Monday, March 2, 2015

March FO Parade

Heheh... see what I did there?

Here's what I've been making during my blog silence:

Gloves modeled after a lovely gift from a friend... these were a labor of love (totally worth it, though) - particularly getting the fingers the correct length. Next time I consider knitting gloves, I think I may try a top-down construction to get this part out of the way.

I dyed yarn for an idea I've been cooking up for a long while, then decided to use a completely different yarn.

The original yarn matched the little blue bit you see below. While I didn't feel the green was right for my idea, it is perfect for another idea I've had simmering for some years.

The idea not pictured here is the one I'm actually knitting up, having toyed with it for a number of years. It's cabled, and serves as a nice accompaniment to my audiobook listening of Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings. If only I could get the recording of The Silmarillion....

A couple lace projects that took me a good bit of time (and which I gifted in an almost timely fashion) share a common main stitch pattern:

Jared Flood's Leaves of Grass in Plymouth Yarns Encore. Not my favorite yarn, but it was requested. Despite not being the clearest yarn to read, it still looks amazing in this pattern.

A friend from the LOG KAL was so inspired  by one of the stitches that she designed a cowl/infinity scarf thing; at least that's how I'm guessing things went down. It's the lovely Penny Infinity Scarf by Andee Fagan. It's a nice knit, and I love the mesh she included to frame the central pattern.

When it came time to create a swap gift I even ran with the idea and put together a few stitch patterns for an infinity scarf I lovingly dubbed "Filet Mingaise." A faggoting rib stitch is combined with a flame chevron for a little tongue-in-cheek humor. I'm very pleased with how it came out. It's mostly because I used a most amazing yarn.

I wrote out an off-color pattern, then decided to scale it back and try to keep things nice so that my friend could use it in her shop if she so desires.

At this time, the pattern can only be obtained through Hidden River Yarns. The yarn is a skein of Spirit Trail Fiberworks Nona that I purchased at Rhinebeck. I'm thinking of knitting another one, adapting it for sock yarn.  If I do, I'll let you know how it turns out.

Oh, and I have Dorset Socks!  Another luxe addition to my stash was some rather pricey but farmalicious Solitude Wool. To milk this skein for its worth, I knit ankle socks, PGR style. I love how the colors lined up on almost all the short-row sections.

Friends inspired me to start knitting two socks at mostly the same time on separate circular needles, and it has proven to give me back a bit of mojo.

The elephant-minded folks in the room may remember I began a pair of handspun Dorset-Silk socks a year ago. After struggling with getting the fit right on the first sock, I placed it in the naughty seat for many months. Finishing the above socks inspired me to resume work on the second handspun sock.

Since the above picture was taken last week, I finished the second foot, and ripped back the first sock ribbing so that I could work them at the same time. I am so very close to finishing them. If I can stop blogging, I may even finish them tonight!

Did I mention that I started weaving? Well, I did.

My first scarf. It's surprisingly very wearable.

Two yarns dyed by Blue Moon Fiber Arts - Woobu for warp, and Luscious Single Silk for weft. This one is very nice to wear, and goes with lots I have.

This one is purely Marr Haven. It's fairly solid, and I keep it in my car for emergencies. It took a couple washings to get it to feel comfortable around my neck.

I combined Green Mountain Spinnery Green with Briar Rose Fibers Fourth of July for this gift that my sister snatched up at Christmas.

That's not a comprehensive list, but at least you get the idea. Now I'm signing off... I need to finish those socks!

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