Oh Dear

… what can the matter be?

It’s another rainy day, one month later.  I now have 8 inches of butterflies knitted up … wow, that’s not a lot of progress!  Here’s the scoop: I knitted up about 10 inches of the project mentioned in my last post and then tried it on.  It was waaaaay too big!  Back to the drawing board.

The second pass is actually better, because I have more practice in knitting the cute petite shells border and it looks prettier than the first try.  That said, I have just barely caught up to where I was when I decided to start over.  I think it will be very cute when all is said and done, and it seems there is lots of time before summer kicks in “for real”.  I say that because it has been cloudy, foggy or downright rainy for 3 days now and the forecast says “rain” until Saturday!

Here, for illustration purposes, is a spot of sun:

Hubby brought me some sunflowers recently (a “sick prize” for some minor surgery) and every time I pass the kitchen, the bright yellow reminds me of the sun that’s hidden out there behind some clouds!

Sunshine on a Rainy Day

We’re supposed to get 2 inches today.  Of rain, that is.  Maybe I can get 2 inches of knitting to go with it?  Let’s see!

I intend for this to be a little bit loose so I can wear it over a tank or tee.  This is just after joining the second ball of yarn (about 4.5 inches).  Do the eyelets look like butterflies? OK, it takes some imagination!

New Free Pattern!

Well, I actually described how to make this  in a post of two years ago.  But it’s one of the most-liked projects I’ve posted on Ravelry, so I thought I’d put it into PDF.

It’s called Summer Love.  Check out my Free Patterns page for the details!

Butter Up!

This may become the next summery top.  The stitch pattern is called Butterfly Lace.  How about that edging, isn’t it awesome??  It’s called Petit Shells.  I’m trying to decide needle size (this is a 6, or should it be a 5?).  Looks like a couple of rows of stockinette are a good idea before beginning the butterflies.  I like the buttery color of the yarn too (Knit Picks CotLin in the Creme Brulee colorway).

OK, 3 posts is a lot for one day.  I’ll give it a rest, ha ha!

More Purple

I finally got around to taking pictures of the fuzzy purple scarf too. I really enjoyed knitting with this Kidsilk Haze.  Such a luxurious treat!

The details:

Yarn:  70% mohair and 30% silk; see above!

Needles: US #9

Pattern:  Invisible Stripe Scarf by lupinbunny

I cast on 25 stitches for a 6″ wide scarf and went until I had 40″ (accessory size).  Using my excellent new digital scale – whee! – I got 11.5 grams for this scarf.  That’s just shy of half a ball, so two friends could split a ball of this fancy yarn.  (By the way, I see Knit Picks has introduced a similar yarn called Aloft.  Will try it sometime!)

This pattern is basically garter stitch (all K stitches) except that every now and then you do a row with 3 wraps for every K stitch.  On the next row, you drop 2 of the wraps and knit a Very Big stitch to get back to your original stitch count.   You can choose however many K rows you want between the fancy rows.   I did the two rows described plus 4 more.  You can do 2 wraps instead of 3.  If you vary the number of wraps, you can get something like this:

Out of the Haze

Finished at last!  This will look nice under a jacket (air conditioning, you know).  I’m pleased with the fit, since I reduced it a LOT from the pattern (believed my own gauge and glad I did!).

Here’s the summary:

Yarn: Knit Picks Simply Cotton (organic worsted weight) in the Haze Heather colorway.

Needles: US #6

Pattern: Summer Tee Top by Claudia Olson (you’ll need a Ravelry login for the link).

I deviated from the pattern in the following ways:

– I reduced the cast-on by 28 stitches in order to get 36″ using my gauge.  Others on Ravelry noted that their tops came out on the large side which gave me the confidence to go with such a big modification!

– When it came time to bind off for the arms, I shifted the bound-off stitches to the center of the underarm (3 on either side of the marker).

– I struggled a little with following the directions for shaping AND keeping in pattern.  I ended up following them in spirit and doing what I thought was sensible to keep the stitch pattern tidy.

– The directions didn’t spell it out, but when the sleeves get to their final width of 16 stitches, there will only be half of the stitch pattern left (for me, it was the YO K1 YO part).  I added a K1 SSK at the beginning and a K2TOG K1 at the end of the pattern row (makes up for the lost double-decrease and keeps the fabric straight).

This was the first time I had occasion to try a 3-needle bind-off.  What a nice tidy way to finish!  Much better than sewing a seam.  Indeed, it allows me to say that this top is totally seamless.

I’m already scheming out the next one, stay tuned.

Lilac Attack

Once again, work has gotten in the way of important knitting!  Oh well, work is fun too.

There has been time for knitting, but not at the pace I would like.  Here’s the status of my Lilac Haze Tee:

I should have the back finished tomorrow … maybe the front will be finished by next weekend?

I spent a lot of time knitting, ripping and knitting the row which transitions from knitting in the round to knitting flat.  Frankly, I couldn’t (can’t) see how the pattern would work as it’s written.  I found a way to proceed, more on that in the final notes.

Interesting challenge ahead: 3-needle bind-off.  That’s gonna be a new one for me.  I look forward to it!