Spates

Pattern: Spate by Jane Richmond

Yarn: Madelinetosh DK Twist in Saffron

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*Pics taken by T! My little photographer did well!*

I didn’t think I would have time to knit anything for the Olympics this year but since we had a snowy weekend I managed to start a pair of Spates. I’ve been wanting to knit this pattern since I reviewed Journey but just haven’t had the time. Jane and Shannon are also having a Journey KAL right now so I’m double dipping! The Journey KAL runs until the end of February if you were thinking about joining in.

They worked up quickly and were the perfect instant gratification project. I used leftovers from the His Golden Lair shawl I knit before christmas and I literally used every inch of yarn. I had half a inch of yarn to weave in on each mitt! Cutting it a bit too fine I know but I wanted to make the ribbing at the top as long as possible. If I had had more I would have added half a dozen more rows.

 Madelinetosh DK Twist was a yummy choice for these fingerless mitts.

I really enjoy knitting with this base. It is much superior to the Tosh single ply that they use as a lot of their bases in my opinion. I’ll be keeping this one in my if I use Tosh again.

So that’s my Olympic knitting but I haven’t watched a stitch of the Olympics…..

Hopefully the rest of you are faring better in that department than I am.

Are you almost done your Olympic knits?

Summer Sweater KAL

 

Over at Luvinthemommyhood the Summer Sweater KAL is in full swing.

I’m a little bit behind in picking a project and starting but I finally cast on something last week.

I will be knitting Clam Digger by Melissa Schaschwary, the kids version of Cattails.

I’m using leftover white from my Cattails and extra purple from my Jill’s Dress *which is almost complete* I just can’t believe I’m knitting a size 6 for T…… how did this happen?

There is a ton of chatter going on in the Luvinthemommyhood group and lots of pattern and yarn pairing to make your queue grow once again!

Will you join us?

Celtic Cast On is now on Facebook so if you would like to get post updates and other fun updates you can find me here.

 

 

Business Casual KAL – The Winners

It’s time to announce the winners of the Business Casual KAL!

Can I just say that all you are all winners because collectively we knit a whooping 82 pairs of Business Casual Socks!!! AMAZING!

I know you are all going to enjoy wearing your socks just as much as I have been since I bound off both pairs.

So… Shall we get down to the prize business?

First up was the lovely skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label in the Atlantic Colourway donated by the lovely Tanis herself.

 The winner is LundenKnit! Sara finished 3 pairs socks during the KAL.

Next up another lovely skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label this time in the Thrills colourway donated by Megan of Stockinette Zombies.

The winner is Hundgestrickt!

Tina knit these neutral soft grey business casuals.

We also had a lovely skein donated from the ladies over at Wandering Cat Yarns.

This is Wandering Cat Yarns House Cat.

400 yards of 100% merino in the Water Dragon colourway.

The winner is Divadar who also knit more than one pair, I believe it was 4. Here are her socks.

The next prize was an uber cute sock bag donated by the lovely Susan of GirlCaveBags.

The winner is Carambole! Here are her Fleece Artist Socks.

Next up were our patterns donated by the designers themselves.

SpillyJane donated a pattern of choice.

The random generator chose Hege as the winner. She also knit 4 pairs of socks.

 Jeannie Cartmel donated a Pattern of choice.

This prize goes to LauraH3 who knit these variegated casuals.

Last but certainly not least Elinor Brown donated her colourwork pattern, Culture Socks.

The final prize goes to rstovin who knit these lovely pink grapefruit BC’s.

Thanks so much to everyone who donated prizes and for all of you knitting along with me.

You made this KAL so much fun!

Hope to see you all next time around :)

Business Casual – Finished Pair!

It’s time for another update and I’ve got a finished pair!!!

These are knit with Tanis Blue Label in Brick

I knit them with 2.25mm dpn’s knitting 4 repeats for the leg and 4 and a half repeats for the foot.

They are a perfect fit and I couldn’t be happier with them!

Lets have a look at our other finisher’s this week!

Viki chose Tanis Blue Label in Aquarium for her second pair of lovelies.

Laurah3 knit her socks with Yarn Bee Walk Away Sock with PBT.

Mum2x2 used Turtlepurl Yarns Big Turtle Toes for the version she knit for her husband. A lovely manly pair!

Gemfireknits used Cascade Yarns Heritage Quatro Colours for her variegated pair. Love the subtle striping.

Pattymatt used Lang Yarns Jawoll Color Aktion for her rustic pair of Business Casuals.

DivaDar finished her second pair of Casuals. This time using Ella Rae Lace Merino!

Mombeauty chose Knit one Crochet too crock-o-dye for her socks.

