FO: il grande favorito

Here’s my finished il grande favorito.  Per the pattern, you’re supposed to use two thin yarns held together but I used Quince and Co Osprey, in Kumlien’s Quill, which I think is technically undyed.

I knit it otherwise exactly as per pattern.  If I made this again I might use a thinner yarn.  Osprey is classified as an aran weight yarn, but I think it’s on the fatter side of that.  This was actually the second pattern I tried with this yarn.  The first pattern was knit on US8 needles and after a couple of inches it was so dense it could literally stand up on its own.  This sweater was knit on US11 needles and it’s still a little denser than I’d really like, but I also didn’t want to go up another needle size, either.

FO: North Lyme

Here’s my second North Lyme hat.  This one is knit in leftover Ysolda Blend No.1.  I think it knit up at a slightly smaller gauge than my first North Lyme, but it still fits so I’m good.  I really wish this yarn came in DK, or actually I don’t, because I would have a ton of it.

FO: Sophie Q

Sophie Q is finished!  This took forever to dry, too.  Yarn is Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted in Ultramarine Violet.

So, purple isn’t a color I usually wear, but when we went to Austin a few months ago for a weekend I visited a local yarn store (Gauge, which I adored). I couldn’t resist a SQ of Malabrigo Worsted in Jacinto.  And while I was taking pictures of it for my Ravelry stash I noticed that I had like, four other purple SQs, and I decided right then I really needed to make a purple sweater this season.  This particular SQ is the oldest purple SQ in my stash.  I picked it up at the sadly departed Madtosh Crafts in Fort Worth, which I considered my LYS even though it was more than 30 miles away from my house.  I saw this SQ sitting on the Pashmina Worsted shelf for two consecutive visits (and it wasn’t like I could get there that often) and told myself if it was there the next time it was meant to come home with me.

The only modification I made to the pattern was that my sleeves are about an inch shorter than the pattern specifies.  I was running out of yarn, and I also remembered that the other sweater I’ve made from this yarn grew a ton after a wash and I actually ended up putting that one in the dryer on low for about 20 minutes to help it re-shrink.  I was hoping this would make up for stopping an inch short, and it did – the whole sweater is exactly as oversized as I was hoping for.

FO: Sockhead Slouch Hat

Look, Ma, a finished object!

This is a Sockhead Slouch Hat, knit in Madelinetosh BFL Light, colorway “Bare Minimum”. I’ve knit like four of these hats, they’re super simple and perfect TV or purse knitting.  I don’t really need more hats (I totally have another hat on the needles anyway), but I really wanted to see how this colorway knit up (I have it on the Twist Light base too).  The photos aren’t an optical illusion – there’s definitely more yellow towards the end of the hat.  Interesting!   As for the base, I don’t really enjoy knitting with pure BFL – I find it hard on my hands, probably because I’m a really tight knitter.  Otherwise, I would say this base is really comparable to tosh merino light – it’s a single, and tends to be a little splitty.