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Do you have any idea how long it would have taken me to knit these?

Things I like about crochet:

1. It’s fast. Super duper fast.
2. Only one live stitch (less fear of dropping)
3. Much more bus-friendly (see #2)
4. It looks quaint and grandma-ish
5. Did I mention it’s fast?

Things I dislike about crochet:

1. It looks quaint and grandma-ish
2. … it looks quaint and grandma-ish?
3. No, seriously – I know there’s some pretty awesome, modern crochet out there. It’s something inside my head, the moment I notice the distinctive crochet stitches I just see afghans. It’s not the crochet, it’s me.

Then again, that’s unfair. I don’t really think all crochet looks like afghans. I know some pretty awesome crocheters (is that a word?) that make some beautiful pieces. It’s just not really my style… yet ;-) However, if I liked the look of it more I would probably switch over exclusively.

These squares, though?

Definitely my cup of tea.

edited:  for clarity

So remember this post, in which I said I would never again knit a baby garment in fingering weight?

Well…

Baby Yours by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Some might call me a flip-flopper. I prefer to think I’m willing to admit it when I’m wrong.

I forgot to mail the wee baby raglan cardigan. Again. Suddenly, I realized that by the time it arrived the nearly-ten-pound baby would be a month old and the likelihood of it fitting was as small as the sweater itself. If her parents liked it, I wouldn’t want them feeling badly about not being able to put her into my handiwork. If they were indifferent, I wouldn’t want it going to the thrift store without ever warming my newest relation. So, I decided to do damage control and cast on something new.

However, to prove I’m not a total flip-flopper, I couldn’t bear to go out and buy yet another skein of yarn, considering how much I acquired in January. Pawing through my stash basket, the only thing that stuck out as appropriate was this skein of Dream in Color Smooshy sock yarn:

Dream in Color Smooshy in Petal Shower

I genuinely can’t explain how obsessed I am with this colourway. It looks like deliciously melted Neapolitan ice cream. It’s pink but the brown makes it not too girly. I freaking heart this yarn, all right, and my newest little first-cousin-once-removed will be wearing it by month’s end if I kill myself in the process.

Well, maybe not kill. But I might damage my pinkie again.

The obvious choice was to try making Baby Yours again, and I’m enjoying it so much more this time around. It’s a billion times better in this colourway… probably because the check pattern reminds me of a waffle cone, adding to this whole ice cream image I’ve woven up in my imagination. I’m seriously obsessed.

So, it looks like you’re still going to have a lot of in progress photos for the next month, rather than FOs.

Sorry!

PS: I’ve been updating the new photography blog lots – go check it out!

Just a quick post before bed to give you a peek at what I’ve been up to…

First, I never did post a proper finished photo of the Raglan Baby Cardigan I was working on. It turned out cute, but it’s very, very small. Doesn’t help that my cousin had a nine pound baby – I’m not sure it’s going to fit! But I’m going to mail it anyway because, well, why not?

Raglan Baby Cardigan by Debbie Bliss

Raglan Baby Cardigan by Debbie Bliss

Made with Mission Falls 136 Merino Superwash

Made with Mission Falls 136 Merino Superwash

I suppose it would have helped if I’d actually gotten it in the mail two weeks ago.

After I finished up the sweater, and the thumbs on the Fetchings, I cast on a pair of Those Mitts by Leslie Friend. I just wanted a simple mitt with a thumb gusset, as that was the one pattern feature I felt was lacking on the Fetchings. Well, it turned out to be lacking here as well… I modified the pattern quite a bit in order to get the sort of gusset I was hoping for (following the curve of the thumb all the way down to the wrist). Luckily, it wasn’t too hard to figure that out.

I’m gifting these ones as well, but I’m dying to make myself something in the same colourway. Gorgeous.

Those Mitts by Leslie Friend

Those Mitts by Leslie Friend

Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Oceanos

Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Oceanos

Still some finishing to do... oh, and the other mitten.

Still some finishing to do... oh, and the other mitten.

But of course, I couldn’t simply finish these ones. No, something far more complicated was calling me…

Bird in Hand by Kate Gilbert.

Bird in Hand by Kate Gilbert in Mission Falls 136 Superwash Merino

Bird in Hand in Mission Falls 136 Superwash Merino

And so now, I have to go.

