Posted in Fingering Weight, Knit, Knitting, Knitty.com, NHKnittingMama, Patterns, Wool

Torreyana Casted On—Finally

For some reason my brain failed to realize the stitches were doubled, until this morning.  Maybe it was because I was trying to get the stitches on while supper was cooking last night.  Happens to all of us at one point or another, right? Over hungry and trying to knit or cast on equals disaster!

After 5 tries (I’m not kidding) I finally have all 685 stitches on the needles for the Torreyana Shawl. Why so many times?  Well, it goes like this:

  • Only have one skein to work with
  • tail was waaayyyy too long the first try (when my brain failed)
  • second time tail was way to short  (ok, over compensated there)
  • Third time missed by half the stitches
  • Got impaitiant and just did it again = fail to short
  • ok, now I read the instructions AGAIN
  • ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh  each needle = 685  (ok, now i feel like I should of been wearing the dunce cap!  No wonder Clutch was looking at me funny)

See?  This is an example of what can happen when your multitasking, HUNGRY and casting on!  Not a good combo.  At least I gave it a go three time last night before I gave up for the night.

It don’t look like much now, I know.  But there really are two (2) circular needles there.

The yarn I’m using is from NH Knitting Mama. It’s a fingering weight: 80% Superwash Wool & 20% Bamboo.  It’s sooooo soft.  I love working with it.

I know I have a bunch of WsIP, but I couldn’t help casting on yet another project!  I will only do a couple of rows and move on to the Iain Sweater, I swear…. {evil grin}

Posted in Clutch, Knit, Knitting, Knitty.com, Patterns, Puppy, Yarn

Therapi – the Wooly Kind

Rainy and cold one day about a month ago, combined with a slew of bad ‘P.O.T.S.’ Days, I needed some Therapi. I found this wonderful pattern on Knitty. I had some purple Quatro in my stash, and thought this would be perfect for it!

So far, I’ve gotten the body finished, and now, I’m Magic Loopn’ the sleeves.  I’ve almost got the sleeves finished, yea!  You can check out some pics of progress so far.  I’ll post some pics here in a few days.

Honestly I really didn’t think the wool would be as soft as it is, and I really like working with it.  I just wish it was easier to get.  I ended up buying it from Royal Yarns.

As far as WIPs:

  • Therapi (of course)

I had 2 other project, but those got s*&t canned and the yarn/wool reclaimed for other projects that I haven’t quite thought up yet.  I am considering writing up the socks I knitted last year, and possibility a scarf pattern.

I am going to cast-on a small lacy shawl with some beading.  But I really have to work on Colby’s Iain Sweater.  I had ran outa yarn, so that was my excuse (can u think of a better one?) to work on Therapi.  But now I have more, and so off I will go to work on the elusive Iain.

Posted in Blocking, Blocking Mats, Fingering Weight, Knit, KnitPicks.com, Knitting, Knitty.com, Lace Blocking Wires, Lace Weight, NHKnittingMama, Scarf, Steam Blocking, Yarn

Floaty Finished!

Happy St.Patrick’s Day!

I finished it last night!

It took just over a month to complete.  I’ll admit, there were a handful of days I didn’t work on it.  I hate P.O.T.S. days! But I’m so glad it’s done now!  The pattern can be found on Knitty:Flit n Float

The yarn I used is from NH Knitting Mama Farmington Line, color is Philosophy.  it is 100% Superwash Merino.  What is superwash you ask?  It is wool that is treated so it can go in the Washing Machine.  OMG, it came out sooooo soft after I washed it!  I thought it was soft to begin with…wow.

If you clicked the link for the pattern above, and the one for NH Knitting Mama and searched for the yarn I used, you probably noticed that I used a fingering weight instead of a lace weight.  It still came out beautiful!

It’s blocked and dry now.
Scarf blocked and drying
It was the first time I used my Lace Blocking Wires and Blocking Mats from Knit Picks.  (Both were X-Mas presents – Thanks Mimi & honey)  Granted, it took a while to run the wire through the edges of the scarf, but sooooo worth it!  It would have took FOREVER to pin and measure TRYING to get a straight line!

I actually had to re-pin, and steam block the ruffles.

But now it is Finished!
finished scarf