Michelle is the only participant so far to knit her socks in two different colours. She used Biscotte and Cie La Douce in Lime and Turquoise colourways.

We’re on the downward slope now, with three weeks left to finish.

I’ll reveal the final prizes next week that will hopefully give you the boost you need to finish up those socks.

Business Casual – Chugging

Sorry this is a little late this week folks! Lots going on and I just couldn’t find the time to sit down and get this done.

My socks are coming along nicely and hopefully I will have some pictures for you next week.

 You all have been knitting up a storm and I love all the FO’s that keep rolling in!

Let’s take a look at those finished Socks!

Nzfriend knit her kitty approved Casual’s in Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in the Thunderhead colourway.

Hege completed her second pair in Garnstudio Drops Fabel. Love how these ones stripe.

Victoriasmum used Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight. Such a beautiful semi solid!

Jhocy Indigodragonfly MCN Sock in the colourway “And then Buffy Staked Edward. The End”

Sara of Lunden Knits finished her second pair in Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering in Gus and Clara.

Claire of Far From Harm Farm knit her in Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet.

There are still lots of pretty socks in progress too!

From left to right by: Tanis Lavallee, Dimples74, TammyG

From left to right : Rosehiver, Porcupine, Jansezknit.

We are at the halfway point now with almost 4 weeks left to go!

I’ll have more prizes for you next week as well so keep chugging so you don’t miss out on a chance to win!

Business Casual KAL – Prize Alert

We have more beautiful FO’s this week!

Rhonda of JediKnits finished her pair of Business Casual’s in Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label in Pink Grapefruit. I have a soft spot for the Pink Grapefruit colourway and might have gasped when I saw these. Love!!

Viki of Ruby in Stitches used Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in the Twilight colourway for her socks. Love the semi solidness of these!

Sarah of Wicked Stitches knit her socks toe up and two at a time using Tanis Blue Label in the Dove colourway. Another beautiful grey pair. *Grey seems to be a popular colour for this KAL.

Mel of Knits with Camels used a variegated skein of Tanis Blue Label in the Aquarium colourway. I don’t recognize this colourway, not sure if its an OOAK or an older colour…. I love that this pattern works well with solids right through to variegated’s. Endless possibilities.

  Tracylw knit Business Casual’s for her husband who has a size 14 foot!!! She used  Tanis Blue Label in the midnight colourway.

DivaDar used Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Multi for her socks. Love the striping of this Pleasant Prairie colourway.

SOMESylvie knit her version with Squoosh FiberArts Merino Cashmere Sock in the Blackberry Crush colourway.

RoseHiver knit these gorgeous BC’s out of Tanis Blue label in a OOAK *one of a kind* colourway Raspberry Burst.

Hege of Cloudberry knit business casual’s for her husband using Garnstudio Drops Fabel in colour 300.

Pam of Califishknits finished her socks using Knit Picks Stroll Multi in the atmosphere colourway. Another fun stripey pair.

Well done everyone for finishing your socks so quickly!!

Since we are on the topic of yarn…. how about a few more yarn prizes!

The lovely ladies of Wandering Cat Yarns are generously offering up a skein of their delicious hand dyed yarn as a prize.

 This is Wandering Cat Yarns House Cat.

400 yards of 100% merino in the Water Dragon colourway.

Thankfully this prize isn’t at my house because I don’t think it would ever make it to the mailbox!  Thank you so much ladies for this beautiful prize.

Megan of Stockinette Zombies dipped into her own stash and is offering a skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label in the Thrills colourway for one lucky finisher!

Photo copyright Tanis Fiber Arts used with permission.

Thrills was the May 2012 colourway from Tanis Year in Colour Club.

So 3 skeins of yarn are up for grabs if you finish your socks and have a picture of the FO up by March 25th. I do have more prizes coming up but I’m going to hold off on those for a while yet :)

How are your socks coming along this week??

I know quite a few people that finished early have started a second pair!

Business Casual KAL -Travelling Stitch

I made great progress last week on my socks. I’m cast on one sock in each colourway and have been tandem knitting them back and forth. This method seems to be working out well for me and Iove being able to play with both colours at the same time. I managed to turn the heel of each sock this week.

 The Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label in Brick.

This colourway seems to be pooling a bit but I think the colours are close enough that they won’t be that noticeable once they are complete.

Tanis aptly named this colourway Brick. The colour is spot on!

Wandering Cat Yarns Barn Cat BFL in Parrotfish

I thought this was going to be a variegated skein but to my surprise when I started knitting I realized it was striping. I’m really enjoying this colour combo, reminds me of the beach.

Now how have your socks been coming along??

Woweee! We have two finished pairs of socks already!

Sara of LundenKnits knit her socks in a mere 3 days! Incredible.

