FOs: Fall Knitting 2013

After nearly a year-long knitting hiatus, I finally picked up the needles again a few weeks ago. And I’m having a hard time stopping! Here is about two weeks’ work… a few quick small projects and one that’s been a WIP for years.


Pattern: none
Yarn: malabrigo sock in 852 persia
Needles: US Size 0 and 1
Started: Dec 24, 2009
Finished: Sep 20, 2013
Ravelry Link


I think these socks win the award for longest duration of any project I’ve ever attempted, and it wasn’t because they were a big project or because of the difficulty. I cast them on two-at-a time, finished the toe and the reinforced heel all within the first month or so. It was the tremendously boring 1×1 ribbing on size 0 needles that took nearly 4 years to complete.


I finished them up at a cafe over a cranberry apple ginger iced tea, and decided to add the picot edging as a coastal twist. As much as I like them, I don’t forsee any small-gauge socks being attempted again in the future. Although I am using the remaining yarn for a pair of armwarmers, so we’ll see how that goes.


Pattern: none, inspired by Alexandra Tinsley’s Mix No. 24
Yarn: jil eaton minnow merino in 4720 aqua
Needles: US Size 8
Started: Aug 30, 2013
Finished: Sep 10, 2013
Ravelry Link


I saw this on the designer’s blog, Dull Roar, but I can’t get myself to buy hat patterns. So I spent an evening swatching (and watching the Hunger Games) and about two weeks knitting, and I had this super adorable bonnet!


I used exactly two skeins, down to the very last inch (the dangling pom poms were completed by gathering all the remaining yarn ends, splitting the pile in half, and wrapping around my index and middle finger until I ran out. Thanks to the un-plied yarn, they still plumped up quite nicely.


Pattern: Zeebee by Schmeebot
Yarn: noro cash island in 01 (black, brown, blue, teal)
Needles: US Size 8
Started: Sept 13, 2013
Finished: Sep 18, 2013
Ravelry Link


Oh, look! I knit from a pattern! Or at least… a detailed formula. I had this yarn sitting in my basket. I don’t know why I never learn that buying one skein of Noro is a bad idea. It’s not quite enough for a hat, not nearly enough for a scarf or shawl, and not suitable for anything like a toy or baby booties since it’s kind of scratchy and the fibers are rather weak.

But, I don’t learn… and so it was just sitting there staring at me. I decided to knit up a quick hat using a forgiving pattern that would show the variegation nicely.


At first, I loved how it was going. But around 6 rows til the very end, I ran out of yarn. Of course. I doubled up some Shiraito from my other Noro hat (below) and figured it was Noro so nobody would notice.


Then I got to the end seam, and by the second stitch into the graft, the yarn had torn. I spliced the ends back together but knew the same thing would keep happening, so I did a very obvious 3-needle bind off as a design element.


The seam doesn’t bother me. I actually think I might pull it out and re-do it in bright red or something. It feels super grunge and the perfect hat for running through leaves and sipping hot cider.


Pattern: none, inspired by Graham
Yarn: noro shiraito in 01 (teal, yellow, green, gray, black)
Needles: US Size 8
Started: Sept 13, 2013
Finished: Sep 18, 2013
Ravelry Link


This one was kind of the same deal as the hat above. I saw the yarn while in Rockland, ME at Over the Rainbow, a totally adorable LYS, and I had never seen this line of Noro before so I grabbed one. Why? Why do I do this? I cast on a plain stockinette hat immediately and had almost completed it by that night. Unfortunately, I tried it on and it was enormous. So I tore it out and started again. And again, enormous. The “ruler” app on the iPhone is really making me look like an idiot right about now. I finally got my gauge and cast on a more interesting hat. It was going to be Graham but, being Noro, I wanted to start top-down for fear of running out of yarn. And somewhere in between counting stitches and incorporating the pattern, I totally skewed it into a broken seed stitch (instead of a broken rib) and just left it. It’s kind of cute, whatever.


I actually had a bit of extra so I knit a tiny bow. I also had just enough left to complete the Zeebee hat (above), counted my blessings, and called it a day.

So that’s what I’ve been up to. Currently on the needles is a pair of arm warmers with the leftovers from the socks, and an oversized Lispenard for the winter. What have you been working on?

❤ v

It’s a winter wonderland!

Hope you other east-coasters are enjoying the fluffy white snow– I know I was, until it turned to slush here in Manhattan.

We were intelligent enough to be up on the roof taking photos, obviously. I sat at our window and knit all night, watching as every car that drove down our block inevitably got stuck– there were tons of cabs and SUVs, and even some buses and trucks. At one point, there were two ambulances stuck on two separate corners. I’ve never seen anything like it before. But of course I was up the next day and ready to play in it. I’m not sure why snow seems to frighten the entire population of New York into staying inside, but I was happy to have the city to myself. Even most of Central Park was refreshingly free of tourists.

