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FO Friday #3 – Tricolor Twist Cowl

It seems to be a bit of a trend this year that much of the knitting I can share on the blog is from working at Bad Woman Yarn. This was an idea I had to use three colors of Super Lamb – a simple but neat striped cowl.


It’s a knit tube pairing three colors in all possible combinations of two.


I even used it to make a little knitting video for Instagram:


Then at the end, I grafted it all together. Cute and easy!

FO Friday #2 – Pairfect Socks

When I saw the Pairfect yarn at Bad Woman Yarn, where I work, I knew I had to get some. I am a sucker for perfect stripe matching, and when I use self-striping yarn I spend a lot of time and energy making sure I cast on at the exact same point in the color sequence for both socks.

At midnight on January 1st, I cast on a new pair of New Year socks:


I made quite a bit of progress on them in January when I took them as one of my few projects on a week-long ski trip.


And by February 12th, I was doing the kitchener stitch at Madrona.


I really enjoyed working with this yarn, although the stripe sequence was not quite what I had imagined. The yarn starts off dark grey, then switches to the stripes, and finishes with a bit more grey. The foot of the sock is navy. I think it would make more sense to have the “main” color on the leg be the same as the foot, but that’s just me.


Also, it may have been my tension or it may have been the yarn, but my stripes didn’t match exactly to the stitch. By mid-sock I was almost exactly 1/2 a round off. I know that matching exactly is probably not an attainable goal, but my Type A brain would really like it if it were. At least it’s easier to set up than traditional self-striping yarn!

Overall I’m quite happy with the yarn and the socks.

FO Friday #1 – Gather

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Now, on to your scheduled post:

FO Friday

Last year I did WIP Wednesday and went through all the WIPs from the beginning of the year. This year I haven’t been focused as much on WIPs and I’ve been neglecting to post my FOs. Now through the end of the year, I’ll be sharing some projects that were finished in the past year or so.

The first FO of 2016 was this cute baby hat – Gather by tincanknits. I whipped it up for a baby shower for a coworker, and it’s knit in some really lovely Malabrigo Rios. The pattern includes several sizes for the hat, and also a cowl pattern.


This was a quick knit, and turned out really cute! I knit it one evening while watching a bunch of Psych on Netflix, and it was really well-received at the baby shower.

In which I finish some hated socks

For the past few weeks, I’ve been working furiously on these socks, and declaring that I hate them to anyone who will listen.


You see, a while back my LYS coworker Neal and I devised a trade. She would knit me the Damask Mittens from Fall 2013 Jane Austen Knits, and I would knit her the Wendel socks. The mittens were handed over ages ago, but I just hated knitting the socks.

Damask Mittens

But, you see, the mittens were not without annoyance. Although modeled by an adult, they were sized for a child. The gauge was ridiculous. And Neal adjusted the pattern and knit them for me. But try as I might to knit the Wendel socks, they fell into a category of knitting that I really don’t like. For a while I considered asking her to pick a different pattern, but after she knit those mittens I figured that wasn’t really fair. Lately I started taking the socks as my “travel knitting” to force myself to work on them.

I’ve said it before, but I basically knit two types of projects.

1. Easy projects
2. Hard projects that look really impressive

This pattern fell somewhere in the middle – fiddly and certainly not easy, but not all that impressive. Every stitch was a purl, a twisted knit, or a decrease. (OK, the bottom of the foot is plain stockinette.)


And then when I got to the toe, it all got confusing. The instructions weren’t very clear, and the designer used the term “knit” to mean “work in pattern”, which results in about 1/3 of the finished projects on Ravelry having a plain knit toe. But I figured it out (and then later figured out that there is a note about it in the Ravelry pattern notes). But seriously, update your pattern PDF, dude!

In any case, they’re done. Finally.


WIP Wednesday #25 – OpArt

My last WIP Wednesday! OpArt was started on December 4, 2014. I intended it to be a Christmas present for my baby niece, who was born in early October. (Yes, you can laugh now). On January 1, 2015 it looked like this:


Obviously the Christmas present plan didn’t happen. I’m not sure why I thought I could knit a DK weight baby blanket in 20 days, but I did. I might have been able to if I hadn’t also knit a Christmas stocking for my little cousin and several other things. Oh well.

I did finish it, but not until April 12.


And my niece loves it!

Verdict: Finished!