She used Tanis Purple Label Cashmere Sock in Sliver Plume.

I love the shades of grey with subtle pops of pink in these socks.

The colourway is a special kit colourway and not available through Tanis shop.

I believe Sara has a second pair on the go already!

Monika of Smoking Hot Needles also finished her socks in 3 days.

I want these ladies sock knitting stealth for sure!

Monika knit her version with Wandering Cat Yarn’s Alley Cat BFL in the Fern Gully colourway.

Everyone else’s socks are looking good!

Here are a couple of WIP’s from this week.

Left to Right : Versions by DeadlysmurfLaina and Hotcheese

Left to Right : Versions by Fancybell, Redknitz, and Tracylw.

Make sure your projects are tagged CCObusinesscasualkal because there are ton’s more WIP shots to come next week!

I’m going to leave you with a short video of how I do the travelling stitch. I know some folks are having a bit of trouble so I’ve tried to explain how I do it.

The video was a quick job because I have a sick little girl at home so hopefully this won’t confuse you even more!

Travelling Stitch

Business Casual KAL – Casting On

I’m so excited so many of you are joining me in knitting Business Casual. I expected 10 -20 and got 115 participants to date! I am gobsmacked to say the least and cannot WAIT to do an FO Parade. Just think of all those finished socks!

Of course with that many people joining me I couldn’t just leave it at one prize…… I’ll be adding more to the list as we go along so keep a look out for Prize Alerts!

Tanis has given us the go ahead to use the picture above for our project pages and blog posts about the KAL so feel free to spread the love. Don’t forget to sign up HERE to be eligible for prizes and tag your project pages with CCObusinesscasualkal so I we can all see each others progress. I will be using some of your pics for update posts, with permission of course. If you need help tagging let me know and I’ll walk you through it.

I loved hearing what yarns you have chosen to use so I think its about time I share mine with you.

I have this lovely skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label in the Brick colourway that I’ll be using to cast on with for my business casuals.

Its a semi sold so those different peaks of colour will add some interest to the diamond pattern as I knit.

That isn’t however the only pair of business casual’s I’ll be knitting. I won this skein of Wandering Cat’s Barn Cat in the ParrotFish colourway last year on Monika’s blog.

 I always thought it would make a nice pair of variegated business casuals and since I couldn’t decide whether to do a variegated pair or semi solid I’m just going to knit them both!!

All caked up and ready to go!

Now before you all go running off to cast on I wanted to show you the cast on method used in the pattern. Tanis refers to it as an elastic cast on. It is my first time casting on this way  but one that I will absolutely be using from now it. It leaves a wonderfully stretchy edge and takes most of the fiddle work out of casting on and joining that first row.

I know some of you are fairly new to sock knitting and even those who aren’t new like me, may find it interesting!

Elastic Cast On

Now GO CAST ON!!!

If you would like to link blog posts about your projects for others to catch up on feel free to do so below with the link.

 

Business Casual KAL

Well that was pretty much unanimous and I am very excited with the choice.

We will be casting on for Business Casual by Tanis Lavallee. I’ve been wanting to knit these since Tanis posted this as a free pattern.

© Tanis Lavallee

This is a great unisex pattern so if you don’t want to knit these for yourself I’m sure there is someone who will love them. Early christmas or birthday gift perhaps?

We’ll be casting on 4th February 2013 and casting off 25th March 2013 so you will have 8 weeks to complete the socks if you want to be entered in for the prize.

What is the prize you may ask??

Well the lovely Tanis is generously donating a skein of her Blue Label Fingering Weight in the Atlantic colourway as seen in the pictures. *swoon*

© Tanis Lavallee

I’m doing things a bit differently this time as far as sign ups go.

If you want to join the KAL please enter your info in the link below.

LINK TO JOIN KAL

I found it hard to keep track of everyone last time so hopefully this will make my life easier.

Head on over and download your copy of Business Casual. I’d love to hear what yarn you are going to knit yours with!

KAL Thoughts…

I know there was interest in another KAL and I thought since so many of you want to knit socks this year then we could do a sock KAL this time??

My thoughts would be to start this some time in February…

Left to right : Business Casual by Tanis LavalleeSpot Check by Beth Parrot ,Butterflies Are Free by Rose Hiver

I’ve pulled a few sock patterns from my queue as inspiration and maybe we can all decide on one pattern and tackle it together?

From left to right: Go with the Flow by SockPixieChild’s first sock by Nancy Bush, Cranberry Biscotti by Sweet Paprika Designs, Lateral by Cookie A.

What do you think? Would you be game for a sock KAL?

Is there another sock pattern out there you think everyone will love?

I’d love to hear from you.