I wish I had equally festive pictures for the season-appropriate shawl I finished last night. But I guess I should be thankful to have an FO at all. It’s been so long… let’s see if I remember how to do this…

Pattern: Mara by madelinetosh (rav project page)

Yarn: Malabrigo Twist, 2 skeins Teal Feather 412 and 1/2 skein Pearl Ten 69

Needles: US Size 10

Started: November 7, 2010

Finished: December 27, 2010

I bought the yarn at a deep discount from Gotham Fine Yarn’s closing sale and thought it would be some type of mini shrug. Mike suggested a shawl, and I remembered seeing this garter stitch beauty. When I saw muchadored‘s striped version on Ravelry, I knew it was fate. Like everything I start, this project faced many neglected weeks by the side of the couch, but after all is said and done it was a very enjoyable knit and I can’t wait to wear it!

Til next time… happy New Year, everyone!


last– “giftable” double knit earflap hat

Pattern: double knit earflap hats
Yarn: malabrigo worsted in VAA 51 and water green 83
Needles: US Size 4, 5
Started: July 1, 2008
Finished: July 14, 2008

i modified the gauge of the original pattern, i might write up a variation or something (any yarn, any gauge type of thing)– but for right now i’m totally burnt out on hats. this one is soo nice and smooshy though.

now– lace scarf

Pattern: easy flame lace scarf by wendy bernard
Source: knit and tonic
Yarn: malabrigo lace in burgundy 41
Needles: US Size 5
Started: July 14, 2008

i bought this malabrigo lace at the WEBS tent sale, thinking it would be for the curved shawl by jane sowerby. which is completely dumb of me because that shawl, and just about everything in that whole book, takes about 1000 yards. i spent a long time looking for something that only needed one hank of malabrigo lace (swallowtail was at the top of the list but i didn’t really feel like knitting that again, plus it’s not my style). eventually the other day i found this scarf. it’s perfect! very basic, but cute, and works really well with the yarn. i’ve done 7 repeats so far, and i’m hoping to finish it by the end of the week. if i can stop petting it enough to knit

next– hemlock ring
Pattern: hemlock ring blanket by jared flood
Source: brooklyn tweed
Yarn: ???

i reallllly want to make this, but i have SO much yarn and none of it is right. i packed it all yesterday– but first i photographed it and completely organized my ravelry stash (!!!)– but nothing fits the pattern. romni is having a pretty decent sale right now, but i know anything i buy here on sale will still be cheaper when we get back to NY next month, so i think i’m going to hold off. sighhhh

i’m selling some “got a light?” earrings on my etsy. check it out of you’re interested.

beach week 2k8

aside from the initial adventure (see last post), beach week 2k8 was a huge success. mike and i spent a week in oak island, NC with his extended family. a little awkward, but my handmade wardrobe seemed to be a success (i regularly received comments but was never asked “did you make that”– a good sign, i think) and we both enjoyed our relaxing week out in the sun.

that was the view from our roof, with our umbrella directly ahead. pretty, eh?

the clapotis is about 5 ft long now, unstretched– definitely wearable, but i think i’m going to keep going til i run out of yarn. i have a lot left so it’ll probably have to wrap around my neck twice, but that’s ok. i’m loving it so far and can’t wait for the fall to actually wear it.

last week, Diana commented, “how do you knit on the beach without sand getting in EVERYTHING?”… well the answer is, i don’t really. any sand will probably shake out as you work, or drown out while it’s soaked/blocked… at least that’s what i’m pulling for.

one of the best things about being back in america was the shopping. not that there’s anything other than surf shops and bbq restaurants on oak island, but we spent one day in southport, the nearest town, and one in wilmington, about an hour away. in southport, we stumbled upon a really amazing store called angelwing needle arts. normally the term “needle arts” is pretty pretentious, but in this case i can’t think of any other way to describe it. the owner said she likes to swing between crafts (sound familiar?) so the store contains everything from beautiful yarn to designer fabric to handmade buttons to rug hooking and cross stitch supplies… plus a huge book and magazine section, including old patterns and mags for $1. mm heaven.

the malabrigo worsted was only $10/hank– and so pretty! how could i resist? this photo doesn’t really do them justice– the light one (water green 83) is much greener and the dark one is blacker (VAA 51). i don’t know what i want to do with these, but they definitely go together. and i can’t stop rubbing my face in them so maybe some sort of neckwarmer or hat.

i thought i was really getting used to life in the south (i’ve lived there before so it shouldn’t be too big of an adjustment) but then i saw this and couldn’t stop cracking up

…maybe i’m not really a southerner after all.