Ravelry Finds

This week, I’ve been sitting and knitting more than usual but I’ve also been sitting and digging through Ravelry more than usual so I’ve come up with, what I think, are some amazing patterns I want to make . . some day!  :)

You know I love Laura Aylor’s designs and she has this new, on sale for a few days, Rumple Scrap. It looks like something I could work in the car or while chatting with Vince . . not having to pay a whole lot of attention and it’s also good for leftovers. I almost always end up ordering an extra skein of yarn just so I don’t run out and have to re-order and hope for a dye lot match.

Rumple Scrap

Rumple Scrap

Joji Locatelli is also a favorite and some of her designs that have been around for a while but

This one is a hoodie cardigan and I love the back! Everyone says it’s a really fun and quick pattern to make. It’s Jenica Hoodie.

Jenica Hoodie

Jenica Hoodie

Another of Joji’s patterns that I’ve added to my library is Lipsick.  I love what Lilalu did to make hers a jumper instead of a cardigan.

Lipstick

Lipstick

Flaming Hat looks like a fun pattern. Anyone thinking of Christmas gifts? This one and Laura’s new Rumple Scrap scarf. I think those could be made using matching yarns for a set and wouldn’t that be nice?  :)

Flaming Hat

Flaming Hat

A blogging friend, Erin, sent me a link to a few patterns and I loved this one . . Dunlow.  A while back I had ordered yarn to make Wanderling and then decided it might not be the yarn I wanted for Wanderling. The yarn I had bought for Wanderling is perfect for Dunlow so I moved that yarn over from one project to another and will decide on another yarn for Wanderling. I’m leaning towards Madelinetosh Sport in a new color they have, Dachshund. How perfect would that be since I’m a doxie lover?

Dunlow

Dunlow

Time to stop browsing and get busy knitting . . 

Carabe Progress

Last night I got the first sleeve finished. I absolutely love the Mrs. Crosby’s Steamer Trunk Worsted Weight yarn. I am not saying “YOU go out and buy it too” because I don’t know how it’s going to wear but it is probably my most favorite yarn ever to use. I know we all like different things . . some like soft and squishy. This isn’t soft and squishy. Some might even say it’s abrasive, though I think that’s a stretch but . . it’s very tightly twisted and I could be wrong, but if ever there’s a 100% Superwash Wool that’s going to hold up to wear and washing, I do believe this yarn could be it. For my swatch, once it was washed, it did get softer . . plenty soft enough that I wouldn’t have any complaints about wearing it next to my skin. I really like this yarn but you’re probably starting to get that idea, right?

No here’s Nicole’s Carabe with one sleeve done.

Carabe

Carabe

Someone had asked me the other day when I showed the picture if the stripes would get “smoother” after blocking. I’m assuming she meant because they look a little rough around the edges but these stripes have a Slip 1/Knit 1 when you change colors and right before that, there’s a purl row to make a bump row so they aren’t intended to be smooth . . if that’s what I was being asked. If not  . . ask again and I’ll try to give you a better answer.

I went ahead and steam blocked the stripe at the end of the sleeve so you could see it up close . . even in the horrible light in this house.

Stripe

Stripe

The colors used in this one are Hollywood Cerise and Golden Butter. For my sweater, I’m thinking about using these combinations (one . . not all!)

  • A New Leaf B/Hot Pimiento
  • Red King Radish/Squid Ink A
  • Hollywood Cerise/Creme Fraiche – that would be the local high school colors and I would probably get mugged for my sweater. Ever watch Friday Night Lights? It’s played out live . . in small towns across Texas for real!

There are other colors and I’m sure The Loopy Ewe will be getting more in before I need to buy yarn (catch that . . need . to . buy. yarn!)  :)

It’s really hard to make a 2 color sweater without it being someone’s school colors. My high school colors were orange and black. I have not ruled that out! Yes, I’ve always had this great taste in color!  :)

Ashore Knit Along

For you non-knitters, who probably aren’t reading this anyway . . KAL means “Knit Along”.

Ashore

Ashore (Laura’s Picture Used With Permission)

Laura Aylor has a new hoodie pattern, Ashore, and she’s hosting a KAL and there are prizes! This pattern is very similar to Brier Island that I did last winter and wore almost every cold day (we don’t have many!) and I just love it. I love the little pouch pocket in front. I love the band at the bottom. Then, Laura goes and adds a hoodie and made a few other changes and that makes Brier Island even better!

Even though I’m a huge fan of Laura Aylor’s patterns, I almost convinced myself NOT to do this KAL. There’s way too much going on around here right now:

  1. Kidney Stones
  2. Camp Loopy
  3. The Garden
  4. Yarn! I don’t have the yarn for this project and I don’t need to be ordering any more yarn.

But, I knew come about mid-August, if not sooner, I’d be so sorry I hadn’t done it, when everyone was showing pictures of their hoodie, and getting prizes so I said . . what the heck? What’s one more thing added to the mix? If I don’t get something done, at least I tried and if I hadn’t tried, I for sure wouldn’t have gotten it done. So, I’m trying.

Now, about the KAL – the most important thing for me is that Laura has broken this pattern down into steps. Each week, she will post another step, and the day before she posts the next step, she will draw prizes from the list of those who are keeping up and posting. At the end, there are BIG PRIZES for those who finish on time. I can do that . . maybe . . but again . . if I don’t try, I definitely cannot.

If you would like to participate . . and I think Patchwork Times readers should have a huge presence in this KAL . . don’t you? . . then all you need to do is go to Laura’s Workshop on Ravelry, join if you aren’t already a member, then become active in the posts dealing with either planning or whatever the current step might be. Simple enough, right?

You know how much I love knitting but it’s lots of fun when there’s a group project and we can all see each other’s progress along the way, ask questions and get immediate answers.

Who’s in? Anyone else going to join in the Ashore Hoodie KAL?