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New Design Prototypes

Nouveau Bohemia - FINISHED

I’m so excited to have 2 of 3 prototypes done for a new hat design! I’m hoping to publish it soon, though not sure on an exact date yet. The pattern will be called Nouveau Bohemia and will have a beanie, slouch and extra slouchy version.

Nouveau Bohemia - Beanie

So far I have the slouch and beanie versions done and will probably get the extra slouchy version done tomorrow. I just love how these turned out and have been wearing them out and about already. They’re so nice and the Madelinetosh 80/10/10 MCN worsted is just a dream to knit with! The slouch was made with the color Quilt and the beanie with Warm Maize.

Nouveau Bohemia - FINISHED

Someone brought up the fact that this one would look great in a handspun, and I totally agree! It’s such a versatile stitch pattern in that it looks good in both solids and variegateds. I can’t wait to publish and see what other great colors and yarns people make it with! 🙂

Nouveau Bohemia - Beanie

Momma’s Vest

Wood Hollow Vest - Finished!

I am so excited to share this gorgeous vest with you! After making that mistake in the beginning, the vest was pretty smooth knitting. That doesn’t mean it was easy – far from it, actually, with all the intensive cabling and lots of stitch patterns in any one row – but it does mean that I didn’t have many problems as I was working on it. And maybe because of the time it took I love this one a whole lot! And I honestly am having the hardest time letting it go and shipping it on to California, where I hope my mom will love it as much as I do.

Wood Hollow Vest - Finished!

This vest turned out perfect! I knit it using negative ease, which was important as I think it looks much better than the boxy look of the original on the pattern page – at least, that’s how I like to see vests!

Wood Hollow Vest - Finished!

The color/yarn combo was perfect too. I love MadTosh DK (this is my third garment knit out of it!) and the Betty Draper’s Blue color is the perfect blue, IMO! Just gorgeous and a wonderful shade… which should look very pretty next to my mom’s pale skin.

Wood Hollow Vest - Finished!

I had a lot of fun knitting this one and can’t wait to hear what my mom thinks… I think it will look awesome on her and she should be able to wear it to work too, which is great as this is definitely one that can work as casual or work-related wear. Looking forward to seeing it on her… and maybe she’ll take a picture that I can share with you, but I doubt it… she’s much worse than me about getting in front of a camera, LOL!

Wood Hollow Vest - Finished!

Pattern – Wood Hollow Vest by Kirsten Kapur (project link | pattern link)
Yarn – Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Betty Draper’s Blue (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US4 (3.5mm) and US5 (3.75mm)
Cast on – January 4, 2010
Cast off – January 22, 2011
Modifications – I modified the pattern to knit in the round up to the armholes. I took out 4 stitches from the total count to make up for the selvedge edge. I knit the body to 14″ and the armhole to 9.5″ as my mom is petite. In actuality, I think this length would be something I’d prefer (I’m not petite) because I don’t like long vests. If I had knit as the pattern wanted, I’d have added 2 extra inches overall to what I made, which I think I wouldn’t have liked personally.

After knitting this one up I think it’s safe to say that it’s harder to knit a garment for someone else when they are the same size as you (well except that my mom is like 5″ shorter, LOL!) because if it looks good on you then it’s really really hard to give up. I honestly was seriously thinking about keeping it, but my mom’s very special 55th Birthday won out, so it’s already all packed up and ready to head her way… in a sealed box too so I can’t be tempted to open it up again and take it out. 😉

And btw, yes, I call my mom Momma, and, no, you can’t make fun of me about it! 😉

Eye Candy

It’s snowing here (again, *sigh*) and amidst all the gray skies and white-snow-turning-to-black-sludge streets, a dose of color and pretty has been needed. In other words, some eye candy! I usually just stare at my yarn cabinet in those moments and soak in the color so I thought I should share some of my latest acquisitions with you dear blog readers in an attempt to bring the pretty to you! Although I’ve been very very good about knitting from stash lately (I’ve seriously learned how to control impulse buying), I’ve had a few additions to the stash in the last couple of months that I’m very proud of. In particular the last few sweater quantities that have crossed my doorstep are quite lovely and definitely worthy of sharing!

First up is a dyer that quite a few of you readers encouraged me to try during the Blogiversary contest: Hedgehog Fibres. And boy oh boy am I glad I did! Take a look at this beauty:

Hedgehog Fibres Blue Faced DK

That’s her new Blue Faced DK base in the color Shamrock and I pretty much gasped when I saw the color and gasped AGAIN when I touched it! Oh so soft and luscious. I cannot wait to knit this one up. Right now it’s destined to become a Parcel (rav link), though I’m withholding final word until I’m ready to knit with it. That being said, I do think it will look just lovely knit up in that sweater!

Madelinetosh Tosh Sport

And this one I’m particularly in love with! It’s Madelinetosh Tosh Sport in Ophelia and it’s just a beauty to look at! Even though it’s extremely variegated, which I don’t usually knit with (though lately they’ve been drawing me in… not sure why!), I just had to buy it when I saw it come up on her Etsy site… and it also has a sweater all lined up for it too! The beautiful Cria (rav link) out of the new Little Red Knits book by Ysolda Teague – which I preordered the minute it became available! Love all those sweater patterns! And Cria should be the perfect sweater for such a variegated color as it’s all stockinette and garter stitch. By the way, if you haven’t tried the Tosh Sport base yet you should… it’s so wonderfully springy and soft and the stitch definition is beautiful. I knit a Bitterroot out of it earlier this year and am looking forward to a sweater made out of it!

