Nothing Gold Can Stay

October 13, 2008 at 8:47 am (knitting)

So I took advantage of the last 80 degree day my part of Upstate New York will probably see this year to snap some pictures of my new scarf and gloves.

Noro

Here are the specs, we’ll start with the scarf:

Pattern: Clapotis by Kate Gilbert
Source: Knitty, Fall 2004
Materials: Noro Silk Garden (45% Silk, 45% Mohair, 10% Lambswool) in 269, 3 skeins; Size 7 Brittany Birch Single Points
Started: September 21, 2008
Completed: October 3, 2008

I bought this beautiful colorway of Noro Silk Garden on a whim from Little Knits (it’s still on sale if you want to check it out) with the original intention of making another multidirectional scarf. I had made one when I first started knitting, but only used one skein of Kureyon so ended up with more of a cravat. Unfortunately, that pattern in this colorway created kind of a patchwork, 80s-looking scarf that even two balls into the knitting I disliked enough to rip it out and start with a new pattern. Enter Clapotis.
Clapotis

I’ve made the ubiquitous Clapotis before, and I’ll probably make it again. It’s a lot of fun to knit and it really does justice to about any yarn you can throw at it. It’s really is just that great of a pattern. I do wish it was a little bit longer. I used every bit of the three skeins, even spit-splicing so as not to waste any precious yardage, and even with agressive blocking I only eked about 53 inches out of it. It is, however, about 17 inches wide so I probably could have forgone a repeat in the first section and got another few inches in length. Oh well, bygones!

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It’s really beautiful though, and I’m sure I’ll wear the hell out of it this winter.

Next!

 Noro Mitts

Pattern: Noro Fingerless Mitts by Michelle Molis
Source: Another Knitting Blog
Materials: Noro Silk Garden (45% Silk, 45% Mohair, 10% Lambswool) in ??, 1 skein; Size 7 Brittany Birch DPNs
Started: February  2008
Completed: February  2008

These were completed in a stash-busting exercise way back in February but sat unblocked with ends unwoven, feeling completely neglected. In hindsight I would have knit the ribbing at the nuckles and thumb a bit shorter and tighter since the fit leaves a little bit to be desired. They’ll work for the timebeing, although I’m sure that once I’ve finished my Dashings these will find their way to a new owner. The colorway is just so pretty though.

I was very inspired by the beautiful fall weather that came our way this weekend, so here are a few more images from around my parents’ yard…

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Sorry if I bogged down your computer with all the pictures! I couldn’t resist; we’re not going to have light like this to take nice pictures for much longer….

Next up, I finished my 28Thirty, so once the blocking is done and the buttons are on you’ll get to see it too… I can just feel the excitement. Happy Colombus Day!

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Time in a Bottle

October 7, 2008 at 9:23 am (Finishing, FO, knitting, Work in Progress)

Hourglass Pullover
Hourglass Sweater
Pattern: Hourglass Pullover by Joelle Hoverson
Source: Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Materials: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (55% Merino Wool, 33% Microfibre, 12% Cashmere) in Plum, 11 skeins; Size 8 24″ circs, Size 8 DPNs
Started: December 2006
Completed: October 2008

I finally finished this. I repeat, I finally finished this. And I love it. Why, oh why did I wait so long!

Primary knitting on this lovely pullover was actually completed back in February 2007. But due to the extensive hem knitting that I apparently wanted no part of, this languished in my knitting basket for a year and a half. Cut to a new me, a new season, and a very refreshing finishing spree, and I decided, “Hey! I don’t have to do the hems! I should just knit a new border on this and be done with it.” And a new sweater was born.

As for modifications, we have the aforementioned seed stitch borders, and I also did matching decreases. The pattern calls for just a bar increase in the body and k2tog decreases in the sleeve. I did a lifted increase to make it a bit more seamless and matching k2tog, ssk decreases in the sleeve. It fits perfectly and the yarn is so very soft. I’ve heard some mixed reviews about the pilling factor in this particular Debbie Bliss yarn, but I guess I’ll just have to cross that bridge when I come to it.

In other news, I’ve finished another clapotis in Noro Silk Garden; I’ll do a full FO post when I finally have a picture worthy of its inate loveliness. I’m also well on my way toward finishing the 28Thirty (just one sleeve to go) and I’ve cast on a new set of Dashings in Berocco Ultra Alpaca to replace my favorite fingerless mitts which were tragically lost in a drinking related incident last year. (sob!)

Here’s a sneak peak for you…
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Hope everyone is enjoying the crisp, cool fall weather, and busting out their handknits to keep them warm as we head into my favorite time of year…

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