FO: Hundred Acre Woods

And finished.  Yarn is Cephalopod Yarns Skinny Bugga in “Gregor Samsa”.  I think if I knit these again I might go up a needle size for the leg portion, and I might also shift the cuff chart over a little so I can get in another half-repeat of the chart.  I would have liked a little longer sock but I don’t think I would have been able to do another full chart repeat.

FO: Polwarth

After more than a month, Polwarth is finished.

neckline detail (brioche!)

I talked a little about this as a WIP, but I’ll say some of it again here.  This was my first time knitting brioche, and I found it easy to understand and the pattern instructions were clear and included links to video and other tutorials.  
I did not make any pattern modifications other than to finish the entire body, then pick up the sleeves and knit them two-at-a-time, because that’s the only way my sleeves ever match.  The pattern directs you to get to the split, knit one sleeve, rejoin yarn, knit across the body, knit the other sleeve, then rejoin and finish the body.  When it came to the underarm stitches I simply cast on the number of stitches I was supposed to pick up from the sleeves.  This number’s actually a few more than you’re supposed to cast on when knitting the sleeves first, but lots of people said their arms were a little snug, so I’m just fine with that – it was easy to pick up a few more underarm stitches.  I did continue my sleeve decreases until I got the number I was supposed to end with.  There’s a large section of “knit x rounds” at the end, so I just subtracted the number of rounds my additional decreases took up and knit the remainder of “x” rounds.
I used Ysolda Blend No. 1 for this project.  It’s undyed and lovely and you need it in your life.  I used just about 1520 yards.  This sweater is knit at a pretty dense gauge – this is a sport weight yarn, and I got gauge with US4 needles, or, one size up from what I would use to knit sport-weight socks (I’m a tight knitter).  
I can’t wait until it is cool enough to wear this sweater.

NOTD: Heaven Big Mint

Today I’m wearing “Big Mint” by Heaven.  Heaven’s a brand I’ve only ever seen in one Albertson’s grocery store, and I’ve had this for a while but am just now wearing it.

This is, like, four coats plus some added wherever I had draggy bald spots.  This polish is thin, and as far as color it’s actually pretty close to China Glaze “Lime After Lime”, though I liked this formula a little better.  I’m feeling kinda “meh” overall about this one.

WIP Wednesday

I don’t have anything close to finished, I’m not currently sewing anything, and my nails are unpainted, so here’s a roundup of all the knitting WIPs I’m actively working on.

This pile of yarn and needles is Polwarth.  The pattern has you knit the sleeves individually while the body stitches are on hold so it’s more portable, but 1) I don’t care if it’s portable or not and 2) my sleeves only ever match if I knit them two-at-a-time.  So, the body is completed and bound off and I’m a little less than halfway through the sleeves.  For once I’m using the recommended yarn, which is Ysolda Blend No. 1.  It is LOVELY yarn to knit with and you should definitely buy some if you get a chance.

And I got socks.  These are Hundred Acre Wood, in Cephalopod Yarns Skinny Bugga, colorway “Gregor Samsa”.  I saw a pair of these on the FO Radar and Ravelry helpfully reminded me that I owned the book the pattern is in, so there we go.  This picture features a bonus shot of my second sewing project, too.

These were originally going to be Kick in the Pants socks, but the closer I got to the recommended stitch count the skinnier my stripes got, and I didn’t want to slip half the stitches every two or three rounds.  So these are toe-up Jaywalkers instead.  Yarn is Simply Socks Poste Self Striping in Electric Avenue.  I have another skein of this yarn I’m hoarding, so if these end up all weird after I add more stitches for the leg portion… eh, it’s okay.

NOTD: Orly Mirrorball

I’m pretty late to the Mirrorball party.  I bought it when it came out… last winter?  Something.  Anyway, I’m just now getting around to wearing this.

Indirect sunlight
Desk light
Mirrorball is a… actually, I think it’s a clear base.  It has a lot of silver linear holo particles and some scattered round holo glitter pieces.  It’s possible to wear this as a topcoat, too – it’ll probably change the color of your base polish some but it’s totally sheer enough to wear that way.  I think I used 3 coats here, with some additional blobs in bare spots.  I’m a habitual three-coater, so this isn’t bad at all.  

FO: Blattkranz

FO:  Blattkranz Shawl
To go along with all the sweaters I knit that I don’t wear, I’ve knit another shawl I won’t wear.  This is Blattkranz, an “interpretation” of a Niebling.  I haven’t gone back to look at the original pattern but I would guess the original is probably a circle, which wouldn’t have been nearly as much of a pain to block!  Because the stitch counts change from row to row (and not in an always-increasing way – one chart has 600+ stitches in the middle of it but ends with 373).  I probably spent 45 minutes to an hour pinning, stretching, and re-pinning.
Finished and unblocked
Blocked and drying

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this project.  It’s large and heavy (200g of yarn, 950 5/0 triangle beads)

Yarn:  Little Monkey’s Stitch and Spin Silk Sock Gradient in “Smoke Screen”, 204g.