Friday, 14 May 2021

FO Friday: Penny Hat Commission

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Whelp, it's FO Friday, and the Penny Hat is done!  It's been washed, steam-blocked, and had the labels sewn in --  (sadly, my *fabric pen is running out of ink, so the writing on the labels is kinda faint -- I'll have to get another pen soon)

A knit lace hat.  Hat is knit in deep green tonal fingering-weight yarn.

The yarn is *Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle-Dyed in the colourway "Serpent", and it's been wonderful to knit with!  It's a touch rougher on the hands then some of the other Knit Picks Sock yarns with Merino in the blend, but it's still been great to knit with.   I was worried about the colour maybe bleeding in the wash (deep blues/greens/reds are the worst culprits for colour bleeding, but it washed up just fine!) 

As for needles, the needles I used are an old set of 2.75 circular mm needles, and then some 2.25 mm double-pointed needles for the ribbing.

Yeay for a project off the needles!  What about you -- got any finished Objects you want to share?  Post pictures in the comments of the blog! (Or, come join my Facebook Group if you're on Facebook, and share them there, too!)

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

WIP Wednesday: Dr. Who Scarf Commission Continues!

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Welcome back to WIP Wednesday!   And the Dr. Who scarf knitting continues!  (With assistance from the new ShadowKitten, of course!)
A striped scarf on a straight needle, a black cat is sitting next to the knitting needle.

Honestly, his commission hasn't been as onerous as I'd been afraid of.   While it's definitely time-consuming, it actually knits up fast, and being able to see my progress has really helped me keep my interest in it.   And because it's all garter-stich, I can work on it in meetings, workshops, and even on the bus to a vaccine appointment! (Yes, I've had my first COVID shot now, yeay!)

Most of the yarn is *StyleCraft Special DK, with the brown being *Knit Picks Brava Sport in "Brindle."  And this amazing fan-site was a superbly useful resource for colour-matching yarns for the scarf. The only yarn I couldn't figure out how to match without making many orders from many places was the Green - I went with *StyleCraft Special DK in "Khaki" after some additional research. 

When I first started this project, I looked at the BBC's official pattern, and it suggested 5.5 mm needles -- which actually worked out for my tension!    I'm almost spot on the estimated row gauge, which is actually more important for this pattern, as it's more about making each stripe line up as close as possible to the original then it is to duplicate the exact width.  It will continue to stretch with washing and wearing (apparently, the original scarf stretched to over 20 feet long with time!) 

Just after writing this, I'm taking this scarf and hopping over to a *Teachable Webinar  -- and I'll be taking this scarf with me!  So hopefully I can get some more work done on it today. 

So, same question as last time -- what are you folks working on this week? Any fandom-inspired knits you want to share? Feel free to post them in the comments! (Please, no Ravelry project links though, as Ravelry is, unfortunately, still a seizure risk. But IG posts, Facebook posts, blog posts, or anything else is more then welcome, I'd love to see what you're working on!)