FO: Meraki

Here is my finished Meraki tank.  I used the recommended yarn (Plymouth Nettle Grove in Gray Pearl).  I probably could have done another repeat of the lace before joining the front and back but it’s fine.  I swapped the lace mesh in the pattern for the English Mesh Lace pattern from page 193 of the first Barbara Walker stitch treasury.  Other than that, I didn’t make any modifications other than I didn’t use a contrast color (which would have been just the lace bit).  There will be a button joining the two pokey-outy bits at the neckline, but I haven’t picked one out (and so I also haven’t made the loop it will go in).

NOTD: Nine Zero Masked Flowerpiercer

This is a medium blue linear holo.  This is the first Nine Zero polish I’ve tried, and I wasn’t very happy with the formula.  This applied like an old-school holo – draggy and kind of thick.  It dried very fast but not fast enough if  you think you missed a spot – better to wait until it’s completely dry to apply another coat.  I used three coats here but two probably would be sufficient.

This actually really, really reminds me of a Mentality holo.  If you were there for that drama, you’ll know why I just feel like I won’t wear this again.

FO: Rikke

Yay, it’s my third Rikke hat!  This one is knit in Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK, in the Hula Hoop colorway.  It’s MUCH brighter in person than it is in photos.  I bought this yarn at West 7th Wool in Fort Worth, and for once I had this pattern in mind when I picked it out, and I wound it up and cast on within a week.  I didn’t cheat with this one with any sneaky wrap and turn business – I actually knit one round, purled the next.

NOTD: Picture Polish Soul

OK, first, I’d already been wearing this five days by the time I was able to take photos, so excuse the tip wear and growth.

Soul is a blue-purple jelly with holo flakies and bigger holo hex glitters.  The glitter lies nice and flat (though I did have to nudge one or two back onto the nail).  It is more opaque in real life than it is in the photos, but it was still three coats plus touchups.  Removal was a giant pain, too – the hex glitter did NOT want to come off.

FO: Palette

Guess who uploaded photos but forgot to write a post again?

This is Palette, one of two projects for which I went out and bought the recommended yarn, in the recommended colorways, because I wanted the exact item in the pattern photos.  (The other one was the Inara Wrap – sense a trend?)

Anyway, I used Three Irish Girls Springvale Worsted, in Dorian Gray (I might have bought an extra SQ in DK of this color) and Jolene mini skeins.

I sort of made some modifications due to my gauge.  I can usually get either stitch gauge or row gauge, but generally not both, and this was no exception.  Usually it’s not a problem, because most patterns have instructions like “knit four inches and begin waist shaping” but this pattern includes specific row numbers.  So I had to skip a few of the plain rows before starting the color blocks, because the color blocks all had to be the same number of rows.  As usual I didn’t bother with buttonholes.

I also tried something for this project I haven’t used before:  the Coco Knits Leather Cord and Needle Stitch Holder Kit.  I usually use spare interchangeable cables and stoppers instead of waste yarn, because waste yarn gets compressed and sometimes it’s hard to dig out the held stitches.  Spare cables get on my nerves sometimes, because they flop around and if I’m sitting at a desk or table the stoppers clang on the desktop and it annoys me.  The good:  This was super easy to use, and I loved that the cords held the stitches without letting them get sucked back down into the row below them.  And no floppy cable stoppers knocking into everything.  The bad:  the leather cord itself wasn’t exactly smooth.  I had to work to get my stitches on the cord, and then I had to struggle to get them back onto my needles.  It definitely fuzzed up my yarn, but it’s not really visible in the finished project.  I read at least one review that says you can sub nylon cord (I guess like really fat fishing line?) so I’m definitely going to try that next time.