FO Friday: Wild Mare

Project: Wild Mare

Pattern: Wild Iris

Designer: Sivia Harding

Available: $6 as a single pattern, or $26 for the 7-pattern ebook

Yarn: Mad Tosh Light  in “Mare”

This is my third cowl from Sivia’s series — I’m definitely enjoying them.  This is a mobius, with a sweet little lace bind-off and perfectly placed button.  I love it.

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FO Friday: Winter Track Mitts for Seth

I made some mitts!

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Project: Winter Track Mitts

Pattern: Fried Chicken Mittens (modified)

Designer: Ellen Mason

Available: FREE on Ravelry

Yarn: Longmeadow Farm 100% Merino Wool

The Fried Chicken Mittens pattern is one of my favorites.  The mittens fit great, and the pattern is quick and easy to followp So, when my eldest son asked for a pair of warm mittens for outdoor track practice this winter, I knew exactly which pattern I’d use.  Yarn choice was fraught — he wanted “dark blue or dark grey” with little or no color variation.   I showed him some tweedy blue from my stash, and he wanted to know what “all those white flecks” were for :). No go on the tweedy blue. Fortunately, I found the perfect skein of plush worsted merino at NEFF:

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I was a little afraid it would be TOO heathered for his delicate sensibilities, but lucky for me — he gave the subtle colorway the official teenage thumbs up. Since he had originally asked for mittens, I started making mittens.  About halfway through the palm I did a fitting, and he asked if I could “stop making them before the fingers closed.”  After a quick conversation I realized he was asking for fingerless mitts, so that’s what I made.

He liked them so much, he let me take a picture or two!

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FO Friday: Morticia Raven

I made a Boo Knits shawl!

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Project: Mortica Raven

Pattern: Morticia

Designer: Boo Knits

Available: £4.00 GBP on Ravelry

Yarn: A Hundred Ravens Alfar in “Smoke”

Beads: A:  Miyuki Triangle Seed Bead 8/0 Metallic Gunmetal from Auracrystals.com MY-TR08-0451; B:  Miyuki Round Seed Bead 8/0 Transparent Crystal AB from Auracrystals.com MY-08-0250

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I think this kind of lace speaks for itself. I thoroughly enjoyed this Mystery KAL.  I managed to keep up, which is saying something!  “Morticia” is just plain beautiful — a totally fun and challenging knit.  I loved ALL the beading. I thought I might die from the final cast-off … took me the better part of two solid evenings … but I did finish, and it was completely worth the effort.

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New Pattern Release: Flock

Introducing my latest pattern: Flock!

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Pattern: Flock

DesignerRachel Henry (that’s me!)

Available: $6 on Ravelry — discounted to $3 until August 31st, 2013!

Yarn: Dream in Color Wisp in 712 Brilliant (2 skeins, sample used about 770 yards)

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Design/Skills Needed:

Flock is a crescent-shaped shawl worked from the bottom edge up. The main lace pattern features nupps. The curved stockinette body is achieved with short rows (no wraps, just decreases). The top edge is finished with an echo of the main lace pattern that transitions to purls to help fight curling.

Flock is fully charted, except for setup and finishing rows. Complete written translations for all charts are also provided.

Special thanks go out to Dream in Color, which provided yarn support for this design, and also gave me a skein of Wisp to give away!  I’m hosting a KAL for Flock in the Remily Knits forum, and I’ll be giving the Wisp away to a KAL-er who uses any DIC yarn for their Flock (and finishes by the end date).

FO Friday: Malachite Lorelei

 

I finished a cowl!

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Project: Malachite Lorelei

Pattern: Lorelei

Designer: Sivia Harding

Available: $6 as a single pattern, or $26 for the 7-pattern collection

Yarn: The Fibre Company Road to China Light in “Malachite”

Beads: 6/0 Czech round seed beads; dark bronze with some kind of opaque rainbow finish

Another great cowl from Sivia Harding! I am very glad that I bought the whole collection :).  This one starts as a mobius, and transitions to a round cowl (much like another of her designs, Harmonia’s Rings, but on a smaller scale).  I took the opportunity to work with Road to China Light for the first time … um, wow.  Now this is a yarn I’ve been petting and visiting at the shop for quite some time — it is so, so, so soft, with gorgeous undulating tonal hues.  But the alpaca/silk/camel/cashmere combo means that it is wicked warm and felts if you look at it funny.

Just as an example, I wound both skeins into cakes at the same time.  The 2nd cake rolled around in my project bag for about a month while I worked through the first cake.  The strands of yarn on the outside of the 2nd cake were felted to each other, just from this mild agitation. This isn’t a yarn I could use for a garment — it would surely condense into rigid felt at the mere thought of sweaty armpits.  But for a cowl — it is delightful! Perfect!

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FO Friday: Sublime Rosewood

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Project: Sublime Rosewood

Pattern: Sublimity

Designer: Sivia Harding

Available: $6 as a single pattern, or $26 for the 7-pattern collection

Yarn: madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in “Rosewood”

Beads: 6/0 Miyuki round seed beads; transparent lavender with AB finish

Man alive I have a serious designer crush on Sivia Harding.  This is yet another awesome pattern from her mind. Love the stitch pattern, love how the decreases are hidden … love the sparing yet perfect use of beads! I knit this cowl as-written, even though the neck seemed a bit high … turns out I was right, since it crumples up when I wear it, but maybe I have a short neck and the fault is not with the pattern. Tosh Vintage is just as yummy as it always is.

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FO Friday: Little Brown Aeolian Shawl

Way, way back in May 2010, I selected some soft brown Alpaca Cloud and some gorgeous bronze beads for a full-sized Aeolian shawl …. a mere 2.5 years later, I have  finally got this sucker lovely creation off the needles!

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Project: Little Brown Aeolian Shawl

Pattern: Aeolian Shawl

Designer: Elizabeth Freeman

Available: FREE! on knitty.com

Yarn: Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Carob Heather

Beads: #8 Miyuki seed beads in Dark Bronze Metallic

Now, here is a case where I had to be a process knitter.  I absolutely love the finished shawl.  Alpaca Cloud is light and soft, the beads are shiny and delightful, the edging and shape of the shawl are perfect.  BUT — the knitting, oh the knitting! It was interminable. Beading and nupps? Seriously? I stopped counting stitches when I hit eleven repeats of at least 30 stitches each, per half. Ugh.

But look at this:

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…. totally worth it.

I always like to block almost before the last stitch is off the needles. This project was no exception.  For your edification, I give you the pre-blocked shawl…

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… and the blocking shawl!

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