FO Friday, First Blanket!

Last night I finished the baby blanket [link]!  Binding it off felt like it took forever, but I had a few episodes of Chopped to keep me company as I slowly worked on the bindoff.

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Note to self; next time you have a seed stitch border, do a final row of knit stitch before binding off.

I will say that this project got tedious at times, but it was both interested enough to hold my interest, but simple enough that I could listen to music or a podcast while working on it.

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WIP Wednesday, Just The Border To Go…

It’s been a while since I’ve made a knitting post on this blog, but I’ve made plenty of progress on the baby blanket [link] I’m making for my cousin.

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I ended up having to order yarn in a new color, because I ran out of yarn in the navy blue.  So far, I’ve gotten all the basketweave sections done, and now all I need to do is the seed stitch border, bind off, weave in the ends, and I’ll be done!

I’ve Started Loom Knitting

In the Otherworlds, one of Jake’s monastery brothers made a knitting loom for me as a wedding present.  I was looking up what the looms are like (and loom knitting had been recommended to me before) when I found one for a good price, thanks to the sale that was going on.  The loom is adjustable, so it can be changed for any size of project I’d want to make on it, which is really cool.

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 The lighting isn’t the best, but this is my blanket so far.

The loom arrived two days before my and Jake’s wedding.  After several YouTube videos, I got the basic e-wrap stitch learned, and I know how to purl on the loom as well.   The part of loom knitting I struggled with at the beginning was the tension–I’m a tight knitter when I’m using traditional knitting needles, but loom knitting needs to be loose.

I cast on a blanket that I had the yarn for (which led to Jake’s dad making terrible “tying the knot” puns as I worked on the blanket) and so far I really like how it’s turning out. I’ve found that loom knitting really *can* be faster than needle knitting, as long as the tension is right. If I was working on this blanket (105 stitches a row, in worsted weight yarn) on traditional knitting needles, I would be getting a row or two done a day–with my loom, I’ve gotten 24 rows done in three days.

WIP Wednesday, First Blanket

I’m currently knitting a baby blanket for a family member and her son, and so far I’m very happy with how it’s going.

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Knit with leftover yarn from this hat [link], and this is the first two sections (out of five.)  I’m currently on pause, because I know I’m going to run out of yarn…and the yarn, as far as I can tell, has been discontinued.  I got in at a discount bin, so I’m pretty sure it’s all gone from the store.  I looked online, but couldn’t find the yarn at all.

What I did was order some super bulky yarn off Amazon that’s from a different brand, and in a different color.  What I plan on doing is making the third section into a striped pattern, so it looks like the color change was intentional, then switch to the second color.

This is based off of this pattern [link].  I ended up changing the border from 14 rows to 6, and I’ve switched the border on the side from seed stitch to garter stitch.  I could knit the seed stitch in a long row just fine, but keeping track of it in the side border was difficult.  So far, I’m happy with the change, but I think I’ll knit the final border in seed stitch.

FO Friday, First Hat!

As of a few hours ago, my first hat (and non-flat project) is off the needles!

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The finished hat, picture taken at my LYS.

This was a gift for a family member Here, and he loves the hat.  I knit it in about 8 hours or so, spread out over 4 days. I knit it using the City Beats pattern [link] and using Lion Brand super bulky yarn in navy blue. The pom pom is made of yarn leftover from another project.

The pattern was very easy to read, and the written instructions were very easy to follow.  I’d gladly use a pattern from this designer again.  The only area I had difficulty with was at the ending, when I had to decrease at the crown of the hat (but that’s more because I’m new to hat knitting, not any fault of the designers’.)

I learned a new stitch, the mistaken rib stitch.  It was an easy stitch once I got into the rhythm of it, and it was easy to read if I accidentally lost my place (which I did a few times.)  The hat knit up fast, due to the bulky yarn and needles used, though knitting two stitches together could be difficult because of how bulky the yarn was.

I’m very happy with how my first hat turned out, and I can certainly see myself using this pattern again in the future.  I’d recommend this pattern even to new knitters, due to how easy it was to follow.

WIP Wednesday, Simple Gifts Scarf

I’ve found that I like having two knitting projects going at once; one that’s somewhat mindless so I can watch TV or listen to music while working on it, and one that’s more complex.

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This one is–despite the first section being garter stitch, and the second being stockinette–my more complex project (the easy one is a gift for a family member Here.) The yarn is an amazingly soft merino/silk/baby alpaca blend, and it’s my first “high end” yarn purchase.  I am in love with this yarn, not only does it feel wonderful to knit with, the fabric is just as soft as the yarn.

The pattern is the Beginner’s Stitch Sampler Scarf [link] and Jake was the one who chose the pattern.  The pattern has been modified slightly so that each square is slightly less than 6 inches long (I did this because I only have two skeins of this yarn) but I like the perfect squares so far.

Right now I’m at the basket weave stitch section, which is a new stitch to me.  I try to learn something new with every knitting project, and this pattern requires learning three new stitches.  So far I am loving this project.

Anyone Want Some Yarn?

I have five balls of Rowan felted tweed [link] yarn to give away.  It’s lovely yarn, a bit rougher than some others I’ve worked with, but knits up very soft.  Due to being associated with a family member that passed away (the yarn was for a project that was going to be a gift for for him) I can’t keep it anymore, due to painful associations.

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Each ball of yarn is 191 yards, making this around 955 yards total.  There’s one ball of yarn I’ve used part of, but not very much; however, I’m unsure of the weight of that ball, or exactly how much yarn is left.

The yarn is a DK weight, and knits up very soft.  It’s a blend of wool, alpaca, and rayon.  It has a felted effect when it’s knitted, and has a tweed-y texture to it.  It’s a deep red, almost rust colored, with flecks of blue and white in it.

I’ll happily send the yarn to whoever wants it, or trade for another yarn if anyone wants to set up something like that.  Either comment here or email me (between.stars.unknown@gmail.com) if you’re interested.