I have some knitting to do.

Remember the pay-it-forward game I mentioned in my gift post?

Well, with my first recipient in mind, I decided to turn a ridiculously pretty skein of Malabrigo into a pair of Fetchings.

Pattern:  Fetching by Cheryl Niamath

Pattern: Fetching by Cheryl Niamath

Malabrigo Merino Worsted - Velvet Grapes

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Velvet Grapes

I had a lot of fun with this pattern, and the only modification I made was to double the amount of cable repeats at both the wrist (from 3 to 6, for length) and the knuckles (from 1 to 2, for look). It was a fast, easy project and all those little cable knots are so cute – I really understand why 10,000+ people on Ravelry have made these little mitts. I really only had one complaint, and that’s the thumb: why no thumb gusset? It would be so much more comfortable.

See the thumb pulling? Not the most comfortable design element.

See the thumb pulling? Not the most comfortable design element.

The yarn ended up pooling in a really cool way. Excuse the poor photo, but it’s for illustrative purposes only:

Spiral pooling

Spiral pooling

I’m not sure Malabrigo is the best choice for this pattern – I think the stitch definition could be much better. But they’ll be very cozy so I think it was worth that sacrifice. Ravelry project page is here.

Now I just need to block them and put them in the mail! One down, five to go :)

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It’s a blog I’ve started to document my adventures in photography.

But I promise it won’t take away from this one. Promise!

I’m almost done my first pair of socks!

Plain Vanilla Sock pattern by Keri McKiernan

Plain Vanilla Sock pattern by Keri McKiernan in Estelle Arequipa (209)

Like I mentioned last night, I just have to Kitchener the toe and then they’ll be finished (after many months of hibernation.)

Now the question: What to do with them?

I think the reason I lost my steam on this project is simply that I have no interest in the finished product. Nine times out of ten I’d rather be barefoot. I’m well known for pulling off my socks and leaving them littered all over the apartment. I can’t stand my feet being covered while I’m sleeping, especially – if I try to wear socks in bed I invariably pull them off in my sleep.

Of course, I do wear socks with shoes, but I’m a fan of the plain white sport anklet variety, of which I own about 40 identical pairs so as to avoid the headache of matching. Other than a smattering of specialty socks (hiking, snowboarding) I really have no variety in my sock drawer. And I like it that way.

I see the appeal of the sock as a knitting project – small, cute, just enough difficulty to keep you interested – but unless I find a close family member or friend who expresses a deep and undying love of knitted socks I think this may be the last pair you see from me for a while.

Click here to visit the Ravelry project page

Click here to visit the Ravelry project page

Then again, I do want to learn toe-up…

So… I bought yarn.

*ducks to avoid objects being thrown in this general direction*

Malabrigo Merino Worsted - Oceanos

Malabrigo Merino Worsted - Oceanos

Friends, I have come to a great realization: the trick isn’t to avoid buying yarn. It’s to avoid the yarn store in general. D’uh. That said – I swear the universe is conspiring against me.

I take photography on Wednesday nights, and the school is in the same block as one of my favourite yarn shops. Now, this store normally closes at 6pm (around the time I would get into the neighbourhood.) But on Wednesdays? No, on Wednesdays they extend their hours to 9pm. This only started in January (same week as my class began.)

Does the universe want me to purchase yarn? Or, is this some sort of cosmic temptation test?

Truth is, I don’t care. I can generally avoid. But I decided I wanted to make a set or two of fingerless gloves (one for me, one or more as a gift) and I needed something more. And in this colourway, I ask you: who could really resist?

Malabrigo Merino Worsted - Oceanos

Malabrigo Merino Worsted - Oceanos

I’m also thisclose to being finishing the socks… I got to the end of the toe, only to realize that I’d totally forgotten how to do Kitchener Stitch. To knittinghelp.com I go…

Goodnight :)

We managed to get the car off the mountain and make it home on schedule. I’m glad we chose to give ourselves a day off in Vancouver before going back to the grind – today will (hopefully) be a productive day.

