Clam Digger

Pattern: Clam Digger by Melissa Schaschwary

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in colour 05 and 001

Mods: I did the same number of rows per stripe througout the whole cardigan.

Just before Christmas I was cleaning out my WIP basket trying to get everything finished up when T happened upon her clam digger cardigan in progress.

She asked me if I could finish it up because she loves it and its “beauty full”. Well that was all it took to light a fire under my butt to finish it off. I only had the sleeves to go and once I started they were on and off the needles in no time.

You may recognize Clam Digger as being the child’s version of Cattails that I knit this summer. I lived in that cardigan all summer and well into the Fall and hopefully she will be the same way. T runs on the hot side 99% of the time so I think this cardigan will get a lot of use even this Winter as it is light and airy.

 I love the wide textured trim in a tweedy yarn on this one.

It turns a plain cardigan into something a bit more special.

As you can tell we went from deep freeze temps yesterday to a gorgeous sunny day today that is melting the snow and ice. I took full advantage and did a mini photo shoot. With the winter we have been having it is hard to say when we will get another day like this. There is currently a freezing rain warning for tonight and tomorrow…..

Today we are enjoying the outdoors as much as possible because tomorrow we probably won’t be able to walk on any of it.

Getting Down

Pattern: Partying Up and Getting Down Socks by Megan Williams

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in High Tide

Rav Project page

 I finished my Getting Down Socks. The pattern for these socks is actually one toe up sock *thats the partying up part* and one top down sock. *the getting down part* A genius idea of Megan’s!  She very kindly gifted me the pattern which I had been eyeing for a while and I cast on right away. I really wanted to do these top down, still not in love with the fit of toe up, so I did both socks in the same pattern.

 The design itself was very easy to follow and once you do the set up rows it is smooth sailing. This was one of those patterns that is very easy to memorize and so enjoyable to knit. A great way to use self striping that isn’t plain vanilla socks.

I used Felici once again. I really love this yarn, it wears extremely well and comes in fantastic colours that make sock knitting a little more fun.

I can’t wait to see the new Felici colour line this year!

I was a bit worried when I tried these on after finishing the second sock.

They seemed tight, a bit too tight I thought, but I’m happy to say that wearing them around the house and taking them on and off a few times has loosed them up to fit perfectly.

Getting Down in these socks is definitely going to help me get through the rest of winter!

Magda

I needed a quick knit to warm my noggin and there was one particular pattern that I just couldn’t get out of my head.

Pattern: Magda Beanie by Julia Trice

Yarn: Colour Adventures Bella Worsted in Sour Cherry

My Rav project page

I had just enough yarn left over from my Elia sweater *also by Julia Trice* to make this hat. I have been dreaming about a red winter hat since the Fall and when Julia released the Magda Beanie I knew it was the one.

I wanted something fitted this time around. Magda is a perfect mix of cables and lace that really pops with Elena’s saturated colourways.

Wishing I had one more skein to do a matching pair of mitts… maybe I’ll find something in my stash that will coordinate nicely.

 It’s been a while since I’ve had such a quick knit on the needles.

I’m looking forward to casting on a few more hats as soon as I wrap up a couple of WIPs.

Her Saffron Lair

*Thank you to all who entered into the Journey giveaway. I enjoyed reading all of your journey memories! The winner is Amy J. Can you please email or contact me on Rav. The email I sent bounced right back.*

While you were all writing about your journey’s my little family was travelling across the U.S.A. to San Diego for a much needed break. On the way I was able to hand deliver a special gift to someone I met at Knit East.

I arrived at the Portland Knitting Group’s get together rather frazzled. I only had written directions with me and managed to get myself lost in the dark by myself….. I only stayed long enough to give Lucia her gift and get directions on how to get back to my hotel from the lovely Portland ladies. Let it be known I got lost again on the way home… the next day we bought a GPS!

Pattern: His Golden Lair by Kourtney Robinson

Yarn: Madelinetosh DK Twist in Saffron

Needles: 5mm

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Lucia, for reasons I won’t get into, deserved a fabulous knit shawl. I asked her to choose a couple of patterns that she liked that I could choose from and to tell me her favourite colours. Out of the three that she chose His Golden Lair stood out to me right away. It is a pattern I had been eyeing for quite some time but hadn’t had the chance to knit yet.

 With the pattern down I only had a yarn and colour to choose…. usually the most difficult part of the process for me. When she told me she liked Fall colours a burnt orange came to mind, I toyed with the idea of red but I just couldn’t get the burnt orange out of my head. Now I only had to track down a yarn in the right weight and brand that I wanted. That proved to be a little more difficult but in the end I found just what I was looking for.

