FO: Renewal

This is Renewal, knit in Blue Heron Egyptian Mercerized Cotton, colorway “Mossy Place”.  Renewal is a free pattern, and is knit in the usual way with an applied border.

I ran into two things while knitting this.  First, this yarn is classified as “Thread” on Ravelry, and it’s so not.  I mean, yeah, it’s technically thread in that it’s plied cotton, but the put-up is 226 g, 1000 yards.  That’s more like a light fingering or heavy lace.  I had about 250 more yards than the pattern called for, so I did the usual and went up a needle size (and you know because I said that that this didn’t work, right?).  Sure enough, I got about 3/4 of the way through the edging and started getting nervous about how much yarn I didn’t have left.  I weighed the yarn before and after a border repeat and knew I wouldn’t have enough…. so I went down a needle size 3/4 of the way through the border.  I finished with a little over a gram left.

This border was incredibly tedious to knit.  I mean, I guess they all kind of are, but I know Lunna Voe in the opposite direction – got the tedious bit out of the way first – and now I’m reminded how much applied borders at the end are the suck, because I just wanted to be finished with this.

I probably could have blocked this out larger, but I already had four mats out and I really didn’t want to try to add more and keep it more or less circular.

NOTD: ILNP Lights Out

Lights Out is a black jelly base packed with green/red shifting shimmer (that I’m not calling what everyone else calls it 😛 ).  This was four coats to be mostly opaque, and since I included a bottle shot you know the green shimmer is not very capturable on camera (though you can definitely see it at some angles in real life).  Also I used the super fast drying topcoat and had some major shrink at the cuticles, but I was also on day four when I took photos, so it’s worse than it should be – ditto the tip wear/shrink.

FO: tiny hat

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Here’s a tiny hat I knit to put on the center pole of my dual monitor stand in my home office.  I used leftover Tosh Merino Light in Composition Book Grey, and for the tassel I think this was leftover Gradiance BFL in Tropics.  I didn’t use a pattern, so here’s what I did:

CO 30 (I used a US3, but I’m a super tight knitter – I knit one of these for my husband’s office several years ago and this one’s way denser, sigh)

K1P1 for a while

Knit for a while

Decrease every 4 rounds (k1, K2tog, k to 3st from end, ssk, K1) for a while

Decrease every 3 rounds for a while

Decrease every round like, twice

Weave yarn through stitches, fasten off.

Add tassel if desired.

NOTD: China Glaze Choo-Choo-Choose You and OPI Movin’ Out

Another two-fer today, because I put on the China Glaze and was like, “ugh, this is boring” and put on Movin’ Out over it.  I’m super late to the Choo Choo party – it was still untried after all this time.  So was Movin’ Out, actually, but at least I didn’t get that while it was still current.  Movin’ Out is from the same collection as La Boheme (also untried!).

Also, I’ve had this on for literally an hour and I can already see some shrinkage.  Time to thin the topcoat again!

FO: Quasar Cardigan

OK, so this was my first shot at making my own One Perfect Cardigan Pattern.  The yarn is Western Sky Knits Willow DK in “Quasar”, which was an Eat Sleep Knit exclusive color for last year’s Yarnathon (is this where I admit I have only made one order with them this year because I bought So.  Much.  Yarn. so I could complete the Yarnathon and get all the cute space cat buttons?)

Anyway, I have so many things I want to change about this that I might just scrap the whole pattern I’ve written and start over.  I’ll start at the top:  The shoulders are way too wide for me – you can’t see it but the top of the sleeve cap is well over an inch past where it should be.  I don’t really like the neckline – I want it deeper and maybe a little more gradual.  The body and its shaping is fine – maybe it needs to be a little longer.  The sleeves have way too many stitches, and they’re too long (so I need to rework the sleeve decreases, too).  And let’s just talk about 3×1 ribbing – don’t use it.  It’s not enough to stop stockinette curling.  In fact, you can’t really see it, but I used 2×2 on the sleeves.

The good parts are:  I loved this yarn even though my hands were dyed black all the time, and no dye came out in its wash.  I did need to alternate skeins, though.

So:  Back to the drawing board, I guess.

FO: Norderney

Okay, this is Norderney.  I have some things to say about the yarn, but it’s discontinued, so I won’t name it (though I do have another SQ of this yarn in a different color).

I stuck to the pattern for this knit.  If I make this again, I will not use a provisional cast-on at the shoulders.  With this much positive ease and a drop shoulder, I think I would rather have the stability of a cast-on edge.  Also, because I couldn’t tell exactly where the cast on was (even though I had a locking stitch marker there), I had trouble figuring out when my fronts had gotten to the same length as the back.

That said, I probably will make another one of these – I didn’t find it tedious at all, and the FO is comfy and pleasant to wear.

Now for the yarn.  You can see that I have a skein that totally doesn’t match the others.  “You should have alternated,” you might think.  But this yarn was dyed to order, and I should not have had to alternate in a color this almost-uniform.  I actually had two other skeins that didn’t match exactly, but they’re unnoticeable, and you can’t even tell where I should have alternated those.  Also, this yarn had a TON of knots, and probably about three times as many spots where one ply was loose, or broken, than it had knots.  Definitely would not recommend, and as I said earlier- if this wasn’t discontinued I would totally be naming and shaming.  I can see a couple of spots where I need to do some additional repair on sticky-outy plies, but I haven’t decided what to do about that one mismatched skein.  It’s not as obvious in real life as it is here in the photos, but I still might end up dyeing this.