On the Needles – December 19, 2014

First, is anyone still working on Carabe? Who all finished a Carabe in the last month or so? Share pictures please!

Second, is anyone planning on doing Blue Sand with me next month? I had hoped to get a little jump start on mine so I could be a step ahead of anyone else beginning January 1 but I’m not sure that’s going to happen. Blue Sand will be hard for me to finish in one month but I’ll give it my best shot!

Now . . what’s on and off my needles. The chicken mittens are finished and they are adorable! The pattern has not been released yet. I will let you know when it is. These mittens are so fun to make and they’re so very simple. One mitten could easily be made in half a day. The pattern, as written for me to test, including two sizes:  5-6 and 8-9.  I used one size smaller needle for the body part of the mitten and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a close enough fit that Addie (2) will be able to wear them. They will be big on her but should fit her perfectly next year. I love the inner cuff to hopefully help keep snow out of the mittens and help keep her sweet little hands warm.

Chicken Mittens

Chicken Mittens

Next on my needles is Kynance Cove. This is the same photo I shared the other day. I’ve done a few more rows and think I’ve decided to do one side of the button band with ember and the other side and neck band with the dark greenish gray (faded parka). That yarn is Madelinetosh DK and I love the yarn and the colors. I want to finish this sweater so I can wear it this winter but if I don’t get it finished, and start Blue Sand in January, this one is probably not going to get finished. Knit faster! But . . I really want to make some Christmas cookies over the next few days too!  Just not enough time to do everything.

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove

Priority on my needles right now is a test knit for Laura Aylor. You can’t tell much about it right now but it’s a cowl neck pull over.

Test Knit for Laura Aylor

Test Knit for Laura Aylor

The yarn is Knit Picks City Tweed and it’s Aran weight so it should go pretty quickly. I think this could be my go to sweater for every time I leave the house and need something more than a T-shirt.

Kynance Cove Sweater

Kynance Cove is a project I started in April. I’ve been pretty good about finishing projects before starting something else but for some reason, Kynance Cove got put aside. I picked it up last week and am determined to finish it, though I will probably put it aside tonight to begin on another test knit for Laura Aylor.

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove

Here’s my dilemma.  There’s a button band and a neck band yet to be done. The sweater buttons down about halfway. The colors used are:

  • Maple Leaf – the limey green
  • Faded Parka – the grayish green
  • Ember – orangish red

You can see the Ember in the swatch.

Swatch

Swatch

For the button band/neck band, here are my options:

  1. Maple Leaf – I don’t think this is a good color to wear next to my face.
  2. Faded Parka – This would work and I’ll probably wear a light gray shirt of some kind underneath this sweater.
  3. Ember – There will be one Ember stripe near the bottom and I think using it for the button band and neck band, it might work but I don’t want it to look like “Oops . . I’m running out of yarn so I’ll use this one!”.  I have plenty of yarn.

Another option I’m thinking about is this: Use ember for the right side of the the button band. That will be the “underneath” side, or the side that has the buttons on it. Then use the faded parka for the left side of the button band and the neck band.

Thoughts??

A Funny Yarn Story

I love it when things work out like this. Since I’m really determined to use what I have here, and not buy more yarn, this incident made me smile.

Laura Aylor, one of my favorite knitting designers, is having a special “Just for You” project. The info and how to get the pattern free until December 18 is available through the link. I signed up to get the pattern but I don’t have much Bulky weight yarn sitting around. In fact, I doubted that I had any. It isn’t something I stash. I’ve bought it a few times or specific projects. The pattern calls for 340 yards of Bulky weight yarn. I figured I would get the pattern while it was free and watch as others made it (It’s a Knit Along of sorts), and if I love the design (it’s a mystery of sorts too), then I would order the yarn.

In one of the extra bedrooms, the bed was piled pretty high with yarn. While cleaning and sorting, I came across one skein of of Dream in Color Groovy on the bed. The color is Lipstick Lava . . kind of a pinky/orangy/red. I wasn’t sure why I had even purchased the yarn. I stuck it aside and was going to toss it into a “What Was I Thinking?” tub. As I was going through yarn that was in grocery sacks, mostly all with the pattern that yard was intended for, I came across a bag with two more skeins of Lipstick Lava. I thought . . wait a minute . . isn’t this the same yarn I found in the bedroom?

Lipstick Lava

Lipstick Lava

 

Yep, three skeins! Laura’s pattern calls for 340 yards. I have 360 yards. That’s when you love your stash! It isn’t the color I would have chosen for me. I think I had intended to make something for Addie but I cannot figure out what it was, so I’ll use it for Laura’s project and that will be 3 skeins used!