WIP Wednesday #22 – Space Monkeys

The Space Monkey socks were started on June 1, 2014. They are included here because they were technically a WIP at the beginning of the year, but I finished them on January 1, 2015.


Verdict: Already finished!

Branching Out

One of my goals for this year was to try and/or learn different types of crafts. What I said was:

Give my new crafty pursuits some love – I’ve been neglecting spinning and meaning to learn to weave and quilt for ages. I want to try new things in my crafty life this year.

a. Spin at least 2 pounds of fiber
b. Sew a piece of clothing
c. Finish the T-shirt quilt for goodness sake!
d. Learn to warp a loom and weave something
e. Complete an actual pair of socks on the CSM

Well, last weekend I made some progress towards those goals.


I finished the birthday socks. That scarf on the right side is my very first weaving. I learned to warp a loom a couple weeks ago, and that is the result – my first woven scarf! (The fringe still needs to be trimmed.)

On the bottom left is a project bag I sewed at a friend’s house on Monday. That’s what I did right before I left, most of the day was spent working on my first quilt. It is not, in fact, the T-shirt quilt. That one might be a little tricky, so I started with a more traditional quilt.

On Saturday I also went shopping with another friend and picked out the fabric and pattern for my sewn clothing item – a skirt. I’m actually going to be doing The 2015 Outfit Along with Andi of Untangling Knots and Lauren of Lladybird. I’m not doing the featured patterns because I wanted something a little easier for the sewing – I didn’t want to have to deal with fit alterations on a dress, and I figured a skirt would be better for my first sewing project alone. And I already have the yarn ready for Breakwater, so I’m knitting that to go with my skirt!

Now I need to get cracking on my spinning and CSM socks goals. Maybe I’ll do Tour de Fleece. 😉

New Pattern – Akari

This past week was the Puget Sound LYS Tour.  26 local yarn stores get together for a tour complete with passports, prizes, free patterns and yarn on sale. This year the LYS where I work, Bad Woman Yarn, featured a pattern I designed!

akari final

Akari is a traditional type of Japanese shoji screen. These screens are often made of washi paper and bamboo, and have a pattern that looks a lot like this cowl. This version is knit in Tosh Merino DK in Mica and Ink.

I think the pattern looks great with a variegated for the contrast color as well as with two solid colors. The first version was knit with Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash, using one of their new-ish handdyed splatter colors:


Now I’m knitting a new sample for photography. This pattern will be released in an expanded version and will be for sale on Ravelry.

The Purlygirls Retreat

Each year, my knitting group heads out to Port Townsend for a low-key weekend of knitting and wandering around the town. A walk on the beach is usually a part of the weekend as well.

On the way there we stop at The Artful Ewe in Port Gamble, then head into Port Townsend where we have lunch at the Public House. This is one of my favorite parts because they have vegetarian poutine! Then we checked into our house at Fort Warden and spent the evening knitting.

The next day was my birthday, and I was lucky enough to get to spend it with my lovey knitting friends. We went out for breakfast and I had a really yummy rhubarb waffle! That night we went out to Sweet Laurette’s, a nice little French restaurant. I had a beautiful dinner of grilled veggies and lentils, and finished it off with a chocolate cake. Plus everyone sang to me in the restaurant, which is usually embarrassing but was OK because there were only a few other people and one of them was having a birthday too.

On my birthday, I have a tradition of starting a new pair of socks. So I did:


This year I also finished a pair of socks on my birthday!


The pattern is Fork In the Road Socks by Lara Neel. I tried it out because it has a different type of “afterthought” heel (not actually an afterthought since you knit it between the leg and the foot, but whatever). I’m not crazy about the fit, but it does seem like it might be a bit better for my feet than short row heels. We shall see.

After some more knitting, we headed out Sunday for a stop at Churchmouse on Bainbridge Island before returning home. It was a really nice weekend!

Family and Finishing

I’ve been away from the blog for a while because of some family stuff. I was out of town for a couple weeks, and I’m still catching up after returning.

Despite the not-so-good parts of my time away, I did get to spend a lot of time with my baby niece, sister, and mom. I also got quite a bit of knitting done!

I finished these toe-up striped socks with some leftover Intrepid Otter yarn from Stephanie‘s mittens:


Then I finished a pair of socks for the aforementioned Stephanie, in Mind The Gap yarn by Trailing clouds.


The colors all represent different Tube stations!

I also got quite a bit done on my Fork In the Road socks and Op Art blanket, which are now both finished. But let’s save those for another post.