 This was my first time working with Madelinetosh DK Twist and won’t be my last. The base is nice and springy and provides wonderful stitch definition it make those cables pop.

I ended up knitting this shawl twice! The first time I started out with the suggested 4.5mm needles. I thought the cable portion was coming out very small but continued on because it looked to be only about 1/3 of the pattern. By the time I got to the last few lace rows I knew there was no way it was going to block out to the size I was hoping for so I ripped and reknit on 5mm’s. The second time was a charm and blocked out a couple of inches larger than called for in the design, perfect!

Hopefully through all the kerfuffle on getting it there it was still well received. Next time I will be more prepared with my gps and maybe be able to stay a while and knit.

I think I may just have enough left over to make myself a hat but I have a few things to finish before I cast on.

Sock Ninja!

I feel like a sock knitting ninja lately. I’m churning socks out one after the other and there is no stopping me!

Pattern: My own

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Aquarium

I grabbed this colourway to start a mindless pair of socks on the way to the aquarium with T and some family. The fashion show from Knit East was held at the Huntsman’s Aquarium and while Heidi and I opted to get a good meal in instead of attend the reception before the fashion show, we didn’t really get to see much of it while we were there. I knew my little marine lover would enjoy a trip back there and when Grammy suggested it we went on a little road trip.

It wasn’t until I pulled out the ball of yarn on the way that I realized the colourway was actually called Aquarium. Once again Felici’s stripes sucked me in and these worked up quite quickly. No SSS here!

I was already planning my next pair of socks before these ones were finished. It didn’t take long for me to grab the next ball and cast on right away.

 More Knit Picks Felici in Building Blocks this time, a colour that is being discontinued. The pattern is Groovy Socks by Caroline Hegwer. The pattern is free and is basically a 2 row repeat that is easily memorized but creates a beautiful pattern. I’m knitting these top down with a heel flap, a bit opposite to how the pattern is written but its working out beautifully!

Are you knitting any fun socks or patterns at the minute?

Marin

This is the shawl I knit for my Knit East Shawl Swap partner.

Pattern: Marin by Ysolda Teague

Yarn: Colour Adventures Dia Twist DK in Sour Cherry

I must admit when I first saw this pattern among my swap partners favourites list I didn’t really pay much attention to it. I started off knitting a French Cancan in a different yarn but didn’t like the pairing. I decided to mull it over for a while and kept coming back to one picture of Marin that really showed off the shape.

It wasn’t until I cast on and started knitting Marin that I really became intrigued. Knit side to side the construction is fun to knit and completely reversible.

I decided on Colour Adventures Dia Twisted DK  in the Sour Cherry colourway. My swap partner was a red lover and as I’ve said before Sour Cherry in my opinion is THE perfect red. I couldn’t go wrong.

It was hard to part with this shawl in the end. The sour cherry and those scallops really won me over. I think the shawl was well received and looked fantastic with her dark curly hair but I told her I’d gladly take it back if she didn’t love it.

 I can’t get enough on those scallops and would love to knit this one up again in a worsted weight yarn for a bigger shawl.

The Cat in the Hat

Halloween is over for another year and this is the only picture I have to show… *other than a few of The Cat before hand*

T decided that she wanted to be The Cat in the Hat this year so it only made sense that Moose and I be Thing 1 and Thing 2. This was our first year doing a family outfit and I must say it was a lot of fun!

I knit Thing 1 and Thing 2′s hair with a type of fun fur yarn called Loops and Threads Casper in Electric Blue. I cast on 60 sts knit until I thought it was the right point to start the decreases and then decreased every other row until only a few stitches were left.  If I were to knit these again I would add some additional length to the body of the hat because I kept pulling it down all night.

 I’m definitely glad the whole fun fur rage is over because I seriously do NOT like knitting with that stuff and I just wanted to get them off my needles as soon as possible.

Our sweaters were plain red sweaters from Walmart and I bought the iron on transfers from ebay. We topped it off with red mini gloves. I searched every where for red adult onsies but I came up empty handed.

My little Cat in Hat’s costume was a little harder to source. I thought it would be an easy costume to find because The Cat in the Hat is quite popular but I couldn’t find anything that remotely resembled him locally. I ended up ordering the Cat in the Hat kids kit from ebay which contained the hat, gloves and bow tie. The body of the cat was a cat costume I found at my local consignment store. It had a hood with a cat face on it that I took off and just sewed the neck shut. I found the white fur in the craft section of Walmart, cut it in an oval shape and tacked it down to the front.

