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FO Friday 4: Dreambird

Seems like my posts are getting heavy on shawls. Not to break the habit, here comes another one.
Dreambird

I finished my Dreambird. I’ve been eyeing the pattern for a while and decided to go for it right before our road trip this summer. Shawl and car ride seem like a good combination. If I were smarter I would actually finish the first feather before setting on the road. The instructions were way to wordy and lengthy to attempt in the car. That poor shawl (or rather wound balls of yarn) drove with me some 6,000 miles across the United States, then flew with me to Europe, drove another 2,000 miles on our European vacation only to fly back to US without much progress being made.

In Spring we made a trip to NYC. I made my family follow me to Lion Brand Studio, where I got two balls of their LB Mohair Silk yarn. That’s what I used for the main color. For the feathers I spun FatCatKnits Merino Bamboo blend in Buster colorway.

After finishing the first feather, I found it very useful to use only the page with number of stitches for each row (pg. 16). That was I did not need to read through pages of explanations, everything was neatly on one page. My husband commented it looked like some secret code.

I am rather pleased with the result. The two balls of Mohair Silk were enough for “only” 17 feathers. But the shawl is plenty big.

Here is another picture of my Dreambird hugging a tree:

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Posted by on October 11, 2013 in Knitting, Spinning

 

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FO Friday #2: Albuquerque Mitts

Albuquerque Mitts by kpetra
DSCF3426, a photo by kpetra on Flickr.
Happy Friday all!
These mitts were my summer project. I am usually a magic loop knitter. This time, I decided to challenge myself and try DP needles again. I don’t have many stranded knitting projects under my belt and the few I made were more or less a struggle. I am a Continental knitter, tensioning my yarn with my left hand. With stranded knitting, I tried to balance both yarns on the same finger. Not a very pleasant experience. This time I tried to get a little help with KnitPicks stranded knitting guide. That did not work much either. Definitely not KnitPicks’ fault. So I did what I wanted to try for a long time. I did combination of Continental and throwing, each hand controlling one of the colors. I am still not fully proficient, but getting better at it.
As with any stranded knitting, weaving in the ends is tedious.

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After finishing the mitts, weaving the ends in, soaking and blocking them, my daughter pointed out I’d goofed up. Can you see where?

Albuquerque Mitts

Yeah, I messed up the colors on the top of the mitts. Again. I made the very same mistake on the bottom, had to rip it out. Did not occur to me the mistake got ingrained in my brain. There was no way I’d be redoing the top after I proclaimed the mitts done. I call it a design element!
Stats: used KnitPicks Palette in 6 different colors:

1981 Whirpool – 19g ~ 88y
C821 Blue Note Heather – 9g ~ 42Y
6882 Sky – 4g ~ 19y
C707 Golden Heather – 5g ~ 23y
C809 Salsa Heather – 8g ~ 37y
C843 Garnet Heather – 6g ~ 28y

DP needles US1

Pattern: Albuquerque Gloves by Cailyn Meyer

Please, go over to tami’s amis and check more FOs.
 
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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in Knitting

 

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WIP wednesdays 1

DSCF0318 by kpetra
DSCF0318, a photo by kpetra on Flickr.

Through nothingbutknit blog, I came across WIP wednesdays hosted by tami’s amis. I though it was a great idea to get me into routinely posting and to see what other people are up to!

If I were to share all my WIPs (Work In Progress), I would be typing for a while. It can get into embarrassing proportions.

Today, I will share only one project and see how it goes. After all, this is my first WIPW!

Couple of weeks ago, I went deep stash diving. I needed a small portable project on my needles. I found 2 skeins of Claudia Hand Painted Fingering. With only 175 yards to a 50 grams skein, it is more of a sport weight than fingering. Ever since the Java socks pattern came up on Knitty.com, I wanted to knit a pair. I never had the right yarn for it.

Because of the limited yardage, I made relatively short leg – only about 4.5 inches. I kept my fingers crossed to have enough yarn for my long feet. One sock is done and I have little bit yarn left over from the first ball. Onto the sock number two.

I know people commented on going nuts from all the tiny cables. I use cabling without the cable needle method and it is manageable. Maybe not as mindless as one would wish, but it is doable even while watching TV. (If you really don’t care too much what is on TV.)

Now, check out what others are working on over at tami’s amis!

Via Flickr:
WIP Wednesday 3/20/2013

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2013 in Knitting

 

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