Saturday, November 18, 2017

Turkey Trot Kallara - Skein 4 Done

I finished up skein 4 this morning.  This skein is darker, but also more subtle in its variegation - dark green and blue-gray.  The green matches the dark green in skein 3 and the blue-gray goes with skein 5, which I'm currently working.

Pattern:  Kallara by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Rare Breed in Turkey Trot gradiance and Cladonia
Needles:  US 5 ( 3.75 mm)

Turkey Trot Kallara - Skein 3 Done

These skeins knit up fast, and so does the pattern.  I finished up skein 3 yesterday.  This one brings the greens into play and I really like how it goes with the first 2 skeins.  Skein 4 is a more dramatic departure, being hardly variegated at all, and darker.  It matches the dark green in skein 3.  I'm liking how it is working up.  I have been checking out other Ambah O'Brien patterns and I've got a couple more projects waiting in the wings.

I'm going to make another Kallara with this set:
This is Tea Party, also by The Unique Sheep, and this time I'll be able to do the stripes as the pattern calls for.

And I'm going to make a Celadon out of this set:
This is the The Unique Sheep 10th anniversary set.

Pattern:  Kallara by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Rare Breed in Turkey Trot gradiance and Cladonia
Needles:  US 5 ( 3.75 mm)



Friday, November 17, 2017

Turkey Trot Kallara - Skein 2 Done

I finished up skein 2 last night.  I really like the color play with this gradiance set.  This pattern lets the yarn be the star.  Skein 3 is a more dramatic color shift.  The solid color is superwash Blue Faced Leicester.  The gradiance set is 85/15 superwash Blue Faced Leicester and Nylon Tweed, so it has some nice texture as well as the great colors.

Pattern:  Kallara by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Rare Breed in Turkey Trot gradiance and Cladonia
Needles:  US 5 ( 3.75 mm)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Turkey Trot Kallara - Skein 1 Done

This set was intended for the Of the Forest, but I decided to do something else with it.  My first thought was to make Kallara with it, using the solid color as the main color, and the gradiance skeins for the contrast color, but after creating a stitch count spreadsheet, and caking and weighing all the skeins I determined that I didn't have enough of the solid color.  I used my yarn usage figures from Myndie to make my estimate.  I thought about using one of the skeins from the gradiance to make up the difference, but even using the heaviest skein (skein 6) I was still short.  I did the math to try to use skein 6 and part of skein 5 to make up the difference and even started knitting it that way, but after about 20 rows I decided it would look better if I did it as a color block shawl instead of a striped shawl, so I ripped back and started over.  I went back to my spreadsheet and looked at how many stitches I should be able to work with the gradiance set, took the remainder and divided it in two.  I'll start and end the shawl with the solid skein, and work the gradiance in the middle.
Here is the first skein done.  Isn't it lovely?  One of the fun things about this design is that it is a basic shawl, which makes it a great canvas for playing with color.

Pattern:  Kallara by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Rare Breed in Turkey Trot gradiance and Cladonia
Needles:  US 5 ( 3.75 mm)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hurricane Watch Myndie - Finished!

I finished up my Hurricane Watch Myndie this past Saturday morning, having finished up color 5 on Friday.
Blocking was pretty easy.  I didn't stretch the shawl too strenuously, but I did pull it out enough to open up the eyelet lace.
I like the bright colors, they are almost primary in the purity of their hue, and they make me smile.


Pattern:  Myndie by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  Rare Breed by The Unique Sheep
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Hurricane Watch Myndie - Color 4 Done

I spent the afternoon reading and knitting and finished up color 4.  I'm on the decrease section, which is more mindless than the increase section, and easier to fudge.  I've learned to count my stitches before I work the eyelet row and if I'm short one I add it to the end of the previous row (work a kfb, k1 in the last 2 stitches).  I haven't had to do that very often.  Only two more colors to go.

Pattern:  Myndie by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  Rare Breed by The Unique Sheep
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Hurrican Watch Myndie - Color 3 Done

I finished up color 3 this morning while watching The Court Jester, with Danny Kaye.   It is one of my favorite movies.  It is sunny here today, for the first time all week - the week has been rainy and miserable.  Perfect weather for staying home with knitting and hot chocolate and good movies, too bad I had to go to work instead.

Pattern:  Myndie by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  Rare Breed by The Unique Sheep
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)