Winter Red

Following in the footsteps of my linen tee, here’s a more season appropriate make, my new winter hat.

Bobbles!

Bobbles!

 

The pattern is Snoflinga by Jenny Gordy, the designer behind Wiksten.  It is a simple garter stitch brim followed by St st in the round, with a few garter stitch breaks and those cute little bobbles. Mr. Stitch keeps referring to them as “pom-poms” so I have the feeling I will need to knit him a pom-pom hat to better illustrate the difference between a pom-pom and a bobble.

Snoflinga -back

 

The yarn is Blooklyn Tweed Shelter in the Long johns colourway.  This was my first time working with BT Yarn and I quite liked the feel of it on the hands. I should warn you that I did find it a bit weak in that if you pull too hard (as I tend to do) you end up breaking the yarn.  On the upside, this minor problem makes for mindful knitting: just relax and enjoy each stitch.

Snoflinga - front

The hat fits a bit large, or maybe I have a small head, but the yarn is cozy and the slouchy style makes for a warm accessory. My pictures do not do this colour justice but take my word for it: this is the most perfect shade of winter red. Ever. I’m even starting to feel a bit festive!

Linen

‘Tis the season for warmth and woolen makes. With the holidays almost upon us and the infectious festive spirit here for the next few weeks, I bring you details of my knitted linen tee.  Season inappropriate? Perhaps. But, if like me you are a slow knitter, this is the time to start thinking about spring and summer makes.

Linum Tee - front

This is the Linum Tee by Bristol Ivy.  A relatively easy knit, and probably fast too if you don’t take long breaks between knitting sessions like I did.  The construction is fairly straightforward: bottom up stockinette stitch in the round that gets split into front and back at the underarm to deal with the Fisherman’s Rib in a back and forth manner.  I am told that Fisherman’s Rib is like Brioche, but I would not know as I have never tried Brioche.

Linum Tee - back detail

A note on the yarn: this is Quince and Co’s Sparrow, 100% linen in the Eleuthera colourway. I’ve used this yarn before and I’m not going to lie to you, while I love the feel of it against the skin, it is not fun to knit with.  Speaking of Quince & Co., my LYS Rosehaven Yarn Shop has started carrying the entire Quince line.  They are one of only two authorized Canadian distributors for Quince so for those of you this side of the border, it may be worth a visit to the brick and mortar or on-line shop.  I always prefer to order from Canadian shops because there is no risk of getting slapped with an additional fee at customs.

This asymetrical front detail is what drew me to the pattern.

This asymetrical front detail is what drew me to the pattern.

The pattern calls for 4mm needles but in my infinite (un)wisdom I used size 3.75mm.  The result was a very fitted, belly top.  I may have hyperventilated a bit but after receiving assurances from Sara that this linen would grow with blocking, I picked up stitches at the bottom hem and knitted a couple extra inches.  I then engaged in some very aggressive blocking of the pulling and stretching variety.  The result is a fitted top that barely hits my belt line.  The combination of needle size and yarn makes for loose fabric so that wearing it without a camisole underneath would render it indecent. In the end, this is not the loose and breezy summer top I bargained for, but it is nevertheless wearable. Let this be a lesson to myself: you are no longer a size small, Andrea!

Loud

These, my friends, are some LOUD socks, don’t you think?

They scream "1980s" to me.

They scream “1980s” to me.

I must confess I love them. And I would wear them every day if I could. Mr. Stitch has declared that he won’t be seen in public with me if I choose to wear them out of the house.  Our dog, Jesse, seems to be equally unimpressed by them.

Jesse:  "I can't even look at them".

Jesse: “I can’t even look at them”.

But what do boys know about these things?  Nothing, of course.  For details on the yarn and pattern, head over to my Ravelry page.  I can’t bring myself to tell you any more details because I can’t bear to tear myself away any longer than necessary from a second pair (different colourway) I currently have on the needles. Bring on the neon-clad feet craze, I say.

Happy neon-clad footsies.

Happy neon-clad footsies.

 

 

ISLAND: Grace

Just when I thought this little blog was doomed to a slow death, the unexpected happened: the sun came out and it coincided with an urge to take photos of my FOs. I’m happy to show you the fifth and final installment on my Island series, the Grace cardigan.

Not sure why I look so worried here... Taking photos of yourself with a tripod and remote is tough.

Not sure why I look so worried here… maybe because this picture is out of focus. Taking photos of yourself with a tripod and remote is tough, my friends!

I’m not going to lie to you: that pretty lace pattern was a headache to deal with.  You see, I’m not a big fan of lace knitting and I did not discovered the charts until I had moved on to the body.  I also did not hear about the concept of a “lifeline” until I no longer needed one but it sure would have been handy to know all these things instead of having to rip row after row in frustration at my inability to “read” the knitting.  I’m nothing if not stubborn though, and once the lace pattern was conquered, the body was a breeze.  Stockinette stitch in the round was the perfect brainless knitting for the busy days that followed our arrival in the County.

Back view

Back view

The yarn is Cascades Heritage, a sock weight yarn that while quite soft has also turned out to be a bit pill-y. I made a couple of minor modifications to the pattern: wider button bands, longer sleeves and a different number of waist decreases and hip increases.  The details are on my Ravelry page. This little number (and “little” really is the operative word – it is a bit on the snug side) was casted on in March of this year, was my constant companion through the early days of the move, and was finally off the needles and blocked in early July.  It took me until mid-August to finally attach the buttons and it has been on high rotation in my wardrobe since early September.

Yes, totally washed out.  The colour is actually a bight fuchsia.

I’ve now knitted all five designs from Jane Richmond’s book “Island” and may have to make a couple of them twice more. Hands down the most worn are Rathtrevor and Grace. This is the first time I’ve completed every single project from a book. Of course,  no one had to twist my arm to do this as all five designs are very wearable and right up my alley. Even if I never get around to knitting one of these projects again, the beautiful photos in the book will continue to be a source of inspiration for years to come.