It all came together quite well and I’m already plotting what we can do for next year!

Of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without an obligatory T and Molly shot. I wanted to put the sweater on her but she’s battling skin issues right now and not feeling the best. I’m sure she wouldn’t have complained one bit though. We love our Molly girl!

Socktober

Its Socktober and I have been working on… you guessed it socks.

Before I get into the socks I know you are all looking at the picture above and saying “Socks? What socks? All I see is that adorable face!”

This is Loki. It’s true he is adorable, he loves the bones off T. He is my mum and dad’s baby. How could I take him out of the picture when he sat down and posed so perfectly?

Soooo back to the socks….

Pattern: Crooked Wheels by Jeannie Cartmel

Yarn: Araucania Ranco Solid colourway 121

Needles: 2.5mm

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These were a test knit I did for Jeannie in the summer. I had to complete one sock for the test and the other lingered on a bit as I caught a case of startitis.

They were the only project I took to work on at Knit East so I could just focus and get the second sock finished. My plan worked and only a day or two after Knit East I had cast off.

The yarn has been in my stash for a couple of years. I won it on Siga’s Blog and I’m glad I was finally able to knit it up. This was my first time using Araucania Ranco and seeing it in a solid. I really enjoyed working with it and would definitely pick up some more for cabled socks if I come across it.

The pattern is well written and unique as all Jeannie’s patterns are. The cables were fun to knit and kept my interest without getting monotonous.

I really love the mix of ribbing and cables on the leg. I find socks with cables all the way around just don’t stretch enough and are hard to get on using 2.25mm needles. The ribbing is a perfect solution!

Knit toe up with a heel flap, the only way I will knit toe ups. I’m still not convinced that the toe up heel flap fits as well as the top down flap but they are definitely much better than any short row forms I have tried.

One pair down but I’ve got more up my sleeve.

There are still a few days left of Socktober….

Zephyr Cove

I know you are all wondering about the shawl’s from the Knit East Swap.

This is the beauty I received!

The pattern is Zephyr Cove knit with Malabrigo sock in the colourways Lettuce and Impressionist sky. The lovely knitter was Judy from Ohio!

Sarah and I spotted Judy and Sarah in one of the local restaurants when we arrived on friday night. If it hasn’t been for the Knit East group on Rav we wouldn’t have recognized them at all but it wasn’t until the next morning, looking at the swap master list that I realized Judy was knitting for me and Sarah was knitting for Sarah!

Judy said she had a fun an easy time choosing colours for me. I like to think I’m pretty easy to please, I specified that I love all colours expect pastels. She studied my Rav projects page and came up with this beautiful colour pairing. It goes so perfectly with my grey jacket. Everytime I catch the stripes out of the corner of my eye it makes me smile.

I don’t have any striped shawls in my wardrobe although I have favourited oh so many so this really is the perfect addition.

The size was also spot on because I like to wear them as a scarf. I won’t have to worry about this one falling off because there is plenty of fabric to wrap around.

Judy couldn’t have nailed it any better. It is perfect in every way!

I told Judy I just may have to rig the 2015 swap so I can get another Judy creation….. but I think we need to share her talent around.

Hierro

I’m very excited to be a part of Pom Pom Quarterly’s 6th Issue.

Autumn 2013

copyright Juju Vail

Copyright Juju Vail

My newest design Hierro, meaning Iron is inspired by the many wrought iron gates and fences found throughout the UK. Several times a day during my childhood I would pass by or be swinging off of Hierro of every kind.  Hierro is a perfect mesh of slipped stitches and bobbles creating an eye catching accessory perfect for our Autumn weather.

I used Elena’s gorgeous Colour Adventures Sweet Merino DK for this pattern in the Sherwood colourway.

I wouldn’t exactly call Pom Pom Quarterly a magazine.. It’s this lovely little book full of  beautiful aesthetics and stunning photography.

Pom Pom is available in print directly through Pom Pom, a LYS that carries the mag or digital copy through Ravelry.

This issue includes 8 knitting patterns, recipes, techniques and tutorials.

A beautiful little gem you will definitely want to add to your library.

Hierro

I did a little interview with Anadiomena on their blog about the design if you care to take a peek.

Elena is sponsoring the the Autumn KAL in the Pom Pom group on Ravelry so if you’d like to knit Hierro make sure to post a finished picture in the Pom Pom group by the end of October to be entered in to win Elena’s yummy yarn.