  The colour melting/fading is done by striping the two colours over 10 rows.  With variegated and/or speckled yarns, it’s fairly subtle, but more noticeable with the tonals (the last two colours).

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Still being too conservative on the waist shaping decreases.

The sweater I made before this (I’ll do a later post about it) I did the same thing.  Still not accustomed to my new measurements.  (I’ve lost some inches on my torso.)  My shoulders/chest are a fair bit larger than my waist.

This turned out great and I’m sure I’ll make another one.  I -do- have enough sock yarn to use up.  😀

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waist shaping (Amy Herzog method)

Instead of doing the waist shaping on the side “seams”, this method has the front and back divided into thirds, and the shaping is done on the front/back of the torso.  I quite like it.  I think this is the fifth sweater on which I have utilized it.

My Ravelry project page is here.

Tea Party Socks

I made a quick, simple pair of socks using Sweet Georgia Yarn’s Tough Love Sock Yarn in colourway “tea party” for my dear friend, Ande.  I was heading out for a long weekend visiting her in Vancouver.

1×1 ribbed cuff, 3×1 ribbed leg and instep

Always pleased with the way Sweet Georgia yarns knit up. So soft and such great colours.

I (of course) picked up some yarn when I was in Vancouver; mostly sock yarn.  SGY and also some Biscotte yarns.  Another line that has great colourways and self striping designs.

There is aran weight yarn waiting in the wings to turn into a First Watch cardigan.  I picked up the buttons when I was in Vancouver at Button Button.  Great store.  I’ll get that sweater underway soon.

 

Sparkle Socks Done!

I finished off these great looking socks:

 

Sweet Georgia Yarns "Cashluxe Spark" sock yarn
Sweet Georgia Yarns “Cashluxe Spark” sock yarn

I didn’t think I’d have enough to do the entire sock with the yardage I had, so for the toes/heels I used some Sweet Georgia Yarns Tough Love sock yarn I had left over.

Ravelry page here.  The Cashluxe was part of a Sock of the Month offering in 2015.  Very nice yarn to work with.

I’m still debating yarn for my next sweater; I need to do a gauge swatch of some Cascade Cloud that I got.  But I’m making another pair of socks right now.

 

It’s done! It’s done!

The Octodude (Knitter’s Dude sweater) is finished!  I had to wait a day to get some buttons because the ones I bought at the yarn store were 1.25″ and I needed 1″.  I didn’t think to check when I was making the buttonholes on the band, so I had to see what I could get locally.

The Knitter's Dude sweater, modified
The Knitter’s Dude sweater, modified

My Ravelry project page is here.  I made several modifications which I have listed in my project notes.  I wanted a different colourwork motif than the pattern had, so I found an octopus graph and incorporated that.  I also wanted to keep the “oceanic” theme and changed the other colourwork sections to waves instead of Greek key.

the back
the back

I added length to the body/torso (before the yoke) and the sleeves because most patterns are too short for me in those areas.  The sleeves ended up being a bit long, so I have folded back the ribbed cuffs and am happy with that.  I can fold them down if my hands get cold!

The sweater is knit in the round, then steeked to make a cardigan.  I’ve done steeks before (for armholes on Dale of Norway sweaters) but it has been more than a few years.  I did some googling and got my sewing machine out.

eeeek!  Cutting the steek.
eeeek! Cutting the steek.

After picking up and knitting the button bands and collar, I was able to find some really cool grosgrain ribbon to use to cover the steek ends.

hand sewing the steek facing
hand sewing the steek facing

I spent a lot of time doing the detailed finishing work.  I trimmed the steeks down close to the stitching to reduce bulk, then sewed the ribbon on top.

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isn’t the ribbon awesome? I love skulls as much as I love octopus!
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I sewed on small clear buttons on the inside of the button band to reinforce the buttons.
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the buttons I found locally. I might swap them out for some to match the burnt orange stripes, if I find the right ones.

I used Cascade 220 Heathers for this project.  It’s a great “workhorse” worsted weight yarn.  I have enough left over to make a hat.  For now, I’ve cast on a quick hat using Vanna’s Choice that will go into my donation box.