I was worried I didn’t have much to blog about this month, until I looked at my Ravelry page and realized that I actually got a lot done! It’s amazing how you can forget something you put so much love into, but the stresses of life make those moments fleeting. Anywho, let’s get right down to all the goodies I got to make this month!
- Pattern: Honey Cowl (free on Ravelry!) by Antonia Shankland
- Yarn: Red Heart Unforgettable in Echo – Size 8US needles
- Verdict: This is the second time I’ve done this pattern because the results are just lovely – the yarn on the other hand was a trial. It is acrylic (sorry) with a soft single spin, which made the loose stitches rather difficult to work with. It turned out beautiful, softly muted pastel colors, but I don’t think I would recommend this yarn for this pattern.
Miss Patti’s Scarf
- Pattern: MissMarple Scarf by SusanneS-vV
- Yarn: Vanna’s Choice in Dusty Pink – Size 7US and 9US needles
- Verdict: The scarf is adorable and exactly what Patti wanted and needed (she can only tolerate acrylic yarn). I saw this design knitted by @lollyknitsdesigns on Instagram and it was gorgeous – check it out if you want to see what a different type of yarn can do for this pattern.
Socks! Socks! SOCKS!!
Oh Jeez …I made four pairs of socks this month!
- Patterns: In order from Top to Bottom: 1.Two at a Time (basically a combination of all the things I know about making socks), 2. AfterThought Heel, 3.Knitmore Girls Vanilla Socks, 4. Knitmore Girls Vanilla Socks with modifications.
- Yarn: In order from Top to Bottom: 1.Patons North America Kroy Socks Ragg Shades in Brown, Rose Marl. 2. Regia Design Line Kaffe Fassett in Shadow Stripes 3. Patons North America Kroy Socks FX in Clover Colors. 4. Patons North America Kroy Socks Stripes in Rusty Stripes.
- Verdict: I HATE two at a time socks. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Regia sock yarn, this was my first time using it and it was like magic. Basically, I love socks ;)
THE Peruvian Central
- Pattern: Peruvian Central by Susan Ashcroft (Stitchnerd)
- Yarn: Malabrigo Sock Yarn in Pocion
- Verdict: LOVE! The pattern is really quite simple and adding the beads gave me even more time to enjoy the fantastic yarn because beads really slow me down.
- My Modifications:
The first placement of beads was on the RS only on the K1 between the yos.
On the WS (purling back row), I placed a bead on the stitch that was the double decrease. This way, it shows up on the RS. This was the only time I did this.
On the two edges, I began placing them on in the second RS row, once there was a knitted stitch that would be next to the yo. I continued to place them on the stitch next to the yo on each row.
7 pattern repeats = 378 beads
I bound off on the RS using the extra stretchy bind off.
A Day Off of Knitting
I’m not sure how to present this but I will give it my best shot. In one day off I made 2 ruffle scarves (*sigh*), a baby hat and a long bulky cowl. More info about projects if your interested HERE. This is me trying to get ready for selling season, it is June after all ;)
- Pattern: Crooked Paths by Melissa LaBarre
- Yarn: 1. Red Heart Soft Baby Steps in Elephant and 2. Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solids, Heathers & Twists in Dark Heather Gray
- Verdict: Since I made two back to back I am obviously a fan! I love this pattern, it knits up so quickly and is dramatic without being overly fussy. I see loads of these hats in my future… also my friends, family, and charity knitting future!
- Pattern: Reverie by Amy Swenson
- Yarn: Lion Brand Sock Yarn in Snow Cone
- Verdict: I like that the pattern was simple and very intuitive, it became a very mindless knit. I am thinking that the reason I don’t like the beret is the yarn. Lion Brand Sock-Ease has, well, too much ease. There is really no structure to this yarn and it is just so limp! The pattern is free, and if I make it again I will try a better structured yarn.
- Pattern: Springtime Bandit by Kate Gagnon Osborn
- Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Red
- Verdict: (This is a free pattern so I’m not spoiling the secret sauce!) I did an extra repeat on Chart B which made this shawl a monster! That and the fact that acrylic yarn doesn’t like to block left me a little disappointed with the outcome which stinks because it is a beautiful pattern. Luckily my grandmother saw it, ripped it off my dummy and took it home. Word to the wise, if you can afford it use a real fiber!
Here are the things I am always making in bulk for the store or for charity. Basically, I have no idea how many of these things I have made! They are all over my house, just begging to be counted!
If you’ve made it to the end good for you! Thank you so much for looking at a months worth of work. Dear friends and neighbors, here is to hoping for more time to play with fiber, to read blogs and to enjoy each others company!