fo: unknown socks

2 12 2014

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can you believe this sat in the wip pile for YEARS? i thought i needed to weave in ends. lo and behold, when it came time to finish the job – the weaving was done. i simply snipped off the yarn ends and ….viola! finished.

(shakes head in search of other “wips”)





wip: winter cowl

19 11 2014

progress on lace is much slower than with bulky. by my calculations, i would have had at least two GAPtastics finished.

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IMG_1776.JPGabout 5 repeats completed!

i will say my fingers like the smaller yarn and needles. my eyes…not so much.





pattern and fo: GAPtastic (inspired) mitts

14 11 2014

the lovely and elegant GAPtastic cowl was a quick knit that became an instant favorite of mine.  as of this writing there are over 12,000 GAPtastic projects!  my GAPtastic was made the remnants of a frogged sweater made with cascade 220, held double.  as i had quite a bit leftover, i thought i would make some warm mittens to accompany my new favorite knitwear.

these dense mittens are super warm and comfy.  for extra warmth or to keep the chill out, knit the cuffs a bit longer.  as the cowl is considered a good beginner project, these may be a good introduction into knitting in the round for a fearless beginner or someone already comfortable with the basics of knitting and purling.

Gaptastic Mittens
GAPtastic (inspired) mitts
pattern: my own (my ravelry link) in cascade 220 (doubled)
color: unknown
1 skein | 220 yds : 100 g | 100% wool
gauge: 3.5 stitches per inch
needles: US #10 6 mm circs (for magic loop or dpns)
notes: this pattern has not been proofread

materials:
1 skein cascade 220, divided and balled. you will hold two strands together for a bulky weight yarn. (lucky you if you already own bulky!)
knitting needles: US #10 (6mm) circular needles length sufficient for magic loop or 4 dpns
waste yarn
knitting markers
darning needle

pattern key:
co – cast on
k – knit
p – purl
pm – place marker
m1r – make 1 leaning right
m1l – make 1 leaning left
k2tog – knit 2 together

instructions:
cast on – 28 stitches using long-tail method or any other stretchy cast on. arrange stitches on circular needles (magic loop) or equally on 3 dpns. join in the round, being careful not to twist stiches.

cuff – k2p2 for 2.5″

gusset – k14, pm, m1r, k1, m1l, k to end of round
k x 2 rounds
increase every 3rd round until there are 9 stitches in between markers, k to end of round
k to pm, place stitches between pm on waste yarn, co 2 stitches, k to end of round

body
*(for left hand)
k14, k1p1 to the end of the round
k14, p1k1 to the end of the round
continue in this pattern for 2.5″ then continue in stockinette until 1.5″ from desired length
begin decreases. (k5, k2tog) repeat to end of round. (24 stitches)
k to end of round
(k4, k2tog) repeat to end of round
k to end of round
(k3, k2tog) repeat to end of round
(k2, k2 tog) repeat to end of round
k2tog, repeat to end of round
break yarn, and using darning needle, pull through remaining stitches. pull tightly and weave in securely on the wrong side
*(for right hand)
(k1p1)x7, k14
(p1k1)x7, k14
continue in this pattern for 2.5″ then continue in stockinette until 1.5″ from desired length
begin decreases. (k5, k2tog) repeat to end of round. (24 stitches)
k to end of round
(k4, k2tog) repeat to end of round
k to end of round
(k3, k2tog) repeat to end of round
(k2, k2 tog) repeat to end of round
k2tog, repeat to end of round
break yarn, and using darning needle, pull through remaining stitches. pull tightly and weave in securely on the wrong side

thumb – place 9 stitches on needle, pick up 5 stitches from around thumb hole
knit for 1.5″ (or for length of thumb)
(k2, k2tog) x3, k2
(k1, k2tog) x3, k2
k2tog to end of round. break yarn, and using darning needle, pull through remaining stitches. pull tightly and weave in securely on the wrong side

finishing – weave in all remaining ends.





whooo

5 11 2014

there is progress on the owlies!

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pardon the fuzzy picture!

it so happened that I had some 6/0 beads in my craft stash (likely for another unnamed lace shawl). in lieu of beaded lace, i used the little purple glass beads as owl eyes. adorbs.

the technique is slightly fiddly; thankfully i chose to only bead the owls on the leg to avoid potential ouchies on the instep and heel. oh…what technique? i used dental floss! perhaps if I have time i will take pictures. using a tiny crochet hook may be slightly less fiddly…but i couldn’t locate my hooks 😦

anyway, looking forward to finishing up the first sock!





wip: autumn owlies

2 11 2014

you know…i have something else on the needles!

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this moody picture brought to you on all hallow’s eve…

autumn owlies (ravelry project link)
owlie socks by julie elswick suchomel
yarn: knitpicks stroll tonal in foliage
462 yards : 100 g | 75% merino : 25% nylon
needles: size 1 knitpicks circular needles
started: october 31, 2014
notes: long tail co, did not switch needle sizes

i will be attempting the addition of beads to this project.  keep your fingers cross.  it is actually the 31st tonight…i hope that the rain keeps the beggar’s away so i can keep knitting these socks.  yes, i am the scrooge of halloween.  boo to you! bah humbug!





fo: gift socks

31 10 2014

hooray!  finished object!!

i’ve been trying to finish off gift knitting that has been in the works for a while.  these are for my niece…but butter kinda wants them too.  i think the afterthought heels were a success…i may have to start knitting endless tubes so that i can get through my sock knitting stash.

Gift Socks!

gift socks
pattern: my own (my ravelry link)
in knitpicks felici (color way unknown)
finished: october 29, 2014
needles: US #0 knitpicks nickel plated circs
notes: jmco, tube socks, afterthought heel

random thought:  i want to avoid 100% merino socks.  they just don’t cut it.  a good number of mine eventually fell apart.  i may just  knit in some reinforcement on the heels and toes (because i have so much super wash merino)….OR…use wool/nylon blends for the toes and heels!





up next!

28 10 2014

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