NOTD: ILNP Storytelling

Here’s a rare ILNP I’m actually disappointed in.  This is Storytelling, a purple jelly with pink/red shimmer and scattered holo.

It was super sheer in one coat, and I ended up doing three coats, plus an extra coat near the tips to get rid of visible nail line.  But, I can see now in the photos that it’s really obvious, and still sheer at the base of my nails.  I think I would give this one another try with a more opaque color underneath, or maybe I won’t, since I’m sure I have something similar to this already.

FO: Speckled Space Socks

Finished these socks, finally.  The pattern is Speckled Space Socks, yarn is Western Sky Knits Twinkle Sock in “Set Phaser to Stun”, which I’m pretty sure was an Eat Sleep Knit exclusive last year.

I probably could have skipped the pattern entirely, huh.  Close up the pattern is a little more obvious (it certainly was while I was knitting them) but now I can see in the photos it’s all but invisible.  Still, they look cool and it was more entertaining than straight vanilla socks.  I’d make these again in a lighter and less variegated yarn.

FO: Dew Drops

I’ve had Dew Drops queued for a while, and I finally decided it was time to knit this.  I chose Lana Grossa Lace Lux for this shawl, mostly because it comes in a put-up I didn’t have to wind and cake myself.    I picked up this yarn a few years ago, even though I don’t really like pink, because it looked so unique.  This yarn is 67% rayon, and 33% wool.  Here’s a macro shot below:

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If I had to guess I would say the rayon content is the main “yarn”, in a cable ply form, and the wool content is the pink fuzz that’s caught in it.  The rayon is white, and I am pretty sure it is in all the colorways.

I made no modifications to this pattern.  The pattern, like lots of other shawl patterns, says you can easily change the size to fit the amount of yarn you have, but unlike others, there’s a handy table included that tells you how many stitches to stop at for each chart worked if you want to make it smaller or embiggen it.  I had about 30 yards fewer than recommended, so I made the size smaller than the “standard” size in the pattern.

FO: Mandel

This is Mandel, knit in Madelinetosh Silk Merino, colorway Coal Seam.  I can see in the photos where I should have alternated skeins, but it is totally not visible in real life.

This was the first pattern by this designer I’ve knit.  It took me a little bit to get used to the pattern layout but once I did I loved it.  The skills involved for this sweater aren’t that advanced, but the pattern is definitely not written for novices.  My past sweater knitting experience helped me out a lot here.

I was going to say I made not modifications, but that’s not totally true.  The pattern has you do a fake “seam” down the sides and on the arms, but I just couldn’t keep straight which row of the seam pattern I was supposed to be knitting – it was a slip 1, next round ktbl kind of thing.  So I did the usual – put a locking stitch marked right in the center of the underarms, a few rounds past where I separated the sleeves.  When I got to the hem part, I dropped that stitch all the way back to the marker, then laddered it back up with a crochet hook, first picking up one strand, then two – AKA the Elizabeth Zimmermann fake seam.

NOTD: Cirque Garnet

Cirque Garnet is a deep warm red jelly with a lot of tiny holo flakes.  As usual, I forgot Cirque puts some kind of scented oil in their polish, which isn’t my favorite thing, but I still like this polish.  I do think they could have just used plain metallic flakes instead of holo – the holo doesn’t ever really come across on the nail at all.