Madelinetosh Pashmina

Tosh Lace

Last, but certainly not least, are the skeins above that I bought specifically with a sweater in mind. This is very rare for me, as I usually buy yarn and THEN commit to a pattern (not sure if that’s been the best approach for me, to be honest!), so I was very excited about this one coming in and I believe it will be my very next sweater pattern! It’s the Fred+Ginger Cardigan (rav link) by Laura Chau and I love everything about it… the stockinette stitch, the little lace ruffles (I have such a weakness for ruffles!), the fit, everything! I cannot wait to cast this one on and I think the Tosh Pashmina and Lace in Fjord will just look gorgeous in it.

And although I do have some new single skeins lying here and there (very few, though – I promise I’ve been good!), I think I will save those for another time… probably one when more Eye Candy is needed!

And for an extra dose of Eye Candy, I changed my blog layout and banner today. I love seeing all those trees in color up there! So pretty. 🙂

Mistakes happen…

Wood Hollow Vest - WIP

It’s how you go about fixing them that matters! The picture above is my latest WIP – a Wood Hollow Vest as a birthday present for my mom’s 55th birthday. The broken rib was looking quite wonky to me and I was wondering what was going on only to remember that I had changed this to be knit in the round (who wants to seam when you don’t have to?) and I was still knitting the broken rib as though it was flat. Duh! I was about 7 rows into that part of the knitting when I realized this and I knew I had two options: One, rip everything back all the way down to the twisted rib. This was not something I wanted to do… I mean at 274 stitches per round and a crap load of cables ripping back 7 rows seemed daunting and very upsetting to me. So I went with option number two: Ripping back just that section and knitting it back up!

Wood Hollow Vest - WIP

Looks quite messy, doesn’t it? And it did take a bit of time, though not even half as long as it would have taken me to rip back all the rows again! And look! All fixed. 😀

Wood Hollow Vest - WIP

I’m really enjoying knitting this one up though I have to admit that it’s a very slow knit due to all the cables and patterns within a single row. And did I mention that each round is 274 stitches? Yeah, not that quick at all! But even with all of these deterrents, I’m zipping through it at a relatively good pace. I have 11″ of the body done and only 3″ left to go before splitting for the armholes (love that my mom is petite and 14″ is plenty long enough for the body!).

Wood Hollow Vest - WIP

Not too shabby for 6 days of work, although it’s hard not to compare it with the 6 days of work it took me to knit up the Effortless Cardigan! Then again that sweater was knit on US9 needles and this one is on US5 and not entirely stockinette/ribbing either. Yeah, not the same thing at all!

Wood Hollow Vest - WIP

Plus, knitting up this vest is reminding me why I love knitting so much… whenever you are presented with a problem just fix it! It will be better in the long run. The broken rib section that I ripped all the way back?

Wood Hollow Vest - WIP

Good as new! 😀

I also wanted to take a moment to thank all my readers for the show of support and congratulations on Folha Luz winning the Fiberphile Design Contest. You guys are wonderful!

A 6-Day Sweater

You read that right… 6 days! That is a definite record for me. I’d have to say that the Effortless Cardigan is appropriately named as it took little to no effort to knit it up. And I enjoyed knitting every minute of it!

Effortless Cardigan - FINISHED

I love wearing it! It looks amazing in all three different ways that I wore it – open, pinned in the center and pinned to the side. I like that it’s so versatile so it’s easy to wear.

Effortless Cardigan - FINISHED

Effortless Cardigan - FINISHED

Effortless Cardigan - FINISHED

It fits beautifully too. I did the 42″ size and instead of 4.75spi I knit it at 4.5spi to give it a little more ease. I like how roomy it is, but I definitely could have done this one at 4.75spi and been fine, so it wasn’t really necessary to go up a needle size.

Effortless Cardigan - FINISHED

I love the color as well! This was knit up with MadTosh Tosh DK in Amber Trinket. I alternated the skeins throughout the body but not on the arms or the collar/bands. It was important to alternate so as not to get pooling, as you can see that it did pool a bit on the arms where I didn’t alternate.

Effortless Cardigan - FINISHED

The sweater was a bit large on the shoulders for me (I have small shoulders, I think, as I’ve had this problem with other knit sweaters before) so I gave it a quick tumble in the dryer and now it’s good.

Effortless Cardigan - FINISHED

I absolutely love wearing this sweater, and would totally recommend it to everyone!

Effortless Cardigan - FINISHED

Pattern – Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig (project link | pattern link)
Yarn – Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Amber Trinket (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US9 (5.5mm)
Cast on – December 26, 2010
Cast off – January 1, 2011
Modifications – I knit the sleeves to 14” to make them a little longer and only did two sets of increases after the waist decreases instead of three as I didn’t think I needed any more. Glad I did this – in fact I think I could have omitted the increases altogether, but it looks fine with just the two I did do. I made the cardigan at 4.5spi instead of 4.75spi to give it an extra inch of space. I probably could have done without this and just done the 4.5spi but I do like the roominess in it.

And I especially love these pictures because I can finally see my weight loss paying off! I’ve lost 14lbs since October and although my clothes fit better, I wasn’t seeing the results in the mirror. These pictures do show it to me, though, so I’m happy about that. 😀

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