FO Friday: C-ATCH William

As promised, here’s William!

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Or, as he will now officially titled:

C-ATCH Hawkhaven Sweet William O’Mine

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Project: C-ATCH William

Pattern: Scottish Terrier

Designer: Joanna Osborne and Sally Muir

Available: in Knit Your Own Dog (currently $10.17 on Amazon!)

Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in …. mmmm… a heathered black, a ruddy brown, and a true red (my labels have come off)

William is a present for my friend Julie, who is a fellow dog-agility competitor.  The real-life William was up for a big title last weekend: he needed one more qualifying run (“Q”) in Jackpot to earn his C-ATCH.  This title represents 40 Q’s in seven different classes, all at Level 5 of difficulty.  It’s a big deal for us agility heads! 🙂  I decided on the spur of the moment to channel some castonitis into making a cute little dog for her.  I knit for about 10 hours on Friday and Saturday, and finished!  I showed a few people, but decided not to tell her until after the Jackpot run … it was a tricky run, a non-traditional Jackpot with complex rules for gathering points.  Julie planned a conservative path, getting exactly the 44 points needed to Q.  Everyone cheered and cheered!

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This is my second “Knit Your Own Dog” project — I made a Border Collie a while ago. I found the pattern to be similar in many ways, but tailored to the breed.  He really looks like a proper little Scottie!  The legs are knit flat, then joining via some cast-on stitches to make a left and right body.  The neck and tail are worked from held body stitches.  The head does use those crazy PULT short-rows that have stymied more than a few knitters!  I’m especially proud of the tail — Julie said it was very close to correct to breed standard!  She also said the wild beard on the knit-Scottie was perfect because William’s beard is always looks like he’s been partying it up.

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Congrats Julie and William! 🙂

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FO Friday: Happy Green Fylleryd

I finished my Fylleryd!

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Project: Happy Green Fylleryd

Pattern: Fylleryd

Designer: Mia Rinde

Available: FREE! on Ravelry

Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy in Happy Forest

I knit this fingering-weight shawlette as part of the January KAL in the Beginner Lace Knitters group on Ravelry. I keep tabs on each month’s KAL, and when I can — I join in! This is my first “nupps” project (I’m not counting my WIP Aeolian, because I haven’t gotten to the nupps yet), so I was extra excited to try something new.  I’m pleased with how the nupps came out — and they weren’t that hard (people make things sound so difficult sometimes!).

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I’m also extra excited, because this is some of the yarn I liberated in my January frogging festival.  I am SO MUCH more happy with this new project — I will definitely be wearing my Happy Green Fylleryd, lots.  Because I only had one skein, I had to be conservative … I did two repeats of the leaf chart, then three repeats of the blueberry chart.  Judicious math and careful thought revealed I would not have enough for the edge, so I went back a few rows and made it TWO repeats of the blueberry chart, then the edge, then I added a crochet-lace cast-off (similar to how I finished the bottom edge of Red Seas).

As an aside, three cheers for my willing & adorable model!  The shawl looks huge on a six year old :).

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I made my nupps the old-fashioned way: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 into one st on the right side, then purl all seven together on the returning wrong-side row.  I made a special effort to make the loops LOOSE because that seems to be key … it definitely worked for me.

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FO Friday: Sea Drift Toque

For Christmas, my in-laws gave me a copy of Weekend Hats. Swoon!  I cast on and finished this sweet little hat in less than a week — I found the pattern absolutely addictive. My middlest son was kind enough to model for me … but I think this hat will be for ME, thank you very much :).

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Project: Sea Drift Toque

Pattern: Drift Toque

Designer: Jocelyn Tunney

Available: in Weekend Hats ($15.30 on Amazon.com)

Yarn: Happy Feet DK in #52

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This hat has a really cool construction!  It’s worked sideways from a provisional cast on.  The cables sidle back and forth using increases and decreases (hidden by the reverse stockinette), and the crown shaping is accomplished with short rows.  I’m great at hiding short rows on the stockinette side — looks like I could use some practice hiding them on reverse stockinette too. At the end, the large graft is a bit of a bug-a-boo, but totally do-able.  I only had to undo stitches once, and that was only 10 or so.

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FO Friday: Vermont Juneberry

I finished my Juneberry!

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Project: Vermont Juneberry

Pattern: Juneberry Triangle

Designer: Jared Flood

Available: $6.50 on Ravelry

Yarn: The Shearer’s Yarn in Quoddy Blue

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I bought this yarn at a farmstand in Vermont, on my way back from an agility trial.  What I have, is what I have … so I was excited when I calculated yardage, and found I had enough to make a Juneberry — a pattern I’ve had queued for a while now.

You can, therefore, appreciate the depths of my horror when I realized (as I began working the edging) that I had nowhere NEAR enough yarn to finish the pattern as written.  I modified, measured, knit, ripped, and repeated until I had an edging that preserved some flavor of the original, but used the right amount of yarn.  Even so, I finished on fumes — the tiny ball below is all I had left!  Phew.

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I’m satisfied with my modded edging … I had to loose the big lacy holes, but I’m ok with my faggoted substitution.  I was able to keep the bobbled swoops, and lost 1 of the 3 lace holes along the outside edge.

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I really enjoyed this knit, and will likely make it again, this time with enough yarn on hand to complete the full edging! It’s fun to knit lace with worsted-weight yarn — over and done very quickly.

FO Friday: Yoga Monkey Socks

I made some socks!

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Project: Yoga Socks

Pattern: Monkey

Designer: Cookie A.

Available: free via Knitty.com

Yarn: Jo-Ann Sensations Bamboo and Ewe Pattern #73

These socks are for my mother-in-law, requested by her for her yoga class. I love how Cookie’s “Monkey” pattern interacts with self-striping yarn. It’s a great pattern, now available with additional sizing in the book Knit. Sock. Love. — Cookie’s sock books are among my favorites!  The yarn surprised me — I picked it up on deep discount at my local Jo-Ann’s, and it was very nice to knit with.  I must go take a second look at the other Bamboo and Ewe yarns I stashed away.

FO Friday: Advent Garland Set

Hello, my blog! It’s been a long time since we had a chance to talk.  What have I been up to for the last month or so?  Funny you should ask …

I decided to join a really fun KAL! Designer Frankie Brown released a new pattern for a tiny knit ornament every day of the Advent — how could I resist??  My Advent Garland Set is a joy to behold and was a great way to wait for Christmas.  It did suck up almost all my knitting (and blogging, as it turned out) time this month though.  I used my stash of Knit Picks Palette yarn, and knit all the ornaments on US#1.5 needles.

Here is a photo montage of the ornaments:

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FO Friday: Castlevania

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I finished my Wilhemina Shawlette! Have you noticed that I am completely addicted to one-skein, fingering-weight shawlettes?  Talk about instant gratification!

Clewe, my 10-month-old Border Collie, “volunteered” to show off his most excellent STAY and pose with the FO:

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Project: Castlevania

Pattern: Wilhelmina Shawlette

Designer: Chrissy Gardiner

Available: as a single pattern for $6, as part of the most excellent What Would Madame DeFarge Knit? for $16.95.

Yarn: Knit Picks Imagination in Castle Walls

Thoroughly addictive and beautiful lace pattern — a truly enjoyable knit. I ended up adding several extra repeats of the edging, in order to use up as much of my skein as possible. I really like the visual effect of these extra repeats.  Imagination worked beautifully for this pattern — it’s so soft and pretty, I’m almost done being mad at it for felting when made into socks ;).

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