I picked up my Asymmetrical Cabled Cardi again, after Christmas knits were given (despite one of them being wrapped up on the needles – I’ll explain that in a later post.) I’m really enjoying this pattern. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s really this fun to knit, or just because I’m excited to be making my first (adult) sweater. But really, when you’re having fun, does it matter why?

Click here for the Ravelry project page

Asymmetrical Cabled Cardi by Yahaira Ferreira

I just noticed last night that the pattern designer is Yahaira Ferreira, author of Sensual Knits (which my brother gave me for Christmas.) Funny coincidence. It makes me all the more excited to knit a project from the book (though I believe only one of the patterns inside was actually designed by her, but so far I like her taste.)

Cable - close up

"Double Fantasy Cable"

I’m reluctant to be too critical of patterns that are generously offered for free, but I’ve noticed an error or two in this one. The funny thing is, I’m not quite confident enough to assume I’m correct. This one in particular isn’t really a problem, it only annoys my inner editor. Knitters – please tell me if I’m crazy. Do these two instructions say the exact same thing?

(P4, K1) 4x, P4

and

P4, (K1, P4) 4x

If so, I’m not sure why she would write them out as seperate row instructions. Additionally, the pattern notes that the cable is “24 sts, 11 rows”… but the second (redundant?) instruction is indicated for row 12? I should note, that’s row 12 in the cable patten specifically.

Asymmetrical Cabled Cardi by Yahaira Ferreira

Cascade 220 Heathers - 2425

I’m modifying the pattern, which is a scary thing to do with your first-ever-sweater. But looking at the various finished projects on Ravelry, I was a bit concerned by the width of the smaller front section, as well as the finishing of the cabled edges. So, I added 4 stitches to the smaller side, as well as adding 2 stitches to each edge so I could use K1P1 rib instead of a simple K2 (which looked like it was wobbly/rolling in most of the finished projects.) I also chose to do it in stockinette instead of reverse stockinette, and I’m following the instructions for two sizes larger than my measurements, due to gauge issues.

Here’s hoping praying it fits.

Cascade 220 Heathers - 2425

Click here to visit the Ravelry project page

This is a Christmas project I finished a few weeks ago:

Turn a Square by Jared Flood

Turn a Square by Jared Flood in Mission Falls 1840

It was a quick, fun knit. I know I didn’t do the pattern justice with my yarn choice – using a combination of self-striping and solid yarns, as instructed, would have given a completely different look. But I think the boy will wear and enjoy this. Maybe one day in the future I’ll execute the pattern as directed.

The instructions say to use the “jogless jog” technique in order to prevent a jump in the stripes as you move from round to round:

Not exactly jogless...

Not exactly 'jogless'...

I’m fairly certain I did this correctly, but I’m not sure how well it turned out.

The last inch or two gave me a bit of stress, as it seemed I might run out of yarn:

Yikes!

Yikes!

Once I wove in my ends, that’s how much I had left!

This definitely isn’t my favourite wool. I really enjoyed the look and feel of it in the store, and it was nice enough to knit with, but it started pilling while I was working with it. The colours are attractive, and it’s nice that it’s superwash, but we’ll see how it wears. Also, I am loath to say this, lest I insult someone (for one reason or another)… but, it sort of feels like acrylic. I don’t really mean that as a negative criticism, it just… does. Which is a bit strange.

But luckily, it all worked out.

Click here for the Ravelry project page

Click here to visit the Ravelry project page

This project was originally quite far down the Christmas queue, until I realized that the friend it was intended for has a just-prior-to-Christmas birthday. Eek!

Spring Beret by Natalie Larson in Malabrigo Worsted

Pattern: Spring Beret by Natalie Larson

It was genuinely important to me to give her a handmade gift, so I rushed to get this done in time for her party tonight. I’m somewhat proud of myself for managing to finish it in less than 24 hours (probably about 4 hours total knitting time.) The pattern is a breeze, and the Malabrigo is so pleasant to work with. The Knit Picks needles though – wow. Is it just me, or do those things actually get sharper and harder and pointier the longer you knit with them? Ouch!

I do love the interchangeables, but I’m happy that all my straights are bamboo – gives my hands a bit of a rest. I’ll be making another one of these before the holiday is over, though.

Merry Birthday!

Malabrigo Worsted in Azul Profundo

Azul Profundo

Merry Birthday