Friday, 31 October 2014

Woodland Cable Hat

I know it's been a bit, but I want to show off my latest work for the Ravelry September-October Designer's Challenge.

It worked out well, given that I had plans to make a hat for my Roommate, anyway.

I didn't get it finished before the October 31rst deadline (today), but I'm still pretty happy with it.  It's not my best photography, since it's a WIP, but I hope it gives a nice teaser!

The provisional cast-on at the bottom is setup for a knit lining.  I'm actually planning to make this hat reversible -- both sides will be the same, just in different colours.

I'm actually really excited about this. It's my first major experiment in making charts, too, which has been really fun (if occasionally temper-inducing!).    And because it's worsted/aran weight, it knits up pretty quickly (when I'm not ignoring it in favour of other projects, sadly).

Thursday, 9 October 2014

End of a Sweater and beginning of Boot Toppers

Sadly, I've had to completely frog the Lace Sweater.  The yarn just didn't want to be lace.   It had sat, neglected, in my project bag for ages-and-a-day.

I have plans for that yarn (though, currently, those plans aren't my own design), and you know what, I'm a lot happier with that.  The sweater was honestly discouraging me, at this point, and I'm glad that I don't have to worry about it. 

And, it frees me up to play around with my newest project idea, which is a pair of ribbed and lace aran-weight boot toppers.

They're not something I would usually make, but I was inspired, once again, by the designer's challenge.   I had the idea of making something that would be a good stash-buster, and I've always had a weakness for aran-weight lace.

So I  went hunting in my stash for something machine-washable (because if I'm making boot toppers I want them to be done in durable yarn), and from the depths of my stash came a half-used skein of the ever-ubiquitous Red Heart Super Saver!

I've always loved this particular colourway.  It's called "Gemstone".   Though I do find Red Heart kind of scratchy, it's perfect for this project, since these won't be next to my skin.

Anyway, I've got some knitting to do on these!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

No Short Rows

Well, with the designer's challenge deadline long gone, I've frogged back the Flower and Leaf Shawl.

Why?  Because I wasn't happy with the shaping given by the short-rows.  I much prefer the more triangular shawls, and so that's what I'm going to make instead.  I (think) I can transplant the same stitch patterns into a triangular shawl; and I'll be far happier with it.

That also makes it far, far, more easier to chart, so now I can make charts for this, too.  I don't mind written instruction (and that's how I tend to start working out my patterns), but I do like working from charts, and I know I'm not the only one.

So while yes, this has been frogged back, I'm not giving up on it, and I actually like how the stitch patterns are coming together.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Shawl Progress!

So while I haven't done a lot on the Raglan Lace Sweater, (given that I've had to frog back a good part of it and thus lost my interest in it for a bit),  the Flower and Leaf Shawl is coming along reasonably well.  

Sadly, the picture does not do it justice, since the lace opens up a lot better when it's blocked. 

Short rows with lace mean that I've got to keep track of lace motifs that happen on different rows at the same time, and I'll be honest and say I'm not sure how on earth I could chart this (right now I'm treating it as a written pattern only, and if I figure out how to do the charts, I'll add them in).  But it's coming together ok, with the use of copious amounts of stitch markers.  It is, however, a pattern where all the wrong-side rows are purled, so at least there's some respite there. 

That being said, it's been quite an interesting challenge to put together, and I'm really enjoying it.  I don't think I'll finish it before the June 30th deadline, but I intend to keep working on it afterwards.  

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Flower Lace Shawl

Well, I know it's been a while, but I'm still here, still knitting away.

I've been inspired by the May-June Designer's Challenge on Ravelry to make a Flower and Leaf Lace Shawl. I've got an extra skein of Fleece Artist BFL Sock in my stash that should, hopefully, knit up wonderfully.

The challenge is a) use a flower motif, and b) use short rows  to make a shawl/shawlette.    I've got a lace leaf motif that I love, and I found a tulip motif in one of my stitch libraries.  There's also a lace leaf edging that I saw ages ago that I want to recreate, as well.

I'm looking forward to this, and I'm not too worried about the June 30th deadline.  If I do finish in time, great, if I don't, it's still a kick to get me working on designing the things that are running around in my head.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Beginnings of a Sweater

So I finally stopped dithering around and started working on an actual design.

I just finally finished balling up the yarn for my attempt at a Raglan Sweater.  It will be a V-neck raglan sweater, knit in-the-round from the bottom up. I'm thinking of doing a garter-stitch edging, and lace panels and cable-work at the centre front.  I'm also going to put the lace panels on top of the sleeves.

One of the reasons I finally decided to make this is because no matter how much I ran the math, I could not for the life of me figure out quite where to put the lace so that it wasn't 'eaten' by the raglan decreases.

The yarn I've chosen is Briggs and Little Softspun (Ravelry link here).  I ordered it from the Briggs and Little Mill last year, which shows you how long this idea has been running around my head.

Here's a (not perfect) shot to give you some idea of the colourway, which is called "Honeydew."

Well, I figured since it is the New Year, I ought to actually get to work on these design ideas I have, rather then simply letting them float around in idea land with math, sketches, and ideas.  So, wish me luck!