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FO: Vinnland Socks

AT LAST!  The Vinnland socks are off the needles before their first anniversary!  It’s a long story (see other posts) but the bottom line is that the pattern is beautiful, it looks more complicated than it is, and it’s easy to memorize. All you really need is the ability to M1 … one type for K and one for P. 

I’m not the only one who had trouble with the short row heel … just sub in another one you like and don’t let it stop you from making this sock!  My current favorite, which worked excellently, is a heel with the gusset on the bottom of the foot.  It’s just so cool!  You can find it at Wendy Knits

The yarn was the gorgeous Valley Yarns Franklin, hand-dyed bt the Kangaroo Dyer in the “Spruce” colorway.  One hank was more than enough for this pair for my size 9 1/2 feet.  I have some left over.  I’m tempted to buy some here too … must … resist …

This light shows the stitch pattern well.

This light shows the stitch pattern well.


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A closer look at the gusset on the bottom of the foot.

A closer look at the gusset on the bottom of the foot.


FO: Soleil Camisole

I greatly enjoyed the last part of this camisole.  The flat knitting came out much more even than I feared it would and the shaping made it all very interesting.  The most challenging part, though, was the single crochet around the edges.  I’ve never done single crochet before (and it shows, ha ha!).  The first armhole took several tries, the second armhole was better and the neck was not too bad (I saved the neck for last, hoping I might have the knack by then).  Tonight, I ripped the first armhole and tried again.  It’s OK.  There’s a good chance I will always be wearing a jacket or something so I don’t think those edges are a deal-breaker … yay!!

Soleil Camisole

Soleil Camisole

A review of the details: this free pattern is called Soleil by by Alexandra Virgiel.  I followed the instructions without modification except that I knitted one extra iteration of the lace pattern at the bottom.  I used Patons Grace mercerized cotton yarn in the “Ginger” colorway.  The pattern was easy to follow and I may use it as a jumping-off point for variations!  I also like the yarn a lot.  This is my first completed adult-sized garment with shaping and stuff.  (The Coin Cable Raglan is languishing — almost complete — in a bag.  That’s a story for another day!)  I recommend it as a first garment because it’s knit in the round (mostly) so the only sewing is at the shoulders.

In other WIP news, I’ve also gotten the Vinnlands going again.  They’re also close to being finished so maybe there will be Happy Dancing Feet pictures soon!

FO: Little Arrowhead and Feather Faggotting Lace Wrap

Little Arrowhead and Feather Faggotting Lace Wrap

Little Arrowhead and Feather Faggotting Lace Wrap

This weighs in at 11 oz.  I used Lily Sugar’n Cream Solid (color “Ecru”) and size 10 needles.  It would look equally nice if I had used up all the yarn (knit one more ounce) but I didn’t.  I posted the pattern in my previous post.  If you’re interested!!

FO: Golden Chains Around Your Neck

I never settled on a good name for this scarf and ultimately decided to go with “Golden Chains” … but the scarf itself was totally fun to knit and I’m so happy with how it came out!

This is effectively ribbing, so it took some serious blocking to spread it out and show off the stitch patterns.  This pattern was extremely easy … except for the stitch in the center, it’s only a 4-row pattern.  The stitch in the center crosses left or right every four rows and you can easily tell which way you need to go by looking at the one before!

Here’s a closeup:

The rib with the holes in it is not, strictly-speaking, a cable but it certainly looks like one.  The rib on the ends involved a new technique:  double-wrapping 4 purl stitches and then unwrapping them on the front to get extra yarn, then passing two of the extra-long stitches over the other two.  It’s easier than it sounds!  The center rib is a very simple 1-over-2 cable, but the 1 was slipped for two rows before it was used in the cable-crossing.  Same technique as used in the gull stitch and the coin cable.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention: I used 4 skeins of Knit Picks Andean Silk yarn (55% Super Fine Alpaca, 23% Silk, 22% Merino Wool) in the “Cinnamon” colorway.  The first picture above is more true to the color, I’d say.

FO: Scotch Pines Scarf

Yay!  This scarf looks very traditional, I like it a lot.  The pattern was easy to memorize … not a complex cable but good-looking.  It took pretty much exactly 4 skeins, so I have two left for other purposes.  I haven’t blocked it yet, but here’s a pic taken only moments after the last loose end was woven in:

Now the needles are free for the final scarf!  I have a swatch on bamboo needles, but I prefer the metal.  Primary focus will be on the Seismic scarf (#3) though.  But FIRST … I am going to work on something else for a few days.  The Coin Cable Raglan deserves some attention, and if I can get it finished in the next week there will be plenty of winter left for wearing it!  My poor Vinnland socks are also starving for attention, so maybe the next TWO weeks for personal knitting …

Edit: Blocking probably reduced the length of the scarf by 3 inches, because I pulled it wide to show off the cables.  Here are a couple of pictures taken during blocking to show why it’s worth taking 3-4 minutes to shape your scarf after washing!

It’s nice to have a bed in a room with a door you can close (cats, you know) for blocking.  The scarf is damp, not wet, so if you spread it on towels (I used 3 hand towels end-to-end) the bedspread won’t get moist.  And in the winter, when the air in the house is low-humidity, the scarf will easily dry overnight … plus the added moisture in the air is good for your skin!

FO: Imperial Mirrors

I love the name of this scarf and I love the way it came out!

Because of the heavy use of garter stitch, this scarf knitted up a little faster than the others did … and, as was true for the other scarves, blocking really made a difference.  It gives the scarf nice drape and shape and also highlights the soft, fuzzy alpaca content:

While working out a test swatch for scarf #5, I noticed that this yarn also has a bit of sparkle … subtle enough that the yarn’s still OK for manly projects, but it definitely gives off a rich glow when in direct sunlight!  You can almost see it in this picture.  I think it might show up better in the “cinnamon” colorway (that’s #5).  Tomorrow, I plan to get a test swatch going for the final scarf (#6, “jade” colorway).  That way, all recipients will at least get to see a preview of their Christmas presents … and I will be knitting cable scarves through January, I think!

I’ll report on the test swatches tomorrow if I have time … if not, sometime before New Year’s Day for sure …

FO: Diamondback Scarf

I still haven’t blocked it yet, but there ya go!  This pattern was easy to memorize (only 4 unique rows involving the twist stitch) and did not require a cable needle.  It took me some time to get used to the Left Twist (k2tog version) and that slowed me down at first.  Things picked up considerably after I got used to that stitch!

Time to turn my attention to scarf #3 (already on the needles) and #4, just cast-on yesterday.  Here’s #4; I’m calling it “Imperial Mirrors”.  More on it when I get further along …


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